Does the notion of an elegantly restored cottage for four in the much-loved coastal village of Ravenglass sound like something that might suit you? Well, if so then take a look at the gorgeous Old School House. Set in a beautiful terrace of Victorian buildings overlooking the estuary that was once an important Roman port this light filled gem is a treasure trove of traditional features sitting comfortably alongside modern design details. With two comfortable bedrooms, spacious socialising rooms and luxurious touches everywhere you look this cottage really makes a wonderful starting point for exploring this tranquil area. The owners have put a personal stamp on the place with nods to its Victorian heritage in the form of restored and adapted antiques, innovative lighting and a practised eye for modern interior decor.
Ravenglass makes a wonderful base for a visit, blessed as it is with a timeless and gentle feel about it. It is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park and these days is best known for being the starting point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway. Locally known as the La'al Ratty, this marvellous narrow gauge railway winds its way from the coast to the foot of the highest Lakeland Fells at Boot in Eskdale. The village also boasts several eateries offering locally sourced food and real ales as well as a cafe and playground at the Ratty station. Evidence of the area's rich history is also to hand with a Roman Bath House just a short walk away and Muncaster Castle; a historic (and legend has it, haunted) gem with beautiful grounds and events going on throughout the year less than a mile away. The gardens are a must see when the rhododendrons, azaleas or bluebells are flowering.
The stunning valleys of Wasdale and Eskdale are nearby with a world of fell walking to be enjoyed from the mighty Scafells, the highest mountains in England, to lower level peaks such as Irton Pike and Muncaster Fell that all the family can enjoy. The coastline is a natural treasure trove with dunes to explore and a wealth of visiting birdlife. Cyclists are extremely well catered for with a vast choice of off-road options for mountain bikers, a coastal cycleway and some of the most iconic mountain passes in the country for the road cyclists among you. There are also golf courses for all tastes nearby from challenging windswept links golf at Seascale and Silecroft to Muncaster's own nine-hole parkland gem just down the road. From Old School House it couldn't be easier to make the most of this delightful area.