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The Old Post Office

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

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Reviews

    “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 ... more

    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.

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.


  • 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
  • Note: Max
  • 2 adults
  • The dining area will seat a maximum of 2 people at any one time

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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