About this listing
I have a lovely double room and a twin room to share in an old farmhouse (some parts of the house date from the seventeenth century), set on the foothills of the Lake District in north England, with splendid views and immediate walking access to the fells. Enjoy real peace and quiet, tasty breakfasts and the homely company of cats and hens. You'll be far from the madding crowds, but you'll still have access to the modern world via wifi too!
It's most useful to come by car as there is no public transport in the vicinity, but I can happily pick you up from the nearest railway station, Foxfield - for a small fee - if necessary. Free supper to any guest who walks the distance!
I can accommodate from one to four guests, travelling together and happy to share, as there is just one bathroom (and you'll also be sharing with me). At popular times of the year I might (rarely) offer my second room to other guests, but with discretion, and after consultation with you. My fee is £35 per person per night (though micro persons (under 12 years) can stay for half price).
The Blacksmith Arms - an award-winning pub - is a lovely 25-minute walk down the hill (though depending how much you enjoy their wonderful real ale and yummy grub, it could take you a lot longer to get back up!) The closest village is 3 miles away and offers other pubs and cafes, post office, a tourist information centre, a pleasant village square and a village shop that sells some locally-sourced food.
The Lake District can be a wet and muddy place sometimes, so don't forget to pack some sturdy, waterproof walking boots or wellies, and a waterproof jacket. The track to my place is bumpy, narrow and steep in places but I think you'll find it worth the adventure!
If you fancy a sojourn in surroundings that inspired the great romantic poets, then do please come!
I hope that guests will make my home their's for the duration of their stay, enjoying the use of communal spaces - the kitchen, the fireside and sitting-room, and the garden and spaces beyond - as well as the privacy of their own rooms.
Interaction with Guests
The house is my home and I will be here and coming and going during your stay. I respect my guests' needs for privacy, and will give you as much space as I can. I would love to chat at some point, and get to know you a little, and to offer advice for your days spent here, but will leave you to enjoy yourselves in your own way.
I live in a beautiful, quiet part of the Lake District, with views to the Irish Sea and the hills on my doorstep. The house is part of a hill farm which I share with a farming family - I live in the house, they use the barns and fields but live away on another farm.
My home is on a remote farm and there is no public transport in the area. A car is essential if you want to go exploring the Lake District but if you come by train and I collect you from the station there are pleasant walks in the local area, and the nearest village is a 40 minute walk away.
I booked this trip as a Christmas present for my parents and Kate made them feel very welcome. They found the cottage charming and said the setting was beautiful with lots of walking opportunities right on the door step (as well as hens, sheep and a cat!) Their room was comfortable with nice fluffy towels and they enjoyed the freshly prepared breakfasts each morning. This was their first experience of Airbnb and thanks to Kate, they want to go back already!
Kate is a lovely host. The lane up to her cottage is steep and narrow but the welcome you receive at the journey's end makes it more than worthwhile. The house is charming and cosy and Kate makes you feel right at home while remaining discreetly in the background. I particularly enjoyed browsing through her extensive book collection. The breakfast table was so prettily laid that our daughter couldn't help taking a photo. There are great walks directly from the cottage but Kate also provides extensive information on what's available further afield. This is the perfect retreat for anyone who wants an authentic rural experience.
Wonderful. Beautiful old house and location, incredibly peaceful, high up a track with wonderful views out to the estuary and fell walks from the front door, there is also a great pub 20 mins walk away across the fields. Kate was a joy and I felt genuinely at home immediately, she was thoughtful, kind and easy to talk to and helped make the holiday. I have travelled widely both in the UK and abroad but this was my first time with airbnb and it will be hard to beat. A really great 5 days and I recommend unreservedly
This was an amazing spot and we enjoyed the fields and perfect surroundings for walking. It really was a rural retreat
We had a great three days in the Lake District staying in Kate's charming cottage which is certainly quite remote but beautifully cosy and welcoming. Kate was a delightful, generous and thoughtful host and we enjoyed knowing her.
It was an absolute joy staying at Kate's. She immediately made us feel at home in her beautiful cottage. The room was fabulous and it was the extra touches like vast array of tea, lavender pouches in the drawers and amazing breakfast spread which really got us. Also the information she gave was incredibly helpful (despite my poor map reading!). Thank you so much for a wonderful stay Kate! Love, Oliver and Alison
Wir waren zwei wunderschöne Wochen als Gäste in Kates Cottage. Das Haus befindet sich in atemberaubender Aussichtslage. Schöne Wanderungen ab Haustür führen direkt in die Hügellandschaft. Eine kurze Fußwanderung entfernt liegt ein charmanter Pub. Wir waren mehrmals dort zum Essen und es war fantastisch.
Kate ist ein so warmherziger Mensch und eine freundliche und hilfsbereite Gastgeberin. Wir haben uns sofort sehr heimisch gefühlt. Die Zimmer des Cottages waren bei unserer Ankunft mit frischen Blumen aus dem Garten geschmückt.
Es war für uns eine in vieler Hinsicht bemerkenswert schöne, abwechslungsreiche und erholsame Zeit. Wir werden uns an interessante, auch lustige Gespräche erinnern.
Alles Gute, Kate, und herzlichen Dank!
Silvia und Herbert
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About the Host, Kate
I've lived in the Lake District for 25 years, thirteen of those in this wonderful old house. I work from home for book publishers, and take photographs in the between times. I'm fortunate to live in a place where simply walking out the door can be a sensuous adventure every time. I have watched my wonderful family grow up here and move on, and so there is space in my house for you, my guests.