Be greeted by the duck pond upon arrival
Open lounge area with modern touches
Sit back and relax in front of the contemporary LED fire
Plenty of unique art pieces
Time to relax
Kitchen area with dining table
Double bedroom
Perfect for a restful nights sleep
Shower room
Exposed beams add to the character
Sit back and relax
Relax in the small sunny courtyard with the welcome addition of a feature fountain
1 / 12  Be greeted by the duck pond upon arrival
2 / 12  Open lounge area with modern touches
3 / 12  Sit back and relax in front of the contemporary LED fire
4 / 12  Plenty of unique art pieces
5 / 12  Time to relax
6 / 12  Kitchen area with dining table
7 / 12  Double bedroom
8 / 12  Perfect for a restful nights sleep
9 / 12  Shower room
10 / 12  Exposed beams add to the character
11 / 12  Sit back and relax
12 / 12  Relax in the small sunny courtyard with the welcome addition of a feature fountain

Ducklings Retreat

Cartmel, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A charming apartment tucked away in a beautiful Lakeland village
  • An ideal spot for a romantic getaway
  • Perfect for exploring the South Lakelands
  • Easy access for the popular Cartmel Races
  • Just a short drive from Lake Windermere
  • The perfect tranquil retreat for a honeymoon
  • A superb holiday retreat which has been recognised by Visit England with a 5 star rating
Property code: LCC14

Nestling in the heart of a picturesque and welcoming park, this cosy and chic Lakeland retreat is a perfect destination for summer holidays or all year round romantic weekend breaks.

This delightful property lies just under a mile from the lovely village of Cartmel, which is located on the beautiful Cartmel Peninsula, and boasts stunning views, ancient buildings, an impressive medieval priory as well as a selection of fine pubs and restaurants, complimented by local food and artisan shops. There are many wonderful local walks, notable destinations include Hampsfell and Eggerslack Wood, a limestone fell and ancient woodland offering panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains, and where in spring the woodland is carpeted in bluebells. The village is only twelve miles from the foot of Lake Windermere and from here it is easy to explore wider areas of the National Park.

On entering this lovely property from the sunny shared courtyard, you enter a communal hall with stairs leading up to the first floor and the property. The entrance hall leads you into the spacious and welcoming open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. The cosy lounge is beautifully furnished, a perfect space to tuck up with the latest best seller or take in a movie on the Smart TV. The ambience is enhanced by a Gazco LED inset fire. You will also find a charming dining area before moving into the attractively designed kitchen which is fully equipped with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee cafetiere, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Exploring further, the comfy double bedroom is beautifully furnished, and the shower room features a walk-in rainfall shower and WC and benefits from underfloor heating.

Stepping outside you will find the shared area around the duck pond. Here you can sit with a glass of Prosseco on a warm summer night and watch the coming and goings of pond life. The enclosed sunny courtyard overlooking the little fountain feature also offers the opportunity to sit out and relax.


Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • Part of a complex of properties
  • 1 bedroom - double
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Smart TV with Amazon Video, Bang and Olufsen bluetooth and audio docking system
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Private parking for 1 car near to the property with additional parking available on site
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Dual controllable night storage heating
  • Regret no pets or children
  • Please note: the pond to the rear of the property is public and not fenced
  • Shops and pub 1 mile

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 26 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Aidan 7th June 2019

One of the best self catering facilities we've stayed in, everything we needed, very peaceful, friendly staff, very clean.

Reviewed by Andrew 27th May 2019

A lovely cottage in a lovely location. It is a little further than the advertised walk to the village & pubs & restaurants. There is a footpath across the fields that would be no good in bad weather otherwise you have to walk along a rather busy road with no footpath.

Reviewed by William 17th May 2019

Ducklings Retreat- Lovely place to stay... bit out of way if you are not mobile as walk to village is along a road with no pavements or you can go by fields... really though it is a lovely cottage and very peaceful location

Reviewed by David 16th November 2018

Beautifully apartment, well appointed and kitted out, in secluded countryside but not far from local town, restaurants, shops etc. Ideal location.

Reviewed by Sean 14th September 2018

Very quiet location just what we were looking for .Cartmel is a lovely village great pubs and selection of shops would definitely stay in this area again.Very comfortable cottage and well equipped.

Reviewed by David and Denise; North Yorkshire August 2018

What a wonderful little cottage out in the countryside. Very pleasant accomodation with all you could need for a quiet holiday. Nice touch upon arrival 'Prosecco'

Reviewed by James 6th August 2018

Lovely location, really well decorated and perfect for a week away for a couple. All amenities are within a 10min walk and there is plenty to see and do all within a 15 min drive. Couldnt recommend it more!

Reviewed by Gordon and Kathleen; Scotland July 2018

Lovely apartment, Cartmel quaint and also beautiful. We have enjoyed our week here and will no doubt return at some point - Love the Lake District.

Reviewed by Adam and Vanessa; Manchester July 2018

Thank you for a wonderful week! We have had a brillaint time staying in Ducklings Retreat. It is so clean and cosy and had everything we needed. The warden and his wife were so helpful and accomodating! We've spent the week exploring the lakes, canoeing, walking and having lots of coffees at cute little coffee shops - Esquires in Ambleside was our Read morefavourite. We loved visiting Tarn Hows - such a beautiful place! We wandered down to the pub in Cartmel a few times - the staff were lovely and kind. We've had the best week and don't want to go home. Hide

Reviewed by Lucy and Ollie June 2018

We have had another perfect weekend at Ducklings! The sun has shone and we have celebrated Ollie's birthday drinking in Unsworth Yard to live music at Cartmel Rocks. As always, we dont want to leave! Thank you. x

Reviewed by Paul February 2017

We had a wonderful time in the lakes and felt very at home at Ducklings retreat. It is a lovely apartment. We are hoping to rebook for a little later in the year and see the lakes in a different season.

Reviewed by Jack & Lisa-Marie January 2017

This is our second stay at Ducklings retreat, as a wedding gift we got married last week! We returned as husband and wife having stayed here the weekend we got engaged in October 2014, so Ducklings Retreat holds a very special place in our hearts! Another excellent stay; dining in Porto in Bowness was a particular highlight (another wedding presenRead moret!) as was the sticky toffee pudding in the Cartmel sticky toffee shop. Thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Rose & Jon December 2016

A return visit to Ducklings Retreat and seeing family such a lovely retreat' to stay in, with everything you could need, and so beautifully appointed, and so restful too! Many thanks.

Reviewed by Sheila & John October 2016

Ducklings Retreat is a wonderful warm, comfortable and cost place. Very well equipped and fantastic shower. Great parking! Thanks very much.

Reviewed by Jo & Emi September 2016

What a beautiful and comfortable place to stay. People very friendly. Really enjoyed our walks in the local area, particularly to Hampsfell and the hospice wonderful 360-degree views. It was a joy to visit an area where little or no litter was left to spoil the beautiful countryside. I'd recommend this lovely place to everyone.

Reviewed by Elizabeth & Thomas August 2016

We have stayed at many cottages in the lakes and Ducklings Retreat is by far out favourite. The owners have gone the extra mile to reassure maximum comfort. The welcome Prosecco is a lovely touch. Thank you!

Reviewed by Tracy February 2016

What a truly fantastic apartment! Visiting friends dotted around the Lakes and this was the perfect base.Having worked in the hotel industry for many years i've spent many nights in hotel rooms etc. but Duckling's Retreat is something else! It feels like a home from home and EVERYTHING has been thought of.I've fallen in love with the bedroom so mucRead moreh i'm going home to redecorate. Hide

Reviewed by Pam and Graeme February 2016

Perfect apartment. Ticks all the boxes and a lovely place to come back to. Have stayed in Cartmel before and the inns are consistently good, but surprised by the quality and service next door in the Aynsome Manor Hotel. A real gem right on the doorstep literally.

Reviewed by Clare and Jo December 2015

We have had the most fantastic Christmas here!The rain was lashing down this week, but the flat was lovely and cosy.We loved all the yummy places to eat in Cartmel and think the flat is the perfect countryside retreat.

Reviewed by Paul and Dinah July 2015

We really enjoyed our stay at Ducklings Retreat. Very comfortable and stylish. Ideal base to explore the Southern Lakes not too far from the Northern Lakes either!

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