With its attractive open-plan interior, Hardknott Cottage is superbly suited to those wishing to either share every moment or simply keep an eye or ear out for the youngster! The downstairs living area offers an enticing escape from the noise of cities and their suburbs, with its 3ft thick pink granite stone walls, sheltering you from the outside world. We have taken extra care to preserve the original layout of the barn, which was formerly a byre where livestock were housed.
We have paid special attention to keeping the rooms much as they were when they were built around 500 years ago. The bedroom has been created out of the former storage area that overlooked the byre and the bathroom downstairs formed within what was once a subtle store room on the side. You will also find the back of the full height chimney breast from Wastwater Cottage protruding through the width of the 3-foot thick wall into the galleried bedroom above.
The cottage is named after Hardknott Fell, on which both Hardknott Roman Fort and England’s steepest pass are located. Hardknott Cottage has a lofty high ceiling and a back door opening onto our lawned paddock with lovely fell views. Open and airy on the inside, yet private and sheltered from the distractions of modern day life, with its solid stone walls and uncontested fell views, you won’t be settling for second best when staying here!
Ground floor: fully equipped, modern, open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. Bathroom with powerful over bath shower.
First floor: 1 gallery double bedroom with king-size bed. On request a fold out Z bed for a young child and/or cot available.
Hardknott Cottage accepts 1 well behaved dog, no puppies please. There is a small charge and some dog T&C’s to abide by.
You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and tranquil corner of the Lake District than the Eskdale Valley. The combination of the amazing location and accommodation provides the perfect ingredients for a superb holiday. The cottages are the perfect base to explore all of the treasures Eskdale and the surrounding area has to offer. Close by is the beautiful, deep, Wastwater Lake, England's deepest at 79 metres, and about 3 miles long. Also, near is the majestic Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England and one of England's most scenic hikes.
The 2 village pubs, The Boot Inn and Brook House Inn are within walking distance including a post office and village shop. There is also England’s oldest, working twin-wheel corn mill museum, Hardknott Pass (England’s steepest road) and a narrow-gauge steam railway - all close by.
There are plenty of walks with lovely views of waterfalls, lakes, rockpools and you’ll spot lots of wildlife along the way. Also, a great place for cycling; Eskdale Cycle Trail is a wonderful way to explore the valley with many stops along the way which are perfect for a picnic. Bring your bikes or hire them locally.
Other activities close by are: climbing, abseiling, canoeing, pony trekking, fishing and swimming (in hot weather) and much more.