The Badger Sett - a child friendly cottage in The Lakes
Child friendly cottage, Lake District & Cumbria – Newlands, Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria
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About The Badger Sett - a child friendly cottage in The Lakes
As parents themselves the owners of The Badger Sett have made their holiday cottage as child friendly as possible. Luxuriously furnished with a blend of funky modern, retro chic and antique furniture it's parent friendly too! For parents with babies there is a cot, high chair, night lights and baby monitor. For toddlers and younger children a selection of books, toys and games and for older children a Wii, dvd library and selection of games. The safe enclosed garden is great for children of any age. Naturally you have all the wonders of The Lakes to explore as you choose. Be quick this one will go fast…
Our independent review coming soon - meanwhile read what Dom has to tell you:
The Badger Sett is a tranquil hideaway located in the unspoilt north-eastern corner of the Lake District National Park and is our home-from-home. We use it as often as we can (with our two children and well behaved dog). In between times we invite you to come and enjoy it too. We want to make you feel at home and aim to provide the highest quality of facilities, fittings and service. As parents we know how important it is to find accommodation where your children will be as happy and relaxed as you are.
Since buying The Badger Sett in late 2010 we've completely remodeled and refurbished the cottage to make it in to the stylish, spacious and extremely relaxing place that it is today. Built around a 200 year old barn with modern extensions to either side, the cottage is all on one level (so no stairs to worry about) and the safe, enclosed garden make it ideal for families with children.
The cottage sits in its own grounds with beautiful views across the valley and is approached via a gated driveway from a very quiet country lane. There is an outside dining area with BBQ, parking for up to three cars and a tap for washing muddy bikes and boots. The nearest house is the farm across the lane and the only neighbours you're likely to meet are the inquisitive and friendly bullocks who live in the field next door.
Inside is luxuriously furnished with a harmonious blend of funky modern, retro chic and antique furniture. The L-shaped living and dining room has a lovely aspect with sliding glass doors opening on to the garden. The 42" TV has all the Freeview channels and there's a Wii, a surround-sound system and dvd player as well as an extensive collection of dvds and board games to suit all ages. If you'd rather relax with a good book (or map!) then there's a selection of those too. The three large bedrooms comfortably sleep 6. The Garden Bedroom is in the old part of the house and features exposed beams and stonework. There's a sumptuous king-size bed, French windows to the garden, a wood-burning stove and a TV/DVD player - the perfect room to retreat to when the kids get too much! The Swallows Bedroom also has a king-size double bed and has lovely rural views across fields. The Squirrels Bedroom shares the same views and has two single divans as well as a cupboard full of children's toys, books and games. Our bespoke kitchen is in the old part of the house and has all the mod cons you would expect and there are two bathrooms so you shouldn't have to queue in the morning. For families with infants we provide a cot, high-chair, nightlights and a baby monitor. There's also free wifi if you find it impossible to leave work behind or you have teenagers suffering from facebook withdrawal. Full details of all the facilities at the cottage can be found on our website.
The picturesque Lakeland village of Hesket Newmarket is just a one mile stroll down a peaceful country lane. The village boasts just one shop (who will prepare an arrival hamper on request), a tearoom and a very good pub. The Old Crown was Britain's first co-operatively owned pub and boasts its own micro-brewery. It's very child-friendly and is as close to the perfect English pub as you'll find anywhere. Across the green from the pub is a very pretty children's playground with views across the valley. The remote Caldbeck Fells are on the doorstep and provide fantastic opportunities for walking and mountain biking and The Caldew River which runs through the valley is excellent for canoeing, lazy picnics and paddling. If you prefer more hustle and bustle the popular market town of Keswick (arguably the outdoor capital of the UK) is just a 25 minute drive away whilst the beautiful Ullswater lies 15 miles to the south.
We know that sometimes children can be less enthusiastic about the prospect of a long day in the hills but there's lots to do in the area to keep them entertained - ours love Go Ape! at Whinlatter, taking the Steamer on Ullswater, riding ponies at Rookin House and kayaking on Derwent Water. On rainy days The Rheged Centre is popular with smaller children and we thoroughly recommend Tullie House Museum in Carlisle for some great interactive exhibits. The coast is less than an hour's drive and whilst The Lake District isn't know for its beaches there are some lovely spots like St Bees which are great for beachcombing and paddling.
The Badger Sett is where we go on holiday with our kids and they love it - yours will too!
Terms & conditions
A non-refundable deposit of £150 is payable when booking, unless you are booking within eight weeks of the start of your holiday, in which case the whole cost is payable. We will send you a confirmation, by post or email, upon receipt of this deposit. The balance of the cost of the holiday is due 8 weeks before you arrive, together with a Damage Deposit (see below). Non-payment of the balance of the rental on or before the due date shall be construed as a cancellation of the contract by the customer. Payment should be made by bank transfer. Account details will be made available at the time of booking.
Damage Deposit —
A Damage Deposit of £150.00 is taken at the time of booking. This is held to cover any costs of repairs, replacements or additional cleaning charges if the property is left in an unsatisfactory condition, this includes evidence that pets have been allowed on to any of the furniture or in the bedrooms. The clients are responsible for the property and its contents and so if the client finds any damage on arrival the client should inform us immediately so that steps can be taken to rectify this. Also on departure all damages/breakages/losses should be reported to us. The Damage Deposit usually covers all breakages/damages/losses but the client will be liable for any costs incurred over and above the Damage Deposit limit. If there are no such costs, the Damage Deposit will be returned within 14 days of the end of the rental period.
Check in & out
The cottage will be available from 4pm on the day of your arrival, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
We require that you vacate the cottage by 10.30am on the morning of your departure. We ask that you leave the property in a clean and tidy condition, including correct disposal of rubbish/waste for recycling and disposal of dog mess from the gardens.
If the booking is cancelled within 4 weeks before the arrival date, the entire rental fee will be due and no refund will be given. For cancellations made between 4 and 8 weeks before the arrival date, 50% rental fee will be refunded. For cancellations made more than 8 weeks before the arrival date, a full refund will be given (excluding the non-refundable deposit of £150). Please note, that if you cancel but we succeed in re-letting the cottage for the same period we will refund any such rentals received less £100 administration fee. For these reasons we strongly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance for your holiday. We cannot accept liability or responsibility for any alterations, delay or cancellation or any other loss or damage caused by war, civil strife, terrorist action, industrial disputes, fire, sickness, bad weather, epidemics, acts of any government, or public authority, changes imposed by re-scheduling of airlines or any event outside our control.
Non-Availability of Cottage as Booked —
If for any reason beyond our control (e.g. fire damage) the property is not available on the date booked, all deposits and rental down payments will be refunded in full but you will have no further claim.
We do not accept responsibility for injury to persons or loss/damage to possessions unless caused by proven negligent act or omission of ourselves, our employees or contractors, or agents of the same, whilst acting in the course of their employment. This includes loss or damage to vehicles and their contents, and to the personal possessions you bring with you.
Should you find any faults or have any complaints during your stay, please advise us immediately so that any appropriate action can be taken. In the case of a serious problem please confirm this in writing.
Number of Persons in the Property —
The number of persons occupying the property must not exceed 6 (plus baby). We reserves the right to refuse entry to the entire party if this condition is not observed.
Well behaved house-trained dogs are welcome, but are not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms. A surcharge of £25/week is payable.
The Badger Sett is strictly NO SMOKING. There is a £50 additional deodorising/cleaning charge if smoking is detected in the rental property.
A landline telephone is provided free-of-charge. However we operate a fair use policy and reserve the right to charge for all call costs over and above £10 in any one week.
Wi-fi is provided free-of-charge. However we operate a fair use policy and reserve the right to charge £5 per 5gb used if usage exceeds 15gb in any one week.
Right of Entry —
We and/or our agents shall be allowed the right of entry to the property at all reasonable times for the purpose of inspection or to carry out any necessary repairs or maintenance.
For further information about our Terms & Conditions please contact us on 07974 086275.
Nothing in these conditions affects your normal statutory rights.
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