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James Court Cottage Family Cottage in Irton Hall, Cumbria

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

James Court Cottage Family Cottage description

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Situated in the Irton Hall Estate, a mile from the village of Santon Bridge is James Court Cottage. This cosy cottage has been furnished to a high standard and offers solid oak flooring throughout the ground floor. The comfortable open plan living area has a well equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area that has a pellet woodburning stove. The cottage sleeps four and has two bedrooms - one king size double and one twin and a bathroom. Off road parking for two cars and a small patio is an added bonus, plus there is the opportunity to walk around the 19 acres of parkland and woodland within the Irton Hall Estate. The area is a haven for walkers, cyclists and climbers, plus with the many attractions on offer makes James Court Cottage a perfect base.

At the foothills of the Western fells and sitting amongst breathtaking lakeland countryside is Irton Hall. Situated just a couple of miles from Santon Bridge and Eskdale Green, Irton Hall is steeped in history with Oliver Cromwell and Henry VI both visiting the Irton Hall Estate. The area around Irton Hall is a walker's paradise with many peaks, just as Scafell, Great Gable and Hard Knott and valleys, just as Eskdale and Wasdale all nearby. Other attractions in the area include the stunning Muncaster Castle, the World Owl Centre and the Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway, plus Wastwater - the deepest lake in the country and St Olaf's - the smallest church makes this part of the Lake District such a lovely place to visit.

Impressive mountains, open fells and clear-water lakes, the Lake District has it all. From walking in the mountains to exhilarating watersports or just a gentle cruise on a steam-powered yacht, Cumbria is the perfect holiday destination.

Electric storage heaters with bio-fuel pellet woodburning stove. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD. Fuel and power inc. in rent, wood pellets supplied for stove. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for two cars. Small patio, shared use of several acres of parkland and woodland within the Irton Hall estate. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile, bar in Irton Hall 1 min walk with free WiFi and serving local ales and food daily.


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  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Near pub
  • Rural location

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Mrs Pullan
August 2015
A gorgeous cottage in a fabulous location. Being on site at the hotel was such an advantage as the staff there were so friendly and the restaurant food, breakfasts and dinner, were great. Lovely, we will go back.
Miss Murray
October 2014
The location. The scenery in the area was spectacular. Good area for walking and plenty to do e.g. the Ratty Railway
Mrs Randall
May 2015
The cottage was in a lovely setting and was very reasonably priced. We loved the sound and sight of the peacocks in the grounds.
Mr Richardson
May 2014
Well equipped and clean cottage set in the grounds of Irton Hall Hotel. An excellent location for ease of access to Wasdale Head for keen hill walkers. Particularly enjoyed the food at the hotel bar, 2 minutes from the door of the cottage.
Dr Curtis
June 2014
Excellent location in quieter area of Lakes. All major walks in Wainwright's Southern Fells accessible with minimal driving.
Mrs Bown
June 2014
Location of Cottage was very peaceful despite it being very close to other cottages/accommodation and the hotel. It was convenient for travelling around the Western Lake District. The proximity of the hotel was very useful and can be used for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as using the bar. All the staff were very friendly and we were always made welcome even when just going in to use the wifi. The immediate response from the owner when contacted regarding extra bin bags was impressive.
Mr Sandilands
August 2013
The cottage was very comfortable and was beutifully situated in the grounds of Irton Hall. The location is ideal for Wasdale and Eskdale.
Mr Allen
July 2012
Me and my partner absolutely loved the location and how quiet it was. The views were outstanding and I'd recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a romantic quiet getaway.
Mr Ferguson
July 2012
An excellent cottage with high quality furnishing and fittings. Comfortable and clean it provided everything needed for an enjoyable stay. The adjacent Irton Hall Hotel bar also provided excellent good value meals.
Mr Waythe
February 2012
Great time taking children around the lakes and passes.
Mrs Stagles
May 2011
James Court Cottage is comfortable, well furnished and very clean. A peaceful and beautiful part of The Lake District. The Woodlands tea room serves lovely cakes and The Bridge Inn serves excellent meals at a reasonable price.
Mrs Athey
August 2011
The surroundings were beautiful. The cottage was simply decorated but in a tasteful luxurious way. We also appreciated little touches like the ball games and the welcome pack.
Mr McCoo
August 2011
Lovely cottage that was well maintained and in a nice, quiet location. Wine and chocolates awaiting our arrival was welcomed. Lovely little tearoom just short walk from cottage was a popular daily haunt for us as the food and cakes were very nice indeed. Very relaxing holiday was had by all!
Mr Jones
March 2011
A great location, cottage was perfect with everything you could wish for and more to keep everyone happy.
Mrs Bell
January 2011
Lovely location, nice quiet. Cottage very well equipped with good kitchen facilities, refreshing change for self catering to have some decent pots pans! Bedrooms lovely, well decorated and very handy for local pub etc.
Mrs Colegate
December 2010
Stunningly beautiful area - good pubs in vicinity! Warm, spotlessly clean. Very impressed with everything.
Mr Shafto
August 2010
Property was tastefully renovated to a high standard. Quiet location with a handy local pub serving good meals. A great location to walk high fells of this area.
April 2012
Lovely estate, very tranquil. Purposely stayed somewhere that had a bar, sadly it had no atmosphere and was just too quiet. The property was nice but a new 3 piece suite is required as after a fun packed day it would have been nice to have relaxed on a comfortable sofa instead of a rock hard one.
October 2012
Lovely property well presented, warm and cosy. The settee is a bit low for older people so any easy chairs would be ideal. Irton Hall has a bar and restaurant and if we'd known that would not have taken so much food and drink. Nice walk to Santon Bridge over the fields. The grounds are peaceful and walking brilliant Only problem with the entry system, the key number had been changed so the agent had to come out.
May 2014
Irton Hall stands in very pleasant surroundings, with hotel accommodation and self-catering cottages available on site. Some of these cottages are owned and managed by the Hall, whilst others are privately owned and just managed by the hotel. James Court cottage falls into the latter category, which may be why items such as the child safety gate and clothes airer were unusable because they had fixings missing, or were simply broken. Whilst we did report these, with the owner being abroad, there was no way to have either fixed or replaced in time for us to make use of them. Consequently, we spent the week with the risk that our two-year-old could injure themselves on the stairs. Had we known that the stair gate wasn't available as advertised, then we would have had the option to take our own. The water boiler is strangely located in the loft and comes on between 11pm and 2am, the noise of which will keep lighter sleepers awake. There is no way for renters to alter the settings, so be advised you are stuck with it! In the bedrooms, there is no chest of drawers or dressing table so flat surfaces are virtually nil and storage space is limited to the built-in wardrobes. Whilst another item of furniture might not fit into the smaller bedroom, there is more than enough space for one in the master bedroom. Although James Court cottage is clean, the decor is quite sterile, and the absence of a couple of additional pieces of practical furniture doesn't help. Larger blinds or curtains which more thoroughly overlap the whole window frame would ensure you are not awoken by the blinding rays of light in the morning too! The "welcome tray" consisted of a cheap box of chocolates. Having stayed at many rental cottages over the years, all have provided bread, milk, tea, coffee and a vase of flowers for new arrivals, which goes a long way to making you feel instantly at home. Simple stuff, but effective. Another point worth considering is that Irton Hall hosts quite a lot of functions, such as weddings and receptions, with the consequential disruption to the peace these can cause. A large marquee stands on the lawn to the front of the building, which is apparently there throughout the spring and summer months in order to accommodate the guests at these aforementioned events. Despite the rental cottages being located to the rear of the main building, the party guests obviously rent some of the cottages, and stay in the hotel itself, so inevitably some will stray around the grounds and can shatter the tranquility for others. For example, a number of drunken revellers decided to set up camp at the table right outside our cottage until 5am. I can only deduce that the party must have been either too much or too boring for them! The point here is that it would show consideration to advise prospective renters of any scheduled events like this at the time of booking. For those looking for a quiet stay and those who have young children, having noisy drunks roaming around outside your door in the early hours is not acceptable. If we wanted this, we could have booked into a cheap B&B in any seaside town. However, it should be noted that Irton Hall hotel does provide excellent food and service, and is extremely convenient for when you don't fancy cooking for yourself, or just want a snack and a drink. The grounds are very nice too (if you can ignore the marquee), and great for a stroll or playing with the kids. Staying at Irton Hall wasn't an unpleasant experience (despite these comments!), but we would not return as it wasn't quite what we envisaged, and have rented better-proportioned cottages in quieter environments for a comparable rate.
August 2014
A well equipped, clean cottage ideally placed for easy access to Wasdale Head. The cottage is situated within the grounds of Irton Hall Hotel where one can enjoy the excellent bar meals and real ale, they also had free wi-fi. James Court Cottage is surrounded by other cottages, some privately owned. The Santon Bridge Inn is within walking distance, but we preferred the food in the hotel bar. The only problem during our stay was a lack of towels which was quickly rectified by contacting the owner. A great place from which to explore this remote corner of the Lake District.
Mr Spittal
August 2010
The location was good for the West Cumbria coast, well placed for walking in the Western Lakes. Local pub was fantastic for food and beer!
Mrs Hird
July 2010
A newly-renovated, splendidly-equipped cottage with an entertainment system well beyond expectation and which made a great difference on rainy days. A very helpful and pleasant owner.
October 2011
This is a small (but more than spacious enough for a family of four) cottage which has been very recently renovated to a high standard. The owner was very friendy and left a much appreciated "welcome pack" of wine, milk and chocolates. There are several cottages all in the grounds of Irton Hall, a country house now small hotel. There isn't a private garden with the cottage but all can use the extensive attractive grounds which was great for children; we also appreciated the outdoor games (swingball, tennis rackets etc) left for our use. The hotel runs a very friendly bar in the evening and we spent some lovely sunny evenings on the benches outside (us with local beers, the children happy with frui-shoots and crisps). The local lake "Wast Water" is stunning, completely undeveloped and beautiful in a bleak way. There are plenty of walks to do around here, which even our 6 year old managed. Further afield (a good hours drive from this far point of the lakes, be warned) we loved Keswick, a really pretty town and a great place to spend a wet day. The kids loved the Pencil Museum there, which had a great drawing room conveniently next to the cafe so the children could sit and doodle while we relaxed with a coffee. Be warned the nearest decent sized supermarket is a good 30-40 minutes away so it may pay to shop on the way or order in from the local Tesco. A bargain of a holiday though, great for families or those wanting some peace and quiet and extensive walking!
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