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St Francis Cottage

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Ulpha, near Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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Unique cottage with a cosy lounge set around an Inglenook fireplace. Set in the Duddon Valley with a lovely garden and great views.

Cradled by the surrounding hills, this traditional Lakeland cottage enjoys an idyllic rural situation, tucked away in the quiet Duddon valley – reputedly Wordsworth’s favourite, within the Lake District National Park and close to the River Duddon – a pleasant spot for picnics and private salmon and trout fishing. This ‘little gem’ of a cottage provides a carefully furnished home from home, with some stunning walks and scenic drives from the door; a footpath runs alongside the house leading to Stickle Pyke. Easy touring of this spectacular region takes in Muncaster Castle, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway, Coniston Water and Hardknott Fort, to name but a few. Shop 1 mile, country pub 2 miles.

Open-plan beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook, tiled floor and kitchen area with beech wood units. French doors to garden/dining room with sofa-bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements). First floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full NSH central heating (panel heaters), bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a borehole. This property has a security deposit of £50.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Main Fuel or Power incl.
    Main Fuel or Power incl.
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Short Breaks All Year
    Short Breaks All Year
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    The location of this cottage is perfect. We spent a week in early April and really enjoyed our stay. There are some little changes that could be made to make it a lot better - glasses in the cupboard and some outside furniture to sit outside now the weather is warming up. The cottage is small but here was only me, my partner and our 2 dogs so was perfect size for us. I think the cottage is a bit pricy for what you get. It nevertheless I enjoyed the stay.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2017
    The upstairs was nice clean and warm, except dodgy shower which had to be turned on and off via switch outside the bathroom. Lounge had old torn sofa to seat 3 people not 5 as it was advertised when we booked, rain came down the inside wall of conservatory flooding the floor. Consevatory cold as heater didnt work properly, worst of all was owner on site in her greenhouse in the garden for hours with her dog, which was in the grounds of what we had hired, leaving us unable to let our dog out whilst she was there. Wont be returning.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    Poor directions no sign from the road and poor signage at the cottage. For directions follow signs to Hurst cottage St Francis is then on the far right. Garden furniture was poor, hedge needed cutting to get the best of the view. Cottage was cosy fine for 2 people but sleeps 5 that would be extremely cramped. Bed was comfortable. Cottage was clean. Overall seemed very expensive for what you get.

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    Unfortunately we found the cottage "dirty". The dining conservatory smelled of dogs. We have a dog, we took our dog, we understand and accept "dirt" to a certain degree relevant to a dog. The general cottage was poor in décor and very tired. The outside garden furniture was a disgrace and absolutely could not be used. Unfortunately - also whilst we were sat out in our own chairs at 9.45pm with very low music (we are not noisy neighbours) playing, the very close next door neighbours complained in a rather rude/abrupt manner. They also complained directly to us of parking on their "garden" when all we were doing was letting out one car from the cottage ahead of another car - the car was literally on the shared driveway for less than 1 minute with us in it before we let the other car out and followed. Apologies for this honest review.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    Cosy, compact cottage, well appointed with a good view of hills from garden and conservatory. All helped make a relaxing holiday.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 23/07/2017
    The stay was excellent. The cottage is clean and lovely and we enjoyed the scenic location. The only issue was to find it in the first place. We reached quite late in the evening. There was no sign posts from the road contrary to the information in the confirmation email. We literally had to guess and take an odd looking side road. Since there was no mobile signal, it was not possible to contact the owner either! I request the owner of the cottage to install a sign post from the road and also heads up for the folk looking to stay!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2017
    I stayed at St Francis Cottage with my 3 young daughter (ages 11, 6, 2) and our little dog Poppy, at the end of May/start of June for 4 nights. Upon arrival we found the most picturesque little cottage I've ever seen. We'd ordered a supermarket grocery delivery for when we arrived. Unfortunately we were running late, but Nicky, our wonderful host was in the process of putting our groceries away when we arrived. She was splendid! And had provided everything we could have asked for to make our stay comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed. Not just crockery and utensils, but dishwasher and washing machine tablets, tin foils, bags and every practical thing we could want. The table in the conservatory was set out with a beautiful tea set, wine, delicious box of biscuits, a dozen fresh eggs from Nicky's own hens and fresh flowers from the garden. A very welcome sight indeed. The cottage is situated in the heart of the Duddon Valley - one of the most stunning places on earth - and we had many adventures finding the various steppingstone paths to cross the river. It was absolutely stunning. We all had a wonderful time. The cottage is so cosy and comfortable. I stayed on the sofa bed in the conservatory, leaving the curtains open every night, where I relaxed with books and woke to the sound of song birds in the morning. Nothing could have been more relaxing and delightful. The upstairs was so quaint and pretty, but with plenty of storage space. My 3 girls were in their element on this trip. As was I, and Poppy the pooch. I rated everything a 10, save the "Local amenities". I loathed to put anything less than a 10 for this trip, but obviously if you head out to the country and want a secluded spot, there won't be many amenities. We knew this when we booked, and was one of the reasons we choose this cottage. We didn't want pubs/bars/restaurants/shops. We wanted to get away from it all, and that's what we did. It's worth noting however, that there is internet connection at the cottage, and the supermarkets in the town of Barrow and Furness do deliver this far out. There is also a post office and small shop about half a mile from the cottage. I cannot recommend St Francis Cottage enough. It's a beautiful cottage in a stunning location. My girls and I loved every minute of our stay. A big thank you to Nicky for her kindness to us on our arrival. Theresa, Bella, Matilda, Violet, and Poppy the pooch. X

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2017
    Location is a 10 ten due to the breathtaking views but that is our taste. Cottage is very clean but very tired and needs an odd job man in there for a week. Nicky is a very nice landlady and was very welcoming. Good amenities are a 20 minute drive away in Broughton so be organised. Won't go back there again because that is not the sort of thing we do. If you book this cottage then you must go to Muncaster Castle. Check the website as to why.

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7.1 out of 10 – based on 19 reviews collected by Reevoo
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