Eden Grove: your new favourite place in Cumbria (and the world)
Holiday lets in Cumbria just got even more appealing
Since 2020, Britons have been falling in love with our own country once again. While the trend for ‘staycations’ may have been driven by necessity, now we have rediscovered the attractions on our doorstep, it looks set to outlast the pandemic. And while many of us began by booking holiday cottages in a handful of well-known spots in Cornwall, Wales or the Lake District, we are getting increasingly adventurous, and seeking locations that are off the beaten track, but still within easy reach of one or more much-loved attractions. Therein lies the appeal of Eden Grove in Cumbria.
Eden Grove is a stunning new Residential Estates development in a beautiful if lesser known part of Cumbria. Picturesque in its own right, the Eden Valley is also surrounded by some of the UK’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty: the Lake District National Park to the west, the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the south and the North Pennines to the east. All are easily reachable from Eden Grove.
The development itself lies next to Bolton Village, on a hill overlooking the River Eden, which snakes north from the nearby market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, and then passes the larger town of Penrith before running through Carlisle on its way to the sea. Road and rail links mean all these places are just as accessible for those staying at Eden Grove.
Bolton Village itself offers a welcoming and recently refurbished family pub and restaurant in the New Crown Inn, while the stylish Bridge Bistro is a short drive away, and many more eateries and convenience stores can be found four miles to the south in Appleby. Eden River Café is a particular favourite. But the best thing about Eden Grove is that the whole region is your oyster.
The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and more…
A 40-minute drive takes you to Keswick in the heart of the Lake District, combining beautiful scenery with great shopping. You can even enjoy a dip in Derwentwater, followed by burgers, beers and cocktails at the fun and friendly Fellpack. Or head up to Ullswater and the stunning Aira Force waterfall. Or down to the lovely Grasmere, where you can visit William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage before lunch overlooking the River Rothay and St Oswald’s Church. And don’t forget to pick up some of the famous Grasmere ginger bread!
Alternatively, drive in the opposite direction to the austere beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, where there are a variety of wonderful scenic walks for those of all abilities, and you will find numerous warm and friendly country pubs set in stunning scenery. Or follow the River Eden north to Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall, walk along the ruins and visit one of several museums to steep yourself in ancient history while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
A Cumbria holiday cottage home from home
Wherever you go on your adventures, you will be glad to return to your home from home at Eden Grove. Whether you are staying in a one-bedroom apartment or a family home, you’ll enjoy elegant, traditional design combined with the modern luxury you’d expect in any state-of-the-art holiday lettings.
The development is set within the grounds of the former Eden Grove residential school, with the converted original school buildings joined by sympathetically designed new bungalows, all on a pleasingly human scale that fits perfectly into the natural environment. Inside, you will have everything you need for a comfortable self-catering stay, with a fully-equipped kitchen and a smart TV with apps in the comfortable lounge area – perfect for relaxing after a long walk in the countryside.
No doubt there are many other hidden gems to be discovered off the beaten track, up and down Great Britain, but Eden Grove sets a standard that will be hard to beat, and which all lovers of the British countryside – from Britain and beyond – will want to experience.