This is a real little gem but far removed from the average self-catering cottage - better described as a little bit 'quirky', it is known to have been short-listed for the role of Bilbo Baggins' house in Lord of the Rings. The property is unusual in every way but has been carefully planned and is comfortable and cosy - a perfect choice for a couple looking for something that little bit different and it is ideal for a romantic holiday. With a slanted ladder-type wooden stairway with handrails and wood panelled walls upstairs, it will remind guests of the inside of a yacht rather than a conventional cottage.
As its name implies Dovecot Cottage was originally a dovecote, it is a detached stone-built and listed building set on the east side of the vale of Grasmere and is a short walk into the village and handy for a couple of local pubs. There are enough walks from the door to keep everyone happy and ample places for eating out in the immediate area - no need to use the car on a daily basis.
Those of you who enjoy the challenge of the high tops can tackle the summit of Fairfield, or take the shorter steep path to Alcock Tarn to enjoy the panoramic views, whilst for easier days out you could enjoy a stroll into Grasmere village with maybe a row on the lake or a climb to the top of Loughrigg Fell or Silver How. The beautiful Easedale Valley makes a fine destination for a gentle ramble, lovely for a picnic on a sunny day, and the delightful paths around Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water are some of the most popular in the Lake District.
Dovecot Cottage is situated in the same location as Fir Tree Cottage Property Ref. 7045.
Accommodation: Steps and path from the parking to the front door. Entrance into sitting/dining room (TV, DVD) with its cosy log burning stove, two-seater sofa and dining table for two. The fitted kitchen has fridge, electric oven and gas hob, and its own door to the outside. Laundry facilities are available on site in a separate outbuilding (also used by Fir Tree Cottage next door).
And now upstairs...you arrive first in the dressing area which was the original dovecote entrance with the decorative cubbyholes set in the end wall. The sleeping area (double bed) has some restricted headroom and a door to the outside which accesses steps leading down to ground floor level. A good sized bathroom has deep Victorian style roll top bath, basin and wc.
Outside: The cottage is set on a sloping site backed by trees with grassy areas around and there is room to sit outside just in front of the door on the level terrace. At the end of the cottage there are slate steps which make an alternative access to the sleeping area on the top floor. Parking for one car immediately outside the boundary wall. Shared laundry facilities outside in separate room by driveway gate. Grasmere village centre three quarters of a mile. Less than 5 mins stroll to the Swan Hotel for bar and eating out.
One small pet accepted * non-smokers please * Wifi very limited due to location * duvet/bed made up for arrival * gas hob * electric oven and grill * microwave * fridge * auto washer * dryer * gas central heating and hot water * all gas and electricity included * fuel for fire available locally * sorry no room for cot or high chair * towels available - please order * £200 security deposit/waiver payable at this property*
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