Set in the village of Lindale, this super little cottage has been fully refurbished and decorated throughout by Lake District based and Vogue award winning interior designer, Sarah Jane Neilsen. The result offers the perfect retreat for couples, with easy access to the lakes, fells and the rugged coastline of the Cartmel Peninsula.
The Living Spaces
From the little front garden, you step into the open plan living space with a canopy of oak beams and the original stone flagged floor. To one end is the sitting room space, with its plump leather sofa, armchair and roaring log burning stove, perfect to tuck up with a good book or take in a movie.
The middle section is taken up with a well-chosen table set with rush chairs, and to the far end are the kitchen units with most mod cons to rustle up your favourite recipes.
From the sitting room end a door opens into a laundry/storage room, with a washer/dryer, a freezer and plenty of space for provisions, suitcases, bits, boots and coats.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
The contemporary timber and glass stairway leads up to a central landing. The bedroom has low ceilings and has been furnished with soft, warm colours and is as comfy as it looks. For total relaxation there is a small flat screen TV.
Across the landing is a delightful dressing room come study, and finally the shower room offers a walk-in shower, basin and WC.
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 Cumbria's 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 Cumbria's 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.
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 is the remains of Kendal Castle, home to the Parr family and worth the climb to 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.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.
Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.