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High Head Castle Farm, Ive Valley near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 4561)


(42 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
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Very spacious holiday let."

    The facililities are very comfortable just like a home away from home.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, all the best for your new home Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlexMay 2022

  • "A really cosy cottage which was clean and very warm."

    Lovely owner who provided us with a welcome pack of food and drink. Would definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by PennyFeb 2022

  • "The owner kindly offered to let us arrive at an earlier date because of the extreme weather for travelling."

    . This has been a particularly wet and windy week so we were grateful for this warm , well equipped cottage. Despite the conditions we all enjoyed the stay. Our 2 year old loved the playground and meeting goats , hens and new born calves. Its a very quiet location with easy access to Carlisle, Penrith and the Lakes.

    Reviewed by FrancesFeb 2022

  • "The owner of the property could not have been more friendly and helpful during our stay."

    From a warm welcome to helping throughout our stay the support that we received was excellent. Had a relaxing and enjoyable stay in such idyllic surroundings. Would not hesitate to rebook or recommend to others.

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

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 2021

  • "Excellent peaceful cottage gave us time to relax , we would certainly book for a third visit."

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "A excellent place to relax and recharge your batteries, some lovely walks."

    Very helpful and friendly owners.

    Reviewed by JoanOct 2021

  • "Very clean and good location, nice to hear the cows in a morning"

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "No washing machine - the farmer offered us the use of hers but we felt a bit odd about that!"

    A washing machine would have made this perfect for our two week stay

    Reviewed by SelinaJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, great stay."

    Good facilities, lovely quiet countryside. Much appreciated welcome pack of fruit, milk, cookies and wine.

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2021

  • "The cottage was spacious, very comfortable and in immaculate condition."

    The lovely welcome gifts were much appreciated. We had everything we needed for a very relaxing visit and were sad to leave. We would highly recommend this beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2021

  • "Third visit to woodpecker, enjoyed seeing farm life."

    Watched milking of cows and to births of calves ! Would recommend if you want peace and quiet. Lovely owners, very friendly and easy to talk to and loads of information of farm life. Very pleasant stay indeed. Village near by for shops etc, fish and chips very good and massive fish ! Likely to return at a later date. Really enjoyed this 4 day stay. Loved the walks with Rocky my dog. Enjoy if you go.

    Reviewed by TerryApr 2021

  • "This was a last minute booking for woodpecker and what a good one"

    Reviewed by LuciaOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, very funny and clean."

    Good base to explore the Lakes and Scotland.

    Reviewed by LynnOct 2020

  • "This cottage is set in an ideal location."

    You have everything you need and it is very quiet . I can recommend Woodpecker without reservation .

    Reviewed by GeoffOct 2020

  • "We have been away on five cottage breaks with Sykes Cottages and each time has been as good as the last ."

    Each time we've been away we've had an email explaining what to do and what to expect when arriving. Also being able to take our pet dog to the cottages has been great. Cottages have always been comfortable and clean . We will be using Sykes again for our cottage holidays . We have recommended Sykes to friends who have stayed in one of the cottages we have stayed in .

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "The cottage owners treated the current situation with total respect."

    They were at the end of the phone if we needed them but remained distant at all times.

    Reviewed by LucilleAug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely,warm, clean and comfortable."

    It was more than we’re expecting. The facilities were great, especially log burner. The kitchen has everything you need and more. The location was perfect- close to many attractions. The owners are welcoming and helpful, if you need anything. We had a great time at Woodpecker and we can recommend it to anyone, who’s looking for a nice and quiet place to stay.

    Reviewed by MartaDec 2019

  • "We would definitely go again."

    Lovely area, easy to be in and comfortable accommodation. Handy for many of our interests. Peaceful. Hassle free holiday. Thank you

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2019

  • "The people on the farm were very nice loved the goats and the donkey childs play area needs modernising but overall ok"

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "A lovely peaceful cottage."

    Superb !

    Reviewed by TerryJun 2019

  • "This the second time we have booked this cottage."

    The first time was exceptional and the second time was equally as good. Will be booking the cottage again in the near future.

    Reviewed by ScottJun 2019

  • "Woodpecker cottage was lovely."

    Very relaxing and quiet location. Cottage was amaculate and had everything you could need. Owners checked on you but left you to enjoy the time there.the walks on door step were lovely so would recommend the woodpecker.

    Reviewed by LynJun 2019

  • "My overall stay was amazing and that place was very nice, tidy, clean and peace ..."

    My overall stay was amazing and that place was very nice, tidy, clean and peace full no headache to go any ware for visit parking place was very secure and manage land lady was very helpful and co-operative in short that is ideal place for families and couples holidays

    Reviewed by AbdulFeb 2019

  • "The surrounding area is stunning, ideal dog walking countryside."

    Carlisle is easy to reach as is Dalston for shopping needs. I really enjoyed my stay at Woodpecker.

    Reviewed by LynnDec 2018

  • "Lovely holiday let in peaceful area."

    Not too far from motorway and great for exploring area. Everything you need for your holiday.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2018

  • "Loved Woodpecker cottage."

    Well equipped with everything you need and more. Very clean, comfortable and accessible. There was milk and wine in the fridge on our arrival; very thoughtful and much appreciated.The gated garden was reassuring as I could let the dog out in the knowledge that he was secure. There are two single beds and I loved that they had double, not single, duvets. Nothing worse than rolling over in a single bed and losing the duvet, so that was a very thoughtful touch! The double room is very spacious and the bed comfortable. We had some lovely days out as the location allows you to visit other towns without having to travel too far. I would definitely recommend Woodpecker Cottage as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2018

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations and was very good value."

    The location was excellent resulting in a good relaxing holiday, giving good access to the northern lakes, Carlisle and Scotland.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "This holiday let is amazing and if we get the chance we would definitely return"

    Reviewed by IsabelleSep 2018

  • "The cottage had everything that you needed and more."

    There was a welcome folder with a map and details of local facilities. Other items that were not listed on the website were provided such as fruit, wine, a fan in each bedroom, many DVD,s and books, toilet rolls in each of the bathrooms,hair driers, towels and tea towels, ice, tea, coffee, sugar and milk. If these items were originally listed then we would have known not to take many of them with us. The directions to the cottage were easy to understand and Penrith and Carlisle were within easy reach. The location was very quiet and while you could get in contact with the owner, it was nice that you were left alone to enjoy the holiday. There was ample parking close to the cottage which was very clean, warm and welcoming.

    Reviewed by ScottSep 2018

  • "Easy access to the A66 and M6 which made it easy to travel to the Lakes, Scotland and the North East!"

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2018

  • "The cottage has everything you need."

    We had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by TeresaJul 2018

  • "No we had a good holiday"

    Reviewed by PatrishaJul 2018

  • "The weather was awesome!"

    Two dogs and three adults this time and once again, we thoroughly enjoyed the break. Woodpecker Cottage was everything we needed and had everything we needed. A working farm with livestock which is not only interesting to live with but educational too. Saw the cows being milked and walked for miles in the country. Loved every minute

    Reviewed by SandyJun 2018

  • "Spacious, well equipped, homely,clean cottage."

    WiFi adequate for e-mails, google etc. If you want much more don't go to a lovely,quiet remote area!

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2018

  • "Had a great few days is this lovely, dog friendly cottage."

    Plenty of local walks on your doorstep or just relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely peaceful break at the Woodpecker and we’re extre lucky with beautiful weather the whole break."

    The location was great for visiting the Northern Lakes, Hadrian’s wall and the Solway coast (all less than 45 min drive.) The kids loved visiting the donkey and goats everyday and roaming the farm woodland. Some good walks from the cottage. The cottage was comfortable and it was a bonus to have an en suite for each roomy bedroom. The only disappointment for us was the dishwasher wasn’t working for our stay and we like a property with a dishwasher.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2018

  • "The welcome pack was a lovely touch ."

    .. wine, fruit, milk. The 6 nights were perfect. Very rural and peaceful. Surrounded by greenery and birds. Being on a working dairy farm added to the rural feel. Two separate bathrooms was a luxury. Everyone friendly and helpful. No complaints at all.

    Reviewed by ClareMay 2018

  • "We loved the setting the spring garden was lovely and a surprise was the little ..."

    We loved the setting the spring garden was lovely and a surprise was the little playground and sculpture trail complete with a friendly, and real, donkey plus two pretty goats with 3 kids between them

    Reviewed by MerielApr 2018

  • "Lovely location, peace and quiet, lovely owners."

    Will definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by TonyApr 2017



    Reviewed by JanetApr 2017

  • "The cottage was immaculate and comfy, It had everything you need for a relaxing perfect holiday,Friendly service and the chickens coming each day was a bonus."

    Spacious and modern, WiFi was perfect , easy access for our Dad who is disabled , perfect walk in double shower , We would recommend this beautiful cottage to all our friends , We had our own private patio and well gated for dog,s too . Will be returning in the future , Thank you for this pleasant holiday .John Ray and Gail .Manchester

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2016

  • "The cottage was superb, well equipped, clean, warm and spacious."

    We would definitely return and recommend.

    Reviewed by LindsayAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower, basin & WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Cloakroom with basin & WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area & cosy sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil underfloor heating with woodburning stove in sitting area
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, library of books/DVDs
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Supply of fuel for woodburning stove provided on honesty box basis
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front patio, small garden with furniture, BBQ & lovely views
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

The property

A delightful, mid-terrace, ground floor Lake District cottage, one of a group of two in the grounds of High Head Castle Farm, on the owner's dairy farm, 10 miles from Penrith in the Ive Valley.

Lovingly converted by the owner, this Lake District cottage is set amidst beautiful rolling countryside and provides first-class holiday accommodation, featuring a woodburning stove and two king-size, en-suite bedrooms.

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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
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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