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Living room with slouchy sofas and wood burning stove

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The property is an 1850s coach house, recently renovated to create an open plan, cozy cottage. Plenty of windows and 8ft ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in woodlands, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not an instant 'flick for heat', but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended!), make for a perfect retreat in Summer or Winter.

Remote in the sense that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hours drive away, you will soon settle into the rhythm of tea rooms, pubs and honesty tables with everything from windfall apples to newly picked potatoes perfect for roasting.

With or without a car, you'll really embrace the country life: walks straight from the door, local pub and a convenience store which can take care of all your immediate needs. We also get Tescos delivery, and are blessed with an award winning butcher, specialising in bronzed turkeys, and a fifteen minute drive from the cottage is the official provider of 'sausage to the Queen!' We would be happy to help you place a pre order, and can point you in the right direction for other locally sourced specialities.

If you are arriving by train, you will arrive into Drigg: the prettiest railway station we have ever come across in all our travels! It's a little under a two mile walk, so, if you'd prefer a taxi to take the strain, give 'Gosforth Taxis' a call and they will meet you.

Part of the stables for the original hall, the Estate was home to the Lutwidge family, aka Lewis Carroll's Uncle; and, as you exit the house straight onto tracks and fields, it's not hard to imagine where the inspiration for timekeeping hares and lazy caterpillars came from!

Our ground floor has the original cobbles and troughs of the coach house. This means practicality in spades for muddy wellies and paws; but a potential trip hazard too. You easily get used to it, and its an amazing feature, but it's worth bearing in mind.

The Western Lakes are a privilege to live in. Away from the well trodden tourist trails, Volcano is less than 2 miles from the beach, and less than two miles from the Lake District National Park and Scafell Pike.

Ambleside and Windermere are an hour and a half drive, Lancaster two hours, and Carlisle a similar distance in the opposite direction.

The Cumbrian Coast Mainland Railway is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in England, and it delivers you to within a half hour walk from our door. The Cumbrian Coast line, and L'al Ratty (Cumbrian for: Little Railway) recently featured in a BBC programme entitled Britain's Greatest Railway journeys, hosted by Michael Portillo.

Muncaster Castle is also just a five minute drive away and it's Owl Sanctuary and incredible views (not to mention, haunted bedroom) make it one of the Lake District's hidden tourist gems.

The recent winner of "Britain's Favourite View", Wastwater is 7 miles from our small village; which manages to squeeze in a post office come agricultural feed store, a petrol station come village store, and, the all important pub - a 4 minute walk (& only because of the lack of street lights!) directly from our front door to theirs! 

We have three good sized double bedrooms, one of which occupies the whole of the top floor. The two main bedrooms have sleigh beds and a memory foam/high quality mattresses, and the third room currently does not have a bed; but would be ideal for a cot. The fifth sleeping space is on the very large and wide modular sofa in the living room, which can, realistically, hold two children or teenagers; bringing total occupancy up to 6.

We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, free-standing dream of a bath; complete with dimmable lighting and candles on standby!

If you're a history buff, try entering Holmrook Hall in Wikipedia, for the tale of how the cottage came by its name: 'Volcano'!

Previous reviews:

I stayed at Volcano in 2010, whilst on a holiday to England, and keen to investigate the countryside outside of London. I live in Jamaica and am able to travel a lot with my work, but England has always held a special place in my heart. Cumbria is like another country altogether from England: the sea, the lakes, the mountains: they're all just there! Everywhere you look, whatever the weather. Cumbria is the home of many poets and artists who have found the area inspiring! My favourite thing about the cottage, apart from why it's called Volcano, is the big fire which sums up all the relaxing smells, sights and sounds of cozy country nights; and the leisurely walks straight from the front door. I liked that it was remote, but also had neighbours and the conveniences you need. I was particularly charmed by the pub, just five minutes walk down the track (twenty minutes back again with a couple of pints to keep you warm!) with locals to chat to. Caroline and Carl are well travelled , hospitable, a really sweet couple and have lots of information about the history of the cottage, walks, sights, and the local knowledge you just don't get otherwise! You will love being there! (Pam, Jamaica)

What an experience it was staying in your original Georgian listed II Coach House with so much war history; and beautifully behaved dogs: Peekay and Henri. Your bathroom is almost a special feature on its own - simply divine and the beds were so comfortable it was difficult to force back the duvet and face the day! Neither of us had been to this Western side of the Lake District before. The Woodlands Cafe was a real treat. We discovered a fantastic old-fashioned proper Butcher on Seascale beach; and had by chance fell upon a delicious pub called Wilson's. We were fascinated by the Ruskin Museum in Coniston and we toured around the lake. On your recommendation we went to Scafell Pike and Wastwater to witness those stunning views. A very big thank you to you both! (Rovianne, Dublin)

We did a home exchange for Caroline and Carl in May 2012, as an escape from the Big Smoke of London! This was our guest book entry: We can't thank you enough for giving us the chance to stay in your beautiful home. We are so sorry to have to leave. We have loved: - making the fire - waking up to the morning sun in your lovely, light attic - feeling inspired to beautify our house - lazing in the bath - long walks Carl and Caroline's house is in a lovely part of the world and was without doubt the nicest holiday place we have ever had the pleasure to stay in. Go and discover! (Lydia, London)

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Drigg 4 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester or Glasgow 250 km, Nearest railway: Drigg 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
Standard Kettle
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

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Calendar last updated:18 Aug 2014

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