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Bassenthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 17848)



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64 Customer Reviews

  • "Good location for exploring the Western lakes."

    Be aware that car parking is expensive!

    Reviewed by JaniceOct 2021

  • "This was an ideal place and enough room for the two of us and the dog."

    Would go again.

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2021

  • "All to my satisfaction."

    Thank You.

    Reviewed by GordonSep 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in an idyllic location."

    Homemade cake and biscuits on arrival were a nice touch. Negatives were the slight smell of damp on arrival, the bathroom was very small, and the bed not very comfy. There was also no lockable storage for bikes even though this was advertised when booking, but luckily we bought our own bike chains just in case, and were able to store them in the game's room during our stay. The TV was temperamental, it would not always turn on, so we had to unplug it at the socket to reset it. Apart from this, we had a lovely week at Randel, very peaceful, and in a convenient location for exploring the Lake District. The cottage was well stocked, and the heart light and candles made it feel very warm and cosy in the evenings. We also made good use of the game's room (lots of fun and laughs), and the DVDs. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would stop again if we were in the area.

    Reviewed by RobinAug 2021

  • "A lovely place to stay !"

    Although a couple of areas could do with updating and the skylight in particular was quite dirty

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2021

  • "Great hosts and cottage but bathroom too small to be described as comfortable and no instructions for operating oven or velux window blind."

    Very poor TV reception and though the promised DVD player was there it was not connected and didn't work once connected. Replacement was supplied when requested but it should have been connected and tested before our arrival.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "I could not fault this property."

    It had everything that you would need to enjoy a lovely stay including some lovely extra nice touches. Would definitely go back

    Reviewed by BrendaMay 2021

  • "The host provided so much more than we expected."

    Homemade cake and biscuits, milk, fresh flowers and all those little things like kitchen roll, foil and wrap. All much appreciated. Loved the remote location of Melbecks and we enjoyed walking down to Bassenthwaite village in the evening to visit the Sun Inn or watching the birds on the bird table. Keswick only 7 miles away so for us this was a perfect place to stay for walking the northern fells and eating out.

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2021

  • "Randel is a very sweet cottage, perfect for two people."

    We had everything we could possibly need there and we made good use of the table tennis table in the games room nearby. There are beautiful views all round and we were able to walk to the top of Skiddaw from the cottage. Thanks to the owners for the provision of eggs, milk, beverages, cake and biscuits - a lovely welcome. I highly recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage with great views."

    Detached gives privacy. Nice touches the owners kindly left cake and treats for Hallowe’en and dog treats.

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage, we had a fantastic time and would love to return."

    Thank you x

    Reviewed by KatieOct 2020

  • "The cottage is in a lovely setting but I feel it is in need of some tlc."

    There is a very strong smell of damp as you enter and the bathroom has a lot of black mould. Having said that it was comfortable and pleasant and the bonus was that the sun shone every day

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2020

  • "Used Sykes before."

    Always great service regarding the circumstances....

    Reviewed by SamAug 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect for us and our dog."

    It had everything supplied, including a microwave to make our stay easy. The outside space was lovely and it was nice to have a table and chairs right outside the cottage although it could do with a lick of paint and the table was a bit wobbly. The only negatives were that the shower drained very slowly and the cottage smelled of damp due to the condensation in the bathroom having nowhere to go. It was very humid during our stay which I'm sure made the problem worse. Also there is no WiFi but we just used our phone data. All in all, we had a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by MaryAug 2020

  • "You should tell people that it is a singllt track road with few passing places and also on a hill"

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "A lovely cosy cottage, very welcoming."

    Was lovely to have milk in the fridge, homemade biscuits and Banana Lemon Drizzle cake awaiting us after our 7 hour drive ! :-)

    Reviewed by CarolineJul 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay ,immaculately clean towels and bedding,it’s a lovely location,just perfect ."

    Welcome tray with eggs fruitcake biscuits,dog treats and milk ,would love to go back when the weather warms up .Thankyou for a lovely weekend.

    Reviewed by LynneMar 2020

  • "Beautiful setting."

    Very peaceful. The cottage had everything we needed. To welcome us there were 6 free range eggs, a banana and lemon drizzle cake, some home baked ginger biscuits and even some treats for our dog. A communal games room, with pool table, lots of board games etc. Outdoor swings for children. There was even a bowl full of nuts to rice the local red squirrels that came every day. Lots of gotwalks nearby.

    Reviewed by JennyMar 2020

  • "We returned to Randel after a visit twelve months ago."

    It was just as we had expected it - warm and comfortable with everything that we needed for our stay. The owners were again very helpful and dealt with requests instantly. We will certainly go again.

    Reviewed by RayOct 2019

  • "Sykes were great to deal with and mini cottage is fab for one or two people plus dog."

    Melbecks is a great place to stay as it's surrounded by fantastic countryside. The owners provide more than the usual holiday cottage eg cake, milk, tea/coffee. Lovely bedding and towels. Great stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2019

  • "Love, love, love the Randel cottage."

    It's perfect for two and a well-behaved pooch to explore the lakes and relax after a good walk. The extra touches of fresh flowers, fruit loaf, tea, and coffee etc made it very easy to settle in to. I especially loved the bed-sit layout which didn't feel too small with the high open ceiling. We found watching the birds feed right outside the window quite entertaining. We'll be re-booking the Randel again soon.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2019

  • "Games room was awesome, as well as the availability of DVDs and videos."

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2019

  • "A beautiful setting in wonderful countryside with lots of animals, birds and delightful places to sit or walk."

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2019

  • "This is a fantastic cottage and we had the best time here."

    The owner was lovely and we really appreciated the cake and pint of milk left for us on arrival. The cottage is compact but perfect for our needs ( couple with rather large dog) and it was so peaceful. We would definitely come back, it's been one of the best holidays we have ever had.

    Reviewed by KatieJun 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage to stay in, very quiet and tranquil."

    We also didn’t have to drive too far for the main mountains and towns. There are narrow roads to access the property but this wasn’t an issue and isn’t uncommon throughout the Lake District so didn’t detract from the quality of our stay. On arrival the owners provided complementary treats, including some for the dog which was a lovely added extra. The cottage was well maintained and clean.

    Reviewed by KimberleyJun 2019

  • "Poor phone signal, poor tv signal."

    Needs an fm radio, which will work fine. We bought ourselves a little one.

    Reviewed by CyrilJun 2019

  • "A perfect base for the north western Lakes."

    Beautiful surroundings. Some lovely things to welcome us - eggs, delicious teabread and ginger biscuits. Lots and lots of hot water. Amazingly comfortable bed with good bed linen. There wasn't anything we needed that wasn't there. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by CarolynMay 2019

  • "Welcome gift was so sweet lovely touch great location perfect 10/10"

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely, smaller than I thought but that was ok as made it cosy."

    The biggest thing that let the cottage down was the shower which was very very small and hardly any pressure.

    Reviewed by RachelApr 2019

  • "Randel was a lovely cosy place to stay."

    It was we’ll equipped and the Easter gifts left for us was very thoughtful. The seating area outside the door was a sun trap, great to sit here with a book and a drink after a walk. The squirrels came down everyday and we saw a variety of birds on the feeders. It was a lovely week in quiet and peaceful surroundings. And of course the best Easter weather for years.

    Reviewed by SandraApr 2019

  • "Lovely little studio apartment style cottage - cosy well appointed."

    The welcome goodies were much appreciated, I arrived on Burns night, a miniature bottle of whisky was a nice touch. The accommodation is dog friendly and importantly you wouldn’t have known, smelled fresh and clean - no doggy odour. The only small negative is the access to the cottages is down a long and winding single car road, if you meet a neighbour you will possibly have to reverse a fair way to a passing spot. I had to go this a couple of times on a very snowy icy road - tested my driving skills!! - However, would not put me off revisiting, lovely, peaceful location.

    Reviewed by ChristinaJan 2019

  • "Had a great few days in this lovely spot."

    Accommodation was very comfortable, full of character and many added small touches. Red squirrels and birds came to feed daily at bird feeders outside window - v entertaining. Walks from door plus pub 20/25 mins walk away. Only recommendation is to pack warm sox as floor was cold but then we were there in December.

    Reviewed by JeanDec 2018

  • "Process was hassle free."

    Nice welcome pack and Christmas lights. No problems. Cottage suited our needs well.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2018

  • "The information given on the property did not accurately state how small this place was."

    We also got the impression that the bedroom would be separate. However the cottage was clean and warm and the fittings were of good quality. It was also well situated for that part of the Lake District. We would not book this particular cottage again.

    Reviewed by Anna ChristineNov 2018

  • "A really well-maintained property, very clean and very well equipped."

    There were all sorts of little extra personal touches - a home-made cake, chocolates, heating already on when we arrived, and a very helpful and friendly owner when we had a small technical problem, which was sorted out immediately. Couldn't have been better. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2018

  • "Thank you for creating such a wonderful place to stay, relax and just be."

    It was exactly what we both needed and we feel completelt rested. Many Thanks Stephen & Jayne Walker

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2018

  • "We especially enjoyed watching birds and red squirels on the feeder hanging oiutside the cottage window."

    We have usually stayed in Keswick but it was good to be close to Keswick but out in the country. We will certainly think about revisiting.

    Reviewed by RayOct 2018

  • "This is a quaint cosy/compact cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside with many species of birds and red squirrels that you will see from your window."

    Plenty of walks from your doorstep. The lane leading to the cottage is very narrow so you will need to be confident reversing your car for oncoming vehicles. We were unfortunate to have people staying in the opposite cottage who owned two dogs which they allowed to roam free who dominated the grounds, they also let their dogs mess on the communal garden which we as responsible dog owners were not very happy about. We did mention this to the owners who said they would have a quiet word with them, not sure they ever did! This was just unfortunate for us as otherwise a perfect get away retreat.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2018

  • "We had a great week, the cottage was perfect for what we needed."

    We also eat in the nearby Raven Manor Hotel which was superb.

    Reviewed by RachaelAug 2018

  • "The cottage was small but just the right size for two adults and a dog."

    However the best part was the silence, I would have paid thousands for that alone.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2018

  • "Very compact accommodation in the Randel for two people which was kitted out very well."

    It was clean and welcoming but could have done with at least quarterly cleans in the hard to reach places as it didn't look like they had ever been done. Beautiful location very much tucked away in the peace and quiet of the stunning countryside. Would go again if it wasn't too expensive.

    Reviewed by SophieJun 2018

  • "All good. Very friendly welcome, lovely to enter the house and find milk."

    tea, coffee, a locally made cake and 6 fresh eggs from the hens who lived on the property. We loved watching the birds and red squirrels who frequented the feeders hanging in the window. We really liked the location and hope to return for another stay next year.

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2018

  • "The owners left lovely gifts which very much appreciated."

    The property was tired and is in need of some TLC. There was almost no reception on the TV for almost all our stay. Owners did come and have a look but it did not improve. We did not want to bother them again as it was Christmas.

    Reviewed by JuliaDec 2017

  • "The cake and flowers on arrival was nice touch."

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2017

  • "Lovely little hideaway."

    Greeted with fresh eggs, very nice fruitcake, tea, coffee, milk and sugar. Much appreciated. Couple of little problems, which were sorted with no fuss.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2017

  • "Beautiful location,beautiful cottage very relaxing and peaceful we would definitely return in the future"

    Reviewed by TracyJun 2017

  • "Lovely place"

    Reviewed by GavinApr 2017

  • "Location and cosy cottage"

    Reviewed by StevenMar 2017

  • "Lovely location."

    Quiet area. Lots of local walks. Pub in nearby village with real ale. Pet friendly.

    Reviewed by MartynOct 2016

  • "The surrounding were great it was our first Holladay with our jack Russell puppy we all enjoy it including Sammie"

    Reviewed by BarrieSep 2016

  • "We loved the style of the cottage and looked forward to returning to it after our days of walking."

    We also enjoyed the games room. We will definitely return and are also thinking about a family break where we would rent the adjacent cottages too.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2016

  • "I loved it all really; the games room was good, loved the DVD library as well, the views were stunning and the pub nearby was good."

    The cottage would have been amazing for a romantic retreat, was not far from Keswick and good for walking places.

    Reviewed by MadeleineApr 2016

  • "This cottage is situated in the perfect location for getting to Keswick and surrounding areas in the lakes."

    The cottage is a small romantic escape, surrounded by lovely farm land with plenty of walks. The Accomodation was clean and very well kept and it felt homely from the moment we arrived.

    Reviewed by JonathanOct 2015

  • "A delightful little cottage ideal for our short stay."

    Reviewed by AJan 2015

  • "The cottage was immaculate and felt like home from home."

    Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a place too stay in The Lake District with a dog as there are plenty of places to walk. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by MarieNov 2014

  • "It was peaceful and just perfect for a getaway."

    We loved it and we will be back that's for sure. Thank you for the welcome pack - the cake was amazing. All round a great time!

    Reviewed by ElspethNov 2014

  • "The cottage was lovely and had all we needed for our stay."

    I would stay there again without question and would recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2014

  • "The cottage was clean, tidy and nicely decorated and the owners were very friendly."

    We really loved our stay here and would come back again.

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2014

  • "Absolutely loved this weekend."

    Feels like you're a million miles away from everyone nestled amongst some of the most beautiful scenery you're likely to come across in the UK, yet you're barely 10 minutes from Keswick! The owner also makes a wonderful tea cake, even managed to get the recipe! Highly recommend staying here and we will certainly be keen to come back again the next time we fancy a get away.

    Reviewed by ClaireApr 2014

  • "Lovely setting, very comfortable, it was a reasonable price."

    Lovely views.

    Reviewed by ThomasJul 2013

  • "A very peaceful location."

    Loved the cat, 2 dogs and the chickens. Also the welcome pack of eggs and banana drizzle cake was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2013

  • "The property was in a beautiful location and we could do so much without having to drive either at all or very far."

    Perfect to take our dog.

    Reviewed by JacquelineOct 2012

  • "Very scenic and peaceful."

    Felt safe. Gorgeous welcome starter pack as we arrived which included, fresh eggs, milk, tea coffee sugar, a tea loaf, very kind and homely touches!

    Reviewed by JoannaAug 2012

  • "Lovely little place, very well fitted out, small but cosy."

    Really liked the well-cared for, village-like, friendly atmosphere of the farm, situated in such a beautiful area. Generous welcome pack of eggs, cake and milk much appreciated.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2012

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Bassenthwaite 1 mile. A mile out of Bassenthwaite village and around 2 miles from the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, these five holiday cottages nestle under the Skiddaw mountain range, in peaceful surroundings where you can sit and admire the breathtaking views or stroll through glorious countryside. These delightful cottages have been carefully created from old farm buildings and each is uniquely furnished and decorated, retaining character and charm. Scattered around the courtyard, each of these cottages has shared use of the extensive grounds and also a well-equipped games room and a children's play area. With a variety of accommodation across these five cottages, there is plenty of flexibility for all party sizes, and together they can accommodate 21 people, perfect for that special family get-together. There is plenty to do in the local area. These cottages are near the Osprey Project, where visitors can observe wild ospreys in their nests. There are numerous walks from the doorstep, in Whinlatter Forest there is the Go Ape tree-top adventure course, plus walks and mountain bike trails, while the Honister Slate Mine is a fascinating destination at any time of year. Keswick, sitting on the shores of Derwentwater, is 7 miles away, with many interesting shops and cafes. With ghyll scrambling, canoeing and whitewater rafting all available locally, there is something for everyone at these idyllic cottages.

The property

A quaint detached cottage, originally the farm byre, with pretty views across the grounds to the woods beyond.

This light and airy studio has exposed beams, and offers an open plan sleeping/living area with double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area, with a separate shower room.

A romantic retreat, any time of the year.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 17443, 17845, 17846 and 17847, together they sleep 21.


  • All ground floor
  • Open plan studio accommodation with double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and table football.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared lawns and gardens, including furniture, BBQ and children's play area
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Private water and drainage supply
  • Note: No infants or children.

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About the location


Keswick 8 miles; Cockermouth 9 miles.

An attractive village in the Northern Lakes, Bassenthwaite lies just a short distance to the north east of Bassenthwaite Lake, and retains its traditional rural feel, with a stream flowing gently on the outskirts, whitewashed Lakeland cottages, a pleasant vllage green and a real ale inn full of character! Bassenthwaite Lake itself, while boasting gentler scenery than others in the region, is still one of the most picturesque places in England. Places of interest nearby include Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Lake with small open-air theatre (reputedly frequented by poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth), LAke District Wildlife Park, and Dodd Wood. Most of the attractions of the Lake District are within easy reach and the quieter Northern Fells are almost on the doorstep. The nearby towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, both have weekly markets and offer a good range of amenities. The scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is within touring distance, as is the city of Carlisle and Hadrians Wall country.

Region Information

Note: No infants or children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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