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Detached Character Cottage in the woods within Arnside-Silverdale AONB

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Storth, Nr. Arnside, Silverdale and Kendal, Lake District, Cumbria, England - 5 Mins To The Coast, Sympathetically Renovated In 2014

A detached 2 bedroom period character cottage set against a limestone pavement within woodland in a stunning natural location on the edge of the tranquil coastal village of Storth within the Silverdale-Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Lakeland. This pretty cottage has all of the home comforts: a private natural woodland garden, hand built wooden country cottage kitchen with range cooker, a wood-burning stove to settle down in front of in the evening, modern country bathroom, and a comfortable king-size bed with quality linens to collapse into at the end of your day. The cottage was renovated in 2014 using quality natural materials and Farrow and Ball paints. With woodland and coastal walks from the doorstep, Leighton Moss RSPB and Lake District attractions a few minutes away, Rock Cottage is perfectly located to spend some time out enjoying the best of this region's beauty.

Claire Stevenson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2018

About Claire Stevenson

We are both approaching 'middle youth', have a little boy and work at universities in the region. Having a family, running a holiday cottage and working too means that we understand how precious time spent together on holiday is!

Claire Stevenson purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Claire Stevenson chose Beetham

We love the Arnside-Silverdale AONB and the Lake District as it suits our passion for woodland and coast. The AONB is more tranquil than many areas of the Lakes, and we love walking here. There are also some great pubs and eateries in the locality.

We actually bought Rock Cottage with the idea of extending it to become our family home. However, we realised that the cottage is ideally suited as a holiday home as it is so characterful and in a stunning location and we love welcoming guests to stay.

What makes this cottage unique

Our favourite things to do at Rock Cottage:

* Go for a walk with our dog through the woods to the 'Fairy Steps' or down to the coast.

* Stop off for a pint during the above at the local dog-friendly pub with amazing views over the bay - perhaps you'll see the famous tidal bore coming in.

* Sit in the garden with a favourite book and hear only birdsong.

* Rustle up a simple, hearty supper on our fab range cooker.

* Throw some logs into the wood-burning stove and settle down for a cosy evening in. Decide whether it's a wine or hot-chocolate night!

* Collapse into the comfy king-size iron bed and know for sure that you won't be woken by traffic noise or street lights. You might hear an owl if you're lucky!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Beautifully renovated dog-friendly cottage in a lovely peaceful location. The cottage is a lovingly renovated spacious cottage with a fab range cooker. Local shops and pubs are very close (prob 2/3 mins in a car) and places like Kendal etc are easily accessible. This cottage is ideally located for visiting a number of Cumbria/Lake District areas and it's a real bonus that it's dog friendly.' Claire, Andy and Ruby the greyhound, Derby, September 2014.

'We have had a lovely rest in your beautiful cottage. Very relaxing - no traffic, no street lights. Long lie-ins every morning and cosy nights by the fire - bliss!! We would love to visit again!' Diane and Tim, Staffordshire.

'Cottage was ace. Fire and books/ DVDs combined well for chillin' evenings. Loved the location, esp. the woods, which our wee chaps romped about in with abandon.' Andy, Beth and sons, Glasgow.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Beetham in Lancaster District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Lovely modern cottage bathroom
  • Newly installed family bathroom in a modern country style. Victorian bath and electric shower over, basin, toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Lovely king-size iron bed. Views into the woods.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Child Bed , Adult size 3ft bunk beds for 2. Cot available. Wood views.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size iron bed by Feather and Black; Bedroom 2 has full size 3ft wide bunk beds to sleep two. Both rooms enjoy views into the woods. High thread count cotton bedding. Cot available. Access to the master-bedroom is via the bunk bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Pet-friendly. A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs will be accepted for a small additional fee of £25 for 1 dog (£30 if you bring two dogs) to cover the cost of the additional cleaning we do after your hairy friend's stay and additional risks. Dogs must not be allowed upstairs or on furniture. The cottage is decorated with artwork inspired by the local natural landscape by a small number of artists including the owner. Selected pieces are available to buy. Silverdale and Arnside have an annual Arts Trail, and is home to an active artistic community, and several art galleries. Outside: Private garden overlooking the woods verdant with native woodland plants, rare ferns and wildlife. Patio with table and chairs for 4. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Good quality cotton towels and cotton bed linens are included. Other: Free unlimited wi-fi broadband.


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Detached Character Cottage in the woods within Arnside-Silverdale AONB
average rating of 4.37931 based on 30 reviews

Lovely, very quaint

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay, beautiful location, wonderfully warm cottage with everything you could need

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review Patricia. I'm glad to hear that you had a lovely stay and that Rock Cottage was warm and cosy for your winter break. I hope we can welcome you back one day. Best wishes Claire
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Fairytale cottage in the woods. Superb!!

  • 5 of 5

Super holiday let in a lovely part of the world. Only 30 mins to Ambleside and the centre of the lakes

Booths on your doorstep for some supplies and a pub serving proper home cooked pub grub in walking distance. Decent ales as well. Perfect. Just book it and you won’t regret it

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Too cold for a winter let!

  • 2 of 5

The cottage is in an attractive and quiet location. We made the most of the good walking and bird watching opportunities nearby. But….. it was very cold weather when we stayed at Rock Cottage between Xmas and New Year 2017. We found that the storage heaters did not provide adequate warmth throughout the cottage. We followed the instructions for settings in cold weather but experienced cold rooms throughout our stay particularly in the evenings. Then the bedrooms were hot during the night when so much heat wasn’t needed! There are no doors between kitchen and living area so the heat is difficult to maintain on the ground floor.

2. It must be obvious to the owner that the wood burning stove is an essential source of heat to keep the cottage warm in cold winter temperatures but the provision of wood for the stove was minimal and clearly guests are expected to purchase extra themselves. This seems a very penny pinching and mean arrangement. Of all the many properties that we have rented in the UK over time, the cost routinely covers all necessary heating.

3. I would suggest that the untidy and unkempt front garden does not give an impression of a well-maintained and attractive property.

4. In response to these points the owner has suggested that she should have been contacted with our concerns at the time of our stay. However the cottage has no landline or mobile phone reception and therefore emailing her is the only option but that’s a problem if you don’t have a smartphone or equivalent means of sending one.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A sympathetic haven of loveliness .....

  • 5 of 5

We just can't stay away ......a place to unwind,recharge & plan....despite the rain we indulged in delightful "goodies" from Booths in Milnthorpe...P.J. days by the log burner....a naughty but nice breakfast at Beetham Nurseries.....basically did "hygge" to death.....

Thank you Claire & your Housekeeping Team.

Jane,Trevor and.....not forgetting Esther & Boo XX

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great little cottage

  • 5 of 5

a great place to get away from it all, small with loads of character good local pubs and plenty of walking.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rock Cottage

  • 1 of 5

Disappointed as arrived after dark to find that the external security light was not functional which made it very hairy unloading the luggage and dogs and traversing steep wet steps.

On entry we realised that we had made a big mistake as the property was minute and not really suited to two large dogs. We had to be rather inventive in order to ensure that the dogs were secure in the kitchen area in order to ensure that they did not go on the furniture or upstairs during the night, there not being a door between kitchen and other living spaces (the provision of a stair gate would have been advantageous).

During our first breakfast my wife leant on the table to steady herself when the whole of the table top tilted precariously. On investigation it was found that the table top was only resting on the Base and not screwed down. This could have been very nasty as the table had cups of hot liquid on it.

The morning hot water was just enough for one bath, which wasn't too much of a problem until we came to do the washing up when there was no longer any hot water to carry this out.

The front garden was totally overgrown which gave the property a distinct impression of being in need of TLC.

We only found out about the washing machine etc by accident on the morning we left as it wasn't made clear in the script, the only mention of the outside store was in relation to any electrical problem that be encountered.

On the plus side the bed was comfortable and of a good size. And the location of the property was ideal for access to the lakes. The property might have been adequate had we not had the dogs with us but when the weather broke it was obvious that we could not stay longer and be cooped up with two damp dogs in such close proximity. Hence we terminated our stay two days early.

Sorry I cannot be more up beat about our visit.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rock Cottage is small and cosy but the photos show the accommodation accurately. The main living and dining room is about 20 feet long so there really is more than enough room for a couple plus two dogs. The garden is basically an extension of the beautiful woodland that Rock Cottage is in, so there are native plants, no clipped rose bushes and after the end of the summer when we're waiting for the gardener to do the last cut back it can be rather full. But it brings amazing birds, rare butterfiles, squirrels. If Ken had contacted me during his stay we would have quickly resolved the remaining issues of replacing a bulb in the security light and tightening the loosened bolt on the dining table pedestal, but we heard nothing from him during or after his stay to say there were any problems, and likewise no contact was made to alert us to his puppy having chewed the wooden door on one of our kitchen cupboards, and ripping the kitchen Turtlemat to bits. I contacted him to ask if he would mind covering the cost of replacing the mat only (no charge for the cost of Farrow and Ball paint and time to repair, sand and repaint the cupboard) and I can't help but wonder if the £28 we deducted from his damage deposit was the catalyst for this review. We do say in our guest book to please contact us if you encounter any problems during your stay. Our housekeeper is local and any simple issues which arise can be resolved quickly. We're responsive owners and we really want our guests to be comfortable and happy.
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Car: recommended


5 minutes walk to the coastline with amazing long distance views. The sunset over the bay on a clear day is unforgettable.


300 metre stroll into the quiet village of Storth with Post office/shop and children's playground. 5 minutes walk to the coast and pub on the edge of the bay. Woodland trails from the doorstep! The delightful villages of Arnside, Silverdale, Milnthorpe and Leighton Moss RSPB are each a 5 minute drive away. The town of Kendal and the main attractions of the Lake District are a short drive.

Further Details:

The area is a haven for those wishing an active or relaxing holiday alike: beautiful scenery, wildlife and top eateries a-plenty, as well as a host of outdoor activities, and a multitude of interesting things to do for children and adults. We provide guests with lots of local information at the cottage on visitor attractions, good pubs and restaurants, as well as handy walking guides.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Damage Deposit £100

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover, flexible changeover days out of season. Arrive after 4pm, departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
We can often offer shorter stays during off-peak periods and if we have late availability at other times.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.