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LOVEDAYA romantic, stylish and cosy cottage for two in the beautiful Lake District National Park, half a mile from the shores of Lake Windermere and a 20 minute drive from Junction 36 of the M6. Our 250 year old cottage features modern rustic decor, super-fast internet, Smart TV and Sonos sound system. There are many wonderful walks and bike rides available from the front door. Stays start Mondays or Fridays.
Newland Mill Farm Cottage Ulverston CumbriaOur charming cottage is situated in the hamlet of Newland just 5 mins from Ulverston, with pubs, restaurants, and local amenities,. The Lakes are only 15 mins away too. The perfect stay for lovers of the great outdoors, cosy evenings in front of the log burner, or summer evenings in the large garden or BBQ area. The cottage is dog friendly too. Stunning woodland walk ways into Ulverston to the rear of the property, and riverside and beach walks nearby with excellent cycle routes close by
"Bank Cottage"Bank Cottage is a 'one off' experience of a stay. Once a bank, now a converted cottage. It still has many of the old, period features, including exposed beams and the original flagged floors. Bank Cottage is in the heart of the village of Greenodd, in the Lake District. It is the perfect stay for hikers and families alike. Just a stone throw from the local café, newsagents/post office, Fish and Chip Shop, The Porterage Co. and The Ship Inn means you have the village at your doorstep.
Lying just beyond the southern fringe of the Lake District National Park, Cartmel is one of those rare rural enclaves that has managed to make a name for itself as a top foodie destination. At one end of the spectrum, award-winning fine dining has put the village on the culinary map, but equally legendary — and more affordable — is its famous Cartmel sticky toffee pudding. Even if you can’t afford a table at the fanciest places in town, this is a heavenly place to visit, with narrow winding streets, beautiful old stone buildings, craft and vintage shops, and a priory dating back to the 12th century. Although the village lies a few miles outside the national park, it’s still a suitable base for exploring the region’s mountains and valleys: the southern end of Windermere, England’s largest lake, is one of the closest big-ticket draws. To the south and east, the coastline around Morecambe Bay and the bucket-and-spade resort of Grange-over-Sands offer a change of atmosphere.
Drivers will arrive via the A590 off the M6 motorway, which runs near the eastern border of the Lake District to the Scottish border. Having a car for exploring is useful, but you can get around using the local bus service or on a bike; be warned that the bus that runs through the village is infrequent and can be slow to reach the Lake District highlights. Oxenholme station, with trains direct from London and elsewhere, is a 25-minute drive. There are more options five minutes further by rail in Kendal. Trains run from Oxenholme to the local Kents Bank station, south of Cartmel, from where you can catch a bus — in total a 100-minute journey. Manchester (MAN) is the nearest major airport, a 90-minute drive, or 90 minutes by rail to Oxenholme. Liverpool (LPL), Leeds Bradford (LBA), and Newcastle (NCL) airports are also options.
There are appealing aspects to a Cumbrian adventure at any time of year. Come in spring when the surrounding woodlands are carpeted with snowdrops and bluebells, or for the autumn glory of the changing leaves. The coastal beaches and Lake District river pools and lakes are most enticing in summer, but blustery weather also paints the rugged scenery in a flattering light. Avoid the peak school holiday periods of May half term and mid-July to early September if you want to duck the crowds. If you fancy aligning your trip with local events, consider early May for nearby stately home Holker Hall’s annual spring fair, or November for its winter market. A famous horse racing course in Cartmel means it can be busy on race days, so check ahead if that puts you off.
Just three families have owned grand Holker Hall and its 17,000-acre estate since the 16th century. One wing is open to the public and full of treasures, including a library of 3,500 books and Thomas Chippendale furniture. The exceptional garden features rare flowers and a labyrinth, as well as 12 slate monoliths that represent Cumbria’s ancient stone circles. Two other splendid historic buildings— Townend, a 17th-century farmhouse near Troutbeck, and Sizergh Castle, a 14th-century fortified mansion with wetland, woodlands, and orchards—lie further north along the A590.
Tempting as it is to climb the famous mountains of the Lake District, there’s some delightful walking country on the doorstep. One route leads west over Hampsfell, a limestone outcrop, through the ferns and native trees of Eggerslack Woods and into Grange-Over-Sands.
The village shop’s glorious handmade concoction of light pillowy sponge and gooey toffee sauce is renowned nationwide. It can be bought all over Cumbria, as well as online.