Noted for its incredible views over the estuary in one direction and the Lake District fells in the other, this beautiful detached family home seemingly teeters on the hillside in the reasonably remote village of Kirkby in Furness in South West Cumbria. The property has been recently renovated and retains many original features, including stone floors, bay windows and quirky alcoves, all reminiscent of its heritage. This stunning spacious property is a magnificent place to call home while you explore this lesser visited part of the County.
Set on a hillside just above the small railway station that links the village to other towns on the Cumbrian coast, Skell Hill is ideally located for accessing Duddon Sands, and when the tide is out enjoying the vast expanse of tidal estuary below. Remember to bring your wellies, though, as it can get a little muddy. It is a SSSI and a Ramsar site and has a huge range of birds and the country's biggest population of natterjack toads, it is truly somethig to behold. The owners kindly leave a set of binoculars at the cottage for you to take it all in. Walks are plentiful, in fact, Kirkby in Furness is part of the Cumbria Coastal Way, an 182-mile walk from Silverdale in the South to Carlisle in the North, taking in beautiful beaches, picturesque estuaries and spectacular clifftops as it meanders itself along the shoreline. There are some good pubs nearby, including The Grey Hound Inn as you approach Kirkby in Furness and the Burlington Inn at the crossroads where you turn down to Duddon Sands, but the nearest, The Ship, is within easy walking distance of the house and offers a warm welcome.
This area of South West Cumbria has lots to explore, with picturesque drives in all directions leading you to fascinating visitor attractions, stunning scenery and great walking and biking options. Black Combe is the nearest of the Lakeland fells, and the somewhat steep climb is rewarded by the views from the top. Not only do you get to enjoy a rare glimpse of the Lake District peaks from a direction not usually seen, but Black Combe offers a spectacular panoramic vista of the Irish Sea. On a clear day, it is easy to spot Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man from this one incredible spot. The Cumbrian Coastline Railway offers an exhilarating way to take in the magnificent countryside, and with the little platform a mere one-minute walk from your doorstep, it couldn't be easier. The tracks run very close to the shoreline in parts, offering spectacular views in all directions. Its multiple stops along the way chart the area's historic past, with ancient monuments, important trading harbours and industrial mining centres all part of the journey; not to mention access to Hadrian's Wall at the railway's further point in the north.