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Ale Cottage

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Ireby, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was great, really comfortable and clean."

    Great location too. Only thing we missed was a freezer which was on the listing but wasn't actually one in the property. Would be useful to update the listing so it's clear.

    Reviewed by Katie4.4Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was perfect very well equipped log burner was fantastic to come home ..."

    The cottage was perfect very well equipped log burner was fantastic to come home to after our long walks perfect base for what we wanted highly recommend and will definately book again thanks for a wonderful stay xx

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay in your cottage."

    There were lots of extras not listed, tea towel, wash liquid etc which was a pleasant surprise. Just a couple of grumbles. The shower cubicle in the en suite leaks quite a bit and there were some big old cobwebs downstairs too. The top set of steps in the garden are a bit slippery.

    Reviewed by Georgina4.4Oct 2023

  • "A lovely, spacious property with everything you need for your stay."

    Loads of information available on places to visit and things to do. Well placed for the Northern Lakes and all they have to offer. A great place to return to and relax in after a day of walking. The garden was an ideal secure space for our spaniel to snuffle around.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property is in a great area with northern lakes and towns easy to get to."

    It was cleaned ok but there is a problem with the double room and en-suite which were downstairs - it smelt and felt very damp and the bathroom had a very unpleasant odor. We slept downstairs but used the shower upstairs. It did get bit better towards the end of the week once the heaters had been on and after I brought air fresheners. The garden was pretty secure but one of our spaniels worked out how she could get out but luckily we caught her in time. Overall it was well equipped and had plenty of maps, books etc.

    Reviewed by Clare3.4Sep 2023

  • "Comfortable very well equipped cottage with a secure garden for the dog."

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay all week."

    There was everything we could possibly need except the BBQ. Nowhere to be found. Single bed by window collaped. Several rungs came loose. The patio slabs needs attention as tripped a couple of times. Also with the chippings, it was quite difficult to clean up after our fur babies. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you for your feedback. There is however no BBQ and I have checked the property description and there is not one advertised. I will advise my caretakers regarding the bed - this is part of their requirements to ensure all ok. I will also look at the patio area on my visit next month and see what can be done to rectify this going forward. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Aug 2023

  • "This cottage has everything for every season!"

    !! Enjoyed our stay, nice dog friendly pub next door, tasty meals and just lovely chatting to local people about the history of the village and surrounding areas. Quite central not far to travel for local lake and Keswick district with stunning views and the good weather made it fab.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Aug 2023

  • "Ale Cottage is in a great village location, with good views and handy for visiting Keswick and Buttermere."

    There was a cosy log stove we used a couple of evenings. Everything for a week of self catering was thoughtfully provided. The patio area could do with a jet wash to clean it up.

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our week in Ale Cottage!"

    ! It's the most well equipped cottage we've stayed in, clean and comfortable. I imagine it would be super cozy with the fire on but we didn't need it in July. Dogs loved having the patio doors open to pop in and out of. Great location for getting out and about and the village of Ireby is lovely and peaceful. We didn't try the pub as we were just too busy. Only downside for me was the garden furniture is really uncomfortable to sit on and as we had some lovely weather I wanted to sit out and admire the view but even sitting on a cushion it was not good. But heyho it didn't spoil a thing. Hats off to the owner for being so dog friendly as well!!

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great property and location."

    Only slight issue was that our party found the mattresses too soft.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved our stay in Ale Cottage, would highly recommend staying there, ideal for looking around northern Lakes lovely little pub next door."

    Jeff and Sue

    Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Ale cottage is lovely well appointed and stocked cottage, there is everything you could possibly need whilst you stay there."

    The garden is well fenced so your pets are safe outside ( but could do with a gardener to tidy it up a bit). The pub next door serves nice food and ales. All in all we would not think twice about staying there again as we had a very great time exploring the many places to go too around where we was with the use of a load of information and maps that the cottage has at your disposable . S again we found this cottage excellent.

    Hi Thank you for your feedback, I should have a gardener and it has highlighted the need to contact him so thank you very much for this comment! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable stay , cottage was very clean and well equipped."

    Just needs a few light bulbs replacing throughout. But overall first class holiday cottage

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in an ideal location for the north lakes."

    There was everything that you needed for a very comfortable stay. The garden was perfect for our dog's and us to sit out in when it wasn't raining. The owner has thought of everything to make our stay a happy one

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Mar 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ale Cottage, it is clean, cosy and very well equipped."

    Everything has been thought of and the furnishings are a good standard. The only thing I would suggest is providing a 'proper' hairdrier rather than a travel one, but no big deal. The location is lovely, and the pub next door is worth a visit for a friendly, warm welcome. The garden was safe for our dogs (one is an escape artist but she didn't get out!). We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jan 2023

  • "Brilliant place to stay my husband and I have had a very recent tragedy and it give us the space we needed to recharge."

    We will be back

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Nov 2022

  • "This is one of the nicest dog friendly holiday cottages we’ve ever stayed in."

    It’s clean, comfortable and well equipped. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.

    Thank you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in Ale Cottage."

    It was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. The only small problem we had was the cottage was very cold when we arrived but we soon had the burner going and it couldn't have been cosier and once we sussed out the storage heaters we had a a lovely warm cottage to return to after a day's walking on the fells. We would love to return in the summer and be able to sit out in the garden on an evening and enjoy the beautiful views. The cottage also had the added bonus of being next door to the Black Lion...a great little pub.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a great stay really nice cottage"

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    Comfortable accommodation in a quiet village. Had a really great break. I highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Second time at Ale Cottage for us and our three dogs,the locals are extremely friendly and the village is in a very quiet location but not too far away from places to visit with a Supermarket within a 10 minute drive."

    The Cottage itself is very comfortable and well furnished with very good facilities such as a washing machine and tumble drier based in the garage which can be accessed from inside the property, I would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely comfy cottage, extremely well equipped and clean, and in a most peaceful and relaxing location."

    Us and our dogs loved our stay, and would definitely return to Ale Cottage again ;)

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage well equipped comfortable and clean."

    Well situated to explore the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2022

  • "A couple of disappointments for us."

    There was no milk in the fridge (we’d read reviews and others seemed to have had some so we didn’t take any). I tried to ring the contact number when we arrived as I had a couple of queries but couldn’t get an answer. Tbf I did get a call later. We were also surprised to have a gardener arrive one evening, restricting our use of the garden and upsetting our dog - I think it would be better if he did his work on handover day.

    Reviewed by Martin3.8May 2022

  • "Very very clean and comfortable stay"

    Reviewed by Rowan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely everything you would need down to spices in the cupboard."

    Every pot, pan, cup, saucer and glasses (probably courtesy of the Black Lion next door). SkyQ in the double and the lounge was a bonus. Real fire was welcoming when the weather turned cold. Great central location to explore Cumbria and the Lakes. Would love to go back

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very well equipped."

    Very comfortable bed. Nice location as a base to explore. Extremely easy check in. No fuss holiday!

    Reviewed by Sian4.4Feb 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay really enjoyed it the log burner needs looking at tried to have a fire one night after a days walking and it started leaking smoke out of the chimney other than that excellent."

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful little cottage."

    We had a lovely stay and would definitely return again in the future. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.7Nov 2021

  • "Had a good time."

    The cottage was cosy and comfortable, also very safe for the dogsFood next door was good, perhaps could do with an update on the information leaflets.Suggest more toilet rolls

    Reviewed by Carolynne1.9Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage had everything we needed and more."

    Very quiet village, pub next door was very handy! Well placed for getting out and about.

    Reviewed by Ursula4.7Sep 2021

  • "Had a lovely time."

    Very comfy cottage. Especially the bed. Really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend if you are going with your 4 legged friend. We have 3 dogs and there was plenty of room for 2 adults, 2 teenagers and 3 dogs.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great place in the quiet village of Ireby, everything we needed for a ..."

    Great place in the quiet village of Ireby, everything we needed for a comfortable stay with my 3 dogs Booked already for next year

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage heather has thought of everything information facilitys you ..."

    Fantastic cottage heather has thought of everything information facilitys you couldn't wish for a better cottage , if any of your other customers go there , it wont disappoint,

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Jun 2021

  • "This beautiful cottage couldn’t have been lovelier or better equipped the owners had thought of everything and for the first time since staying in cottages around Cumbria we haven’t had to buy coal or kindling for the fire."

    The kitchen was extremely well equipped and the lounge area very comfortable and cosy. The village of Ireby is friendly and welcoming and we loved the farm shop with honesty box this was a real touch of the country. The pub serving food was open when we arrived but due to lockdown closed again. It’s a great base to visits lots of places and walk our lively dogs. We had a great time and will definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely, clean, well equipped cottage."

    Really helpful, friendly owner who dealt with our questions promptly. Located slightly outside the normal Lakes Hub, but within easy reach of the northern Lakes. Situated in a small village with friendly pub next door, which serves food daily. The food is good and they serve handpulled bitters too. The cottage is well equipped, every kitchen utensil you can think of, it has it. Pasta, rice, tea, coffee are lovely touches, especially as we forgot the pasta. The kids loved having a fire at night. Garage is great if you take bikes, kayaks etc. Lovely garden for summer months. The dog enjoyed people watching from the French doors and from the garden.

    Reviewed by A5.0Oct 2020

  • "We recently stayed at Ale Cottage for 5 days with our 3 beagles."

    We couldn’t have asked for more. We did so much exploring and sightseeing from where we were and the surrounding areas are stunning. The cottage is warm, comfortable and has everything you need. We will definitely be returning. Karen & Alan Redfern

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Oct 2020

  • "A tastefully renovated property in a quiet village located in the North Western fells of the Lake District."

    Equally convenient for the City of Carlisle, the Solway Coast and the Northern Lake District, there are plenty of places to visit. Tastefully modernised, this stone cottage is comfortable and clean with ample provision of appliances and extras. We were surprised at the volume of cleaning products left for our use. We brought our own alcohol-based cleaners but these were only used initially since the obvious cleanliness gave us the confidence and comfort that we feared may not be evident. Whilst over and above our expectations in many aspects, there are some minor issues which are easily overcome...bring a torch for the dark nights as the steps up to the cottage are dark and would benefit from, say, solar lighting. If you struggle with steps, there are 17 to contend with to gain entry and the top 5 can be slippery when wet. The property Information Book is comprehensive and a ‘must read’ when you arrive (in the cabinet drawer in the lounge). Maybe the bedding duvets could be a higher tog rating or hadn’t been changed from Summer rating when we arrived in early October although we weren’t too cold and never felt the need to use the wood burner. Previous mentions re the sofas are correct...not that comfortable but, nevertheless, functional Overall, nothing would dissuade us from a return visit should the opportunity arise and we have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Oct 2020

  • "The cottage has everything you could need and a lovely private garden."

    Beautiful quiet spot within easy travel distance to Keswick - perfect base with dogs, thank you

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage overall was very comfortable, great amenities and very clean."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Sep 2020

  • "A very nice, comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "After reading a previous guests feedback from August, I was a little anxious in case the cottage wasn’t clean but it was generally in good order."

    Just a little attention needed to cleaning the washing machine drawer and windowsills but there were plenty antibacterial sprays and cleaning materials around the cottage. The kitchen has every utensil you could possibly need but I would bin the rice and HP sauce left by previous visitors, as they look past their sell by date and not hygienic. Great views from the living room across the hills and the village is very peaceful. We didn’t use the log burner as the storage heaters were pre set to take the chill off the cottage. My only gripes were that the sofas are in desperate need of having new foam in the base cushions and are very uncomfortable to sit on. I had to get my pillows from the bedroom to use. Also the WIFI was an issue. It’s a restricted monthly supply of 60GB and renewed the week after our stay , so by Tuesday morning we were without Broadband! The pub next door is small and characterful and Mark and his assistant are superb hosts. But I would recommend reserving a table if you want to eat there , or you may not get a table. They take food orders until 7.30pm and the pub generally closes around 9.30pm depending on how full it is. All in all, an enjoyable break but a few adjustments to the facilities would make all the difference.

    Reviewed by Dawn3.4Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was well equipped but sub standard."

    There were stains on the double mattress which we discovered just before we left which were disgusting. Dog poo stain on doormat. Dirty oven trays in oven. My dogs were professionally groomed the dsy before we left. They are now scratching constantly. I felt itchy the whole time. Garden full of weeds. Kitchen table sticky. The settees were old and uncomfortable and I'm not sure if they were fire certificated. Our holiday was ruined and we left early. Definitely not wirth the money and we should be offered compensation.

    Reviewed by Julie2.2Aug 2020

  • "The cottage in Ireby Cumbria was excellent and exceptionally clean, the owner contacted us the day before were due to start our holiday stay there informing us of some minor issues in the property in hope that it did not spoil our stay ( it did not) There were lots of places to visit within driving distance and next door to the cottage we had the local pub which served good home made food."

    In all we had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic place and we'll placed to explore the Lake District, it has everything you would want."

    We have two dogs and one jumped off an unfenced 6 ft drop wall so I would say not entirely secure just something to make you aware of and when we first got to the property we went in to make sure the dogs were secure then unwittingly just shut the door to get luggage when we returned we could not get in, panic ensued then went to the local pub next door to cut it short 2 lovely men did the phoning for us (because phones were left in property) but nobody was answering we were informed that when you close the doors they lock, it took 2 hours to sort out not good at all I'm telling you this so you're informed I later found out that the information about the door's is on the well come pack to late it's happened to a few people I was informed .But saying all that it was a lovely holiday and we enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Jul 2019

  • "Ale Cottage is a lovely comfortable cottage situated in the friendly village of Ireby and is the ideal central location to visit some great Lakes locations."

    The property has all the home comforts you would need and the garden has some great views towards Skiddaw The people in the village are really friendly and the pub is literally next door to the cottage with a warm welcome and great food. We'll definitely be back

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great cottage with a friendly pub next dootr"

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Jun 2019

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage."

    Everything you need. A total home from home. Took us a few days to get used to no phone service but just added to the peace and quiet in the end.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jun 2019

  • "Everything was as stated in information details."

    Facilities were excellent.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2019

  • "I would definitely recommend this dog friendly cottage and location."

    We had a lucky week with glorious weather and spent a lot of time in the garden, which was safe for our dogs. The cottage was well equipped and cosy, but we had the windows and doors open most of the time to enjoy all that fresh air. The views from the cottage are beautiful and there were some good walks where we could safely let our dogs off the lead away from cars and livestock, with pretty streams where they could have a paddle to cool down. The pub next door was a handy bonus, but we only ate there once. The village of Caldbeck a few miles away was perfect for walks and ice creams and a look round in the local craft galleries. We slept in the upstairs bedroom where it was cooler and the beds were very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.4May 2019

  • "Excellent, well maintained and very cozy."

    Reviewed by Charles Ian5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage in a peaceful village off the main tourist track yet well within reach of all that you could want."

    The cottage is dog friendly although there are some sections of the boundary of the garden that aren't fenced, however as it is raised above the road this will be fine for some but maybe not all dogs - ours enjoyed watching the world go by from their vantage point!

    Reviewed by Debbie3.8Mar 2019

  • "Excellent cottage, it a loverly location."

    Sykes description was spot on. Would defiantly use Sykes again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great little cottage with everything there that you could need."

    Pub next door so great to pop in after a day out. Would not hesitate to book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2018

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Over two floors
  • On the ground floor there is 1 x double bedroom en-suite with shower room, basin and WC. On the first floor: 1 x twin bedroom and a shared bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner, Lounge with solid fuel stove, leading to an enclosed rear garden with seating
  • Attached garage with storage
  • Private parking.
  • Storage heaters
  • Electric cooker and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Sky FreeSat, TV with Freeview, DVD player, home cinema system and CD player with I-Pod dock
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
  • Private rear garden with seating and BBQ. Private parking for 1 car
  • Towels included
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 2 minute walk
  • Note : If arriving in the dark please bring a torch.

The property

Ale Cottage is a terrific two bedroom characterful beamed cottage sleeping 4 people, in the village of Ireby, 12 miles from Keswick and ideal location if you want to be away from it all, but near enough to explore the northern lakes.

Offering spacious accommodation set over two floors, with one double bedroom on the ground floor with en-suite shower room, basin and WC.

Up to the first floor there is one twin bedroom that shares a family bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC and a lovely lounge with a fabulous solid fuel stove, in which you can unwind after a day out exploring the Lakes.

The kitchen/diner is a sociable space where you can gather whilst preparing a home cooked meal and talk about the day's activities.  Leading down from the lounge you are out onto the garden where your dogs can scamper about.

Outside is a garage with storage.  Ireby is a small village and ideally placed for the Northern Lakes and further afield, there is a small village pub next door where they serve home cooked meals in the evening, where you can sit in front of the fire and unwind.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 5 miles; Keswick 12 miles.

Ireby nestles in the peaceful fells of the northern Lake District, in the beautiful area to the north of Keswick known as 'Back of Skiddaw'. Once a thriving market town, with the market cross believed to date back to 1200, Ireby is now a truly unspoilt, peaceful fell village. The peaks of Great Calva and Knott look down on the village and the nearby Aughertree Fell was the site of a Bronze Age farm and the remains of a pre-Roman road are still in evidence, a unique and most complete settlement from the Iron Age period. Nearby Bassenthwaite Lake itself, while boasting gentler scenery than others in the region, is still one of the most picturesque places in England. Places of interest nearby include Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Lake with small open-air theatre (reputedly frequented by poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth), Trotters Farm, and Dodd Wood. Most of the attractions of the Lake District are within easy reach and the quieter Northern Fells are almost on the doorstep. The nearby towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, both have weekly markets and offer a good range of amenities. The scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is within touring distance, as is the city of Carlisle and Hadrians Wall.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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