Every year, my extended family have 2 big get togethers. These have historically taken place in either my eldest sister’s large house, or in our garden. Usually one representative from each ‘couple’ makes something to eat and we drink and are generally merry.
My Dad, as the head of the family, loves these get togethers – he gets to spend time with his children and grandchildren and loves telling his travel stories and enjoying the cooking from his 3 girls (my brother and nephew and nieces are becoming more consistent contributors now as well!)
Our last get together was just after Chiplet’s 1st birthday (where he was a bit of a grump to be honest) and we noticed that it is getting more complicated to fit everyone in so decided to head off somewhere for the next ‘Do’. Our criteria was to find an 8 bedroom house with a pub within walking distance, that was around 2 hours drive maximum for all of us. After a fairly exhaustive search on a couple of sites, we booked with Sally’s Cottages.
The site was very easy to use and the cottages were just stunning – most of the ones we were looking at were not so much cottages to be honest!
We settled on Far Moor End in Ennerdale Bridge. It looked perfect for us, plenty of big bedrooms, its own 22 acre land and a village, pub and lake in walking distance.
We were met there by the caretaker Jan, who showed us around with enthusiasm and wit – he took a shine to Chiplet, which was useful for me and my Dad to give us chance unload our mammoth food shopping.
The rest of the gang arrived throughout the afternoon and evening in dribs and drabs. My husband and brother cycled from Penrith to Ennerdale Bridge, my sister and her kids and their partners car-shared from Cheshire, my brother-in-law came from Liverpool, my other sister and brother-in-law rocked up on their Harley – we were quite the motley crew!
From the moment we got there, Chiplet was in his element – he thought he had got a new pad and was running all over the place in no time. He had his own cot and high chair (provided) and settled really well in his bedroom (which was the Haystacks room) adjacent to ours in a slightly separate annex. Unfortunately, his sleep regression had us up at 5.00am every morning, but with views like the ones from the terrace, it was bearable!
The house had its own collection of books, board games, table tennis, music balcony, games room and woodland, so there was just heaps to do. Ennerdale Water was about 15 minute walk and had a lovely little beach to skim stones from.
We discovered that the river running past the house from the lake had freshwater mussels in it which had pearls in them… sadly we only found empty shells on the shores of the river in the property 😦
We did most of our own meals and lunches but the local pub we chose for Sunday lunch (the Shepherd’s Arms) could not be faulted on the food – hot, delicious and reasonably priced. Their beer garden overlooks a beck with eels in it which was quite fascinating.
Chiplet loved the geese (real and statue versions) and had quite a few naps in his backpack carrier as well as ALOT of attention from his adoring family. The Boy and I got a chance to walk to the lake with cheese, biscuits and a bottle of wine, whilst we had babysitters on tap – although it was a little windy.
At the end of the weekend, we didn’t want to leave and would certainly think about revisiting and definitely using Sally’s Cottages to book again. The house was perfectly equipped and clean with every mod-con you could need as well as a real log fire and lots of hot water.
You can find out more on the Sally’s Cottage website – www.sallyscottages.co.uk
Disclaimer: I was not paid or sponsored to write this post and views are all my own