The Old Dairy
Published: Thursday 17th Mar 2016
Written by: Ann Woolley
The Old Dairy is a beautifully presented Grade II listed property for two people in the hamlet of Clappersgate, just over a mile from Ambleside. Ambleside is a pretty bustling town with plenty of choices of shops, restaurants, pubs and cinemas.
The cottage is part of the courtyard that served the original ‘big house’ of the Croft and has an interesting history. Originally built for a wealthy Victorian sugar merchant in the 1800s the manor house and surrounding buildings were used during the First World War for soldiers recuperating from the Dominions.
In the Second World War schoolchildren evacuees stayed and then the Croft was converted into hotel accommodation. Some the current residents still remember coming to the glamorous Croft Hotel when they were young when there was a bridge over to the gardens across the road to the banks of the river Brathay, river trips and picnics. After the 1980's the buildings were sold privately and the hotel was converted to apartments.
The Old Dairy retains its original character with a snug area up in the ‘hayloft’ for a quiet time reading a book. However the cottage has been completely refurbished with lovely details and pretty fabrics.
All modern conveniences are available such as underfloor heating, a chic bathroom and romantic high ceilinged bedroom. The country-styled kitchen has a new slate tiled floor and cheery hen-themed crockery, whilst the ceramic hall flooring is also a new addition this year.
This is a lovely cottage to spend a romantic holiday in the centre of the Lake District, close to all amenities but with everything you would need should you wish to stay ‘at home’ and relax.
You can find out more about this cottage here: The Old Dairy in Clappersgate.