16 February 2016

Valentine's Weekend Adventures - High Brow Cottage

A few months ago Mark sent me this link  with a message to say he had booked it for 3 nights over Valentine's weekend! eeek! Sooooo exciting! I had been looking forward to it for what feels like ages, out first trip of 2016 and finally this past weekend we were there.

We went on Friday late afternoon, arriving around 4pm at the Cottage.  High Brow is located near Ullswater so was about an hour drive from Carlisle where we live.  Our friends Gregg and Kerry joined us for the first evening which was lovely, fab to see them and we enjoyed a super fun board games evening and yummy food.

High Brow sleeps 8 over 4 bedrooms, 2 doubles, a twin and a bunk. It also has 3 toilets and 2 showers.  It felt really big for the 4 of us and massive when it was just Mark and I for the last 2 nights.

I was SO impressed with the Cottage's location, not really appreciating how 'in the middle of nowhere' it was from the website. This is fine by me though, I love that feeling of being cut off (just for a little while! haha) so we had no phone signal and no internet but there was satellite TV in the cottage which we tried not to use much.

The cottage has a neighboring cottage but there was nobody there all weekend so we had the whole little area to ourselves.  The cottage next door looks like a holiday let too, would be fab to get a huge party together in the summer split over the two.

The view was just spectacular with fells as far as the eye could see.  We were just up the hill from Ullswater but couldn't see it from the cottage.  The Cottage was also very near a pretty river called Aira Beck which goes down the hill and becomes Aira Force which is a beautiful waterfall and a 'must see' if you are visiting the Lake District.

You would never get bored of waking up to this every morning!

This is the back of the cottage leading up to a little area for parking and then out to the quiet little road.

So let's take a peak inside then..... This was the super cosy living room, this is where we spent most of the time when we were not outside enjoying the landscape!

Of course the cottage had a real fire so Mark enjoyed keeping this maintained. We wrapped up in blankets and it was super cosy in the evenings.

Upstairs sort of had two wings.  The stairs divided and there were two bedrooms and a bathroom either side which is fab for two couples!

A little peek at the twin room.  The bedrooms were small but that was fine, it meant they kept cosy warm on the cold February evenings.

I loved the kitchen, with the double aspect windows it was so light and bright. The counter was huge so loads of room for cooking and preparing meals. The cottage was equipped with everything you could possibly need for the weekend.

Well to sum up I absolutely adored High Brow, such a lovely cosy cottage, and stunning location.  I have 2 more blog posts planned to show you what we got up to during the days... so look out for these...

Have you stayed in any self catering cottages in the Lake District? I love booking little escapes like this so always open to suggestions of where to try next.


  1. It sounds wonderful Jo! I'd love to spend a weekend in the lakes!!! I'm just driving up to Haltwhistle now in Northumberland so I'm glad to have a break from Essex!x

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Halthwhistle is nice, some lovely lovely countryside up there, but SO close to the lakes too! Have a great time. x


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