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Off Grid, Secluded, Historical Western Lake District – Home 1306961 Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Off Grid, Secluded, Historical Western Lake District – Home 1306961

  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  •  min stay varies

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Welcome to Volcano!

Volcano is an 1850s coach house; open plan, yet cozy. (Our reviews appear at the end of this section.)

It's a welcoming home from home where you can relax and unwind. It's a working home, rather than a show home: somewhere could always do with a lick of paint, and the moles sometimes pop through the lawn! It means it's wonderfully practical for muddy wellies, pooches and families; with nothing too precious, where relaxing is the order of the day.

Plenty of windows and 8 foot ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in a small group of houses on a private courtyard amongst woodland, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not the instant 'flick for heat' of central heating, but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended), make for a perfect retreat in Summer or Winter.

The 'off grid-ness' relates to all the ways that matter; and all the ways that don't...

Off grid refers

Welcome to Volcano!

Volcano is an 1850s coach house; open plan, yet cozy. (Our reviews appear at the end of this section.)

It's a welcoming home from home where you can relax and unwind. It's a working home, rather than a show home: somewhere could always do with a lick of paint, and the moles sometimes pop through the lawn! It means it's wonderfully practical for muddy wellies, pooches and families; with nothing too precious, where relaxing is the order of the day.

Plenty of windows and 8 foot ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in a small group of houses on a private courtyard amongst woodland, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not the instant 'flick for heat' of central heating, but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended), make for a perfect retreat in Summer or Winter.

The 'off grid-ness' relates to all the ways that matter; and all the ways that don't...

Off grid refers to the lack of WiFi in the cottage; the reduced/non existent mobile phone reception inside the house (there's a secret windowsill where you can pick it up, and which we'll gladly tell you: but, interestingly, no one's ever asked for!) There's no live TV, no traditional central heating (although keeping warm is easy with the multifuel stove, with detailed 'how to build a good fire' directions provided, plus other heating sources in the cottage); a range oven which uses calor gas (although you'd never know it) rather than mains gas; an unadopted track for access (with a few potholes); and generally just off-grid from the speed and pressures of everyday life.

Mainly it's a fun, restorative way in which to reconnect to the landscape and each other; and we get a lot of guests thanking us for not having WiFi in place; but board games instead.

It's remote enough that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hours drive away, but well serviced and connected with local pubs, restaurants, shops within a 2-5 minute drive, and a good road system.

We have three good sized double bedrooms, one of which occupies the whole of the top floor, and is accessed via a private staircase which provides privacy, although the bedroom itself doesn't have a door.

Total occupancy is 6. The cottage is able to accommodate 7, depending on the makeup of your group; whether it be children, or someone who's happy to be based on a folding floor mattress located in one of the main bedrooms.

We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, free-standing dream of a bath and a lovely rain shower; complete with dimmable lighting for relaxing soaks.

We also have freestanding oil heaters in each room, and we have a large immersion heater to take care of hot water in the kitchen and bathroom should you be too worn out after your Lake District explorations to make a fire on any given evening!

There is parking for up to two cars in the private, off road courtyard; with a short, characterful (in terms of the amount of potholes!) dirt track that approaches it.

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

Our sofas are really great for slouching; and are made up of old flags which we have collected over the years. They have a unique, worn, character which we love; but aren't your typical sofa covering.

There is a TV that connects to a DVD player for playing DVDs and music: i.e. no live TV and no WiFi, for off grid bliss. We have an eclectic assortment of films and music at the cottage, or you're welcome to bring your own.

If you're a history buff, try entering Holmrook Hall into Wikipedia, for more detail about the history of the cottage's links to Lewis Carroll, and how it came by its name: (HMS) 'Volcano'. We also have lots of locally sourced research and books at the cottage which you are welcome to browse.

Other things to note:

We do accept one night bookings, and charge a flat rate £70 supplement for these.

Dogs are welcome, and we charge a flat fee of £50 for up to two. More than two dogs will be considered on a case by case basis, and charged at an additional £50 per dog.

We ask that dogs not go on, or up the stairs; or on the furniture, or be left unaccompanied in the cottage, garden or courtyard.

We have a well equipped kitchen; with all the equipment necessary to rustle up anything from toast to a roast. Tea and coffee are provided: just bring fresh milk. There are also a few basic pantry items, as well as toiletries, towels and linen available for you at the cottage.

All the kindling, wood, coal (and all important lighter!) for the multi fuel stove await you at the cottage too!

We have one highchair and a stairgate which we can make available for you if you let us know in advance of your stay.

There is a well in the garden, which is a very cool feature, and the water from which does wonders for the plants; but which you may want to be aware of. It is on the edge of patio area, and is walled (up to about the bottom of an adult ribcage); but not covered or child/cat/dog proofed in any way.


From the initial communication through to the welcome note and delighters when we arrived, we can't speak highly enough of Carl and Caroline. The cottage was fantastic and is exactly the kind of unique experience that we use homestays for and we can't recommend Volcano highly enough. Thank you!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the "Volcano" in Holmrook! Our family of 5 (with children aged 11, 9, 6) all thought the cottage was fantastic. We were amazed at the transformation of this one time stable into the perfect country cottage that Caroline & Carl had done. As part of our England/Scotland tour - it was very fitting to stay somewhere with such unique history. The cobble floors and interior decor added to the great experience! The kids loved the fact that horses once stood on the same floors. The cottage was very nicely appointed with all that you could need. All linens were very clean and the cottage was spotless. Being able to have a fire in the wood stove at night was terrific. Locally, there were some amazing pubs and things to do. An easy drive to Keswick, 10 minutes to the incredible views of Wast Water and the coast made it a perfect base for our Lake District adventures. Hosts Caroline & Carl were awesome! They made sure we felt welcomed and provided pointers on interesting things to do locally. Make sure you visit Muncaster Castle, the steam railway, the Strands Inn, Keswick, Wasdale/Wast Water - and many more things! Thank you Caroline & Carl for a great stay.

Carl and Caroline are wonderful hosts with a terrific, characterful home. The house is well-located for a range of walks and activities, as well as for shops and restaurants. Volcano has a very cosy feeling with a well-equipped kitchen and a great wood burner. During our stay, we enjoyed the miniature railway at Ravenglass, walks at Lake Coniston and Wastwater - all only a short drive from the house. We also enjoyed dining out at The Lutwidge Arms and at Wild Olive restaurant in nearby Gosforth. Carl and Caroline were terrific hosts - they have a detailed information folder in the house with details of things to see and do, places to eat, instructions for the fire, tv, etc. Furthermore, they were always there to answer any questions before and during our stay. They also provided a high chair and stair gate for use with our 1yr old son. Thank you both for being such great hosts - we can't recommend Volcano highly enough and hope to return there soon!

We had a great stay at the Volcano. After spending the day hiking in the Lake District it was a great place for us to come back to, have a cup of tea and put the fire on. It allowed us to kick back and relax. Can't recommend it enough. Beautiful location, beautiful house and the most comfortable beds I could have asked for!

Lovely stay at Volcano, it's such a cool and quirky cottage in a secluded spot. Perfectly clean, very well stocked. Caroline & Carl's info book is so useful both before and during the stay. Thank you!

Very pleasant long weekend celebrating a 60th birthday. The house is exactly as described, comfortable bedrooms, fantastic shower, lovely lounge with fire and a user friendly kitchen. A good location for access to numerous areas. Enjoyed a 20 mile cycle up the Wastwater Valley.

Location description from owner

The England region

Perfect for a relaxed, peaceful, 'off grid', cozy family and friends time: open fires, long walks, spectacular sunsets and the L'al Ratty miniature train, await...!

Whilst we are child friendly, Volcano is not child 'proofed'. It is a quirky and eclectic home which children love; but please be aware that extra attention and care will need to be taken. Please just ask if you'd like to know more about anything.


Neighbourhoods don't come much better than this if you like a lack of street lights and a pub at the end of the track!

Our cottage is the middle of three, off a private courtyard, with parking for up to two cars.

The courtyard in turn accesses a private dirt track, which winds down to the River Irt, and fields and footpaths galore.

Holmrook the village has the life essentials. In no particular order, but I know what our priorities are: a children's playground, our local pub, small wildflower meadow/village ecology garden, mechanic's garage, agricultural feed store, post office, and petrol station come small grocery store.

Drigg, Santon Bridge, Gosforth and Seascale (all less than ten minutes drive) have another good two handfuls of pubs, takeaways, and small gift shops.

Seascale, just five minutes drive from the cottage, has some of the most spectacular sunsets across the Irish Sea towards the aisle of Man; and Ravenglass is The Lakes' only costal village; with a beautiful estuary for 'mucking about in the water' Swallows and Amazons style, or just watching the sun set over the dunes from the local pub!

The A595 is the main artery road through the Western Lakes and will connect you (although it may change name) from Carlisle to Barrow. It is impeccably maintained, is the first road to be gritted or cleared in the snow; and our dirt track accesses directly off it.

The smaller local roads are also well maintained, and wide enough for large cars, with lots of passing spaces should you encounter the familiar sight of a tractor or other farm machinery!


(Listed by distance rather than driving time; as the Lake District’s beautiful roads often lead to distractions which mean driving times are longer than a Sat Nav might estimate!)


Scawfell Pike - 10 miles

Coniston Old Man - 25 miles

Tarn Hows, Coniston - 26 miles

Helvellyn - 40 miles

Blencathra - 44 miles


Wastwater - 7 miles

Ennerdale Water - 16 miles

Loweswater - 21 miles

Crummock Water - 24 miles

Conniston Water - 28 miles

Buttermere - 29 miles

Bassenthwaite - 33 miles

Windermere - 36 miles

Thirlmere - 41 miles

Ullswater - 52


Ravenglass (the Lake District’s only coastal village) - 3 miles

Cockermouth - 25 miles

Ambleside - 32-42 miles (dependant on whether you go up and over the mountain; or round the edge!)

Cartmel (home to the racecourse, and L’Enclume Michelin starred restaurant) - 34 miles

Keswick - 37 miles

Kendal - 44 miles


River Deep, Mountain High: Climbing, Scrambling and Abseiling, Coniston - 22 miles

Go Ape, Grizedale - 30 miles

Go Ape, Whinlatter - 32 miles

Honister Slate Mine, Keswick - 33 miles


Drigg Beach - 3 miles

Ravenglass Estuary - 3 miles

Seascale Beach - 4 miles

Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall - 7 miles

St Bees Beach - 12 miles

Elterwater Waterfall - 21 miles

Stock Ghyll Force Waterfall - 25 miles


Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass - 4 miles

Conishead Priory & Buddhist Meditation Centre, Ulverston - 27 miles

Beatrix Potter’s Gallery, Hawkshead - 28 miles

Cartmel Priory, Grange-over-Sands - 34 miles

Dove Cottage, Grassmere - 36 miles

Levens Hall Country House, Kendal - 40 miles


L’al Ratty miniature train - 3 miles

Lakeland Motor Museum - 29 miles

Pencil Museum, Keswick - 37 miles

A glimpse into some of the (in)famous walks in the area (extracted from the Telegraph Travel Section):

Scafell Pike

If there’s one peak everyone wants to tick off their list, it’s Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain at 3,209ft. The mountain is well within the reach of most walkers, but it’s a long climb to the top, and can be tricky to navigate in bad weather, so save it for a clement day. From the top, you’ll be treated to a wonderfully wild vista across the valley of Wasdale. It’s a round-trip of about seven miles from the car-park at Wasdale Head; expect to spend at least six hours on the mountain.


After Scafell Pike, Helvellyn (3,117ft) is the next on most peak-baggers’ list. It’s famous (or infamous) for its twin ridges, Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, carved out by glacial action during the last ice age. There are some considerable drops and steep sections involved, and at one or two points you’ll be climbing hand over hand, so it’s not for vertigo-sufferers. Don’t be deterred by the challenge, though – thousands of people manage Helvellyn every year, and you might even run into traffic jams on busy days. The most popular routes start in Glenridding or Patterdale and cover between eight and 10 miles depending on which trail you take.


At 3054ft, Skiddaw is one of only six fells to reach the magic height of 3,000ft. Often dismissed by purists as a dull slog, Skiddaw actually makes for a great day on the mountain: the hike is long and steep, but it offers a superb outlook over Keswick and Derwentwater, stretching into Borrowdale on a clear day. The usual route begins in Keswick (six to seven miles, four to five hours).

Coniston Old Man

Towering above Coniston, the Old Man (2,634ft) is one of the most recognisable of the Lakeland fells. The most popular trail climbs straight up the east side of the mountain, passing through old copper mines and slate quarries en route to the summit. For a longer day, you can make a circuit around the back of the mountain, incorporating a ridge walk over Dow Crag and Goat’s Hawse. Option one covers about five miles return from Coniston; tack on another four for the Dow Crag route.


This impressive lump of rock stands in splendid isolation to the northeast of Keswick. It’s usually fairly quiet in comparison to the other big-name fells, especially if you start out early. The easiest trail climbs up the fell’s east or west flank from Threlkeld (around four to five miles), but hardcore hikers will prefer the shorter but more exposed ridge ascent via Hall’s Fell. The infamous ridge of Sharp Edge is for experienced climbers only, so steer clear unless you know what you’re doing.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Single Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Public transport cannot be said to be convenient in West Cumbria! There is a train line that goes up the West coast, but it's a couple of miles from the house. Ideally you would want a car for longer excursions; but if you would just like to stay local and go on walks and to the pub; you will manage just fine with a taxi on your arrival and departure. 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.

Interaction with guest

We will not be present at the listing, but there is a really complete Welcome Pack with lots of information about the cottage, area and anything else you could wish to know; and we love answering questions before or during your stay, by email. It's a 'self check in', with a key safe (the details of which will be sent to you in advance, along with directions), making for an easy and flexible arrival.


Check in time:15:00, Check out time:11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
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House rules

* No unregistered Guests/parties
* Toilet paper only in toilet
* Ensure shower curtain in bath
* No hot,wet,or cutting on counters
* No used coffee grounds down sink
* Do washing up before you leave
* Put rubbish in appropriate bins
* Quiet time 10pm-8am
* Don't feed or invite animals inside
* Ensure door is locked at all times
* Turn off bathroom,freestanding &immersion heaters
* Tell of accidents or breakages
* No dogs/shoes on stairs,upstairs,on furniture
* Dogs not left unattended anywhere


About the owner

Caroline And Carl D.
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24 May 2017
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Languages spoken: English, French

This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 12 Jan 2014. Located in Seascale, it has 4 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £690 to £1320.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 May 2017.


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