The Old Post Office

Santon Bridge near Eskdale, The Lake District and Cumbria (Ref. 16401)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

An attractive semi-detached cottage, formerly the Stanton Bridge Post Office, in the pretty Wasdale Valley in the Lake District National Park.

With a cosy sitting room with flagged stone floor and woodburning stove, this Wasdale cottage is the perfect romantic retreat.

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings in the shared front garden, set alongside the River Irt, with the mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.

Excellent bar food is served in the Bridge Inn just a few minutes' walk from this Wasdale cottage, and the village tea room serves delicious cakes - especially good after a long day's walk.

With an impressive range of mountains available, including Scafell Pike (England's highest) even the most experienced walker will be spoilt for choice at this Wasdale cottage.

The breathtaking views can also be enjoyed from the open-air carriages on board the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

A little further away is Muncaster Castle, which has some beautiful gardens perched up above the valley, offering striking views of the Cumbrian coast.

Horse riding is available nearby, and makes a wonderful way to see the stunning countryside this area has to offer.

This Wasdale cottage has been tastefully furnished to ensure guests have a relaxing stay, at any time of the year.

Note: This cottage is a few minutes' walk from Ref.

16398, together they sleep 12.


Over three floors. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x 2nd floor 2'6" single with additional single trundle bed on mezzanine level overlooking landing. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove. Note: The single bedroom has restricted headroom and is suitable for children only.


  • Electric underfloor heating with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with full Sky, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front garden with furniture, shared with owners
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Cottage is located near the village campsite
  • Note: Max
  • 2 adults.

Note: Max. 2 adults.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Fantastic week away”
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    • “We arrived at 3am to find the fire lit for us, a lovely warm welcome in a beautifully decorated cottage. The owners of the campsite are so friendly, and it's a lovely quiet site. We stayed for a week with our two children 8 and 6, and they loved the cottage and also George the dog! It was spotlessly clean everywhere and really well equipped in the kitchen. Underfloor heating throughout was wonderful. The Pub next door was fantastic as were the Tea Rooms nearby. We had some lovely walks, 6miles partly along Wastwater which was mainly flat, and 6miles up over irton fell-ending at the Tea Rooms. The Ravenglass railway was great for kids with a beautiful walk upto a waterfall at the end. You could prebook to take bikes and then cycle back down beside the track which we would do next time. We are booking a week next year!”

    Mum-of-two-kiddies, London, United Kingdom, November 2014

    • “Lovely cottage”
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    • “Wonderful cottage. Renovated about four years ago to a very good standard. How ever, now showing some signs of needing a bit of t l c, i.e Mouldy mastic, peeling plaster and blown light bulbs. And most importantly, no wi-fi in the cottage.”

    Nicetomeetyo, September 2014

    • “Gorgeous cottage fantastic location”
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    • “This cottage is brilliant for a couple, scenic location, beautifully renovated, clean and well equipped, plus there is a great pub within a couple of minutes walk and local tea rooms where you can get an amazing breakfast. We had a wonderful stay here, there are great walks from the doorstep and nearby, it is less touristy than the eastern lakes however the scenery is incredible especially Wasdale and Eskdale. St Bees head with its lovely coastal walk is also within easy reach.”

    Leicestermancunian, Leicester, May 2014

    • “As they say, every box ticked.”
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    • “The Old Post Office has been renovated to a very high standard and decorated beautifully throughout. It is also practical, for instance it has washer dryer and a heated cupboard in which to hang your waterproofs. It is like going on holiday to your best friend's home. The location is perfect to explore the mountains around Wastwater. The grounds of the campsite run alongside the river Irt so we were able to spend a tranquil morning in the sunshine beside the river, literally a stones throw from our front door. The Santon Bridge Inn is one minutes walk away for delicious food, and a gift shop and tea room five minutes walk away. The coast is a six mile drive along beautiful country lanes, and a well stocked local store in Gosforth provides everything you need at a good price. Tips: The children's bedroom is on a mezzanine in what was the roof space, and as such there is no door so take a child gate to put up to keep them safe. There is also no blind on the velux windows up there which was no problem for our two but you may want to take two travel blackout blinds.”

    Pootle_posie, Oundle, June 2013

    • “Excellent.........but”
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    • “Excellent position for exploring Wastwater and Ennerdale/Eskdale,lovely cottage but it is showing some need of TLC,some mouldy mastic in shower area,blown light bulbs and peeling plaster in the corner of the bedroom,no egg cups and no glasses for drinking water etc (only wine glasses),minor problems that stop this property from being fantastic,The owner was very friendly but perhaps a little laidback when work required on the cottage. The lack of wi-fi is a pain but I was able to go outside to campsite entrance and pick up wi-fi there,but this wouldn't be feasible in the rain.We really enjoyed our week and the minor problems with the cottage wouldn't stop us using it again”

    TonyEvs19, Blackwood, United Kingdom, October 2014

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    • “Cottage is clean and comfortable, in good location close to lake and mountains.”

    Mrs Foord, Burntwood, October 2015

    • “The cottage is stunning, we would recommend this cottage to everyone who is planning a trip to the Lakes.”

    Mr Anderson, Pontefract, September 2015

    • “A lovely cottage, very nicely decorated and with fantastic underfloor heating.”

    Mrs Smith, York, August 2015

    • “A lovely cottage with everything you needed. Didn't want to leave!”

    Ms Purves, Whitchurch, June 2015

    • “The Old Post Office was clean, comfortable and well furnished. Ideally located for walks on the surrounding fells and in local area. We hope to return in the future.”

    Ms Wright, Sheffield, March 2015

    • “A lovely cottage, fantastic location and friendly & helpful landlord. Had a great pub on doorstep that welcomes children..”

    Mrs James, Reading, December 2014

    • “Loved the underfloor heating!!! Fantastic cottage with everything you need for your stay.......... Pleasant owner as well.”

    Mrs Shaw, Bury, November 2014

    • “We have not been to that part of the country before and it was beautiful, the scenery was amazing. We would definitely go again.”

    Mr Powell, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2014

    • “A beautifully renovated Cumbrian cottage with stunning scenery on your doorstep.”

    Mrs Cox, Horley, August 2014

    • “This cottage is excellent. It has everything you need and is so comfy. The owners were so helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. They deserve a 10 plus. There is so much to see and the scenery was beautiful.”

    Mrs Johnston, South Ockendon, August 2014

    • “This is a very nice, well maintained cottage in a lovely but remote part of the Lake District. We loved and recommend it as it 'ticked all the boxes' for us. Owner is also next door and was very helpful.”

    Mr Beaumont, Barnsley, June 2014

    • “A lovely cottage in a wonderful location. It has been tastefully renovated and the fixtures, crockery etc were of very good quality. It was clean , well equipped and attractive. Great to have a pub serving food within such a short distance as well. We loved every minute of our week here, the scenery and walks were outstanding.”

    Ms Hitchen, Leicester, May 2014

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About the location


Eskdale 2 miles; Gosforth 5 miles; Seascale 7 miles.

The small hamlet of Santon Bridge sits amongst beautiful Lakeland countryside and consists of a scattering of cottages, some farm dwellings, a tea room and gift shop and a traditional English pub serving good food. An area relatively unknown to many Lakeland visitors, this great location boasts a skyline dominated by the towering peaks of Scafell - England's highest peak, as well as Great Gable, Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Muncaster Fell, whilst the nearby stunning valleys of Eskdale, Wasdale and Dunnerdale provide breathtaking and ever-changing scenery to be enjoyed throughout the year. Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, the World Owl Centre and the Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway, one of the most beautiful train journeys imaginable. With both beautiful Wastwater - the deepest lake in the country and St Olaf's - the smallest church amongst the many well known landmarks in this awe inspiring and beautiful area also within easy reach, this stunning location will have visitors returning time and time again.

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