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No 3 Church View
3 Church View is the perfect romantic retreat for two, a combination of stylish decor, easy living and comfort, along with all the amenities of a perfect Lakeland village. Set in the beautiful and popular village of Cartmel, the cottage lies a few minutes walk from the village centre where you will find a clutch of excellent inns, cafes and restaurants including the Michelin awarded L'Enclume, along with a fine selection of shops.
Duck through the little front door, and you step into a cosy, elegant siting room and dining space. The sense of comfort is immediate, where soft tones and quality fabrics give a welcoming atmosphere. A plump comfortable sofa and large armchair are drawn around a roaring log burning stove, and to the far end is a leather bound table for dining. With the fire, a super wide screen TV and well chosen decor, all combines to make the perfect space in which to curl up and relax with maybe the latest best seller or movie blockbuster.
From the sitting room you go through to the kitchen. As the pictures show this is a very well designed, equipped and pleasing space, ideal to rustle up a light lunch or your favourite supper.
Stairs lead up to the first floor and the double bedroom and bathroom. Though small, the bedroom has a very comfortable king size bed along with delightful decor. The bathroom is of a period style with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.
Outside, from the kitchen, you have a little walled garden patio area and garden room. As the sun comes over in the afternoon and into the evening it is a delightful space to enjoy a drink or dine alfresco.
For me this little cottage has it all, and I am sure that all who stay will leave with lasting memories of both the Lake District, the village and this supper little retreat.
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 and a local brewery, this lively village is centred on a sunny square to gather and sit, or wine and dine in one of the many cosy 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 truly magnificent building and well worth a visit to take in the architecture and its sheer size.
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 and the Cartmel Brewery where you can sample some fine local brewed ales. 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, Chamberlain’s Gifts offering a range of delightful goddies and is supplier of life size sheep and animals for 'Cartmel-Sheepy Village', and last but not least, Perfect English selling quality designer led gifts including include exquisite ceramics, unusual jewellery, home furnishings, and luxurious toiletries.
Cartmel has four decent pubs, The Cavendish Arms, The Royal Oak, The Kings Arms and Pig & Whistle the latter now under the ownership of Simon Rogan who also heads up the fabulous Michelin awarded L'Enclume, one of Cumbrias finest restaurants along with Rogan and Company, his less formal venue set by the river. Simon has been rated one of the top ten chefs in Europe and has appeared and won the BBC 2012 Geat British Menu.
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.
Grange over Sands lies about a mile over the fell. This pretty Edwardian village overlooks the bay and you will find Fletchers, an excellent green 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. Finally Grange offers two golf clubs, both set in quite delightful countryside.
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.
To the east is Kendal, south lakes main town offering a variety excellent stores, high end clothing shops, supermarkets and farmers markets, along with dining and a good cultural scene with great art galleries, theatre and cinema, where all make for a good a full day out. Overlooking the town are the remains of Kendal Castle, home to the Parr family and worth the climb to the these ancient ruins.
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 stretches miles of silver sand, and as the tide comes in the view is spectacular. as you turn back the view into the Lake District and the distant Yorkshire dales is stunning. It must be noted that the sands are hazardous, but providing you keep to the shoreline the walk is fine.
To the 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.
Over to the west lies Coniston Water, and in between the two great lakes is the Grizedale Forest, a day out in itself for walking or mountain biking. Beyond this lies the central massif of the Langdales for some high level walking and climbing.
We have spent the past 3 weeks travelling through the UK and Ireland and have thoroughly enjoyed our adventure. This peaceful hamlet has been a very special treat, and in particular this charming cottage has made our stay more enchanting. We thank you and hope to return.
Karen & Sam - Noosa Australia
Thank You for a Wonderful week . This is a beautiful cottage in a fantastic friendly village. We have felt very welcome and very much at home here so much so we would love to stay!! The cottage offers some lovely homely touches and we would not hesitate to return when we next visit Cumbria. Many Thanks
Ewan & Jane (Hampshire)
A wonderful place to stay in every way, thank you for providing us with every possible facility in your cosy cottage. Loved the sunny patio, the kitchen is superb and many an evening was spent watching your DVDs. Would come back in a flash!
Lee & Marie Darrant Doncaster
Wow !......... no not just the stunning views but that you have no limescale in your kettle or around your taps. Love your bathroom flooring and your towels have been a delight to use. Fresh bread and cheese on your doorstep with good gastro pubs in the area what more could you want.
Gary & Corinne- Harlow Essex
A beautiful cosy cottage in a lovely relaxed and friendly village. We particulary love the kitchen and the outside space. Thank you for making us feel so welcome , we had a lovely relaxing week exactly what we hoped for.
Mr & Mrs Jackson – Bangkok Thailand We love Cartmel ! Wonderful bread shop and cheese shop. Cosy cottage and super position. Enjoyed eating out in the village and all with a 2 minute walk.
Tish & Johnny –Gloucestershire
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay the cottage and Cartmel are simply beautiful. Enjoyed a relaxing week more so than what we could have expected. Look forward to returning.
Paul & Laura- Lincolnshire
We had an absolutely wonderful stay thank you.The cottage and Cartmel are just beautiful and have everything you need and more. We will definitely be back and recommending to others.
Tim, Jackie, & bump- Surrey
We have had the most special stay-cation in this glorious cottage; the décor is beautiful and so cosy! We loved walking to the bread shop in the mornings for fresh croissants and cheese. My husband surprised me with a romantic meal at the Michelin starred L’Enclume which we have been reading about for years, we enjoyed getting dressed up for dinner then being able to walk back to the cottage a little tipsy after an amazing meal. The views of the priory are lovely and we enjoyed the walk around the race course and the woods beyond where we spotted Roe deer. Thank you for a wonderful stay we hope to return in the summer and maybe catch the races.
Gareth & Nicky Roberts – Derby (Derby County defender)
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay and as this was my first stay in the Lake District can safely say we will be returning.
The cottage was perfect and we were very impressed with the accommodation, welcome and how well supplied the cottage was. We would definitely recommend both the cottage and your company.
With kind regards.
Local Areas Of InterestCartmel
No 3 Church View Inventory
Cartmel Food Market - Dates and times
Black Horses - Suprise your loves one with a tour in a magnificent carrage drawn by two black Friesians
Yew Tree Barn - Reclamation, antiques a whole lot more - about 10 minutes outside of the village
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
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Shops, resturants, arts, cinema
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
The Brewery Arts Centre
The Museum Of Lakeland Life
Kendal Farmers Market last Friday in the month