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Solway Cottage

Bowness-on-Solway near Wigton, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 911744)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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74 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely week in an immaculate cottage with a view to die for."

    Fully equipped for a luxury holiday. Excellent hosts. Bear in mind if you are not a walker or bird watcher, Bowness on Solway is a fair drive from things to do.

    Reviewed by KevinJul 2022

  • "Fabulous views overlooking the estuary."

    Extremely well equipped cottage. Lovely meals at both the pub and the bistro in the village.

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2022

  • "Great lounge view."

    Too bad weather wasn't conducive to outside seating. This meant we were a bit cold on a morning. Bathrooms cold and no warm towel rail. Unable to adjust preset underfloor heating. Couple more pillows would be good. Grab rail inside shower essential really. Great owners Patsy & Bill. Sorry to leave as very peaceful and quiet.

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2022

  • "We would like to say thank you for letting us stay at your wonderful cottage views where amazing lots of wildlife gardens beautiful host very welcoming WE had sunshine the whole week which made for a great stay ."

    And at night the stars where wonderful to see . Also the pub two minutes away did good food ,

    Reviewed by TerenceMar 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation overlooking the Solway Firth and Scotland beyond."

    Very clean, comfortable and very well equipped kitchen Great circular walks nearby including the start, or the end, of Hadrians Wall path. Beautiful views Bill and Patsy have thought of Everything which made the stay even more relaxing Thank you...

    Reviewed by ScottFeb 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage to stay in."

    Everything you would need it has. Beautiful views and very welcoming. We have already booked to come again next year.

    Reviewed by NatalieJan 2022

  • "Had a great week very nice place has everything you need for lovely stay"

    Reviewed by PeterJan 2022

  • "Bill & Patsy were great hosts, nothing was too much trouble."

    Cottage is in a fantastic position and views were fab to wake up to every morning. We had a really break N ew Year break. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SharonDec 2021

  • "Wonderful, clean, well stocked cottage."

    Beds were so comfortable and the onsite owners were lovely, helpful and supportive. Enjoyed the welcome chocolates and wine. Definitely book again if planning to visit Cumbria in the future. A definite 10/10

    Reviewed by AnnDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with such an amazingly beautiful view."

    Really enjoyed our stay there, lovely winter walks on the sands and down quite country lanes. Local pub welcoming with good food. Could have driven a short distance into the lakes but were contented to stay in the area. Definitely one to book again.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Solway Cottage."

    The location was excellent, with fantastic views across the Solway Firth and shore walks accessible from the front door. The cottage was well equipped and we appreciated the owner's efforts with the extra touches (e.g. a bottle of fizz, comprehensive visitor guide and local maps). Our only issue was with the sofas. Like previous visitors, we found them uncomfortable. They really do need replacing.

    8/12/21 Reply email informing of actual delivery date after 16 weeks waiting! Promised Fri 10th Dec! Jan'22 - Finally arrived after New Year! 8cm higher seats than previous settees Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristopherNov 2021

  • "Another fantastic week off, this is our third visit."

    We're just in love with this place. Great views, cosy atmosphere, you can relax to your heart's content. Will be going again soon hopefully ☺️.

    Reviewed by JanathananNov 2021

  • "Amazing cottage, breathtaking view."

    Even the weather couldn’t spoil it. Just what was needed.

    Reviewed by KatrinaOct 2021

  • "Overall a pleasant stay with good location and views."

    However, as others have commented, the leather settees were quite uncomfortable, saggy and slippy. They really do need replacing.

    E-MAIL RESPONSE FROM SOLWAY COTTAGE 26/05/21 TO FEEDBACK: “Always great to hear when we get things right & thank you for pointing out the issue about the seating!. Patsy ordered new (higher seat) settees in Aug in line with guests’ advice". UPDATE: They finally arrived in Jan '22 and the seats are 8cms higher! Property Owner

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage,great facilities,wonderful view,great hosts."

    We had a lovely resful stay.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2021

  • "This place is just perfect."

    The photos don’t do it justice - the views from the lounge and bedrooms are just incredible. The cottage has everything you need. Fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, lovely outdoor furniture & BBQ. Ånd so much more. Books, games, maps, 3 TVs. And everything spotlessly clean. Bill & Patsy the owners could not have been more helpful or friendly. Information prior to arrival and whilst we were there was spot on. They really have done such a fab job with this place. If you can tear yourself away from the view, there’s so many local walks and a really good pub close by (Kings Arms). We also ventured into Scotland a few times as well as driving through the northern Lake District. And finally, the sunsets were just amazing. A perfect home from home and def one to return to again.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "The view from the property was excellent and the owners were very keen to help ..."

    The view from the property was excellent and the owners were very keen to help with anything we would definitely recommend this property

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2021

  • "This cottage is one of the cleanest and best equipped we have been in."

    Wonderful view from the balcony. The owners, who live on site made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by DeaneJul 2021

  • "Nice cottage and friendly owners."

    Fantastic views over the Solway Firth. Couldn't fault anything.

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2021

  • "This is our second stay at this beautiful cottage, will be returning later this year as well!"

    Me and my girlfriend love this place, its honestly a little gem. Its right next to the seashore, to enjoy walks and just watching the sunset. It was an amazing experience. There are also woodland trails you can do nearby if you like to walk. Its only 30 minutes from the nearest big town for all your shopping needs. Bill and Pat are so lovely and accommodating, would recommend this place to everyone.

    Reviewed by JanathananJun 2021

  • "The cottage was everything and more."

    Fantastic views. Lots of different walking routes to take the kids on as-well as days out in various local seaside towns. Owners are very helpful in little hints and tips with places to go when you see them. Food at the local pub is amazing and homemade, personal choice is to takeaway and eat on the balcony at the cottage overlooking the firth in peaceful surroundings. Nice little bistro style next to the pub also. Beds are very comfy. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Excellent hosts, wonderful views of Solway and part of Scotland."

    Wonderful village Pub 'Kings Arms'. Smashing home made food. A cottage you would want to return to.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "This cottage is beautiful and spotless with the most amazing views ever."

    You park your car in front of the owners house which is off road and safe and you just have a short walk down the side of their house to Solway Cottage The cottage is very spacious. and private, it is lovely and warm too.The owners were lovely people .Everything you could possibly need in the kitchen with a good sized 50/50 fridge freezer. Also a washer and a drier in a small utility room. The bedrooms have a wardrobe in each room which has plenty on shelves in it but limited hanging space as it only has one small rail that is hung depth ways as apposed to width ways like usual rails (not a prob for us as we used both wardrobes) The bed was really comfy. The only thing that we did not like here were the sofas which are really low and laid back so not comfy at all as you slide off them and we would say that they are ready for replacing . We would definitely return here but only once we know that the sofas have been replaced which the owner says will be in November. We did not like to mention this to the owners, as they were such lovely people but I think there are aware of this problem as other guests have commented on this too, it did not put me off when booking this cottage as I thought it might just be people moaning about nothing but they are really uncomfortable. Really beautiful cottage though with some lovely walks from the door along the estuary shore. Set in a lovely small village with a smashing pub, two lovely cafes and all the villagers that we meant were really friendly. Look out for the lovely lady in the cottage the other side of the cattle grid selling painted pebble outside her cottage, they are so cute. Thank you for our wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage .

    Reviewed by Stuart & JulieMay 2021

  • "Amazing place to have a holiday."

    Owners were extremely friendly and helpful. The view is so beautiful you could spend all your days on the verandah of the property, however there are some lovely areas to visit. Would definitely recommend this property, but book early it is very popular.

    Reviewed by SadieApr 2021

  • "Wonderful property and lovely helpful hosts."

    Reviewed by FionaDec 2020

  • "Very relaxed holiday, watching the tides and birds from the lounge window."

    Wellington boots needed for walking along the shore.

    Reviewed by Kevin & JayneOct 2020

  • "Absolutely everything about Solway Cottage, would highly recommend it."

    That's why we went for a second stay. We love it & would be back for the third time soon.

    Reviewed by GladstoneOct 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage with everything needed."

    The view was spectacular

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "Stunning location, in a beautifully furnished holiday cottage, with really thoughtful touches, it was like 'home from home'."

    We loved the fresh flowering orchid, the candles, bottle of fizz and chocolates. The cottage owners Bill and Patsy, were helpful and friendly. The village of Bowness on Solway is a special place, very tranquil and pretty, which makes for a really relaxing holiday. It was lovely sat on the decked area of the cottage, for lunch or an early evening drink, or listening to the owl calls at dusk and later watching glorious sunsets and stars. We shall probably go back.

    Reviewed by JudithSep 2020

  • "We had a lovely 2 week break at Solway Cottage."

    The accommodation is lovely, extremely clean, well equipped and the beds are very comfortable. The view from the cottage is stunning and watching the tide come in and out was fascinating. Our daughter loved going down to the estuary when the tide was out and collecting shells from the mud! A really peaceful place to stay with plenty of walks and places to visit and we have come back feeling very relaxed and distressed. I would thoroughly recommend this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "A very relaxing and peaceful stay."

    We were made to feel very welcome and the decking at the back is the place to be on an evening!

    Reviewed by RobAug 2020

  • "A lovely cottage with fantastic views in a very peaceful location."

    We highly recommend it and hope to return.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2020

  • "Outstanding cottage with panoramic views."

    Shall definitely return, if you like calm and a place to de-stress, this is for you. Routes to many Cumbrian places of interest are easily accessible, although drives can be half hour to an hour, drives are on quiet, scenic routes. My husband and I enjoyed every moment, staying at the cottage or tootling by foot or car, throughout naturalistic Cumbria. Do not let the fact that the cottage is on the grounds of the owners. The cottage gives you absolute privacy because the cottage has been well thought out for maximum sea view and isolation. On the other hand the owners are available should you require information or help. The whole village was friendly and it has been refreshing to experience a totally different way of life along with a vast range of ecosystems. Next time shall take cycles, perfect flat quiet roads. If you need to get off life's conveyor belt and restore mindfulness, this place is for you. Felt covid protected, more so than at home, owners very clued up on safety measures and went beyond what was required. Exceptional!

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "We enjoyed sitting on the decking looking at the fabulous view across the solway firth to Dumfries and Galloway."

    The cottage is fantastic and the best equipped for self catering that we have ever had.Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped."

    It was very clean. It has lovely views. The owners are onsite and ready to help all they can. We would definitely return but unfortunately we found the furniture very uncomfortable, the leather sofas were soft and you slide off the all the time, they have no support. The dining chairs are stools. But we are glad we visited.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2020

  • "Exactly what it said in the brochure."

    Peace, quiet, great location, so relaxing. Bill n patsey were lovely and eager to please. Couldn't fault it. Picture on the website didn't do it justice. Lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by AlanDec 2019

  • "The cottage was amazing, very clean and had every thing you could ever need."

    The location was stunning, peaceful and quiet. The owners left you alone but were near by if needed. A nice pub close by for meals and drinks.

    Reviewed by JacquelineDec 2019

  • "Peaceful area, interesting history and bird life."

    Reviewed by DianneDec 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage with amazing panoramic views from the living area and outside decking,a number of steps down and your on the beach,lovelly hosts Bill & Patsy nice pub with good food only 150 yards away,the start / end of Hadrians wall is in the village,perfectly located for trips to Carlisle,Scotland,and the Northern lakes."

    Well recommended.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2019

  • "View from main lounge is fantastic and almost like an ever changing picture ."

    Reviewed by EugeneSep 2019

  • "Very good accommodation although the settees were very low and not the most comfortable."

    The bed was ok except for the wooden headboard. The view from from the cottage across the water to Scotland was unbelievable.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "The cottage was well presented."

    It was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The views from the deck outside the lounge were truly spectacular especially in the evening as the sun was setting. It was private and had everything needed to make a perfect holiday. The hosts Bill and Patsy were just lovely and I would highly recommend this property

    Reviewed by JamesJun 2019

  • "A really super, very comfortable and well appointed cottage with views to die for of the Solway Firth."

    Look out for the most spectacular sunsets. Also look out for the locals in action fishing with the centuries old haaf netting method. There are plenty of places within reasonable driving distance to visit.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2019

  • "Solway Cottage is a wonderful combination of a peaceful coastal retreat with all mod cons."

    The view from the lounge (and bedrooms) is simply stunning, and the ebb and flow of the tide is incredibly restful and calming. The kitchen is so well equipped it is a real home from home, and there are some lovey touches for example the welcome drinks and chocolates. Highly recommended- book with confidence as you won’t regret it, pack your binoculars, walking boots and camera and you will be in for a treat!

    Reviewed by DebbieMay 2019

  • "Wow what a view of the Solway just perfect to unwind."

    Re booked for next year so that says it all.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2019

  • "Solway cottage is located in a lovely village and has the most fantastic views you can lose yourself in whilst sat on the cottage decking, the owners are extremely helpful and not intrusive."

    The village pub is fantastic very friendly and the food is gorgeous.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with views to die for."

    Reviewed by DarrenMay 2019

  • "We enjoyed every moment at the cottage Would highly recommend Solway Cottage."

    Will definitely be back for another holiday. Bill and Patsy were very attentive, best hosts ever.

    Reviewed by FelistusApr 2019

  • "This cottage has an amazing view over the Solway."

    It is extremely comfortable, warm & and very well presented. The cottage worked very well for 2 couples sharing as there are 2 bathrooms. We would all thoroughly recommend this cottage and it’s friendly owners.

    Reviewed by AMar 2019

  • "The view from Solway Cottage is stunning."

    It is a perfect location for exploring the North Lakes, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and the beautiful Solway coast which is a hidden gem. The cottage is warm, cosy, comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2018

  • "Loved everything."

    The view is amazing. Bill showed us round the property and told us some of the history of the area. Thankyou to Bill and Patsy for the goodies. We will go back again in the future.

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2018

  • "Solway cottage is the most perfect holiday cottage, the cottage interior is very ..."

    Solway cottage is the most perfect holiday cottage, the cottage interior is very modern and stylish with everything you could need and more, wow factor views large private balcony to enjoy the changing tides, sunsets, starry skies, wildlife etc a slice of heaven, thank you Bill+Patsy

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2018

  • "Magnificent!"

    Having used Sykes Cottages on several previous occasions we think this cottage, its facilities & its location make it the best so far! We did have reservations about the cottage being in such close proximity to the owners' home but this was unfounded. The cottage & its balcony are totally private & give spectacular views over the Firth. The cottage is really well laid out & provides everything one requires during the stay. And the area is really special, with so many great walks over different landscapes & habitats. All in all a truly special place!

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2018

  • "Solway Cottage is located in the quiet village of Bowness-on-Solway; local amenities include one pub and the Wallsend tea room, which provided nice lunches and a good selection of cakes."

    The surrounding area is both beautiful and peaceful, and the cottage is probably the best place to appreciate this, as it has spectacular views over the water, with a lovely decked area out back with nice seating that lets you take full advantage. You can also walk straight down from the decking to the beach through a terraced garden; while well maintained, the stairs are quite steep in places, so not for those with mobility issues - although within the cottage access is all on one level. The accommodation itself was comfortable, and the hosts appear to have thought of all those little details - nice towels and toiletries in the bathrooms (there are two); plenty of cupboard space in the bedrooms, and a useful laundry area with washing machine and dryer. The kitchen was particularly well equipped, and the coffee machine was a bonus. Good selection of books and dvds to suit many tastes; and lots of information provided on local history, flora and fauna. The owners were very friendly and helpful; as was the bottle of milk, wine and chocolates in the fridge on our arrival - all the necessities! Fresh flowers added another welcoming touch. All in all, this was a lovely place to stay, and I'd be happy to return anytime.

    Reviewed by RachaelAug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage & very well equipped."

    In fact for us is was better equipped than needed! Views from the cottage are lovely and saw some stunning sunsets. Situated in quiet village with pub with food just 2 minutes walk. Owners very nice & sent us good directions to get there including a stop at Asda. Bottle of wine, milk & maltesers in the fridge were also a nice welcome. Only downside was the hoards of flies which I suppose is what you get in hot weather in the countryside, but if this would bother you it should be taken into account. All in all we had a lovely week and if it wasn't for the flies we'd love to return.

    Reviewed by JaniceJul 2018

  • "The views and scenery were stunning , the wildlife was great to watch , the location was good and the owners were wonderful and very helpful ."

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2018

  • "Set in a wonderful location, with amazing views."

    The cottage was fabulous and, the care and attention to detail by the owners was five star, everything that you could want was provided.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2018

  • "Great location great cottage great views peace & quiet great hosts nothing ..."

    Great location great cottage great views peace & quiet great hosts nothing negative would certainly return to this cottage if only for the relaxation it offers

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "The property is of a very high standard."

    The facilities are second to none. Everything you could need in the kitchen and more. The beds are very comfy. Everything was high quality. Breathtaking views from the decking and the nature watching was excellent. The village is quiet, but has a good pub with good food. Lots to do in the surrounding areas, but a car is essential. The owners are close by and very helpful, but do not invade your privacy. All in all a very nice place to visit. I would definately recommend this cottage to my friends and family.

    Reviewed by GeraldineMay 2018

  • "Spotlessly clean, beautifully presented, this cottage is a real credit to its owners Bill & Patsy."

    The high quality of all the furnishings, fitments and fixtures elevates it way above any of the many other rental cottages we have ever stayed in. Its warm, quiet, everything feel solid and the views are terrific. The owners are next door for questions and help if required, but allow one privacy, the perfect hosts! By nature I am picky and can generally find things that trouble me at these rental cottages but in this instance apart from a couple of minor nit-picks too trivial to mention, I am at a loss to come up with anything negative about the cottage that I feel I should warn others about. We really enjoyed coming back to the cottage after a day's touring and walking, so much so we preferred to cook and "chill out" that eat at pubs and restaurants. The sun sets on the Scotland side of the Solway Firth so every evening one is treated to a display of colour, as a landscape photographer I really apprecaited that! I guess my only area of slight dissapointment was not about the cottage at all but just how little there really is to do in the area. We found ourselves travelling to the Lake District every day and its quite a journey taking 1.5 hours or longer. Of course we knew that when we booked I just found the Solway Firth a tad boring, we didnt see a single boat or any activity all week, and its quite a monotonous beach to walk. What I am trying to say is if you are happy at this location then the cottage is absolutely perfect, but if your main interest is in the Lake District it might be a bit far from the "action". Overall this is a 5 star property. Lovely views, terrific interior and exterior and above all it has that intangible sense of feeling at home and comfortable.

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2018

  • "We had a fantastic week."

    Solway Cottage is a home from home with a fantastic view. Would highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MichelleApr 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean, comfortable and warm and well set out with plenty of space."

    Information was provided for things to do around the area. The chocolates and wine were a nice touch. The view from the cottage was exceptional, we could watch the weather unfold from the comfort of the sitting area and enjoyed watching and photographing the wildlife around the cottage.

    Reviewed by LynnFeb 2018

  • "We had a brilliant stay at Solway Cottage, it was so much more than what we expected!"

    The view was breathtaking no matter what time of day it was, our stay was so relaxing and peaceful. The cottage itself was equipped with everything you could ever need, plus more! It was clean, modern, comfortable and homely. Felt like a home away from home. We are already talking about re-booking for spring! All in all a fantastic, beautiful place. Thanks so much.

    Reviewed by LoisDec 2017

  • "A romantic and remote setting with a very glamorous view that is great to watch in all weathers - we were blessed with a clear night time sky and star-gaze!"

    The cottage is luxuriously equipped with good quality appliances, crockery and pots and pans. The beds were super comfy and rooms had black-out blinds to aid a good night's sleep. The underfloor heating and electric blankets meant that we were toasty warm even when the temperature was below freezing. The nearest village shop is a short drive away but we would recommend stocking up on supplies at the Asda at Carlisle or bringing your own provisions if staying for short break, there is plenty of space in the fridge, cupboards and separate freezer. There is a wonderful coastal walk from the doorstep and a great village pub in which to drink beer and eat cumberland sausage and chips when you return. This is totally unspoilt coastline in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would return.

    Reviewed by KathrynNov 2017

  • "Solway Cottage is very comfortable well equipped place and the view from the cottage was spectacular, The owners are friendly a most enjoyable place for a holiday we could not have asked for more."

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage , really friendly and helpful owners"

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2017

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Provided a good base for touring the area but a little too remote for a repeat visit. Lovely peaceful location.

    Reviewed by GlennApr 2017

  • "If anyone is looking for a place to relax, this is it."

    Reviewed by BillMar 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage with stunning views."

    Hosts Patsy and Bill are very helpful and welcoming. The welcome gifts were very much appreciated. The Guest information book was excellent as was the laminated information sheets regarding the appliances.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2017

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and cosy."

    View was fabulous. Pity about the weather. Had a lovely visit a felt very refreshed.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2017

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage with amazing views and great facilities The ..."

    A beautifully appointed cottage with amazing views and great facilities The views and access to wildlife and walks are perfect The internal noise insulation was not great- but i may just have had noisy friends Thank you

    Reviewed by AndreaJan 2017

  • "The cottage was very equipped it was such a lovely place even in November loads of walks and bicycle rides ."

    The view was ever changing . comfortable and warm beds the underfloor heating did a good job the cottage was warm and cosy looking forward to revisiting in summer .

    Reviewed by SandraNov 2016

  • "It's perfect."

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2016

  • "We have had several holidays in rented cottages, and this was without doubt the best."

    Most cottages supply enough crockery and cutlery for the amount of visitors, and this is great, but Solway cottage had so much that we could have had a good party, and still enough left for breakfast next morning. Solway cottage looks lovely in the brochure but even better in real life when you stand on the patio and gaze across the Firth to Scotland while drinking your first cup of tea of the day ! It is so well thought out and presented that you could easily live there , now there's a thought !!

    Reviewed by GregOct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double, 1 x family room with 1 x 4’ double and 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast bar and sitting area
  • Utility.
  • Solar powered underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, Bosch Tassimo coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Electric car charging point
  • Front decked area with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: One step leading from sitting area to the outside decking
  • Note: 50 railed steps lead directly down to shore, children to be supervised, alternatively, the shore is 200 yards down the road
  • Please note: Solway Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner's property, Maia House
  • All outlooks are across the Solway Firth estuary towards Scotland.

The property

This magnificent, detached cottage is located in Bowness-on-Solway near Wigton and Carlisle, on the edge of the Solway Coast.

With mesmerising, uninterrupted views stretching across the bay to the Solway Firth and Scotland beyond, this cottage makes an ideal base for families and couples exploring this charming corner of Cumbria.

Set solely on the ground floor, the cottage has two cosy bedrooms, a luxury bathroom with a double-ended bath, and a superb shower room.

There is an open plan living area, beautifully furnished and equipped ensuring your stay will be perfect.

The dramatic scenery is brought inside with large, feature French windows opening out on to a beautiful decking area, so no matter what the weather you will always be able to admire the scenery.

From the cottage, steps enjoy direct access down to the shore where in season you may observe the unique and traditional style of fishing in the Solway Firth called Haaf Netters.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail starts in the village and stretches right across the country to the east coast, and whilst guests may wish to walk the 73 miles to Wallsend, having a superb pub serving delicious fare at the very start may delay your departure!

A wonderful way to explore the Solway Coast, an Area of Outstanding National Beauty and World Heritage Site, is by bicycle and although the Hadrian’s Cycleway also runs through the village, there are also numerous other circular routes on hand.

Wildlife lovers can embrace the local nature reserves with both Dumbrugh Moss and the South Solway Mosses close by, and positioned right on the edge of the estuary at this Bowness-on-Solway cottage, you are already in a renowned World Ramsar site for marine birds.

Being close to the border of Scotland, Carlisle, known as the border city, is well worth a visit, or how about a day at the races?

Cross the border just into Scotland and visit Gretna Green, just over 20 miles away.

Whatever your reason to visit this fascinating area and this fabulous cottage, you will undoubtedly wish you had found this idyllic location years ago and will look forward to enjoying the superb accommodation again and again!

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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.

Region Information

Please note: Solway Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner's property, Maia House. All outlooks are across the Solway Firth estuary towards Scotland.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute