Ona Ash accommodation summary

Ground Floor

Utility room
Dining kitchen
Living room

First Floor

Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Master double bedroom


Enclosed rear garden with outdoor furniture

Parking Info

There is parking on the driveway next to the cottage for a maximum of 2 cars (parked end-to-end)

Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking

Please note, due to the age of Ona Ash, the cottage is full of character and original features. There are low beams and ceilings throughout the cottage and the stone sprial staircase up to the first floor is steep, there is a rope handrail to one side.

Due to the thatched roof, BBQs and fires are not permitted at this cottage. The stove in the living room is not for use, it is a feature only.

General Description

Built in 1693, Ona Ash is a wonderful Grade 2* listed cottage just outside the small village of Kirkoswald, in the beautiful Eden Valley. Full of rustic charm and original character features, this atmospheric cottage is one of only a handful of known Cumbrian longhouses with a thatched roof. Throughout the house the original timbers are exposed and the original flagstones have been retained and the house is full of original features - there's something new to see around every corner! Due to the age and style of the house, the ceiling are low so you may need to mind your head.

One of only a small number of genuine Cumbrian longhouses, Ona Ash is a truly rare example. An out shut at the rear contains the original dairy and a charmingly rustic spiral stone stair case which leads to the original attic. The roof is supported by two upper cruck beams in the former byre, and one in the house. Many of the timbers were reused from an earlier building and are considerably older than the seventeenth century. The roof was originally of turf and heather construction and the remnants survived until the early eighties when a twentieth century "wavy-tin" roof  was replaced by the reed thatch that you see today. Surprisingly, thatch was once a common roofing material in the upper Eden Valley, but now Ona Ash is one of a handful of buildings in North Cumbria that still use such a traditional material.

The house was uninhabited and derelict when the architectural historian R. W. Brunskill surveyed the house in 1965 for the Cumbrian Vernacular Building Group. Its importance both locally and nationally was recognised and, fortunately, plans to demolish the building to make way for a bungalow in the '70s never happened. The house subsequently gained statutory protection in the 80s when it was restored, and is now listed Grade 2*, assuring its long term preservation for future generations.

The garden path leads to the front door with its date stone over the door way.  Open the door and you come to a classic, historical cross passage - it has a door at either end and dates back to when the house was used for farming purposes as well as to live in.  

To the left is the dining kitchen.  With a pine table and chairs for six people, it's a lovely space for sociable mealtimes.The kitchen is well equipped with an electric oven, gas hob and another fridge. The big stainless steel sink has views over the front garden and bird table so you might not mind washing up after all! The kitchen also has a leather two-seater sofa, the perfect spot to escape to with a good book.  Beyond the kitchen is the large utility room with fridge, deep freeze, oil fired central heating boiler, washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer. This has a door here leading onto the delightful garden out at the front of the house. 

Back at the  cross passage you enter the living room with the inglenook feature fireplace; the heck is on your right keeping the draughts away from the fireplace, which has its own traditional fire window allowing you see any visitors and cook. There's a window seat with an original sliding Yorkshire window and the spice cupboard and various alcoves for bits and pieces are all still preserved.

The spiral stone staircase is off the living room; follow the worn sandstone steps up to the first floor.

The landing takes you right to the bathroom, which has a wonderful feature Victorian cast iron bath - perfect for enjoying a relaxing soak - and a handheld shower attachment. Cast iron radiators keep you toasty and the vintage high rise cistern and an old sink take you back in time.

The front two bedrooms, one a double and the other a twin, lead on from the landing with full height exposed cruck beams and a hayloft window giving a lovely view down the road. At the other end of the house is the master bedroom with its original eighteen century window and wide cut floorboards.

To the rear of the cottage is a delightful enclosed garden. With outdoor table and chairs, it's a lovely spot for dining al fresco.

Ona Ash is a fascinating cottage; if you're looking to stay somewhere with a real sense of of history, then Ona Ash is the one for you.