Lovely 2 bedroom cottage on the edge of Wasdale. Sleeps up to 4. Stunning views.
Roz & Dave Goodman
About Roz & Dave Goodman
Roz and Dave have been coming to Wasdale for most of their lives and grabbed the opportunity to purchase Goosepen Cottage in 2015. Goosepen Cottage, and Hallflat Farm, is a very special place for us. Roz has been coming to Hallflat Farm on a regular basis for almost 40 years – from annual childhood family holidays in the slightly lesser comfort of a caravan, to more recent times in Goosepen - it has been a holiday cottage for over 20 years. We both know the area very well and are keen hikers – we've done most of the local peaks and Dave has led many a group of walkers up the Wasdale fells over the years. We look forward to welcoming you to this very special part of the Lake District and hope that you will love it as much as we do!
Roz & Dave Goodman purchased this Cottage in 2015
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Excellent accommodation in an equally excellent setting. Definitely a place we will be returning to for a holiday.
Very good attention to detail. Very clean and cosy. Clear communicators. Lovely region! We had a lovely time!
Wonderful cottage in a lovely peaceful area
Had a lovely stay celebrating New Year and a special Birthday. Cottage has everything you could need, including a hairdryer! I forgot mine! Fab local pub serving lovely food and a great little cafe nearby too! Lots to do in the area, beaches are fab for dogs. Definitely recommend a stay in this lovely cosy cottage.
We had a lovely time and enjoyed the comfort of the cottage and the lovely views from the sitting room and kitchen windows. The owners have been very thoughtful in their provision of equipment and kitchen utensils. It is a very useful base for exploring Eskdale, Wast Water and the nearby coast. There are lovely walks to be had and The Bridge Inn is warm and welcoming when you want to be refreshed after a day in the November fresh air. Parking two cars was a bit interesting but we managed and I found the low oven a little difficult but someone with well oiled hips wouldn't have a problem with it. The wood burning stove made sure that we kept warm on the cold evenings and provided a lovely feeling of comfort while we relaxed with a book or the Scrabble that was provided. The woodpeckers, chaffinches, jays and goldfinches kept us entertained at breakfast time - who could ask for more?
Hi Barbara, thank you for your review and we’re so glad you enjoyed your stay at Goosepen. Yes the local bird life here is wonderful, but I’m jealous of you seeing a woodpecker. The friendly Bridge Inn is a great asset to the area. Sorry you found the parking a little “interesting”, we regularly have two estate cars on the drive but the fencing can mean that newcomers might need to shuffle a couple of times to get the angle right at first. We really hope that we can welcome you back at Goosepen in the future. Take care, Roz and Dave.
We stayed for a week at Goosepen and throughly enjoyed it. Right from the start dealing with Roz and Dave was a pleasure and nothing was too much. The cottage itself has got heaps of character and is in a superb location for walks, pubs and general site seeing. It was fantatically equipped for a two bed and made us feel very comfortable.
We will definetly return.
The Goodmans (Oct 2017).
Lovely cosy cottage in a quiet corner of the Lake District
Goosepen cottage gave us a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Lake District . The cottage was very cosy and warm with plenty of hot water for baths following long walks in the fells . The Bridge Inn just down the road serves great meals and are very happy to have dogs in the bar and a very easy walk home even in the dark ! ! Roz and Dave were very helpful with the few requests we had .
Hallflat Farm is located in Wasdale, amongst the stunning scenery of the remote and uncommericalised Western Lake District. Wasdale boasts England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike), deepest lake (Wastwater), smallest church (St Olaf's, Wasdale Head) and Biggest Liar. The World's Biggest Liar is an annual competition held at our local pub, The Bridge Inn, and dates back to the 19th Century when a local landlord, Will Ritson, earned the title with his tall stories about the Wasdale area.
The view of Wasdale from Wastwater was voted 'Britain's Favourite View' by ITV viewers a few years back. Our gallery goes some way to show the dramatic beauty of Wasdale and the surrounding area, and we think this blog captures it very well. Click here for some stunning photos.
There are numerous walks in the area – from high fell walks up famous peaks such as Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Pillar, to valley walks and many others in between. An easy walk from Santon Bridge leads to the open fell above Wasdale and to the top of the famous Wastwater Screes (you can cheat and park up the road too if you want, cutting out a section of tarmac). Rivers and woodland abound, along with a good selection of country pubs. Most of the local pubs are dog friendly and allow man's best friend into the bar.
There are also plenty of non walking activities too – fishing, golf, riding and mountain bikes can all be found close by. The lovely neighbouring valley of Eskdale is home to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway – affectionately known as La'al Ratty – which gives a great day out with a journey from the sea to the heart of the hills. Muncaster Castle and Owl Centre is close by, and you can follow in the footsteps of the Romans at the ancient Hardknott Roman Fort. A little further afield you will find Wordsworth's birthplace in the market town of Cockermouth, Honister Slate mine (with a via Ferrata for the more adventurous) and South Lakes Safari Zoo. The nearest village is Gosforth (approx. 3 miles away) which has a small supermarket and bakery.
The larger Lakeland centres of Keswick, Coniston, Ambleside and Windermere can be reached for a day out too, with some stunning scenery en-route, but are far enough away for Wasdale and the surrounding area to retain it's unique charm.
We would be more than happy to chat with you about the area – we never tire of Wasdale and love to talk about it. It's our favourite view too and we hope you'll agree.