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Accommodation Details The Cloggers
Tom Butt , Ennerdale Bridge CumbriaCA23 3AP
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Cloggers in Ennerdale Bridge on The Coast to Coast Path
Very quirky little place,chatty host ,excellent breakfast and a bath .
Helen , left on 11 July 2018
Visited on 08/09/15. Twin room in a quirky house. Disappointment was the fact that only a bath was available, whihc is not a huge issue in itself, but the lack of even a rubber shower hose that could attach to the taps meant that hair washing was very 70s in that you had to dunk your head in the bathwater. This is one minor improvement that I would recommend to the owners.

Breakfast was excellent and they catered for my milk intolerance.
Gary Butler, left on 21 September 2015
One of the few places where the man seems to handle all the interaction with the walkers. Quirky is the right word for both the house and the owners; we loved it.
Had a very nice bath and good breakfast.
Erik & Sietske, left on 23 May 2014
We had a lovely night here after our first day on the coast to coast. Very helpful advice about safety and alternative routes in the snow!
anon, left on 21 April 2013
We expected a quirky host and cottage and weren't disappointed. After Fleatham House the rooms are half the size, and getting the bags up the stairs can be a struggle. David can be a bit brusque, but he does warm up, eventually! If you want to see a classic facial expression, just ask him for the wi-fi code. The Shephards Arms does a good dinner and packed lunch. Breakfast can be booked anytime from 7.55-8.05 am and it is hearty. Mrs David remains firmly in the engine room. The next morning we wanted to get a taxi to wasdale head and David was very helpful in ringing all the local operators for us. All in all an enjoyable experience, and very good value for money. 7.5/10
Richard and Mary Anne, left on 30 July 2012
Stayed in June 2011. Very comfortable and friendly hosts in lovely old cottage. Despite huge thunderstorm that night. The only thing is do not arrive too early which is easy to do if you have taken two days from St.Bees.
Derrick stocker, left on 13 January 2012
Rang the bell, no answer. Used the knocker - and the door swung open to reveal Mr. Tom Butt. Orders were given to remove boots, lay poles down and breakfast at 8 am. But we found that the cottage is cosy and the room comfortable; the shared bathroom had no shower but a tub with lots of very hot water. Dinner down the road at the Shepherd’s Arms. Next morning a seemingly gentler kinder Mr. Butt served big bowls of porridge for breakfast and regaled us with tales of walkers, wise and foolish who had gone before. He also ventured his opinion that most of the guidebooks were rubbish! A comforting thought as we ventured out into the worst of Lakeland weather! Don’t take us wrong - the Cloggers is a quirky place but that is all part of its charm and we left in good spirits.
Michael & Karen Silverberg., left on 15 October 2011
A comfortable stay and a friendly welcome from the Cloggers after our first day walking. We had a well-earned bath in the shared bathroom (no shower) and enjoyed the best porridge of our walk at this B&B!
Catherine, left on 07 August 2011
Lovely cottage, full of character. We were lucky, being the only guests so had sole use of the bathroom which had plenty of hot water for a much needed bath. Excellent breakfast and owner very helpful and full of great anecdotes about the coast to coast. Definitely better than a hotel!
Jeff, left on 26 June 2011
This is a charming cottage, very comfortable and very good for walkers.
S Brand, left on 29 May 2011
A cosy place to stay and the proprietor was very welcoming. If you are a large person you may find the bath a tight squeeze!
Peter Amos, left on 23 April 2011
stayed 22/8/10. good b & b, exellent breakfast, owner friendly and helpfull with dry sense of humour, would stay again
charles & matthew bennion, left on 26 September 2010
Yes, we liked it too. Small and friendly, clean and comfortable.
anon, left on 03 September 2010
We arrived early and relaxed in next door's garden in the sun (in error!). David was welcoming and helpful. A charming old cottage with low ceilings (duck or grouse). The accommodation and bed was fine and I enjoyed a bath as there was no shower (not enough head room). Good breakfast. So much better value than the Shepherds Arms, where I had a low quality meal in the evening. The barmaid asked me if everything was alright and had nothing to say when I told her what was wrong. We left 06/08/2010
Bob Watts, left on 31 August 2010
Stayed Sat 19th June Lovely 2 bed B & B very helpful
David & Simon, left on 13 July 2010
Comfortable b and b for the first night of our c2c - the bathroom was shared but we were aware of this when booking. Owners friendly and forthcoming with helpful information regarding where to eat and how to obtain packed lunch.

Had a meal at the Shepherd's Arms - on the night we visited we received 'pub grub' of a good standard. The packed lunch provided by the Shepherd's Arms was excellent. Remember to order before 8 p.m. for the next day.

Breakfast was great - shared with two walkers coming to the end of their c2c - they had some amusing anecdotes.
Margaret, left on 11 July 2010
Lovely cosy cottage and friendly welcome, lots to chat about and very nice room and breakfast. Don't take any notice of the moaners !
Paul & Mu, left on 11 June 2010
We were walking the C2C East to West so this was our last night. This b&b is a dream compared to the hotel. The owner is a character with many anecdotes of walkers. He used to run the local hotel/pub. Great place but share a bathroom which is no trouble. Fantastic breakfast. Book early it is worth it.
val and Rob Hill, left on 29 May 2010
stayed at the cloggers in early may 2010, and found the owners very pleasant, helpful,nice people. A nice alternative to staying in one of the pubs. We had a problem on arrival, with one of the party falling ill, and being admitted to carlisle hospital. The cloggers owners could not have been more helpful in assisting us to overcome some unforeseen problems, and we are very grateful for their help and assistance.

Bob &john,pam-may 2010
bob mcneish, left on 28 May 2010
Small, cosy and warm B&B. A minute or so from the C2C route. Can only echo other people's positive comments and certainly seemed preferable accommodation to the two local hotels we called in at looking for evening meal options.
Mike Campbell, left on 17 May 2010
We liked The Cloggers nice little cottage and the best bacon we've ever tasted (local Ennerdale Bacon we were told) Only place that did proper coffee! Good value.
Mrs Smith, left on 08 January 2010
Friendly ,warm and comfortable accommodation plus good substantial cooked breakfast to start the day on the hills.
John and Neville 10th Oct 09
John Clarke, left on 25 October 2009
We found our host and hostess very helpful, friendly and the breakfast was very good. Our accommodation was very warm and welcoming. Loads of hot water too.
Audrey and Alan, left on 23 September 2009
Tiny, friendly B&B. We had a very nice room with twin beds and access to a bathroom that we think was for our use only - there seemed to be another one for the family. Downstairs was a little dining room also for our use. The room had tea/coffee making facilities.
This B&B doesn't do packed lunches, but they can be ordered and picked up from the Shepherd's Arms pub just down the road.
It's a mile and a half from Ennerdale water and the next stretch of the route - and we had some excellent local advice about the route around the lake from the B&B owners.
Gretel Hallett, left on 21 September 2009
I would have liked to give a more delailed review however I never had the opportunity.

After making a reservation by phone in the summer and sending a courtesy note closer to the time to confirm, I received a phone call to tell me that the room had been re-booked. Whilst I appreciated the call, the tone of the conversation was quite unpleasant and I was left feeling like I was the one to blame.

I don't believe this is the way for a B&B host to conduct business and I didn't appreciate being left stranded like this.
Phil, left on 29 August 2009
Cloggers is a small cottage where the owners let out 2 rooms.

The rooms were small but pleasant. The location is good just a couple of minutes of route.

The shared bathroom was very small too and the hot water scalding hot, beware!

The owners were terse almost cold to start with but turned out to be very pleasant folk in the end.

We ate at the Shepherds Arms which lacked character but the food was OK.

Avoid the packed lunch at The Shepherds Arms Hotel which was very poor for the money.

The Cloggers is fine, just avoid the packet lunch.
Simon Ellwood, left on 22 August 2009
Welcome 1 star
Cleanliness 4 stars
Packed Lunch n/a
Bathroom 2 stars
Breakfast 4 stars
Location 4 stars

To say that David is not the traditional B&B host is an understatement; one might eventually warm up to his strange persona, but his initial coldness and curmudgeonly nature are tough to overcome.
We arrived in the pouring rain at The Cloggers at 2:30 and nobody was home. Moreover, there was no note. He finally showed up at 4:00 with hardly an apology. There was also no shower, no TV in the room (if you like to check weather), no wi-fi, and the public TV in the common room didn't work. Rooms were also not en-suite. The Cloggers was also the only B&B on the route not to have a guest book; this omission tells me that he cares little about who stays in his home.

The two pros were that this B&B was exceptionally warm and cozy inside. It was also a great value at 25 Pounds per person.
Todd, left on 15 May 2009
Very nice guy, very chatty and welcoming. Someone in the feedback complained about getting their bags from the garage but it is entirely sensible to do that before taking your boots off! Great value, clean,comfortable beds, loads of hot water, a good challenge to fit into the bath if you have a broad frame! Shared bathroom not a problem given a bit of communication with fellow guests.
Ian Rimmington, left on 14 May 2009
Excellent stay.I arrived looking like a drowned rat after a really heavy downpour.Owners offered to dry out my waterproofs.Lovely twin bedded room for which I had to pay a little extra for single occupancy but still much cheaper than others in the village.Shared facilities but very nice bath and only one other person staying there.Great breakfast and overall I really enjoyed my stay.Many thanks to the owners for looking after me so well.
Jeff Pepper, left on 22 June 2008
Spotless clean accomadation great breakfast
plenty hot water for bath resonable rates friendly hosts stayed 3/ 5/ 08
steven bradshaw, left on 16 May 2008
Lovely accommodation, warm cosy and welcoming - just a bit nervous of the beautiful cream carpet and muddy boots. Excellent breakfast.
Dennis and Janet Hallmark, left on 22 April 2008
Spotlessly clean. Another good breakfast and handy to the pub. Peter and Kate, Australia.
Peter Ridding, left on 02 November 2007
Arrived soaked to the skin! very friendly and helpful got all kit dry by morning, lovely cosy cottage very comfortable and quiet, good nights rest. Good value.
Simon, left on 25 July 2007
My favourite B&B on route! Winner of our Best Sausage award. Less extravagant facilities than others maybe but sparkling white sheets on a comfy bed and a very sensible tip to walk on to the Fox & Hounds for a delicious dinner.
Uncle Gareth, left on 24 August 2005
Stayed here in the middle of July on our Coast to Coast walk. Hosts very chatty, the beds were comfortable and the bath was very welcome. The breakfast was also very nice.

We ate at the Fox and Hounds, who also did us a packed lunch for the day after.
Emma, left on 25 July 2005
Small but well furnished accommodation. Guests bathroom and sitting room. Very friendly host. Couldn't ask for much more.
Sean & Jo, left on 22 June 2005
very cosy. nice breakfast
Mike and Gill McKever, left on 20 September 2004
I had a very pleasant stay here on 16th July, the last night of my East-to-West Coast to Coast. They seem to have reacted to the other comments - all rooms are very well decorated, there`s now a separate bathroom solely for the guests, and there`s a guests` TV lounge downstairs. Still no lock on the bedroom door but it wasn`t a problem. If you plan to eat at the pub you need to call in on your way to the B&B and book a table, even if you only want a bar meal, as it gets very full. The food was excellent though (as was the beer!)
Kevin, left on 25 July 2004
A comfortable,clean and cosy room.The owners were very helpful. They picked us up in Cleator Moor as this was the first day of our walk, and our objective was walking across the lake district only.There was a good pub 50 metres away and a soft bed. We couldn`t have asked for more - a shower instead of a bath maybe as showers use less water and are quicker.
mike mulligan, left on 11 October 2003
A small but friendly Band B,a most helpfull host.Good food.
Terry Howell, left on 06 October 2003


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