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Cartmel

Cartmel is a picturesque village in the southern Lake District and is an excellent base for exploring its quaint shops, historic Priory and Holker Hall and Gardens. Cartmel also appeals to food lovers, being the home of the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and delightful independent artisan shops.

The village has welcomed visitors from its early monastic days and continues the tradition today, especially during the summer racing season when the market square is the focus for lively socialising.
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Cartmel

Cartmel

Cartmel is a picturesque village in the southern Lake District and is an excellent base for exploring its quaint shops, historic Priory and Holker Hall and Gardens.
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Book Your Stay

 
The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Restaurant with Rooms with 7 rooms, £100-£135 pppnb, £70-£135 prpnb

High Dale Park Barn

High Dale Park Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £0-£698 pupw sleeps 2-6

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £78-£88 prpnb

Beech Hill Hotel

Beech Hill Hotel

Hotel with 57 rooms, £120-£394 prpnb

Knott View Barn

Knott View Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £795-£1995 pupw sleeps 1-11

Number 43 guest lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £120-£185 prpnb

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£1100 pupw sleeps 6-7

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £350-£385 pupw sleeps 1-4

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £245-£575 pupw sleeps 1-6

Wide View

The Lakeland Village

Self-catering with 47 units, £550-£880 pupw sleeps 4-8

Sunset Cottage

Sunset Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £310-£550 pupw sleeps 1-4

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands Farm

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £80-£84 pppnb

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£370 pupw sleeps 1-2

Kestrel Cottage

Wall Nook Cottages

Self-catering with 2 units, £90-£160 pupn sleeps 2-6

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £295-£385 pupw sleeps 4

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £335-£475 pupw sleeps 4-5

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Hotel with 75 rooms, £100-£117 pppn

Woodside Cottage

Woodside Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £443-£1250 pupw sleeps 6

Pinewood Cottage

Pinewood Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £550-£950 pupw sleeps 6

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High Cunsey Farm

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1500-£3865 pupw sleeps 10

Tewitfield Marina

Tewitfield Marina

Marina with 41 units, £68-£124 pupn sleeps 1-6

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse with 5 bedrooms, £65-£120 prpn

The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, Levens

Restaurant with Rooms with 4 rooms, £35-£93 pppnb

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £150-£230 prpn, £85-£160 prpnb

Things to do

Food & Drink

Cartmel is a foodie paradise, boasting some of the finest dining in the country. When you have 5-star food and service and a 16 course taster menu, of superb oysters and glorious venison, you certainly don’t rush! This is an experience to be savoured over a 4-hour period of pure heaven. This is when food becomes pure theatre and the most impeccable and luscious art. Vegans and vegetarians are given lots of delicious options to choose from, as are those looking for Gluten Free. And all this can be enjoyed with pretty views looking out over the village, or to Cartmel Priory.

The village is very fortunate to have three 4/5-star wheelchair accessible restaurants, offering excellent silver-service, friendly staff and roaring fires on a cold day. Some restaurants have a country house feel, where diners will be greeted personally by the owner, which is always a lovely touch. Local dishes are presented from succulent, local lamb to delicious Cartmel tart.

L'enclume Cartmel

Although fine dining is a wonderful way to spoil yourself, you might be looking for something a little lighter; local shrimps perhaps, an excellent homemade fruit pie or Cartmel’s own, sticky toffee pudding? Cartmel has an abundance of delightful cafes to try out with wonderful home-baked treats in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. They’re family and dog friendly and often there’s popular extras, like free papers to read, book swap exchange and local gifts.

Some cafes have food shops downstairs offering local cheeses, beers, jams and potted shrimps to purchase and take home with you, while upstairs you can sit in a window seat overlooking the village square whilst sipping your coffee and sampling one of the many home-baked treats.

You can’t beat a good traditional pub though, complete with oak beams and roaring fires. Cartmel has three great quality pubs to choose from, where you’re guaranteed a good atmosphere with an excellent choice of local beers, wines and cocktails and an excellent choice of homemade dishes - pies being a favourite! Sunday lunch is very popular too and is often great value. In the warmer months you can sit in the Beer gardens, giving lovely views over the village and across the fields.

For more information on what Cumbria has to offer see Food and Drink

Great places to eat and drink in and around Cartmel

Surrounding Areas

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Field Broughton, Cartmel
Meathop, Cartmel
Grange Coast, Cartmel

Culture and Heritage

Cartmel Village
Holker Hall, Cartmel
Cartmel Priory
Although the Romans under Agricola crossed the sands on their campaign to subjugate the Brigantian tribes of northern Britain, there is no evidence of settled occupation in the Cartmel peninsula.

Around 678 AD, the Cartmel peninsula was granted to St Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, by King Egfrith of Northumberland for the establishment of a monastery. An early church dedicated to St Cuthbert was built at Kirkhead near Allithwaite, although nothing now remains of the structure. It was not until 1189 that an enduring ecclesiastical presence was established with the founding of Cartmel Priory next to the River Eea (pronounced ‘Ay’).

Farming and fishing were the mainstays of life for the local population, ably supported by the monks of Cartmel Priory. Limestone was crushed and burned to produce quicklime for spreading on the fields to ‘sweeten’ the grass, woods provided coppice timber for agricultural implements and for charcoal burning, oats were grown, and the sea and rivers yielded good supplies of fish. The monks stored their grain at Grange (from the French word ‘graunge’ meaning ‘granary’) and may have had a small harbour here. The famous Cartmel Races are said to date back to monastic times, as part of the Whitsuntide celebrations. The priory was at the heart of community life, until it was largely destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1536. An appeal by the villagers to keep the church as a place of worship for the parish was granted, thus saving this impressive church (and the gatehouse) for posterity.

Up to the mid-19th century, the only viable link between the peninsula and the rest of the country was over the sands of Morecambe Bay at low tide. Individuals on foot or travelling by horse and cart would regularly make the perilous journey, fraught with danger from swift incoming tides, unsuspected quicksands or changing river currents. A guide appointed by the abbot of Cartmel Priory would conduct travellers from Kents Bank to Hest Bank near Bolton-le-Sands (9 miles/14.5 km).
Holker Hall, Cartmel

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