“Tucked away in a corner of the walled garden is the two storey stone Gardener’s Cottage.”
The entrance to the cottage is from the garden, a delightful separately landscaped area with paths leading off to various points in the garden. You can drive down to the cottage; once there you are in perfect seclusion!
Entering the cottage, your eye is immediately drawn to the fireplace. The chimney runs up one corner of the room with a pine surround set in the middle. A stone hearth set with old fire tongs for you to tend the real peat fire. To the right is the period kitchen, complete with oven, refrigerator and hob. So for a B&B stay you can go self catering or join us five minutes walk away in the main house for breakfast and dinner.
A cosy sofa and armchair are positioned around the fireplace – somewhere comfortable to collapse into after a long walk. An elm settle and table provide a rural setting by the windows.
The spiral stairs take you up to the bedroom and ensuite bathroom. From the bedroom you get views to the lake and into the garden. The large bed with its soft pillows and duvet provide a wonderful night’s sleep, but it is the peace and quiet you notice the most. You wake up with the sun streaming in and the birds singing. Open the windows and in streams the fresh country air.
Allowed to go to ruin with the rest of the garden, the Cottage was finally restored in 2005. A major undertaking that was sensitively carried out to ensure the cottage remained at one with the rest of the garden. The windows and doors are exact reproductions of the originals – sadly the originals had rotted too much to be saved, but were used by the craftsmen to faithfully recreate the intricate trellis detail.
You wake up with the sun streaming in and the birds singing. Open the windows and in streams the fresh country air.