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Beck House

(Ref. 1057975)

Dovenby near Cockermouth, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely short break at Beck House - a cosy, comfortable cottage with extras: a welcome hamper and toiletries and dog accessories available to use."

    Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jill3.8Feb 2024

  • "We had a fantastic 3 nights at beck house."

    Bringing in the new year in such a lovely cottage in a great location is something we’ll fondly remember. The facilities are great and little touches like the fire set to light on arrival, finish the welcome off. Sue was really helpful both pre and post stay. The only one who had anything to grumble about was the dog as we made sure she wasn’t on the furniture. Thanks for the memorable weekend.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a comfortable short break at Beck House."

    It was quiet, which is what we wanted. The sitting room was spacious and inviting, with comfortable seating and a good internet connection. The kitchen was kitted out very well. It was good to be able to let our dog run and play ball in a safe space in the field behind the house. Best of all, for me, was the log-burning stove - what a wonderful comfort on a December day.

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great location, lovely cottage and we really appreciated all the little thoughtful extras."

    Thank you!

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Aug 2023

  • "The complementary basket hamper was a nice touch."

    All the walks were nicely laid out to see. The cottage is in a good location for many walks providing you don’t mind a short drive. The only problem we had was we couldn’t stay for longer, the cottage holiday was a treat but an expensive treat so it’s highly unlikely we will be back, but we enjoyed our very short stay.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "A fabulous cottage perfectly situated to explore the Lake District."

    Great hospitality from the owners.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in peaceful surroundings."

    Generous welcome pack and although we didn't eat in, the kitchen was well stocked. Good selection of books for all ages and Netflix too! Instructions and info on the area was detailed and the little garden at the back was a nice place for morning breakfast with the dogs. Local pub had huge portions but short opening hours. Parking on the drive may be tight for a larger SUV type but my Mini had no problems. Loads of on road space anyway. And a delightful local next door neighbour who introduced his dog to ours. We easily got to Buttermere on one day and Bassenthwaite the next and had an easy trip into Cockermouth for shopping. All in all a beautifully calming place to stay

    Reviewed by Anne-marie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Spent another very enjoyable week at Beck House."

    The cottage was very clean and Sue, the landlady, really goes the extra mile to make her guests welcome and comfortable. Everything you need is provided in this cottage from a good supply of logs and kindling to the generous welcome pack. We stayed as a couple with our Border Collie and got out to the Northern and Buttermere Fells and Cumbrian coastline with ease. The garden is very small but this didn't bother us as we were out everyday but if you are looking for a garden to sit out in or for your dog to roam then you might find this restrictive. Access to Cockermouth is easy for picking up supplies. The cottage is ideally suited for access to Northern and North Western Fells and the West and North West coastline. There is parking for one car which would be a bit tight for a large car but plenty of parking on the quiet road within fifty metres so this shouldn't be a problem. We've stayed at many other cottages over a few years now and would be happy to recommend Beck House. The care and attention to detail that Sue puts into this cottage to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable is second to none and was greatly appreciated by us.Thank you Sue for giving us a really great week at Beck House and hopefully we'll be back at some time in the future. Merv and Denise, May 2023

    Thanks Mervyn, glad you enjoyed your 2nd visit to Beck House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mervyn5.0May 2023

  • "Second time here - even better."

    Superb base on the edge of the Lakes but good for coast or Lakes themselves.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful few days at Beck House."

    All the information was made so easily available and we were greeted with a lovely welcome basket. The cottage is charming and has everything you need for the stay. We used the guidebooks to go on a lovely walk around the lakes, and all were happy including the dog. The owner recommended a lovely pub for our Easter lunch - the Bellevue at Papcastle, and it didn’t disappoint. All in all we had a great stay and would definitely return. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage was in a fabulous location with great facilities,plenty of room inside, nice selection of food & other bits provided on arrival."

    Lovely log fire to sit in front of in the evening.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a great week at Beck House."

    Really comfortable. Not lacking in anything. Lovely to arrive to a welcome pack of milk cheese and lots of other goodies.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2023

  • "A perfect cosy cottage, great base for some lovely walks in the North Lakes."

    The owner thinks of everything! A real home from home, we didn’t want to leave

    Reviewed by Jilly4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely, comfortable cosy cottage."

    Fantastic welcome package left by the owners, which contained far more than we expected, and the supply of logs for the fire was a real bonus. We had a brilliant week and would definitely recommend Beck House to anyone.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at Beck House."

    It was such a cosy, comfortable place to come back to after many wet and windy hikes. The fire was gorgeous and felt so wonderful to have unlimited firewood to keep our evenings all cosy. We were overwhelmed with our little hamper of delicious goodies and treats left in the fridge. We would definitely stay again! Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and Sue and John the owners had thought of everything."

    A fully stocked fridge and hamper was there waiting for us. Location ideal for visiting the lakes and the dogs loved the walks we took them on.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2022

  • "Everything was absolutely perfect, including the communication, reception, welcome hamper, comfort, facilities and value for money."

    We will be back.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in Beck House in Dovenby which provided a great base for a family to explore the Lakes, with Cockermouth and its amenities close by."

    The owner Sue kindly contacted us prior to arrival and we had a lovely and detailed discussion about the cottage, where to park, dietary requirements and general advice on the surrounding area and things to do. Sue provided a wonderful hamper comprising amongst other things of teas, coffees, milk, bread, beers and lollies etc - which was a real nice touch. The cottage was warm and cosy, kindling and logs were provided for the wood burner. The lounge/dining room and bedrooms were really comfortable. There was plenty of hot water to bath the kids after a day's mountain biking etc. We really liked the stock of books and board games and having Netflix was a bonus too for watching a good film on the sofa at the end of a hard day. The kitchen was well stocked with crockery, cutlery, utensils and white goods, the washing machine had a useful large capacity. We were able to store our mountain bikes, inflatable canoes and additional gear in the garage which was really useful. The neighbours were really friendly too. We had a fantastic stay and were sad to leave. We would definitely come back and stay again please.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had fantastic stay at Beck House and were given a lovely welcome by Sue our host who was there to meet us."

    The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped and makes a great base for exploring the area. There was a very generous welcome hamper in the kitchen and lots of thoughtful touches throughout the cottage with everything that we needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay. We plan to return here for another holiday and would highly recommend Beck House to other holidaymakers.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2022

  • "We had a very comfortable stay."

    We were met by the owner, Sue, which was very nice. Well equipped with quality kitchen utensils and crockery. Lots of thoughtful touches like flasks, sandwich boxes and many treats!! When the shower broke, an electrician arrived the following day and a new shower installed, which was very impressive! Nice quiet setting in a tiny village. We enjoyed the log burner, which was easy to light and there were plenty of logs for our stay.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7May 2022

  • "Just back from a weeks stay at Beck Cottage commencing 29th April 2022."

    Upon arrival we were met by the landlady,Sue, who was very welcoming and explained the workings of the cottage to us. This is a very well equipped cottage and Sue had left us a very generous "welcome pack" which was appreciated. We took our Border Collie and the cottage has ample water/feeding stations and clearly a dog friendly cottage. We very much appreciated that the landlords had provided kindling/firewood for our use and we made good use of the wood burner fire in the lounge. The cottage has electric storage heaters which aren't the best way to provide heat so the ample provision of firewood for the log burner more than made up for the slight lack of control over the heating. We particularly booked this cottage location to give us easy access to the North West Lakeland fells and we were not disappointed in this respect with easy access to Lorton/Buttermere/ Loweswater areas with the added bonus of easy access to Cockermouth for supplies etc.The village is quite charming and pretty and very rural with no shop although there is a pub in walking distance. The garden at this property is very small and not ideally located from the door of the cottage or in it's surround. In our case this didn't bother us as we were out each day walking the fells and not using the garden. The single parking space could be a little issue with a large car or if not parked correctly. Clearly the care and attention of the landlords comes over making it a lovely cottage for a holiday break and we'd like to thank Sue for her friendliness and welcome. We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Mervyn4.4Apr 2022

  • "Beck cottage was lovely."

    We had a very enjoyable stay. The garden area was very very dog proof, even our two Bichon Frise escape artists failed to find a way to make a break for it! At last holiday accommodation with a genuine dog safe garden.....

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Apr 2022

  • "Lovely warm greeting from Sue the owner who even lit the stove before we arrived and then showed us around."

    Very cosy and comfortable cottage and both dog and child friendly. The owners seem to have put lots of thought into the extras that you might need or have forgotten. For example theres a basket of goodies and essentials for when you arrive and lots of food items in the cupboards.There are lots of thoughtful touches such as dog bowls, barbecue and cushions for the garden seats, bubble bath and a large supply of logs for the wood burner. The kids enjoyed having a television in their room which meant it was more peaceful downstairs for the adults. The television downstairs already has Netflix and Now TV, and the one upstairs an Amazon Firestick so lots of choice. Beds very comfortable. Plenty of maps for walks in the Lakes, the cottage is ideal for areas such as Cokermouth, Crummock Water, Derwentwater, Loweswater. We went walking and paddle boarding. Good choice of books in the living room for adults and children. The garage is handy for storing items such as a paddle board and wetsuits. The field beyond the garden is very handy for dog owners and there are several walks from the door. I’d highly recommend Beck House and it was also reasonably priced.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in idyllic location with all the amenities you need for a pleasant stay!"

    The owners were lovely and met us upon arrival. They lit the log burner so it was nice and warm for us! They made sure we knew where everything was, and The welcome package with food and wine was greatly appreciated, and saved us needing to go out to the shops on our first night! I would recommend this cottage, and we may find ourselves returning for a stay in future.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely property and very thoughtful hosts."

    Beck House is charming, comfortable and very well appointed with a beautiful kitchen, impressive wood burner and very comfortable beds. It is in a great location for the lakes and the beach, in a peaceful village.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2022

  • "One of the nicest cottages we have ever stayed at."

    The owner went the extra mile to make sure we had a fantastic welcome and every facility to make our stay extra special. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen well stocked with utensils and the lounge provided a real home from home. The log burner was a lovely feature and easy to use. The location was a good base to explore Cockermouth Whitehaven Keswick and Windermere. We also discovered Aira Force waterfall near Ullswater. There are plenty of nice places to eat in Cockermouth and we enjoyed lunch in Koppers. All in all we had a fantastic break and we will definitely return to Beck House.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Feb 2022

  • "Thank you for the excellent hamper, food in fridge and cupboard, very much appreciated."

    . Also good supply of logs for woodburner made the bad weather much more tollerable each evening. Lovely cottage, will recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Brenda4.1Feb 2022

  • "Thank you for a really lovely stay."

    We really appreciated how you went the extra mile to make us feel welcome - thank you so much for the hamper, the tasteful Christmas decorations and of course coming into a lovely warm fire - you thought of everything and more! Such a beautiful, cosy and clean cottages with everything we could have possibly needed. We only regret not being able to stay longer! Best wishes, Hannah and Michael

    Hi Hannah Glad you had a good time. Happy New Year! Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Dec 2021

  • "We spent a very comfortable 2 nights at Beck House."

    The cottage is warm and cosy and well stocked with everything one may need for a short stay and with the provision of a delicious hamper. The log burner adds to the charm. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Nov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, in a beautiful friendly village, Sue provided a great welcome ..."

    Lovely cottage, in a beautiful friendly village, Sue provided a great welcome pack the best we've ever had, would definitely recommend this cottage and look forward to our next visit

    Reviewed by Glynis3.8Oct 2021

  • "I’ve rented lots of holiday cottages over the years, sometimes three or more every year, but Beck House has to be one of the best."

    A really cosy and welcoming place, well appointed with everything you could possibly need for a great stay. Owner Sue is an utterly charming lady who couldn’t do enough to ensure that we had everything we needed. The welcome hamper was fantastic, above and beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in a holiday let! Beck Cottage is perfectly placed for exploring the Western and Northern Lake District, and the coast is only a short distance away. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Oct 2021

  • "Sue and John have really thought about what people want or need when staying away from home."

    They provided everything you expect and then added such thoughtful extras. From toothbrushes to vacuum flasks including a superb "starter" hamper ( which could last for days!) a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers and logs for the fire. The wood burner is new and warms the place pronto. From our perspective, the only downside was the lack of walks from the door and the garden was not enclosed so the dog needed company when spending a penny!

    Hi Bob, In response to your helpful feedback we have now enclosed and gated the rear garden. We are hoping to map out the walks from the house, this is work in progress and hopeful there will be some easy to follow routes available soon. We hope you will visit us again! Sue & John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Oct 2021

  • "Sue the owner and as there to welcome us and show us around."

    The welcome pack etc was excellent. Beck House was so comfortable we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Beryl5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely 5 days at Beck Cottage, the welcoming pack was very generous I’ve never had such a good welcoming pack."

    The cottage was charming, we were met by the owner who was very helpful nothing was too much trouble. We took our dog with us and even he was catered for. I’d definitely stay again if we ventured to that part of the country.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in Beck cottage."

    Everything you need for an enjoyable stay is included, from the fresh flowers, fruit bowl and generous welcome pack. I am coeliac and I had gluten free goodies which was a real treat. Sue and John were very welcoming and had certainly thought of all the extras, coffee machine and good selection of cookware and crockery. Lots of books to browse through plus information on walks and things to do in the area. The cottage is in a small hamlet, lovely and quiet but not far from main roads. Cockermouth is very close for shopping and restaurants, we can recommend Blocks steak house, best steak ever. All in all a thoroughly lovely place to stay and we would stay again if we venture up into the Lakes again.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2021

  • "We stayed at Beck House over the August bank holiday."

    The owners made us feel so welcome, from the very generous welcome pack to the amount of information available in the cottage to help us plan our days out. Even the dogs had treats and toys. The cottage is clean, comfortable and well equipped. Everything you might need to make your stay perfect, is there. Great walks nearby, with Cockermouth and Keswick both within a short drive. I can't recommend this property enough.

    Thanks Caron, glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caron5.0Aug 2021

  • "Enjoyed our first visit to the lakes, cottage and owner’s hospitality were ..."

    Enjoyed our first visit to the lakes, cottage and owner’s hospitality were fantastic, cottage acted as a great base to visit lots of off beat places within 1 hour drive, highly recommended

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "The hospitality was fantastic , they made sure we had everything to start the holiday , tea , sugar ,milk , etc ."

    Directions were spot on found it easy enough

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jul 2021

  • "Nice comfortable cottage in the quiet village of Dovenby with easy access to the Western coast of Cumbria and the lakes."

    We were met by the helpful owners who left a generous welcome pack and the cottage had all our needs. An enjoyable holiday in a pleasant area of the lakes.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2021

  • "Would have preferred the garden to be secure, gate only at one end of the garden so unable to leave our dog unattended in the garden as didn't feel it was secure enough."

    Hosts were very generous with welcome pack, best we have ever experienced. Hosts met us on arrival and were very warm and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is in a great area, easy road access to surrounding points of interest."

    Cannot fault the cottage itself, everything that you could ask for. Made very welcome by the majority of the neighbours.The owners of Beck House, lovely people, friendly, approachable, helpful in everyway. Thank you Sue and John for all your help.

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very well situated allowing easy access to all areas of the Lakes."

    Very comfy bed. Incredibly well stocked fridge. Lots of extras like dog bowl, toys and towel. However, cleaning could have been a little more careful. Areas of dust on floors and ledges and the sink area needed attention. Adequate parking for one car but two would have been a push. Enjoyable stay though.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Beck House celebrating a 50th Birthday."

    Hosts were so accommodating and lovely and left an extremely generous welcome hamper which covered every need. Would definitely return, such a lovely cosy cottage in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0May 2021

  • "Beck house is a lovely comfortable cottage in a lovely village."

    The owner Sue was very welcoming and provided an overwhelming welcome hamper on arrival, even food and treats for the dog!. Fresh flowers and thoughtful extras. We strongly recommend this cottage and will return.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beck House was a wonderful choice for our first post Lockdown trip."

    Sue met us upon arrival and was a very gracious host. The cottage is ideally situated in the delightful village of Dovenby and backs onto fields and a public path. Beck House maintains its country character but has every amenity and kitchen gadget you would need. Our family have stayed in many Cumbrian holiday rentals and have never been welcomed with such a generous starter hamper. Lovely local produce. Would definitely return and have already recommended to our friends. Mike and Lorraine Driscoll

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Apr 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin convertible to king sized double
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/dining room with woodburning stove and central heating for the winter months.
  • Electric storage heaters and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi and selection of DVDs.Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking and a secure garage for bike storage
  • Rear garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 2.8 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Please be advised: The garden at Beck House has a public footpath leading to the field at the back of the property

The property

Cockermouth 2.7 miles.

Situated in a peaceful and picturesque part of the countryside, nestled between the beauty of the Lake District National Park and the glorious Cumbrian coastline, Beck House, a characterful semi-detached cottage in the quiet village of Dovenby.

This cosy whitewashed cottage offers a convenient location and an enjoyable self-catering experience for a family, with the lakes and fells of the national park resting just moments away.

The house is accessed by the back door, adjacent to the off road parking area; a spacious, comfortable sitting/dining room, with woodburning stove makes an inviting spot for relaxed evenings curling up with a good book or browsing through the channels of the Smart TV on a winter’s evening.

The lounge diner has a dining table for 4 plus highchair and there is further outdoor dining furniture and barbeque in the small garden at the rear of the property.

A secure garage available for bike storage.

The kitchen is well equipped with twin oven cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer in addition to a dishwasher, a washing machine and a tumble dryer to easily deal with wet, muddy outdoor gear; there is also a rotary clothes line available to dry washing outside.. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, comprising of a double and a larger twin-bedded room, which can be converted to a very spacious king size bed as required.

To the exterior of the cottage, you will find a small garden with pleasant Southerly outlook where there is garden furniture to enjoy the sunshine or an outdoor meal.

The garden leads, via a public footpath, into a field which is idea for visiting pet owners.

From the cottage, you are just a few minutes’ walk away from the village pub, where you can enjoy a pint or two, or a meal.

If you travel into Cockermouth, you will be spoilt for choice by the selection of eateries and the large number of shops for picking up essentials.

In the high street, you will discover the National Trust attraction of Wordsworth House and Garden, where you can brush up on the life of the famous poet who once called this home with guided tours detailing the life of this literary great.

Visitors to Cockermouth can also explore the castle and take the Jennings Brewery tour.

Within easy reach of Beck House are the lakes of Dewentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Ennerdale and Loweswater offering great walking opportunities, as well as windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Set in this fantastic location, keen fell walkers will enjoy walking the ‘North Western Wainwrights'.

Keswick lies 20 mins drive away, and offers easy access to the high fells of Skiddaw and Blencathra; to the east of the town is Castlerigg Stone Circle, which dates back to the Neolithic era and is well worth a visit.

Keswick also offers an abundance of shops, pubs, a theatre and the Derwent Pencil Factory.

Other attractions within the area include a tour of The Lakes Distillery, The Lakes Wildlife Park, exploring Whinlatter Forest Park, by foot or on bikes and the manor property of Mirehouse & Gardens, so there is certainly something to suit all ages and tastes here.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite Lake 7 miles; Keswick 13 miles.

The small country market town of Cockermouth is situated in the quiet north-western part of the Lake District, a largely undiscovered and unspoilt area, yet only 13 miles from Keswick. The town is famous as the birthplace of both William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) and Wordsworth’s Georgian family home, on the main street, is now a popular visitor attraction, owned by the National Trust. Cockermouth offers a good variety of shops, pubs and places to eat, but (of course) the main attraction of the area is the beautiful scenery and excellent walking in the northern lakes – Bassenthwaite Lake, Ennerdale Water and Derwent Water.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas