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Swallows Nest

(Ref. 996947)

Armathwaite, Cumbria, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage ,very clean ,great secure garden , hot tub amazing but not in the ..."

    Lovely cottage ,very clean ,great secure garden , hot tub amazing but not in the garden, secure dog field fantastic BUT the cow shed is literally adjoining the garden and the noise and smells are bad I had to spray perfume constantly to try and mute the smell this was at Christmas so the cows were locked in the shed and one day it sounded like the farmer had locked his dog in there as there was a whimpering sound which upset me so much I wouldn’t go in the garden , such a shame as the cottage really was very warm and cosy not sure if the other cottages on the site had the same problem as the smell only hit you when you approached our gate

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Like home from home. Everything we needed. Very dog friendly- didn’t have to worry about a thing. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just returned from a 7 night stay at Swallows Nest."

    From the welcome upon arrival through to our last day we had a great week. Comfortable cottage with everything we could have asked for. They had thought of everything. The enclosed garden was perfect for our 2 labradors. We did use the enclosed exercise area a couple of times but with the cottage in close proximity to lots of stunning walks the dogs were too tired and didn’t need much more! The hot tub was a welcome treat for achy legs at the end of the day. Plenty of logs to put on the fire for the hot tub and it heated up quickly. Thank you for a lovely week. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2023

  • "Perfect location for a tranquil and rural relaxing break, local shop in Armathwaite has all you need to eat and drink, and they are extremely friendly and helpful."

    Nic and his team at the lettings are very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We will certainly consider them again the future if we require a peaceful, rural relaxing break. Thank you all.

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cosy and comfortable cottage."

    Everything we needed was provided and we received a lovely keepsake to bring home with us. Extremely dog friendly and even had an agility course but our two had a sniff and kept on walking !! We would definitely recommend Swallows Nest and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Nadine5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Host was there is anything needed sorting. Lovely and clean. We had fun with our dogs with the agility course. Lovely to walk out into fields so the dogs could have a run first thing in the morning. Gate at the bottom of the stairs was a great idea so no problem keeping the dogs downstairs. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Sep 2022

  • "Excellent base."

    Everything you may need, or may have forgotten, has been thought about. Lovely grounds and very dog friendly. Nice to see the daily visits from the peacocks. A gentle stroll to the village and there are 2 pubs if you want to eat out which both serve great food. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent friendly owner Great for dogs with large enclosed paddock."

    Quiet location but plenty to do within 30 minutes drive

    Reviewed by John4.7Dec 2021

  • "Great safe and secure place especially for or four legged friends."

    Met all our needs. Was comfortable clean and tidy.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.1Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, great for a family getaway and perfect if you want to bring along your 4 legged family members with you as it’s got a doggy daycare/kennels and agility course on site with a fully secure garden at the cottage."

    The owner and host Nick couldn’t have been more helpful or friendly during our stay. I will definitely stay here again someday and would recommend it to anyone looking for holiday accommodation in the Carlisle/Cumbria area.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great facilities for dogs and made to feel very welcome"

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely fabulous."

    The facilities provided were beyond expectations. We will definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Coombs view is a very quiet place to stay and was a great first stay since the pandemic started."

    The cottage was clean with milk in the fridge and stocked with cleaning products. It was a great base for the Northern lakes and walking locally.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2021

  • "The property was immaculate when we arrived, the enclosed garden and enclosed fields were perfect for our 2 dogs along with the doggy assault course, the property has everything you need for a wonderful stay and the location is perfect for exploring the lakes or nipping up to Scotland, will definitely be staying again."

    5 stars

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2021


    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2021

  • "A wonderful dog friendly place to stay."

    We enjoyed every moment and so did our two dogs, particularly with seven acres of beautiful land to run around in. Nick, the owner, has put a lot of thought into providing for pet owners and their companions. We can’t wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0May 2021

  • "Very pleasant cosy cottage good value for money"

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Oct 2020

  • "The inside layout, enclosed garden, comfey bed"

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Oct 2020

  • "This was THE most dog-friendly place I have ever been to - absolute heaven for my border collie - and the cottage was great for me too, in a lovely location!"

    Cottage was very clean, warm, well laid out and comfy. Everything you could need was provided, plus extras I wasn’t expecting like shower gel, shampoo, biscuits, milk and even tissues. A DVD player was even provided on request - couldn’t have asked for more. The location was also superb - ducks, geese, peafowl, and poultry wandering the grounds. For my dog - always one of my top priorities when booking somewhere - an enclosed private garden was part of the cottage, but there were also half a dozen enclosed fields and an exercise area that we were able to enjoy at our leisure, and the wonderful views on all sides made our walks a real pleasure. We are definitely planning a return visit!

    Reviewed by C5.0Oct 2020

  • "A perfect base to explore a wonderful area."

    Pet lovers , don’t go anywhere else. Peacocks, cows, hens and plenty more on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Sep 2020

  • "Just back from a lovely peaceful week at Swallows Nest with our 2 dogs."

    I can't think of anywhere better to be at this time, surrounded by nature, animals, fields and beautiful little villages. An easy drive to the Lake District, and a nice walk into the local village which has a good shop, 2 pubs and a lovely river walk. For us having 2 dogs the totally enclosed garden was a huge benefit as we could open the patio doors and not have to worry about them escaping! (one is a husky.....say no more). Just up a path on the farm grounds, through the lovely serene pet cemetery we had access to several large fenced in paddocks for the dogs to play in the morning and evening. We were out all day exploring so it was good to have somewhere close for them before we went and when we got back. The cottage itself is a charm, lovely open space downstairs with everything we needed and 2 good bedrooms and large bathroom upstairs. I would recommend this cottage to anybody wanting to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2020

  • "Wonderful little cottage to stay in!"

    Excellent standard of clean and tidyness. Facilities were top notch, even came with shampoo and shower gel as well as other toiletries! Good quality towels, comfy bed! Complex is perfect for dogs and so pet friendly! Excellent location, was wonderful seeing the water fowl on a morning and listening to to the dairy farm cows next door!

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Sep 2020

  • "This was a truly dog friendly holiday - lots of facilities on site to walk the dog and to allow him to run safely in the fields."

    Everyone very friendly - even the peacocks!!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely setting, enjoyed feeding the chickens, geese and peacocks wandering around, lovely to see the cows and Great dog friendly accommodation, really loved it and would highly recommend."

    Easy access to the Lakes and Scotland, helpful and friendly owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Aug 2020

  • "Loved the variety of chickens, ducks, geese and peacocks roaming the farm."

    Cottage was very well equipped and we would love to return

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Host was fantastic and welcoming. Definitely book again

    Reviewed by Amabelle5.0Feb 2020

  • "Great place if you need to take a dog with you, has a secure garden and access to well fenced fields, so very safe."

    Beautiful surroundings, quiet roads and friendly pubs. Good spot for touring the area, Hadrian's Wall, Penrith, Brampton and the Lakes are close by. On the way home a short diversion took us to Ribblehead Viaduct, one of the wonders of the North.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Cottage is situated right next to a farm and this did create a bit of a problem."

    The barn was situated almost adjoining the cottage, and there was a problem with a cow which seemed to be in distress and constantly mood for two days which caused us a little stress and a sleepless night ( I don't want to sound unsympathetic to the plight of the cow). The location is quite isolated, You couldn't really go anywhere without driving, but the grounds on which the cottage was situated was very pleasant, with Peacocks, Chickens and Geese wandering freely. The cottage was fairly well equipped but certain things were missing such as bedside cabinets, (which I would have found very useful) The Gentleman who ran the place was very nice, and although there were a couple of problems, our stay was good.

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage and surrounding, highly recommend , dog walking area a god send"

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2019

  • "A fantastic little cottage in an absolutely stunning location."

    We loved what it had to offer especially for our dogs with the use of the secure paddocks!! Neil couldn't have been nicer and we would 100% reccomend to others and wont hesitate to come back again.

    Reviewed by Miranda4.7Jul 2019

  • "Lovely clean cottage situated in a quiet area in the countryside ."

    Use of dog training compounds to let dog run free when we had enough walking.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Jun 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Wood-fired Hot tub available Sunday to Friday not Saturday
  • 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

Ideally located for venturing into the Lake District National Park, the beautiful Eden Valley and Solway Firth, is Swallows Nest.

This charm-filled cottage offers homely accommodation for families and friends looking to explore Carlisle and the wider region.

The interior offers plenty of character, with its flagstone flooring in the open-plan living space and its bedrooms resting under the eaves of the roof.

The kitchen is well-equipped, adjoining a dining area and comfortable sitting area with TV and French doors to your very own, private garden.

The bedrooms comprise a double and a twin, with exposed beams and Velux windows drawing in the natural light from above, there is also a cot available.

The rooms are served by the shower room, continuing this homely feel, with a gleaming white finish.

Outside there is dedicated secure gated on-site parking.

This pet-friendly cottage is part of the complex hosting luxury kennels and doggy day care, with a pet bereavement facility on-site, the accommodation is enveloped by 7-acre grounds, giving your four-legged friends the opportunity to run around and get some exercise in a safe environment, whilst dog bowls and spare leads are available.

The seven acre grounds offer a secure dog exercise paddock featuring a nature pond and benches, perfect for leisurely walks or a picnic, there are further meadows to which access is available, depending on the time of year, as chickens, geese, ducks, guinea fowl and pea fowl wander the grounds freely and wild rabbits are also prevalent at dusk and dawn.

Armathwaite, about one mile away, offers the ideal countryside break, with many walks, canoeing, climbing and other outdoor activities on offer in a wonderful region of the Lake District.

There are two pubs in the village, a Post Office / convenience store and 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, and there are lovely walks along the river or you can complete a circular walk starting at one of the pubs in Armathwaite, as well as 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.

This scenic location, with beautiful coastline nearby and lovely towns and villages to discover, all add to the appeal at Swallows Nest.

Note: Property can be booked with Ref 971518 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.

Wood Fired Hot Tub available Sun-Fri only