As you drive down our cobbled entrance to Bridge End Farm, our seven 4 and 5 star graded Elizabethan luxury 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 traditional Eskdale 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 holiday in Eskdale is as pleasurable as it could possibly be. Every cottage will enthral you with its charm and character.
Our smallest cottage sleeps 2 and our largest cottage sleeps 10. Each has its own identity, no two 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 for your stay in Boot!
In the past year, we have installed brand new kitchens in all of our cottages. Eighteen months ago we embarked upon a total refurbishment of all our bathrooms and replacement of all our beds. All of our Eskdale holiday cottages now have super comfy 5 star quality mattresses. Last autumn we commenced the total refurbishment of all our kitchens along with the purchase of sumptuous Italian leather sofas for most of our luxury cottages and a few new fabric chairs to compliment the sofas. There is only one non new sofa and this is just 18 months old.
Plus luxury honey oak Karndean flooring has been installed in all the cottages with the exception of the Farmhouse which of course retains its age old flagstones. Many new furnishings have been purchased including a bespoke special shaped table for Scafell Cottage.
The accommodation really does have to be seen to be believed. So try and find a moment to browse through our various galleries and holiday cottages. They are of such high quality, and in such a beautiful area, we are glad you have found us, so we can share this unforgettable location with you.
The Gardens at Bridge End Farm
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. 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’…
Family Holidays in Eskdale
There are innumerable activities and adventures in and around Boot and Eskdale, for example:
taking a trip on the Eskdale and Ravenglass Narrow Gauge Steam Railway,
mountain biking or rock climbing,
jumping into the Whillan Beck or River Esk and it’s rock pools for a quick dip!
visit Boot Mill, 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 hikers seeking a challenge:
hike up Scafell or Scafell Pike (our Eskdale cottages are near Scafell Pike), England’s highest mountains (over 3000ft),
drive or even ride up Hardknott Pass, England’s steepest road, sections of which reach 30% gradient
dive into Wastwater, England’s deepest lake (260ft), should set the adrenalin pumping! Our cottages are also near Wastwater Lake.
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.
Holidays for the more leisurely, and perhaps wiser
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 in and around Boot:
Neolithic and Bronze Age stone circles
the awesome Hardknott Roman fort
ancient peat huts
Spoilt for choice during the day, you will find your stay in Boot no different by night…
With five fabulous traditional pubs in Boot, within 6 to 8 minutes’ drive of our Eskdale cottages, (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 Eskdale cottage – keep your eyes out for the shooting stars, we’ve seen a few!
Honeymoons & Hampers in Eskdale
Indulge yourself and embellish your Lakeland experience:
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!
Accessible Holiday Cottages
Three of our self catering cottages have ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms - two of our larger cottages, Scafell and Wastwater, as well as our one bedroom cottage, Stanley Ghyll. We are gearing up to obtain Level 1 Mobility Accreditation later this year as per the National Accessibility Scheme guidelines. In the meantime, do not hesitate to let us know about your requirements as we will most likely be able to supply all your needs.
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
baby sensor light
baby bath and toilet training seat
non slip bath mats
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.
Fancy leaving the car at home?
There are plenty of travel options if you are thinking of leaving your car at home. In the summer come by train to Ravenglass and get the 'Ratty' (Ravenglass & Eskdale Historic Narrow Gauge Steam Railway) to us, then it is just a 400 metre level walk from the terminus at Dalegarth Station to Bridge End. Or simply take a taxi from Ravenglass using Gosforth Taxis - contact them on 01946 725 308. To do this trip coming from London, Birmingham or Manchester would probably mean a change at Preston, Lancaster or Ulverston onto the scenic West Cumbria line to Ravenglass. From the north it would involve a change at Carlisle.
Alternatively, head to Oxenholme which is the station for Kendal, this is on the fast London to Glasgow mainline. Hire a car, or get a taxi at Oxenholme, or change there and get further into the Lakes on the short journey to Windermere station and hire a car or taxi there. We recommend Oxenholme as this is the better option. Do let us know if we can help you with your travel plans.
VisitEngland Grading Scheme
The cottages are inspected annually by England’s premier tourist organisation, VisitEngland. They are all Graded 4 Star with the exception of The Farmhouse which is Graded 5 Star and Scafell Cottage, which is Graded 5 Star Gold. So, why wait, check cottage availability now via the website and lets get your holiday in Eskdale started!