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Red Stables

Aikton, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972543)

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    • “Mr”
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    • “Just returned from a week break to Cumbria and felt compelled to write a review of the Red stables. On arrival we were greeted with a large bowl of fruit, bread, milk, butter, tea and coffee. Wow what a place to stay, comfortable and homely and with a hot tub, the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring the beautiful local countryside. Our hosts Clare and Ian couldn't have done more to make our stay more pleasurable. Thankyou again! Can't recommend this place enough.”

    Craigharwood69, Leeds, United Kingdom, May 2018

    • “Miss”
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    • “Amazing place! We were all in need of rest and relaxation and that’s exactly what we got. The cottage is first class, warm and toast! The wet room was lovely and the hot tub was fab! Hosts on hand if you needed anything but not intrusive.Would not hesitate to come back.”

    Lisseyh, Weymouth, United Kingdom, April 2018

    • “Perfect place to relax”
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    • “This cottage has wonderful views across the northern lake district and is a lovely place to relax and unwind. The people who own the property are very kind and provide you which just the right amount of attention. Hot tub gives great views across the northern lake district. We really recommend this as a place to stay when visiting the northern lakes and Hadrian's Wall.”

    Derick E, Loughborough, August 2015

    • “Perfect place to unwind”
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    • “We stopped at this location for 7 nights in May. We had some hit and miss weather during our stay but nothing put us off making use of the Hot Tub which is only a few steps from the property. The Hot Tub is a brilliant feature and the views were stunning. The accomodation was very clean and well equipped and the hosts were very welcoming and friendly. The extra touches of bread and milk were fabulous. The heating system is something to behold and the bathroom is just marvellous. Overall, a great place to stay and would certainly go back.”

    Nellybc1975, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom, July 2015

    • “Perfect relaxing break!”
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    • “I stayed at Red Stables with three female friends for two nights. We found the accommodation warm and inviting with up to date decor and tasteful furnishings. We were lucky with the weather and got to sit outside on the patio admiring the beautiful views all weekend. The hot tub was fantastic, warm and clean. The kitchen was well equipped and the addition of a fruit bowl, bread and milk were a lovely touch. The only thing we found missing was a coffee table from the living area to accommodate our wine and crisps! All in all, it was a fantastic mini break and we hope to return!”

    Lorna S, Kendal, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Absolutely perfect!”
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    • “We had a lovely long weekend. The accommodation was perfect, we were made to feel right at home and the Welcome pack was a lovely personal touch. The hot tub was very relaxing and the views were spectacular! We would thoroughly recommend staying here, can't fault it.”

    SClarke23, January 2015

    • “Perfect stay, Can't wait to return !!!”
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    • “I stayed at the Red stables for a week and we did not want to go home. The place is so quiet and peaceful. The converted stable has been beautifully designed with gorgeous bedding and rugs, and with every amenity you possibly need for a self catering rental. Beautiful touches with lighting outside and on the inside with remote lighting. We loved the under floor heating ! Which is great when coming in from the Amazing Hot TUB. We feel like we got such luxury for our money. We will be returning next year for sure !!! Do not hesitate to book!”

    Foodlover12346, November 2014

    • “A lovely relaxing house away from it all.”
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    • “Stayed for 1 week with my husband, 11 year old son and my mum. Owners wer extremely friendly and helpful. We were all impressed by the high standard of fixtures and fittings and tasteful decor in the house. It was extremely clean - obviously great care taken over this. Underfloor heating meant it was very toasty (sometimes a tad too warm!). Hot tub was wonderful - some lovely views as you relax in the bubbles. We took bikes and cycled along the many small local roads - cycled to a nearby nature reserve where stopped off for a coffee and cake. Ate locally one night at the Aikton Arms - good steaks and lovely puddings too. Only 10 minutes drive into Carlisle, which had some good shops, cinema and restaurants.”

    Col348, Dunfermline, United Kingdom, April 2016

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    • “We had a fantastic stay in this stunning location. Only a short drive to find short and long walks such as Hadrian’s Wall or Silloth (on the coast). We went out for lunch and dinner to local restaurants, tea rooms and pubs, always best to book in advance if it’s out of season as they may not be open! We were very lucky with the weather - cold but sunny and clear skies, perfect hiking weather. Highly recommend this place!”

    Miss Holliday, Mansfield, October 2018

    • “Fabulous place to stay. Felt home from home. Would definitely return.”

    Mrs Harwood, Pudsey, May 2018

    • “The Cottage was absolutely beautiful and in such a quiet location. We loved everything about it. The only reason for a 3 rather than 4 on facilities was simply because all this place is missing is some sort of hand held showerhead aswell as the overhead raunfall shower too to make cleaning the kids easier but other than that it is brilliant and will definitely recommend! Owners seem lovely and were round every morning checking and sorting the hot tub.”

    Miss Tunnington, Huddersfield, February 2018

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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The Property

Red Stables with a private hot tub is ideal for a relaxing holiday at any time of year. The cottage has green credentials, ground floor bedroom and wet room, ideal for those who have difficulties with stairs and is ideally located for those who wish to explore the whole of Cumbria, including the Northern Lake District, Solway Coast and Hadrians Wall.
Aikton is 8 miles south west of the historic city of Carlisle, conveniently located for walks in the Lake District, along the beautiful and remote coastline of the Solway Firth and for Hadrians Wall. Watchtree Nature Reserve is two miles away with native birds and animals including the red squirrel and bats can be spotted. In the surrounding villages and market town of Wigton, a short drive away, there are shops and pubs and Carlisle has a wealth of amenities to cater for all the families holiday needs whatever the weather.
Red Stables, located on a farm, is a beautiful conversion of two old buildings dating from 1917, The design is contemporary, yet the original beams remain in the open plan kitchen/living room with every effort having been made to retain the original character of the building. There are views across to the Lakeland fells which can be enjoyed from the garden. The cottage has green credentials, with under floor heating throughout the tiled ground floor, sourced from the farms biomass boiler which also provides hot water. Insulated to the highest standards, the cottage will be as snug and comfortable on a winter break as on a summer holiday. The cottage is centrally heated and comprises: Large living room/kitchen with TV/DVD player and patio doors which give access to the patio with HOT TUB. Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The smaller bedroom has twin beds which can be zipped together to create a double (please state at the time of booking). Wet room with shower, hand basin and WC. First floor: Spacious master bedroom which has a king size bed. All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Electric charging point available for electric car. Complimentary use of a cot, highchair and BBQ on request. Ample private parking. There is a private patio area leading to the hot tub and shared use of the large orchard. Free Wi-Fi available


Two bedrooms: 1 x zip link twin, can be king-size double on request (ground floor), 1 x king-size double, ground floor wet room with shower, washbasin and WC. Large open plan living/dining/kitchen.


  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Freeview TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Gas and electric included
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Ample off road parking
  • Charging point for electric car
  • Patio with decked area and hot tub , garden furniture and use of gas BBQ on request
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Nature reserve 2 miles
  • Carlisle 8 miles.

Regional Information

WIGTON Carlisle 12 miles; Keswick 20 miles. A traditional Cumbrian market town with a charter granted in 1262, which still holds a market each Friday in the covered market hall, along with an open air car boot sale. Wigton is a popular centre for shopping, pubs and restaurants, and also boasts a theatre, bowls, swimming, tennis and other sports. Lord Melvyn Bragg was a native of Wigton, and used the town (called Thurston in some of his writings) and the surrounding area as the setting for his novels including ‘A Time to Dance’. Located 18 miles from Penrith it is a good base for the attractions of the North Lakes, the cathedral city of Carlisle, 12 miles away, Keswick, just north Derwentwater and close to Lake Bassenthwaite, and the natural beauty of the West Cumbrian Coast. Hadrian’s Wall is within 25 miles, while the Scottish Borders, and Gretna Green, are within easy reach.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season