Traditional Miner's Terraced Cottage in English Lakes and next to Solway Coast

Traditional Miner's Terraced Cottage in English Lakes and next to Solway Coast


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junio 2009

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We are a couple with a new addition (Thomas, 4 months) and this is our first home together: it's a tiny traditional miner's terraced cottage set in a small rural village. It may be tiny but we love it! We've kept the decor very traditional with wooden floors and antique cast iron beds. Nothing fancy but charming (we hope!). It has a great location, sandwiched between the Solway Heritage Coast (beach 5 minutes) and the famous Lake District National Park (10 minutes), home of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The views from the bedroom windows are stunning: Criffel in Scotland from the front windows and Skiddaw, one of the largest fells, from the back (see photos). We welcome pets and the beach at Crosscanonby is a great place to let the dog unwind: miles of sand and never overrun with people, even in peak season. In terms of accommodation, there are two double bedrooms upstairs and a nursery with a cot. However, a single bed can easily be erected if required in this room. There's also a small toilet and basin right next to the bedrooms. Downstairs, there's a kitchen with all mod cons and cookbooks, the main family bathroom with bath and electric shower, the living room with Freeview TV, wireless internet, i-pod dock, a dining table for eating meals together and an open fire. We have a garden outside with fruit trees, BBQ, patio furniture and parasol. Our neighbours are fantastic and will be more than happy to give out advice and local knowledge.

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  1. My name is Anna, I'm 30 and I'm originally from Northern Ireland. I moved to Cumbria two years ago from London to fulfil an ambition to live in the Lakes. I'm country born and bred and wanted space for my horse and dog! I'm a secondary school teacher of English. My fiance Kevin is also a teacher of English. In fact, we met when I moved to the area and began work in his school in Wigton. We are getting married this August and have just had a baby, Thomas, who is 4 months. We are new to home exchange but really excited about the prospect. We're interested in not only far flung destinations in the school holidays, but also long weekends and breaks in the UK. We have an extremely lazy lurcher called Belinda who sleeps all day and two horses: Ben, a 17 hd Irish Sport Horse and Reuben, a thoroughbred cross. You'll not be expected to look after any of them during your holiday! In terms of interests, we love fell walking, horse riding, classical music, fly fishing (Kevin's obsession), cookery, galleries and museums and the theatre - there's a great theatre in Keswick which you should try and visit while you're here. We welcome kids and pets to our home and will put together an information pack for your stay so you can get the best out of the area, including a few gems that are off the beaten track. Looking forward to hearing from you - Anna and Kevin

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Of course, Cumbria is best known for its famous Lakes, which are right on our doorstep. There simply is nowhere like it in the UK for breathtaking scenery. You don't have to love hiking to fall in love with the fells. If you are into literature, there's all of Wordsworth's old haunts to visit. Cockermouth (his birthplace)is 10 minutes by car and Grasmere (where he lived and worked) is 25 minutes away. There's also the Beatrix Potter trail to follow and dozens of museums and independent galleries tucked away in gorgeous villages. If you love hiking, the world is your oyster. Walks range from very easy, for instance around Buttermere, to the challenging fells like Helvellyn and Scafell Pike. Treat yourself to a pint of real ale in a local pub after a walk: the ale brewed in Cumbria is delicious! This is one of our favourite Saturday pastimes - walk and ale, a great combination. Don't just spend all your time in the lakes though. The house is right next to the stunning Solway Heritage Coast. There's lots of nature reserves, deserted beaches and it's particularly brilliant for bird watching (there are two sets on binoculars in the house for you to use). For historians, our village, Prospect, lies on the old Roman Road from Maryport to Carlisle. The area is fantastic for exploring Roman history: take in the Roman museum at Maryport and visit the Roman fortlets that run along Hadrian's wall. Further afield: Carlisle and the Scottish borders are 40 mins away, Glasgow 2 hrs.

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