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Irt Cottage

Nether Wasdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1034541)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "Our fourth visit to Irt cottage, this time with grandchildren."

    Great place to stay in Wasdale with everything needed.

    Reviewed by AntonyJul 2022

  • "This cottage has been significantly neglected by the owners, the furnishings are shabby, it’s unclean, the outside area near the back porch unwelcoming."

    We were disappointed by the cottage and Sykes rating. We would urge Sykes to re-visit to review, as we felt grossly misled. This is an expensive cottage to rent and not worth the money. However, it should be noted it is in a beautiful part of the Lakes.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2022

  • "The property is very tired and in need of a deep clean."

    Cobwebs and spiders in every room. The kitchen needs a full inventory completing as if you're staying for a week, it's impossible to cook a meal. There was only one tea towel provided for a seven night stay and this also had to double up as an "oven glove" since there was none provided. I handwashed it mid-week but this will not remove bacteria etc. The cottage itself is ideally situated for Scafell Pike and we would return if the owners took into consideration ours, along with numerous others comments regarding cleaning and providing adequate kitchen utensils, cooking equipment etc. This cottage could offer so much more with just a little thought and TLC.

    Reviewed by ClaireJun 2022

  • "Great cottage."

    Short of some kitchen items .wooden spoon..tongs..a dish to cook lasagne in. Downstairs shower does not drain effectively. Twin beds rather soft.

    Reviewed by SuzieJun 2022

  • "A very good cottage which could be excellent with a little upgrading and minor repairs, as listed below."

    1. Top oven door comes off when opened. 2. Dining table top annoyingly wobbly. 3. There was no corkscrew, only the screw part in kitchen drawer. 4. Can opener did not work. 5. Integrated fridge door requires repairing at bottom of door. The above are not complaints, merely observations for information and attendance as necessary! Overall we enjoyed our stay as did the two Staffordshire bull terriers who could safely roam in the garden. We would recommend Irt cottage and return again.

    Reviewed by PatrickMay 2022

  • "The only negative we had was it would have been really helpful to have a small instruction booklet."

    We arrived quiet late at night and had to figure out how to use the heating. Also had to search for the wi fi code. We did try phoning the number left on the table but no one was available. Also didn’t have a clue whether we were supposed to separate the rubbish for recycling. Apart from that we had a fantastic holiday in a beautiful location and the 3 dogs loved the garden. I would definitely recommend to future guests they use your instructions for getting there. The sat nav took us over the hard knot pass. Not suitable for the faint hearted or every mode of transport. We loved it, but we had a Honda CR-V. One of our sons really struggled in his car.

    Reviewed by MikeMar 2022

  • "The property is in a brilliant location and very good for dog owners owing to the secure garden."

    The cafe/farm shop nextdoor is great. The local pub (within walking distance) is also very good. As per other recent reviews, the kitchen utensils could do with a refresh (i.e. blunt knifes and we couldn't find a bread knife). On the whole would happily return!

    Reviewed by JoshuaNov 2021

  • "We have stayed at Irt Cottage before the cafe was built so that was a bonus however the cottage is very tired and not up to standard advertised."

    Dog chew under settee..dirty saucepans..no frying pan..no tea towel..chipped mug..mould coming through on walls in upstairs bathroom..black mould in upstairs bath/shower and on tiles around sink..broken toilet brush in shower room..mould in washing machine rubber..as a plus it was good to have towels..update on accommodation details required as days no towels. Back garden great for dogs as very secure.

    Reviewed by TeresaOct 2021

  • "The only criticism I had was the kitchen knifes were very blunt, luckily our eldest came up after us and brought my whetstone, so I gave them a bit of a quick Sprouse up."

    Apart from that I can't recommend it enough. Stunning part of the world

    Reviewed by BenAug 2021

  • "It seems the owners don't care enough about the cottage just clean it and get the next ones in, and it wasn't that clean when we moved the sofa!"

    Reviews have said they need to replace some bits but they haven't but worst of all they left us with a wasps nest all week. The listing said no towels but towels were provided, valuable space taken in car with 2 kids & 2 dogs! That said we enjoyed the cottage and area was outstanding.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

  • "Beautiful setting, ideal base for walking and two pubs close by."

    Lovely large garden. Cosy cottage next to Sawmill cafe/shop. Owners there if needed.

    Reviewed by VanessaMay 2021

  • "Cottage was clean, warm and comfortable."

    Loads of hot water. Beds very comfortable. Location perfect. Only things to improve would be utensils in kitchen, could do with a few more knives,forks,spoons. No casserole dish, so no way of using oven for cooking, though slow cooker was useful. Microwave needs replacement, the interior upper face is badly corroded.

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with a great living area and fireplace."

    We spent a very cosy December week here. Location was fantastic with some of the prettiest Lakes countryside right at the doorstep and Wast Water a 15 min walk

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed our week in Irt Cottage and found all the facilities we expected."

    The large garden at the back is a delight and we sat out there until sunset every day. We found the cafe next door very useful for afternoon ice-creams or a quiet coffee. I would recommend the cottage for a family holiday like ours and we would definitely go there again. However I do think you should change the photo of the cottage in your listing as in front of the cottage is a large car park which wasn't a problem for us but for someone who wants a secluded lakes cottage it could be a real surprise.

    Reviewed by GerardAug 2020

  • "A stunning area to holiday in."

    Our party of 6 found Irt Cottage clean and very comfortable. The large garden was secure for the dogs. It was handy to have the popular Sawmill cafe and gift shop next door. We would love to return sometime.

    Reviewed by ClareJul 2020

  • "Excellent Location and Beautiful cottage , very well equipped had everything we needed."

    We had a Lovely and relaxing time with the family, Lots of Good memories We would defiantly return here and recommend to anyone. Thank you

    Reviewed by JMar 2020

  • "Totally enjoyed our break away."

    The cottage was well equipped, even down to a pint of milk, lovely little touches. Lovely an clean, cosy an comfortable. Really pleased an thank you.

    Reviewed by JaneMar 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double and 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug.
  • Oil fired central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD player, WiFi and a selection of games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Travel cot for children under the age of two (please bring your own linens) and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Gravelled front garden and rear lawn with furniture and bike storage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.3 miles, 0.4 miles
  • Note: Please enquire if wishing to bring more than two pets
  • Note: There is a river next to the property

The property

Irt Cottage is situated in the heart of the iconic Wasdale valley and makes a marvellous base from which to explore the captivating countryside of the Lake District National Park.

Suited to friends or family seeking a rural escape, this stone-front cottage is sure to be the perfect home-from-home for your trip to Cumbria.

The lovely village of Nether Wasdale with its church and 2 country pubs is only a short walk away.

Enter into the rear of the property to find the utility area accompanied by a functional ground floor shower room.

This space is ideally positioned for taking off any mucky boots and rambling attire after a day on the mountains.

The convenient shower is perfect for washing off any mucky paws.

From here, move into the kitchen/diner, where you can sit at the table with a warming cup of tea in hand as your home-cooked delights simmer on the hob; the kitchen hosts a wide range of appliances for your self-catering requirements, all neatly housed around the sleek white units adding a touch of contemporary to the dwelling.

For more formal occasions, the dining room makes a great spot for everyone to gather together and enjoy one another's company, or take the opportunity to take a board game borrowed from the snug.

The snug provides an idyllic space to delve into a good book as the evening draws to a close when you're seeking a quiet escape, or choose to unwind in the sitting room in front of the impressive woodburning stove as the television provides your entertainment for the evening.

On the first floor you can find three simple but stylish bedrooms, consisting of two doubles and a twin room, it makes an ideal layout for a variety of group needs.

Whilst the front garden offers a gravelled area, the rear offers an extensive lawn area where you can dine alfresco beneath the setting sun as your canine companions run around freely.

The local area of Gosforth is a traditional village hosting a shop and pub, as well as the oldest and tallest Viking Cross in England, whereas nearby Seascale provides a marvellous way to explore the coast of get lost in a game of golf.

Explore the wonder of the National Park by foot or bike for a scenic experience like no other.

Irt Cottage is encompassed by delights for all ages, making it a grand base for your retreat to Cumbria.

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About the location


Gosforth 3.9 miles; Santon Bridge 2.3 miles

Nether Wasdale is a small village situated to the west of Wastwater, the deepest lake in Great Britain. The village is well-served with two pubs, one with its own brewery, a farm shop and café selling local produce and ice cream. This area is the birthplace of climbing and is a superb base for climbing, hiking and all outdoor pursuits. Unlike many lakes, motorised boats are forbidden on Wastwater though canoeing and kayaking are perfect for these unspoilt and tranquil waters which add to the peace and serenity of this stunning part of the Lake District National Park. Wastwater is sided by The Screes and at the head of the lake the fells of Great Gable and Scafell Pike can be reached, popular with hikers and climbers alike. The view from the summit of Great Gable is said to be the finest view in Britain. At Wasdale Head is the church of St. Olaf, one of the smallest churches in England, dating back to 1550 and its beams are said to have come from Viking long boats. Close by are the villages of Santon Bridge and Gosforth.

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