See Also - Grange Over Sands - Cartmel - Restaurant Guide - Cartmel Village Shop - The Home Of Stick Toffee Pudding - Cartmel Races - Cartmel - Holker Hall Cark In Cartmel - Cartmel - Rogan & Company - Cartmel - L'enclume Restaurant - Cartmel Priory - Cartmel Peninsular - The Lythe and Winster Valleys - Arnside and the Morecambe Bay - Levens Hall
Whilst staying in one of our Cartmel Cottages you will know doubt wish to explore our many towns and villages, where Cartmel offers much to see and do.
Cartmel is one of Cumbrias finest and unique villages. Set on the Cartmel Peninsular and surrounded by rolling hills that tumble down to the coast it is picture perfect. With ancient buildings, an impressive medieval priory, a towering arch and a sweet clear river along with the smallest National Hunt race course, this lively village is centred on a sunny square to gather and sit, or wine and dine in one of the many inns or fine restaurants.
There are good local walks, notable is Hampsfell and Eggerslack wood, a limestone fell and ancient woodland where the summit gives panoramic views of the Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains, and where in spring the woodland is carpeted in bluebells.
The village is a maze of narrow streets lined by lime-washed and stone architecture, with the village square entered by a bridge on one side and under a monastic arch on the other. The Priory is a magnificent building and well worth a visit to see the architecture.
Shopping - Dining - Entertainment
For shopping there is the Cartmel Village Store in the square, and in Unsworth's Yard you have Cartmel Cheeses and The Bread Shed along with The Red Pepper & Hot Wines shop. Once a month the village holds a food market with many local producers setting up their stalls. Along with the foodie outlets there is The Larch Tree selling quailty gifts and clothing and Chamberlain’s Gifts offering a range of delightful gifts and is supplier of life size sheep and animals for Cartmel-Shepy Village.
Cartmel has four decent pubs, The Cavendish Arms, The Royal Oak, Pig & Whistle and The Kings Arms. For something a little special you must try Simon Rogan's Michelin awarded L'Enclume, one of Cumbrias finest restaurants. Another good option is Rogan's wine bar, set by the river it is very relaxed and with excellent cuisine.
Come bank holidays the village buzzes with arrival of race day. Owned by The Holker Hall Estate the course is on the edge of the village and as well as the racing there is a carnival along with many other attractions.
Out And About - Local Walks - Activities
Grange over Sands lies about a mile over the fell. This pretty Edwardian village overlooks the bay and you will find an excellent grocer, Higginson's famous butchers, two bakers and local stores. On the prom there are nice gardens to stroll and in summer the prom hosts an outdoor art market. Finaly Grange offers two golf clubs, both set in quite delightful countryside.
About fifteen miles to the east is Kendal, south lakes main town which offers a variety of good shopping with stores, supermarkets and farmers markets, along with dining and a good cultural scene with art galleries, theatre and cinema and makes for a good day out.
A mile out of the village is Cark in Cartmel and Holker Hall, a magnificent country house open to the public with beautiful gardens and a food hall.
A little further afield you have the coast where you can explore the edges of the bay. For me one of the finest walks in the Lake District is to set out along the shore from Arnside, on the the south side of the bay. Ahead of you stretch miles of silver sand, and as the tide comes in the view is spectacular. It must be noted that the sands are hazardous, but providing you keep to the shoreline the walk is fine.
About eight miles north of the village, clustered at the foot of Windermere lake, lies Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Fell Foot, the National Trusts parkland. Here you will find a couple of good inns, the Swan at Newby Bridge and, a mile further on, the Lakeside Hotel. From the latter you can hop on a steamer for a trip on the lake, which winds its way for ten miles into the central fells, passing on the way Bowness, Sawrey and finishing at the Waterhead terminus near Ambleside. At Fell Foot you can moor boats and hire row and sailing craft or simply swim and picnic by the shore. From Newby Bridge you can head north, through the Furness Fells, to explore the greater national park.
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Wherever you choose to take your Lake District Holiday, nowhere is far away. The Cumbria National Park is quite a compact area, but with lots of variation crammed in. From gentle valleys, ancient woodland, our huge lakes which reflect the sky and landscape and of course the soaring mountains and craggy fells are all easy to explore, this along with a host of welcoming towns and villages.
If you need your holiday cottage to be near Cartmel we have a good selection of fine Lake District Cottages within easy reach. If you need any advice on the best choice of Self Catering Cottage for you, we all know our holiday cottages well and would be pleased to help find the most suitable.
Below is a selection of those Lake District Holiday Cottages nearest to Cartmel.
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The Peat House - A super 5 star Lake District Cottage sleeping 4 in a quiet hamlet close to the southern shores of Coniston Water.
The Old Pottery - Lake District Cottage sleeping 3- This popular little cottage for 2 lies in the village of Lindale, close to Grange and Cartmel.
1 Bridge Cottages - Lake District Cottage sleeping 4
No 2 Rose Cottage - One of our finest 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet village with nearby Inn.
No 1 Rose Cottage - One of our finest 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet village with nearby Inn..
Tom Crag Barn - A Lake District Holiday Cottage,Tom Crag offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.
Simpson Ground Farmhouse - Full of character this super 18th C Lake District Cottage sleeping 8 offers true peace and tranquility.
Yew Tree Cottage - A super 4 Star Lake District Cottage sleeping 2 set in a quiet village with super pub 2 minutes walk away.
No 3 Church View - Lake District Cottage sleeping 2
Rockwood - Lake District Cottage sleeping 10
Brookside - This Lake District Cottage offers the finest accommodation for 4 guests set in the super village of Cartmel..
Lyme Cottage - Lake District Cottage sleeping 2- This popular little cottage for 2 lies in the village of Lindale, close to Grange and Cartmel.
Millers Loft - This popular little cottage for 2 lies in the village of Lindale, close to Grange and Cartmel.
Top Bank - A popular retreat for couples sleeping 2 set in the quiet and beautiful Lyth Valley.
Mill End - This excellent 4 Star Lake District Cottage for 4 lies in the quiet and peaceful Lyth Valley.
Middle Bank - A popular retreat for couples or small families sleeping 4 set in the quiet Lyth Valley.
Kiln Cottage - A Charming 4 star Lake District Cottage sleeping 4 in a quiet village with a super pub only 2 minutes walk
Heron Beck - This 5 Star Gold Luxury lake district cottage offers the finest accommodation for 10 guests in comfort and style.
Broad Oak - Possibly the finest house in the Lake District offering huge comfort for 8 guests
The Old Police Station - Lake District Cottage sleeping 6 - 7
North View - Lake District Cottage sleeping 4 plus 2
Ducks Haven - The perfect romantic retreat is offered by this super modern 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottage, set close to the village of Cartmel.
Drakes Cottage - A popular 4 Star retreat for couples set close to the picture perfect village of Cartmel.
2 Kiln Houses - A Charming 4 star Lake District Cottage sleeping 3 in a quiet village with a super pub only 2 minutes walk
Wharton Barn - A popular 4 Star retreat for couples set right in the heart of the picture perfect village of Cartmel.
Ash Cottage - A super 4 Star Lake District Cottage sleeping 4 set in a quiet village with super pub 2 minutes walk away.
Rossendale House - This 5 Star District Cottage offers the finest accommodation for 4 guests set in the super village of Cartmel..
Nanny Goat Cottage - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Nanny Goat Cottage offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.
Honey Pot Cottage - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Honey Pot offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.
Apt 5 - Cark House - This super lake district apartment offers the finest accommodation for couples set in the village of Cark.
Ducklings Retreat - The perfect romantic retreat is offered by this super modern 5 Star Lake District Cottage, set close to the village of Cartmel.
Wheelhouse Cottage - This 4 Star lake district cottage sleeping four, sits right by the river in the village of Cartmel.
Nethercroft - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Nethercroft offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.
These are just a selection of our hand picked Lake District Cottages, to see our full range either use our search facility or take a leisurely look at our cottage browsers.
Cartmel Cheeses - Dedicated cheese shop
Perfect English - Designer led high end gifts
The Larch Tree - Quality gifts, cloths and ornaments
Cartmel Village Shop, home of the sticky toffee pudding
Unsworth Yard Brewery - Buy and taste local produced ale
Yew Tree Barn - Reclamation, antiques a whole lot more - about 10 minutes outside of the village
Cartmel Food Market - Dates and times
Cartmelsurgery.co.uk Tel 015395 36366 Doctors Milligan and Lovatt and Primary Healthcare Team on Haggs Lane in Cartmel village
Grange over Sands 1 mile
Grange Prom Art Last Sunday in the month April - September
Cark 1 mile
Our latest addition is Beehive Barn set in the pretty northern lakes village of Caldbeck. Perfect for both a romantic retreat for couples and as a base for small families holidays.
The fabulous 5 Star Gold Broad Oak is to have a garden spa ready for its guests by April 2014.
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Simpson Ground Farmhouse takes a step up at this years Visit England inspection with a 5 Star Award.
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