3 (all year)
Mallard Lodge is a gorgeous holiday home in Arkholme near Kirkby Londsdale. Fantastic features include views of the lake, water views, and an outdoor hot tub. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, so it is ideal for couples, friends or families. The lodge is part of Redwell Park, where there are five acres of fishing lakes with excellent coarse fishing. The owners have a choice of other self-catering holiday properties on-site, and these can be booked together to accommodate extended families or groups of friends. Please see the owner's website for details.
Redwell Park is in a wonderful location for exploring the Forest of Bowland AONB, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Lake District National Park, and the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. Within walking, cycling or short driving distance is virtually any outdoor activity you can imagine. Walking and mountain biking are year-round favourites, but guests can also go climbing, caving, and scuba diving. Play a round of golf or set sail on Morecambe Bay.
The nearest place for basic provisions is the friendly village of Over Kellet, about a mile and a half away, with a village shop, post office and the Eagle's Head pub. For a wider choice of amenities, Carnforth is only a 10-minute car ride and offers three supermarkets, takeaways and chemists. Further amenities and shops are eight miles away in Kirkby Lonsdale. This lively market town is a great place to get groceries and hire bikes and other sports equipment you may need. It's incredibly picturesque with sights like Devil's Bridge, St Mary's Church and Ruskin's View. An alternate place to shop, grab a coffee or have lunch is Lancaster. The small city has a wide choice of places to eat, drink and shop, as well as a castle infamous for its witch trials.
Attractions to visit include the Warton Crag nature reserve, the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, and the beautiful coastline and beaches of Morecambe Bay. The RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve is always popular for bird watching, so bring your binoculars if you're a keen twitcher. Guests who want to push themselves can tackle the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks challenge and climb Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough within 12 hours, although climbing even one of these mountains is an impressive accomplishment.
Kendal, Windermere and the southern lakes are around half an hour's drive or keep going north, and you'll reach Ullswater in under an hour. With so much on the doorstep, it's not surprising that Mallard Lodge is a year-round favourite.
Sarah Mitchell joined Independent Cottages in March 2021
Mallard Lodge is built in a traditional style with a contemporary open-plan space that feels fresh and modern. Accommodation is all on one level.
Outside: The lodge is surrounded by a lawn and close to the lake and woodlands. It has a spacious deck with a glass balustrade overlooking the lake and a separate area with an outdoor hot tub. There is parking next to the property.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are provided. Guests to bring towels for the hot tub if they are required. Short breaks are possible all year round, depending on availability. The owner offers a discount to guests who do not want to use the hot tub. On-site fishing is available for an extra cost. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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