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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Carlisle and Northumbria, Lake District your home away from home

Carlisle is an interesting and historic city just northeast of the Lake District boundary. The area is ideal for hill-walking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits whilst the city itself has a number of historic attractions. The famous landmark, Hadrian’s Wall can be seen close by. The Scottish border and the lovely cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are within an hour’s drive from your Carlisle and Northumbria holiday rental.

Things to Do in Carlisle and Northumbria Cycling and Hiking

The magnificent scenery of this unspoilt area is best enjoyed on foot or by bicycle. There are a number of dedicated cycle routes including the 112-mile Carlisle and Eden Valley Circular Route, with many shorter loops off it. The Reivers Cycle Route and the Hadrian’s Cycle Way are also long-distance cycle routes in the area.

Golf

Golf was born at St Andrews, just north of the border. Enjoy playing at Brampton Golf Club, Eden Golf Course or Stoney Holme Golf Club, all close to your holiday home rental in Carlisle and Northumbria.

Shopping

Many farmer’s markets and farm shops can be found in this area and are ideal for buying fresh meats, vegetables, tasty local cheese, home-made cakes, jams and pies.

Places to Visit Near Carlisle and Northumbria Carlisle Castle

This medieval sandstone fortress makes an interesting focal point overlooking the city. The 12th century keep is the oldest part of this frontier fortress, built when border disputes and sieges were commonplace. Its fascinating history includes the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, the Civil War Siege and the Uprising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

High Head Sculpture Valley

Combine a scenic walk through this natural wooded valley with an ever-changing exhibition of local sculptures and artwork. These life-size creations are imaginatively displayed in their outdoor setting to the sound of birdsong. The Sculpture Valley also has a farmhouse tea room.

Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre

Bird watchers and those who appreciate falconry will enjoy a visit to this excellent Bird of Prey Centre. Offering falconry and hawking courses as well as displays, shows and one-hour hawk walks, visitors can learn more about these amazing birds and the ancient skills of falconry.

Weather in Carlisle and Northumbria

Carlisle and Northumbria have cool winters with average daily highs around 44°F (7°C) and some snow. Summers reach 68°F (20°C) in August and may be cloudy with showers. Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit this scenic area.

Getting to Carlisle and Northumbria

The nearest airport to your Lake District holiday home is NewcastleAirport which is 51 miles away. Other options are Edinburgh Airport, 75 miles away in Scotland, or the Leeds/Bradford International Airport which is 87 miles away. It is an easy scenic drive from any of these airports along the M6 to Carlisle. However, the Lake District is also very accessible by train from London’s Euston Station or Manchester to Oxenholm (Kendal), Penrith or Carlisle. You can pick up a hire car from the station making the journey very pleasant and hassle free.

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                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Cosy Autumn Retreat

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was our second stay at Millside Cottage and it was just as we remembered it. Our previous visit had been in June, so it was wonderful to be there during November surrounded by all the beautiful Autumn colours. The cottage was so warm and cosy, perfect for snuggling up in the evening. All the facilities are just as described and were spotlessly clean, we wanted for nothing. The fresh flowers and chilled bottle of bubbly in the fridge were lovely. Our stay coincided with the tail of storm Angus, which provided very dramatic photo opportunities! This was only for one day and was in contrast with the weather for the rest of the week - frosty mornings and warm sunshine. I had never seen a frozen a beach before; so pretty. The Autumn was the perfect time to visit Cragside Gardens - it was a good thing that the house was closed because we wouldn't have had time to visit! Lunch in the restaurant was excellent too. We would also highly recommend the Copper Kettle Tea Room in Bamburgh, Grannies Tea Room in Alnwick and the Victoria Hotel, Bamburgh for an early morning post walk 'bacon butty'! As ever, the week passed far too quickly but we came away with our 'batteries' well and truly recharged. Thank you Gill and family for sharing your wonderful Millstone Cottage.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Ideal for a family get together

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The rooms were really good and the beds comfortable. We did find that we had to use all wood available to keep warm but we did have some really cold weather, The Rayburn did not work and a Pyrex dish for the over shattered during cooking but that could just be bad luck! I do not hesitate in recommending this property to others.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Peace and Quiet

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Pros :- Excellent facilities, a very high standard of hygiene, amazing views. We met Gareth on our first night and he was very helpful and friendly and gave good advice on where to eat/ visit. Cons :- For us it was too cold, it would of been a bonus to have a log fire, however our stay all in all was fantastic. We would definitely come back in the warmer months and the drive up/down the A686 was breathtaking. We would recommend staying here if you like solitude.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016