Other useful information
There is comprehensive practical information in a folder in the cottage, but here are some points it might be useful to know about well in advance.
The layout is one of the highlights for many guests, but may not suit everyone – or you may want to think in advance how best it would work for you.
The cottage has been created from two buildings, in an L-shape running back from the front, and there are two staircases. The double and the bunk rooms are up one staircase in the old cottage at the front of the building. The attic bedroom with the king size bed is up the stairs from the sitting room, about half way back. The superking/twin room is on the ground floor, right at the back.
The kitchen, family room and sitting room can be separated, or all opened up, as suits you.
Although there is a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, the cottage is not suitable for anyone who cannot manage steps. There is a step up from the family room to the sitting room. And there are a few steps up to the outside dining area in the courtyard garden.
The shower-baths do have a built-in seat in them, and grab rails on the wall, but you still need to be able to step up into them.
Seating in sitting room and dining room, including breakfast bar
There are armchairs and a sofa for 6 adults in the sitting room, additional wooden and wicker chairs in the front room, and also footstools that can be used as informal seating.
The breakfast bar is set into the thickness of the wall between the kitchen and the sitting room. Because of the change in floor level (see above) it can take ordinary chairs on the sitting room side and bar stools on the kitchen side. There are a variety of chairs and stools available to suit the size of whoever is using it. It would be easy to use it as a children’s dining table, if you wished.
Kitchen and bathroom essentials
Bathrooms: toilet tissue, soap, hand wash, cleaning materials, disposal bags
Kitchen: washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, hand wash, cleaning materials and some catering basics –' builder’s' tea bags, instant coffee, vegetable oil, olive oil, sugar, cooking salt, salt and pepper mills, cling film, foil, greaseproof paper. We audit and tidy the food cupboards regularly but do not clear them completely after guests leave if there are items which others may find useful.
All the duvets and pillows are non-allergenic holo- or microfibre.
Each person has a soft and a firmer pillow, so you should be able to find a combination to suit.
The duvets are all 4-seasons duvets, the sort that come in two parts, one warmer than the other. We put on what seems the most appropriate one for the season, but there are also supplementary fleeces or blankets in each room.
The sheets are Egyptian cotton (except the fitted sheets on the bunks), and all the beds are equipped with toppers, mattress protectors, pillow and duvet protectors.
There are detailed notes on the heating in the folder at the cottage. There are a variety of options to make sure you are warm, but not too hot. We provide kindling and fuel for the wood burner in the front room, but if you prefer the convenience of gas, the stove in the main sitting room looks wonderful and is very efficient.
The towel rails in the bathrooms have a winter/summer function and can operate even if the radiator heating is not on.
Maps, tourist info, etc
There are local OS maps for the Lake District, and some others, plus walk books, lots of tourist information and suggestions for a variety of things to do.
Mobile reception is not always wonderful, so there is a landline provided for your use, with an honesty box for non-local calls.
There is a small supermarket just up the hill, with plenty of fresh produce as well as basics. It also has a cash machine. Opening hours are 8-8 every day.
There is a Booths 10 minutes’ drive away in Milnthorpe and other supermarkets (e.g. Sainsbury, Asda and Tesco) will deliver. There is a larger Booths and an Aldi in Carnforth (20 minutes).
Other shops etc
Other shops, services and the pubs are down the hill on the promenade.
After you have booked and paid the final balance, we will send you directions as to how to get to the cottage, plus other useful notes and the code for the key safe.