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Ivy Cottage

Priest Hutton near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 24159)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "The owners of Ivy Cottage have put much thought and effort into creating a lovely, relaxing retreat in the beautiful village of Priest Hutton."

    The Secret Garden was a particular haven for our dog and us too on a couple of warm, sunny afternoons. We loved it.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2022

  • "The accomodation was exactly as described on the website the cottage was very clean and quite comfortable, the owners live just behind the property so were on hand if required but we had no need to contact them."

    The welcome pack was a nice touch and we had a very relaxing and enjoyable break walking the dog along the canal and shopping.

    Reviewed by FrankJun 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Ivy Cottage."

    The beds were very comfortable, bathroom and kitchen facilities good. The cottage is very cosy with a lot of character: lovely wooden beams, and evenings spent by a wood burner…The porch was a wonderful space both to store shoes and walking boots and to sit in with a book. The little ‘secret garden’ was delightful. Our hosts were very friendly and so helpful before we even got there: Eric set up a hose so we could wash our dog’s muddy paws and there was even a dog bowl. Priest Hutton is a beautiful village, very tranquil and peaceful. We enjoyed several long hikes both more locally and in the Lakes which are not far away and discovered the beautiful beaches and vistas at Arnside and Silverdale. I highly recommend Ivy Cottage.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "Ivy Cottage is a lovely property,we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and our dog Lenny loved the fully enclosed gardens."

    The village is very quiet and a very peaceful place to wind down and relax, even when its teaming with rain outside and cold, there is a log burner keeping you warm and cosy inside. Superbly positioned Priest Hutton is situated between the Lancashire, and the Lake District, with the likes of Morcombe and Kendal a 25 to 30 min drive away depending if you want seaside or lakes. We found most places dog friendly a great base for you and your 4 legged friend. A cottage as soon as you stayed you will want to come back to.

    Reviewed by AllisterMay 2022

  • "This is a lovely spot for a holiday and the cottage is most pleasant."

    Comfortable beds, good bathroom facilities and a general air of comfort. The owners are on hand for any issues but completely unobtrusive, a real bonus for any little questions or advice. If I were to make any comment at all it would be to say the kitchen isn't over-stocked with utensils and crockery; some folks actually do like to cook when on holiday! But it's a minor detail in a very cosy and delightful in bolt-hole.

    Reviewed by JannineApr 2022

  • "Lovely stay at a beautifully presented, clean and well equipped cottage."

    Everything as described or better!

    Thank you for your feedback Jayne. And thank YOU for leaving everywhere so tidy on departure. It really is appreciated. Hilary Property Owner

    Reviewed by JayneFeb 2022

  • "Excellent cottage for our holiday,lovely quiet village."

    Cottage had everything we needed for our stay.The owners were very friendly.....what more could you ask for.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "Met the owners as we checked in, a lovely three floored cottage, everything as advertised, ideally situated for those wanting peace and quiet, with Yorkshire and the Lake District within easy travelling distance."

    The cottage had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again and would also recommend it to friends and family. The private garden is a nice touch and the decor of the cottage is very nicely done throughout, A pleasure to stay there and for shopping purposes, Carnforth is only a few miles away, with a Tesco, Aldi and Booths,

    Reviewed by AnthonyOct 2021

  • "We booked this cottage in March as a lil get away and something to look forward ..."

    We booked this cottage in March as a lil get away and something to look forward to as we hadn’t been away for 7 years Honestly can’t fault the cottage , cosy and comfortable with lovely features such as open beams , log burning fire and little porch area We took our dog and had a lovely garden and extra side garden that featured a bbq area which would be great in summer that was well enclosed with an apple tree The village is quiet and tucked away with little walks in the country seeing sheep / cows yet in driving distance of villages and near a farm / shop and pub The standard of the rooms were great , perfect size and clean rooms , beds were comfy and facilities faultless Had good wifi connection and like a home away from home , couldn’t of enjoyed it any more and are looking to book again for a few months time

    Reviewed by GeorgiaSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with 2 small gardens safe for the dog."

    Had everything you wanted for a relaxing stay. It was roadside parking though & we did manage to park ok every day but narrow roads so not great if you have a large vehicle. Lots of places nearby to visit for walks with the dog. Owners live behind the cottage & are as on hand as you want them to be. Nice touches, flowers & 'hotel' bathroom toiletries & tea/coffee etc. Would go back if wanted to go to that area again.

    Reviewed by CherylJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with good facilities, very clean and particularly suitable for dog owners."

    The two enclosed garden areas were excellent and the child gate at the bottom of the stairs replicated our home set up, so the dog was happy staying downstairs. Covid adjustments were fine and we liked having the Cottage Information pack via e mail. Very good instructions to all facilities, particularly making a fire for the log burner which we had no experience of previously. Excellent wi fi and well equipped kitchen. Our only very small negatives would be that the bath towels provided were on the small side and the on-street parking was not ideal, but it wasn't an issue. Overall, an excellent property, thank you

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2021

  • "We stayed in Ivy Cottage from 16th to 23rd April."

    It was immaculately clean and really well equipped and presented. We found the beds really comfortable and the lounge complete with log burner a really relaxing place to be. The kitchen is also very well equipped with everything we needed for the week. There are numerous walks from the cottage including to Longlands Inn at Tewitfield an approximate 20 minute walk .We had a small dog with us and she loved it as well.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very helpful owners."

    Less than a mile from a really good pub.

    Reviewed by MargaretApr 2021

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

    Very clean with all Covid hygiene measures in place and stringently applied. The cottage is warm and comfortable, very well equipped and lovely to return to after exploring the beautiful countryside on the doorstep. The master bedroom was extremely well appointed and the bed very comfortable - it felt like a suite in a high end hotel! The side garden belonging to Ivy Cottage was an added bonus, although we were unable to make much use of it due to the time of year. The weather was mixed during our stay but it didn't prevent our long walks and trips further afield. Carnforth is extremely handy for shopping as well as the train station for the historical context and public transport. Owners, Hilary and Eric were on hand to help with any queries, and were very kind and considerate. We can highly recommend Ivy Cottage for a break away in this lovely village with wonderful countryside to explore within easy reach. We hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by JillOct 2020

  • "The cottage was very clean and the furnishings were of a good quality."

    There were plenty of coat hangers and space to put walking boots etc. The lounge had a great wood burner and it was always warm with the storage heaters which were timed. Great beds and very comfortable with nice bedding. Lots of room in the top bedroom with a good ensuite and a lovely bathroom on the first floor. The kitchen was well equipped and spacious. There were brilliant walks from the cottage and our dog enjoyed his daily bath in the canal. The village is very quiet and pretty. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by KimOct 2020

  • "Just another peaceful and comfortable year at Ivy cottage."

    An issue with electrical equipment dealt straight away by the owners. Very happy to recommend to future holiday travellers.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, great location."

    really clean, beds comfortable and very good WiFi

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "The owners made every effort to ensure local information was available, which was very helpful for dog walking."

    Also nice touches with the welcome gifts. A very good quiet location for South Lakes. Would not hesitate to return to this accommodation if visiting this area again. Useful to have two Gardens for the dog. Enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2019

  • "A wonderfully clean warm cosy cottage with everything you need for your stay, a real home from home."

    Set in a lovely peaceful rural setting but ideal for visiting the Lakes, York Moors and the interesting towns of Kirkby Lonsdale Lancaster and Morecombe. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2019

  • "Such a cosy, well equipped cottage, with a delightful secret garden."

    The house had everything that we could possible need for our week’s stay. We arrived to fresh flowers, a welcome gift and anniversary card from our host Hilary, which was a lovely touch. Perfectly situated to explore both the Lakes and Yorkshire. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by NicholasAug 2019

  • "We were lucky with the weather so were able to make good use of the 'secret' garden."

    The house is well decorated and clean and the en-suite on the 2nd floor was ideal. We would definitely recommend this to our friends particularly during the school Hols as it's such a quiet village and the south Lakes is beautiful but doesn't attract the crowds.

    Reviewed by CathyAug 2019

  • "Ivy Cottage was absolutely stunning, there wasn’t a single thing that Hilary could have done differently."

    Her attention to detail was fantastic. The welcome pack was a lovely touch as was the fresh flowers that were there on arrival. I would definitely recommend Ivy Cottage. The whole cottage was immaculate from top to bottom. With the most amazing secret garden hidden away at the side of the house. Both front and back gardens were totally secure for my dog. Definitely worth a visit. Thank you x

    Reviewed by AvrilJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage so peaceful and comfortable."

    Area beautiful, loved the canal walks would highly recommend. Thank you

    Reviewed by LynnJun 2019

  • "Superb cottage."

    Best-equipped I have stayed in. Friendly owners who are close by but never intrusive. Brilliant location, peaceful village with plenty to see/do nearby without even visiting the Lake District. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2019

  • "A perfect cottage to relax and unwind,, gardens a bonus for our four legged member of the family."

    Will definitely be back in the near future.

    Reviewed by CarlApr 2019

  • "A very convenient location, peaceful village but only 10mins from coast +country attractions."

    Lovely welcome pack from the owners. Could not find a fault with anything.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "A fabulous, very comfortable, well equipped, spotlessly clean cottage with two lovely, secure gardens."

    All in a very peaceful village which is an excellent base for touring Lancashire and the Lakes. I can’t think of any improvements the owners could make, everything was just perfect, including the weather! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2018

  • "A lovely week spent at Ivy cottage with great walks on the door step to!"

    Reviewed by RuthAug 2018

  • "This was quiet, comfortable and great attention had been paid to detail."

    The gardens were private, beds excellent, kitchen/ bathrooms modern and clean, and broadband was superb. Our dog - who is a very old gentleman - settled in quickly and we had a relaxed time. The location is great for the walking - with local walks for the dog - and sightseeing we had planned. All in all, this was a great place.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "Very well appointed cottage, owners friendly and welcoming, every detail was thought of."

    Definitely a cottage to recommend and possibly another visit in the future.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

  • "Ivy cottage was a charming place to stay & set in a peaceful village."

    The cottage was really comfortable and the log burner added an extra cosy feeling, the gardens were pretty and enclosed so our dog was able to roam freely. Lovely place to stay, felt very welcome and we had a great weekend.

    Reviewed by RaynerJan 2018

  • "Ivy cottage really is wonderful , a perfect stay, just me, the wife and our best friend Alfie who was so happy exploring the enclosed front garden."

    We visited Devils Bridge at Kirby Lonsdale and walked the riverside and the shops there are marvellous,full of small independents.Then on to Arnside on Sunday for a nice stroll around the bay and a bite to eat. Ivy cottage was the perfect base,so peaceful, the log burner on at night ,the added thoughtful touches were also a delight, a welcome note from the owners,fresh milk in the fridge,tea,coffee , everything you need when first arriving is provided , lots of books to read,great WiFi. All in all exactly what we needed to recharge the batteries and get ready for a busy December. Thank you , will certainly be returning. Glenn,Leanne & Alfie :)

    Reviewed by GlennNov 2017

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage with quality fixtures & fittings set in a great location to explore the Lakes or south to Blackpool & Morecambe Bay."

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage comfortable and everything you need plus extra touches make you feel welcome Would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by MarilynJun 2017

  • "This was a really lovely cottage."

    The location was very convenient for visiting The Lakes and The Dales. The cottage itself is very tastefully decorated, and comfortably accommodated 3 adults and a labrador. The only slight down side is the parking which is on the lane outside the house, but the village is not busy so this didn't turn out to be any real issue. To get to the shop (which is Aldi or Booths) you will need to drive, but there is a great pub/restaurant within walking distance (approx 1 mile) which takes dogs and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this cottage and I will be visiting it again.

    Reviewed by RachelMar 2017

  • "Ivy cottage is ideally located to access beautiful countryside for a number of stunning walks, for which the owners helpfully provided leaflets and maps aswell as other literature re: the surrounding area."

    Priest Hutton is also well placed to provide easy access to many interesting towns and villages, aswell as the beautiful nearby coast. We had a really comfortable & relaxing week. We didn't notice too many 'nearby' pubs & eateries for evening meals, but this isn't a problem for us, as we're happy to do our own cooking at the end of the day, especially in a well equipped kitchen! It must be noted that coming to stay in a clean, tidy, well equipped and beautifully decorated cottage that is also dog friendly is very uplifting! ....not all cottage rental companies pay too much attention to the quality of dog friendly properties, and we've been to lots of cottages!

    Reviewed by GabrielleMar 2017

  • "Ivy Cottage was absolutely superb!"

    Beautifully restored, decorated, furnished and equipped. It was spotlessly clean with lovely touches throughout The owners have provided a property which caters for all - certainly the best self-catering accommodation we have ever experienced in many, many years of such holidays.

    Reviewed by DulcieFeb 2017

  • "I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this cottage was, it was very peaceful, but also not too far to the town and beaches."

    Reviewed by GinaFeb 2017

  • "A beautiful cottage lovely furnishings and well equipped."

    We had a great stay and would definitely return. I would just say that the road you have to park your car on is very narrow so if you have a wide car this could be a little bit of an issue

    Reviewed by DeniseJan 2017

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, cosy even during our stay in early December."

    Great shower and abundant hot water for baths were appreciated after muddy walks. Lots of interesting areas within easy driving distance.

    Reviewed by AnneDec 2016

  • "Everything was immaculate , Location was extremely superb."

    The dog friendly garden was a bonus , great to let our dog out without being on a lead. The cottage is handy for the Lakes , Yorkshire Dales and even Scotland is only just over an hour away. All spectacular scenery on your doorstep. The welcome tray and very fast WIFI are all exceptional extras. The owners very warm welcome was second to none. Would recommend this cottage without hesitation.

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2016

  • "The cottage is beautifully presented with everything that one needs for a happy, restful stay."

    Reviewed by WendyAug 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x second floor king-size double with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin bedroom (Zip link on request - super-king size bed)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburner and dining area.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, superfast WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Ample roadside parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed front garden and separate side garden with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: There are two steps in the kitchen and a slight difference in floor height between the sitting room and kitchen
  • Note: There are right hand turns in the stairs to each floor
  • Note: There are two steps from the garden to the front door
  • Note: There are low ceilings and doors throughout, care to be taken
  • Note: The owner lives directly behind the property
  • Note: Babes-in-arms and children over the age of 4 only.

The property

An immaculately-presented, 19th century, semi-detached historic cottage that was formerly a granary before being converted for residential purposes in the early 1900s.

Being situated in the pretty village of Priest Hutton, which has three counties at its fingertips, makes it a fantastic base for exploring this area.

Set over three floors, on the ground floor there is a spacious, stylish and well-equipped kitchen with delightful countryside views.

Stepping through to the sitting room you will be enthralled by the period features of beams, a fireplace and stone wall, all complemented by stunning interior soft furnishing and artwork.

The bedrooms continue to exude style and quality and the second floor bedroom has an en-suite shower room, TV and DVD.

This beautifully-furnished character cottage is ideal for family and friends wishing to spend time together in this beautiful area.

At the front of the cottage there is a lovely private enclosed cottage garden with lawns and flower beds.

Across the driveway at the side of the cottage is a second fully enclosed garden complete with garden furniture and barbecue, perfect for relaxing with a drink or al fresco meal after a day out exploring the local area.

When the temperature drops hunker down in front of the cosy woodburner whilst planning what adventures to fill the next day with.

Priest Hutton is in a fantastic position for visiting the Lune Valley, a favourite haunt of Turner, and in particular the village of Kirkby Lonsdale is a delightful market town with ancient square and independent shops, restaurants and pubs well worth visiting.

Here is also the famous Devil’s Bridge with dramatic river rock bed and there are delightful views to the Yorkshire hills from the river walk.

Also close to this cottage is the Lancaster canal where, in summer months, you can take a relaxing river taxi from Carnforth to Lancaster and back.

Less than five minutes away is also Greenlands Farm Village which has a an artisan farm shop, garden centre and café and open farm and donkey ride for the younger members of your party with a barn play area.

There are also fishing and riding nearby and glorious walks, especially around Farleton Knott, prolific for butterflies and dramatic limestone pavements.

From here you will see a superb vista to Morecambe Bay, the coast and layers of lakeland fells.

Close by Whittington village has a steeplechase in the spring which is an excellent day out, as is the Westmorland Show in September also close by in Crooklands.

There are numerous walks and cycling on your doorstop but also the Lake District National Park is very accessible with Kendal just 13 miles away.

Returning to this welcoming, superb cottage will end the day in a peaceful and relaxing environment whatever the time of year.

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About the location


Kirkby Lonsdale 9.5 miles; Kendal 13 miles.

A small traditional village set in beautiful countryside, Priest Hutton is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland. The village comprises a scattering of delightful old cottages and farmsteads, and is close to Borwick Hall, on the Lancaster-to-Kendal Canal. 9.5 miles away is the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, and 13 miles away is Kendal, the gateway to the Lake District. Access to amenities and tourist areas is good - the historic city of Lancaster, or the seaside resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool are all within easy reach. The RSPB wildfowl reserve of Leighton Moss is only 5 miles away, while Morecambe Bay is also famous for birdwatching. Other locations worth a visit are the villages of Silverdale and Arnside (overlooking the beautiful Kent Estuary), Ingleton, Settle and Clapham. Levens Hall (famous topiary) and medieval Sizergh Castle with lovely gardens are nearby. There are good pubs and restaurants in the area as well as good walks. Golf, fishing, riding and the Capenwray Diving Centre are close by. The Greenlands Farm Village, 1 mile away, has children’s indoor soft play, a farm visitor centre, café and shops.

Region Information

Note: Babes-in-arms and children over the age of 4 only.
Note: Short breaks can start from a Friday or a Monday only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas