About this listing
A private, comfortable cabin with en-suite shower room and use of fridge and microwave. Excellent location for exploring the wonders of the Eden Valley and/or a stop-over en route to/from Scotland. Also a great location for walkers and cyclists.
We are near, but not in, or quite like the Lake District. More productive farmland and rolling meadows and definitely quieter and less frenetic. In fact, you really need to stay here for more than one night to properly appreciate the area (not a requirement). If you really want to be in the Lake District - then we suggest you look elsewhere!
Your accommodation will be an en-suite cabin in our garden behind our house. It has a comfortable double sofa bed/futon ( bed height with an extra memory foam mattress) and easy chairs with views over our garden to the Pennine Hills.
There isn't a kitchen but you will be able to make tea and coffee and your breakfast will be served in our porch/conservatory. It will be a choice of yogurt, cereal, fruit, juices, fresh (home made) bread/toast, pastries, tea and coffee. You can use the fridge and microwave in the porch which you can access at all times.
We can provide off-road parking but please note there is a narrow and uphill access - otherwise street park on the left hand side of the road going down the hill. We can also offer an evening meal and wine at additional cost with a menu by agreement (provided it is within our culinary capabilities).
Lazonby is a village of just over 1,000 people and the hill we live on runs down to the River Eden with lovely walks on both banks. We are on the Cumbria Cycle Route and I enjoy cycling around our valley. There is good Co-operative supermarket and Post Office, two pubs and a pleasant open-air swimming pool (heated). There are some excellent real ale and good food pubs in nearby villages.
You can arrive in Lazonby by train on the Carlisle to Leeds Line. We are just 8 miles to the north and east of Penrith in the picturesque Eden Valley. Penrith is on the main West Coast Rail Line from London to Glasgow. We are ideally located for a break in your journey to, or from Scotland - just a 10 minute drive from an M6 junction.
Access at any time to the cabin, the porch and a fridge and microwave.
Interaction with Guests
A major part of being involved with Airbnb is interaction with our guests. We like to know a little about prospective guests in advance of accepting a booking and we enjoy our exchanges without being overbearing. We are generally highly reluctant to accept requests from people who haven't posted a profile or who provide no information about themselves or their reasons for wanting to book with us.
We love the rural nature of our location, yet it has plenty of amenities on hand without having to go into Penrith. Some excellent pubs very close too.
A car is essential unless you are travelling on the Carlisle to Settle (Leeds) railway line or cycling.
Other Things to Note
We offer a free meal and a glass of home wine if guests book for 3 nights.
Not too many other than be respectful of our property, relax and enjoy what's on offer. No smoking or dogs on the property, so please don't ask for an exemption. Also not suitable for children. Once we have gone through the 'meet and greet' guests can have a key to the cabin to come and go as they please, but quietly.
Nigel and his wife is a very warm and welcoming couple! They are most generous hosts and interesting to chat with. We had a small chalets with a bathroom of our own, a bit cold though, it was only about 10 degrees outside, but a fan warmed it up quickly. The breakfast they served was exellent, with fresh berries from the garden. All was clean and tidy. The surroundings of Eden Valley sureley fulfill the name! We would love to come back!
Great hosts, welcoming and friendly, gave useful information about best places to eat, park etcetera. Cabin as described - nice and clean.
Nigel and Christine were great hosts! We were running quite late and Nigel waited patiently and kindly for us to arrive. The cabin was well equipped with everything we needed and is separate from the house so you have alot of privacy. Lazonby is a lovely area, with some cute pubs/shops a short drive away. Nigel & Christine's homemade wine and jams were so delicious! We had some great chats with them.
Friendly hosts. Easy to chat with and good advice. Wonderful area. Worth at least a few days to explore. Don't miss the Dales.
今回は、初めての英国訪問でしたので、私は欲張って多くの地域を訪れるプランを立てました。 毎日、夕刻宿舎に到着して翌朝早く次の目的地に向けて出発するという慌ただしい旅でしたが、Nigel さん手作りの朝食を美味しくいただきました。
Clean and comfortable bed room with bathroom. Tasty breakfast in the morning. Thanks for the advice on surrounding area.
Nigel and Chris made us feel really welcome from the moment we arrived. Their Garden Cabin seemed more spacious than I imagined from the photos and had a good shower, very comfortable bed and everything we needed. We had some great chats over breakfast and much enjoyed the free meal they made for us that goes with staying 3 nights. Lazonby is in a beautiful part of Cumbria with some lovely villages nearby. Chris took us to the local open air heated swimming pool one morning before breakfast - a great way to wake up! Altogether a most enjoyable stay and look forward to a return visit.
About the Host, Nigel
My wife and I are in our early 60s and we have lived together in rural Cumbria for nearly 40 years. We are outgoing and well travelled. We have couchsurfed (both hosting and being guests), exchanged our home and started with Airbnb in 2013 (both using and providing). We are tidy, organised, reliable and enjoy meeting new people.
We were both teachers before we went to live in Edmonton, Canada for four years in the early 1980s where Nigel was a post-graduate student. Currently, Christine is a Teaching Assistant and Nigel has retired from being a researcher and writer.
We have two grown up sons, one living in Victoria, Canada and one living in south west Cumbria. We have spent two summers recently visiting friends and family in Canada and are going back this summer. In 2013 we belated had our first holiday together in France and loved it so much we went back in 2014. Greece is a favourite holiday destination but our 'once in a lifetime' trip was to south west Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand in 2008.
Christine enjoys gardening and Nigel makes wine from various fruits. We both exercise regularly, keep in touch with friends worldwide and enjoy reading and watching good films.