Holly Lodge sleeps 10
About Di Dawes
Holly Lodge has been our family home for over 30 years. Our family are grown and are now quite widespread, in Europe and South Africa, and we now divide our time between two continents. The house was once used as a home based gallery for Southern African art, which is the main decorative feature. We love art and our collection of traditional and contemporary art is evident throughout. We do intend to return one day. We have raised four children, several dogs and cats and a few gerbils here over the years! Meanwhile, until that is possible, we would like others to enjoy our home as much as we do.
Di Dawes purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1986
Why Di Dawes chose Wigton
Holly Lodge is a perfect location for peace and tranquility but is also close enough to all amenities and attractions so that one doesnt feel isolated. The house is large enough for privacy but still retains a homely feel - it is a happy home in a friendly village. Coach House and Grooms Cottage are ideal for couples or smaller parties of up to 4 people each. They are also peaceful with direct views across the Solway Firth - a fabulous setting for sundowners!
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Staying at Holly Lodge, Grooms Cottage and Coach House presents you with a most convenient location, away from the crowds but close to the action! To the west you have the most fantastic Solway Sunsets and to the East you have the fells - Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake are only a few minutes drive away. The house accommodates 10 people with ease and each cottage a further 4 people. If booked separately you are entirely private - together they provide you with more garden space and sleeping for 18.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Perfect for our family Christmas
Stayed at Holly Lodge for our 2018 family Christmas and it was the perfect venue. Best thing was the large and sociable kitchen diner; and the two different styles of living room were very versatile.
I asked the group for feedback at the end of our stay and one of the comments was that it felt that the house wasn't occupied prior to our stay so it was pretty chilly when we arrived. Once we'd been there a day or two it was very cosy though. It was winter and to be expected I suppose!
Perfect holiday retreat for large families / groups
Holly Lodge is an amazing house in a beautiful location. It is well equipped with everything needed for a large family or group to enjoy the north Lakes. The gardens are extensive and well kept with a huge lawn. All of the bedrooms are large and comfortable and with two sitting rooms, there is plenty of opportunity for lazing next to a fire.
We had a lovely few days at Holly Lodge. The only problem was that we had to leave...
The house is wonderful with lots of large rooms, good amenities, large garden, lots of interesting art and artefacts to look at and a very relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. The surrounding environment is quiet and beautiful. It was a good central location for us to access the lake district as well as larger towns and the coast.
The house is large with lots of space to find some peace if needed away from others. There are two large sitting rooms, one with a piano, in which to relax and two en-suite bedrooms as well as another bedroom with a sink. Everyone in our party enjoyed being there and felt right at home. Everyone reported the beds as being very comfortable and all slept well. The kitchen is well stocked with everything one needs and the washing machine was easy to operate. The drier was an added bonus. There are also lots of books, DVDs for children and board games. Our only issue was a small one. There were no safety bath mats in the baths and the eldest member of our party had to go and buy one as she was scared of slipping. We liked the keypad entry system as we didn't have to worry abut losing keys. All in all we had a lovely time and only wished we could have stayed longer.
Very impressive property from a bygone era.
Outstanding property that can’t fail to impress. It was expensive and I enjoyed every minute of my stay at Holly Lodge. The caretaker in particular was outstanding in her efforts to meet all our needs. A very enjoyable weekend.
I am so pleased you had a good stay at Holly Lodge - that is our aim! Thank you for your kind remarks - we hope you are able to return some day.
Simply Spectacular home in the Lake District
Our group of nine (6 adults three small children) had an amazing time at Holly Lodge. Although after reviewing dozens of properties for our family trip we decided on this one, we all were still utterly surprised how fantastic this house is. The pictures, though accurate, just can't do it justice. We found ourselves spontaneously telling each other how much we loved the house. From the sprawling grounds filled with fun landscape elements, to plenty of easy off road parking, to plenty of hot water with good pressure, and solid wifi throughout the house, everything worked as it should. But the beauty of the house, the combination of modern comforts with beautifully maintained aspects of the original building made it a joy to experience. The kids spent most of their time on the extremely comfortable couches playing board games, watching movies on the various TV channels, or being in awe of the fascinating art throughout the house. The adults congregated in the cozy but spacious dining room and kitchen area. Although there are plenty of wonderful eateries a short drive away, we enjoyed the well appointed kitchen so much that one of the key highlights of a trip to the Lake District was cooking together and then retiring to the garden for a crackling fire. The bedrooms are huge and the beds very comfortable. There were plenty of sheets and towels and even thoughtful environmentally friendly hospitality kits. Everything throughout the house was clean and well maintained and after some muddy hikes on the Solway Coast, the washer and dryer were a godsend. The neighborhood is definitely quiet and we enjoyed evening walks on the country roads yet we were still able to walk to the nearby towns when needed. Communication with the host was easy. She replied quickly and helpfully and there were no surprises. She or the housekeeper were available when we needed to ask anything but never obtrusive. Definitely highly recommend this house for its beauty, comfort, location, value, excellent condition. Thanks for having us! We hope to be back.
Thank you for choosing Holly Lodge...we are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Your review says it all....everything we hope for our guests to experience is described there...Thank you for staying and we hope you can return some day! Very best wishes...
A beautiful and spacious Manor House !
Holly lodge was the perfect place for a big group of friends to enjoy Keswick and the sourrounding countryside. The house was so interesting with its African art decor and each room was very spacious and well equipped. The kitchen became the hub for the group around mealtimes whilst cosy wood or coal burning fireplaces ensured the lounges were also very inviting. The owners were quick to respond to any queries we had and also made sure any requested equipment was also provided.
Hope to hire again in the future!
Special interest holidays:
Guided walking trails in Northern Lakes can be arranged
Allonby and Mawbray beaches are 15 minutes by car. Mawbray beach is a lovely desolate beach with a petrified forest visible at some tides and a protected landscape of sand dunes - the home of rare Natterjack Toads. This is a site of special scientific interest. 20 mins further by car is the coastal village of Bowness - the start of the Roman walkway. Maryport and the Solway coast boast Roman mile-fort walks along the beach. A visit to Allonby beach and an ice cream from Twentymans is a must!
The nearest commercial airport is Newcastle which is one hour and a half by car from the house. The nearest main line train stations are Carlisle and Penrith 20 miles and 25 miles away respectively. It is possible to get around by Bus but not recommended - there is only a very limited bus service in the rural area of Cumbria. Aspatria, 2 miles away, is on the west coast line from Carlisle to Barrow in Furness. Manchester Airport is two and a half hours drive from the house.
We are just over one mile from our village pub, the Last Man Inn in Plumbland. The village Church is half a mile away - a nice walk.
Cockermouth - historic market town and birthplace of William Wordsworth is 7 miles away and 10 minutes in the car. The north west fells are very close, with Caldbeck of John Peel fame and Hesket Newmarket community pub are 10 miles away and well worth a visit. Restaurants and theatres in Cockermouth and Keswick, great shops and friendly people!
Holly Lodge offers tranquility and calm and a location that is close to every amenity available in the Lakes. If you like eating out you are spoilt for choice. Cockermouth has an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants and gastro pubs too numerous to mention but catering for everyone. There is even an award winning vegetarian restaurant in the town. Theatre lovers should look out for what is on at Century Theatre Keswick, Kirkgate Theatre Cockermouth and Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven. All within easy reach and hosting musical and theatrical events year round. Solfest Music Festival (winner of best small festival event) is every August Bank Holiday and just 5 miles away. Maryport Blues Festival is every July, Cockrock Cockermouth is August. Keswick religious convention is in June and the local Shows at Grasmere, Cockermouth etc. are in the summer months. Silloth Beer festival and CAMRA events are held locally. If you prefer more sedate activities such as walking, hiking or cycling, there are just too many routes to mention but we have books with suggested routes and maps in them in the house.
Aspatria has a bank machine and a Co-op supermarket as well as local stores, bakers and newsagents - a good daily shopping area with everything you'll need. Cockermouth has a host of speciality shops and other larger stores - Aldi, Sainsburys etc. The smaller stores, bakers, deli's and butchers are well worth a visit and your support.
There is a public swimming pool in Cockermouth but our neighbour has an indoor pool that can be rented by the hour - you can have your own personal pool jacuzzi and steam just 5 mins walk away, by booking early on 016973 20374. Bike hire, Horse riding etc. locally.
If you are a fly fisherman or woman (as I am) there are many prime fly fishing spots - a trout pond in Gilcrux just one and a half miles away and the rivers Ellen in Aspatria and Derwent in Cockermouth. Contact the local clubs for more information.