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Luxury Historic House In The Heart Of Cartmel

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Cartmel, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Central Village Location - Walking Distance To Restaurants, Pubs And Shops

Recently refurbished, luxury five star accommodation in a Grade II listed house in the centre of the historic village of Cartmel in the South Lake District. Five comfortable bedrooms; three bathrooms; period features; garden. The house is within walking distance of Simon Rogan's L'enclume restaurant with its two Michelin stars.

3 night weekend and 4 night midweek breaks are available outside of main holiday periods. Please call or email for rates as we are unable to display them on this site. Alternatively, please look on our own website -

Judy Staples
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Judy Staples

Judy Staples

We are a family of 5 with 3 daughters. We have always holidayed in the Lakes and Cornwall introducing our girls to the sea, surfing, lakes and Beatrix Potter!

Judy Staples purchased this house in 2014

Why Judy Staples chose Cartmel

We have recently been lucky enough to buy Ford House after it came back unexpectedly on the market. It was already perfectly set up as a luxury holiday home catering for large groups with unique charm and features.

As a family we often visit the Lake District and both my husband and I were brought up holidaying here as children.I particularly spent a lot of time in Grange over Sands with a day trip to Cartmel as an annual treat. The Lakes have a magical quality for me and I always feel I've escaped when there.

Cartmel has so much more to offer these days and is a stepping stone to the many lakes and fells.

What makes this house unique

Ford House is right in the heart of the village, in The Square. We have immediate access to many eateries or a variety of artisan shops for a meal at home. To be so close to the racecourse is exciting on those meet days and you can take picturesque walks without getting in the car. All the bedrooms are attractive and spacious and no one feels they have second best. The garden is a lovely sun trap and the sitting room a cosy haven.


Cartmel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 Luxury bathroom for bedrooms 2 and 3 with bath and separate shower Luxury bathroom for bedrooms 4 and 5 with bath and separte shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 king size bed, original fireplace and views over the village square, Priory and Hampsfell beyond. En-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2: king size bed, fireplace, views over the square. Bedroom 3: twin beds Bedroom 4: king size bed Bedroom 5: twin
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Outside: Private walled garden to rear with patio table and chairs. Barbecue supplied. Utility Room: Utility room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Separate cloakroom with toilet. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen supplied for all beds. One Bath, hand towel and Bathrobe per person supplied. House cleaned and linen changed weekly.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Luxury Historic House In The Heart Of Cartmel
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Return Visit

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from our 2nd visit to ford house and our experience was just as wonderful as last year. Judy is so efficient & prompt at replying to any queries and the booking process is so so easy. What do we say about the is wonderful. My daughter said she felt her whole body relax as she came through the door! There is plenty of space, the kitchen has everything you need with no expense spared. There is a spacious, enclosed garden perfect for our dogs and a lovely seating area. All of the bedrooms & bathrooms are luxurious with plenty of space. Its the personal touches that have gone into the house that make it very special & it so feels like like a 'home from home' relaxing & cosy. Perfect for family gatherings or celebrations and we hope to return very soonx

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to welcome you all back. You always take such pleasure from your stay and look after Ford House so well. We hope for more return visits. Many thanks.
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Wonderful house in perfect village location

  • 5 of 5

This was our third holiday in Ford House with a family party of 8 adults and this time with two young grandsons. Unlike many larger properties where at least one bedroom is a box FH has five large double or twin bedrooms so no one in the party ends up with bedroom envy! Three bathrooms also help everyone to be ready to start the day on time. The house is well equipped throughout and the photographs are an accurate representation of the reality. The location in the village square is perfect with everything in the village including L'Enclume and the Priory just a short stroll away. For real ale lovers the two pubs on either side of the house are a bonus with two more plus Unsworth's Yard Brewery (and bar) close by.

Judy was prompt to deal with any contact and was extremely helpful throughout. As you might expect from the above we highly recommend Ford House.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for returning to Ford House. We are glad it continues to delight and provide everything you need for a great family/group holiday.
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Fabulous location, delightful property with thoughtful details.

  • 5 of 5

We have had a lovely holiday and recommend it for a group of family or friends. Going to Cartmel Races added to the fun and having pubs and posh dining on the doorstep is just perfect. Ford House is a delight!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house with all the facilities needed

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house with lovely furnishings .Location in the village was great but unfortunately our party contained my father and he didn't cope very well with the loud noise until midnight from the pub next door.Sunday night was great as there was no live music on at the pub.Would definitely stay again but not with my parents!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the house. It is always a pleasure to hear of people loving the interior and many facilities. We are sorry the pub was noisy on that night. The location in the heart of such a special village is perfect but can occasionally be a disadvantage for some.
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  • 5 of 5

Ford House is an ideal place to stay with friends and family. The house offers everything and a bit more of what you would have at home.

Eight of us stayed for a long weekend of walking and eating and drinking all available around and in Cartmel, beautiful place. Judy was very informative when booking Ford House. I would definitely recommend Ford House as a lovely place to stay.

We ate out in the Kings Arms on the Saturday night, which was extremely busy and therefore the food unfortunately wasn't that good, it was served not very hot and rushed, but it did not spoil our time in Cartmel.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It is always great to hear that people enjoy the many features and amenities we keep adding. We always aim to reply quickly to any communication and help with anything which will make your stay go well. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Amazing weekend

  • 5 of 5

A group of 8 of us came to stay for my husbands 40th weekend as we were off to L'enclume... we couldn't have asked for a better house. Right in the middle of beautiful Cartmel (like a village out of a Richard Curtis film) stands the house - situated between 2 old country pubs (both with log fires) and almost opposite the Cartmel Village Shop (home to the sticky toffee pudding no less).

Organising the rental with Judy was super easy and she sent us everything we needed to know well in advance.

Directions to the cottage were great - parking a slight issue right in the center but again (as Judy's notes say) we found spots just outside - plus a lovely walk to and from.

The house had everything we could need - it was super cosy, especially when we had the log fire on in the evening sat round with a glass of wine & eating cheese (excellent cheese shop just round the corner).

All bedrooms as advertised - VERY comfy beds and good quality white linen. The whole house was very clean.

Kitchen was fantastic with very nice appliances.

Would very much recommend L'enclume (just round the corner) for a real TREAT of a meal / experience - but also Rogan & Co - was fantastic too!

Buy your provisions from the spar shop on the outskirts of the village (inc stocking up on plenty of fire wood) - then for more yummy bits - the Cartmel Village Shop in the square (I bought 5 different puddings as presents too).

All in all - perfect weekend. Really hope we manage to get up to Cartmel again.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a perfect birthday weekend. You sampled all the delights which Cartmel has to offer and we are so glad that you found Ford House to be just what you wanted
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20.78
Refundable damage deposit $277.05

Booking Notes:
Prices quoted are for 7 nights but we also offer weekend breaks (Friday to Monday) and midweek breaks (Monday to Friday). These breaks are available all year apart from the main holiday periods. Please email or call for prices, availabilty and to book Ford House.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Arrival time is 4pm, although we will try and accommodate early arrivals by arrangement. Departure time is 10 am. Booking is for one week and weekend and midweek breaks are also available. Please email or call for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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