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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Cosy and romantic one bedroomed cottage in beautiful countryside with lovely views across the Solway Firth to Scotland. Great walking and cycling country and close to stunning beaches. Character cottage newly renovated in 2013 with private garden and patio. Use of owners red sports car by arrangement(1st May - 31st October). Welcome pack of home made and local produce included.. One well behaved dog welcome. Close to village pubs (approx 1 mile away) . Fishing nearby and Arkleby leisure pool with sauna and hot tub 1 minute away. Approx 6 miles from Cockermouth.Home deliveries are possible from the Sainsburys in Cockermouth or Iceland, Asda or Tesco branches in Workington.

This cottage wlll appeal to those wanting a peaceful holiday in the country.This is an area which is relatively undiscovered so you are unlikely to encounter the high numbers of tourists found in some of the Lake District honeypots. A car is essential (we have two buses a week!) but within easy driving distance is the wonderful scenery of the north lakes (our nearest lake is Bassenthwaite) and within approx 20 minutes drive you have Ullswater,Crummock Water and Buttermere. The towns of Cockermouth and Keswick and the City of Carlisle are all within easy driving distance. We are about 10 minutes drive to the beautiful but deserted Solway coast.

The cottage has a lounge/diner (15'6" X 11'6") ,well equipped kitchen (7'6" X 8' )and fully tiled shower room with enclosed power shower,WC and hand basin (9' X 3'9") on the ground floor and generous sized bedroom (15'6" X 12'6") with beamed ceiling and exposed stone wall upstairs.As this is a traditional rural cottage we have furnished it in a traditional way. Because the stairs are quite steep the cottage is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties or children There is a lawned private garden to the front with lovely views and a secluded dog proof rear patio area also with good views - an ideal area for a bar b q (bar b q provided)

If you would like to see more pictures of the cottage and surrounding area some guests from Canada who stayed in June 2014 have very kindly provided a link to some super shots - the link is http://goo,gl/w1050Y

We are happy to consider lets for 2 nights upwards and are very flexible regarding changeover days. The cottage adjoins our house and you can be assured of a warm welcome on arrival and total privacy and seclusion during your stay.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Allonby 8 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle 100 km, Nearest railway: Aspatria 4 km
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Cumbria/Lake District

The Lake District is renowned for it's dramatic scenery and opportunities for walking and other country pursuits.We are on the fringe of the Lake District National Park and an easy drive to some of the most scenic areas in the country. A day out in the Lake District is never dull with its abundance of bird and wildlife,quaint country pubs and tea rooms and interesting towns and villages. Whether you are coming for a short break or a longer holiday there are plenty of things to do and see. If walking on a dramatic deserted beach watching a glorious sunset is your thing then look no further than the Solway Coast with its views across to Scotland. If driving through beautiful country lanes in an open topped sports car does it for you this can be arranged! Not too far afield from us is the City of Carlisle,Hadrians Wall and the renowned countryside of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway - all eminently doable as a day out.


Our nearest main town is Cockermouth about six miles away. Here in this very attractive town (the birthplace of William Wordsworth) you will find a wide variety of independent shops,pubs and restaurants together with three supermarkets. Jennings Brewery is in Cockermouth and a trip around the brewery is a must as is a visit to the Wordsworth Museum. Our nearest villages are Gilcrux (where there is a pub(serving food),bistro,church, post office and village hall) and Parsonby (where there is a pub (serving food) and church.) Both villages are within easy walking distance. Trout fishing is available at Gilcrux Trout Fisheries. At the bottom of our lane (about 1 min in the car) is Arkleby Leisure Pool - a fantastic heated large indoor pool and also a sauna and hot tub. This facility can be booked in advance by the hour so you can have the place to yourselves! Our area is very popular with cyclists and we can offer secure cycle storage.

Our nearest shops are in Aspatria which is about 2 1/2 miles away. Here you will find several pubs,a Spar and Co-Op ,a shop that sells everything!,chippie and Chinese and Mediteranean takeaways,filling station,library cash point, doctors and several churches. In Aspatria be sure to pay a visit to the shop at the Lake District Cheese Company creamery for extra mature cheddar to die for at a bargain price. There is a nine hole golf course in Aspatria and there are also golf courses in Cockermouth,Maryport and Silloth.

Wardhall is a sleepy little hamlet of about 30 souls all of whom are very friendly. Our lane is very quiet with probably as many tractors as cars. Here at Wardhall you can enjoy the peace of the countryside with the convenience of being close to every facility.

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10 Sep 2014


"magical place"

we had an amazing time staying at the Stable Cottage.everything was perfect from the minute we arrive.even the neighbours were so friendly and welcoming,especially Isabelle.the cottage was more then we expected.beautiful deco,cosy and we felt at home all the way.home made treats were waiting for us in the kitchen(mmm) and bottle of wine was a really nice touch.the bed was so comfy and we had the best sleeps in ages.we were lucky with the weather so enjoyed mornings and evenings chilling in the back garden...lovely!beautiful area around so easy to go for walks and get some fresh air.very quiete and peacefull.we are going back very soon.the owners were very friendly and helpfull.we just loved it!thank you guys .Karolina&Paul

7 Sep 2014


"A wonderful magic little cottage - a pleasure to return to each evening."

We spent 6 nights at Stable Cottage. From the offset we were made to feel very welcome by Elaine and Stephen. Then when we entered the cottage we could feel the lovely atmosphere, the cottage is ver… More

Hi Jaquie & Chris
What a lovely review! Thank you so much and also for your card.We are just thrilled that you had such a relaxing stay at Stable Cottage and that you felt suitably refreshed after your stay. We loved having you (and Boyce!) here and would be so pleased to see you again sometime - Stalybridge to the Lakes is not too far! With all best wishes Elaine & Steve

28 Aug 2014


"nice stay"

We went for a 4 night break and found this cottage to be average. The break did not start well when the neighbours shouted at us for parking outside in the spaces across the road so we could unload ou… More

Dear Pamela
We thank you for leaving your review for Stable Cottage and are disappointed to note that it did not entirely meet your expectations. We will try and deal with the points you have raised.

In the email sent to you giving directions to the cottage we politely ask that you park in the lay by just past the cottage. The reason for this is that we are sensitive to the needs of our very good neighbours who live in the cottages opposite and who customarily park their cars in front of their cottages. You obviously chose to ignore our request and were indeed approached by one of the neighbours. We have since spoken with our neighbours,who we are sure would not have 'shouted' at you, and it appears that when the parking lay by was pointed out to you your response was somewhat insensitive.

Our lane is normally very quiet. We do say in our write up for the cottage on Holiday Lettings that we have almost as many tractors as cars on the lane.Your visit was at the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. This is traditionally second cut silaging time in the country and for that reason there may have been slightly more tractors about than usual. I'm not sure that we can be held responsible for the speed at which the tractors travel.Maybe it's because we are used to it but we have never found the level of traffic noise from the lane objectionable. We have never received any complaints from our guests before or after your stay and indeed the comments on Tripadvisor and in our visitors book in the cottage would indicate the reverse in that guests seem to relish the peace and quiet here.
Your point with regard to the steepness of the stairs would seem to indicate that you had not adequately read our description before booking. We say quite clearly in our write up that as the stairs are quite steep the cottage is not suitable for children or people with mobility difficulties.
The cottage is small but again we would refer you to our description where the room sizes are quite clearly set out.
We further take note of your point regarding the heating and the fact that you felt cold on the first night. We are sorry that you were not comfortable and we of course responded to your complaint once you drew it to our attention the following day.There are central heating radiators in the bedroom,the lounge and kitchen and a heated towel rail in the shower room. In addition there is a 2 Kw fire in the lounge and a 1 Kw heater in the bedroom. The bed is provided with a 13.5 tog quilt and an additional throw over quilt with additional blankets and pillows in the wardrobe. At this time of year we set the default temperature for the central heating at 17.5 degrees. Following your complaint we increased this to 25 degrees.

You are correct to state that there is no tumble dryer in the cottage but we do not advertise that there is one. There is a retractable washing line on the rear patio and the information folder in the cottage clearly states that we are more than happy to dry washing for guests in our tumble dryer.

The mobile phone signal in this area can be variable depending on which network one is using. Our mobiles are with Talk Talk and Vodaphone and the signal although not brilliant is servicebale.We have never previously received any complaints with regard to the phone signal.When guests arrive at the cottage we always say to them that if there are any problems or we can help in any way just to call at the house. We were unaware of your emergency and had we known you were struggling to get a signal we would have happily let you use our land line. The internet speed here is not fast and we advise guests of this, It is perfectly adequate for surfing the net and taking off emails but indeed may not be as superfast as you are used to in the city. This is just one of the joys of being in the country where our pace of life in general is much slower.

We are sorry that you thought that the leisure pool was expensive.We have had many guests who have used it and found the experience of having such a large heated pool with stunning surroundings,a sauna and hot tub all to themselves a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We often go with our family.You will appreciate that we do not set the tariff for the pool and we always point out the alternative leisure facilities in Cockermouth.

We are not sure where you went to the beach and your experience does not seem to have been a good one. We suggest to guests who want to go to a beach that they visit the beach at Allonby, This beach never gets busy although at the Bank Holiday weekend there may have been more people than normal and a few kite surfers. We go to walk on this beach on average about twice a week and have never ever come across the problem with flies that you mention. We have never had any comments from guests other than that they have been impressed with the beach and particularly the lovely sunsets over the Solway Firth.

The reason that you had no water on the third night was due to a burst water main in Gilcrux (something totally out of our control). The water went off mid evening but was back on again by 4.00.a.m. From past experience after an interruption in the water supply the water can take on a somewhat 'milky' appearance but it is perfectly safe to use and drink. (United Utilities would not send water down the main that was not safe)We always keep a stock of bottled water and had you come to the house we would have gladly supplied you with some bottled water in addition to that already left in the cottage.

We are happy that you enjoyed your meal at the Bar'n Bistro. This is our local pub/restaurant that is frequented by many of our guests and gets consistently complimentary comments.

In conclusion we trust that we have addressed the points you have raised. We would have preferred to have discussed these matters face to face with you but since you chose to leave without even saying goodbye we did not get the opportunity to do this.

18 Aug 2014


"Cosy retreat with everything you need"

I'd packed the kitchen sink only to find there wasn't just a sink there already but there was wine in the fridge, local cheese and more to welcome us.This cottage is very well equipped so yo… More

Dear Joan & Derek Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. It is always pleasing and reassuring to us when our guests enjoy their stay so much and we are very glad that you had such a great time at Stable Cottage. Bromley Cross is not a million miles away so hopefully we may have the pleasure of welcoming you to Stable Cottage again. We look forward to that. Kindest Elaine & Steve

16 Aug 2014


"Absolutely fantastic an amazing place to stay."

I was there for a week with my partner, I have never ever been to a cottage that I have felt so welcome as I felt on my stay. Steve and Elaine put in a great effort to make sure that we were comfortab… More

Dear Gail & Kevin So glad that you had such a great time at Stable Cottage and that we were able to fulfil your expectations. We find living in the hamlet of Wardhall a really relaxing experience and are really glad that you were able to share the sense of peace and tranquillity here. We would love for you to come again and hope to see you again in the future. Thankyou for the chocolates which were much appreciated! Best wishes Elaine & Steve

24 Jul 2014


"Excellent and enjoyable!"

Really enjoyed our stay at the cottage.Steve was so helpful - very friendly welcome and we arrived to homemade goodies and other treats which was a really lovely touch and much appreciated! Cottage wa… More

Hi Jenny. We really appreciate the nice things you have said about Stable Cottage and are so glad that you both had such a lovely time.We hope to see you again in Wardhall in the not too distant future. With kindest regards - Elaine & Steve

21 Jul 2014



From the moment we arrived it was perfect. Welcome hamper was a real treat!!! Steve was very welcoming and had lovely scenic views!… More

Rachel - Thank you so much for your kind review. A pleasure to have you to stay at Stable Cottage and hope to see you again in the future Best wishes Steve & Elaine

13 Jul 2014



We had an amazing stay at Stable Cottage. Surrounded by beutiful countryside, this quaint and gorgeous cottage had everthing we needed and more. The owners Steve and Elaine were brilliant hosts, and… More

Dear Audrey & Charlie

Many many thanks for your glowing review. We thoroughly enjoyed having you to stay at Stable Cottage and are so glad that you had a wonderful time and found a window of peace and tranquility from your busy lives in Glasgow. We certainly look forward to seeing you again in Wardhall. Best wishes Steve & Elaine

12 Jul 2014


"Peaceful and Relaxing!"

A perfect cottage:-Booking and communication with owners before holiday was excellent.-Cottage was clean, welcoming and cosy-A beautiful hamper containing milk, local cheese, homemade scones, homemade… More

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Stable Cottage and for your very kind comments. So pleased that the three of you had such a great time and hope that we can welcome you again in the future. Best regards Elaine & Steve

6 Jul 2014



We have just returned from a two night stay in Stable cottage. It was wonderful!.From booking, to our stay, it was great. Steve and Elaine we're really helpful wether it was E-mails about places… More

Thank you Kerry for your very kind review and so glad you had a wonderful time at Stable Cottage. Hope you enjoyed your wedding anniversary meal out. Only sorry that we were on holiday ourselves and did not get to meet you in person. Hopefully we can put that right if you come to Stable Cottage again as we very much hope you will.

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