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Ellwood House

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Caldbeck, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great couple of weeks at Ellwood."

    Only two of us (plus mutt) so plenty of space. We were very impressed with the cleanliness and layout of the cottage. We had a fire going a number of nights and the provided firewood was very welcome but the house itself was comfy - we just like log fires. The owner was in touch as necessary and was very friendly (even though we didn't meet in person!) and was very responsive to all queries. The wifi was great, allowing us to stream Spotify and if necessary stream to the TV. Throws were provided in case of dogs jumping which was very thoughtful. There were loads of walking ideas in pamphlets and books in the cupboards and some interesting books so we didn't get bored. Extra freezer storage was in the 'barn' attached to the house which proved useful. We used the twin-bed-into-one humungous bed which was very comfortable. The owner very kindly offered a cleaning between the two weeks; we declined that as I'd only be scrubbing the day before so they didn't think I was messy, but we gratefully received new bedding and towels. We liked the area immensely. The house is on what seems to be a nexus of walking points so we wandered around the local area, and also popped into Keswick for lovely-but-expensive Boothe's and a great walk around Derwentwater. Due to it being on the northern tip of the Lakes it wasn't full of, well, people like us and day-trippers so it was very peaceful. We can recommend 'The Muddy Duck' kiosk; they sold nice dog treats so our furry friend kept dragging us there. The local pub is pretty good and the one in Hasket Newmarket even better (good beer!) but if you want food there make sure to book as you can't just walk in; dogs are welcome at both pubs. The Windmill Cafe is OK, if you have a dog you must sit outside so it is weather dependent. One of the highlights of course was the milk vending machine. I had sort of expected a cow, a bucket and a coin slot but it is higher tech and provides 1litre pasteurised full-fat milk into a customer-provided bottle at a reasonable price (contactless payment). The weather wasn't with us but we had a great time and will be back at some point!

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Sep 2023

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay at Ellwood House, 6 of us stayed there celebrating a 60th & 30th birthday and a 10 Yr wedding anniversary!"

    We found it really well equipped , with everything you needed, beautifully furnished and well maintained. Very convenient for places to visit, and a lovely village location. Would definitely recommend it and will most definitely return one day. Stuart was very helpful and checked in with us regularly, checking everything was OK.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage in a very pretty village."

    Great enclosed garden for our dogs. Lovely walks on our doorstep. The cottage was a good size, bed was comfy. My only criticism would be the armchairs in the lounge were not very comfortable but overall a great place to stay

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic stay at Ellwood cottage a real home from home."

    The village is lovely, great location for exploring the Northern lakes. Small shop in the village but if a larger shop needed supermarkets only 6 miles away. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, Stuart, the owner was great. Very responsive with queries. Can’t wait to book again.

    Thank you for taking the time to give feedabck following your stay, we are delighted that you had an enjoyable time and look forward to welcoming you to Ellwood House again in the future. - The Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2023

  • "Ellwood House was comfortable and very well equipped and 6 adults enjoyed their week there."

    The extra fridge in the garage was particularly useful as the weather was warm. The patio tables and chairs were well used for meals and there was a sturdy barbecue which we used one evening. The smaller twin bedroom was not spacious and would ideally be best as a single. The owner was very helpful and easy to contact when we had a couple of queries. The village of Caldbeck is lovely and the warm weather meant we were able to do some good mountain walks and swims. We ate out at the local pub for a couple of evenings - recommended.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful house, lovely location."

    Had everything we needed, beds were very comfy

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "Both the house and the village are wonderful."

    The dogs loved the garden. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2023

  • "Another lovely week at Ellwood House."

    Thanks for the starter pack with milk and tea bags etc, always much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2023

  • "Superb location."

    Wonderful house with all amenities. Very helpful owners. Definitely will return.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2023

  • "Elwood House is well situated and a perfect retreat for a family."

    It has lovely traditional features but is also equipped with modern amenities and was spotlessly clean on our arrival. The local pub Oddfeliows Arms, and the Muddy Duck cabin with hot drinks and snacks are really handy if you don’t fancy cooking on your holiday. We felt entirely removed from the stresses of normal life in this wonderful pocket of Cumbria.

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Oct 2022

  • "A comfortable, cosy and well equipped cottage in a charming village, well situated for the northern mountains and fells, towns and attractions."

    The owner was very helpful and easy to contact. The cottage is perfect for walkers as it has a useful utility room/garage for wet gear. The only negative point : the single beds in the small bedroom were a little 'firm' for someone in there 70's, but probably fine for children. We would, happily, stay again !!!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely house, glad we chose to stay here as our base to explore the lakes."

    Off road parking was great, lovely big garden for Gracie the lab, everything you needed was available, furnished just how we like a home to be, enjoyed reading the visitors book too. Welcome pack was a nice touch. Loved the quiet village, midtown millhouse, muddy duck cafe & local shop. Not too far to drive to other areas of the lakes and nice and peaceful to return to after a long day out. We would stay again ans recommend to family & friends. Wish we were still there now we are back to traffic noise and all back at work tomorrow xxxxx

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "We stayed at Ellwood House in Caldbeck, the last week in April."

    The property was spacious, cosy with a home from home feel and everything you would need regardless of weather. It is situated in a lovely peaceful location, in a thriving friendly village. The welcome pack was a lovely touch and very much appreciated. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Apr 2022

  • "Loved our stay at Ellwood house, charming property with modern facilities."

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Nov 2021

  • "The shower is prone to air locks rendering it inoperable."

    The owner is aware of this and talked us through the procedure to rectify this.

    Reviewed by Martin3.4Sep 2021

  • "A great cottage - lots to see in the area and a perfect location."

    Great secure garden for the dogs too.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Aug 2021

  • "Ellwood House is a beautiful cottage in a wonderful location."

    It is very comfortably furnished and a fully equipped kitchen provides a real “home-from-home” feeling. The safe & secure garden is ideal for dogs too. Caldbeck Village is lovely (only a 10 minute walk) and has a pub, small shop, two cafes and a few craft/gift shops selling locally produced items. This was our second stay here and we are hoping to return again soon ….. so if anyone is after a relaxing, comfortable vacation in beautiful surroundings then we can definitely recommend Ellwood House.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic house with everything you could need."

    Lovely village with great local pub and village shop. Walks direct from the house

    Reviewed by Veronica5.0Jul 2021

  • "A well presented cottage that is equipped with all you need."

    The outside space is a real bonus, not overlooked with great views. The cottage is located a 10 minute walk from the village centre, it is ideally located to explore the northern lakes and the Solway Firth.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2021

  • "It was great to have the opportunity to get away and see relatives and enjoy the countryside."

    The cottage was lovely and the facilities perfect for the current situation.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Apr 2021

  • "The location is lovely, you do get people walking past the sitting room window, but that’s ok."

    cottage has well stocked cupboards so no need to take any utensils along, garden is big and very good for dogs to run round in. bedrooms ample sized with a lot of wardrobe space. the bonus is the log fire really makes a difference when you come back from a long walk and light the fire - it really was blissful. we can’t wait to return. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Dec 2020

  • "The cottage was warm, comfortable and had everything you need."

    It’s in a great location and we visited Buttermere, Ennerdale, Castlerigg Circle and Derwent Water. One of the best walks though was a local one from Caldbeck to Sebergham through the woods and along the river - it was beautiful. The dogs enjoyed the garden and as it was secure we had piece of mind. We had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2020

  • "Property set in a lovely village with local pub and shop with wonderful views all around"

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely house,lovely setting."

    Ellwood House is ideally situated just 5 mins from the centre of Caldbeck.Although on a road it's a minor road with little traffic other than the postman and the odd farm vehicle!It is spacious and well equipped.We found it had everything we needed for a relaxing and comfortable stay :) It is also very Dog friendly.The enclosed rear garden is perfect for dogs.We have a very clever Cocker Spaniel who failed to escape so I would say it's pretty secure!Beyond the garden is ample enclosed parking for a couple of cars.We had a LWB VW Van and had no problem turning it around in the parking area.There is also a LARGE garage to secure bikes/canoes or whatever outdoor equipment you may have.On the whole the house pretty much ticks all boxes for an active family holiday! Caldbeck is a nice little Cumbrian village that is not "touristy" like some others in the National Park.It has a very relaxing vibe about it.The local pub is both friendly and serves excellent quality food.Plenty of nice family friendly walking from the village and plenty of maps/guides in the house. We will definitely be back!!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2020

  • "Beautiful, clean and comfortable cottage, we had a lovely Christmas break, would definitely recommend and will hopefully return one day!"

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2019

  • "Elwood house is warm and comfortable."

    It is somewhat dated but as it is let out to families with pets I would not spend a fortune on updating it if it were mine. Main bed is comfortable but could be wider for two average size adults. The single bathroom did not cause us a problem as there was only the two of us but for a family of 6 I could see major problems so a second loo would be nice. The location is a little off the beaten track but is still fine for all of the lakes if you are happy to spend some time driving. Oddfellows Arms in the village is friendly and serves good food at a reasonable price.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Sep 2019

  • "From all the cottages we have booked through Sykes since we found your website over 3 years ago ."

    .... this certainly has to be the best !!! Location was excellent (Caldbeck has everything we needed, friendly pub, lovely tea rooms and a village shop). Cottage was wonderful (very comfortable with lots of space and a superb dog friendly garden). This is a real “home from home” and before we left we had already booked Ellwood House again for next year ..... that says it all !!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Peaceful. Spectacular scenery."

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, well decorated and the kitchen is well equipped except for a garlic crusher!"

    ! The garden is spectacular, well maintained and safe for our Labrador to run around in. It is a quiet area just on the outskirts of Caldbeck village. The cottage had lots of helpful information on places to go and where all the great walks are locally. Caldbeck has a pretty good pub which serves reasonable food, a couple of great tea rooms and the shop still has a POST OFFICE yes I know it’s amazing and they sell petrol ! Only down side was that we were not told before booking that we could not leave our dog in the property alone. This made it difficult when we ate out in the evening and we would have liked that information prior to booking although I understand why this is said as some dogs are destructive.

    Reviewed by Miranda4.7Jul 2019

  • "Location really good, meant we were out everyday exploring."

    Villiage was lovely, we ate at the pub and went to the tea shop on various occasions. A lovely relaxing time away.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2019

  • "Great location for exploring the Lakes, lovely little village with a good pub and shop all within easy walking distance."

    The cottage has everything we needed with the bonus of a large garden for our two dogs. Would definitely book again if staying in the northern Lakes.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7May 2019

  • "A very enjoyable holiday in a lovely cottage."

    The cottage itself was very well equipped with many modern appliances and was very comfortable. Also the communication from the owner was spot on. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Mortimer5.0Feb 2019

  • "Great location, lovely village and comfortable cottage."

    Great walks from the doorstep. Very dog friendly

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Sep 2018

  • "The main issue we had was actually before the holiday."

    I had a conversation with one of the company representatives regarding travel insurance. I would like to state that it was my mistake selecting travel insurance when initially booking our holiday. But I was sure I did not ask for insurance, due to the fact we already have annual insurance. Because of personal reasons, I did not check the holiday confirmation which included the travel insurance. As soon as I realised the mistake, I contacted Lakes Cottage Holidays and the representative was adamant there was nothing she could do. I was not happy with the situation, but it seemed we were stuck with the travel insurance. I even asked if there was anything she could do as a gesture of good will, but she was polite and firm when stating the company response was final and if I was unhappy the only course of action was the FCA. The insurance situation could have been sorted amicably, but Lakes Cottage Holidays stuck firmly to their terms and conditions. The insurance premium was forty pounds. This is a small amount of money compared with the total holiday cost of around £800. We will not use this lettings agent in the future and any recommendation is out of the question.

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Aug 2018

  • "Your literature stated that towels were not supplied, in bold letters!"

    I packed an extra bag full of towels and tea towels, only to find towels on each bed and tea towels in kitchen. A bit annoying so could you please change your details.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Jul 2018

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  • Three bedrooms; 1 x double,1 super king sized zip and link (which can be a twin) and a further twin bedroom
  • Bathroom, bath with power shower over, basin and WC
  • Large external utility
  • Sitting room/diner with wood-burning stove
  • Kitchen
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher
  • Oil central heating and wood-burning stove
  • Freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room
  • 42" Smart TV, fast Wi-Fi and DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • All logs and kindling included
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
  • Private parking for four cars
  • Large dog friendly enclosed secluded garden
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Patio area with BBQ and fire bowl and garden furniture seating 6 people
  • 1 Cot
  • Welcome pack
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and village pub/restaurant 600 meters
  • Tearoom nearby

The property

Ellwood House is an 18th century cottage located in the village of Caldbeck.

This wonderfully appointed cottage houses three spacious bedrooms, complete with elegant finishes throughout to create the perfect base for families and friends.

The ground floor houses a cosy sitting room, complete with a warming wood-burning stove, making this the perfect place to snuggle up during a cold winter’s evening.

The well-equipped contemporary kitchen, designed with an elegant and fresh atmosphere, ensures that your stay is as pleasurable as possible.

Enjoy your lovingly prepared meals within the formal dining room, boasting a comfortable seating arrangement for six guests.

Located on the first floor are the contemporary spacious bedrooms, comprising a double, a super king double (which can be made a twin upon request) and a further twin bedroom, each oozing a sense of luxury.

Completing the first floor is a luxury family bathroom, featuring a bath, power shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

During the summer evenings, you and your guests can enjoy the large, secluded enclosed garden with patio furniture and BBQ, while the dogs stretch their legs.

The BBQ has a cast iron fire pit bowl where everyone can be seated to enjoy its warmth on cooler evenings.

You will also find a large barn/utility room outside, which is ideal for storing your bikes.

Take a walk into Caldbeck centre, where you will find the local pub, tea rooms and the village shop, taking you just 10 minutes.

This cottage is situated on the northern fringe of Lake District National Park, with easy access to the market town of Keswick, as well as Lakes Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite.

The Solway Firth coast and Carlisle are easily accessible to the West and North.

The area also plays host to a number of renowned heritage sites including, Threlkeld Mining Museum, the Howk limestone gorge and waterfalls, the 19th century Bobbin Mill and the Priest’s Mill, where you can enjoy the tea room and the historic waterwheel.

Ellwood House with its lovely garden is ideally suited to unwind with friends and family after a busy day out exploring the fells and coast of the Northern Lakes and Solway Firth.

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About the location


Wigton 7.5 miles; Carlisle 12 miles; Keswick 16 miles; Cockermouth 17 miles.

The charming Cumbrian village of Caldbeck is situated on the northern fringes of the Lake District National Park and is surrounded by beautiful moorland and fells. It’s a classic stone built village with a church, pub, village green and duck pond. The church dates back to the 12th century and is famous for being the resting place of the renowned huntsman John Peel. Although in every sense a ‘traditional working village’, the local craft centre at Priest Mill and the riverside walks to the Howk gorge, draw visitors to Caldbeck. The village is an ideal base for the northern Lakes, the market town of Keswick, as well as Lakes Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite. The natural beauty of the Solway coast, well-known for its golf courses and the town of Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth are close by, whilst also within driving distance is the cathedral city of Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders.

If you require the super king double to be made into a twin - please advise at the time of booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas