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Take a look at our new Inspire and Explore section for the ultimate guide to holiday activities in the Lake District.

Cumbria is one of Britain’s most loved and visited holiday locations, providing a unique combination of dramatic mountains and awesome lakes. It’s a place that attracts visitors all year round and appeals to a wide variety of holidaymakers from couples who want to stay in a cosy Lakeland cottage to families who are looking for country homes with a view.

Cumbria has a great blend and variety of contrasting landscapes, including the renowned Lake District National Park which includes all the iconic places synonymous with the Lake District such as Windermere, Keswick and Ambleside as well as famous lakes such as Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston.

The mountains and fells here are spectacular and include iconic peaks such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, Grisdale Pike and the largest mountain in England Scarfell Pike. The county extends well beyond The National Park offering great cottage holiday destinations like the tranquil Eden Valley in the east and the rugged uplands to the north around Hadrian’s Wall or the Western Lakes and Coast on the west and the Cartmel Peninsula in the south.

Because of its quite compact geography it’s easy to get around the Lake District and despite of its popularity it’s still possible to escape fellow holidaymakers to admire the wide open spaces and spectacular views with the feeling that you’re the only one there, apart from the sheep!

The great outdoors is of course one of the main reasons people visit; this is wonderful walking and cycling country as well as providing lots of opportunities to sample the watersports on the numerous lakes.

Families will find no shortage of top quality visitor attractions, those interested in National Trust properties and gardens will also not be disappointed. The region is packed with picturesque Lakeland villages to discover, specialist shops, cosy pubs and restaurants.

Those thinking about taking a cottage holiday in Cumbria are sure to find something suitable, whether it’s in the ‘hot spots’ of the central and southern lakes or the more remote and rugged areas of the northern lakes, or maybe the less well known regions to the west and east of the county.

So whether you’re looking for lots of activities and attractions or a quiet ‘away from it all’ break this region will suit.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Cumbria to find your perfect retreat.

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  • Cobbler’s Cottage

    Silecroft, nr. Millom

    Grade
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    Ref: 24208

    A charming holiday cottage with large conservatory, adjacent to the owner’s house in the seaside village of Silecroft. This former granary looks out onto pretty gardens and provides a perfect holiday base on the western fringe of the Lake District. Within a mile of a beach, golf course and pony trekking, there are coastal and hill walks from the door. Many visitor attractions in the area such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge and Muncaster Castle and Gardens. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/
    dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Thirlmere near Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: 24984
    Nestling in a clearing of trees, at the foot of Helvellyn and close to the shore of Thirlmere, Dale Head Hall’s Victorian coach house, set within the grounds of one of lakeland’s finest hotels, has been carefully restored and converted into five apartments offering delightful holiday accommodation amidst breathtaking scenery. Overlooking the cobbled yard they retain much of their rustic charm and are comfortably furnished and equipped. Stroll through the wonderful garden and enjoy spectacular lake views the tranquillity that this very special setting offers.

    The walking and wildlife from the doorstep is excellent. There is a stunning walk along the lakeside or for the more ambitious hiker Helvellyn beckons. The popular, bustling market town of Keswick with an abundance of interesting shops, tourist attractions and eateries is five miles. Thirlmere connects to the south Lakes via a spectacular mountain pass, where you can enjoy the many opportunities that Grasmere, Windermere and Ambleside have to offer. An excellent central location for exploring the Lake District.

    The Coach House can be booked together with Grooms Room (13316) and The Tack Room (13317) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With TV, video and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave and fridge freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. 24 hour laundry service available. Shared drying room.Large shared gardens with lakeside terrace, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds 55 yards away.

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  • Low Fold Cottage

    Crook, nr. Windermere

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W1759

    Beautiful views of the Lyth Valley

    Situated on a mixed working farm, this 17th century semi-detached character holiday cottage with exposed beams is warm and cosy. It is ideal for a rural holiday in a location close to all the attractions of the Lake District and the southern National Park, Windermere, the lake and Bowness being only 4.5 miles, and bustling Kendal the same. Windermere in the centre of the Lake District offers great countryside and walking to suit all abilities. A good area for walking with golf nearby, the cottage is to be found up a narrow lane with beautiful views of the Lyth Valley. There are many attractions in the area including historic houses, museums, galleries, gardens and parks, as well as watersport opportunities and great shopping, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 3.5 miles and pub 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beam/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beam and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Garden Flat - 7 Badgers Rake

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123129
    The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment at Badgers Rake. The superb apartments are perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The apartments are in an ideal position for a peaceful and relaxing break, yet within easy reach of all local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.
    This property can be booked together with Squirrels Nest 12 (123132) .

    Ground Floor: This is a ground floor apartment, double glazed, heated by storage radiators with fell views and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With large storage cupboard.
    Lounge/Dining Area: Open plan with tall wall mounted electric fire, leather sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. Digital TV, twin DVD/video and radio. Patio doors to private seating and spacious communal garden. Views to Loughrigg and Fairfield.
    Kitchen: Well equipped fitted contemporary kitchen area with electric cooker and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and slow cooker.
    Bedroom 1: Modern fitted double bedroom with plenty of storage space.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with heated spiral towel rail, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Patio doors lead to private patio and spacious shared gardenLarge communal garden that has a designated BBQ area. Communal washer/dryer for guests use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the apartment. Pets by arrangement but must be kept on a lead in the garden and all soilage removed.

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  • Keswick Boat House

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111212
    Sitting directly on the shores of Derwentwater, extending into the lake and enjoying the most beautiful location and views imaginable. Keswick Boat House offers a truly unique experience, being the only property of its kind in the Lake District.
    From the balcony overhanging the water you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the launches arriving and departing from the jetties and the ducks splashing about on the lake. Inside the property is equally as stunning, consisting of an open plan design with antique furniture and a wealth of beams, some of which you may need to duck underneath.
    There are many wonderful walks from the doorstep around the lake, both low level or high peaks for the more energetic. The renowned Theatre by the Lake, The Keswick Tea Gardens and Hope Park are all within 200 yards and Keswick Town centre with its many amenities is only a 5 minute walk.

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating, the accommodation comprises of an open plan design with steps between the various levels.
    Lounge and Dining area: With TV, video, CD/radio, arched window overlooking the lake and lowered doorway to balcony overhanging the lake.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom: Mezzanine room with double bed, shower room with shower cubicle.
    Cloakroom: with WC and hand basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided.Garden, jetty and deep water mooring for your own boat. Fishing on the lake. Private parking for 2 cars. NB: Due to the close proximity to the water the property is not suitable for babies or any children under 13. The stairs to the mezzanine are open to one side and the 3 external steps to the property are witout a handrail. 

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  • 15 Elm Court

    Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC111160
    Situated on the fringe of the town, this luxurious apartment, which is in a complex known as The Greta Grove apartments offers the best of both worlds, in that it has all the amenities of the town centre close at hand and yet an almost country location with views of the nearby Lakeland Fells and walking opportunities from the door. The apartment is spacious with security entrance system and in a superb position overlooking the River Greta with views to Skiddaw.

    Second Floor: The apartment is double glazed, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With feature fireplace, TV, DVD, video, Hi-Fi, telephone for incoming calls and dining area.
    Kitchen: With fitted oak units, washer/dryer, microwave, gas cooker, fridge and radio.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with hairdryer and clock radio.

    Bathroom: Fully tiled with electric shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

    All electric, gas and bed linen included. Cot available.Private parking for 1 car.

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  • High Park

    Loweswater, Cockermouth

    Grade
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    Ref: LD8

    In the Buttermere Valley, peacefully located at the end of a leafy country lane, this charming Grade II listed barn, part of an 18th-century fell farm, has an idyllic setting with stunning views across Crummock Water to the Grasmoor range of fells. The property shares a courtyard with the adjoining farmhouse and has a secluded garden with patio. Situated only ½ mile from Loweswater village, there are many beautiful walks direct from Highpark, from a gentle lake stroll to the more challenging Melbreak Fell. Wildlife is abundant with falcons, nightingales and red squirrels. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile (featured in ’Good Pub Guide’).

    Entrance hall with slate floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Open-tread, oak stairs to first floor: Spacious beamed, open-plan living/dining/modern fitted well-equipped kitchen area with log fire, lake views and oak floor.

    • Log fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full NSH included (November £30per week)
    • TV (no reception)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Two-ring gas hob
    • Full electric cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming calls only
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • No children except babies in arms

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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Wrynose Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
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    Ref: 31168

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

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  • The Hayloft at Mains Farm

    Crosby Garrett, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
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    Ref: LAH


    This wonderfully appointed barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s 17th century farmhouse, is ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a holiday in the Eden Valley and explore this beautiful area, with both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District within easy reach. The quiet farming village of Crosby Garrett lies on the edge of Crosby Garrett fell in the Westmorland Dales extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 4 miles from Kirkby Stephen, a traditional market town with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of visitor attractions and leisure facilities nearby, including farmers markets, swimming pools, golf courses, waterfalls, Pendragon Castle of Arthurian Legend, the Settle-Carlisle Railway and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. A bridleway leads from the property to Crosby Garrett Fell, providing excellent walking country with breathtaking views of the Pennines and Howgills. Smardale Nature Reserve is just over a mile away. Within a 40-minute drive, visitors can explore Ullswater and the Eastern Lakes, Swaledale, Wensleydale and the lesser known Teesdale, along with the popular towns of Keswick, Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes. Tan Hill, the highest pub in England is a short, pretty drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove, period fittings and tiled floor. Oak staircase to first floor: Beamed living room with oak floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and period features. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Useof owner’s washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Milburn Grange - The Studio

    Knock, nr. Appleby-in-Westmorland

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    Ref: W44379

    Milburn Grange is a collection of 7 delightful properties (W44373, W44374, W44375, W44376, W44377, W44378 and W44379), lying on the outskirts of the quiet rural village of Knock, near Appleby-in-Westmorland. They are easily accessible from all major road networks which will save time whilst on those short breaks, and there is ample private off-street parking. There is a separated area for children to play and a dog exercise field adjacent to the properties as well as a games room with a pool table and washing and drying facilities.
    There are walks from the door and many more within a few minutes, and for those who prefer two wheels, the properties are located on two national cycle routes and also on a circular 40-mile, off-road route for the more adventurous.
    The historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, in Cumbria, is set in the beautiful Eden Valley and it is situated within a loop of the River Eden, making this an excellent centre for exploring the surrounding area and soaking up the scenery. The town’s main industry is tourism, due to its history, remote location, scenery and close proximity to the stunning Lake District, the North Pennines, Swaledale and Howgill Fells. The uncommonly wide main street, Boroughgate, has been described as one of the finest in England. It runs from the north end, by the cloisters, which were designed by Sir Robert Smirke in 1811, and to the south end, by the castle entrance. The railway station is on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, and is a good spot to see the steam trains that often pass on Saturdays. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    External step to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared games room with pool table. No smoking.

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  • Daleside - Rose Cottage

    Nr. Keswick

    Grade
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    Ref: LPD

    In a magnificent rural setting, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway Firth, and the hills of Galloway across the border, these comfortable holiday properties were winners of the Keswick Tourism Association Country Establishments in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and the Cumbria in Bloom Tourist Board Rose Bowl for Self Catering Establishment winners in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Rose Cottage (ref LPD) is attached to the owner’s farmhouse home, Rosemary Cottage (ref LTG) adjoins another property, Rambling Rose Cottage (ref LWG) and Rosedale Cottage (ref LYL) are adjacent and have both been converted to a high standard, and Primrose Cottage (ref LPG) has been converted from a former byre and stands in a courtyard which is bedecked with flower tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets. The cottages are beautifully furnished and equipped to VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard, except Rosemary Cottage which is equipped to a VisitBritain ‘4 Star Gold’ standard. Guests will enjoy the friendly rare breeds sheep and ponies (including miniature Shetland ponies) and visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm (a red squirrel has been spotted in the grounds), as well as the many public footpaths nearby. This 500-acre farm is set in an AONB, with walks from the door plus superb fell walking nearby. Keswick stands on the shores of Derwent Water and is an excellent base to explore delightful Borrowdale. In the town itself are many interesting shops, inns and restaurants, as well as a leisure pool. Cockermouth also has a swimming pool. Just 6 miles away is Bassenthwaite Lake with a variety of watersports and the Lakeland Wildlife Park. Enjoy Derwent Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere, surrounded by Lakeland’s dramatic scenery. Guests can enjoy the Lakes Distillery, 7 miles away has a lovely visitor attraction and serves good food daily. There is tennis, riding and golf, as well as good fishing locally and excellent bird watching from the farm, as well as the chance to spot the occasional red squirrel and deer, whilst it is a short drive to Osprey Watch at Dodd Wood Bassenthwaite. Shop 4 miles. There is a good choice of pubs and restaurants locally (including vegetarian). The pretty village of Caldbeck is 4 miles, with a restaurant, tea rooms and shops. Maes Gallery and tea rooms serving food daily is within 2 miles. Uldale is 2 miles with a pub serving good food, and Ireby is 1½ miles away with a cosy pub with log fire and good food.

    VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard. Pretty beamed sitting-room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and garden . Step up to dining area with fitted kitchen area. First floor: Pretty double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Dishwasher
    • Private patio with
      furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV (sports package)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared farmland grounds of 500 acres
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Armathwaite Hall Hotel Leisure Club (10-min drive), includes swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room (at cost)
    • Meal delivery service
    • Complimentary bottle of wine
    • Welcome tea tray
    • Milk, eggs and bread available
    • Natural filtered spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Whernside View

    near Sedbergh

    Grade
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    Ref: CC131122
    Whernside View occupies a most enviable position on the fellside and enjoys uniterrupted views of this beautiful part of the world. The cottage has been converted from a redundant farm building and now offers excellent, high quality facilities with many retained characterful features including a mix of slate and oak floors. A mere 1 mile from Sedbergh inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and only 20 minutes drive from the Lake District National Park, the property is ideally located to enjoy the Howgill Fells and an ideal base for walking the famous Dalesway.
    This property can be booked together with Dales View (131121)

    Ground Floor: Oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises: Covered entrance porch leading to:
    Bedroom: King sized bedroom with pretty fabrics and co-ordinating decor.
    Bathroom : with bath, separate shower cubicle, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Living room: open plan with gas effect log fire, colour TV, video and DVD and french doors to grassed area.
    Kitchen : with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    All fuel, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no cot or highchair available.  Wifi internet access available.Patio area to the front with furniture provided. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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