The Old School at Muncaster
If you're looking for the perfect place to gather family and friends under one roof while being ideally situated to explore Cumbria's unspoiled western valleys and tranquil coastline then this will be a treat for you. Sleeping 18 people in 10 comfortable bedrooms, with bags of space to socialise together and also to spread out and find a quiet spot The Old School at Muncaster really is just the job for your gathering. The cottage offers flexible accommodation for groups as it has three single rooms as well as two super-kings that can be made up as twins, it has ground floor accommodation if some members of your party have limited mobility and it even boasts a second living room with a games console for teens and tweens who'd like to commandeer their own space. Added to this many of the rooms are en-suite and all have their own TV. If your party is coming to make the most of the great outdoors armed with bikes, boats or golf clubs there is even a large lockable shed to store them.
The Old School at Muncaster lies just outside the charming village of Ravenglass; the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park. It's a special little place with a rich seam of history running through it and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. More than 2000 years ago it was an important port supplying the inland forts and evidence of this heritage is just a short walk from the cottage in the form of a well-preserved Roman bathhouse. Now it's more famous as being the starting point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, locally known as the La'al Ratty; a wonderful narrow gauge steam railway which winds its way from the coast up to the foot of the mighty fells at Boot. The village also boasts several eateries offering locally sourced food and real ales as well as a cafe and playground at the Ratty station. The cottage is also situated right at the gateway to Muncaster Castle; a historic (and legend has it, haunted) gem with beautiful grounds and events going on throughout the year. The gardens are a must see when the rhododendrons, azaleas or bluebells are flowering.
Slightly further afield from the cottage there's much to see and do. 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.