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Old stone cottage on nature reserve with private access to lake



Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Cottage at Silverdale, Nr. Arnside & Kendal on Cumbria / Lake District border - A haven for wildlife, beautiful woodland walks from the door, 1 mile from coast. A hidden gem.

Nestling at the end of a quiet country lane, 200-year old Lake Cottage is located at the centre of the Arnside & Silverdale AONB next to Gait Barrows Nature Reserve. As its name suggests, it has a quite unique location bordering Hawes Water, a natural lake lined with reeds and water lilies and a haven for wildlife. This characterful gamekeeper's cottage offers 2-bedroomed accommodation for 4 with courtyard, sunny garden and boardwalk through reeds to private jetty on lake. Lake Cottage is 1 mile from Silverdale village with shops and pubs and 4 miles to the larger coastal villages of Arnside and nearby Carnforth with pubs, restaurants and supermarkets. The cottage offers doorstep access to many miles of waymarked paths, woodlands, nature reserves and coastline. This limestone area on the edge of Morecambe Bay is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers amidst streams, hazel woods and stone-walled meadows. The Arnside and Silverdale AONB encloses large tracts of National Trust land, nature reserves and bird sanctuaries edging the salt marshes and coves of Morecambe Bay. It is a place of beauty and tranquility that has changed little in decades and offers a welcome respite from the busier, more congested tourism of neighbouring Lakeland. Silverdale sits on the border of Lancashire and Cumbria with the fells of the southern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland are all within a 30 minute drive. Further information at: www.silverdale-cottage.co.uk

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We bought Lake Cottage in 2011, it had great charm but was in need of complete refurbishment. We have restored the cottage using traditional materials and building methods, replacing the 1960's windows with hardwood sash windows, new septic tank, landscaped the garden and built new limestone walls, created a courtyard and totally refurbished the interior. This has been a painstaking 3 year task, retaining many of the original features that were 'rediscovered' during the building work - inglenooks, beams, etc. It is primarily our own weekend retreat, which we also rent out lightly to new guests as well as an inherited network of existing guests, many of whom have been visiting for over 30 years and treat it as their own!

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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Absolutely amazing! We can't wait to come back.

  • 5 of 5

Such a cosy cottage with everything you need. Lake cottage is tucked away down a quiet lane with private access the the lake at the bottom of the garden. The cottage itself has a modern bathroom, cosy beds and a real home feel. We had the most relaxing holiday that I can remember.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in a very scenic and tranquil location. The Lake was wonderfully peaceful - we pretty much had it to ourselves. Enjoyed a bit of casual fishing at the beginning of the day and were constantly entertained by the wildlife - including the otter and the pike.

A great base to see the local countryside and also within easy striking distance of the Lake District.

Good food to be had in the Silverdale Hotel and The Royal.

We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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natural retreat

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely cosy and comfortable cottage. An amazing location for any wildlife lover as cottage is surrounded by nature reserves and natural beauty.The garden and lake are lovely. We had a week of rain so spent more time indoors than intended but it was very cosy and we spent evenings playing games and reading. Great not to have mobile signal or TV. Lovely comfy beds and a good shower and well equipped kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Wow!! What a delightful cottage and stunning location......an ornithologists paradise.

The description was accurate. The cottage was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed for the stay. Special mention for the double bed, which was extremely comfortable, and the fabulous shower. Both much needed after a day's hill walking. There's a handy Co-op at Silverdale, so easy to get provisions too.

The owner was great. We had all the information we needed before arrival and loads of info re the cottage, days out etc at the property. We didn't miss the TV at all, but nice to chill infront of a DVD or listen to music in the evenings.

The hide and jetty were brilliant. We watched a family of Wrens fledge whilst we were there, saw Roe and Muntjac deer and even a Marsh Harrier flew over the lake a couple of times. The jetty was great to sit out in the evening with a glass of chilled wine, and we even swam!

The Indian restaurant in Silverdale was good, but they don't serve alcohol or take cards, so pop to the Co-op first for booze and cash! Also definitely worth going to Wolf House café. They do great coffee and yummy sandwiches and cakes!

Leighton Moss is a must.........and also has a decent café.

This was a great base from which to explore, and so nice to be off the beaten track and away from all the touristy areas. I would definitely recommend this cottage and location for a great break......and I've already told the owner I'll be back.........there's so much to do and see, and we couldn't fit it all in!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation......

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 5 nights - two adults, two children (6 and 8) and one dog. Had a fantastic time, if you are looking for a getaway close to stunning scenery and walks would highly recommend.

We spent every day outside,exploring the local area with so many walks and places to visit. Property is ideally located - at the end of a single country lane which provides great privacy. You walk out of the front door and within seconds you are in an Area of Natural Beauty.

Property itself is ideal, everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing stay - the fireplace was a treat after a good hike.

Ideal for families who want to spend some quality time together with the kids out exploring constantly....

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The most amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this lovely cottage. The first thing we did, before even entering the house, was to walk down the boardwalk to the lake, and oh my goodness it is magical! The boys (husband and son) had a wonderful time fishing, catching their first ever pike. We were interested to see how our two teenagers managed without telly, internet, phone etc. They surprised us by managing very well, we had lovely evenings of monopoly battles, scrabble, cards etc, that's when we could drag them away from the fishing. The house is really cosy and clean and has everything you need. Andy was an excellent communicator and thought of everything. If all that wasn't enough, a couple of steps from the front door is the nature reserve, a wonderful walk in many different directions, so the dog was happy too!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Pubs in Silverdale at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Silverdale Golf Club at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Silverdale station at 1 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 junction 35 at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Various restaurants and gastropubs at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Coast at Silverdale at 1.5 Miles Car: recommended


Approx 1.5 miles to pebbled beach at Silverdale with scenic limestone cliffs along coastline overlooking Morecambe Bay. 4 miles to coastal village of Arnside with shops / pubs and famous 'walk across the sands' to Grange. Railway station at Silverdale runs a scenic track along coastline to Barrow and northwards to Whitehaven.


Silverdale 1.5 miles

Arnside 4 miles

Carnforth 4 miles

Kendal 8 miles

Morecambe 8 miles

Trough of Bowland 15 miles

Windermere 20 miles

Yorkshire Dales National Park 15 miles

Lake District National Park 15 miles

Further Details:

Excellent local walks from the doorstep through ancient woodland and meadows

Less than 2 miles to Leighton Moss RSPB bird reserve

Good range of pubs and gastro-pubs within short driving distance, 1 mile to nearest pub in Silverdale village with restaurant, good Co-op store, butcher, post office, newsagent, etc.

Larger villages of Arnside and Carnforth 4 miles, with banks, Tesco, Booths, pubs, shops, famous railway museum at Carnforth with steam rail trips, close to unspoilt Lancaster canal for walks/cycling, rock climbing in ancient Trowbarrow quarry quarter mile walk from cottage, numerous activities locally including riding, fishing, golf, walking, cycling, climbing, rambling, sailing/canoe hire, stately homes, zoo/wildlife parks.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 12
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 13
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £75

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner direct to confirm booking enquiries. Deposit on booking £75 with full payment within 4 weeks of holiday, damage deposit £75. See website www.silverdale-cottage.co.uk for further details.

Winter Fuel Supplement: A fuel supplement of £30 per week is payable for all bookings between 1st October and 31st March (electric central heating)

More than 4 weeks to start of holiday: £75
Less than 4 weeks but more than 2 weeks: 50% of rental
Within 2 weeks of start of holiday: 75% of rental

Changeover Day:
Bookings run Saturday to Saturday. Additional days possible at beginning / end of stay if no conflicting bookings. Long weekends / short breaks only bookable within 4 weeks of start date @ 75% of week rate. Arrival after 4pm depart by 11.30am

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for guidance only, Please see www.silverdale-cottage.co.uk website for specific weekly prices.

Booking deposit £75. Full payment 4 weeks before start of holiday. Booking deposit becomes security deposit when full payment received and is returned within a few days of departure (less £30 winter fuel supplement Oct 1st to March 31st).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Lake Cottage is located at the very centre of the Silverdale & Arnside Area of Natural Beauty, sitting at the end of a quiet lane at the entrance to Gait Barrows Nature reserve. The perfect place for birdwatchers - it's just a short walk to the famous RSPB bird reserve at Leighton Moss, with many rare birds to be seen from our own private hide at the lake edge. For walkers the woodland walks of the Silverdale area are a delight. With our own boardwalk through the reeds to a private jetty on lily-fringed Haweswater lake there can be few more tranquil places for those wanting to simply relax in beautiful surroundings. Quiet, but not secluded, the cottage is within a short drive to the Southern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Trough of Bowland with many attractions, recreational and sports activities close by. For further information visit our website at www.silverdale-cottage.co.uk

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


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


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


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

Location Type

  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, New bathroom, traditional style, large walk-in shower
  • Newly installed bathroom with high quality, period furniture. Polished pine floor, half-panelled walls, oak-planked door, heated towel radiator, traditional sanitary ware and very spacious, tiled shower. Sash windows with views over fields to woodland.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and views over garden and reedbeds to lake, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, view over garden to lake.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Lake Cottage was totally refurbished in 2013-14 with sash windows reinstated, rewired, re-plumbed and re plastered throughout using traditional lime plaster. Many original features have been left exposed including inglenook fireplaces, and beamed ceilings. The cottage is traditionally furnished to restore its character and charm. Situated on the edge of Gait Barrows nature reserve, at the end of a quiet lane next to a working farm with horses, geese, chickens and rare breed pigs. For those looking for a quiet retreat with glorious walks, wildlife and scenery Lake Cottage is the perfect location - 1 mile from the bustling village of Silverdale, on the edge of the Southern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Trough of Bowland yet only a mile from the coastal village of Arnside with walks along the limestone cliff coastline. Leighton Moss bird reserve a short walk away and our own garden onto Hawes Water lake is a SSSI with marsh harriers, otters, warblers... it is a quite unique place. Outside: Our South West facing, lawned garden is in the sun from late morning to early sunset with a 'suntrap' courtyard. A seated bench at the front of the cottage onto the lane is our choice for sunny breakfast and morning coffee - the road ends within 10m of the door so there is no passing traffic on the lane, which overlooks a meadow with friendly horses and pigs! There is a BBQ in the courtyard, garden chairs and picnic benches, boardwalk to lakeside jetty with bird hide/nature room. Freshwater swimming in the lake, excellent fishing for specimen tench, roach, rudd and pike. Incredible 180 degree views from the jetty over lake to fields and woods beyond. Amazing wildlife in the garden including marsh harriers, owls, bats, ravens, marsh tits, woodpeckers, buzzards, water rail, warblers, kingfishers... deer not uncommon in the early morning. The cottage is semi-detached but very private and not overlooked by the adjoining property. Utility Room: Open stairs off kitchen to basement garden room with open beams, sofa, dressers, fridge/freezer, sash windows, stable door onto sunny, walled courtyard with planters, BBQ, bench/table. Boiler room off for boots / storage. Note: min. ceiling height 6 ft. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Guests are requested to leave the cottage clean and tidy on departure. This is our own weekend retreat and store cupboards are stocked with all day to day items which you are welcome to use. Linen and towels provided. Other: Lockable garage for bikes / kit; garden shed with loungers, etc. BBQ / table in courtyard, bird feeders and bird hide / nature room on lakeside with veranda. 80m boardwalk through reeds and willows to jetty with magnificent views over lake.

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