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 39 cottages near Ireby.

Byre Cottage ref: W8312

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£314-£782

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4 star rating
Byre Cottage
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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

Swaledale Cottage ref: W1780

Caldbeck, near Keswick, Caldbeck Fells

£258-£676

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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

Whitehall Pele Tower ref: B4872

Mealsgate, Western Lakes and Coast

£595-£1020

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4 star rating
Restored from a 14th-century Pele Tower and retaining lovely period features. Great for large groups with lawns, games room and bike store.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    2

Daleside - Rose Cottage ref: LPD

Near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£369-£700

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5 star rating
Enjoy fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, sunsets over the Solway Firth and the hills of Galloway.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    1

Castle Hill Cottage ref: LA2

Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£869-£1332

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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

Robin Hood Cottage ref: CC113117

Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£428-£1084

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4 star rating
Robin Hood Cottage benefits from stunning views due to its elevated position 1 mile above Bassenthwaite Lake and nestling into the slopes of Skiddaw.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    4
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    3

Overwater Lodge ref: CC113114

Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£514-£1046

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4 star rating
Lovely location with large south facing gardens and adjoining woodland, an open fire and excellent facilities makes this an ideal holiday choice.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    2

Kiln Hill Cottage ref: W8309

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£312-£558

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4 star rating
An ancient farmhouse with lovely views from the first floor living room. Close to Bassenthwaite Lake with its walks, cycle routes and wildlife.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

New Park Farm Cottages - Church Cottage ref: CC113123

near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£372-£774

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5 star rating
Attractive cottage within imaginative barn conversion development, close to Bassenthwaite Lake.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    0

Snittlegarth Lodge 1 ref: CC119128

Ireby, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£314-£624

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3 star rating
With views across open country to Binsey Fell, Snittlegarth Lodge enjoys a secluded south facing position on Snittlegarth Farm, an idyllic retreat to escape to.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    4
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    1

New Park Farm - Ellen Cottage ref: LF2

Nr. Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£366-£806

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5 star rating
In an AONB, this holiday property is located between Torpenhow and Ireby, on the northern fringe of the Lake District.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    0

The Long Barn ref: UK1005

Branthwaite, near Caldbeck, Caldbeck Fells

£477-£1273

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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

Daleside - Rambling Rose ref: LWG

Near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£430-£753

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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

Brookfield ref: CC113101

Bassenthwaite Village, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£476-£1379

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4 star rating
Spacious cottage with spectacular views of Skiddaw and the Borrowdale Valley.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4

Skiddaw Cottage ref: W8310

Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake Area

£313-£697

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3 star rating
A detached stable with charm and character alongside lovely views of hills and fells close to Bassenthwaite Lake.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Ireby (miles)
    4