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Swaledale Cottage

Caldbeck, near Keswick, CumbriaCumbria
Grade 3 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 2
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A restored barn with open fire situated on a working farm with views over farmland towards fells. Ideal base for touring northern Lakeland.

Perfectly situated for touring

Perfectly situated for touring

Drive along unfenced roads surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the northern lakes, until you arrive at these cosy character holiday cottages, on a working sheep and beef farm 2.5 miles from Caldbeck. Renovated from an old barn (Swaledale Cottage (ref W1780) is the middle cottage, Ellerbeck Cottage (ref W1821) is the end cottage), they are nicely decorated and furnished and feature exposed beams, with views over farmland to the fells beyond and walking right from the door. Children can explore the workings of a real farm, they can sit on a tractor and feed the lambs (accompanied by the owner). In John Peel country, Caldbeck is a pretty and peaceful village which has, in addition to cafes, craft and antique shops, a goldsmith, clogmaker and bowling green. Situated on the edge of the National Park, it is known locally as ’Back o’ Skiddaw’, a walk over which will bring you into the bustling market town of Keswick. Keswick with its lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water are a 15-minute drive and full of interesting things to see and do. Enjoy a ride up Derwent Water on the Keswick Launch, use the many walking and cycle paths to explore the breathtaking scenery, experience Keswick Spa, the theatre by the lake and the numerous museums suitable for all the family. The traditional market town of Cockermouth, Wordsworth’s birthplace, is 14 miles and the historic city of Carlisle and the Scottish border is 16 miles. This is an excellent base for exploring the northern Lake District. Shops 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 08/02/2019
    Fantastic that we got wood replenished every day. Please note this is a working farm, so expect farm yard smells and noise. There isn’t any view as such from the cottage. It has a barn front and rear. However we weren’t bothered as we spent most of our time out and about. The fire was really nice and the cottage was well heated. There was a range of cooking utensils. Keswick is approx 40 mins drive away. I drive slow, the roads are country lanes. Dodd wood & summit is a great walk. There is also a yard and grasses enclosed rear garden area which is handy for letting the dog out before bed. The skies are really pretty on an evening and silt is really dark here. There was no hand soap which was a slight inconvenience. It’s really creaky, it creeped my partner out. However I thought it was quite cosy. The wood replenishment everyday was great. Even though its classed as the lakes, be prepared to drive. Avoid the Silk Road Chinese in Keswick. Also parking was good at cottage. I enjoyed my stay and the owners are friendly. They do live next door. For the price it’s good. Stopped in the lakes a few times now and I prefer to be more central.

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    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for booking with us, we appreciate feedback from our guests. We notice you have scored us a 5/10 based mostly on the local amenities. We have tried to describe as best possible, what there is to offer in the vicinity. We appreciate everybody’s tastes differ. Most visitors find that the area offers plenty of diverse features. We thank you for leaving feedback.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/01/2019
    Hellen is lovely it’s warm clean and you get left alone Perfect for us thanks

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    Had a great stay, ideal base for exploring the Lakes. Cottage had everything we needed and was very clean and comfortable. WiFi worked well and plenty of wood provided for the fire. Thanks for a great stay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2018
    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this cottage. It was cosy and quiet and had all you needed to cook a meal if you wanted to with a local pub a short drive away if you didn't. It was lovely to stay away from the hustle and bustle and on a working farm. The views from the top of the hill were lovely. It is well situated for both walking and sightseeing in the north part of the Lake District with the main towns of Penrith and Keswick just a short drive away. We would stay here again and would bring the dog with us next time!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/10/2018
    Although the cottage itself was perfect ie. very clean, we had everything we needed, gorgeous location, we felt that it was just a bit too far out for us for future visits.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/09/2018
    Absolutely loved our stay! Yes, it’s remote and creaky, but it’s a cottage on a farm! A one minute check of Google maps would tell you where it is in advance. It was cosy, the owners were lovely and our toddler was entranced by the farm animals. We will definitely be back.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    The cottage was cosy, clean and well equipped. Lovely location and friendly, helpful owner

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8.3 out of 10 – based on 20 reviews collected by Reevoo
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