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Ale Cottage

Ireby, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972284)

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    • “All you could want and more!”
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    • “Beautiful cottage with all facilities ready for you - two bathrooms, dishwasher, tumble dryer, washing machine, wifi etc. But also the 'little' things such as cleaning stuff was there too so no need to go armed with washing up gear or washing powder. Spotlessly clean throughout. The garden is mostly enclosed but if you have young children or adventurous/older dogs it may not be as safe as you would want. Plenty of walks from the cottage and within fairly easy reach of the main Lake District villages and sights but situated in a very peaceful, quiet village that offers tranquillity a little off the beaten track. Pub next door and farm shop a short walk away but only 15 minutes to Cockermouth, which has some of the bigger shops and supermarkets plus a lovely selection of individual shops. For anyone with dogs or who love walking the choice is endless.”

    IOMDKM, IOM, May 2017

    • “Excellent cottage with the bonus of a great local pub next door”
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    • “What an excellent cottage this is. It has everything you need and more. All of the rooms are cosy and spacious especially the lounge with its two cosy settees and a log/ coal burner for those relaxing evenings in. The kitchen has everything you need and the two bedrooms are very comfy and nicely decorated. We took our little dog with us and the added bonus whether you have a dog or not ,is the small local friendly pub 'Emily's Black Lion' next door that is dog friendly and serves delicious home cooked food in the evenings Wednesday to Sunday's. I personally recommend 'Emily's draught ale. This is a great cottage,ideally situated in a friendly village. It would be difficult to find a better one..”

    Richard P, October 2016

    • “Lovely relaxing stay for the New Year”
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    • “Ale cottage is extremely well equipped, myself, my husband and our 12 year old daughter and our two dogs stayed in this fabulous cottage for a week. We enjoyed lots of walks, cosy afternoons and evenings with the log burner on, there is everything you could ever need- I was able to wash our muddy clothes in the washer provided, you could enjoy either a shower or a nice soak in the bath, lots of books to read, plenty of room, the cream carpet was a bit of a worry having two dogs! Really enjoyable stay, lovely views, the bottle of wine & cake welcome gifts were a lovely touch! Will definitely stay again!”

    Trish M, South Yorkshire, March 2016

    • “excellent”
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    • “Ale cottage was a fantastic holiday home for me and my partner it is beautifully set up in every way and their was everything that you would ever need in side and more, the views are lovely and their are some fantastic walks so we are going back next year.”

    Wilf12014, Bolton, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “Away from it all, exceptional value.”
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    • “Have just spent a week in Ale Cottage, and was a little nervous beforehand, as it is next to a pub. No worries, the pub is closed! The cottage is kitted out with everything you could need, with a few extras on top.Tea, coffee, sugar, milk and cake on arrival. Tissues in the lounge and bedrooms, spare loo rolls, cling film, foil, liquid soap in both bathrooms, excellent quality furniture and fittings, and plenty of crockery and cutlery. I have stayed in many places that cater for 4, and you get 4 of everything, and only 4!, the cheapest quality furnishings as well. Not so here. The nearest shop is a 15 minute drive away, so it really is a peaceful location, but a good base for the Northern Lakes.”

    Chandy1, Stevenage, May 2014

    • “peaceful location”
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    • “excellent service The cottage was lovely, nice and cosy loved the log burner,as it was xmas the tree was a nice suprise. the location was a bit too quite for us but the awful weather didnt really help so we couldnt get about but we had a good chill out lazy holiday.The only downside was the pub next door was never open.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, West Midlands, January 2014

    • “Amazing place - will be back next year!”
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    • “The service from enquiry through to booking was excellent. The cottage itself was better than described. Superbly equipped, with everything from Scrabble, stories for babies bedtime to super comfy sofas and Sky TV! A really quiet village, we were a little concerned about the fact that there is a pub next door, but we didn't hear a peep for the whole week. Nicely located just a short drive from Keswick and the lovely walks near Bassenthwaite. Dodd woods a winner too. Will return next year (and pack less things as everything is there already!).”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bristol, September 2012

    • “Better than our own home.”
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    • “We had a lovely time at this property, it was of a very high standard the bathroom/shower room were of hotel standards. The kitchen was well equipped and had everything you would wish for. The beds were very comfy and we loved the outlook from the lounge. The locals were very friendly and as we're the publicans next door.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Knowle, April 2012

    • “Fantastic few days away from it all”
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    • “The cottage is excellent, comfy sofas and beds. The log fire made it so cosy. We had our border terriers with us and they loved it. It felt like home from home and better, no rules and a very relaxed atmosphere. The kitchen has everything you will need and more. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to explore the northern lakes around Keswick. Will be booking for next year for sure. 10/10”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Morpeth Northumberland, December 2011

    • “Home from home :)”
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    • “My partner and I shared a lovely week here. The house was an excellent base for exploring the lake district and Scotland, but be prepared to drive as there aren't many amenities nearby. The house was well equipped for cooking, entertaining yourself (there were boardgames and books), and there was a lovely wood burning stove that we made use of on a few occasions. All in all, we had a lovely holiday and would definitely recommend the cottage.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Southampton, October 2013

    • “pleasant and relaxing break”
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    • “Excellent base for a lakes holiday, cottage very comfortable and well equiped. Lots to do in the Keswick area.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Ayr, June 2013

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    • “Excellent cottage, it a loverly location. Sykes description was spot on. Would defiantly use Sykes again.”

    Mrs Crew, Southampton, September 2018

    • “Great little cottage with everything there that you could need. Pub next door so great to pop in after a day out. Would not hesitate to book this cottage again.”

    Mrs Medcraft, Nuneaton, September 2018

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
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The Property

Situated to the north of Skiddaw in the pretty village of Ireby this 2 bedroomed cottage which sleeps four people is ideally located to explore the northern lakes. Free use of two mountain bikes and a set of golf clubs. Situated just to the north of Skiddaw, Ireby is an excellent centre for touring and walking throughout the northern Lakes yet is relatively unspoilt and provides a haven from the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of the Lake District. Ambleside and Windermere are however within easy reach. There are numerous walking opportunities from the door over the Caldbeck Fells and Skiddaw which leads you into Keswick (12 miles by road) where many amenities including Derwent Water, restaurants, pubs and shops await you. After a busy day on the fells or sight seeing a relaxed evening can be enjoyed sat around the stove in this cosy cottage or in the local pub, just next door, which serves a variety of beers and good home cooked food. Ale Cottage has retained much of its original character with exposed beams and latched doors throughout and is heated by night storage heaters, and is accessed by first floor and comprises:

Ground floor Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, hand basin and WC.
Garage housing washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

First floor: Lounge with solid fuel stove, Sky Free sat TV, DVD player, home cinema system and CD player with i-Pod dock.
Kitchen with electric cooker and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
Twin bedroom.
Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

All electric, bed linen and towels are included.
Garage and private parking.
Garden with patio furniture and BBQ.
Two mountain bikes and a set of golf clubs are available for use free of charge.
A cot, highchair and stair gate are available.
Wi-Fi available for browsing and checking e-mails.


Over two floors. On the ground floor there is 1 x double bedroom en-suite with shower room, basin and WC. On the first floor: 1 x twin bedroom and a shared bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC. Kitchen/diner, Lounge with solid fuel stove, leading to an enclosed rear garden with seating. Attached garage with storage. Private parking.


  • Storage heaters
  • Electric cooker and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Sky FreeSat, TV with Freeview, DVD player, home cinema system and CD player with I-Pod dock
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
  • Private rear garden with seating and BBQ. Private parking for 1 car
  • Towels included
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 2 miins walk.

Regional Information

IREBY Bassenthwaite 5 miles; Keswick 12 miles. Ireby nestles in the peaceful fells of the northern Lake District, in the beautiful area to the north of Keswick known as 'Back of Skiddaw'. Once a thriving market town, with the market cross believed to date back to 1200, Ireby is now a truly unspoilt, peaceful fell village. The peaks of Great Calva and Knott look down on the village and the nearby Aughertree Fell was the site of a Bronze Age farm and the remains of a pre-Roman road are still in evidence, a unique and most complete settlement from the Iron Age period. Nearby Bassenthwaite Lake itself, while boasting gentler scenery than others in the region, is still one of the most picturesque places in England. Places of interest nearby include Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Lake with small open-air theatre (reputedly frequented by poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth), Trotters Farm, and Dodd Wood. Most of the attractions of the Lake District are within easy reach and the quieter Northern Fells are almost on the doorstep. The nearby towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, both have weekly markets and offer a good range of amenities. The scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is within touring distance, as is the city of Carlisle and Hadrians Wall.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season