Dalegarth Hall accommodation summary
Several utility rooms
Bike and boot room
King-size master bedroom with four poster bed
Bunk bedroom (access only through double room)
Multiple garden areas with dining furniture and small pond (children should be supervised at all times)
Shared access with neighbouring farm via a rough farm track
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
Although the cottage can sleep up to 8 people, the bunk bedroom is accessed via the double bedroom.
The cottage is not able to accept any stag or hen partiesGeneral Description
Dalegarth Hall is a unique historical home in the beautiful Eskdale valley. Sleeping up to eight people in four very special bedrooms, this impressive house offers guests a glimpse into the past while also being welcoming and homely. Dating from the 11th century, the Hall is a remarkable holiday home for those interested in historical buildings with clues to its rich heritage everywhere, full of interesting nooks and crannies. Where else can you stay in a home and look at copies of letters sent by Cromwell to its owner during the Civil War? Aside from all this historical interest, its forecourt is shared by a neighbouring working farm which means that there are regular comings and goings of tractors and herdwick sheep in the farm yard.
On arrival at the property guests enter the house by the side entrance into the back porch, with a handy utility room on the right, which has plenty of space for dogs and muddy boots, as well as a dresser for storage and an upright freezer. Three steps take you up to the warm and welcoming modern farmhouse kitchen, with a large breakfast table. There is a wall-mounted television and a two seater leather sofa for curling up with a cuppa around the warmth of the blue Aga. In addition, the owner has thoughtfully added two counter top induction hobs and a fitted fan oven/microwave combi. There's also a dishwasher and all the crockery and cookware you'll need for your stay. For further storage there's a large pantry and cold store with an original stone slab.
A step up from the kitchen takes you into a passageway, with more coat hooks, from which you can access another utility area with a drying room, washing machine and tumble drier, as well as a downstairs WC and washbasin. Ahead of you is the magnificent, elegant dining room with walls more than a metre thick, deep recessed windows, an open fireplace and a large oval dining table, surrounded by chairs - suitable for a space fit for a banquet! The furniture and pictures around the wall relate the history of the Stanley family, who originally came to this house in 1345. Here you can enjoy your family dinners soaking in these magnificent surroundings and planning your own Cumbrian adventures.
Up the three steps up from the dining area, you reach the oldest part of the house - a beautiful stone walled living room, which is the perfect place to curl up in the evening. There are two sofas and two armchairs arranged around a deep sandstone fireplace with an enormous wooden lintel over a wood burning stove. The fireplace is so huge there's even space for two fireside seats within it. For entertainment there's a TV with DVD player and, for musicians, there's even a wonderful, old "Blutner" grand piano to play.
From the living room there are two further doors, one leading to the study where you'll find a handsome antique desk and bookcases filled with books old and new tracing the history of the local area. There are also novels and games to keep you occupied. The second door from the living room takes you through to the bike and boot store. There are French doors from here into the garden making for easy access after muddy walks and bike rides. There is also an access staircase to the bunk room upstairs.
Moving back in to the centre of the house, the hallway leads to the front door and main staircase where there are plenty more mementoes of the Stanley family's history and travels to interest you as you ascend. From the landing you can enter the delightful upstairs living room. It's a gorgeous light space with two windows looking out towards Harter Fell and the surrounding woodland. A perfect place to relax and enjoy views of the wildlife; deer, squirrels and a vast array of birds are regular visitors. On the same landing is the family bathroom which has a large deep bath and a separate mixer shower in a curved enclosure, next door to this is a separate WC.
Moving four steps up from the landing is the enchanting master bedroom, where undoubtedly the centrepiece of this lovely room is the king-size, 4-poster bed dating back at least 300 years. The room also has two armchairs, a large window seat for taking in the view down the valley, a carved dresser and recessed cupboard with hanging space and storage. Like the rest of the house the room is a slice of history that is, at the same time, welcoming and homely.
Along the corridor is the rest of the accommodation. There are two steps down into the lovely, cosy twin bedroom which has a wardrobe and a chest of drawers for storage and a long wide window with garden and mountain views. Next to this is the entrance to the spacious family suite, which has a double bedroom and access through to a snug bunk room for two. The main room has a double bed, a wardrobe and two dressers for storage. There's also a sofa and two armchairs for relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous view out onto fields and woodland. The bunk room has access down to the boot room and bike store. This side of the house has a further shower room with mixer shower and washbasin.
Outside the Hall the grounds and mature gardens continue to offer interest and extensive fell views. There are distinct areas to the grounds with lawns, terraced areas and a small pond (children should be supervised), absolutely perfect for enjoying outdoor dining or barbecues on warm days, or just for indulging in a quiet morning cuppa while taking in the tranquillity and enjoying the sound of birdsong.
In all, a stay at Dalegarth Hall offers a fascinating glimpse of history in absolutely stunning surroundings while also being a welcoming and homely place which families are sure to want to revisit time and time again.