Just off the main A595, signposted towards Whitehaven, but just outside of the town centre.
It's walking distance to Corkickle station for trains to St Bees and the start of Wainwright's coast to coast walk.
The six rooms, all named after local attractions, are traditional but with useful modern touches, such as a mini fridge, flat screen TV and a tea tray of fresh filter coffee.
I stayed in Corkickle, the largest room. It's a superior double room with chairs that can be transformed into beds for children and a large, wood-panelled bathroom. A window seat offers a great, sunshine-filled view over to Whitehaven harbour.
The Victorian residents' lounge is cosy with exposed wooden flooring and open fire.
The garden has decking and a gazebo for summer-evening gatherings.
Eating and drinking
There's no dinner – but the owners will advise on good places to eat in Whitehaven, just a 15-minute walk away.
The breakfast is a fine spread, ideal for walkers before tackling the trail, with a hearty cooked option and lots of fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Children are well catered for with boiled eggs and soldiers a common request.
Service is very personal and attentive with the two owners attending to all aspects of the guesthouse.
Who stays there
Walkers and families primarily but some business travellers in the week, attracted by free WiFi and easy-going ambience.
For Corkickle, add £10 per additional child bed.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Good base to explore a quiter part of the Lakes
- Home from home
- Good local knowledge
- A bit of a walk into Whitehaven for small children
- Parking across the road, then you need to move all bags up steep stairs