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Raceside Cottage

Kirksanton near Millom, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 8849)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "The raceside cottage is such a beautiful place to stay in for a small/medium sized family, very quiet and peaceful place, this is the 2nd holiday we had in there, the beach is at a walking distance, a lovely new playground in the local village for the kids, plenty of walks around the area, and the hosts are such lovely people, we are already looking for our next booking in there to explore and enjoy the area even more."

    Reviewed by SaciJul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and the owners were lovely with the cakes milk and other bits ..."

    Lovely cottage and the owners were lovely with the cakes milk and other bits there when we arrived Shame the local pub was still shut due to improvements but we had a great time

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage spotlessly clean with everything and more than you need."

    Hosts leave lovely cakes and milk for when you arrive which is a lovely touch. Everything in the cottage is of good quality . Off the beaten track but loads of places to visit within driving distance and loads of lovely beaches within a few miles. We wouldn't hesitate to return and that's not something we say often.

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2022

  • "Very lovely cottage."

    the delicious freshly bake cupcake and a pint of fresh milk was very welcoming after the 6 hours drive (it was supposedly only 3 hours but we did several stopover along the way. there were 5 of us + 2 dogs and still we have plenty of room. also, the lady owner was there to welcome us on our arrival. the ppace in general is very peaceful and traffic free. will definitely go back and would highly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by JuliusApr 2022

  • "Beautiful, quiet area much appreciated."

    Friendly owners, cupcakes went down very well with Grandson. Only downside was the local pub was closed for renovation so nowhere close to go for a meal in the evening. Definitely a relaxing holiday in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by JeanApr 2022

  • "Val and Roy's cottage is really lovely, lots of attention to detail, immaculate and ideal for exploring Cumbria."

    As many have reported, Val's fresh cream cupcakes are amazing and a real treat to find in the fridge! The countryside is fabulous travelling to the Lake District and the Rydal Water/Grassmere walk with a stop at Brittania Pub in Elterwater was a perfect day out (dog friendly too!). On a different day the The Hard Knott Pass drive was both stunning and scary, but a walk around Blea Tarn calmed us down as well as the best nachos served at Wainright's Inn! A fantastic holiday until our campervan broke down so we need to book another one to see the rest on our itinery. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location."

    Ideal for visiting the lakes or walking along the near deserted Cumbrian coast. All the facilities you could need in a holiday cottage. We would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by DarrenMar 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for us, we all loved it, very clean, warm and cosy, beds are very comfortable and the sitting room with the open kitchen is very nice to enjoy lovely family time, the location is perfect with 4 minutes of driving to enjoy the sunset by the beach, local shops also are only 5 minutes driving, with this location you will have everything, walks, beach and peace and tranquillity of a small village, with local play area for the kids."

    The owner is very nice and very helpful and made our stay very enjoyable. We can't say enough about this place and we cant wait to be back for our next stay. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by SaciFeb 2022

  • "Great little cottage all set out on the ground floor of a beautiful barn conversion."

    Nice welcome cupcakes were delicious. Spacious rooms with everything you need. Some great walks on the doorstep. Only down side was how cold the bathroom was most morning! Brrrrr

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that the bathroom wasn’t warm enough. We have checked the radiator and it does get very hot but does take a while. It is an electric radiator which is separate from the central heating so can be controlled independently and the switch is on the outside of the bathroom. If you have any further concerns please let us know during your stay rather than afterwards. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by JonathanJan 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay over Christmas - cottage had everything that we needed to celebrate with our family who live locally."

    Nice and warm and comfortable and cosy. Lovely welcome cakes - will love to come and stay again.

    Reviewed by TracyDec 2021

  • "This was our second visit to Raceside Cottage, and the facilities have improved since last year."

    Two new 2 seater sofas and a large screen TV are added facilities. The accommodation is very spacious and it is very well equipped throughout. Beds seem to creak a lot, but they are actually very comfy. The property is always very clean on arrival, and the welcome gift of home baked fresh cream cup cakes from the host, Viv, are delicious. The local pub, the King Billy is still closed for refurbishment, but it is currently set up at nearby Brockwood Hall, a 10 minute drive away, and it’s worth the short drive. Also recommend the Brown Cow and Bridge Inn for meals out. Easy walk down to the local beach via a level farm track, or the short drive to Silecroft (pebble) or Haverigg (sand). You are away from the main tourist traps of the Lake District, but Coniston Water and Muncaster Castle are less than 45 minutes away. Highly recommend a train trip on the Cumbrian Coast line from Millom or Silecroft up to St Bees (10 min walk to large sandy beach). The train line literally hugs the coast for most of the journey (hourly service both ways). As it was our second visit, you can guess we wouldn’t have gone back if we didn’t like it.

    Reviewed by HowardOct 2021

  • "Great property with everything you could need for a self catering break."

    Often you find properties have limited cooking facilities, pans and utensils but this certainly wasn't the case at Raceside - you could easily prepare pretty much any meal and have everything you need! Good quality bedding which for me is always important and, again a rarity so extra points from me for that. My only suggestion would be to label your folder and leave it in a prominent position for your guests on arrival, maybe the dining table as an example and perhaps add some info about the general running of the accommodation. Overall we were really very pleased and would recommend Raceside as a great place to enjoy a self catering break! It really was a very comfortable stay and we were so happy to have that

    Reviewed by NaomiOct 2021

  • "It is highly recommended!"

    We were 4 adults and one baby and stayed for a weekend. The owners have done great job with this cottage. It is very clean and fully equipped with everything that you need. They have taken on consideration even small details. We also used the BBQ and really enjoyed. It is located in a quiet area and it is ideal for people who want to relax

    Reviewed by AntoniosOct 2021

  • "Comfortable, well appointed and very quiet, in a lovely area."


    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, one of the best we have stayed in."

    Excellent location for both coast and lakes. The owners are very helpful but not intrusive. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2021

  • "Cosy cottage in secluded village unfortunately local pub temporary closed."

    private patio the dog loved to sun bathe .lovely people many thanks for cream cakes!

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2021

  • "The cottage was spotless, comfortable and had everything we needed."

    The patio area was bigger than we expected with a table and chairs big enough for 6 people to eat dinner round, and my 7 and 10 year old kids loved the pirate-themed tree house with climbing wall and large slide. It is a lovely quiet corner of Cumbria and easy to get to the main Lake District attractions with the south end of Windermere just 40 mins away. We loved our stay,

    Reviewed by KatharineAug 2021

  • "Superb property ."

    Luxurious , fully kitted out house . Tastefully furnished , games , dvds , large smart TV. Fantastic location . Fantastic outdoor bbq / dining area.Miles of deserted beaches a walk away . Area not crowded or touristy. Owners friendly and helpful ; left beautiful cakes and fresh milk .Dog friendly . We rented out our holiday apartment for years . This experience made us realise what a poor job we did !

    Reviewed by MaryJul 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation in really nice village, on the edge of the Lake District but accessible to the Lakes and the beaches."

    Owners very helpful and provided everything needed. Wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by JonathanJul 2021

  • "It was a beautiful cottage inside and out."

    Very comfortable and warm - especially the beds. The cottage was very well equipped and had plenty of parking which is ideal. It was very peaceful - in easy access to the beach and the mountains and lakes. Plus the weather was amazing! The owners were very welcoming - and the homemade buns were a treat! I would recommend for a peaceful retreat anytime.

    Reviewed by CaroleMay 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful, cosy and has absolutely everything that you’d need for a week away."

    The beds were exceptionally comfy and the location was exactly what we were looking for. We’ll definitely be back

    Reviewed by RachelDec 2020

  • "Perfect retreat for the family to ‘get away from the world’."

    The cottage offered us a quiet, quaint place to stay fully equipped with everything needed for cooking, cleaning and even some games and puzzles to keep us occupied (DVD were also on offer). The owner even left some outdoor toys in the garden for our youngest to play with. The house was spotless on arrival and even greeted us with a fresh batch of chocolate muffins which were an absolute treat and went down very well (our youngest even requested for us to ‘buy some’ as they were so tasty). I recommend the 20 minute walk to the beach as it’s very secluded and the scenery is amazing. It truly is a get away from the worries of the world and sad to have left!

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2020

  • "The Cottage was very comfortable and clean."

    It was quite a way from the main Lakes in the Lake District but this did not take away the fact that we enjoyed the break.

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2020

  • "Outstanding property."

    ..nice hosts and the area is a lovely place to visit...

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Really good communications from Sykes about key collections etc."

    The cottage itself was beautiful and better than expected. Had everything we needed and was left to just enjoy our stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by LyndseyAug 2020

  • "Very spacious cottage, all on ground floor level."

    Both bedrooms are very big and beds are very comfortable despite the creaking. Large combined kitchen, dining area and lounge, although the larger sofa could do with replacing as it’s sunken. Very large garden and the whole family discovered Darts

    Reviewed by HowardAug 2020

  • "Raceside cottage was comfortable, warm and everything you might need was provided."

    The owners were very welcoming and friendly and on hand for any information/questions. The area is very quiet, with stunning views , would highly recommend if you want a nice peaceful holiday , as it is away from the more touristy attractions of the Lake District.

    Reviewed by NadineFeb 2020

  • "A really great break and the fresh cream cakes on arrival a lovely touch."

    Reviewed by DeborahDec 2019

  • "Lovely well equipped holiday cottage in peaceful location."

    Close to glorious sandy beaches and with easy access to SW Lake District. Friendly and helpful owners - on site but not obtrusive. We had a super weeks holiday - thank you.

    Reviewed by RoyNov 2019

  • "Met all my expectations Comfortable well equipped accommodation , warm and cosy."

    welcome cakes and milk appreciated .signs to house not very clear could do with being a bit clearer but did manage to find accommodation after driving past a couple of times Quiet area if you want peace and quiet this is the place Miles of empty beach nearby. Easy 20 minute walk from cottage or drive to Silehouse with parking immediately by the beach. King Billy grill nearby was closed for refurb so not tried.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2019

  • "Great quiet location with short walk to the nearby fantastic deserted beach, great for the dogs, our greyhound had a some lovely runs on the beach."

    Also great empty beaches with free parking at nearby Haverigg and Silecroft. A good cottage, very warm and cosy with everything we needed. Hosts were very friendly but not intrusive at all, we would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2019

  • "Lovely clean and well equipped cottage."

    Our 4 year old grandson had a fantastic time playing in the garden, especially the climbing frame/castle! Beach just 1.2 miles down the lane which was a lovely walk. Thank you!

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2019

  • "Fantastic well equipped cottage ideally situated for a quiet relaxing break, beach is fantastic and easily within walking distance."

    .......... if you want lots of entertainment and lots of local bars and all the fun of the fair book somewhere else this is simply a brilliant place to get away from all that and chill..........

    Reviewed by GrimesJun 2019

  • "A very well appointed property with many welcome features when you first arrive."

    Cakes, bread milk all provided by the owner (who lives above you on the first and 2nd floors of the property).to make you quite at home. Very comfortable indeed, lacking nothing. The surrounding area is very quiet, many wonderful walks await the walker with or without quadruped/s. The beach is quite accessible on foot being perhaps 20 minutes away along a very quiet country lane which passes one farm only on its way. A little farther away by the more long distance walker or by motor car, are the excellent beaches at Haverigg or Silecroft. The property is warm, quiet, comfortable and very welcoming you cannot go wrong with this property at all..

    Reviewed by DaveMay 2019

  • "Was told off two different people they would POST out the details of address/key ..."

    Was told off two different people they would POST out the details of address/key collect and payment confirmation but received nothing

    Reviewed by deniseMay 2019

  • "Roy and Viv were so lovely and welcoming, also met their beautiful grandchildren and puppy, they even made some chocolate chip muffins which the children loved."

    The cottage was kept very clean and had everything we could have possibly needed. They left us to it but were there if we had any questions on the area, or where to visit. We only had one issue which were flies in the area. Cozy cottage would recommend, beautiful beach very close by.

    Reviewed by NitinMay 2019

  • "The cottage has an ideal location, you have the beautiful beaches, hills and valleys right on your door step."

    Kirksanton is peaceful and the owners and locals very welcoming. The nearby supermarket a bonus when self catering. I agree with other reviews that the cottage could be improved by additional lighting in the kitchen area, as it is the ground floor of a converted barn it can lack light on a dull day. The evening lighting is perfect. A dishwasher would be nice, although I strangely enjoyed washing up! There is a pleasant bathroom with constant hot water and lovely relaxing bath for after a long walk. If you enjoy walking and exploring the lesser trodden paths, nature (barn owls, bat's, hares, deer, a lizard, buzzards, abundance of song birds all spotted on walks around the village lanes) then you'll love the location of this well equipped cottage. It's very dog friendly too! I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by PhilipApr 2019

  • "Gorgeous cottage, clean and cosy."

    The kids loved the garden/playground area and occasional visit from resident puppy. We visited the local beach which was pristine (just freezing because of time of year

    Reviewed by LauraApr 2019

  • "What an amazing cottage and location - we enjoyed a brilliant break there with our three children and two small dogs and loved every minute."

    The cottage was beautifully maintained and equipped with all the facilities that one would need. Our children absolutely loved the outdoor space and the vast array of wildlife within the vicinity. There was plenty space for everyone and we were particularly surprised by the size of the kids' room. Our hosts were fantastic and very helpful - the delicious homebaked cakes that awaited us on our arrival were very well-received! A fab experience - very impressed!

    Reviewed by LouiseMar 2019

  • "Cottage had been updated and was even better than it looked on the photos."

    A very clean, cosy and comfortable base with lovely beaches close by. Really hope this place stays dog friendly as we and our girls loved it.

    Reviewed by JaneMar 2019

  • "There was a fab tree house in the garden which the children loved and it was very close to a park - neither of these things were mentioned in the particulars for the house and were a real bonus."

    Might be worth pointing them out to people.

    Reviewed by NicolaFeb 2019

  • "Great accommodation - owner left home baked cakes."

    This is the second time we have used this cottage. Only downside is Wi-Fi not working.

    Reviewed by IanJan 2019

  • "Great cottage , hosts were excellent especially Ray who was brilliant with our wee boy."

    Really comfy and homely feel about the place and a fantastic location near the lakes and only a mile from the best beach in Cumbria.

    Reviewed by KevinJul 2018

  • "As ever, once the cottage had been selected the Sykes booking process proved to be easy and reliable, however I found the Sykes cottages pop-ups on the website during the cottage selection process unhelpful, distracting and irritating; they tended block out the bits I wanted to read and I had to frequently adjust my screen."

    The cottage was excellent, well placed for local beach walks, exploring the South Cumbrian coast and the Lakes. Viv and Roy, the owners, were friendly and made us feel welcome; the provision of cream cakes and a starter carton of milk on arrival plus Viv's freshly made bread later in the week were really nice touches. Although Roy, Viv and their dog Midge live above the cottage, this was not at all intrusive and very helpful for dealing with any queries and requests. The property and the local pub are genuinely dog friendly and our 3 year old Goldendoodle had a great time, especially on the extensive and very sparsely populated local beach (20 mins easy, traffic free walking from the cottage).

    Reviewed by GeraldMay 2018

  • "The hosts were very welcoming but also not intrusive."

    We had an electrical problem and the host attended immediately to resolve, even providing a replacement kettle facility. They were very kind and offered to close their main driveway gate to let our dogs run free in their garden area (we didn't accept, but it was a very nice gesture). On arrival the hostess gave details of how to reach the 3 nearby beaches, all of which we walked/drove to and found them all great for walks with the dogs. Lots of information in the accommodation about local areas to visit and places to eat - particularly the King Bill restaurant at the top of the road, which was a delight and welcomed our dogs too! All-in-all a lovely holiday and highly recommend this property to those with families or pets.

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2018

  • "One of the best cottages we’ve stayed in!"

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2018

  • "Had an amazing family holiday here, all the family loved it!"

    Beautiful luxury property set in a very peace location, great!

    Reviewed by NicolaApr 2018

  • "Lovely warm and cosy cottage."

    The kitchen is well equipped although I really missed a dishwasher! I cooked all our meals and seemed to spend alot of time washing up. A dishwasher would have been easier. The lighting in the kitchen isnt great either, it needs some lighting under the cabinets. However, it was very well equipped and i found everything I needed. The cup cakes were a lovely touch and the kids loved them. We took our 2 dogs and the garden area is safe and secure and you can close the gates and leave them out without worrying about them. Beds were comfortable and cosy and lots of nice big towels in the bathroom. It is worth noting that the cottage is below the main house, so you can hear the owners walking across their floors from quite early in the morning. It didnt bother us that much, but it did wake the kids up on our first morning. There was no wifi or phone signal which was ok for the couple of days we were there, but it would have been annoying and inconvenient if we had been there for any longer. The upside to this was the kids put their tablets down and played with each other, so not all bad!! We went to the beach most days which is either a 2 mile return walk from the cottage or you can drive to it and park right up on the beach. You need to go when its low tide though, otherwise its all pebbles which is tough walking for the dogs and kids. When the tide is out, its a fabulous long sandy beach. Overall, we had a lovely short break and its a sweet little cottage.

    Reviewed by NikkiMar 2018

  • "Nice quiet part of Cumbria."

    With the beach 15 mins walk away down dirt road.lovely surroundings.villages nearby.5-10 minutes by car. Pub 2 minutes away ,with food served.friendly owners.nice fresh bread and cupcakes on arrival.welcome brochure available with suggestions of interest . 2nd time there and will book again for next year very shortly.

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2018

  • "Lovely spacious and clean cottage in picturesque setting."

    Owners left homemade cupcakes in the fridge and told us about local highlights upon arrival. No Wifi or phone service – nice if you're looking for a place to disconnect and relax.

    Reviewed by ClaireApr 2017

  • "Raceside cottage was lovely with everything at hand, 4 adults and 2 dogs with plenty of room."

    We had a great time even though the weather was poor. Lots of doggy walks to the beach shops & pub nearby

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2017

  • "The cottage was very warm and cosy, well equipped and the owner welcoming."

    The only disappointment was that the pub had closed down for a few weeks!! I would definitely recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by BeeNov 2016

  • "Lovely location, cottage was excellent, very friendly owner even left us cakes!"

    Couldn't fault it in any way.

    Reviewed by AaronSep 2016

  • "Enjoyed the holiday ."

    Property was excellent. Spacious and very clean .owner very friendly. The local pub was a confusing place the landlord was keen on telling us how brilliant his steaks were unfortunately that's his opinion not mine. and on bank holiday Monday we were told you may have one drink because I am closing at 9pm . travel round the area its beautiful and not all pubs are as bad as his

    Reviewed by SueMay 2015

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin with additional pull-out stacker bed suitable for children aged 12 and under only
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, (The bath will be replaced with a walk in shower from 14/2/21) basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire in sitting area
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Bike storage available
  • Private patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared lawned area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 2.5 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Beach 1 mile.

The property

A delightful, stone-built wing of a converted barn situated in a quiet location within the small hamlet of Kirksanton.

This all ground floor Kirksanton cottage provides warm and cosy accommodation in an unspoilt and largely undiscovered corner of the Lake District.

Furnished and styled in a contemporary style throughout, this Kirksanton cottage features a lovely open plan living area, two excellent bedrooms and a bathroom.

Outside this Kirksanton cottage there is a small private patio area, which is ideal for dining alfresco, or relax in the owner's beautiful mature gardens.

Just a stone's throw away from this Kirksanton cottage is the local pub, where you can enjoy a refreshing beverage and bar meal, whilst the delightful beach is a fifteen minute walk away, plus there are walking opportunities available from the doorstep, including Black Combe, a challenging ascent well worth the effort for the breathtaking views on offer.

There are many idyllic coastal walks available and for the more energetic, the magnificent fells at Wasdale Head, including Scafell, are nearby.

This Kirksanton cottage is a great base for visiting local attractions such as Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

A wonderful Kirksanton cottage perfect for couples, families and friends at any time of year.

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About the location


Millom 2 miles; Coniston 17 miles.

The small hamlet of Kirksanton is situated on the West Coast of Cumbria, within the Lake District National Park. The hamlet comprises of a scattering of cottages, farm dwellings and a traditional village pub, and enjoys an enviable position amidst some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain, as well as being situated close to local beaches, coastal walks and many of the nearby conservation areas. Views of Black Combe, Whicham Valley and Lacra Hill can be seen from the hamlet, and nearby the stunning valleys of Eskdale and Dunnerdale provide breathtaking and ever-changing scenery to be enjoyed throughout the year. Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, a World Owl Centre and the Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway, all of which provide wonderful and varied days out.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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