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Crookey Cottage Bed & Breakfast

We’re on the sunny side of the valley at Patterdale, in the heart of the English Lake District, ideally located for ascents of Helvellyn, St.Sunday Crag and Place Fell.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk passes within 500 yds of our door, and we’re a delightful 20 minute walk from the shores of Ullswater, regarded by many as England’s most beautiful lake. By car or bus, Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick are within 40 minutes’ journey time.

We are currently offering two spacious double rooms, Our Ensuite double is finished to a high standard with handmade oak furniture, pure wool carpeting and a great power shower to recharge the batteries after a hard day on the fells! Our double room has exclusive use of a shower room at the foot of the stairs, and offers spectacular views of the Helvellyn range. A selection of teas, hot chocolate and coffee is provided in each room, as well as TV and DVD player.

Breakfast is served downstairs in the guest lounge, with views of the famous “hole in the wall” approach to Striding Edge (weather permitting!) Great coffee, locally sourced produce (including eggs from our own hens) and home-baked bread, are always on offer-yum!

If you’d rather just unwind, you can relax in our established gardens overlooking the meadows- we’re in the original farmhouse at Crookabeck, a traditional Lakeland smallholding specialising in Herdwick sheep and Angora goats.

Car parking is just outside the front door and free WiFi is available-just ask when you arrive… Our tariff for the ensuite double is £40 per person per night, with a single occupancy rate of £55. For the double with private bath, it is £35 and £45 respectively. We provide packed lunches for £5.00 per person

During your stay you are welcome to explore the farm and meet the animals – Angora goats and Herdwick sheep are bred here in small numbers, and as organically as possible. It’s about as far as you can get from intensive farming, with a very relaxed and contented feeling all round!

Herdwick lambs are delivered jet black, usually in mid April, changing to a chocolate brown by the end of their first year, then through shades of black, grey and white as they mature. This complexity of colours and texture has led to the wool being highly prized by artisan weavers and felters, and its hard wearing nature makes it ideal for throws, rugs and carpets.

A huge selection of locally-made wool and mohair products are available in the farm shop here at Crookabeck. If you’re passing through on foot, any purchases can be posted home.

During your stay you are welcome to explore the farm and meet the animals – Angora goats and Herdwick sheep are bred here in small numbers, and as organically as possible. It’s about as far as you can get from intensive farming, with a very relaxed and contented feeling all round!

Kidding time is when the newborn goats arrive – usually around February/March. The goats are “clipped”, or shorn, twice a year to produce mohair yarn.

The cottage has beautiful established gardens, which you are welcome to enjoy. The Orchard garden catches the evening sun throughout the summer, and we often have hammocks slung between trees (weather permitting!).
The natural rock garden with its unusual carved gates, is full of peat loving plants – cyclamen, rhododendrons, fritillaries, hellebores, erythroniums, trilliums, mecanopsis and hostas, which all thrive on the goat manure.


A wide variety of wild life and bird life lives here including red squirrels, badgers, foxes, otters, roe deer, herons and buzzards. England’s only pair of golden eagles nest nearby at Haweswater, and Ospreys have recently been spotted catching fish from Ullswater. A herd of red deer live on the fellside above the farm. Unfortunately the grey squirrel has recently arrived, so the future of the smaller native red is under threat. The local badgers are thriving at present, and it is unusual not to encounter at least one on the walk back form your pub dinner!

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets at Crookey Cottage.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Eddie & Hazel.


Contact Details

Address: 1,Crookabeck,
Patterdale
Penrith
CA11 0NP
Telephone 017684 82278
Website: crookeycottage.com
   

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This page was last updated: 16 May 2012

   
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