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Luxury Historic House In The Heart Of Cartmel



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
House in Cartmel, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Central Village Location - Walking Distance To Restaurants, Pubs And Shops

Recently refurbished, luxury five star accommodation in a Grade II listed house in the centre of the historic village of Cartmel in the South Lake District. Five comfortable bedrooms; three bathrooms; period features; garden. The house is within walking distance of Simon Rogan's L'enclume restaurant with its two Michelin stars.

3 night weekend and 4 night midweek breaks are available outside of main holiday periods. Please call or email for rates as we are unable to display them on this site. Alternatively, please look on our own website - www.fordhousecartmel.co.uk

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

Judy Staples

We are a family of 5 with 3 daughters. We have always holidayed in the Lakes and Cornwall introducing our girls to the sea, surfing, lakes and Beatrix Potter!

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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

I will never tire of telling people what an amazing time we had in this house, everything was fantastic, the owner replied to emails straight away, the house is so comfortable with everything you need, superb property in a lovely village.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another very happy client - Perfect! We always like to be available to answer any questions or help with arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Wonderful family celebration

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to be invited to celebrate the in-laws Ruby wedding with rest of our family including two grandchildren and two dogs . The location was superb and the house delightful catering for 10 adults with ample space for us all . We loved to be able to walk around the village so easily having babies and yet the surrounding area meant we could explore further too.

Many thanks

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We're glad you had such a happy family celebration. We hope you'll come back and see us in the future.
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The perfect venue for a get together

  • 5 of 5

Having decided to have a girls weekend away to celebrate my 50th birthday the search was on for the perfect venue and we found it. Although I know the Lakes quite well I didn't know Cartmel and what a fab place it is. Lovely shops to wander in, particularly the wine shop where we spent some time tasting and buying having been offered great advice on all manner of beverages. There are lots of places to eat in the village but we had decided to eat in at Ford House. The house is very welcoming with a lovely open fire and is very well equipped, all the ladies were very impressed to find Emma Bridgewater mugs in the kitchen. There is nothing else to say other than the house had everything and exceeded expectations. I imagine that we will be back at some stage and I hope I don't have to wait until my 60th!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was on my 50th birthday trip that I managed to get my husband to appreciate Cartmel, my childhood holiday destination and fall in love with Ford House. Cartmel has developed so much and lacks nothing. Hot Wines not only offer a fantastic service in the shop but will do wine tastings in the house, a great evening in It is great to hear of clients enjoying their special celebrations. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the mugs and all our facilities. We have tried to make it home from home with lovely surroundings and equipment like the Kitchen Aid coffee machine. Our next project which is underway is the sitting room! We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Fantastic Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Ford House, its is beautiful and had everything you could possible need, great open fire, beautiful lounge and dining room. The bedrooms were lovely and the bed very comfy. What a great little village, would highly recommend this house, we will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ford House seems to welcome so many lovely clients who love the house and Cartmel as much as we do. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017.
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Fantastic family break

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous, comfortable and well equipped house. We love Cartmel and so the perfect place to spend my 50th birthday was in the village. Ford House was everything and more than we could have wished for.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think we should equip the house with party decorations as it sees so many celebrations. We are glad you had such a good one and were able to share your love of Cartmel with your friends and family. We are always glad to hear that everyone finds Ford House so welcoming and well equipped. We look forward to welcoming you back
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  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful family weekend break at Ford House. There was 9 of us in total with ages ranging from 70 years to 6 months & the house was perfect for everyone. It is incredibly well equipped with everything you could possibly need - we dined in one evening, making use of the large dining table & there are plenty of cooking utensils, pans, plates, cutlery, etc including plastic alternatives for young children. The lounge sat the 9 of us comfortably & there was another chair in the hall should we have needed it. All bedrooms are beautifully decorated with bathrobes & hairdryers available. Having 3 bathrooms meant there were never any queues or waiting to use the facilities every morning - they were clean & modern with baths & separate showers (towels & toiletries included). The downstairs cloakroom was very handy for the kids! The walled garden is beautiful, again with enough seating for 10 & we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy sometime in the garden despite it being October!

We had a lovely wander around Cartmel & enjoyed sometime in the Priory. We found a small & safe playground which the kids enjoyed playing in while we had a take-out coffee from the Cartmel Coffee Shop (they even delivered our coffee to Ford House on Saturday morning!). We ate at Rogan & Company (literally a 10 second walk away) on Saturday evening, which we would highly recommend, & then went to the live entertainment at the Kings Arms - my mum stayed in to babysit & said she couldn't hear any noise from either of the neighbouring pubs. We had Sunday lunch at the Pig & Whistle pub - we were aware that it is no longer owned by Simon Rogan but enjoyed the food & the staff were very friendly & accommodating.

A definite must would be to pop into the village shop to buy the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding which was delicious - the Sticky Ginger Pudding is also highly recommended too!

All in all we had a wonderful weekend at Ford House & we are hoping to return again. We would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful family weekend. We are so glad that you were able to use all our facilities and those of the village. It is good to hear that the extras we have added like the bathrobes are what people want. We very much look forward to welcoming you back.
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From the Owner

We have recently been lucky enough to buy Ford House after it came back unexpectedly on the market. It was already perfectly set up as a luxury holiday home catering for large groups with unique charm and features. As a family we often visit the Lake District and both my husband and I were brought up holidaying here as children.I particularly spent a lot of time in Grange over Sands with a day trip to Cartmel as an annual treat. The Lakes have a magical quality for me and I always feel I've escaped when there. Cartmel has so much more to offer these days and is a stepping stone to the many lakes and fells.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October Half Term
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15

Booking Notes:
Prices quoted are for 7 nights but we also offer weekend breaks (Friday to Monday) and midweek breaks (Monday to Friday). These breaks are available all year apart from the main holiday periods. Please email or call for prices, availabilty and to book Ford House.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Arrival time is 4pm, although we will try and accommodate early arrivals by arrangement. Departure time is 10 am. Booking is for one week and weekend and midweek breaks are also available. Please email or call for details.

A non-refundable deposit of £420 is required to secure a booking. The balance is required six weeks before the start date of the holiday.

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From the Owner

Ford House is right in the heart of the village, in The Square. We have immediate access to many eateries or a variety of artisan shops for a meal at home. To be so close to the racecourse is exciting on those meet days and you can take picturesque walks without getting in the car. All the bedrooms are attractive and spacious and no one feels they have second best. The garden is a lovely sun trap and the sitting room a cosy haven.

Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • lake
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 Luxury bathroom for bedrooms 2 and 3 with bath and separate shower Luxury bathroom for bedrooms 4 and 5 with bath and separte shower


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 king size bed, original fireplace and views over the village square, Priory and Hampsfell beyond. En-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2: king size bed, fireplace, views over the square. Bedroom 3: twin beds Bedroom 4: king size bed Bedroom 5: twin


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Private walled garden to rear with patio table and chairs. Barbecue supplied. Utility Room: Utility room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Separate cloakroom with toilet. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen supplied for all beds. One Bath, hand towel and Bathrobe per person supplied. House cleaned and linen changed weekly.

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