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Stag Cottage

Cumbria, England

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The sandstone cottage has been restored recently but retains its period features such as stone mullion windows and an inglenook fire place in the sitting room.

The garden has a sandstone patio and built-in barbecue. There is a connecting passage on the ground floor between Stag Cottage and Melmerby Hall, with lockable and sound proof doors to respect guest privacy.

The village of Melmerby is in the Eden Valley, lying between the Pennines and the Lake District, 12 miles from Ullswater and 9 miles from the historic market town of Penrith. There are a number of outstanding walks along the edge of the River Eden. One of England's largest Druidic stone circles - Long Meg and her Daughters - is also close by. Melmerby is the home of the Egon Ronay award-winning organic village bakery which also serves fantastic meals and take away coffee/snacks. In nearby Ousby, 2 miles away, is The Fox Inn which serves excellent food. We recommend "The Lamb Henry". The Shepherd's Inn in Melmerby also serves great food and drinks.

4 guests
Children welcome
Baby welcome
Two bedrooms
Two bathrooms
Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
The accommodation is on the ground and first floors

Croquet equipment (mallets, hoops and posts) is available
Shooting can be arranged with prior notice (please contact the office)

Stag Cottage is furnished throughout with antiques.
Mullion windows, exposed beams and inglenook fireplace.
Private front and rear gardens as well as full access to Melmerby Hall's 20 acres of woodland walks.
Babysitting by arrangement.
No fireworks please, except for 5th November and New Year.

Please note that internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use.
Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge.
Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor Rural Retreats will be held responsible.

Property layout:
Ground floor: Entrance hall, breakfast kitchen, dining room and sitting room with oak beams and open fire.
First floor: Bedroom with oak 4'6" bed and en suite bathroom with separate shower. Twin bedroom with 3' beds and en suite bathroom.

Oil central heating, open fire.
Handmade fitted oak kitchen with modern kitchen appliances including a microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
TV, DVD and stereo/CD player.
Free broadband internet connection is available. Payphone.
Travel cot and highchair available.

Visitors' Notes:
Things you need to know about Stag Cottage if you're thinking of booking a holiday there:

Sorry, smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
Sorry; no pets allowed
The cottage is to the rear of the Hall and has its own parking

23 Dec 2011 to 30 Dec 2011 (Christmas/New Year): the duration of your stay must be 5 nights or longer
25, 26 and 31 Dec/01 January: sorry, these are not permissible as holiday start dates
30 Dec 2011 to 05 Jan 2012 (New Year): the duration of your stay must be 4 nights or longer
At other times the duration of your stay must be 3 nights or longer

Local Favorites
Favorite Local Pub
Name: Sheperds Inn
Interesting Facts: Real Ale and good food.
Unusual or interesting place in the area
The area is very good for gentle walks between lovely pubs. Melmerby Fell is of course very close and Cross Fell the highest part of the Pennines is only 3 or 4 miles away. "England's great wilderness sprawls across the northern Pennines, where the mountains have fascinating names such as Fiend's Fell and Wildboar Fell. Penrith merits a visit after leaving the M6, and memories of the motorway fade as the A686 crosses the River Eden valley. The mood changes dramatically in Melmerby, where the road starts its long climb to the cafe at Hartside, 1900 feet above sea level, with stunning views across the Solway Firth and Scotland. The road leads to Alston, which claims to be England's highest market town, a charming little place with with cobbled streets and quaint buildings. The A686 beyond Alston crosses another breathtaking expanse of windswept upland before running down to the River Allen's beautiful wooded gorge.
Favorite Local Restaurant
Name: The Village Bakery
Type of Restaurant: Casual
Type of Food: Traditional British
Interesting Facts: The Restaurant enjoys a reputation for its good home cooking which makes use of produce grown on the 5 acre organic smallholding behind the bakery. Produce can be supplied by mail order, and also bought from various wholefood shops throughout Cumbria
One thing visitors should not miss
From Melmerby, the road climbs the Hartside Pass to a height of 1904 ft, from where there are magnificent views across the Solway Firth to Scotland. This long and steep climb also forms part of the Sea to Sea Cycle Route. To the south, Melmerby lies only 4 miles from Langwathby. Nearby is the Church of St John the Baptist, a 13th Century building of red sandstone. Some of the windows, all of which are plain, may be as old as 600 years. Through the East window one can see Melmerby Fell on the North Pennines. On top of the tower, with its stepped turret, sits a weather vane in the shape of a cockerel. Melmerby has one of the 'Sheepfolds' by Andy Goldsworthy. The 'washfold' is at the south end of Melmerby Village, beside the A686. The fold can be seen by parking above the village green, but access to the fold is over a small footbridge beneath which Andy Goldsworthy has carved a ‘dub’ stone set in the river.
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