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“Quiet, friendly village with a real community...”
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The front of Old Smithy situated in the village centre on the village green
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36 reviews
The front of Old Smithy situated in the village centre on the village green
The view of the house from the village green
First floor lounge room
First floor lounge room with open fire and wooden floors
First floor lounge room stairs to second floor external door leading to stone steps
First floor lounge room seating for eight
Ground  floor living area beamed ceiling
Ground floor living area multi-fuel stove
Ground floor living and dining area
Ground floor dining and open plan kitchen
Ground floor open plan kitchen, dining and living area
First floor double bedroom door leading to bathroom
First floor double bedroom
Second floor landing area and twin bedroom
Second floor twin bedroom
Second floor twin bedroom
Second floor additional single bed on landing area
Second floor double bedroom
Second floor double bedroom
Ground floor double bedroom en-suite shower room
Ground floor ensuite shower room
First floor bathroom, bath and overhead shower
First floor bathroom
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Cottage -
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Garrigill, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Very good - based on 36 reviews
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NickMarkT
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Quiet, friendly village with a real community spirit.”
Reviewed 1 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
2
people found this review helpful

Great accommodation for our whole family plus girlfriends. The old smithy has loads of character and with two 'reception' rooms (downstairs open plan kitchen dining and sitting room - first floor large sitting room) there's plenty of space to spread out or be all together. The best thing about this place though is the location. Right in the centre of the village with a big green outside (big enough for ball games) - the local shop just across the road (very small, but supplies all basic needs - for a 'big shop' go to Penrith), and next to that the one local pub, which must be experienced. Everyone we met in the village was very friendly an d full of advice about local walks (especially Ashgill force where you get behind the waterfall). If you want a lively nightlife don't come here, but for a restfull few days away from it all this is perfect.

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Liked best: Village location and character of the property.
Liked least: Noisy water pipes and a temperamental cooker - but not a serious issue.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
2 Aug 2016
Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed yourselves
Paul and Angela
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C0linP29
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Very cosy and in a lovely area!!”
Reviewed 31 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed as a group of six (three couples) for the bank holiday weekend. All throughout the booking process, Paul was great. Kept in touch along the way and leading up to the weekend he let us know everything required before we arrived.

The cottage was fine for the six of us. Three double bedrooms had enough rooms for the weekend, and the living room and living room/kitchen was enough. I do think if there were 8 adults it may be a little cramped but only for longer than 2-3 nights. The beds were not the comfiest. An opinion shared by everyone, but they done us the few nights we were there. I think we would have struggled if we were there any longer.

Absolutely no phone signal in the village and we couldn't get the wifi working but the owner is looking into this. It wasn't a huge issue as ten minutes to the village of Alston and phones worked fine.

Would certainly recommend the walk to the waterfall. About 90 minutes over the fields, but on a nice day it is a lovely walk and a great sight at the waterfall which you can climb up and walk behind.

A great weekend but would say if you are looking for a little bit of a lively area this isn't for you. If you are happy as a group of friends or family, having fun together in the cottage, it's perfect.

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
2 Aug 2016
Thanks for the review, we are continually updating and welcome feedback. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.
Thanks
Paul
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Corinth B
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great cottage to get away from it all”
Reviewed 3 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We booked this cottage as a get away for my 30th birthday. The cottage was great and very easy to find as its the focal point of the village. Inside some parts of the cottage are a looking a little tired but not that its a problem just don't expect a brand new hotel standard looking room. The area is beautiful and it is within an hours drive of a good number of places to visit. It was a peaceful getaway and I would happily return. There is plenty of space and having two sitting areas and a massive dining room table was very handy. Wi-Fi was slow but never stopped working the whole time we were there, but don't expect any mobile signal at all :) not really a bad thing.

Only tips I can give for the area are:
- There is a pub in Alston called Victoria inn which does Indian food or takeaways, seems odd but its great.
- Another good place to eat is Alston House, which also did lovely food.

In the cottage:
-Take your Sky card as there is a sky box but channels are limited without your card.
- The shower on the first floor is amazing but very loud and the hot water runs out fast, the one downstairs is electric so can be used if the hot water does run out.
- If you are using the top bedrooms turn the electric heaters on when you get there (is its cold) then turn them off when you go to bed. The rooms were cold but got very hot at night.

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Liked best: lots of room and space
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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davidratc...
Wigan, England
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 30 April 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Booked this with a group of friends for a few days. It is brilliant for small groups.
Will be booking this again in the future, great get away to relax and do some walking. Stunning location defo recommend it.

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Management Response
1 May 2016
Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed it
Paul and Angela
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ollyollyb...
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Peaceful break with 5 kids!!!”
Reviewed 19 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
1
person found this review helpful

The cottage was happily as we expected in a lovely location in the Cumbrian countryside. Although the were seven of us, due to the size of the property we never felt we were on top of each other and with 2 lounges there was plenty of room to spread out.
The location was idyllic and so peaceful. Things to do include the local lead mine museum which we all enjoyed and the chance to walk behind a local waterfall.
Al in all a lovely stay.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
19 Apr 2016
Thanks, we are glad you enjoyed your stay
Paul and Angela
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emma s
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 22 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Just returned from a fantastic stay at The Old Smithey, accommodation was perfect, thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone :

Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Aug 2015
Glad you enjoyed yourselves, thanks for the review.
Paul and Angela
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Louise C
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Mrs”
Reviewed 31 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
2
people found this review helpful

Booked at very short notice due to weather being too poor for camping - owner sorted everything out for us through holiday lettings website. Cottage was fantastic and met by owners who were so welcoming and friendly - as was the lovely cleaner who was called out to prepare the cottage for us so quickly!! . Our party size was 4 adults, 3 children and 1 infant. More than enough room, safe for kids and very warm and cosy. All facilities were excellent and even had wifi which worked perfectly. Pictures shown are brilliant on website but being in the cottage for real they don't do it justice as it's beautiful. Excellent value for money and would recommend to everyone and anyone. Thank u both very much Angela and Paul for a perfect 3 night stay! Xx

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Management Response
26 Aug 2015
Glad you enjoyed yourselves, thanks for the review.
Paul and Angela
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