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Acorn Cottage-central & peaceful-walks and biking from the door-log burner-views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

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Acorn Cottages' location makes it a great base for touring the lake district, for all sorts of adventure activities (water, bike or fell based) or for just relaxing and taking in the quiet beauty of the area. Pond dipping at the local tarn is a firm favourite with younger guests and for the grown ups there are the excellent, and numerous, local pubs all serving amazing food and local ales. We sleep 5/6 in our three bedrooms (king, double and single - cot/camp bed for a 6th younger guest). All beds will be made up for your arrival and towels, tea, coffee, milk and homemade shortbread are provided. We have equipped and furnished our cottage with everything we would want at home so all you need is to bring yourselves! We hope you enjoy the cottage and the area as much as we do - look out for the local wildlife (red squirrel, deer, woodpeckers and...rabbits). If you come in winter you have the log burner to snuggle in front of and if you come in the summer you may find the sunny patio hard to leave. Well behaved pets are welcome. We have parking for two cars and a lockable shed for bikes etc.

Our cottage has three bedrooms - king, double and single. A kitchen/dining room. A living room with log burner and access to the patio and rear garden. Two bathroooms. Wifi, large screen TV, DVD player, ipod docking in all bedrooms. Wide selection of local books, maps, routes and DVD's

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Christine Briggs
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2017

About Christine Briggs

We, the Briggs family have owned Acorn Cottage for 10 years now. We live, work and go to school in Kendal (about 40 mins away). We love the Lake District and ALL it has to offer. For many years we had used the car park at Hodge Close Quarry as a base for our various activities and walks for pub lunches! Eventually we were in the right place at the right time and were lucky enough to purchase Acorn Cottage which we adore and escape to as often as we can. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Christine Briggs purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Christine Briggs chose England

We love the Lake District. We love the peace and quiet, the beauty of the hills and lakes. When we bought the cottage our children were very young and they have enjoyed growing up with walks from the door - starting with down hill trips to the pub for lunch and ending up with full day fell walks! We road and mountain bike from the door and enjoy kayaking and sailing on Coniston. The location, for us, could not be better. It is 40 minutes from home and yet we never fail to feel we have been away on holiday, coming back home relaxed, rejuvenated and energised.

What makes this cottage unique

Acorn Cottage's location, in our opinion, could not be better for whatever sort of holiday you are looking for whether it be touring, bike, fell or water based. Our guests have commented (see reviews) on what a great base it makes and how all generations have loved it!

The benefits of ample parking, walking/biking from the door and two bathrooms make for a pleasurable experience.

It has a central Lake District location which makes it excellent for sightseeing. It has numerous activities available straight from the door and yet it is situated in quiet picturesque valley. You will be hard pressed to find a better located holiday cottage!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Enjoyed the two week stay. Accommodation ideally situated for a quiet and relaxing break" D Mackay

"What a beautiful, cosy cottage you have! Fantastic location, wonderful wildlife" Val and Des Lennon

"A fantastic week in a wonderful cottage. To be able to walk to so many places from the front door is a real bonus" Rowan family

"What a fantastic cottage! The best we've stayed in, with the comfiest bed, cuddliest duvet, best range of book and maps... lovely!" Mark and Gill Tinsdeall

"What a wonderful retreat...so well placed for going everywhere...central and yet offers complete solitude...the perfect place to stay." Martin and Louise Smith

"Thankyou for the lovely welcome. The house is great...done plenty of walking and some cycling and a certain amount of sampling the local brews! We have eaten at various hostelleries - all have offered great food and friendly service. Even the weather has been good. What more could we have asked for!" Ruth, Colin, Sam and Joanna Horsl
Aug 2011
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage, fantastic views

  • 4 of 5

Stayed at Acorn Cottage for a weekend with my family celebrating my 60th birthday. Travelled in the evening so couldn't see anything but winding roads and trees, but when morning came I was delighted to see the location. Beautiful surroundings.

The cottage itself has all mod cons but still retaines original features and was very comfortable and clean.

The shortbread biscuits , which were waiting for us on arrival, were yummy.

Would love to spend a week at the cottage and will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you enjoyed our location - dont know anyone that hasn't! The fact that it is so central and yet so peaceful amazes everyone. We're delighted you had a great birthday weekend. See you for longer next time!
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A little hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

This is such a beautiful perfect little cottage. Loved the location, hid away from the world with beautiful views. Fab garden, really comfy beds and a log burner in the living room. Absolutely everything I wanted and needed for our stay in the lakes. Will 100% be booking again

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home form home. We think it's perfect too...something to do with the location I think!!
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Cosy cottage in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5 (+1 dog) and had the pleasure of staying at Acorn cottage over the new year week. The location is so tranquil and is hard to better in terms of there being so many walks immediately from the doorstep; we only had to use the car to fetch supplies and for the odd evening out. We were blessed with an amazingly sunny week which afforded some breathtaking views (and photos).

The cottage is well equipped, clean and warm - despite the freezing temperatures outside. We made good use of the Ipod dock in the kitchen and the interactive TV allowed us to open a netflix account for our boys to download films of an evening. The shelves in the lounge are well stocked with games and books and we were particularly pleased with the laminated route guides for local walks. We used these on many days including walks to Elterwater, Coniston and the Drunken Duck Inn in Barngates.

We love this area of the lakes and felt very much at home at the cottage. Subject to its availability, we would definitely return there and will be highly recommending it to our friends.

Colin & Joanne


  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed the cottage and it's amazing location as much as we do!! See you soon.
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Lovely cozy cottage. Rather isolated location but wonderful scenery

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of 3 (+1little dog) ages ranging from 30 to 90. The cottage was very cozy and had everything we needed, the access road is typically narrow & windey the directions provided were excellent. We found some lovely easy walks that all managed. We visited Ulverston Christmas market, hoping to make this an annual event.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you all had a good time. You are not the only ones to find that our location/cottage suits all ages groups. There is so much to do and see. There really is something for everyone. See you next year!
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Beautifully appointed, cosy, midterraced cottage

  • 5 of 5

Acorn cottage is a former quarryman's cottage set apart from the main thoroughfare into Coniston by a mile long drive into the Lakeland countryside. The area surrounding the cottage is rich with mining heritage - the disused Hodge Close Quarry is at the end of the road and the cottage sits amidst a labyrinth of pathways from Holme Fell to Tiberthwaite and Little Langdale. In Autumn the lakes were spectacular and the views from the cottage windows were fantastic.

The cottage itself was well equipped and attractively decorated - particularly the two bathrooms and kitchen. The water system takes a little managing - don't shower and flush- but this was explained in the handbook. We particuluarly appreciated having a dishwasher and washing machine to hand and the "Smart" tv played from our Netflix and Amazon accounts.

You do need a torch if you arrive late as there is no streetlighting - and the cottage is midterrace so you should be aware of neighbours.

Although the cottage feels isolated it is a few minutes drive from Coniston and there are many other walks from the doorstep. There is a co-op in Coniston for supplies and also a deli and butchers.

Lovely shortbread awaited us on arrival and we really enjoyed sitting out in the garden watching the sheep!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so delighted that you've summed up our cottage so beautifully. I'm particularly delighted you love all the hard work I've put in...and my shortbread!! See you again soon.
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A peaceful Lakeland getaway to celebrate my 57th birthday

  • 4 of 5

Superbly maintained terraced cottage in a secluded location. Excellent kitchen facilities and nice décor in all of the rooms. No phone reception so the WiFi was welcome (not to be surfing all day but as three parties were descending on the cottage it was possible to keep in touch). Behind the cottage is an easy late afternoon stroll to the summit of Holme Fell - of modest height but good views. Canoe hire is available at Coniston. We hired canoes for 2 hours on a windless morning and enjoyed gliding across the water. If you are uncomfortable with silence (I'm not, I love it) then don't go here! Thanks for a memorable and enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oooh, it's lovely to have all my constant decorating appreciated! Delighted you all had a great time in our beautiful area and also that you tried some of the many activities available.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half Term
10 Feb 2017 - 2 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
13 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We just have the one cottage and wish to keep things simple so.....
We do not charge for extras (pets, towels, cot etc all included)
To confirm your booking I just need to know your contact details, the beds you wish making up and your £100 deposit
We ask for payment direct to avoid the form filling and costs involved with other methods
Should you need to cancel your holiday all monies received will be returned upon the dates being re-let.

Due to the Bank Holidays the Chrismas and New Year bookings will be Sunday to Sunday for 2015/2016.

Bookings made with 8 weeks of the holiday must be paid in full.

Changeover Day:
Weekly rentals are generally Friday to Friday. Guests may arrive after 3pm and are requested to leave by 10am. Short breaks, long weekends and late availability deals may be available.

Notes on prices:
Short mid week breaks and long weekends are available out of peak season - please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Skelwith, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has clean, fresh white tiles and suite, shower over the bath. The shower room also has clean, fresh white tiles and suite. Store cupboard for iron/ironing board, hoover, outdoor chairs, buckets and nets for pond dipping etc! Towels included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , A cot, and/or campbed, is available for a 6th younger guest
  • We sleep 5/6 (sometimes 7!!) We have 3 bedrooms - king, double and single There is a cot and/or campbed for further younger guests Bedroom 1 with king sized bed overlooks the rear garden. Bedroom 2 with double. Bedroom 3 with single. Bedrooms 2 & 3 with sloping ceilings, beams and views from enormous velux windows. Blackout blinds fitted. Sumptuous duvets and co-ordinated bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Tea, coffee, milk and biscuits await you on your arrival. Beds are made up ready for you to snuggle into. No smoking. Well behaved pets welcome - please note that sheep roam freely in the area. Heating is by night store heaters with additional heating in all rooms. A starter pack of fuel for the stove will be left for you. More may be purchased locally as and when required. For mid week long/weekend availability and prices please give us a ring or email. Please note that short breaks are normally only taken a month before the start of the break. If you require a short break further in advance it may/may not be available on the dates shown - please enquire. Pets downstairs only please - there is a stair gate available if needed. We have designated parking for 2 cars to the front of the house. To the rear there is a 'sun trap' slate patio, with a picnic table, overlooking the garden and countryside. Further deck chairs are available for your use. We have a 'natural' garden that attracts abundant wildlife. As well as the local sheep (and rabbits) woodpeckers, nuthatches, red squirrels and the occasional deer all visit the garden! I have a bird and squirrel feeder that I'll fill for you and binoculars are provided. If you have bikes please feel free to use the lockable shed. Cleaning / Towels / WiFi: No extra fees. Guests to leave the cottage as they find it-neat, clean and tidy and to report breakages. PLEASE NOTE: we just have the one lovely cottage and wish to make things as simple as possible, for both of us, so.... Feel free to ring and speak to us - we like to speak to real people!!

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