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Low Melbecks Cottage

Bassenthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1024591)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "Because the cottage is remote - a welcome pack or at least a bottle of milk would have been nice."

    The garden furniture could do with a make over. There was a used tissue wedged into the gap in the table! Towel rail - the owners know about this!!! On the positive side the cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. The reason we wouldn't return is because the location is too remote for us.

    Reviewed by JillJul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage set in idyllic surroundings with a stream running through the garden."

    Very quiet and peaceful with a magnificent view of Skiddaw from the upstairs window. There are lots of walks to be done from the cottage and Keswick is only 8 miles away. Our favorite pub is the Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite, which is a lovely unspoiled little village not far from the cottage - in fact you can walk there across the fields. The cottage was clean and well equipped. Bedding and towels are changed once a week. Just a couple of things though. There are lots of flies around, probably due to the fields of sheep nearby and also the towel rail fell off the wall in the bathroom, as it had not been fitted correctly. We saw from what had been written in the visitors book that it had been like that for about a year or more. We did mention this to Sykes, as we had nowhere to hang our towels. They removed the towel rail, but as of leaving, no replacement was provided. All in all we would love to return to this lovely part of the world and would definitely stay at Low Melbecks Cottage again.

    Reviewed by Kathryn E.May 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Low Melbecks Cottage."

    The pool table in the shared Games Room was an absolute hit with our son! The cottage was comfortable and cosy with the wood burner and the kitchen was really well appointed. We cooked every night and were pleasantly surprised at the range of equipment and utensils provided. We could not access the drying room during our stay which was inconvenient as the weather was very wet! A previous guest must have taken the key. We reported this to Skyes/ the management company. The one room which needs improvement is the bathroom. The sign on the toilet lid is a bit inappropriate for families with younger children (it mentions condoms) and in general it needs modernising.

    Reviewed by LauraOct 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage; generous in space and well equipped with kitchen tools, nice linen and a thoughtful and interesting choice of games/books/dvds."

    The (shared) games room and drying room are nice ‘extras’ too. WiFi doesn’t work (we were informed beforehand) and 4g signal is slow but this just added to the ‘get away from everything’ feel that the location suggests. If you want to enjoy the Lakes without the hordes then this is a great choice- off the beaten track in a less busy area, but with the convenience of Keswick down the road. Skiddaw is a good walk from the front door, and the Bassenthwaite a very short drive away- we had several great days with the canoe and SUP, swimming and chilling out (permits can be bought easily online). We’ve bookmarked this place as one for a repeat visit- the house next door can also be linked which is great for a future family meet up.

    Reviewed by JenJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in quiet location adjacent to two other rental properties."

    Beautiful secluded grounds. Location is 300m from road via double gated track through sheep field. House had everything we needed and was very comfortable. Shared use of a games room with pool table was a bonus. No wifi, but we had 4G in various parts of house and garden, so no problem for us.

    Reviewed by RoxaneJul 2021

  • "Booking via telephone was great, very helpful young man."

    Cottage was lovely and very well equipped. Great kitchen. The beds were fine, if a little hard and uncomfortable. Receiving an email the week before to say wifi had just become unavailable, seems a bit cynical as pretty much every guest book entry listed wifi as not working. An entry in November 2020 said the bathroom towel rail was on the floor in the hall. It was still there, not repaired, at the end of May 2021. The shower leaked and we found it dripped down into the lounge at the bottom of the stairs. Didn't see this until the Thursday before we left. Given all that, we would still return to the cottage as we loved it, the situation and the pool / games room. Oh and we also found some water on the floor in the pool room after it had been raining, maybe roof leaking? Smells a bit damp. All in all a great stay, just a few maintenance issues.

    Reviewed by JuneMay 2021

  • "On discovering the dvd player was not working l phoned the office on 3 occasions , did not receive any promised return calls and l finished up purchasing a new one locally ."

    Also the towel rail in the bath room was adrift on one side , upon investigation l realised the inadequate mounting was not securely fitted rendering the towel rail unusable

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2020

  • "Good location for walking the fells."

    Everything was as expected for this type of holiday. Have already booked for next spring. Two totally satisfied customers.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

  • "This is an excellent cottage, very well appointed, extremely comfortable, attention to detail, and Felt like home from home."

    Beautiful location, away from the hustle and bustle and enjoyed hearing the tawny owl at night. This is one of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in - and we had a fab week walking some very tough and exhilarating climbs!!

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • External shared games room
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD player, Sonos speaker, shared games room with pool table and TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Wifi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available by prior arrangement
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Patio area with garden seating bordered by stream (children require supervision)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop within 8.3 miles, pub within 3.5 miles
  • Note: This property can be booked with Low Melbecks House (1024569) together sleeping 8 guests

The property

Keswick 8.8 miles.

Within the Lake District National Park, you can find Low Melbecks Cottage resting on the edge of the Skiddaw Fells, west of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Offering contemporary accommodation for a family or group of four, expect to enjoy returning each day to your home-from-home in the Lakes.

Enter into the kitchen/diner, providing a modern take on the classic country kitchen-style, with stone tiled flooring it's a bright and open space, with plenty of room to prep a delicious dish.

Sit at the dining table with soft grey seats and enjoy your evening meal before retiring to the sitting room.

After coming down a few steps you come into a truly snug space, complete with plush sofas which draw you in, and a woodburning stove within a painted fireplace to warm you up, watch your favourite film on the Smart TV and relax.

For some more entertainment head out to the shared external games room in a conservatory-style outhouse which holds a pool table, because a little healthy competition never hurt anyone!

Withdraw to your bedroom on the first floor when it's time to catch some rest, choosing from either the twin room or the king-size, both benefitting from homely and thoughtful décor, creating a perfect place to wind down.

The next morning, make use of the sparkling bathroom, offering a bath and a shower over, with tiled walls and wood flooring to finish.

When you're not enjoying the garden in the summer months, making use of the patio furniture to sit with a morning coffee as you listen to the stream which borders the area trickle along, set about exploring the wonders of the Lakes.

Enjoy walking around Bassenthwaite Lake, visit The Lakes Distillery near the north end of the lake for a tour around the artisan warehouse and distillery, or head to the Lake District Wildlife Park where over 100 species of animals live in the 25-acres.

Low Melbecks Cottage is a charming retreat, secluded from the hustle and bustle offering a peaceful spot to enjoy time with your loved ones in the Lakes.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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