Located six miles west of Caldbeck among the "Back o' Skidda'" fells of the northern Lake District, Ireby is a quaint and peaceful little village that provides an excellent base from which to explore the likes of Wigton, Cockermouth, Bassenthwaite and the Solway Coast. This area provides a stunning setting for walks for all abilities. There's a particularly pleasant walk from the village pub to Ireby Chancel, a simple, 12-century celtic church building located just three-and-a-half miles from the village. Walks to the fells and peaks of Blencathra, near Threlkeld, and Skiddaw, near Keswick are easily accessible from the village, which also offers a number of delightful little Cumbrian cottages to those who wish to explore the region at their own pace. Ireby has had several commendations from notable literary figures - a testament to its beauty and appeal to the romantic. John Keats once visited Ireby on a walking holiday in the early nineteenth century, and talked favourably about Ireby folk and the village itself in his writing. Similarly, writer Wilkie Collins also visited, as did Charles Dickens, who described it as "a very little town with the purple and brown moor close upon its one street; a curious little ancient market cross set up in the midst of it; and the town itself looking very much as if it were a collection of great stones piled on end by the Druids long ago, which a few recluse people had since hollowed out for habitations." For those with a penchant for a good ghost story, a trip just a mile south of Ireby to Overwater Tarn will discover a ghastly tale. The early nineteenth-century Overwater Hall, which now functions as a hotel, was once owned by a Mr. Gillbanks, who made his fortune and found a wife in Jamaica. Unbeknownst to his wife, he had a relationship with a poor Jamaican girl, who followed him all the way to Overwater Hall. One night, under the cover of darkness, Gillbanks took his Jamaican lover out to the middle of the tarn and hurled her overboard. She managed to cling to the boat, but as she did so, Gillbanks callously chopped off her arms, sending her plummeting into the Tarn's dark waters. While Gillbanks was never charged with her murder, his lover has since managed to divulge his dark secret; her armless ghost has been seen on countless occasions, particularly on New Year's Eve, and most often in Room 3 of the hotel
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There are 44 cottages near Ireby.

Stable Cottage ref: W8311

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£282-£559

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A cosy ground floor barn conversion in a quiet, unspoilt, rural position close to Bassenthwaite Lake.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

The Long Barn ref: UK1005

Branthwaite, near Caldbeck, Caldbeck Fells

£477-£1314

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4 star rating
A traditional Lakeland barn conversion retaining a number of original features nestled at the foot of the stunning Roughton Gill.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    3

The Old Rectory ref: UK1267

Uldale, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£683-£1648

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Enjoy a break in the village of Uldale in the Lake District National Park, perfect for walkers and cyclists with its many footpaths and trails.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    1

Swaledale Cottage ref: W1780

Caldbeck, near Keswick, Caldbeck Fells

£265-£690

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3 star rating
A restored barn with open fire situated on a working farm with views over farmland towards fells. Ideal base for touring northern Lakeland.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    3

Wallace Lane Farm Cottages - Safari Tent ref: UK1286

near Caldbeck and Uldale, Caldbeck Fells

£296-£814

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Enjoy a glamping holiday at Safari Tent, which is set within 23 acres of shared grounds, and just a short drive from Carlisle.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Laundry Cottage ref: CC119106

High Ireby, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£424-£1015

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4 star rating
This charming cottage is architecturally designed and is decorated and furnished throughout by an interior designer.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    1

Rivendell ref: UK1110

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£549-£962

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4 star rating
Converted from old farm buildings with original wooden beams and set in the heart of Bassenthwaite with a village green, two farms, a pub and a stream with ducks.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Apple Tree Cottage ref: UK1287

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£274-£822

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3 star rating
Enjoy a picturesque and tranquil stay at this beautifully, presented traditional Lakeland cottage in the heart of Bassenthwaite village in The Lake District National Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Daleside - Rambling Rose ref: LWG

Near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£414-£768

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5 star rating
Surrounded by Lakeland’s dramatic scenery, enjoy Derwent Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere from this holiday property.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    1

Garries Cottage ref: CC113105

near Bassenthwaite, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£347-£715

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3 star rating
A 17th century cottage nestling in the foothills of the Skiddaw range.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Castle Hill Cottage ref: LA2

Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£869-£1636

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4 star rating
This cottage has enviable views across the pasture towards the Lakeland Fells and excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    THU
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Branthwaite Stable ref: CC119146

Branthwaite, near Caldbeck, Caldbeck Fells

£428-£955

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4 star rating
Cosy character cottage with traditional features and stunning, peaceful, fell and river side location.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    3

Holly Bank ref: CC113125

Bassenthwaite, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£576-£2049

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4 star rating
Fabulous detached bungalow with lake and fell views, 2 acres of private grounds and ample parking
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Byre Cottage ref: W8312

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£329-£335

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Rurally placed barn conversion with stunning views and fantastic walks from the door. Pub nearby and Bassenthwaite Lake only a short drive.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

New Park Farm - Ash Tree Cottage ref: LF3

Nr. Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£341-£747

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5 star rating
This property is peacefully located and surrounded by stunning scenery, with pleasant walks and cycle routes from the door.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    0