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Beck Steps

Chapel Stile, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041575)


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Review(s)

  • Simon

    “Overall, brilliant.”

    Just a couple of things: 1. the bath tap needs securing. It's loose so very hard to make work. 2. The big towel rail doesn't seem to work. Also, no freezer compartment, so couldn't make ice for the after climb G&T or keep things as cold as possible for the journey home. So small things really. Location brilliant, warm, comfortable and clean.... just very easy

    Just a couple of things: 1. the bath tap needs securing. It's loose so very hard to make work. 2. The big towel rail doesn't seem to work. Also, no freezer compartment, so couldn't make ice for the after climb G&T or keep things as cold as possible for the journey home. So small things really. Location brilliant, warm, comfortable and clean.... just very easy

    - Simon, April 2024

    Thank you for letting us know about these items. 1) we have plans to replace the tap, currently delayed by family illness. Unfortunately, it can't be adjusted, our plumber has tried. For others reading this, turn it confidently, although loose, it does respond. I'm so sorry you found it problematic. 2) The towel rail is now on again. it had been turned off. I'm sorry you couldn't turn it on. The electronic control can be a bit tricky (for me). 3) It sounds as if you didn't find the free-standing, mini freezer which is in the coats cupboard. There should always be a good supply of ice. I'm sorry you missed the usual lovely tinkle in your G&T. I'm pleased you found other things 'brilliant', clean and comfortable. Mary N Property Owner


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with wood and coal burning stove
  • Electric radiators with a multi-fuel stove which burns both wood and coal
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Smart TV, DVD player, Sony Player, WiFi and Pure radios
  • Electricity included in rent (visitor to provide solid fuel for stove)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car (There is one reserved car parking place, for Beck Steps, at Lingmoor View marked 1 just off the road)
  • Additional, on-road parking can be found 200 metres towards the centre of the village
  • Shared lawned garden
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: Limited mobile phone signal
  • Note: At times of a drought, the water supply for the cottage may be limited
  • Note: There is a small freezer in the cupboard under the stairs
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: there are three small steps inside this traditional Lakeland cottage, two in the kitchen and one in bathroom, and one low doorway.

The property

Beck Steps cottage is the gable end of the row that forms Lingmoor View, next to the steps up to the open fellside. You can hear the beck from the steps, but can you locate it? The cottages were built in the 1860s, for local slate miners and are steeped in history. They lie at the edge of Chapel Stile, a quiet village with a handy shop and a lovely country pub, with magnificent views to Lingmoor Fell, opposite, and to the Langdale Pikes, from the front field. Once inside Beck Steps, you’ll fully appreciate the traditional character and meticulous restoration including the superb fell views, original slate floor, Herdwick wool carpet, and woodburning stove. The kitchen / dining room is perfectly formed and finished with granite, sure to inspire some budding chefs, while the traditional sitting room is where you can spend your down time. Upstairs to the romantic king-size bedroom with its French antique bed, traditional window shutters and an amazing view of the surrounding mountains. The second bedroom is also beautifully furnished with a double bed. The bathroom, situated on the ground-floor, offers a bath with a shower over. There is a small coat and boot cupboard under the stairs, also housing garden chairs and a freezer. The garden is a large shared open lawn with views to the Langdale Pikes, occasionally visited by Herwick sheep. There is direct access onto the fell behind the cottage, and the back door into the kitchen is ideal when returning in boots and outdoor wear. This fabulous self-catering holiday cottage in Chapel Stile is a rare treat for walkers and lovers of natural beauty. It is in the heart of the stunning Langdale Valley, and the woodland alongside is home to native wildlife; look out for blue tits, coal tits, great tits, nuthatches, spotted woodpeckers and red squirrel on the bird feeder. There is no need to use the car all week as there are plenty of walks from the door: head down the valley to Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge, Loughrigg Fell, and over Redbank to Grasmere, with its celebrated gingerbread and the Wordsworth Museum; up the valley to Dungeon Ghyll and the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Blea Tarn; across the valley to the Lingmoor Fell, Little Langdale, Weatherlam and Coniston. The back path into the village of Chapel Stile passes through the old slate quarry, where the quarrymen, for whom the Lingmoor View cottages were built, once worked. Whether you are into leisurely strolls, skimming stones, spotting wild flowers or day-long hikes, you will be spoilt for choice. With all this walking, you are sure to build up an appetite; on your adventures, discover the Three Shires pub in Little Langdale or follow the valley down as far as Skelwith Bridge, stopping for fabulous vegetarian pizza and wonderful cakes at Chesters by the River. Elterwater is home to The Brittannia Inn, great for beer and food, and Lanty Slee, a wine and cocktail bar serving great sharing plates. The sister pub, Lanty Slee Langdale, further up the valley has a more extensive menu including lovely curries and pies, and even more wonderful views from the outdoor tables. Chapel Stile is home to a Co-op shop where you can pick up the essentials, plus the Wainwright’s Inn, a cosy pub which hosts a weekly quiz night. As you explore further afield, Ambleside is only four miles away and offers sophisticated shops, acclaimed Lake District restaurants, plenty of choice for an evening out and tempting delis for stocking up the kitchen. From Ambleside at Waterhead Pier, you can take a steamer cruise on Lake Windermere to visit Bowness or Lakeside - two other popular Lake District holiday destinations.

Note: The natural mineral water supply for the cottage comes from the fellside before being filtered and UV treated. At times of severe drought, the supply may be limited. Action is being taken to increase the size of the holding tank.

Mobile phone signal at the cottage can be intermittent. Messages and calls can be made using WhatsApp, once connected to the cottage wifi.

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

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About the location


Ambleside and Grasmere 4.5 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 9.5 miles.

A delightful, rural village nestled right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Chapel Stile is an excellent hidden gem, set at the bottom of a stunning valley, flanked on one side by the River Brathay, surrounded by incredible scenery and filled with wonderful slate and stone buildings. The village offers a traditional church from the mid 1800's as well as a café, a pub and a village shop that has stood for well over 100 years. Chapel Stile is a great base for exploring this National Park, with easy access to a number of sights and fells worth visiting. You must go to the lovely neighbouring village of Elterwater and stand on the Skelwith Bridge and simply take in the views. Nearby are the fantastic Lake District towns of Ambleside and Kendal are withing a short driving distance, offering excellent views, buildings and so much to do. For you outdoors people, make sure you visit Bowness-on-Windermere, with its incredible lake activities and so much to do; it's perfect for families.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas