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Ale Cottage

Ireby, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972284)


(33 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • 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

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "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 HeatherJun 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage well equipped comfortable and clean."

    Well situated to explore the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 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 MartinMay 2022

  • "Very very clean and comfortable stay"

    Reviewed by RowanApr 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 KevinApr 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 SianFeb 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 RichardDec 2021

  • "Beautiful little cottage."

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

    Reviewed by KirstyNov 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 CarolynneSep 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 UrsulaSep 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 RebeccaJul 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 JohnJun 2021

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

    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 DonnaJun 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 JacquiOct 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 AOct 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 KarenOct 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 StuartOct 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 StephSep 2020

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

    Reviewed by Elizabeth AnnSep 2020

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

    Reviewed by DavidSep 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 DawnSep 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 JulieAug 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 ThomasAug 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 DianeJul 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 LesleyJun 2019

  • "Great cottage with a friendly pub next dootr"

    Reviewed by JudyJun 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 MichelleJun 2019

  • "Everything was as stated in information details."

    Facilities were excellent.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 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 ValerieMay 2019

  • "Excellent, well maintained and very cozy."

    Reviewed by Charles IanApr 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 DebbieMar 2019

  • "Excellent cottage, it a loverly location."

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

    Reviewed by JaneSep 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 SarahSep 2018

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  • 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season