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The Old Pottery
This super little cottage for three is perfect for a couple or a small family, offering easy access to the lakes, fells and the rugged coastline of the peninsular. Set in the little village of Lindale, along with a huddle of other houses and cottages, it is an ideal base to explore the undiscovered beauty spots of the south lakes and the peninsulas.
The Old Pottery is the lower section of a traditional bank-built stone building, which originally formed part of a 17C water mill. Most of the mill is long gone, however the beck with its narrow dam that powered the mill wheel is a stones throw from the cottage.
From the shared courtyard and parking area you go down a small set of steps to the little private patio garden.
The main living space is open plan; the comfortable sitting room area has a plump sofa and armchair set around a gas effect fire, adding a warmth and ambience in winter months. The kitchen is well equipped to rustle up a quick lunch or hearty dinner.
Off the main living space lie the two bedrooms, one a comfortable double the other a small single. The bathroom is a nice mix of old and new with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.
Outside the little patio garden catches the afternoon sun, perfect for relaxing with a long drink or dining alfresco to the sound of falling water.
All in all this is a super little cottage, thoughtfully refurbished by its owners to offer their guests a comfortable base to both spend time relaxing and exploring the landscape of the National Park
Lindale is quite delightful if very quiet, with craggy stone houses huddled together marching down the hill, where from the top you get a fine view of some lovely architecture with a backdrop of Morecambe Bay. There are two pubs, both serving local ale and pub food and a village store for most day to day items.
You will have plenty of 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. Another of the best is to pick up Cumbrias Coastal Way, where you can discover such gems as Humphrey Head or drive across the bay to Arnside for a great route down the bay shoreline, with miles of flat sands reaching out before you as the tide goes out - please note you must observe the bay warnings and stick to the edge.
Nearby is the village of Grange over Sands, a pretty Edwardian village that overlooks the bay where 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. Finally Grange offers two golf clubs, both set in quite delightful countryside.
Over the fell from Grange is Cartmel, one of Cumbrias finest and unique villages. 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.
A mile out from Cartmel 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.
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.
August 2012 - A fabulous cottage with super access to a variety of interesting places. Highlights have been cycling around the quiet lanes of the beautiful Cartmel peninsula, watching the surge of the incoming tide from Arnside Point, getting entangled in a sheep drove on the ascent of Wetherlam, experiencing stunning views from Loughrigg Fell and exhilarating bike trails in Grizedale Forest. We return home exhausted but very happy. Thank you Mr and Mrs Green and the Lakeland Cottage Company.
Janet and Greg, Oxford
September 2012 - Lovely cottage which we enjoyed for a long weekend. Everything about the cottage was just right and all we want for a stay in the Lakes. Went for a walk at Gummers How, with lunch at the Mason Arms, then spent the day at Holker Hall in the sunshine. Thank you for a great weekend.
Robin and Amanda, Derby
September 2012 - An excellent long weekend at The Old Pottery. Great accommodation in a great location. We have cycled round Lake Coniston, hired motor boats, had an evening pint in the sunshine at The Swan at Newby Bridge, walked across the fell from Grange to Cartmel (amazing views) and had an excellent meal in the Royal Oak up the road. All in all a great break in the Lakes. Many thanks.
Mark & Helen, Warrington
October 2012 - This is exactly what we had in mind for a long weekend after a very busy, holiday less summer. The house and the surroundings are beautiful, we enjoyed every minute of our stay. Thank you – we hope to be back soon.
Kath and Mauricio, Manchester
November 2012 - Wonderful, cosy cottage. Great to some back to in the evening after a day out. Well equipped and comfortable – always warm!
The Pilgrim family, Windsor
Local Areas Of InterestCartmel
The Old Pottery Inventory
Royal Oak Inn
Grange over Sands
Grange Prom Art Last Sunday in the month April - September
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
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