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Ona Ash

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Kirkoswald, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


8 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage itself is stunning with loads of character but the maintenance is poor."

    There was not a full set of any glasses(3 champagne flutes and 2 whisky tumblers for 6), chipped cups and plates, blunt knifes and no steel, torch with dead batteries, washing machine that won't spin, tumble drier full of soil, bed with the laths fallen through and the mattress on the floor. For a Christmas break that was twice the cost of the rest of the year it was disappointing. The paths were lethal and a note warning that they were slippery would have been best served by spraying with algae remover and a blast off. Although winter, the garden looks like it hasn't been tended for some time. The parking to the side is steep and over grown and due to the wet weather getting 2 cars on was difficult. The lovely picture of the lounge with the log burner is misleading. It was only on reading other reviews, after booking, that we found out we could not light it, when it was one of the deciding factors for booking, When we tried cancelling we were told we couldn't as is was booked under a special booking reserve clause that was binding. 4 adults staying for Christmas week we arrived with quite a bit of food but it lacked storage. An under counter fridge with ice box does not hold much. The pantry at the bottom of the stairs is not very cold and we spoilt some food by leaving it here, The utility room it spacious and could hold a bigger fridge freezer. The lack of shower could also be resolved by putting one in the utility. It is a pity that what could have been a special holiday was spoilt by attention to detail

    Reviewed by Lesley2.5Dec 2023

  • "An exceptional historic building in a beautiful area."

    With a few tweaks it could be even better. We really enjoyed our week there. One bathroom for a property sleeping 6 is not ideal. Guests should be reasonably fit as the stone spiral staircase, several steps up and down in unusual places and very low headroom at times means you have to take care.

    Reviewed by Roger4.1Nov 2022

  • "Had a lovely time, beautiful old cottage with lots of character."

    It was a great place to relax whilst snow fell outside. There are so many original features that make this cottage feel full of history. It was a shame we couldn’t light the log burner at it was cold and snowy. We went horse riding in Penrith as a family outing, the company was called ‘Happy Hooves’. It was great fun, and the staff were very friendly.

    Alison, Daniel, And FamilyNov 2021

  • "Thank you for a lovely, relaxing long weekend."

    Some fantastic walks in surprisingly nice but autumnal weather and a very cosy cottage on our return. Good food at the crown inn and the Atherton Arms but an unexpectedly good Sunday roast at the Midland Hotel in Lazenby – cheap and cheerful! Thank you again for being so accommodating on our arrival and talking us through the history of this fabulous cottage!

    Lucy And GrantOct 2021

  • "We had a fabulous week there at High Bankhill, in a peaceful, beautiful setting."

    The quaint house and gorgeous gardens made for a very relaxing break, and were a perfect base to explore Cumbria and the lakes.

    The WinklersSep 2021

  • "What a wonderful project you have with this house."

    Its history is clear the moment you walk through the door. Good luck with piecing the history together. We met a Gentleman in the church yard (a farmer from New Biggin) who had vivid memories of the Bamber Family who were the last to live here permanently in the 1940s!

    Bill And ColetteAug 2021

  • "Thanks so much for a lovely, peaceful week here, with only the birdsong to wake us up!"

    Had two wonderful walks, up Hallen Fell and Buttermere and Crummock water – sublime in the sunshine. House steads at Hadrian’s wall worth a visit; really interesting. We’ve sustained several bumps on the head with the low beams, lovely though they are!

    The LyonsJul 2021

  • "What a week it’s been."

    That wave, Covid restrictions easing – and a week at Ona Ash with the lakes and Northeast Penrith region looking simply glorious. We’ve walked, cycled, relaxed, and Ona Ash has been a house of tranquillity. We have really enjoyed its quirkiness and think the plan for a downstairs shower room is a great addition. We’ve used the garden, ducked and “focused” our way through the week, slept well and made regular visits to the crown in Kirkoswald. We would love to return. Many thanks!

    The HuntersJul 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with sunken bath, basin, and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, and dishwasher
  • dining area, and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking available
  • Secure outdoor equipment and bike storage available in the Utility
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: The fireplace is for aesthetic purposes only and cannot be lit
  • No naked flames are permitted inside the property or anywhere on the premises due to thatch roof
  • Note: There is a steep set of stairs, may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues or young children
  • Note: There are some low door frames, please take care
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: One small well behaved dog permitted, must be kept off furniture and beds & to be kept in utility room when inside the house

The property

Situated in the lovely town of Kirkoswald in Cumbria, Ona Ash is a one-of-a-kind, Grade 2* Listed longhouse, dating to the 17th-century.

Boasting a thatched roof, original features, and exposed beams for a characterful stay, with an enclosed, secluded garden surrounded in wildflowers, Ona Ash is a wonderful base for families, friends, and couples alike to enjoy a rural retreat, providing a well-equipped kitchen, high-quality furnishings, and antiques.

Step inside to discover the open-plan kitchen, dining and living space where you can rustle up home-cooked meals in the company of your loved ones; alternatively, move to the outdoor furniture to enjoy alfresco dining in the enclosed garden.

Back inside, the sitting room welcomes you for relaxing afternoons in front of the TV before retiring for the night.

Ascend the staircase to discover three beautifully adorned bedrooms, 2 doubles, and twin all cater for flexible sleeping arrangements and have plenty of storage to hold your personal belongings.

Along the hallway, take a soak in the Victorian sunken bath, perfect to rejuvenate at the end of a fun-filled day, or freshen up in before heading out for an afternoon of adventures.

When you’re ready to explore, Kirkoswald has plenty to fill your days including Kirkoswald Castle, Lacy’s Caves and the impressive Neolithic stone circle Meg and Her Daughter’s.

Further afield, history lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the 14th-century fortress of Penrith Castle, head to the Grade 1 listed Hutton in the Forest, or take a trip back in time on the steam train at South Tynedale Railway.

Brougham Castle can be found just outside of the town and Penrith and Eden Museum are also only a stone’s throw away where you can immerse yourself in the history of the local area and learn more about its heritage.

Walking enthusiasts should spend the day traversing the Lake District National Park where you can scale Helvellyn, or if stunning vistas are more popular amongst your party, you can soak in the sights of the breath-taking Aira Force Waterfall or spend the day admiring the cascading landscapes in North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Experience all of this and more from your doorstep by staying at Ona Ash in Cumbria.

Note: The fireplace is for aesthetic purposes only and cannot be lit for insurance purposes. No naked flames are permitted inside the property or anywhere on the premises due to thatch roof.

Note: One small dog permitted by prior arrangement, to be kept in utility room when inside the house.

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

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About the location


Penrith 9 miles; Carlisle 18 miles.

The delightful rural village of Kirkoswald is situated in the Eden Valley and is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kirkoswald has two excellent pubs, both serving fine quality food, a 12th century church and a shop and Post Office. The River Eden runs nearby and the area is renowned for its superb trout and salmon fishing, along with walking, cycling, canoeing and climbing. There are literally miles of glorious paths following the river's course, with welcoming spots for riverside picnics and sightseeing. Expect caves and gorges, and look out for the ten unusual benchmark sculptures along the way. The Eden Gorge, between Lazonby and Armathwaite, is one of Cumbria's best-kept secrets, and is well worth exploring, plus the local railway station is a stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain. Brougham Castle, Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England), Hadrian's Wall, the town of Penrith and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away. The stunning scenery of both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks are within reach, making Kirkoswald a convenient place to stay.

Note: The fireplace is for aesthetic purposes only and cannot be lit for insurance purposes. No naked flames are permitted inside the property or anywhere on the premises due to thatch roof.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas