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Matterdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972666)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "The most perfect cottage in a fabulous setting"

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Everything was perfect from the lovely hosts, beautiful location and superb cottage."

    Many thanks.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2021

  • "A stunning location and one of the most peaceful we have enjoyed on our many breaks."

    A warm, friendly welcome and a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "Swallowdale was a beautiful place to stay."

    The views were amazing ever changing and there were daily visits from a red squirrel and birds that we’ve not seen before. There was a lovely welcome gift from our hosts Lizzie and Johnathan and they made us feel very welcome. For us it was an excellent base to explore our favourite part of The Lakes.

    Reviewed by MandyJun 2021

  • "The cottage was so beautiful."

    The hosts Lizzie and jonathan were kind and friendly. The area whete the cottage is is stunning nature mountains and lakes.

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing."

    Would not hesitate to recommend Swallowdale to anybody - absolutely beautiful little cottage with so many thoughtful touches and considerations and everything we could possibly need. The view cannot be beaten - nor can the visiting red squirrels and birds!

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2021

  • "It was the perfect Lakes holiday cottage."

    Attentive but not intrusive hosts, wonderful setting, spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed cottage.

    Reviewed by JillApr 2021

  • "The booking process and regular emails made this holiday such a dream."

    The hosts went out of their way to make me and my partner really enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by oliverDec 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage in a stunning location."

    Red squirrels and buzzards were a regular in the garden, which had amazing views of the fells. The rain was relentless but did not bother us knowing that we would be returning to the cosy cottage. A good pub within a 10 minute walking distance. Lots of walks from the doorstep, including Aira Falls. Perfect, thank you.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Could not recommend it more.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "Superb property in a wonderful location ..."

    Superb property in a wonderful location Owners are really friendly and helpful Plus all the wildlife in the garden was amazing

    Reviewed by LornaSep 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage, stunning inside with amazing views."

    Lovely owners who live on site and leave you to enjoy your time. Walks from the door, lovely pub down the road, perfect for a couple and a dog.

    Reviewed by HayleyMar 2020

  • "The position of Swallowdale, perched on the side of the hill and the ever changing views over the snowy mountains as the weather changed from snow to rain to bright sunshine."

    Getting cold and blown on our walks and coming back to the lovely warmth and comfort of the cottage. Friendly attentive, but not intrusive hosts. Lucy’s Wood. Watching so many birds come and go from the feeders and listening to their song.

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2020

  • "What a Lovely cottage in an amazing location me & my wife would highly recommend this cottage and we will definitely be booking again in the future , the owners are so friendly and welcoming we couldn’t have asked for any more."

    Reviewed by StephenFeb 2020

  • "This place is a slice of heaven."

    Views are stunning from every window, accommodation is very well equipped, very clean and comfortable and a perfect place to walk in every direction from. Owners, Lizzie & Jonathan are very welcoming, attentive and friendly. Loved every second, very sad to have to leave. Stay was made even more magical and memorable by having mulled wine and cake on arrival. Thank you for everything. Very much hope to be back one day.

    Reviewed by StephanieDec 2019

  • "Swallow dale is an idyllic place, we enjoyed every moment."

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2019

  • "Swallowdale is a perfect bolt hole - warm and cosy with all modern conveniences, the sort of place that if it's raining cats and dogs outside, and it was for us, you'd be happy to stay indoors and put your feet up for the day."

    Reviewed by JimOct 2019

  • "This is the best holiday cottage we have stayed at."

    Perfect location and views to die for. Got lost on arrival but sykes directed us to the door and rang later to make sure we where ok. Thank you Sykes

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "The cottage is warm and comfortable, set in spectacular surroundings."

    It is ideal for those wishing for a peaceful, relaxing break. It is very quiet. The next-door owners are not intrusive and there is really nothing but the wind and wildlife for company. We would have liked a bread bin and a larger frying pan.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "Wow!!!"

    What a lovely cottage and location excellent views and the owners were very friendly and would do anything to help you. I would definetley recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "We received a very warm welcome upon arrival from Lizzie the owner."

    The cottage has been done out to very high standards and was extremely clean & comfortable. Every room had a nice fragrance when we walked around. Clear instructions were available on how to use the equipment & everything needed was there for our use. The scenery all around the cottage is beautiful & there are lot of places to go walking. It's location is very handy for visiting lots of places, therefore, we had a lovely holiday with plenty to do. We would certainly recommend Swallowdale to our family & friends & would love to go back again in the near future. A bottle of wine & chocolates were left for us which was a lovely guesture from Lizzie & Jonathan.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Great cottage; excellent view; very,very peaceful."

    A good location being between Penrith and Keswick. Walks from the door. Red squirrels on the feeders. Couldn't ask for more. Very minor negatives which in no way were detrimental to the holiday experience: No shower 10 minutes to Aira Force BY CAR for us 45 minute walk (which was better for us but the 10 minutes to waterfall is misleading)

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2019

  • "Amazing!!!"

    Within 10 minutes of arriving we were sat watching red squirrels on the feeder hanging outside the lounge window. The views are wonderful, the ever changing Lakes weather means that the view is never the same. Everything you need is here, walks from the doorstep, a short distance to Aira Falls and Ullswater - a most tranquil lake. We completed the Ullswater Way, amongst other walks, and returned to the cottage after each stage to a welcome bath to soothe the aches, along with a glass of wine to relax whilst watching the wildlife. The owners were very welcoming although we only saw them briefly as they were leaving the following day for a holiday of their own, the welcome gift of wine and chocolates were very much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at Swallowdale.

    Reviewed by JacquelineMay 2019

  • "Cosy cottage which was spotlessly clean with all of the facilities to make it an enjoyable holiday home from home."

    Great hosts - very friendly & there for you if you needed them. Ideal location - rural but still handy for local pubs/restaurants & local amenities.

    Reviewed by DuncanMay 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful, up to a high standard of finish and cleanliness."

    Perfectly located for exploring on foot or in the car. Very welcoming hosts. I don't think I would ever get bored of the fantastic view from the glass wall in the cottage. An amazing holiday, we'll be back.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2019

  • "Amazing venue, lovely accomodation and very friendly and helpful hosts."

    Couldn't find anything to complain about. Lovely local hotel at bottom of the hill The Royal served excellent food. Lots of lovely walks and places to visit nearby. Would highly recommend a stay here, it was fabulous and exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by DianeApr 2019

  • "A perfect getaway retreat, warm, cosy and inviting, centrally situated, a 5 star experience, highly recommended"

    Reviewed by JimMar 2019

  • "The cottage was better than we expected."

    Cosy, clean, comfortable. The owners were friendly but not intrusive. Amazing value for money. The view was exceptional. We will use again.

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2019

  • "The swallowdale cottage was absolutely perfect!"

    We cant wait to visit again! Lizzie and Jonathan were brilliant, very welcoming and friendly. We would recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by SamanthaJan 2019

  • "We really enjoyed the walks and to see the red squirrels up close feeding was a real treat"

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2019

  • "Ideal location & accommodation to stay at to get away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life & switch off."

    Superb hosts, very thoughtful. Would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by AngelaDec 2018

  • "A fantastic venue in a fantastic location."

    We took two dogs to the Lake District and apart from the weather Sykes couldnt do enough to ensure that it was hassle free and went smoothly. Great online app to allow you to quickly look information up! Definitely booking through Sykes again

    Reviewed by RhysNov 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage set in stunning location."

    Presented to us in a very high standard. Owners were extremely helpful.Just one minor problem with the water we were unable to obtain a sufficient high temperature for washing up and baths this became increasingly more obvious as the week went on .

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2018

  • "The location was perfect, beautiful views, quiet."

    For me though, the bed was too hard.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2018

  • "Great communication and information emails from Lakes Cottage holidays beforehand."

    Fabulous accommodation, friendly helpful hosts - most relaxing.

    Reviewed by HeatherAug 2018

  • "Absolute gem of a property with outstanding views, far from the madding crowd and lovely, attentive landlady."

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    The setting is just spectacular and the cottage is so comfortable and cosy and the owner very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2018

  • "The cottage and hosts were perfect, incredibly welcoming and with brilliant views."

    The location is great, right on top of some excellent hills, with easy paths down to waterfalls and a lake. Travelling for walks further afield is easy too, with Blencathra only a fifteen minute drive. The cottage is small but beautiful, and tastefully decorated; the kitchen is great, and the living room / garden are incredibly comfortable to relax in after a day's walk. Our dog was well catered for, and the house is wonderfully quiet at night. We were lucky with the weather, but even on a drizzly day we'd be very happy to stay indoors and watch the world go by here.

    Reviewed by HarryJun 2018

  • "Had a lovely week."

    The cottage was perfect and the views stunning. All the facilities were available as advertised. The owners property adjoined our cottage and they were very welcoming. I would certainly recommend the property for anyone visiting the area. Our dog was made very welcome and there were dog biscuit treats waiting for him. The location was perfect.

    Reviewed by LisaMar 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at Swallowdale, Jonathan and Lizzie couldn't have been more welcoming to us and our two dogs."

    The cottage was beautifully decorated and very cosy with underfloor heating which the dogs loved lazing on. It was nice to see the birds and red squirrels on the patio at breakfast right outside the window. The only slight downside for us personally was that there was no shower but the bathroom was beautiful nonetheless. Highly recommend but make sure you follow the website directions as we got lost relying on the satnav!

    Reviewed by ShirleyMar 2018

  • "Every thing about Swallowdale, the hosts, the location, and facilities were perfect, we cannot praise it enough."

    We had a thoroughly great holiday.

    Reviewed by JaneJan 2018

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  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with small dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Underfloor heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer dishwasher, washing machine, TV, Wi-Fi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Small garden with bench seating
  • Access to owner's fields
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 15 minute walk
  • Waterfall 10 mins walk
  • Note: Max 2 adults.

The property

This barn conversion is located on the hillside of Matterdale, just a short walk from Aira Force near Ullswater.

Swallowdale is a one bedroom property with character features and stunning walks from your doorstep, making it an ideal spot for a secluded couple's getaway.

The sitting room has a host of features to warm your heart and soul.

The wood burner keeps you toasty after a day walking in the fells, and the gloriously high glass door and windows enhance the cosy romantic feel of the cottage.

The refurbishment has seen maximum use made of the kitchen space, with built-in appliances, Belfast sink and all the features required of a modern kitchen.

There's even a table for two dining set at which to enjoy your meals.

Upstairs, the stunning bedroom with king size bed has been lovingly furnished with padding on the low central beam to avoid any unwanted bruises.

The cottage is attached to the owner's farmhouse, so the stunning location is there for you to enjoy from the private fields, including a small garden with truly remarkable fell views all of your own.

Matterdale itself is a parish district, so a short journey is required to reach local amenities, but this gives you the opportunity to call in at one of the many local villages such as Dockray to sample the best of their shops and restaurants.

Activities are on your doorstep at Swallowdale.

Aira Beck leads to Aira Force, with the beauty of its waterfall, and if you continue to Ullswater, water activities abound.

For a more gentle option, perhaps take a cruise on the lake, or head out of the district to the charming neighbouring town of Penrith.

Peacefully positioned in the owner's farmland, Swallowdale offers unique views of the Matterdale Fells and is an ideal location for a couple to enjoy a romantic getaway.

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About the location


Penrith 6 miles.

The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

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