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The Old Post Office Countryside Cottage in Santon Bridge, Cumbria

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2 rooms
1 bathroom

The Old Post Office Countryside Cottage description

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The Old Post Office is a semi-detached cottage near the village campsite in the quiet hamlet of Santon Bridge. The cottage has a first floor double room and a single room with a slightly smaller-than-average bed and an additional single trundle bed on the second floor mezzanine level. There is a shower room on the first floor and downstairs, the kitchen and a sitting room with dining area and woodburner. Outside is off road parking for one car, and a shared front garden with furniture and wonderful mountain views. The Old Post Office makes a romantic retreat for couples seeking to enjoy the mountains, walking, coastline, castle and villages of the area.

The picturesque hamlet of Santon Bridge sits in an area of Cumbria that is relatively undiscovered by tourists and has remained unspoilt as a result. The horizon surrounding Stanton consists of stunning views of various mountains, including Great Gable, Hard Knott, Muncaster Fell, Harter Fell and England's highest peak, Scafell. The village itself is very small and tranquil, consisting of a few farm buildings, a number of cottages and a local pub, which serves excellent food to locals and visitors alike. In addition to the walks and cycle-trails in the area, there are many local attractions to enjoy, such as the World Owl Centre, Muncaster Castle and Wastwater, the deepest lake in the UK. To take in the scenery, but without the effort, there is a miniature railway that leads from Ravenglass to Eskdale; a truly stunning journey in which to soak up the splendour of the region.

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.

Electric underfloor heating with woodburning stove in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with full Sky, WiFi, selection of books and games. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 1 car. Front garden with furniture, shared with owners. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 min walk. Note: Cottage is located near the village campsite. The dining area will seat a maximum of 2 people at any one time. Note: Max. 2 adults and 2 children under 16


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  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Near Pub
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September 2019
We have just spent four wonderful days in this cottage. The communication was easy, excellent value, the house was very well appointed with everything required available in the kitchen. A lovely cosy front room, a wood burner and a lovely bedroom, in a peaceful area perfect for exploring the area. It has under floor heating which was very efficient and lastly a great pub just round the corner.
Mrs Doel
May 2019
The cottage was lovely but there were some minor irritations that meant we have marked the facilities down.. Some of the lightbulbs needed replacing (particularly the under-cupboard strip lights in the kitchen). Also, the batteries in one of the remote controls was flat so we had to keep switching batteries between the remote controls. The kitchen equipment was very basic and we would have appreciated a few 'extras' eg a whisk, some tongs, some meat/vegetable chopping boards, a weighing scale, a small glass bowl. These few extra items would have made it so much easier for us when self-catering. During our stay, a swarm of bees took up residence in the wood burner. The bees started escaping into the lounge and it was rather alarming (given the number of bees in the wood burner itself). We contacted the camp site and vacated the property for the afternoon. We were very grateful the person we spoke to sorted out the bees in our absence and there was no trace of any bees when we returned later that afternoon. We were very impressed with the speed the issue was resolved.
Mr Howlett
May 2019
Exceeded our expectations.. The cottage has been furnished and decorated with care and consideration. The facilities go beyond what one might expect from a holiday let. From the beautifully appointed kitchen, to the wood burning stove. From the skylight in the bathroom to the outdoor spaces. We loved returning to the cottage at the end of the day, our retreat in the hills. Free wifi, free parking, free log burning fire make this a charming and ideal place to stay especially if you want access to the western fells. Highly recommended and our thanks to all those concerned.
Sarah G
December 2018
Very nice cottage, heating worked brilliantly, very welcome in a windy wet November. Fast and reliable wifi. Cosy for 2, would have been a bit tight with any more. A few blown lightbulbs but that's the only gripe.
Mr Fairley
November 2018
Lovely clean and comfortable cottage in a perfect position for walking, cycling and climbing.. Friendly local pubs with a good choice of real ales and excellent food. Great internet connection.
Mr Bradley
August 2018
Excellent location.. Close to Wasdale Head, Wasdale lake and several other places of interest. The Bridge Inn on the other side of the river has excellent food and serves a good range of cask beers.
Mrs Isard
July 2018
A wonderful cottage.. Walking distance to a great pub if you don’t want to cook. Lovely river Irt right on doorstep. Short drive to Wasdale and Wastwater so a great base for anyone wanting to climb Scafell Pike. Short drive to Seascale. Our children enjoyed body boarding and fishing for plaice there. It was fantastic to have such good WiFi so I could FaceTime home as no phone signal and the full sky package was amazing for a rainy day. Would love to book again, the cottage had absolutely everything that we needed. It even has a washer/dryer for all of our muddy wet walking gear.
Dr Vialls
July 2018
Mattresses in attic were very lumpy, otherwise everything was great
Ms Annable
July 2018
Cottage is a real home from home in a fantastic location for 2 people with everything you need in terms of equipment.. There are some items needing attention such as ensuring all lights work but these are minor. We chose the area for mountain biking, walking and running from the door and could have easily have stayed for longer as there is so much to do. We booked this very last minute which caused some difficulties with key collection resolved by a call to Sykes and also had no leaving instructions for keys. This aside, I’d recommend this cottage.
Mr Campbell
July 2018
Excellent cottage and a superb place to stay lovely area Everthing we needed in the cottage was there,would certainly recommend, will most likely visit again..
Mr Stanyer
April 2018
A nice cottage in a lovely location, the cottage was clean, comfortable, and reasonably well equipped.. We would have no hesitation in returning to, or recommending The Old Post Office Cottage.
Mr Smith
August 2017
Great cottage- well finished and very clean- in a nice quite area of the lakes..
July 2017
Great Location Location, location, location. This cottage sits on the road to Wasdale and near to the road to Eskdale. These are generally quiet roads in the less touristy west of the Lake District. Santon Bridge is a hamlet a pub and tea rooms and little else. It is in beautiful countryside. There is easy access to Eskdale, Ravenglass and Wasdale. You can walk to the fells from the cottage, although it is a long walk it is worth the effort. The Old Post Office cottage sits next to a campsite, but do not let this put you off. We were there for the last weekend of the Whitsun half term. The campsite was very busy and yet we unaffected by any noise from it. The cottage is also a hundred or so metres from the pub, which did decent food and even take away fish and chips and pizza. The cottage was small. Ideal for the two of us. There is a second bedroom in the attic space, with a single bed and a pullout matress under. This which would suit a third adult, additional couple or older children. I'd be wary of putting younger children up there as it was on a mezzanine level with no door and direct access to the stairs. It's a bright and airy space with Velux windows. The shower was fine with plenty of hot water, although I would have loved a bath after the long walks we took. The kitchen was small, but perfectly adequate and very well equipped. There is a dishwasher and a washing machine. The lounge had a big leather sofa and chair both of which we found ourselves sliding down during the night. The table was very small and awkward: not really a dining table as there was no where to put you legs when eating. It's a small criticism in an otherwise really nice cottage. The cottage also had a garden to the front with a table and chairs. We didn't get to use this due to the weather (hey! it is the Lake District!) I have to mention a few negatives. Several light bulbs had blown and there were no replacements. In a cottage of this price I'd expect that to be checked and dealt with. We lost internet connection early in our stay and had no telephone so we couldn't report it. I didn't mind too much; I didn't come for the internet. Also there is a shared Sky box. This was a bonus. Until it failed and left us without any television. It comes highly recommended as a base for any couple who would like to explore the stunning Western Lake District.
July 2017
The cottage was very well equipped, comfortable and in a splendid location with the Lakeland fells and local attractions within easy reach.. Superb
Mr Tancock
October 2016
The Cottage is very clean and tidy well maintained and has been done up to a very high standard, the owners were very friendly, letting us get on with our 5 day short break in peace, but letting us know they were there if needed, when I did speak with them in regards to the internet they were very friendly, I would totally recommend the cottage and would love to stay there again, the reason for the trip was because I had just lost my mum who sadly passed away and we had mums funeral on the 28th September and I felt that I had to get away from everything and everyone as I run an 11 room Hotel / Pub in Dorset The Old Post Office and surrounding area was quiet and ideal for such a get away very beautiful area and we walked from the cottage to the foot of skafell Pike and then proceeded to climb the mountain before walking back to the cottage again I would recommend climbing the mountain but perhaps driving to foot of the mountain as it added about 6 miles to our trip, unfortunately we didn't make it to the local pub due to travelling around the area and visiting a lot of the local attractions but next time we hope to make it to the pub, the lady at the local gift shop near the tea rooms was very nice and helpful too, all in all a very memorable holiday at a very sad time, thank you to Gareth and his family for a lovely stay and everyone involved in the organizing of it as it was very easy to book too..
Mr Osborn
April 2016
This cottage is located in a very good area for the mountains and the lakes. The pub food in the area is excellent. The most impressive part of the holiday was leaving the bedroom window open at night and listening to the babbling river. This is a very nice place and I would really recommend staying here.
Mrs Foord
October 2015
Cottage is clean and comfortable, in good location close to lake and mountains.
Mrs Smith
September 2015
A lovely cottage, very nicely decorated and with fantastic underfloor heating.
Mr Anderson
September 2015
The cottage is stunning, we would recommend this cottage to everyone who is planning a trip to the Lakes.
Ms Purves
August 2015
A lovely cottage with everything you needed. Didn't want to leave!
Ms Wright
March 2015
The Old Post Office was clean, comfortable and well furnished. Ideally located for walks on the surrounding fells and in local area. We hope to return in the future.
Mrs James
January 2015
A lovely cottage, fantastic location and friendly helpful landlord. Had a great pub on doorstep that welcomes children..
Mrs Shaw
November 2014
Loved the underfloor heating!!! Fantastic cottage with everything you need for your stay.......... Pleasant owner as well.
November 2014
We arrived at 3am to find the fire lit for us, a lovely warm welcome in a beautifully decorated cottage. The owners of the campsite are so friendly, and it's a lovely quiet site. We stayed for a week with our two children 8 and 6, and they loved the cottage and also George the dog! It was spotlessly clean everywhere and really well equipped in the kitchen. Underfloor heating throughout was wonderful. The Pub next door was fantastic as were the Tea Rooms nearby. We had some lovely walks, 6miles partly along Wastwater which was mainly flat, and 6miles up over irton fell-ending at the Tea Rooms. The Ravenglass railway was great for kids with a beautiful walk upto a waterfall at the end. You could prebook to take bikes and then cycle back down beside the track which we would do next time. We are booking a week next year!
Mrs Powell
October 2014
We have not been to that part of the country before and it was beautiful, the scenery was amazing. We would definitely go again.
October 2014
Excellent position for exploring Wastwater and Ennerdale/Eskdale,lovely cottage but it is showing some need of TLC,some mouldy mastic in shower area,blown light bulbs and peeling plaster in the corner of the bedroom,no egg cups and no glasses for drinking water etc (only wine glasses),minor problems that stop this property from being fantastic,The owner was very friendly but perhaps a little laidback when work required on the cottage. The lack of wi-fi is a pain but I was able to go outside to campsite entrance and pick up wi-fi there,but this wouldn't be feasible in the rain.We really enjoyed our week and the minor problems with the cottage wouldn't stop us using it again
Mrs Cox
September 2014
A beautifully renovated Cumbrian cottage with stunning scenery on your doorstep.
Allan C
September 2014
Wonderful cottage. Renovated about four years ago to a very good standard. How ever, now showing some signs of needing a bit of t l c, i.e Mouldy mastic, peeling plaster and blown light bulbs. And most importantly, no wi-fi in the cottage.
Mrs Johnston
August 2014
This cottage is excellent. It has everything you need and is so comfy. The owners were so helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. They deserve a 10 plus. There is so much to see and the scenery was beautiful.
Mr Beaumont
June 2014
This is a very nice, well maintained cottage in a lovely but remote part of the Lake District. We loved and recommend it as it 'ticked all the boxes' for us. Owner is also next door and was very helpful.
Ms Hitchen
May 2014
A lovely cottage in a wonderful location. It has been tastefully renovated and the fixtures, crockery etc were of very good quality. It was clean , well equipped and attractive. Great to have a pub serving food within such a short distance as well. We loved every minute of our week here, the scenery and walks were outstanding.
Mrs Atkinson
May 2014
Great little cottage with everything you needed. It was very clean, in a great location with friendly and helpful owners. Good walking from the cottage.
May 2014
This cottage is brilliant for a couple, scenic location, beautifully renovated, clean and well equipped, plus there is a great pub within a couple of minutes walk and local tea rooms where you can get an amazing breakfast. We had a wonderful stay here, there are great walks from the doorstep and nearby, it is less touristy than the eastern lakes however the scenery is incredible especially Wasdale and Eskdale. St Bees head with its lovely coastal walk is also within easy reach.
Mrs Strudwicke
December 2013
Lovely cottage. Would highly recommend.
Mrs Oliver
November 2013
Comfortable, cosy, well equipped and well situated cottage. Would highly recommend.
Mrs Crawford
September 2013
It was all very comfortable and clean. The owner was there when we arrived, and was very informative. We had a very enjoyable week.
Mr Rudd
August 2013
We loved the cottage, everything we needed was at hand. We were 10 minutes from Wastwater lake. The kids loved it as much as we did. We recommend the cottage.
Mrs McNabb
July 2013
The location of the cottage was excellent, and the cottage itself was pristine. The amount of cookery in the kitchen was described as an average kitchen but we felt it was well above and beyond an average kitchen. The bathroom was very clean and bright. The lounge was lovely, but we were gutted it was so hot the whole week and we didn't get to use the open fire! But it did really add character to the lounge and looks great fun!he owners were extremely helpful and very friendly. Overall nothing really negative to report! We had a fantastic time!
Miss Revel
July 2013
Charming cottage, beautifully decorated and finished. It was exactly the style we both like and secretly wished it was home. And despite the sometimes damp weather it was a lovely holiday, made even better by the cosy and warm haven to get back to at the end of a long day trekking. I would highly recommend the Old Post Office cottage at Santon Bridge. Beautiful home in a beautiful setting.
Mrs Williams
June 2013
The Old Post Office has been renovated to a very high standard and decorated beautifully throughout. It is also practical, for instance it has washer dryer and a heated cupboard in which to hang your waterproofs. It is like going on holiday to your best friend's home. The location is perfect to explore the mountains around Wastwater. The grounds of the campsite run alongside the river Irt so we were able to spend a tranquil morning in the sunshine beside the river, literally a stones throw from our front door. The Santon Bridge Inn is one minutes walk away for delicious food, and a gift shop and tea room five minutes walk away. The coast is a six mile drive along beautiful country lanes, and a well stocked local store in Gosforth provides everything you need at a good price. As they say, every box ticked.
June 2013
The Old Post Office has been renovated to a very high standard and decorated beautifully throughout. It is also practical, for instance it has washer dryer and a heated cupboard in which to hang your waterproofs. It is like going on holiday to your best friend's home. The location is perfect to explore the mountains around Wastwater. The grounds of the campsite run alongside the river Irt so we were able to spend a tranquil morning in the sunshine beside the river, literally a stones throw from our front door. The Santon Bridge Inn is one minutes walk away for delicious food, and a gift shop and tea room five minutes walk away. The coast is a six mile drive along beautiful country lanes, and a well stocked local store in Gosforth provides everything you need at a good price. Tips: The children's bedroom is on a mezzanine in what was the roof space, and as such there is no door so take a child gate to put up to keep them safe. There is also no blind on the velux windows up there which was no problem for our two but you may want to take two travel blackout blinds.
Mr Smith
May 2013
Small cottage situated in a beautiful part of the Lakes. The standard of fit-out and furnishings in the cottage was superb allowing for an extremely enjoyable stay. Would recommend it to anyone.
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