We had a lovely time there this weekend. There was a very nice welcoming pack on our arrival which was thoughtfully put together. The home was warm and cosy and logs for the fires were provided. We did not want to leave this morning so I would definitely book for longer next time. Thank you
My husband and I travelled from Cheshire with our dog, Buddy to this beautiful cottage for a short getaway early in November and we already can’t wait to go back in 2018!
Phil was a great host, quick to answer any questions and on hand with some really good local tips. The information he provided in his messages about locating and screwing the cottage was spot on, and we felt like we were really looked after before we even arrived.
We didn’t arrive until late on the Friday evening and came in via Ulpha Fell. It was a bit of a hairy drive in the dark and can imagine it being quite dangerous in the winter weather. We took the route via Gosforth on the way home and found it much easier.
When we arrived at the cottage it was so warm and cosy from the arga and there was a lovely bottle of wine on the table as well as some good essentials in the fridge. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere late and realising you have no milk for your first cuppa in the morning. No need to worry, at Rose Cottage it’s already sorted for you. A very welcome touch after a long drive.
The cottage itself is just lovely. It has all the traditional features, but at the same time has all the mod cons you might need. We were super impressed with the WiFi signal and also a full Sky package. Although we don’t watch much TV, this could have come in handy if we hadn’t had such fabulous weather. Something that I am sure would be a god send to anyone taking children and in need of a bit of CBeebies in bad weather
The cottage has much more room than we expected, and if six people were staying there it definitely wouldn’t feel cramped. The beds and bed linen were a particular highlight. I have always been, and always will be, a big fan on my own bed. It’s the thing I struggle most with when I go away, but with the real homely feel of this cottage and the super comfy bed and bed linen, I slept like a baby all three nights we were there.
Buddy’s highlight was definitely the garden. He absolutely
loved running around and exploring. We are always a little hesitant when people advertise an enclosed garden as Buddy can usually do his best Houdini and find a way out. This time he didn’t and the wire at the bottoms of the front gate was also really well thought out for smaller pooches safety. I can imagine in summer the garden would be just fabulous for bbqs and eating outdoors. It’s a sanctuary and something we’re looking forward to using more when we visit next time.
For me, one the great things about Rose Cottage is that you really feel at home there. It’s just so relaxing. We have stayed in dog friendly places before and often they are a bit grim and grotty and the humans are left feeling a bit mugged off and feeling like taking the dog has been more of a hassle than a pleasure. This is not the case at Rose Cottage. You are not faced with a ton of rules about what your dog can and can’t do, Phil does not ask you a multitude of questions about your dog and make you feel on edge before you’ve even arrived. Rose Cottage really is as dog friendly as it is human friendly.
When we weren’t drinking copious amount of coffee around the kitchen table we were taking advantage of the amazing scenery of Eskdale and the surrounding areas...via the various local pubs. For reviewing purposes, of course...
We went on two great walks, each around five hours. One across Hardknott Pass and the other on the Eskdale trail across Muncaster Fell. Both were circular routes and were suitable for intermediate walkers, possibly a confident beginner.
After he first days walking we stopped off at the Woolpack pub in Boot. They do a great pizza and a good selection of drinks. Even though it’s right next door to the backpackers hostel and the start of the very popular walk up Scafell, it is a really nice pub. It could so easily be one of those naff tourist pubs with muddy floors and average food, but it’s absolutely not like that. The staff were friendly and helpful and again, they were genuinely dog friendly.
On day two we stopped off at the George IV Inn for a quick drink. Again, really friendly staff and a great food menu. More on the traditional side in terms of decor and drinks selection, but a really cosy place and dog friendly too.
On our third night we took a ten minute walk (max time)
Down the road to a place called the Bower House. Phil’s recommendation and a great one at that. We sadly were too late for the quiz, but it wasn’t such a bad thing as it meant the service was great, the pace wasn’t too busy and we were able to get a seat in the restaurant right next to the huge log fire. Heaven. The staff were lovely, so friendly and chatty and the place has a really homely feel to it, very welcoming. We didn’t take Buddy, but Phil did tell us that they are also dog friendly, so next time we’ll be taking Buddy along with us. The food menus here was stand out for us. We are mostly vegetarian with the occasionally but of fish eating, so you often get stuck with mushroom based recipes if you’re a veggie at a pub; however, a massive bonus for the Bower House...their chef is a vegetarian. We actually couldn’t decide what to eat as their veggie selection was just too good We were so impressed and will definitely be booking in for dinner on our trip next year.
All in all we packed a lot into our three days in Eskdale, but it certainly is the kind of place that if you stayed for a bit longer you could easily spend a couple of days relaxing at Rose Cottage, just looking out at the amazing views from the garden.
Thanks for a really lovely break, Phil. We enjoyed every minute and can’t wait to come back in 2018!
I have stayed at Rose Cottage many times. Every time I arrive there I immediately get a relaxed feeling (even when it is raining).
There is always some milk, bacon and eggs in the fridge, and a bottle of wine on the sideboard. The beds are very comfortable, and the living room has Sky TV with full package, so there is plenty to watch on the really rainy days. When you get a nice sunny day the garden is a beautiful place to sit and admire the scenery with a bottle of wine (Optional).
We often play golf at Eskdale Golf Course. This is a nice parkland course, if you want more of a challenge then you can play Seascale, this is a links course approx. 20 minute drive from Rose Cottage.
We often take a walk down to the Bower House Inn for a few drinks, and a meal. The staff and locals are very friendly, and if you like cask ales you are in for a treat. My favourite is the Loweswater Gold, which goes down too easily. The food is excellent, and make sure you have an appetite as the portions are huge. The quiz is a must on a Sunday tea time.
If you're looking for a peaceful and quiet escape then look no further, this cute country cottage is set in the idyllic countryside in Eskdale. The views from the windows are breathtaking. The only down side to this area is how far away it is from everything, but then it's perfect for a tranquil escape. There are a few pubs, I would recommend the bower inn. The cottage has everything you need and more. Would highly recommend.
The location is a very quiet Village with the most gorgeous views. If you want to chill out lovely place to go, the cottage had everything you could ever want, the garden is amazing very pet friendly my dog loved it. I can't wait to book it again, there is loads of walks to do you can catch the steam train and the two pubs The Bower Arms the food was great and King George nice to sit outside and dog friendly. The added touches in the cottage of Milk, butter, bread, bacon and eggs I thought was lovely and tasted good too, worth a visit.