Secluded Western Lake District home swap

We have joined homebase-hols on a trial basis, and as such, only had 5 emails available to us to send. As such, we have run out of the ability to reply! If you have sent us an email and we haven't responded, please accept our profound apologies! You can find out more about our swap properties available in The Lakes and London, below:

London -

The Lake District -

The property is an 1850s coach house, recently renovated to create an open plan, cozy cottage. Plenty of windows and 8ft ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in woodlands, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not an instant 'flick for heat', but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended!), make for a perfect retreat in Summer or Winter.

There is a TV that connects to a DVD player (PlayStation) i.e. no live TV.

Remote in the sense that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hours drive away, you will soon settle into the rhythm of tea rooms, pubs and honesty tables with everything from windfall apples to newly picked potatoes perfect for roasting.

With or without a car, you'll really embrace the country life: walks straight from the door, local pub and a convenience store which can take care of all your immediate needs. We also get Tescos delivery, and are blessed with an award winning butcher, specialising in bronzed turkeys, and a fifteen minute drive from the cottage is the official provider of 'sausage to the Queen!' We would be happy to help you place a pre order, and can point you in the right direction for other locally sourced specialities.

If you are arriving by train, you will arrive into Drigg: the prettiest railway station we have ever come across in all our travels! It's a little under a two mile walk, so, if you'd prefer a taxi to take the strain, give 'Gosforth Taxis' a call and they will meet you.

Part of the stables for the original hall, the Estate was home to the Lutwidge family, aka Lewis Carroll's Uncle; and, as you exit the house straight onto tracks and fields, it's not hard to imagine where the inspiration for timekeeping hares and lazy caterpillars came from!

Our ground floor has the original cobbles and troughs of the coach house. This means practicality in spades for muddy wellies and paws; but a potential trip hazard too. You easily get used to it, and its an amazing feature, but it's worth bearing in mind.

The Western Lakes are a privilege to live in. Away from the well trodden tourist trails, Volcano is less than 2 miles from the beach, and less than two miles from the Lake District National Park and Scafell Pike.

Ambleside and Windermere are an hour and a half drive, Lancaster two hours, and Carlisle a similar distance in the opposite direction.

The Cumbrian Coast Mainland Railway is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in England, and it delivers you to within a half hour walk from our door. The Cumbrian Coast line, and L'al Ratty (Cumbrian for: Little Railway) recently featured in a BBC programme entitled Britain's Greatest Railway journeys, hosted by Michael Portillo.

Muncaster Castle is also just a five minute drive away and it's Owl Sanctuary and incredible views (not to mention, haunted bedroom) make it one of the Lake District's hidden tourist gems.

The recent winner of "Britain's Favourite View", Wastwater is 7 miles from our small village; which manages to squeeze in a post office come agricultural feed store, a petrol station come village store, and, the all important pub - a 4 minute walk (& only because of the lack of street lights!) directly from our front door to theirs!

We have three good sized double bedrooms, one of which occupies the whole of the top floor. Total occupancy is 6.

We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, free-standing dream of a bath; complete with dimmable lighting and candles on standby!

If you're a history buff, try entering Holmrook Hall in Wikipedia, for the tale of how the cottage came by its name: 'Volcano'!

We also have a two bedroom, Victorian terrace, with garden in North London; which would be available for simultaneous, weekend, or longer swaps - we'd be happy to share more information and photographs if you would like.

About the location

Neighbourhoods don't come much better than this if you like a lack of street lights and a pub (The Lutwidge Arms) at the end of the track!

Public transport cannot be said to be convenient in West Cumbria! There is a train line that goes up the West coast, but it's a couple of miles from the house. Ideally you would want a car for longer excursions; but if you would just like to stay local and go on walks and to the pub; you will manage just fine with a taxi on your arrival and departure.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Non Simultaneous Exchange
  • Open to Offers
  • Long Term Exchange
  • Hospitality Exchange
  • Housesitting Offered
  • Weekend Exchange
  • Rental Offered

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • Pets welcome
  • Children welcome
  • Pet Care Offered

Holmrook (HE31893)

Cumbria,   England

  • 3 bed   (sleeps 6) 1 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: Open to offer


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