You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and tranquil corner of the Lake District than the Eskdale Valley. The combination of our amazing location with our 500 year old, four and five star luxury self-catering Lake District cottages provides the perfect ingredients for a superb holiday. Bridge End Farm Cottages are nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park so whether you are a couple on your honeymoon, a family holidaying with children, or a party of old friends catching up for a reunion, we have something extra special to share with you. You will struggle to find such a romantic setting as the village of Boot, in the Eskdale Valley. Hiking the fells and mountains, you will delight in both the tranquillity and stunning views. Legendary Lakeland author, Alfred Wainwright, wrote that for him Eskdale was indeed the ‘sanctuary of peace and solitude’…
For families, there are innumerable activities and adventures, from taking a trip on the Eskdale and Ravenglass Narrow Gauge Steam Railway, mountain biking or rock climbing, to fishing or even jumping into the Whillan Beck or River Esk and it’s rock pools for a quick dip! Pop in to Boot Mill, over the 17th Century Packhorse Bridge adjacent to us. Boot Mill is the oldest working water mill in England and there has been a mill on this site since Roman times. Ask the miller for a tour to see it still in action!
For the fanatically fit and those seeking a challenge, a hike up Scafell or Scafell Pike (our cottages are near Scafell Pike), England’s highest mountains (over 3000ft), a drive or even ride up Hardknott Pass, England’s steepest road, sections of which reach 30% gradient, or a dive into Wastwater, England’s deepest lake (260ft), should set the adrenalin pumping! Along with Scafell, there are numerous other challenging or mid-level hikes or bike rides to accomplish right from the cottage door – the Western Lakes are popular with both mountain and road bikes and runners alike.
The more leisurely, and perhaps wiser, can appreciate this area of outstanding natural beauty at a more relaxed pace, with many an amble from the cottage doorstep to enjoy the outdoors. There are countless walks, which pass over rivers and through meadows and woodlands, encountering stunning scenery, 60ft waterfalls, Neolithic and Bronze Age stone circles, the awesome Hardknott Roman fort, castles, Herdwick sheep, ancient peat huts, marvellous birdlife and greenery galore along the way. Alternatively, relax with a great read in our paddock garden before lighting a barbecue and pouring your favourite aperitif.
Spoilt for choice during the day, you will find your stay no different by night…With five fabulous traditional pubs within 6 to 8 minutes’ drive of your holiday cottage, (two are actually only one minute and five minutes’ walk away!), even the well-seasoned brewmaster will struggle to sample all the local ales in his first visit! Boot even has its own annual beer festival in early June, which celebrates Cumbrian ales and has over 100 beers and ciders for you to make your way through over the three days. Boot’s traditional inns boast the finest selection of local food and produce, so whether you fancy the fresh fish of the day or a slice of homemade beef and beer pie after a day out on the fells, you will not be disappointed. After dinner, you can savour a peaceful stroll beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way, back to your warm, cosy cottage – keep your eyes out for the shooting stars, we’ve seen a few!
We at Bridge End Farm Cottages can assure you that even those of you who may be fortunate enough to have visited the Lake District before will be truly mesmerised by this piece of paradise, perfectly preserved, in our quaint little corner of the Western Lakes.
THE COTTAGES THEMSELVES:
As you drive down our cobbled entrance to Bridge End Farm, our seven luxury four and five star graded Elizabethan Lake District cottages will enchant you. The 500 year old pink granite walls still stand strong and their Westmorland slate roofs are held up by their original oak beams. Discover a trip back in time as you enter your cottage and absorb its history. Inside, we have carefully restored the cottages to combine the best of the past and the present to provide you with all your home from home comforts, so that your stay is as pleasurable as it could possibly be. Each holiday cottage, large or small, has free WiFi access, full Sky TV with all sports, children’s and movie channels, flat screen high-definition television, an I-pod docking station and an array of books, DVDs and CDs for all ages.
Every cottage will enthral you with its charm and character. Our gardens are similarly set, with plenty of space for the children to run around and adults to recharge with a novel and a glass of wine. Surrounded by views of the fells and majestic mountains, the gardens provide a haven of peace and relaxation. Our smallest cottage sleeps 2 and our largest 10. Each has its own identity, no two cottages are the same, so take a look at our photos and galleries as well as the individual cottage descriptions to see which YOU would like to make your own!
Honeymoons & Hampers
Indulge yourself and embellish your Lakeland experience with fresh flowers, champagne and chocolates on your arrival, or with one of our selection of Cumbrian Hampers, which include carefully chosen local produce. See which one whets your appetite here!
In order to help shorten your packing list, in additional to cots, highchairs and stairgates, we also have the following items available:
Baby bouncer seat, potty, child step, changing mat, baby sensor light, baby bath and toilet training seat as well as non slip bath mats and socket safety covers.
The Laundry Room has 2 washing machines and 2 tumble dryers for our guests to use free of charge. Several washing machine tablets are provided in your cottages for use in these machines. The Farmhouse and Wastwater Cottage also have a washing machine within the cottage. We also have a four drawer freezer available in the laundry room for guests to use if they need more freezer space.
Visit England, Quality in Tourism Grading Scheme
The cottages are inspected annually by England’s premier tourist organisation, Visit England. The cottages are all Graded 4 star with the exception of The Farmhouse which is Graded 5 star.