Woodside Cottage ref: UK1150

Backbarrow, near Ulverston, Cartmel and Peninsula in Cumbria

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  • Barbecue 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Located in the village of Backbarrow, just a couple of miles from the shores of Lake Windermere and 8 miles from the historic market town of Ulverston, Woodside Cottage is perfect for couples and families seeking a comfortable base from which to explore Cumbria’s stunning Lake District. This charming, end of terrace property, built in the 1800s as a mill worker’s cottage, has been literally taken back to its bare bones and transformed by the owners into a truly splendid home, which now provides stunning up-to-date accommodation. The property is spread over three floors and has been thoughtfully designed and beautifully presented. On the ground floor there is a spacious living/dining room with a lovely feature fireplace with wood burner. Two steps lead up to the well-equipped kitchen. On the first floor is a comfortable double bedroom, contemporary shower room and a stunning family bathroom, which has an elegant roll-top bath and separate shower cubicle. There is also a seating area on the landing which is the ideal place to sit and read a book in peace. The second floor has two further bedrooms, one of which looks out towards the Haverthwaite-Lakeside railway line. If you are lucky enough, you may see a steam train go chugging past (trains run between 10am and 5pm April to October). Outside, there is an enclosed garden with decked patio, and a driveway for 2 cars.

The nearest main town is Ulverston, 8 miles, known for being the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home to the world’s only Laurel and Hardy museum. Ulverston is a very traditional market town with historic buildings and cobbled streets, and it also marks the start of the 70-mile Cumbrian Way. Here you will find a good selection of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Ideal for families, there is lots to see and do within easy reach. Less than half a mile from the cottage is the Lakeland Motor Museum, and Haverthwaite railway station is just 1 mile away. You can take a beautifully restored steam locomotive on a scenic journey through the Leven Valley to Lakeside station. Once at Lakeside, you can explore the Lakes Aquarium or connect with Windermere cruises and take a steamer to Bowness or Ambleside.

Children will enjoy the world famous Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness, 10 miles. For something more adventurous, why not visit Grizedale Forest with its many walks, mountain bike trails, segways, sculpture trail and GoApe treetop adventure? Foodies will enjoy a visit to the nearby village of Cartmel, 7 miles. Famous for its sticky toffee pudding, this characterful village is also the home of a Michelin starred restaurant as well as attracting many visitors to its racecourse. Other places to visit within easy driving distance include Furness Abbey, 15 miles, Holker Hall, 6 miles, Sizergh Castle, 15 miles, and the Edwardian coastal town of Grange-over-Sands, 9 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub/restaurant 300 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Living/dining room: With wood burner, 42" Sky Smart TV (entertainment package), DVD player, Wii, day bed and tiled floor.
2 steps to...
Kitchen: With electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.

First floor

Seating area.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bathroom: With roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

Third floor

Fourth floor


Air source central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.


Enclosed garden with decked patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars; additional on road parking available. No smoking. Please note: There is a step to the patio.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
  • Distance
    8 miles
  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
  • Railway station distance
    8.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel is easily accessible, with its winding streets, pretty cottages, whitewashed houses and medieval buildings leading to the village square. The village offers visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, and eateries.

Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings providing, as they have for centuries, friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings. It is also home to Britain's smallest National Hunt racecourse and the National Trust attraction of Cartmel Priory Gatehouse, a historically important building situated in the heart of the village.

Occupying one of the most attractive spots in the area, Grange-over-Sands looks out across the expansive sands of Morecambe Bay, a rich feeding ground for many species of birds that take advantage of the great climate in the area. It is easily accessible from the Lake District (Lake Windermere is only seven miles away) and towns such as Kendal are also just a short drive from here.

There is much to do and see on the Peninsular from golf , horse riding and fishing to hot air ballooning and parachuting! There also a good number of great walks, plus many places of historical interest.

Things to do nearby

Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow

Discover over 100 years of motoring history including the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition. Plus motorist gift shop and riverside cafe. Tel: 01539 530400

Holker Hall and Gardens

Holker Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. This beautiful historic house is set amongst stunning formal gardens, woodland and deer park. Holker hosts an inspirational programme of special events. The cafe and food hall offer the finest local and speciality produce. Tel: 01539 558328

Ulverston Golf Club

One of many great golf courses set on the Cumbrian coast with views over Morecambe Bay, Lakeland and the Irish Sea. Designed by HS Colt in 1924 the course offers visitors an enjoyable yet challenging round of golf. Tel: 01229 582824

River Deep Mountain High

An outdoor activity provider introducing you to activities such abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking and canoeing in a variety of different locations. Tel: 01539 528666

Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory is one of the most beautiful churches in the north east. Built more than 800 years ago the church serves as a centre for the local community.

Grange over Sands Golf Club

Set on the coast in Grange-over-Sands this 19 hole golf course has sensational views of the surrounding woodlands, open countryside and the famous mountains of Cumbria. Tel: 01539 533180

Bigland Hall Equestrian

Aiming to provide the best quality horse riding in the Lake District Bigland Hall Equestrian Centre offers a wide variety of rides suitable for all ages and abilities. Tel: 01539 530333

Silverdale Golf Club

Set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with fabulous views of Morecambe Bay and the Leighton Moss reserve this 18 hole course gives golfers a real chance to challenge themselves. Tel: 01524 701300

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway was originally used to carry passengers from Lakeside to Ulverston and Barrow and then on into Lancashire.

Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple

An intriguing Buddhist Temple and Romantic Gothic Manson with cafe and gardens. Enjoy a woodland walk to Morecambe Bay. Tel: 01229 584029

Lakeland Quads
Lakeland Quads

Lakeland Quads is the only dedicated quad bike trekking company in the Cumbria. There are three treks to choose from - the farm trek, the peak trek and the fell trek, all with breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and fell. Tel:07881 919940

Furness Abbey

Nestled in a peaceful valley in Barrow-in-Furness are the majestic remains of Furness Abbey, an English Heritage site that was formerly one of the richest and most powerful Cistercian Monasteries of its time.

Capernwray Diving Centre

Capernwray Diving Centre offers the best place to dive in Lancashire.

Cartmel Racecourse

Situated in the picturesque village of Cartmel the racecourse has been in operation since the 1850's. It offers traditional National Hunt Racing to seasoned visitors and novices alike. Tickets can be booked online and events are held throughout the year.

Ascent Training

Outdoor adventure for all abilities in the Lake District specialising in all outdoor activities. Staff are very experienced and highly qualified in all sorts of activities including rock climbing, caving and mountaineering. Tel: 01539 551375

Lakeland Miniature Village

A fascinating insight into the buildings of Lakelands yesteryear. Buildings made from local Coniston slate which depict Cumbrian house and farms all hand made by Edward Robinson. All surrounded by an Oriental garden. Tel: 01539 558500

Lakeland Photo Workshops

Take inspiration from this and other stunning locations to capture great photographs. Take your photography to the next level with Lakeland Photo Workshops

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