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Nanny Goat Cottage - Broad Oak Country Estate
Nanny Goat Cottage the adjoining Honey Pot Cottage and the main house, Broad Oak, are three of the most fabulous holiday retreats to be found in the lake district, perfect for families - equally perfect for a couple looking for somewhere very special for a romantic break, honeymoon or celebration.
Situated in the grounds of her own small country estate, renowned interior designer and dear friend Lynette Tattersall offers her guests the choice of two perfect holiday cottages along with a stunning 16th century house. Created for comfort, relaxation and a large pinch of wow factor, you have truly a place to simply holiday at, use and enjoy.
My first impression of the cottages and the house was - Wow.....I had just walked into three of the most fabulous holiday retreats in the Lake District.
The decor of each is rich and sumptuous. Lynette has applied her aesthetic skills and considerable talents throughout, using heavy fabrics, beautiful paint finishes and an eclectic mix of furnishings that sit together happily, the whole seeming to wrap around you, offering that soothing, high level of comfort.
The estate lies on the eastern edge of the Lyth Valley, about five miles from Lake Windermere. You approach down a sweeping drive, past a fish laden tarn, through immaculate grounds and into the private courtyard for the cottages.
From the front door you step into a small hall off which lie the two king size bedrooms, both with en-suite. As with the rest of the house you can feel the Italian influence in the decor - indeed Lynnette learnt her painting skills studying and training in Florence, before spending time in LA.
A few short steps take you up to the dining room and kitchen area, perfectly equipped for using your time creating tasty dishes if you can take your eye off the rather nubile lady in the corner.
The kitchen spills out into the garden. Perfectly manicured, the sun filters through a huge oak tree onto the dining table, the ideal setting for barbecues and evening drinks. The two cottages, and the main house each have their own defined grounds and parking, and we ask that guests of any of the properties respect each other’s privacy, although making new friends is always a pleasing option.
Up stairs is my favourite bit - the large sitting room. Warm glazed walls, a roaring log fire, oak beams, lamps, chandeliers, candles and two massive sofas to dive into and slump with a good book after a days exploration.
More need not be said - let the pictures speak for themselves - except perhaps to say that the welcome is warm and the experience will be memorable.
The Lythe Valley lies about five miles east from Lake Windermere. Famed for growing damsons, in summer it can be a sun drenched patchwork of green and yellow ochre meadows and orchards, criss crossed with narrow winding lanes that pass through farmland, by woodland and over rivers and becks, perfect for walks and cycling.
A stones throw from the cottage is the popular Punch Bowl Inn, renowned for its cuisine and a most pleasing place to dine.
South at Sizergh you will find Sizergh Castle. It is an imposing house with rich and beautiful gardens which includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Also at Sizergh is the Strickland Arms, a great pub to have lunch or evening meal. Lastly there is Sizergh Barn, well worth a visit for the farm shop and cafe.
Across the way from Sizergh is Levens and Levens Hall. A beautiful historic house, the gardens are A grade 1 listed dating from 1694 surviving in their original design where the highlight is the topiary, some of the oldest in the world and justifiably famous.
Drive west and you come to the foot of Windermere, where you can spend a day at Fell Foot Park mucking about in and on the water.
Around the foot of the lake is Newby Bridge and Lakeside with some excellent hotel inns, the Aquarium of the Lakes, the steam train and Windermere Cruises.
Further up the lake are the linked towns of Bowness and Windermere. Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District.
Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quite place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and its islands for yourself.
Other popular attractions are the World of Beatrix Potter, the Windermere Steam Boat Museum and a little south of Bowness is Blackwell Arts and Crafts house, one of the most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. The house is a superb example of the Arts and Crafts movement architecture, where it occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere and is open to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts.
For visual entertainment you have the Royalty Cinema and the Old Laundry Theatre, both in Bowness, the latter staging a lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film.
There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, where for me the best is by far Jericho’s in Windermere. Owned and run by Jo and Chris Blaydes, the welcome is always warm, the setting perfect and the cuisine delicious.
Head south and you come to the Cartmel Peninsular where you can explore the little villages such as Grange and Cartmel and visit the coastline joining Cumbrias section of the coastal way.
East is Kendal, south lakes capital town. Well worth a visit for its shops, and restaurants, the town has a thriving art scene, with the Brewery Arts Centre offering live gigs, theatre and cinema, also the Abbott Hall Art Gallery which hosts many fine and changing art exhibitions.
A magical Christmas and a memorable New Year 2013. Staying in "Nanny Goat" was so very special. We will cherish memories of cosy log fires, beautifully appointed cottage with sumptuous surroundings, being with family and friends, looked after by our gracious host, Lynette. "Nanny Goat" had everything we needed and more. Thank you Lynette for an unforgetable holiday and a brilliant start to 2013.
Harry, Vivien, Harry John & Emma
Local Areas Of InterestCartmel Peninsular - The Morecambe Bay
Nanny Goat Cottage Inventory
Sizergh & Levens
Mr Norrells Emporium Of The Strange, Reclaimed & Curious
Helens Hand Made Chocolates
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Pubs and Resturants
The Cavendish Arms
The Royal Oak
Pig & Whistle
The Kings Arms
Cartmel Village Shop, home of the sticky toffee pudding
Cartmel Racecourse - See website for race days
Cartmel Village Website For latest events, attractions and venues.
Cartmel Farmers Market
Tel 015395 36366 Doctors Milligan and Lovatt and Primary Healthcare Team on Haggs Lane in Cartmel village
Grange over Sands
Grange Prom Art Last Sunday in the month April - September
Holker Hall beautiful gardens and house along with food hall and cafe.