3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Nestling quietly at the end of a short woodland drive, Keepers Cottage is set in peaceful Cumbrian countryside where part of the ancient Solway Moss has escaped the changes of modern agriculture and the area remains a haven for ground nesting birds and wildlife, mosses, birch and downy cotton grass.
Close to the Solway Coast, the Scottish Borders, Hadrian's Wall and miles upon miles of beautiful rural scenery. The area is perfect for walkers, anglers, horse riders, cyclists and nature lovers.
Keepers Cottage has easy level access and all facilities are available on the ground floor, the cottage can sleep up to 6 people.
The cottage has been carefully renovated to a high standard, but still maintains much character and many of its original features.
The comfortable oak beamed lounge has views across the Moss and down the lane through your own wood. A real gas fire will warm you up after a day out exploring and there's digital TV to help you to unwind; two comfy sofas(and of course a special chair for the boss!) - cosy but also plenty of room to spread out.
The dining kitchen is spacious and well equipped. We've comfortably seated six people round the table with room for more.
The master Double bedroom. All bedrooms wake up to a view of the moss. When you first open your curtains in the morning keep your eyes peeled for deer who like to visit close to the cottage in the early hours.
The second double bedroom is the same size as the master so really there are two master bedrooms! Both with plenty of hanging and drawer space and over bed lighting so you can curl up with a good book after all that fresh country air!
Twin beds and a sky light - this is loft living country style. The children's favourite room! It's like climbing the stairs to a castle keep (there's only a few short stairs but to kids it's a castle keep!). The room is elevated again with great views across the moss from a small, secure window.
The bathroom has a bath and a separate shower.
Whether you're looking to wash and dry layers of expensive kit after a day's adventure or simply got caught in a shower of rain the utility room is perfect. Right next to the front door you can dump all your wet gear in the washer, the sink or on the drier by the radiator and then make a dash for the lounge (or the shower).
Well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement.
The attractive garden has patio furniture, a swing and playhouse.
Sheep and Cattle graze quietly in the surrounding fields, owls nest in the barn, woodpeckers can be spotted on the bird feeders in the wood.
Stables and storage and Parking
There are stables for those who wish to bring their own horses. They also make perfect storage space for bikes, canoes, climbing equipment and etc.
There is ample parking space and a garage for one vehicle.
Top Traveller Review
Charming, Peaceful Rural, Dog friendly.
About the Owner
About Pat Armstrong
Pat and Richard Armstrong live on a beef and sheep farm nearby, they have two grown up sons who work locally but are always willing to lend a helping hand on the farm at busy times. The farmland surrounding Keepers Cottage belongs to the farm and cattle and sheep graze the fields most of the time. When they are handling the sheep near the cottage guests love to get involved and Pat and Richard are more than pleased to answer any questions they may ask. Springtime is a particular favourite with families when they visit Pat and Richard to bottle feed the pet lambs.
Pat Armstrong purchased this cottage in 1999
Why Pat Armstrong chose England
Keepers Cottage provides a perfect base for visiting The Lake District, The Scottish Borders, Carlisle, Hadrians Wall and The Solway Coast - take a day out knowing that in the evening you can return to a well appointed, tranquil cottage for a peaceful meal and a glass of wine in cosy surroundings. On the evenings that you prefer not to cook, Skitby House Restaurant is very close - less than half a mile if you fancy a stroll, and the food comes highly recommended.
What makes this cottage unique
Keepers Cottage is a wonderful rural retreat. Perfectly private yet within a 15 minute drive from the centre of Carlisle. Guests have been known to draw back the curtains to spot a deer grazing quietly and that is why a pair of binoculars are always close to hand. A wonderful place to re-charge the batteries!
(2 traveller reviews)
Charming, Peaceful Rural, Dog friendly.
Photos don't do it justice, amazing space for a cottage ,we were 5 Adults and 2 dogs and had plenty room. Everything you needed in the cottage , heating system is fantastic and all equipped with everything you may need. Very homely , we all met up at the cottage for Christmas form both ends of the country and had the most wonderful week. Weather although nothing to do with the cottage was fantastic, cold but dry so we managed to get out and about more than we anticipated but great location. and plenty walks around the area. First time we have done this type of holiday and thanks to Keepers Cottage won't be the last . Thank you so much had a fantastic stay and hopefully see you again sometime int he future .......
Keepers Cottage - rural paradise
The cottage was immaculate, better than described and in the most beautiful setting. The garden and woodland have a swing and playhouse for the little ones, and the vistas from the cottage are just beautiful. The night skies are wonderful. We held a family barbecue during our stay for several children (from 2 years upwards) and grownups (ages undisclosed!) with the approval of our lovely landlord, Pat. Everyone was enchanted with both the cottage itself which is roomy, comfortable and full of character, and the garden which is magical. I could happily live there - such a welcoming and comfortable stay. Thank you to Pat and Richard for making our holiday such a happy one. Also, thanks to the weather god who blessed us with good weather (that said the cottage also caters very well for bad weather). Whilst there we visited local attractions of Lanercost priory, Hadrians Wall and Talkin Tarn all within 10 miles, and found the local shops in the charming town of Brampton catered for most things, (although Sainsbury's also take online orders and deliver to the cottage) the Antiques centre is a must visit! We also went to Skitby house for a meal which was excellent and within walking distance, weather permitting.
Would recommend this to anyone and would definitely revisit We were sorry to leave. Jan and Martin White
From the Owner
“Keepers Cottage provides a perfect base for visiting The Lake District, The Scottish Borders, Carlisle, Hadrians Wall and The Solway Coast - take a day out knowing that in the evening you can return to a well appointed, tranquil cottage for a peaceful meal and a glass of wine in cosy surroundings. On the evenings that you prefer not to cook, Skitby House Restaurant is very close - less than half a mile if you fancy a stroll, and the food comes highly recommended.”
Activity and Interests
Keepers Cottage is situated close to the small village of Smithfield, which is mid-way between the small towns of Brampton and Longtown in North Cumbria. The historic city of Carlisle is only 20 minutes drive away and it is a similar distance to Gretna Green and the Scottish Border.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A special price can be arranged if a couple book Keeper’s Cottage and only require one bedroom.
£50 per week deposit paid on booking. Balance due 4 weeks before arrival
Manager's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“Keepers Cottage is a wonderful rural retreat. Perfectly private yet within a 15 minute drive from the centre of Carlisle. Guests have been known to draw back the curtains to spot a deer grazing quietly and that is why a pair of binoculars are always close to hand. A wonderful place to re-charge the batteries!”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed