3 (off peak)
The Wheelhouse is an outstanding Lake District holiday cottage in a fantastic location in Staveley village. In just a few minutes, you can walk to the train station, an excellent chip shop, friendly cafe, artisan bakery, the Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall, and the Eagle and Child pub which has an open fire. There is ample room for up to six guests in three bedrooms, and the property is as popular with friends meeting up for a holiday as it is for families who want a central base for exploring the beautiful Lake District National Park.
Staveley is on the River Kent, four miles north-west of Kendal. It has a vibrant, friendly community who are welcoming and happy to share their local knowledge with visitors who are searching for a genuine Cumbrian experience rather than merely scratching the surface of the amazing landscape and all it has to offer. The village boasts an enormous bike shop, Wheelbase, where you can hire bikes and shop from a wide range of road and mountain bike clothing and accessories. There is nowhere better to ask about the best trails to suit your ability.
The four-mile drive to Kendal takes around ten minutes, but you can also cycle, or walk along the footpath which runs beside the River Kent and through Burneside village. Kendal is a bustling market town with an artistic feel. There are excellent shops, cafes and pubs, and it is a top choice for a day out. The Kendal Museum is one of the oldest in the UK and a great place to find out more about the history of the landscape, while the Museum of Lakeland Life can show you how people have thrived here for centuries.
Staveley is only five miles from Bowness-on-Windermere which has been a hugely popular tourist destination since the mid-1800s and is graced by some lovely Victorian buildings. A good way to spend a day is on a hop-on, hop-off boat trip to Ambleside, Brockhole and Lakeside. Many visitors come to Bowness for the World of Beatrix Potter, and the town also has a beautiful church dating from the late 1400s, the vintage Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and the Windermere Steamboat Museum.
One of the best features of The Wheelhouse is that it caters so well for guests who want to spend their days outside, yet is very warm and welcoming on their return. Not only does it have a large secure lockup for bikes, but it also has two modern shower rooms for washing away the mud and a luxurious sauna where you can ease the ache of a good day’s walking or cycling from your muscles so that they are ready to do it all again tomorrow.
Sarah & Stephen Clapp joined Independent Cottages in August 2017
The Wheelhouse was designed with holidaymakers in mind yet it retains a homely feel that makes it easy to unpack and settle in with minimum fuss.
Accommodation is split across two levels and comprises:
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Three bedrooms sleep six guests. Each room is carefully furnished in calming neutrals with shades of heather and grey, with good-quality beds and bed linen, drawers and cupboards, and electric central heating radiators.
Outside: A paved patio area and off-street parking for three cars (one at the front of the property and two at the rear). There is a secure, lockable storage building for bikes, pushchairs, etc.
Additional Information: All utilities, linen and bedding are included in the cost. The sauna is coin operated. There is WiFi and central heating throughout the property. One well-behaved pet is welcome by prior arrangement with the owner for a small additional fee. A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Short breaks are possible depending on availability. No smoking.
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