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Out in Cumbria: Cottage in the Woods

Out in Cumbria: Cottage in the Woods

There is something about fell-walking (that’s walking over hills, for those outside the UK) in Cumbria that does miraculous things to the appetite. Whether it’s a short walk around one of the many gob-smackingly lovely lakes or a long hike up to 3,000ft, you’ve taken in sufficient gulps of the elements to prepare you for some serious grub.

Luckily, Cumbria has such a massive array of fine restaurants that you don’t have to go far to scratch that hunger itch. Cottage in the Woods has a burgeoning reputation for providing diners and guests with a complete foodie experience, so I went to check it out.

It sits on the side of Whinlatter Forest – a famous destination for walkers and mountain bikers – just to the west of Derwent Water and Keswick. The first thing that strikes you is the view from the dining room – a vista that takes in the Skiddaw range. There was still snow at the peak when I was there, and yet it was warm enough for T-shirts. That’s the beautiful balance of the Lake District; the highest peaks, the deepest lakes, the whitest snow, the bluest skies, and, oh, it’s also the wettest place in England.

The restaurant’s kitchen is absolutely committed to sourcing the best local produce and, given that the spoils of the North Atlantic are really quite close by at Whitehaven, I thought I’d stick to a fish theme while here. So, dinner started with crab. It was gorgeous, creamy white meat, served with apple and other complementary bits and bobs. I could have eaten a dozen; so fresh and simple, and beautifully presented.

Then onto the main course; a stone bass dish. I love stone bass. It’s a fish not commonly seen in restaurants, although it’s becoming increasingly popular. Its white flesh has a blissfully delicate flavour, which goes well with a seafood-infused cream – exactly what chef had done here, alongside fondant tatties, a couple of sweet scallops and fresh-as-a-daisy broad beans. On top of all this, I’d picked out the Chapel Down Flint Dry white from our friends in Kent to match, and it couldn’t have worked better.

The dessert was t’riffic, with a figgy and elderflower theme, I recall… if owners Liam and Kath (and the Chef) will forgive me – I was staring at that beautiful view so intensely I’ve clean forgotten.

A lovely bottle of Coniston Bluebird by the fire, and to bed – a comfy, no-frills room before, you guessed it, kippers for brekkie.

I was still so relaxed from my stay at this beauty spot that even pulling down my sunglasses that morning to shield me from the gorgeous sunshine felt like hard work. Spare a thought for me, eh?


Secluded Cottages in Cumbria and The Lake District

Secluded, Remote and sometimes Isolated Cottages, Bothies and Cabins can be found in the Lake District and are the perfect way to explore the stunning scenery that this area has to offer. The Lake District is an ideal location to get away from it all and enjoy a romantic holiday for the two, or for the family. Cumbria has the pick of cottages in the most stunning locations, some of which are totally “Off Grid” allowing you to completely detach yourself from current day life and enjoy the simplicity of bygone days.

Field Barn, Alston, Cumbria.

Settled down a single track road, with just a nearby farm its only company, this quaint cottage lies in a secluded spot outside of Alston in the North Pennines AONB. Field Barn is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic break with your loved one, letting you take in the delights of the surrounding area with walks and cycles, before returning each day to your snug dwelling.


Deep Sleep, Dramatic Views

Marvel at the sweeping views laid before you. Take a moment. Breathe. Reinvigorate your senses with deep, natural sleep in one of our 32 bright and spacious bedrooms, each decorated with their own individual charm and character, bold furniture, vibrant splashes of colour and art, and beds so comfortable you won’t want to leave!

Whether you choose a Great Room in the elegant Main House, a cosy retreat in Beech Cottage or a bright and spacious environmentally savvy room in The Coach House, you will find design inspired by our unique and stunning location in the Malvern Hills. There is no itinerary, no agenda – just space for busy minds to reconnect with the natural surroundings and stunning views.

Arrive and there is no reason to leave.

Marvel at the sweeping views laid before you. Take a moment. Breathe. Reinvigorate your senses with deep, natural sleep in one of our 32 bright and spacious bedrooms, each decorated with their own individual charm and character, bold furniture, vibrant splashes of colour and art, and beds so comfortable you won’t want to leave!

Whether you choose a Great Room in the elegant Main House, a cosy retreat in Beech Cottage or a bright and spacious environmentally savvy room in The Coach House, you will find design inspired by our unique and stunning location in the Malvern Hills. There is no itinerary, no agenda – just space for busy minds to reconnect with the natural surroundings and stunning views.


Secluded Cottages in England

From the rugged coastline of Cornwall, rural retreats of Northumberland, moorland settings of the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and Cumbria, England still has many Secluded Cottages at the coast and rural retreats in the country. You just have to decide what type of landscape you prefer for your next Secluded Holiday.

Kisdon Cottage, Swaledale. Yorkshire Dales

If you're looking for that perfect romantic break, then beautiful Kisdon Cottage is the ideal place to get away from it all, unwind and spend some quality time with your loved one.

Lovely Seat, Swaledale, North Yorkshire

Get away from it all, relax and recharge your batteries in stunning Swaledale. The perfect base to explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

The Nest, Blackdown Hills, Devon

from £748 per week (short break available)

A truly unique secluded romantic escape is what you’ll enjoy when booking “The Nest”.

The Oak House, Bath

Sleeps 2 (+1 in mezzanine level)

Not suitable for pets and children

from £310 (for a 2 night break)

Only ten minutes from Bath this secluded cabin is located in a 17 acre woodland, close to the Cotswold Way should you fancy pulling on your walking shoes. The local pub is only 30 mins walk away to should you wish to venture out and enjoy the company of the friendly locals.

Longbarrow Windmill, Near Torbay, Devon

Enjoy a holiday with a difference when booking a holiday in this beautifully restored windmill situated in farmland with fantastic views over 400 square miles of countryside. Located four miles inland from the beaches of Torbay, between the South Hams, Dartmoor and the sea.

Acorn Cottage, Oulton, near Aylsham, Norfolk

Ideal for a romantic break, this beautifully renovated cottage is on the edge of the Blickling Hall estate on the outskirts of Oulton village and is set in its own informal garden and benefits from a woodburning stove.

Hope Cottage, Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk

If you want to enjoy complete escapism, then this beautifully spacious and utterly romantic hideaway for two, is idyllically situated down a private lane, overlooking Redwell marshes and the NWT nature reserve, in the pretty coastal village of Holme-next-the-Sea.

Woodland Retreat Shepherd’s Hut, Brundish, Suffolk

If it's seclusion and peace you are looking for and a desire to return to nature, escape to this wonderful sanctuary and truly relax. Situated in a peaceful and picturesque wood, Woodlands Retreat Shepherd’s Hut is a perfectly formed bespoke Shepherd’s Hut ideal for couples wanting to escape everyday life!

The Old School House, Whickhambrook, Suffolk

The Old School House, nestled in the heart of the the Suffolk countryside and surrounded by the most stunning countryside views offers guests a real touch a luxury during your self catering getaway.

Pink Cottage, Boresford, Presteigne, Powys, Shropshire

Nestled in the depths of Temple Wood, the Pink Cottage is a romantic retreat sleeping two on the Weston Park Estate. There are an abundance of walks and things to do on the Estate, while medieval Shrewsbury and the Shropshire Hills AONB are also in easy reach.

The Knoll Tower, Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire

Built circa 1865, this fascinating house is located in ancient and historic Weston Park, with panoramic views of the Shropshire countryside and Welsh borders. Situated on the far side of the Estate, its top floor sitting room looks over Capability Brown’s stunning 18th century parkland.

The Summer House, Eyton on Severn, Near Wroxeter, Shropshire

A luxuriously appointed property located north east of the Shropshire Hills AONB. The Summer House is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and is as tranquil as they come in a very secluded setting. Attingham Park is only 4 miles away and with a short twenty minute drive you could be in the medieval market town of Shrewsbury.

Field Barn, Alston, Cumbria.

Settled down a single track road, with just a nearby farm its only company, this quaint cottage lies in a secluded spot outside of Alston in the North Pennines AONB. Field Barn is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic break with your loved one, letting you take in the delights of the surrounding area with walks and cycles, before returning each day to your snug dwelling.

Dog and Duck, Trispen near Truro, Cornwall

A secluded lakeside retreat in the quiet and peaceful village of Trispen, near to Truro, and the Atlantic coast of Cornwall.

The Platt, Launceston, Cornwall

A lovely hideaway for couples of all ages looking for a very rural, quiet location, tucked away in a peaceful spot, and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

School House, Longnor, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

Lovely rural location where you can enjoy charming countryside views from all aspects of this characterful, detached stone cottage. School House Cottage is a cosy romantic retreat with a woodburner to snuggle up in front of and a roll-top bath if you fancy a luxurious soak after a long day. From the seat in the private patio, watch the sun set on the uninterrupted views of the Staffordshire Peak District.

Glen's Cottage, Longnor, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

A delightful, detached stone-built cottage on a working smallholding, less than two miles from the Peaks village of Longnor. Glen's Cottage is ideal for getting away from it all to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside.

Garden House, Kirk Ireton near Carsington Water, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

A beautifully-presented ground floor holiday cottage, located just outside the village of Kirk Ireton in the rolling countryside of Derbyshire. Holiday in this Peak District cottage you will find a beautiful sitting room with beams and a wood burning stove, enjoying uninterrupted views of the countryside beyond.

Underbank Hall Cottage, Stocksbridge near Holmfirth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

A lovely, stone-built Peak District cottage, on a country lane 1 mile from Stocksbridge, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, with views of the valley and surrounding moors. This is an ideal cottage for a base to get away from it all and enjoy fine country living.

Whoa-Stop, Thetford, Norfolk

Located in King Edward VIII Wood, a mile from the nearest road, this romantic shepherd’s hut is both tranquil and away from it all, yet comes with a host of luxuries. An all year round holiday retreat in the most beautiful and unique location.

Rose Cottage, Welsh Newton near Monmouth, Herefordshire

This beautifully secluded, detached, hilltop cottage, is situated on the outskirts of the hamlet of Welsh Newton in Herefordshire and close to the popular riverside market town of Monmouth in Wales.

Pound Cottage, Dorchester, Dorset

This beautiful detached stone cottage is set in the amazing county of Dorset, within the Kingcombe Centre Nature reserve, owned and managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust and an AONB.

Wayfarers’ Wood, Honing, Norfolk

A fabulous opportunity to 'slow you down', get back to nature, escape the outside world along with its many distractions, and go completely off-grid! Along with solar powered lighting and a gas hob, the hut can be kept toasty and cosy with the wood burning stove.

Jackdaw’s Roost, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds

If a taste of the countryside is what you're looking for, then you can't get any more country-style than Jackdaw's Roost.

The Granary, Newent, Gloucester, The Cotswolds

Situated at the end of a private half mile road, The Granary is a spacious and comfortable bolthole for two. This charming property enjoys wonderful views across farmland and privately owned woodland. The attractive enclosed garden is the ideal spot to enjoy relaxing meals al fresco.

Woodland Cabin, Ludgvan, Crowlas, Cornwall

Woodland Cabin is tucked away behind high gates and hedges accessed via a private entrance leading to a driveway with parking adjacent to the cabin, nestled in a 4 acre woodland garden. The property has a lovely rustic atmosphere with everything you could need for a break away.

Riverside Lodge, Nr Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Sleeps 4 (+2 guests if needed in tree tent)

Secluded Cedar clad lodge on the banks of the Hampshire Avon. An ideal getaway for a couple or family and if you enjoy fishing then this could be the holiday retreat you’re looking for !

Sally Port Cottage, St Mawes, Truro, Cornwall

Presented in association with Trinity House, this property situated at the furthest point of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. The lighthouse is still operational, but Sally Port Cottage offers you a totally private holiday home in a stunningly beautiful location.

Bridge Barn, Slad, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds

Boasting breath-taking views of the Slad Valley, is this outstanding barn conversion, Bridge Barn. Promising an unforgettable getaway to the Cotswold, this stunning cottage is the perfect base for a family and friends holiday.

Woodpecker Cottage, Helston, Cornwall

With Cornish charm in spades, a tucked away location and features such as the traditional inglenook fireplace this cottage represents an opportunity to live the Cornish dream.

Hilltop, Nr Windermere, The Lake District, Cumbria

A quality detached Lakeland cottage is located at Cunsey, within the wonderful, 5,000-acre Graythwaite Estate, enjoying an elevated position, offering superb views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding woodland. The setting is both private and peaceful.

The Barn, St.Dennis, Cornwall

Nestling in a pretty rural spot down a narrow lane amongst farmland and lightly wooded countryside it will suit those looking to get away from it all.

Tregadjack Barn, Tregathenan, Helston, Cornwall

Situated in a very private, tranquil setting of 20 acres near Sitney, Helston, this is an enchanting granite property, elegantly furnished with antiques. Nearby is the pretty harbour of Porthleven with a host of excellent restaurants and pubs.

Quarrymans Cottage, Linkinhorne, Cornwall

A secluded cottage surrounded by woodland and boasting many original features. Fantastic outdoor space for dogs and children.

Acorn Lodge, Saxmundham, Suffolk

This beautifully-presented, ground floor wooden lodge offers guests a beautifully quiet, rural retreat with so much to do close by.

Lanhydrock Barn, Lanhydrock, Cornwall.

Tucked away in rural Cornwall, Lanhydrock Barn provides the perfect base for exploring an area renowned for its famous historic houses and gardens. Stroll along the footpaths to the magnificent Lanhydrock House, take in the attractions of the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan or discover the coastal delights of the Cornish Riviera.

Bishop’s Castle Barn, Banks Head near Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

A superb, detached stone cottage with a hot tub, in a rural location next to the owners home less than two miles from the popular market town of Bishop's Castle in the heart of Shropshire. This delightful cottage offers stunning unspoilt views across the valley and access onto the Shropshire Way.

Humbleton Cottage, Allendale, Langley, Northumberland

Humbleton Cottage is a superbly presented, detached former shooting lodge in the heart of rural Northumberland. Luxurious and full of character Humbleton cottage perches on a hilltop with stunning, panoramic views of the Tyne Valley below. This luxury Northumberland cottage is perfectly located for that peaceful, countryside break.

Goose Run Cottage, Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset

Set in the heart of a private country estate in West Dorset, Goose Run Cottage is so secluded that you probably won’t hear any traffic or see many other people at all while you’re here. With so much beautiful landscape to explore right on your doorstep, you might not want to venture too far during your stay. But if you’d like to stretch your legs, you’ll find a charming thatched pub just one mile’s walk away.

Buckland Wood Barn, Broadway, The Cotswolds

Buckland Wood Barn is a detached Cotswold stone barn, situated at the end of a quarter-mile long hard-surface drive. The Barn is in the grounds of the 16th century gamekeeper's cottage which has some 50 acres including a private wood and stream. It has a lovely, secluded garden where you can sit out and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Calcot Peak Barn, Bibury near Northleach, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds

The cottage is remotely located, half a mile off the local country road along a small track and as a result enjoys unbelievable views and complete privacy. We feel that this cottage gives you a real taste of Cotswold tranquility - simply stunning!

Sheepscombe Byre, Snowshill, Broadway, The Cotswolds

Situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Snowshill, located in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Sheepscombe Byre boasts unbeatable views across Snowshill and Broadway Tower along with an outdoor elevated, decked sitting area from which to enjoy them.

Charlton Lodge, Mawnan, Cornwall

About a mile from Mawnan Smith, along a pretty tree-lined lane in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a detached lodge all on one level to a splendid country house with fantastic uninterrupted sea views.

Ginger’s Cottage, Bude-Stratton, Bude, Cornwall

Rural peace, close to the sea, Gingers Cottage nestles within a secluded sheltered hollow in lush green meadows just 1.5 miles from the village of Marhamchurch, and 4 miles from the glorious North Cornish Coast.

Tufton Croft, Wittersham, Kent

This is a charming detached weather-boarded cottage, set in a secluded location on the edge of the village of Wittersham. It is surrounded by enclosed lawned gardens with plenty of space with excellent views of fields and woodland.

Drovers Rest, Rochester, Northumberland

A charming, stone-built cottage, in an isolated position, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. Peacefully located, this fabulous, single-storey property is well equipped and comfortable throughout, and boasts a spacious, open plan living area and delightful lawned garden and patio, perfect for relaxing and unwinding.

Dorchester Cottage, Dorchester, Dorset

Dorset's beautiful landscape of rolling chalk downland affords wonderful walking there are a network of footpaths directly from the lodge. The lodge is nestled in a rural location with views across Sydling Brook and to Langford Lake.

Barmoor Ridge, Ford, Northumberland

A cosy detached cottage in a wonderful rural position between the villages of Lowick and Ford. Offering superb accommodation on one level, with views towards the Cheviots and sea, this property has been extensively refurbished and redecorated to a high standard, including an open fire, underfloor heating in the bathroom, and a large garden with furniture, ideal for relaxing at the end of the day.

Hawkshead Cottage, Hawkskead, Cumbria, The Lake District,

This cottage is located in a secluded valley with many scenic walks from your doorstep. It is perfect for those who really want to get away from it all. The village of Hawkshead is nearby with its shops pubs and collection of National Trust properties.

Old Hall Cottage, Hexham, Northumberland

This charming detached cottage sits in an isolated position near the secluded hamlet of Donkleywood near Falstone, in a designated International Dark Sky Park, within the Northumberland National Park. Pleasantly appointed throughout, providing warm and homely accommodation, this Falstone cottage has a traditional appearance, and dates back to 1846. A relaxing countryside retreat.

New Cottage Farm, Quarnford and Flash near Buxton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

A detached property in an isolated position in Quarnford, on the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border close to the popular Peak District market town of Buxton. With stunning views across the fields and valleys, this Buxton cottage offers peace and isolation.

Thatch Cottage, Marazion, Cornwall

A delightfully cosy, detached thatched holiday cottage on a working farm, surrounded by lush green fields and just half a mile from the water’s edge at Mount’s Bay.

Pandia, Bodmin, Cornwall

Pandia is set in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a detached cottage full of character set amongst three acres of stunning gardens and beech woodland. Peace is guaranteed at this lovely 'cottage in the woods'.

Braegarth, Elterwater, Cumbria.

Braegarth is a beautiful house, set in its own mature gardens overlooking Elterwater Common. The gardens are south facing and include a stream, waterfall and summerhouse.

Merry Hill Barn, Abbotsbury , South West Dorset

With exposed stone walls and original beams, Merry Hill cleverly combines comfort, traditional features and modern style and with cosy underfloor heating throughout.

Blagdon Lower Barn, Martinstown, Dorchester, Dorset

Lower Barn at Blagdon Farm sits south of Dorchester, just two miles from Martinstown and Portesham and offers stunning views. It is totally secluded and a network of footpaths and bridleways lead to a multitude of walks.

Rose Tree Cottage, Newnham on Severn, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds

Cosy cottage accommodation in a private setting by attractive grounds, farmland and woods. Guests love it for its peace and tranquility – a real slice of heaven in this delightful area of the country.

Woodland Pytchley, Cromer, Norfolk

Woodland Pytchley sits in an acre of private woodland garden. You will find this lovely property quietly tucked away at the end of a private road bordered by National Trust woodland.

The Deerpark Lodge, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

Deerpark Lodge is situated in a woodland clearing within private parkland in the grounds of Staunton Harold Hall. The Staunton Harold Estate is a traditional country estate of some 2,000 acres centred on the great Georgian mansion.

Park Cottage, Fring, Norfolk

Park Cottage is a luxury self-catering cottage on a beautiful private estate. Set in glorious grounds and wonderfully secluded, this stylish retreat is within pretty woodland and parkland. It is within easy reach of North Norfolk’s best beaches.

High Smarber, Low Row, Richmond, North Yorkshire

This traditional detached hillside cottage is on the edge of Low Row in Swaledale and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.

Nidderdale Cottage, Ramsgill, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

This detached cottage is set between Ramsgill and Lofthouse and sleeps six people in three bedrooms

Wassell Barn, Craven Arms, Shropshire

Situated on the Downton Estate with grounds extending to nearly 5,000 acres, located in the spectacular, wooded and hilly countryside of the Shropshire/Herefordshire borders, close to the Welsh Marches. Wassell Barn is ideal for those wanting to get away from it all, occupying a splendid rural setting with lovely views, just four miles from Ludlow.

Well Tree Cottage, King’s Meaburn, Cumbria.

Secluded on the banks of the River Lyvennet near the village of Kings Meaburn is Well Tree Cottage, modernised and renovated retaining original features and with a five star Visit britain Award, it offers comfortable and quiet accommodation.

Widows Cottage, Alston, Cumbria.

An eco-friendly 18th-century stone cottage in a secluded wooded valley with paths adjoining the Pennine Way.

Swallows Nest, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

Peacefully located in the most amazing setting, this outstanding holiday home is set in 4 acres of grounds and overlooks a small lake. Tucked away down a country lane in the beautiful Eden Valley.

Udford House, Brougham, Cumbria

This sandstone barn conversion sits in a secluded spot in Cumbria by the river Eamont. It is approached down a farm track, half a mile from the nearest house and five miles from Penrith. This luxury self catering holiday home offers stunning views of the Pennines and the river from the house and garden.

Temple of Diana, Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, nr Shifnal, Shropshire

The Temple of Diana, built in the 1760’s for Sir Henry Bridgeman, is located within 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland on the Weston Park Estate. The Temple will sleep six in three double bedrooms, set over three floors with two being en-suite. The estate benefits from the on site Granary Grill, Deli and Cafe, a childrens adventure playground (with one of the longest zip wires in the country) and also miniature railway.

Low Arnside Cottage, Coniston, Cumbria

A beautifully traditional dog friendly Lakeland cottage set on a working Lake District fell farm, offering comfortable accommodation in a truly unique setting. Set on a secluded working farm in the heart of the Lake District national park with spectacular views and walks straight from your doorstep.

Horsehill Cottage, Near Beaminster, Dorset

This secluded cottage, approached over a ford, is perfect for families and couples looking for peace and quiet in a magical setting. For those who enjoy walking and exploring, this special and private location gives access to many footpaths including the Jubilee Trail and Hardy Way.

Sycamore Tree Farm, Mallerstang near Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

Set on a commanding position in a wild and rugged location, this is the ideal opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy splendid isolation.

Lightpipe,West Learmouth, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland

This secluded country hideaway, one and a half miles from Cornhill-on-Tweed has a beautiful outlook towards the Cheviot Hills. Originally a shepherds cottage, it offers comfortable modern accommodation while retaining its original features and charm.

Yew Tree Cottage, Eastington, Northleach, The Cotswolds

Beautiful character cottage with exposed beams and stonework set within a quiet hamlet, centrally located in the Cotswolds. The south facing tiered garden provides a lovely, secluded setting for the cottage with pretty rural views.

The Bunker, Sennen, Cornwall

The Bunker is a beautifully converted World War II operations bunker, which now provides unique, comfortable holiday accommodation. It is set in glorious countryside and just a short distance from the famous open air Minack Theatre, Porthcurno Beach, the wide white sandy beach of Sennen and the Legendary Lands End.

Low Parkamoor, above Coniston Water, Cumbria

A truly off grid holiday cottage to get away from modern life and enjoy time with your family.

Wray Green, Wild Boar Fell near Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

A lovely Grade II listed, stone-built detached farmhouse, on the side of Wild Boar Fell with breathtaking views of the Howgills and the surrounding countryside. A wonderful away-from-it-all cottage in a stunning, tranquil setting.

High Kiln Bank Cottage, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley, Cumbria & The Lake District.

This charming cottage, attached to a Lakeland farmhouse, nestles on a fellside, 2 miles from the tiny village of Seathwaite, in the beautiful Duddon Valley in the Lake District National Park.

Sunnyside Cottage, Downholme, Richmond, North Yorkshire

This detached 18th century cottage is located near to Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales and can sleep seven people in three bedrooms.

The Old Farmhouse, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

A cosy, detached house on a working arable farm, in a wonderful rural position. This cottage has a 5 star Gold Award from the Tourist Board and offers superb accommodation with magnificent views towards the Cheviots and a sea view from the garden.

Cowstonegill, Walden, West Burton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

This wonderful cottage is full of unique features and could serve as a holiday home to a group of friends,

Peak Hill Cottage, Theberton, Saxmundham, Suffolk

Peak Hill Cottage is set in a very quiet woodland where deer, rabbits and other wildlife roam next to two farms, one selling organic produce.

Tawstock Castle, Barnstaple, Devon

This Grade II listed bailey castle with parts dating from the 18th century stands on a hilltop with wonderful views of Devon through 360 degrees. It sits in approximately eight acres of its own parkland, conveniently close to Barnstaple.

The Crag, Housel Bay, The Lizard, Cornwall

Situated 60 yards from the sea with 180 degree uninterrupted panoramic views, The Crag offers spacious accommodation for up to eight guests in four bedrooms, two of which are en-suite.

Tidkinhow Farm, Charltons, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

This detached cottage is located near Guisborough in North Yorkshire and can sleep eight people in four bedrooms.

Magna Cottage, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset

This 300-year-old detached thatched flint property nestles in a secluded valley on the Cranborne Chase, one mile from Ashmore. There is direct access to forest walks and mountain bike trails. Ideal for a get away from it all holiday.

Bear’s Cottage, Wood Norton, Norfolk

Bear’s Cottage is unique in every way. Set amongst 200 acres of private woodland, it offers pure escapism in a beautifully remote and secluded location. Wood Norton is a pretty rural village set inland but ideal for exploring the beautiful beaches and coast of North Norfolk.

The Hoggest, Threlkeld, Cumbria.

Peace, tranquility and luxury is everything that you will find during your stay at The Hoggest, along with 360 degree views of some of Lakelands finest scenery. Nestled at the foot of Blencathra, this stunning location really is surrounded by natural beauty.

The Birches, Hay-on-wye, Herefordshire

A traditional detached farmhouse, on the edge of the Black Mountains, surrounded by miles and miles of unspoilt countryside. A delightful cottage for a memorable holiday, discovering Shropshire’s scenic beauty.

Mill House, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

This delightful, detached barn conversion is set on the owner’s working, organic, livestock farm, just a short drive from the Northumberland village of Lowick. Perfect for those looking to enjoy country walks or a quiet rural retreat, Mill House provides a welcoming holiday home with a wealth of character throughout.

Higher Kernick Farm, Launceston, Cornwall

Outside the town of Launceston lies Higher Kernick Farm, a beautiful cottage located on a 50 acre smallholding including access to wild flower meadows, woodlands and the River Kensey as well as enclosed gardens, set in the picturesque Kensey Valley, an area designated as being of great landscape value.

Bushmills, Kerry's Gate near Abbey Dore, Herefordshire

A fabulous detached barn conversion, dating back to 1715, set in a lovely rural location in a tranquil area offering delightful views of the Herefordshire countryside.

Lees Farm, Priestcliffe, Nr Bakewell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

A superb, stone-built detached farmhouse on a remote hillside, with wonderful views across the awe-inspiring Monsal Valley, just under a mile from the hamlet of Priestcliffe, in the High Peak.

New House, Bewcastle near Brampton, Cumbria & The Lake District

New House commands an impressive position with stunning views across rolling farmland towards Scotland. This charming cottage has been extended to create a welcoming, peaceful, rural retreat, ideal for a group of friends or a large family gathering.

Cartmel Cottage, Nr Windermere, Cumbria, Lake District.

Cartmel Cottage was built in 1799 at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. The Lake District that is home to this cottage is a stunning and magical area with an equally magical atmosphere. Cartmel also has a piece of this magical land, in a secluded setting, 5 minutes’ walk away from the National Trust Fell Foot park and Lake Windermere itself.

Bowness Cottage, Windemere, Cumbria, Lake District.

Bowness Cottage is in a secluded landscape in the stunning Lake District. It’s a traditional Lakeland farmhouse in a peaceful area, with beautiful gardens and its own tennis court!

Grove Farm House, Thornham Magna, Suffolk

Grove Farm House is a wonderful house for a larger party wanting to get together in luxurious surroundings. The house provides lots of space with a number of different sitting rooms, a large kitchen and dining space for 10 so that you can find you own space to relax in.

Manor House, Chesterfield, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

A spectacular, detached cottage set on the quiet outskirts of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Luxurious throughout and providing modern, spacious accommodation, this Chesterfield cottage sits in approximately 2 acres of enclosed grounds, and is perfect for large families or groups of friends wishing to discover the wonders of the Peak District.

The Thack, Coniston Cold, Skipton, North Yorkshire

This superb detached cottage is near the village of Gargrave in Yorkshire and can sleep ten people in five bedrooms. The Coniston Estate Hotel & Spa offers complimentary access to their spa facility within your booking price.

Little Ellers, Portinscale, nr Keswick, Cumbria, Lake District.

A luxurious architecturally acclaimed secluded country home located on a leafy private road in the beautiful Lakeland village of Portinscale, near Keswick.

Near Bank Cottage, Corney near Waberthwaite, Cumbria.

A 17th century detached farmhouse, overlooking the Irish sea with Corney Fell to the rear, just 2.6 miles from the small town of Bootle on the western side of the Lake District National Park, with distant views across across the Irish sea to the Isle of Man. Has Hot Tub and Games Room.

Scale Gill Foot, Sedbergh, Cumbria.

This spacious cottage is ideal for families and large groups to get together and enjoy countryside living at its finest. Featuring original features throughout such as beams and stonework, the cottage exudes charm and character throughout.

Lakeside Cottage, Lakeside, nr Windermere, Cumbria.

Located in the peaceful hamlet of Lakeside, this superb detached cottage nestles in approximately one acre of private woodlands and mature gardens, offering outstanding views across Lake Windermere to Gummer’s Howe beyond.

Orrest Howe, Windermere, Cumbria.

Orrest Howe is situated up the famous Orrest Head walk in Windermere, set in an acre of beautifully kept gardens. You can enjoy sitting out on one of the many seating areas or end your day relaxing in the private hot tub whilst taking in the local scenery.

Ladstock Hall, Thornthwaite, near Keswick, Cumbria, Lake District.

A luxury, Grade II listed house set in a breathtaking countryside location in the small village of Thornthwaite, near Keswick in Cumbria. Ladstock Hall comes with excellent facilities and is in a stunning location it's the ideal place for families and friends to come together and enjoy a break.

Pursglove Cottage, Low Row, Richmond, North Yorkshire

This detached, Grade II listed cottage is located in a rural location near Reeth, and can accommodate up to ten people in five bedrooms.

The Old Manor, Theberton, Suffolk

Situated in a perfectly peaceful part of Suffolk, The Old Manor could be the rural retreat you’ve been searching for. This property is a real countryside gem.

Old Black Horse Farm, Finningham, Suffolk

A countryside haven for families, friends or a couples' getaway, this beautiful 16th century farmhouse has been furnished to a very high standard and offers a truly relaxing retreat set in stunning surroundings.

Trelydarth, Penhallow near Perranporth, Cornwall

Originally a working Cornish farmhouse and located on a quiet road surrounded by picturesque countryside, this Penhallow cottage is ideal for a large family looking for a peaceful cottage in the countryside, but with access to wonderful sandy beaches.

Millwood Manor, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria.

This unique period property is set within stunning grounds and woodland. The interior offers spacious accommodation with many original features. Perfect for family reunions, friends getting together for a catch up, or a celebration for a special birthday or anniversary.

The Old Grainstore, Plush, Dorchester, Dorset

This hidden gem can be found in the Dorset countryside in the small village of Plush and is a contemporary-built property, finished to a modern and high-quality standard.

Groffa Crag Farmhouse, South Lakeland District, Cumbria.

A detached, stone-built beautifully-restored farmhouse, brimming with character, offering outstanding views to Coniston Water and the surrounding fells. The unique elevated position of this spacious holiday home, which sits on the edge of the Lake District National Park and on the Cumbrian Way, has been lovingly restored to provide extended family groups with excellent holiday accommodation.

Waternook, Ullswater, Cumbria.

Waternook occupies a sublime, secluded setting within 26 acres of private grounds and terraced gardens commanding breath-taking views of lake and mountain. The dramatic setting is complimented by half a mile of Ullswater shoreline, and a boathouse with private jetty. Cinema Room, Spa and Wellness Sanctuary featuring Laconium .

Wrostler’s Barn, Near Coniston, The Lake District.

An off grid camping barn in a secluded area in the woods, but only a minutes walk from the lake. Situated on quieter eastern side of the lake. Book for a fantastic eco-friendly holiday.

Stephenson House, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

This detached, Grade II listed cottage, a converted farmhouse and attached barn, just one mile from Hebden Bridge can sleep twelve people in five en-suite bedrooms.

Lyng Farmhouse, Thornham, Norfolk

Lyng Farmhouse is a fabulous rural country cottage set off the beaten track on a working farm, just a few miles inland from the coastal village of Thornham. Perfect for larger families and groups of friends or celebratory gatherings, it offers oodles of living and relaxing space.

Top House, Northwood near Wem, Shropshire

This attractive detached farmhouse is a perfect example of a country Shropshire cottage, and offers spacious, quality, well-equipped accommodation. This Shropshire cottage is very close to a 2300-acre National Nature Reserve renowned for its mosses and raised bogs, and is home to a huge variety of birds.

Deerclose West Farmhouse, Horsehouse, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

This wonderful stone-built farmhouse and attached barn is located on the outskirts of Horsehouse in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and can sleep 14 people in six bedrooms.

Plas Yolyn, Ellesmere, Shropshire

Plas Yolyn is a luxurious stately home, steeped in history and situated 4 miles from Ellesmere in Shropshire.

The Long View, Colden, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire Dales

This detached cottage is located near the village of Heptonstall, close to Hebden Bridge, and can sleep 14 people in six bedrooms.

Bridport Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Set within expansive private grounds this stylish detached property overlooks the Dorset countryside from its high vantage point.

Oughtershaw Hall, Oughtershaw, Skipton, North Yorkshire

This detached country estate is located in Oughtershaw near Buckden and can sleep sixteen people in eight bedrooms.

Watery Park Barn, Weston Subedge, Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds

Watery Park Barn is a lovingly restored barn once used as a venue for local events. Now a superb holiday cottage, it is fabulously spacious with all the mod cons and more that you would expect from a home away from home in the country.

High Leases Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Set in a superb countryside location off a quiet, single-track country lane, and a short picturesque walk from the historic market town of Richmond, this spectacular holiday property is perfect for a special occasion. It provides a quiet, rural base, yet has easy access to the fabulous Yorkshire Dales.

Durstone Cottage, Pencombe near Bromyard, Herefordshire

Situated down a single-track road, this lovely detached Herefordshire holiday cottage enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of the owners' livestock farm. Cosy and comfortable throughout, and with breathtaking views, this Herefordshire holiday cottage is an ideal space for a get together with family and friends.

The Hall, Belford, Northumberland

The magic of Middleton Hall enchants you from the moment you enter the grounds as you weave your way through woodland, nothing quite prepares you for the sight of this breathtaking 17th century mansion, nestling amongst the trees near Belford in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. Middleton Hall, a Grade II listed, stone-built mansion, has been lovingly converted back to its former glory by the current owners, and is the perfect destination for large groups of families or friends wishing to enjoy time together in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.


Brigsteer Woods walk

4 miles | 2 hours | easy-moderate

1. Through the kissing gate

Take the rising lane beside the Strickland Arms in Sizergh and, after a hundred metres, fork back-right in front of cottages. Bend left then from a waymarked gate climb a path to a corner kissing gate turn right through pastures to reach Sizergh Castle car park. At its far side, go left along Ashbank Lane, continuing to a minor road.

2. Brimstone butterflies

Aim to reach the far bottom corner of the woods and a gate into pasture. Now, shadow the field road up to the nearby Park End Farm. Cross the lane into the path through the yard, then rise to the top-left field corner gate, high above an unusual little waterfall. Turn right up the steep track beyond the trees, turn up the slope to find Helsington Church. Clear days allow extensive views far into the mountains, sweeping from the Coniston Fells across distant Scafell to the Langdales.


Castle Crag walk

5 miles/8.2 km | 3 hours | moderate

1. Splashing stream

Follow the track from the far end of the National Trust car park at Seatoller. Take the left fork, then turn left at the stream.

At the T-junction, turn right and follow the track through two gates to another stream. Cross over, continuing straight, until you reach the main path. Turn right.

2. Bumpy Borrowdale

You’re now on the old miner’s path for Honister Slate Mine, leading directly to the base of Castle Crag. Stay on this trail as it winds along the hillside, crossing numerous gills and affording glorious views of the mellow dips and folds of Borrowdale, surrounded by higher fells. The path is a pleasant and gently undulating one, snaking through beds of bracken. Keep your eyes peeled for high-flying buzzards.

3. Peak picnic

At Castle Crag itself, follow the obvious path to the top. It’s a fairly short, fairly sharp zigzagging climb – testing enough to feel you’ve earned your summit sandwiches. The views north, to Derwent Water and beyond, are superb. A memorial at the summit commemorates local Borrowdale men who died in the First World War.

4. Dreamy Derwent

Once back at the foot of Castle Crag, turn right rather than retracing your steps. In the woods, take the right fork across the footbridge, then a short while later, turn right immediately before the river, following the sign for Rosthwaite.

This is another lovely stretch, sticking close to the burbling course of the Derwent. Keep the river on your left, eventually reaching the charming YHA Borrowdale – perfect for an ice-cream stop. The path along the river continues back to Seatoller, with one chain-assisted scramble.

Castle Crag map

Herdwick sheep on Castle Crag

Along the walk you’ll hopefully see cuddly herds of Herdwick sheep – although I’d advise you not to try and cuddle one – and caves dotted about on the eastern flank. Professor of Adventure Millican Dalton made one of these caves his summer dwelling in the 1920s, after he quit his life as an insurance clerk in London to be a teetotal, vegetarian hermit.

He made his own clothes, baked his own bread, grew potatoes outside the entrance to his cave and foraged hazelnuts from the surrounding woodland. He was also a popular guide for lady walkers – what a shame he lived and died before my time.

Stone graveyard

Mining finished here in the 1960s, leaving a scarred but still beautiful crag for climbers and walkers to enjoy. The old quarry along the walk is an eerie place – large fragments of rock jut up from the broken ground like weatherworn tombstones – a poignant reminder of a once thriving stone walling industry. The fragments of slate are cleared away regularly, but a mystery person keeps returning to reassemble them in ornamental piles. I wonder if it’s Millican Dalton’s ghost?

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Windchill factor

Borrowdale is one of the wettest valleys in England, receiving around 140in of rainfall per year. A sign on one of the houses in a nearby village reads ‘In Loving Memory of a Sunny Day in Borrowdale’.

So, be prepared for the weather to change if it was pleasant when you left Grange. You may encounter horizontal rain and a windchill at the top of Castle Crag.

Or you may cheat the clouds, like I did, and have a clear vista of Cumbrian landscape. It all makes the huffing and puffing up the scree worthwhile. I couldn’t stay up there admiring the view for too long. I sped down the slopes again before I froze.

Useful Information

How to get there
There are only two routes in and out of Borrowdale, on the B5289. The 77/77a circular bus route serves Grange and Buttermere.

Find out more
Cumbria Tourism
01539 822222
www.golakes.co.uk

Eat
Grange Bridge cottage
Grange, Borrowdale CA12 5UQ
017687 77201
After a walk on the fells, this cosy tearoom is a sight for sore eyes.


Before-and-After Makeovers From Maine Cabin Masters

See some amazing transformations of rundown lakefront cabins — known as "camps" in Maine — into dreamy, rustic getaways with superb curb appeal.

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Lakefront Maine Cabins (Camps)

Before: Cabin With Decorative Green Trim

The Wilkinson&rsquos family camp found itself in rough shape. Along with needing updates and leveling, it also needed a new roof, since a large tree had fallen through it during a storm.

After: Cabin With Decorative Green Trim

Taking inspiration from the salvaged scalloped trim, the bold-green roof and window trim turned this cabin into a quintessential Americana getaway. The covered front porch and increased roof pitch made this one dramatic reveal!

Before: A-Frame Cabin

Only accessible by foot or by boat, this rundown A-frame cabin has a view to die for, but it sorely needs to be restored by the Cabin Masters.

After: A-Frame Cabin

After leveling the structure, doing an overall clean-up and adding a new hunter-green metal roof, this secluded A-frame camp became a storybook cottage.

Before: Cabin in the Woods

Chase and the team had to navigate a treacherous hillside to stabilize this home and make necessary structural and cosmetic repairs.

After: Cabin in the Woods

A once disjointed screened-in porch now shares the same roofline as the home, plus has a porch swing. The navy-blue paint and white trim windows make the cabin feel warm and welcoming.

Before: John Fishman's Cabin

This large cabin with a wraparound porch hadn&rsquot been updated since the 1980s. The team was looking forward to this reno, especially since the owner is Jon Fishman of the band Phish.

After: John Fishman's Cabin

No more cracking paint! The clear-coated cedar shingles pair well with the white trim, and the gorgeous wraparound porch kept its shape, now looking like a million bucks. The cabin is move-in ready for the Fishman family.

Before: "Call of the Loon"

Sitting on the shores of Moosehead Lake, this cabin known as the "Call of The Loon" was reacquired by the original builder's great-granddaughter. The Cabin Masters needed to make many updates to the rundown cabin, including the addition of a second story.

After: "Call of the Loon"

This once sad-looking cabin got a lot of love &mdash and now, it looks brand new. The navy paint and contrasting red front door bring out the best of the &ldquoLoon,&rdquo while the back of the cabin was bumped out to add room for a second level.

Before: New in Blue

With rotted siding and weeds growing out of the roof, this cabin needs some serious renovations to withstand the winter months and become the owner&rsquos dream lakefront home.

After: New in Blue

No more rot, no more moss. This cabin got an overhaul with a new roof and wraparound windows to let in more light and views of the lake.

Before: Burnt Orange Cabin

This gorgeous cabin had a lot of potential &mdash all it really needed was a new coat of paint and updated windows.

After: Burnt Orange Cabin

Now that the Cabin Masters have performed their magic, this cabin has reached its full potential. The deep-orange hue is striking against the pine trees and autumn leaves. A new roof and windows provide the structural support that was needed.

Before: Quaint Cottage Cabin

The Springer camp overlooking Harpswell Sound needed to be leveled and expanded to accommodate the next generation of the family. But how about that blue door?

After: Quaint Cottage Cabin

Taking inspiration from the former blue storm door, the new cabin door was painted the same color, but that&rsquos about all that stayed the same. Classic cedar shingles replaced the vinyl siding for a quaint New England look. A natural stone staircase and wood railing now lead to the pretty blue front door.

Before: The Red Cabin

Three friends bought this cabin together. They describe it as "a diamond in the rough on a pretty lot." They saw the vision, but the Cabin Masters had to bring it to life.

After: The Red Cabin

After undergoing a huge transformation, this cabin is a diamond that shines. The rich-red color pops against the white snow and evergreens. A screened-in porch was added with Adirondack chairs to overlook the lake.

Before: Live-Edge Siding

A couple found their own slice of heaven overlooking Lake Annabessacook, only to find out it needed more work than they could manage. Chase and the team took it out of its 1950s style by updating it with modern amenities.

After: Live-Edge Siding

The gorgeous, live-edge wood siding and hunter-green roof match the surrounding nature perfectly. On the side of the house, the Cabin Masters added outdoor living space with a spacious deck that wraps around to the back of the building.

Before: The Lobster Shack

The owner of this quaint lobster wharf cabin inherited it from their grandfather, who originally built it by hand in 1978. Chase and his team focused on transforming the former fisherman's shack into a fun family cabin.

After: The Lobster Shack

The transformed exterior includes a new fence around the dock to create a safe space for the kids to play and the adults to enjoy the views. The statement feature, though, is definitely the old boat turned outdoor bar with the family&rsquos name painted in bright yellow.

Before: Bright in Beige

Dirty, dull and dark, this Highland Pond camp needed the Cabin Masters' touch to restore it to its former glory.

After: Bright in Beige

The once-dark cabin got a new two-tone paint job to brighten things up &mdash and pop against nature&rsquos background. The spruced-up entry leading to the front door welcomes all who enter the cabin.

Before: Cabin With Cedar-Shake Siding

The Cornwall-Gardner family was a bit cramped in their dated cabin. So much so that their daughter was sleeping in the tent on the back porch! Not only uncomfortable, but also blocking a great lake view.

After: Cabin With Cedar-Shake Siding

The camp got a new look with cedar-shake siding for a quaint coastal feel. The tent platform was turned into extra indoor living space with large windows to take advantage of the gorgeous lake views.

Before: Franken-Camp No More

This camp in Little Sebago Lake had so many random additions that the Cabin Masters nicknamed it the &ldquoFranken-camp.&rdquo The team stepped in to rework &mdash and expand &mdash its floor plan.

After: Franken-Camp No More

Now seamlessly transitioning from one space to another, and with the addition of a second level, this camp looks like a completely different house. Plus, just look at that red trim!

Before: Lakefront View

The Andersen family camp in Whitefield was falling apart from the outside in. It needed some serious TLC from the Cabin Masters.

After: Lakefront View

The dull brown siding was replaced with a pop of burnt orange, the old windows were upgraded and a new side deck was added to enjoy the lake views &mdash what it&rsquos all about.


Out in Cumbria: Cottage in the Woods - Recipes

Serpentine Woods is sited at the top of Beast Banks, and looks over Kendal towards the town and the castle. The woods were originally grazing land and part of Kendal Fell. The area was historically called Dob Frear, which is Scandinavian for Free Land. In 1790, the land was planted with trees. During the 1820’s, economic prosperity in the area was on a downward turn, unemployment was high, and to counter this in 1824, the woods were set out as walks, flower beds were created and planted and a cottage was built that could be rented. Labourers were set to work to maintain this new park for the people of Kendal, so creating a kind of job creation scheme. However, so high were the numbers of visitors, that the woods began to suffer.

The walks were therefore closed off to everyone other than those who could afford to pay for the privilege of using the woodland. The Summer House was built in 1833, and a small charge of sixpence was charged for its use and as an admission for the woods. In 1849, the walks were once again opened to the public for free. It was found that damage was once again being done to the flower beds and to the trees. Two Wellington trees were planted to commemorate the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra in 1863. However, such was the damage done by the numbers of visitors, that only one of these trees remains today. The Summer house was in a poor state of repair by the early 1900’s, and in 1985 Kendal Civic Society restored it. The park is now maintained by South Lakeland District Council.

The woods are home to a wide range of bird species, foxes and squirrels. The trees and shrubs grow over a bed of Lime Stone pavement that shows through its layer of foliage in several places. There are a number of paths that can be taken through the woods, with walks totalling around 3 miles in all. The woods have a nature trail with ten stops, each demonstrating a different environment within the woods.


Out in Cumbria: Cottage in the Woods - Recipes

About two miles south of Brampton is Gelt Woods, a delightful walk, and also an RSPB nature reserve. In the woods is a rock with an inscription carved by a Roman soldier in the 3rd Century.

Hugging the banks of the river Gelt is a most remarkable quarry. This Quarry was chiselled out by Roman Engineers 1800 years ago. The stone was either used to build or to repair the 70 mile long wall built by Emperor Hadrian shortly after 122AD. The wall is the largest Roman Monument in Europe, and has recently been designated a World Heritage Site. Looking at the size and grandeur of this quarry truly brings home just how immense the wall is, and the amount of labour and money it must have taken to build.

All along the cliff face are the marks and chippings left by the quarrymen as they chiselled out the stones for the wall. The chisel marks seem to form a herringbone pattern and the first impression formed is that it is not a quarry but a large temple, it is an awe inspiring place, equally as impressive as the wall itself. And yet almost unknown to the tourist.

The above words and pictures are by Nicola Didsbury.

The East Cumbria Countryside Project has reconstructed some traditional ‘Celtic-style’ round houses, to create two fantastic unusual new bird hides. Vivien Mousdell has created a beautiful sculpture seat, from which you can see both the rock face and the river.

Gelt Woods is also home to a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ nature reserve.


Stay somewhere extraordinary

Book a holiday with us and you’re guaranteed somewhere that’s special inside and out. You could find yourself in a romantic fairy-tale cottage in the woods, waking up in a nature reserve to the sound of birdsong, or playing hide-and-seek with the kids in your own country manor. With hundreds of cottages, bunkhouses, bothies and campsites to choose from, find the perfect one for you.

Wherever you stay with us, you can enjoy an unforgettable getaway. From turreted towers and lighthouses, to listed lodges and country mansions, we have unique holiday accommodation across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Whatever you love to do on your holiday, you&rsquoll find endless inspiration on the doorstep. And with many of our cottages tucked away on National Trust estates, you can explore gardens and grounds before doors open and after visitors have gone home.

What&rsquos more, every time you holiday with us, you help us to look after the place you&rsquore staying in and contribute to the restoration of other special places too.


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