Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Carden Historic Cottages are a handful of luxury, privately owned and cherished period holiday retreats in wonderful locations with lovingly tended gardens.
Each one is elegantly furnished with wonderful antique pieces and luxuriously finished using the very best of British products. Church Gates offers guests the peace and tranquility of a quintessential country cottage coupled with the comfort and attention to detail of a luxury retreat.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Church Gates Cottage with its Gothic windows is set back from the road overlooking the village green. It is entered through a very pretty Victorian cast iron gate up a sandstone flagged path to a panelled front door.
The entrance adjoins a very smart dining room with a slate floor and a fabulous working Victorian cast iron cooking range. Patio doors lead onto a private terrace that overlooks the church.
A fully panelled kitchen combines old and new with modern oven, Smeg fridge and dishwasher, and a painted Victorian dresser full of lots of lovely pottery and glassware.
The living room has a glorious working sandstone open fire and original red sandstone flagged floor, a huge sumptuous corner sofa, flat screen TV and DVD player. There are shelves lined with books and favourite board games, free WiFi connection and of course, lovely original antique pieces and pictures.
There is a small clothes hanging area leading into a downstairs cloakroom.
Upstairs there are two lovely double bedrooms, one with a full sized bath and shower over, the other with an en-suite shower room. Both have luxury British handmade, king size beds and the finest laundered bed linen and towels. Wall mounted flat screen TVs add that final touch of luxury.
|Further details outdoors|
The garage provides safe, dry bike storage and beyond which lies a separate utility room with full washing facilities and clothes airers.
Just down the road is a popular pub serving great food (less than 5mins walk away), and there are any number of stunning walks available from the front door.
All linen, towels and logs for the fire are included.
Please note that we accept well behaved pets at our discretion - please call us on 01829 782800 prior to booking to confirm.
There is a welcome hamper on arrival containing essentials, a bottle of bubbly and seasonal goodies.
The Cumbria/Lake District
A predominantly rural county, Cumbria is considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK and includes the whole of the Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, the Eden Valley, the North Pennines, the Furness Peninsula, and part of the Yorkshire Dales.
Rich in natural beauty, mountains, lakes and wildlife, Cumbria is a destination for anyone with an appreciation of the natural world. It's a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to take time out and reconnect with nature, each other and yourself.
This beautiful detatched sandstone cottage nestles in the unspoilt Cumbrian village of Cumwhitton in the Eden Valley. Easy to access from the M6 (Junction 43) or the scenic Carlisle to Settle railway, it is close to the North Pennines and Solway Firth, areas of outstanding natural beauty and to the western stretches of Hadrian’s Wall.
Between the Roman city of Carlisle and bustling market town of Penrith, the village of Cumwhitton has a meandering stream and a unique collection of sandstone cottages and farms.
An excellent base for a memorable and varied holiday; Cumwhitton is very attractive small village of red stone houses set amid grassed and lawned areas, with a brook running through it. It has a historic church and a superb pub. The superb Pheasant Inn within the village has real fires, real ales, really good local Cumbrian food and flagged stone floors
The village lies near to the rivers Eden, Gelt and Irthing, all of which are in well-wooded and unspoilt settings. The quiet, northern parts of the Lake District can be easily reached via Caldbeck or Cockermouth and the eastern reaches via Penrith. Both the market town of Brampton and the city of Carlisle are about seven miles away. Cumwhitton is also between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Solway Coast and the North Pennines, both with renowned nature reserves and facilities for bird watching.
The National Trust-run Acorn Bank Gardens, Allen Banks and Staward Gorge and Wetheral Woods are worth a visit, as are English Heritage’s Carlisle Castle and Lanercost Priory, which does fantastic lunches. Every June the Priory is the setting for the Lanercost Festival, where a leisurely time can be spent listening to a recital; maybe while reflecting that for six months in 1306/07 Lanercost Priory was the capital of England, when King Edward I was taken ill there and attended by his Court and retinue. He died in 1307 at Burgh-by-Sands on the Solway coast, eight miles west of Carlisle, attempting to cross into Scotland. There is an impressive monument to him there overlooking the marshes. Jacobites, Border Reivers (Raiders) and others would later follow this route.
A stone’s throw from Lanercost is the nearest part of the footpath serving the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, along which are many things to do and see, including Birdoswald Roman Fort.
Carlisle can rightly claim to be historic; being the most northern city of the Roman Empire, associated with St Cuthbert, fought over by many monarchs of England and Scotland (including ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ in 1745), its castle a prison for Mary Queen of Scots, and besieged by Cromwellians who destroyed half the Cathedral.
Today the city offers more peaceful pursuits. There is good shopping at Hoopers, House of Fraser and The Lanes shopping complex. The Cathedral is small but beautiful and holds concerts and other artistic events. The Sands Centre and other venues in the city hold a wide spectrum of music – from Lady Gaga to national symphony orchestras. Old Tullie House in Castle Street is a free museum and art gallery that has nationally important collections; from Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to objects associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Works by local Cumbrian artists, such as Sam Bough, Winnifrid Nicholson and Sheila Fell, are also displayed. It’s a good place to go on a wet morning!
Finally, but by no means least, there is the country near to Cumwhitton – Brampton, Talkin Tarn and the villages along the Eden Valley. Older readers may recall Romany of BBC Radio Children’s Hour that was inspired by this area. More recently, the 2011 BBC series of ‘Lambing Live’ with Kate Humble was broadcast from the Eden Valley.
A leisurely day out could be spent by car, or on the Settle-Carlisle railway, or on foot in this delightful area; visiting villages such as Great Corby, with its fine viaduct with a footpath leading to Wetheral Station (on the Newcastle line), Castle Carrock, Cumrew, Armathwaite, Croglin, Great Salkeld, Kirkoswald, Melmerby and Langwathby.
Croglin was the subject of a poem by Wordsworth: ‘Down from the Pennine Alps, how fiercely sweeps Croglin, the stately Eden’s tributary….’. To Arthur Mee, writer of ‘Kings England’, Kirkoswald was “one of the most charming little towns in Cumbria”. Of Armathwaite he was even more carried away “it seemed to us that it might be the Garden of Eden itself as we stood on the fine bridge”. There are many good places to eat along the path of your travels; Acorn Bank and Melmerby to name just a couple. Or stop at Melmerby’s award-winning bakery to pick up the ingredients for a picnic.
If passing through Brampton stop awhile at St Martin’s Church, designed by Phillip Webb, to admire the nationally important stained glass windows designed by Burne-Jones and made by William Morris. The link with the Arts and Crafts movement is due to the interest of and connection with the Howard family; Earls of Carlisle, of Naworth and Corby Castles and Castle Howard in Yorkshire. ‘Belted Will’ was one of the Howards as portrayed in Sir Walter Scott’s poem ‘Lay of the Last Minstrel’. Scott met his wife to be at the Gilsand Spa Hotel, near Birdoswald, where he ‘popped the question’ at the ‘popping stone’. They married in Carlisle Cathedral.
This is just a brief taste of the rich history and fabulous countryside to be found around Cumwhitton. There are things to do and see to cater for every taste.
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30 Sep 2013
"Beautiful, comfortable cottage with stunning countryside on the doorstep."
Our second visit to Church gates didn't disappoint! This is a beautifully restored and furnished cottage in a lovely village. There was a lovely welcome pack (the Banana Bread was especially good… More
27 Aug 2013
"A beautiful country cottage"
A lovely cottage in a lovely village with a welcoming pub serving superb food. The cottage has everything that you need and the 'welcome hamper' including homemade bread and cake is a lovel… More
26 May 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Church Gates. The cottage was warm and comforting and the welcome basket appreciated. The place is tastefully furnished and the kitchen facilities are more than ade… More
19 Aug 2012
"FABULOUSLY RESTORED LUXURY COTTAGE IN IDYLLIC LOCATION"
Immaculate luxury cottage with all the equipment you need. imaginative restoration combined with original interior design that includes: Sheepskin rugs on wicker dining chairs; DKNY bedding; slate til… More
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