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Gunpowder Cottage

Langdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041799)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “A few problems.”

    1 Advertised as log burner and central heating complete, sorry as we found out that did not include wood for the log burner. This compounded the matter as 2 the central heating did ...

    1 Advertised as log burner and central heating complete, sorry as we found out that did not include wood for the log burner. This compounded the matter as 2 the central heating did not work. However after two days it was working. This was due to the excellent friendly service by your telephone staff at both the Ambleside and Chester office also a special mention for Keith and Paul the c/heating repair men they we think really did give us great and pleasant attention, even providing us with four radiators to keep us warm till the boiler was repaired. 3 Did expect that the mattresses would have had mattress protectors supplied under the sheets.4 No cutting boards in the kitchen except for an enormous butchers chopping board. Apart from that we all had a really enjoyable stay

    - Mr cope, April 2021


The property

You might wonder at the name of this enchanting holiday cottage in the Langdale Valley, tucked away in the pretty village of Elterwater. Not many people know that Elterwater was once home to a gunpowder factory which used superior quality flint only found in the renowned local slate quarries. Curious guests will find out more at Ambleside Library, but all will be enchanted by the 'olde worlde' character of this wonderful holiday home, refurbished to provide modern creature comforts and spacious to accommodate large families or groups. At the gateway to the Langdale Valley, Elterwater village is a perfect location for soaking up the scenery, with walks in every direction and a warm welcome assured at the renowned Britannia Inn. == Accommodation in detail Private parking for 3 cars close to the entrance. Enter via a Lakeland slate tiled hall to the dining room, with doors to garden and interesting beamed archway to the modern kitchen. Heated cloakroom for drying walking gear, shower room and WC. The living room oozes character with its Lakeland slate fireplace, inset woodburning stove, old oak beams and soft cushioned furnishings. Upstairs to the four bedrooms; 1 double, 1 double with extra single bed, 1 twin and 1 single. Excellent house bathroom with shower over bath. Location This enchanting holiday home in the Langdale Valley takes a scenic, peaceful location; whether you wish to walk the Langdale Pikes, photograph the spectacular Langdale Valley or simply escape from the madding crowds, you'll find a blissful home from home here. Elterwater village sits between Ambleside and Great Langdale. With so many gentle or challenging Lake District walks beginning from your door, you may never need to use your car. The small nearby Elterwater tarn is a delight to behold, and can be reached via a path from the Elterwater Inn - a quintessential Lake District pub serving great food and real local ale. Only a short drive will take you to vibrant Ambleside village and the shores of Lake Windermere. There you'll find a sophisticated range of shops for stocking up the kitchen, acclaimed Lake District restaurants such as 'The Glass House' and Windermere Lake Cruises departing from Waterhead Pier providing a scenic route to Bowness and Lakeside!Also nearby is Coniston water, the Lake District's third largest lake. There you'll find more opportunities for boating activities, perhaps discovering Peel Island - featured in Arthur Ransome's Swallows & Amazons as 'Wild Cat Island'.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double bed, 1 x double (with single bed), 1 x twin bedroom, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachement over bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Encolsed garden with furniture
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 5 mins walk
  • Shop 11 mins walk.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Great Langdale 2.9 miles; Ambleside 4.2 miles; Grasmere 8.2 miles.

Elterwater is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A tranquil hamlet with its tiny ‘swan lake’, Elter Water, sitting at the gateway of the striking Langdale valley. The soft valley landscape is in sharp contrast to the steep jagged Langdale Pikes. Elterwater sits between Ambleside and Great Landgale, where at the top of the valley the infamous Wrynose Path is the only way out of the u-shaped valley, giving it a superb sense of seclusion. The larger towns of Grasmere and Ambleside are both less than 4 miles away providing a host of options for shopping and eating out.