Elk Cottage - Luxury Holiday Cottage in Cumbria

This luxurious restoration of a cosy sandstone cottage makes a great base for a walking weekend in the nearby Lake District National Park or a relaxing retreat enjoying the oak floored open plan living room and dining room equipped with a sandstone fireplace and a generous supply of complimentary logs & kindling. Elk Cottage has private parking, an enclosed sandstone flagged courtyard garden opening from the kitchen and surrounding lawned gardens and orchards.

The recent conversion of Elk Cottage dating back to the 1600s, brings this 5* Star Gold Award winning barn conversion back into the habitation for the first time since 1764. It retains many of its original features including beams, open fireplaces, stone walls, original old fashioned door heights (some low) and terraced gardens and fields. Furnished throughout with antiques as well as benefiting from an extremely well equipped kitchen, including an American style side by side fridge and an AEG washing machine and dryer.

Elk Cottage’s position on one of the higher hills in the Eden Valley gives its gardens amazing views towards the Pennines and the rolling countryside that has seen this area in Cumbria declared one of the UK’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is dog friendly, and the gardens and grounds surrounding this cottage provide plenty of room for running around.

Other properties to be found within the grounds are Glassonby Old Hall, sleeping eight guests and Jenny’s Croft, sleeping four guests.

Check in/ Checkout Times

Check in: 4:00 pm | Check out: 10:00 am

Accommodation Description

Ground floor:
Oak floored entrance hall which opens into the sitting room and adjoining dining room area. A large oak fitted breakfasting kitchen has a separate utility room area which has a ground floor wc and a laundry area.

First floor:
Master bedroom with 5' antique linen fold carved bed and an en-suite wc and bathroom with a cast iron bath and shower on riser.
Twin bedroom with 3' twin beds and en-suite wc and powerful 'rain' shower. These beds can be joined together to form a double bed upon request. A sandstone terrace to the rear is accessed via kitchen/utility room with steps up to croquet lawn area.


Sandstone fireplace with wood burning stove
Electric hob, separate oven, microwave, American fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/ tumble dryer.
Large screen LCD TV, DVD player, iPod docking system.
WiFi*. Telephone.
Cot, high chair and stairgate available on request.
Large garden with enclosed sandstone courtyard.
Weber barbecue with with locally sourced charcoal provided for guest use and sustainable plantation teak garden furniture.
All duvets and pillows are feather filled. These may be changed to polycotton upon request before guest arrival at no additional cost.

  • Child Friendly
  • Countryside
  • Cycling Friendly
  • Dishwasher
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • High Chair Available
  • Internet
  • National Park
  • Near Golf Course
  • Near Walks
  • Open Fire / Log Burner
  • Parking Available
  • Pets
  • Pub Nearby
  • Short Breaks Allowed
  • Travel Cot
  • Washing Machine

About the area

Attractions and nearby amenities

There is a village shop one and a half miles from Glassonby, in Kirkoswald which also has two local pubs.
Bicycles, locks and helmets are available for hire as well as fishing nearby.
Great walks starting from the front door including a walk along from Dale Raven along the banks of the River Eden, a walk to Lacey's Caves along the Eden River, a walk to the Long Meg Stone Circle (the second largest in England).
Cycling route maps provided and Glassonby is located along the popular C2C cycle route as well as having many quiet lanes in the local area which are ideal for cyclists.
Canoes and sailboats available to hire from the Glenridding Sailing Centre.
Pony treks from Rookin House Farm.
The charming nearby Cumbrian village of Melmerby, where the nationally acclaimed organic Village Bakery and the Shepherd's Inn Pub provide great food and local ales.
As a Rowley Estates guest you can enjoy a free swimming session at nearby Greystoke village Pool, a great heated outdoor community facility.