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Solway Cottage

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

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

  • LoBrad91
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    “Fallen in love with this place!”

    Writing this on our last night, we all feel so sad to be leaving! Even though we only came for 3 nights it has been a perfect, relaxing getaway. The one thing that I’ll miss the most is the amazing view from the cottage, just beautiful at all times of the day ...

    Writing this on our last night, we all feel so sad to be leaving! Even though we only came for 3 nights it has been a perfect, relaxing getaway. The one thing that I’ll miss the most is the amazing view from the cottage, just beautiful at all times of the day. The cottage itself is fantastic, has everything touch could wish for plus more. Felt like a home away from home. It’s clean, modern, comfortable and homely. This was our first time to the area, we loved exploring and going on walks. We will definitely be coming back to stay here! We’ve raved about this cottage so much that my auntie is going to book it too! Thank you so much we have had a great stay!!


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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!


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.

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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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