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Dandelion Cottage is a private retreat where you can escape to the peaceful surroundings of the Cumbrian countryside without having to compromise on comfort. The private holiday cottage is at the end of a quiet country lane near Dalston, close to Hadrian's Wall, the Scottish Border and the Lake District National Park. It's ideal for couples who enjoy hillwalking and mountain biking yet equally suitable for those who want to sleep late, mooch around a market or a stately home and tuck into a pub dinner. It's a place where you can switch off and relax, forget about the outside world, and focus on each other and these stunning landscapes. Dandelion is one of two superb holiday rentals on the estate. Each is completely self-contained, with its own landscaped garden and outdoor hot tub.
Dalston is a friendly village within easy reach of the Lake District National Park, Scottish Borders and Solway Coast. It's around a mile and a half from Dandelion Cottage and has a small supermarket and a great pub, The Blue Bell, selling modern pub food using local ingredients. For anything else, it's only a short drive to Carlisle for a broad choice of shops and eateries. Carlisle also has an impressive castle, a beautifully decorated cathedral, and a well-curated museum and art gallery.
Whatever your interests, you'll find appealing attractions and activities in this area. William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin all have strong links to the Lake District. Wordsworth was inspired to write the beloved English poem "Daffodils" while visiting Glencoyne Park near Ullswater. You can learn more about Wordsworth's life and work at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere. Ruskin lived in Brantwood House near Coniston. His home is now a museum with one of the finest collections of his work in the world. Children's favourite, Beatrix Botter, was an original supporter of the National Trust. She loved the southern lakes so much that she bought up 4,000 acres of countryside and farms and left them to the organisation to ensure the land was cherished and protected for future generations. Visit her house at Hilltop Farm, see original drawings at the Beatrix Potter Museum and Gallery in Hawkshead, and relive childhood memories of the World of Beatrix Potter.
The Eden Valley and Lake District National Park are breathtaking - quite literally if you scale the Helvellyn range, a Wainwright peak, or the affectionately named "Back o' Skiddaw". Keswick, Ullswater and Caldbeck are all an easy drive from Dandelion Cottage, while the Cumbrian Way passes through Dalston. Mountain bikers can tackle the trails at Whinlatter Forest, the bridleways and singletrack around the Eden Valley, and don't forget the Pennines and the Solway Coast.
Dandelion Cottage will quickly become one of your favourite holiday homes. The owner's keen attention to detail means you have everything you need for a wonderful holiday.
Kathreen Burns joined Independent Cottages in May 2021
Dandelion Cottage is one half of a beautifully converted barn on the owner's property. Accommodation is over two levels.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen, bath towels and bathrobes are all included. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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