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Wastwater Lake, a short drive from Birk How

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Birk how can be found in the village of Eskdale Green and is an ideal base for a family or group of friends to explore the Western Lake district. The house is in an elevated position and offers spectacular views across to Birker Fell and down the Eskdale Valley.

There are numerous walks for you to enjoy and Wastwater, our nearest Lake, is less than a 10 minute drive away.

Birk How is furnished in traditional Lake District style complete with open fires and a wood burning stove. The Cottage will comfortably sleep 6.

This part of the Lake District is less commercialised than other areas. Alfred Wainwright, the famous Lakeland author described Eskdale as one of "Lakelands loveliest valleys" and if you have not visited this part of the Lake District before I am sure you will enjoy your stay.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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, Telephone
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Downstairs:

The lounge is a nice cosy room with open fireplace and pine mantlepiece. Will comfortably seat up to six adults. Television and DVD player. We have a selection of DVDs that you are welcome to view during your stay. Superb open fell views.

The kitchen has an oil fired Rayburn cooker which also provides heating and hot water for the house. Traditional Belfast sink, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine. Ample storage space.

The dining room has a traditional farmhouse table and will seat up to six adults. Cast Iron wood burner stove in brick inglenook. Superb open fell views.

The utility room is the ideal room to store your coats, boots etc.

Upstairs:

There are three bedrooms and a bathroom.

Bedroom 1: Double bed. Original cast iron fireplace. Superb open fell views.

Bedroom 2: Has two single beds. Traditional cast iron grate. Superb open fell views.

Bedroom 3: Has two single beds. Traditional cast iron fireplace. Garden views.

Roll top bath on feet. Shower, bidet, washbasin and WC.

Further details outdoors

There is a patio area that is idea for Barbecues, weather depending! Superb fell views from the garden. As well as parking for 2 cars.

Local Pub within walking distance

Further details

Superb fell views from the garden.

The Cumbria/Lake District

Muncaster Castle:

Muncaster Castle is located close to Ravenglass and is well worth a visit. The World Owl trust is based at Muncaster and you can also expect to see Buzzards, Kites and Kestrels. Widely regarded as the most haunted castle in Britain, Muncaster Castle regularly holds ghost sittings for those interested in the paranormal! The castle also has some beautiful gardens for you to visit and enjoy.

Hardknott Roman Fort:

Hardknott Roman Fort is located at the peak of Hardknott Pass. Access to the pass is through a steep and narrow road which has a 1 in 3 gradient. Whilst the drive is challenging the view when you reach the top is spectacular. Staying with the Roman theme you may want to visit the Roman Bath house at Ravenglass which is one of the largest remaining roman structures in Britain.

Cockermouth:

The town of Cockermouth is a 40 minute drive away from Eskdale and has a number of tourist attractions.Wordsworth House, the birthplace of William Wordsworth and now owned by the National Trust is especially popular. The Lakeland Wool and Sheep Centre has over 19 different breeds of Cumbrian residents together with regular sheepdog displays. For those interested in the finer things of life a tour round Jennings Brewery is worth a visit. Widely regarded as the finest beer north of Watford you should take the opportunity to purchase one or two of the different brews and take them home with you.

Eskdale

Local Attractions:

Walking:

Wainwright thought that Eskdale is the 'loveliest valley in the Lake District' and who are we to disagree! There are a large number of walks, both easy and not so easy, close to Birk How.We have a number of books containing details of local walks that you are free to use and borrow when you stay. If you would like to do some advanced planning on likely walks visit www.go4awalk.com which is probably the most comprehensive website of its type on the Internet today.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway:

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was originally built in the 1870's by Ratcliffe to carry ore which was mined at the hamlet of Boot. The railway runs for 7 miles through some stunning scenery from Dalegarth to Ravenglass. Eskdale Green station is an easy 5 minute walk from Birk How, please check for train times.

Fishing & Golf:

Fish for Salmon on the nearby Rivers Irt or River Duddon. Contact Gosforth fishing club on 01946 725367 for details of fishing on the Irt and call in at Haverigg Post Office for a permit to fish the Irt. If it's a day on the golf course you are looking for try the nearby Seascale Golf Club.

Local Pubs:

The village is very fortunate in having two very good local pubs within walking distance of Birk How. Both the Bower House Inn and the King George sell a good range of beers and an attractive Lunch and evening Menu. The Brook House Inn is only a couple of miles away and has excellent dining and bar facilities with over 100 different malt whiskies to sample. The Brook House also has regular quiz evenings which are normally held on a Sunday evening.

Local Events:

To find out about local events and news in the area visit theWhitehaven News website.

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Review 1-3 of 3

9 Dec 2013

5/5

"Beautiful house and great location"

We stayed here with our friends (2 adults and a toddler and two adults 2 children 7-12) for the weekend. The house is beautiful not too big but plenty of room, fully equipped for all your families nee… More

21 May 2013

5/5

"We will be booking again for next year!"

We had a wonderful week in Birk How Cottage in Eskdale. The cottage is lovely, very well equipped and very comfortable. We enjoyed both the fires in the cool evenings and sitting in the sun, enjoying the views of Muncaster fell and Birkby in the afternoons. The La'al Ratty runs right past the house with the very convenient Irton Station just down the road. We used the Ratty as public transport to walks in Dalegarth and home from Ravenglass. Lovely! Thank you!

5 Jan 2013

5/5

"A 'home' with everything, in the Lake District's most beautiful valley."

This house has a great feel to it, you know you're on holiday but you've got everything to hand just like at home. Would love to enjoy its south facing gardens in summer.… More

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