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, 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; open plan, yet cozy. 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; 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 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 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, with Scafell Pike 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) 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 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 neighbour's homes (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...!
The host made us feel really welcome, even with a text when we arrived to make sure everything was okay. The description was accurate, the place was wonderfully cosy and comfortable and the location was lovely and quiet. Gorgeous surroundings!
I stayed at Carl and Caroline's beautiful cottage with my husband, two children and a friend of ours in July 2015. Although the weather was rather cold and wet, we had a fantastic stay. The cottage is cosy and we made a fire every night to warm up. It is beautifully decorated and the kitchen is well equipped.
The cottage is located in a strategic place to explore the Western lakes region, just a short drive away from magnificent views and hikes around Wastwater.
Carl and Caroline were very responsive before, during and after our trip and their recommendations for pubs and things to do proved fantastic (including the little tourist train that runs nearby). The only thing is that Internet/Wi-fi access is spotty, but that's in the entire region and a good excuse to unplug completely from our busy lives.
We would totally stay here again if we were to come back in the region.
Had a great time at the cottage. Caroline an Carl were very helpful in giving us tips about where the nearest shops were, walks and activities as well as sourcing a stair gate so we could keep our two year old twins contained. Directions to the cottage were also spot on. The cottage contained everything we needed for the few days we were there and everything worked well. Our hosts kept in contact with us to make sure everything was OK which was very reassuring. We will certainly consider returning as it is an ideal location for us.
All was where and how it was described. We felt right at home. We would love to return someday!
First off I have to say that Caroline was absolutely amazing. She was attentive to our requirements, making suggestions on activities and places to visit and eat in the vicinity. Our 3 girls loved the Ravenglass railway and the Wild Olive restaurant recommendation was a hit. So a special thanks to Caroline for making our visit to West Cumbria extra special.
The cottage was exactly as described. A secluded hideaway which was extremely clean and tidy. There was plenty of room in the cottage for the 5 of us in our family and with lots of space to spread out. During the evenings we were able to curl up on the sofas with good books to read. The house rules were very relaxed and we felt right at home.
Thanks so much for opening your special hideaway to us and making our visit a wonderful experience!
Great place to explore the lakes from, comfortable and quirky house with a fascinating history. Hope to return one day!
The house was exactly as described on the site, all photos are recent. The hosts managed to get back to us ultra quickly given the short notice that we gave to book. The house was very clean and is located in a lovely part of the lakes. We would recommend this quirky cottage to anyone thinking of staying in the lake district. A pleasurable stay was had.
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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!