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, leading 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, 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.
There is a TV that connects to a DVD player (PlayStation) i.e. no live TV.
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, Volcano is 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. Total occupancy is 6.
We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, free-standing 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'!
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!
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.
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.
We're relaxed, and invite you to be the same. Treat it as you would your own, but when you're on your way out, please 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 house (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 same goes for shoes!
The house is lovely, with great decor making it very comfy and cosy.
Communication was great from the hosts, and an information pack at the house made everything very clear.
Would definitely stay again if we were in the area. Highly recommended.
What a great place! Two friends and I stayed here for a few nights to get some much needed rest bite. Volcano was fantastic and perfect for what we needed. I even brought my dog who loved it as well, which was a massive bonus! The whole place was spacious and comfortable.
I'll definitely recommend it and will be booking again in the future with family and friends!
Myself and a work colleague stayed at Volcano cottage for just over one month whilst we were working nearby. This place is a real treat and we both made sure we brought our friends and family to stay at the weekends so they could enjoy as well.
The log burner is fab, I've never seen one so big and really warms the house well. So cosy in the sitting room on a dark winters night with the fire crackling away. The living space is so comfortable and it really is like a 'home from home' - everything you need in the kitchen to cook hearty meals whilst friends sit at the farmhouse table and have a few glasses of wine. Free standing bath in the bathroom as well - real luxury!
The cottage is well positioned for nearby Scafell Pike which must not be missed! Bit of a journey getting up to the top but most definitely worth the sore legs for the next day.
Carl and Caroline made everything really easy and I'll definitely be going back!
Relaxing and chilled! Beautiful house, lovely location. Cozy and inviting.
The house is in a great location for a chilled out break. The furniture and log burner make this house a wonderful place to escape to. I would recommend to anyone-especially couples looking for some space and those with dogs! We can't wait to go back!!
Our late-November stay in the 'Secluded Western Lakes' was idyllic. The house was wonderful, and both Caroline and Carl were very helpful in the lead up to, and during our stay.
The house was beautiful, clean and a wonderful quiet spot to relax in. The wood-burning fire, rustic charm and surroundings were real highlights for us.
Be prepared to travel to get to the central Lakes - Although there are plenty of wonderful local walks (countryside and coast) if you didn't want to travel much during your stay.
We would highly recommend the Lakes as they are stunning at this time of year - These, combined with a stay at 'Volcano' make for a perfect Autumn/Winter break.
Carl and Caroline were great hosts; they answered our (many) questions before and during our stay super speedily and their cottage had everything you needed. The beds were all really comfortable and the shower is great. We loved the wood burning stove and although we spent a lot of time out and about during the day we had lovely cozy evenings sitting in the living room.
The location is ideal, great walks, views and lots of info in the cottage for things to do during your stay. Overall its a fantastic spot and we had a comfortable, cozy and relaxing stay at Volcano.
We put in a last minute booking with Carl and Caroline to get away for 4 nights at Volcano. Upon booking we were warned that there wasn't enough time for a full handover as the previous group were leaving on the day we were meant to be arriving. After agreeing to take our own linens (for a reduced price on the first night) we agreed to go anyway and let the cleaner do a sweep of the house the following day.
When we arrived the previous group had left the place in a reasonable state apart from the kitchen, which needed some cleaning (oven hob, grill etc) and some rubbish removing. We'd agreed this would be given a once over the following day but none of this was actioned meaning we had to clean up after the previous group. We notified the owners but didn't receive a response.
Apart from the place not being very clean, we still enjoyed our stay. The house is lovely and the neighbours are pleasant (I cut my finger one evening and they provided a wealth of medical supplies to get it patched up).
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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!