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Old stone cottage on nature reserve with private access to lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

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.

**** Please visit for more detailed description and photos ****

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.

More Details

Andy M
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Andy M

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!

Andy M purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Andy M chose Silverdale

A quick glance at our guest reviews is perhaps the best indication of why you might want to stay at Lake Cottage. The location is unique - with our own lakeside cabin and private jetty on beautiful 'Hawes Water Lake, a 28 acre, spring-fed, natural lake that teems with wild life including kingfisher, marsh harriers, otters and rare dragonflies...

The old stone cottage has been totally refurbished and is full of character with exposed beams, inglenook fireplace with logburner and traditional range kitchen. There are woodland walks in all directions and the Gait Barrows nature reserve is just yards from the front door. Sunny garden and gravelled courtyard with picnic table and BBQ... located at the very end of a quiet lane with no passing traffic, less than 30 minutes drive to the Lake District fells, Yorkshire Dales or Trough of Bowland... Lake Cottage is the perfect getaway vacation for singles, couples or those with adventurous young families. Leighton Moss bird reserve is a pleasant 1-mile walk from the door.

What makes this cottage unique

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


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Silverdale in Yealand Redmayne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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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Old stone cottage on nature reserve with private access to lake
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

Lovely, peaceful lakeside cottage.

  • 5 of 5

This pretty cottage is just as described on the website. Recently renovated it still retains the features of the old cottage, but is cosy and warm. We didn't need to use the wood burning stove as the central heating was enough.

The basement area is great for arriving back after a day out, especially if you have a dog to clean up. A handy hose is situated just outside for hosing off wellies etc.

The boardwalk, hide and picnic table are wonderful with open views over Hawes Water. Idyllic.

The living area and kitchen are nicely furnished, retaining the feel of the old cottage. Lovely to relax in after a good walk and dinner.

Upstairs there are two cosy bedrooms with comfy beds and a large modern shower room. The cottage was very clean and well maintained.

We had good meals at The Silverdale Hotel, The Royal, Cinnamon Spice and Wolf House Gallery.

RSPB Leighton Moss also do good lunches and is a great place for a day out birdwatching. Our family of four and our dog had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

A week of turning off from the world of wifi distractions and tuning into the beautiful sanctuary of Lake Cottage. Amazing access to the lake. Our kids 7 and 9 loved their dip in Hawes Water with their Dad. Chilly but glorious fun! Such a thrill to walk down the jetty through the reedbeds to the lakeside. So many highlights. Great walks on your doorstep. Feeding the garden birds, sipping G&T by the lake at sunset. Leighton Moss RSPB - great cafe and lovely staff helped us spot the marsh harriers and our first wild otter. Very homely cottage with a fabulous logburner. Shower is superb too - just the ticket after a wet walk! Such a great place to spend a week with my nature loving family. We were all very sad to leave and hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic magical place

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at this lovely place for a week and were totally blown away by this beautiful and tranquil location. The house is well equipped and has that "home from home" feel. The lake is amazing and the whole family had fun swimming in it. There are numerous walks and excursions that can be done from the house and it is only about 30 minutes drive from the lakes. I will certainly be going back!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely cottage in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is well equipped, clean and very comfortable. We especially loved the garden which leads to a jetty which gives access to the bird hide and lake. We were lucky to have good weather on our visit and spent the evenings relaxing at the picnic table by the lake. It's a great area for birdwatching with plenty of birds on the feeders in the garden. It is also only a short walk from RSPB Leighton Moss. We spent most of the week around the cottage as there were plenty of lovely walks from the doorstep, including Gait Barrow nature reserve. Andy was extremely helpful and provided lots of information about the area. This was our first visit to Lake Cottage but we definitely hope to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A charming, well situated cottage

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Lake cottage. The location was excellent as was the local environment. Facilities generally good and comfortable. My primary reason for visiting was easy access to the Lake District as ill health prevented me from taking advantage of the many local walks and nature reserves. Would be happy to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful, peaceful, perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at lake cottage. It was the exact holiday we had hoped for. The cottage is so rural, quiet, quaint, clean, tidy and surrounded by beautiful wildlife. The owner had recommended some fantastic walks and local pubs. We tried out most of them and loved them! The surrounding villages are so pretty and Lake Windermere is so close we travelled there a few times.

I would definitely recommend staying here and we hope to be back again soon!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pubs in Silverdale
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Silverdale Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Silverdale station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
M6 junction 35
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Various restaurants and gastropubs
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Coast at Silverdale
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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Silverdale, Lancashire

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
late Spring
5 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
May bank holiday / half term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early summer
2 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer - peak season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early Autumn season
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
October half term
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late Autumn season
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £75

Booking Notes:
Please Note - we do not accept on-line booking reservations as all enquiries are handled personally by the owners. If you wish to book please select 'Ask Owner a Question' and not 'Request to Book' on the availability searcher. We will then respond with further details or confirm your booking directly - the 10% Owners Direct "book with confidence guarantee" fee is not charged when you book direct.

A £75 booking deposit secures your reservation, with full payment due within 4 weeks of holiday. For further information please visit our website at

Winter Fuel Supplement: A fuel supplement of £6 per day is payable for all bookings between 1st October and 31st March. We apologise for this, the cottage central heating uses an electric boiler which can add £40+ per week to the normal electricity usage.

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
(further details on our website at the address above)

Changeover Day:
Bookings run Saturday to Saturday. Additional days may be possible at beginning / end of stay if no conflicting bookings. Long weekends / short breaks are only bookable within 4 weeks of start date.

Arrival after 3pm depart by 11.00am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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