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Howgills Retreat

Gatebeck near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1105555)


Lakelovers rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • Grace

    “Howgills Retreat was the best holiday rental that we have have been to over the years.”

    On arrival the place was immaculate and the extras on arrival were much appreciated after a long drive. It's location is ideal to get to all the areas of interest in the lake district. We will definitely be back soon.

    On arrival the place was immaculate and the extras on arrival were much appreciated after a long drive. It's location is ideal to get to all the areas of interest in the lake district. We will definitely be back soon.

    - Grace, May 2024


  • Single-storey
  • Two king-size bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front garden with patio and furniture
  • Two small, well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 3.1 miles.

The property

Kirkby Lonsdale 5.3 miles. This lodge is the perfect getaway for families in Gatebeck, Cumbria. It's got exceptional views within a countryside setting and is decorated with a contemporary interior. The lodge has two bedrooms and also comes with a woodburning stove for those cooler evenings. Be greeted by two off-road parking spaces before stepping inside to discover a utility room with storage space, a washing machine and tumble dryer, so you don't need to worry about making a mess! The open-plan living space is a multifunctional space, letting guests dine, cook, or just relax. It has an open plan kitchen complete with an electric oven and a gas hob, a microwave, a dishwasher, and a fridge/freezer. The dining area has a seating capacity of four, so you can dine together with your friends or family. The sitting area also comes with a Smart TV, so you can snuggle up and enjoy an evening of entertainment after exploring the Fells. On warmer days, bi-fold doors lead out onto the front garden, where you can sip cold beverages as the sun shines on your face as you admire your rural location. As day draws to night, retire inside and prepare for bed in the marble-effect bathroom with either a soak in the tub or a quick wash in the walk-in shower. When sleep calls, the first bedroom has a king-size bed and a good amount of furniture, while the second bedroom has a king-size bed and plenty of storage space in the form of a hanging rack. In the morning, savour a cup of tea on the picnic bench outside before enjoying a home-cooked breakfast, courtesy of the kitchen appliances. The owners of Howgills Retreat's family also run the local stud, Willowsway Stud, a superb rehabilitation centre offering horse riding and pony experiences, a lovely day out for the whole family! Alternatively, Kirkby Lonsdale is a short drive away with convenience stores, the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, and The Red Dragon Inn for classic pub fare; stroll along the River Lune to Devil's Bridge, pack your clubs for Casterton Golf or Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, and start your exploration of the Yorkshire Dales. Visit the historic market town of Kendal, the town is well known for its Kendal mint cake, a popular sweet treat made with sugar, water and peppermint extract. Kendal Parish Church and Kendal Museum are two of the town's most popular attractions. Brewery Arts is a popular restaurant and bar located in the town centre. Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere are all worth a visit with plenty of attractions and walks to discover! Nestled on the edge of the stunning Lake District, Arnside is a charming little town with plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained. The Wolf House Gallery is a must-see for art lovers, and Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve and Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve are both perfect for nature enthusiasts. There are also plenty of pubs and restaurants in town, as well as a few lovely shops. For a much-needed break to the Lake District, choose Howgills Retreat. NOTE: This property can be booked in conjunction with Howgill Lodge (1105560), giving a sleeping capacity of 8

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Kendal 9 miles.

An attractive market town, Kirkby Lonsdale is situated in the heart of the Lune Valley, midway between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and holds a 13th century Market Charter. Nowadays, Thursday is market day, a perfect opportunity for visitors to explore the variety of distinctive independent shops in the town, or the many 17th and 18th century buildings which still stand. The town was also a finalist for the High Street of the Year Award in 2016. This part of the Lune Valley was a favourite haunt of the artist Turner, and was made famous by Ruskin – his "view" of the valley is still spectacular. The medieval Devil’s Bridge spans the river, and the quiet country lanes are ideal for exploring by car, bike, or even horse. There are three golf courses nearby, as well as tennis, riding, fishing and a variety of riverside and country walks, making the area an ideal location for a break, whatever time of year. When voting Kirkby Lonsdale as the ‘Best Place to Live in The North West’ in 2019, The Sunday Times commented it is “An unbeatable Lake District location, bags of community spirit and one of the cleanest high streets in the country".

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas