The fully equipped kitchen with local slate work tops and Emma Bridgewater mugs.The sunny porch is a nice place to sit, but also great for drying waterproofs and walking boots.

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

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1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Our cosy cottage is a converted Edwardian dairy in the heart of the Lake District in north west England. It was the scene of butter making and meat curing well into the 20thC. A peaceful hideaway, ideal if you are looking to get away from it all!

The space

***Please note, except for last minute bookings, Manesty Dairy is let on a weekly basis (Saturday-Saturday) between February/March and October and over Christmas and New Year. But do message us for a special offer or last minute deal - we have great discounts between September and March and stays of a week are always better value.***

A cosy cottage for two in Borrowdale in the heart of the Lake District. Manesty Dairy is an attached Edwardian cottage, tucked at the edge of a small private wood which shelters rare native red squirrels, owls and other wildlife.

The cottage is 'upside down' so the open-plan living room and kitchen are upstairs and look out to the little wood. The fully equipped kitchen has locally mined slate worktops and modern appliances as well as Emma Bridgewater mugs, to celebrate British craft. The living area has a big dining table and comfy sofa.

Downstairs is the bedroom and the bathroom, which has underfloor heating and a shower over the bath.

You enter the cottage through is a sunny porch, a nice place to sit at breakfast, but also great for drying wet waterproofs and for storing your walking boots.

Outside is a courtyard garden and access to the woodland walk and its secret places to sit and enjoy the view. The wood fired hot tub is also in the wood and is available to hire for £25 per day (please book in advance). There is space to park one car by the cottage.

Guest access

Guests have their own parking space and entrance and have exclusive use of the cottage. They are welcome to explore our small wooded fell side behind the cottage. They have access to a shared utility room with washer, drier, extra tourist information, games, puzzles, books and portable bbq.

We have one outdoor wood fired hot tub in our little wood, which can be booked for a day at a time for an additional cost by guests staying in any of our accommodation. Please book in advance and check availability before you book accommodation if this is an integral part of your holiday plans.

Interaction with guests

Our family have lived at Manesty, a traditional Lakeland farmstead in Borrowdale, for nearly 200 years and have a long history of welcoming visitors to share our beautiful part of the world. We live in the house near the original farmstead built by Alan's father and grandfather and let the original farmhouse and converted barns as holiday cottages. We're here to help you get the best out of your stay if you want and are always happy to offer advice.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 16%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Except for last minute bookings, Manesty Dairy is usually let Saturday-Saturday between February and November. In winter, the minimum stay is three nights. If you are looking for a short break, try our Studio Apartment - or drop us a line and we'll try and accommodate you.

Please do not exceed the maximum occupancy of 2 guests. When you book we will ask for the number of guests staying and their names and addresses - we are happy for you to change these, but just let us know! We do have cottages for more than 2 if you need.

The price includes bed linen, towels and electricity.

Our accommodation is no smoking (both inside and in the gardens/grounds) and pet free.

We don't include any cleaning fees in our prices, instead we ask you to leave your accommodation clean and tidy at the end of your stay. On your arrival we ask for a small returnable deposit (£10 per person, min £20) which we hold while you are with us. At the end of your stay we return this after a quick check. We would like to do this deposit through airbnb but their minimum deposit is ($100/£70) which we think is too much! If you would prefer to pay a cleaning fee instead, please let us know and we can arrange this.

We have one outdoor wood fired hot tub, which can be booked for a day at a time by guests staying in any of our accommodation. Please book in advance and check availability before you book accommodation if this is an integral part of your holiday plans.

Finally, please let us know of any anything you need or any problems you might have while you are here. We want you to have a great stay with us and letting us know of any issues as soon as they arise means we can sort them out as soon as possible instead of their dragging on through your holiday. Feel free to ask us about great places to walk and visit while you are here - our family has been at Manesty for six generations so we should be able to point you in the right direction!



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Safety features
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Fire extinguisher

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22 Reviews

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Emma User Profile
February 2017
We had a lovely stay at Alan and Cheryl's place. It was a great location for exploring the Northern lakes with lots of great walks from the door. We loved the Cat Bells one! It was a great set up and Alan explained everything really clearly at check in. We would definitely recommend staying here.

Keith User Profile
January 2017
Alan, Cheryl and Alice were great hosts who helped us find our way around the Northern Lakes and were very welcoming. As we were coming over from the Isle of Man, this made our arrival time a bit more difficult to manage on our part but they were understanding of this. The house is a 5-10 min walk from the main footpath to Derwent Water so we were always close by to doing some walks and a short drive away from restaurants to other settlements around the Lakes. It was a pleasure to have the family as company and we'll certainly be back again in the future.

Ankur User Profile
November 2016
We had a great comfortable stay at Manesty. The cottage was clean, tidy and lot of light on a clear day. There are lot of walking paths starting from Manesty and even the corridor route for Scafell is 15min drive.

Susan User Profile
August 2016
We absolutely loved it. The cottage was big enough for the two of us and was spotlessly clean. It was quite isolated but that suited us.

Nancy User Profile
June 2016
Manesty is a beautiful place to base your stay in the Lake District. The accommodation was clean and comfortable with all that you could need provided. The surrounding gardens are wonderful and compliment the stunning views. From Manesty you can walk straight from your front door to many wonderful beauty spots or catch the bus so no need for the car. Alan and Cheryl are experienced friendly hosts. We enjoyed an amazing holiday l really didn't want to leave and plan to return. Many thanks Nancy and Anna

Alexander User Profile
May 2016
Alan, Cheryl and Alice were all wonderful and helpful hosts. They assisted us by providing a foot pump for a flat tyre on arrival! The cottage itself provided everything you need for a short stay. A particularly positive feature was the information booklets that the hosts provided upon arrival, which gave extensive information on walks and activities in the area. I also highly recommend the hot tub, it was a fine experience.

Graham User Profile
May 2016
Superb hosts in a superb location. Exactly as promised. Loved it.

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Borrowdale, nr Keswick, The English Lake District in Cumbria · Joined in July 2013
Alan & Cheryl User ProfileAlan & Cheryl is a superhost.

Alan's family has lived at Manesty, in Borrowdale, for nearly 200 years. Our children (now grown up) are the sixth generation to have lived here. Our family has a long history of welcoming visitors to this magical part of Borrowdale and we are proud to continue the tradition of sharing our beautiful little corner of England.

If you want, we're able to provide you with a wealth of local information and tips. Our 'walks from the door' is just one way that we try to make sure you get the most from your Lake District holiday. We live next door so we're always on hand to answer questions, help you book activities and recommend things to do but far enough away though that you don't need to see us if you don't want to. We're really proud of our cottages and glamping accommodation and love our area. We hope to welcome you soon!

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