On arrival, greet the ducks at the pond
Towards the property
A shared enclosed courtyard to relax in
Open-plan lounge/dining area
Lounge with pretty feature wall
Cosy dining area
Double bedroom
Shower room
Pretty twin bedroom
Lovely garden to explore
Perfect spot for your morning coffee
The courtyard with feature fountain
Nearby Cartmel Priory
Hampsfell summit
1 / 15  On arrival, greet the ducks at the pond
2 / 15  Towards the property
3 / 15  A shared enclosed courtyard to relax in
4 / 15  Open-plan lounge/dining area
5 / 15  Lounge with pretty feature wall
6 / 15  Cosy dining area
7 / 15  Kitchen
8 / 15  Double bedroom
9 / 15  Shower room
10 / 15  Pretty twin bedroom
11 / 15  Lovely garden to explore
12 / 15  Perfect spot for your morning coffee
13 / 15  The courtyard with feature fountain
14 / 15  Nearby Cartmel Priory
15 / 15  Hampsfell summit

Ducks Haven

Cartmel, Cumbria
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 4 stars
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
VE 4 star Gold
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
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Property code: LCC15


Aynsome Manor Park lies just under a mile from the beautiful village of Cartmel. Located on the Cartmel Peninsular, surrounded by rolling hills that tumble down to the coast, the village is picture perfect, with ancient buildings, an impressive medieval priory, a towering arch and a sweet, clear river all centred on the village square, along with a selection of fine pubs and restaurants

Ducks Haven is one of a group adjoining apartments and cottages that flank a small shared courtyard. The building was formerly the old mill and is separate from the main park, which offers privately owned lodges.

Living Spaces

New owner Graham has enjoyed refurbishing Ducks Haven for his guests to enjoy, relax and unwind. From the shared courtyard you enter a communal hall, then into the property.

Open plan, you have a small hall area leading through to a well-appointed kitchen, opening out to the dining area and sitting room.

Light, airy and modern here you have a big comfy sofa and armchair to relax in, put your feet up, read the latest bestseller, or maybe to take in a movie on the big wide screen TV. To one side is the dining table with delightful views of the garden and duck pond.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are two bedrooms, one a double the second a twin, both very comfortable and well furnished.

The fully tiled shower room has a shower cubicle, basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

Delightfully the property overlooks the garden and duck pond. Each apartment tends to have its &'own bit'; of garden space and for Ducks Haven this is simply a step outside the sitting room door. Here you can sit with a drink, have a barbecue on a warm summer night and watch and delight in the coming and goings of the many resident ducks and pond life.

All in all, this is a very relaxing and romantic apartment, perfect for couples or a small family.

Out & About

Cartmel is one of Cumbria's 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 racecourse 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 four good pubs, along with Simon Rogan's fabulous Michelin awarded L'Enclume, rated as one of the UKs finest restaurants, along with Rogan & Company, his less formal venue set by the river. Simon has been rated in the top ten chefs in Europe and has appeared and won the BBC 2012 Great British Menu.

For shopping there is the Cartmel Village Store in the square, and in Unsworth 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 ale. 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 quality gifts and clothing, Chamberlain's Gifts offering a range of delightful goodies 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.

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.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • Part of a complex of properties
  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double and 1 twin
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • TV, CD, DVD and iPhone dock
  • 1 shower room with shower and WC
  • Garden with furniture
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Private parking for 1 car near to the property
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Underfloor heating & night storage heaters
  • 1 dog or 2 small breed dogs by arrangement
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Please note the pond to the rear of the property is public and not fenced

This property is personally managed by Chantelle.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Paul, Jenny, Emily, Andy & Skye the dog October 2017

Its been a fantastic week in Cartmel. Great location and walks from the cottage. Recommend if walking into village, go pass the hotel on the road, 100yrd opposite the cottage is a footpath across the fields to a quieter road leading into Cartmel pass the racecourse. Kings Arms in the village is good for food, Blacksmiths Arms in Broughton Mills is Read moresuperb but a bit of a drive. Will be back. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon October 2017

We had a lovely time at Ducks Haven. The cottage and location were beautiful and we even got some good weather!

Reviewed by Andy October 2017

We really enjoyed our time in Ducks Haven. We are planning to return in early Spring. It was excellently kitted out and very comfortable.

Reviewed by Kate, Jonathan, Colin & Neil July 2017

A peaceful and relaxing weekend as a post graduation break. Accommodation was excellent and well equipped. Recommended!

Reviewed by Alison, Will, Cameron & Leah April 2017

Ducks Haven s a lovely place to spend the week exploring the South Lakes

Reviewed by Bill March 2017

Many thanks for getting in touch regarding feedback on our stay. We did thoroughly enjoy our stay and thought that the apartment overall was super: clean, well presented, well furnished and well equipped. We met the owners who were charming and happy to talk and clearly have invested a lot of time (and money) into the property. To be succinct,we loRead moreved the apartment and would happily return. Hide

Reviewed by Kate, Matt & Girls February 2017

We truly had a fantastic time here. Our first weekend away with our new puppy. Perkin and he loved it. Cartmel is a lovely place and we recommend the coffee shop for Sticky Toffee Pudding! The apartment here is a home from home and we hope tome come back again. I imagine its even more beautiful in the summer! Many thanks

Reviewed by Barbara, Dave & Claire September 2016

We have had a lovely weekend at Ducks Haven, the apartment has all that you need and is in a beautiful location. We can highly recommend the pig & Whistle in Cartmel. Many thanks.

Reviewed by Julie, Grant & Hugo September 2016

Sad to be leaving this wonderful apartment! We have had a delightful time at Ducks Haven! Very well equipped, cosy and picturesque! Our highlights were the cosy Cavendish pub and the Cartmel caf for Sticky Toffee Pudding the local gin. Be sure to visit the orchard if you are here with a dog great space!

Reviewed by The Hutchison family August 2016

Thank you for a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Reg & Julie June 2016

We have had a lovely week here at Ducks Haven. On arrival everything was very clean and tidy and we have been confortable here. The location is superb and was perfect for walking into Cartmel on race day. Blessed with wonderful weather too! We will return with pleasure.

Reviewed by Georgie, Andy & Daisy May 2016

Thank you so much for a wonderful place to stay. Ducks Haven is such a beautiful peaceful place to stay and exceeded our expectations. You have created a fantastic base for a holiday. we were blessed with a week of sunshine and have lots of happy memories. Brilliant!

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On arrival, greet the ducks at the pond
Towards the property
A shared enclosed courtyard to relax in
Open-plan lounge/dining area
Lounge with pretty feature wall
Cosy dining area
Double bedroom
Shower room
Pretty twin bedroom
Lovely garden to explore
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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