Bridge End Farmhouse
Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
English Tourism Council's 5 star standard. 400 year old grade II listed Elizabethan Farmhouse with beautifully preserved features such as Jacobean court cupboard, oak panelling, oak beams, oak floorboards and flagstone floors. Wood burning stove with logs and coal provided free of charge.
Idyllic location in the village of Boot, with two welcoming Inns serving good food and real ales. Mountains all around and fantastic walks from the doorstep.
Please note our availability on both our own website and Holiday Lettings is always 100% up to date.
For more information, photos, and ONLINE BOOKING, please see our own 'selectcottages.com' website.
Or contact owner directly by email or by phone 07739 905 600.
Scafell Cottage also has 4 bedrooms, it has weekly bookings commencing on a Friday and we also are able to offer selected short breaks on Scafell Cottage through the whole year, so if you are looking for a full week or short break, please see the Scafell Cottage availability pages and calendar for these on our own website.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 170 km, Nearest railway: Dalegarth 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Ground floor: spacious living room, formal dining room, farmhouse style oak kitchen, utility room and hallway.
First floor: two kingsize bedrooms (one with ensuite bathroom), two twin bedded rooms and family bathroom.
|Further details outdoors|
Private walled country garden with southerly aspect, garden furniture, barbecue and glorious views.
Fully inclusive prices: all linen, towels, tea towels, gas, electricity, cleaning and washing up materials provided.
Welcome tray with tea, coffee, homemade biscuits and fresh milk in the fridge.
Please note our availability on both our own website and Holiday Lettings is always 100% up to date.
Please note, the short break prices quoted on Holiday Lettings are a "From" price and the nigtly rate quoted is the nightly rate if you book a week in low season. Short break prices are not pro rata on the weekly price, they also vary from month to month and season to season. Please see our 'selectcottages' website for all the short break prices, more information and photos, latest news and safe and secure online bookings.
Or contact owner directly by email or by phone 07739 905 600.
The Cumbria/Lake District
Historic Market Towns of Cockermouth, Keswick and Ulverston. The latter has lovely cobbled streets, lots of festivals, the award winning Booths Supermarket and, being the home of Laurel and Hardy, has an interesting museum in their memory .
Georgian Whitehaven with its many beautiful buildings and historic port, which hosts a biennial tall ships maritime festival.
The Rum Story in Whitehaven is a fascinating educational exhibition and is just as much an insight into the cruelty of the Slave Trade and atrocious living conditions both on board ships and in the colonies in the 1700's, as it is about the story of Rum. It is in my opinion a must for any GCSE or A Level History students.
Also worth visiting are the pretty village of Cartmel with its beautiful Priory and smallest Race Course in England, or the city of Carlisle with its Castle, Cathedral and Race Course .
Country Houses, Castles, Cottages and Gardens: Cumbria has these in abundance. Just to mention a few, there is Holker Hall - a large country house with superb gardens, deer park and car museum. Levens Hall - an Elizabethan Manor House with some of the best topiary in England. Sizergh Castle - a small but traditional castle with battlements and banqueting hall. Brantwood - former home of John Ruskin in a quite outstanding location on the shores of Lake Coniston. Wordsworth's Dove Cottage and Museum - the list goes on.
Beautiful Sandy Beaches: The nearest beach to Boot is only a 20 minute drive and West Cumbria has many vast sweeping beaches. Visit the sandy beaches at Drigg with its shipwreck, Seascale and Haverigg or the pebbles and cliffs at St Bees where the bird sanctuary is home to puffins and other seabirds.
Cruises on the Lakes: There are many options to go for a lake cruise or to hire motor boats, rowing boats and other craft on Ullswater, Windermere, Derwent Water and Coniston Water. Our favourite is taking the 100 year old Gondola steam yacht across Coniston Water to Brantwood, John Ruskin's former home.
Favourite Drives: We are in the process of compiling details of our favourite drives and hope to have these in the cottages in the near future, e.g. discover the secrets of the Duddon Valley, Broughton in Furness and Corney Fell or take a circular trip taking in 8 Lakes and 3 mountains passes! Just ask us for some tips on where to go and we will do our best to recommend something to suit your tastes.
Other Attractions: We have visited and can recommend Gosforth Pottery, Florence Mine near Egremont (interesting underground tours of a former iron ore mine), the Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre near Cockermouth, the Cumberland Toy and Model Museum in Cockermouth, the Lake District Coast Aquarium at Maryport and the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, voted Lake District's top visitor attraction in 2005 near Dalton in Furness.
Bridge End Farm Cottages have colourful and well maintained gardens with wonderful views. The cottages are tucked away in a secluded location within the picturesque and historic village of Boot.
Boot has a fantastic setting in the valley of Eskdale eloquently described by the famous Lakeland author Alfred Wainwright:
"Eskdale, one of the loveliest of Lakeland's valleys, descends from the highest and wildest mountains in the district to the sands of Ravenglass in a swift transition from grandeur to beauty... It is a place of many delights, the finest of all valleys for those whose special joy is to travel on foot and a paradise for artists."
This is the heart of the Lake District National Park with the highest, deepest, steepest, and oldest! Within walking distance are Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, dramatic Wastwater, its deepest lake, Hardknott Pass, its steepest road and Boot Mill, its oldest working water mill. It is a very special area for walkers with many of the finest walks in England on the doorstep - see section on website on Walking.
Boot Village - Bridge End Farm Cottages are in the village of Boot. It is one of the Lake District's "scenic hamlets", nestling beneath mighty Scafell and despite having only some 20 to 30 residents boasts a church, post office, craft shop, corn mill museum and two traditional Inns. The village is secluded but not isolated.
Our 2 village pubs, The Boot Inn (formerly The Burnmoor) and Brook House Inn are only 50 yards and 150 yards away and there are a further 3 pubs in the valley - The Woolpack, King George IV and Bower House. They are all within a pleasant walk or 5 minutes drive of Boot and serve good food and Cumberland Ales. Imagine returning from a long day on the fells to a well-earned pint of real ale and hearty meal in front of a roaring log fire on a crisp winter evening or in the beer garden on a balmy summer evening!
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4 Jan 2014
"Unspoilt location, loads to do within a walk, nice house!"
Great house, well equipped. Part of a farm conversion to holiday houses so not isolated, but there are neighbours but not attached.House clean and well looked after, we enjoyed our stay, aided by 3 c… More
9 Apr 2013
"Loved house and area!"
We loved the cottage, it was full of character and history. The cottage had nice little welcoming touches such as tea coffee milk and household essentials. things that sometimes aren't at properties self catering and you forget. The area was beautiful and as there was still snow of the mountains the scenery was amazing. It made for great photos. The house had everything we needed and there was a great pub very close which had great atmosphere and food. The walks in the area were great and even with little ones(9-4) there were walks we all enjoyed. It was a great week and we were well rested. A nice relaxing break in beautiful surroundings
28 Mar 2013
"very quite pleasant village to stay in, beautiful surroundings"
this must be the best part of the lake district. personally i don't like the cities and the shopping, so staying in boot for a quite stay with my wife was the best holiday of my life. pleasant walk by the river in the evenings, or more adventurous mountain climbs there's the best of both worlds.
Everything was there in the house and we didn't lack anything.
16 Apr 2012
Huge thank you for a lovely stay. The farm house was just wonderful - it was warm, cosy and inviting after a wet days hike; there was plenty of hot water for baths and showers and the drying room was super for all our wet and muddy boots. We even managed to sit in the garden and watch the amazing birds. The housekeeping staff were fantastic - the farm house was perfect when we arrived and they were around during the week if we needed anything. Eskdale is a beautiful part of the Lake District and the farmhouse was a super base to explore . What was particularly great was the number of trail heads literally right on the doorstep - stone circles, tarns, fells, rivers, waterfalls etc. We explored Stanley Gill by foot,; Hardknott Pass was a few miles away; Wastwater and Wasdale were a short hike away or a short drive. Also, the Ravenglass & Eskdale steam train is a short walk from the house and we took to Muncaster Castle. Thanks again!
15 Apr 2012
We booked the property fairly late looking for a base for both family and friends to get away for a week's break. The property was delightful. Wooden beams were everywhere and the doors and upstairs floorboards gave the property that real country cottage feel. The kitchen was extremely well stocked and spacious and there was an extremely useful utility room which was large enough for all our walking and biking gear.
The living room was very comfortable and the dining room big enough for all seven of us to enjoy evening meals together.
The four upstairs bedrooms were excellent. The main bedroom had its own bathroom and the other three bedrooms shared a lovely bathroom with a great shower and wonderfully large bath. The second double bedroom was spacious with lots of storage space and the two twin bedrooms were ideal for teenage children.
The location of the property could not have been better. Fantastic walks were possible from the doorstep and there was the added bonus of three pubs serving good food and real ales within walking distance. There was something for everyone to do. Two of us enjoyed the endless walking possibilities. Our friends were able to potter around with their young baby and enjoy the railway in the Eskdale Valley and the two teenage children either joined us for walking or cycling or just enjoyed the full Sky tv package and internet access!
I would thoroughly recommend the property to friends. Greg at Select Cottages could not have been more helpful and the staff on site were charming and helpful.
We are looking forward to our next visit!
28 Nov 2011
"Gather together a group of family and friends and go to Boot"
Have been to Bridge End Cottages before and enjoyed it so much that we decided to invite some friends along. Stayed in the Farmhouse for the first time and we were quite stunned how well appointed a rental cottage could be. Could not fault anything. Good kitchen facilities and lounge and even better was a separate dining room that could sit us all. The ensuite bathroom to our room was everything you needed but the second bathroom with its stand alone bath and separate shower is brilliant.
Boot is a fantastic place to stay and we had great weather when we were there.
Got the steam train to The Green and enjoyed George IV that is now a great inn. Walked back in the dark and were offered a lift for last mile in the back of an army truck. Just for the sheer fun of it we went and laughed all the way at the bumpy ride.
The next day. Feeling ambitious we walked the three miles to Hardknott Fort. The last half mile up the steepest hill I've ever encountered. My lungs and legs were telling me to stop and almost did, but when we got there the view over the Eskdale Valley was worth it. One of our party had taken a backpack, which contained a can of lager for us all and we really just stood there and admired the beauty of what we could see and agreed at that moment we were happy.
Walking back we stopped at a great pub (and hotel, I think) called the Woolpack and the chap behind the bar was the the army truck man!
Loved the whole weekend so much that we have booked again in a smaller cottage for the new year.
14 Nov 2011
"Perfect location, great walking & a pub next door!"
This Autumn we stayed in the Farmhouse at Bridge End Farm cottages. The farmhouse is genuinely old and has great flagstones on the floor downstairs, and fabulous ancient floorboards upstairs (a bit creaky at night!) - the place is full of the character of a 17th century home (including some curious wooden walls and little built-in nooks). The house is well-equipped for eight, and is comfortable and warm, even if the weather is wet... There's a great boot room for all your clothes and boots, and the kitchen is plenty big enough to cook for everyone. Beds are very comfortable and there are two bathrooms. Plenty of hot water and central heating, and there's also a wood-burning stove which helps the cosy feel.
The farmhouse is part of a group of cottages, most of which are converted from a long old barn - they don't have the ancient feel of the farmhouse but are equally comfortable (we've stayed in several of them over the years). The place is arranged so that you don't feel on top of other people visiting, though there is a shared garden for most of the properties which is great for the kids if there are other families staying (the farmhouse has its own private garden). There's a caretaker (Bob) who visits a few times through the week and is always able to help out with any questions or concerns. There's a great stream beside the cottages (hence the "Bridge" of "Bridge End Farm") and there's a working watermill just over the bridge. Pretty much everywhere you look is a photo opportunity!
The village of Boot is perfectly located for big walks or gentle strolls - Granny stayed in the valley while the teens and parents legged it up the big fells... we've been visiting Boot for years and we've found great walking since our kids were toddlers - now they are teenagers we have trouble keeping up!
In the village, there's a small shop (with ice creams!) which also sells basics for walking (maps and other equipment, socks, gloves and hats etc.) - the owners will give advice on big walks for the more adventurous visitors! The pub (the Boot Inn), a few yards from the farmhouse, is very welcoming whatever age you and your family are - great home cooking and good beer on tap, at very reasonable prices - in fact, you don't have to eat at home at all! There's also another pub (Brook House) at the end of the road (about 200 metres). If you are planning to do home cooking, there's a really well-provisioned shop at Eskdale Green, west down the valley from Boot - they'll take orders ahead of time and have plenty of fresh fruit and veg, local meat and dairy products, and pretty much anything else you might need for cooking a feast. They also have a walking shop upstairs, selling everything including a decent range of walking boots and clothes.
Eskdale itself is a beautiful valley, from gentle fields and a meandering river to some spectacular fells and hidden lakes and tarns up in the hillsides. The tiny village church has a beautiful poem in the doorway and faces some dramatic stepping stones across the river. From Boot, further up the valley to the east there is another spectacular pub - "The Woolpack" - which has been transformed in the last year and offers really good food, and will even offer you a lift back to the village at the end of the evening (they'll collect you too if you need a lift there!). They also have a pizza oven (evenings), and there's a really good walk you can do from the farmhouse to the Woolpack and back along both sides of the river. Also, the Ravenglass to Eskdale railway runs nearby (a short walk from Boot) - so you can ride on a narrow-gauge steam train all the way to the coast if you want a change of scenery!
Bridge End farm cottages are perfect for anybody wanting to get a taste for the Lake District - there is great walking from the door whether you want to climb the high fells or just enjoy a gentle amble through the valley. The cottages have a variety of number of beds so suit any size of party - a few years ago we stayed in two of the cottages as there were 15 of us, but there are also places for two+. We love the Lake District and have stayed all over, but Eskdale and Bridge End Farm Cottages are our firm favourites - we've been coming back for years, and have always had a great time and a comfortable stay.
4 Aug 2011
"An incredibly beautiful valley, a lovely farmhouse"
Boot is a lovely village in the heart of the most beautiful valley in the Lakes (and that is saying something!)
We have taken our summer holiday at Bridge End Farmhouse for the last 5 years, and it is always a wonderful experience to come back.
The farmhouse is the most authentic and unchanged of all the buildings at Bridge End: stunning wooden floors, doors and walls, a really comfortable living room, and a really classy dining room. Downside: the floors creak a bit!
The walking is stunning, there are two really good pubs nearby, and the Ratty (the old steam railway) is less than 10 minutes away.
3 Aug 2011
"Great comfort, great spot in a hideaway part of the Lake District"
Away from the crowds in the honey-spots of the Lake District, the village of Boot is like a scene from a movie, a small row of cottages with a pub and a post office, an old mill - and Select Cottages" farmhouse and others cottages. The Farmhouse is really old, with thick walls and a cure garden from which we picked apples to make into apple crumble. It has a modern kitchen and feels very homely. The situation is terrific, surrounded by fells and the nearest pub only fifty metres away. It is a brilliant place for a walking holiday and for exploring Eskdale, which reallly is one of the most lovely valleys in the Lakes. I have been going there for my holidays for years and the Farmhouse is one of our favourite bases. And you must take a ride or two on the L"Aal Ratty, the minature steam railway that goes down to the coast from a station just down the road. The trip is 40 minutes of bliss. You hear the toot toot of the train and you are back in your childhood (I think I have been on it nearly every year of my life and I am now 57!!!). If the Farmhouse is full the other cottages are worth looking at too. Have fun.
1 Aug 2011
"Beautiful location and a farmhouse full of character"
Bridge End Farmhouse proved a lovely stay and was all we'd hoped for. Having visited the Lakes before we opted to try a new location this time. There were many walks possible from the doorstep, whilst the farmhouse and private garden meant staying closer to home was also enjoyable. The farmhouse itself is full of character and very authentic, and has numerous pictures and artwork of the local area. We'd recommend this venue to other holidaymakers.
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