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 peninsula. 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 stone's 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.
With the accommodation all on one level, 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.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Off the main living space lie the two bedrooms, one a comfortable king size 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.
Out & About
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.
There plenty of walks locally, 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 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 bikers 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 on the most picture perfect places in the Lake District, Cartmel has grown into a chic little village, wrapped up in the most delightful architecture of traditional lime washed and stone built houses, shops and pubs.
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 up 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.
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.
Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.