Townend Stables was originally built prior to 1886 as the stables on Townend Farm in the tiny village of Wiggonby, before it was converted into a well-appointed self-catering holiday cottage. It easily sleeps up to eight guests across four bedrooms and welcomes up to two dogs. A further two guests can be accommodated by using the sofa-bed located in the living room. The floor-to-ceiling windows situated at the front of the cottage afford it with a light and spacious feeling, while oak woodwork, exposed stonework, quality furnishings and locally printed (but nationally renowned) fabrics add a homely, comfortable feel to the Victorian building.
Wiggonby sits away from the usual tourist route between the Lake District National Park and the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Watchtree Nature Reserve is just two miles away, the seaside town of Silloth is a 20-minute drive through the AONB and Bassenthwaite Lake is 25 minutes’ drive to the south, with Keswick and Cockermouth a short drive further on.
The area is packed with historic landmarks, not least of which are Carlisle Castle (15 minutes’ drive) and Hadrian’s Wall (30 minutes’ drive). Tullie House has excellent seasonal exhibitions, as well as a child-friendly museum collection (great for wet weather) and holds an important collection of Pre-Raphaelite work within its gallery. For those who have more modern interests (shopping!), there is Carlisle or Gretna Gateway, 30 minutes’ drive away.