Dog-friendly Lake District
Surrounded as it is by fabulous scenery, rugged fell mountains to trek, from Cat Bells to Scafell Pike, and charming market towns to visit like Keswick, the Lake District really is an ideal place for an unforgettable dog-friendly adventure with your best furry friend.
- EnglandA traditional 18th-century Cumbrian cottage with beautiful panoramic views, located in the small picturesque village of Helton. A perfect place to get away from it all, with tranquil surroundings in this little known area of the Lake District. There are wonderful walks right from the cottage. Close by are Ullswater and Haweswater, and excellent high level walking. Other nearby attractions and activities include the Lowther Castle and Gardens, Askham Hall Gardens and café, Dalemain historic house, Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, Ullswater steamers, Hallin Fell, Aira Force waterfall, horse riding, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. There are two delightful pubs and a village shop, a mile away, in the neighbouring village of Askham. The attractive market town of Penrith is just 10 minutes drive away. Enjoy the views and watch out for the red squirrels!£69From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandClose to Coniston Water and at the southern end of the Lake District National Park, Souterstead, standing detached, offers all the space and comforts your party would need for their stay. With underfloor heated slate flooring, the bespoke kitchen, the sumptuous beds, or just relaxing in the living room with the wood burner, you will not want your break to end! French doors in the living room overlook open countryside and lead onto the garden.
For the younger members of the family, the well-equipped entertainment room with its 50 inch Smart TV and connection hub for your games console will keep them happy and occupied, or for the dog lovers, endless miles of open walks are available for you and your four-legged friends to explore. There is even an outside tap to wash their muddy paws or hose down your bike afterwards.
Souterstead is the perfect place to entertain, with the excellent ultra tech Sonos sound system providing entertainment throughout the ground floor; the large dining table with ample space for everyone to dine together; and the separate living room with leather sofas and wood burner to relax in front of. The kitchen has everything from a wine cooler to a boiling water tap, and a beautiful polished wooden breakfast bar to sit at and chat away over a glass of wine.
The nearby Lakeland villages of Coniston and Hawkshead are idyllic and have an abundance of shops and cafés to discover, and for the more adventurous, why not take to the treetop challenge of Grizedale Forest, or venture along the many paths by foot or by bike? Coniston Old Man is always a favourite to climb, yet there are many more walks for all, including your four-legged friends. You will also find and there are two dog friendly pubs within ½ mile.
For a little bit of Victorian elegance, why not have a trip out on the steam yacht gondola that sails on Coniston Water from March to November, or take to the water yourself for a real Swallows and Amazons adventure! There are so many things to fill your days all year round in this wonderful area, you will find that everyone will leave with a wonderful memory of their stay. Beach 12½ miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.£235From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Matterdale End, EnglandSituated in beautiful, picturesque countryside near Troutbeck, Red Syke is in a great location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Ideal for those who enjoy a walking or cycling holiday, with plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths passing through some of the most magnificent countryside. There are also plenty of attractions within a close radius. Experience Lakeland at its best, with every kind of outdoor activity on hand. Red Syke is a tranquil haven away from the stresses and strains of everyday living, and ideal for anyone looking to spend some time amidst the peace and quiet of wonderful scenery. Enjoy sailing on Ullswater, or take in the magnificent views from a launch trip on the lake - this scenic region offers something for everyone. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£74From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Bowness-on-Windermere, EnglandNew to the market for 2021, this beautiful property is in a great location, close to Ferry Nab, Storrs, Lake Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. Nestled on the Eastern shores of Windermere, equidistance from the top and the bottom of the lake. In terms of location, it doesn’t get much better.
Split over three floors this modern property offers the perfect holiday home to relax, spend time with loved ones and make amazing memories together. The second floor is home to three well presented, good sized bedrooms. The two main bedrooms have kingsized beds and built in wardrobes for your belongings and offer pleasant views from the large windows. The third bedroom has a full size single bed, with a slightly smaller pull-out bed underneath, it can be used by an adult but probably more suited to a child. The family bathroom is fully tiled, contemporary and comes with a shower over the bath and heated towel rail. The first floor, which actually opens to the ground level at the rear is all open plan and offers a spacious area with plenty of easy seating to relax after a day on the fells, a large dining table, perfect for a family games night and a few glasses of wine and a well-equipped kitchen, ideal for a hearty breakfast before a day of adventure. A doorway at the rear leads directly onto an enclosed patio area which is south facing so attracts the sun all day and is perfect for that morning coffee and a bit of fresh Cumbrian air. The ground floor features a utility room with washing machine and dryer, a separate WC as well as parking for two cars at the front and a garage which can be used to store bikes or kayaks.
The property is located in the exclusive and popular Storrs Park area. Just outside the hustle and bustle of Bowness-on-Windermere. You are ideally situated and close enough to easily access the popular tourist village with its array of facilities, attractions, bars and restaurants, but with the benefit of accommodation far enough away that when it’s time to relax, you can unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet. Lake Windermere and the Steamers are a short drive or walk away, and you are able to easily access the main routes to explore further afield. To the north, you will reach Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. To the south Newby Bridge and lakeside with The Aquarium of The lakes and The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Or you can take the car ferry over to Hawkshead and Coniston. With all of this at your fingertips, you’ll have a holiday to remember at Bowness Retreat. Beach 13 miles.£84From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Bassenthwaite, EnglandKeats Barn forms part of what was the Sun Inn, situated in the picturesque village of Ireby near Caldbeck and Uldale. The building dates back to the 17th century when the inn was the focal point of the village. This stunning barn conversion sits in an enviable position, and offers a combination of period style with contemporary fittings and finishes. Here, ancient wooden beams, a cosy wood burner and original stonework blend comfortably with modern appliances, creating a rustic yet homely feel.
It is named after John Keats who visited the village of Ireby on a walking holiday, and for whom the Sun Inn was a popular local haunt, making favourable comments about the area and its people in his writing. Other visitors who favoured the inn include Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.
Designed to provide a stunning view over the Uldale Fells, the property is arranged with the main living accommodation on the first floor. This large open plan living space with apex beamed ceiling offers a comfortable seating area around the wood burner, and a well-equipped kitchen/dining area. The entrance on the ground floor opens into a bright hallway, perfect for leaving your coats and boots to dry after a good day’s walk.
The gardens are ideal for your dogs and sitting and taking in the views. There is a firepit from where you can sit and gaze at the night sky with a mug of hot chocolate and some toasted marshmallows. Depending on the time of year, you might see red squirrels at the feeding station, bats and many species of birds including buzzards, gold finches and house martins. Chickens live in the bottom garden and will provide you with fresh eggs for your stay.
The surrounding area is ideal for walkers, surrounded by grazing sheep and an abundance of birds and wildlife. Ireby is a very friendly village with a local pub to join in with conversation, and an annual music festival attracting leading performers. The hills at the back of Skiddaw and Blencathra are within easy reach and there are many gentle walks to be had around the local Ireby and Uldale area. The village is also served by a farm shop selling fresh milk and seasonal vegetables. Beach 15 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 20 yards.
Keats Barn can be booked together with The Sun (UK13593) to accommodate up to 14 guests.£64From price per night based on 7 night stay