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Unique apartment in Cartmel centre. Unrivalled location.Garden.Fab views.Sleeps4

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Super location:2 bedrooms, 2 loos.Courtyard garden. Glorious accom.Free parking

This apartment is the converted servant's quarters of a gentleman's residence in the heart of one of Lakeland's prettiest villages. It offers a chance to forget the car, or use as a base to discover all the Lake District has to offer - Lake Windermere is a 15min drive away. The flat is not overlooked, and the main bedroom overlooks Cavendish St, just along from the famous arch, yet offering peace and quiet as we're at the top of the house, and above street noise. You can sit on the windowseat and just watch the world go by! Our living room has fab views, over to the smallest National Hunt racecourse in Britain.

Eat at the dining table inside, and observe the world around you as you gaze over the rooftops, and down onto our courtyard. This stone walled yard is for your exclusive use, and has a garden sofa and chairs for al fresco dining, a bench seat, and there are cushions and more chairs in our stone store - again for your exclusive use. So if you fancy soaking up the sunshine after a day's walking; a read with a glass of wine, then this is the perfect spot. The en suite master bedroom with kingsize bed looks out towards the Priory. Just off the village square, and adjoining the famous arch, the apartment is seconds away from great pubs, just along the lane from the UK's top restaurant, two Michelin starred L'Enclume, and an array of village shops. You can BBQ in the courtyard - the property's enclosed English Garden patio is your's alone to enjoy. Yards away is the racecourse and footpaths over the Fell are just beyond. The apartment retains bags of character, with beamed ceilings (and walls and floors!),. It's beautifully kept, and has had new kitchen and bathrooms as of Jan 2017, and Bed2 was refurbed in Dec '17. There's free, unlimited WiFi; flat screen TVs, integral DVD player in Bed1; washer/dryer; etc. Outside in the yard, as mentioned, is our store house to accommodate your bikes/outdoor paraphernalia. Well behaved dogs welcome by arrangement.

Parking permit available for your use, giving free parking. This was introduced in Nov 2017. Alison can give you further details. throughout Cartmel. There is also a large race course car park (chargeable) about a thirty second walk away.

Other bits you'd like to know: We've had lovely feedback about our place, and lots of repeat bookings. It's our second home, and kept in beautiful condition. Some of guests have come for lots of long weekends, others have had the place for six weeks at a time - we're really flexible on what we offer.

It's warmed by storage heaters. Full instructions will be left for you on how to control the temperature. There's also a log stove effect fire in the living room, and heaters in the bathrooms.

Full instructions on how to work everything, and where to find things, will be waiting for you. DVDs for Bed1; board games, cards, books, guide books and OSmaps are all left for your perusal.

And you'll find extra touches throughout the flat, to make your time at our place go smoothly and leave you wanting to come back again - hopefully !

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Alison

Owned by a carpenter and a journalist - so brilliantly maintained, and very close to pubs!!! Alan and Alison grew up on the Fylde Coast, moved toward Manchester owing to work commitments, but have forever loved the Lake District. Travelled the world extensively, including abseiling in Oz's Blue Mountains; road tripping across various bits of the USA; visiting various bits of Asia; cruising the Caribbean... and boating on the Thames. But both still vote the Lakes as their favourite place on the planet!

Alison purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Alison chose Cartmel

Unique property in an unrivalled position - right in the centre of the village but not overlooked, and with a private courtyard to enjoy peace and quiet in the sunshine if the pubs and paths ever get too much! Since the purchase in 2006, the entire property has been reroofed - an enormous project overseen by Alan, who continues to keep the place in tip top condition, with regular refurbishment and upgrades. the kitchen and both bathrooms have been refurbished in Jan 2017, and Bed2 in Dec 2017.

What makes this apartment unique

Location, Location, Location!

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We had a brilliant stay at Alison's apartment. It is a lovely, cosy apartment with all the mod-cons you need. I thought parking might have been an issue as the village is small and popular, but we found .a space in the street every time. Cartmel is a really nice village with some good pubs and shops. Alison responds very quickly to any questions you might had. We would definitely stay in this apartment again and would recommend it. It feels like a home away from home.”
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cartmel in Grange-over-Sands

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , fab shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , en suite to master
  • Two bathrooms, both refurbished in 2017. En suite has loo, basin, and wall cabinet, tiled floor; and wood laminate to the family bathroom. The latter has a shower enclosure, but no bath. The shower though is fantastic, and as powerful as you like! Heated towel rails are in both bathrooms, plus an additional wall heater in the family one. There's an airing cupboard and plenty of space for your girly items in both bathrooms. The washer/dryer is also located in the family bathroom, but within a fitted cupboard, and all very tastefully done!! We do ask that you bring your own bathroom towels - all other linen provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite loo; Kingsize bed; flatscreen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , double bed; flatscreen TV.
  • The spacious master bedroom with kingsize bed has a very romantic atmosphere with its sloping ceilings. It has a washbasin and loo in its en suite bathroom. Has LCD TV with DVD player, radio, with charging dock, double wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, and a window seat looking out over the rooftops towards the Priory, and just along to the archway in the village square. The second bedroom was refurbed in Dec '17. It has a double bed; velux window, wardrobe, cupboards and storage and dressing table. There's a wall mounted LCD TV. Both are newly decorated, with bedlinen, and all co-ordinated decoration. We do ask that you bring you own bathroom towels - all other linen provided.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Parking permit provided. Details from Alison on booking. This is in effect, a second floor flat with an exterior staircase so is unsuitable for the infirm or the very young. For this reason, and because of the sash windows in the main bedroom, we are unable to accommodate children under 7yrs. It's very romantic so ideal for a relaxing getaway, and great for having a couple of friends to come over for part of your stay - we've had great reports from people who've done this! Please note that this is our holiday home too, so it's really well looked after. Our stairs up to the flat go from our own sizeable very pretty courtyard, with raised beds and planters. We have a shed which can store any outdoor paraphernalia you might wish to bring: bikes, climbing gear etc, and while the patio is ours alone, please note that three other privately owned flats have their entries from a shared, gated, alleyway just below our courtyard.


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Unique apartment in Cartmel centre. Unrivalled location.Garden.Fab views.Sleeps4
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 27 reviews


  • 5 of 5

this property was wonderful. It was very clean and modern with all mod cons. It is central and therefore convenient for everything. We would definately go here again.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to get reviews posted on the website, unprompted, which echo all those in our visitor book at the flat. Our thanks go out to our guests who've helped keep our property in such lovely condition. It's our second home, not just an investment, is our pride and joy, and lovely to get such great feedback. Cheers!
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Delightful place.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this perfect little flat for 3 nights while we (4) explored the lakes and went to Cartmel races. Everything we needed was available to us and the location for the races couldn’t have been better. We should have stayed longer and if/when we return would happily book with Alison & Alan again who were more than helpful, friendly & kind.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed and nicely presented apartment with fabulous outside space right in the centre of Cartmel. Very handy for all Cartmel and the South Lakes has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cartmel break and 5 the Tower

  • 5 of 5

Nice flat in wonderful location for sightseeing and excellent places to eat without getting into the car. What more could one ask?

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well located cottage flat in Cartmel

  • 5 of 5

Our family of two adults and two older children had a great time here. It is located in the heart of Cartmel, mere steps from L'Enclume, Cartmel's renowned Michelin eatery, and yards away from the entrance to Cartmel's one-of-a-kind racecourse. The second floor flat is extremely well equipped with everything that you would need for a self catered holiday but we tended to take advantage of local (and further afield) restaurants during our stay. Beds are comfortable and kitchen is well stocked.

The flat itself is cosy, as most Lake District cottages are, and it is also very bright and modern. Watch your heads if you are taller than average, as there are some beams that you could come into contact with. However you will quickly get used to maneuvering yourself around the floor plan.

Cartmel is part of the Lake District but also is apart from the Lake District so that some hikes that we did involved quite long drives through some scarily narrow roads. The benefit was that we generally avoided the summer crowds that you experience in Windermere, Grasmere etc. On the other hand one could easily spend several days just enjoying Cartmel and Grange over Sands.

Alison was a charming host and made sure that everything was perfect for us. She communicated well and was very personable. We would have loved to have met her to thank her for her generous hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's so lovely, and means so much. Glad you had a good time in the place we love. Sorry to have missed you! Would love to say we'll see you again, but appreciate the few thousand miles it took to get here. Thankyou for staying with us, for being such great guests (leaving the place so clean and tidy and stripping the beds!) and for such a fab review. Alison.
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A very homely and well looked-after flat / apartment. It felt welcoming as soon as we arrived!

  • 5 of 5

The flat proved to be a very good base for our holiday; indeed, we enjoyed it so much that we spent a lot of time in it. Alison had obviously put a lot of thought into furnishing it; the facilities were first-rate, the kitchen was well equipped and there was a lovely smallish patio area outside where we could sit and soak up the sunshine (when the sun shone, of course!). All in all, we would recommend it wholeheartedly, and would hopefully return there ourselves at some point.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Cavendish Arms
Nearest Ferry
36 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Grange golf club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Cark in Cartmel or Grange
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
L'Enclume - 2Michelin stars.Rated among best in UK
Car: recommended

We're right in the village centre, not stuck out in one of the neighbouring hamlets. Forget your car: walk the Fells, reach the coast or potter through the cobbled streets straight from the flat. Holker Hall, with its stunning grounds, is walkable too. Windermere's shore and all the Lakes have to offer is a 15min drive away. We offer the perfect base to explore. In 2018 Cartmel will offer nine days racing, with our living room window offering views over the rooftops, onto the course. Local attractions include Grizedale forest, the homes of Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth, and Ruskin. Spectacular scenery is yours for the walking, or just enjoy looking at it from our windows. You can't fail to enjoy staying in one of England's prettiest villages. The genteel seaside town of Grange is 3miles away. And the three race meetings in Cartmel each year offer the opportunity to see the village at its daftest - book early as the entire place gets busy during these great festivals. But rest assured, that while in the hub of the village, you'll get peace and quiet, with your own private courtyard to sit in too. Here you can BBQ, eat al fresco at the table, or pull out a deck chair from our shed and enjoy the sunshine. Our flat is not overlooked, as we're at the top of the house. It offers great views from the living room. Sit and eat at the table - forget the TV, and watch the world go by. Or enjoy the beautiful air, and sit in our courtyard - it's our's exclusively, as is the store/shed which is perfect for storing all your outdoor paraphenalia ... muddy boots, bikes, whatever!

Other Activities: Cartmel Races; Segway; Archery etc (Cartmel segway appears at the top of TripAdvisors Things to Do in the area); Holker Hall. Everything the Lake District has to offer. Fellfoot park, with sailing and boat hire; Lakeside - acquarium, steamers up the Lake; steam railway; Lakeland motor museum.

Parking: a new parking scheme was introduced in Nov '17. We have a visitors' permit which will give you free parking. This will be available in the flat on arrival, and will be available as part of your returnable good housekeeping bind - which will be payable off-site, direct to us. You will have to ensure the permit is left as found, for the bond to be returned. Further info from Alison on booking.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Cartmel, 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
July Races 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 23 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
August Races 2018
24 Aug 2018 - 28 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2018
9 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Festive Season 2018
23 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Easter 2019
12 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We work on a 10am departure, 3pm arrival.
We're very flexible over what you book, but please don't be offended when we add a PREMIUM to short breaks in peak season, for RACE WEEKENDS, or for LAST MINUTE bookings.
If a peak holiday period includes a race weekend, and the race period is already booked, but you fancy the rest of the week, please do inquire, as the cost could be significantly lower.
Please note, if you book for 2 people, then want to increase that to 3 or 4, please inform us, as this necessitates the extra bed being made up; which will incur a charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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