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Sonya's Cottage

Anthorn, Solway Firth, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 926151)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Seaside
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Hot tub
  • Washing machine
  • Ground floor bedroom

Reviews & Ratings

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Sonia's cottage was a really amazing place for a relaxing holiday."

    Away from hustle and bustle of everyday lives. Also not to far to drive to Gretna Green the lake district and hadrians wall. Or just chill out in the hot tub and watch the wonderful wild life.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2022

  • "Excellent property with great facilities."

    The owners were friendly and on hand for a chat to explain things about the area.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2022

  • "This beautiful cottage is a must for an idyllic relaxed atmosphere, and to top it off we had the experience of a hot tub - jacuzzi which definitely adds to relaxation after a good day walking in the surrounding countryside."

    The owners are really lovely people who made us very welcome. Hopefully we will return in the not too distant future. All-in-all, Excellent!! Ken & Karen

    Reviewed by KenMay 2022

  • "Just what we needed, home to home comfort."

    Beautiful surroundings, very remote location, fresh air, bird singing. Hot tub is amazing. Well equipped kitchen, clean chilled cosy atmosphere. We loved it and hoping to be back soon!

    Reviewed by HajnalkaMay 2022

  • "A lovely time in a lovely place."

    And with lovely property owners right next door! Thank you Naomi and Phil: good luck with future plans.

    Reviewed by DaphneApr 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage with everything you need in a very beautiful place."

    Good location for seeing the coastal area, and top side of the lakes. Great hosts who chatted with us daily.

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage in a peaceful location."

    A great base to explore north Cumbria and beyond. The owners Naomi, Phil & family made us all feel very welcome. We would definitely recommend Sonias Cottage as a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by MichelleApr 2022

  • "Me and my son loved are stay here we met the owners they were lovely people and very helpful to us."

    So will come back .

    Reviewed by AmandaApr 2022

  • "We loved the property and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there."

    The only draw back for us was the stone floors throughout. They looked fabulous and are absolutely perfect for the style and age of the cottage, but, we are old folks and love the warmth and comfort of carpets !!!!!!!!!!!! We would of course come back but perhaps in the summer months when a cool floor would be welcome!!

    Reviewed by BrettMar 2022

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage, immaculate throughout."

    Hot tub and the stars exceptional. Good walking around the area and, being ex navy, enjoyed looking at the history of RNAS Anthorn. Hosts are great , will definitely return.

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2022

  • "Fabulous can’t improve perfection"

    Reviewed by ElaineFeb 2022

  • "I absolutely loved my stay at Sonya's Cottage - I didn't want to leave yesterday!"

    The cottage itself is warm, cosy, comfortable and characterful - in the most stunning location overlooking the Solway. I like birdwatching and it was the perfect setting from which to view the birds on the water's edge. Phil and Naomi were welcoming, friendly and helpful and went the extra mile to successfully resolve an issue with the WiFi. I had friends visiting during my stay and they were equally impressed with the cottage. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it others and I will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by PamelaJan 2022

  • "This is a fantastic cottage, the owners Naomi and Phil are so helpful if you need them but not intrusive."

    The cottage is so clean and cosy one of the best I have stayed in from sykes and I have stayed in a lot. The scenery is beautiful. And the hot tub is definitely the best out of any the properties that I have stayed in. I will be booking this property again without any hesitation.

    Reviewed by SusanJan 2022

  • "We had a lovely break at Sonya’s cottage."

    Very homely, and the views over Solway Firth were special. Thank you Naomi & Paul.

    Reviewed by CarolDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a nice spot."

    Owners made us feel welcome and helped when they could with recommendations. Considering the weather and the power problems they kept us informed so was lovely. Hopefully see Carlisle in the sun sometime in the future. Thanks for letting us stay. Tom and Hannah

    Reviewed by TomNov 2021

  • "Sonya's Cottage is a delightful property lovingly cared for by the owners Phil and Naomi who live next door."

    The cottage was nice and warm when we arrived on a cold afternoon, and their welcome gifts were much appreciated. Lots to do and see in the local area, or you can just spend the time watching the ever-changing scene on the estuary - very relaxing!

    Reviewed by MaxNov 2021

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Everything in the cottage was really hight standard, everything spotlessly clean, amazing views and great location to visit surrounding area. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "Exceptional view from cottage over the solway firth."

    Owners live on site and extremely helpful and friendly. Peaceful and tranquil location. Would definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by MaureenSep 2021

  • "Sonya's Cottage was amazing."

    The cottage is in a beautiful rural location over looking the Solway Firth. The area is peaceful and relaxing and a fantastic place to visit. The cottage was spotlessly clean, fantastically equipped and a wonderful place to spend a weeks holiday. The hosts were both delightful and made us feel so welcome. Any one thinking of booking this cottage would not be disappointed. The cottage is beautifully decorated to a high standard, the beds were super comfortable, and the shower was fantastically powerful. The hot tub was easy to use and we spent some pleasant evenings star gazing and bat spotting. Lots of lovely beaches in the area, and only a short drive into Scotland or a short trip into the Lake district and Hadrian's wall. A brilliant place to stay for the whole family.

    Reviewed by ColleenAug 2021

  • "We have had a lovely relaxing break at this beautiful, well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by WayneJul 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in lovely surroundings and so peaceful."

    The owners have gone to great lengths to provide everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KathleenJul 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage in a quiet location with beautiful views over the Solway Firth."

    You absolutely need a car to get around but it's a wonderful quiet place to relax and recharge your batteries. The owners of the cottage are extremely friendly and will offer advice and hints / tips if you ask them. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would love to revisit soon.

    Reviewed by ElaineMay 2021

  • "Great cottage for a quiet holiday."

    Lots of walks direct from there. Fantastic views across the bay. Best shower of any cottage we've stayed in, not the usual electric dribble!

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2021

  • "Amazing views."

    Owners onsite and are lovely. Fab hot tub. Peaceful & secluded. Comfy beds.

    Reviewed by JoApr 2021

  • "The cottage holiday was exactly what we needed."

    It was warm and cosy, peaceful and relaxing. The view is incredible and changes with every turn of the tide. If you want a lazy break, it’s perfect!

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2021

  • "Absolutely brilliant time, chilling and relaxing is just what we had in mind and Sonia's cottage was definitely the place to be."

    With the birds on the estuary the 100+ sheep running down the road and friendly passers by the whole experience was relaxed and homely. The cottage had everything we needed including very long skewers to toast our marshmallows on the fire pit. cosy comfortable and a real home from home.

    Reviewed by HazelOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage great view over solway firth ..."

    Lovely cottage great view over solway firth Huge L shape sofa abit soft n low Superb hot tub just needed higher step to get in/out

    Reviewed by PamSep 2020

  • "Sonyas cottage was a tranquil place with scenic views."

    The owners where warm and welcoming. I highly recommend this cottage if you are looking for peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2020

  • "An adorable cottage with a fantastic host!"

    Will definitely be returning very soon!!

    Reviewed by AdamFeb 2020

  • "The cottage was in a fabulous location and the owners were very friendly."

    We enjoyed our early morning visits from the dog! The cottage is comfortable and very well equipped. A great base to explore the surrounding area (which for us included a trip over the boarder into Scotland). We would definitely stay again if we return to the same area.

    Reviewed by SusanJan 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing the best one ive visited ..."

    The cottage was amazing the best one ive visited The view fantastic The was warm and cosy The hottub was a real bonus The owners were really helpful

    Reviewed by AnthonyNov 2019

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, well maintained & very comfortable."

    The owners are very friendly and helpful. The views are outstanding & if you like bird watching this is the place to be. A lovely relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by JenniferSep 2019

  • "The owners are very friendly and helpful , I think it is an added advantage to have the owners close by"

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2019

  • "The owners were more then helpful & cottage was in a perfect location with ..."

    The owners were more then helpful & cottage was in a perfect location with fabulous views, we as a family had a lovely holiday & would certainly love to visit again x

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2019

  • "This cottage and location are both hidden gems!"

    Quite remote, no pubs, shops or beach nearby so not for everyone but for the likes of us, the peace and quiet, the fantastic view over the estuary and the walks round the nature reserves were just what we appreciate. We came home feeling re-charged and relaxed even though the weather was more wet than sunny. Never been to the area before but with the roman wall and the remains of the roman fort close by we enjoyed the history. The cottage is very comfortable and finished to a high standard and there is everything there you need for self catering. Due to the distance we had to go we just had one meal out at the pub but the hospitality and the food were spot on! Great holiday.

    Reviewed by RaymondJun 2019

  • "One of the nicest cottages we have ever stayed in."

    The view over the Solway Firth was amazing. Our hosts were lovely people, chatty but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by AmandaMay 2019

  • "We had a fabulous time, the cottage was perfect, a regular home from home, well equipped well situated cottage, cant wait to return."

    Reviewed by JuneMay 2019

  • "The host Sonya was amazing!"

    Just the perfect balance of being helpful but not being around all the time. We LOVED MITSY and I personally feel she would be a huge selling point for other clients you should list this on the advert. Cottage was absolutely beautiful. Loved every minute.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2019

  • "Sonya's cottage is a beautifully peaceful and scenic position, overlooking the estuary."

    If you want to escape, this is the place to go, lovely local walks around the estuary, great local nature reserves and a stunning view over the estuary and the Lakes on a clear day. The cottage was warm, comfortable and clean, the owners Phil & Naomi were very welcoming and accommodating to any of our needs and their pet dog Mitzy was a hit with the kids. A lovely holiday, would strongly recommend it to anybody looking for the peaceful life.

    Reviewed by WayneApr 2019

  • "We have just returned from a week spent at Sonia's Cottage and it was everything we could wish for - a beautiful property set in idyllic surroundings with fabulous views - the perfect place for a restful and relaxing break."

    . The wine and chocolates were a lovely extra touch and were very much appreciated. Wigton was a short drive away and had a good range of shops and a few cafes. Penrith and Carlisle were also within an half hour's drive. Brilliant!

    Reviewed by JudithMar 2019

  • "The cottage is so much prettier than the photos online."

    It's the perfect secluded place and is great for relaxing and exploring Cumbria.

    Reviewed by MichelleDec 2018

  • "Brilliant cottage, the owners are lovey and helpful."

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage and hot tub was lovely to come back to at the end of the day particularly as we were a bit unlucky with the weather."

    The cottage is well equipped. The owners Phil and Naomi live next door and could not be more friendly and helpful. We had a minor plumbing issue during our stay and it was sorted immediately. We did a lovely 12 mile loop cycle ride via Bowness on Solway and made some trips by car to the North Lakes. There are some lovely views from the cottage over the river. Overall a very relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by ArupAug 2018

  • "A beautiful location and cosy cottage."

    The owners were so welcoming, a handy little guide to things to do was inside the cottage was very useful and Carlisle is only half hour drive where loads to see and do. hot tub was added bonus and my 13yr old niece enjoyed playing on the zip wire at the rear of the cottage. Lovely relaxing week away from it all. Would highly recommend if you’re looking for some down time away from it all. PS this cottage has the best walk in shower I’ve ever used!

    Reviewed by KimberleyJul 2018

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage."

    The owners were very friendly. Definitely going to be revisiting.

    Reviewed by LisaJul 2018

  • "From start to finish amazing relaxing holiday location beautiful and cottage out of this world."

    the hosts were brilliant and on hand for everything thankyou will definitely be back

    Reviewed by ShaneApr 2018

  • "Fabulous cosy cottage with amazing views."

    Very clean and well maintained. The hot tub was a bonus. We definitely recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by ValerieMar 2018

  • "Lovely lovely cottage in a great location, we wanted a relaxing week away with the kids visiting places around Cumbria and that’s what we got, the cottage itself is of a very high standard, nice and clean with everything we needed."

    Lots of places to visit within an hours drive. Only thing that could make this place better is a log burner just to add to the cottages already homely feel. Would also recommend a restaurant call Ye old greyhound about 30-40 min drive from the cottage but well worth the drive, food and service were amazing

    Reviewed by IanOct 2017

  • "Loved everything about it, the additional advantage of the washing machine ensured we didn't have the usual day of washing etc when arriving back home was a huge bonus, loved the hot tub after a lot of walking during the day."

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2017

  • "Our second visit and we loved it."

    A beautiful property in a beautiful area with two lovely and amazing hosts. We can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by ElizaMay 2017

  • "Absolutely beautiful place to stay."

    Holiday cut short due to family emergency. Owners very friendly and the dog. Could not fault the cottage would have moved in. Just perfect

    Reviewed by SamanthaMar 2017

  • "Nice and easy."

    Cottage was beautiful

    Reviewed by AidenJan 2017

  • "The outlook was spectacular and changed every day with wildlife."

    The hot tub was a welcome bonus and used every day even in october. I would recommend reviewing the directions from the M6. we did not use a satnav and got lost trying to carry out the instructions of 9.75 miles .!! It would help if it was mentioned to turn right signposted Anthorn. But saying that we had a very enjoyable week and would thoroughly recommend Sonyas cottage .

    Reviewed by DeniseOct 2016

  • "An amazing cottage set on a tidal estuary."

    The tide comes in twice a day an the estuary changes with the tide. Great for bird enthusiasts or if you just want to sit and chill and take in the virw. The cottage itself is clean and finished to a high standard. Beds and sofas very comfortable. We would recomend this cottage to anyone looking to get away for a quiet break.

    Reviewed by MartynSep 2016

  • "A well equipped, clean and spacious cottage."

    We had everything we needed to hand for an enjoyable holiday. Loved the hot tub, beautiful views, lovely countryside. So peaceful and hosts were very welcoming and helpful and made a fuss of the children. They loved kayaking on the Solway, a new experience! Great shower in wet room. Well placed location to explore the Lake district and RSPB sites.

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2016

  • "If we are to go for a holiday in the Lakes again then we would certainly look to book Sonya's Cottage, the owners have thought of and provided everything you could wish for on your stay, from decent pans to cook with to candles for sitting outside."

    This cottage is a home from home for holiday makers and the owners (who live next door) are friendly and happy to help be it suggestions on where to eat or queries about the cottage. Stunning quiet location, perfect place to get away from it all and relax.

    Reviewed by SharonAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, CD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front patio with furniture and rear patio with hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 miles
  • Estuary shore opposite
  • Note: Hot tub can be shared with owners but only when is not in use
  • Note: There is a drop from the patio to the lawn, care to be taken
  • Note: Property may be suitable for accompanied wheelchair users, please contact owner for more details

The property

This detached stone cottage is located on the water’s edge in the small village of Anthorn, a tranquil corner of the Solway coast overlooking Morecambe Bay.

This beautifully presented Grade II listed cottage boasts many character features with beams, oak doors, stone floors and an exposed stone wall in the sitting area, making Sonya’s Cottage ideal for family or friends wishing to relax and enjoy time together in this peaceful undiscovered spot.

The open plan living area has comfy seating and a bespoke kitchen with French doors that open onto a delightful patio overlooking the estuary, where you can sit and watch the tide ebb and flow.

With all of the accommodation on the ground floor, the two lovely bedrooms also have wonderful open views.

Outside, the terrace overlooks the lawn and has open views across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

At the rear is a luxurious hot tub, an ideal way to finish off the day after touring this beautiful region.

Walks can be taken from the door to follow the estuary coast line, one of which follows a Roman wall along the coast.

The cottage is next to an RSPB bird sanctuary, making it ideal for bird and nature enthusiasts with an abundance of wildlife in the surrounding area including deer, foxes and badgers.

Nearby is the village of Abbeytown with the ancient Cistercian Holmcultram Abbey, whilst Hadrian’s Wall is also close by.

As well as the glorious coast, the Northern Lakes are also within reach and with charming Cumbrian towns such as Keswick and Cockermouth also nearby, this cottage is an ideal base to enjoy year round.

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About the location


Bowness-on-Solway 6 miles; Wigton 9 miles; Carlisle 14 miles.

Anthorn is a remote village on the north bank of the Wampool Estuary by the shores of the Solway Firth. It was home to a WW1 landing strip which was developed into a Royal Naval Air Station during WWII and subsequently closed in 1958. Nearby Wigton is a traditional Cumbrian market town with a charter granted in 1262, which still holds a market each Friday in the covered market hall, along with an with an open air car boot sale. Wigton is a small market town, with local amenities. 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 including 'A Time to Dance’. Just short drives will take you to Carlisle, a popular town with a pleasant pedestrianised shopping centre and plenty of bars and restaurants also boasts a beautiful Cathedral and Museum. Keswick and the North Lakes are easily accessible as is the natural beauty of the West Cumbrian Coast. Hadrian’s Wall is within 25 miles; while the Scottish Borders, and Gretna Green, are within easy reach.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas