Rose Cottage, Arnside is an ideal base for a family or couples wishing to explore the varied and beautiful landscapes of the southern Lake District and north Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is tastefully furnished with a mix of old and new pieces, and interesting pictures, and with a charming garden and cosy stoves it provides an inviting retreat at any time of year.The cottage and the area are ideal for getting out and about, or for doing not very much at all. They are also perfect for a rendezvous with friends or family further north or south, being a short drive from the M6.
Arnside is a coastal village in the delightful but little-known Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is close to the Lake District, but tends to be warmer, drier and sunnier. The cottage is a few minutes’ walk uphill from the promenade, which is lined with cafes, pubs and shops and has lovely views across the estuary to the Lake District and the Howgill Fells. There are walks from the door and attractions close by. The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales are both easily accessible via scenic drives, as are the lesser known beautiful areas such as the Forest of Bowland and the North Pennines.
Rose Cottage has been recently created by linking a traditional stone and slate cottage with its adjoining stables. It is comfortable, practical and flexible. The downstairs living space can be open plan or divided, as desired, and the bedrooms can accommodate an extended family but also provide private space for two or more couples.
The front door leads into the
Family room, in the old cottage, with a stone floor, wood burning stove, fireside chairs, dining table, and stairs to the double and bunk rooms.
Archway to the light and airy kitchen, which has a built-in breakfast bar separating the kitchen and sitting room, and a stable door to the garden.
Large sitting room in the old stables, with wooden floor, seating for 6, gas stove, large TV and DVD player, French doors to the courtyard garden, door to master bedroom suite, and stairs to attic bedroom.
Utility room with separate WC, hand basin, washer-dryer, large sink, freezer, coat and boot space, drying rails and a door to the side passage.
Master double bedroom with super king size bed (can be made into twin beds on request), views over the courtyard garden, dressing room and en-suite bathroom.
First floor: attic bedroom with king size bed, sitting area and en-suite shower room.
Small seating area on landing outside attic bedroom
Bunk room suitable for children (3’ bunks)
Bathroom with shower bath, hand basin and WC
Outside, there is a charming, secure courtyard garden with a table and chairs for 6, and access to the side gate onto the street. Also, a larger garden with more seats, and some views to the estuary.
Maximum occupancy of 6 adults plus 2 children and 1 infant. Not suitable for 8 adults.
Small supermarket 2 minutes’ and nearest pub 5 minutes’ walk.
Note: Friday/Monday changeover. See notes below price table for short breaks.
There is comprehensive practical information in a folder in the cottage, but here are some points it might be useful to know about well in advance.
The cottage has been created from two buildings, in an L-shape running back from the front, and there are two staircases. The double and the bunk rooms are up one staircase in the old cottage at the front of the building. The attic bedroom with the king size bed is up the stairs from the sitting room, about half way back. The superking/twin room is on the ground floor, right at the back. This layout is perfect for many guests, but may not suit all.
Accessibility - see notes on wheelchair access
There are armchairs and a sofa for 6 adults in the sitting room, additional wooden and wicker chairs in the family room, and also footstools that can be used as informal seating.
The breakfast bar is set into the thickness of the wall between the kitchen and the sitting room. Because of the difference in floor level it can take chairs dining chairs on the sitting room side and bar stools on the kitchen side. There are a variety of chairs and stools available to suit the size of whoever is using it.
Kitchen and bathroom essentials
Bathrooms: toilet tissue, soap, hand wash, cleaning materials, disposal bags
Kitchen: washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, hand wash, cleaning materials, tea towels etc, and some catering basics – see the notes under 'pantry items'. We audit and tidy the food cupboards regularly but do not clear them completely after guests leave if there are items which others may find useful.
Things to do
There are local OS maps, plus local walk books, lots of tourist information leaflets and suggestions for a variety of things to do, with or without children, without a car, or on wet days. Very local attractions include the RSPB visitor centre and reserve at Leighton Moss, the National Trust's Arnside Knott (just up the hill) and other sites, train rides round Morecambe Bay towards Barrow, the house and garden at Levens Hall, Leighton Hall. There are lovely local walks along the coast, over hills and through fields and woodland, that can be easy or strenuous, as you wish, with ever-changing views. The sunsets are justifiably famous.
There is a small supermarket just up the hill, with plenty of fresh produce as well as basics. It also has a cash machine. Opening hours are 8-8 every day.
There is a Booths 10 minutes’ drive away in Milnthorpe and other supermarkets (e.g. Sainsbury, Asda and Tesco) will deliver. There is a larger Booths and an Aldi in Carnforth (20 minutes' drive).
Other shops etc
Other shops, services and the pubs are down the hill on the promenade.
We provide detailed directions for how to get to the cottage and access the keys, plus other useful notes.
Some comments from recent guests are set out below:
'Loved the cottage. The layout is fantastic; quality of décor beautiful, and it is so well stocked. Bedrooms are amazing!
Enjoyed being on the coast as well as so close to Lakes. Quieter than staying around Windermere but lots of amenities. Best of both worlds.'
Emma S and friends, from London
'The cottage feels luxurious: it's light and airy, well designed and very comfortable. Lots of space, indoors and outdoors.
We have never stayed in Arnside before - we have stayed in the local area.. but we always visit Arnside when we are up here (the fish and chips are a big attraction). It is a beautiful place to be.'
Mr and Mrs H and family, Hertfordshire
'The cottage is absolutely beautiful! The pictures don’t do it justice really. It is much larger than the pictures suggest. It was fabulous for our family. We were over the moon with the facilities. Thank you.
The area (sadly) is new to us. But, boy, have we loved it!
We will be telling all of our friends and colleagues about the cottage. This might ‘shoot us in the foot’ when we cannot book in again. Nevertheless, this cottage does deserve to be fully booked!'
Anne and David Younger, Barrow-in-Furness
'Amazing, you have thought of everything. Wow,wow, wow!
We have really enjoyed staying at your beautiful cottage. Would highly recommend to our friends. It is one of the best we have stayed in.'
Mrs Renee S and family, Kent
'It is a beautiful cottage - a real home from home. It has everything we needed and much more besides. The garden is stunning, which is a huge bonus.'
Emma S and family, Exeter and Peterborough
'Liked the layout, great location and lovely garden.
Lovely scenery and good pubs. Close to the Lake District.
We love your house, thank you!'
Ms L & Family
'The cottage is in a great position to access the Lakes area. It has everything you could need (perfectly equipped)...It is an amazing cottage, beautifully done. The area is new to us, great for an after dinner walk, has everything you need on your doorstep.
Had a great week in Arnside. The house was fabulous, so many lovely features...We will definitely be back, and tell all our friends and family about this wonderful cottage and garden.'
The Sutton Family
'It is immaculate and furnished with anything we could have wanted. Having wifi was a lovely touch..We would love to stay again...Beautiful scenery, love the prom and the lovely friendly people'.
Mrs Susan C, Manchester
'Well what can we say - what a fantastic cottage! ...We especially liked the underfloor heating and high quality finish and decor. The kitchen was very well equipped and we were short of nothing. All the other rooms also had nice touches ...The garden was superb.
Thank you for everything. We hope to return.'
Cedolin and Hall families, Shrewsbury
'The cottage is great for our needs - we are a family of 7 from 1 year old to 78 years. Space for everyone and plenty of areas to sit in. The garden is lovely and the kitchen has everything and more in it.
The area is new to us. However, .. it's a great place to visit many different areas.'
Mrs A and family, Glasgow
'Overall quality is very good, the furnishings and bedding in particular, and very spacious. My parents have been on holiday in this area and the Lake District for 60 years and this is the best accommodation that they have ever stayed in.'
Mrs L and family, Nottinghamshire
'Never stayed anywhere so well equipped. Standard of cottage is lovely.
We are very familiar with Arnside and Silverdale. Have enjoyed local walks and amenities. Pubs and cafes excellent.'
Mrs R and family, Blackpool
'Cottage fabulous for our family. Everything works, and a great location as we had everything within a five minute walk. It was perfect for us.'
Mr and Mrs B, Liverpool
'Really pleasantly and tastefully furnished to a high standard, and very well equipped. A good selection of books and magazines. Lovely comfortable beds. Must be one of the best cottages we have stayed in. Beautiful wild flower beds.
We enjoy the peaceful countryside.'