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Elk Cottage

Glassonby, near Penrith, Cumbria

Sleeps: 4
7 nights
£910 - £1567
Available from a minimum of 2 nights


  • Sleeps four
  • One double bedroom, one twin/double bedroom with zip and link bed
  • Both bedrooms are en suite; one bathroom, one shower room
  • Suitable for children and baby (travel cot and highchair available)
  • Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome (small additional fee applies*)
  • Enclosed sandstone courtyard, garden furniture and Weber barbecue
  • Lawned area
  • Hot tubs and catering can be arranged
  • Pampering and beauty treatments can be arranged at the house
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Parking for three cars
  • Sainsbury’s and Tesco can deliver groceries

Property layout

  • Ground floor
    The oak floored entrance hall leads into the dining area to the left and kitchen to the right.
    Dining room area with oak flooring and French doors opening out to the side of the cottage.
    Interconnected sitting room with wood burning stove in large sandstone inglenook and oak flooring.
    The large well equipped oak breakfasting kitchen has a separate utility room area which has a wc and a laundry area.
    A sandstone terrace to the rear, accessed via the kitchen/utility room, benefits from lovely raised flower beds leading up to a lawn area.
  • First floor
    Master Bedroom with an antique oak linenfold carved 5’ bed and an en suite bathroom with a cast iron bath and shower on riser. An external door down sandstone steps to the sandstone terrace.
    The Eden Bedroom with two antique mahogany 3’ zip and link beds (which may be arranged as a 6’ super king) and an en suite with powerful ‘rain’ shower


  • Oil-fired central heating, solar water heating, sandstone fireplace with wood burning stove cast iron wood burning fire (complimentary logs, kindling and firelighters provided)
  • Electric hob and separate oven, microwave, American style side by side fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer in the utility room
  • Large screen 42" LCD TV, DVD player, iPod docking station and stereo
  • Telephone and free broadband wifi internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Bicycles, locks and helmets are available for hire
  • Weber barbecue with locally sourced charcoal
  • Sustainable plantation teak garden furniture


  • A 5 Star Gold Award winning restoration of a Grade II listed traditional barn, brilliant for families and romantic getaways.
  • Short and mid week breaks are available with a minimum stay of 2 nights.
  • Parts date back to the 1600s with original features including old ship timber oak beams, old fashioned door heights and terraced gardens and fields.
  • Sitting near the high point of one of the most beautiful rural valleys in an AONB, Eden Cottage provides you with a peaceful location and some of the most stunning views which change with the seasons.
  • The sandstone terrace to the rear benefits from lovely terraced flower beds leading up to a lawned area.
  • Glassonby is tranquilly rural, and you can easily pick up groceries in the village shop at Kirkoswald a couple of miles away.
  • There are lots of options for dining out in the area, including local ales at The Fetherston Arms or The Crown in Kirkoswald two miles away.
  • The charming village of Melmerby is three miles, where the nationally acclaimed organic Village Bakery and the Shepherd's Inn Pub provide great food and local beers.
  • Glassonby is a popular starting point for some of the most scenic walks in the Lake District, plus excellent running and cycling routes along picturesque country lanes, old cart tracks, bridleways, paths and the Eden river banks.
  • There is a wide range of activities, with bicycle hire and fishing nearby, as well as sailing, canoeing and water sports on the River Ullswater.
  • Guests can enjoy a free swimming session at nearby Greystoke village pool, a great heated outdoor community facility.
  • Located about nine miles from Junction 40 of the M6 and easily reached by taxi from the station in the historic market town of Penrith (three hours train journey time from London).

Floor Plan

Elk Cottage is a splendid 5 star treasure.

Our sandstone haven is located in the tranquil hamlet of Glassonby, high in the Eden Valley. Here killer views over the Pennine hills meet beautiful design and personality. Perfect for family times and romantic getaways, Elk Cottage is immaculately furnished throughout with antiques and beautiful décor.

It might date back to the 1600s but Elk Cottage is now a sumptuous spacious retreat for four. Original features including beams, arched openings, stone walls, and terraced gardens and fields blending effortlessly with 21st century living.

The private parking area, garden and entrance lead into the oak floored ground floor with the entrance hall opening into the elegant dining room with French windows onto the lawn. The interconnecting sitting room has a sandstone fireplace with cast iron log burner. The large oak fitted breakfasting kitchen has a separate utility room area with a ground floor wc and a laundry area. A rear enclosed sandstone terrace benefits from delightful raised flower beds leading up to a lawned area.

Upstairs, two bedrooms, each with en suite, sleep four. The Master Bedroom has an antique oak linenfold carved 5’ bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. The Eden Bedroom has two 3’ beds which may be arranged as a six foot super king bed upon request, and an en suite powerful ‘rain’ shower.

Delivering total comfort, thoughtful extra touches really up the ante – everything from the generous welcome hamper to the antique furnishings are five star.

Elk Cottage is very well located, whatever your plans. Hunker down by the cosy log fire for chatter, board games and films; spend some peaceful time in the garden clinking glasses and taking in the views; enjoy beautiful long walks from the front door; make the easy hop to the Lakes; or tackle some hills!

The River Eden runs nearby and the area is renowned for its excellent trout and salmon fishing.

Bicycles, locks and helmets are available for hire and the popular cross Cumbria C2C cycle route runs through Glassonby, plus many quiet lanes. Cycling route maps are provided.

Walks from the front door lead to Lacy’s Caves along the Eden River, to the Long Meg Stone Circle (the second largest in England) and to the charming nearby Cumbrian village of Melmerby, which has a pub, village shop and welcoming Village Bakery & cafe with local crafts and goodies to take away (not to be missed!).

There is a village shop two miles away in Kirkoswald which is also home to two fabulous pubs.

Ullswater, one of England’s most beautiful lakes, is 15 miles, where there are steam cruises from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding, chances to walk and paddle in the National Trust Aira Force Waterfall, pony treks from Rookin House Farm and canoes and sailboats available to hire from the Glenridding Sailing Centre.

Elk Cottage is ten miles from the famous old market town of Penrith which offers a great selection of restaurants, pubs and shops, a swimming pool, cinema and an innovative visitor centre.

A short drive takes you to Appleby-in-Westmorland and Keswick and the local railway station is a stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway - one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain.

Within easy reach are Brougham Castle, the historic city of Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall. Guests also love to visit Dalemain House, featured in a television production of Jane Eyre.

If your party exceeds four, you can also book Jenny's Croft (sleeps 4) and Glassonby Old Hall (sleeps 8). With adjoining cottage gardens, there’s space enough for everyone to dine together at Glassonby Old Hall.

2023-05-25 Robert H, Victoria, Australia

"We stayed 8 nights on our five week roadtrip of northern England & Scotland. Elk Cottage was our base for the Lakes District & to attend 3 shows within a two hour drive. It worked perfectly for us. We've visited the U.K. many times since 1979 & this property was certainly one of the nicest houses we've been lucky enough to find. If anyone looking to stay here has any mobility problem, then note that there are steps between every room - one to four, plus eleven steps up to the master bedroom & 13 to the Eden suite. We left our two heavy suitcases downstairs in the formal dining room as I couldn't negotiate the stairs with a walking stick & suitcase. Ensuites are beautifully setup. The kitchen is everything anyone could wish for, including a modem huge fridge. A pity the older t.v. was not a smart model & not watchable from one of the two leather armchairs. Unlimited firewood is provided for the heater - a major bonus compared to most holiday rentals. The hamper supplied was absolutely superb!!! "

2020-09-14 georger48 (Tripadvisor)

"We had a wonderful week during mid-August. Each week since then I have reflected on what a good time we had in what was a comfortable, extremely well appointed and secure environment and it is time to commit that to a review to assist others in their decision making. The property is exactly as advertised on the various websites, is easily accessible and whilst sharing grounds is sufficiently private and was safe/secure for our young grand daughter and our dog. Management staff were on hand to deal quickly with any queries and issues and to advise on local activities and beauty spots; excellent. It was a true home from home in that all our needs were anticipated: we wanted for nothing. Thanks."

2019-11-01 Sharon, Stuart, Mollie & Lucy - Gloucestershire

"Simply fabulous, amazing cottage, beautiful area. We will be back!"

2019-10-12 Peter & Jean, Lancashire

"Had a lovely week. Some great walks. This is our second stay in a Rowley Estates property and I would highly recommend them."

2019-09-20 Jayne & Alan, Halesowen

"Lovely few days in fab cottage."

2019-09-16 Ian & Louise, Janet & John, Yorkshire

"A long weekend away to catch up with family and explore this lovely area. Trips included Pooley Bridge & the Ullswater Steamer, Howtown, Lowther Castle - which is a fascinating experience, as well as dinner at Sharrow Bay. The Rowley Estates properties are excellent quality and the team's positivity and desire to help are outstanding."

2019-08-31 Rob, Sophie (Luna & Pippa), York

"Wonderful clean and comfortable cottage, equipped with everything you need! Beautiful gardens and scenery. Some amazing walks down by the river and down at Lacy's caves. Keswick is also a lovely place to visit and most shops are dog friendly too. All four of us loved the mini break away - nice and realxed.We will definitely be back and most definitely would recommend to our family and friends. Welcome hamper a lovely touch too. Wonderful staff more than happy to help with anything you need. Thank you all for a wonderful stay here. 5*."

2019-08-25 The Laguda family, Hertfordshire

"This is our third time staying here. We have had a really lovely time - restful with loads of long walks and great memories. Rookin activity was an interesting place with great fun activities for all. We have, as always, enjoyed our stay here and will, no doubt, be back soon! Thank you."

2019-08-17 Rispin & family, Durham

"Lovely restful break in beautiful cottage, a home from home."

2019-08-13 Jackson family, Liverpool

"This is our second visit and it felt like "home" as soon as we arrived. The Rowley team were fabulous helping out with small issues so a special "thank you" to you all. We all had a lovely time creating more memories of a beautiful place. Aira Force waterfall was amazing even in the rain. We look forward to returning for more visits. Thank you all."


Lynn Hilditch provides delicious home-cooked Cumbrian specialities straight from her kitchen. Lynn prepares her meals at home and then comes with her team to the property to serve, clean up afterwards and leave you relaxing in the dining room. Guest reviews following her meals have been absolutely great, as seen on Trip Advisor. 01768 840 923 / 07775733608 | |

Sarah Ecroyd Catering: As a specialist events and wedding caterer in the Penrith and Eden Valley area, Sarah Ecroyd believes that food should ‘speak’ of this place and as such her menus include many local and seasonal ingredients celebrating the Cumbrian countryside. 016974 72591 |

Purple Sage. Whether it’s a sophisticated luxury banquet for that dream wedding, simple good food for a party or event, or speciality items such as a hog roast, Purple Sage Catering provides a unique service using local producers, suppliers and home-grown seasonal produce. 01768 895 555 |



The Old Village Bakery, Melmerby (3.5 miles/8 minute drive). The cafe is open daily and serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffees, homemade bread and cakes. You can also buy fresh bread, cakes and scones, coffee and other locally sourced and produced foods.


Fetherstone Arms, Kirkoswald (2 miles/6 minute drive). A bustling village pub that serves particularly good homemade pies that are worth the wait. A fine selection of well kept local ales are on tap too, and both the staff and locals are lively and welcoming.

The Crown, Kirkoswald (2 miles/6 minute drive). A traditional 18th century coaching inn that serves traditional pub favourites and some more adventurous fare. The Crown has a pool room and every Sunday there is a quiz night.

The Shepherd’s Inn, Melmerby (3.5 miles/8 minute drive). A friendly and welcoming place, with a reputation for good quality, serving great food and local ales.

Highland Drove, Great Salkeld, Penrith (5 miles/12 minute drive). Awarded the ‘Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year’ numerous times by the Good Pub Guide, the Highland Drove is an excellent gastropub run by a father and son team. Inside are cushioned chairs, roaring fires and a splendid dining area; expect on the menu inventive repasts such as venison curry, olive mash, and pork rillettes with sage mayonnaise. Combine these elements with glorious views of the Eden Valley and the Pennines, and you might have the perfect pub.

Yanwath Gate Inn, Yanwath, Penrith (10 miles/23 minute drive). A delightful 17th century inn which has a reputation for serving delicious food and providing first-rate service. An attractive stone inglenook, low-beamed ceilings, solid oak and pine furniture and walls give an effortlessly traditional and cosy feel to the place, while an impressive array of local ales, wines, and malt whiskies has something for everyone. The menu changes regularly, but expect things like Wild Mallard Breast with dauphinoise potatoes with a roast garlic and herb jus or Pork Loin steak and cider cream sauce.

George and Dragon, Clifton, Penrith (10 miles/23 minute drive). A meticulously refurbished, 18th century coaching inn which has kept its Georgian flare, the George and Dragon is another fine gastropub closeby. Serving excellent seasonal food, much of the produce is sourced either from the owners’ gardens at Askham Hall, or local farmers which reside on the family’s estate.

Queens Head Inn, Tirril, Penrith (11 miles/24 minute drive) Originally built in 1719, this inn has many original features, with strong wooden pews, original flagstones and an inglenook fireplace that rages through winter. The pub houses well-kept local ales and serves some fantastic homemade pies and smoked trout from Ullswater lake.

RESTAURANTS (advance booking advised)

Four & Twenty, Penrith, Cumbria (9 miles/20 minute drive). This restaurant is a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike. Four & Twenty like to keep their menus fresh, and so regularly change them to accommodate new tastes and changing seasons. All the food is prepared and cooked on the day, and tastes exquisite. Accompanied with an excellent selection of wine or beers, you’d be hard done by to fault this place.

Grants of Castlegate Wine Bar and Restaurant, Penrith (9 miles/21 minute drive). An intimate and welcoming bistro with friendly and attentive service. Choose from a lovely selection of wines and beers at the bar, and then move on through to the restaurant where a delicious menu awaits.

The Restaurant and Bar, Ullswater Road, Penrith (10 miles/22 minute drive). A family-friendly restaurant with timber beams and roaring fireplaces, The Restaurant and Bar serves up mouth-watering local cuisine, from the Penrith sausage to the more exotic dried Cumbrian ham. All the fruit and vegetables are from the local green grocers, as are the meats and dairy products. The Restaurant also offers a wide range of children’s meals.

The Bridge Café Bistro, Kirkby Thore, Penrith (12 miles/25 minute drive). A laid-back, family-friendly bistro, serving interesting food like Vietnamese chicken sandwiches, wild Alaskan black cod, and the house favourite, the Bridge Burger served with celeriac coleslaw.

Sharrow Bay, Lake Ullswater, Penrith (15 miles/33 minute drive). If you fancy a splurge, then Sharrow Bay is worth a visit - it’s widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the Lake District. Winner of a Michelin star, it is an opulent affair that offers stunning views of Ullswater and the surrounding mountains. Head chefs Colin Akrigg and Mark Teasdale develop their lunch time and evening menus with the freshest of local ingredients, and welcome those who just want a morning coffee, or those wishing to try a wine from their 700-strong list.

Dockray Hall, Penrith (10 miles) serving modern British cuisine such as roast hake and beer-braised feather blade.


Booths, Penrith (9.5 miles/24 minute drive).

Sainsbury’s, Penrith (9 miles/21 minute drive).

Butchers: Cranstons, Ullswater Road Penrith (11 miles/25 minute drive) Winners of the ‘Best Cumbrian Food Retailer 2014’ by Cumbria Life Magazine, and winners of the ‘National Butcher of the Year’ at the 2014 Deli and Farmshop Awards, its nigh on impossible to find a better butchers in the UK. Cranstons also has a food hall that stores all the best local fruit and veg, freshly baked pies, cooked meats and cheeses.

Wine Merchant: The Wine House, Penrith (11 miles/28 minute drive).


Thai Food Café, Penrith (11 miles/28 minute drive).

Indiagate, Penrith (11 miles/27 minute drive).

Angel Lane Chippie, Penrith (10.5 miles/ 25 minute drive).

Royal Lake, Penrith (11 miles/26 minute drive). Chinese takeaway.



Lacy’s Caves, the River Eden and Long Meg and her Daughters - a walk just over 5 miles through the woods and along the river.

Glassonby to Gamblesby - a moderately hilly 5 mile loop.

The Bridleway from Glassonby to Melmerby Woods and around back via Melmerby's Village Bakery.


Aira Force Waterfall (National Trust) - There are many walks of varying length here, the link following the 1 mile circular route up to the waterfall and back.

Glenridding to Helvellyn via Striding Edge - a long ambitious one (8 miles + elevation change).

The Bridleway from Glassonby to Melmerby Woods and around back via Melmerby's Village Bakery.


Kirkstone Pass from Patterdale to Ambleside is justifiably famous as a driving route and the Lakeland’s highest pass open to motor traffic.

The Honister Pass is a beautiful journey linking Keswick and Derwentwater with Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater.

The A686 which runs through Melmerby has been named as one of the greatest drives in Britain.

The drive along the West side of Ullswater is delightful with the Aira Force National Trust waterfall as a great stopping off point at about the halfway mark.


The cycling routes around Glassonby are excellent. Rent bicycles from Cyclewise for cycling at Whinlatter Forest or organise a cycle tour with CycleActive.

Alternatively, if you would like excellent and well maintained cycles to be dropped off at your cottage for use during your stay, please contact Jason Taylor at Inspiring Cycling on 07887 764987.



The River Eden is regarded by many as one of the best places in England to fish for wild brown trout and grayling. If you want to fish on the river, we must remind you that you need a rod license, which can be bought online or at the nearest post office.

Penrith Anglers Association. Visitors are allowed to purchase daily or weekly tickets during the Trout season (15th March - 30th September).

Whins Pond (Coarse fishery) (7.5 miles).

Blencarn Rainbow Trout Fishing Lake - Stillwater Trout Fly Fishing (8 miles). Fly Fishing Tuition, half or full days out on private beats.


The Glenridding Sailing Centre, The Spit, Glenridding (22 miles) - Canoe and kayak hire, sail boat hire including traditional boats, dinghy and single manned boats.

The Glenridding Activity Centre also offers all sorts of fun group activities including pirate events, rafting, Swallows and Amazons, sailing & picnic options.

Derwentwater Marina, Portinscale, Keswick (28.5 miles) offers various canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and rock climbing courses as well as providing various boats for hire.


Happy Hooves Riding Centre, Eamont Bridge (10 miles). Located on the banks of the River Eamont, this centre provides high quality riding lessons, hacks, equine therapy and pony days to both children and adults. Suitable for all levels of abilities from ages 2 and up.

Parkfoot Pony Trekking, Pooley Bridge (15 miles). Situated on the edge of the banks of Ullswater Lake, this centre offers pony treks in the glorious countryside surrounding the lake. The trip will take you over the hills and grant you stunning panoramic vistas of theprevailing landscape, and is suitable for all levels of abilities and from ages 5 and up.

Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck (18 miles). Home to around 35 horses so can offer treks for large groups and big parties. Pony parties for both children and adults can be arranged, and treks through the Lakeland countryside are also on offer.


Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck (18 miles). This adventure centre offers quad biking for a variety of age groups; mini quads for 6 to 11 year olds, midi quads for 12 to 15 year olds and adult quadbiking for 16 plus. Rookin House can also accommodate hen parties and corporate team-building days.


Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck (18 miles). Clay pigeon shooting for children and adults. They have an advised minimum age of 12. This sport is immensely fun and challenging, and is perfect for big parties who want to compete!


Cumbrian Adventures, Maughanby Farm, Little Salkeld, Penrith (1 mile) offer a range of group activities from their stunning base set in more than 300 acres of countryside. They cater for corporate groups, youth groups, hen parties, stag groups, birthdays. Activities include; clay pigeon shooting, paintball, a downhill BMX course, archery, it’s a knock-out style Cumbrian Olympics, Offroad go karting, zorb football, mountain boarding, Sumo Suit wrestling and the spectacular Cumbrian Cresta, a high speed grass toboggan run.

Penrith Leisure Centre & Eden Climbing Wall, Penrith Leisure Centre, Penrith (9.5 miles) – Eden Climbing wall, gym, 25 meter indoor pool, 13 meter indoor learner pool, indoor bowls. Pay by activity available (no fixed membership necessary & very reasonable prices for activities). Please call to check times and activities.

Bitts Park, Carlisle (20 miles) is a super fun and largely free day out for all the family. There is a fantastic children’s adventure playground suited to 3 to 10 year olds, a Putting Green, Crazy Golf course, a mini maze and both open air and under cover tennis courts. There are pleasure walks and the riverside walk to enjoy as well as a stroll through the Japanese Garden. The Hadrian’s Wall Trail also passes through this park. Annual events here include a huge fireworks display in October/November, an ice skating rink during the festive period and a celebration during Love Parks Week in July.

Urban Adventure, Bitts Park, Carlisle (20 miles) is a private enterprise offering a thrilling high ropes adventure course for age 5 yrs plus.

Keswick Adventure Centre (26 miles) offer a lot of activities, including zip wires, abseiling, rafting, canoeing and scrambling. Run by a passionate team of Duke of Edinburgh teachers, canoe instructors and ex-Royal Navy soldiers, you will be guided by local experts who know the area inside-out.

Whinlatter Forest near Keswick (29 miles). Attractions include a Go Ape! high ropes course, mountain bike rental from Cyclewise - there are some great cycle trails through the woods, walking trails and a woodland based playground which connects via the trees to nine different play areas including stream based play and a great low level climbing wall.

Treetop Trek, Brockhole National Park, Ecclerigg, Windermere (40.8 miles). Available for ages 5 yrs upwards, try up to 35 exciting treetop challenges, designed to make you swing, climb, balance and fly through the ancient oak woodland canopy.


Cumbrian Adventures, Little Salkeld (1 mile). With eight unique scenarios ranging from trench warfare to close quarter combat, Cumbrian Adventures is perfect for private parties, hen parties and corporate team building exercises.


Penrith Golf Club, Penrith (9 miles). Situated in the middle of the Lake District and Pennines, this golf course provides views nothing short of extraordinary. Formed in 1890, the course has 18-holes and follows the natural contours of the hilly setting. Each hole offers different challenges, with troublesome sandbanks and undulating slopes.


Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (National Trust) (9 miles). With a delightful garden and a thirteenth-century watermill driven by the Crowdundle Beck, Acorn Bank is a red sandstone house which forms an attractive foil to the garden.

Hutton in the Forest House and gardens (10 miles). House and gardens open for walks, teas etc. As well as a rich variety of architecture, furnishings and a beautiful garden, there are varied outdoor events during the summer, including the Plant and Food Fair, open air Shakespeare, Potfest in the Park and Horse Trials.

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Dalemain, Penrith (12 miles). Since the Saxon era, the grounds of Dalemain Mansion have been a settlement for various folk, first posing as a Pele Tower to keep Scots out, and then as a manor house, which was constructed in the 14th century, with more parts being added in the 16th and 18th century. The house regularly holds guided tours and exhibitions, so we recommend you check the website to see if anything is on during your stay. If the weather is nice, take a leisurely stroll around the gardens which are exquisite.

Lowther Castle & Gardens and Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre (14 miles). A large collection of birds of prey consisting of hawks, eagles, vultures, owls, falcons and buzzards, with flying demonstrations daily. Visitors get the opportunity to fly a bird at the display and onsite tearoom and local crafts make this an easily enjoyable day out for the family.

Appleby Castle, Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland (16 miles) dates back to the 11th century with an impressive Norman Keep and earthworks. The Great Hall has some fine paintings. The walled gardens, children’s play area and tea rooms cater to a variety of interests. Open 10am – 5pm from April – October.

Levens Hall historic house and gardens (44 miles) – a bit farther afield, but definitely worth the journey.


Lacy’s Caves, Church Villa, Little Salkeld (2 miles). Consisting of five man-made chambers carved out of the sandstone cliffs directly above the River Eden at Glassonby, just north of the village of Little Salkeld. The caves were commisioned in the eighteenth century by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Lacy who lived in nearby Salkeld Hall and was infamous for once attempting to blow up the stones of the Long Meg and her Daughters Stone Circle. Lacy decided to blast the prehistoric monument with gun powder. After a violent thunder storm was read as a supernatural warning, Lacy instead used the dynamite to blow a whole in the side of a hill, and constructed a romantic folly for entertaining his many guests. A bizarrre and somewhat eerie structure that is definitely worth a visit.

Lazonby railway station (3.5 miles) is a stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain. The line covers 70 miles of tracks with 20 major sandstone viaducts (including one 90 feet high at Ormonside) spanning various ravines and 14 tunnels. The railway offers service throughout the day with a number of small stops enroute and has periodic steam engine trips.

Penrith Alhambra Cinema, Penrith (10 miles).

The Rheged Centre, Penrith (11 miles) - indoor soft play area, pottery painting, castle themed outdoor playground, large 3D cinema screen, collection of shops featuring local crafts, produce & restaurants.

Crafty Monkeys, Penrith (9 miles). This is a welcoming pottery and crafts studio in the middle of Penrith which has a range of great activities for kids and adults including pottery wheels, pottery painting, glass painting, mosaic making, build a bear, plant pot painting.

Penrith and Eden Museum, Robinson's School, Penrith (9 miles), home to an array of interesting local artefacts including pottery from the Plumpton Roman Fort and historical and contemporary art.

The Ullswater Steamers, Pooley Bridge, Howtown Pier & Glenridding (14 miles to Pooley Bridge) operate lake cruises on Ullswater. For events, please refer to the Ullswater Steamers Events calendar on the web site.

Talkin Tarn Country Park, Tarn Road, Brampton (15 miles) - fairytale mature woodland and gentle meadows around a glacial lake.

Aira Force waterfall (National Trust) (20 miles), near Watermillock on the road running between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, is a great drive as well as a great walk. A tumbling waterfall drops 65ft and can be reached via a stroll through woodland and landscaped glades. One of the most famous spots in the Lake District, it is a must-see beauty spot that has inspired countless poets, including Wordsworth himself who paid many visits to the falls in his life.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle (20 miles).

Carlisle Castle, English Heritage, Carlisle (20 miles).

Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle (18.4 miles) offers racing from February to November (National Hunt and Flat) including three evening meetings.

Hadrian's Wall (English Heritage) (23 miles). Visit Birdoswald Fort (English Heritage), Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum and discover Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage).

Walby Farm Park, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle (22 miles). For family fun on the farm, come and meet the donkeys, hand-feed the lambs, groom the ponies and watch the goat-racing at this award-winning attraction, open year round and suitable for all ages and abilities.

Keswick (26 miles) is a thriving town settled next to the idyllic Derwentwater, forever busy with walkers, outdoor enthusiasts and artists. Brimming with cafés, art galleries and the largest collection of outdoor shops in the country.

The Puzzling Place, Keswick (26 miles).

The Pencil Museum, Southey Works, Keswick (27 miles), home to the world’s longest colour pencil, which is nearly eight metres tall! Learn all about the history of pencil as well as taking part in creative workshops, discovering the Secret Pencil Exhibition and escape to the Kids Art Studio while the adults relax and have a cuppa and a sticky bun at the riverside location.

Lakeland Llama Treks, Ravenstone Manor (30 miles). The centre offers mini treks or half day treks which includes picnic lunches or a café meal.

Treetop Trek, Ecclerigg, Windermere (35 miles). Experience life in the woodland canopy on 35 daring challenges.

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness on Windermere (36 miles).

Predator Experience, Barns Close, Ayside, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands (52 miles). Walk a hawk, handle an eagle, join a wolf pack wandering through the countryside or step inside a fox enclosure.



Keswick Film Festival, Keswick (26 miles) (February – March).
Penrith Goes Orange – the World's Original Marmalade Festival, Dalemain (12.5 miles) (February or March).


Keswick Film Festival, Keswick (26 miles) (February – March).
Penrith Goes Orange – the World's Original Marmalade Festival, Dalemain (12.5 miles) (February or March).
Words by the Water Festival of Words & Ideas, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (26 miles).


Pirelli Carlisle Rally, Carlisle (22 miles).
The Cumberland Show, Carlisle Racecourse (18 miles).
Ullswater Daff Fest.
Ullswater Yacht Club annual Daffodil Regatta.


Melmerby May Day Festival, Melmerby (3.5 miles).
Penrith May Day Festival, Penrith (10 miles).
Langwathby May Day Festival, Langwathby (4 miles).
Fell Pony Show at Dalemain (12 miles).
Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick (26 miles).
​Orton Scarecrow Festival (24 miles).


Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland (18 miles).
Keswick Beer Festival, Keswick (26 miles).
Cumbria Hound and Terrier Show, Brough (25 miles).
Warcop Rush Bearing (21 miles).
Ullswater Fair, Patterdale (23 miles).
The Cumberland Show, Carlisle Racecourse (18 miles).
Alston Gala Day, Alston (12.4 miles).


Skelton Show, Old Park, Hutton-in-the Forest (11 miles).
Langwathby Scarecrow Festival, Langwathby (4 miles).
Derwent Water Regatta, Crow Park, Keswick (28 miles).
Lakes Chilli Fest, Dalemain (12 miles).
Penrith Agricultural Show, Brougham Hall Farm, Penrith (10 miles).
Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park (13 miles).
Ambleside Sports Day - cycle races, Cumberland wrestling (which has thought to come from Vikings), hound trailing, and track racing, Ambleside (38 miles).
Alston Gala Day, Alston (12.5 miles).
Appleby Town Carnival, Appleby-in Westmorland (18 miles).
Rainbow Craft Fair at Dalemain House (12 miles).
Great Musgrave Rush Bearing (23 miles).


Fell Pony Breed Show, Dalemain (12 miles).
Lowther Show, Lowther Castle (14 miles).
Appleby Show, near Appleby Golf Course (18 miles).
Ravenstonedale Agricultural Show, Ravenstonedale (32 miles).
Crosby Ravensworth Show & Vintage Rally, Maulds Meaburn (17 miles).
Great British Food Festival, Dalemain (12 miles).
Dufton Agricultural Show, Dufton (13 miles).
Ullswater Yacht Club annual August Regatta.
Brough Agricultural Show, Brough (25 miles).
Patterdale Sheep Dog Trials, Patterdale (23 miles).
Keswick Agricultural Show, Braithwaite, Keswick (29 miles).
Cumbria Classic Car Show, Dalemain (12 miles).


Hesket Newmarket Show (18 miles).
Appleby Flower Show, Appleby-in Westmorland (18 miles).
Alston Flower Show (12.5 miles).
Brough Hill Fair (gypsy and trading fair dating back to the 17th century) (25 miles).


Carlisle Fireshow entitled 'Spellbound Sensations' at Bitts Park, Carlisle (20 miles).
Winter Droving (2 days - Lake Ullswater first evening & then a day in Penrith).


Kendal Mountain Festival: Annual film festival, a diverse event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK.

Things you need to know about Elk Cottage if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • * Up to two well-behaved dogs allowed (£25 per dog), to be kept to the ground floor and off the furniture please
  • Dog owners please be aware that, although the enclosed patio area outside the kitchen is enclosed, the large lawned area around the side and to the rear of the cottage is not entirely enclosed
  • Not suitable for stag or hen parties
  • Tall guests please be aware of some old fashioned door heights
  • Minimum stay 2 nights all year except at Christmas and New Year which is a minimum stay of 5 nights
  • There is a refundable security deposit of £250
  • HOT TUB hire is available through a local company, Cumbria Hot Tub Hire, who will come and set up a hot tub on the sandstone terrace, fill it and have it piping hot and ready to go on your arrival! They handle the complete process - from guest booking to installation and on-line safety briefing documents etc. They will also collect payment and provide advice hotline if required. Cost including delivery, set up and collection is £250 for a long weekend or £300 for a one week hire. The property owners request a £30 surcharge to be added to the reservation to cover the cost of extra water and electricity used. Subject to availability, especially during busy holiday periods. Please call Leigh on 07810 764 692 or if you would like this option
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Date changes, credit notes or refunds for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.

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