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4 Star Cottage With Games Room, In Lovely Scenery Near Bassenthwaite

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Uldale, Near Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Pub With Restaurant, Tea Room/Art Gallery And Playground In The Village, Walks From The Door.

Emerald Bank Cottage is situated in the most spectacular northern part of the Lake District. It looks like a traditional lakeland cottage but has every modern appliance, with everything you’ll need for a walking or family holiday in the Lake District - including maps, walking books, boot racks, dog basket/bowls and a games room with table football and air hockey. The cottage is situated in Uldale, a small rural village in the Lake District National Park between Bassenthwaite Lake and Caldbeck. The village has a tea room, tennis court and adventure playground and the Snooty Fox Inn - serving a variety of real ales and superb food. This part of Cumbria is beautiful and quiet, excellent for walking away from the crowds. There are walks straight from the door, with sightings of birds of prey and red squirrels commonplace. The lakes of Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummock, Derwent, Ullswater, Loweswater, Ennerdale are a short drive away. Keswick or Cockermouth are 15 mins away.

Kay Wesley
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2018

About Kay Wesley

We are Kay and Mike Wesley. We live in Cheshire and we have five children and a dog. We all love the great outdoors, walking, picnicking and just messing about in the countryside. We like the Highlands of Scotland and the Lake District best. We have been to the cottage lots and it is a really lovely place to just hang out, somehow seems really easy to be there and everyone is always in a good mood. Several family members have also been with gangs of friends too, which is great, and lots of friends' families have stayed. Everyone loves it and wants to come back again. So do we!

Kay Wesley purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Kay Wesley chose Ireby and Uldale

We chose Emerald Bank Cottage because it is in our favourite part of the Lakes 'where the crowds don't go' and the scenery here is breathtaking, without any litter, noise or traffic. The northern Lakes are just fabulous. I think our favourite is possibly Loweswater, which hardly anyone visits, but is just lovely and a nice 5 miles round to walk with woodland and fell included in the walk. Follow it up with Steak and Ale Pie at the Kirkstile Inn and their own brewed beer. Lovely Buttermere is beautiful with a flat 4-mile walk round and also with a couple of good pubs for lunch at one end. Crummock Water is also fantastic and very quiet, with a lovely walk through the woods at the north end.

What makes this cottage unique

We've tried to think of everything we have ever wanted on all the many self-catering holidays we have been on. People remark on how well-equipped it is, from plenty of wine glasses to the iPod dock. And everyone loves the games room for evening competitions! We know how annoying it is when there is nowhere to hang your wet cagoule so we had the utility room extended to include a drying area with hooks above a big radiator, and boot racks too. We included a dog basket and dog bowls, and even bird feeders in the garden. We've added a hose in the side yard to wash your muddy boots and dog. We've included Ordinance Survey Maps of the whole Lake District as well as a number of good walking books.

Our approach has worked, everyone loves staying here as much as we do - hope you do, too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Lovely Cottage. A perfect New Year’s Eve destination. The walk around Loweswater is stunning, as is the hotchoc at the Kirkstile Inn. In such beautiful snowy surroundings, who wouldn’t enjoy a weekend at this lovely cottage."

"We have stayed in many places in the Lake District and this has certainly been the best standard. But not only that – you have really gone out of your way to make sure there is everything a family could possibly need and it really was all very much appreciated and many thanks!"

"Really lovely cottage. Special week. Mixture of sunshine and rain but really peaceful here. You have made a wonderful effort to make this cottage comfortable and homely. Thank you very much (and what nice people live in Uldale and Caldbeck!)."

"Very nice house, home! Thank you for the letting of such a well looked after house with its excellent facilities and kitchen equipment. Much appreciated!"
Jan 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ireby and Uldale in Allerdale District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets not allowed upstairs or on furniture
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 Family bathroom with shower over bath Downstairs WC off utility room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and ensuite shower room and fitted wardrobe Bedroom 2 with twin beds and fitted wardrobe, travel cot Bedroom 3 with bunk beds and fitted wardrobe Bedroom 4/games room with double futon sofabed, air hockey and table football
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Notes on accommodation: Oil-fired central heating and open fire in living room. All fuel supplied. Free local calls and free Wifi internet. One or two well-behaved dogs are welcome (downstairs only and not on furniture please) Outside: Enclosed rear garden, mainly laid to patio with wrought iron table and chairs, bench, flowering shrubs, parasol and BBQ. Parking for 2 cars. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier, boot racks, drying area, dog basket/bowls. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels included. Welcome pack provided. High chair and travel cot provided (bring own cot linen please). 2 Hairdryers. Other: Conservatory/sun room Computer with internet access provided in Games room (for browsing the web & email, not for streaming video/music please)


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4 Star Cottage With Games Room, In Lovely Scenery Near Bassenthwaite
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Great Property

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, the property was a great size for 2 families with 2 small dogs. The games tables kept the kids entertained and there was everything we needed, it was just like home. The pub was just down the road and the food was good. Would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tracey, thanks for coming to stay and for your kind words. I do hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you all back again soon. Kay and Mike Wesley
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Great place, ideal for us. We'll be back all being well.

  • 4 of 5

House well appointed with everything we needed. Good to have maps available for our use. Excellent pub just a stone's throw away.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage. Beautifully appointed.

  • 5 of 5

Emerald Bank Cottage was a wonderful place to stay. Everything you need is provided. The location is brilliant..a traditional, working Cumbrian village and so close to numerous places to see, walk, visit, eat etc. No hesitation in recommending this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Helen, for coming to stay and for this lovely review. Thanks also for being such great guests and leaving the place so tidy. We hope you'll come and visit us again. Kay and Mike Wesley.
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Excellent property really clean and good facilities.

  • 5 of 5

I annually organise a winter walking trip to the lakes and have never explored this area before, excellent walking around Knott and skiddaw via ullock pike. The property was a excellent base with good facilities. The snooty Fox pub was really friendly and served a good pint after a day in the fells.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andy, thanks so much for coming to stay and for writing this lovely review. We are glad you had a good time and look forward to welcoming you back to Emerald Bank Cottage again soon! Kay and Mike Wesley
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Fantastic time was had by all

  • 5 of 5

The best holiday cottage we have ever stayed at. Extremely well equipped and warm. Lovely walks from the house. Atmospheric pub and delightful tea rooms in the village where we ate supper one night.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming to stay and for your kind review. We are so glad you had a good time. I do hope we will get the chance to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards - Kay and Mike Wesley
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Great cottage and fantastic location 😃

  • 5 of 5

Cottage has everything you need and is very comfortable - the village of Uldale is excellent, local people are very friendly and the local pub is very handy and also the tearoom next door is excellent where you can get great food and drink. We all enjoyed it very much and have hesitation in saying " we will be back".

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to stay and for your kind words. I'm so glad you had a good time. I do hope we will see you again. :) Kay
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Snooty Fox
Nearest Beach
16 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Walking books and OS walking maps provided. Boot racks and kagoule drying area.


Coast 16 miles, with long flat beaches between Silloth and Maryport.


Car hire recommended. Manchester Airport 124 miles, Glasgow Airport 120 miles.


Cockermouth with shops, tourist attractions including the Wordsworth House - 12 miles

Keswick, with Theatre by the Lake, restaurants, museums, tourist attractions - 13 miles

Bassenthwaite Lake, Dodd Wood and Osprey centre 4 miles

Whinlatter Forest Park with forest trails, cycle hire, Go Ape! - 13 miles

Further Details:

From Emerald Bank Cottage you can walk up the famous Skiddaw, one of the highest mountains in the North Lakes. There are many more waymarked walks in the local area, including a section of the Cumbria Way. The lovely village of Caldbeck is just a few miles away and has some excellent country pubs. Ireby, the neighbouring village to Uldale, has a folk festival in May. The city of Carlilse with restaurants, nightlife and cinemas is about 19 miles/30 minutes' drive away.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please call or text: 07711 459740 or email.

Changeover Day:
Friday - flexible. Summer 2014 (from 5th July to 7th September) is Saturday changeover

Notes on prices:
Short breaks of 3 nights+ available - please enquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.