Family time is a priority

Life at Eden Cottage in the Eden Valley is a delicious cycle of hearty meals, clinking glasses, long walks and bleating sheep. Family time is a priority in this cottage for four, with its crackling fires, movie-night TV and barbecue terrace.

Crackling logs and flowing conversation

Holiday homes for four are rare. Rarer still are the restored, oaky beauty of Eden Cottage, the serene calm of Glassonby in the Cumbrian hills, and the chance to hunker down in a hilltop pub with your dog at your feet.

Walk the hills, feel the delicious tiredness in your legs, then get the logs crackling and the conversation flowing as you open a bottle and celebrate the glorious setting. From here, all that keeps you from your antique-oak bed is a bottle of wine and the company of family and friends from adjoining cottages.

During the day, it’s a case of long, hearty meals interspersed with the clink of glasses or the bleating of the sheep as you amble over the rolling hills and toast the beauty of the setting. Then rinse and repeat tomorrow.

After every excursion, you’ll come home to stone walls, arched openings, deep beds and an oak kitchen. There’s widescreen TV for movie nights, wifi for keeping in touch, and a sandstone terrace and barbecue for drinking and dining under the sun or stars.

Paddles and picnics

The Lakes is a giant playpark for young and old alike. Walk to Lacey’s Caves along the Eden River or to Aira Force for a paddle. Eat organic at the nationally acclaimed Melmerby Village Bakery; taste real gingerbread at Sarah Nelson’s. Hire bikes, ride ponies, sail canoes. Steam across Ullswater, then picnic on the shoreline.

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