Set in the heart of the iconic Wasdale valley, Irt Cottage is a 19th century woodman's cottage. Originally part of the Lodore Estate, the old sawmill (which is no longer in use) still stands next to this traditional stone cottage, complete with a logging railway and winching equipment to deliver the logs to the mill. The River Irt runs alongside the acre of enclosed garden, with a water race diverted from the main river to drive the sawmill's original water wheel. The views to the rear of the cottage are of 'the Screes', which form the foothills of the Scafell range, plunging down into the deepest lake in England, Wastwater, just a mile away. To the front, is a Georgian packhorse bridge, which would have been used by traders crossing the river; yet another reminder of the area's heritage.
The cottage itself has been sensitively refurbished and sleeps up to six people. Two well behaved dogs are welcome, but must stay downstairs. There are two double bedrooms, a twin room, a ground and first floor bathroom and WC and a well equipped kitchen. The living room and dining room both feature woodburning stoves and there is a snug hidden behind the living room stocked with a collection of books and board games; perfect for escaping for a good read.
It is a quarter of a mile to the small Lakeland village of Nether Wasdale, where there are two good country pubs - The Strands Inn and The Screes - both of which serve good food; while Low Wood Hall Hotel is a little further up the road and has a restaurant and bar that is open to non-residents. The shop at Church Stile Farm provides locally sourced meat, vegetables, bread, milk, cheese and jam, so you'll never be short of the best local ingredients when preparing meals. The shop also stocks a selection of wines and beers. Just four miles from Irt Cottage is the village of Gosforth (itself located three miles from the coast) and home to the Wild Olive, an Italian restaurant that offers takeaway meals. Four miles in the opposite direction is Wasdale Head, from where the mighty Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, can be climbed and explored. In short, Irt Cottage's heritage and its location deep in the dramatic Wasdale valley offer guests a unique and unforgettable getaway.