Sit back and relax
Georgian panelling creates a warm atmosphere
An elegant lounge
Play your favourite tune on the piano
Tickle the ivories whilst passing the piano
Enjoy the garden on a sunny afternoon
Relax in one of the lounges after a day of exploring
A woodburner helps keep the chill at bay
Large Georgian windows let the natural light flood in
Enjoy your breakfast or a light lunch in the day room
A fusion of traditional grandeur and modern elegance
The grand oak stairway leads to the first floor
Enjoy a formal dining experience
Dining room with enough seats to seat eight guests
Create your family's favourite meals
A bright and airy hallway
Super-king-size bedroom
Downstairs cloackroom
Enjoy a restful nights' sleep
En-suite bathroom
En-suite bathroom with separate shower
King-size bedroom with ornate bedframe
Time to snooze
Double bedroom
Double bedroom locates in the eaves
Shower room
Twin bedroom located in the attic room
Plenty of character in the twin bedroom
Relax in the beautiful garden
A fantastic garden to enjoy
Nice and peaceful
Towards the back of the property
Beautiful touches
Towards this beautiful property
Situated in the bustling village of Cartmel
Cartmel Priory nearby
The square in Cartmel
Enter the beautiful Garde II listed building
1 / 39  Sit back and relax
2 / 39  Georgian panelling creates a warm atmosphere
3 / 39  An elegant lounge
4 / 39  Play your favourite tune on the piano
5 / 39  Tickle the ivories whilst passing the piano
6 / 39  Enjoy the garden on a sunny afternoon
7 / 39  Relax in one of the lounges after a day of exploring
8 / 39  A woodburner helps keep the chill at bay
9 / 39  Large Georgian windows let the natural light flood in
10 / 39  Enjoy your breakfast or a light lunch in the day room
11 / 39  A fusion of traditional grandeur and modern elegance
12 / 39  The grand oak stairway leads to the first floor
13 / 39  Enjoy a formal dining experience
14 / 39  Dining room with enough seats to seat eight guests
15 / 39  Create your family's favourite meals
16 / 39  A bright and airy hallway
17 / 39  Super-king-size bedroom
18 / 39  Downstairs cloackroom
19 / 39  Enjoy a restful nights' sleep
20 / 39  En-suite bathroom
21 / 39  En-suite bathroom with separate shower
22 / 39  King-size bedroom with ornate bedframe
23 / 39  Time to snooze
24 / 39  Bathroom
25 / 39  Double bedroom
26 / 39  Double bedroom locates in the eaves
27 / 39  Shower room
28 / 39  Twin bedroom located in the attic room
29 / 39  Plenty of character in the twin bedroom
30 / 39  Relax in the beautiful garden
31 / 39  A fantastic garden to enjoy
32 / 39  Nice and peaceful
33 / 39  Towards the back of the property
34 / 39  Beautiful touches
35 / 39  Towards this beautiful property
36 / 39  Situated in the bustling village of Cartmel
37 / 39  Cartmel Priory nearby
38 / 39  The square in Cartmel
39 / 39  Enter the beautiful Garde II listed building

Priory Close House

Cartmel, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 5 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC45


If I was looking for a large holiday home for my stay in the Lake District, suitable for a family gathering or an imitate get away for smaller parties, one that offered quality, style and comfort, along with a generous sprinkling of wow factor, then Priory Close House would be one of the venues at the top of my list. 

A property we have long known and converted, it is set between Cartmel’s ancient Priory and the little River Eea, which meanders through the village. One of a small huddle of fine houses in a row, Priory Close House is a Grade 2* listed building believed, in part, to date back to the 14th Century with later 17th Century Georgian additions.

Over the past few years the house has been fully refurbished to meet modern living needs yet retains the details and architecture of its medieval and Georgian past, offering a host of wonderful features including mullioned windows, original fireplaces, oak beams, panelling and hidden passages. Present owners, Mark and Ruth, both experienced practitioners in hospitality, as well as being avid collectors of art and artefact, furniture and fabric, have dressed, furnished and ornamented their holiday home with great flair and no little expense all to offer their guests somewhere very special and unique for a Lakeland holiday.

A fine house needs a fine location, where Cartmel is one of our most popular villages. Set on the peninsular, a few miles south of Lake Windermere, it has fabulous ancient architecture, a village square, little bridges crossing the river, the Norman Priory rising up like a great ship, the smallest national hunt race course in the country, all along with shops, cafes, its own micro-brewery and some fine dining, including the favourite of celebs and foodies, Simon Rogan's two Michelin Star restaurant and Good Food Guides multiple winner, L'Enclume.

So, if you are looking for a venue for a large family holiday or a place to gather for a special celebration or honeymoon, or simply just like affording some of the best in life, we think Priory Close House will deliver, offering a perfect base to both relax and to explore the National Park, enjoy the offerings of the village and give you many happy memories to take away.

As retired Hotelier/Chefs the owners of Priory Close House are able to offer their guests a wonderful extra service for those special celebratory occasions, "Chef at Home with Table Service." They will discuss menu options to suit your requirements, arranging date and dining times. Simply request the service on the online booking form when booking your stay and Mark & Ruth will contact you directly.

The Living Spaces

You approach along the west wall of the priory, down a small shared private track where you will find three dedicated parking spaces opposite the property.

There are two entrances at the front of the house, the main door opens into the hall, the other lets you directly into the kitchen, ideal for unloading your provisions.

The heart of the house is the kitchen. Well-equipped with all mod-cons, hand-built units with stone tops sit under a canopy of oak beams and, for the business of cooking, there is an AGA cooker to rustle up your favourite dishes. To the rear of the kitchen is the day room for snacks or to simply to take a break and enjoy the view out to the garden.

Your laundry requirements of washing machine and tumble dryer are off the downstairs cloakroom, a grand space in itself with hand basin, WC.

Leaving the kitchen into the meandering hall you have the main dining room with a long table perfect for setting out your culinary masterpieces and dining long into the night.

Back to hall to find the two sitting rooms. Each are quite special, where one has the most splendid Georgian panelling, the other a baby grand piano. Both rooms are beautifully furnished and ornamented with soft lighting, fabrics and art and have a cosy but quiet elegance to their presentation, where come winter months a roaring fire will add to the ambience making the perfect places to tuck up and relax.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

There are five bedrooms available to guests which are located on the first and top attic floors. There are two ways to access these upper floors. The main grand oak stairway, a beautiful feature of the house, winds up to the first floor, passing a magnificent tall window overlooking the garden and opening onto a large landing.

Here you have three bedrooms to choose from. The master is the largest and arguably the finest of these. With its huge brass framed bed and French salon style sofa, it is an elegant room with two windows allowing light to flood in and look out directly at the Priory's mullioned west window. The en-suite bathroom is spacious, with free standing bath, walk-in shower, hand basin and WC.

Bedroom two and three, though both a little smaller, are both delightfully furnished and ornamented, one also looks out to the priory and the smaller to the delightful gardens and both will offer a peaceful night’s rest after your days adventures. For bathing, there is a house bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.

To reach the attic floor you need to access the secret stairway, which both goes up and back down to the ground floor and will no doubt be a hit with children. Up takes you to another landing and the two attic bedrooms. Both are similar in style, where the wow factor is the huge oak beams and will please both adults and young folk. One is set out as a double bedroom, the other has twin beds. Finally on this floor is a shower room with shower, basin a WC.

Garden Spaces

Rare for Cartmel, there is a good sized walled garden for you to enjoy and relax some me time. A stone patio area with garden furniture leads onto a central lawn and the whole is bordered by shrubs and mature trees.

Always a property to offer up a surprise, at the far end of the garden a little door set in the wall leads through to a small bank by the river, delightful to sit and read to the sound of a babbling brook, or to simply relax and feed the gang of mallards that patrol their home waters – perfect.

Out & About

Set on the Cartmel Peninsula and surrounded by rolling hills that tumble down to the coast Cartmel is one of Cumbria's finest and unique villages. 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 a friendly welcome where you can sample the many cosy inns or fine restaurants, not least Simon Rogan's L'Enclume.

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.

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.

To the north of the village, clustered at the foot of Windermere lake, lies Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Fell Foot, the National Trusts parkland. At the Lakeside 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.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £300 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 5 bedrooms - 1 super-king, 1 king-size, 2 doubles, and 1 twin
  • Bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Shower room with WC
  • Ground-floor WC
  • En-suite bathroom with bath, shower and WC to the master bedroom
  • Smart TV/DVD
  • 2 Wood burners
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Parking for 3 cars, plus 2 permits for local car parks
  • Shops and pubs within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by John 26th April 2019

Great location and accomodation for a family celebration. Local amenities enhance the overall experience. Convenient location for accessing other areas of the lake district.

Reviewed by Lynne 29th March 2019

The house was absolutely beautiful. We were 7 adults, one baby and a dog, and were there to celebrate my daughters birthday. We were extremely comfortable. The location was just perfect. I would highly recommend this property.

Reviewed by Henia 25th March 2019

This house was truly exceptional and luxury at its best. The location was perfect with convenient store, bars restaurants, wine shop and cheese and bakery all within a 5 min walk . Perfect location as a base to all beautiful surrounding area. Cant wait to return

Reviewed by Joanne 22nd March 2019

A beautiful house in a great location. Host was very responsive and accommodating. Cartmel is a great little village with everything you could need.

Reviewed by F 15th March 2019

I thought it was a wonderful property and will be back!

Reviewed by Donna 11th March 2019

Absolutely beautiful house in a fantastic location in Carmel. The house was very well equipped and full of quirky interesting touches, we had a lovely time and would definitely return.

Reviewed by Jean 8th March 2019

A warm, comfortable and interesting property, in a great central location; great views of Priory..couldn't be closer! Although poor weather stopped us from using the garden, it would be great for a summer stay. Pretty and friendly village, with good choice of places to eat...and a number of independent gift shops.

Reviewed by Sarah 1st March 2019

Priory House is a beautiful, well-equipped property complete with fittings and furnishing to a high standard.

Reviewed by Tracey 4th January 2019

Fabulous 3 night stay. Priory Close House has so much character, we all loved it. So many rooms was amazing. Cartmel is such a quaint village with the most friendly people.

Reviewed by Dawn 28th December 2018

First time we have rented a house for all the family over the new year period, beautiful house, spotlessly clean in the center of the village. we are a large family of 10 plus 2 infants and 2 dogs, we were all sad to leave, we will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Karen 14th December 2018

Beautiful house in the centre of Cartmel village. Breakfast basket was much appreciated upon arrival Artwork was stunning and very interesting Rooms were very comfortable and had everything we needed for a wonderful stay

Reviewed by James 28th September 2018

A superb cottage in a prime location. The property is a delight and the garden is beautiful. Plenty of space and lots of character in the property.

Reviewed by Chris 21st September 2018

Beautifully appointed house in a great location in the centre of Cartmel.

Reviewed by Barabra 14th September 2018

This i Property cannot fail to delight anyone staying . Totally luxurious ; beautifully appointed high quality fixtures fittings furniture and bedding but still so very homely . If you are looking for somewhere special especially for a family gathering i would look no further than here . Just wonderful

Reviewed by Lindsey 24th August 2018

Absolutely gorgeous and very interesting house - very clean and well equipped - in a great location. Would thoroughly recommend to all.

Reviewed by Dillons and Hawley July 2018

A lovely week was spent at Priory Close House with my sisters visiting from Australia and my two sons and partner. We had a birthday lunch at Rogan and Co which we all enjoyed and as the weather was perfect - if not a bit hot! We also had a BBQ in the lovely garden. Huge breakfasts were had via the Aga and when we wern't eating at home, had a few lRead moreovely meals at the local pubs plus the Masons Arms at StrawberryBank. To offset all the food consumed we did manage to do a few long walks as well. The house was very comfortable and loved the furnishings and its history. A nice touch was the picnic hamper surprise. All in all a memorable week. Hide

Reviewed by Ernest Christoph 20th July 2018

Priory Close House is a handsome historic house in a picture postcard village. It has only recently been made available for letting so there are some very minor teething problems which the owners lost no time in attending to. The accommodation suited our three-generational family and the children and dogs enjoyed the large garden.

Reviewed by The Brodrick Party July 2018

With a party of friends we were blessed with glorious weather, a beautiful village and fabulous accomodation. We all had a great time. Would recommend the 'Priory Close House' to all our family and friends.

Reviewed by Doyles and Denwlyes July 2018

5 star accomodation in the most beautiful village that is Cartmel. Spent with family to celebrate two 70th birthdays and one 60th. Will highly recommend your property to all our family and friends its been absolutely fantastic. Hope to come back. xxx

Reviewed by Emma Wardman and Family June 2018

Stayed here with a family of 12 (8 adults, 4 yr old, 1 yr old and 2 babies). Had a lovely time. House really lovely and loved exploring surrounding area. Very friendly village. Would recommend it to friends and family.

Reviewed by Sarah Williams and Family June 2018

What a fabulous house! Loved everything about it. The superb decor, sumptuous furnishings, the art workand the beautiful garden. We were lucky with the weather so we were able to take full advantage of the outdoor space. The house was ideal for a family gathering like ours. Cartmel and the surrounding area are stunning and we will definitely be bacRead morek! We will be telling all our friends about this place when we get back to Berkshire. Well done Mark and Ruth, you have done a fabulous job with this place. Hide

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Sit back and relax
Georgian panelling creates a warm atmosphere
An elegant lounge
Play your favourite tune on the piano
Tickle the ivories whilst passing the piano
Enjoy the garden on a sunny afternoon
Relax in one of the lounges after a day of exploring
A woodburner helps keep the chill at bay
Large Georgian windows let the natural light flood in
Enjoy your breakfast or a light lunch in the day room
A fusion of traditional grandeur and modern elegance
Show 27 moreThe grand oak stairway leads to the first floor


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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