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Wheelhouse Cottage


Key Information


Star Rating:VE 4 Star Gold Award


Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Garden Spa Softub
Riverside Setting
Wi-Fi Broadband

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Wheelhouse Cottage



Set in the village of Cartmel, Wheelhouse Cottage sits by the river Eea and Wheelhouse bridge, a short distance off the main village square where you will find a clutch of excellent inns, cafes and restaurants including the Michelin awarded L'Enclume, along with a fine selection of shops.

Built over some 200 years ago it has been modernised, extended and refurbished to offer guests a fine and popular Lake District holiday cottage, the results being awarded a coveted 4 Star Gold Award from Visit England.

From winter 2016 the owners are delighted to offer their guests the added luxury of a garden Spa Softub in the privacy of the walled garden off the kitchen.



The Living Spaces

From the front riverside entrance you step into a large hall with steps leading down to the semi open plan living areas. The sitting room space has two plump sofas and an armchair set under a canopy of beams. Add soft lighting and a roaring fire and you have the perfect place to relax after your days explorations.

Just off the sitting room is the dining area, with French doors opening out onto a little riverside patio. The kitchen is well equipped with marble work tops and opens onto a small but sunny walled garden with the added bonus of a Spa Softub to soak away those aching muscles after a day on the fells. Or relax and enjoy an evening view of the night skys.



Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Upstairs you can choose between two comfortable double bedrooms both with king size beds, the rear bedroom has the added facility of a TV. Both rooms are well furnished and share the super bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.


Garden Spaces

From the kitchen is a little walled garden area with Spa Softub and garden furniture. To the front of the cottage there is the small terraced patio overlooking the river, perfect to enjoy a drink and feed the ducks and swans that cruise up and down.

There is a small iron bridge which crosses over to the opposite side of the river to a little private wild riverside bank (see inventory note.)

For me this is a charming little cottage, perfect for those who are looking for a comfortable and welcoming base for their holiday, yet be able to step out in the evening to wine and dine and I am sure Wheelhouse Cottage will meet all your expectations.



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. 

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide



Newby Bridge To Bouth 

Grange Over Sands 

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

Coniston Water & Mountain 


The Grizedale Forest 



Your Say

We came here on our honeymoon.  We had such a lovely and relaxing time in this charming cottage. Location perfect, couldn’t ask for more. Cottage is the best we have ever stayed in by far.
Graeme & Tess - Lancaster 

Perfect! Quality & charming with some excellent little touches. In a great location whatever the weather. Thank you for all the attention to detail, felt just wonderful.
Sarah, Lucy and Rocky, Norfolk &  Wiltshire 

We have been coming to the Lakes for over 20 years and this is by far the loveliest cottage we have stayed in.  Great fire and everything we needed – including ducks and wild life!  Beds and sofas very comfortable and Cartmel lovely quaint little village with great pubs.
The Brysons - Scotland 

We would like to say a BIG thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage, situated in the perfect idyllic spot! Everyone in the village has made us feel very welcome.
Sharon, Carl, Mason and Mc - Coventry 

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Wheelhouse Cottage
The Details

Wheelhouse Cottage Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday Cottage - Detached - Rural Village Location
  • 2 King size double bedrooms - one with TV
  • Duvets, full linen and towels
  • Robes provided for use with the spa softub
  • 1 Travel Cot 
  • 1 Bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC
  • Central Heating
  • Open Fire - Coal supplied - Please purchase logs locally
  • Electric cooker & hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge 
  • Freezer
  • Magimix Espresso machine with small supply of complimentory Nespresso coffee capsules 
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Flat screen colour TV with built in DVD
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Xbox 360
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Electricity inclusive
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden Spa Softub
  • Garden furniture & Barbeque
  • 2 small (maximum) well behaved Dogs welcome - £30 /dog.  Please note guests are to be fully responsible for their pet where they must respect the property and grounds, follow specific instructions left at the property, also be aware of any farm stock nearby - see terms and conditions. On departure and to avoid a charge, guests must clean up after their pet both inside the property and the grounds.
  • No smokers
  • Please note this property has a riverside setting and may be unsuitable for small children
  • Parking - Road side by the property, also 1 free pass for the village car park
  • Please Note - The little iron bridge is gated and padlocked with the key at the property. Guests use the bridge at their own risk, also are responsible for any children.
  • Nearest Pub - Cavendish Arms 2 Minutes Walk
  • For Cartmel Racecourse fixture dates visit their website cartmel-racecourse.co.uk
Nearest Amenities
Grange over Sands
Cark in Cartmel
Levens & Sizergh
Morecambe Bay & Arnside
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
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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If you have yet to visit the Lake District, then why not start by watching our little film. An 11 minute movie, it gets to essence of this beautiful landscape. Shot by Jack Serginson and Ollie Gough, the movie shows why our stunning area is the No1 holiday destination.


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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