We spent a long time searching for a property that felt like a nice cosy, country cottage, but still modern and fresh looking - I definitely found that with Challoner Cottage. The property was nice and warm, and whilst it was only a gas fire rather than a log burner, it still looked and felt like a real burner. Perfect for relaxing in after a day out on the lakes.
The property is situated in the centre of Cockermouth, and whilst the town is not the most picturesque of towns I have been, it is a very short drive into the lakes and of course the town has far more amenities than if you were based in the lakes - a large Sainsbury's is a two minute walk from the property. There are lots of pubs in Cockermouth - some very 'local', but some really nice ones too. There's a really nice bar/restaurant called The Castle Bar, which we went to a few times - this is only a few minutes walk from the property.
If I were going back to the Lake District (and I plan to), I would not... more