Location

Scawfell View is ideally placed for business travellers heading to Britain’s Energy Coast, and for tourists wanting to escape the busier side of the Lake District. Midway between the coastal villages of Seascale and Ravenglass it is a superb base for climbing, fell walking, canoeing and exploring with a wide range of adventure pastimes available on the doorstep.

David and Shelagh can advise on walking routes, the best places to eat and shop, and the best of the local beauty spots. There are delightful walks from the doorstep to the magnificent beach at Drigg, where rare natterjack toads and an amazing display of coastal flora can be seen amongst the dunes. The River Irt, with its ancient woodland, is home to salmon and sea trout, and if you’re very lucky you’ll spot an otter or a kingfisher. Wild orchids, hares, deer and red squirrels flourish in the fields, and the neighbouring Hallsenna Moor has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

The Eskdale and Wasdale valleys are just a short distance away, and the  beautiful Cumbrian Coast railway – with frequent visits by famous steam engines throughout the summer – is just a ten minute walk from the front door.

A trip along the coast in either direction brings spectacular views of Cumbria’s unspoilt beaches and lush coastal plains. To the north, the Georgian port of Whitehaven is a short distance by road or rail, and further along the coast is the border city of Carlisle.

A couple of miles south of Scawfell View lies the pretty coastal village of Ravenglass, where the Rivers Irt, Mite and Esk meet. There’s a Roman bath house, medieval castle, and the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, gateway to the upper Eskdale valley, with plenty of walks for all abilities.

Continue south to Barrow in Furness, where famous ocean liners were once launched; it’s now where Britain’s nuclear submarine fleet is built and the Barrow Dockyard Museum is well worth a visit.

Accommodation

The Old School House was built as the village school in 1823, and later became the Schoolmaster’s house in 1855, when a new school was built next door.  David and Shelagh have completely renovated this Georgian property to create a cosy, welcoming home with many original features and all modern conveniences.

Booking

If you're a member of Airbnb, you can book Room 1 or Room 2 directly up to six months in advance.

Alternatively, if you are not a member of Airbnb, want to discuss long-term bookings, or dates not covered by the Airbnb calendar, please contact us by email or by phone, and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Shelagh and David have done a beautiful renovation of a very old school house. Very upscale and comfortable. I especially appreciated the pillows and comfortable mattress. The bathroom is beautiful! They are very gracious hosts, directing us to a lovely beach walk and then to a great inn for dinner. The breakfast was delicious. They were very helpful finding a beautiful hike for us the next day. We highly recommend their place on the Lake District coast.

Richard & Kristen, New Hampshire