The secluded Western Lakes...

House - Entire home/apt · Holmrook, CA19 1UJ, United Kingdom
Carl & Caroline

Remote in the sense that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hours drive away, you will soon settle into the rhythm of tea rooms, pubs and honesty tables with everything from windfall apples to newly picked potatoes perfect for roasting.

Your host, Carl & Caroline
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Remote in the sense that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hours drive away, you will soon settle into the rhythm of tea rooms, pubs and honesty tables with everything from windfall apples to newly picked potatoes perfect for roasting.

The Space

The property is an 1850s coach house, recently renovated to create an open plan, cozy cottage. Plenty of windows and 8ft ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in woodlands, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not an instant 'flick for heat', but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended!), make for a perfect retreat in Summer or Winter.

Remote in the sense that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hours drive away, you will soon settle into the rhythm of tea rooms, pubs and honesty tables with everything from windfall apples to newly picked potatoes perfect for roasting.

With or without a car, you'll really embrace the country life: walks straight from the door, local pub and a convenience store which can take care of all your immediate needs. We also get Tescos delivery, and are blessed with an award winning butcher, specialising in bronzed turkeys, and a fifteen minute drive from the cottage is the official provider of 'sausage to the Queen!' We would be happy to help you place a pre order, and can point you in the right direction for other locally sourced specialities.

If you are arriving by train, you will arrive into Drigg: the prettiest railway station we have ever come across in all our travels! It's a little under a two mile walk, so, if you'd prefer a taxi to take the strain, give 'Gosforth Taxis' a call and they will meet you.

Part of the stables for the original hall, the Estate was home to the Lutwidge family, aka Lewis Carroll's Uncle; and, as you exit the house straight onto tracks and fields, it's not hard to imagine where the inspiration for timekeeping hares and lazy caterpillars came from!

Our ground floor has the original cobbles and troughs of the coach house. This means practicality in spades for muddy wellies and paws; but a potential trip hazard too. You easily get used to it, and its an amazing feature, but it's worth bearing in mind.

The Western Lakes are a privilege to live in. Away from the well trodden tourist trails, we are less than 2 miles from the beach, and less than two miles from the Lake District National Park and Scafell Pike.

Ambleside and Windermere are an hour and a half drive, Lancaster two hours, and Carlisle a similar distance in the opposite direction.

The Cumbrian Coast Mainland Railway is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in England, and it delivers you to within a half hour walk from our door! The Cumbrian Coast line, and L'al Ratty (Cumbrian for: Little Railway) recently featured in a BBC programme entitled Britain's Greatest Railway journeys, hosted by Michael Portillo.

Muncaster Castle is also just a five minute drive away and it's Owl Sanctuary and incredible views (not to mention, haunted bedroom) make it one of the Lake District's hidden tourist gems.

The recent winner of "Britain's Favourite View", Wastwater is 7 miles from our small village; which manages to squeeze in a post office come agricultural feed store, a petrol station come village store, and, the all important pub - a 4 minute walk (& only because of the lack of street lights!) directly from our front door to theirs! 

We have three good sized double bedrooms, one of which occupies the whole of the top floor. The two main bedrooms have sleigh beds and a memory foam/high quality mattresses, and the third room is ideal for kids or teenagers with a floor level mattress.

We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, freestanding dream of a bath; complete with dimmable lighting and candles on standby!

If you're a history buff, try entering Holmrook Hall in Wikipedia, for the tale of how the cottage came by its name: 'Volcano'!

Guest Access

The beauty of Volcano is its freedom: surrounded by footpaths and fields. The house was our home, and is now rented out - so it has all the essentials, but no personal items; so there is nothing off limits or out of bounds: simply make yourselves at home.

Interaction with Guests

We wont be present at the listing, but have someone we have worked with for years who can be available locally to help with any issues that arise; and we are always at the end of the phone and email - although we live in London now.

Getting around

Public transport can not be said to be convenient in West Cumbria! There is a train line that goes up the West coast, but it's a couple of miles from the house. Ideally you would want a car for longer excursions; but if you would just like to stay local and go on walks and to the pub; you will manage just fine with a taxi on your arrival and departure.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $44 / night after 5 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $1103 /week
Monthly Price: $1588 /month
Cancellation: Strict
  • Amazing flat, superb location especially if you are going to a Finsbury Park concert! Out hosts were very helpful and thoughtful!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    May 2014
  • We had a rather complicated request. We run a local gallery and had 4 artists all arriving on different days over a week from different parts of the world. Carl and Caroline responded quickly and clearly- they coped perfectly well with messages from myself and our producer. Our artists found the place a peaceful haven to rest in after hectic days. The flat was clean, comfortable an beautifully set out. We will definitely be returning to these hosts when we next need a place for our visitors to stay.

    May 2014
  • This is a great flat in a great location. The location was what drew is as we have friends very close by so (email hidden) in the right location was key. For us it was the perfect experience. Close to public transport, shopping and loads of food. The flat is charming (email hidden) with a lovely garden. I would definitely stay here again!

    March 2014
    Carl & Caroline
    Response from Carl & Caroline:

    Thanks Michelle and glad you had a great time :)

    Carl and Caroline

    March 2014
  • We had a pleasant night at Carl&Caroline's.The room was clean and we had a friendly reception.
    Nick & Kath Kouyoumdjian

    December 2013
  • Welcoming, cozy,positioned in a nice quiet street but not too far from all the action and restaurants.
    Clean comfortable beds, great Tv, Ormani the cat was great company - will book again.
    Thank you Carl and Caroline - great Hosts!

    December 2013
  • Fab flat, everything you would need, felt very homely and safe. Great transport connections too! Had great and speedy communications with Caroline. Lovely people.

    November 2013
  • This flat is absolutely gorgeous! It has beautiful furniture and decoration. It is small, but you find everything you might need. The hosts are very helpful and communicative. Some things didn’t work properly, as in every household, but we felt very comfortable. The location is just perfect, close to Metro and Bus stations, lots of shops and restaurants just down the street. Even though we were a group of five people, we could easily fit in this flat (2 bedrooms and couch).

    November 2013
  • excellent location. funky, friendly and clean place. Would highly recommend!

    November 2013
  • Thank you so much for your hospitality's and being so welcoming!The house is very cosy and the location is very nice and easy for transports.We miss you.
    Laurence and Maya

    September 2013
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Choir School of Our Lady and St John, The University of Hull
We're a couple in our early thirties, who have spent the last two years renovating our home in the Lake District and sharing it with others: friends, family and house exchangers! Now we are living in London, we would like to do the same here... In as much as living in the Lakes was a life changing experience, so is the energy and variety of London. Between being born and raised in the Caribbean and moving to England by way of Africa, and having both lived and worked abroad in the US, Caribbean and Europe, we work hard to create homes that we adore coming back to, and which enable us to go forth and get to know the rest of the world we haven't met yet!
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