Dating back to the 1700s, Esp Hall is a stunning 4 bedroom cottage surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the tranquil Duddon Valley. Esp, the Viking word for “shield”, is believed to describe the sheltered location of this part of the Duddon Valley, protected by the surrounding fells. Fully renovated yet still maintaining its warmth and character, some of the beams are even thought to date back to the Spanish Armada. Esp Hall is a wonderful retreat for up to 8 people and 2 dogs. Ideal for groups of family and friends, the open plan dining kitchen is perfect for sociable mealtimes before retiring to relax in front of the living room’s feature open fire. The private orchard, with its breathtaking views, will delight children and adults alike.
Often described as a hidden corner of the south west Lake District, the Duddon Valley is an unspoiled area, perfect for those looking for a real escape. There are myriad walks straight from the door, from riverside ambles to challenging hikes. For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, the lockable bike store at Esp Hall will be a real bonus. The nearest pub is a one mile walk away, be sure to bring a torch with you for the walk back – and don’t forget to look up at the dark skies, you’ll be amazed at how breathtakingly beautiful the night sky looks around here on a clear night.
Head to nearby Coniston for a look around the local shops and museums before enjoying a picnic at the lakeshore, or take a trip on the stately Steam Gondola to enjoy the water from a different perspective. Why not spend a day exploring the beautiful Eskdale Valley (around a 20 minute drive away)? Here you can hitch a ride on the much loved La’al Ratty Eskdale to Ravenglass steam railway, before heading to Muncaster Castle, one of West Cumbria’s best reviewed attractions. With so much to see and do, a week at Esp Hall just won’t be enough!