Irt Cottage accommodation summary

Ground Floor

Living room
Dining room
Bathroom with shower and WC
Utility Room

First Floor

Two double bedrooms
One twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath, shower and WC 


Large enclosed rear garden
Enclosed front garden
Secure shed for storing bikes


Parking for at least four cars to the rear of the cottage

Other Info

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 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

The owners of this cottage will be providing a Christmas tree for the festive season.

General Description

Irt Cottage, a 19th century traditional stone woodman's cottage to the Lodore Estate, is situated in the heart of the iconic Wasdale valley and sleeps up to six people. The old sawmill (which is no longer in use) is located next to the cottage, with its Victorian water wheel and the River Irt diverting into the water race alongside the garden. The generous lawned garden behind the house is fully enclosed, ensuring that children stay safe in this idyllic cottage with views towards Scafell Pike.

The cottage may be entered from the front or rear. Using the front entrance will lead you through a porch and into the living room, which consists of two sofas (a three-seater and a two-seater), FreeSAT TV and wood burning stove underneath a traditional stone mantel. Hidden behind the living room is a snug containing a collection of books and board games, perfect for escaping with a good read. A dining room featuring a table seating up to six people is located between the living room and kitchen. The kitchen contains its own small breakfast table, an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and freestanding fridge-freezer. There is a small utility room containing a washing machine and a place to store muddy boots and walking gear at the rear of the house, with access to the back garden. The coastal themed ground floor bathroom consisting of walk-in shower and WC is reached via the utility room.

The living room and dining room both have views of the 19th century packhorse bridge over the River Irt, while the kitchen has views over the lawned garden of 'the screes' on the foothills of the Scafell range, which drop down into Wastwater.

The first floor consists of two double bedrooms, a twin room and bathroom. Each bedroom contains a wardrobe, chest-of-drawers and bedside cabinets, and the front bedroom (overlooking the packhorse bridge) has a feature Victorian fireplace. The twin room shares the same view, while the remaining double bedroom and bathroom look over the garden towards Scafell, Scafell Pike and Latterbarrow.

The garden behind the stone cottage consists of a large lawned garden, fully enclosed by a fence to prevent children or dogs from messing around in the River Irt, which flows alongside. A water race diverts from the main flow of the river to drive the water wheel in the old sawmill. A secure shed can be found in the back garden in which to store bikes.

Upon approaching the cottage, it's difficult not to notice the Victorian winching tackle and iron railway tracks leading to the sawmill. Once upon a time, logs would have been loaded onto the rail truck, brought to the front of the house and then winched into the sawmill. The beauty of Irt Cottage's location juxtaposed against its industrial heritage makes this cottage one of kind.