Sampson’s Cave

Penrith, Cumbria
+44 (0)7903 864357

A large, light-filled house with plenty of space for all, two sitting rooms, an open fire and a big garden. Rates offered for smaller groups


10 beds


7 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A delicious, tranquil setting down a gravelled track and completely private; the only sound is the splash of trout in the Eden river (rushing through the bottom of the garden) and the wind off the fells. Two 1850 railway workers’ cottages in sandstone have been combined to create a large, light-filled house with a jolly stylish interior – perfect for large families or groups. The owner has a canny eye for lovely things hence the glorious mix of textures, fabrics and styles. There’s oodles to do as well, with toys, books and games (find a badminton set and bows and arrows in the big brolly stand) and a heavenly garden to spill into for picnics. Cooks will be happy in the very swish open plan kitchen with its Aga-style cooker and plenty of pots and pans, others can idle on huge squashy sofas in front of an open fire – there’s a great record collection too. A separate snug study with a big TV is handy for the kids. Bedrooms are all individual, very pretty and inviting with feather duvets and pillows, crisp white cotton, soft Brora throws, faded linen and thick towels. Fish, walk, visit the Lakes, enjoy absolute freedom.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 6pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends. Short breaks available. Rates for smaller groups. Pets by arrangement - 1 well-behaved dog per stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Restaurant, 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £358
Weekly price
from £2000
Damage deposit
1 House for 10
From £35810 beds7 bedrooms


What can we say about Sampsons! We loved it! We came as two families; four adults and four children and our dog. It's a stunning setting. The house is just beautiful. Rich in history, family photos, toys, books, games and an ace record collection! After a hard 18months we had lost a bit of fun in our family but we rediscovered it here. We had an 11th birthday where we baked a giant cake, the kids played dress up, we even played musical chairs and statues, marshmallows on the fire pit. Here I slept so deeply. Step back in time, slow down, embrace Sampsons and rediscover simple pleasures.

Emma, Whitley Bay

What a truly fabulous house! We have stayed in many properties in the UK and Europe and this has to rate as one of the very best. We ranged in age from 69 to 2 years old, plus an aged cocker spaniel and everyone felt really at home! As someone who dabbles in antiques I was also enthralled by the rugs, pictures and the many decorative pieces in every room. Great outdoor space too and the sun shone every day bar one which was a bonus. Don't hesitate in booking this one.

Judy, Henley on Thames

What a beautiful spot - a lovely family home, with beautiful decor, and nestled in fields surrounded by wonderful countryside. We had a week up at Sampson's - dipping in and out of the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and lots of stunning walks. Very well looked after, and cook available too. Highly recommended.

PK, London

Absolutely majestic large house and surrounds. Secluded, cosy but within striking distance of all the areas of natural beauty, excellent country pubs and amenities should you need them. We had some of the best memories of our lives here! Highly recommended.

Ross, Melbourne

Absolutely stunning house in beautiful surroundings. Couldn't have been happier with our stay at Sampson's Cave.

Pete, Leeds

Something's indefinably Bohemian about this place. The best feature was the open-plan kitchen/living-/dining-room with a range to cook on and a proper record player plus huge stock of LPs from the past several decades. Staying there felt like being at a favourite friend's house. Down a farm track in a hidden valley it's bright, bucolic, and comfortable, with bats around in the evenings (you need to enjoy this bit of natural history in close quarters - we did), and a river a few minutes' walk away at the bottom of the hill. A great base for exploring castles, and walks around the Lake District

Victoria, Hunstanton

This is a beautiful light house, very comfortable and full of character. We especially loved the rushing river on the other side of the railway line, the occasional sound of the two trains an hour chugging past, and the cosy kitchen for big meals. Lots of space and perfect for a big group.

Annie, London

A great week in a peaceful and homely setting: the house is beautifully warm and cosy - with the softest down quilts and pillows ever - and nicely decorated/furnished. Amazing wildlife! You can't miss the bats, swallows and house martins - and red squirrels too if you're lucky.

Rachel, Edinburgh

had a wonderful stay at sampsons with our siblings and children.plenty of room for the 11 of us. loved cooking on the range. caretaker always available if we needed help or had questions lovely comfortable beds would definitely go back if we have the chance


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tamar Ferguson

  • Sampson's is situated on a private working Estate - there are woodland walks with the River Eden on the doorstep. A haven for lovers of nature - spot a red squirrel in the nearby trees. We have Highland Cattle and Cumbrian sheep.
  • There are 3 historic houses in the vicinity. Hutton in the Forest has events through the summer and is perfect for gardeners with woodland walks and plant fairs.
  • Dalemain is on the edge of Ullswater and is famous for the "World's Original Marmalade Festival". A great tea room with homemade cakes. Lowther Estate has opened it's castle with historic gardens and 140 acres of parkland.
  • There are farmers markets throughout the year at Pooley Bridge and Orton. The local town of Penrith is a lovely, thriving market town with lots of independent shops alongside major supermarkets. Excellent butchers, fishmongers and delis in the town.
  • There is a wealth of art in the Eden Valley - each September Cumbria Art Festival takes place across the region. Over 150 artists, designers and sculptors open their doors to the public in studios situated in some of the UK's most picturesque villages.
  • The Northern Lakes are only a hop and a skip away and are much quieter than the lakes in the south. Ullswater, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite are all only a short drive away.