Beautiful setting, lovely accommodation
Spacious, comfortable and with stunning views, this apartment was brilliant for our family holiday.
It was a great base for days out exploring the Lakes and Wetheral itself has some lovely walks along the river Eden and good pubs.
Our children enjoyed the grounds at the back where there were picnic benches and we were fortunate to see some deer. Another nice outdoor seating area at the entrance.
Lovely property, great location
A really good find, slightly off the beaten track (ie. not in the Lake District itself) but close to Carlisle, Hadrian's Wall and plenty to do in Northern Cumbria despite pandemic lockdown closing some attractions. It's part of a sizeable country house with the owners living in the same building, who were very pleasant.
The accomodation itself is generously proportioned, with enough room for 7 of us covering 3 generations, although we've since been informed that the max occupancy is reducing to 6. That will make it even more spacious. Nice lounge and kitchen, and lots of sleeping space.
The grounds are lovely, with room for kids to run around, play football etc, and even a few holes of golf! We were told there was a picnic / BBQ area as well but it was quite hidden and never looked hard enough to find it.
There's an easy walk into the village with a small shop and a few restaurants / pubs. Also pleasant to walk along the bank of the Eden. Carlisle just a few miles away with visitor attractions and shopping so there is really everything you need.
The location of this property is absolutely stunning. The building itself is beautiful.
There is a small seating area at the door of East Wing which overlooks the parking area. Unfortunately there is not a formal seating area overlapping the stunning grounds and that would be a wonderful addition. There are a couple of picnic tables on the grass but that isn't quite the same. There is a lovely seating area but we believed it was for the Garden Apartment.
Inside the property there is quite a staircase to the landing, the landing itself is very nicely presented, but the staircase is rather austere with a very dated handrail. some softening of this area would have a big impact.
Inside the apartment it is quite wonderful. The kitchen is a good size, with dining area. it is well stocked with plates, cutlery, mugs and cooking dishes. A couple of bigger pans would be helpful, there were only four of us so the pans were fine in size but we love to cook and if there had been 8 of us we would really would have had to buy pans. There is a lovely dining table and very good solid chairs. It would be cramped in that room with 8 people though with the table pulled out to seat everyone. The fridge is small, but there is a fridge freezer in the utility room. Unfortunately that is also small. If I had been cooking for 8 people for a week that would have been a real struggle, and we love to cook even on holiday.
I loved having a dishwasher for the time, as we don't have one at home it was a treat!
The living room is very comfy and has extra touches like binoculars to see the deer! It is a shame that it doesn't have the big windows overlooking the splendid grounds though.
The bedrooms are extremely comfortable, spacious and have lovely thick, quality bedding and towels, the lovely toiletries to be used. The bathroom in the master bedroom is very dark, too dark to shave and the bathroom door does not shut which is not ideal.
The grounds are beautiful, but sadly are very restricted with 'private' signs stopping us. It left us very unsure where we could walk and where we couldn't, even with the description in the visitors folder. However the views over the garden are beautiful.
Overall it is an absolutely wonderful property in a magnificent setting. The owner is also extremely pleasant and helpful. With a few touches it would certainly get the full five stars from us.
We had six adults and the apartment was very spacious and comfortable. Great village location with amazing pastoral views from all windows. So relaxing we did not want to leave. Great quintessential English country village. Looking forward to our next visit.
30th Birthday Celebration
Rented Geltsdale from 18th to 21st June 2016 for party of 7 to celebrate daughter's 30th birthday having lived for 5 very happy years in the beautiful village of Wetheral during the 1980s.
Rental area is the East Wing of a very large and extremely attractive and impressive country house set in several acres within the heart of the village and only 10 mins from Carlisle City Centre. Property is tastefully furnished and equiped to an extremely high standard with exquisite views over the properties extensive manicured gardens and the surrounding countryside.
Guests are provided with a free Visitors Membership Pass to the nearby Crown Hotel Spa and Leisure facilities (10 min walk) which are a welcome indoor option if weather is poor. Rental owners, David and Julia Hogarth are resident in the main property and are on hand and always happy to deal with any problems or requests.
Located just off Junction 43 of the M6 and 3 or 4 minutes from the A69 Hexham/Newcastle Road, the property is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District or Nothhumbria and Hadrian's Wall.
Within a few minutes walking distance visitors can access the Village Green with a shop, Post Office, Railway Station (Carlisle/Newcastle) and local Bus sevices. and a choice of 3 pubs - all serving a high standard of food.(Fantails Restaurant is a converted Farm property providing excellent food in a great environmeant - exposed timbers, stone walls, several working fireplaces, views over Village Green, and largely lit by candles).
An excellent quality property in a beautiful, relaxing rural environment - but with easy access to all the attractions and amenities of the Lakes District, Eden Valley and Northumbria.
We had a marvelous time and will definately use Geltsdale and othe Lakes Cottages properties again in the future.