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'Drink the sweet air'

Stag Cottage

Live in luxury at Stag Cottage enjoying its private gardens and the exquisite grounds of the Melmerby Hall Estate.

  • Sleeps: 6

Calm and creature comforts in this 17th-century sandstone cottage

Just beyond the arched entrance in the high sandstone walls of the Melmerby Estate you’ll find Stag Cottage, tucked up against the Hall. (A secret, heavy, lockable oak door leads from Stag into the Hall’s butlers’ pantry so you can book the cottage separately or jointly with the Hall for larger parties.) The flagstone oak and granite kitchen’s built with muddy boots and paws in mind for relaxed lunches. Or make the most of the elegant dining room with candelit suppers and games around the antique table. Get the wood burning stove blazing, stretch out on leather sofas and oriental rugs, uncork your welcome wine and watch a film. Curl up on a padded window seat to read, dream and nibble local delicacies from your generous wicker hamper.

The historic grace and five-star comfort of Stag Cottage replenishes you, body and soul.

Enjoy privacy and freedom to roam the estate

Enjoy a sunny morning coffee and convivial barbecues on your private terrace. Head into Melmerby’s grounds for a hearty stomp down to the river through acres of ancient woodland, perfect for den and dam-building. Potter in the sundrenched walled garden, set up croquet hoops or hire targets for the archery lawn. Stroll into the village for award-winning raspberry scones from the bakery, a pint of local ale, and explore the treasure trove of antiques, toy workshop and stunning boutique clothes that are squirreled away behind its rose sandstone walls.

Unboot and reboot

After a busy day’s idling round the Estates, hills and lakes, steam aching limbs with a choice of en-suite bath or rainfall shower in bedrooms on both floors. Relax in carved beds under burnished beams and chandeliers; sink down under feather duvets wrapped in Egyptian cotton and drift into sweet dreams.


If you can bear to leave...

With the Pennines at one elbow, the Lakes at the other, you’re spoiled for choice in the Eden Valley. Bike, hike, ride, fish and shoot. Scale a mountain, climb a valley. There are numerous walks from your doorstep. Take the Ullswater steamboat for jaunts round Aira Force, or swan in for Michelin-starred food at Sharrow Bay. Make memories to cherish, picking sun-ripened raspberries or brushing snow from the branches of your hand-picked Christmas tree, felled to order on the Estates. If the limitless supply of natural wonders begin to pall, recharge your adrenalin with quad biking, clay pigeon shooting or even a paintballing spree.

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Fixed doubles:
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Ground floor bedrooms:


En-suite showers:
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Log fire
Standard fridge freezer
Stove & hob

Find Availability

Browse availability for Stag Cottage - select your dates and click Enquire to contact one of The Rowley Estates team.
Booking direct guarantees the best rates.
Rates range from £43 per person per night based full occupancy of the double bedrooms for a 3 night mid-week stay in the early spring season.

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Three private ensuite bedrooms accommodating up to six guests, packed to the rafters with 17th century charm

Melmerby Gardens

Melmerby Gardens

Beautiful sandstone walled grounds with garden paths leading into the village. A natural adventure playground for all to enjoy.

Melmerby Hall

Melmerby Hall

Live like lords and ladies in achingly beautiful Melmerby Hall, the historic manor house to this dreamy Cumbrian village.

Latest Reviews

My family and I spent 4 days in the gorgeous Stag Cottage the week before Christmas and everything was absolutely…


We visited Stag cottage in August for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday. We had a fabulous few days and the grounds…


This is the third time we’ve stayed at a Rowley property, and it was as wonderful as expected. The cottage…


Need more space for your group?

Melmerby Hall (sleeps 18) and Kirkbride Hall (sleeps 8) are nearby

Things to Do & Services

Walks and Runs from Melmerby

Walks and Runs from Melmerby

In addition to exploring the paths within its private 25 acre wooded grounds, Melmerby offers exceptional walks and runs nearby.

Bike Hire & Cycle Routes near the Rowley Estates

Bike Hire & Cycle Routes near the Rowley Estates

These local businesses around Glassonby, Melmerby and Blencowe will help get you out of the house and onto a bike! Here are a few of our favourites.

Fishing in the Lake District and the Eden

Fishing in the Lake District and the Eden

The Lake District is a mecca for anglers and the Rowley Estates lie in the heart of some of its top fishing spots.

Family Activities

Family Activities

There's a lot to do on the estate, but if the weather turns, take a look at this list.