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Lonsdale Villa Retreat

Sleeps 18
Bedrooms 9
Dog Friendly
Lonsdale Villa Retreat blew us away - it's absolutely gorgeous! Positioned on the hillside above Penrith Town Centre, this 7-bedroom house with the adjoining lodge sits within its own private 3/4 acre grounds with established gardens, and it offers guests a truly unique experience.

The House:

Spanning three floors, each room of this fabulous house has been creatively decorated, ranging from calming pastels in one room to a dungeonesque theme in another - it really is quite something to behold, but utterly fabulous!

The ground floor comprises the central hallway and a grand wooden staircase. Leading off from the central hall is the Drawing Room with comfy sofa seating, mullioned windows and a lovely woodburning fire set in the original fireplace. The cosy snug also benefits from a bar and wood-burning fire, an ideal room to relax in peace with a good book. Finally, the heart of the house is the kitchen with four ovens, two dishwashers and the beautiful handmade wooden kitchen island to congregate around and discuss the day's activities while cooking a homely meal; better yet, why not arrange a private chef to come in a do the catering for you!

Moving to the first floor, you have three suites: Helvellyn, The Langdales and Honistor; each suite has been uniquely decorated and has en suite facilities. The Langdales also has an adjoining sitting room (Little Langdale), which can be used as a child's bedroom.

The top floor of the house is The Loft, with four more bedrooms and a spacious living room; this floor is ideal for the younger generation to enjoy the awesome sound system or perhaps stream films on the 50" curved screen Samson TV!

The established gardens are equally special, with views looking over Kendal to the fells beyond. The large patio has lots of outdoor furniture and two gas BBQs for guests to use. The hot tub is undercover and available year-round.

The Hermitage Lodge:

The Hermitage is a self-contained two-bedroom lodge with wooden decking and a hot tub that sits on the beautiful grounds of the Retreat.

Tucked under a large Beech tree and surrounded by shrubbery and flowers, the lodge and the wooden decking are a sanctuary for relaxation, perhaps with a good book and a G&T or simply admiring the views over Penrith to the fells beyond.

The lodge is all on one level, so it's perfect for guests with limited mobility; the interior is beautifully decorated and comprises two bedrooms, one of which is double and the other a twin/single with luxury 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding. A shower room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining area and a living area with comfy sofa seating, a TV with Sky Satellite channels, a music system and an Alexa speaker.

To the rear of the lodge, in a secluded area under the trees, is the 3-person Jacuzzi as well as a hot outside shower, again a great place to relax, having a drink from the outside bar. With the soft lighting glowing and the warm water relaxing you into the secluded embrace of this oasis of calm, it’s a haven you will not want to leave.

Lonsdale Villa Retreat offers everything you could need for a family holiday, a getaway with friends or even a business away-stay with colleagues.
Dogs Permitted Dogs Permitted
Hot Tub Hot Tub
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
Tumble Dryer Tumble Dryer
Dishwasher Dishwasher
Baby and Toddler Friendly Baby and Toddler Friendly
Walks nearby Walks nearby
Sleeps 10+ Sleeps 10+


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Ground Floor:
  • The Drawing Room - Curl up in front of a roaring fire and gaze out at the spectacular view of the mountains! This room gives you everything you need to rest and recuperate. The soft, comfy sofas, 50” TV with Sky satellite and all digital streaming platforms you could want at your fingertips. The perfect way to while away the hours.
  • The Dining Room - This majestic room is capable of seating 18 around 1 table or 12 and 6 on two tables in front of a huge log-burning stove and blue tooth sound system. The large serving table, hot storage units and heated serving dishes enable you to cater for large groups, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. Every meal will be a delight in this beautiful setting. The 50’ TV with digital channels can also be linked to your phone or computer to enable you all to see the photos of the day and relive those special moments.
  • The Nook - Tucked away on the ground floor is the nook. Designed as a quiet space to either sit and listen to records on the 1950s record player or to just curl up with a book in front of the bespoke fireplace and log burner. A perfect place to find some ‘you’ time.
  • Lonsdale Kitchen - The kitchen at Lonsdale is bright, airy and well-appointed. When catering for large groups, the kitchen has 2 large ovens plus 2 small ovens, which also double up as microwaves. A large gas hob, 2 sinks and 2 dishwashers ensure a practical, efficient and ergo-dynamic space to create wonderful meals in for your friends and family, with an enormous central island topped with a solid oak river table perfect for catering for large groups.
  • The Nook - Located next to the kitchen and leading onto the front patio and the wonderful view of the mountains and the Lake District. The Nook is a small bar with a log burner and music system with a Karaoke option if feeling in the mood to sing! This is a small, intimate space ideal for a gathering before dinner whilst still close to those in the kitchen.
First Floor
  • Helvellyn - Like the mountain, Helvellyn is majestic! This palatial room is a place to indulge yourself and take time out to enjoy all this suite has to offer. The perfect place for that special occasion or simply to pamper yourself
  • The Langdales - This suit offers luxury and versatility. Either a double room with an adjoined sitting room or a double room with an adjoined children’s bedroom. The rooms are separated by the bathroom, giving you a luxury beyond your imagination.
  • Honister - This cosy room plays on your imagination! Cocooned and caressed by the sheer romance of the room, you simply will not want to leave! For those Harry Potter fans, there is also the joy of discovering the bathroom, which feasts on your imagination and is a firm favourite of all.
Second Floor
  • Glenridding - The largest of the top floor rooms is calming and welcoming with its heather and faun décor. This room can be set as either a Super King or Twin room with its original fireplace and comfy armchairs; it's definitely a place to relax. Take time to soak up the mountains and Penrith’s rooftops with this bird’s eye view!
  • Patterdale - Welcome to this special room with its rose-covered ceiling, which leads you to a treetop view of the garden. An original fireplace and tranquil colour scheme will whisk you off to sleep in a fairy tale setting. The room can either be laid out with a King size bed or two single beds.
  • Blencathra - This east-facing room captures the dappled morning sunlight as it stretches through the uppermost branches of Beecham, the majestic Beech tree. Its bold colours of Navy blue, grey and red complement the antique fireplace, porthole mirrors and original artwork from a local Cumbrian artist, Barry Baker. This large room can be set up as either a twin or a king-sized bed.
  • Gillside - Our final bedroom at Lonsdale is cosy and gentile with its silver and plum décor, arched metal bed and views out through the gigantic Magnolia tree that reaches up to the rooftop. Beyond the treetops, you can see past the grounds at Lonsdale, over the roofs of Penrith and beyond to the mountains in the Lake District. This room can be set up as a double bed with an extra single bed if needed.
  • The Loft Lounge - This room connects all bedrooms and bathrooms on the top floor. It provides a comfortable area to congregate and either listen to music on the quality sound system or snuggle up and watch a movie on the 50” curved screen Samson TV. The sideboard holds tea and coffee-making facilities, plus a small fridge and microwave to save your legs from having to go to the kitchen for refreshments!
  • Aira Force - This magical space will make you smile! Our gold and black bathroom with a ceiling of falling leaves is unique with its scarab mirror and Gerard the Giraffe looking down from the roof. The free-standing sink and extra large corner shower have been fitted to provide our guests with the utmost luxury whilst pampering themselves in this cocooned bathroom nestled in the eves of Lonsdale.
  • Calcutta Shower Room - Small but perfectly formed! The Calcutta shower room has a large walk-in shower cubicle with a copper rain shower to match the black and copper sink. It might be compact and bijoux, but no expense has been spared in the copper and black room with its soft lighting and modern fittings.
  • Click Here to view the house floor plan and bed arrangements.


All one level with a ramp from the gravel ground level to the decking and the lodge's front door.
  • Living room: Spacious yet cosy, with all you could want for entertainment at home. Sky and digital channels are available on the large TV, a music system with 2000 downloaded songs and an Alexa speaker.
  • Kitchen & Dining: Electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge, freezer, microwave, plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans.
  • Shower room: Walk-in shower cubicle with mains-plumbed shower, a toilet, basin and a heated towel rail.
  • Bedroom 1: Double bed with bedside tables, fitted cupboard storage and a sliding patio door.
  • Bedroom 2: Twin/single beds with fitted wardrobes.
  • Outside: Large wooden decking area, outside 3-person hot tub and hot shower.
  • Lonsdale Villa Retreat shares the grounds with the Hermitage Lodge - sleeps 4, which can be hired separately or in conjunction with the main house.
  • Dogs: 7 Well-behaved dogs are welcome. The first three dogs are free, and any additional dogs are charged at £30 per dog per stay. Please contact us to add additional dogs.
  • Noise Sensors: To comply with the planning permission requirements, Minut noise sensors are installed outside, which will alert the property owners of excessive noise. To avoid upsetting the neighbours, we respectfully ask guests to keep noise to a minimum, especially at night.
  • Parking: Space for up to six cars.
  • Bed linen, towels and services are included in the rent.
  • A £750 refundable damage deposit is payable seven days prior to arrival.

About the location

Lonsdale Villa has the benefit of an elevated position overlooking the market town of Penrith, yet only a 15-minute stroll to the town centre, where you will find a choice of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and pubs, including The Druid Arms, The Woolpack Inn or Dappers Bar.

The town is perfectly placed for exploring the north and the south lakes as well as the Yorkshire Dales, with excellent transport links. If you are travelling to the area by public transport, Penrth Train Station is situated on the Westcoast Mainline between London and Glasgow.

There is lots to do locally, including historic excursions to the historic ruins of the 14th-century Penrith Castle, Brougham Castle, Clifton Hall or the breathtaking Lowther Castle and Gardens and Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England), all just a short drive from the House.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element thanks to the abundance of walking, hiking and cycling trails on offer in the Lake District National Park. Head to Ullswater Lake to admire the Aira Force Waterfall or embark on Brae Fell, Great Mell Fell and Nethermost Pike hiking trails.
  • Ullswater 6 Miles
  • Keswick 17 miles
  • Carlisle 20 miles
  • Kendal 27 Miles
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