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Lovely Cottage in Peaceful Village



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Holiday Home in Stainton, Nr. Ullswater, Cumbria, England - Superbly Renovated House only 3 miles from Ullswater

Smithy House dates from the 1700's and is superbly furnished and well equipped. It lies only 3 miles from the beautiful Lake Ullswater, 3 miles from Penrith market town, only a mile and a half from M6 motorway. Set in its own mature gardens where you can feed and see red squirrels. The village of Stainton has its own pub and hotel, both are only one minutes walk away. Other attractions are The Reghud Centre 1 mile, Alpaca Centre 400 yards, a local farm shop, a local shop and Pooley Bridge 3 miles away. The ground floor consists of an en-suite bedroom with a cast iron slipper bath, hand basin and wc. The lounge has a wood burning stove, TV, DVD player,unlimited wifi,hi-fi, and views of the garden. The kitchen/diner has an Esse cooking range. The utility room has a washer/dryer,fridge microwave, dishwasher and extra cooker. The first floor has a twin bedroom with flat screen DVD and TV. A separate wc hand basin and shower. The double bedroom has a 4 poster king size bed and shower.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I retired at Christmas 2011 after teaching in a special school in Darlington/Durham for 34 years. My hobbies are sport related, currently squash, cycling and ski-ing are my favourites. Many, many years ago it was football when I did play professionally for Leeds Utd. Darlington and Gateshead. I also love going to the Lake District and have always wanted to own a house in the Lakes and was fortunate to be able to do this 4 years ago. I have been married for 38 years to Dela who also retired at the same time she was head/chief executive of 3 schools and was made a Dame 12 years ago in the Queen's birthday honours for her services to special education.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

It has been a wonderful experience, house is winderful Kamal 29 Aug 12 What a beautiful house you have Davidsons 22 June 12 Wow, what a wondeful house absolutely stunning. Johnsons 18th May 12 Had a wonderful week it was perfect and didn't want to go. Dixon Australia.

What a fantastic cottage the rooms are beautiful Helen Lawson May 4th 12

Absolutely beautiful house, loved every minute of it. Xmas 11

Smithy House offered outstandind accomodation. Williams August 2011.

The furnishings are exceptional. Graham August 2011

Didn't want to leave the house, Gray July 2011.

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful week at Smithy House. It was my 50th birthday and we couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay, when we arrived it was spotlessly clean.

What a fantastic place. Adam and Zara.

What a perfect holiday retreat Mr. and Mrs Wellings.

A beautiful house and the nicest kitchen I have ever been in. Yvonne.

Please don't change anything you can't beat perfection.
Jan 2010
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17 Reviews

based on 17 holidaymaker reviews


A first class and very welcoming property

  • 5 of 5

We loved the property and Colin the owner could not have been more helpful. We stayed a couple of nights but wished it could have been longer. The property was very easy to find and located close to the M6 but far enough away from the main road to be very quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ian we're delighted you really enjoyed the property, we hope you stay again. Colin
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Lovely house in great village location

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean , comfortable and very homely.

Beautiful location to relax .

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review and pleased you enjoyed the house and the village. Regards Colin Smith
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  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely. Very comfortable and clean. The beds were so comfy. Well equipt with all you need. Nice books and info in case you're not sure of different walks. The location was great..for our walk up Helvellyn..then to the local pub in the village..good post walk pub food.

I would recommend Smithy House anytime.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review and hope you book again soon. Regards Colin
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Totally amazing.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Smithy House for a week. It is truly a home from home, with everything you can think of. If you do forget something don't worry because it will already be here. The owners have thought of absolutely everything. The house is mind blowing, totally stunning combining comfort with luxury. The comfort and luxury is extended into the garden with the beautiful garden furniture. The garden is an array of colourful plants and flowers which invite the most gorgeous birds and butterflies. The village is peaceful and friendly with plenty of local walks. I would recommend this holiday home to anyone. 'A' star and ten out of ten.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that great review were really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy House and that everything you required was provided. Also many thanks for replacing the lovely salt and pepper set, much appreciated. Colin
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Smithy House

  • 5 of 5

Some of my family rented this lovely house for a few days in order to attend a family wedding in Penrith. The house was spotless when they arrived and they spend a very comfortable 4 days there. The bedrooms are beautiful with very comfortable beds and the house was easily spacious enough for 3 adult couples. The weather was kind so they were able to breakfast in the garden most mornings and enjoy an evening stroll to one of the nearby friendly pubs in the evening. They had a most enjoyable stay and would certainly book again without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a great review and were really pleased you enjoyed your stay and the wedding went well. Regards Colin Smith
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A very comfortable cottage in a beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

The owners made us feel very welcome with all the information we needed well in advance and some lovely hospitable touches such as milk in the fridge for a cup of tea on arrival and a pot of home-made jam on the table.

We only stayed the weekend as we were at nearby Greystoke Castle for a family wedding but nevertheless appreciated the setting, fitting in a scenic walk from the house and another by Ullswater only a very short drive away. Our single regret was that we had to drive back to London for work and could not stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. Colin
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From the Owner

I have always loved the Lake District and in particular Lake Ullswater and have always wanted to enjoy holidaying there. In the past I windsurfed on Ullswater but over the past decade have loved walking and cycling in the lakes. The house is only just over an hour from my home in Darlington so whats better on a Friday evening than heading West to the Lakes. Lets hope you don't book everyweek/weekends and you leave some for myself.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Brantwood Hotel in the village at 200 Metres Nearest Train : Penrith Station at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Brantwood Hotel at 200 Metres Car: recommended


The house lies only a mile from the M6 close to the Penrith turnoff.


The house lies in the old part of the lovely village of Stainton next to the village green.

Pooley Bridge and Lake Ullswater are 3 miles away. The M6 is only 2 miles from Stainton, Penrith is 3 miles away and Keswick 14 miles.

The Reghud Centre is only walking distance, approximately 1 mile. The Alpaca Centre is only half a mile away. Within the village itself is a farm shop, pub and hotel.

There are superb walks either from the house or close by such as Blencathra and Helvelyn.

Further Details:

Within the village is a pub and hotel both serving excellent food, a farm shop with excellent local produce and a shop next to the pub. The nearest large town is Penrith with plenty of pubs, shops, banks, supermarkets and restaurants. Penrith is also famous for its large open air Saturday market.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Just before Xmas
16 Dec 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 10 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
17 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Bank Holiday
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are via emails or telephone calls. Normally a deposit of £100 is always required and the full payment is due 8 weeks prior to the actual stay. Payment is by cheque.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is either Friday or Saturday. Arrival is no sooner than 4 pm and departure is no later than 10am unless this has been arranged with the owner.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted above are for the property per week in UK pounds. Weekends of 2 or more nights are available on request.

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From the Owner

The house is very accessible from the A66 and M6. It's great to invite friends and family on a weekend. We usually enjoy a meal at The Brantwood Hotel or The Kings Arm pub on a Friday before doing something more energetic on a Saturday like a long walk on the fells or a cycle ride up one or two passes. The house is extremely well decorated and furnished. It is well equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • lake
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Downstairs is a en-suite bathroom with beautiful cast iron slipper bath and separate wc and hand basin. Upstairs is a separate shower, hand basin and wc. In the bedroom with the 4 poster bed is a shower and hand basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6, 3 Bedrooms. Notes on bedrooms: Downstairs en-suite king size bedroom with beautiful cast iron slipper bath, separate wc and handbasin. First floor bedroom has a king size 4 poster bed - matching mahogany wardrobe, shower and hand basin. First floor twin bedroom has a TV/DVD player.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Smithy House dates from 1700's and has retained much of its original character. Heating is via a gas combi boiler, there are adequate radiators in every area. A log burning stove in the lounge makes the house very cosy and logs are freely available for you use. The house is suitable for children and in the twin bedroom upstairs is a flat screen TV/DVD player especially for children whilst adults can enjoy themselves downstairs. New for January 2011 is unlimited free wi fi access. Outside: The garden is well established with a lawn, teak garden furniture and an abundance of birds and even the odd red squirrel. A shed at the bottom of the garden contains dry logs and 2 mountain bikes for your personal use. Between the house and the lawned area is a large patio area. This can be used for parking 2/3 cars. Utility Room: An extra electric cooker, washer/dryer, dishwasher, sink and plenty of storage space. The kitchen also has a microwave and the fridge/freezer is located in the larder next to the utility and kitchen. The utility room is very well equipped. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in your stay, all the linen is ironed by the cleaner and beds made up for you before your arrival.

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