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The Old Cook House

(Ref. 1020792)

Catterlen near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Peaceful location but still close to good restaurants in Penrith."

    Well equipped and spacious house. Very friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a great stay at the Old Cook House."

    Julie was so helpful and approachable. Fab location to explore the lakes & travel to Gretna for our wedding. The cottage is positioned well to be able to travel around, but is still incredibly peaceful. The on site goats were hysterical and caused great entertainment!

    Reviewed by Emma Jayne5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent property - peaceful despite proximity to motorway, comfy sofas, spacious well equipped kitchen (could do with a large pan) , smart TV with Roku box so you can log into your own amazon prime etc."

    Upstairs bedroom doesn't have a door but this was not a problem with our son due to direction of the stairs so able to fully block out light from kitchen/diner and there is also a thick curtain between lounge and kitchen/diner and the lounge is off to the side. Beware Lake District water is very hard. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Old Cook House was very clean and comfortable."

    Perfectly situated for Hutton Hall which was where we were visiting. Also for both the Dales and the Lakes. I personally found the mattress a little firm and needed a topper (which I brought just in case) and the duvets were lovely quality but too warm so we just used the duvet covers together with the throws provided (they could've done with being a little longer). Obviously we appreciate beds and bedding preferences are very individual. We weren't aware that it was a working farm which probably explained the flies. We had windows open due to the heat but kept the curtains closed. Everywhere was nice and clean and we had a good stay.

    Reviewed by Jacky4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in ideal situation 5mins from M6, ideal for the lakes and Yorkshire."

    Friendly owners and friendly goats at the window (goats not owners). Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the old cook house. Thanks

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very clean, well maintained and comfortable cottage on a working farm."

    (The cute newborn lambs were a joy to watch) The cottage is ideally situated just off the M6 motorway and is within easy reach of the scenic countryside in Cumbria, the Lake District, Northumberland, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. Shopping and supermarkets can be reached in Penrith which is 3.8 miles away or Carlisle just 20 minutes up the M6. This cottage with the 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms is in an ideal location and that contributed (along with a week of fair weather) to a lovely holiday and also experiencing some beautiful scenery. An added bonus is a very conveniently situated charging point. (Handy for EV car owners) Credit to the owners of this cottage goes to Julie and David, a very friendly couple who are on site but discreet and always there to help if necessary. I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0May 2022

  • "We had an amazing 4 night stay in an area with plenty of things to do from walking to lovely gardens."

    The Larch Cottage Nurseries must be one of the best nurseries in the country and their range of plants for sale is the best I have ever seen. The farm on which we were staying was lovely and the accommodation very comfortable, the beds very comfortable and the choice of shower or sit in bath was perfect for someone who is not quite as flexible as they used to be. David and Julie were the most friendly of hosts and we were lucky enough to see most of their animals , the lambs and the kid goat were especially cute. Thank you for making our stay memorable.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0May 2022

  • "This cottage was an absolute delight, and the owners were friendly without being intrusive."

    It was easy to find from the M6, and the kitchen was really well stocked. The only negative thing was that I was expecting the bath in the upstairs bathroom to be the standard length and it was much shorter. So if you want a long soak that might not be for you. But the downstairs shower was the best I've ever used in a holiday cottage. I was a bit worried when I discovered it's near a caravan site, but needn't have been. It's a small site for touring caravans, with about 6 spaces, and it was beautifully peaceful. Overall it was a really good option for our weekend away and I would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Old Cook House is lovely, great facilities in a lovely area."

    It was clean and nice and quiet. The owners are very nice and welcoming, we look forward to visiting next year.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was very warm and comfortable and very well equipped."

    a lovely quiet location but only short distance from the motorway. Highly recommend Julie and David who were very welcoming and on hand if needed. Ideal spot for visiting the main Lakes. Would be happy to return in the future. Al and Irene Sept 2021

    Reviewed by Albert5.0Sep 2021

  • "This cottage was the perfect place to stay for our visit to the Lake District."

    It was cleaned to a very high standard and the owners clearly took the pandemic very seriously. We were quite sceptical going away during the pandemic, but staying here we felt very safe. The cottage was really homely, and we thoroughly enjoyed having our breakfast out in the courtyard every morning. It was very peaceful and we enjoyed the company of the sheep next door! The setting on the farm was beautiful too. The location was great also, only 10 mins drive to Penrith to get all your essentials. We'd highly recommend The Clickham Inn for food, which again is only 10 mins drive. Only 30 mins to Keswick, which is my favourite place to visit in the Lake District and has the best lake too. Even closer is Ullswater which is also very pretty and has the Aira Force Waterfall walk too which is worth visiting. Look no further, book here and you won't be disappointed!!

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great place well located we were well looked after would be most happy to return"

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2021

  • "Friendly, helpful hosts."

    Superb location.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a nice, quiet spot just a short hop from the motorway."

    Cottage warm and well equipped, with a secluded area to sit out in and enjoy the countryside. Julie was an excellent host. Would definitely recommend - thank you!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2021

  • "“ A delightful cottage with a warm welcome and cosy rooms in the midst of a beautiful and tranquil farming area with sheep as our neighbours!"

    It is in an ideal location with easy access to visit either the east or west and very close to Penrith, about 6 miles, which has 3 good supermarkets ! Hopefully we will return again! “

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Oct 2020

  • "After a less than satisfactory experience in Cornwall recently, the performance of the Old Cook House restored my faith in Farm cottage stays ."

    Everything was excellent from start to finish

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2020

  • "A fantastic few days at the Old Cook House."

    ..this place exceeded our expectations. Beautiful fixtures and fittings, very clean, warm and comfortable. Kitchen well equipped, beds very cosy and comfortable too! Highly recommend. Owners welcoming and on hand if needed. Just great. Would love to go back soon. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was so comfortable and we felt very at home."

    The accommodation was very warm which was welcome because the weather was quite cold. We had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay and Julie the owner was the perfect host, making sure everything was okay for us, and willing to help if we needed it, yet she was never intrusive. It was great being on the farm during the lambing season and seeing the newborn lambs in the field right outside the cottage. We would be happy to return to this cottage in the future.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2020

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x first-floor twin with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on the ground floor
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Gravelled area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.6 miles and pub 1.7 miles Note: Electrical charging point available, shared with the property Property ID: 980511 (Woodhead Farm Cottage) and the owners of the property - additional charge required for usage payable to the owner
  • Please note: The week from the 12th August isn't accepting short breaks, only a full week
  • From December 1st the property will have some decorations and an artificial tree to get you in the festive spirit. Come make some everlasting memories at The Old Cook House.

The property

Penrith 3.8 miles.

Resting in the small village of Catterlen, a few miles from the bustling market town of Penrith, is this charming cottage.

The Old Cook House is an idyllic base for a small family seeking to explore all of the delights of this town.

Enter the front door into the open-plan kitchen/diner, hosting a range of contemporary appliances for cooking up some delicious meals, whilst the dining table provides all the space you could need for a family gathering.

Follow through into the sitting room, where you will find a wonderful blend of contemporary design with antique furnishings to ensure a charming base to return to each evening.

Cosy up in front of the TV and catch up on your favourite shows, or the events of the previous day.

Walk through to Once the evening draws to a close, retire to either the ground-floor king-size bedroom or the first-floor twin bedroom, each with a selection of modern furniture for storage purposes.

Delight in the family shower room or en-suite bathroom for getting ready in the morning.

Outside there is a gravelled garden where you can sit with a refreshing drink, whilst the surrounding countryside is superb for those who enjoy walking and exploring the outdoors.

While you're in the area, make sure you travel towards the bustling market town of Penrith for some traditional pubs and restaurants and sample some delectable foods, or pick up some last-minute ingredients from their supermarkets for an evening meal.

Golf lovers will delight in spending an afternoon at the Penrith Golf Club, which hosts an 18-hole course for those of all ages and skill levels.

Discover the 14th century Penrith Castle which was once the home of Richard III and Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

Another popular historic attraction includes the 13th century Brougham Castle with stunning views across the Eden Valley.

Whinfell Forest is also nearby for long walks and cycling opportunities, with King Arthur's Round Table, or enjoy the delights of Ullswater, just a short scenic car journey away, here you can find ample walking routes placed around the beauty of the lake, with picturesque Pooley Bridge sitting at the northeast end holding history and wonder.

Further afield is the beautiful Lake District National Park with a whole host of popular tourist attractions and bustling market towns to explore.

The Old Cook House is the perfect spot for those interested in historical landmarks and the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.

Note: This property next door to Ref: 980511, together they sleep 10.

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

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About the location


Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.

The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District, the Westmoorland Dales and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle, Brougham Hall (The Windsor of the North), Lowther Castle and Gardens, Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

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Please note: The week from the 12th August isn't accepting short breaks, only a full week.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas