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Lovely Cottage in Peaceful Village

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Colin Smith
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2017

About Colin Smith

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.

Colin Smith purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Colin Smith chose England

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Stainton in Dacre

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • village
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • 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
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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average rating of 4.904762 based on 22 reviews

A lovely weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in the cottage. It is very cosy and well equipped for family stay. We were pleasantly surprised by the interior of the house with baths and shower located in bedrooms. We would definitely go back and stay there and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for peaceful and comfortable stay. Thank you very much for letting us stay in your lively house!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Smithy House. Colin Smith
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Well presented cottage in quite village.

  • 4 of 5

We spent a long weekend in smithy cottage, there was plenty of room for the 5 of us plus a toddler. Great location for walking and other areas are a short drive away such as pooly bridge, Keswick and Ullswater. There's also a nice pub and a hotel 2 mins walk away for a pub meal or a few drinks in the beer garden. We would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage for our first stay in the Lake District

  • 5 of 5

A very well presented cottage with ample space for 2 couples and 2 dogs. Nice enclosed garden so we could let the dogs out without worrying about the road. Complimentary drink, homemade jam and biscuits were well received thank you. Didn't try the local pub or hotel so can't comment but bought local bacon from the shop (limited hours of opening). The local Rheged Centre was worth exploring. We loved Grannydowbekin at Pooley Bridge - amazing afternoon tea for 2 at £25. So many walks to explore that we run out of time and will certainly be returning to this beautiful part of the country.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review we are delighted you enjoyed Smithy House and The Lake District. Colin
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Great place for a family to spend a weekend

  • 5 of 5

We only spent 2 nights there, but it was everything we wanted for a peaceful, relaxing break.Off-street parking helped as we had a 20-month-old child in our party, and the enclosed garden allowed her to run around safely. The house was fresh, clean and tidy when we arrived, and proved to be very comfortable for our stay. The local pub in walking distance proved useful too. We'd definitely recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay. We even organised great weather for you. Regards Colin
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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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Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Brantwood Hotel in the village
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Penrith Station
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Brantwood Hotel
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Stainton, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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