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Pear Tree Farm Cottage

(Ref. 948133)

Bowness-on-Solway near Wigton, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful family and dog friendly cottage."

    Lovely spacious bedrooms with very comfortable beds and the location was perfect.

    Reviewed by Kay4.7Feb 2024

  • "Really large, warm and comfortable."

    Appreciated the greetings of wine and cakes that were excellent.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Sep 2023

  • "Comfortable spacious & well equipped accommodation."

    Friendly helpful host who made us welcome with cakes & wine on arrival & available to help if needed.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have stayed in hundreds of holiday properties from palaces to cottages but Morag the owner of this cottage, was the most welcoming of any landlords we have met… and her cakes are fantastic!"

    We would love to visit again in the future

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Aug 2023

  • "Pet friendly."

    Could have done with a wee garden to sit out with dogs but lovely beach at bottom of the road. Great village and everyone is friendly. Dog friendly pub literally 30 secs away. Very handy if you like me and only driver. The tea room is amazing. Cakes are lovely. Lovely relaxing holiday. X

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very warm welcome and found everything we needed in the cottage."

    Not a lot to do in this area but due to the wonderful weather had a good time.

    Reviewed by Marian4.1May 2023

  • "Another lovely holiday Morag and Steve very welcoming very relaxing"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic property with everything you could need!"

    Cake was amazing from tea room next door smd we had fabulous selection awaiting us upon our arrival! The pub did great food and locals were so friendly even dressed our table for a meal after our wedding

    Reviewed by Laine5.0Apr 2023

  • "Keep coming back Morag and Steve very helpful ,just like coming here even the ..."

    Keep coming back Morag and Steve very helpful ,just like coming here even the residents remark we are back ,it’s like home from home ,Morag deserves a medal for her patience with us and the log fire cracked it in the end very cosy ,will be back in the Autumn thankyou to you both

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "We loved the location and house."

    We had a wonderful weeks break in a beautiful part of Cumbria. The cakes and wine were a lovely treat. Unfortunately when we walked in, the kitchen smelt strongly of wet dog as did the lounge area, once the house warmed up. We were able to override this with Febreeze in three bowls around the downstairs.. We chose to leave our dog with our son due to the wet weather forecast. I know the house is dog friendly but not wet dog smelly.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Oct 2022

  • "This cottage had the most comfortable beds and bedding that we have experienced."

    Only complaint we would have was the Wi-Fi, couldn’t use our mobile phones inside the house, there was no signal.

    Reviewed by June5.0Sep 2022

  • "Description of the "Garden/Patio" a little misleading as when we were there it had many more plant pots so not as much room to sit."

    Off road parking also misleading, not off road still on the highway. Kitchen would benifit from some weighing scales & a milk saucepan. Pictures on agents site are out of date, kitchen has more wall units & ensuite room has more drawer units. In spite of the above coments a comfortable property and a good base for exploring the area. The Kings Arms was a delight, a true asset to the locality with good food & a great welcome.

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property, welcome cakes, comfy rooms, pretty much everything we needed."

    Struggled a bit with the wifi at first, but after turning off and on again and then putting hub behind net curtain it seemed ok.

    Reviewed by Keith4.1Aug 2022

  • "Pear Tree Cottage is homely, cozy and spacious, everything you need in one beautiful location ♥️."

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jul 2022

  • "Third time here ,we have had excellent holidays and the owners could not be more ..."

    Third time here ,we have had excellent holidays and the owners could not be more helpful and friendly,we feel very comfortable in the cottage and village it’s nice when people remember you and the dogs,would highly recommend people with dogs to stay there very relaxing,plenty to do

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "We found our cottage to be quite, comfortable and well situated."

    the nearby pub, a short walk away, provided good food and drink.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "Morag and Steve very helpful and hospitable."

    The village is friendly and the pub is also good. This was our second visit and we will go again. A great base for exploring northern lakes and the borders and of course Hadrians Wall. Good cycling and dog walking from the door. The cottage is equipped well for all seasons and whatever the weather decides .

    Reviewed by D5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic week away."

    The property was ideal for us with 2 dogs the only drawback being no courtyard/garden for any outside off lead play. The owners were extremely warm and welcoming, thanks for the cake and wine. I would also recommend popping into the tea room. Every person we met was friendly, couldn't have had a better welcome and the atmosphere and food in both local pubs was excellent, we were welcomed by owners in both. Relaxing week with some great walks.

    Reviewed by Ghislaine5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage comfortable but not warned about the tea shop being attached, un nervy hearing people behind the door."

    Overall a good stay

    Reviewed by S3.1Sep 2021

  • "Shower needs improvement , great for pets , more about parking would help other ..."

    Shower needs improvement , great for pets , more about parking would help other people staying there I wish we had stayed longer however I will be there again

    Reviewed by Margaret4.1Jul 2021

  • "Lovely location."

    Well equipped cottage with recently fitted new kitchen. The tea room behind does perfect expresso's. The best cake ever. Dog friendly. Lovely owners.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cake and wine on arrival very appreciated."

    Lovely accommodation in very nice friendly yet quiet place - would definitely go back

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location, the hosts were lovely met them most days while walking the dogs."

    The pub and Hunters Bistro in the village both served amazing food and do take aways. All in all we had a great week and will be back sometime in the future!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    The kitchen was well appointed, and the mattress very comfy, it had everything we needed. The village was lovely and people friendly.

    Reviewed by Fleur4.7Oct 2020

  • "This cottage was grubby and shabby."

    Very disappointing.

    Reviewed by Carole1.9Sep 2020

  • "A warm welcome,homemade cake delicious,a very friendly village ,especially Ian from Hunters Bistro nothing was too much trouble I recommend to go there for meals ,Pear Tree Farm Cottage the cafe excellent for vegetarians snacks ,the farmhouse we stayed in exceeded our expectations,lovely area for walking ,birdwatching and the dogs pubs very dog friendly made very welcome ,will go back."


    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Brighter lighting is needed especially in the kitchen. Better wi-fi is also needed. A wild location with beautiful sunsets.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was very well equipped for a self catering holiday."

    With good eat out options in easy walking distance. The owners were friendly and responded speedily to requests for assistance.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.4Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was superb."

    I think it was the little touches which made it special. E.g. ice cubes and ice packs in the fridge, cake and wine. Everything you needed to have the perfect holiday was provided down to dog towels. A multigenerational family was very happy.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jul 2020

  • "We found the cottage to be comfortable and well equipped."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed Bowness on Solway, the people were very welcoming, and we enjoyed our visit to the local pub, good food and we were able to get the morning papers, we were made very welcome.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage lovely people great area to explore"

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation and facilities set in a beautiful area perfect for touring the north lakes."

    Everyone we met very friendly and helpful. I will definitely return.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage with friendly helpful owners in a quiet location, great for exploring the surrounding area."

    The tea room next door is run by the owner and we had lunch there twice as the cakes were so good! The pub is a short stroll away and you can either eat in or ask for a takeaway. The food is reasonable. Asked our three year old grandson what he liked best about his holiday and he said 'the big comfy bed'!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location."

    Friendly owners. Delicious cakes and wine on arrival. A perfect relaxing week with my boys and 2 dogs.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2019

  • "Comfortable cottage well equipped ideal location."

    The Kings Head pub just 100 yards from cottage good food pleasant atmosphere well worth a visit .

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in an ideal location."

    Great for visiting the Lake District, Scotland and Hadrian’s Wall. Very well equipped cottage and really appreciated the welcome gifts

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great place to stay at start or end of walking Hadrian's Wall path."

    Sorry we didn't get more time to explorer locally as we were running/walking the path in 3 days (2 of us) and 1 day - my son Morgan who completed it in 16 hours 25 mins - world record! We would like to tell your local paper about this - what paper would that be?

    Reviewed by Julia5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Lovely area. Enjoyed the experience.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a nice location, with plenty of walks locally."

    Not too far to venture into the lake district or even southern Scotland. On arrival, we got a very warm welcome from the owners, with a personal message to us on a post card, telling us about the area. A great week away.

    Reviewed by Rhea5.0Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic location."

    In five days we did the boarders to Melrose. All of western Lakeland and Keswick to Whitehaven. Brompton and beyond is wonderful. The roads around Bowness-on-Solway are great for dog walking and for cycling. The cottage is warm and comfortable and very well equipped.. The refurbished Co-op In Wigton is all that you will need..We came at the end of November so I would recommend this as a year round destination. A few yards from the cottage is the start of Hadrians Wall. The Solway coast at this point is both historic and at sunset, very atmospheric. Don’t forget your camara.

    Reviewed by D4.7Nov 2018

  • "This is a lovely peaceful spot far enough from the Lakes to be ideal as a base."

    There is also some amazing walking locally. The cottage is ideal and very comfortable, though it took my 6. 5 son some time to learn to duck. All part of the character. The pub was welcoming and the food was excellent. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Spacious very clean accommodation."

    Facilities very good had everything we needed with nice welcoming touches. Owners available and helpful if needed but not intrusive. Extra sofa in the lounge area would be appreciated to enable comfortable seating for 6. Only comment is that reception and WiFi limited which is not clear from the listing description.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage but had a damp smell as you first enter as washing machine must have leaked at one time."

    Lots of room. Has everything you need if not more. Only met Steve who was very helpful. Not much parking space as we had two cars. Great pub across the road. Undergoing renovation but did not both us. Greeted warmingly very time we called on. We had a lovely week

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Aug 2018

  • "If you want peace and quiet this is the location for you, very nicely kept cottage,with all that we needed for a weeks stay."

    Hosts friendly and welcoming. The Kings Arms is just down the rd,and is also very welcoming,and does some great food as well. Bowness on Solway is a small rural village,emphasis on small,right on the Solway coast,therefore some points to note,( that in no way is a criticism or detracted from our stay) ...... Internet access is rural if you’re used to high speed broadband you’ll be in for a shock ... Sat nav says nearest supermarket is 2 miles away....... well it is if you have a boat ! We went to Carlisle,a half hour drive away,so no biggie! Which is also a good place to visit anyway,so bonus ..... Cottage is a typical cottage from the 1700’s .... thick walls to keep weather out,low doorways to keep taller persons on their toes , ( or bent over whimpering cos they’ve cracked their head ....... again ........ i gave up counting after 3 collisions lol) and yes i would go again. Only a 40 minute drive to the Lakes, half hour or so to the west coastal areas so ideally situated without having to deal with the congestion the lakes suffer with nowadays. Very highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2018

  • "I met up with three friends for a rail based holiday touring the routes emanating from Carlisle."

    Having to drive the fifteen miles into the city each day was the only drawback in an otherwise terrific week spent at Pear Tree Farm Cottage in Bowness on Solway. The cottage was warm and comfortable with all the facilities one would expect. Our thanks to Morag and Steve for a very happy stay there. Fifty yards down the road was the Kings Arms pub, under extensive renovation at the time. We had been warned of the work in progress and if there had been another pub in the village, we probably would not have gone there, but thank goodness we did! Every single one of the staff was so welcoming, friendly and helpful, and the locals were great. Going there as often as we did, it was a completely mad, surreal experience, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Top class food and fun in a bombsite, fantastic! Bowness is a lovely village in a quiet, remote corner of the country, I can't wait to go back. Thank you to Morag and Steve, everyone at the Kings Arms, and to Sykes for a memorable week.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Apr 2018

  • "A wonderful retreat."

    A spacious house with all the comforts of home. Great for dog walks and easy drive from Carlisle

    Reviewed by Abigail4.7Mar 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room with electric fire
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with woodburner and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Paved garden to the front with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 2 mins walk.

The property

This characterful original farmhouse, rests on the site of the second largest Fort on Hadrian's Wall in the little hamlet of Bowness on Solway.

Wrapped in fine detail and boasting three bedrooms; this cottage is perfect for families looking for an all round peaceful escape.

Wander into the magnificent hallway, home to a wooden arch which sets the tone on arrival.

Across the way, a sitting room hosts leather seating, and an inglenook fireplace with a woodburner.

In the evening you can cosy up in the warmth and read a good book amongst it all.

The dining room makes a charming place to sit down with your loved ones under wooden beams and next to the electric woodburner-effect fire.

Close by, a utility room holds those extras you may need during your stay.

The well-equipped kitchen is pretty and homely, fitted with dark wood units and cream marble effect counter tops, ideal for baking in the afternoon, or preparing breakfast in the morning time.

Take the stairs up to two double bedrooms, one overlooked by a Velux window and elevated by sloped ceilings, whilst the second comes complete with a small two seater sofa.

You will enjoy relaxing here, before drifting into a good nights sleep.

The third bedroom is a king-size double, tied together with bedside tables and a wardrobe for your convenience.

The beautiful bespoke en-suite compliments the room well, with a walk-in shower and stunning black and white décor.

If this isn't enough, a spacious family bathroom is perfect for relaxing after a long day, stylish and well presented for a glimpse of luxury.

To the front of the cottage is a small paved sunny garden, where you can unwind on the bench and embrace some 'me time'.

Bowness on Solway offers much to admire, being home to a pub and a tea room, whilst Hadrian’s Wall stretches from the village to Wallsend.

The Victorian seaside resort of Silloth is 16 miles away, whilst Keswick and the heart of the Lake District are easily reached by car.

Make the most of this desirable getaway.

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About the location


Wigton 10 miles; Carlisle 13 miles.

The village of Bowness-on-Solway lies within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to the west of the city of Carlisle. The village has a pub and a tea room and Hadrian’s Wall stretches from the village to Wallsend near Newcastle for some 73 miles, with the walk being defined as a ‘National Trail’. The surrounding area is rich in bird life visiting the sand dunes, salt marsh, shingle beds, and peat mosses, and there are many viewpoints and lay-bys, perfect for spotting the waders: oystercatchers, curlew, golden and grey plover, lapwing, knot, dunlin, bar-tailed and black-tailed godwit, redshank, and turnstone. In 1869 a rail line, the Solway Junction Railway, was opened between Bowness and Annan in Scotland, connecting to the Maryport and Carlisle railway. The 1 mile and 176 yard long iron girder viaduct across the water was damaged by an ice build-up in 1875, and again in 1881. It was repaired and continued as a passenger train until 1914 when it became a freight train until 1921, before finally being demolished in 1934. Nearby, the market town of Wigton and the city of Carlisle are popular centres for shopping, pubs and restaurants. Wigton also has a weekly market taking place every Friday and also boasts a theatre. The Victorian seaside resort of Silloth is 16 miles away, whilst Keswick and the heart of the Lake District are reached in 40 minutes' by car. A wonderful base for exploring Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter