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Solway Cottage in Bowness-on-solway, Cumbria

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
2 bathrooms

Solway Cottage description

With a charter granted in 1262, the traditional Cumbrian market town of Wigton still holds a market each Tuesday in the covered market hall. This lovely town is a popular centre for shopping, pubs and restaurants, as well as for other activities such as theatre, bowls, swimming, tennis and other sports. The Lord Melvyn Bragg novel, 'A Time to Dance', featured the town of Thurston, which was based on Wigton and the local area. A lovely base for a holiday exploring Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

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.

Solar powered underfloor heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, Bosch Tassimo coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair on request. Ample off road parking. Electric car charging point. Front decked area with furniture and BBQ. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 mins walk. Note: One step leading from sitting area to the outside decking. Note: 50 railed steps lead directly down to shore, children to be supervised, alternatively, the shore is 200 yards down the road. Please note: Solway Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner's property, Maia House. All outlooks are across the Solway Firth estuary towards Scotland.


  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • By the sea
  • Near Pub
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Miss Mbofana
April 2019
We enjoyed every moment at the cottage Would highly recommend Solway Cottage.. Will definitely be back for another holiday. Bill and Patsy were very attentive, best hosts ever.
Mr Hudspith
March 2019
This cottage has an amazing view over the Solway.. It is extremely comfortable, warm & and very well presented. The cottage worked very well for 2 couples sharing as there are 2 bathrooms. We would all thoroughly recommend this cottage and it’s friendly owners.
Mrs Lester
November 2018
The view from Solway Cottage is stunning.. It is a perfect location for exploring the North Lakes, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and the beautiful Solway coast which is a hidden gem. The cottage is warm, cosy, comfortable and well equipped.
Mrs French
October 2018
Loved everything.. The view is amazing. Bill showed us round the property and told us some of the history of the area. Thankyou to Bill and Patsy for the goodies. We will go back again in the future.
Ms Wyngard
October 2018
Solway cottage is the most perfect holiday cottage, the cottage interior is very .... Solway cottage is the most perfect holiday cottage, the cottage interior is very modern and stylish with everything you could need and more, wow factor views large private balcony to enjoy the changing tides, sunsets, starry skies, wildlife etc a slice of heaven, thank you Bill+Patsy
Mr Kurowski
September 2018
Magnificent! Having used Sykes Cottages on several previous occasions we think this cottage, its facilities & its location make it the best so far! We did have reservations about the cottage being in such close proximity to the owners' home but this was unfounded. The cottage & its balcony are totally private & give spectacular views over the Firth. The cottage is really well laid out & provides everything one requires during the stay. And the area is really special, with so many great walks over different landscapes & habitats. All in all a truly special place!
Dr Sparks
August 2018
Solway Cottage is located in the quiet village of Bowness-on-Solway; local amenities include one pub and the Wallsend tea room, which provided nice lunches and a good selection of cakes.. The surrounding area is both beautiful and peaceful, and the cottage is probably the best place to appreciate this, as it has spectacular views over the water, with a lovely decked area out back with nice seating that lets you take full advantage. You can also walk straight down from the decking to the beach through a terraced garden; while well maintained, the stairs are quite steep in places, so not for those with mobility issues - although within the cottage access is all on one level. The accommodation itself was comfortable, and the hosts appear to have thought of all those little details - nice towels and toiletries in the bathrooms (there are two); plenty of cupboard space in the bedrooms, and a useful laundry area with washing machine and dryer. The kitchen was particularly well equipped, and the coffee machine was a bonus. Good selection of books and dvds to suit many tastes; and lots of information provided on local history, flora and fauna. The owners were very friendly and helpful; as was the bottle of milk, wine and chocolates in the fridge on our arrival - all the necessities! Fresh flowers added another welcoming touch. All in all, this was a lovely place to stay, and I'd be happy to return anytime.
Mr Horrocks
July 2018
Lovely cottage & very well equipped.. In fact for us is was better equipped than needed! Views from the cottage are lovely and saw some stunning sunsets. Situated in quiet village with pub with food just 2 minutes walk. Owners very nice & sent us good directions to get there including a stop at Asda. Bottle of wine, milk & maltesers in the fridge were also a nice welcome. Only downside was the hoards of flies which I suppose is what you get in hot weather in the countryside, but if this would bother you it should be taken into account. All in all we had a lovely week and if it wasn't for the flies we'd love to return.
Mr Hall
June 2018
The views and scenery were stunning , the wildlife was great to watch , the location was good and the owners were wonderful and very helpful ..
Mr Wilson
June 2018
Great location great cottage great views peace & quiet great hosts nothing .... Great location great cottage great views peace & quiet great hosts nothing negative would certainly return to this cottage if only for the relaxation it offers
Mr Wales
June 2018
Set in a wonderful location, with amazing views.. The cottage was fabulous and, the care and attention to detail by the owners was five star, everything that you could want was provided.
Ms Tierney
May 2018
The property is of a very high standard.. The facilities are second to none. Everything you could need in the kitchen and more. The beds are very comfy. Everything was high quality. Breathtaking views from the decking and the nature watching was excellent. The village is quiet, but has a good pub with good food. Lots to do in the surrounding areas, but a car is essential. The owners are close by and very helpful, but do not invade your privacy. All in all a very nice place to visit. I would definately recommend this cottage to my friends and family.
Mrs Davies
April 2018
Spotlessly clean, beautifully presented, this cottage is a real credit to its owners Bill & Patsy.. The high quality of all the furnishings, fitments and fixtures elevates it way above any of the many other rental cottages we have ever stayed in. Its warm, quiet, everything feel solid and the views are terrific. The owners are next door for questions and help if required, but allow one privacy, the perfect hosts! By nature I am picky and can generally find things that trouble me at these rental cottages but in this instance apart from a couple of minor nit-picks too trivial to mention, I am at a loss to come up with anything negative about the cottage that I feel I should warn others about. We really enjoyed coming back to the cottage after a day's touring and walking, so much so we preferred to cook and "chill out" that eat at pubs and restaurants. The sun sets on the Scotland side of the Solway Firth so every evening one is treated to a display of colour, as a landscape photographer I really apprecaited that! I guess my only area of slight dissapointment was not about the cottage at all but just how little there really is to do in the area. We found ourselves travelling to the Lake District every day and its quite a journey taking 1.5 hours or longer. Of course we knew that when we booked I just found the Solway Firth a tad boring, we didnt see a single boat or any activity all week, and its quite a monotonous beach to walk. What I am trying to say is if you are happy at this location then the cottage is absolutely perfect, but if your main interest is in the Lake District it might be a bit far from the "action". Overall this is a 5 star property. Lovely views, terrific interior and exterior and above all it has that intangible sense of feeling at home and comfortable.
Mrs Currie
April 2018
We had a fantastic week.. Solway Cottage is a home from home with a fantastic view. Would highly recommended.
Mrs Butters
February 2018
The cottage was very clean, comfortable and warm and well set out with plenty of space.. Information was provided for things to do around the area. The chocolates and wine were a nice touch. The view from the cottage was exceptional, we could watch the weather unfold from the comfort of the sitting area and enjoyed watching and photographing the wildlife around the cottage.
December 2017
A romantic and remote setting with a very glamorous view that is great to watch in all weathers - we were blessed with a clear night time sky and star-gaze! The cottage is luxuriously equipped with good quality appliances, crockery and pots and pans. The beds were super comfy and rooms had black-out blinds to aid a good night's sleep. The underfloor heating and electric blankets meant that we were toasty warm even when the temperature was below freezing. The nearest village shop is a short drive away but we would recommend stocking up on supplies at the Asda at Carlisle or bringing your own provisions if staying for short break, there is plenty of space in the fridge, cupboards and separate freezer. There is a wonderful coastal walk from the doorstep and a great village pub in which to drink beer and eat cumberland sausage and chips when you return. This is totally unspoilt coastline in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would return.
Miss Brady
December 2017
We had a brilliant stay at Solway Cottage, it was so much more than what we expected! The view was breathtaking no matter what time of day it was, our stay was so relaxing and peaceful. The cottage itself was equipped with everything you could ever need, plus more! It was clean, modern, comfortable and homely. Felt like a home away from home. We are already talking about re-booking for spring! All in all a fantastic, beautiful place. Thanks so much.
November 2017
Luxury cosy cottage in an area of outstanding beauty. This is the perfect retreat when you feel the urge to recharge. From booking to arriving to staying there -everything was stress-free. The view is outstanding and good to watch in all weathers. Recommend that you bring your basic provisions (or stop in ASDA at Carlisle) as the village does not have a shop. The village does have a decent walkers pub in the Kings Arms which serves good food and great beer. The cottage itself is exceedingly well equipped - loads of crockery, full range of tip-top appliances- and felt like a home from home. There books, maps, walking routes, DVD, CDs and board games to keep you entertained. The wi-fi is free but does drop away sometimes, which is a good excuse to step away from the e-mail or the game station! The beds are exceptionally comfy and come complete with an electric blanket. The coastal walk from the doorstep of the cottage is lovely and there are plenty of interesting day-trips within 40 mins drive. The owners live next door and are very helpful and work hard to keep the cottage in tip-top condition.
November 2017
Solway Cottage is very comfortable well equipped place and the view from the cottage was spectacular, The owners are friendly a most enjoyable place for a holiday we could not have asked for more..
September 2017
Had a wonderful week away here - views are amazing and can't get over how high spec this cottage is - the kitchen is better equipped than our own! The huge glass doors allow you to enjoy the scenery even in poor weather and the high quality TVs, bluray, sound systems etc. mean you will be entertained in all weathers! Would recommend: Nearby RSPB Campfield Marsh reserve Wallsend Tea Rooms (Bowness) Kings Arms (Bowness) Hope and Anchor (nearby Port Carlisle - locally sourced food, gorgeous meals and amazing homemade desserts)
Cathleen T
July 2017
Just returned from the most amazing cottage probably the best we have ever stayed in. More equipment than you could ever need or use during the week more than home from home. The cottage was spotless and had good quality fittings bright and airy. The little gifts a lovely touch. The owners we lovely and very helpful. The best thing though has to be the private patio offering us every changing views wonderful wildlife and stunning sunsets a photographers paradise. With excellent walks from your doorstep this has to be a not to be missed cottage if you enjoy peace and quiet.
Miss Graham
May 2017
Beautiful cottage , really friendly and helpful owners
Mr Edwards
April 2017
Fabulous cottage.. Provided a good base for touring the area but a little too remote for a repeat visit. Lovely peaceful location.
Mr Macdonald
March 2017
If anyone is looking for a place to relax, this is it..
Mrs Cooper
March 2017
Fantastic cottage with stunning views.. Hosts Patsy and Bill are very helpful and welcoming. The welcome gifts were very much appreciated. The Guest information book was excellent as was the laminated information sheets regarding the appliances.
July 2016
Fabulous cottage in a very peaceful and quiet village location, with a perfect, ever changing, view - even when the weather wasn't so good. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed and more. Within easy walking distance of the Kings Arms, which provided good pub grub.
Mr Grice
July 2016
Fabulous Cottage in a very peaceful and quiet village location, with a perfect, ever changing view - even when the weather wasn't so good. The Cottage was clean and had everything we needed and more.
Mrs Bouten
July 2016
Solway Cottage is a beautiful cottage with stunning views over the Solway sound. The cottage had all you need and more. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The only thing missing was the sun, so we couldn't use the beautiful sun deck and BBQ, but from inside we could enjoy the views as well.
Mr Sims
July 2016
We were made very welcome and the Cottage was very well equipped and there were great views.
Ms Dawson
June 2016
The best thing about this property and the thing that attracted us to book is the view over the Solway Firth. The cottage itself has everything you could need and is comfortable and inviting as well as modern. All in all we had a perfect holiday.
Mrs Sandford
June 2016
Loved the property! The owners were excellent hosts and such a lovely couple. Solway Cottage was clean, modern and well equipped. Sitting on the the patio with the stunning view, drinking wine accompanied by great weather was like being abroad! Stunning! Will definitely recommend to friends!
June 2016
What a fantastic cottage! Direct access to the empty beach! Loved it! The cottage was clean, modern and very well equipped. The weather was fantastic and the outside decking area was an ideal place to sit and admire the view, have drinks or a barbecue. I spent a lot of time on the patio reading, listening to music and watching my husband jogging on the beach!! Went for a Sunday session at the local (2 minutes walk) and found the staff very welcoming indeed! Lots of wild life and the local pheasant kept us amused on the lawn! Bill and Patsy were great hosts and such a lovely couple. We stay in cottages often and this is one of the best we have stayed in! Loved it and didn't want to leave. Thank you Bill and Patsy!
Miss Hughes
May 2016
Fabulous position, quiet location and immaculately clean property.
Mr Squire
April 2016
The aspect of the cottage both of us being lovers of wildlife, we were very pleased with the number of nature reserves and Mosses within easy reach of the superb Solway Cottage.
Mr Sinclair
March 2016
Great location for a relaxing holiday. Waking up to the birds singing, this cottage is fantastic. Everywhere was spotless and it had everything you need to have a good time.
Mr Holroyd
October 2015
We could not fault one thing about this very well presented home from home. The views over Solway Firth from the cottage are fantastic and the sunsets are to die for. We would recommend Solway Cottage to everyone and will visit again.
Mrs Bowden
September 2015
One of the best holiday homes we have stayed in, the kitchen in particular was very well equipped. The whole house was very clean and comfortable, would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Mrs Eaves
September 2015
Stunning views over the Solway to Scotland. Lovely area to explore. Very well equipped cottage with everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable holiday.
Mrs Matthews
September 2015
The Cottage was absolutely spotless, the furniture was excellent. There was all the cooking equipment needed. There was ample crockery and cutlery and the view facing us through the patio doors was breathtaking. Everything was tastefully decorated, this was the best Sykes cottage by far.
Mr Watson
September 2015
The cottage lived up to our expectations in every way, one of the best we have ever stayed in.
Mrs Southgate
August 2015
The views were outstanding and the owners were on hand if needed. The cottage was of high standard. There are great walks and fantastic sunsets.
Mr Haresign
August 2015
In a beautiful location and so immaculate, very comfortable accommodation. The hosts were very welcoming. Quiet and relaxing with amazing views.
August 2015
This is a lovely cottage perched above the Solway Firth. Stunning views, especially the sunsets. Inside the cottage is comfortable and welcoming, well furnished with all you need for a self catering break. The deck acts almost as an additional outside room with comfortable furniture and BBQ. The owners live next door and provided a warm and friendly welcome. As a person with some mobility problems I was also well catered for, with no more that one step between the house and deck and into the shower. Only wee thing I missed was a supportive chair in the living room - couches fine for lounging but hard for me to get up and down. Didn't spoil the holiday though!
Ian H
July 2015
This house lived up to everything it said it was so well equipped . The owners never bother you and the views from the patio area are stunning. We never closed the blinds all week because every evening as the sun set was like looking at a different painting. The bedrooms were very comfy and it was almost disabled friendly, the only draw back was if it rained and we wanted to eat my wife couldn't get on the bar stools to eat at the worktop she had to stand. Other than that it was a fantastic property to stay in . The property was in a very remote area with the nearest supermarket being a 25 mile round trip but as I said if you want a relaxing holiday this place is excellent.
Mrs Mardlin
June 2015
A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting with great views of the Solway and across to Scotland. Very tranquil and relaxing. The owners were welcoming, friendly and helpful.
Miss Marston
May 2015
I was so impressed with the cottage and the location. Everything was spotless, it had a lovely homely feel and we settled in straight away. It had everything we needed and it soon felt like home. The view from the cottage were stunning, something I could definitely get used to. There was so much to do and see, we were left with lots of leaflets and brochures on the attractions which was very helpful because I wouldn't have known where to start otherwise! Definitely one of the most stunning locations in the UK I've ever been to. Would love to come back next year and visit more of this incredible place, thank you for an amazing holiday!
Mrs Madden
April 2015
An exceptional holiday cottage, obviously a lot of thought had been given to requirements comfort. A stunning setting.
March 2015
An excellent property with high quality fixtures and fittings which had been thought out really well. The view from the balcony was superb and the access to the shore was great. An example of the attention to detail was demonstrated when we had a short power cut after dark and low level emergency lighting cut in, well thought out. The owner has provided an excellent library of books music and DVDs. We will visit again hopefully.
Brian S
March 2015
This property is fitted out to a very high level of quality and the location in an elevated position over the Solway Firth is idyllic. Everything you could want facility wise, is there. In March despite the windy weather at times the cottage was always warm and cosy. We planned a number of trips out but didn't stir far when the shoreline and surrounding villages were so interesting. I would recommend that any visitor read the book on the History of the Solway Firth from Bill's extensive "library". This lead us to Burgh by Sands to see the church where Edward 1st lay in state in 1307, to look into the history of Port Carlisle and the local bird sanctuary. This quite oasis has an interesting history! We will return.
Mrs Craig
February 2015
A fantastic place to holiday. Views over Solway Firth were great even in winter. The owner was charming and very helpful.
Mr Kelly
February 2015
There were plenty of places to visit and things to do, also the wildlife and bird life in the area. The views were stunning looking out over the firth and looking at Scotland.
Mr Clark
December 2014
It was in a fantastic location with a stunning view of the estuary. The cottage is very new, having just been completed in September, so everything is new, fresh and clean. The beds are comfy, the toilets, shower room and bath are all of a very high standard, and the kitchen/lounge open area allows you to cook whilst still being in the company of your friends or family.
Miss Sandom
November 2014
A fantastic week away. The location is perfect, offering an uninterrupted view of the Solway Firth and the constant changing of the tides was great to witness. Everything about the cottage was perfect and spotlessly clean. All the equipment you could need and the owners have put together lots of useful information to get the most out of your stay. A great location for a break away from it all to properly unwind.
Mr Warriner
November 2014
An amazing place, we have loved our stay. The cottage had everything (and more) that you could possibly want and all so beautifully and thoughtfully put together. There are brilliant walks from the cottage, you could stay a week and not use your car. It is peaceful and really off the beaten track and feels like a real escape, but within a reasonable time you can be in the heart of the Lake District or over the border into Scotland. It was wonderful, we couldn't find a single fault!
Rev Atkins
November 2014
The location of the cottage was marvellous, overlooking the sea.The decor of the whole cottage was wonderful and we were very comfortable.The underfloor heating kept the rooms cosy. Also impressed that the saucepans/bakeware were non-stick and there was a dishwasher, so that meant we could spend even more time relaxing and enjoying the views. Bed was very comfy and only a two minute walk to the local friendly pub. Ideal location for getting into Scotland or the Lakes. Incredible value for money. We highly recommend!
Mr Benaran
September 2014
Solway Cottage is in a quiet location with beautiful views of the coast. The owners are very friendly and helped to make the stay a memorable one. The cottage itself is a gem, fully furnished with everything you may need. Also to be mentioned is the amount of information the owners have gathered to make the most of your stay. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet place in a beautiful location.
Miss Calcasola
September 2014
Nothing was too much trouble for the owners. Fantastic location for walkers and birdwatchers and historians. Highest standard of cleanliness and furnishings in the cottage. Good eating nearby, phone service and wifi connections all good. You will not be disappointed!
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