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Lake District holiday cottages, England

Location:
Borrowdale, Keswick, the Lake District
Price:
From 300 - 1000 per cottage per week
The Studio can be booked for any number of nights. Manesty, Manesty Band, Manesty Dairy and High Seat are let Saturday-Saturday at peak times, but are also available for short breaks in the off season. Cocklety How Stable Loft and Cocklety How Byre are let Monday-Friday and Friday-Monday, though of course you can stay longer! We have online availability and prices on our website, or just give us a ring.
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Reviews:
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Lake District holiday cottages, England

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Environment

Manesty is a haven for birds: a recent guest counted 33 species on site and 58 within a mile of Manesty, including a peregrine. We have bird feeders around the property and leave wild areas for them in the wood and have replanted hedges on the farm. But our favourite regular visitors are the endangered native red squirrels - as well as nut feeders, we've also planted a hazel thicket on the fell for them (unlike greys, they don't eat acorns!) and they also like our big old beech trees. Sharp-eyed guests can also spot deer (red and roe), stoats, slow worms and badgers.

There are recycling facilities for paper, metal and glass and guests are encouraged to contribute to our compost heap too. Our business limits the use of paper and we are proud to furnish our cottages with antiques and reclaimed pieces.

We're lucky enough to have our own water supply which is treated by UV light so is chemical-free. We understand the value of water and water the garden only using a separate supply from an ancient dam on the fell. We also collect rainwater run-off. Our own septic system means we have to very responsible about what we put down our drains. We also our best to use as limit the use phosphates to keep our lakes clean.

We've recently re-insulated the cottages with insulation made from recycled plastic bottles. We're constantly trying to improve the heating systems which run on electricity, and our next plan is to restore an old hydro-electric system. Our hot tub is unique - it's heated by wood collected from the property, and we are always replanting trees.

All the work on the cottages uses local labour and materials. For example, the new kitchens have local slate and oak worktops, and flooring made from sustainably grown solid oak from a Cumbrian sawmill. We develop the properties in the local style. For example, we've made a feature of the old stone walls in the Byre and re-used beams, old infant school desks and local roofing slate.

We've written a guide on holidaying at Manesty without a car and provide lots of walking suggestions and help on local bus and boat routes.

Community

We support Cumbrian farms and business, by recommending local restaurants, farm meat and milk suppliers and even locally made and sourced 'ready' meals made by a young company, Cumbrian Way Foods. These provisions can be delivered to the cottage for guests so that they experience some local produce.

We also recommend local activity providers, from heritage mine tours to boat hire and we suggest public transport itineraries that take in attractions such as the local forestry commission centre.

We're closely involved with our local community, having lived here for 6 generations. We are proud to support our valley school (Alan is a governor) and we have sold raffle tickets in aid of the school from the gate every summer for 20 years, in the time collecting thousands of pounds for the Charitable Trust. We're also involved in the Borrowdale Shepherd's Meet, our local agricultural show (Alan and Cheryl were joint Presidents a few years ago).

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The Leyland family have lived at Manesty for 6 generations so we're able to provide a wealth of local information and tips to visitors. Our 'walks from the door' is just one way that we try to make sure you get the most from your Lake District holiday. We live next door so we're always on hand to answer questions, help you book activities and recommend things to do. We're very proud of our cottages and are constantly working to improve our guests' experience - you can follow us on facebook for the latest updates. We look forward to welcoming you to Borrowdale.

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Lake District holiday cottages, England

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 27 Oct 2014 by Patricia Grey4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching the birds from our caravan. Amazing to see woodpeckers so close up! Also, fantastic walks from our door - no need to travel anywhere except by foot. This is right in the midst of things. A walk through Manesty Woods at dusk was quite magical.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get plenty of supplies in as there are no shops locally - Keswick is the closest for most things, while the Flock In Tea Rooms at Rosthwaite has a little shop (that's currently closed on Wednesdays). Their Herdwick Lamb is gorgeous!
The Borrowdale Gates Hotel, 10 mins walk away, is lovely for a glass of wine or a pot of tea and birdwatching. The Grange Cafe does great coffee and cake (and ice cream) and has some nice gifts.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, in that we visited locally run businesses, didn't need a car at all and were able to recycle quite a lot of stuff.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderful! I feel recharged and revitalised. Would like to return.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday with us at Manesty and it would be great to see you again.
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