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Ducklings Retreat


Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star


Pets:No Pets

Other: Wi-Fi Broadband

Easy Access For Cartmel Races

Ducklings Retreat


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, complimented by local food and artisan shops. 

Ducklings Retreat is one of a group of 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.

Owners, Marion and Kevin, have completely refurbished the apartment to offer their guests a contemporary, chic Lakeland retreat, perfect for summer holidays and all year round romantic weekend breaks. As owners of their own interior design company, they have been able to draw on their experience to give a relaxing Scandinavian feel, along with a true sense of quality as recognised by Visit England's 5 Star award.


Living Spaces

From the sunny shared courtyard you enter a communal hall, where stairs lead up to the first floor and the property.

The entrance hall leads to the main living area which is open plan. The sitting room space is beautifully furnished with a modern cream leather sofa along with the Swedish classic lamino oak and sheepskin chair, perfect to tuck up with the latest best seller or take in a movie on the wide screen Smart TV. Come cooler and winter months the ambience is enhanced by a Gazco LED inset fire.

The kitchen area is well planned and fitted, ideal to rustle up your favourite dish to enjoy at the bespoke oak dining table.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The bedroom is delightfully comfortable and beautifully furnished with fitted wardrobes and individually designed dressing table and bed, promising sweet dreams.

The shower room is modern with under floor heating, and has been fitted from the catalogues of Hansgrohe and Villeroy & Boch, offering a super walk in rainfall shower along with a basin and WC. All enhanced with complimentory Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.


Grounds & Gardens

Outside the area around the duck pond is for all to share. Here you can sit with a glass of Prosseco on a warm summer night and watch the coming and goings of pond life. The enclosed sunny courtyard overlooking the little fountain feature also offers the opportunity to sit out and relax.

For me this relaxing apartment seems just perfect for couples seeking a cosy stylish romantic retreat, a short stroll to a delightful village where you can step out for dining, along with the landscape of the National Park just there waiting to be explored. 

Out & About

Cartmel has become one of The Lake District's most popular destinations. Architecturally it is a little gem. White washed traditional buildings, a maze of little streets all heading to the village square, along with a river, a national hunt racecourse and a huge Norman priory each combine to make a picture perfect village. Add to this some excellent shops, four good pubs and the Good Food Guide's No1 restaurant, Simon Rogans L'Enclume, you have quite a special little village.

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 further afield explorations the village is only twelve miles from the foot of Lake Windermere and from here it is easy to explore wider areas of the National Park.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide


Cartmel Peninsular - The Lythe and Winster Valleys - Arnside and the Morecambe Bay 

Grange Over Sands 

Newby Bridge To Bouth 



Your Say 

What a truly fantastic apartment! Visiting friends dotted around the Lakes and this was the perfect base. Having worked in   the hotel industry for many years i’ve spent many nights in hotel rooms etc. but Duckling’s Retreat is something else! It feels like a home from home and EVERYTHING has been thought of.  I’ve fallen in live with the bedroom so much i’m going home to redecorate. Tracy - York 

Ducklings’ Retreat and Cartmel – what a glorious place to recharge our batteries. The apartment was everything we expected and more, it is little piece of luxury. The décor and comfort of the apartment is fab – from the welcome fizz to the lovely bath sheets and the Oh so comfortable bed.
Dawn and John

Wow! What a beautiful apartment, we couldn’t have wished for a more perfect ‘retreat’ to return to after a long day of walking. Cartmel is simply idyllic and offers a variety of welcoming pubs which are a perfect pit stop after a walk. The highlight of it all though was having the pleasure of returning to Duckling’s Retreat every evening for a cosy and comfortable end to each day. There is no doubt that we will be returning to this beautiful apartment again. Thank you so much, everything was perfect.
Sally and Russ - Chester

We have had the most wonderful week and can recommend an April visit- the masses of daffodils have been glorious. We love the apartment and enjoyed returning at the end of a busy day for a relaxing evening. Already planning our next visit!

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Ducklings Retreat
The Details

Ducklings Retreat Inventory

  • 1 Double Bedroom
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Bathrobes
  • 1 Shower room with walk in shower, basin & WC
  • Dual controllable night store heating
  • Gazco LED effect fire
  • Electric cooker & hob
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Smart TV with Amazon Video
  • Bang and Olufsen Airplay and audio docking system
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Electricity inclusive
  • Welcome Prosseco with the owner's compliments
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden seating in courtyard, also benches around the park
  • No pets
  • No smokers
  • Private parking 1 car near to the property
  • Please note - The pond to the rear of the property is public and not fenced
  • Nearest Pub - Pig & Whistle - 0.8 Miles
  • For Cartmel Racecourse fixture dates visit their website cartmel-racecourse.co.uk
Access Statement
Nearest Amenities
Cark in Cartmel
Grange over Sands
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Levens & Sizergh
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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Lake District Personal Sanctuary


We want you to truly have a relaxing time and unwind during your stay. We have teamed up with My Personal Sanctuary who offer 5 star quality organic massage and treatments, carried out in the comfort of your holiday home.


To add to the relaxed mood why not order a delicious meal from Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Debby Bainbridge in the North Lakes or Lucy’s of Ambleside in South Lakes.
See our Lakeland Extras Page for more details