Arrived after 6 hours drive on a day when a month rain had fallen over Cumbria with 3 very excited dogs for our first UK holiday -it was with some trepidation when we entered Herdwick Cottage for our very soggy weeks stay.
However it was a cosy warm and comfortable barn conversion and had all we needed including a chilled bottle of wine in the fridge, yes it was too small but we knew it would be because the owners Mark and Pat had offered us a larger cottage months before hand-but it was exactly as advertised and spotlessly clean. There were some lovely walks for the dogs in the local area and within a short car drive away, and Gamblesby itself is a pretty little village where everyone speaks and are genuinely friendly and the scenery in The Eden Valley is to die for.
Mark and Pat had put together some wonderful guides with places to see in the local area which must of taken forever to complete, my only comment here was that some detail
is a bit out of date and needs updating - but we planned every day trip with what is included in these guides from Hadrians Wall to The Lake District just a short drive away.
Another thing to note is that our phone network (3) had no signal in this area and there was no Wifi or 3G in the village (possibly a good thing for a relaxing holiday!) just minor irritations on an otherwise lovely break despite having rain on all but one day including The great storm on June 28th which turned the village lane into a fast running river!
The owners are great hosts and even walked their dogs with ours- the dogs loved it and enjoyed loads of soggy walks even we had fun- I would recommend these cottages to anyone they have an excellent website which is full of every detail that you need Thanks to Mark and Pat and the villagers of Gambleby for making us and our dogs feel very welcome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Church Court Cottages consist of four beautiful red sandstone cottages situated together around the courtyard, with a parking space for each property. They are located in the peaceful village of Gamblesby, (Eden Valley) near Penrith. Dogs welcome. Ideal for families, couples and larger groups. Bookings can be taken for one or multiple cottages (discounts apply). Short breaks and longer stays available all year round. Individual cottages sleep 2 or 4, with a maximum occupancy of 11 for all the cottages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Church Court Cottages Gamblesby/Penrith