We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the secluded Western Lakes' wild, coastal beauty...
It's a special corner of the world-with Lewis Carroll having found inspiration for Alice's Wonderland here, ideally placed Scafell ascent route at Wasdale Head, all packaged in a 180 year old, off grid, converted coach house.
Open plan yet cozy; quirky & unique - a welcoming home for relaxing and unwinding with family and friends in front of the fire with books and board games aplenty!
Welcome to Volcano!
Literary & WWII history, world renowned walks, pubs, tea rooms, miniature steam railway, and kindness of strangers: visiting the Western Lakes is like stepping back in time.
Plenty of windows and 8 foot ceilings lend themselves to a feeling of openness, whilst its location in a small group of neighbours on a shared, private courtyard amongst woodland, with a multifuel stove (i.e. not the instant 'flick for heat' of central heating, but the satisfaction of a fire well built and tended!), make for a welcoming retreat in Summer or Winter.
Volcano's a unique and quirky cottage; and we've put lots of detail about it throughout this listing and in the House Rules. Please have a good read through, including the 'Other Things to Note' section, to help set the magical mood, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
What our family, friends and Guests love...
"No wifi, no TV, unique, tranquil, cozy sofas, board games, log burner, big bath, comfy beds, amazing shower, morning mountain views, lovely neighbours, lots of books, imaginative decor, a house with a personality, great information folder with clear instructions."
We enjoy adding to our collections, and rearranging furniture to change up the look a bit. The photographs show this in action; so, the cottage will have the feel of the photos, but everything mightn't be exactly where it has been photographed as being, if something even better for the space has come along in the meantime :-)
The 'off grid-ness' relates to all the ways that matter; and all the ways that don't: it's a wonderfully workable home.
Off grid refers to...
* The lack of internet or wifi in the cottage, and the reduced/non existent mobile phone reception inside the house (there's a secret windowsill where you can pick it up, and which we'll gladly tell you: but, interestingly, is rarely asked for!).
* There's no traditional central heating (although keeping warm is straightforward with the multifuel stove plus other heating sources in the cottage and we welcome happy guests in all seasons), no live TV, an immersion heater for hot water, range oven which uses calor gas rather than mains gas (although you'd never know it), a septic tank, an unadopted track for access - with a few hearty potholes...
...and generally just off-grid from the speed and pressures of everyday life.
Mainly it's a fun, restorative way in which to reconnect to the Lakeland landscape and each other, and we get a lot of guests thanking us for not having wifi in place, but books and board games instead.
It's a working home, rather than a show home: a friendly spider will inevitably have built a web in the ten minutes before your arrival, somewhere could always do with a lick of paint, and the moles sometimes pop through the lawn. It means it's wonderfully practical for muddy wellies, kids and families; with nothing too precious, where relaxing is the order of the day.
KEEPING WARM & HOT WATER
In addition to the big multifuel stove in the living room, we also have freestanding oil heaters in each room, plinth fan heaters in the kitchen, and a large immersion heater to take care of hot water provision in the kitchen and bathroom (although not the radiators) should you be too worn out after your Lake District explorations to make a fire on any given evening before settling into a long bath :-)
Volcano is remote enough that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hour's drive away, but well serviced and connected, with locally provisioned shops, pubs, restaurants and a good road system.
We have neighbours on either side, who we share the front courtyard with; and are wrapped around with fields and woodland; all a short track away from the 'main' road which will link you to the rest of the Western Lakes (and beyond...!)
The Airbnb Itinerary and our Welcome Pack contains lots of information on smaller local shops (less than 3 minutes drive from the cottage) as well as other tips and recommendations in the area; from beer based, to the La'al Ratty miniature railway (our personal favourite)...!
LAYOUT OF COTTAGE
We have three good sized double bedrooms, one of which, known as the Alice (in Wonderland) Bedroom occupies the whole of the top floor, and has four Velux windows, so is very light, bright and airy; it is accessed via a private staircase with a curtain which provides privacy, although the bedroom itself doesn't have a door.
The two other double bedrooms have their own distinct characters, and are on the middle floor, along with the family bathroom and a large landing area.
We have three additional single floor mattresses which help with configurations for larger groups and families, taking occupancy up to nine. These mattresses can be made up with a full set of linens, in the master Alice Bedroom, The Blue Room and/or on the large landing area.
We have one family bathroom with a long, deep, free-standing dream of a bath and a lovely rain shower; complete with dimmable lighting for relaxing soaks.
There is parking for up to two cars in the private, off road courtyard which we share with our two neighbours; with a short, characterful (in terms of the potholes) dirt track that approaches it. Our house is at one end of the track, our local pub is at the other.
ORIGINAL FEATURES & ECCENTRICITIES
Our ground floor has the original cobbles and troughs of the coach house. This means practicality in spades for wet coats and muddy wellies; but a potential trip hazard too. You easily get used to it, and it's an amazing feature, but it's worth bearing in mind.
Our sofas are really great for slouching; and are made up of old flags which we have collected over the years. They have a unique, worn, character which we love; but aren't your typical sofa covering.
There is a TV that connects to a DVD player for playing DVDs and music: i.e. no live TV and no wifi, for off grid bliss. We have an eclectic assortment of films and music at the cottage, or you're welcome to bring your own.
If you're a history buff, try entering Holmrook Hall into Wikipedia for more detail about the history of the cottage's links to Lewis Carroll, and how it came by its name: (HMS) 'Volcano'. We also have lots of locally sourced history, research and books at the cottage which you are welcome to browse.
LAKE DISTRICT ATTRACTIONS
Please have a look at our last section of photographs for ideas for activities, and things to do with younger family members. Volcano is well situated to enjoy peace and relaxation; whilst also being well placed for a variety of day trips: be it Go-Ape adventuring; or visiting many of the Lakes which give the area its name.
Neighbourhoods don't come much better than this if you like a lack of street lights and a pub at the end of the track...
Our cottage is the middle of three, off a private courtyard, with parking for up to two cars.
The courtyard in turn accesses a private dirt track, which winds down to the River Irt, and fields and footpaths galore...
Volcano is remote enough that your nearest chain supermarket is half an hour's drive away, but well serviced and connected, with local shops, pubs, restaurants and a good road system.
The Airbnb Itinerary and our Welcome Pack contains lots of information on smaller local shops (less than 3 minutes drive from the cottage) as well as other tips and recommendations in the area; from beer based, to the La'al Ratty miniature railway...!
Volcano was originally part of the stables for the Hall, which was home to the Lutwidge family, aka Lewis Carroll's (of Alice in Wonderland fame) Uncle; and, as you exit the cottage straight onto tracks and fields, it's not hard to imagine where the inspiration for timekeeping hares and lazy caterpillars came from!
The village has the life essentials. In no particular order, but I know what our priorities are :-) a children's playground, our local pub, small wildflower meadow/village ecology garden, mechanic's garage, agricultural feed store, post office, and petrol station come comprehensive grocery store stocking local goods.
Drigg, Santon Bridge, Gosforth and Seascale (all around ten minutes drive from the cottage) have another good two handfuls of pubs, a Co-op, convenience store, takeaways, and small gift shops.
MUCKING ABOUT ON THE WATER
Seascale has a lovely beach, with spectacular sunsets across the Irish Sea towards the Isle of Man, and Ravenglass is The Lakes' only costal village, with a beautiful estuary for 'mucking about on the water' Swallows and Amazons style, or just watching the sun set over the dunes from the pub. Coniston Water, the setting for Swallows and Amazons, is about an hour's drive away.
EXPERIENCE THE 'REAL' LAKE DISTRICT
The Western Lakes are a privilege to discover. Away from the well trodden tourist trails, Volcano is less than 2 miles from the beach, and less than two miles from the Lake District National Park, with a Scafell Pike route at Wasdale Head a beautiful 10 mile drive away. As the road to this route up Scafell follows the contours of Wastwater, it inevitably makes it a slower drive than the ten miles suggests, as the views are so stunning!
Ambleside and Windermere are an hour and a half drive, Lancaster around two hours, and Carlisle a similar distance in the opposite direction.
The Cumbrian Coast Mainland Railway is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in England, and it delivers you to within a half hour walk from our door. The Cumbrian Coastal Line, and La'al Ratty (Cumbrian for: 'Little Railway') have featured in a BBC programme entitled 'Britain's Greatest Railway Journeys', hosted by Michael Portillo.
Muncaster Castle is also just a five minute drive away and its Owl Sanctuary, falconry show and incredible views (not to mention, haunted bedroom!) make it one of the Lake District's hidden tourist gems.
BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE VIEW WINNER
A recent winner of 'Britain's Favourite View', Wastwater is 7 miles from our small village; which manages to squeeze in a post office come agricultural feed store, a petrol station come village store, and, the all important pub - a four minute walk (& only because of the lack of street lights!) directly from our front door to theirs...
COTTAGE OF HISTORIC INTEREST
During the the Second World War the cottage was part of a Royal Navy land base at Holmrook Hall, and was named HMS Volcano. It was the home of the bomb and munitions training school between 1943 and 1946, with a primary purpose of teaching munitions and explosive demolition to Royal Navy personnel and to special forces including many Norwegians. It was a top secret establishment and the locals were told that the hall had been requisitioned as a recuperation hospital for those who had suffered shipwrecks; a version of events many believe to this day. We have compiled a folder of local history for Guests at the cottage, which makes for fascinating reading.
Fantastiske verter. Strålende kommunikasjon før og under oppholdet. Komfortabel og unik eiendom. Vakkert dekorert og full av karakter. Noen fine turer rett ut av huset og en kort kjøretur til Wast Water hvor vi tilbrakte en fantastisk dag på fotturer og svømming i sjøen. Anbefale.Radha2019-07-26T00:00:00Z
ABSOLUTT ELSKET DET !!! HELT MITT TYPE HUS OG VI HAR EN FANTASTISK NATT! KOMMUNIKASJON VAR UTMERKET. Sjekk inn var enkelt. ELSKET LITT RIKTET OM HJEMMET. HADDE DET BESTE NATTEN NOENSINNE ❤️Katie2019-07-21T00:00:00Z
Caroline og Karls hytte er vakker, det er funky sære berøringer overalt og stor oppmerksomhet på detaljer. Caroline og Carl kunne ikke vært mer behjelpelige. Vi bodde bare i 1 natt, men vi skulle ønske vi kunne ha oppholdt oss lenger.Lucy2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
Nydelig sted og en flott beliggenhet. Veldig god kommunikasjon fra Caroline og Carl og hyggelig vennlig preg. Fullt anbefalt.Aaron2019-06-29T00:00:00Z
Hytta var veldig rent og godt utstyrt med alle fasiliteter. Vi hadde et flott opphold.Sardar2019-06-24T00:00:00Z
Et flott sted å bo. Volcano er et virkelig hjem hjemmefra med alle moderne innretninger. Huset var vakkert rent og sengene komfortable. Å kunne sitte rundt vedovnen i salongen er bare fantastisk. Et virkelig sted å slappe av.Janet2019-06-18T00:00:00Z
Nydelig hytte på et avsidesliggende sted - et flott sted å virkelig komme vekk fra alt. Bare beklagelse er at vi bodde bare en natt på grunn av våre planer - vi vil definitivt være tilbake for et nytt besøk snart.Gary2019-06-14T00:00:00Z
Bo på Caroline og Carl place er nydelig. Det gjorde turen mer minneverdig. Alt ble kommunisert godt, og de var alltid til hjelp når det var nødvendig. Takk for vertskapet.Surya2019-06-09T00:00:00Z