About this listing
Where The Lakes meet the sea: less than 5 miles from Wastwater and Scawfell routes, and minutes from the Lakes' only coastal village at Ravenglass; the cottage is off a track, which leads straight onto fields, away from the bustle of the central Lakes...
Welcome to Volcano! (A quick Google search 'Volcano + Holmrook' and the story behind the name will become clear...!)
Volcano is an 1850s coach house; open plan, yet cozy. Plenty of windows and 8 foot ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in woodlands, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not the instant 'flick for heat' of central heating, but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended!), make for a perfect retreat in Summer or Winter.
There is a TV that connects to a DVD player (PlayStation) for playing DVDs and music: i.e. no live TV; and no WiFi, for off grid bliss!
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 and Asda 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.
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 cottage 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 it's 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, Volcano is less than 2 miles from the beach, and less than two miles from the Lake District National Park, with Scafell Pike routes a short drive away.
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) have 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 its 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. Total occupancy is 6.
We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, free-standing dream of a bath; complete with dimmable lighting for relaxing soaks!
If you're a history buff, try entering Holmrook Hall in Wikipedia, for the tale of how the cottage came by its name: 'Volcano'!
Volcano is your home for the duration: please help yourself to anything you need. There are a few personal items around, and a few things hanging in the wardrobe, but nothing that's off limits.
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 not really any personal items; so there is nothing off limits or out of bounds: simply make yourselves at home.
Interaction with Guests
We will not be present at the listing, but there is a really complete Welcome Pack with lots of information about the house, area and anything else you could wish to know!
It's a 'self check in', with a key safe (the details of which will be in your confirmation email from Airbnb, along with directions), which makes for an easy and flexible arrival.
We also 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 email, although we live in London now.
Neighbourhoods don't come much better than this if you like a lack of street lights and a pub (The Lutwidge Arms) at the end of the track!
Public transport cannot 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.
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.
Other Things to Note
Dogs (and the occasional cat!) are welcome, but we ask that they stay on the ground floor; as the upper floors are carpeted.
Volcano is very much a working home, rather than a show cottage: we're relaxed, and invite you to be the same.
Simply treat it as you would your own, and when you're on your way out, leave it as you'd like to come home to.
Our neighbours are our friends, and the community is a small one. It would be great if you could be a part of it by respecting the neighbours, including the cows, sheep and otters... :-)
We don't smoke, and would be grateful if you didn't either, inside, or anywhere near the cottage or our neighbours' homes (please be careful when disposing of butts too, in terms of fire risk and litter etc.).
We do however, love animals, so you are welcome to bring up to two dogs, who can set up shop on the ground floor (where cobbles reign over carpet); but please don't let them upstairs, and the same goes for shoes!
Other bits and pieces are in the Welcome Pack at the cottage; along with loads of local information, books, maps, and things to do...!
A delightful cottage in the western Lakes. All 6 of us really enjoyed our stay, and it was lovely to come back to the cottage at the end of a hard day's walking to relax, cook and unwind. Would highly recommend
Caroline and Carl are fantastic, information and communication are second to none. They make you feel so at home even before you get to the wonderfully enchanting Volcano! A great location for anyone wanting to take on Scafell Pike. The equally welcoming Lutwidge Arms is just a minutes walk away, making for a perfect retreat after a long day of hiking and awe-inspiring views. I find with all reviews, I want to know if the person writing the review would stay there again. I can honestly say I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else when I return to Cumbria in the future.
Thanks for a hassle free stay.
The directions and check in instructions were very clear. The cottage is lovely , pretty basic but nicely done. good cooking facilities, nice lounge/ stove area and comfortable beds. Well situated to explore into the Western lakes with good local facilities.
Volcano is a cute and interesting cottage conversion in a beautiful part of the Lakes with easy access to both the coast and mountains. The cottage exceeded our expectations, was very well equipped and has a nice garden which we made use of in the sunny evenings. Food staples and other useful items were provided which makes a huge difference and was very much appreciated. Caroline and Carl are great hosts - communications were efficient, helpful and very polite. I would recommend Volcano and would love to stay again. Thanks Caroline and Carl!
Hey guys. Stayed at your lovely home last week. What can I say !!! Absolutely loved the cottage. Its situation is amazing and its is a beautiful home. I stayed in the top bedroom which was absolutely awesome. We had a lovely meal at the Lutwidge Arms and the land lord was so friendly. The hot sticky toffee pudding was to die for. I will definitely be back. Your home has a lovely welcoming feel to it and I LOVED the decor. The shower was awesome too. Thanks once again and I will definitely be back.
Volcano is a real hidden gem and we couldn't recommend it enough. The house has everything you need including comfy sofas and log burner where you an hunker down with a glass of wine and relax in the quiet of the lakes. The beds are super comfy and kitchen had everything you need. The hosts couldn't do enough to accommodate us and even supplied a high chair and stair gate for our little one. They were incredibly responsive and made our stay really easy. The only 2 downfalls; you'll wish you booked longer and you'll definitely leave with house envy!
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About the Host, Carl & Caroline
We're a couple in our 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!