Stunning Sedbergh and Settlebeck Cottage

4 July 2015

Nestled under the Howgills Fells on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, the pretty market town of Sedbergh provides the ideal base for a relaxing holiday.  The village is only 30 minutes away from Windermere and lies on The Dales Way and the Cumbria Cycle Route.

The village is dominated by the renowned Sedbergh School which was founded in 1525.  The school excels in sports and the pupils enjoy fantastic opportunities from fell running and ghyll scrambling to playing for the famous rugby team.

The village centre has all amenities including a chemist, butcher, greengrocer, florist , hardware store and old fashioned sweet shop !  The open air market which dates back to the 13th Century, takes place every Wednesday.  More recently, Sedbergh has become known as England’s Book Town and several shops are devoted to rare and antique books. A new gift shop at No 6 is a great place to browse for gifts , home furnishings and jewellery whilst Main Street Gallery has a wonderful collection of prints and original paintings by local and national artists.

The village is also home to The Bath House, makers of natural and organic toiletries, which we supply for the use of guests in all our cottages.

There are many cafes in Sedbergh, but the Three Hares Cafe on Main Street is the newest.  In October 2014, the owners James Ratcliffe and his German born wife, Nina, opened the cafe and small bakery, bringing bread making back into Sedbergh for the first time in years.

The Dalesman Inn offers fine food in a traditional and friendly environment.  As Sedbergh’s only free house, they have a changing range of cask ales in five pumps.  Popular favourites include Timothy Taylor, Old Speckled Hen and Black Sheep.  The food menu changes with the seasons and where possible, the ingredients are sourced locally.

Settlebeck Cottage, our four star Gold cottage is located in a former 18th century workhouse on the outskirts of the village. Sleeping four, this lovingly restored cottage is a perfect base from which to explore this lovely area.  A short walk down the lane lies the river, and the village centre is only a few minutes away.  We recommend Settlebeck Cottage for couples and families with small children.  It really is a lovely place to stay!

If Settlebeck Cottage isn't right for you we have a fantastic selection of holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales and nearby Lake District for you to choose from, including larger family cottages, and large group accommodation and romantic holiday cottages for couples.

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