Sampson’s Cave

Penrith, Cumbria

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


10 beds


7 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


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
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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


  • 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

Special offer: Open Fires, Home made cake, Squashy sofas, pure down duvets and pure luxury! January and February special offer: 7 nights £1250, 4 nights £1050, 3 nights £975. Come and unwind in our hidden home.

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
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 £157
Weekly price
from £1100
Damage deposit
1 House for 10
From £15710 beds7 bedrooms


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.