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How End

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Braithwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 9 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "How End is a fantastic property in a wonderful location!"

    The house was clean and spacious, plenty of room for 6 adults and a 5-month old. Having a bathroom per couple and still 2 spare was a real benefit and a rare find! The views from the secluded garden and from the huge window in the upstairs lounge area are simply stunning. With Whinlatter Forest literally on the doorstep, so many different walking routes from the house, and 3 pubs in the village, you could easily not use the car all week! We had a wonderful time, were lucky with the weather, and would definitely recommend this property for anyone looking to explore this area of The Lakes

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property very clean and comfortable with stunning views."

    We very much enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful family week in Howe End."

    .the property was very well equipped & we loved sitting in the main lounge area with the stunning views over the mountains. We would definitely recommend & will certainly return in the future .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "House was amazing, even better than the photos."

    Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and would love to go back there. Incredible views from every room.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at How End."

    The location and facilities were perfect. Lovely touch that the woodburning stoves were all set up with wood to light when we arrived. We would definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic house and grounds with exceptional views and great location for exploring the Lake District."

    Fully equipped kitchen with everything you could need for a weeks holiday. Property lovely and warm, cleaned to a high standard. Lake Cottages also quickly responded to a request for a replacement kettle. Would certainly recommend the company and the house to anyone heading for a stay in the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2021

  • "I think the beautiful house would benefit from having a twin room or zip and ..."

    I think the beautiful house would benefit from having a twin room or zip and link beds to make a super king size bed or twin beds

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2021

  • "For a premium-priced cottage the quality of what was provided was simply inadequate 1) The toaster did not work 2) One of the measuring jugs in the kitchen was cracked and leaked when used - nearly scalding one of our party."

    3) There was no dishcloth, and only sufficient washing-up liquid for one day - we had to buy both 4) there was insufficient toilet rolls to last us the week 5) We were required to put bed linen and towels into bags at the end of our stay but insufficient bags were provided (only 2 bags for 9 people) 6) there were no spare bin liners. we had to use one of the laundry bags meaning there was only one for laundry

    Reviewed by J3.4Sep 2021

  • "How End is amazing, perfect for special occasion holiday with our grown up family."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Stunning house in a perfect location."

    We were 2 families of total 7 people. House was large with extra rooms we actually didn’t even use! One thing to note is that the description says it has only one en-suite bedroom- there are two king rooms with en-suites. The upper floor room using a shower room on the second floor and the third double has use of a shower room opposite. In total there are 5 shower rooms! Sykes Cottages responded very quickly to a query we had - can’t fault a thing- and I’m picky:))

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7May 2021

  • "We booked this house because it had a games room."

    However, when we arrived there was no equipment for the Pool table or the football table. We rang your office and were told this was due to COVID. Whilst we fully understand, it would have been helpful to have been informed of this before we went. We could have taken our own.

    Reviewed by Charles4.7Aug 2020

  • "Great weekend break , cottage was as expected with everything you needed , loads of room as well the place is huge and easy to find ( well it was for our little group ) , 10 minutes walk to the pub what more can you ask for ."

    Will definitely be heading back to How End cottage next year .

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Mar 2020

  • "We had a wonderful family holiday celebrating my 60th birthday with all 3 generations of the Middleton family."

    Every thing about the house and area was lovely . The only things that could be added would be a tumble dryer and perhaps some outdoor benches and childrens play area? The games room was a bit tight for the men to move around in but they managed and the pool table needs recovered, the guys do take their pool seriously ;-) The walk down to the village was great and the village shop is terrific also the royal oak was ideal for a family lunch . I would recommend your company and especially this home to friends .

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Oct 2019

  • "Loved the property and had a wonderful week here."

    Only two comments, firstly the property could do with a tumble dryer, the boot room isn’t always warm enough to dry clothes, especially in the winter. Secondly, it would be night to have a curtain over the entrance to the bedroom and bathroom off the main sitting room. There is already a curtain rail there and has obviously had one before. It just gives some privacy if the users of the bedroom are using there bathroom whilst other people are sat in the living room.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2019

  • "Amazing communication from Fiona the whole way - before, during and after."

    Thank you! The cottage was so beautiful!!! Had everything we needed and more. Brilliant location and the views were stunning. We were a group of 8 and we were all very happy with the accommodation. The only downside was not being able to open the windows in the kitchen, besides just the one, which only opened about 10cm - not helpful when trying to cook and the alarm going off! Not a big deal, just some feedback for you. I looked everywhere for the keys and couldn't find them! Thanks again!!!

    Reviewed by Walid5.0Aug 2019

  • "We'd loved the cottage and had an amazing week in the lake district, but as I work in PR, just some feedback to make the cottage even better: No tumble dryer to dry clothes and the clothes line was slightly broken (couldn't extent the full height) If the sofa in the sitting room was a sofa bed, it could allow for 1-2 additional guests in the house as it was quite large and plenty of bathrooms."

    We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at How End. We will of course get the washing line replaced, also there is a boot room for drying wet items. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aideen3.4Apr 2019

  • "We found the views out of the large lounge window very beautiful and the kitchen was stocked with high quality equipment."

    We really enjoyed our Holiday. Things that could be improved. 1. The hood over the hob was too low, the taller members of our family kept hitting their head on it! 2. We did not feel in control of when the central heating was working. It would be good to be able to put the system on boost for an hour or so when required.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2019

  • "Unfortunately the top bedroom bed broke on sitting on it on the second day so had to sleep with mattress on the floor."

    Overall great experience Was tricky to find as not on sat nav and a road was closed at the bottom of the hill

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Feb 2019

  • "Friendly & helpful staff in the Lakes Cottages office in Keswick who gave us some useful advice when we picked up the keys regarding some roadworks near to the house that we were renting for 4 days."

    The house was absolutely superb and provided 8 of us with a home from home for 3 excellent days celebrating a family 60th birthday - perhaps the only slight criticism is that the house was much better equipped than described. The kitchen in particular was very well equipped and has absolutely everything that 8 people would need to live permanently in the house. The Library has a load of books, games and jigsaws (which several of us did on the floor in front of the great log burner in the upstairs lounge) and the magnificent view of Skiddaw across the valley from most of the rooms is a joy to behold. A simple half mile walk into Braithwaite (remember to bring a torch as the road is completely unlit) for a choice of pubs but special mention must go to the Royal Oak - great food, friendly staff and an excellent atmosphere. We would love to go back!

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Feb 2019

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Great large house with all you could want. Great high pressure showers. Christmas tree and decorations were very nice. Much apprececiated the bottle of wine and panettone cake. The only niggle we had was with the heating. After a while it just goes off and we had to continually keep turning it back on to keep house warm when we were there. I appreciate that this is probably an energy saving measure, but it would be nice to have the house at a constant temperature while we were in.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Dec 2018

  • "Lovely house which could easily accommodate more than 9 guests."

    Lots of space . Could get lost playing hide and seek in here!!! Warm and cosy with lots of hot water. Nice 10 minute stroll to the village which had plenty of facilities ( no supermarket - stock up before you go - plenty of of fridge and freezer space) Check in time could be earlier - particularly when only staying for 3 nights ( 6 hours between change over) another set of keys would have been useful

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Oct 2018

  • "Fantastic property."

    Amazing views and the whole experience warrants a 10 out of 10 score. Only minor drawback was the squatters ( chickens ) who left lots of their " calling cards" all over the place, and the roosters in the pack were a little zealous with their alarms. We have to expect when the countryside to accept the surroundings but I would suggest that future guests should be discouraged from feeding them, as they are very persistent in trying to enter the property. Would I go back to How end ? ……………….without a doubt !!!!! This minor setback does not affect my overall score !!!

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2018

  • "We really enjoyed the stay again - a lovely house with stunning views and very convenient for Keswick and the rest of the North Lakes area."

    One small point - the "spare" freezer (in the utility room) turned itself off on one day, so the ice creams etc in it defrosted. Not sure how, but it then started to work and was OK for the rest of the holiday.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x family bedroom with 1 double and 1 single bed; Master double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bath, shower cubicle and WC, 1 x double bedroom with adjacent shower room, 1x double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • 1 x family bathrooms with shower over the bath
  • 1 x ground floor shower room with WC
  • Games room, spacious lounge, library, sitting room, utility room, and drying room with bike storage
  • Open plan kitchen and diner.
  • Electric range master with double oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Pool table, table football, WiFi, TV and DVD player
  • Centrally heated
  • Wood burning stove and log burner
  • Oil and electricity included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Ample parking on private driveway
  • Enclosed garden and patio with garden furniture
  • Storage in drying room for bikes
  • Shop and pubs in the village
  • Keswick 7-minute drive

The property

This fabulous cottage is located in the village of Braithwaite just a short walk from a local shop and 2 pubs.

Spread over three floors the cottage retains many of the original features with beamed ceilings, solid wood floors and a large entrance hallway, making it perfect for families or groups of friends.

On the ground floor there is an open plan kitchen and diner.

There is a utility room perfect for wet boots along with a library room equipped with games, sitting room with stunning views of the Skiddaw Range, shower room and large drying room where bikes can be stored.

The first floor has an additional lounge with a wood burning stove, TV and DVD player.

There is a double room, king sized bedroom, master king sized bedroom and a family bathroom on the first floor too.

The final family bedroom with both a single and double bed is located on the second floor.

The second floor also has a games room with pool table, football table and more games.

The property has a private driveway with ample parking, an enclosed front garden and an elevated patio with views of the beautiful countryside and Skiddaw Range.

Within a short walk there is a local shop and two pubs as well as access to beautiful countryside walks and rides in all directions.

From the cottage you can head up onto the Skiddaw Range for a challenging day of walking, running or cycling, or stay at a lower level in the valleys for an easier day out.

Located close to the market town of Keswick, there is a range of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops within a short drive, plus picturesque Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite nearby.

Or take a drive or scenic bus journey and visit Cockermouth, Grasmere and Ambleside further afield. This location is perfect for families or groups of friends looking to explore the Lake District.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Keswick 3 miles.

Between the magnificent northern lakes of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, lies the village of Braithwaite. Still retaining much of its traditional appeal, the Coledale Beck runs through the village with whitewashed Lakeland cottages, two village shops and two real ale Inns each brimming with character! 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, there really is something for everyone. Visit Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the lake with an open-air theatre, or take a trip around the lake. Lake District Wildlife Park, Dodd Wood, Derwentwater, and Keswick with its wide range of attractions, are also within easy reach.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas