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Townhead Cottage

Sandwick near Pooley Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 927735)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • Reviews

    Mr Hincks

    “The cottage was well appointed and ...”

    The cottage was well appointed and of course in a fantastic location with views and access to spectacular scenery. Overall we had an enjoyable stay but there were niggles and annoyances; we would return again but better prepared through these experiences. The oil-heating system I suspect was a bit past its prime and not fit for purpose; the three ancient-looking radiators in the main room barely took the edge of the cold; we fared better in the bedroom, much more cosy, but only because the ...

    The cottage was well appointed and of course in a fantastic location with views and access to spectacular scenery. Overall we had an enjoyable stay but there were niggles and annoyances; we would return again but better prepared through these experiences. The oil-heating system I suspect was a bit past its prime and not fit for purpose; the three ancient-looking radiators in the main room barely took the edge of the cold; we fared better in the bedroom, much more cosy, but only because the owners had thoughtfully supplied electric blankets plus there was double-glazing fitted. On this basis it felt more a spring, summer and autumn property. There was an large open fire in the living room and again the owners had thoughtfully supplied a large basket of wood, firelighters and newspaper - but no matches. I didn't fancy a pitch-black drive along miles of chicaning single track to Pooley Bridge and had to wait for the day after. It would've been useful for the literature to suggest we bring a box or be told this when we contacted the owner/agent about when we expected to arrive. An axe would also have been useful as the wood - and most wood then bought from surrounding villages and B&M and B&Q in Penrith - were Sequoia chunks. I ended up like Mr. Universe bellowing and wafting the grate for hours getting the fire bed hot enough and able to then devour the large chunks on its own. Once the fire was going it was great in the living room but an axe would have been useful to chop these into more manageable pieces initially. We had a RCD blow taking out random, unrelated appliances like the kettle, fridge, Sky Box, TV and WiFi. The info folder made no mention of the fuse box's location; we could not contact the owners as there was no 'phone signal and of course no WiFi. After twenty minutes of 'Hunt the Fuse Box' I eventually located it behind a door with no handle at the back of the living room managing to get a finger in and prise it open. I found in fact no RCD had blown but got power back by pushing the test switch up (...?!). There were one or two other things but it'll just sound like moaning; it was just little, overlooked things that irritated but finally didn't dampen a good stay.

Features

  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Townhead Farmhouse And Cottage

Pooley Bridge 5 miles. Two character stone cottages in the rural location of Martindale in the Lake District National Park, close to Lake Ullswater. These two cottages are a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the stunning scenery with many walks in the area. These cottages are at the end of a road over the Hallin Fell with stunning long lake views, and are surrounded by tranquil and stunning lakes scenery, offering a superb location to really get away from it all and unwind. Inside these cottages, from the quaint railed cottage garden, you are able to step back in time with beams, cast iron radiators and period fireplaces with a real fire. Glenridding is on the opposite lake shore and from here you can enjoy cruises on the historic steamers in the summer months. One of the most popular ways to explore and enjoy this area is to take a boat from Pooley Bridge, disembark at Howtown and walk to Glenridding, which was a favourite walk of Wordsworth, and then pick up the boat back to Pooley Bridge. One of the five vessels, The Lady of the Lake, was launched on 1877 and is believed to be the oldest working passenger ferry in the world. From Glenridding, you can also hike the challenging Helvellyn, with local companies offering guided tours, as well as to Striding and Swirral Edge. Situated close to the lake, there are many water activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and fishing. The popular pretty village of Pooley Bridge, at the northerly tip of the lake, offer shops, cafés and excellent pubs to tempt you. As well as this glorious scenery on your doorstep, Keswick and Ambleside are both within easy reach, making these two cottages a special place to stay with family and friends all year round.

The property

This stone, character, semi-detached cottage is situated in the hamlet of Sandwick, with a private garden and views to the lake.

In a tranquil and stunning location, this cottage has a sitting room with an open fire in a period fireplace, a kitchen and a bathroom on the ground floor.

On the first floor and completing the accommodation is a double bedroom.

A cosy romantic cottage in a fabulous location, for a relaxing away from it all break.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref 926852, together they sleep 8.

Accommodation

Mostly ground floor. One first floor double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and open fire.

Amenities

  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Additional fuel available to purchase locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair on request
  • Roadside parking
  • Lawned gardens with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 miles
  • Note: Property accessed via seven stone steps, please take care
  • Note: No mobile phone reception
  • Note: Stream opposite cottage, which is at the bottom of a very steep bank, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: Road to cottage is narrow and steep, a four-wheel drive may be required in winter weather
  • Note: Babes-in-arms only
  • Note: Due to the location of the property, WiFi is suitable for browsing only and not for streaming or downloading.

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About the location

POOLEY BRIDGE

Penrith 6 miles.

The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

Region Information

Note: Babes-in-arms only.

Note: Up until August 20th, 2016 this property will have a Saturday changeover. From August 20th, it will have a Friday changeover.

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