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Caldhu Cottage

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Holmrook, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Caldhu Cottage."

    We were very impressed with how the owners Graham and Nicky had spent considerable time and effort in providing a beautiful and well equipped clean, relaxing holiday home with large well maintained garden. The beds were super comfy and there were lots of lovely walks for us to enjoy with our dog. We would highly recommend this cottage and we will be returning.

    Hi Harry, we're so glad you enjoyed your holiday despite the inclement weather and having to contend with Storm Agnes! We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Graham & Nicky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harold5.0Sep 2023

  • "Probably the best well equipped cottage we've ever stayed in."

    The location was so peaceful and private. Plenty of exercise for our dog just walking around the extensive garden and although just the two of us staying there was more than enough space for a family with three good sized bedrooms. Ideally located for the western lakes and beaches. For us personally, the only minor point was we found the lounge sofas very uncomfortable but everything else was perfect. Would definitely recommend.

    Hi Jane, thanks for your kind feedback and for recommending us. We're particularly pleased that you rated it the best, well equipped, cottage you've ever stayed in and that everything was perfect (apart from the sofas, which we'll certainly check out next time we're at the cottage). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Sep 2023

  • "We all absolutely loved Caldhu Cottage."

    It is so perfect in every way, super comfortable beds, beautiful location and stunning gardens along with everything you could need provided in the property. The Western lakes area is wonderfully quiet and there are so many lovely locations to explore we will definitely return. Thank you for a perfect stay.

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback Vanessa. We're so glad you enjoyed the cottage and look forward to welcoming you back in the future! Graham & Nicky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and a comfortable place to stay and the gardens were very nice"

    Thanks Vera. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vera4.4Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property in a fantastic location."

    Easy access to beaches, towns, and lakes. What more could you ask for?

    Thanks for your feedback Andrew. We're glad you enjoyed your holiday! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage!"

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Caldhu Cottage. A peaceful retreat in a beautiful part of the country and lots to do nearby. The highlight was seeing a deer in the stunning gardens! Highly recommended.

    Thanks Anne! We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves with the added bonus of the deer. There's a small group who live in the woods and occasionally venture into the meadow, though usually very early in the morning so you were lucky to see it! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2023

  • "A stunning cottage set in a quiet rural location."

    We had an amazing time and can’t recommend Caldhu Cottage enough. Immaculate inside and out, with woodland walks on the doorstep and a huge garden to enjoy. A 10 minute drive will get you to the lovely beach at Drigg - perfect for your four legged friends. The owners were very helpful and approachable. Thank you, we had high expectations which were hugely exceeded!

    Thanks for your kind feedback Justin. It's so nice to hear that you had such a good time. Our Golden Retriever, Lola, also adores Drigg Beach! Nicky & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved our stay in this beautiful cottage."

    It was so peaceful . The garden with the wild flower meadow was very beautiful and we loved sitting out in the sun. The cottage was very clean with good facilities. A good base for our walks and climbs in Wasdale

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Vivien, especially about the wild flower meadow: it's still early days and we're very much in the learning phase, finding out what works (and what doesn't!) in the Cumbrian soil. But hopefully we'll see an abundance of butterflies and bees as the meadow matures. Graham & Nicky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0May 2023

  • "Needs Better sitting in the sunroom."

    No Seating outside in the front of the house. Doesn’t seem to be enough pots and pans for cooking to full occupied rooms. No egg cups. Lol

    Thanks for your observations Chris. The seating in the sun room is intended for use either indoors or outdoors, but we've also added a bistro table and chairs in front of the kitchen, for al fresco breakfasts! There are also now three extra pans and a set of 6 egg cups. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher4.1May 2023

  • "A lovely restoration of a beautiful cottage in a rural setting, only observations, complimentary toiletries would have been good and mention in listings local pub is not dog friendly."

    Hi Jackie, thanks for your feedback and observations - both very useful. We do mention in the welcome pack that the Lutwidge Arms is not dog friendly, but I'll see if I can get Sykes to mention this in their listing as well. If you're staying with us again I can recommend both The Bridge Inn at Santon and the Bower House Inn as great, nearby, dog-friendly pubs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in stunning grounds"

    Thanks Helen. We're glad you liked it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Such a wonderful property well equipped and so comfortable in its surroundings."

    I applaud the owners for such a tasteful renovation it’s lovely . Fully enjoyed the historical location.

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Julian. The renovation was a lot of hard work but it makes it all worthwhile to have people appreciate it as you did. Very kind of you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Breath taking; beautiful cottage."

    Immaculately presented. The gardens are wonderful. A peaceful retreat. We didn’t want to leave!

    Thank you so much for the kind review. This is still a new venture for us and so it means a lot when we get good feed back. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Apr 2023

  • "Caldhu cottage is absolutely lovely- cosy and charming, we loved our week's stay."

    It was the exact right size for a family of 5 or 6, giving us plenty of room to sit together or apart as the mood struck. It's perfectly situated for access to the Western Lakes, and we would absolutely stay there again.

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Anna. We're so glad you enjoyed the cottage and would be delighted to have you stay again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Mar 2023

  • "Couldn’t fault Caldhu Cottage!"

    The location was a dream! Really clean and comfy! Loved the sun room! Nice walk around the grounds and round to the river! One of our most relaxing holidays. We’ll definitely be back!

    Thank you for your kind comments Jayne. We're so pleased you liked the cottage and had such a wonderful holiday. Our daughter also particularly loves the sun room. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! Graham and Nicky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Mar 2023

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, shower, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sun room
  • Ground source heat pump
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed wrap-around garden with lawn, patio, furniture, wild flower meadow, and two ponds, set upon 2.5-acres of private land
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles (not dog friendly), River Irt 0.1 miles
  • Note: Please supervise children and dogs whilst in the garden, due to uncovered ponds
  • Note: This property only accepts check-ins on Monday and Friday
  • Note: There is no car charging point at this property, the owner is happy for charging from the mains for a small surcharge, lease contact in advance
  • Note: For security reasons the property has external CCTV, however the system can be turned off during the stay if preferred

The property

Tucked away down an unmade track close to Holmrook, a linear village running through the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, is Caldhu Cottage, a charming three-bedroom dwelling.

Just paces away from the River Irt and an array of local amenities, whilst nestled upon 2.5-acres of private grounds, the cottage welcomes six guests and one well-behaved dog, perfect for families or friends looking to explore the countryside.

Benefit from the well-equipped kitchen, ideal for rustling up some home cooked meals, ready to enjoy around the dining table with the open fire alight.

Head into the sitting room to cosy up around the woodburning stove, or on warmer evenings, appreciate the far-reaching views surrounding the cottage from the sunroom.

As dusk sets in, venture upstairs to find three well-presented bedrooms, including a king-size, a double, and a twin, all serviced by a sleek bathroom, featuring a free-standing bath and shower; relax and rejuvenate ahead of your adventures.

As morning arrives, discover the wrap-around garden, made up of wildflower meadows, an orchard, two ponds, and the perfect setting for an alfresco brunch.

Stroll down to the ancient Holmrook Hall Bridge or into Holmrook where you’ll find the local pub and a well-stocked store.

Within a short drive you'll also arrive at Drigg Sand Dunes and Beach, perfect for energetic dogs, Eskdale Golf Course, Muncaster Castle, and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge steam railways in England, offering a 7-mile trip deep into Eskdale.

A wealth of beauty spots are dotted around the area, including beautiful Wastwater, the deepest lake in the Lake District – perfect for paddleboarding and canoeing; Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain; the infamous Hardknott Pass and its Roman Fort; Seascale Beach and the cliffs at St Bees Head.

Travelling further to Whitehaven, enjoy tours of The Beacon Museum, and Whitehaven Castle, before stopping off at The Rum Story & Jefferson's Shop for a sample of various world class Cumbrian rums.

All of this, and more, can be experienced at Caldhu Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Seascale 3.5 miles; Whitehaven 14.5 miles.

Nestled in the countryside of the sought-after county of Cumbria, on the edge of the picturesque Lake District National Park, rests the pint-sized linear village of Holmrook. The village benefits from having a convenience store set within a petrol station, and a Post Office, along with a bar and restaurant nestled within a hotel, there's all of the essential amenities to ensure an enjoyable staycation! Resting on the banks of the River Irt, Holmrook is a lovely spot to watch the world go by with a scenic stroll, or for a more strenuous walk, venture further afield to climb the challenging peaks of The Lakes! The coastline is within easy reach, decorated with sand, dunes, and quaint towns, offering a plethora of walking and sightseeing opportunities. Holmrook is perfectly situated to explore the delights of both the coast and country of Cumbria.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas