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Self-Catering Holiday Cottage Carlisle

Woodpecker in Carlisle, Cumbria

From: €363 weekly Guests 4 Rooms 2 Bathroom 2

Woodpecker Self-Catering

Holiday home
Woodpecker is a mid-terrace, ground floor cottage in the grounds of High Head Castle Farm, on the owner's dairy farm in the Ive Valley, just 13 miles from Penrith. The cottage sleeps four people and has a double and a twin en-suite bedrooms and an open plan living area with a fitted kitchen, a dining area and a sitting room with a woodburner. Outside the cottage is plenty of off road parking and a small garden with outdoor furniture and a barbecue. With its neighbouring cottage, Woodpecker can sleep a total of six people and makes a superb base for exploring this glorious part of the country.

High Head Castle Farm is located on a dairy farm in rolling countryside overlooking High Head Castle. Within easy driving distance is the market town of Penrith, which offers a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment. The historic city of Carlisle is within easy travelling distance, as is the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Impressive mountains, open fells and clear-water lakes, the Lake District has it all. From walking in the mountains to exhilarating watersports or just a gentle cruise on a steam-powered yacht, Cumbria is the perfect holiday destination.

Oil underfloor heating with woodburning stove in sitting area. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, library of books/DVDs. Fuel & power inc. in rent. Supply of fuel for woodburning stove provided on honesty box basis. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot & highchair on request. Ample off road parking. Front patio, small garden with furniture, BBQ & lovely views. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

Cottage amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Wifi
  • On a Farm
  • Rural location
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Self-Catering Reviews

Mrs Williams
October 2020
Lovely cottage, very funny and clean.. Good base to explore the Lakes and Scotland.
Mrs Williams, October 2020
August 2020
We have been away on five cottage breaks with Sykes Cottages and each time has been as good as the last .. Each time we've been away we've had an email explaining what to do and what to expect when arriving. Also being able to take our pet dog to the cottages has been great. Cottages have always been comfortable and clean . We will be using Sykes again for our cottage holidays . We have recommended Sykes to friends who have stayed in one of the cottages we have stayed in .
Mr Moon, August 2020
August 2020
The cottage owners treated the current situation with total respect.. They were at the end of the phone if we needed them but remained distant at all times.
Mrs Morton, August 2020
December 2019
The cottage was lovely,warm, clean and comfortable.. It was more than we’re expecting. The facilities were great, especially log burner. The kitchen has everything you need and more. The location was perfect- close to many attractions. The owners are welcoming and helpful, if you need anything. We had a great time at Woodpecker and we can recommend it to anyone, who’s looking for a nice and quiet place to stay.
Mr Majchrzak, December 2019
October 2019
We would definitely go again.. Lovely area, easy to be in and comfortable accommodation. Handy for many of our interests. Peaceful. Hassle free holiday. Thank you
Mr Addison
June 2019
A lovely peaceful cottage.. Superb !
Mr Murdoch
June 2019
This the second time we have booked this cottage.. The first time was exceptional and the second time was equally as good. Will be booking the cottage again in the near future.
Mr Khalid
February 2019
My overall stay was amazing and that place was very nice, tidy, clean and peace .... My overall stay was amazing and that place was very nice, tidy, clean and peace full no headache to go any ware for visit parking place was very secure and manage land lady was very helpful and co-operative in short that is ideal place for families and couples holidays
Ms Lomas
December 2018
The surrounding area is stunning, ideal dog walking countryside.. Carlisle is easy to reach as is Dalston for shopping needs. I really enjoyed my stay at Woodpecker.
Ms Easterlow
October 2018
Loved Woodpecker cottage.. Well equipped with everything you need and more. Very clean, comfortable and accessible. There was milk and wine in the fridge on our arrival; very thoughtful and much appreciated.The gated garden was reassuring as I could let the dog out in the knowledge that he was secure. There are two single beds and I loved that they had double, not single, duvets. Nothing worse than rolling over in a single bed and losing the duvet, so that was a very thoughtful touch! The double room is very spacious and the bed comfortable. We had some lovely days out as the location allows you to visit other towns without having to travel too far. I would definitely recommend Woodpecker Cottage as a place to stay.
Mrs Thomas
October 2018
Lovely holiday let in peaceful area.. Not too far from motorway and great for exploring area. Everything you need for your holiday.
September 2018
This holiday let is amazing and if we get the chance we would definitely return
Mr White
September 2018
The cottage exceeded our expectations and was very good value.. The location was excellent resulting in a good relaxing holiday, giving good access to the northern lakes, Carlisle and Scotland.
Mr Murdoch
September 2018
The cottage had everything that you needed and more.. There was a welcome folder with a map and details of local facilities. Other items that were not listed on the website were provided such as fruit, wine, a fan in each bedroom, many DVD,s and books, toilet rolls in each of the bathrooms,hair driers, towels and tea towels, ice, tea, coffee, sugar and milk. If these items were originally listed then we would have known not to take many of them with us. The directions to the cottage were easy to understand and Penrith and Carlisle were within easy reach. The location was very quiet and while you could get in contact with the owner, it was nice that you were left alone to enjoy the holiday. There was ample parking close to the cottage which was very clean, warm and welcoming.
Mr Uttley
August 2018
Easy access to the A66 and M6 which made it easy to travel to the Lakes, Scotland and the North East!
Mrs Reed
July 2018
No we had a good holiday
Mrs Lupa
July 2018
The cottage has everything you need.. We had a lovely time.
Mr Lynch
June 2018
Had a great few days is this lovely, dog friendly cottage.. Plenty of local walks on your doorstep or just relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings.
Miss Wonnacott
June 2018
The weather was awesome! Two dogs and three adults this time and once again, we thoroughly enjoyed the break. Woodpecker Cottage was everything we needed and had everything we needed. A working farm with livestock which is not only interesting to live with but educational too. Saw the cows being milked and walked for miles in the country. Loved every minute
Mr Jopson
June 2018
Spacious, well equipped, homely,clean cottage.. WiFi adequate for e-mails, google etc. If you want much more don't go to a lovely,quiet remote area!
Mrs Milling
May 2018
The welcome pack was a lovely touch .. .. wine, fruit, milk. The 6 nights were perfect. Very rural and peaceful. Surrounded by greenery and birds. Being on a working dairy farm added to the rural feel. Two separate bathrooms was a luxury. Everyone friendly and helpful. No complaints at all.
Mrs Webster
May 2018
We had a lovely peaceful break at the Woodpecker and we’re extre lucky with beautiful weather the whole break.. The location was great for visiting the Northern Lakes, Hadrian’s wall and the Solway coast (all less than 45 min drive.) The kids loved visiting the donkey and goats everyday and roaming the farm woodland. Some good walks from the cottage. The cottage was comfortable and it was a bonus to have an en suite for each roomy bedroom. The only disappointment for us was the dishwasher wasn’t working for our stay and we like a property with a dishwasher.
Mrs Nutter
April 2018
We loved the setting the spring garden was lovely and a surprise was the little .... We loved the setting the spring garden was lovely and a surprise was the little playground and sculpture trail complete with a friendly, and real, donkey plus two pretty goats with 3 kids between them
Mr Sharpe
April 2017
Lovely location, peace and quiet, lovely owners.. Will definitely stay there again
Mrs Archer
April 2017
Mr Richmond
July 2016
This was my third time at this location, I find it good for touring the area and visiting Penrith, the local town. One is always made welcome and the cottage being next to the owners farm is ideal.
Mrs Brooks
June 2015
It was a lovely cottage, one of the best we have ever stayed in, set in a lovely quiet location. Overall, it was a very pleasant break.
Mr Elsworth
March 2015
In a lovely location with plenty of walking in the immediate area. Handy for Carlisle and Penrith for days out, or as somewhere to just relax for the week. Have been here twice and hopefully will be back again. Have no hesitation in recommending Woodpecker Cottage for anyone considering a holiday in this area.
Mrs Stanton
October 2014
Very tastefully furnished, warm and clean. Bedrooms large, lovely comfortable beds, spotlessly clean bedding, sufficient storage. Great en suite in both bedrooms.
Mrs Hancock
September 2014
Peaceful setting and good location for visiting lakes, the very good welcome pack was much appreciated.
Mrs Sumner
August 2014
The owners were lovely. Our week was perfect!
August 2014
Very Comfortable and quiet. When planned WiFi becomes available even better for information and vacation planning..
Mrs Webb
July 2014
Clean and comfortable property in a peaceful rural location. Two en-suite bedrooms, one with walk in shower, essential for my elderly mother. Lovely walks near by to walk my dog. Owner very helpful and kind. We had wine, milk and scones waiting for us on arrival. Beauty spa on site, enjoyed a lovely treatment there and 10% off for cottage guests.
July 2014
The directions to the cottage were excellent and the owner was very helpful when I phoned her about gaining access. We found the accommodation to be very comfortable. We loved being on a working farm and having the hens arrive at the gate for bread. The cottage is about seven miles from Carlisle which is well worth a visit. Penrith is ten miles away and also worth a visit. The northern lakes are also a short distance away. The only draw back we found with the cottage was the lack of a washing machine and the size of the fridge. These could easily be rectified by installing a washing machine in the boiler room and providing a bigger fridge/ freezer. However, that said we really enjoyed our stay in Woodpecker cottage and will return again if we get a chance.
Mr Jakeman
May 2014
Very quiet with wonderful views and in a good location for our needs. The main bedroom is particularly well appointed. We also liked the spaciousness and the en suite bathrooms to both bedrooms.
Mr Loomes
April 2014
Nice Welcome, very quiet and comfortable accommodation. Friendly owner and very flexible.
Mr Walker
January 2014
Although it was December /January that we spent at Woodpecker cottage we found the under floor heating ample for the day and with a wood burning stove to supplement if the temperature really dropped. The owner was extremely helpful. Because of the properties location there is a lot to see and some pleasant walks on your doorstep or just watching the variety of birds flying in and out of the garden.
Mrs Parker
November 2013
The cottage was nice and warm, with plenty of space. Very quiet in the evenings; good atmosphere.
Mrs Hatton
October 2013
This was a beautifully maintained cottage in a very peaceful location, with everything you could need.
Mr Miley
September 2013
A lovely property in a beautiful rural setting, with a very interesting sculpture trail in the grounds.
Miss Woods
August 2013
Very high standard of cleanliness, modern and comfortable furnishings.
Mrs Acheampong
July 2013
Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings very private, peaceful and quiet . The gardens were lovely and really enjoyed watching the birds and dining outside would not hesitate to go again.
Mr Craggs
June 2013
A lovely cottage in a lovely, peaceful location. We received a nice, warm welcome.
Miss Callan
April 2013
On our arrival we were made very welcome by the owner. A very cozy cottage done to a very high standard. There were several welcome gifts for us in the cottage which was a very nice touch. This included wine, milk, scones, fruit and being Easter weekend, 4 Chocolate Chickens! Much appreciated by all. Plenty of public footpaths in the area for some long walks. A most enjoyable weekend.
Mrs Gillett
February 2013
I was very impressed with all of the things provided in the cottage especially the welcome pack! This is a delightful property of which the advertised picture does no justice to it, I cannot rate this property enough, it was fantastic.
Mrs Riley
December 2012
Very peaceful.Lots of bird life. Very handy for shops. A beautiful area. Warm and cosy.
Mr Craggs
December 2012
The Cottage is ideal for our needs, modern and cosy even in December, tranquil setting with lovely views.Handy location for exploring the area, you are made so welcome - I expect we will book again next year.
Mr Priest
October 2012
The cottage was as we hoped in that it was a quiet relaxing location and the property was clean fresh and like home from home. The views and walks from the door of the property were tranquil, picturesque and remote. If you want to get away from the 21st century and keep all the creature comforts, this is the ideal place for you.
Mrs Brown
September 2012
Rural location, country walks, plenty to see and do locally and further afield. Lovely friendly staff in tearoom. Gallery was beautiful.
Mrs Wooten
September 2012
A beautiful property, the height of tranquillity. It is located on a dairy farm off the beaten path but very convenient to Penrith, Carlisle and the Lake District. Beautifully appointed and very comfortable.
Mrs Graham
September 2012
It was very comfortable and well appointed, had everything we needed. Plus a Welcome Pack including a bottle of wine.
Mrs Nixon
August 2012
Spectacular location. We loved the sculptures. Very peaceful and just a short drive to many other interesting places too.
Mr Burns
July 2012
An excellent quiet location set in very pleasant surroundings, would go again.
Mrs Jobson
July 2012
We liked everything and would happily return. We had a wonderful time despite the weather!
Mrs Simpson
July 2012
The place was small and compact - which was perfect for the first time away with my new kitten.
Mr Craggs
July 2012
The friendliness of the people and the property suited our needs perfectly. Very tranquil setting.
Mrs Lyndon
July 2012
The standard of this property is far higher than one often gets with self-catering - it was like a 5 star apartment with quality fittings and furnishings, and it reflects the newness of the property too. We had a lovely time.
Mrs Ainscow
May 2012
Comfortable bed and sofas, excellent tea room and pretty garden. Wood burning stove was very comforting as it was not very good weather.
January 2012
We were welcomed to our cottage by the owner and a plate of freshly baked scones. One of the first things we saw was a woodpecker!!! We loved the location including the sculpture trail and the woodland and the fact that it felt to be miles from anywhere. Very comfortable bedrooms and well-appointed bathrooms. Living area very practical for dogs. Cooking and dining facilities good. Would have liked more mugs and glassware to be available. We will visit again and next time try out the lovely spa.
Mrs Bailey
December 2011
The cottage was warm, clean and spacious, even the dog loved it. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. The tea room is a must as is the spa, and the view from the front door over the valley is beautiful. It is a place I would definitely stay in again.
December 2011
As regular visitors to Cumbria my wife and I were extremely impressed by the standard of accommodation offered here - comfortable, well appointed,peaceful and relaxed. Woodpecker is within 30 minutes drive time of the North Lakes, charming Penrith ("foodies" heaven)Carlisle, Hadrian's wall & the Scottish borders. There are many places to keep all types of people entertained in all types of weather.Unusual attractions like a puppet theatre or hand-made chocolate factory are easily reached. The sculpture valley children's play facilities, cafe and gallery provide "on site" entertainment. Visitors should be aware that transport is really a requirement to explore the area's visitor attractions.
Ms Marsden
November 2011
The location was tranquil. The woodland, gardens, sculpture park and the abundant wildlife immediately outside the door were a real joy. The sculpture park was an interesting diversion and we loved the diversity of the exhibits in the gallery. The weather was gorgeous and there were no crowds!
Mr Martin
October 2011
Having spent holidays in Cumbria for over 35 years, the location of High Head was great to give us an opportunity to easily visit the best of Northern Cumbria. The cottage was very warm and cosy, even when the weather was cold and miserable. Very comfortable, well appointed and a lovely welcome pack. Lot's to do on site as well,I can only recommend High Head to young and old alike.
Mr Mrs Dabbs
September 2011
This cottage was fantastic, it was clean and well maintained. The boys loved having an en-suite. It has to be one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in. Good quiet location but not too far from the center of Carlisle.
Ms Crawford
September 2011
The location was ideal for walking either in the Lake District or exploring Hadrian's Wall. The accommodation was of a very high quality in a wonderful setting. The owners were friendly and helpful. The quality of the food at the on-site tea room was very good.
Mrs Carr
September 2011
The cottage was out of this world and the location was ideal for my dogs. My little girl loved going to the tea room and bringing her food back to the cottage on her own due to the fact it was such a safe environment. A fantastic holiday for the entire family.
Mr Mrs Hurren
August 2011
I stayed at the Woodpecker Cottage with my husband, 2 children, age 6 and 11 and our dog. The owners were so welcoming and the cottage is to a very high standard. The little extras such as milk, tea, coffee, fruit and home made scones that were there on our arrival were a delight. I have never stayed in accommodation were this has been provided before. The surroundings are beautiful and everything is close by, only a 40 minute drive to Keswick. Ullswater is the nearest lake, just 20mins to Pooley Bridge and Carlisle is just 10 minutes drive. We had a wonderful time here and would certainly recommend to friends and would go back again.
August 2011
My husband and myself took my 96 year old mother to Woodpecker cottage for a week.Lovely viewa, ideal for all with 2 ensuite bedrooms.Good location for trips out. Plenty of information on local attractions. Excellent cafe/shop next door.Sculpture park very interesting. Appreciated the flowers, fruit,scones and milk left for us. Perfect holiday.
Mrs Haggarty
July 2011
Great cottage, nice touches. We travelled to Keswick and Lake Windermere for days away.
Mrs Carre
July 2011
Standard of accommodation very high and very friendly welcome. Very peaceful, very good coffee shop and helpful staff. Small but adequate garden with table, chairs and secure fence for safety of our dog (would also apply to small children).
Mrs Burns
June 2011
Lovely cottage with wonderful views. Extremely safe for my 96 year old mother. Welcoming touches of flowers, milk, wine, fruit and bathrobes much appreciated. Tea room next door was also enjoyed. Penrith, Carlisle and the various lakes easy to reach. Would definitely recommend and hopefully return to.
Ms Arthur
May 2011
Lots of art and creative events/places to visit in the Eden Valley. Lovely to have fresh fruit and flowers, milk, tea/coffee, wine in the fridge, ice cubes in the freezer and dressing gowns. Generally very well stocked kitchen. Lovely to have the patio area to eat in, woodland and the sculpture valley to relax in and lots of lovely benches and views.
Mrs Crehan
April 2011
It was a lovely apartment with everything you could want. With the tea room next door and the great countryside its a lovely place to stay.
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