ABOUT SUNRISE COTTAGE
We aim to make your stay in Sunrise Cottage as comfortable as possible. When you arrive you will find milk in the fridge and tea, coffee and home baking ready so that you can relax after your journey - either in the garden if the weather is good or by the fire if it's cold.
Sunrise Cottage has two bedrooms, the main one upstairs with a large four poster bed. This room leads into the Jack and Jill family bathroom.
Downstairs a twin bedroom with old stone features leads off the lounge. This is served by the downstairs shower room with a toilet and handbasin.
There is also a put-you-up bed for a fifth small person and a high chair and a cot are available.
The front door leads into the lounge with multi-burner stove, television, DVD, games and books. (The twin bedroom and kitchen lead off the lounge.)
The kitchen/dining room is well equipped with electric cooker, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher and leads into a small lobby where there are racks for outdoor shoes and a barbecue is stored. The dining table is situated under the window with a panoramic view of the Nent Valley.
Leading off the kitchen is a small hallway giving access to the sauna which is a lovely way to relax your muscles after a long day's walking or cycling. Next door to the sauna is the downstairs shower room.
Outside there is an enclosed, sloping garden which faces east and south and has spectacular views over the valley to Nenthead. This is mainly laid to grass and immature trees and has a patio area with seating at the top.
Well behaved dogs are welcome. Up to two medium sized dogs (or one large) are allowed at an additional charge, but not upstairs or in the downstairs bedroom or left unattended. Please ask about dogs at the time of booking.
Wifi is available in the twin bedroom but, due to the location, it is not fast! There is a selection of local information in the lounge and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the area.
Sunrise Cottage was constructed at least 200 years ago and parts are much older. It has some features of a bastle house (a defensive building against reivers from both sides of the border). Larger structures attached to richer farms were called piel (peel, peal) towers. In both cases the walls were stout with few openings, the livestock were locked in the ground floor and the living accommodation was on the first floor, accessed by a wooden ladder which could be pulled up if attacked.
Attached to Sunrise was a similar and much later (but not defensive) structure, plus a barn. In 2006 both these latter buildings were converted into a house (Valley View) which is where the current owners (John and Pippa) live.