Staveley House Apartment
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
If you are looking for Cumbrian cottages then this light and airy first floor apartment in Staveley fits the bill. The lounge has wonderful views over the local fells from its balcony. There is a well equipped kitchen with a small dining area. Set within the attractive Cumbrian village of Staveley the apartment comes with a courtyard garden and provides comfortable accommodation for a couple or young family, cot and highchair are available on request. The village has many amenities, including a railway station and three pubs and micro brewery and a shop, bakery and butchers and has good access to local walking trails so it makes a good base for those looking for holiday cottages in Cumbria
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Staveley|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Further details indoors|
Staveley House apartment is gas centrally heated and comprises: Lounge: A light and airy room with flat screen TV, DVD, video, ipod dock, CD hifi and patio doors leading onto the balcony. Dining Area: Just off the kitchen for cosy dinners.Kitchen: A spacious room with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and breakfast bar. Bathroom: Quality new bathroom with showerbath for added space, quality Mira thermostatic rainshower with diverter, generous sized wash basin, WC with economic dual flush, illuminated mirror with demisterpad and shaver sockets (110v and 230v), extractor fan and heated towel rail. Bedroom: Double bedroom with double bed, Egyptian cotton linens and goose down duvet and pillows. (non allergenic available).
All gas, electric and bed linen included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.
The Cumbria/Lake District
The Lake District conjures up images of magnificent mountains and shimmering lakes and that is exactly what visitors find here. In fact the whole county of Cumbria is home to some of Britain's most beautiful scenery.
This region has been a favourite all year round holiday destination for years and apart from its natural beauty it's also packed with lots of attractions and activities that cater for every kind of holidaymaker, from family holidays to romantic breaks for couples and from those who are looking for lots of activities and sports to those that prefer more gentle country pursuits.
The Lake District National Park lies at the heart of Cumbria and contains well known and much loved holiday destinations such as Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside, Coniston and Grasmere, here there are lots of charming Lakeland villages to discover and visitor attractions for all the family.
The northern and western lakes have miles of untouched natural rugged beauty and rural villages as well as being home to the historic northern lakes town of Keswick with its many shops, pubs and restaurants; providing a great holiday base.
Other areas to discover include the Eden Valley, Cartmel peninsula, south east Cumbria and the Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall area; all equally beautiful and very handy for day trips into the lakes.
The Lake District is a popular area for tourists and the village of Staveley is sometimes referred to as the Gateway to the Lakes, with access to the Dalesway and other local trails. Staveley is close to Windermere and Lake Windermere one of the most iconic sites in the region. The village of Windermere has good public transport links and a selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Other local villages include Troutbeck Bridge and Ambleside, nearby there is also the Lake District Visitor Centre.
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2 Jun 2012
On arrival we had to park in the road although the main property (Staveley House) was unoccupied and the on-site parking therefore unused. This is stated in the property description so was not a surprise, but the access to the first floor at the rear was via a number of large steps and could be a problem despite stated as being suitable for people with restricted mobility.
As we had just made the trip to the Cumbrian Cottages office in Windermere to collect the keys, we were rather annoyed to find a key safe outside the entrance door. Why isn't this used as it would avoid two unnecessary trips to Windermere?
The property inside was reasonably furnished and equipped but disappointing in the following areas:
1. The plumbing needs a major overhaul. We found a blocked half-full bidet, leaking taps (especially the hand held shower attachment in the bath which exploded water everywhere when first used).
2. The central heating would not come on automatically and had to be manually started every day. The electric heater in the lounge only stayed hot for a short time and then went cold (despite the time of year the weather was cold so heating was essential).
3. The lounge only had a 2-seat sofa and a wooden chair which we considered unsatisfactory.
4. The bedroom is stated to be a double bedroom with double bed, yet the bedroom had limited storage (just a wardrobe) and the room was narrow, only allowing a 4'6" bed.
There were no basic provisions (e.g. soap, salt, pepper) so these had to be purchased. It transpired that all the village amenities (three pubs and micro brewery and a shop, bakery and butchers) were some distance from the apartment and not that convenient.
A few other events suggest that the necessary property maintenance is generally lacking and in some areas missing:
- dead bulbs in bed-site lights and no spares (kitchen drawer had other bulbs)
- smoke alarm battery disconnected and cover hanging open
- leg on breakfast stool fell off
- squeaky door hinges and noisy catches (bathroom catch oddly missing and replaced by a lock and key).
On the positive side the apartment had a few books and games and a good hi-fi system.
Mobile reception (except Orange) was very poor in the apartment and no mobile internet access. Luckily some local pubs had free wi-fi (Theakstone brewery was best). So it would be good to provide wi-fi in the apartment.
Apart from this the property is in an excellent location for exploring the surrounding area and some local walking maps had been left for use which we found helpful.
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