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Whirligig Cottage

Armathwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1011141)



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Reviews & Ratings

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful cottage and ideally placed for a walking holiday or short walk up the road to the station, where you can take the most scenic rail journey in the country to Settle market town."

    Two lovely pubs only a short walk away, both doing good quality pub food. The owners were very friendly and Robin met us on our arrival, to show us around the cottage, plus gave us some good pointers on local places to visit.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely village, good local shop and two pubs that serve great meals."

    Lovely walks by the river Eden and perfect location for visiting many places. Owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "Great cottage in a wonderful village."

    Everything you need here. The owners had taken great care to stock the kitchen with all you could need and the bathroom was newly fitted. Very clean . Great base for this part of the Lakes and some wonderful walks from the door. Good village shop around the corner and 2 pubs for freshly cooked food.

    Reviewed by JustinAug 2021

  • "We would thoroughly recommend Whirlygig Cottage."

    The location was beautiful and the owner welcoming and accommodating. He gave us good recommendations about the village. The two pubs both serve food but the kitchen in the cottage has everything you need. We had a refreshing and peaceful break and will return!

    Reviewed by AislingAug 2021

  • "We had a great week at Whirligig cottage, it was spotless, very comfortable and equipped with everything we could have needed."

    The owners were very friendly and easy to communicate with and the village was equally lovely with two great pubs and a village shop and lovely walks along the river.  It is also close enough to visit the lakes or even Scotland. We would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "Communication with the owners was very good and they were most helpful and friendly."

    The cottage was everything we could have wished for and is excellent throughout. We would not hesitate to book it again and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by SharronDec 2020

  • "Very lovely cottage, spotless, warm & welcoming, credit to the owners."

    Had a lovely holiday, would certainly recommend Sykes & Giggleywig cottage.

    Reviewed by RogerOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, extremely clean and well located to get out and about."

    It felt very homely.

    Reviewed by YvonneSep 2020

  • "Exceptional service provided by sykes and owners of the cottage."

    Accommodation comfortable and homely and provided everything we needed..lovely countryside-.we enjoyed walking by the river and would have walked more had the weather not turned for the worse.we would have no hesitation in reccommending both sykes and whirligig cottage.

    Reviewed by GeoffSep 2020

  • "Accessing the cottage was really straightforward on arrival and Robin & Gwen were always available and accommodating."

    The interior of the cottage was extremely comfortable and a home from home with everything required for an enjoyable stay. The view from the cottage was wonderful and the village is a perfect location to visit mountains, dales and lakes. We were very reluctant to leave!

    Reviewed by AndreaSep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, very quiet, lovely rural village, pubs very friendly."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2020

  • "The location cleanliness and comfort of the cottage was excellent."

    It was the perfect base to explore the Beautiful countryside and lakes.

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2020

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The property

A charming, 19th Century terraced cottage, close to the River Eden, boasting picturesque country views, in the centre of the picturesque Cumbrian village of Armathwaite.

Whirligig Cottage offers lovely holiday accommodation for a couple or small family wanting to enjoy the countryside of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park, as well as being within easy reach of the Solway Cast AONB.

Enter the cosy cottage into the sitting room, where you can relax on either of the leather sofas, beside the charming inglenook fireplace which houses a woodburning stove, enjoying a good book from the book shelves, or one of your favourite shows on the Smart TV.

A few steps down leads into the galley-style kitchen, well-equipped with all of the necessary appliances you will need to create home-cooked meals, which can be enjoyed in the dining room, a few steps down from the kitchen, with a charming display cabinet and patio doors that open up onto the decking area.

Upstairs you will find two bedrooms; a smaller 4' double and a master double a few steps up with ample storage for your belongings, both served by a shower room with walk-in shower.

Outside, there is roadside parking available, along with a decking area with furniture, accessed via the dining room and ideal for enjoying an alfresco lunch in the sunshine.

Armathwaite offers two traditional pubs and a village shop within walking distance, as well as strolls along the River Eden, which runs alongside the village, Coombs Wood for woodland walks and mountain bike trails, and a railway station on the Carlisle-Settle railway, where you can board a train and head to the city of Carlisle or the town of Penrith.

Carlisle boasts a stunning 15th Century cathedral with incredible stained glass, as well as an imposing 12th Century castle and excellent shopping opportunities.

Penrith offers a local history museum, a castle and surrounding park that was once occupied by Richard III, Thacka Beck Nature Reserve, as well as access to the Beacon Hill monument, surrounded by picturesque countryside and close to the Great Asby Scar National Nature Reserve.

For a day by the sea, head to the Solway Coast AONB, where you can explore sand dunes, salt marshes, walk the England Coastal Path and visit a selection of nature reserves.

Walkers and cyclists will also enjoy making their way through the Lake District National Park, with its 16 bodies of water, mountain peaks like Scafell Pike to hike up, showcasing incredible, far-reaching views from the summit, and a host of popular tourist attractions to visit.

The North Pennines AONB are also within easy reach, so you'll never be short of things to do and incredible landscapes to observe from this cosy holiday cottage.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x 4' double
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV, CD Player, WiFi and selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Tiered rear garden with decking and seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Starter pack for woodburning stove provided, additional fuel can be purchased from the village shop

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About the location


Penrith 11 miles.

The attractive, unspoilt rural village of Armathwaite is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District, Eden Valley and the lovely coastline of the Solway Firth. The village has two old pubs, both with popular restaurants serving excellent food, a village Post Office and a traditional village shop. The River Eden runs through the centre of the village, and the area is renowned for its excellent salmon fishing, plus walking, canoeing and climbing. Armathwaite Castle, by the river, is a four-storey Pele Tower, and the 15th Century Church has fine examples of stained glass windows. The Eden Gorge, between Lazonby and Armathwaite, is one of Cumbria's best-kept secrets, and is well worth exploring. The local railway station is a stop on the Settle-to-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and where today many old steam trains still wend their way through some of the finest countryside in Britain. The Rheged Discovery Centre in Penrith is the "largest grass covered building in the country" or you might like to visit Dalemain Historic House, featured in a television production of Jane Eyre.

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