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Roa Island House

Roa Island, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 8088)

  • Sleeps 16

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 10

  • Pets No

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  • Sleeps 16

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 10

  • Pets No

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • flipfloptraveller81
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    “Overall more than expected”

    Having read the reviews before staying in this house we were very sceptical about what we may find. ...

    Having read the reviews before staying in this house we were very sceptical about what we may find. Overall we must admit there isn’t a great deal to complain about. It is a very good space for large groups gorgeous well kept outdoor areas too. Plenty of space for parking and a lovely cafe (bosuns locker) selling tasty food on your doorstep. Admittedly some of the rooms could do with a bit of redecoration but we’d fairly say that odd scuff marks on walls etc should be expected in a house of this size to be fair. As for cleanliness we had no issues 10/10 all round and found it helpful to have a 24hour call out number to use for any issues we found. (Fortunately we did not have to ring but was nice to know it was there should we need it) Some of the mattresses were uncomfortable but we’d say that overall for us the good points far outweighed any bad! Would recommend and certainly book again.

The property

An imposing detached landmark property in a unique location!

This large residence is located on Roa Island, on the southernmost tip of the Furness Peninsula, 8 miles from the traditional Lakeland market town of Ulverston and 5 miles from Barrow-in-Furness with its extensive shopping facilities.

Overlooking the sea with a south-facing aspect, this Roa Island cottage has been lovingly decorated and furnished, oozing charm and character, with stone floors, high ceilings and palatial rooms.

Very much a home-from-home, this Roa Island cottage offers original wooden floors, inglenook fireplaces and many other original features in keeping with the style of this gorgeous house.

The sitting room is very spacious, with large windows, an open fire and a working piano.

The huge dining room of this Roa Island cottage adjoins a fabulous conservatory which extends onto three sides of the building, whilst the spacious kitchen/diner is well-equipped, ideal for cooking for large groups.

One of Roa Island House’s unique features is its amazing observation tower which provides 270-degree views of Morecambe Bay, Piel Island with its mysterious Piel Castle, the beautiful coastline and the many ships sailing past.

Outside, a large lawned area with a roof covered hot tub provides that something extra, and the chance to take in the splendour of this fabulous location whilst totally relaxing.

Just across the causeway is a delightful old pub, and summer ferries are available to explore Piel Island and Piel Castle, take a fishing trip, or enjoy trips to the seal colonies.

The amenities of Ulverston, the shopping facilities of Barrow-in-Furness, the beaches of the Furness Coast and the outdoor activities of Coniston and Grizedale Forest are all just a short drive away.

An excellent Roa Island cottage base, for friends and family alike.


  • Seven bedrooms with TVs: 1 x ground floor family room with super king-size double bed(zip/link, can be twin on request), single sofa bed and woodburner, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, WC and small office with feature window, 3 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double on request) with folding bed and en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower (disabled friendly), basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen and spacious dining area (seats 8) with small conservatory area (seats 4), utility and store
  • Large dining room (seats 16)
  • Large sitting room (seats 14) with open fire
  • Second floor observation tower (seats 5)
  • Large, wrap-around conservatory with panoramic views (seats 22)
  • Large entrance hall with table football.
  • Gas central heating with open fire in sitting room and woodburner in bedroom
  • Electric double oven, gas hob, additional electric oven, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 7 x TVs, 1 with Freeview/DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games/DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter packs for open fire and woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchairs available
  • Lawned grounds with roof covered hot tub, furniture and BBQ
  • Wood fired sauna that can sit 6 people
  • Off road parking for 8 cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Hot tub unavailable from 4pm on Thursdays for weekly cleaning/maintenance
  • Note: No stag or hen parties at this property
  • Note: Roa Island is reached via a tarmac causeway
  • Note: £300 refundable Good Housekeeping Bond payable prior to arrival

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Ulverston 6 miles; Barrow-in-Furness 6 miles.

Roa Island is located on the Lake District's magnificent coastline, over half a mile south of the village of Rampside on the southernmost point of the Furness Peninsula. With an area of about 30 acres the island is the sixteenth most populated Island in Great Britain with just over one hundred inhabitants. Until 1847 Roa Island was a true island, being accessible only by boat or on foot across the sands at low tide. John Abel Smith, a London banker, bought Roa in 1840. He built a causeway to the mainland, completed in 1846, and an 810 foot (247 m) deep-water pier known as Piel Pier where steamers sailed to Fleetwood. The pier connected with the Furness Railway line to Kirkby via Furness Abbey, making use of the causeway. Other interesting buildings include Trinity Terrace, a row of terraced houses built to provide accommodation for the ten Trinity House pilots; and The Watch Tower, a Customs and Excise House built in 1847. Roa Island is home to a lifeboat station of the RNLI, serving Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. Just a short boat trip across the inlet is Piel Island, a small fifty acre island with its own castle, made famous by Martin Clune's (of men behaving badly and Doc Martin) The Island programme. Gifted to the people of Barrow-in-Furness by the Duke of Buccleuch in the early 20th century, the island is kept in order by the selection of the "King" of Piel, who is the landlord of the island's public house, the Ship Inn. Located in an outstanding area the village is close to the spectacular Furness Abbey, and the ancient market town of Ulverston is just 5 miles away, and still has an authentic feel and community spirit. The town boasts a street market every Thursday and Saturday and many festivals throughout the year, including an amazing lantern procession in November and a superb Dickensian weekend in early December. It is also the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home to the only Laurel and Hardy museum in the world! With all the attractions of the Lake District National Park and the sandy beaches and good birdwatching of the Furness coast close by, this quiet and peaceful area has plenty to offer.

Region Information

Note: Strictly no stag or hen parties

Note: £300 refundable Good Housekeeping Bond is payable prior to arrival.

Note: From 01/01/2019 check -in time for this property will be from 4pm

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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