Howe Farm accommodation summary
Master bedroom with king size bed
Second bedroom with king size bed
Bathroom (please note there is no shower at the property)
Large garden with damson and apple orchard
Parking for up to three cars
The beds will be made up for you, please remember to bring your own towels
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by gas 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 £150. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
Howe Farm is a characterful 17th century farmhouse sleeping six in the beautiful Lyth Valley. The moment you set foot in the house you'll get a feeling of going back in time, with stone flag floors, undulating wooden boards, exposed beams, antique furniture and a huge wood burner while still enjoying all the necessary comforts of a cosy 21st century home.
On arrival at the cottage you are greeted by the stunning country kitchen. Its aged wooden beams, latched under stair cupboard and wooden staircase give it a welcoming feel while the light coloured walls and kitchen units keep it bright and airy. It's well equipped with a wonderful working Rayburn but it also has an electric fan oven and hobs for those less confident with range cooking. The room has a lovely breakfast table looking out of the traditional kitchen window to the delightful elevated view over the valley. You might find it hard to tear yourself away from your morning cuppa as you gaze out from here. Through from the kitchen is a utility room where you can find the fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. A favourite aspect of this room is its ancient wooden latched door!
Re-entering the main house beyond the kitchen is the beautiful traditional living room, it's a fabulous cosy space with a stone flagged floor, large wood-burning stove set into a limestone fireplace (an initial supply of logs will be privided for you), two comfy sofas and an armchair. It also boasts a large television with Freeview and a DVD player. It has wonderful rich coloured throws, cushions and a huge eastern inspired rug making this a perfect room for snuggling up and letting the firelight give the room an evening glow. The dining room lies just off the living room, yet another room with bags of character, this one has exposed beams in the wall showing off the skeleton of this beautifully aged house. It has a large dining table, a pretty fireplace, a wonderful carved wooden window seat and a stone sink in its back window. A relic from the days when an artist used this room as a studio.
Venturing up the wooden corner staircase to the first floor you'll find the old hardwood floorboards throughout these rooms an absolute treat. Their undulations remind you that they have been walked upon and lovingly polished for literally hundreds of years. The first room you reach is the master bedroom. This has a king size brass bed frame, a large wardrobe, a stunning view from its small paned window and a magical wooden panelled wall. Also at the top of the stairs is the landing room, every nook and cranny of it showcasing its history. It's such a perfect room to curl up with some cushions and enjoy a book. I'd be inclined to transport myself back with some of the Brontes as the surroundings are so wonderfully apt! Onwards to the second king size bedroom, yet another wonderful room with exposed beams, wonky floors and a window seat for sitting and staring from in the manner of a romantic hero or heroine! The third bedroom is a twin room with substantial wooden sleigh beds, it has a dresser as storage and a view out onto the gardens. The final room on this floor is the cosy wood panelled bathroom. While this cottage doesn't have a shower its bath is a wonderful place to soak away tired muscles after busy Lake District days, you can even enjoy the view of the changing skies rolling past from the traditional window as you relax.
Outside to the enchanting gardens where you will find a multitude of places to enjoy the stunning view as well as quiet corners to gather your thoughts or read a book. There's even evidence of the cottage's artistic heritage in the form of a beautiful outdoor sculpture called "La Source", you could pour a glass of wine and join her in taking in the magnificent panorama stretching from the high fells inland to Morecambe Bay in the distance. Why not wander through the orchard if you are lucky enough to be there in damson season and pick some of the these famous Lyth Valley fruits? Or pluck an apple from one of the trees to enjoy as you stroll around enjoying the tranquility or watching the children cartwheel and tumble about on the lovely sloping lawns.
Please note the garden is quite vast and beautiful, it comprises of lawn, an orchard and at certain times of the year a wild flower section! If you do have little ones with you they do need to be supervised in the garden, there is a pond in a lower section of the garden just off where the parking area is and some steep drops in other areas.