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The Old Grainstore

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Bolton Low Houses near Wigton, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "When we arrive Jeanne was there to meet us and showed us around the cottage , the cottage is beautiful and beautifully decorated, we loveed it at first sight, everything you needed, glasses, plates, pots, cutlery, washing machine, with washing tables, dishwasher with tables, heating, plus wood fire, my son was so excited to use a wood fire for the first time."

    Jeanne also on request give safety equipment for children, eg, fire guards and stairs guards also travel cot. Bedrooms were all lovely, and the bed were very comfortable, the shower wonderful, we always had hot water all the time. We didn't get to go on the farm because it was always raining, but we sew the animals from the windows. There were also a friendly dog that always comes around looking through the window, my grandson loved seeing him. The only very small things was that I was looking forward to getting freshly made bread, but received a box biscuits from the shop, but that was a minor thing. All that is left to say is that we had a wonderful experience and we would all go back again. A big thank you Jeanne and family. Keep up the good work.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Dec 2023

  • "The accommodation was absolutely brilliant."

    Joanne looked after us and made a special effort with my young children. I would highly recommend staying here!!

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback, it is much appreciated. It was a pleasure to host you all and hope to do so again in the future. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2023

  • "Such a clean and comfortable cottage which felt like home straightaway."

    The setting felt lovely and safe with our 21 month old. So much for him to do at the cottage and in the surrounding area. For us too! Thank you very much!

    Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was such a pleasure to host you all and it’s great to hear you all enjoyed your stay so much. We do hope to welcome you all back sometime. Many thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Property was beautiful inside and out, lots of toys for the kids to play with inside and out."

    All the essentials you need for a weeks stay. The owner was very friendly and lovely to talk too. Would highly recommend this property and Iam sure we will be visiting again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Aug 2023

  • "Such a lovely place to stay."

    A really cozy, well appointed cottage in a gorgeous setting. We had such a lovely warm welcome from our hosts - it was wonderful

    Reviewed by Lillian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great location for nearby lakes and towns, but situated quietly in the countryside"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "On arrival at the property we were greeted by the owner & dogs, a lovely welcome."

    The cottage was immaculate, very clean & well equipped. The bedrooms had plenty of storage space & the beds very comfortable. The living room was spacious but also had a cosy feel & we enjoyed using the log burner even though it wasn't that cold during our stay. It was interesting staying on a working farm & we were very impressed with the owners commitment to conservation. A good base to visit places of interest in the area, a beautiful part of our country.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Oct 2022

  • "Amazingly cosy, clean and well looked after place."

    It looks, smells and feels nice throughout. Great hosts and friendly dogs in the yard made our stay unforgettable - highly suggested! P.S. Don't hesitate to opt for banana bread and a home-made jam - delicious!

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, we really appreciate it! It was great to meet you all and hope to welcome you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pavels5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at The Old Grainstore."

    Great accommodation, very clean and well-equipped, and located in a delightful, peaceful area. It's not surprising to read that so many others have chosen to return time and again.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2021

  • "Really comfortable, well equipped barn in a peaceful setting, with lovely hosts who couldn't do enough to help us."

    Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "Wonderful weekend spent here with friends."

    We arrived to fresh banana bread, scones & jam and a lovely Cumbrian welcome. The house is great and so well equipped. Can’t wait to return!

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2021

  • "This cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    Everything that you would need to make a perfect holiday. Exceptionally clean, comfortable and so homely. Joanne and Martin made us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. Helped feed the cavles and had fresh eggs from the chickens. Enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Nikola5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Grainstore is superbly equipped with everything you need for a home from home self catering holiday."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean which is very reassuring during these unprecedented Covid times. The owners are friendly and welcoming as are their adorable and well behaved farm dogs. The Grainstore is set on a working farm but it was very peaceful and quiet with a real feeling of being in the countryside. Full amenities, however are just a short 5 mins away in Wigton. We enjoyed a visit to the Lakes Distillery to purchase local gins, the lovely town of Keswick and the major town of Carlisle, all within 20-30 mins scenic drive from the cottage. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Dec 2020

  • "Fantastic break, great location with all facilities you would need."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful accommodation."

    Lovely and peaceful. Fantastic banana bread waiting for us when we arrived. Thank you Joanne x.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Feb 2020

  • "The Old Grainstore is perfect."

    This cottage is very well equipped it has everything that you could need and more besides. The owners take great care of their cottages and go the extra mile to make sure guests have a good holiday. We would love to stay again in warmer weather.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2019

  • "I've never stayed in such a well-equipped holiday cottage before."

    The owners bent over backwards to make our stay comfortable. We had a 3 year old with us and they provided a bed guard, loads of age-appropriate books and toys, and lots of outdoor equipment to play on. The kitchen had more pans and cooking essentials than my own! The owners were also really friendly, and let us help to feed the cows. Would definitely recommend and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Oct 2019

  • "My family and I stayed at The Old Grainstore to celebrate my dad's 50th birthday which I made our host, Joanne, aware of."

    On arrival the cottage had been decorated with birthday banners and a birthday cake was left for us to enjoy. The cottage itself was perfect for us as a family of 6 with two small children. Overall Joanne could not have been a more accommodating host and I would recommend the cottage as a stay to anyone looking for a lovely, countryside break!

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Sep 2019

  • "I really cannot fault the facilities and surroundings at The Old Grainstore."

    The hosts on arriving were both pleasant and informative. The level of comfort exceeded our expectations and was a 'home' from 'home' experience. As this is a working farm we were offered the opportunity to get hands on also which was a great treat feeding the calfs for my 2 year old. Keep up the good work. We will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2019

  • "Stayed here with a few friends at the end of Febuary."

    Couldn't be anymore pleased with our stay, was welcomed by the lovely owner and was even told we could feed the baby calfs! The cottage was more than enough for our stay and you could tell that it is well looked after as it was spotless. The owner even went above and beyond mailing a forgotten jumper that we accidentally left back to us. Couldn't reccomend this place enough, will definitely be back in the future!

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay for families and couples."

    Exelent hosts!

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "The holiday home was superb, we cannot fault it in any way."

    The owners are extremely welcoming people, we were met on our first day with a basket of freshly baked scones, home made jam and fresh eggs which were all very yummy. The place itself is scrupulously clean and is furnished to a very high standard. The kitchen exceeded our expectations as when we opened the cupboards, there were oil, condiments, all sort of sauces, foil, cling film, you name it and it was there. The cleaning products were there, we took our own , but did not use them, there was washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing tablets , conditioner, too long to go on. Joanne thought of everything to make her guests feel very welcome indeed. Well done Joanne and Martin, thank you so much for making our stay such a welcoming one. Chantal and Roy French and also on behalf of our friends who shared with us, who I'm sure will totally agree Christiane and Gwyn Williams

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had the most fantastic Holiday in Cumbria."

    The Old Grainstore completely surpassed expectations. It is a gorgeous little cottage, that has been beautifully converted and well maintained. Everything we could possibly need had been provided. We received a lovely welcome basket filled with homemade scones, banana bread, and local jam. Joanne had also left a selection of toys for my little girl to play with during our stay which she absolutely adored, and was so thoughtful. All the rooms were well appointed, comfy beds and sofas, and beautifully decorated. We loved the outside space, a little courtyard at the back where we had a barbecue one evening (also provided by our lovely hosts), and a lawned area next to a field with calves and sheep with ride on toys which my daughter also loved. We had the opportunity to feed the calves in the evenings, and we were also taken on a nature walk around the farm one evening where we saw a buzzard, heron and two hares (amongst other wildlife). Our hosts were so friendly and accommodating, I really cannot fault The Old Grainstore. We has such a wonderful time. I would thoroughly recommend you book your holiday here!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2018

  • "E absolutely loved staying at The Old Grainstore, the spacious cottage is beautiful and immaculately presented and amazingly equipped."

    We particularly enjoyed the outdoor playing area which is perfect for children and having BBQs. The owners were so accommodating and helpful and our daughter loved going with them to feed the cows. We would not hesitate in booking this cottage again!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2017

  • "The owners were so friendly and the cottage was absolutely beautiful."

    Even their dogs were friendly. We had a great weekend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2017

  • "Stunning cottage,set in countryside."

    A car is essential. Lots of personal touches made this house very special! A lovely welcome hamper. The kids loved the visit from the local ice cream van and helping to feed the calves !

    Reviewed by Gina4.8Oct 2016

  • "Joanne and Martin were really lovely, friendly and helpful."

    ..the accommodation was so comfortable the guys wanted to live there!!!

    Reviewed by Anni5.0Sep 2016

  • "It had everything we needed and more to make our stay comfortable."

    It was really child friendly and the owners were so helpful and gave us great information about local attractions.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Sep 2016

  • "Joanne is a great host and made sure we were comfortable in our cottage."

    She also willingly let our children feed calves in her farm and play with her dogs. The welcome snacks of scones, homemade raspberry jam and banana cake were delicious

    Reviewed by Hema4.6Aug 2016

  • "It's a true farm experience - the cows are very close to the accommodation but that adds to the charm of the cottage."

    We saw a calf being born, helped feed the calves and had a superb tour of the farm. The owners were an absolute delight - extremely helpful, warm and friendly. Overall, a wonderful farm holiday for the kids and we all came back relaxed and well-rested.

    Reviewed by Trudy4.6Jul 2016

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  • Three bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Eco-friendly electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, two highchairs and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Patio with furniture plus shared, grassed picnic/play area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: As property is on a working farm, children should be supervised at all times
  • Note: The owner has dogs
  • Note: There are 3 steps leading up from the patio/parking area to the property.

The property

The Old Grainstore is a delightful holiday property set on a working farm in a stunning location nestled on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park, just a short distance to the Oddfellows Arms and The Greenhill Hotel, as well as only a few miles from the breath-taking landscapes of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

One of two cottages set on the award-winning Red Hall Farm, which is a working mixed beef, arable and conservation farm, The Old Grainstore cottage sleeps up to six guests, and a perfect choice for families, couples or a group of sharing friends seeking a relaxing, fuss-free stay in the heart of Cumbria.

Red Hall Farm is a family friendly escape, boasting lots of items available to make your holiday stress free when staying with babies, toddlers or children of all ages!

From high chairs to age appropriate toys, travel cots to outdoor sit and rides, toddler steps to toilet training seats, fire guards to stair gates!

We also have an enclosed, grassed picnic/play area with slides and football nets.

Enjoying a quiet, rural setting and finished to a high standard, this superb semi-detached cottage, near Wigton, offers two inviting bedrooms and a spacious sitting area with a feature sandstone fireplace that serves to divide the thoughtfully laid out kitchen and dining areas.

With the owner's added touches prevalent throughout, this charming Lake District cottage has been lovingly restored with many original features meticulously maintained from the days when it served as a farm bothy.

Note: This property can be booked along with Ref. 18929, together sleeping up to 10 guests.

Red Hall Farm Cottages

Bolton Low Houses 1.3 miles. Situated in peaceful and tranquil countryside between the Solway Plain and the Lake District National Park, these two semi-detached cottages are located on the owner's award-winning conservation and wildlife working dairy farm, near the village of Bolton Low Houses and the town of Wigton. These delightful Cumbrian cottages have been lovingly created from a 200-year old sandstone barn and both have been carefully converted using green design, and have many green credentials, including energy from the farm’s renewable energy source right down to the use of ecological paints. These two cottages near Wigton have been uniquely furnished and decorated, as well as retaining their character and charm to provide wonderful accommodation for couples, families and friends. Positioned in the farmyard, from where you can watch the cows and calves in the adjoining fields and meet the friendly farm dogs, each of these cottages near Wigton has patio areas with table and chairs, along with a shared, grassed area, which is perfect for picnics and little ones to play, plus guests have the opportunity to enjoy walks on the farmland to observe the many birds and animals. With easy access to the Lake District, just 8 miles away and the bustling town of Keswick, a 20-minute drive there are lots of things to see and do from these Bolton Low Houses cottages. Why not hire bikes and enjoy riding through the Whinlatter Forest Park or tackle Go Ape, the treetop adventure course? For a more peaceful day, a drive from Keswick beside Derwentwater through Borrowdale is breathtaking with many spectacular spots, from where you can enjoy a picnic along the lakeshore. Hadrian’s Wall and the historic county city of Carlisle, with its interesting museums and galleries, are within easy reach, while Silloth and the Solway coasts are fifteen minutes away. These Cumbrian cottages offer something for everyone.

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About the location


Wigton 3 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles; Carlisle 14 miles; Keswick 18 miles.

Situated eight miles north of the Lake District National Park, the small northern fells village of Bolton Low Houses offers a pub serving good food. Only three miles away is the historic market town of Wigton. Lord Melvyn Bragg was a native of Wigton, and used the town (called Thurston in some of his writings) and the surrounding area as the setting for his novels, which include A Time to Dance. Close by, set just inside the National Park is the lovely village of Caldbeck, which is well worth a visit. The area has something for everyone, including the market town of Keswick, Lakes Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, the Solway Coast, which is well-known for its golf courses and the town of Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth, plus within driving distance is the cathedral city of Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders. Bolton Low Houses is an ideal base for exploring the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas