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Glen Cottage

Allonby, Cumbria
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Pets 1
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This beautiful, tranquil cottage, once belonging to Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly, is the perfect base for exploring Allonby and the Lake District National Park.

Step to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Living room:
With Freeview TV.
Sitting room: With wood burner.
1 step up to...
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room:
With washing machine and toilet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and heated towel rail (no toilet).
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

Gas central heating (underfloor in living and sitting rooms), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. On road parking; additonal public car park. No smoking.

This beautifully renovated cottage was once the home of the renowned Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly. You will see engraved in the lintel in the bedroom “AK – PK – 1958”. The artist lived in Cumbria for more than 50 years and in Glen Cottage for twelve of those. Follow the Kelly Trails which have been formed totally through Kelly’s paintings and drawings, and stretch from the door of Glen Cottage in Allonby to St Bees.
Glen Cottage itself is a very comfortable, tranquil cottage with views stretching out over the Solway Firth to Scotland in the distance. It has insulated lime render walls inside and outside, as well as underfloor heating in the living room and sitting room making the house very warm and cosy. The sitting room retains a lot of original features including beams complete with hook, as well as a large inglenook fire place with a wood burner and sandstone flooring, which makes a particularly attractive and a cosy spot to warm up in front of after a long day exploring.
Allonby is a great base for walking, windsurfing, kite surfing, cycling or just relaxing on the beach. With 2 pubs serving meals, 2 shops and a take-away, you don’t have to worry about cooking after a busy day out. Why not try the famous ’Allonby Whopper’ ice cream, people travel for miles to come and try one!
Only 200 yards across the road, guests can enjoy an afternoon of sea fishing, without a licence. For those who want to get out and about and explore the area, the Lake District National Park is on your doorstep. From Glen Cottage you can also easily explore the delights of the unspoilt Cumbrian Coast. Be sure however, to follow a Percy Kelly Trail! Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/04/2019
    Fantastic family week at Glen cottage, we all loved walking about in bare feet with under floor heated flagstones. Really comfy arty chairs - fighting to sit in them. We both enjoyed all the Percy Kelly books to get a feel for the cottages history and colourful, interesting artist. Only downside is could do with better lighting in upstairs bathroom. Weather was really good, amazingly no rain in whole April week on Cumbrian coast, only down side meant not reason to test the tempting wood burning stove. stony Beach only across the road, sandy area at low tide. Decent chippy across the road - codfather (huge portions chips, 1 between 3 would have been plenty and bit greasy, fish, black pudding and sausages excellent). Nearby quality playpark with separate grass football/basketball area. Had a couple of good value meals at the baywatch hotel in jacks surf bar - family friendly. 1/2 portions of adult dishes possible for children, so good flexibility and son enjoyed his curry. explored Cockermouth (15mins), Keswick(35mins) in day trips. 10yr old son and I climbed Lingmell and Scafell Pike one day, only 1hr drive away. Maryport had good fun at caving and clip n climb in the wave centre, also had really good meal at nearby captains tavern. One evening had go at karting - all enjoyed ourselves. Silloth worth visiting ice cream shop and amusements - pity too late for toy soldier museum - looked interesting. Will return to explore this Cumbrian corner further, perfect access to Northern Lake district.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/03/2019
    Beautiful cottage on the coast. Lovely welcome from Steve, everything you could want from a holiday cottage and more.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/01/2019
    Brilliant hosts! The house was spotless and the small but significant touches made our stay feel like home. Very comfortable beds and the welcome pack was a very sweet gesture from Steve and Lyndsey. And although furry friends are allowed you could not tell there had been a doggie in previously. Lyndsey’s cleaning must be fastidious!! The locals are very friendly too!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2018
    We spent Christmas 2018 in Glen cottage. It was one of the nicest Christmases we have ever had. The owners are really friendly and Steve met us on our first day and showed us around/explained everything, messaged us a few days later and again at the end of the stay. What a beautifully finished, have thought of everything, little gem of a place. it is decorated and furnished beautifully. We especially loved the underfloor heating (stone) and wood burning stove (which we hardly used as it was so toasty warm). We slept like logs as the beds were so comfy and we really appreciated the little touches such as candles around the house and in the bathroom, the fruit, bread, milk and sparkling bucks fizz that were waiting for us on arrival. There is a lovely long bath in the bathroom (which we soaked in often) and a down stairs shower, which is a little small but manageable. The only down side of the property, for us, was that there isn't an outside area / garden, as we had our dogs. However, you can sit outside the front of the house and the neighbours are all really friendly; and no-one batted an eyelid when we wondered on the beach and green in our jimjam bottoms for the morning and evening wee run. The village is lovely, very quaint and quirky, the cottage is literally across the read from the sand and pebble beach; and the local chip shop (which you don't want to bypass as the Fish and Chips are really good). We had great weather and some very beautiful sunsets while we were there. There are 2 pubs and a little general store (which has very good ice-cream). Its not far from lots of amenities in Maryport, Cockermouth and Workington, and about 30-40 minutes from the heart of the Lake District. All in all I cannot recommend this cottage more - it was a delight to stay there and we will be back :o)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2018
    Absolutely stunning cottage, so privaledged to have stayed there especially for a special occasion. Lovely welcome pack with homemade cake, bread, milk etc... Really didn't need to bring anything with us, just amazing.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    We were greeted by the owners and provided with a welcome pack of essential provisions. The cottage has been delightfully and tastefully renovated to retain its character. It provided a cosy refuge, when needed, from the weather. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and fully equipped with everything we needed for our stay. It was a good base for walking in and around and exploring Allonby, Maryport, Silloth, Cockermouth, Keswick and the North Lakes. Thank you for sharing your little gem.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/10/2018
    a very nice cottage but allonby to quiet for us not alot there

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/10/2018
    My only 'gripe' would be that this cottage is not suitable for the elderly. My mother found it extremely difficult using the bathroom during the night. The lighting in bathroom was very poor, the entrance had a low beam, I hit my head on it twice, and the step down was to high. We had to put a piece of paper, hanging down so that no one hit their head. This information should be in the description. Also found the lighting in the rest of the cottage was on the dim side. Neither I or my sister, the other occupants are elderly. Otherwise a lovely warm well equipped cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2018
    Super cottage, we wanted for nothing, even had lovely little extras like fresh flowers, fruit and Home made cake. Allonby is a lovely little village and the cottage is just across the road from the beach.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    One of the best we have had, we did have very hot weather!!!, the cottage kept us cool in the heat of the day, and Duncan our dog was very happy, nice walks on the beach,Glen Cottage is the best one we have been to, standard very high, well done to the owners, and great history, the bathroom is a bit of fun (mind your head!!!) If you like fish and chips just cross the road,they are very big. Sorry no photo to old to no how to do it, not very good at IT!!

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9.5 out of 10 – based on 23 reviews collected by Reevoo
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