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The Hollies

(Ref. 1113061)

Thurstonfield near Carlisle, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Once again we had a fabulous time at The Hollies."

    Location great, facilities great, hosts great, hot tub & sauna great, this is definitely one of the best cottages we have stayed in and we have stayed in quite a few ! Thanks again and I think we’ll be back yet again !

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely lovely stay at The Hollies this weekend, honestly don't have a bad word to say about anything."

    Located in a peaceful village, the house itself is gorgeous and all the facilities are well maintained. The little welcome pack was such a thoughtful detail and even had treats for the dogs! I think we will be back again!

    We really appreciate your positive feedback and would love to welcome you back to The Hollies. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Feb 2024

  • "Front door was a major problem as it was an absolute nightmare to close, lovely house but a few things like this make a massive difference."

    Thank you for your feedback. Your visit was during a period of extremely wet weather which may have contributed to the front door sticking. It has not been reported as an issue before but now you have brought this to our attention we will do our best to rectify the issue for future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.1Feb 2024

  • "This was a return visit to The Hollies."

    We were so impressed first time and the second didn’t disappoint. The location is great for Carlisle and the surrounding countryside. The hosts couldn’t be better, the three bathrooms are a luxury and for us the hot tub and sauna are such a fabulous and unique feature we made use of every day. Thank you and we will be back !

    It was so good to welcome your party back Richard, and we are pleased you enjoyed staying as much as the first visit. Thank you for your lovely comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cosy, clean and comfortable."

    Would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Tania5.0Jan 2024

  • "Great cottage with great facilities."

    Would recommend ☺️

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2023

  • "Gem of a find in Cumbria!"

    We were looking for a lovely place to stay just on the outskirts of Carlisle to visit family before Christmas. The Hollies was a perfect place to stay. Everything was catered for and it was beautifully appointed. Would totally recommend this place.

    So glad you found us Rachel. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope you’ll stay again when you next need to visit Cumbria. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2023

  • "Amazing"

    Thank you so much Gemma. We are really glad you and your party enjoyed your stay at The Hollies. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Dec 2023

  • "The Hollies was the perfect venue for a family celebration."

    The property was very welcoming and provided everything we needed. In the cold damp weather the hot tub and the sauna were a big added bonus. This is definitely 5 star accommodation in a lovely peaceful setting.

    Many thanks for taking the time to give us a review. We are so pleased the poor weather did not stop you enjoying your special family celebration, and we were so pleased you chose to celebrate at The Hollies. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Dec 2023

  • "We returned yesterday from three days at The Hollies with our three children and dog!"

    I have to start by saying how accommodating our hosts were from the very start ! Every single thing you can imagine you might want is catered for! We had wine, biscuits, treats, dog biscuits, poo bags, fresh coffee, milk and kids sweets all waiting for us! The accommodation is stunning and little touches like light sensors on the steps at the key locks are really appreciated. The hot tub is brilliant, the cottage cosy and the bedrooms luxurious. The three Bathroom/ shower rooms make this just brilliant for larger families. We were very happy with our accommodation and it's easy out to local sites and shops. We went off for a run one morning and quiet country lanes. I am reminded they also provide a few hi vis tops in case you might be worried about traffic. Snuggling in to the lounge at the end of the day was lovely and then getting into the comfortable beds was a delight. Fluffy white towels and all the bathroom trimmings are provided. We couldn't ask for more! Thanks Paul and Rachael!

    Thank you Anna for such a glowing review! It was a pleasure to have your family stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous property and location."

    The sauna and hot tub really made our stay as the weather wasn’t very good most days. The beds were very comfortable and having three really well equipped bathrooms with one of them downstairs next to the sauna was very convenient.

    Thank you for such a positive review. We are pleased we were able to accommodate your group and that you enjoyed your stay, in spite of the weather! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2023

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link can be a twin on request, with trundle bed on request,1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor double
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room with walk-in shower, basin, WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric flame-effect stove
  • Sauna
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, slimline dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Hair dryer and USB charging facilities in each bedroom
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking at the rear of the property
  • Front lawned garden with table and chairs
  • Rear patio with hot tub and seating
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.7 miles, pub 1.1 miles
  • Note: The woodburning stoves are for aesthetics only and not to be used
  • Note: There are two steps down into the en-suite shower room on the first floor

The property

Carlisle 6.8 miles.

A Grade II listed house situated in the village of Thurstonfield near Carlisle.

Wonderfully presented with plenty of character throughout, The Hollies offers a heart-warming retreat for groups of six.

After a day of exploring, kick off walking gear and head to the lounge, boasting the original cast iron feature fireplace and exposed beams, this is a lovely spot to settle down for the evening.

Move through to the kitchen, equipped with all the essentials for a week away, whilst the dining room is perfect for hosting mealtimes with your loved ones.

On the ground floor there is a double and accompanying bathroom, ideal for those with limited mobility, whilst upstairs plays host to a double with en-suite shower room and a handy zip/link super-king-size with a extra trundle for a more flexible sleeping arrangement.

Start the morning freshening up in the bathroom before preparing a coffee and relaxing in the garden.

After an adventurous day out, be sure to unwind in the hot tub, followed by a few minutes in the sauna before settling down.

When you are ready to do some exploring, hop in the car and head into the historic city of Carlisle, where you can see many attractions home to the 15th-century Carlisle Cathedral and the historic Carlisle Castle; the outskirts of the city play host to Carlisle Racecourse and Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre, where even more fun can be had!

You are also in easy reach of the beautiful Solway Coast AONB, where the dramatic sand dunes play host to some of the most important habitats in Europe, with a number of viewpoints where oystercatchers, curlew, golden and grey plover, lapwing and knot can be spotted.

Further afield, the delights of the Lake District National Park await, including Keswick, Derwentwater and the Bowness-on-Windermere.

Plenty of adventure to be had at The Hollies.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Gretna Green 13.1 miles; Penrith 19.9 miles; Dumfries 36.2 miles

Carlisle is set in the county of Cumbria, situated just 10 miles south of the Scottish Borders and is nicknamed the Border City. During Roman times the town was established to serve the forts for Hadrian's Wall, which runs east from the city across the country to Wallsend on the east coast and today is recognised as a World Heritage Site. During the Middle Ages, due to its proximity to the Kingdom of Scotland, Carlisle became an important military stronghold and Carlisle Castle, still relatively intact, was built in 1092 by William Rufus, after once serving as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle now houses the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and the Border Regiment Museum. In the early 12th century Henry I allowed the foundation of a priory in Carlisle and the town gained the status of a diocese in 1122, resulting in the priory becoming Carlisle Cathedral. The Settle to Carlisle railway runs across some of the most breathtaking scenery to the popular Yorkshire town and Carlisle Racecourse has a packed fixture list including Ladies’ Day and evening fixtures. Within driving distance is the Victorian seaside town of Silloth and just over the border is Gretna Green, where you'll find the Gretna Gateway Shopping Centre and Anvil Hall, the famous wedding venue.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas