A very warm welcome to Iona Cottage, a characterful gem nestled in Bampton Grange in the gently rolling countryside of the Lowther Valley. It has been completely refurbished to bring it elegantly into the 21st century while making the most of its period features such as undulating floorboards, charming window seats and exposed beams. It sleeps up to four people in two beautifully decorated bedrooms and has a large garden with a wealth of fruit trees making a lovely treat for those lucky enough to be visiting when the fruits ripen.
Bampton Grange is a tranquil village nestled in beautiful countryside just two miles from Haweswater at the eastern end of the Lake District National Park. It's one of the lesser visited areas of the National Park making it wonderfully peaceful while being incredibly easy to get to from the M6. The Crown and Mitre Inn is only a short stroll from the cottage and boasts 4 star dining whilst having an extensive range of cask ales from local breweries. Haweswater is the most remote and arguably the most mysterious of the Lakes with an atmosphere all of its own. Due to its remote nature and lack of visitors this rugged, sheltered valley is a thriving haven for wildlife. The craggy terrain is well suited to peregrines and buzzards and frequently their cries are the only sounds breaking the silence. The valley is even home to its own herd of red deer. Even closer to the cottage red squirrels are frequently spotted, why not get a picnic together and potter down to Haweswater beck 150m away and spend the afternoon listening for wildlife and paddling in the stream?
Exploring the wider eastern Lake District couldn't be easier. Iona Cottage is just seven miles from beautiful Ullswater, widely thought of as the most picturesque of the Lakes. Here you can make the most of the wonderful range of walking on offer or enjoy being out on the water either under your own paddle power or aboard one of Ullswater's elegant steamers. Bampton Grange is also within very easy driving distance of Keswick, the Lake District's adventure capital. Here you can explore your wilder side with any number of outdoor activities or just enjoy this vibrant market town on foot. Whichever side of the Lake District you choose to explore, be it the remote and rugged or the bustling and busy, then Iona Cottage is a luxurious and peaceful base from which to start.