A charming and characterful Grade II listed cottage located on the village green within this ever popular village.
Overlooking the village green, Midtown cottage retains many features from the early 18th century. The cottage features stone window surrounds, beamed ceilings, latched plank doors and exposed stone walls.
In summary the property includes:
Bedrooms: First floor bedroom 1 with twin beds, bedroom 2 with single bed. Ground floor bedroom 3 with single bed. Games room with double sofa bed. Travel cot available.
Bathroom: 1 Bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
Dining kitchen: Electric ceramic range cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster.
Living Room: The cottage is heated primarily by night storage heaters. The lounge also has a wood burning stove. The walls are exposed solid stone with a high beamed ceiling and a staircase up to a mezzanine.
There is ample room for 3 cars along the front of the cottage, we kindly ask that guests park directly in front and do not block the cottages at either side of the property.
Guests have access to the majority of the cottage. Excluding any storage space which is securely and clearly locked, this includes the garage and garden shed.
If possible we will meet you on arrival and return when you leave the cottage. If this is not possible we will let you know in plenty of time.
We hope the photos of the local scenery reflect some of the areas rich and varied attractions. These picturesque lakes, mountains - known locally as 'fells' and valleys welcomed us to Askham year after year.
Askham is a much sought after village with easy access to both the A66 and the M6 Motorway Shopping in Penrith is a short 5 mile drive away.
The village has two pubs, both serving food, heated open air pools (August only), and a village store. Askham Hall, Lowther Castle, the River and Grounds are just a stroll away.
Surrounded by beautiful country side Midtown Cottage is an ideal base for exploring the local area. Walks from the front door are plentiful. Stroll down to the river passing Askham Hall then through parkland and onto Lowther castle and its gardens. Lakes Haweswater and Ullswater are a short drive or hike away. Hikers can take the roman "High Street" to get there. Non walkers can just relax and enjoy!
CHECK - IN and OUT time must be agreed prior to arrival.
During peak time (July - August) we accept weekly booking only from Saturday to Saturday. During this time check in must be after 3PM and check out 10AM.
Pets are not permitted in rental units under any conditions.
a security deposit of £200 is required. This deposit converts into a security/damage deposit upon arrival.
No smoking is allowed in the premises.
All debris, rubbish and discards should be placed in the bins provided. Bin bags will also be provided and we ask guests to place these outside at the front of the cottage Sunday evening for collection on Monday.
Recycling facilities are also provided.
We had a lovely time at the cottage just after Easter. We arrived just as the owners were finishing off cleaning and the cottage was very clean. The village of Askham was beautiful and quiet, lots of little walks nearby and very close to Ullswater. Our children particularly liked the pool table and the garden, and we loved the log burner and feel of the cottage!
However, we found communication with the hosts a little tricky. Having been told we could arrive any time after 12 noon, on arrival at 1pm it was commented on that we were early! We were unable to find the bedding for the sofa bed on the first night and despite sending 2 texts and email didn’t hear anything back at all. We eventually bought our own bedding (that required a trip out to Penrith within hours of arriving) that we used on the first night before finding the bedding the next day (hint: it’s hidden under the second part of the sofa!).We did not receive any response from the hosts for the entire duration of our 4 night stay.
Furthermore we received a rather unpleasant text on returning home that said “Lucy and I work very hard to provide a really good service for our guests. Your party of six numbered eight feel you have taken advantage of our good natures. No wonder you were enquiring about bedding”. To which I replied “ Our party was 6 as booked, my husband, our 3 children and their Grandad. I am very upset by this text as we had a lovely stay and this has out a horrid taint on our time there. The query about bedding was because we couldn’t find it under the sofa bed (and I would hasten to add a reply would have been appreciated whilst we were there). I am very saddened by this.” That was over a week ago and I have still not received an apology/reply despite this insulting accusation.
Whilst we had a lovely stay (and left feedback as such in the visitors book), due to these issues since returning, we will not be staying there again.
I returned from a trip to Penrith to find that you had arrived early. You were made to feel very welcome, and given a quick tour round and an opportunity to ask questions. I remarked to Sue, my colleague, that you seemed to be a very large party, with children playing in the garden and on the mezzanine and guests generally milling around.
Sue said you were 8 in number. Instructions for the sofa bedding were included in the welcome letter, which was part of your welcome pack. The fact that you had to buy extra bedding would suggest that Sue was correct in estimating the number of guests?
On checking the cottage after your departure I found 3 bags of leaking refuse on the kitchen floor, and surprisingly an unused dustbin? In addition two large heavy bags of empty bottles and cans were left on the kichen worktops. Recycling bags, bins and facilities were clearly marked and labelled? The cottage floor was also left covered in pine needles and food debris, not a serious issue but showing a lack of respect for owners and their property.
Communication to lakeland rural areas is very difficult and it is not always easy to respond directly and quickly to text and email messages.
Pleased to hear you and guests had a lovely stay.
Lucy and Ken are wonderful hosts. Both were very responsive to emails and instructions both before and during our stay were really clear.
The cottage in Askham was perfect for our Christmas getaway. We were able to cook dinners in the large and well equipped kitchen, and enjoy the living space next to the log fire. The three bedrooms are well sized and overall the cottage was immaculate.
Askham is a fantastic village to get away from the city. There are a couple of pubs and a corner store, otherwise it is only a short drive to other villages.
Had a truly lovely week away with my daughters and we all loved the cottage and the village. Great pub down the road with amazing food and enjoyed a 2 hour pottery session with Stuart up at the local village pottery. Imagine the outdoor swimming pool would be fun in the right season. Lowther Castle was incredible and only a short walk away! Thank-you Lucy.
We had a great stay at this lovely cottage. Its very spacious and in a great location near to Penrith and Ullswater. Everything we needed was provided, Lucy has thought of everything. Thanks!
Really great cottage with a cozy fireplace set in a beautiful little village. We felt really at home straight away and it was so easy to get to the walks in the lake district. The village has 2 nice pubs and a stunning tea garden serving home made pizza and all sorts of goodies.
Would definitely recommend the cottage and the location to anyone, had a brilliant relaxing time.