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Carrock Cottage

(Ref. 1049941)

East Woodside near Dalston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Tonia and family couldn't have been more friendly or accommodating."

    We had a wonderful stay at Carrock Cottage and would gladly stay again. Thank you so much so much for letting us stay in your lovely home (and see all the animals!)

    Reviewed by Roberto5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely house in lovely countryside with a lovely host."

    Quite perfect. Thank you Tonia! Xx

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Apr 2024

  • "Tonia & John’s cottage is fabulous."

    Immaculately clean and warm with lots of great touches from beginning to end. We’ve been taking cottages in the Lakes/N Cumbria for a decade and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to any young family - it’s one of the best we’ve ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Feb 2024

  • "The quality of this cottage is exceptional and it is decorated to the highest standard ."

    The cottage is beautiful everywhere with first class fittings and furnishings .It is spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable . The welcome gifts were such a kind gesture plus the owners had kindly decorated downstairs with beautiful Christmas decorations .

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2023

  • "Everything about the cottage was just great with no room for improvement."

    I only wish they would allow one small well behaved dog and that would be the icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by Gerry5.0Nov 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you could possibly need, everything of a very high standard ."

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay and the cottage was beautifully presented and well stocked."

    Lovely homemade scones and shortbread waiting for us as well as some essentials in the fridge. Lots of shops and other amenities quite nearby. Its a busy working farm which we enjoyed and we took John and Tonia up on the offer of a tour which was very interesting. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautifully decorated property with immaculate cleanliness."

    Having recently been renovated all of the fixtures & fittings are still like new. The hosts are a delightful family. Nothing was too much trouble & a really nice welcome pack was provided. The location is ideal for exploring the beautiful local countryside. Highly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have been to many cottages but never to one like this before."

    This cottage is next level. Very spacious, beautiful ,clean , comfy and highly equipped. We were so pleased to find lots of goodies including home made scones and cookies were to die for. The owner of this cottage, Tonya, was very helpful and nice. Despite her busy schedule she showed us around the farm and answered our questions with patience as we were pretty curious about farm and farmer's life . A week stay at this beautiful cottage is so memorable and precious to us. On the day of our departure, Tonya packed us some scones and cookies which we thoroughly enjoyed on our way back home. Once again thank you so much for your generosity. We highly recommend this cottage to each and everyone of you if you are travelling to the Lake District in near future.

    Reviewed by Purna5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is an absolutely beautiful cottage, with some lovely rustic features complimenting contemporary new features."

    The location is idyllic, tranquil and situated in a rural setting. The family were charming and engaging, very helpful and the tour of the farm was a beautiful finishing touch. The cottage is very spacious, comfy and has every requirement for your stay. The cleanliness is exemplar, and the little touches make it feel a home from home. Couldn't recommend this place enough - a real diamond in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property was a real credit to it's owners, stylish, well maintained and immaculate."

    The hosts live next door an nothing was too much trouble. Despite being part of a working farm we weren't disturbed by it (apart from the occasional early morning moo). If you want to explore this part of Cumbria it's a fantastic place to stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage and lovely owners."

    We loved seeing round the farm and our grandson was thrilled at seeing the tractors. Really good location as a base for heading out to various attractions and places to visit. Would highly recommend this holiday cottage and we would love to go back. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Shona5.0Aug 2023

  • "We were blown away with Carrock Cottage when we arrived, a stunning cottage inside and out in a beautiful setting."

    Surrounded by lovely walks, and so much to do. Really lovely hosts who were quickly on hand if needed. A 5 star property in a 5 star location.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is our second visit to Carrock Cottage this year."

    We love this immaculate cottage on a beautiful farm in the northern Lake District. The rather unsettled weather this time didn’t take away our enjoyment and , on wet days, it was great to return to this very comfortable cottage. Most of all, we are delighted to have met the really lovely hosts again. Their warm welcome and treats are very appreciated. We will be back!

    Reviewed by June5.0Jul 2023

  • "What an amazing holiday cottage!"

    We have stayed in many cottages in Cumbria and this is without doubt the best ever. Carrock Cottage is absolutely beautiful. It is spacious, yet cosy and comfortable and has everything you could possibly need for a fantastic stay. The welcome pack was amazing, including delicious homemade scones and biscuits and we all loved the guided tour around the farm, from the wonderful hosts Tonya and John. Carrock Cottage is in a beautiful part of Cumbria, with brilliant facilities a very short drive away in Dalston and so many walks and days out near by. We will definitely be returning. Thank you Tonya and John for an amazing holiday.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2023

  • "We enjoyed three nights in this beautiful setting and wished it was longer."

    The cottage is probably the best we’ve ever experienced and the hosts and their family were so helpful and caring. The farm itself is immaculate and very hard working so it was a privilege to stay there in its midst. We chose this quiet part of Cumbria to avoid the crowds and introduce us to a different area of the Lake District. And it didn’t disappoint. We are already planning to return. We had a great time. Thank you Tonia and John.

    Reviewed by June5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished."

    Everything you could need to have an enjoyable stay. A lovely selection of treats on arrival, which we really appreciated. The farm is in a peaceful location but handy for the northern lakes too. This is a working farm and we could see first hand how busy a farmer's life is. Tonia and John made us very welcome. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely, clean cottage in a beautiful scenic landscape."

    Tastefully decorated. Comfortably housed 5 of us. Made for an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Sangeetha4.7Feb 2023

  • "I would love to share with everyone what a wonderful, clean cottage this is with the most friendliest & helpful hosts."

    We arranged a tour around the farm and they let our in-laws come too, the welcome pack was fantastic as was the whole place and the photos did not do it the justice it deserved. The only moan I’ll have is the pub had closed a while back, well before we had booked and Sykes should have taken it off! The closest pubs were just over 4 miles but were really nice. Also there isn’t a wood burner it’s a gas fire but it was a lovely one and none of these spoilt our holiday and we would return again. This made our New Years stay special, thank you.

    Reviewed by Leighann5.0Dec 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Carrock Cottage."

    It was beautifully decorated, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. It was the perfect base for exploring Cumbria as well as visiting family in Glasgow. Wherever we had been, returning to Carrock Cottage felt like coming home. We really appreciate the thoughtful touches and welcome gifts left for us when we arrived. We had a lovely stay and really hope to make a return visit soon.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Dec 2022

  • "An incredible holiday home that provided an instant feeling of relaxation."

    From the delicious welcome scones to the beautiful views, to the comfy beds it was an all round incredible stay!!

    Reviewed by Erin5.0Dec 2022

  • "Everything OK and we had no issues"

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Nov 2022

  • "Truly hospitable hosts with a very special offering."

    We loved every minute

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at Carrock cottage."

    The cottage is tastefully and beautifully designed, very modern. We arrived to a lot of goodies, including fresh scones and shortbread, wine, butter and fresh milk, plus many other things. The owners are very friendly and accommodating. The position of the cottage is close to many beautiful view points and attractions. The tour around the farm was incredibly interesting. We cannot fault it in the slightest, it’s one of the best self catering cottages we have stayed in. Many thanks to the owners. We certainly hope to visit and stay again!

    Reviewed by Alida5.0Aug 2022

  • "Everything was really perfect, we even had homemade scones & shortbread on arrival ."

    Everyone was very friendly & couldn’t do enough to ensure we had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely well appointed cottage."

    Generous welcome pack and convenient for exploring the lakes without being surrounded by crowds. Some might dislike the sells associated with a farm but did not detract from the experience. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jul 2022

  • "We have had the best stay ever at Carrock Cottage and received such a warm welcome from the family."

    Thank you Tonya for all the delicious goodies, and thank you to everyone in the family and on the farm for reconnecting me and my sister, not only with friends from school, but also with Cumbria. The cottage is fabulous and beautifully furnished with so much love and care. We came to Cumbria for my Dad's Celebration of Life Service and I can't think of a better way to mark the occasion. We loved every moment - and will be back soon. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Roopa5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location."

    The cottage is exceptionally well equipped, clean and spacious. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a base to explore the area, there are so many local beauty spots to visit from the cottage. Even our grown up kids loved the tour of the farm, the hosts were so friendly and welcoming - the welcome pack was amazing! We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    It had everything we needed. Everything was top standard. Very high standard of cleaniness. A delicious welcoming pack especially the local milk and the home-baked scones and biscuits.The owners were friendly when we saw them. We all enjoyed our week's stay. Hopefully return again in the near future.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very warm welcome with some extra special touches."

    Beautiful cottage, perfectly presented in an ideal location for our break. Would highly recommend. Many thanks for a wonderful stay…absolutely perfect..

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely Cottage in a lovely location."

    Hosts were very friendly and hospitable. Really enjoyed the welcome pack. Kids thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the farm getting up close to the cows and calves. Great access to the Lakes. 100% recommend. Thanks

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Feb 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage, very clean and well presented."

    Very generous welcome hamper on arrival and local fresh produce in the fridge. The owners were really welcoming on arrival. We asked for a tour of the farm and the owners were very accommodating of this, our children (5yrs & 8yrs) loved it, they also loved being able to see the animals from their bedroom window! The owners were helpful in advising of good walks and villages to visit. We went to Caldbeck and Dalston, both lovely and great to use the dairy vending machines in Dalston! We ate at Bridge End Inn which was lovely too. Would definitely recommend this cottage and would love to return!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Dec 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Carrock Cottage, Tonia and the family are so lovely and helpful."

    They have a beautiful cottage, that is decorated lovely and very comfortable and clean. It was really nice being on a working farm, they were so kind to let us have a tour around it. Our children loved staying here and keep asking when can we go back. We will be definitely be coming back again! We are already looking for next year.

    Reviewed by Allison5.0Dec 2021

  • "This was the nicest holiday cottage I have ever stayed in!"

    The beds are so comfortable, the towels are extra fluffy, the cottage is extremely clean. The owner had set up Christmas decorations as well as leaving "welcome" gifts of mulled wine, craft ales, homemade mince pies and shortbread biscuits and a selection box for the kids. The owner took us on a tour of the dairy farm too which the kids absolutely loved. I literally cannot fault this cottage and would definitely recommend it to anyone as either a relaxing break or a base to explore Cumbria.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Owner was very helpful."

    Cottage immaculate. Can’t praise highly enough and would recommend to anybody. We would try and stay there if we return to Cumbria

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Nov 2021

  • "Carrock cottage was decorated to a high standard throughout!"

    Comfy beds and sofas, and the underfloor heating downstairs made it so cosy. Tonia was so helpful on our arrival and throughout the stay, even offered us used of the cottage on our departure day as there was no one else staying. She also left us some nice gifts for our arrival which made us feel so welcome. Couldn't fault anything with this place. Will 100% be returning to stay again.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Prior to arrival the owner contacted us to check whether we needed anything."

    The welcome pack in this tasteful property ,together with the high standard of construction, design and furnishing reflected their care.that guests should want for nothing that they could provide.A tour of the working farm is a must.The property is ideally situated for the lakes ,the coast and the Cumbrian towns and city and is simple to access from the M6

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2021

  • "Carrock Cottage definitely exceeded our expectations, which were already high given the gorgeous photos and brilliant feedback."

    The property is outstanding, having been tastefully and sensitively renovated to retain its true character. The cottage was immaculately clean and all Covid regulations were adhered to. Tonia’s welcome when we arrived was just perfect and the generous welcome treats were well beyond our expectations. It was a privilege to stay at Carrock Cottage and it has to be said that the lovely family who owns it have got the balance just right in every sense. We hope to return there sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage , in a great location."

    Made to feel really welcome and super friendly, certainly recommend .

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Sep 2021

  • "This cottage is spotless inside and out and decorated to a very high standard ..."

    This cottage is spotless inside and out and decorated to a very high standard It is comfortable with plenty of space Meeting the family was a bonus and watching the cows being milked is a must I would highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2021

  • "Carrock Cottage is an absolute gem."

    The cottage is very well equipped for a family holiday and is immaculately kept. From the moment we arrived the whole family went out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed for a perfect stay, including a superb welcome pack. Having a guided tour of a working dairy farm really added to the whole experience and our host’s patience in answering our grandchildren’s questions was really special for them. There is so much to do in the local area that we enjoyed, particularly visiting Watchtree Nature Reserve where cycles can be hired. We had a fantastic week and look forward to visiting the cottage again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2021

  • "Cartock Cottage us a lovely place to stay Tonia couldn't find enough for us and was always available throughout our holiday."

    A stay here uis highly recommended.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2021

  • "Such a great place to stay!"

    Excellent hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Lovely homemade scones and biscuits on arrival along with fresh flowers, Prosecco and other treats. The cottage is decorated and furnished to a very high standard and lovely and relaxing to spend time in. A great location for the northern Lakes and we really enjoyed being on a working dairy farm, especially having Gabrielle & Jenny give us a fantastic tour. Thank you Tonia & John for a great stay, we all loved it - you have a such a special place which will no doubt be enjoyed by many.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2021

  • "We’ve just returned from a fantastic break at Carrock Cottage."

    The cottage was immaculate and had plenty of room for our family of five (3 adults and 2 children) and was very well equipped. The owners were so helpful and gave us great advice and where to visit and dine in the area. The cottage is in a beautiful rural setting and only a short drive from the tourist areas. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double with TV, 1 x twin with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove (gas operated)
  • Underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • 5 x Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Paved garden area with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.8 miles; pub 0.6 miles
  • Note: The owner is happy to escort guests around the farm to see the animals and watch the cows being milked, please be advised guests should not go unaccompanied

The property

Dalston 3 miles.

This beautifully presented semi-detached cottage is situated in the yard of a working farm in the quiet Cumbria countryside, not far from the village of Dalston.

Carrock Cottage has been carefully appointed throughout to provide cosy accommodation for families who are looking to break away from normality and explore this scenic part of the country.

Situated in the heart of a working farm you can gaze at the cows through the windows, perfect for any animal lover!

Discover the kitchen/diner, presented to an immaculate standard with navy units and white worktops that form a sleek finish, plus a whole host of integrated appliances to assist throughout your stay.

There is also a handy utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer so you won’t have to pack your whole wardrobe!

Make yourself comfortable in the lounge, appointed with an alluring gas woodburning stove for those cold winter nights, and a wall-mounted TV so you can stay updated with your favourite shows.

As you tire, there are three delightful bedrooms upstairs, including two doubles, one with a feature fireplace, and a twin, presented in neutral tones and fitted with a good amount of storage space.

Each of the bedrooms are fitted with TVs so you can continue watching in bed, or take a moment to watch the farm animals from the windows, making you feel at one with nature.

A modern bathroom and shower room ties the interior together, so you can decide how best to prepare for the day.

The paved garden area provides a lovely spot to sit back and enjoy the tranquil location, or pop on your walking boots and get to know your surroundings better on a local stroll.

Nestled just off the north of the Lake District National Park, this cottage near Dalston provides easy access to the Lakeland fells and the bustling town of Keswick.

Situated in a serene bit of countryside, there are plenty of magnificent walks and bike rides through the fells and forests, and Whinlatter Forest Park has an exciting Go Ape Adventure Course, whilst for a more peaceful day you can venture through Borrowdale, ideal for a peaceful picnic along the lake shore.

Experience the hustle and bustle of Keswick and enjoy a variety of attractions, including Keswick Market where you can source some local crafts and goods, or visit the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, home to the original manuscripts from the Lake Poets.

Alternatively, head north to the city of Carlisle, home to a wealth of fantastic shopping facilities, superb restaurants and historical attractions such as Carlisle Castle with its 2000 years of history to uncover, the Tullie House Museum And Art Gallery, Dixon's Chimney and the historic landmark of The Citadel.

Carrock Cottage is a wonderful spot for enjoying all that this Cumbrian location has to offer.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Carlisle 4.6 miles; Keswick 16 miles, Penrith 17.9 miles.

The village of Dalston sits within the Carlisle district of Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland. In the village square lies the red sandstone church of St Michael, dating back to the 13th century, whilst Dalston Hall is a magnificent Grade II listed building full of character and landscape gardens, which is often used as a wedding venue. About two miles south of Dalston is Rose Castle, the palace of the Bishops of Carlisle, which is not open to the public but may be viewed from the road. Carlisle can be reached in four and half miles, a 2000-year-old city with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one World Heritage Site, plus lots of pedestrianised shopping areas, award-winning malls, colourful farmer’s markets as well as a traditional Victorian indoor market. Dalston also provides good access to the beautiful North Pennines AONB and the Lake District National Park, making it a great base for outdoor enthusiasts.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas