The Retreat (Ravenglass)
Nestled in the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park lies The Retreat, an elegant haven of a cottage for four. Retaining its Victorian character features while having been brought lovingly into the 21st century with stylish decor, thoughtfully chosen art and high spec appliances this spacious semi detached cottage makes a lovely base to explore the charming village of Ravenglass and its unspoiled surroundings. As well having some of the best fell walking available nearby it's also a paradise for rail enthusiasts, twitchers, art and history lovers alike.
Ravenglass is a truly special little place with a rich seam of history running through it and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. Evidence of its Roman heritage is just a short walk away from the cottage in the form of a well-preserved Roman bathhouse. It's famous these days 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. Guests at the Retreat can give a wave to these wonderful heritage locomotives as they puff over the bridge nearby. Or better still pop over the road and catch the train yourself. 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 very close 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.
The glorious 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. You might just find that Ravenglass casts its bygone era spell over you and you'd rather just enjoy the gentle bustle of village life from the vantage point of this welcoming and comfortable cottage.