Laurel Cottage accommodation summary
Open plan kitchen, dining area and living room
King size bedroom with en suite bath, shower and WC
Twin bedroom with en suite shower and WC
Private parking for two cars
Follow the sign for Allan Bank along the lane until you reach an open yard reserved for Croft House Private Parking in front of three wooden garage doors. Pull in here and park (the garages are in constant use) in front of the cottage on the left hand side. Laurel Cottage is on your left as you pull in.Other Info
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
Please note the cottage doesn't accept children under the age of 12.General Description
Laurel Cottage is a traditional rural 18th century cottage in which a family would have lived upstairs, while their livestock remained in the safe confines of the ground floor area. Now sensitively refurbished, the cottage makes for a cozy hideaway from wintery weather or a carefree retreat from which to throw open the doors to the garden in the heat of summer.
The door to Laurel Cottage opens directly into the open plan living room, kitchen and dining area which features the original low ceiling beams, so mind your head! The living room has a warm and homely feel, with a 4 seater settee and club armchair surrounding the wood burning stove, for which one bag of logs is provided by the owner. A Smart TV (including a DVD player and a Netflix account that guests are welcome to use) provides alternative viewing to the sheep grazing in the pasture across the lane.
The kitchen has been refurbished using natural material, such as a heavy slate worktop and oak cupboards and the original 18th century large slate flagstones on the floor. The kitchen features an electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher and a tall fridge-freezer. For all the modern refurbishment, the buckled oak beams and feature sections of bare stone wall remind guests of the history of the cottage and add a sense of character and charm.
A microwave and washer-dryer are available for use in the utility room, where there is also space to store muddy boots and jackets.
Upstairs, the master bedroom features a king size bed, storage and a TV, as well as an en suite bathroom containing a luxury rainfall shower over the freestanding bath, towel rail and WC. Views from the bedroom look towards Loughrigg Fell past the pasture and the Inn at Grasmere, as well as over the cottage's garden; a view also available to bathers in the en suite.
The second bedroom plays host to twin single beds, wardrobe and TV with views towards Loughrigg Fell. It's en suite contains a walk-in rainfall shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin.
Outside, is a well thought-out garden spread across four tiers, some of which are lawned and others paved with slate. An iron garden table and six chairs offer views of the surrounding mountainscape, as well as the many varieties of tits, nuthatches and red squirrels that eat from the bird feeders. A curious point of interest of the cottage is that the original three-seater WC has been restored as a composting toilet, to show how it would have looked. Please note, it is not suitable for use.