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Halecat House

Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Dog Friendly
Nestled in the gorgeous Witherslack Estate, this breathtaking property is ideal for families or groups eager to explore the Lake District's majestic fells and local wildlife. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Lake District while taking advantage of all it has to offer!
This unique family house accommodates up to 8 adults plus Children in four spacious bedrooms, two of which are en-suite - The additional z-beds + bedding can be provided to accommodate more guests, plus cots are available.
The house is for your exclusive use.

This late Georgian home is filled with beautiful features, many of which are original to maintain the house's charm, and most windows look out to stunning views of Arnside Knott and Grange-over-Sands. Its unparalleled grandeur comes from its history; Witherslack Manor was bestowed upon Thomas Stanley, the 1st Earl of Derby, in 1487. Halecat House was built in the mid-19th century and has been carefully preserved by The Stanley family ever since, allowing you to experience its one-of-a-kind charm like never before!

As you enter the property from the gravel parking area through the grand entrance, you'll be in awe by the double-height ceiling, grand staircase and the great library of books underneath.

Leading off the hallway is the kitchen, which is a bright and airy room, thanks to the vast sash window. The kitchen comprises modern amenities such as a dishwasher, microwave, and fridge-freezer - You'll have no trouble cooking up a family meal. Alternatively, please speak to us about arranging outside caterers for a special event.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the enormous dining room with a banquet-style table set up with chairs. This room benefits from sweeping views of the garden, fells and the bay beyond - it's pretty breathtaking!

After a day out exploring all the area has to offer, relax in the sitting room in the evenings, complete with an open fire, comfy sofas, and a flatscreen Freeview TV & DVD combination. Guests can access the garden via the bay windows leading out onto the terrace area!

You have four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is also a laundry room with a washing machine and ironing facilities. The family bathroom has a shower over the bath and a toilet.

Double bedroom with a double bed. The sizeable king-size bedroom has a sofa and dual-aspect windows with views of the garden. There is a further king bedroom with a sofa, dressing table, views of the garden, estuary bay and fells. Both king-size double bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom with a bath and WC. The twin bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a cast iron bath, WC and full-length Georgian window offering views of the garden.

The outdoor space is extraordinary indeed - imagine a warm summer's day, you're sat out on the terrace admiring the views, the BBQ is alight, and the kids are playing on the lawn; a game of cricket perhaps - a perfect family holiday. Halecat House has gorgeous flowerbeds, a damson orchard, and a listed gazebo/summerhouse.
Dogs Permitted Dogs Permitted
EV Charge Point EV Charge Point
Pub within 1 Mile Pub within 1 Mile
Log Burner / Fireplace Log Burner / Fireplace
Wireless Internet Wireless Internet
Family Friendly Family Friendly
Garden / Patio Garden / Patio
Parking Parking
Bed Linen Provided Bed Linen Provided
Towels Provided Towels Provided
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Dishwasher Dishwasher
Baby and Toddler Friendly Baby and Toddler Friendly
Contactless Check-in Contactless Check-in
Walks nearby Walks nearby


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Take a closer look at Halecat House

Ground Floor:
  • Entrance lobby, with a beautiful mosaic floor, leads into the grand central hallway, with a double-height ceiling and wooden floors. Extensive library of books under the stairs.
  • Kitchen facilities include an electric 6-plate hob, a double oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, a fridge, a freezer (an additional chest freezer is available), and lots of cupboard storage. A casual dining table is in the centre of the kitchen.
  • Living room with plenty of comfy sofa seating, open fire with wood provided, Freeview TV & DVD player. Piano for entertainment. Bay window doors lead out to the terrace and the garden.
  • Dining room with a sizeable banquet-style table, seating up to 15 people, and lots of natural light through the large sash windows.
  • Extra children are welcome
First Floor:
  • Bedroom 1 - King-size double bed, two-seat sofa, feature decorative fireplace, en-suite bathroom with the original cast iron bath and original toilet, "with a magnificent view, from the loo"!
  • Bedroom 2 - King-size double bed, two-seat sofa, feature decorative fireplace, en-suite bathroom with the original cast iron bath and original toilet.
  • Bedroom 3 - Double bed bedroom. Zip and link can be a twin or double
  • Bedroom 4 - Twin bedroom.
  • House bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and toilet.
  • Utility room with washing machine & iron.
  • Large enclosed garden with an expansive lawn area, an orchard and a gazebo. Paved terrace area with garden furniture & stone-built BBQ.
  • Ample off-road parking at the front of the house.
  • Derby Arms Pub & an excellent community shop are within walking distance from the house.
This unique family house accommodates up to 8 adults plus Children in four spacious bedrooms, two of which are en-suite - The additional z-beds + bedding can be provided to accommodate more guests, plus cots are available.
  • The house is for your exclusive use, a great family house.
  • Bed linen, towels, services, firewood and WiFi are included in the rent.
  • Up to two well-behaved dogs are allowed (£20 each per stay).
  • Arrival time: 17:00 | Departure Time: 10:00
  • Short breaks are welcome in the low and mid-season, arriving on a Monday or a Friday. Weekly stays from a Friday.
  • A £200 Refundable security deposit is payable with your balance payment.
  • 7Kw EV Charger Available - Honesty box provided.
  • Due to the property's inclusion in Historic Houses. 
  • Very child-friendly extra z-beds and cots available. 

About the location

Witherslack is a beautiful village in South East Cumbria, easily accessible from the M6 Motorway.

On the grounds of the Witherslack Estate are artisan's workshops with lots of creative delights and a garden centre. Alternatively, within walking distance of Halecat House is the Derby Arms pub, serving a great selection of drinks and excellent food. The local community shop is well stocked with local produce and essential items; however, if you fancy exploring the wider, nearby to Withserslack is the picturesque Victorian resort of Grange Over Sands (6 miles), offering stunning views of Morecambe Bay and plenty of activities for visitors. Take a stroll along the Promenade or beyond, explore the town's local attractions, browse the independent food shops and boutiques, or wander through one of the many gardens that grace this area.

Also nearby is the quaint village of Cartmel (7 Miles), home to Cartmel Racecourse and, let's not forget, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. Cartmel is also well known for L'Enclume Restaurant, Simon Rogan's three-Michelin-starred eatery!

Suppose you fancy a boat trip, head to Lakeside at Newby Bridge (9 miles), where you can hop onboard one of the Windermere Lake Cruises and sail north to Bowness, Brockhole, and Ambleside. The circular service allows you to hop on and off at each location to explore. There's a large car park so you can leave the car for the day.

The bustling streets of Kendal are full of quaint shops to explore during your stay, as well as museums and the popular cinema at the Brewery Arts Centre. On the last Friday of the month, Kendal hosts the Farmers Market, where you will find local food products from the local area.

All these towns provide great opportunities to take in local culture while exploring everything Cumbria offers!
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