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Beautiful Spacious Country House and Cottage with Character, and all amenities - Holly Lodge sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights



Holly Lodge sleeps 10

Holly Lodge is situated in a peaceful, rural location on the fringe of the Lake District National Park Holly Lodge) is a detached, spacious 18th-century country house character, comfort, charm and original features.. It is truly impressive and has been assessed as 4 Star Gold by VisitEngland. It has been furnished to a very good standard with a profusion of original features, which have been retained and restored. Traditional and contemporary art adds an interesting slant. It is set in substantial wooded gardens, with formal lawns, orchard and patio areas, enclosed and surrounded by countryside. Holly Lodge is ideal for parties of families or friends up to 10 in number or can be booked with the adjacent Coach House to accommodate a larger group of up to 14

About the property


Holly Lodge and Coach House: A truly impressive country house and Cottage set in substantial wooded gardens, with formal lawns, orchard, patio areas, the whole of which is enclosed and surrounded by open countryside and just minutes from the Lake District National Park.

Built during the reign of George III, Holly Lodge, is an imposing, elegant, family sized home of character, yet offers welcoming, comfortable accommodation which is furnished to a high standard that complements its profusion of original features, that have been retained and renovated. Having beautifully proportioned rooms, including, drawing room, sitting room, dining room that is open to the bespoke well-equipped kitchen that includes all white goods and many extras. All five bedrooms are of a king size, two of which have large en-suite facilities and the first floor also offers a family bathroom.

The Hamlet of Arkleby is a rural village, situated between the A595 and A596, convenient for the market town of Cockermouth and for the Solway Coastline.

The Coach House is adjacent to the main house but separate and private. It has been carefully renovated in to a lovely cottage. Built in 1861 by Isaac Ernest Hodgson; his initials IEH indelibly marked in the walls. The garden areas are separate but can be enjoyed together. The arrangements are flexible to suit guest needs - they can be rented separately or together. The open plan living room/kitchen is on the first floor to take advantage of the views across the Solway Firth and its sunsets. The properties are set in substantial wooded gardens, with formal lawns, orchard and patio areas, enclosed and surrounded by countryside.

Coach House: Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room/kitchen with beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams.

Woodburner in living room. Gas central heating included. 40" Freeview TV. Induction hob. Electric oven. Dishwasher. Washing machine in bathroom. Freezer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. NB: Unfenced pond, 150 yards.

Both properties: each property has included: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Shared grounds. Cycle store. No smoking.

More Details

Di Dawes
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Di Dawes

Holly Lodge has been our family home for over 30 years. Our family are grown and are now quite widespread, in Europe and South Africa, and we now divide our time between two continents. The house was once used as a home based gallery for Southern African art, which is the main decorative feature. We love art and our collection of traditional and contemporary art is evident throughout. We do intend to return one day. We have raised four children, several dogs and cats and a few gerbils here over the years! Meanwhile, until that is possible, we would like others to enjoy our home as much as we do.

Di Dawes purchased this chateau / country house in 1980

Why Di Dawes chose England

Holly Lodge is a perfect location for peace and tranquility but is also close enough to all amenities and attractions so that one doesnt feel isolated. The house is large enough for privacy but still retains a homely feel - it is a happy home in a friendly village.

Coach House is ideal for couples or smaller parties of up to 4 people. It is also peaceful with direct views across the Solway Firth - a fabulous setting for sundowners!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Staying at Holly Lodge and Coach House presents you with a most convenient location, away from the crowds but close to the action! To the west you have the most fantastic Solway Sunsets and to the East you have the fells - Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake are only a few minutes drive away. The house accommodates 10 with ease and the cottage a further 4. If booked separately you are entirely private - the two together provide you with more garden space and sleeping for 14.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time thank you and very much enjoyed the house, and a special thanks for organising the extra (Christmas) bits for us..... The kitchen was great and really well equipped and the house felt really warm and comfortable..(JM London)

we all thought it was a beautiful property (RC Leeds)

had a fab time with six kids having a ball playing in the garden. Went swimming (at neighbour's pool for hire) and went to the coast and all just happy playing in the garden. Weather good - will definitely be back - lovely house (LB overseas)
Nov 2011
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Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
50% Deposit required on confirmation of booking. 100% required 6 weeks before rental start date.

Changeover Day:
Friday or Saturday changeover. But out of season can be flexible. Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am. We will do our best to be flexible wherever possible. We also offer shorter stays of no less than 3 nights. Please contact for information.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks and prices available on request - please contact with your requirements and we will try our best to accommodate you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Wigton, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • 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
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Spacious en-suite to bedroom 1 with 4 piece Victorian style suite: bath, sep. shower, WC. Large en-suite to bedroom 2 with bath/shower over, WC. Large family bathroom with bath/shower WC downstairs in utility room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , walk in cupboard/wardrobe with shelves and hanging space.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 full size single beds. Walk-in cupboard wardrobe.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Plus 2 Travel Cots -infants Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Super King bed and en-suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite. Bedroom 3 with King bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 with double bed & vanity unit. Travel Cots (2) available on request - please supply own cot bedding
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Strictly no smoking anywhere in the house! No pets as a rule, due to the rural location and farm animals around us - but we may be negotiable for a well behaved and trained pet to stay by prior arrangement! The drainage is Septic Tank therefore no items are to be disposed of into the toilet system. Parking is extensive both outside the main house and in the yard. The yard has 2 cottages both of which are occupied. Outside: Outbuildings: Coal store with WC. Wood store. Outdoor cellar. Boiler house houses ‘Grant’ oil fired central heating boiler. Gardens: Front formal lawn with mature trees inset, enclosed by original railings, curved, double gated drive. Side: Left hand elevation – sandstone flagged parking area, lawned garden with mature trees, shrubs and perennials. Principle garden: To the right hand elevation and rear. Formal lawns, bordered by mature conifer and deciduous trees and shrubs, patio/BBQ area with table and chairs. Orchard/Secret garden with mature fruiting trees and bordered by sandstone walling with open far reaching views taking in the Scottish Coastline. Utility Room: Large room having a WC, wash hand basin, washing machine and tumble dryer, storage racks. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. The property is cleaned and the linen and towels are changed weekly. Other: All rooms are double glazed, carpeted and centrally heated.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Warm and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

A warm and welcoming house for our family get together. Spacious yet cosy, and well located for days out exploring.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host you and your family. We are delighted you enjoyed your time together at Holly Lodge, especially at Christmas time...it is what we aim for. Many thanks for your review. Hope to host you again sometime
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Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was brillisnt especially the kitchen! Really recommend holly lodge for large groups - we were a group of ten! Lovely trsnquil setting and restful experience enjoyed by all - including our visiting australian relatived.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased you all enjoyed your stay at Holly Lodge...this is our aim and it is just wonderful to get your feedback, thank you for the review and I do hope we can host you again sometime.
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Stunning house nestled in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

For our yearly family gathering we have found the perfect house. Exquitely decorated to a high standard the photographs just don't show how big the rooms are in this beautiful house. Very clean with crisp linen, fluffly towels, comfy pillows and a kitchen which has everything you can think of - catering for 10 each meal was no problem with a sturdy spacious dining table to seat everyone and high chairs.

Enough space to have music and puzzles in one room, quiet reading in another and games in another - when you are hoping for rain and a house day you know you have found the perfect place! The garden was used endlessly by the children too.

We had amazing trips out and there is SO much to do here we could come back a number of times and still find new things. The animal park was a great hit as was Maryport (inc the clinbing wall), but just a drive away were all those Wainwrights to climb and fantastic beaches - just perfect being near but not in the business of the National Park.

If you stay here - there is no way you will be disapointed.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing in every way. It was equipped with everything you needed for your stay. I would defiantly would stay again. Thank you you have a beautiful home and our stay couldn't of been any better. I would recommend to all my family and friends of your property

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Impressive,comfortable house in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend at Holly lodge - an ideal spot for a relaxed time away from everything, with the Lakes and the coast only a short drive away. The house itself is impressive both inside and out - with all facilities provided to ensure a comfortable stay. Pleanty space to stretch out in - Highly recommended for fairly large groups

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A brilliant property.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house in a fantastic setting made even better by a lovely caring owner and a helpful caretaker.

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the house and area. Our aim is to ensure you have a hassle free, comfortable and relaxing stay...glad to have been of service and we hope you can return soon. Thank you for taking the time to review.
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