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Close to Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, filled with endless lush, green rolling valleys and described by Alfred Wainright as ”one of the loveliest of Lakeland’s valleys”, Eskdale is a little gem of a place to stay.
Imagine quiet hideaways with views over striking scenery, walking high above the clouds and cosy evenings by a fire or socialising with friends in a traditional country pub. Our Eskdale cottages are just the perfect to escape .
For a relaxing holiday, you need hassle free and fabulous accommodation, that’s why our cottages near Eskdale are VisitEngland 3-5- star graded.
With our Eskdale self catering, you’ll start every morning pulling back the curtain and standing in awe at the fantastic scenery from a cottage you’ll never want to leave.
Our Eskdale holiday cottages match their location – beautiful, stunning and unique. While each differs in style and amenities, they are matched by their unrivalled location, pristine décor and comfort.
Each and every one of our cottages near Eskdale has been handpicked by us so that each and every visitor like you enjoys a fabulous stay.
Fancy a quaint Lakeland cottage to relax in during a stay which you plan to explore the river Esk, from high in the fells at Esk Hause and down to Great Moss at the base of Scafell Pike before it cascades the gorge in a series of waterfalls?
Or are you planning on a journey up England’s steepest road the Wrynose Pass or steeping back in time with a visit to the Roman Fort at Hardknott Pass ?
Well, wherever your adventures take you while on your break in Eskdale, you will be guaranteed an idyllic taste of the Lake District both indoors and out. That’s because our cottages provide great comfort and are full of character and charm with everything you need to relax to escape the daily grind of home and work.
With Eskdale self catering you can choose from larger homes for group get-togethers to romantic hideaways sleeping 2.
And since Eskdale is a fantastic place to get your foot on the fells, you won’t want to leave your beloved dog at home, so why not choose from one of our 150 pet-friendly Eskdale holiday cottages?
There’s no doubt that the journey to one of our Eskdale cottages will be all part of your holiday memories – whether by car or train – the jaw-dropping scenery is worth every minute of travel.
Eskdale self catering will add to your holiday experience as you can come and go as you please in total privacy. If you are a fan of culinary cooking, why not go for one of our cottages with a spacious kitchen and AGA or range cooker? Or if you want to time out from whipping up a meal, there are plenty of eateries around Eskdale to choose from.
Our Eskdale Cottages are perfectly located for you to explore all that the area has to offer – and to enjoy some solitude too.
The Esk has carved out a remarkable landscape with majestically high peaks, stunning waterfalls and has an abundance of paths to explore.
There are plenty of nice ambles along the banks of the River Esk, Stanley Ghyll Force and Blea Tarn – just to name a few! And, for the more adventurous, there’s Muncaster Fell and of course, the scaling heights of Scafell.
But while there are lots of beautiful walks to enjoy and tarns, perched above valley sides, to explore, Eskdale also has a rich historic past, and exploring its ancient heritage is well-worth uncovering.
As early as 4,000 years ago the first settlers in Eskdale were the early Neolithic people. They were the first to clear areas on the ridges of Birker Moor and Burnmoor to grow crops and for animal grazing.
Then there were the Bronze Age settlers, evidence of which is in the hundreds of burial cairns and hut circles across the Birker Moor.
And, a visit to Hardknott Fort is a must if history is your thing. The Roman Fort is a spectacular spot and one of the loneliest outposts of the Roman Empire, built between AD120 and AD138. It also forms part of the Roman road from Ravenglass to Ambleside and Brougham at Penrith.
Then there’s the finest Viking cross in Britain to see, which stands at Gosforth Church, and the famous Warrior Tomb in the village is said to depict the humiliating defeat of King Ethelred’s army of 10,000 soldiers, at the top of Hardknott Pass, in AD1000.
And, for a little more recent history, there’s Eskdale Mill, which dates back to 1578 and where you can see one of the very few remaining two wheel water corn mills in the country, plus, learn more about life in Cumbria, its industry and its people.
For some flora and fauna, there’s Muncaster Castle and gardens, which houses the MeadowVole Maze, which is great for children to see the perils of being a small creature in a wild flower meadow.
And, there’s the largest collection of owls at the Muncaster Owl Conservation centre, which is also the headquarters of the World Owl Trust. With 100 species to be seen here, it is a great place to visit.
To appreciate even more of the area’s wildlife, a trip to the Eskmeals dunes is worthwhile. The land formed of sand dunes, shingle, mudflats and salt marsh is colonised by more than 300 species of plants and animal, including wild pansy, Natterjack toads, dark green Fritillaries and Oystercatchers.
And, if that wasn’t enough to fill your stay, how about chugging 7-miles on a steam engine from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, across the estuary, through the hills, to Boot Station with the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway?
The picturesque journey was one of Wainwright’s favourites, so it has to be another thing to tick-off during your stay.
So, if you’re looking for a perfectly idyllic break away in a snug cottage for two or a family getaway in a larger home with a garden, you won’t be disappointed with our beautiful selection of homes to make your holiday a stay you’ll never forget.
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