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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in quite village close to beautiful landscapes, towns and castles."

    Very comfy beds, sofa's, very clean, friendly and generous host (email contact). Place to come back to.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We were delighted to welcome you to Rayside and hope to see you again in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Moniek5.0Mar 2024

  • "The property was brilliant, great location, really cosy and the beds are mega comfy."

    The description says parking at the front, which I misread. The parking is on a small, quiet road(really safe) not at the side on block paving. We had a 3 day power cut due to a very strong storm, but the owners were really helpful and generous to help us through! 100% would recommend and we really want to go back!

    Reviewed by Alec4.7Jan 2024

  • "We have recently come back from a mini break at Rayside and I can honestly say the photos do not do it justice."

    This is a beautiful little cottage with everything you need, ideal car parking space right outside, the location is in a perfect spot. Honestly can not recommend this place enough, a lovely hidden gem. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Rayside. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage itself was very nice and comfortable and the area was lovely."

    My only gripe is that when we arrived we opened the back door and lots of flies flew inside and it took 2 days to get rid of them all. You couldn’t leave the back door open because the flies would get in which wasn’t ideal due to the hot weather we were having. Lots to do in the area with some lovely walks.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your comfortable stay at Rayside. As the Lake District is an agricultural area, on occasion, when the weather is particularly hot, there can be flies around. It is great to hear you enjoyed the local area and surrounding walks. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren3.8Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is clean and very comfortable."

    The village is quiet , and the locals are very friendly . We did a walk from the cottage, over to Dacre and round to Dalemain and back, but there are other options. It’s close to the pub, village shop and hotel. We had a dog with us, and like previous reviews, we could take him inside with us when we visited the hotel and so we frequented this most nights and the pub once (dogs only allowed outside here and the nights were a bit chilly). Would recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by Jainn-ann5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely few days at Rayside Cottage."

    The cottage is very well looked after and is very clean and well equipt with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The beds are very comfortable too! The owners were very helpful and answered any queries we had promptly. Would definitely return in the future.

    We are delighted you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Rayside. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christy5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet location."

    The villagers were very friendly and helpful. The cottage was very well equipped and the kitchen had everything that could be needed. The supply of tea, coffee and sachets of milk were appreciated as the Post Office/store closes at 2.00pm. Groceries can be ordered for collection the next day. The owner took the trouble to contact me to make sure that I knew where to find the electric fan as the weather was so hot. We travelled by train so it was important to us that the buses stopped near by. The buses run hourly but because the route is from Penrith to Workington, they are sometimes delayed. Dogs are allowed in the area outside the pub but not inside. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the hotel did allow us to take the dog inside, for which we were grateful as the heavens opened while we were enjoying our meal. Overall, the cottage had a homely feel and had everything that we needed for an enjoyable holiday.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are pleased you had an enjoyable holiday and found the complimentary tea and coffee useful. We will pass on your comments to the hotel and look forward to welcoming you back to Rayside. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2023

  • "A lovely property."

    Well set out and provided for. We didn't find anything that we felt should have been there. Even a torch was provided which I did use as I'd not brought my own. We would 100% book and stay again at Rayside. Such a lovely quiet location and very peaceful.

    Thank you very much for your lovely comments. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "A cosy and comfortable cottage providing everything we required, including good Wifi coverage."

    Good food at the local pub just a couple of minutes walk away. The cottage is well located for access to Ullswater and surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely superb cottage, wonderfully kept and set up."

    We will certainly be back!

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back to Rayside. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2022

  • "Could not have been happier with Rayside."

    Lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Easy to get to in 5 minutes from the motorway, a few minutes from all the facilities of Penrith, yet just a few minutes drive to the shores of ullswater and tranquil Lake District walking routes. The cottage was very well equipped with a great attention to detail from the owner. Great communication from the owner also which was welcome and helpful. Many people I’m sure could criticise the odd thing but standards were so high it would be churlish to do so… nothing is completely perfect. Will definitely be staying at Rayside. A home from home..thanks again to the owners

    Hi. Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back to Rayside in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Nov 2022

  • "Comfortable, clean, well equipped and great location for walks around ullswater."

    Lovely cottage to come back to and relax in after a day of walking.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage - lovely inside, all facilities, and appliances needed, great information from the host."

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Sep 2022

  • "This really was a home from home, in a fantastic location."

    It had everything you would hope for in a holiday cottage, and in some cases went beyond what you normally expect. It was very comfortable, clean, well maintained and the owners were very responsive when we had a question. Highly recommended

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Rayside and that the cottage provided everything you needed for your holiday. We very much hope to welcome you back in the future. Ian and Elaine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jun 2022

  • "What a find!"

    Great cottage in a lovely location. Ideally located to reach Ullswater and Derwent Water and only minutes from the A66. The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and in a quiet location. It had everything we needed, a welcome bath at the end of a long walking day and comfortable beds. No problems with parking. Netflix was a bonus, binge watched The Crown! Thank you, we will hopefully be back!

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Ian & Elaine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2022

  • "Rayside looked appealing in photograph and we were not disappointed once inside."

    It had a really welcoming homely feel and and it was easy to relax from the outset. The little welcoming touches were very much appreciated including a surprise Easter egg, litre of milk, and tea / coffee tray. I was delighted to find the kitchen so well stocked with cleaning products, accessories and so on, and was able to cook our Easter Sunday dinner easily. The decor upstairs was also welcoming and homely. We all slept really well, as the location is so peaceful and the beds very comfortable. The bedlinen and towels were clean, soft and of high quality and the bathroom was ideal for us all (good shower and lovely warm floor!) The back yard was a great space to allow our dog to roam and keep her feeding / water bowls and we made good use of the freezer. The instruction guide you left was extremely helpful and we literally did not need for anything further during our stay. The location of the cottage is really well sited for accessing so many areas of the lakes easily. We spent our days walking around Grasmere then Ullswater and were blessed with fantastic weather throughout. In summary, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer break.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2022

  • "I spent 3 nights at Rayside with my daughter, 2 granddaughters & my dog, Ruby."

    The cottage was exceptional and far exceeded our expectations. It was very clean, the furnishings made it very cosy. The kitchen was well equipped, we took our own cafetière but there was one provided so didn’t need it. Plus the recent addition of a washing machine was a bonus. The little green at the front of the house was perfect for an early morning work with the dog The location was ideal for visiting local attractions. We spent a day at Lowther castle & a day at Aira force, just wish we had better weather but we still went out and about.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Rayside. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had a most enjoyable and relaxing holiday people very friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Sep 2021

  • "Cottage was clean apart from the toilet which needed a clean through."

    Kitchen very well equipped - milk in fridge which was a nice touch. Double bed as listed - very firm mattress. Fly spray included - you might well need it, a lot of pesky flies around. TV with welcome access to Netflix - no DVD player if that matters to you. Parking immediately in front of the cottage - beware broken, loose stones underfoot. Location - superb! Excellent access to Pooley Bridge and Ullswater. Stainton is a lovely spot.

    Thank you for your constructive feedback regarding your recent holiday at Rayside. We are glad that you were pleased with the accurate description of the property and the location is perfect isn't it? Please accept our sincere apologies regarding the toilet not having been cleaned. Please be assured, we have raised this with our cleaner so this should not happen again. Obviously this is not the standard of cleanliness we strive to achieve. In addition, we are aware that the front bricks need attention and we have plans to replace these in the near future. As we have been fully booked recently this has not been possible. Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope this did not affect your overall stay at the cottage. We hope to welcome you back to Rayside again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve3.8Jul 2021

  • "It would be helpful to have a washing machine."

    Enjoyed the cottage.

    Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Customer feedback is very important to help us continually improve our standards. The property doesn't have a washing machine, however the owner may consider putting one in. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the near future. Thank you once again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pat4.4May 2021

  • "We loved our stay and would definitely return when we are back in the Lake District."

    Reviewed by Annika4.7Apr 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with corner bath & shower over, basin, heated floor and towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • External utility including a washing machine
  • Living/dining room with wood burning stove
  • Electric heating.
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, Wi-Fi
  • Fuel, power, bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking in front of cottage for one car, additional parking on-street in village
  • Rear enclosed yard
  • Lockable outbuilding with freezer and bike storage
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile

The property

Nestled on a quiet road in the delightful village of Stainton and over looking the beautiful village green, is this charming end of terrace cottage.

Located close to the likes of Ullswater, Pooley Bridge, Penrith and Keswick making it ideal for those wishing to enjoy an outdoors escape and perfect for a couple, group, or family of four seeking to tour the northern area of the Lakes.

Open the front door into a spacious hallway with storage for your walking boots and coats.

Off the hallway, you will find the wonderful living/dining room where you will be immediately drawn to the homely wood burning stove which can be lit on a cool evening to warm you as you unwind on the sofa with a favourite film streaming on the Smart TV.

Gather at the dining table for home cooked meals or a board game amidst the delightful décor.

The kitchen boasts shaker style units with integrated appliances, sure to inspire some delicious cooking from any budding chef, with an electric oven and hob, fridge and microwave at your fingertips.

A quaint rear yard is perfect for breathing in the fresh morning air with a coffee first thing, and also leads to the lockable outbuilding containing the freezer and plenty of bike storage space.

Travel upstairs to two comfortable bedrooms, with a twin room home to pretty yellow and orange accents in the décor with hanging space, and a double room featuring teal hues throughout with a large wardrobe.

Feel refreshed with a shower or a long soak in the bathroom where a large corner bath with an overhead shower can be found.

The village of Stainton is small and tranquil, whilst still boasting a friendly community spirit.

The local pub and village store are a 2 minute walk away, so all you need on your self-catered stay is on your doorstep.

There is also a small hotel offering bar snacks and a more formal dining experience. The beautiful Ullswater lake is within easy reach.

Home to the world-famous steamer boats and with boat hire available, you can sail along the waters soaking up the scenery.

Paths around the water are perfect for easy rambles, whilst plenty of nearby and surrounding peaks present all kinds of hiking challenges to take on including Great Dodd, overlooking Ullswater, Arthur's Pike, and the large more westerly Blencathra and Skiddaw.

Whinlatter Forest is also close by and offers plenty of walking and mountain bike trails for all abilities.

Keen historians will love visiting the amazing ruins of Lowther Castle & Gardens, a medieval home to the Earls of Lonsdale, as well as Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, a 14th century country house with extensive grounds to explore.The busting town of Penrith is a 5 minute drive away and offers a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as Penrith Castle and Castle Park, perfect for a picnic on a summer's day.

The town of Keswick, home to an award-winning market and a fantastic array of shops, ranging from craft bakeries, a butchers and fresh, local produce is also easily accessible.

Make memories in the Lakes with your loved ones from the delightful Rayside. The neighbour does have a right of way through the yard.

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About the location


Penrith 3.3 miles; Pooley Bridge 3.8 miles; Keswick 14.7 miles.

The small village of Stainton rests on the north-eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. Just a few miles from the market town of Penrith, Stainton is a quiet village home to two pubs, a village store and Post Office, an Alpaca Centre and a primary school. Visitors can go to the Alpaca Centre to meet the friendly, furry creatures for free and browse the wonderful array of garments made from their soft, strong fibres. The village is near to attractions including Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Lowther Castle & Gardens, Ullswater lake, Aira Force Waterfall and Greystoke Castle. The Lake District National Park has plenty to offer, whether seeking some climbing and hiking challenges on the peaks and fells, wanting to enjoy relaxed rambles around quaint villages and towns, or simply enjoy the array of attractions like The World of Beatrix Potter and Lakes Aquarium, there's something for everyone.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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