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“Fabulous girls weekend all round!”

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Monkhouse Hill Cottages
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I booked a long weekend in Great Calva cottage for a hen weekend for a group of 14 women between the 5th and 8th July. From start to finish we had the most amazing weekend. Jennifer could not have been more accommodating. Such a welcoming place. When we went into the cottage there were lovely cakes and wine for us. The cottage was superb, it was very clean and had almost everything you would need. The upstairs living area was amazing although we barely used this as the weather was outstanding all weekend. The hot tub was great. I would say by 10pm we did not want to get out (no use after this time) of it as the weather was great when we were away.

Things I would suggest - a larger sign outside the cottages....nearly every car that arrived with our group drove past the house initially. An ipod dock would be useful to modernise it a little. And the outdoor furniture was very dirty and we had to wash it all before we used anything. all very minor things and everyone that came had a fantastic time!

I would definitely recommend Monkhouse Hill Cottages no matter what size of group you are in.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

An idyllic setting of rolling hills, housing cottages with a delightful atmosphere and friendly owners- what more could one want? I thoroughly enjoyed a romantic trip with my boyfriend to Monkhouse Hill Cottages! After an easy find we arrived and were greeted by the owner who was polite and very friendly. There was lots of parking space in the enclosed area which felt very safe and was extremely well maintained. Our cottage was perfect for our romantic trip as it was quiet and felt very private. The cottage was very clean and spacious and had a lovely view over the grounds and hilly backdrop. The facilities such as kitchen and bathrooms were easy to use and enabled us to cook and enjoy nice meals at ease.
After walking Helvellgn (which was not too far to drive) we came back to our cottage and were able to cook a BBQ as there was easy access to coal and firelighters on site. After that we relaxed in the hot tub and then watched a movie (there was a large choice of DVDs to watch)- living the dream... I would advise all to visit Monkhouse Cottages as it is great value for money and the reviews do not do it justice! Go visit for yourselves and I am sure families, friends and couples like ourselves would have a good time! I would love to come back with my boyfriend to experience the snug cottages at christmas for our anniversary!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Vanessa S
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

While looking for a suprise getaway for my wife for our 1st Anniversary I found Monkhouse Hill via a general Google search for Lake district cottages and saw it had received great reviews. The reviews and photos really do not do this location justice.

We stayed in Cloven Stone, beautiful grounds and cottages. Well kept and clean.

Great warm welcome, Andy and Jennifer were very friendly and helpful.

I cant recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ciaran C
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We spent 3 nights for a girls weekend in Great Calva Cottage.

Findingg the cottage using the website instructions was easy and we were very impressed with how clean and neat the grounds. We were greeted and shown around our cottage which was huge yet cosy- I'd love to stay here in winter!

12 of us stayed and there was more than enough space for us all- the dining room table easily accommodated us all and we had plenty of space in the living room. Apart from a rolling pin the kitchen had everything we needed to cook our own meals and the afternoon tea which was waiting for us when we arrived was a perfect touch.

Despite the rain we had a great time in the hot tub and the sauna and spa bath made the cottage feel like we were in our own spa!

A lovely little place to stay, with extra touches that make Monkhouse Cottages feel quite special.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank EJS84
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stayed for a week in Raven Howe as a family of 5. The property is very easily accessed from the M6 which makes it an ideal base. As you drive through the electric gate (which was a nice touch as felt very secure and also led our young children to believe it was magic) the grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and shown around before we enjoyed a delicious homemade afternoon tea. The cottage itself was very cosy yet spacious. We had preordered our tesco shop as suggested which arrived without hassle and we were set up for the week.

There is so much to do in the area, we were never stuck for things to do. Although the heart of the lake district is a good hours drive, there are many quaint villages within a few miles radius. Handy for pubs, shops etc. That said, it is worth the drive to the touristy spots also. We enjoyed trips to Ullswater, Keswick, Ravenglass steam railway and much more. The children were kept entertained which is obviously the priority.The grounds of Monkhouse Hill are stunning and the childrens play area is a bonus. It is so peaceful and although there are a number of cottages, at no point did we even feel aware of any other people around other than the owners who were always pleasant.

The hot tub was a very welcome addition at the end of a busy day and looking out over the beautiful countryside was just perfect.

To find such a high level of accommodation which is also dog-friendly can be tricky but we found a gem at Monkhouse Hill Cottages.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Monkhouse Hill was our 1st choice for "Home from Home" to host 25 American family and friends for our Daughter's wedding in the Lake District. The owners, Jennifer and Andrew, could not have been more welcoming and helpful in making sure we were all comfortable and that everyone enjoyed English country living and leisure. We let 4 cottages for two weeks as our base for wedding preparations and exploring the Lakes. We sat 40 friends of the bride and groom for a relaxed grill fest and and night of storytelling the evening before the wedding. Great Calva is 1st class in every way. Our only caution for those who need Internet is wireless service is spotty at best. We all journeyed to the complimentary spa in Penrith when we needed it. The county is working to make new cell towers a priority and hopefully Monkhouse will be fully online any day now. But for now you have the perfect excuse to tell the boss you are on an old fashioned vacation and beyond technologies reach. Savor the fleeting chance. We look forward to many happy return trips to visit our new Cumbrian family and friends.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank Victoria M
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Just arrived back from a weekend at Monkhouse Hill with a group of 12 girls, we had Cloven Stone and Brae Fell cottages and they are just lovely.
Loved the old style building with the cute little windows, exposed stone and beams mixed with a modern touch of an upside down style property (bedrooms downstairs & living area upstairs) and great decked balcony and hot tub. Hot tub absolutely made the weekend!
The cottages are well equipped with plenty of good quality plates, glassware, everything you need to cook or entertain, quality appliances - dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine. Everything is provided apart from food (ie wshing up liquid, hand soap, dishwasher tablets etc) We also had use of the North Lakes Spa which is well worth a visit.
Monkhouse Hill had a relaxed feel to it by the owners, nice touches like local cakes proivided upon welcome. All in all a great time was had, many thanks for a memorable weekend :-)

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Monkhouse Hill Cottages

Address: Monkhouse Hill Farm Sebergham, Caldbeck CA5 7HW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Caldbeck
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Caldbeck
Hotel Class:4 star — Monkhouse Hill Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Monkhouse Hill Cottages Hotel Caldbeck

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