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The Old Post Office

Santon Bridge near Eskdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 16401)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Surprised that there was no visitor information, as we would normally expect to find in a self catering property (regarding nearest grocery shop, local walks, recycling etc). There was a drawer full of old leaflets left by other people and a very out of date tearoom menu (all of which I didn’t expect to be there because of COVID). Also, although we switched everything on we couldn’t get oven to heat up on the one night we tried it (found no instructions for the appliances so couldn’t work it out). Fortunately we were able to cook our jacket potatoes in microwave instead. The cottage was cosy and a perfect size for 2 people. Although it was next to the campsite, it was quiet. The nearby Bridge Inn had friendly staff, and good food. The Woodlands Tearooms (and gift shop) were also very good.

    Reviewed by GailJul 2021

  • "We had stayed at the cottage before so knew what to expect."

    Some items were removed due to Covid 19 so you must pay attention to Sykes' emails in that respect. It got a bit cold downstairs. The underfloor heating was tricky to adjust on the panels but we made it warm with the wood burner. Upstairs is very warm and cosy. It's a beautiful little cottage in a stunning area of the lakes. Would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by NathalieOct 2020

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Beautiful area and we were lucky with the weather

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage perfectly renovated for rental in a lovely setting."

    We think this should be the design standard for rental cottages!!Ideal for walking and climbing. Not so good for those who wish to see more of the Lakes by car. Would recommend to anyone. Site owner next door on campsite in case of queries.

    Reviewed by RodneySep 2020

  • "Its in a great peaceful location, ideal for walking the wainwrights."

    It was perfect for the two of us.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2020

  • "Very comfortable house with good facilities."

    Good location for exploring Western Lake District. Very nice walks from the house. Pub nearby. The adjacent campsite was small and very quiet.

    Reviewed by DianaJul 2020

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location, well equipped."

    Excellent walks from the cottage.

    Reviewed by SuzanneOct 2019

  • "Cosy cottage for a nice peaceful holiday"

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2019

  • "Whilst the cottage was well equipped, I personally would have liked to see a steamer and a wok in the kitchen."

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2019

  • "This is a nice little cottage which is well located in one of the most beautiful parts of England."

    It is fitted out to a high standard with above average fixtures and fittings. However, as the published information makes clear, it is small and the dining facilities are limited. We found them restrictive for the type of self catering meals that we like to prepare. However, there the excellent Bridge Inn is only a short stroll away.

    Reviewed by S GeoffreyAug 2019

  • "Exceeded our expectations."

    The cottage has been furnished and decorated with care and consideration. The facilities go beyond what one might expect from a holiday let. From the beautifully appointed kitchen, to the wood burning stove. From the skylight in the bathroom to the outdoor spaces. We loved returning to the cottage at the end of the day, our retreat in the hills. Free wifi, free parking, free log burning fire make this a charming and ideal place to stay especially if you want access to the western fells. Highly recommended and our thanks to all those concerned.

    Reviewed by DennisMay 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely but there were some minor irritations that meant we have marked the facilities down."

    Some of the lightbulbs needed replacing (particularly the under-cupboard strip lights in the kitchen). Also, the batteries in one of the remote controls was flat so we had to keep switching batteries between the remote controls. The kitchen equipment was very basic and we would have appreciated a few 'extras' eg a whisk, some tongs, some meat/vegetable chopping boards, a weighing scale, a small glass bowl. These few extra items would have made it so much easier for us when self-catering. During our stay, a swarm of bees took up residence in the wood burner. The bees started escaping into the lounge and it was rather alarming (given the number of bees in the wood burner itself). We contacted the camp site and vacated the property for the afternoon. We were very grateful the person we spoke to sorted out the bees in our absence and there was no trace of any bees when we returned later that afternoon. We were very impressed with the speed the issue was resolved.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Lovely clean and comfortable cottage in a perfect position for walking, cycling and climbing."

    Friendly local pubs with a good choice of real ales and excellent food. Great internet connection.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2018

  • "Excellent location."

    Close to Wasdale Head, Wasdale lake and several other places of interest. The Bridge Inn on the other side of the river has excellent food and serves a good range of cask beers.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2018

  • "A wonderful cottage."

    Walking distance to a great pub if you don’t want to cook. Lovely river Irt right on doorstep. Short drive to Wasdale and Wastwater so a great base for anyone wanting to climb Scafell Pike. Short drive to Seascale. Our children enjoyed body boarding and fishing for plaice there. It was fantastic to have such good WiFi so I could FaceTime home as no phone signal and the full sky package was amazing for a rainy day. Would love to book again, the cottage had absolutely everything that we needed. It even has a washer/dryer for all of our muddy wet walking gear.

    Reviewed by SamanthaJul 2018

  • "Mattresses in attic were very lumpy, otherwise everything was great"

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2018

  • "Cottage is a real home from home in a fantastic location for 2 people with everything you need in terms of equipment."

    There are some items needing attention such as ensuring all lights work but these are minor. We chose the area for mountain biking, walking and running from the door and could have easily have stayed for longer as there is so much to do. We booked this very last minute which caused some difficulties with key collection resolved by a call to Sykes and also had no leaving instructions for keys. This aside, I’d recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by PatJul 2018

  • "Excellent cottage and a superb place to stay lovely area Everthing we needed in the cottage was there,would certainly recommend, will most likely visit again."

    Reviewed by DerekJul 2018

  • "A nice cottage in a lovely location, the cottage was clean, comfortable, and reasonably well equipped."

    We would have no hesitation in returning to, or recommending The Old Post Office Cottage.

    Reviewed by PatrickApr 2018

  • "Great cottage- well finished and very clean- in a nice quite area of the lakes."

    Reviewed by GuyAug 2017

  • "The cottage was very well equipped, comfortable and in a splendid location with the Lakeland fells and local attractions within easy reach."


    Reviewed by DavidJun 2017

  • "The Cottage is very clean and tidy well maintained and has been done up to a very high standard, the owners were very friendly, letting us get on with our 5 day short break in peace, but letting us know they were there if needed, when I did speak with them in regards to the internet they were very friendly, I would totally recommend the cottage and would love to stay there again, the reason for the trip was because I had just lost my mum who sadly passed away and we had mums funeral on the 28th September and I felt that I had to get away from everything and everyone as I run an 11 room Hotel / Pub in Dorset The Old Post Office and surrounding area was quiet and ideal for such a get away very beautiful area and we walked from the cottage to the foot of skafell Pike and then proceeded to climb the mountain before walking back to the cottage again I would recommend climbing the mountain but perhaps driving to foot of the mountain as it added about 6 miles to our trip, unfortunately we didn't make it to the local pub due to travelling around the area and visiting a lot of the local attractions but next time we hope to make it to the pub, the lady at the local gift shop near the tea rooms was very nice and helpful too, all in all a very memorable holiday at a very sad time, thank you to Gareth and his family for a lovely stay and everyone involved in the organizing of it as it was very easy to book too."

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2016

  • "Information about basic local amenities and how to use appliances in the cottage would be useful."

    Whilst Friday changeovers seem to be increasing, I seek to avoid them because traffic seems so much worse than on Saturdays.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2016

  • "Nice place with helpful owner and great location."

    Just one small gripe - there are no games or dvds at property so you need to change your listing to reflect that. It currently suggests there is a wide selection.

    Reviewed by BenAug 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x 2nd floor 2'6" single with additional single trundle bed on mezzanine level overlooking landing
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove
  • Note: The single bedroom has restricted headroom and is suitable for children only.
  • Electric underfloor heating with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with full Sky, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front garden with furniture, shared with owners
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Cottage is located near the village campsite
  • The dining area will seat a maximum of 2 people at any one time
  • Note: Max 2 adults and 2 children under 16

The property

An attractive semi-detached cottage, formerly the Stanton Bridge Post Office, in the pretty Wasdale Valley in the Lake District National Park.

With a cosy sitting room with flagged stone floor and woodburning stove, this Wasdale cottage is the perfect romantic retreat.

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings in the shared front garden, set alongside the River Irt, with the mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.

Excellent bar food is served in the Bridge Inn just a few minutes' walk from this Wasdale cottage, and the village tea room serves delicious cakes - especially good after a long day's walk.

With an impressive range of mountains available, including Scafell Pike (England's highest) even the most experienced walker will be spoilt for choice at this Wasdale cottage.

The breathtaking views can also be enjoyed from the open-air carriages on board the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

A little further away is Muncaster Castle, which has some beautiful gardens perched up above the valley, offering striking views of the Cumbrian coast.

Horse riding is available nearby, and makes a wonderful way to see the stunning countryside this area has to offer.

This Wasdale cottage has been tastefully furnished to ensure guests have a relaxing stay, at any time of the year.

Note: This cottage is a few minutes' walk from Ref. 16398, together they sleep 12.

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About the location


Eskdale 2 miles; Gosforth 3 miles; Seascale 6 miles.

The small hamlet of Santon Bridge sits amongst beautiful Lakeland countryside and consists of a scattering of cottages, some farm dwellings, a tea room and gift shop and a traditional English pub serving good food. An area relatively unknown to many Lakeland visitors, this great location boasts a skyline dominated by the towering peaks of Scafell - England's highest peak, as well as Great Gable, Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Muncaster Fell, whilst the nearby stunning valleys of Eskdale, Wasdale and Dunnerdale provide breathtaking and ever-changing scenery to be enjoyed throughout the year. Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, the World Owl Centre and the Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway, one of the most beautiful train journeys imaginable. With both beautiful Wastwater - the deepest lake in the country and St Olaf's - the smallest church amongst the many well known landmarks in this awe inspiring and beautiful area also within easy reach, this stunning location will have visitors returning time and time again.

Region Information

Note: Max. 2 adults and 2 children under 16

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas