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Beautiful Spacious Country House and Cottages with Character, and all ameniti - Holly Lodge sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Holly Lodge sleeps 10

Holly Lodge is situated in a peaceful, rural location on the fringe of the Lake District National Park Holly Lodge) is a detached, spacious 18th-century country house character, comfort, charm and original features.. It is truly impressive and has been assessed as 4 Star Gold by VisitEngland. It has been furnished to a very good standard with a profusion of original features, which have been retained and restored. Traditional and contemporary art adds an interesting slant. It is set in substantial wooded gardens, with formal lawns, orchard and patio areas, enclosed and surrounded by countryside. Holly Lodge is ideal for parties of families or friends up to 10 in number or can be booked with the adjacent Coach House to accommodate a larger group of up to 14

About the property


Holly Lodge, Grooms Cottage and Coach House: A truly impressive country house and Cottage set in substantial wooded gardens, with formal lawns, orchard, patio areas, the whole of which is enclosed and surrounded by open countryside and just minutes from the Lake District National Park.

Built during the reign of George III, Holly Lodge, is an imposing, elegant, family sized home of character, yet offers welcoming, comfortable accommodation which is furnished to a high standard that complements its profusion of original features, that have been retained and renovated. Having beautifully proportioned rooms, including, drawing room, sitting room, dining room that is open to the bespoke well-equipped kitchen that includes all white goods and many extras. All five bedrooms are of a king size, two of which have large en-suite facilities and the first floor also offers a family bathroom.

The Hamlet of Arkleby is a rural village, situated between the A595 and A596, convenient for the market town of Cockermouth and for the Solway Coastline.

The Coach House is adjacent to the main house but separate and private. It has been carefully renovated in to a lovely cottage. Built in 1861 by Isaac Ernest Hodgson; his initials IEH indelibly marked in the walls. The garden areas are separate but can be enjoyed together. The arrangements are flexible to suit guest needs - they can be rented separately or together. The open plan living room/kitchen is on the first floor to take advantage of the views across the Solway Firth and its sunsets. The properties are set in substantial wooded gardens, with formal lawns, orchard and patio areas, enclosed and surrounded by countryside.

Coach House: Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room/kitchen with beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams.

Woodburner in living room. Gas central heating included. 40" Freeview TV. Induction hob. Electric oven. Dishwasher. Washing machine in bathroom. Freezer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

Grooms Cottage: semi detached cottage with Coach House. Grooms Cottage was built in 1806 as the stable block for the main house. It is recently renovated and is fully equipped. The living accommodation is upstairs (open plan wooden stairs) - to give you spectacular views across the Solway. The double and twin bedrooms are on the ground level along with the bathroom. The bathroom has a walk in shower (step down) and a washing machine - no bath. The garden space is around the back of the cottage - garden furniture is provided. The double bedroom has doors opening to the garden and upstairs there are doors to a small balcony and stairs to the garden.

NB: Unfenced pond, 150 yards.

All properties: each property has included: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Shared grounds. Cycle store. No smoking.

More Details

Di Dawes
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Di Dawes

Holly Lodge has been our family home for over 30 years. Our family are grown and are now quite widespread, in Europe and South Africa, and we now divide our time between two continents. The house was once used as a home based gallery for Southern African art, which is the main decorative feature. We love art and our collection of traditional and contemporary art is evident throughout. We do intend to return one day. We have raised four children, several dogs and cats and a few gerbils here over the years! Meanwhile, until that is possible, we would like others to enjoy our home as much as we do.

Di Dawes purchased this chateau / country house in 1980

Why Di Dawes chose Wigton

Holly Lodge is a perfect location for peace and tranquility but is also close enough to all amenities and attractions so that one doesnt feel isolated. The house is large enough for privacy but still retains a homely feel - it is a happy home in a friendly village.

Coach House is ideal for couples or smaller parties of up to 4 people. It is also peaceful with direct views across the Solway Firth - a fabulous setting for sundowners!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Staying at Holly Lodge, Grooms Cottage and Coach House presents you with a most convenient location, away from the crowds but close to the action! To the west you have the most fantastic Solway Sunsets and to the East you have the fells - Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake are only a few minutes drive away. The house accommodates 10 with ease and each cottage a further 4. If booked separately you are entirely private - together they provide you with more garden space and sleeping for 18.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time thank you and very much enjoyed the house, and a special thanks for organising the extra (Christmas) bits for us..... The kitchen was great and really well equipped and the house felt really warm and comfortable..(JM London)

we all thought it was a beautiful property (RC Leeds)

had a fab time with six kids having a ball playing in the garden. Went swimming (at neighbour's pool for hire) and went to the coast and all just happy playing in the garden. Weather good - will definitely be back - lovely house (LB overseas)
Nov 2011
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Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
50% Deposit required on confirmation of booking. 100% required 6 weeks before rental start date.

Changeover Day:
Friday or Saturday changeover. But out of season can be flexible. Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am. We will do our best to be flexible wherever possible. We also offer shorter stays of no less than 3 nights. Please contact for information.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks and prices available on request - please contact with your requirements and we will try our best to accommodate you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Wigton, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Spacious en-suite to bedroom 1 with 4 piece Victorian style suite: bath, sep. shower, WC. Large en-suite to bedroom 2 with bath/shower over, WC. Large family bathroom with bath/shower WC downstairs in utility room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , walk in cupboard/wardrobe with shelves and hanging space.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 2 full size single beds. Walk-in cupboard wardrobe.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Plus 2 Travel Cots -infants Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Super King bed and en-suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite. Bedroom 3 with King bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 with double bed & vanity unit. Travel Cots (2) available on request - please supply own cot bedding
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Strictly no smoking anywhere in the house! No pets as a rule, due to the rural location and farm animals around us - but we may be negotiable for a well behaved and trained pet to stay by prior arrangement! The drainage is Septic Tank therefore no items are to be disposed of into the toilet system. Parking is extensive both outside the main house and in the yard. The yard has 2 cottages both of which are occupied. Outside: Outbuildings: Coal store with WC. Wood store. Outdoor cellar. Boiler house houses ‘Grant’ oil fired central heating boiler. Gardens: Front formal lawn with mature trees inset, enclosed by original railings, curved, double gated drive. Side: Left hand elevation – sandstone flagged parking area, lawned garden with mature trees, shrubs and perennials. Principle garden: To the right hand elevation and rear. Formal lawns, bordered by mature conifer and deciduous trees and shrubs, patio/BBQ area with table and chairs. Orchard/Secret garden with mature fruiting trees and bordered by sandstone walling with open far reaching views taking in the Scottish Coastline. Utility Room: Large room having a WC, wash hand basin, washing machine and tumble dryer, storage racks. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. The property is cleaned and the linen and towels are changed weekly. Other: All rooms are double glazed, carpeted and centrally heated.


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average rating of 4.923077 based on 14 reviews

Very impressive property from a bygone era.

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding property that can’t fail to impress. It was expensive and I enjoyed every minute of my stay at Holly Lodge. The caretaker in particular was outstanding in her efforts to meet all our needs. A very enjoyable weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply Spectacular home in the Lake District

  • 5 of 5

Our group of nine (6 adults three small children) had an amazing time at Holly Lodge. Although after reviewing dozens of properties for our family trip we decided on this one, we all were still utterly surprised how fantastic this house is. The pictures, though accurate, just can't do it justice. We found ourselves spontaneously telling each other how much we loved the house. From the sprawling grounds filled with fun landscape elements, to plenty of easy off road parking, to plenty of hot water with good pressure, and solid wifi throughout the house, everything worked as it should. But the beauty of the house, the combination of modern comforts with beautifully maintained aspects of the original building made it a joy to experience. The kids spent most of their time on the extremely comfortable couches playing board games, watching movies on the various TV channels, or being in awe of the fascinating art throughout the house. The adults congregated in the cozy but spacious dining room and kitchen area. Although there are plenty of wonderful eateries a short drive away, we enjoyed the well appointed kitchen so much that one of the key highlights of a trip to the Lake District was cooking together and then retiring to the garden for a crackling fire. The bedrooms are huge and the beds very comfortable. There were plenty of sheets and towels and even thoughtful environmentally friendly hospitality kits. Everything throughout the house was clean and well maintained and after some muddy hikes on the Solway Coast, the washer and dryer were a godsend. The neighborhood is definitely quiet and we enjoyed evening walks on the country roads yet we were still able to walk to the nearby towns when needed. Communication with the host was easy. She replied quickly and helpfully and there were no surprises. She or the housekeeper were available when we needed to ask anything but never obtrusive. Definitely highly recommend this house for its beauty, comfort, location, value, excellent condition. Thanks for having us! We hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Holly Lodge...we are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Your review says it all....everything we hope for our guests to experience is described there...Thank you for staying and we hope you can return some day! Very best wishes...
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A beautiful and spacious Manor House !

  • 5 of 5

Holly lodge was the perfect place for a big group of friends to enjoy Keswick and the sourrounding countryside. The house was so interesting with its African art decor and each room was very spacious and well equipped. The kitchen became the hub for the group around mealtimes whilst cosy wood or coal burning fireplaces ensured the lounges were also very inviting. The owners were quick to respond to any queries we had and also made sure any requested equipment was also provided.

Hope to hire again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Holy Lodge very much. Beautiful house with beautiful garden. Lovely neighbourhood. I also love the kitchen and the wok!

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely lovely house in every way, very homely and fabulous kitchen!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here, the house is absolutely lovely and the two living rooms meant that we could choose where we spent the evening and do different things if we wanted. The kitchen and gardens are fabulous, the only slight problem we had was that the house is on lots of different levels and we had 3 80+ year olds, but they managed absolutely fine and we had a lovely holiday. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 03/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had an enjoyable stay. Glad your party managed the stairs - I did send a comprehensive layout to you prior to the booking, but it seems all went well anyway. Best wishes, and I hope you are able to book again sometime.
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Warm and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

A warm and welcoming house for our family get together. Spacious yet cosy, and well located for days out exploring.

  • Review Submitted: 15/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host you and your family. We are delighted you enjoyed your time together at Holly Lodge, especially at Christmas is what we aim for. Many thanks for your review. Hope to host you again sometime
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles

Special interest holidays:

Guided walking trails in Northern Lakes can be arranged


Allonby and Mawbray beaches are 15 minutes by car. Mawbray beach is a lovely desolate beach with a petrified forest visible at some tides and a protected landscape of sand dunes - the home of rare Natterjack Toads. This is a site of special scientific interest. 20 mins further by car is the coastal village of Bowness - the start of the Roman walkway. Maryport and the Solway coast boast Roman mile-fort walks along the beach. A visit to Allonby beach and an ice cream from Twentymans is a must!


The nearest commercial airport is Newcastle which is one hour and a half by car from the house. The nearest main line train stations are Carlisle and Penrith 20 miles and 25 miles away respectively. It is possible to get around by Bus but not recommended - there is only a very limited bus service in the rural area of Cumbria. Aspatria, 2 miles away, is on the west coast line from Carlisle to Barrow in Furness. Manchester Airport is two and a half hours drive from the house.


We are just over one mile from our village pub, the Last Man Inn in Plumbland. The village Church is half a mile away - a nice walk.

Cockermouth - historic market town and birthplace of William Wordsworth is 7 miles away and 10 minutes in the car. The north west fells are very close, with Caldbeck of John Peel fame and Hesket Newmarket community pub are 10 miles away and well worth a visit. Restaurants and theatres in Cockermouth and Keswick, great shops and friendly people!

Further Details:

Holly Lodge offers tranquility and calm and a location that is close to every amenity available in the Lakes. If you like eating out you are spoilt for choice. Cockermouth has an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants and gastro pubs too numerous to mention but catering for everyone. There is even an award winning vegetarian restaurant in the town. Theatre lovers should look out for what is on at Century Theatre Keswick, Kirkgate Theatre Cockermouth and Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven. All within easy reach and hosting musical and theatrical events year round. Solfest Music Festival (winner of best small festival event) is every August Bank Holiday and just 5 miles away. Maryport Blues Festival is every July, Cockrock Cockermouth is August. Keswick religious convention is in June and the local Shows at Grasmere, Cockermouth etc. are in the summer months. Silloth Beer festival and CAMRA events are held locally. If you prefer more sedate activities such as walking, hiking or cycling, there are just too many routes to mention but we have books with suggested routes and maps in them in the house.

Aspatria has a bank machine and a Co-op supermarket as well as local stores, bakers and newsagents - a good daily shopping area with everything you'll need. Cockermouth has a host of speciality shops and other larger stores - Aldi, Sainsburys etc. The smaller stores, bakers, deli's and butchers are well worth a visit and your support.

There is a public swimming pool in Cockermouth but our neighbour has an indoor pool that can be rented by the hour - you can have your own personal pool jacuzzi and steam just 5 mins walk away, by booking early on 016973 20374. Bike hire, Horse riding etc. locally.

If you are a fly fisherman or woman (as I am) there are many prime fly fishing spots - a trout pond in Gilcrux just one and a half miles away and the rivers Ellen in Aspatria and Derwent in Cockermouth. Contact the local clubs for more information.