Crookwath Cottage

Dockray, Lake District & Cumbria

Suitible for: 6 Humans icon 6 Humans
Suitible for: 2 Dogs icon 2 Dogs
Suitible for: undefined Children welcome icon Children welcome
Suitible for: undefined Babies welcome icon Babies welcome

  • Owner pets on site
  • Livestock on site
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Why we love it

An incredible setting, no end to the walks and hikes you can take, and a beyond cosy little cottage to return home to at the end of the day

What you'll love

Dogs will love

  • The masses of walks straight from the front door
  • Curling up for a nap by the fireplace or aga
  • Exploring the 25 acres of private forest

Humans will love

  • Drifting off in the armchairs to the sound of a crackling fire
  • Being peacefully secluded amongst the Wainwright fells
  • Cooking up those dishes they never have time for in the kitchen

The place

You can’t step outside or look out of a bedroom window at Crookwath Cottage without seeing a jaw-dropping view. Sat squarely in miles of countryside, and a mere three-minute drive from where the road literally ends, you’re pleasantly secluded, enjoying the vastness of the open skies, and the sweeping rise and fall of each mountain tucked behind the other. Take long walks with your beside-itself-dog, outpacing you on every stroll you take. This is a place to wind down, look at the bigger picture, and let out tremendous sighs by the fire (in tandem with your hound). There are over 600 books in the library, a fully equipped kitchen, and walks every which way you go. Take it slow, get lost in literature, eat well, and forget your troubles awhile, all with your most faithful friend.


  • 2 x King rooms
  • 1 x Super King room (can be set up as a twin)


  • En-suite with bath
  • Bathroom with bath
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hairdryer

Living and relaxing

  • Library with seating areas
  • Wood burner in sitting room, with initial firewood provided
  • Board games
  • Wild swimming in the pool (short walk along Aira Beck)
  • Outdoor stone seating area with benches and chimenea
  • Garden with veranda, pond, swing and benches
  • 25 acres of woodland to explore
  • Communal relaxation barn with deck chairs
  • Wifi
  • TV with Sky
  • Music and sound system

Cooking and dining

  • Kitchen including fridge-freezer, electric cooker, aga and microwave
  • Dishwasher and dishwasher tablets
  • Dining area in sitting room that dates back to the 17th century
  • Outside picnic table
  • BBQ

For the dog

  • Food and water bowls
  • Towels
  • Poo bags

Booking information

  • Check in 1600
  • Check in 1000
  • This owner requests a £100 refundable security deposit, payable direct through them, that will be returned to you a week after your stay

Optional extras

  • Additional firewood available to purchase (£10 per bag)

You should know

  • There is wifi – but it can be quite slow, it’s not fast enough to stream films
  • Phone signal can be patchy though possible with a quick stroll and an extended arm
  • The hot water here is, very, very hot, be cautious!
  • Please note there are no showers in either bathroom
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In the neighbourhood

  • Whilst you can wander the private wood walk they have on site, walks are going to be long and plentiful in this stretch of the countryside. Closest walk is the Watermillock Fell Walk, offering the best view of Ullswater possible, though not the highest peak, it’s still 424m high, so not a casual stroll
  • Aira Force Walk: If you have two cars, leave one at the Aira Force car park, start from the cottage and walk down to Dockray pick up the footpath opposite the pub which leads you down the Aira Beck and an inviting cup of tea in the café at the end of the walk. It’ll take around 1.5–2hrs. And best of all, it’s all downhill!
  • Drive to Glenridding and take the steamer to Howtown (check the times) and walk back beside the lake, a great walk with stunning views. Time 3-4hrs, all flat! Or as an alternative, walk round Hallin Fell and back to Howtown Hotel for lunch. This takes around 1.5 hrs, and is mostly flat! For the more adventurous, head back to Glenridding over Place Fell. This will take 4-5 hrs, mostly up hill
  • There are footpaths all over the place nearby. The nearest is to go through the bottom gate and turn either left or right. Right goes up the valley to Dowthwaite Head, towards Helvellyn, and left goes down through Lucy’s Wood and on either to Matterdale Church or the pub in Dockray village. The Old Coach road is a good flat walk and gets you onto the tops. (It starts where you see the C2C cycling track sign)
  • You can stock up in the shops in Keswick, but if you’re looking for a bite to eat out, you should consider popping over to the Royal Hotel in the village of Dockray, a couple of minutes in the car, or a 15-20 min walk across the fields on the footpath and down the road. There’s also good food at the Mill Inn, in Mungrisedale, The Horse & Farrier, in Threlkeld, or The Brackenrigg Inn, Watermillock.
  • For a day out, try driving over to Keswick, where there’s museums, an exhibit of optical illusions, dog-friendly pubs by the bucketful, walks of course, wild swimming spots, estates to peruse and even canoe hire, for the most seafaring of dogs.
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