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2 Lighthouse Cottage

Walney Island, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 993696)

4.9

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is great, the island is great, the whole area is great, wonderful."

    Fab

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2021

  • "This beautiful place is pure bliss."

    A true escape from the world. The cottages is immaculate and such a home from home. There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing is is to stay here, the nature, the wildlife, the views, sea air and those sunsets! We didn’t want to leave! If your lucky enough to stay here you will enjoy every minute.

    Reviewed by ColetteMay 2021

  • "Great location but be aware of the long, unmade track to the property."

    Lovely property with all you need and more.

    Reviewed by NigelMay 2021

  • "This fabulous house is the best-kept secret in Cumbria."

    At the end of the nature reserve, it is so quiet and peaceful, the perfect antidote to the world today. It's close enough to the Lakes for them to be accessible without being in amongst the mass of people. The house was really well-equipped and Debbie and Martin are great hosts. There are so many nice touches that show that they've thought carefully about what make a difference. We had a truly restful week. Thank you.

    Reviewed by BryanOct 2020

  • "This place is truly amazing."

    Couldn’t ask for anything more what ever the weather. Fantastic communication with the owner also and very friendly and accommodating. Will hopefully visit again soon

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2020

  • "Wow, wow, wow!"

    !! What a place to stay if you're wanting a break away out of the ordinary. It truly is a magical place and so tranquil. The owner Martin and housekeeper Linda could not have done any more for us. They made my in-laws anniversary all the more special and for that we will be forever grateful for the memories that we've shared. We truly can't recommend this place enough. Amazing facilities to a very high standard and there's something for all ages. We were even treated to a look up the lighthouse which was absolutely and literally breathtaking. We will hopefully be back in the near future. Thanks again for a great week away.

    Reviewed by VictoriaSep 2020

  • "Fabulous location."

    Property well equipped and very comfortable. Great service from owners, looking forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by TrudySep 2020

  • "The excitement starts when you go down the narrow roads and see the lighthouse in view, knowing you are heading there and staying there."

    Directions were very accurate and helpful and once in the cottage, we loved it - never been to a place so well equipped. Everything you need and much more. Huge TVs in all the bedrooms with so many channels were fabulous and the cottage lacked nothing at all. So much thought and care has gone in to making it such a wonderful place. The area is fabulous, loads to do, walking and visiting local places but who would want to do too much when you are so comfortable. The seals were out everyday and that was a real treat. We tried to book again whilst there but no dates but that tells you how great it was - another time I am sure. If you are considering going to this cottage, then just book it and go and enjoy! Many thanks to the owners

    Reviewed by HowardAug 2020

  • "This was a holiday we will remember."

    The booking was simple, information pack clear and the owners friendly and attentive, checking part way through our stay (by email) if everything was working and we were ok. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and luxurious. Every detail was thought about and everything you might want was on hand. The nature reserve location felt peaceful, remote and the working lighthouse was special. We enjoyed the fire pit outside on a warm evening (luckily we were able to adapt our own chopsticks into marshmallow skewers). I loved to smell and hear the sea so close and hardly another person around for miles; lighthouses are the way forward for socially distanced holidays. We loved it.

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2020

  • "Absolutely amazing holiday let, especially if you enjoy walking and getting away from it all."

    Loved it, and could have stayed for a month!

    Reviewed by MattJul 2020

  • "We travel a lot and this was genuinely one the bets breaks we have ever had."

    The lighthouse cottage was just fantastic - genuine rural solitude, but with every mod con you could wish for and none of the hardship! This time we went without kids, but this could equally make a superb family holiday as it does romantic get away. The nature reserve is beautiful and we loved watching the seals play in the bay next to the cottage - at night being cosy by the fire as the elements whirled outside was fantastic. All this and the beautiful areas of cumbria and lakes all within short driving distance for days out. The owners were helpful and attentive without being intrusive and we literally wanted for nothing. If you are considering this cottage for your break or a family holiday - book it - I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by JamesJan 2020

  • "The cottage was the best we have ever stayed in."

    Everything about it was excellent.

    Reviewed by RosieNov 2019

  • "An amazing magical place, really cannot recommend highly enough."

    My family and I spent a week here at the end of August 2019 and we were lucky enough to get some really good weather. We did have days out planned whilst there but it was such a wonderful place we just stayed local walking the nature reserve and dunes, spotting seals and birds from the hides ( never in your life will you see as many rabbits again ) even braving the sea at one point. Even when it did rain and the wind got up , it did not diminish what a fantastic place this is, it only added to the experience. The interior is of a very high standard, the beds extremely comfortable and the showers great , kitchen very well equipped and stunning views from the lounge. One of my favourite (if not the) places I have ever stayed. Cannot praise the owner ,Martin, enough for his communication and that he really seems to care if your having a good time. Book it you won’t regret it.

    Reviewed by JasonAug 2019

  • "The property was beyond compare."

    The facilities were fully catered for, everything was thought of.

    Reviewed by LeeAug 2019

  • "We had an excellent week at the Lighthouse."

    The House is beautifully appointed, and literally everything was there. It is spacious and very comfortable. The Lounge and Kitchen being on the top floor, give beautiful views around the peninsula at the South end of Walney Island. The rooms are spacious, the showers and baths are very modern and big. The treat of the week was when Martin came over and took us to the top of the Lighthouse. The views over Morecombe bay from Black Combe in the North, right round to Blackpool Tower in the South are magnificent. It was an extremely peaceful holiday, no one bothers you, the place is in a perfect setting among the sands dunes. It is perfectly placed for trips to the Lake District, especially to the West and Central/South Lakes. Barrow is about 7 miles away, and yet does not encroach on the pleasure of the solitude. Anybody who stays at the lighthouse, must surely have a wonderful relaxing holiday. Bob Turner July 2019

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2019

  • "Well presented holiday home & very clean, very quiet, lovely setting and very peaceful."

    If you get an opportunity to book this house then seize it, wild life in abundance & going out at 19:00 to spot the seals was superb to which we managed to get umpteen photos. One thing is a must is to take a picture of the sunset with the amazing colours. Only thing to recommend would be somewhere to sit at night outside and watch the sunset but that is me being a little picky.

    Reviewed by ShaunJul 2019

  • "Rough bumpy road to the cottage, but very well worth it."

    High standard throughout, Walney Island a extraordinary place.

    Reviewed by WilfredJun 2019

  • "The lighthouse was a cosy, well-equipped base for exploring this area of Cumbria."

    The cottage has everything needed for a family stay with teens- Wifi & Sonos sound system went down a treat, as did the welcome box goodies. Bedrooms are spacious and well lit, the bathrooms were spotlessly clean with good-sized towels and underfloor heating. We particularly appreciated the large utility room and tumble drier in view of wet weather during our stay. Access to the lighthouse is via a single-track unmade road through a nature reserve for a significant distance, comprehensive instructions were provided by the owner, as were several pairs of binoculars to be able to enjoy looking at the wildlife and birds from the various hides on the reserve - again an additional touch which made our stay even better. Highly recommended for a peaceful break yet still with easy access to the bustling Lake District.

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2019

  • "The owners were most helpful and made us feel very welcome."

    The cottage was finished to a high standard and was very warm and comfortable. The surroundings were breath-taking as we enjoyed the Nature reserve with their peaceful walks and observation hides. Would highly recommend this cottage for a relaxing break.............and it has an operational Lighthouse attached !!!

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2019

  • "What a fabulous place to relax and wind down in the comforts of this house."

    Putting aside the rather long and slow drive up to the light house from Biggar on unmade roads, it is well worth the wait. Lovely surrounding area to go bird watching and walking and to be able to return to the lovely house. The owner was always on hand to assist and advise which was great. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

    Reviewed by PhilipMar 2019

  • "Is a wonderful experience for all of us staying in a beautiful cottage underneath a light house."

    However, we suggest to add some simple direction signages leading to the lighthouse. Cheers.

    Reviewed by Andy Soon LengFeb 2019

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Summary

  • Reverse-level accommodation
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower for two, basin and WC, 1 ground floor king-size sofabed and 1 king-size double (zip/link can be twins on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Entrance porch and Ground floor utility.
  • Eco heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV in the lounge with satellite and DVD player which gives internet TV access
  • TV in each bedroom with one shared DVD player between the three rooms but no internet TV access downstairs
  • Sonos sound system with practically limitless music, iPad controller, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 7 miles, pub 5 miles
  • Note: Lighthouse is not part of the cottage and cannot be accessed
  • Note: This property has a 4pm check in time
  • Note: This property does not accept stag/hen or similar. The reserve is a Nature Reserve run by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and guests must respect that
  • No dogs are allowed at the property or anywhere on the reserve, even on a lead
  • When you are walking around on the reserve, you must keep to the paths, and don't go down onto the beach
  • Never go onto the long Spit of land at the very end of the island (past the fence)
  • In the Autumn and Winter, huge numbers of wader birds use the beaches to rest, and it's vital they are undisturbed to save energy and help them survive the winter
  • In the Spring and Summer, coastal birds nest here and must not be disturbed or harmed
  • Some of the nests are hard to see and easy to stand on so please keep to the paths
  • The reserve is monitored by a Warden and it is embarrassing for them, for guests and for us for visitors to be told off for roaming around where they should not be
  • This is a bird watcher’s paradise
  • No fireworks should be let off at the property and no drones should be used
  • We also have neighbours and we ask that guests respect their privacy
  • Note: A £200 good house keeping bond is required for this property, this will authorize us to deduct up to £200 after your stay from the account provided if the booking conditions are broken

The property

Approached along the coastal road from the village of Biggar, through the sand dunes of Walney Nature Reserve, 2 Lighthouse Cottage stands adjoining the Barrow Lighthouse, dating from 1805.

Steeped in history, this holiday home was once the home of the lighthouse keeper and at one point, a barrack for soldiers manning the WW2 anti aircraft guns.

This beautiful property now offers an immaculate finish with an open-plan living room on the first floor, making the most of stunning views across the wild exterior.

Step through the front door and you are at the foot of the lighthouse, where a hallway leads to three wonderfully presented bedrooms.

Each room has a TV, in case nature isn’t enough.

The master, king-size double boasts an en-suite shower room with a large, double shower enclosure.

There is one zip and link double room on this floor, giving you the option of a twin set up if you wish.

The third bedroom has a luxury Ligne Roset sofabed and can be left as a sofa to give an extra sitting room (with TV and music) or turned into a very comfortable Kingsize bed.

Both of these bedrooms will be set up for you as you wish.

The family bathroom offers a gleaming, modern finish.

Also on the ground level, a utility room houses a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

Enjoy use of the fully fitted kitchen upstairs, with a dining area for family meals and a large corner sofa and separate twin sofa, enjoying the warm glow from the woodburner.

Outside is ample off-road parking and miles and miles of sand dunes.

Please note this is a nature reserve and there are restrictions on where you can wander and there is no access to the beach at this south tip of Walney Island.

Why not take a trip to South Walney Nature Reserve, which is very popular with nature enthusiasts and is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Admire stunning vistas across Morecambe Bay and you may even be lucky enough to spot (and on quiet nights, hear) the only grey seal colony in Cumbria.

The sunrises and sunsets are incredible here (weather permitting).It can be windy!

Nesting gulls, eiders, oystercatchers and ringed plovers can be seen in summer, as well as many other seabirds.

Make sure you look out for barn owls, short-eared owls and peregrines throughout the year.

There are several way-marked walking trails, with points of historical interest and picnic areas to stop off and refresh.

The nearest town is Barrow-in-Furness with a wealth of leisure and tourist attractions, as well as a range of cafés, supermarkets, bars and nightlife.

Further afield is the market town of Ulverston, with something to offer everyone, including the famous Laurel and Hardy museum.

This is a fabulous opportunity for you and the family, a different experience simply not to be missed!

Note: This cottage can be booked with ref 968879 making a total of 8 people.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

WALNEY ISLAND

Barrow-in-Furness 1 mile; Ulverston 10 miles.

Measuring 11 miles in length and just under 1 mile in width, charming Walney Island is the eighth largest island situated off the coast of England and the largest island in England with direct road access to the mainland. Boasting two nature reserves, miles of sandy beaches and a range of pubs and restaurants, this lovely area also has a myriad of interesting attractions and sporting activities available, such as Hollywood Park with its Superbowl, the award winning Forum 28 theatre, the South Lakes Animal Park and a wide range of excellent watersports. With both Barrow and Dalton-in-Furness nearby also offering a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants and the market town of Ulverston within easy reach, this great location has something for everyone.

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Note: A £200 good house keeping bond is required for this property, this will authorize us to deduct up to £200 after your stay from the account provided if the booking conditions are broken.