Short stay: The Green Cumbria, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, UK


Drive through fells, past drystone walls, and over stone bridges to reach The Green Cumbria, a trio of Visit England 5* Gold self-catering cottages.

This is a quiet Cumbrian corner of north west England, laced by fast-running sparkling water brooks. If tough weather is approaching, fell ponies come down from the heights to shelter by the hazel tree topped embankment that runs parallel to the beck. Red squirrels, flashes of rust and vermillion, flit through the trees. Located in classic dog-walking territory, The Green Cumbria is dog-friendly.

The Byre, The Carthouse and the The Haystore make up The Green’s high-end collection of country cottage style accommodation: rustic charm meets stylish photoshoot country living. Almost unbelievable that 15 years ago this site was a derelict Victorian stone barn. Finding The Green on a Cumbrian country ramble in 2020, Carly and Richard Duckworth bought the property.

They gave the home-from-home cottages a major refurbishment in 2021 and picked-up Cumbria Tourism’s runner-up award “New Tourism Business of the year” for 2022.

The welcome

Precisely a week before our booking begins an e-mail arrives giving us an entry code. Extensive directions, including a segment of the appropriate Ordinance Survey map, guide us through the last few miles of scenic single-track roads. A link to their Touchstay App which is a very detailed electronic property guide is also sent beforehand.

The list of what’s provided means that guests can quickly work out that they need to bring very little. Almost all of the essentials are provided. Butter, coffee, dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, loo roll, milk etc etc  … The luxury welcome pack is a delight and is all sourced from local producers….

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