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Luxury and Charming Cottage 4 Star Gold Award

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroomed house in village location close to Lake Ullswater

Smithy House dates back to the 1700s and has retained much of its traditional charm and character. It is set in the old part of Stainton on the village green.

Smithy House has its own mature gardens and is ideal for those looking for a retreat away from the madding crowds but within easy reach of the many activities Cumbria has to offer. It is beautifully furnished and is a comfortable base to explore the Lake District.

Smithy House has been awarded 4 star Gold Award by Visit Britain.

Smithy house is gas centrally heated and comprises, lounge with digital TV,DVD player, docking station, unlimited wifi,Hi-fi, log burning stove and 3 and 2 seated settee and a cot. Dining/kitchen has a gas Esse range cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave. The utility room has washer/drier cooker and dishwasher.

Master double bedroom with King size oak bed and furniture and en-suite bathroom with cast iron slipper bath, hand basin and WC. First floor has a twin bedroom with built in wardrobe and flat screen tv and dvd. The double bedroom has a four poster king sized mahogany bed and matching furniture, superb buit in shower and hand basin. The bathroom has shower, hand basin and WC.

There is private parking for 2 cars. Large lawned garden with patio and garden furniture.

Stainton is ideally placed to enjoy the Northern Lake District and the Eden Valley being only 3.5 miles from Pooley Bridge and Lake Ullswater.

Penrith a market town is only 10 minutes away, here there are a variety of shops, restaurants, supermarkets, pubs and a large open air Saturday market.

There are superb opportunities for mountain and road cycling. The owner has left a mountain bike in the shed for your use and suggests the ride to Mungrisedale, Pooley Bridge or off road along the old coach road to Keswick.

Walkers can take local walksand there is a lovely walk to the village of Dacre which has a pub. Serious walkers can attempt Blencathra and Helvelyn which are only a short car drive away.

Stainton has a village pub, hotel,shop,post office,local farm shop and a church and the Rheged Discovery Centre is within walking distance.

All gas, electric, logs, bed linen and towels included.

More Details

Mr Colin Smith
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2017

About Mr Colin Smith

I am a retired teacher, teaching for 38 years in Special Education. I retired 7 years ago and followed my dreams of purchasing a property in the beautiful Lake District.

My hobbies are mainly sport and now playing golf, cycle a couple of times a week, enjoy walking in the fells.

Mr Colin Smith purchased this cottage in 1908

Why Mr Colin Smith chose Penrith, East Lakes & Eden Valley

The price, location and the property itself seemed to fit everything we wanted.

What makes this cottage unique

Close to Lake Ullswater, 3 bedrooms, lovely garden, great pub and local hotel in a very friendly village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow! What a beautiful house.Absolutely stunning. Had a lovely weekend. Can't wait to come back.
May 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penrith in Eden District

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • On the first floor is a seperate shower,wc and handbasin. First floor bedroom has corner shower on travertine tiles and a wash basin. Ground floor bedroom has cast iron slipper bath on raised travertine tiles with upper spot lights. This is perfect for relaxing and sipping champagne. There is a seperate adjoining wc with handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Ground Floor;The Bedroom is beautifully furnished and decorated to a high standard with a King size oak bed. The bedrom has a raised cast iron slipper bath on travertine tiles with upper spotlights. It's perfect for relaxing and sipping champagne. The bedrom has a separate wc. This bedroom has wonderful views of the mature gardens. On the first floor is the twin bedroom; Here there are 2 single beds with a built in wardrobe.There is also a flat screen tv with dvd player and docking station, this will allow children to be ocupied whilst adults enjoy themselves downstairs. On the first floor is also a 4 poster King size mahogany double bed. There is a corner shower with travertine tiles and a matching mahogany wardrobe.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
New from January 2011 unlimited wi fi.


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Luxury and Charming Cottage 4 Star Gold Award
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Well equipped, wonderful home from home

  • 5 of 5

Convenient location, lovely site enjoyed the Alpaca Center and being so close to Ullswater

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paula, I'm delighted with your lovely review, I'm pleased you enjoyed the house and The Lakes. Colin
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Lovely home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property with all amenities. We all enjoyed our stay there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. Colin Smith
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Impressive first impressions a comfortable stay with a few negatives

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is beautiful and in a convenient and pretty location.

The first impressions are amazing, lovely garden, fully set dining table and cosy decor.

On the whole a lovely stay.

A few negatives in that the internet was very weak.

There were wet towels left in all of the rooms and some of the glass wear had wine stains in.

The hosts we're very welcoming and helpful when we were lost, however they do expect their guests to clean the cottage, bedding etc. Which i am more than happy to do however we felt maybe the clean prior to our stay was not of a high standard and we questioned why we're asked to do this as this is normally part of the cleaning staff's role.

Additionally lots provided (weighing scales etc) however a tasimo system but nothing to put into it and no toilet roll or tin foil.

A great place owned by genuine kind people let down by their cleaning staff and wifi and a few small details.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive comments with your review on Smithy House.Regarding some of the comments, The stained wine glass was put away by the previous guests but should have been spotted by the cleaner. Can we clarify that we do not expect any of our guests to clean the cottage/bedding etc. before they leave, this is all done by the cleaner. When guests arrive the beds are all made up however we do ask guests to leave the house in a clean and tidy state. Each toilet area had at least one tolet roll prior to guests arriving. Altough we provide instant tea and coffee we feel that guests need to bring their own capsules for the nespresso machine. Colin Smith
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An absolute beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Cottage for a few days in June 2017 and its an absolute little Gem, The owners have catered for everything, its first class all the way. The rooms are huge, very clean and we would definitely consider returning again.

highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the brilliant reveiw, it gives us great pleasure when guests have loved the house, I hope you can find the time to book again. Regards Dela and Colin
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Perfect property in a small quiet village

  • 5 of 5

We needed holiday rental for 5 people and our dog, after finding Smithy House the owner Colin made the booking very easy, When we arrived at the property it was lovely and warm throughout, the facilities were just to our needs , We were amazed at the quality of furniture and kitchen extremely well supplied with cooking implements, slow cooker, George Foreman, and others, The living room had a log burner which was great in the evenings, , the bedrooms had lovely bedding and mattress toppers so a great nights sleep, I cannot find anything to complain about the property , the location is ideal , close to the M6 and easy to get to other places, we were very sad to leave the property after such a comfortable week, Highly advise to book this property,

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely comments and we were delighted you had a brilliant stay. Regards Colin Smith
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Quality Property, professional and attentive owner

  • 5 of 5

Right from the initial inquiry Colin the owner was quick to respond to my requests and this was maintained throughout the booking process and through to post stay email.

The house is obviously well maintained, filled with good quality furniture, really comfortable, warm beds with expensive bedding.

Nice touches included a complimentary drinks cabinet, iPod/phone docks in all the rooms, slippers and quality toiletries.

The photos do the property justice, its lovely.

We had a quiet weekend, only leaving to have a wander round Keswick and down to the Brantwood Hotel for a nice meal.

The house is really handy for travelling, so simple to get to from the M6 & A66.

I have already recommended it to friends.

Don't hesitate to book if it ticks all your boxes!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Kings Arms (Stainton)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Brantwood Arms
Car: recommended

Stainton is ideally placed to enjoy the Northern Lake District and Eden Valley. It is only 10 minutes from the market town of Penrith with a wealth of shops, pubs, restaurants and famous open air Saturday market.

The area is ideal for walking, Helvellyn and Blencathra are only a short ride away. The tranquil lanes are ideal for cycling and Stainton is on the Coast to Coast route.

Stainton itself has a village inn and hotel only yards away with superb food, post office,small shop, farm shop and the Rheged Discovery Centre is minutes away.

Rheged has a multi plex cinema and sells local goods in its shopping complex.

Within yards of the house is the Alpaca centre.The market town of Keswick is 14 miles with its numerous climbing and walking shops as well as a range of restaurants and cafes.

Lake Ullswater, often described as the most romantic lake , is only three and a half miles from the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Penrith, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October half term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 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
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Change over day can be either Friday or Saturday.
Arrival time is normally from 4pm onwards, departure 10 a.m. unless by prior arrangement.
Weekends are available from £295-£360. They can be either 2 or 3 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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