We enjoyed our stay at the lovely Stag Cottage very much. I would simply like to agree with all the positive comments from other reviewers about this wonderful cottage. Booking procedures were professional and all communications were prompt and helpful by both Christine and Jilly. The cottage was well appointed and comfortable with many personal touches from the flowers and candles to the fabulous welcome basket. There was lovely linen in the bedrooms, bathrooms and dining room. Every detail was considered. Stag Cottage deserves its 5* status.
Yet again another perfect stay at a Rowley Estate,after staying at the beautiful wrythburn cottage last year I was excited to try out stag cottage this year and was not disappointed.The location was perfect for us and the scenery and surrounding grounds were breathtaking which instantly puts you in to relaxation mode.
I really appreciate the delicate touches they provide to make the cottage feel homely likes of candles at the ready if you wish to use them to the freshly cut flowers throughout the rooms giving that personal touch.
We were fortunate to meet part of the Rowley family who were carrying out renovations to the nearby hall and each and everyone took time out to come and greet us and chat about the buildings and offered hints and tips on walks and drives out and recommendations on where to purchase fresh local produce.
Melmerby village provides all the little bits and bobs you need and is just a minutes walk away and has a lovely little old fashioned toy shop called Toy works and when we visited the owner took time out for a chat and explained about how he makes some of his toys which was very interesting.
I wish to extend a huge thank you to Christine,Charles and jilly and to all that made us feel welcome and made myself,family and friends and dogs (very important) feel special.
We've just enjoyed a relaxing 10 days at dog friendly Stag Cottage. Rowley Estates' excellent website described the cottage's qualities and we weren't disappointed. Like other reviewers we're hesitant to recommend too highly and find it fully booked! But let's be honest - we also loved the welcome package of local food and essentials like jam, butter, milk and wine! The cottage is perfectly located for Eden Valley which is both a busy farming area but tranquil and timeless. Melmerby has a pub, shop and excellent village bakery (friendly and boutiquey - cakes, breakfasts and meals) It is also 30-40 minutes easy drive to the Lake District. In August it's wonderful to be able to get to the Lakes but escape the crowds. For cyclists Melmberby is on Cross Pennine route 68 and we did a couple of wonderful rides. Walks on the North Pennines from Hartside, are just up the road or from local villages. We really couldn't have wished for more and will definitely return to Stag Cottage or another Rowley Estates property. All the booking arrangements were easy and once there we were well looked after by Jilly and her team. Thanks Christine and Charles. We'll be back.
We booked Stag Cottage for a holiday with my parents having stayed at Jenny's Croft last year and been blown away by the quality and service received from the Rowley Estates. When we arrived at Stag Cottage we were all so impressed with the complimentary hamper filled with local, luxury products. It is not often that you go into a holiday cottage and feel immediately at home but that is what happened in the peaceful surroundings and with the quality furnishings. Every detail was thought of, down to the extremely well-stocked kitchen and windowsills filled with books to read whilst you sit on the window seats and look at the beautiful surroundings. The grounds were exceptionally well cared for and so beautiful to explore. The village of Melmerby has everything you need just one minute's walk away- perfect!
I knew, having stayed with the Rowley Estates before, that Stag Cottage was going to be exceptional, but it was lovely to see the reactions of my husband and parents who are now converts to staying in a holiday cottage rather than a hotel.
Thank you all so much for all of your help with the booking including details about the accessibility of the cottage which really helped.
I can't recommend this cottage and company more- which pains me at the same time as I know that as this will no doubt lead to it being permanently booked! Will definitely be back...
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Stag Cottage, from the excellent welcome basket to the well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds...
We were very impressed with the accommodation as a whole and the location is idyllic.
Our boys loved exploring the woods and we enjoyed a lovely pub lunch in the village.
Hope to visit again soon!
Everyone knows Penrith is amazing, and this is by far the best property I have experienced in the area!
This is our second visit to the Rowley estates, our first visit was on the lake side of the M6 this time we stayed on the Cumbria side and loved them both. Stag cottage is dog friendly with great garden and fantastic walks, my harlequin great dane was in heaven and his mate Rascal had a smile on her face all the time ( if dogs do smile). The cottage is so well equipped with top quality fittings and utensils, even the knives are sharp which in most rentals is a problem. The bedrooms have gorgeous crisp bedding very cosy and loads of fluffy towels in the bathrooms. We had the log fire on all our waking hours and we still had logs to spare. My friend and husbands felt exactly the same as we did and thank Jilly and Christine for making sure we have a great relaxed break in this lovely cottage. See you all soon.