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Charming Lake District Cottage near Ullswater

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


About the property

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.

More Details

Christopher Causer
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
1 July, 2017

About Christopher Causer

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.

Christopher Causer purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Christopher Causer chose Penrith, East Lakes & Eden Valley

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Nearest Train
6 Miles
Penrith main line
Nearest Motorway
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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Askham in Askham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 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
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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Charming Lake District Cottage near Ullswater
average rating of 4.0625 based on 17 reviews

Walks right from the doorstep

  • 5 of 5

Set in the beautiful village of Askham, this property was perfectly positioned for setting off on foot for walks across the fells. What a fantastic view from the top of the fell down Ullswater looking across to the Helvellyn range! The property was perfect for the different ages in my family group and the views all around were fantastic, together with the added bonus of great weather. All in all a brilliant week was had by all.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a good stay. Yes, it is an ideal place for walkers and once up on the fell you can walk south on the High Street range of hills, or you can drop down to lake level and walk into Howtown or Pooley Bridge for a drink or something to eat, or to board one of the Ullswater launches.
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Spot on!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful position, very well equipped house, with high quality sheets and towels and a lovely homely feel.

The kitchen equipment is also top notch! Couldn't ask for more in a Lakes holiday home.

The owner was also very communicative and helpful answering queries prior to and during the stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Four glorious sunny May days in the Lakes

  • 5 of 5

The house has a very quirky layout but it has everything you need and we really enjoyed staying there. Realistically only two of the bedrooms (a twin and a double) are suitable for anyone taller than 4 foot tall, owing to the low ceilings and prominent beams. The mattresses and pillows are very old/soft but I guess that is a personal taste issue. Otherwise everything works properly, even if some things are in odd places like the fridge is in a different room to the kitchen/dining room, there is a super, obviously recently refurbished bathroom and the house overall is comfortable, has a great feel to it and has a great setting with super views.

Askham is a lovely little village, with two good pubs selling decent beer and excellent pub grub (keep your expectations realistic, they are pubs not restaurants). The village is in the quiet, less well known north eastern fringes of the Lakes. The locals are friendly and there aren't too many of them about, it's a far cry from the tourist honeypots of places like Keswick, Ambleside or Hawkshead. However Penrith is only 10 minutes drive away and is a proper northern market town (not tourist town) with everything you need.

There are lots of places of historic interest nearby, Keswick is 25 minutes and Ullswater 15 minutes away by car and most of the popular Lakeland haunts are reached within the hour. If like me, you go to the Lakes for the mountain walking, you will appreciate it too. There is a lovely walk straight onto the fells from the house which takes you up above Ullswater within 20 minutes with glorious panoramic views of the eastern mountain groups. A 25 minute drive takes you to the end of remote Haweswater and access from a free (!) almost empty car park onto the High Street range, whilst the Helwelyn and Fairfield ranges are accessible from Ullswater and Skiddaw/Blencathra/Newlands/Coledale are all close to Keswick. However whatever you enjoy doing, if you get a sunny day make sure you walk or drive to nearby Pooley Bridge and take the paddle steamer up Ullswater; it will be heaving but it's simply glorious!

I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we enjoyed ours.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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characterful cottage

  • 4 of 5

very nice place to stay for our family gathering, we were looking for somewhere more rustic than luxurious as we were walking and have a large dog .

lovely village with great walks over the fells.

The accommodation was perfect for us but the bedroom configuration might not work for everyone. Essentially a twin room and double room plus a mezzanine single accessed by a stair ladder which sits over the main bathroom (not so good if the loo is needed as night). The 4th bedroom is up in the eaves with low head height so best for kids!

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good property, nice location, facilities also good.

  • 4 of 5

Good weekend enjoying walks and pubs in local area. House is not luxurious but is definitely comfortable and has everything we needed in a good location with shop and nice pub nearby, and a walk with Ullswater views from the door. One 'bedroom' out of four is on a mezzanine floor above bathroom, so this one is less private/relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Character cottage, lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely, cosy family Christmas at this rustic but cosy cottage, complete with a Christmas tree (nice touch). Spacious and ideal for groups, clean, well-equipped and a perfect location for walking and exploring the beautiful area. Thank you for a memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a good time at Scar View over Christmas. Pity there was no snow!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Askham, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Linen and towels cleanin £20

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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