Gatesgarth is a delightful sandstone cottage in the peaceful village of Irthington in the Cumbrian borders. East of Carlisle and just a stone's throw from Hadrian's Wall it's a wonderful jumping off point for exploring this area as it is situated between the Northumberland and Lake District National Parks and the Solway Coast and North Pennines Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The cottage is a spacious and well appointed house for four people (with some further accommodation on sofa beds by arrangement) with a large, enclosed, south facing garden enjoying glorious views over rolling fields to Carrock Fell in the distance.
The village itself is a tranquil gem boasting the 11th Century St Kentigern's church and a wealth of walks and cycling right from the door. In fact a ten minute walk from the cottage could see you on the Hadrian's Wall Path. Of course should you not wish to tackle the whole 84 mile coast to coast route it does also offer many circular and shorter walks and a vast amount of Roman historical interest along the way. Another interesting walk from the door could take you to the Solway Aviation Museum. Situated at Carlisle airport just over a mile away from the cottage you could simulate being an air traffic controller, discover Britain's role in the space race or even sit in the cockpit of the mighty Vulcan Bomber. Gatesgarth is in an ideal postition for families as it's just a 15 minute drive to Talkin Tarn country park where you can hire mountain bikes and 15 minutes in the opposite direction will take you to Walby Farm Park for a fantastic family fun day.
Leaving the wide open countryside around Irthington behind, Gatesgarth is also very well placed to explore Carlisle, Cumbria's "Border City". It's a delightful small city with an attractive shopping area, a beautiful cathedral and a great choice of cafes and restaurants all watched over by its 900 year old Castle. Tullie House museum makes an enjoyable visit with history, art and family fun all finding a place under one roof.