English Summer School Accommodation

In 2009 Nab Cottage was listed at 23 in ‘Britain’s 50 best kept secrets’ by the Daily Telegraph. It is quoted as being, ‘One of the most mysterious and beautiful of all the Lake District’s traditional cottages, once lived in by the opium-eater Thomas De Quincey.’ It is a very special place to stay – standing alone beside a small lake and surrounded by mountains.

Adult English Summer School students live here with us at Nab Cottage, sharing the space and the facilities. Living here empowers everybody to make the most of each opportunity, each lesson, each day. There is constant interaction between everybody living at Nab Cottage. This interaction is all in English so the learning is steady and continuous.

The bedrooms are all cosy with beautiful views, and most have their own shower and toilet. There are 2 single rooms, (and another 2 single rooms in our annex 500m along the lake), and eight rooms for 2 people. Downstairs there is a sitting room with log fire, a TV room, a piano room, dining rooms, and a large farmhouse kitchen.

accommodation at Nab

The food at Nab Cottage is delicious: we make our own bread and provide a balanced menu including vegetarian food, meat and fish. We use organic and fair-trade produce when possible. We all eat together and mealtimes are a wonderful opportunity for planning, conversation and celebration. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and teas/coffees are all included in the price, except for dinner on Wednesday and Saturday. We ask each student to help once a week on a rota system to help serve and clear the meals.

Next to the cottage there is a beautiful converted Lakeland barn on two levels with three unusual classrooms. One room is also used as a large TV room with extensive DVD library and the large space on the upper level of the barn is used for dinner on Sunday, parties, storytelling, yoga, drumming and dancing. WiFi is freely available throughout the cottage, barn and gardens.

cooking at Nab

The gardens around the cottage are used for lessons and meals when the weather is fine. There’s an orchard, an outdoor sauna and hot tub, a summerhouse with hammocks, and a vegetable/flower garden. Hidden away in the gardens are magical secluded seating areas each with a different enchanting view where students can sit alone and reflect or share a beer with friends watching the sun set behind the mountains.

We have a Canadian canoe you can use on the lake.

There are regular buses to the nearby villages and towns where the local people are very friendly and enjoy meeting our students.

hammock at nab cottage
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