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Dove Cote

Kirkoswald, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972316)

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    • “A warm comfortable flat in a peaceful location”
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    • “The flat was very warm and comfortable - comfortable furniture, kitchen area well equipped for real cooking. It was beautifully clean when we arrived and a particular bonus was the very helpful and efficient service provided by the housekeeper. The wet summer detracted from the walking in the area - the field paths were not inviting, but that was no-one's fault! The only disappointment was the internet service. We had chosen this flat partly because it provided wifi - we were there for four weeks while 'between houses' and needed connections for sorting out our affairs. The wifi in the building was excellent, but the service beyond that was woeful - BT does not provided an adequate bandwidth on the phone in that area for an adequate connection. That was not the fault of the owners but it is something to bear in mind if the wifi connection is important to you.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Grange Over Sands, October 2012

    • “Staffield Hall Breaks”
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    • “We stayed in Dove Cote, up in the eaves. Very comfortable apartment with a gracious feel and contemporary and quality furniture and fittings. Whole house is quiet with an air of grandeur and countryside perfect for walking, cycling etc. A good short break, quiet/retreat type of place. Only a few niggles: shower kept on breaking down; wifi aerial broken, so had to sit downstairs (2 flights down) to go online; a little too pricey for what it offers - only a tea & coffee welcome pack/tray & bath robes which had been washed many times.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Preston, February 2013

    • “A cosey retreat”
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    • “Very nice and comfortable apartment right on the edge of the Lake District - easy access to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Let down a little by a few small things: - If you book to stay at Stafford Hall, take note the address for it is on your invoice, i.e. buried in an attachment of your booking confirmation. We later received an email with our door access codes, and we mistook the physical address at the header of this email to be the address of the accommodation. So we ended up at another set of holiday apartments owned by the same people who run Stafford Hall (fortunate as he could give us directions). It didn't add too much time to the journey, but is poor communication to provide so much information about your stay but only mention the actual address, once, on an invoice, in an attachment emailed to months before your stay - The kitchen sink had no hot water for 6 of the 7 days, mildly annoying when you consider we stayed in very late December - Internet did not work for 3 of the days, not serious as it was a relaxing break, but for others this might be more serious - No real warnings on how much hot water the bathrooms have, so found myself showering, turning off, then turning on again to very cold water. We soon learnt the limits of hot water supply and how much showering time we had - Found bed or pillows to be incredibly firm or uncomfortable, neither of us slept through the night, maybe not a bad thing... - A very minor niggle, we would encourage the managers of Stafford Hall supply better quality cleaning products. This for their own benefit. The ceramic hob cleaner supplied was of poor quality, we left the hob only partially cleaned. Similar comments on the quality of the dishwasher tablets, washing-up cloths and so on. - There were a few blow flies about (in December),this because we were in the country? None of this contributed to a bad stay, we enjoyed ourselves, this feedback is intended to help make improvements.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, January 2013

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The Property

Impressive second floor one bedroom accommodation located in the northern Eden Valley, ideal for a romantic break at any time. Set in in an elevated position with superb views over the surrounding country side.
Staffield Hall is an impressive, Victorian manor house, originally built in 1848 for the beautiful bride Lady Jane Aglionby and occupies a magnificent elevated setting with superb views over the surrounding countryside of the Eden Valley.
Staffield Hall is located between the pretty villages of Kirkoswald and Armathwaite in the northern Eden Valley, an area of peace and tranquillity. Within a short drive are the market towns of Carlisle and Penrith, Ullswater the northern most lake, Hadrians Wall and the Scottish Borders.
The Hall retains it period features including the Great Hall with a magnificent, carved oak staircase, feature stained glass window, servants bells, vaulted beamed ceilings including ornate cornicing and ceiling rose. Staffield Hall is a truly idyllic country house with formal terraced gardens overlooking the surrounding countryside, and has been converted to seven luxuriously appointed, one bedroom, en-suite apartments and a three bedroom, all en-suite ground floor apartment.
Staffield Hall was converted in 2005 by the owners using their wealth of experience of the luxury self catering market to provide romantic accommodation for a break at any time of the year, an ideal honeymoon location or for those to celebrate special occasions enabling you to relax in the tranquillity and splendour in a style lost to all but the privileged few.
The apartments are furnished and equipped to the highest of standards achieving VB 5 star rating, most are fitted with Jacuzzi baths, all have power showers, designer kitchen equipped with microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, fan ovens and halogen hobs. The lounges have flat screen digital LCD TVs and DVD/CD players. Free wireless broadband access is available within the properties. All have pay telephones. Romantic bedrooms, one with a four poster bed, others with double and super King size beds (some can be converted to twin beds, please advise when booking), all with co-ordinating bed linen including towels and dressing gowns for adult guests.
Staffield Hall is a very special venue for a small family gathering or a reunion of old friends that can comfortably cater for up to 18 people.


One bedroom: 1 x double room with a super king-size bed. Luxury bathroom with spa bath and power shower, WC and basin. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.


  • Gas central heating
  • Fan oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge & freezer, dishwasher, flat screen digital LCD TV and DVD/CD player, Wifi, pay telephone
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, dressing gowns and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample private parking
  • Shared grounds
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub within walking distance
  • Note: Max 2 adults.

Regional Information

KIRKOSWALD Penrith 9 miles; Carlisle 18 miles. The delightful rural village of Kirkoswald is situated in the Eden Valley and is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kirkoswald has two excellent pubs, both serving fine quality food, a 12th century church and a shop and Post Office. The River Eden runs nearby and the area is renowned for its superb trout and salmon fishing, along with walking, cycling, canoeing and climbing. There are literally miles of glorious paths following the river's course, with welcoming spots for riverside picnics and sightseeing. Expect caves and gorges, and look out for the ten unusual benchmark sculptures along the way. The Eden Gorge, between Lazonby and Armathwaite, is one of Cumbria's best-kept secrets, and is well worth exploring, plus the local railway station is a stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain. Brougham Castle, Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England), Hadrian's Wall, the town of Penrith and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away. The stunning scenery of both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks are within reach, making Kirkoswald a convenient place to stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas