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High Head Castle Farm, Ive Valley near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 4560)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "The Nuthatch was a lovely property with every amenity available."

    Location was stunning and very relaxing well worth exploring to see the sculptures and animals. This location was also as an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside and towns. Would highly recommend a stay at the Nuthatch.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2022

  • "As you walk through the garden gate you feel the relaxed atmosphere that the garden and cottage has to offer."

    The cottage had everything we needed for our stay. Enough room for 2 adults and our two dogs. The welcome pack was a very thoughtful gesture and very pleasing. Plenty of birds singing while you sit, drinking in the garden. Visited by a hedgehog and watching the deers run around the field is delightful too. We will be looking to book again soon.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2022

  • "Meg, the dog, and I had a lovely peaceful couple of days at High Head Castle Farm."

    Nuthatch cottage is super with a small enclosed garden so Meg couldn't wander off and had lots of visiting birds. The facilities are great; comfy bed, large bathroom, plenty of hanging space, kitchen with everything you would need (even a separate freezer and a dish washer!) and a nice touch of a welcome gift of goodies which included a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge :-). We could have happily stayed longer if we'd had the time.

    Pleased you enjoyed your visit, hope the rest of your break was successful Property Owner

    Reviewed by SandyJul 2022

  • "Great stay at nuthatch, very relaxing."

    Accommodation was as described and perfect for those with dogs. Welcome goodies were very much appreciated. Owner left us to our own devices but was available if needed. Truly isolated and peaceful. I would definitely return

    Thank you for your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoy your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2022

  • "Excellent small cottage tucked away on a Dairy Farm."

    Ideally positioned for exploring Carlisle and the Borders, North and West Lakes. I would highly recommend

    Thank you for your kind comments, so pleased you had a great holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2022

  • "Perfect little cottage in a beautiful part of the countryside."

    Had everything we needed for a week away, would highly recommend!

    Thank you for such lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by EdJun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    Very peaceful.everything we needed.thankyou. for the bits. you left for us

    Thank you for your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in peaceful location."

    I appreciated the welcome pack. The kitchen is very well equipped. The sofa and bed were really comfy. Pretty garden with a small patio area to enjoy a drink in the sunshine.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by YvonneJun 2022

  • "A true Gem of a Cottage and ideal getaway for a couple."

    Both comfortable and tidy with all the essentials. Peaceful and great situation to explore the Lakes and Hadrians Wall. Thinking of 're booking so we can try the Log burner in the Autumn !

    Thank you for your kind comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by HaydnMay 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay but maybe the quality of the towels and bedding could be improved?"

    The smart tv was appreciated very much!

    Thank you for your comments, pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. I will have a check of the bedding and towels, thanks for the heads up. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EileenMay 2022

  • "Everything in perfect condition."

    Accommodation fully fulfills expectation for a budget but completely equipped and clean cottage that hosts 2 adults with pets.

    Thank you for your comments, pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoergApr 2022

  • "Very nice stay , accomodation great ."

    Bedroom door glass so let’s a lot light in could do with roller blind behind door , All in all nice stay and great base to explore Lake District .

    Thanks for the comments, pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Never thought about the door letting in a lot of light !! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "A great place to unwind - the cottage is cosy and snug with everything you need."

    We never used the log burner as the underfloor heating was more than enough to keep the place warm. The enclosed garden is small and charming and our dog loved sitting outside while we supervised him. A great hidden bolt hole to destress and relax.

    Thank you your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Sorry not to have caught up with you during stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GillianApr 2022

  • "The cottage was superb so clean so warm and comfortable , Mrs Stamper who is a lovely friendly lady had thought of everything and i mean everything, even a welcome pack of goodies and a lovely bottle of wine greeted us ."

    Our 2 girls (dogs) loved it aswell . We loved the peace and quiet we slept so well in the comfortable bed , such a relaxing break for us even lovely walks. We definitely want to go back ASAP .

    Thank you for your lovely comments, hope you got home safely and your husband is feeling better. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaryMar 2022

  • "Everything you would need from a week away from he was provided."

    Nice to have access to Hoover/cleaning products so as to not leave dog hair to build up over the week. With it being a dog friendly cottage it was also fantastic having the small enclosed garden area too. The shower was great having really good water pressure. The log burner with a supply of logs, kindling and firelighters was brilliant also, even though the cottage is plenty hot enough without it. They literally have thought about everything.

    Thank you please you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClareMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Nuthatch - a small but perfectly formed place to spend our week."

    It’s a great rural setting on the dairy farm with local walks plus not too far to travel to get to towns or the Lakes. Really well equipped and very comfortable; we’d definitely recommend Nuthatch. Thank you!

    Thank you your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlixJan 2022

  • "Lovely stay at this cosy cottage."

    Very clean and well equipped, comfy bed and great bath/shower. Peaceful, rural location but with easy access to the popular Lake District areas and Carlisle.

    Thank you for the nice comments pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebJan 2022

  • "This property is beautiful and just what we were looking for."

    The cottage was perfect for us and our pets with everything we needed. The location was great with lovely walks round the property and only a 20 minute drive either way to Penrith or Carlisle and the owner was very friendly and accommodating.

    Thank you for your lovely comments so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by NatashaDec 2021

  • "A little gem of a place."

    So warm, cosy and comfortable. Can't fault anything at all. Extremely well equipped i even had everything i needed to cook a full Christmas dinner! And thank you for the generous welcome goodies waiting for me. A great place to stay :)

    Thank you for your lovely remarks, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudithDec 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    The underfloor heating meant we didn’t need to use the log burner it was very warm and cosy. I had the best nights sleep. Great base. Lovely farm. Would definitely go back. Owners left a welcome package of wine, milk, biscuits much appreciated.

    Thank you for you comments we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HazelNov 2021

  • "This is a hidden gem, if you are fancying a getaway from hustle and bustle of city life and looking for a peaceful and cosy holiday this is the perfect spot ."

    Located on the farm, which gives you a chance to see the milking of the cows. If you have a dog there are some very nice walks, the cottage is really cosy has a small patio and place to sit and you can let your dog free in that area. Under floor heating and fireplace makes it more cosy and warm. The owners are really nice , proactive and hospitable. They even arranged laundry for us. They left cookies ,bottle of wine and fruits in the cottage before we arrived. The cottage has supply of warm water all the time. Clean n big bath, dishwasher is available too . Its not far from penrith town center or carlisle town center , its in the perfect spot. If you love animals it will be an amazing experience to interact with them that close.

    Thank you for such nice comments, it was lovely to meet you and so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Najib-ulNov 2021

  • "The peace and quiet of this secluded gem of a cottage was wonderful."

    Thank you for your nice comments, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2021

  • "Lovely little extras like a bowl of fruit, biscuits and a bottle of wine!"

    !! Cottage was very clean and unbelievably well equipped. Would highly recommend nuthatch xx

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2021

  • "The working farm is set in beautiful rolling pastures."

    The accommodation was clean and comfortable for ourselves and our two dogs, with enclosed garden for the dogs to run around safely. The farm family were happy for us to roam with our two dogs (while naturally observing the country code and ensuring our dogs were under control at all times). The farm is ideally placed to explore the lakes, Carlisle, Dumfries and the coast. There are good local dog friendly pubs in Dalston, Calthwaite and further afield Newton Arlosh. Recommended.

    Reviewed by BobSep 2021

  • "Great cosy cottage to relax."

    Loved taking dogs for walks around farm.

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2021

  • "The cottage was clean and welcoming."

    The owners had left a lovely welcome pack. They were also very friendly and helpful. Beautiful views and lovely walks on the farm. It is surprising quiet to say they have 160 dairy cows. You can watch the cows being milked. They also have goats. The cottages have a playground for children. Theses cottages suit both couples and families. There is something for everyone. I would highly recommend

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2021

  • "Compact cottage."

    The disadvantage of this area was the distance needed to drive to reach anyway.

    Reviewed by HazelJun 2021

  • "The owners of Nuthatch were very welcoming and friendly."

    The cottage is very clean and cosy and the welcome package was very much appreciated. Overall, a lovely quiet and relaxing week

    Reviewed by CarolMay 2021

  • "Perfect setting and arrival instructions were excellent ."

    Everything you need there for a holiday or short break

    Reviewed by BeverleyApr 2021

  • "Myself and my partner (and 2 dogs) stayed here at the end of October as a last minute get away."

    Arriving to a bottle of wine, fresh fruit, chocolate cookies and milk was a fantastic touch after a 2 hour drive! The cottage was beautifully clean, warm and homely throughout our stay. And the owner(s) couldn’t do enough for us throughout, despite following COVID-19 measures. It was a brilliant experience to stay on a working dairy farm and such welcoming, pleasant farmers. It is a great base to drive to many fells, lakes and dog walks and there are 3 lovely walks around the farm. There are dog walks from the farm however we didn’t experience these due to the wet weather. After long, wet day’s walking our dogs it was great to dry off in front of a log burner, with heated floor and enjoying a ginormous bath! There are plenty of pubs nearby if you don’t mind driving but being tucked away in a little cottage, with a self-sufficient kitchen was all we needed. I will be recommending to me family and friends and will certainly come back soon! Such great value for money.

    Reviewed by EmmaOct 2020

  • "This is one of the most peaceful farms I have ever visited, despite 150 cows being milked twice a day."

    We were not disturbed by any of the activities taking place on the farm. The location is ideal for visiting the Lake District, Pennines, Northumberland and even southern Scotland. Very reasonably priced and considerably cheaper than accommodation available in the Lake District which is only a 40 minute drive away. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, with everything that you need for either a weekend or longer stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definately book it again.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2020

  • "We enjoyed our mini break and the cottage was well equipped with every thing we needed."

    The welcome pack of milk , wine , fruit etc was a nice touch. And there was plenty of cleaning products / wipes / sanitizer etc -the cottage was clean and fresh on arrival - The area was very nice for walking our dogs. The cows were very friendly ! The only one thing if we had to make a suggestion would be please change the pillows on the bed as they were quite uncomfortable.. the mattress very soft however this is an individual preference and not a deal breaker! We would visit the area again as we love to visit the lakes and Surrounding areas frequently. The enclosed garden is great for the dogs and the views nice.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely delightful."

    It was clean, homely and had everything you could need for your stay. A lovely welcome pack was left and the only thing missing was the opportunity to say thank you in person due to Covid. We would most definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by SamanthaJul 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week at nuthatch, the cottage is equipped with everything you need."

    Welcome pack of wine, milk, water and fruit which is a lovely touch. The cottage was immaculately clean and extremely comfortable, the enclosed garden was great for the dogs.

    Reviewed by SaraFeb 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in a lovely, peaceful setting."

    Ideal for people wanting to relax, and walk dogs. The only one thing we would mention is that there is not much room to cook if you enjoy it. Because it was cold and wet we took enough shopping to last the week, but only one smallish, low cupboard to store it. Apart from that, the cottage is well furnished, very warm, lovely bathroom. Nice welcome pack including wine, milk, fruit and biscuits. Thank you.

    Reviewed by DouglasNov 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation, lovely location."

    The owners and their family are so friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Lovely animals.

    Reviewed by RuthAug 2019

  • "Cottage was clean and comfortable."

    It was quite remote and extremely quiet but that suited us. Because of the location there was a lot of driving involved to reach any of the areas that we wanted to visit but it was good to return to the cottage after a busy day and just relax.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2019

  • "You are in a perfect location: for those who want to visit the Lakes you aren't too far away; Scotland's just up the road; Carlisle is in spitten distance; so is Hadrian's Wall."

    There are good walks round about and you provide maps for the adventurous. I've had a wonderful holiday. Thank you

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2019

  • "Hostess and family were very helpful and took time from their busy doy to explain the running of their dairy farm."

    The walks were great for our dogs and us . A good base for exploring the Lake District, highly recommend. Thank you for a great time. Ken Sue and the boys.

    Reviewed by Kenneth JJun 2019

  • "Lovely relaxing place to stay, enjoyed lovely walks in the countryside and the cottage was very well maintained and clean with everything you need ."

    will be going back in the autumn again.

    Reviewed by PaulaMay 2019

  • "Great location, great host and ideal for a weekend or week long break, highly recommended"

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2019

  • "Spotlessly clean and lovely welcome gifts of fruit, biscuits, milk and a bottle of wine."

    Relaxing location with several country pubs nearby. Easy drive to The Lakes and Hadrians Wall. We had a great time and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2019

  • "Website needs updating as the nearest pub mentioned is actually closed so there is nothing for more than 3 miles"

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2019

  • "This was a very warm holiday home."

    Very convenient to visit Lake District areas, Hadrians Wall, Beatrix Potter Hilltop and museums, and Gretna green.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2018

  • "My wife and I spent a week at nuthatch cottage in April with our pet dog Harvey and enjoyed it so much we spent another week there in September."

    It was a lovely comfortable welcoming holiday. On both occasions there was a bottle of wine and a carton of milk in the fridge ready for us getting there, a lovely gesture. The surrounding views from the cottage where beautiful , and so easy getting to the lakes and Scotland. So much to do and go. We have booked to go to their other cottage woodpecker next April . Lovely stay . Thanks Paul , Alyson and Harvey

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2018

  • "Perfect get away from it all cottage."

    Modern clean and comfortable in picturesque setting. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by HeatherAug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, in a beautiful location with so much to do in the surrounding area."

    We had 2 dogs with us, plenty of room in the cottage for them and they loved all the walks on the farm. would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2018

  • "Excellent location for access to plenty of good walks."

    Very pet friendly, and thanks for the warm welcome.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2018

  • "Great location for visiting the lakes and Pennines , the accommodation was just ..."

    Great location for visiting the lakes and Pennines , the accommodation was just right for the two of us and our 2 dogs and owners were very friendly especially leaving us a welcome pack started our holiday off well

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2018

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expectations."

    The cottage was clean and very well looked after. The welcome pack of milk,tea, coffee, fruit and a bottle of wine was a very nice touch. We met the owner once and was she very friendly. There is a lovely walk down into a secluded valley which has some modern sculptures in it. This is right outside the door. Although this is a working dairy farm it in no way intrudes on the holiday experience. We would highly recommend it as a base for exploring the lakes.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "Nice cottage lovely owner lovely little garden for a small dog to play and some nice walks."

    Reviewed by BryanJul 2018

  • "It stated on the details about this cottage that it had wifi."

    wifi was very very limited. The owners did state on a welcome sheet that it was down to an issue with BT due to being too far from the exchange. Although the cottage was only for 2 people the fridge provide could have been bigger as you couldn't store much food and you ad to go to the shop more often. Where the cottage was situated, which was on a farm there was a lot of flies. There was fly spray provided but that wasn't enough to get rid of them. Maybe a fly zapper could be fitted? The cottage itself was situated in most quiet of places and so peaceful. I would consider going back as this was the main reason for picking it.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2018

  • "Had a fantastic few days in the middle of nowhere with the wife and dogs during the May Bank Holiday weekend heatwave."

    Was a good opportunity to recharge the batteries, switch off and take in the local Lake District scenery. Highly recommended and will return again if the chance arises. Thanks to all involved.

    Reviewed by DannyMay 2018

  • "Lovely to spend time on a working farm and the owners let us get involved."

    Peaceful and calmness. Perfect.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2018

  • "The cottage was really lovely, it was a cold day when we arrived and the cottage was really warm and cosy."

    The welcome pack was really appreciated as was the Christmas tree. The bed was extremely comfortable and we slept well, the bathroom was really clean and the shower was really efficient. The heating worked so well we were too hot and had to turn it off. We had our two dogs with us and appreciated the fenced garden, and they loved the walks around the cottage. All in all a fantastic break.

    Reviewed by PatriciaDec 2017

  • "Perfect location, even in November."

    Lovely cottage where owners had thought of everything to make you feel welcome and the stay enjoyable. Arrived late in terrible weather but once inside it was warm and cosy and the bottle of wine waiting in the fridge was very much appreciated

    Reviewed by AngelaNov 2017

  • "This is just a wonderful little cottage, we waited a couple of years before we could book, very popular cottage, but we made it and we were not in any way disappointed, just very glad that we kept trying because it was worth the wait."

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2017

  • "Excellent cottage for touring Lake District - could be a little further away though."

    Reviewed by BeverleyJul 2017

  • "We had a fantastic week and the weather was amazing ."

    .. Couldn't of wished for anything better . The cottage was just perfect in a lovely tranquil setting peace and quite and a very clean and beautiful little cottage it was .

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2017

  • "Nuthatch was very clean and comfortable with fantastic walk`s set in beautiful countryside all within easy reach of the Lake district, Hadrian`s wall and Vindolanda."

    We enjoyed are holiday very much and will go again.

    Reviewed by JamesJun 2017

  • "The cottage is absolutely lovely very well equipped extremely clean only downfall a dishwasher but no washing machine you could use the farm washing machine but don't really want to lug your washing about."

    A dishwasher isn't really necessary for two people not enough crockery to appreciate it. Otherwise everything was great. Lovely walks great location for getting to other places ie the lakes, Gretna green, Hadrians Wall so many places to visit.

    Reviewed by AnnieSep 2016

  • "Nuthatch is a lovely cottage,well equipped and with a pretty private garden."

    The cottage is tiny but perfect for two people.The owners live in the farmhouse next door and are very welcoming and helpful.The location is very peaceful and the area has some lovely places to visit.It's just out of the Lakes,so the roads are much quieter.There are good places to eat within easy reach.Nuthatch is the perfect place to escape from the pressures of life.

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2016

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  • All ground floor: One king-size double bedroom with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Supply of fuel for woodburner provided on honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front patio, small garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

The property

A lovely, semi-detached, ground floor cottage, one of a group of two cottages in the grounds of High Head Castle Farm, on the owner's dairy farm, 10 miles from Penrith in the Ive Valley.

This Lake District cottage has been lovingly converted and individually styled to provide quality, romantic accommodation in a lovely location, amongst the beautiful, rolling Cumbrian countryside.

Boasting lovely features throughout, this Lake District cottage offers a woodburning stove, spacious bedroom with king-size bed, and beautiful gardens from which to enjoy the views across the valley.

Enjoy lovely farm walks or visit the market towns of Brampton and Penrith, within easy reach.

Further afield are the North Pennines and majestic Hadrian's Wall.

Note: This cottage is next to Woodpecker, Ref. 4561, and together they sleep 6.

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About the location


Carlisle 10 miles; Penrith 10 miles; Ullswater 21 miles.

Located a mile from the small Cumbrian village of Ivegill, High Head is set on a dairy farm in beautiful rolling countryside overlooking High Head Castle. Within easy driving distance is the bustling market town of Penrith, which offers a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, a museum, and Millennium Trails around the historic city streets. Within easy reach of Penrith is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. The historic city of Carlisle is within easy travelling distance, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas