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Rural idyll, upside-down, spectacular coastal views, pet-friendly

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cartmel Manse is situated in South Lakeland, a mile from medieval Cartmel with its 12th century Priory and famous racecourse, and a mile-and-a-half from popular Victorian seaside resort Grange-over-Sands. England’s longest lake, Lake Windermere, lies six miles north, about 10 minute's drive. One well-behaved pet is welcome by request (minimum 12 months old).

The property has breathtaking, uninterrupted views over fields to Humphrey Head and the sea of Morecambe Bay. The view changes constantly as each day progresses, and was designed as an ‘upside-down’ house to take advantage of the view.Indoors, the cottage is new and contemporary with a bright, airy, open-plan living space on the first floor. The ground floor comprises two bedrooms and shower room. There's also a cloakroom with a second wc. The master bedroom takes advantage of the view and has French doors opening onto the garden patio. The house is south-facing so the patio is perfect for watching the sun set. The location is quiet and peaceful.

The property sleeps up to four in a double bedded room and the larger, ‘garden bedroom’ sleeps two either in twin beds or a superking bed configuration. Children of seven years and older are very welcome. One pet by request.

All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels are included. There is a dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Free Wi-fi available (but please be aware that I cannot guarantee a permanent connection in this rural location). Post office/shop and pub are within a few minute’s walk here in Allithwaite.

Outside there's a large, enclosed garden with patio furniture and charcoal BBQ provided. Off road parking for one car with further roadside parking available.

Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel is easily accessible being just under one mile away. A thoroughly charming village with its winding streets, pretty cottages, whitewashed houses and medieval buildings leading to the village square. The village offers visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, cafes and eateries. Cartmel proudly houses no less than four pubs, all serving food seven days per week. Around the village square the assortment of 16th - 18th century buildings includes two of the four friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings.

Two Michelin-starred, award-winning gastronomic restaurant 'L'Enclume', plus Simon Rogan's sister restaurant 'Rogan's' are situated in Cartmel's picturesque heart.

Occupying one of the most attractive spots in the area, Grange-over-Sands looks out across the expansive sands of Morecambe Bay, a rich feeding ground for many species of birds which take advantage of the gentle climate in the area. Grange is unique in this area as it’s a town built by the Victorians for their holidays when the railway came. There is a wonderful Promenade to stroll along and admire places across Morecambe Bay such as Arnside and Silverdale. Heavenly cafes abound, including The Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery, trading as a cafe since 1897 and winners of The Tea Guild's Top Tea Place every year since 2006.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Clare

Hi, I'm a hotelier with over thirty year's experience. A great many of the years have been spent in the beautiful Lake District, where I currently co-own a 16th century Inn. I think that I have a good idea of what people are looking for in a holiday, and I'm good at ensuring their expectations are met. I gain much satisfaction from making sure that my guests are happy with their home-from-home accommodation.

Clare purchased this house in 2006

Why Clare chose England

The Lake District is only a few minutes' drive away, in all its majesty. Personally, however, I revel in the contrast between spending days amongst the magnificent fells and valleys there, then returning to the sense of space, big skies and open views of the coast here at Cartmel Manse.

What makes this house unique

Nature, history, fabulous views and peaceful quietness are just a few of the qualities that make the Cartmel and Grange area a delight to spend time exploring. The area is milder and drier than further north amongst the Lakeland Fells.


Allithwaite House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, no bath. Second w.c. in cloakroom. Both situated on the ground floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Larger bedroom has zip-and-link bed so can be set up as either one superking bed or twin single beds. Second bedroom has one double bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Rural idyll, upside-down, spectacular coastal views, pet-friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic House - a real home from home!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at Cartmel Manse and cannot speak highly enough about it. The house is excellent with great facilities and the "upside down" layout is great - the view from the upstairs lounge over the garden and fields to the sea and distant opposite shore is amazing. The lounge and kitchen upstairs are great and the 2 bedrooms downstairs and the bathroom are very smart and comfortable and very well kitted out.

The house is a great base to explore the beauty of the lake district which is stunning. We were out everyday and did something and went somewhere different every day. There are many local pubs within walking distance and everywhere we went was very dog friendly.

Clare, the owner has done a great job with this property and she is a wonderful host - very conscientious and attentive without being the least bit intrusive - she was very happy for us and our dog barney to use and share her garden with her and her lovely dog, Megan.

We will be recommending Cartmel Manse to all of our friends and relatives planning a trip to the Lake District and we cannot wait to go back again ourselves - we really did have the most wonderful, relaxing holiday.

Many,many thanks Clare & Megan.

Kind regards

Tony, Elaine & Barney Lewis

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thanks a million, Elaine & Tony, for such a positive and kind Review, and for finding the time to write. I greatly appreciate it, and am so pleased that you enjoyed your fortnight's holiday - a first visit to The Lakes! You are Dream Guests, being so considerate and caring of the property, easy going and your four-legged companion, Barney, is a darling, All together, you were a joy to host, and I very much hope that you'll choose to return sometime so that I can see you again! Thank YOU, and best wishes, Clare.
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Lovely Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Cartmel Manse for a couple of nights in March and I would recommend it without hesitation. The house is extremely comfortable, well-equipped and immaculately clean. The upside-down layout makes the most of the incredible view; you can relax in the lounge looking out over the countryside with the sea in the distance. We were even lucky enough to have the most adorable little lambs running around in the field behind the house! Clare, the owner, is extremely welcoming and helpful without ever being intrusive. And as for location, it is within easy distance of the Lake District National Park where the scenery is so completely stunning that I can safely say we plan to return and we certainly plan to stay at Cartmel Manse again!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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the house was clean and comfortable great view.

  • 5 of 5

Covienient for exploring the lakes. Good local pub. Well equiped house

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place, lovely host, fantastic getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Cartmel Manse is the ideal base for a stay in the Lake District. It's a short distance south of Lake Windermere, the largest lake. Clare is a lovely, welcoming host who made our stay at her house very comfortable. The house is very nicely presented with good sized rooms. It's well decorated with a contemporary, fresh feel and a nice comfy bed. The living-room has amazing views from the French doors.

We couldn't have wanted any more from our stay. The place is clean, tidy, fresh, well presented, well equipped and within a short distance from anywhere you'd want to visit at a reasonable price. We would definitely stay here again.

Diolch yn fawr, Clare!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lauren and Jonathan had the attitude of 'leaving the place as we found it'. And they did! Such a treat to find that level of personal pride in a young couple. They were respectful of the house and altogether a pleasure to have as guests. I very much hope that they'll return :-). It's extremely important to me to keep the cottage clean and smart. I always clean it with the aim of making it look like the next guests feel they're the first ever occupants. So I especially appreciate guests who look after the place during their stay. Big 'thank you' to Lauren and Jonathan!
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Cartmel Manse. It was very comfortable and clean, and the views are beautiful! Cartmel Manse has everything you need for a stay in the South Lakes. It's a great base to go exploring! Will definitely stay again. Thanks for making us feel so welcome, Clare.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed, ladies! Looking forward to seeing you all again :-).
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Fabulous, warm welcome, wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best equipped properties we have stayed in. Fantastic location, easily walkable into Cartmel and a fabulous welcome in the local pub in Allithwaite. The owner was not intrusive but went above and beyond with hot water bottles in the bed and Maltesers hidden under the boys' pillows! Such a clean, modern property, we felt very welcome and will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Katie, thank you so much for finding the time to write your review, and such a generous one, too! Hope the boys have received lots more chocolate this Easter morning ;-)! It would be terrific to welcome you all back to Cartmel Manse on another occasion! Best wishes, Clare.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
The Pheasant Inn
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Bowness to Sawrey, Lake Windermere
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Grange Fell Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Kent's Bank
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rogan's, Cartmel
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Allithwaite House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest
Aug bank hol
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 17
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest
Oct half term 2016
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
Oct 28 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
Nov 5 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $130.23
Pet Fee $26.05

Payment of damage deposit (refundable) is best in the form of a cheque on arrival. After departure, once I have cleaned and checked that no damage has occurred I shred the deposit cheque. However, this arrangement is flexible to suit both parties. Please note that you are required to leave the property in a similar state of cleanliness as found eg. bins emptied into outside bins, everything properly cleaned and put away in the kitchen. If extra cleaning is required eg. dirty grill pan, baking trays, pans, the additional time required to clean will be deducted from the damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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