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Rum Bush Cottage

Keisley near Dufton, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 945053)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent location."

    Good facilities. We were made to feel welcome and at home. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "Super location for visiting the lake district."

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "Came back from Rum Bush cottage thoroughly refreshed once again."

    Absolutely love this place. Looking out from the hot tub at the beautiful landscape is definitely the icing on the cake. ‘Can’t wait to go back!

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "This is a lovely little cottage in a lovely location."

    Wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage was well equipped and the hot tub is fantastic after a days walking. The cottage could do with some wi fi maybe in this day and age to look up details for your holiday activities as the mobile data signal here is not good! Apart from that - everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2021

  • "A truly lovely place to stay, so clean and everything you need."

    Home from home. Enjoy the surrounding area it’s beautiful, right on the doorstep

    Reviewed by SamanthaJul 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Very clean and welcoming.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2021

  • "Really fantastic location and hot tub was a great feature."

    Everything was in order from cleanliness to useful facilities e.g tumble dryer, cutlery and crocery , lovely bathrooms. We had a great time taking on some challenging walks, also kayaking, and could come back and enjoy the hot tub, and log fire too. The lady on site was wonderful and friendly. We had lambs for neighbours and we loved watching them! Otherwise, not overlooked at all and felt nice and secluded. Only negatives are the taps just needs some general maintenance: almost every tap would not turn off, and remained dripping. The DVD player struggled a bit on a lot of our different DVDs we brought. But otherwise perfect place and we would love to come back!

    Reviewed by TalyaMay 2021

  • "Beautiful home from home cottage in an idyllic location."

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2020

  • "Rum bush cottage is a wonderful cottage set in an idyllic location."

    It is in the ideal location for total rest and recuperation. The cottage was absolutely spotless on arrival with all the amenities required and the hot tub was clean and maintained regularly throughout our stay. As you sit in the hot tub you can look out onto views of the Cumbrian countryside. The locals are friendly and happy to offer advice and there are sheep literally outside the front door. We would absolutely recommend Rum bush cottage as a holiday destination and we will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2020

  • "I thoroughly thoroughly thoroughly recommend this cottage!"

    !! When the world began opening up from lockdown... We went here for a week instead with our 2 children age 7 and 3. We absolutely loved it. The most idyllic place with stunning views and just so peaceful. It had an enclosed garden but we went out the little back gate and played in the fields and explored.. This was our little evening walk every evening! The hot tub was perfect however the screen didn't work so couldn't see the temperature and we wanted to lower it for our children. Eve kindly left the thermometer so we just used this instead! Beautiful walks nearby. Mr Wharton was great, he rang on check out to say not to rush and the cleaner would be with us slightly later! I left my lattee machine there and couldn't get through to Sykes at all... He kindly posted it back to me. We would 100% go again and I don't often say that. Usually we can't afford things like this but with the schools being closed we could go outside of school holidays! It was so needed as we had both been working through lockdown and managing our children too... What a way to unwind. Thank you so much!!

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2020

  • "Lovely,homely cottage,loads of hot water,comfy beds,wonderful views."

    Perfect place to relax

    Reviewed by HeatherMar 2020

  • "The cottage is so lovely and cosy and the hot tub is a perfect treat at the end of a day walking."

    It is in the middle of nowhere and is a good 30 minute to the nearest pub (which has amazing food) but it’s just what we wanted. Great walks straight from the door of the cottage and the log fire is great too!

    Reviewed by FarahFeb 2020

  • "The place was perfect we had the most relaxing week away."

    The cottage has everything we needed would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our holiday at Rumbush."

    The location is awesome for the fantastic scenery. The owner Mr Wharton and housekeeper Eva were so friendly and helpful. The hot tub was the icing on the cake. The local area has loads of great walks, scenery and lots of great local food options.

    Reviewed by NigeSep 2019

  • "Lovely stay in an idilc location with amazing views."

    Our 1 year old daughter had a fantastic time. Can’t wait to visit again!

    Reviewed by GraceMay 2019

  • "Storage in rooms very limited, so we barely unpacked."

    Otherwise a lovely place with a selection of superb walks from the door. The kids loved it, particularly the upside down layout and the Hot Tub! Warnings. The valley and high moors can be very windy so bring warm kit. The descent through High Cup Nick is not for the faint-hearted!

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage enjoyed our stay."

    Hot tub was amazing.lady next door was lovely and friendly happy to answer any questions.would definitely stay here again very reasonably priced too.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2019

  • "Cottage was well equipped and spacious, hot tub was excellent."

    great location for walks

    Reviewed by LorraineJan 2019

  • "We stayed as a family with our son for a birthday treat for my husband and what a treat it was."

    The cottage has everything you need and the views from the hot tub are outstanding. We will be definitely be back, thankyou.

    Reviewed by NicolaJan 2019

  • "This being our 3rd time at the cottage we knew what to expect."

    Everything was good.Cottage very cosy and hottub lovely and relaxing. Could do with mop so kitchen floor can be done after hottub been used. Would be nice if there was bucket or hose outside so muddy boots can be cleaned but other than that lovely x

    Reviewed by KevinNov 2018

  • "The cottage could do with more instructions as on arrival I couldn’t turn the oven on."

    Also the hot tub wasn’t looked at from fri to Monday and that was only because I rang and said I wasn’t happy at it been left without chlorine etc. The house is full of spiders to the point I couldn’t sleep but I am very frightened, I realise not much can be done about this. The lady next door looks after the cottage but was away most of our stay. The owner was very helpful and came as soon as he realised we were left alone. Excellent facilities however as we were two couples staying together it was awkward. With only 1 shower the main bathroom only has a bath, needs a shower fitting over the bath. The main bed and bedroom is very very small and the second bedroom is 2 singles which didn’t suit our situation. Was in nice location.

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2018

  • "The cottage and its views were more beautiful than we had expected."

    The wood burner heated the cottage beautifully, the jacuzzi on the deck was clean, comfortable, very warm and afforded the user the most incredible views towards the western lakes. Eva, the housekeeper next door, was very kind, welcoming and kept the cottage beautifully. The Wartons, whom own the farm, we’re very friendly & we were treated to the evening sheep roundup using sheepdogs. We would definitely love to return. Please pass on our thanks.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2018

  • "It met and exceeded all of our expectations in cleanliness and location."

    Local village of dufton has a stunning little pud with a added bonus of being dog friendly along with a lovely cafe that is even open on Sundays. Thank you so much for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by SimonAug 2018

  • "This was a Beautiful and a special cottage and place, the hot tub was great with amazing surroundings."

    Not one complaint. Thank you Sarah S

    Reviewed by SarahJun 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely, relaxing and comfortable and the hot tub was extremely useful after all the walking and cycling."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by RayApr 2018

  • "This cottage was visited by my family and I during early April 2018."

    The lady in the adjoining cottage (is very nice) meets and greets and basically answers any questions during stay. during your stay. The cottage is on the doorstep of a working farm which we enjoyed (seeing the farmers and livestock). The nearest pub is a rural 30 min walk. Nearby Appleby (3 miles) is a beautiful spotless town which is a must to visit. We also visited Penrith which is also very nice (15 miles). The local people are very friendly in all nearby areas. The cottage itself is very good, modern inside yet traditional feel. The living area is on the first floor with the 2 bedrooms on the ground (1 with en suite) with bathroom. The standard of the kitchen/tv appliances is high e.g. cooker, dishwater. Obviously the hot-tub was an important reason for our stay and we were not disappointed. Excellent scenery during use. Only minor issue was the dog or livestock droppings in the secure garden (chihuahua exercise). Previous cottage users should really be more responsible. However, an excellent stay and cottage. Of course we'll return!!!!!

    Reviewed by DarrenApr 2018

  • "We were unlucky and suffered the worst storm since 1960's and were snowed in."

    We had to stay an extra 3 nights. I can not fault the cottage. It was weather tight, so warm that we couldn't really use the log burner. We had the most comfirtable and warm week of relaxation as we were unable to get out. The caretaker and local farmers were absoltely amazing. Digging us out. Fetching us milk on the quad bike, giving us food and baking our children cupcakes. Nothing was too much trouble for them all. We were kept updated on the lane out. When leaving we became stuck on the lane and they worked hard on getting us out. They even checked up on us to see we arrived home safely. AMAZING service. We shall go again and hopefully get out to see Cumbria next time.

    Reviewed by JenniferFeb 2018

  • "We had the most amazing time at Rumbush cottage."

    Beautiful cottage and the hot tub just added that extra something! Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by VictoriaFeb 2018

  • "The peacefulness amid the beautiful scenery"

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2017

  • "Slightly disappointed that the hot tub was not ready on arrival at 4pm, but the housekeeper did explain and it was understandable why it was not up to temperature, she was very apologetic (it was not usable until 10pm)."

    Reviewed by IanApr 2017

  • "Great cosy cottage."

    Had a lovely relaxing week. Hot tub great after a long walk x Would definately come back.

    Reviewed by KevinMar 2017

  • "We had a lovely break away in this cosy rural retreat with stunning scenery (once the mist lifted!"

    ). Perfect for a walking weekend - a great excuse for a soak a hot tub!

    Reviewed by SallyJan 2017

  • "We had a great time."

    Great walks from cottage. Very clean & cosy. Will visit again.

    Reviewed by CarolynNov 2016

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The property

Dufton 2 miles.

This beautifully-presented, semi-detached stone cottage is located on the owners' working livestock farm, on the edge of the Eden Valley in the hamlet of Keisley, near Dufton in the east corner of Cumbria, nestled between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines.

Well-furnished throughout, this elevated cottage provides upside down accommodation for friends and families wishing to explore some of the most stunning areas in this part of the country.

This unique cottage oozes character, with stone flagged floors and latch doors whilst upstairs the open plan living space has a vaulted ceiling, beams and a cosy woodburning stove, ideal for those chilly winter nights.

Downstairs are two bedrooms, one benefiting from an en-suite shower room, as well as a separate bathroom.

This lovely cottage really takes advantage of the simply stunning far-reaching views and boasts a raised decked balcony with a hot tub, perfect for enjoying the distant mountain and countryside views.

The sunsets here with its westerly aspect can be sublime, and the decking provides an ideal spot to sit out and relax with a glass of your favourite tipple.

Tucked beneath Dufton Pike, the attractive village of Dufton with its elegant houses and cottages boasts a good pub serving food and is also conveniently located on the Pennine Way and Cumbria Cycle Way.

Just over four miles away is the historic town of Appleby, situated on the Eden River and where you can take a ride on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

With many walks available from your doorstep and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales being easily accessible, you will be spoilt for choice on your holiday.

Relax and enjoy the peace and beauty of this special location and the facilities this cottage has to offer, making it an ideal choice whatever the season.


  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Raised balcony with decking, furniture and hot tub, enclosed lawned garden
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Property is on a working livestock farm
  • Note: There are two steps to front door
  • Note: Due to the raised balcony, children should be supervised at all times.

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About the location


Appleby-in-Westmorland 3 miles; Penrith 13 miles.

The attractive, unspoilt rural village of Dufton is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and Eden Valley. The village has a pub, which serves good food, an Agricultural Show held on the last Saturday in August, and is just three miles from the historic town of Appleby. At the heart of the lush Eden Valley, Appleby-in-Westmorland is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-to-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain; still today, many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. Visit Appleby in July and experience the atmosphere of the Jazz Festival, which is fast becoming a popular attraction, enjoy a walk on the Pennine Way at Dufton, or explore one of the local cycle trails. With the delightful Pooley Bridge, Penrith and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas
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