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Kirkthwaite Cottage - Self-catering in Cumbria

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Cowgill, Dent, Sedbergh, LA10 5RW, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

Pip Hall

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+44 (0)1539 625402 (landline)

Owls hoot and the steam train toots by. The hamlet of Cowgill is marvellously remote and the views of the valley are glorious

Pull the front door bell, of what was, until the late sixties, the village school; now the little playground is prettily paved, and roses romp in summer. Inside is a large sitting room, comfortably artistic and catching the sun, cosy with books, maps, guides, games and an upright piano. The kitchen too is big, bright and well-equipped, a happy place in which to cook and eat. On the ground floor are a double and a tiny twin, and a spanking new shower room with a heated limestone floor. A tall, ladder-like stair leads to interlinking bedrooms in the attic above – rich colours, a mix of old and new pine, a single room with an extra pull-out bed, and surely the best views in Yorkshire! Behind, facing east and surrounded by woodland and fell, is an enclosed courtyard garden with an iron table and chairs – a perfect spot for breakfast in the morning sun. Owner Pip, a lettering artist, discreet and delightful, has her home and studio right next door. Ask her where to walk, cycle, picnic, bathe, go bronze rubbing, or scything in August... feed animals, taste cheeses, visit galleries. Connected but remote: a marvellous retreat.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.

Local points of interest from Pip Hall:

Local points of interest from
Pip Hall:

  • Pip's lettering studio is next door so you can arrange to visit and see a demonstration of her craft - or even set up a short workshop session with her and have a go at carving in stone.
  • Also nearby are some of the Discover Eden walking routes exploring the beautiful Cumbrian landscape, and featuring bronze waymarkers etched with illustrations of local wildlife - fun to discover and also collect rubbings for which kits are also available.
  • The Settle-Carlisle railway skirts the fell above the cottage, trains (including the occasional steam engine) stop regularly at Dent Station which is a 20 minute walk from the cottage: walk to Ribblehead for a pub lunch and catch the train back.
  • Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the nature reserve at Smardale Gill, a 40 minute drive away. In spring and summer months rare butterfly populations and a host of wild flowers can be found in a magical and secluded valley.
  • The River Dee is a few minutes' walk from the cottage: you can follow the Dales Way, picnic on the fascinating water-sculpted rocks, go fossilling, spot rare orchids and butterwort or just sit and watch herons, dippers and wagtails.
Points of interest

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  • 1 Cottage for 7
Price:(i) £350 to£650 per week

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Please see website for availability.


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Cowgill, Dent, Sedbergh, LA10 5RW, Cumbria

Self-catering Kirkthwaite Cottage (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 2 Doubles, 1 Twin, 1 Single; 1 Family Shower Room.
Price: (i) £ 350 to £ 650 per week

Pip Hall

Visit website

+44 (0)1539 625402 (landline)