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Howscales Cottages

CA10 1JG

Tel: 01768 898666

Prop : Liz Webster

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Howscales provides high quality farmhouse-style self-catering cottage accommodation in open, peaceful countryside in the heart of the picturesque Eden Valley.

The farm sits beside a quiet road between the villages of Kirkoswald and Renwick.
From this elevated position uninterrupted views may be enjoyed across tranquil pastures and woodlands to the hills of the Lake District and Pennines.

The Eden Valley is often described as Cumbria's best kept secret, which is here to be explored and discovered during a stay in our holiday cottages at Howscales.

Howscales was originally built as a working farm during the middle of the 17th Century.
All the buildings are contructed using the local red Lazonby Sandstone, both for the walls and the traditional sandstone tiled roofs.

Howscales ceased to be worked as a farm in the late 1970s. In recent years the farmhouse with its barns and byres have been painstakingly converted into self-contained cottages while retaining much of the original features. As much as possible of the interior of the original buildings have been preserved, in particular the oak beams and stone work. Where windows have been added to make the rooms light and airy and provide guests with wonderful views, as much reclaimed material as possible has been used.

There are five cosy, well equipped holiday cottages at Howscales, set around a central cobbled courtyard and surrounded by gardens, lawns and open countryside.

Howscales have been awarded runner up prizes in Cumbria in Bloom competitions,
CTB Rose Bowl for self catering establishments.

The Cottages

The four cottages at Howscales each have their own special features all with log stove burners, catering from 2 to 6.

Geltsdale was converted from a barn and has a double and single bedroom on the ground floor with a shower room and living/kitchen area on the first floor. You can site back,
relax and enjoy the views over theGeltsdale and Renwick fells.

Ravendale was created from the main barn to produce a cottage of real character, with a distinctive arched facade and interior floor level arched windows on the first floor. Three double bedrooms and shower room and bathroom are on the ground floor.

Once the milking parlour, Hazelrigg is a snug cottage for two with a large double (or twin by arrangement) with en-site bathroom. Hazelrigg has been especially adapted for wheelchair users. Relax and enjoy views across the garden towards the Renwick and Alston Moors.

Level 2 disabled access

Inglewood was formally the dairy and is now a spacious cottage for four with a double with ensuite shower room and a twin with en-suite bath/shower. From the comfortable lounge you can enjoy looking over the garden and down the Eden Valley.

All the cottages have central heating and are fully carpeted. The bedrooms all have honey pine furniture, comfortable beds with duvets with pretty floral covers and co-ordinating curtains. Even electric blankets for those chilly evenings are provided! All have electric shaver sockets, too.

The kitchens are equipped and provide all the comforts of home. Each kitchen has an electric oven, gas hob, fridge with small freezer compartment, microwave, toaster etc. - Everything you may need for that special meal.

The lounge areas have pine furniture and comfortable suites, and for your entertainment, radio and combined tv/dvd/vcr/cd player. All the cottages have their own access and there is ample parking, some under cover. Each cottage has extensive information packs about local events, places of interest, walks and where to eat, all to help you plan your holiday.

Laundry facilities are available. Automatic washing machine and tumble dryer (coin operated) with drying racks and outside clothes line. A payphone is provided for your convenience, but please note it does not accept incoming calls.

Children are always welcome and there is a cot and high chair available.

Well behaved pets are accepted (small additional charge),
but cannot be left unattended in the cottages.

All of our guests are most welcome to enjoy everything the garden has to offer, whatever the season. BBQ facilities are available should you wish to enjoy cooking in the open air.

There are many quiet corners at Howscales, places where you can sit back and relax and take in the peace, the quietness, the wide open countryside and the breathtaking views.

Howscales is an non-smoking establishment.


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