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Mousehole Cottage

(Ref. 971518)

Armathwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous, well equipped, comfortable cottage, lovely secure garden."

    Host was very helpful without being intrusive, would highly recommend to anyone looking for a rural base between Carlisle & Penrith.

    Reviewed by Virginia4.7May 2024

  • "From the first phone call to the owner to the day we left, this was the perfect stay in a magnificent cottage."

    On first sight, the cottage seems small, but it is so perfectly thought out and so incredibly well equipped that it seems to grow in size the longer you stay in it. Everything was pristine, and the upstairs was exceptionally light and airy. It is in lovely surroundings and is tucked away in its own secure garden which made it perfect for us and our dogs. Armathwaite is a nice village with two dog friendly pubs and some good walks. Penrith is only 15 minutes away and has all the supermarkets, petrol stations, etc. you would need. Would we go back again? Definitely. I would recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0May 2024

  • "Very dog friendly so ideal with our dog with loads of paddocks for off lead and a secure private garden."

    Cosy cottage with amenities and nice little touches from owner. Ideal for peace and quiet. Lovely walk into village for shop and pub. Minor point , shower head high , not adjustable so had to hand hold it so difficult washing hair. Other than that value for money and would certainly go back. Beautiful area and friendly locals.

    Reviewed by Linda3.8Mar 2024

  • "This cottage is a credit to the owner."

    We've had a excellent week's stay. The place was warm, cozy and spotless. The facilities they have is 2nd to none. Even have a covered garage to park your car in. You have everything there for you , even tea,coffee and biscuits on arrival. The owner Nick is a real gentleman and always at hand to assist. If you've got dogs this is the place, secure garden and great secured paddocks to let your dog exercise. Only a mile into village as the pubs there is well good and has a well stocked shop as well. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "Mousehole Cottage is amazing."

    Nick the owner is so helpful with any questions you have along with recommendations regarding the surrounding area. The cottage itself is spotless & well equipped with quality appliances & home comforts. To be honest I could have lived there, The enclosed garden is perfect for dogs & the agility field is amazing. My husband & I loved all the geese, peacocks, chickens, ducks & roosters that roamed around. The most perfect escape & will 100% be back.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely stay at mousehole cottage, we would recommend this cottage without a doubt."

    The owner was really helpful.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage."

    Welcomed by the owner, Nick. Very very dog friendly. Enclosed garden and exercise/agility field. Our dog loved it. Home from home. Couldn't think of anything else that could have been provided, even down to dog bowls in case you forgot yours. Thank you Nick, hopefully will be back in the future. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely holiday, shame about the weather but your in the lakes what do you expect."

    The cottage was a home from home with everything you could possibly need. Nick is a fantastic host who will try and accommodate should you need anything that isn’t provided. The village is quaint and the pubs are welcoming. Just to note at the moment the Dukes Head is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved our stay at mousehole cottage, we totally relaxed, the cottage was ..."

    We loved our stay at mousehole cottage, we totally relaxed, the cottage was spotless, everything had been thought about from the totally enclosed garden to the agility field which amber our cockerpoo loved, the cottage had a dishwasher and washing machine included, we had the best nights sleep in the comfortable bed, and the cottage is perfect for visiting the lake district and less than an hour away from the coast, we will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a good holiday at Mouse Hole cottage."

    Loved the peacock visiting us in the garden. Nice walks in the evening. Visited Armathwaite which is a lovely village. A Garden Scheme was on the weekend we went and we visited some lovely home gardens, Not far from the Lake District which we visited down the motorway. Penrith was a busy town but good supermakets.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday with Mousehole Cottage as our base."

    Our first holiday without our beloved dog who would have loved the garden, but we were checked on daily by a resident peahen! Didn’t need an alarm clock as the resident peacocks were on hand to provide that service. May not be everybody’s cup of tea but we loved it. The cottage was just perfect and all the people we met on site were very friendly. Thank you very much to all involved.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Mousehole Cottage."

    In a beautiful and tranquil, rural location, it's close to amenities while still enabling the feeling of getting away from it all. We received a warm welcome, and felt every detail has been thoughtfully considered, from milk in the fridge to spare dog bowls and poop bags, dishwasher tablets to plenty of reading matter. The property was beautifully clean and we really appreciate use of the agility course too - our 12 year old dog needed to let off some steam in the cooler evenings! The poultry onsite definitely added an extra layer of personality to the stay and it's lovely to see them ambling around and occasionally coming to say hello. The locals are all friendly too, from the local shop to the pub, we felt very at home. Would definitely book again, we highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Mousehole Cottage."

    The cottage was lovely and clean and the owner had catered for everything even dishwasher and washing machine tablets plus dog bowls incase we'd forgotten ours. We met the owner on arrival who told us about the heating etc, later in the week he offered us a recliner chair which as very thoughtful. The beds were very comfortable and the cotton sheets were amazing. The garden is completely secure which was amazing for our German shepherd puppy. We loved hearing and seeing the different birds especially the peahens who visited the garden. We would definitely recommend Mousehole Cottage especially if you have a dog.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant cottage in stunning setting, to say dog friendly is understatement of the year , with free use of agility paddock and entertainment by Hens, Ducks, Geese and surrounding livestock."

    Perfect setting on edge of northern lakes even the rain didn't dampen our spirits.

    Many thanks Paul. Much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "I couldn't find anything to fault at Mousehole Cottage, everything was as described but better."

    A lot of thought has gone into providing everything you will need from an excellently equipped kitchen , comfortable beds, great shower and wi-fi to a dog exercise field. Beautiful area with good pubs and shop in the nearby village. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jan 2023

  • "Mousehole was the perfect getaway, the cottage was clean and homely filled with everything you need."

    The owner is really nice and very accommodating. The secure garden is great for dogs and a short walk to a huge enclosed paddock to let them run around in we were so impressed! Will definitely be re-visiting!

    Reviewed by Declan5.0Dec 2022

  • "Mousehole cottage was just perfect for us and our 2 dogs."

    It was very well equipped with everything you need. It was clean, beds were comfy, generous amount of towels and the garden is completely secure for the dogs, good fencing all the way around. An added bonus is a securely fenced paddock so you can let your dogs run- this is sheep country so the opportunities to let your dogs off when you are out for the day are limited, having the paddock was just brilliant. The location is great , very quiet but only a mile from the village with 2 pubs and a shop and easy access to A6 and M6 making it very central for exploring this area. Owner was very friendly and lives on site but left you to it. We would recommend this cottage and we would go back again.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in a fantastic location, loved the little touches and the dog exercise field with the agility course in it and so did my dog!"

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in Mousehole Cottage with our girls and dog."

    The cottage was very comfortable and the girls loved teaching our dog how to do agility in the paddock. We walked into Armathwaite and enjoyed two very nice meals in each of the pubs. We had some lovely day trips to the Lake District which were stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed our week and would definitely return to this cottage. Nick was a great host and not at all intrusive.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2022

  • "What a beautiful pleasant place to stay, the cottage is very comfortable and well looked after, excellent security for your pets, a paddock to exercise your dog."

    Fabulous. I did say I thought it might be a good idea to mention the birds, Mr R who owns the cottages has an array of birds which is just my cup of tea, but others might not like being woken so early in the morning. Thanks for a lovely stay at such short notice.

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Aug 2022

  • "This cottage was excellent, extremely well equipped including things like dishwasher tablets, washing liquid, and kitchen roll - beyond our expectations."

    The bed linen and towels were very good quality and it was lovely to have generous full sized bath towels. The garden was very secure for the dog and meant that we could let him out safely, access to the agility field was an added bonus. We had an excellent week here and would really recommend it, the location meant we had easy access to all points of the compass, very good as a centre for visiting lots of places.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had amazing stay at mouse hole cottage, a great place to stay with our dog Archie, he had the best time ever playing in the garden and paddock."

    There was nice pubs near by and walks we hope to return.

    Reviewed by Kieran4.4Jul 2022

  • "Mouse hole cottage is set in beautiful grounds with everything you need especially if you have dogs a lot of thought has gone into making your stay as nice as it could be we found it ideal for touring the area."

    The cottage is very comfortable and a lovely welcome gift along with tea coffee and milk Nick the owner or one of his staff is usually on call if required but not intrusive. The paddocks for exercising the dogs are a real bonus I would definitely recommend either of the property’s for a stay in Cumbria And am hoping to possibly return again myself.

    Reviewed by Pauleen5.0Jun 2022

  • "Holiday cottage was lovely and we had a nice stay."

    The only disappointment was that when I booked it said we would have shared access to a hot tub, although when got there we only one of the other cottages had access. We booked the holiday with the understanding we could use the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Katie3.1May 2022

  • "All 5 star with the bonus of the dog walking facilities that exceeded our expectations and proved very useful."

    Reviewed by Grant5.0May 2022

  • "Our host was there to greet us and very helpful."

    The cottage was lovely, with everything you could need provided . The dog proof garden wonderful and the beautiful dog secure paddocks a dream for our two sprockers. A lovely area and friendly village with two pubs for nice meals. Would certainly recommend it to anyone with dogs.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent location -cottage comfortable & was perfect for our dog with secure garden and exercise padcock."

    Ideal for lovely walks 2 good pubs close by serving good food. Host was very friendly & helpful enjoyed use of the hot tun too. Overall had a great week away in Mousehole Cottage.

    Reviewed by Wendy3.8Mar 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay, everyone very friendly."

    Property had everything needed and was great for our dogs. The enclosed field area was good to let dogs run off some energy. Good location for lovely riverside and woodland walks. You'd need to use your car too though to take advantage of surroundings.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Mar 2022

  • "Mousehole cottage is absolutely amazing!"

    The cottage is extremely well equipped, there was milk, coffee, tea, sugar and cookies on arrival! It is so dog friendly, the garden is fully secure which is exactly what we needed for our escape artist beagle. There is also a secure dog field to use which just made our stay perfect. The owners were so friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Tania5.0Jul 2021

  • "This was a perfect place for us to stay with our dogs."

    The cottage is part of a barn conversion on a working fam. It was extremely clean and well appointed, very comfortable beds and high standard towels and linen. The host was very friendly and we truly felt like every detail had been thought about for us to enjoy our stay. There is ample secure grounds for the dogs to run in as well as your own secure garden. We would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage location was perfect the cottage was lovely."

    It was perfect for dogs with all the fields to run around on. Will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jun 2021

  • "Excellent base for visiting the lake district, keswick is approx 40 min drive."

    Lovely walk in Coombe woods armathwaite. Generally excellent holiday for anyone with dogs

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2021

  • "Friendly host, great location."

    The paddock to excercise the dogs was great. A nice relaxing atmosphere and everything you need is available. The extra touches made all the difference will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2020

  • "This place was immaculate and well maintained, we were made to feel welcome the minute we arrived."

    With corona virus in mind the owner had taken steps to make sure the property was safe for our use. We used doggies and moggies on site which are brilliant so if you have a dog etc and you want to visit any no-dog attractions they are good at accommodating such events. The cottage is very roomy and warm and full of creature comforts. We enjoyed ourselves so much we will be looking at returning in the not to distant future.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Oct 2020

  • "Great location and easy access to all the areas of the lakes you would want to visit."

    The cottage is really well equipped and we had a comfortable stay. The Garden is 100% secure if you are bringing dogs and really handy and friendly doggy day care facilities on the same sight run by and excellent team. Would recommend as an ideal place to stay

    Reviewed by Greg4.7Oct 2020

  • "Garden really secure for my dogs, had everything we needed, very quiet the owner was about if we needed."

    The double bed was really comfortable. Washing up liquid, toilet roll, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hair dryer available. Also selection of tea coffee sugar by kettle and packet of biscuits provided. Property as described. It is about a mile from Armathwaite which has a lovely river walk Coombes Wood, villag store and few pubs serving food.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Sep 2020

  • "We thank the owner for finding us a vet on a Sunday"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2020

  • "The place was really pleasant, the people friendly and informative."

    Great place great holiday would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage safe for dogs, very clean and updated , friendly owner on hand."

    Very thoughtful extras milk,tea,coffee and biscuits on arrival. Enjoyed the wild life on farm . Easy distance to a town and other popular places like Ullswater etc Nice quiet roads

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Jul 2020

  • "A nice comfortable little cottage, with friendly owner on site and great doggy facilities, in a lovely location."

    If only we could control the weather!!

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Nov 2019

  • "Very good friendly owner also cottage good and well planned out, even 2pints of milk in fridge on Arrival + tea bags coffee and biscuits + also boxed pen and key ring torch."

    Field and dog walking area a delight with chickens ducks and peacocks in farmyard.Well mown and well fenced garden for dog with cottage.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2019

  • "Excellent cottage in a great location with friendly owner's."

    Quiet comfortable and spacious good for walking and dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with all amenities could not ask for more."

    Doggie daycare across the road if you want to leave them for a day out on your own. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Frederick Paul4.7Jun 2019

  • "A cosy cottage with a relaxing and friendly atmosphere with secure garden and good doggy facilities."

    Within easy access to Lakes, Scotland and Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2019

  • "Good time we add clean and help full comfort and clean cottage owner helpfull"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2019

  • "The house was for the most part really good but I would like to raise just a couple of things."

    A couple of utensils would be really good to add to the kitchen drawer. A cheese slice and an egg skillet. My only real criticism would be that the couch cushions were covered in dog hairs which wasn't great. We did Really appreciate the milk, wine and biscuits that met us on our arrival and the gift of the pen and torch was a really nice touch. Thank you very much Mr Rickets!!!

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Jun 2019

  • "Peacefulness!"

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was fully equipped with everything we needed including washing powder for the machine."

    Milk, tea,coffee, biscuits were waiting for us so no immediate dash to the shops. Tissues, toiletries etc. were a welcome addition along with information on the area and a good store of books. Our furry friend was also well catered for with the first truly dog proof garden I have come across since using Sykes cottages. There was also an enclosed exercise field plus walks across the owners fields. We used the day boarding kennels whilst we had a day in Carlisle and Maisie who hadn't been in kennels before loved it. Everyone in the village was very friendly and both pubs were dog friendly. A brilliant base for the lakes, Northumberland and even Scotland.

    Reviewed by D5.0Apr 2019

  • "Super cottage."

    Felt at home immediately. Nick the owner was very friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent, perfect for dogs and the planned walking holiday."

    Owners were very friendly and helpful without being OTT and the location to the village was perfect. Recommended

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2019

  • "Ideal location."

    Useful to have local rail station. Handy village pubs and shop. Cottage was excellent.

    Reviewed by Les5.0Oct 2018

  • "It was a lovely cottage, the situation suited us and the garden was truly dog proofed."

    There were places to walk the dogs within the area and a paddock where they could run free safely.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Sep 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, good for a quiet break."

    Very friendly people.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.4Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was delightful and more than met our needs."

    We would recommend this to other families in particular, especially if you like cows, dogs and poultry! It is a good location for access to many areas of the Lakes and also to Carlisle and Penrith for shopping etc.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7May 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed lawn and patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome but are not allowed upstairs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms
  • No stag/hen or similar parties allowed
  • Family orientated site
  • Note: Should you wish to use doggy day care, then advanced booking is required

The property

Mousehole Cottage is an alluring cottage situated approximately one mile from the village of Armathwaite in Cumbria.

It provides cosy accommodation for friends or family to enjoy all-year round.

Kick off your muddy boots in the porch after a day of exploring the choice of National Parks and AONBs that surround the property. Head into the open-plan living area for a relaxing evening with your loved ones, the exposed stone wall and wooden beams bring a sense of homeliness to the place.

The rustic flagstone flooring takes you over to the country cottage kitchen and dining area, boasting all the necessary equipment with charming cream coloured units to give it a fine finish. A stroll up the traditional wooden staircase takes you up to the first floor; here you will find the two comforting bedrooms under the eaves, with wooden latch doors and beams creating a perfectly warming environment in which to get your rest.

A cot is available.

Outside there is dedicated secure gated on-site parking. Get ready for a night in one of the local pubs in the stunning family shower room boasting a walk-in shower.

The Velux window fills the room with uplifting natural light.

This is a very dog-friendly cottage with luxury kennels offering doggy day care, and a pet bereavement facility on site.

Preparation are underway for the construction of an agility course.

Dog bowls and spare leads are available for use.

The 7 acre grounds offer a secure dog exercise paddock featuring a nature pond benches, perfect for leisurely walks or a picnic, and there are further meadows to which access is available, dependant on the time of year.

A selection of domestic poultry – chickens, geese, ducks, guinea fowl and pea fowl – wander around free range. Wild rabbits are also prevalent at dusk and dawn. Armathwaite, about one mile away, provides you with the essentials for a countryside break, boasting two gastropubs, a Post Office / convenience store for your daily essentials.

There is also a railway station, offering direct access to Carlisle on the scenic Carlisle to Settle line.At nearby Coombs Wood can be seen curious rock carvings in the soft sandstone cliffs.

The interesting carvings consist of various faces and a salmon.

Nearby, there is an inscription of greater antiquity which is believed to be of possible Roman origin.Most of the forest is a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site PAWS.

There are lovely walks along the river or you can complete a circular walk starting at one of the pubs in Armathwaite.

In addition, there are good walks along the River Eden to Armathwaite and Wetheral.The city of Carlisle is less than 10 miles away and offers a lovely day out with the family, with many further attractions to explore.

For everything from scenic countryside, stunning coastlines and charming towns, Mousehole Cottage is the place for you to stay. Note: Property can be booked with Ref 996947 and 971654, together they can sleep 14 people.

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About the location


Carlisle 10.2 miles; Penrith 11 miles; North Pennines AONB 11.3 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.