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“Perfect Cumbrian Cottage”

Review of Stag Cottage

Stag Cottage; three ensuite bedrooms, private front and gated rear gardens, open fire and terrace.
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Stag Cottage; three ensuite bedrooms, private front and gated rear gardens, open fire and terrace.
The arched entrance to Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage.  The access to Stag Cottage is to the left.
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37 reviews
Stag Cottage; three ensuite bedrooms, private front and gated rear gardens, open fire and terrace.
The arched entrance to Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage.  The access to Stag Cottage is to the left.
The spacious sitting room at Stag Cottage with views over the front garden and woodland.
The cosy sitting room at Stag Cottage.
The cast iron open stove in the sitting room at Stag Cottage.
The fully equipped kitchen houses modern appliances and all the accessories of an everyday home.
A cosy breakfasting area adjoins the main kitchen.  French doors also lead out onto the rear garden.
Stag Cottage has a handmade, beech kitchen with granite worktops.
The Dining Room adjoins the kitchen and  opens to the gated front garden.
The Master Bedroom with a 5ft carved oak bed.
The sumptuous handmade décor in the Master Bedroom.
The Master Bedroom looks out onto the front gardens and woodland of the Melmerby estate.
Hand picked by Christine Rowley; restored antique furniture compliments the décor throughout.
The dressing area between the Master Bedroom and the en-suite with built in wardrobes.
A full size bath completes the master en-suite.  Perfect for relaxing in after a day in the Lakes.
The Threlkeld en-suite bathroom at Stag Cottage.
Locally sourced toiletries are supplied in all our bathrooms.
The Threlkeld en-suite also has a full sized bath with shower mixer tap.
The gated rear garden. A Weber barbecue is provided for guest use along with complimentary charcoal.
Stag Cottage floor plan, access statement available on our website, The Rowley Estates
The sandstone archway in the parkland wall leading from Stag Cottage into the village of Melmerby
Melmerby Hall looking up the archery lawn to the 20 acres of woodland surrounding the Hall
The walled gardens of Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage looking towards St John's Church over the walls
The gardens at Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage in the autumn
Traditional Victorian walled gardens including pleached pear trees and a fruit orchard
Some of the herbaceous borders at Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage
The castle folly at the end of the archery lawn of Melmerby Hall, converted to a play area
Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage.  Stag Cottage has a private entrance, parking and gardens
An old local map showing the location of Melmerby next to the Pennines
A view up into the Pennines from the village green of Melmerby.  Stag Cottage is a 5 min walk
One of the fell walks in the Pennines above Stag Cottage
The view over the lake and fells
Golfing in the Lake District
A view towards Glenridding across Ullswater
Amazing hiking
Dalemain Country House and Gardens
Super fishing in the local areaw
Ullswater in the early morning
Daffodils in the Lake District
Our son quadbiking at Rookin House
Winter at the top of Honister Slate mines
Sailing at Glenridding
The Ullswater Steamers
Levens Hall amazing ancient topiary gardens
Hutton in the Forest historical home and gardens
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Ann004
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfect Cumbrian Cottage”
Reviewed 5 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

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.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Sep 2017
Hi
Thanks for your 5* review! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you found Stag Cottage to be as comfortable and well equipped as we hope you would. Best regards Christine, Charlie and Jilly
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A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful very pet friendly cottage”
Reviewed 31 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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people found this review helpful

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
31 Aug 2017
Hi, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave this review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Stag Cottage in the beautiful village of Melmerby. It was super to meet with you and have a chat. Thank you for all your kind comments they are very much appreciated by us and our team and we will be thrilled to welcome such special guests and their very important dogs back to The Rowley Estates for another visit. Kind regards Christine, Charlie & Jilly
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Andy B
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Comfortable, beautifully appointed cottage”
Reviewed 18 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
21 Aug 2017
Hi, Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful review on Trip Advisor following your stay at Stag Cottage. It is great to hear you loved the welcome hamper and we will pass your compliments onto Jilly and her team. It is super to know you enjoyed some lovely cycle rides around Melmerby and the surrounding villages, there really are some lovely quiet roads to walk and cycle along and take in the magnificent views. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Stag Cottage and would be delighted to welcome you all back again to The Rowley Estates! Please feel free to get back in touch when you are next visiting Cumbria and the Lake District.
Best wishes, Christine, Charlie and Jilly.
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manxieril...
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
1 review
“Practically perfect in every way!”
Reviewed 13 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

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...

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
17 Aug 2017
Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful detailed review of Stag Cottage. It is great to hear you all liked the welcome hamper and enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding area Melmerby has to offer. We are really happy to know you all felt at home whilst you stayed at Stag Cottage and we would be delighted to welcome you all back again to the Rowley Estates in the future!
Best wishes, Christine, Charlie and Jilly.
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SallyBush
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Perfect rural retreat”
Reviewed 21 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

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!

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Management Response
23 May 2017
Hi, Thank you so much for the lovely review of your stay at Stag Cottage. We are delighted you had a wonderful time and you and your family enjoyed exploring the woods and local pub. We would love to welcome you all back again, please feel free to get in touch the next time you are planning a trip to Cumbria and The Lake District. Best regards, Christine, Charlie and Jilly
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gtmatch
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed 20 April 2017 for a stay in March 2017

Everyone knows Penrith is amazing, and this is by far the best property I have experienced in the area!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Apr 2017
Hi, Thank you for your message and for taking the time to get back in touch regarding Stag Cottage. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Penrith and the North Lakes and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you for a return visit! Thank you again for choosing to come to Stag Cottagel for your holiday. Best regards, Christine, Charlie and Jilly
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cammarsha...
Macclenny, Florida
1 review
“Great Cottage 5* accommodation luxury throughout but dog friendly.”
Reviewed 10 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
13 Feb 2017
Hi,
Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review of your recent break at Stag Cottage. It was great to hear about your visit and how much the dogs enjoyed all the fantastic walks too !!!
We will pass your kind feedback back to Jilly and the housekeeping team.
Looking forward to welcoming you all back again next time you are planning a visit to Cumbria & The Lake District.
Best regards,
Christine, Charlie & Jilly
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