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Swallow Cottage

(Ref. 917515)

Milton near Brampton, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Our stay was cut short due to one of our party having an accident."

    The owners of Swallow Cottage could not be more helpful as they assisted us with our injured party.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Jul 2023

  • "Love staying here."

    Really nice place and run by lovely people. Highly recommend for a relaxing break. The only thing I don't love is the shower pressure. Lol

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2023

  • "Swallow Cottage was in the perfect location to visit some lovely places."

    The homeowner was on site and available to help if you needed it which was reassuring. The beds were super comfy and it was great to have 2 bathrooms in a relatively small property. Great enclosed garden which would be perfect in the summer. The wood burner is lovey and makes the space cosy. My only slightly negative comment is that parts of the property are a little tired. The wind and cold does blow through the window and door panes in the living area and twin bedroom which could do with resealing. There was also a lack of baking trays and some other pots and pans and a working tin opener. That being said, this wouldn't put me off and I am likely to stay again.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.1Dec 2022

  • "Very happy with our stay overall."

    Nice property and lovely area. Only small point was the living area looked bigger on the pictures than it was in reality. However the garden was a great size.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    We had a lovely holiday. Dogs loved the garden. Very clean. There was a couple maintanance issues but nothing major. The wall light in the living room was not working and a bit of water leaking from the fridge. But that didn't effect our stay at all. That was definitely one of our favourite places to stay. Very nice owners and good communication. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Marta4.7Sep 2022

  • "We have been here before."

    Plenty of room for us and we loved staying there. Will stay again in the future

    Reviewed by Dominic3.8Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and comfortable however we were inundated with flies throughout our stay."

    The master bedroom patio doors were sealed closed so we couldn’t air the room and any means of escape should there be a fire in the hallway was removed as a result. The hot tub was available and we used it a couple of times, sadly though it was in a poor state of disrepair with loose and broken water jets. Location was lovely and the amenities were great but sadly it was overshadowed by the flies.

    Reviewed by Kara3.8Aug 2022

  • "Great cottage - great stay would recommend and hopefully will return in the future"

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage that was just perfect for us."

    Nice enclosed garden for the dogs which was a perfect sun trap. Good local wood walk for the dogs, just over railway line, turn right at the cottages down the lane onto the pathway into the wood, away from the sheep for an off lead walk. We were warm and snug in comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Property is exactly as per description."

    Stayed with our 2 young grandkids who the owners allowed to go into barns to see the newly born calves and the farm tractor. Very nice touch from the owners.

    Reviewed by Ronnie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Ideal location for exploring and perfect for those, like us who like to bring their dogs on holiday."

    The large enclosed garden was perfect and the owners very friendly.

    Reviewed by Mrs Gill4.7Jul 2021

  • "Welcoming and friendly owners provided guidance regarding local amenities and good dog walking routes within the area."

    The cottage was ideal for our needs and provided an excellent base for our day trips. WiFi was good throughout the cottage and TV Reception was stable. In general the cottage was ideal for a peaceful, relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and cosy with comfy beds and everything we needed."

    The area was lovely with beautiful walks nearby. Because of covid we couldn't use the hot tub because it is shared with other units which was disappointing but we still had a fab time

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Oct 2020

  • "The place was easy accessible to discover Cumbria and good walks."

    The shops in Brampton are great to visit and not far from Carlisle.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Sep 2020

  • "The Host was very friendly and helpful."

    Cosy Cottage, everything was provided for a relaxing week. This was are second visit to the Cottage because there is do much to do and see in the area.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2020

  • "Apart from the back door there were no opening windows in the kitchen dinner area."

    When extremely hot only option was to open the door to the patio area.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Sep 2020

  • "A great holiday find in a beautiful part of the country."

    There were loads of great things to do around. The cottage was exactly as advertised, it was also clean and tidy and equipped with everything we needed. The owner was lovely and accommodating.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Aug 2020

  • "Good base for exploring Hadrian's Wall, Solway coast etc."

    Well equipped kitchen and great enclosed garden which was perfect for our puppy. Owners were very welcoming. Ample parking, seating, hot water and towels...all important for a family holiday. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Aug 2020

  • "Swallow cottage was fab for our needs."

    Sparkling clean, with a warm welcome on arrival (at a safe social distance) by the owner. The cottage is well equipped and the double bed was super comfy. It was also great having our own enclosed and private garden for the dogs to run about in safely. Great location and a lovely get away.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2020

  • "Brilliant service from Sykes and also the owners of the cottage."

    The cottage was very nice and well worth the money. Ran out of wood for the burner on the last night and the lovely owner brought some round for us. Good quiet location. Only thing at fault was the pressure of the hot water but it was useable and it was a perfect weekend. Will definitely be visiting again!

    Reviewed by Daniel4.4Mar 2020

  • "Swallow Cottage is lovely."

    A real home from home with a wonderful log burner in the lounge and logs provided by the fantastic owners. There is an enclosed garden with the cottage that was great for the dogs. We were lucky to see some baby lambs too that had just been born. The owners were happy for us to go into the lambing sheds to have a look and for the kids to hold the lambs. The weather was atrocious but we still managed to find stuff to do and then each evening we battened down the hatches with the log burner and Netflix . Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Feb 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Feb 2020

  • "Situated a couple of miles outside of the main village of Brampton, the cottage is an ideal base to explore all of the delights Brampton has to offer of which there is an abundance!"

    Swallow cottage is small but perfectly formed! Well stocked with all of the stuff you need for a long weekend tramping through the woods of Miltonrigg or meandering round the stunning Talkin Tarn lake. After your wander its well worth going into town and visiting the Howard Arms (very dog friendly) service with a smile and the food is great! Also if you just fancy a pint and to soak up a bit of cumbrian atmosphere then Shoulder of Mutton is the place to be (Also dog friendly) most pubs in town are. This place has the best home made pork pies I've ever tasted! Mrs Ackerley is a perfect host who gave us the warmest of welcome's and was a font of knowledge about the area. The garden was perfect for our two Jack Russells who simply did not want to leave! Storm Ciara did unfortunatley gatecrash our holiday but she didn't dampen our spirts. We simply lit the log fire and huddled around the table with a game and some nibbles and had some quality time completely unplugged!. The Hot tub is shared between all 4 properties and in need of some maintenance but once that's sorted it will be a perfect accompaniment to your stay. It's a short walk from the cottages but there is a summer house for you to change into your speedos :) The showers aren't the most powerful but do get the job done, however I would suggest talking your own bath towels as the ones provided are quite small. We really enjoyed our stay at Swallow cottage and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fellow trampers with furry friends!

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Feb 2020

  • "An excellent cottage to spend a peaceful relaxing few days had everything we needed."

    My only criticism would be the towels could have included a bath sheet but we went & bought a couple so not a big deal. Also I had read the previous reviews & took my own hairdryer as one is not provided. All in all a lovely place & if we went back to that area we would certainly rebook.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Dec 2019

  • "My partner and I have just came back for a lovely week at this property, its normally difficult for us finding somewhere that allows us to bring our dog but the family that own this are very accommodating to both us and our pet."

    definitely recommend this listing as it's very relaxing and comfortable, the cottage we had is perfect for couples with pets.

    Reviewed by Caitlin5.0Dec 2019

  • "Really loved the cottage, it was clean and very cosy as described, was a good size for our family of 4 also we didn't have to travel far to get to any of the local historical sites."

    I didn't give it the highest mark as we felt a bit let down by the jacuzzi not working but it didn't put a damper on the holiday

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Oct 2019

  • "The owners very cheerful and helpful, they told us about the nearest beaches."

    The Carlisle cathedral, local parks and shops and the cottage had everything for the kids dvd player and dvds, books and about all the bbq stand cause on bank holiday we had a BBQ.

    Reviewed by Godfrey5.0Aug 2019

  • "Absolutely enjoyed our break here, the owners are very helpful and very friendly they even put a trampoline in garden for kids so that's a 10/10 from them!"

    I would definitely recommend this cottage if you want a very relaxing, calm holiday. I only have one very tiny comment to make is that we took our dogs with us and they shed there fur abit I would of liked to have had a little vacuum cleaner in the property 7 days is long time to go without vacuuming with 2 dogs. I'm only saying this cos I'm a cleaning freak!!!. Overall it was gorgeous cottage would very highly recommend it to all we will definitely be going back in future, cant wait till next time.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely relaxing break,john and marble are the perfect host nothing was too much trouble for them, lovely couple."

    Woulld definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was very good accommodation and we found it ideally situated for the sites that we wanted to visit."

    We would certainly use this accommodation again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

  • "We were given a warm welcome the minute we arrived."

    The cottage was very clean and well looked after with all the facilities we could need. It is situated a short car ride from the village of Brampton which has a good range of places to shop, eat and drink. It is also well situated for visits to Hadrians Wall and the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2019

  • "Swallow Cottage."

    It was an excellent cottage. There were a few minor things which we brought to the attention of the owners such as no hanging space in the very small en-suite and it needed a shelf or basket in the shower unit (I have a back problem and reaching down on the floor of the shower for shampoo and shower gel was a bit hard for me). Otherwise it was lovely and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Janette4.7Jun 2019

  • "My husband, dog and I spent a lovely week at Swallow Cottage, our 2nd time."

    The cottage is based on a working farm, owned by Mrs Ackerley who welcomed us on our arrival, lovely lady. The cottage has everything we needed for our break away and nice and clean. Our cocker spaniel Jett loved the large garden and walks along the farm tracks. It was great to see all the new lambs in the fields. The cottage is just a 5 minute drive into Brampton with all the amenities you require and found the locals to be very welcoming. Also close to Hadrians wall and the lakes a great base. I would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by George5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very nice conversion but it has not been maintained, very scruffy."

    Plus side, lots of toilet rolls and friendly owners. Minus side. We had the impression that the owners were not interested in how their guests felt, there was no book for clients comments no advice on the area only a draw full of old brochures left by previous clients. No welcome pack. No cleaning materials or hoover. Over the Easter bank holiday the weather was hot, the outside seating provided consisted of an old bench with the stain ( what was left of it ) rubbing off on you and your clothes and two old steel chairs and a small bistro table. This for four people!!!. I would not recommend this as a good holiday for four, two maybe if you are not used to any room and don't like sitting outside. Very disappointed. I would recommend the owners come and stay in the property we have taken over here in wells norfolk for the next month and learn how a proper property should be run. I guess from comments about being busy on the farm this is the excuse for what is wrong. We stayed with two large long haired dogs and hair is a problem, asked the owner of we could have a hoover, one was delivered the next day but was collected the next morning, not used to living like that, only one toilet brush for two toilets, how mean. I would say that unless your standards are low don't go here until they improve the attitude to clients and try maintaining the property.

    Reviewed by Christine2.8Apr 2019

  • "Check in was straight forward and businesslike we were able to get in early which was helpful to both parties."

    Nice sized accommodation, compact and user friendly. In desperate need of repair, door frames coming off, curtain pole in twin bedroom coming off, lights hanging down in en suite bathroom. Crockery chipped and in need of replacing. In kitchen area really needs a good degreasing. Hot tub is communal, a couple of the jets weren't working so we didn't use it but owner said is usually chargeable, but on the website the impression is the hot tub is individual. Lovely and warm, plenty of heating with a great location.

    Reviewed by Dawn3.8Feb 2019

  • "My friend and I had a lovely relaxing stay at the cottage."

    There were a few issues but these were resolved quickly. it was such a lovely weekend.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Dec 2018

  • "When we arrived the host was on hand to welcome us and give us some ideas of things to do, which was lovely."

    The cottage was well equipped and extremely comfortable. The area was as gorgeous as we expected and we spent a fabulous week relaxing, walking and generally having a lovely time. Added bonus was the sun shone most days!

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Oct 2018

  • "Perfect little cottage to get away from it all."

    Lovely woods nearby for dogs and the cottage itself was spotlessly clean. Can't wait to come back

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Sep 2018

  • "Really lovely cottage in a good location - quiet but also close to many nearby attractions."

    The photos don't do the property justice. Two spacious bedrooms; two great bathrooms; large enclosed garden was perfect for my dog to run around without annoying others and good outside seating area. The kitchen is really well equipped with a large fridge and freezer, good electric oven and hob and dishwasher. Everything is really high spec and the whole property is immaculately clean. Car parking is right outside the property and despite others being there, there was no noise or distractions. We were met by a lovely lady who showed us in then left us to it which was great. She advised about where to shop and good local attractions and there are loads of leaflets in the property. Nearby Brampton is about 5 minutes drive away and has everything you'd need for shops and eating. I've stayed in a few cottages and this is definitely one of the best. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped, very nice hosts."

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely really enjoyed our stay perfect for dogs, and owner very ..."

    The cottage was lovely really enjoyed our stay perfect for dogs, and owner very friendly and helpful ,fully equipped would recommend hopefully we will be back

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Ann5.0Jul 2018

  • "We really enjoyed the location."

    The cottage was clean an homely. The owners were friendly and helpful. Nice private garden.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2018

  • "It was a great place in a convenient location."

    The accommodation was an ideal size benefitting from a bathroom and an en suite so two showers which was really useful. Well equipped and the owner was helpful and very knowledgeable about the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1May 2018

  • "The Farmers were very friendly and letting our grandson who joined us for a sleepover, feed the baby lambs was just magical."

    The enclosed garden was great for him to play and our 2 jack Russell’s to wander safely in & the log burner was just amazing.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Apr 2018

  • "Beautiful little cottages in a quiet little hamlet !"

    !!!! What more could you ask for !!! Got there early and the owners kindly let us in as we had had a long drive and we had a tired golden retriever with us. Lots of beautiful surroundings and plenty of breathtaking walks, a perfect quiet getaway from the rat race. Won't hesitate to use them again and will most definatly recommend them.

    Reviewed by Estelle5.0Apr 2018

  • "The owner of the cottage was very firnedly and helpful."

    Can’t complain about anything really the cottage was clean and ideal for a 3 day stay

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2018

  • "Friendly welcome on arrival."

    Quiet location and ideal for visiting tourist attractions in the surrounding area. Would consider returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Susan4.0Jul 2017

  • "The owners of the cottage were lovely, discreet and very helpful."

    The cottage was great, roomy amazingly large garden - great if you had kids, all enclosed and safe. Would recommend this cottage to couples or family.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2017

  • "Fantastic,had a power cut and mrs ackerley moved us in to a gorgeus ..."

    Fantastic,had a power cut and mrs ackerley moved us in to a gorgeus cottage,perfect place for a relaxed time,thats what we needed and thats what we got,will be visiting again

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Nov 2016

  • "Very well equipped cottage in beautiful location."

    Friendly but unobtrusive owners. Easy access to nearby towns and lakes. Very relaxing holiday. We were blessed with warm, sunny weather.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Oct 2016

  • "The Cottage was absolutely fantastic could not of asked for anything more, beautiful inside and out very clean lots of room everything you needed a home from home."

    The owners where lovely people who couldn't do enough for you if you needed anything. Having the hot tub to relax in after a long days walk in the mountains with the dogs was a lovely bonus. Beautiful outlook of the mountains from our bedroom, lots of space for parking. Not far from the village of Brampton, few shops, takeaway's and Public houses it you needed anything, lovely little village. Good access to roads & motorways for travelling too & from places. Had a fantastic time in the Lake District lots of beautiful walks with fantastic scenery, will definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Sep 2016

  • "We had a wonderful holiday."

    The cottage is in a very quiet and peaceful location in the coutryside, 20 minutes far from Carlisle and in a strategic position for visiting the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall.

    Reviewed by Alessandra4.6Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Electric wall heaters with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Shared use (with four other cottages on site) of summerhouse and hot tub all year round at £40 per week or £20 per short break, payable direct to owner on arrival (use is by direct arrangement with owner)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: There are 3 steps to access property at front

The property

A charming, stone-built, semi-detached cottage on the owner’s working farm in the rural hamlet of Milton, two miles from the Cumbrian market town of Brampton.

This Milton cottage has been thoughtfully converted from former farm buildings to create a tasteful, holiday cottage retreat.

The open plan living accommodation at this Milton cottage is light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows on the front and side elevations, and a French door giving access to a charming patio and lawned area, both in a perfect position for catching the sun and relaxing.

On chillier nights, stoke up the woodburner, curl up and watch the stars from the windows whilst those who enjoy the cooking can rustle up a tasty treat in the kitchen behind.

This Milton cottage is ideal for a small family or a couple, with a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a twin with family bathroom, which has a bath with a shower over.

This Milton cottage is perfectly positioned for visiting the Scottish Borders, Northern Lakes and Pennines and the magnificent, historic Hadrian's Wall.

This lovely Milton cottage is set in the perfect rural location for your Cumbrian break.

Note: This cottage is next to Refs. 3738, 3739, 4585, 922499, 931769 and 941220, 949797,together they sleep 30.

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About the location


  • Brampton 2 miles
  • Hadrian's Wall 7 miles
  • Carlisle 11 miles

The small rural village of Milton is ideally placed for exploring northern Cumbria, including not-to-be-missed Hadrian's Wall, the lovely coastline of the Solway Firth and the dramatic northern Lake District National Park. The nearby market town of Brampton has a rich and colourful history going back to the Roman occupation, Border raiders from Scotland and the Jacobite uprisings. Bonnie Prince Charlie established his headquarters in one of the old buildings in Brampton, which is now a shop. A few miles outside Brampton is Talkin Tarn Country Park. It covers 180 acres, 65 of which make up the Tarn, a 10,000 year old glacial lake, fed by underwater springs. Further south is Gelt Woods which is an ancient woodland with the River Gelt running through. A superb base for exploring this historic and scenically beautiful area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas