Our guests are welcome to relax in our outside seating areas for coffee, drinks or to plan a walk or tour.
The grounds extend to over half an acre, set in the quiet rural village of Seaton.
Our gardens have been over 25 years in the making with mature pine, silver birch, beech trees and a small orchard with Victoria plums and apples. More recently the Decking area with exotic plants has been added, giving a more modern and relaxing atmosphere.
Wildlife is abundant in and around the garden, visitors include Barn Owls, Red squirrels , Pheasants, Bats and Hedgehogs plus many garden birds.
As the UK gives way to darker nights, the Lake District, Cumbria is one of the best places in England for a stargazing getaway.
Stargazing offers the perfect winter activity, generally from October through to March. As the night sky is continually changing, stargazing at different times of the year will mean that you have the chance to spot seasonal constellations.
- Winter - is the optimum time to enjoy the darkest skies and to participate in stargazing activities.
- Summer - nights are, of course warmer. However, the skies don’t really get fully dark in June and July.
- Spring - is a great time for stargazing. The weather is warming up but there are still long hours of darkness.
- Autumn - like spring, is a good time for mild nights but offers plenty of after dark hours.
Here at Armidale Cottages we are proud to be a Dark Sky Friendly destination.
Our low levels of local light pollution offer wonderful views of the night sky.
Our Dark Skies package is specially designed to ensure you are able to fully enjoy your star gazing experience.
We have a quiet and private location for star gazing in our Orchard. As your eyes can take up to 20 minutes to fully adapt to night-time vision, we provide comfortable outdoor seating, blankets, hot water bottles, hot drinks and snacks to help you stay warm and comfortable.
You also have access to our top of the range and easy to use Sky-Watcher Telescope and use of our Finnish Sauna (at reduced price) before or after star gazing.
Late Check-In / Check-Out is also available to better accommodate your stargazing activities.