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Oak-beamed, pet friendly, 18th century Foxglove Cottage. Walking and cyclying.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Village setting Cottage, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4, ideal location.

A charming 18th century oak-beamed Lake District holiday cottage that offers superior self-catering accommodation for up to four people. Children age 7 years+ and dogs are welcome.

The cottage is situated in the non-tourist Lake District village of Greystoke, which has a castle (closed to public) but large parkland grounds are open for walking; racing stables; heated outdoor swimming pool; post office-cum-general store and a telephone kiosk. The cottage has free wifi access.

This self-catering cottage, which welcomes pets, is in an ideal location with easy access to Penrith, Keswick and all Lakes and Fells. With local pubs providing excellent food, this Lake District holiday cottage is available all year for rentals, and short breaks, including weekend getaways. Perfect for restful cottage holidays but also suitable for the more active Lake District holidays of walking, cycling, swimming, sailing, golf, pony trekking or general sightseeing.

An open log fire plus electric fires, plus overnight storage heaters.

Pets welcome Free wifi Fridge Microwave Electric cooker

Colour TV DVD Player Radio Duvets and pillows provided. Guests take their own bed linen/towels or may hire but must tell Owner in advance. If you wish to have bedding provided, and beds made up ready for your arrival, hire cost is - double bed £25 and each single bed £12.50. This includes the provision of a large bath towel and a hand towel for each person. Alternatively, you may bring your own bed linen and towels.

Blankets All heating and hot water costs included in price

Log fire No meters Private garden with garden furniture

Parking for two cars

Two bedrooms: one with a double bed, one with two singles

Children aged 7 years and over Welcome pack

Holiday rental periods normally start on a Saturday at 2pm but whenever possible arrangements are made to suit individual requirements for your holiday or weekend break.

Non-smokers only.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

Why Owner chose Greystoke

Foxglove Cottage is oaked beamed and oozes character and charm. It was built in 1753 and the names of the original owners are carved in stone over the front door. It is meticulously maintained by a local Housekeeper who lives closeby and is on hand to help, if needed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Greystoke in Greystoke

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Duvets, blankets and pillows are provided for all beds. Guests may hire or provide their own sheets/duvet cover & pillows cases, towels.
  • Hire rates for linen and towels - Double bed £25 / each single bed £12.50. Includes one bath and one hand towel per person. Request when booking.
  • Children aged 7 years+ welcome. There is a supplement of £10 per dog per week/short break. State number of dogs [maximum of 3] when making booking.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bathroom is half-tiled
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
Plenty of excellent local eating places and pubs. Shopping in Penrith (5 mins by car) and Keswick (15 mins by car). Bus service from Greystoke. Village has small supermarket, newsagent and post office and is a great centre for walking and cycling - on cycle route and has a cycle cafe.


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Oak-beamed, pet friendly, 18th century Foxglove Cottage. Walking and cyclying.
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

high standard, very comfortable, clean and welcoming. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always strive to maintain very high standards of furnishings and comfort, and to make our guests as welcome as possible. A good holiday should be a great experience. Also, we love dogs!
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  • 4 of 5

Just as it appears in photo. Owner is very nice. Helpers were friendly...and helpful! Deep bath tub! Only one mark: the fireplace is closed off. Plastic glow logs. At least they were smoke free. ;).

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review, it is much appreciated. The fireplace is not closed off, the electric fire is free standing and can be easily lifted out so that a coal or log fire can be lit: we provide a free basket of logs [next to the fireplace]. The electric fire is only placed in front of the fireplace as some guests prefer the ease of electric fires. However, many of our guests enjoy having the log fire, it is so cosy in the evenings, but please do remember to use the fire guard. See our Welcome Pack for details.
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5☆ presentation - a great deal of genuine thought has gone into the cosy furnishings but see below.

  • 3 of 5

Mixed enjoyment of cottage.

Supplies: we were given a generous supply of necessary provisions on arrival e.g. washing up liquid. Cottage generally fresh and clean on entry.

1) Water supply was the main issue generally.

There was no mixer tap in the bathroom or kitchen sinks so scalding hot water burned hands(when hot water available)/or we had to fill the basin

2) No Electric Shower or Hot Water Booster

so limited hot (scalding) water or water ran cold after one shower or big dish wash

3) Bath taps <-> mixer Shower off taps - had to carefully mix hot/cold (trying not to get burned/simultaneously slip) - unlike calibrated electric showers which work with a couple of quick adjustments.

Comparatively small shower head so very limited flow/ wall shower head fixing pointing directly downwards and positioned in such a way that awkward to stand under shower

4) Shower Mat Old and Cracked as


5) Shower curtain left fusty smell as damp/brown along bottom - if bath required at all, perhaps replace with shower bath i.e. curved shower door on curved bath for shower and hygiene/function i.e. doors don't cling like curtain

6) "Wild Bird Cups" were left very stained - but we left them clean. Suspect that people had difficulty cleaning due to lack of hot water "on tap" as we encountered this

7) Stairs - 3 curved and 6 straight stairs as ascending stairs

One banister - Right Hand Side Ascend RHSA over 6 straight/ steep and deep stairs effectively this amounts to only half a banister as the first half is tight against wall with no finger room to enable proper grip over first half of 6 straight stairs (The 1st 3 curved steps have no banister at all)

8) In general it would be good to have had a laundry bin/rubbish bins in rooms and a dish drying rack. To be fair dish towels were supplied. May need more hand towels as towels didn't dry quickly. Kitchen very cold at night - very good heaters in lounge so could happily have spent whole visit snuggled in this pretty,warm and well - appointed room.

Very good to have WiFi and rooms were good sizes,good number of light switches and a lovely garden,allowing dogs.

Housekeeper local and very helpful indeed. Landlady very good at communicating e.g. when we checked about relatives staying. An aesthetically pleasing ,very functional gem of a cottage if simple modern adaptations are made. Hope this helps to make cottage 5 star!

PS What about a fold down bed for those who have difficulty accessing stairs..?

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The cottage is not only a holiday cottage but it is also a family home, so we take great care to maintain the high quality of fixtures, fittings and cleaning. There is an abundant supply of hot water which is computer controlled, however, an additional maintainence check will be carried out. If the large hot water tank is emptied it will take a short time to heat up again. The mixer taps for the bath are also the mixer taps for the overhead shower. We have a bath and a shower as some guests prefer to lie and soak their weary limbs in a bath after a hard day's walking on the Fells! The cottage was built in 1753 and the staircase reflects that. Consequently the stairs are narrower, and probably steeper, than modern house stairways but a stair rail is in place. To date, this has not been an issue for visiting guests nor family but we will give thought to what other measures it might be possible to take. We would be very grateful if any housekeeping comments were made to the Housekeeper [who only lives two doors away] at the time of your stay. Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us and we would want to address any points you raise as soon as is possible. Housekeeping points raised in the review have been addressed. With best wishes.
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Great Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this cottage, which was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Ideal for us, on the cycle route 71 and close to everything we wanted. Good local pub and handy shop.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous !!!!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, cosy warm well equipped beyond belief. We had a wonderful weekend break the cottage if everything it looks and more also the village pub and locals all brilliant !! Just wish it was a bit cheaper and we could return sooner and more often :)

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Greystoke, Boot and Shoe pub
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Greystoke, Berrier
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: recommended

Located on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Greystoke has a village green with an ancient Market Cross dating back to the early 1600s. It is an ideal location for sightseeing/walking in the Lake District.

The local pub, the Boot and Shoe, overlooks the green. Serves excellent food. Lots of other restaurants and good pubs within easy reach.

The village is a fascinating mix of historical and modern attractions and includes:

17th century stone houses and cottages with slate roofs and cobbled forecourts

an imposing Church, which dates back to the mid-1200s and has a massive tower that still houses 15th century bells

a Sanctuary Stone - which relates to the time when fugitives from justice were granted sanctuary upon reaching the Church

a Plague Stone - where plague victims left coins in its hollowed-out top, which was filled with vinegar to protect the healthy people, who then left food for the sick

an Elizabethan style Castle [not open to the public] which stands in a great wooded park of 6000 acres which has permissive paths open to the public for walking

three folly farmholds and a number of pele towers

a professional horse-racing stable owned by Nicky Richards, a descendant of Sir Gordon Richards the famous Jockey. The string of racehorses walk through the village, past the cottage every morning on their way to training.

a heated outdoor swimming pool is located close to the Church

Greystoke's name means place by the River Creik but more noticeable is the River Petteril which flows through the village, close to the Church.

The cottage is on the national cycling route 71; is very central for sightseeing and hiking. Visit Derewentwater [enjoy a beautiful steamer ride down the lake], Grasmere [the gingerbread shop and also Wordworth's grave]; Dove Cottage [Wordworth's home]; the pencil museum in Kendal [and get some world famous Kendal mint cake]; Ullswater [take another steamer ride around the lake]; walk into Deepdale and Dovedale [beautiful dales, quiet and unspoilt, close to Kirkstone Pass]; take on the challenge of the Langdale Pikes; Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Blencathra; explore the mining museum at Threlkeld; visit the Visitor Centre at Whinlatter or the Cumbrian games at Grasmere [in August].

There's so much to do and see - you simply must return!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Holiday rental periods normally start on a Saturday at 2 pm but whenever possible arrangements are made to suit individual requirements for your holiday or weekend break.
Non-smokers only.
There is a supplement for each pet: £10 per dog per week / per short break.

Rental prices for the Cottage [not per person] range from £250 - £450 per week. Short breaks are £80 per night (for the cottage, not per person) - minimum 3 night stay. Prices include heating, hot water, lighting, cooking, etc.

Children must be 7 years and over. Bed linen/towels are not included in the price, but can be supplied for a small additional charge. Contact Owner for details. 07885 652122 or 02392 251484

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.