Orchard Cottage (Waberthwaite)
Positioned between the Lakeland Fells and the Irish Sea, Orchard Cottage resides in an idyllic location in the picturesque village of Waberthwaite. A lovingly converted traditional Longhouse, this property oozes charm and character, with vaulted ceiling, exposed woodwork and stone and quirky cubby holes revealing its heritage. Surrounded by a pretty garden and backed by a modest orchard and views of the countryside beyond, this beautifully presented cottage offers an excellent peaceful retreat or a fabulous base for exploring the spectacular western Lake District.
Waberthwaite has one main claim to fame; it is the birthplace of the traditional Cumberland sausage. Family butcher's RB Woodalls have been producing Cumberland sausage in the village for over 175 years, and their treasure trove of edible delights is housed in the village store only a stone's throw from the Orchard Cottage. The Brown Cow is a great family pub serving good food and a great selection of beverages. It is an easy walk from the property and is a lovely place to enjoy a drink year round with a beer garden for the enjoying the sunshine in the summer months and a cosy atmosphere on a cold winter's evening. Half a mile from the cottage, down a quiet country road, the Estuary and shore are within easy walking distance. Here the Rivers Irt and Esk merge and reach the Irish Sea; a real haven of beauty and tranquility. Take a walk along the foreshore and sand dunes with the mountains and fells behind you. The nearby Eskmeals Nature Reserve mean this area is a haven for many sea birds (including a number of protected species) and wildlife - remember to listen out for the famous natterjack toad on your evening walks.
Waberthwaite is the perfect location for a peaceful and restful stay, while the area surrounding the village offers plenty to explore. From the Norman and Roman sites and the spectacular Muncaster Castle to the pretty fishing village of Ravenglass and the windswept beach at St Bee's, this lovely corner of Cumbria provides plenty to keep you busy. There is an abundance of gentle walks and cycleways, and with easy access into the heart of the Lake District National Park and all its activities, you could quickly become overwhelmed by choice.
If you have a larger group, you can book Orchard Cottage alongside it's neighbouring property Damson Cottage to accommodate up to 10 people.