A holiday cottage in Cark-in-Cartmel is perfectly located for exploring both the Lake District and the Cumbria coast. This peaceful village is surrounded by unspoiled countryside, a stone’s throw from Morcambe Bay. Two cosy pubs, a village shop, a post office and rows of attractive stone houses make up this traditional Lakeland community. Once a prosperous mill village, Cark-in-Cartmel – or simply ‘Cark’ – is home to a number of impressive historical sites, such as Holker Hall, a magnificent building which houses a selection of wood carvings, furniture and paintings. The hall is set in extensive gardens, frequented by deer, and opposite the award-winning Lakeland Motor Museum. If you fancy a bite to eat or a pint of local ale in front of a roaring fire before returning to your holiday cottage in Cark-in-Cartmel, try to the Rose in Crown or the Engine Inn – both cosy pubs in the village centre.
Craggy hilltops, glittering lakes and misty mountain tarns await discovery in the enchanting Lake District National Park. Tranquil footpaths, water-sports, lake cruises and wildlife-watching will all be easily accessible from your accommodation. Nearby, the Cumbria coast’s sandy beaches, salt marshes and pretty seaside villages await discovery. The countryside surrounding Cark-in-Cartmel is scattered with some of the region’s prettiest villages and market towns. With its imposing Medieval gatehouse and lovely square, nearby Cartmel is well worth a stop. A short distance eastwards is Grange-over-Sands, an elegant Edwardian resort, nestled between the sea and mountains. While the area is a joy to drive through, it’s also well served by local trains, which can be caught at Cark and Cartmel Station, known to be one of the Lake District’s most picturesque. Self-catering holidays in Cark-in-Cartmel provide visitors with easy access to Morcambe Bay, a sweeping estuary with secluded coves, rare birds and some of the UK’s best walking and cycling routes.