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Charming Lake District Cottage near Ullswater



Updated: 13-Oct-2016
four bedroom house in beautiful village with castle

A traditional slate roofed white Lakeland cottage formerly belonging to the Lowther Estate, with lovely views over to the Pennines, walks straight from the door and a large garden.

Built on several levels it has a cosy kitchen/dining room and a big sitting room with wood burning stove. There is a double bedroom and a twin bedroom (both facing south with glorious views down the valley), a mezzanine single bedroom (popular with children) and a twin bedroom in the loft. There are three lavatories which is good for large parties.

The large garden offers views across to the Pennines and contains specimen oak and walnut trees.

The cottage is perfect for walkers, and welcomes children and dogs.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Chris and Gilly have been spending as much time as possible in the Lake District for the last 30 years.

They are keen walkers and Chris is familiar with many of Wainwright's favourite walks locally and in the rest of Cumbria. They have 2 student age children and a working cocker spaniel, all enthusiastic walkers.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Had a lovely time, great views. Cosy fire and comfortable house"

"this is such a brilliant cottage - perfect location, lots of good walks from the door, really friendly folk in the village and great food at the Queen's Head"

"If you want to see the red squirrel put some bird seed under the big tree. Squirrel spends ages having breakfast - hence quite fat!"
Aug 2013
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


A quirky comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

i stayed with 4 friends on a girl weekend and had a brilliant time used the house as a retreat to get away from husbands and kids it was relaxing weekend the only strenuous effort was walking up hill back from the local friendly pub the Punch Bowl in the pitch black which was a cause for a lot of laughter when we got our mobile phones out. The cottage description was accurate regarding location layout it is lovely and quirky cottage with a comfortable homely feel. The property was clean and well maintained. The shower could do with a up date but it didn't spoil the weekend.

We had a brilliant weekend and are planning to go back next year making this a regular retreat weekend away for the girls.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a good long weekend at Scar View. We always enjoy our time there! We are planning to refurbish the shower and bathroom this winter.
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Great place and location

  • 4 of 5

Overall the property was great - a good big garden and a lovely location. The sitting room is a real asset - big and spacious and the house generally has lots of space. The only downside was that the oven did not work and the pictures on the dial were worn away. The place also needs a bit of an update but these are minor points and overall we really enjoyed our stay and liked the place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you liked the house and garden. We will have a look at the oven and the pictures showing oven/fan/grill etc, which have worn away with time. We are planning to make some improvements to the kitchen and bathroom over the winter period.
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Quirky& spacious cottage.

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved this cottage. It is deceptively spacious. The views are lovely and its position is perfect. We enjoyed a walk up past the top farm and over the cattle grid. One thing for families to bare in mind is that the kitchen is down stairs and the lounge and bedrooms are up wooden stairs. Which my 18 month old coped fine with. There are in our opinion a few things that need addressing but they are only minor. Firstly the bush at the top of the stairs by the drive is over hanging / obscuring the top two steps, so you had to use the grass which was slippy with the rain. Secondly the back garden had a lot of stinging nettles in the boarders. Thirdly there were a lot of cobwebs, particularly in Lounge and behind the skylight curtains in the loft bedroom needed a really good clean. The cottage could also do with new net curtains in shower room and bathroom as they were dirty and ripped. But as I say these are minor things as we would love to stay here again and we were all sad to come home. 3 days is just not enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this. We love the house as well! New net curtains are on our list of things to do so we will press on with that. I will ask our cleaners to have a good go at the cobwebs. I spotted the overgrown hedge last time I was there so that has been cut back already. We look forward to your next visit.
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Excellent location and property

  • 5 of 5

This property is an ideal getaway and certainly big enough for the whole family. The location of the property is great with just a short walk to loathed park with great views. I would certainly recommend this to anyone and would love to stay here again

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this. We certainly find it a very spacious house and there is a large garden too. I think 'loathed park' is predictive text for Lowther Park, home to the Earls of Lonsdale. You can see the castle from our garden.
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Lovely location

  • 3 of 5

A truly fabulous location, pretty little village complete with local store and pub, pub offered great food, very welcoming towards dogs and always seemed to be open. The cottage is located in a fabulous spot with easy access onto the fells. We felt the cottage would in no way be suitable for 7 people, 4 would be OK at a pinch but bathroom facilities were sadly lacking, no working shower at all in the property and no hot water or heating for the last day and a half. Felt the owner wasn't too bothered about this when we reported it, being told to huddle round the fire wasn't really helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry David's stay was adversely affected by a boiler failure on the last day. Unfortunately we couldn't get it fixed between notification at 5.30pm and David's departure the following morning. In the ten years we have been renting the property out, we have had numerous walking parties of six or seven adults, so we are not sure we understand the comment about bathrooms. There is a family bathroom (first floor), a shower (ground floor) and three lavatories (ground floor, first floor and loft).
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Perfect location, lovely edge of village setting

  • 4 of 5

Location, location, location... Scar View is not only good value for money but also the best location for short or longer stays. Our second visit and this time for a few months - a traditional stone built dwelling that, over winter months, can be a tad on the cool side - hence four stars not five. However, with the wood burner blazing and central heating for a day or so then that warm fuzziness that old properties produce, soon melts the ice in the pantry! If you are looking for "modern and new" this may not be for you, although if you are seeking a ideal location for short or long stay, then, in my opinion, certainly Scar View is for you! Why might that be? Five minutes walk or three minutes jogging uphill and you are on the fells; five minutes walk downhill finds the local pubs (2 to choose from), potters, a proper village shop and slightly further on Askham Hall Tea Rooms - the best carrot cake and coffee!; fifteen minutes drive and Penrith offers all that most reasonable shoppers might want. If you need to work, then a day trip to London or Glasgow is no hassle and, for those that must fly, Manchester Airport is only an hour and half by road or train... In summary, a great place to work from, focus a family gathering or simply center your holiday and explore the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall too. Scar View - "the location"...

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We love the Lake District and spend most of our holidays there. We wanted a house with character, easy to get to at the end of a long drive, and where we could relax with children and dogs. Askham is one of the prettiest villages in England.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Train : Penrith main line at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 at 4 Miles


The coast is less than an hour away and beautiful Ullswater can be reached via a short car journey or a scenic walk across the fells. There are traditional steamers running between Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. A half an hour drive will take you to Derwent Water in Keswick and the charming Theatre By The Lake. Drive an hour to Lake Windermere and ‘The World of Beatrix Potter’ at Bowness on Windermere.


Nearest airports are Newcastle, 1hr 30min drive and Manchester, 2 hours.

Nearest train station is Penrith, 15 mins or Langwathby, 20 mins for the Settle-Carlisle Steam line. The house is an easy 15 minute drive from junction 40 of the M6.


Lowther Castle and Gardens, 10 mins walk.

Penrith, local market town, eating out, takeaways,cinema, speciality shops/produce and banking, 15-20 mins.

Keswick, restaurants, shops, theatre, lake facilities, 30 mins.

Carlisle City Centre, Carlisle castle and Cathedral, 40 mins.

Lake Ullswater, all water sports with regular Steamer sailings, 10 mins

Haweswater, stunning walks with views of the 5 nearest lakes, 40 mins

Further Details:

Askham adjoins the River Lowther, and contains many whitewashed cottages either side of the two village greens. There is a village shop/post office and two pubs–the 17th century Queen’s Head, and the 18th century Punch Bowl, both still retaining some of their original features. For the fearless, there is also an open air heated swimming pool in the village. At Lowther Park, visitors are able to follow simple routes through 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces. Opposite St Peter’s Church is Askham Hall, a 14th century pele tower converted into an Elizabethan mansion in the mid 16th century. The area around Askham has been inhabited since the late stone age, with two embanked enclosures on nearby Skirsgill Hill, and other prehistoric sites at nearby Moor Divock. Ideal for rainy days is Rheged in Penrith, an activity centre/shopping experience with cinema suitable for all the family. Make sure to visit Appleby castle, Dalemain House and the many excellent local pubs (try the George and Dragon at Clifton and The Gate at Yanwath for wonderful local produce). Water sports, pony trekking, cycles for hire, fishing, glorious fell and lake side walks - all this is available within the surrounding area.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October half term
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Linen clean + iron £10
Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Please check availability on website, and then email for latest information. A deposit of 10% is payable on booking and the balance one month before arrival.
For last minute bookings 100% is payable on booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays, but ask us about short breaks, or stays of more than one week.

The house is available from 4pm on the day of arrival until 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us to discuss dates which do not match those shown.

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From the Owner

Askham is our favourite village in Cumbria, with easy access from the M6, great pubs and a shop which means that once you have arrived you don't have to drive anywhere. Scar View is in a brilliant location, with walking straight from the door, wonderful views, and a really welcoming atmosphere. We also like the large fellside garden.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Ground floor shower room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Hand basin and heated towel rail
  • Loft ensuite - Toilet, Hand basin
  • Family bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • First floor bathroom with full length bath, basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with basin and WC. Ensuite WC and basin to attic bedroom. Towels provided.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, south facing
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, south facing
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, on mezzanine - not suitable for the infirm
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, in the loft - ensuite lavatory and hand basin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 attic room (some restricted height) with twin beds, ensuite WC and basin and video player. Bedroom 3 single bed on mezzanine. Stunning views from Bedrooms 1 & 2. All bed linen and towels provided. Camp bed and travel cot available.


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


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: The house has a large secluded fell side garden where there is always a sunny spot to be found from which you can enjoy the beautiful views across to Lowther Castle and the Pennines. The far end of the garden is bordered by a traditional dry stone wall. There is also a patio with garden furniture adjoining the living room. At the front of the house there is room for several cars to park off the road. In spring, the bank is covered by a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. Utility Room: Huge utility room complete with dishwasher, washer-drier, fridge, freezer, storage cupboards, drying rack, ironing board and high chair. Stone floors ideal for muddy boots! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided. For stays of more than one week, please discuss cleaning needs. Other: Staircase lined with bookshelves containing large selection of books and childrens' toys and videos in the attic bedroom. Bedroom 4 is mezzanine leading from lobby outside first floor bathroom. The stairs to this and the attic room are steep.

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