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Exceptional 17th C cottage for 8 and a dog in a stunning location on Loweswater

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 beds, 2 baths, with large garden and games room, and lake and mountain views.

Away from the congestion of the honey pot areas of the Lakes lies stunning Loweswater, in the North Western corner of the National Park. Tranquil and serene, with a wonderful sense of remoteness, yet only 7 miles from charming Cockermouth or 12 from bustling Keswick, The Place sits at the lake's head, up a private lane ('lonning' in West Cumbrian dialect!) with unrivalled views over the water and the beautiful surrounding fells. Ancient woodland runs down to the water's edge and the house is a gentle mile and a half stroll away from the famous Kirkstile Inn - Cumbrian Tourism's Pub of the Year 2015 - where you can eat royally or sample the excellent home brew Loweswater Gold. The Place dates from at least 1664 - there's a carved plaque in the sitting room attesting to this! - and is full of characterful original features.

While comfortably sleeping up to 8 people, the cottage is cosy enough for a much smaller group to feel snug and at home. It is full of character, with ancient beams, bread oven and salt cellar in the inglenook in the sitting room, slate and wooden floors, Persian rugs, beautiful soft furnishings and a comfortable mix of antique and contemporary furniture.

There are four bedrooms, with velvet quilts, brass bedsteads, antique bed heads and woollen throws on the superbly comfortable beds, including a top quality king size zip and link on the ground floor which can be made up as two (slightly narrow) singles if required and notice given. (There is also a folding bed suitable for one extra child, and a brand new travel cot and high chair.) Up the astonishing slate staircase you will find a double bedroom and a king size bedroom, both with wonderful views of the lake and the fells, and a pretty twin bedroom. There is family bathroom up here with a roll top bath, separate shower and toilet, and another separate toilet on this top corridor. Downstairs there is a modern shower room and toilet. While not fully accessible the ground floor accommodation may be suitable for those with limited mobility.

There are log burning stoves in both the enchanting dining/day room and the cosy sitting room, oil-fired central heating and underfloor heating, and each of the top quality beds has a heated mattress cover so you will certainly always feel toasty warm. The stylish kitchen boasts handmade units, contemporary induction range cooker and American style fridge freezer and is brilliantly equipped with everything the modern cook or family could require - including a Gaggia espresso maker and a Samsung breadmaker for that intoxicating aroma in the morning. Books everywhere, original paintings, modern LED wide screen TV and AV equipment, a large selection of DVDs and Blue-rays to borrow and board games galore make this the cosiest spot to kick back and spend relaxing time with your friends or family.

The house is surrounded by a large enclosed garden, with lawns and secret areas, a dining terrace for 8, BBQ and brazier, and sitting out spots with wonderful views. There are several beautiful old outbuildings – the Games Barn houses table tennis, a pool table and table football, and a box full of garden games, badminton, quoits, swing ball etc. There is ample covered storage for up to 8 bikes and parking for four or five cars.

The surrounding area is spectacularly beautiful and relatively unknown, leaving it tranquil and unspoit. Walks/bike rides from the door aplenty, including the essential 'Corpse Road' walk on the terrace bridle path above the house which leads to sensational views over Loweswater and neighbouring Crummock Water and the fells surrounding. A leisurely mile and half stroll through Holme Wood takes you to the Cumbrian Tourism Pub of the Year 2015, the famous Kirkstile Inn. Make sure you sample at least one of their very own award-winning brews - Loweswater Gold is our favourite, and the food is top notch and hearty. Buttermere is very close by and all the top tourist spots of the central fells are easily accessible by car. Maps, walk books and modern and vintage guide books are available in the house. The house is managed brilliantly by Sally's Cottages who will handle your booking. We sincerely hope you will treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday in our beloved house.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
27 July, 2017

About Lucy

Nick and I are self-employed and live in London but our greatest joy is to escape to the Lakes to walk and breathe and relax. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to buy The Place in 2014 and have spent a year renovating it with great love and respect. It is quite literally a dream come true for me and we are delighted to have the opportunity of sharing this extraordinarily gorgeous house in its unrivalled location with like minded people who want to relax, unwind and revive on their holidays in the Lakes.

Lucy purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Lucy chose West Lakes & Cumbrian Coast

Nick has been coming to the Lakes since he was a child (an unconscionably long time now) and I started coming when we met over twenty years ago. We always felt a powerful affinity with West Cumbria - something about its proximity to the sea perhaps, its far fewer tourists and sense of remoteness, and the people always the most cheerful, practical and kind. I still haven't met a West Cumbrian I didn't like enormously. It was always our plan to move up to the Lakes when we could. When we first spotted The Place we went weak at the knees at once - we knew it was perfect for us - it felt just like falling in love. It was so full of character - the beams, the carved wooden plaque stating 1664 the year of its first proud ownership, the bread oven, the salt cellar, the ancient niches, the wonky floors and curious corners, the slate, the extraordinary staircase, a stone lined pantry, a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, beautiful untouched outbuildings.... Everything I could have wanted on a dream check list with lots of scope to upgrade and refine without losing any character at all. But the setting was just the finest we had ever seen. At the northern end of the lake looking south east, past Grasmoor and Whiteside and Mellbreak, to the mountains of the central fells, at the end of its own private lane, surrounded by pasture and livestock, and birds, the wind in the trees and a huge changing sky. An idyll. And it was to be ours!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cockermouth in Allerdale District

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Kirkstile Inn
Lorton Village Shop
Nearest Airport
135 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
Nearest Ferry
145 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cockermouth/Keswick Golf clubs
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
St Bees Head
Car: recommended

Walks and suggestions for outings.

The Lake:

Loweswater itself and much of the surrounding area is managed by the National Trust and is the subject of a study by the West Cumbrian Rivers’ Trust. Private craft are not allowed on the lake which means it remains remarkably peaceful and calm. You may swim in the lake but possible Blue-Green Algae means you must take care to avoid it (I've never seen it). You can hire traditional wooden rowing boats from Watergate Farm at the other end of the lake and fishing licences are available too. There is a lovely easy path that circumnavigates the lake. You can canoe on Crummock water, and Bassenthwaite is a big centre for sailing.

Walks and bike rides from the door:

The front gate leads onto the bridle path to the lakeside, about 150m, thence through the lovely National Trust managed Holme Wood. It’s an easy mile and a half stroll through the wood to The Kirkstile Inn, a famous and wonderfully traditional Lakeland pub (winner of the Cumbrian Tourism Pub of the Year 2015!). Great food and dog-friendly up to 6pm.

The wood provides lots of scope for adventure:

• find Holme Force, a delightful waterfall (take a track on your right a few hundred yards into the wood, follow it up hill and listen out for the falls),

• or the Holme Wood bothy and rope swings over the lake (continue straight through the wood and the bothy appears on the lake shore on your left).

• Rowing boats are available to hire from the National Trust house at the end of the lake.

• The 4 mile lake circuit walk is lovely if you don’t fancy the tops one day. On the opposite shore you can walk much of it at the water’s edge.

• The gate at the rear of the property joins the bridle path past Jenkinson’s Place, up to Fangs Brow (where you can see Scotland clearly!) and then left, on to the Coffin Route or the Corpse Road as it is locally known. This is our favourite local circular walk, with wonderful views over Loweswater to Crummock water and the fells. You can easily include a slight detour to the Kirkstile for refreshments about two thirds of the way round. It is just one of many gorgeous walks, catering to all abilities, straight from the house.

• See the photos on the ever gorgeous Loweswatercam, a brilliant resource for walk ideas and stunning photos of the area at http://www.loweswatercam.co.uk/030607_Fangsbrow.htm

• Another little walk from the house with great views – turn left out of the gate and head down the lonning (West Cumbrian for lane). At the gate on the bend, turn right at the waymarked path and cross the fields to the road opposite. Turn left to walk to Water End Farm and its camping barn. Turn right at the barn up the path to the old Mosser road. Turn right at the clear track and follow it all the way back down to the road. At the road turn right and walk along the road for a little until you can scramble down to the lakeside path. Follow this path as far as it goes, turn right back up to rejoin the road. continue in this direction until you refind the path at the bottom of the lake and retrace your steps. Or you could continue on a little further to the Grange hotel and take the lonning opposite back up to The Place.

• Opposite the house, from the Mosser Road, you can crest Darling Fell and walk the ridge towards Loweswater village.

• There are tops easily accessible from the house, Melbreak (behind the Kirkstile – wonderful views of Crummock and its fells) and Carling Knot, Grasmoor, Whiteside and Hen Comb.

• Crummock Water is just below Loweswater and Buttermere is just below that, an astonishing run of beautiful lakes under quintessentially dramatic fells.

• Wainwright’s favourite Haystacks is a wonderful destination from beautiful Buttermere (and there are some nice places for a snack or meal here too).

• The area is a major destination for road cyclists as well as offering mountain bikers a range of thrilling challenges.

Nearby attractions:

You will find a file with masses of ideas and information. Here are just a few suggestions.

Adventures and sports in the area are almost too numerous to list all but favourites include:

• Whinlatter Forest (9 miles away) mountain biking trails, Go Ape high ropes adventure, adventure playground and nature trails, walking routes, café etc; Also the magnificent waterfall of Spout Force.

• Honister Slate mine (11 miles away – stunning drive) – Via Ferrata, Infinity bridge, caving, mine tours – not for the faint-hearted.

• Road cycling everywhere;

• Riding; Paragliding;

• Sailing, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing on Bassenthwaite, Derwent Water, Ullswater, Windermere, Coniston etc. Swimming.

• Only rowing on Loweswater (no private craft).

• Fishing licences available for certain waterways.

• Tennis at nearby Lorton Tennis Club (5 miles away)

• Golf at Keswick Golf Club and at Silloth.

Keswick Boating of all kinds available in Keswick (12 miles away), Climbing wall and Ice-climb


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cockermouth, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
HIgh Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £16.67 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

The house is strictly non-smoking including all outbuildings and the Games Barn.
One dog is welcome, and possibly exceptionally two small/medium dogs, on condition that they do not go into the bedrooms or sit on the furniture, for the benefit of our guests with allergies. They are expected to sleep in their own cages in the utility room and must be kept under control at all times. We are surrounded by livestock and dogs can cause immense harm if not controlled effectively.
The first basket of logs is complimentary, thereafter further baskets are charged at £5 each on an honesty box basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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