The Badger Sett is a lovely 200 year old barn with modern single storey extensions to either side and is our home from home. We use it ourselves as often as we can (with our two children and very well behaved dog). In between times we invite you to come and enjoy it too. We want to make you feel at home and aim to provide the highest quality of facilities, fittings and service.
Since buying The Badger Sett in late 2010 we’ve completely remodeled and refurbished the cottage to make it in to the comfortable, spacious and extremely relaxing place that it is today.
The cottage is all on one level (so no stairs to worry about) and the safe, enclosed garden make it ideal for families with children.
Inside is luxuriously furnished with a harmonious blend of funky modern, retro chic and antique furniture – there's no shortage of mod-cons but there are plenty of traditional features too. There are three large bedrooms, two with King size beds and one with two twin beds. The master bedroom has a wood burning stove, french windows on to the garden and a TV. The well equipped kitchen has everything you could possibly need and there are two bathrooms – so no queues in the morning!
The cottage sits in its own grounds with beautiful views across the valley and is approached via a gated driveway from a very quiet country lane. There is an outside dining area with BBQ, off-road parking for up to three cars, a lockable store and a tap for washing muddy bikes and boots. The nearest house is the farm across the lane and the only neighbours you're likely to meet are the inquisitive and friendly bullocks who live in the field next door. Our private, enclosed garden is kept in tip-top condition by our local gardener and the lawn is a nice size for an impromptu game of cricket or football.
There's also free wifi if you find it impossible to leave work behind or you have teenagers suffering from social media withdrawal.
The picturesque Lakeland village of Hesket Newmarket is just a one mile stroll down a peaceful country lane and is home to The Old Crown, Britain's first co-operatively owned pub which boasts its own micro-brewery and was listed by the Guardian as the one of the 100 best bars in the world!
The remote Caldbeck Fells are on the doorstep and provide fantastic opportunities for walking and mountain biking.
The classic peaks of Blencathra and Helvellyn are both close by and provide some of the best walking and scrambling routes in the UK. If you prefer more hustle and bustle the popular town of Keswick is a 25 minute drive away whilst historic Hutton-in-the-Forest with its famous horse trials is just around the corner.
For long distance walkers The Cumbria Way passes through our valley and for road cyclists The Reivers Route (known as the Return CTC) goes right past the bottom of our drive!
Luxury in The Lakes by Chris R on December 27th 2017
Luxury in the Lakes. We have spent a wonderful Christmas week at the Badger Sett. We needed somewhere near an aged parent in Caldbeck, where six of us could celebrate Christmas with him, and we couldn’t have asked for a better location. The house is very well furnished and had all the necessary equipment for cooking on such a grand scale - seven of us sat down to turkey with all the trimmings. We were able to pop to local shops and also to get in to Carlisle very easily. Although Dominic was out of the country he answered the phone on both occasions when we needed help - my fault, I hadn’t realised how important it was to take the Key Safe code with us! The cottage is all on one floor which made it very accessible and Dom even provided a ramp to make access through the front door easier. And the bottle on the table was the icing on the cake. We can thoroughly recommend the Badger Sett.
Wow, we all love it! by Vicky W on October 28th 2017
What an introduction to the lakes! The scenary on the drive to the cottage was fab! The cottage was beautiful and we were so pleased with it. There was plenty of room for us all - 2 adults and 3 kids. Dom had kindly left us a bottle of wine so while the kids played on the Wii and had a gander through the toys, games and DVDs, me and the hubby poured ourselves a glass and took in the surroundings. The house is so well equipped it had everything you need - it's home from home. The village is only a short walk up the road which is really pretty. We drove to Keswick a couple of times and Penrith as the kids had money to spend - both are only a short car journey and if you are luckily enough to be the passenger - wow, soak up those views! Really lovely. Hubby is a keen bike rider so thoroughly enjoyed getting up early and biking off coming back with photos of stunning scenary. It was so good to just back to the simple things in life - togging up and getting out there, coming back to a cosy warm house with everuthing you need and enjoying a bubble bath!! As I said at the beginning of this review this was our first proper introduction to the lakes and this holiday has made it one of our firm favourites. We were so impressed with everything that we have booked up at The Badger Sett for same time next year. Can't wait!!!!
Everything we wanted for a lovely relaxing break by Debbie B on September 24th 2017
We arrived very late with no provisions which was our misfortune. We did have a bottle of my favorite wine sitting on the table waiting for us though thank you . The Cottage was warm and welcoming there was everything you would need in the cottage and more . Bedrooms great but largest one had a slight damp smell ,living rooms very comfortable . Bathroom lovely nice to have 2 . Wifi worked best sitting at the dining table . Garden very secure our four legged furies loved it . The only noise was from the working farm . Loved it all .The surrounding area is lovely . Our only dissapointing was that we couldn't stay for a full week . We had to leave on Thursday to sail home to Jersey on the Friday . Thank you for letting us stay Debbie , Sue, Brenda and Kath and the fury four legged friends
Excellent cottage in the countryside perfect for toddlers by Daniel M on April 22nd 2017
We really enjoyed our stay here. There was 6 of us, 4 adults and 2 toddlers. It was a very spacious cottage with big spacious rooms. Being on one level made the cottage toddler save as no need for stair gates. The layout of the property was brilliant. Could not fault it.
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Cottage added 29th June 2013