An excellent pair of Lakeland cottages that are all set on either side
of courtyard. Perched high in the hills of the beautiful Duddon Valley,
with breathtaking views to the Coniston Fells, and Harter Fell rising
majestically to the north, Grass Guards is set in an amazing location.
The group is made up of two individual properties (Grass Guards House
and Grass Guards Cottage). They offer great accommodation that is ideal
if you are travelling to the Lake District with friends or extended
family but you are still looking for your own space and privacy. The
properties are spacious and all renovated to a high standard and offer
high quality contemporary accommodation throughout whilst retain many
This secluded farm dates back over 500 years and has been loving
refurbished to create a high quality retreat for those wanting to
escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life and to relax and enjoy
one of the most beautiful corners of the Lake District.
The clear waters of the River Duddon, one of the Lake District's last
remaining salmon rivers, cascade through the valley that was well known
to the poet William Wordsworth who was a regular visitor to the valley
and who, between 1804 and 1820, published no less than 34 sonnets that
took their inspiration from the river and scenery of the valley.
Buzzards, red deer and a whole host of wildlife make Dunnerdale their
home and from the terraces of Grass Guards hardly a day passes without
catching a glimpse of these magnificent residents along with other
birds of prey and owls that frequent the area.
Set a mile and half off the road, via the old forestry track suitable
for all but the lowest of sports cars, the final approach to Grass
Guards is via a small ford. The secluded location, not only offers
peace and quiet, with just the noise of the sheep and the birds for
company; it also offers an area with no light pollution that, on clear
nights, reveals the most beautiful star filled skies.
Accommodation in detail
Enjoy an afternoon walk from the door along Grass Guards Ghyll, pausing
at Ghyll Spout Waterfall on the Grass Guards Estate and over Fickle
Steps to enjoy a beer and a chat at the Newfield Inn. Alternatively,
don your walking boots and expend a little effort and the summit of
Harter Fell rising behind the house waits to be conquered. If you have
the same energy and enthusiasm for the fells as the owners' son, you
could even cross the valley and follow the old miners road to the
summit of Dow Crag and along the towering skyline to Coniston Old Man
and back over Great Carrs. Alternatively sit, a glass of wine in hand,
on the patio and gaze out at the views, watch the wildlife and enjoy
this rural idyll.
From leaving the road close to the beautiful Birks Bridge, the approach
to Grass Guards is via the untarmacked forestry road and though
accessible to all but the lowest sports car, care should be taken. On
reaching Grass Guards the lane crosses a ford to reach the old farm
yard. On one side of the yard is Grass Guards House, the old farm
house, which sleeps eight and on the other side of the yard, Grass
Guards Cottage which sleeps four.
Grass Guards House, the original farmhouse, offers the highest standard
and quality of accommodation having recently been refurbished. The
front door opens to an imposing hall way with high feature stone wall
and plenty of space for boots and coats. The hallway links the ground
floor living accommodation to the two ground floor bedrooms. The
spacious south facing sitting room is beautifully furnished and
incorporates the old beams, historic spice cupboard and feature fire
place with its cosy log burning stove. Comfortable sofas and armchairs
are set around the coffee table and Smart TV. The delightful dining
room is the ideal spot to socialise with family and friends and on
warmer days the patio doors open onto the patio, complete with bistro
furniture that is a real sun trap on a summer's afternoon. The smart,
high quality kitchen offers everything you could need during your stay
and is well equipped with electric hob and oven, dishwasher,
fridge/freezer, microwave and don't worry about being at the kitchen
sink as it offers beautiful views to the Coniston Fells.
There are two bedrooms to choose from on the ground floor. The first, a
beautiful double bedroom with views across the yard to the hills beyond
and a quaint sneak-a- peak window together with a luxurious ensuite
bathroom with double ended bath and WC. The second bedroom can be
offered as either a king size double or two 2'6" twin beds (please
specify when booking) and includes beautiful original beams, feature
stone wall and a door to the garden. A smart family bathroom includes a
large feature bath, spacious shower cubicle, basin and WC.
A second hallway leads to the door to the garden and there is a
convenient ground floor cloakroom with WC. Stairs lead from the sitting
room to the first floor bedrooms. The first is a beautiful south facing
double room and the second, with vaulted ceilings, looking out to the
Coniston Fells can be presented as either a king size bed or two 2'6"
twin beds (please specify when booking). These bedrooms are
complemented by a luxurious family bathroom with bath with shower over,
basin and WC.
To the side of the farmhouse there is a large garden area with mature
trees and shrubs and south facing patio however the owners deliberately
keep cutting to a minimum to allow the wildlife to flourish. Back to
the farm yard there is parking for four cars and from here a bridleway,
popular with mountain bikers and walkers, extends down "The Rake" to
Wallowbarrow climbing crag and the River Duddon. Footpaths lead onto
the fells offering much to be explored and rock pools just down from
the ford are ideal for a dip in the summer.
Grass Guards Cottage offers the highest standard and quality of
accommodation having recently been refurbished. The front door opens to
the spacious open plan living area that incorporates old beams, feature
stone walls and a beautiful summer room. On entering you are greeted by
a cosy lounge area with a comfortable sofas and armchairs set around
the coffee table, TV and the window offering views to Harter Fell. The
contemporary quality kitchen is the real heart of the home and offers
everything you could need during your stay and includes an electric hob
and oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The large family dining
table is an ideal spot to enjoy a Lakeland breakfast or a beautiful
home cooked family dinner. The spacious south facing summer room, with
large sofa and comfortable chairs, is flooded with light with French
doors that open to the patio and garden beyond. The utility room
contains the freezer and leads to a cloakroom.
Heading upstairs there are two beautifully presented bedrooms; a double
bedroom with south facing window and views across the valley and a
luxurious ensuite bathroom with bath, basin and WC. The second bedroom
is offered either as a twin room or a double room (please specify when
booking) offers views to Harter Fell and is complemented by an ensuite
shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.
Outside the cottage there is a beautiful patio that catches the sun
throughout the day, a lawned garden area and extending beyond that an
area where the owners deliberately keep cutting to a minimum to allow
the wildlife to flourish. Back to the farm yard there is parking for
two cars and from here a bridleway, popular with mountain bikers and
walkers, extends down The Rake to Wallowbarrow climbing crag and the
River Duddon. Footpaths lead onto the fells offering much to be
explored and rock pools just down from the ford are ideal for a dip in
Due to the secluded location of Grass Guards, we respectfully ask, that
guests familiarise themselves with the following access notes. (SEE
ACCESS NOTES), and with regards to the Wifi, this provided by Satellite
and is not suitable for streaming films, music or gaming etc.
Dunnerdale is a beautiful valley in the south west of the Lake District
that sits between the Coniston Valley to the east, the Langdale Valley
to the north and Eskdale and Wasdale to the west. To many who know the
Lake District well, this is considered to be the most beautiful and
most authentic valley in the Lake District where you could easily
believe that time has simply stood still since it was immortalised in
poetry by William Wordsworth.
The patchwork of small meadows, the white washed cottage, the loveable
Herdwick sheep, the traditional farm, the plethora of wildlife all come
together in the Duddon Valley to give the visitor the sense that they
have discovered the real heart of the Lake District that most visitors
fail to experience.
At the foot of the valley the old market town of Broughton is a lovely
village with a local shop, family run award winning butchers, and
popular local pubs. From here the road crosses the fell to Coniston and
the beautiful five and half miles of Coniston Water immortalised in
Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons'. Rising high above the lake and
bordering Dunnerdale the high Coniston fells are a popular destination
for fell walkers, climbers and scramblers.
The River Duddon winds through the valley passing the beautiful hamlet
of Ulpha and Seathwaite (don't get confused - there are two Seathwaites
in the Lake District and it's the other one that is the wettest place
in England!!). Whilst passing, why not call and enjoy the craic at the
Newfield Inn. At the head of the valley the road meets the old Roman
Road that crosses the Lake District and here you can choose to travel
over the stunning Wrynose Pass and through to the Langdale Valley or
north over the challenging Hardknott Pass, the steepest road in
England, pausing at Hardknott Roman Fort before descending to Eskdale
and Scafell Pike England's highest mountain. Head further to Wasdale
and the majestic WastWater, England's deepest Lake.
With so much to be explored, scenery to be admired, wildlife to be
discovered and so much space and quiet to relax, the Grass Guards
Estate is your own Lake District secret just waiting for you to enjoy!