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The Old Bothy

(Ref. 18929)

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


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Joanne was the perfect host, nothing was too much trouble."

    The property had, quite literally, everything you could have wished for.. I will most certainly go again, quite perfect in every way.

    Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to meet you all and so pleased you enjoyed your stay in The Old Bothy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, wonderfully clean and so well appointed for families."

    We had a lovely stay and the host was exceptional. Will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Old Bothy is a hidden gem!"

    Joanne was an amazing host. The cottage was super clean when we arrived and we even had a little home-baked welcome gift. We also ordered some baked goodies to have when we arrived. The accommodation itself was superb. Joanne had emailed us to ask our kids ages, and had put out age appropriate toys for both inside and out. The kids were delighted. And the enclosed garden area gave them freedom in a safe environment. We fed the calves on the farm, and loved having the 3 farm dogs visiting us. The location was great. We visited the northern lake district, as well as Penrith and Carlisle. I highly recommend and will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and scrupulously clean."

    The availability of fresh bread and other homemade goods to purchase was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful really clean and cumffy and Joanne and her husband ..."

    The cottage was beautiful really clean and cumffy and Joanne and her husband were very friendly and very helpful we would definitely go to this cottage again

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely quiet spot but easy to get to North Lakes and beyond."

    Fabulous cottage for families with or without children. Wonderful hosts too. Would definately go again.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Apr 2021

  • "Immaculate and well equipped property, very friendly host."

    We all loved it.

    Reviewed by Rabia5.0Aug 2019

  • "The Old Bothy was absolutely perfect, we came to celebrate my Mums 70th Birthday for the bank holiday weekend, Joanne looked after us and she was so lovely."

    The property was on a working dairy farm, so having all the land around was just lovely and peaceful, and of a night no light pollution at all meaning it was ideal for star gazing. The whole place was spotless and of a very high standard. The beds were super comfortable so it was everything we had hoped for and more. We ordered some fresh bread from Joanne which was super delicious and also bought eggs from her too. All in all this was a perfect getaway for the city. Thank you so much for looking after us, the cake & wine was such a lovely surprise for my Mum's birthday too. Would definitely love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2019

  • "Excellent cottage very friendly people really enjoyed our holiday."

    Scones great welcome and very friendly dogs we will come back

    Reviewed by J5.0Jun 2019

  • "This was the first time we've used this website and as a result, we were a little worried about what to expect when we arrived."

    Firstly, although the location is a little far out, with a 20 mins drive you are in the heart of the lakes. We preferred this in the end because we still had everything on our door step in Wigton, but with out the like minded tourists. The location itself is lovely and Jo and Martin are a lovely family. The cottage was well-equipped for families and all the finer touches were provided. Even a small amount of toys, DVD's and board games for rainy days. Outside is a play area with football nets for the kids etc. Totally safe for the kids and us to walk off around the site. 3 farm dogs on site which my children adored. So much so, we got a dog the day we returned home. Jo and Martin also allowed my young lads to feed the cows on site. For what I paid, it exceeded my expectations massively and I would recommend this location to anyone.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2019

  • "Very friendly welcome and helpful liaison by phone about picking up key."

    John loved the fresh scones, jam and easter eggs! Beautiful Countryside and fabulous weather. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2019

  • "A home from home experience."

    Very quiet but also convenient for commuting about the lakes. Very friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Mar 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage with great facilities such as wood burning stove, patio area, comfy beds and great quality furnishings."

    Highest quality throughout. Owners are really lovely and very friendly. Location is great with lots to do in the local area. Anyone staying here will be very impressed and have a great break.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Nov 2018

  • "The Old Bothy is lovely."

    It was very clean and warm with a well equipped kitchen ,comfortable bed,and an excellent shower.Joanne, the owner was friendly and helpful and the dogs were calm and gentle.I really enjoyed my short break, the cottage is in a good position to explore both the Northern Lakes and the Solway area.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2018

  • "Probably the best self-catering accommodation that we have ever stayed at."

    Stylish, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. The owner, Joanne was really welcoming and had put homemade scones and jam in the cottage for when we arrived. We really hope to return again.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2018

  • "It's a really beautiful cottage with a fabulous host."

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jun 2017

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful cottage."

    The cottage itself was welcoming, cosy and fitted out with the highest standard of equipment and facilities. Living on the farm was a joyous experience for our children, especially as our hosts were so welcoming. A basket of homemade goodies was an absolute delight. We were able to order further homemade delights and also the opportunity to order an ice cream van straight to the door! Our week was filled with local activities and adventures slightly further afield. There was still so much we wanted to do but ran out of time. We're a family of 4, with 2 children under 3, this place was perfect for us. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Rebekah5.0Oct 2016

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

    well designed ,clean,comfortable . lovely hosts.

    5.0Sep 2016

  • "The hosts were very welcoming and provided us with lots of information for things to see and do with the little one!"

    Nothing seemed too much trouble. The personal touches around the bothy really made it feel like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Glen4.8Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Eco-friendly electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two travel cots, two highchairs and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 2 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 Bothy is a charming holiday property set on a working farm in a stunning location that rests on the edge of the Lake District, just a short distance to the Oddfellows Arms and The Greenhill Hotel, as well as only a few miles from the magnificent 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 self-catering Old Bothy cottage sleeps up to four guests, and is ideal for families, sharing friends or even couples seeking a relaxing, fuss-free escape to rural 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.

The superb semi-detached cottage, near Wigton, boasts two sumptuous bedrooms and a spacious sitting area containing a feature sandstone fireplace that divides the well-presented kitchen and dining areas.

With the owner's tasteful added touches present throughout, this delightful Lake District cottage has been lovingly restored with many original features still thoughtfully preserved from the days in which it was used as a farm bothy.

Bring your loved ones for a memorable escape to The Old Bothy.

Note: This property can be booked along with Ref. 18931, 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
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  • Christmas