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Award Winning, Family friendly, Lake District Country House

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 8 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Upper Allithwaite - Eller How House

Large peaceful 3 bedroomed historic house in 12 acres woodland

Named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of the top fifty holiday cottages in 2016, Eller How House is the self-contained West wing of an unusual Regency House. The house and grounds were designed in the 1820's by the architect George Webster as his family home. There are many unusual features, from the ornate plasterwork in the first floor sitting room to the collection of 'heads' holding up the ceiling in the master bedroom. You can explore the woods directly from the house and have access out onto the fell with magnificent views.

The accommodation comprises; Paved courtyard with table and chairs for eating out and views to magnificent cedar tree.

Ground floor-large entrance hall with coat hooks, well stocked kitchen /dining room, utility room with washer/dryer and second fridge and freezer. Double bedroom with en suite shower room with W.C. and basin.

Twin/zip-link double bedroom with large en suite shower room, basin and W.C. Inner hall with stairs up to first floor landing with table and bookshelves and double doors to large, comfortable sitting room with marble open fireplace and decorative plasterwork. Cloakroom with WC and basin. Large treble aspect double bedroom with veranda. En suite bathroom with free-standing cast iron roll top bath, W.C. and basin.

We have chosen the furniture and pictures, a mixture of antique and modern to compliment the character of the house.

Eller How House is a holiday destination in itself, set in its own beautiful woodland with space for families or friends to relax. It is an all year round destination with autumn and winter a great time for a short, relaxing break. We offer a long week-end package or why not try a mid-week (four night) stay and enjoy days walking or sightseeing. We still have availability for Christmas. The property is enchanting in the snow (we have a couple of sledges which you are welcome to use) and you can spend the evenings round a roaring log fire. You might be lucky enough to watch otters in the lake or catch a glimpse of a slow-worm sunbathing in the rocks. There are plenty of birds too, from buzzards circling overhead to tiny gold crests in the yew trees.

Ramble through the twelve acres of mixed woodland and discover ruined follies and catch glimpses of the sea, then out on to the fell, where you can climb up and see a panorama of Lakeland fells, Yorkshire Dales and across the Bay.

We ask for a deposit of 20% of the rental cost to secure the booking with the balance payable eight weeks before the start of your stay. Payment can be made by cheque, Bank Transfer, Credit or Debit card. Please scroll down to send an enquiry, we can then sort out the details if you wish to make a reservation. All enquiries and questions are answered promptly and personally.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

About Us

Helen Churchill
Eller How House
Eller How House, Lindale
LA11 6NA Grange-over-Sands
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John and Helen Churchill
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
25 November, 2016
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About John and Helen Churchill

We are a couple who have lived and worked in this area for more than thirty years. Our children have been brought up and educated locally and consider themselves to be Cumbrians. We really enjoy living at Eller How with its magical atmosphere and constantly changing natural environment.

John and Helen Churchill purchased this cottage in 2002

Why John and Helen Churchill chose England

We fell in love with Eller How on a wet November Saturday. The pretty façade with its decorated barge-boards, the fantastic, large rooms with their charming details, and, most of all the enchanting woodland with its meandering paths and ruined follies all drew us in. We can walk out onto the fell above the house in ten minutes and have a 100 degree breath-taking, panoramic view of the Lake District fells, the Yorkshire fells and on a clear day, the Isle of Man. The nearby town of Grange-over-Sands has superb local shops with excellent produce and the pretty village of Cartmel has excellent places to eat.

What makes this cottage unique

Coming back to Eller How after any time away be it a day at work or a holiday away makes us realise how lucky we are to live some-where so magical. The woods are constantly changing and the house, with its unusual features is really special. It is large and cosy at the same time suitable for the two of us and for the many visitors, family and friends who come and stay.


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Award Winning, Family friendly, Lake District Country House
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great Stay will go again

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place to stay. We felt at home immediately. Everything you need is there and very well looked after. Loved the log fire.The surrounding land is lovely and the whole experience was very relaxing. It's an ideal place from which to explore the Lake District and surrounding areas.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ellen How House is simply stunning, with the lovely gardens it has everything for a relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Eller How House. We booked this to celebrate my husband's birthday with his parents and brother. The host, Helen, was so welcoming and made sure we had everything needed to enjoy our stay. She was great at communicating ahead of time and the cake to help us celebrate really added a special touch. The grounds are lovely and there is so much to see and do in the surrounding area of the beautiful Lake District. It was really lovely to sit in the library around the fire as a family reading books or playing cards games.

I would highly recommend a stay at Eller How House, it truly is a special place unlike anywhere I've ever stayed before.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic property with wonderful grounds - Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back after staying a week in this wonderful house with friends of ours and can only say what a lovely property it is. First impressions driving up to it are WOW!

We stayed there with our 9 year old son and friends of ours and their similarly aged son, and the boys found so many things to do in the woods and the lake... from building dens to making their own fishing rods and seeing if they could catch anything in the lake (not much chance with a bamboo stick and some string, but you can't fault them for trying).

The house itself was quite amazing... not least the upstairs lounge which was like something you'd find in a stately home, with everything throughout being lovely and clean and well equipped. There was also a very well received Victoria Sponge waiting for us on arrival which was a lovely touch. If the boys enjoyed exploring the grounds, then my favourite activity was just sitting in the late afternoon sun on the balcony sipping a G&T and just taking in the views.

Although the property is situated away from it all, it is also conveniently close to main transport links and the nearby town of Grange Over Sands, which we drove to on a number of occasions to sample their selection of takeaways and re-stock on supplies in the coop there. There is also a pub not far from the house, but as there was so much on offer at Eller How we never actually got there. Since the owners live next door, there was also the comfort knowing that should we require any help or advice then this was never far away if we'd needed it.

All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable week and I would happily return for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Beautiful place in the Lake District!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent four nights in this magical place. The grounds are beautiful and the home very spacious. We were greeted with a freshly made cake. The owners are kind and very accommodating! This house has a drawing room that takes you right back to Victorian times. We didn't want to leave. Highly recommended. Close to all of the Lake District wonders.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay in the Lake District

  • 5 of 5

We booked Eller How House for a family break in the Lake District for 6 people. The house seemed ideal for our needs and also our dates as we were arriving on a Sunday and many properties needed you to arrive on a Saturday.

Helen, the host, was quick to respond to my emails and enquiries and sent us all the information and instructions in advance.

In the end only four of us were able to go to the Lake District however the house was perfect for us and would have comfortably accommodated 6 people as it is very spacious. It is clean, well maintained and fully equipped with all the utensils for cooking if you don't want to eat out. There were laundry facilities as well. A nice home baked cake awaited us on arrival.

We definitely felt at home and it was nice to wander around the grounds after dinner and in the morning.

I highly recommend the house. It was around 20 mins to Bowness and Buttermere was further north but definitely doable as a day trip.

Helen and John were very welcoming and hospitable. Due to family circumstances we were worried we would not be able to make it but Helen was understanding and tried to help us out. In the end we made it and I'm glad we did.

We all had a nice relaxing stay at the house.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you and your family were able to come up for a stay in the Lakes and that you all enjoyed your holiday. We were sorry not to meet your parents and hope that your mother is now on the mend. We would love to welcome them some time in the future so please do bring them up to stay.
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Wonderful home in Sth Lakes - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We all absolutely adored our all-too-brief stay at Eller How - it was the most wonderful combination of comfort, quirkiness, and location, and was superbly well equipped. From the tea tray on arrival, with the best cake my son had ever tasted (thanks Max!), through the well equipped kitchen, to the roomy bedrooms and spotless bathrooms, the wonderful library, the delighted and unobtrusive hosts, the grand drawing room with views and, a particular favourite, the log fire, we were all enchanted. The weather was surprisingly kind so we enjoyed local walks and further trips in the car, but frankly I would have been just as happy curling up on the sofa beside the crackling fire.

We have stayed in many self catering places, but this, without doubt, was our favourite and we very much look forward to returning.

Deserves seven stars!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Eller How House especially as it seems ages since you were all here. We are glad that you all enjoyed yourselves and found plenty to do even in February! Thank you too for treating the house with respect and leaving everything really clean and tidy. Hopefully we will see you all before too long- John and Helen
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Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom, with its mountains and green fertile valleys, it has inspired the Romantic poets, such as Wordsworth and Coleridge and artists from Turner to Ruskin, who built his home on the shores of Lake Coniston. Visitors from all over the world come to immerse themselves in the scenery, to walk, climb or enjoy water sports.

We are ideally situated for walking on the Southern fells or water sports on Windermere and Coniston. Ambleside is half an hour away and you could be in the northern lakes in less than an hour.

The historic village of Cartmel with its Priory and racecourse is within easy reach, as are the shops at the Victorian resort of Grange over Sands. For garden lovers Levens Hall and Holker Hall are both essential visits. The National Trust estates at Fell Foot and Sizergh Castle are nearby. Beatrix Potter’s house at High Sawrey is less than half an hour drive away.

For food lovers L'Enclume, Michellin star winner, is five minutes away, whilst those who want more modest fare will find plenty of good quality pubs and gastropubs in the area. Shopping for good quality, locally produced food is easy with shops in Grange, Cartmel (sticky toffee pudding) and at Sizergh Barn there are branches of Booths Supermarkets at Ulverston, Windermere and Kendal.

There are sea views from the summer house in the grounds and stupendous views of the Lakeland hills ten minutes walk up the fell behind the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Upper Allithwaite, Kendal & South Lakes

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
New Year
26 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Holiday
10 Feb 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
17 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
8 night minimum stay
Early Spring
24 Feb 2017 - 16 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring
17 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
14 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
8 night minimum stay
Early Summer
22 Apr 2017 - 18 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
19 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Holiday
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
2 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
7 Jul 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £20

A deposit of 20% secures the rental, with the balance payable 8 weeks before the start of your holiday.
We ask for a returnable security deposit prior to commencing your stay (returned within 48 hours of departure unless there is a dispute)
All linen, towels,heating and cleaning are included in the rental.
Dogs are welcome and charged at £20.00 for one and £30.00 for two.
We have a high chair

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Upper Allithwaite, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , victorian roll-top bath
  • Plenty of fluffy, white towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , zip-link to form ex large double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Please request zip-link beds in bedroom 2 if required. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Please note that care should be taken on the balcony and that there is unfenced water (a small lake) in the grounds. You can pic-nic or have a camp-fire in the woods (please ask for the grills and equipment to use on the fire). We have secure storage for bicycles, please ask for the key (please don't store bikes in the house). Good for star gazing.

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