Riggs Cottage accommodation summary
Living/dining room with large inglenook fireplace
Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
Large gravel driveway providing parking for up to 4 cars
Multi-level garden with lawn and patios
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by biomass central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
Although the house is heated by Bio-mass it has an automatic feed so you don't need to worry about topping up the boiler.
An initial supply of logs and kindling will be provided.
There are 3 bedrooms in the main house, accommodating 6 people, and an additional bedroom and shower room in The Bothy which can accommodate a further 2 people. Please note The Bothy is separate to the main house.
The property is accessed by 8 stone steps from the parking area to the front door and both house and garden are multi-level, so this cottage may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
The garden also contains a pond and stream, so supervision may be required.
Riggs Cottage is a historic property and if you like a few exposed timbers you will be spoilt here - the roof of the games barn is a work of art in itself. The barn is 17th century and has been lovingly restored to its current condition by the present owners who found it roofless and unused. The house itself also started life as a barn but just to prove that barn conversions are not a modern innovation it was converted to a home sometime prior to 1860! Obviously there has been some modernisation since then but without spoiling the character of this lovely house. The rooms are spacious yet really cosy, simply furnished in a traditional style with some lovely wildlife and local scene based artwork on the walls. The garden offers different areas to sit and enjoy the views, have a barbeque on a summer evening by the stream and unwind in this tranquil place.
Parking is provided on a gravel driveway behind the games barn with space for 4 cars. Between the barn and the cottage, a wooden garden gate gives access to stone steps leading up to the solid wood front door sheltered by a slate porch. The door opens straight into the large living-dining room.
Resisting the temptation to get comfy straight away on one of the three sofas arranged around a coffee table in front of the huge inglenook fireplace could be difficult, but there is the rest of the house to explore! To get your bearings the living area is to the left of the door, with a dining table seating 6 to the right. Within the inglenook is an open fire, perfect for cosy winter evenings in and your initial basket of logs will be supplied ready to go. Exposed stone walls and a real old slate floor along with the timber beams give this room a feeling of traditional solidity that is timeless and warm. The TV has a choice of Freeview or google Chromecast and there is also a DVD player and radio/cd player. Two lamps are ideal for enhancing the firelight in the evening and the tables upon which they sit are also useful for resting a cup of tea or glass of wine on while you sit back and relax.
Off the right-hand side of the living room past the dining table is the doorway to the spacious kitchen, the slate floor continues through as do the characterful beams into this bright dual aspect room. The stand out feature is a large electric rangemaster cooker tucked into a large former fireplace, perfectly chosen in that it looks the part! With 6 rings, double oven and separate grill there is plenty of space to cook up a feast. There are plenty of cupboards containing everything you could think of needing and space to store supplies too. All the usual appliances are provided including fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and 4 slice toaster and there is still room for a table with 6 chairs for family meals. The windows look out over the garden to the front and over fields to Sale Fell to the side - the sheep are usually on this side of the field in the morning, so you can watch each other having breakfast!
Stairs from the back of the kitchen lead up to the utility room with washing machine and tumble drier plus an additional sink. A door leads out onto the side patio to the right whilst to the left is a downstairs toilet off the utility room, small but handy to have.
Off the back of the living room a door and 2 steps up lead to a hallway with under stairs cupboard, hanging space for coats and storage; to the left is a sun room-come-study, mind your head on the low beam between the two! In the sunroom two comfy chairs enjoy the view over the back garden up to Sale Fell, a lovely spot to enjoy the morning sun. The study has a desk and lots of books, jigsaws and games to choose from.
From the hallway steep wooden stairs lead up and round to a small landing off which is the family bathroom with a bath and separate electric shower. A spacious room with slate floor and timber beams and not one but two heated towel rails so everyone can have a cosy warm towel in the morning. It also has a window overlooking the garden and up to Sale Fell.
Up some more stairs is the corridor off which are 3 bedrooms all of which have character beams and are fully carpeted. To the right is a large, dual aspect twin room with lovely views across trees and fields to Bassenthwaite Lake. This room combines spaciousness with cosiness and is fully equipped with 2 bedside tables, 2 chairs, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
Next along the corridor is a smaller twin room with a window overlooking the games barn with trees and fields beyond. Each bed has a bedside table and there is storage provided in a cupboard and drawer unit. A chair provides a quiet spot to relax and enjoy the view out of the window.
At the end of the corridor is the master bedroom with king size bed and en-suite shower room. This room is also dual aspect with lovely rural views over the fields and up to Sale Fell - relax and enjoy them from the small armchair. The furniture also includes a wardrobe and chest of drawers for storage and 2 bedside tables with lamps. The en-suite shower room has a practical wooden floor and not to mention a lovely view from the loo!
Straight across the garden from the front door is the games barn. Equipped with a 3/4 size snooker table and table tennis table, this restored 17th century barn is a beautiful open space with stunning exposed cruck beams.
Turning left out of the front door takes you along a path to The Bothy, a small stone building which houses the 4th bedroom, a double en-suite. A king size bed with bedside tables, chest of drawer and large cupboard with hanging space furnish this cosy room whilst the en-suite has an electric shower and heated towel rail. The window overlooks the field and onwards to Sale Fell, the stream outside will act as a lullaby.
The main house, bothy and games barn are all heated from the boiler barn which houses a biomass boiler. This is an entirely automated system, requiring no action from visitors. So not only will you be warm and cosy wherever you go but you are being environmentally friendly at the same time!
The garden wraps around 3 sides of the cottage on a variety of levels and contains different areas to explore and enjoy. Behind the house is a large lawn edged with trees, a pond and a cascade, with lovely views over the fields. Outside the utility room door is a paved patio with picnic bench and barbeque, again with delightful views. Or tucked away behind the bothy and games barn is a large slate paved patio with built in barbeque and stone picnic table and benches. This sheltered spot by the stream is perfect for summer evenings and children of all ages will love to play in the stream.
Riggs Cottage is gorgeous, a perfect choice for large family groups or 2 families travelling together. The house is cosy and comfortable with plenty of space for socialising together or finding your own space to relax. We can guarantee that you will feel at home here and will not want to leave at the end of your stay!