Huddlestone Cottage & Hayloft
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Huddlestone Cottage has fully glazed entrance doors leading to a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area. A 4 kilowatt firewarm stove gives a warm focal point. There is a downstairs toilet and shower room. A pine staircase leads upstairs where there is a second full bathroom equipped with a corner bath.
Two double bedrooms provide a king size bed and a twin bedded room to sleep four people plus baby. A high chair and cot are available for a extra £5 each. However the cot is limited to babies up to 15kg in weight.
Huddlestone Cottage now has the benefit of a Widescreen TV, Freeview and DVD/CD player.
The Hayloft has its own private entrance door with stairway leading to a large open plan living room with kitchen on one side. There is a bedroom with a king size bed and room for a cot, if required. A separate bathroom provides a bath with a power shower over and a toilet. French doors look out directly to the gardens. The Hayloft now has the benefit of a Widescreen TV, Freeview and DVD/CD player.
All floors are polished pine with rugs and much of the original stone walls have been retained. The upstairs ceilings are lofted with exposed beams. The kitchens are fully equipped with microwave, refrigerator, electric cooker, hob, freezer and washer/dryer. There are colour televisions and radios provided in each lounge. All linen (but not facecloths), oil fired central heating and electricity are all included in the cost. There is also an iron and ironing board. Windows look out onto the gravel courtyard and lawn area with gently rising ground behind, recently planted with a small deciduous wood under planted with bluebells.
Some games and books are provided for all guests to enjoy. A single pet is welcome provided it is kept under control and must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms to help those with allergies. Pets must not be left unattended at any time in the cottage and guests must "scoop the poop". Free, secure storage is available for those with bikes, but you will need to notify us how many.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mawbray 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle Upon Tyne 130 km, Nearest railway: Aspatria 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details outdoors|
When we purchased Redmain House in 1993 it was not just the house that needed to be completely refurbished, the garden, totalling around 3 acres, had not been touched. It had been used as a dumping ground. Ash and Sycamore trees had self-seeded everywhere and the dry stone walls were in a bad state of repair. The large field at the rear had been grazed by sheep and did not look in bad condition, but in its first year of non-grazing produced an enormous amount of weed. In particular thistle and dock.
There was no alternative but to go around the 3 acres and remove them by hand. It was all I did that first year and it seemed to work as the following year there were very few that came back. However, I now had a problem with hogweed! Hundreds and hundreds of them appeared everywhere. As anyone will know hogweed has a long tap root, so digging them out was a long and difficult job and I simply could not do them all, so, of those I could not dig up I made sure to cut off the tops so they would not seed. It seemed like a good idea at the time (and it probably was) but it meant that the following year the taproot was twice as big and twice as difficult to get out! I just kept at it for the next couple of years and finally got them under control, but they continue to pop up from time to time so I am still vigilant about getting them out! The garden soil varies from very little soil over limestone at the top, to loamy in the vegetable garden (mostly engineered) to thick clay and stone towards the house. I have tried not to impose too much on the natural landscape, returning the top 2 acres to meadow and planting the copse of trees on the slight hill, which has helped to stabilise the soil in that area. It is a natural garden designed to enhance the environment for all wildlife – as well as being beautiful I hope. It still amazes me sometimes, sitting in the garden watching the large number of birds that have made their home here – robins, song thrushes, mistle thrush, great tits, treecreepers, nuthatches, bluetits, sparrows, woodpeckers, housemartins, wren, dunnock, finches and barn owls. We also see buzzards overhead, listen to the lilting call of the curlew and watch the kestrel dive for voles over the meadow.
One evening, at dusk, as I was walking Rosie the dog to the top of the field, I thought I saw a corncrake silhouetted against the long grass in the meadow. I couldn’t determine the colours as the setting sun was right behind it, but the outlines looked correct.
It disappeared back into the long grass and I haven’t spotted it since – but I keep looking! With fears for the declining numbers of bees, it is good to know that I have at least two bees nests in the garden, and I do enjoy watching them scramble in and out of their nests at the base of the big old sycamore trees. I have identified at least four different species here in the garden.
Now, in 2010, the garden is mature and how I envisaged it. Even though we own the freehold of this land, we only ever pass through but while we are here we very much enjoy sharing this beautiful place with everyone who comes to visit.
1. Bookings may be made by telephone or e-mail but must be confirmed with a signed completed Booking Form within four days.
2. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required when booking (payable to Mrs. Christine Neale). The outstanding balance to be paid four weeks prior to arrival. A receipt will be sent confirming your booking.
3. The cottages are available from 4:00pm on the day of arrival and should be vacated by 10:30am on the day of departure. We will charge an additional half day if the client leaves late for any reason. Weekly bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday, but short breaks can be arranged starting on the day of your choice as long as it does not go across a peak week.
4. All prices include oil fired central heating, electricity, towels and bed linen.
5. If the owner is prevented by circumstances beyond her control from making the cottages available then she will refund all monies paid but no further liability will be accepted.
6. The number in the party must be stated and must not exceed the maximum of 4 people (+baby up to 15kg in weight only) in the Cottage and 2 people (+ baby up to 15kg in weight only) in the Hayloft.
7. All amenities provided by the owner’s for guests are used entirely at the guest’s risk and no responsibility will be accepted by the owner’s other than resulting from the owner’s negligence.
8. Care of accommodation:- Guests are required to treat our Cottages with due care. It is a condition of booking that should any damage occur the cost of damage may be born by the party concerned, at the discretion of the owners.
9. Pets:- We only accept a single dog by special arrangement. Please email to confirm. The dog is not allowed on any furniture, beds or in the bedrooms due to some of our clients having asthma. The dog is not left on its own in the cottage and stays with the owner at all times. The dog is not allowed to foul in the gardens and if it does you will "scoop the poop". We charge an extra £15 for the dog.
10. Broadband 24/7 internet access cable (Cat 5 Network) and Wifi wireless access point for connection to your own computer equipment is available free and is now unlimited so guests can stream television and music.
11. Cancellations:- When you book any holiday you are entering into a legally binding contract. If you have to cancel or cut short your holiday for whatever reason, then you will be liable for any cancellation charges we may have to make. In your best interests, we therefore strongly advise you to take out holiday and cancelled booking insurance to safeguard your holiday. You may like to purchase your holiday cancellation insurance online from: Travel Insurance - Cheap travel insurance and uk holiday insurance for single trips, annual travel insurance, backpackers and ski insurance.
The Cumbria/Lake District
This Lake District North West area is one of outstanding natural beauty and is often forgotten alongside Cumbria's southern lakes, and yet it can offer the glory of the lakes, the vastness of the hills and an expansive coastline. All this without the crowds!
The woodlands and forests of the District offer the visitor a wealth of opportunities for outdoor enjoyment amongst North West England's most attractive and dramatic landscapes.
Forest Enterprise is carrying on a great tradition of forestry and woodland management in the Lakes Forest District. The oakwoods at Grizedale first came under management in the 11th Century with the monks of Furness Abbey, and this management — mainly as “coppice”, has continued through the ages under many owners. Now these woodlands are cared for by Forest Enterprise on behalf of the nation. Other forests are much younger. The mountain forest of Whinlatter has been created by the planting of a great many tree species since the Forestry Commission inception in 1919. The task of our foresters nowadays is to ensure that all of our national woodlands meet people’s needs and aspirations for the 21st century — for timber, leisure, wildlife and landscape.
Each woodland has its own character reflecting the strong influence of the underlying soils, geology and landform. Our management seeks to preserve this character: whether is it of the oakwoods of the Southern Fells, the towering groves of Douglas Fir of the mountain forest of Dodd Wood, or the pine woods on the drier sandstones of the Eden Valley in north-east Cumbria. In other areas such as Ennerdale felling gives the opportunity to remodel and reshape the forest so that it sits in harmony with the natural contours of the landscape.
The forests of Lakes Forest District are all working forests. In addition to producing timber and providing for the recreational needs of visitors, the woodlands of Cumbria are home to a rich variety of wildlife. Red, roe and sika deer can be seen by the early riser whilst no visit would be complete without a glimpse of our native, but secretive, red squirrel. Forest Enterprise is proud of its conservation record, managing forests so that flowers, insects and animals abound whilst historic features are protected and maintained.
Each area of Forest Enterprise woodland provides the visitor with a unique experience, whether you are held in awe by the scale of Ennerdale‘s dramatic landscape, where the towering hulk of Pillar Rock stands guard over its sibling forest; or question the meaning of life as expressed through the exciting sculptures at the famous Grizedale Forest Park.
There is something for everyone. Perhaps the quieter pleasures of forests such as Miterdale and Hardknott near Wastwater, are what you seek: whilst the children will not forget their adventures at Whinlatter Forest Park, where they met the giant badger in his sett and faced the forest challenges of the Rabbit Run and Fox Trot.
Bassenthwaite Lake is situated under Skiddaw and follows part of the A66 approaching Cockermouth. Bassenthwaite Lake is wholly owned and run by the Lake District National Park Authority and is in itself a National Nature Reserve. In 1993 the lake and part of the adjacent shoreline were declared a National Nature Reserve with other large areas of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. It is now one of a few rare places to see otters and osprey in England. In order to protect this nationally important site, recreational use is limited to those activities which neither conflict with the primary wildlife objective, or risk generating additional demands capable of damaging the special qualities of the lake in the future.
As well as the otters and the osprey, it is the only British locality for the rare fish species, the Vendace, a small-medium sized fish 20-25cm long. This fish lives on plankton and is usually found in NW Europe, Scandinavia and Russia.
The Lake is also home to a variety of birds. During the Summer months over 70 breeding species have been recorded including the Great Crested Glebe, common sandpiper, grasshopper warbler and goosander. In Winter, up to 2,000 wildfowl have been seen on the lake including the goldeneye, pochard, tufted duck and widgeon.
Much of the Shoreline is private. For landing and fishing, landowners permission is required. If you do land, please avoid trampling the soft shore as it is very sensitive and easily destroyed. Bassenthwaite supports the best remaining example of this habitat in the National Park. Please help to protect this nationally important site by keeping to existing paths and bays.
The ancient and historic town of Cockermouth is one of only 51 towns in Great Britain to be given this title, and is, therefore, recommended for preservation by the state as part of our national heritage.
Set in attractive countryside on the fringe of the Lake District National Park glimpses of the surrounding mountains and countryside spill into view through the old winding side streets.
The rivers Cocker and Derwent run through the town making attractive places to sit and take a break. Large enough to support a number of interesting and unique little shops as well as discreet supermarkets, Cockermouth remains relatively unchanged. The cattle market and its old building still remains in the centre of town. There are numerous Pubs and Eating Places to cater for all tastes.
Main Street runs directly through the centre of the town and is a broad, attractive tree-lined street with hidden cobbled courtyards and passageways. If you take the time to explore the town you will find some hidden treasures!
Castlegate House Gallery - A listed Georgian House and garden, built in 1739 opposite Cockermouth Castle is the setting for some stunning displays of modern painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass. The walled secret garden is open during the Summer months. During the colder weather you can always sit and enjoy the exhibits, often by the warmth of an open fire. Very intimate and friendly atmosphere with exceptionally helpful and friendly staff. Admission free.
Cockermouth Craft & Gift Centre - The largest, permanent collection of Cumbrian crafts plus some antiques and bric a brac. No admission charge.
Isel Bridge - Isel Bridge over the Derwent River is a beautiful area to walk. It is within walking distance of Huddlestone Cottage and The Hayloft in Redmain. "A lovely walk along the River Derwent, giving wonderful panoramic views of Sale Fell and the surrounding valley."
Jennings Brewery - The Famous Jennings Brewery has been part of Cockermouth for over 170 years. There's no mistaking the beer in the making!! Hop brewing can still be smelt in Cockermouth using traditional methods that were used by their founder since 1828 in Lorton village. A 1hr 30mins tour of the brewery will introduce you to the delightful and intriguing brewery expressions such as Hop Back and Mash Tun. Local ales such as the distinctively dark bitter Original Brew, or the light golden bitter of Cumberland Ale, or the warming Snecklifter can still be purchased. If you are visiting during the Christmas Period you may want to try the powerful Cocklewarmer - but you'll have to be quick it's so popular they often sell out of it! Tour Charge.
Kirkgate Centre - A converted Victorian Primary school which is now a community arts facility. Opened in 1995 and run by volunteers it offers a wide range of activities and events including live music, drama, dance, workshops, exhibitions of art and local history, films etc. Widely advertised. Plenty of car parking. Separate charges for events.
Mineral Museum and Derwent Gallery - The Creighton Mineral Museum comprises a collection of Northern England Minerals and includes the late Wm Shaw's mineral collection. Also on display is miners equipment, old photographs and fluorescent minerals in an "Aladdin's Cave". Mineral mining in Lakeland and Northern England dates back to Roman Times. There is also a shop which has minerals and fossils for sale, as well as very beautiful jewellery, original paintings, photographs and craft items. Donations to West Cumberland Hospice at Home for Museum visits.
Wordsworth House - Birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Fine example of a Georgian Town House built in 1745 for the Sheriff of Cumberland, plus restored Georgian garden which features Wordsworth's famous terraced walk. Admission charge.
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