Roa Island House
Roa Island, Cumbria & The Lake District
An imposing detached property in a unique location! This large residence is located on Roa Island, 6 miles from Ulverston, on the southernmost tip of the Furness Peninsula. Overlooking the sea with a south-facing aspect, this Roa Island cottage has been lovingly decorated and furnished, oozing charm and character, with stone floors, high ceilings and palatial rooms. Very much a home-from-home, this Roa Island cottage offers original wooden floors, inglenook fireplaces and many originalfeatures in keeping with the age of this gorgeous house. The sitting room is very spacious, with feature windows, an open fire and a piano. The dining room of this Roa Island cottage adjoins a fabulous conservatory which extends onto three sides of the building, whilst the spacious kitchen diner is equipped to commercial standard, ideal for cooking for large groups. This unique Roa Island cottage is topped off with an amazing observation tower to enjoy the magnificent 270-degree views of Morecambe Bay, Piel Island, the beautiful coastline and the many ships sailing past. Outside, a large lawned area with hot tub provides that something extra, and the chance to take in the splendour of this fabulous location. Just across the causeway is a delightful old pub, and summer ferries are available to explore Piel Island, take a fishing trip and enjoy trips to the seal colonies. The amenities of Ulverston, the beaches of the Furness Coast and the outdoor activities of Coniston are all just a short drive away. An excellent Roa Island cottage base, for friends and family alike.
Seven bedrooms with TVs: 1 x ground floor family room with super king-size double bed (zip/link, can be twin on request), double sofa bed and woodburner, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, WC and small office with feature window, 2 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with folding bed and en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower (disabled friendly), basin and WC. Commercial kitchen and spacious dining area (seats 8) with small conservatory area (seats 4), utility and store. Large dining room (seats 16). Large sitting room with open fire (seats 14). Second floor observation tower (seats 4). Large, wrap-around conservatory with panoramic views (seats 22). Large hall with pool table.
Gas central heating with open fire in sitting room and woodburner in bedroom. Electric double oven, gas hob, additional electric oven, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 7 x TVs, 1 with Freeview/DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games/DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Fuel for fire/woodburner on honesty box basis. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchairs available. Lawned grounds with hot tub, furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 8 cars. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile. Note: The cottage is run by the Eden Lodge Hotel, Bardsea. Note: Hot Tub closed and unavailable from 11am on Thursdays for weekly cleaning/maintenance. Note: No stag or hen parties at this property. Note: Roa Island is reached via a tarmac causeway.
At a glance
- Hot tub
- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Ground floor bedroom
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
About the location
Ulverston 6 miles; Barrow-in-Furness 6 miles.
Roa Island is located on the Lake District's magnificent coastline, over half a mile south of the village of Rampside on the southernmost point of the Furness Peninsula. With an area of about 30 acres the island is the sixteenth most populated Island in Great Britain with just over one hundred inhabitants. Until 1847 Roa Island was a true island, being accessible only by boat or on foot across the sands at low tide. John Abel Smith, a London banker, bought Roa in 1840. He built a causeway to the mainland, completed in 1846, and an 810 foot (247 m) deep-water pier known as Piel Pier where steamers sailed to Fleetwood. The pier connected with the Furness Railway line to Kirkby via Furness Abbey, making use of the causeway. Other interesting buildings include Trinity Terrace, a row of terraced houses built to provide accommodation for the ten Trinity House pilots; and The Watch Tower, a Customs and Excise House built in 1847. Roa Island is home to a lifeboat station of the RNLI, serving Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. Just a short boat trip across the inlet is Piel Island, a small fifty acre island with its own castle, made famous by Martin Clune's (of men behaving badly and Doc Martin) The Island programme. Gifted to the people of Barrow-in-Furness by the Duke of Buccleuch in the early 20th century, the island is kept in order by the selection of the "King" of Piel, who is the landlord of the island's public house, the Ship Inn. Located in an outstanding area the village is close to the spectacular Furness Abbey, and the ancient market town of Ulverston is just 5 miles away, and still has an authentic feel and community spirit. The town boasts a street market every Thursday and Saturday and many festivals throughout the year, including an amazing lantern procession in November and a superb Dickensian weekend in early December. It is also the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home to the only Laurel and Hardy museum in the world! With all the attractions of the Lake District National Park and the sandy beaches and good birdwatching of the Furness coast close by, this quiet and peaceful area has plenty to offer.