Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Church House is a superbly renovated, self catering farmhouse with many period features. This house is in a truly peaceful, but not at all isolated, location in the hamlet of Boot, in the Eskdale valley. Church House sleeps 7 people in three bedrooms and provides luxurious accommodation and ample living space. A study and TV room are available in addition to the sitting room. A beautiful south-facing sun room houses a dining table and L shaped sofa with views across the open fields to the fells beyond. Our usual impeccable high standards, antiques and homely touches adorn Church House. Awarded 5 star Gold by Visit England, the house is set within two acres of private ground with its own shallow stream.
A quirky bothy across a cobbled courtyard provides additional accommodation for an extra two adults, or up to three more grown up children. Please call for more information on adding the bothy to your booking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carlisle 69 km, Nearest railway: Eskdale Green 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Adorned by Cumbrian slate floors throuhout, the ground floor is warmed by luxurious underfloor heating from a ground source heat pump. There are ample living areas for spending time together as a group or finding a quiet space to yourself. A drying room is available next to the kitchen, ideal for wet outdoor clothes after a long day out. The kitchen has a beamed ceiling and exposed original stone work. There is a fantastic woodburning range for heating and cooking as well as a new Smeg electric cooker. The kitchen leads through to the sitting room with sofas and Lazy-Boy arm chairs arranged around a flat screen TV.
A triple glazed Sun room has a rustic solid oak table and Denby crockery and enjoys uninterrupted views across Eskdale. A futher sitting room/snug, with another wall mounted flat screen TV, and a small study is off the main rooms. A map provides a dramatic and interesting feature wall whilst cleverly concealing a hidden door and downstairs cloakroom, off the original, flagged slate hall.
An original oak staircase leads up to the bedrooms. A family room comfortably sleeps three people in a double bed with a single bunk over. A further double room has early oak antique furniture, a lovely bronze chandelier and a Victorian brass and iron bed.
The king size master bedroom also has an antique brass and enamelled bedstead. There is a feature polished Cumbrian slate shower in the bedroom and a concealed toilet. A vanity unit and washbasin is situated alongside the shower. All bedrooms have restored/polished wooden floors and doors, beautifully crafted hand made shutters at the windows and exposed original beams and stonework.
There is a family bathroom with luxury imperial cast iron bath, complimented by local Broughton Moor slate.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside there are enclosed lawned gardens with a cherry blossom tree. Uninterrupted views stretch across the fields to the surrounding fells. There is also a small courtyard with tables and chairs. To the rear is a small and safe stream and a lovely wildlife meadow for children to explore and play in.
In addition to the accommodation in Church House, there is also a stone Bothy across a small courtyard from the house, which sleeps a maximum of two adults or three more grown-up children, increasing the total party size to 10. The Bothy has a sofa bed and a sleeping platform with mattresses accessed via a ladder. There is a black iron grate to light an open fire and the sleeping platform has lighting. The shower (hot) outside has a wonderful view (but no curtain so be brave!) whilst a toilet and washbasin are located inside the Bothy. Please call for more information on adding the bothy to your booking.
Please note that you need to provide sleepings bags and pillows for The Bothy and it is best suited to two adults or three older children due to limited head room and space. The Bothy is only available for hire when taken with the main house.
All luxury bed linen is provided for the main house however unfortunately we are unable to provide towels due to no commerical laundry service being available in the valley, therefore please bring your own when you come. Emergency towels can be hired from our housekeeper at extra cost in case of need!
Pets may be accepted by prior arrangement.
A welcome hamper is provided on arrival containing essentials, a bottle of bubbly and season goodies.
The Cumbria/Lake District
Church House is situated in Boot, Eskdale, one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District. On the quieter side of the National Park, Eskdale has a peaceful tranquility that makes it especially appealing to those who want to avoid the crowds. Wainwright wrote of it, "the loveliest of all the Lakeland valleys". It is also the valley where owner Didy Morgan spent her childhood holidays.
At the upper end of Eskdale is one of the Lake District's best-kept secrets, Great Moss, a stunning open valley surrounded by some of the highest peaks in England; Scafell Pike, Esk Hause and Bowfell.
The valley of Eskdale begins via Hard Knott Pass, a steep mountain road that is one of the most challenging drives in the Lakes. At the valley top is an old Roman fort built between AD120 and AD138, which is open to visitors. There are spectacular views from there right down to the Irish Sea and the old fishing village of Ravenglass, where there is a ruined Roman bath-house. Nearby is Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre, with lots for children to do all year round.
The bubbling River Esk runs right through Eskdale, flowing to the estuary at Ravenglass. The river has super, natural pools for swimming, especially at Trough House Bridge and Forge Bridge.
Between Church House and the river is St Catherine's Church (300m away), which dates back to the 12th century. By the river at the side of the church you'll find the 'stepping stones'. Great fun to cross, especially in Crocs in the summer – wet feet beware! A short walk from there is the Stanley Ghyll Force; a magnificent 60ft waterfall that plunges into a deep pool below – very impressive to visit.
In the hamlet of Boot there is a working water mill dating back to 1578, open to visitors, along with its eccentric little museum.
Eskdale itself was greatly influenced by Lord Rea in the 19th century. He had his own extensive ornamental Japanese gardens formed on the bank above his grand house, which have been painstakingly restored and are free to wander round all year. Enter them up Giggle Alley, just by the small car park and public conveniences in Eskdale Green.
His contribution to the valley is easy to appreciate and enjoy now by looking at the many quality built Estate structures. One of these is now the Discover Eskdale centre in St Bega's Church, just 100m from the Eskdale village car park, which looks at the life, times and landscape of the valley through the ages. Opposite here you can also stock up on provisions from the superbly run village shop.
The famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway, known locally as the Ratty, runs along the valley, its steam trains making the leisurely seven-mile journey down to the sea through some fantastic Lake District scenery. This is a must for a holiday visit, the end of the line being ½ a mile away from Church House at Dalegarth Station.
The recently opened Eskdale Cycle Trail, leaving from the front door of Church House, turning right down Parson's Passage just before St Cathryn's Church, is a most enjoyable day. It covers eight miles along the river on your own bikes or you can hire them from Shepherds Views in Holmrook – 019467 29907. The trail takes you to Ravenglass, then the Ratty brings you back!
The walking from Church House is unparalleled with some of the best in the Lake District. You can hike from the valley bottom to the summit of the highest peak in England, walk over the high fells, or trace the sinister old coffin route to Wasdale. All walks can be started from the front door of Church House.
Eskdale Golf Course is seven miles away and has an 18 hole golf course and stocked fishing pools in a stunning location.
Eskdale isn't just about outdoor activities. There are three pubs within easy walking distance of Church House, five altogether in Eskdale. There is public wi-fi access at Brook House and the Bower House. The three pubs around Boot also run the Boot Beer Festival in Eskdale in June.
There is also the annual Eskdale Show which combines sheep showing with Cumberland wrestling, a fell race and lots of childrens' activities.
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24 Jun 2014
"OMG. What a lovely place. In more ways than one!"
We have stayed in quite a few cottages etc throughout the UK over the years. They have generally ranged from good to very good. In our view Church House is by far the best and deserves an excellent ra… More
24 Feb 2014
"Stunning house in a superb location, idyllic break"
The website does not do this property justice!! What a beautiful house in such a wonderfully peaceful location. I can't recommend this property highly enough in order to get away from the day to … More
31 Jan 2014
Wonderful cottage in great location, amazing decor, a beautiful escape! What a relaxing break in lovely surroundings. Every thing you could need and more. Open fire and stunning kitchen range, rib of … More
14 Dec 2013
"Outstanding cottage in a great location for the non "touristy" area of the Lakes"
Well what can I say, what an absolute fantastic property!! From the moment we arrived to the morning we left our stay was nothing short of amazing. You have done a great job of restoring the cottage a… More
21 Sep 2013
I had watched the renovation of Church House and once I knew it was to be let as a holiday cottage, booked it! My wife was over the moon as soon as we stepped inside. She says it was not only a lovely… More
8 Aug 2013
"The most perfect cottage in the Lakes"
Our party consisted of my husband and I and a group of friends. We all fell in love with Church House. Its location cannot be beaten. The wonderful views of the fells all around, the sound of the rive… More
24 Mar 2013
"The Jewel in The Lakes"
A fabulous property in a stunning peaceful location, ideal base for exploring The Lakes or just relaxing away from it all. The House had everything, was very well equipped, warm and cosy, tastefully f… More
26 Nov 2012
"A perfect break away in a luxurious cottage equipped with everything you could need!"
Church House is cosy, warm and welcoming but also boasts all the modern facilities you could wish for - from a huge fridge freezer perfect for self catering, to two flat screen TVs and underfloor heat… More
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