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Squirrel Cottage

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1075688)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "I think the difficult parking should be better represented in the advertising."

    Private off road parking was one of the things that drew me to the Cottage. I was certainly unaware it was on the side of a hill with the need to turn around in a narrow space. As a previous guest had put in the guest book it was not for the faint hearted. Apart from that it was very cosy, and I very much enjoyed the wonderful views.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2022

  • "Squirrel Cottage is a delightfully cosy, compact property, in an extremely beautiful location, with un-beatable dramatic scenery and within minutes of many leisure activities."

    A must-visit location for outdoor activities being so close to Bassenthwaite Lake, Dodd Wood, Whinlatter Forest , The Lake District Wildlife Park, Keswick and Derwentwater. Especially great for ramblers of all abilities. Within an hour of Skiddaw and many other peaks and fells.

    Thank you for your super feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage and the surrounding area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SheliaJul 2022

  • "Loved the cottage with its pretty garden and absolutely wonderful view."

    Everything was clean and comfortable. Quiet little road just outside village. Parking space was a bit tricky! Great base for exploring the Lakes.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by SheilaMay 2022

  • "Have been to this cottage 6 years running now as we love the area and the cottage."

    Nice to see that it has had a make over as it did need it. I did mention last year that it needed a new shower door as the water comes underneath, this has not been replaced, maybe that could be done. We will be back next year. Regards Patricia

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you like the improvements that we have made to Squirrel Cottage so far and look forward to welcoming you back for your 7th visit in 2023! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2022

  • "An absolutely perfect cottage."

    Everything we needed was provided and the view was breathtaking. A perfect base for exploring the lakes. Can’t wait to return.

    Thank you for your great feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ShellyApr 2022

  • "Cottage lovely, location perfect for us and views amazing."

    Saw there had been no welcome pack so made sure we had everything with us but a small tea/coffee and milk to start off would have been a nice touch. Would recommend and would re-visit as it was just right for us and the dogs.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback following our recent renovations at Squirrel Cottage. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DawnMar 2022

  • "Parking not easy."

    a welcome pack would be a noce jesture eg tea/coffee/milk /biscuits/ fruit. earlier access than 4.00pm especially as vacation is by 9.00 am.

    Thanks for your feedback. We apologise for for the supply issue with the welcome pack on this occasion. We hope that it did not spoil the rest of your holiday at Squirrel Cottage with its wonderful lakeland views. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeonardFeb 2022

  • "Superb outlook from this comfortable and well-equipped cottage."

    Parking is difficult, especially for larger vehicles. There is a lovely garden where children can safely play. Internet access is difficult because the necessary codes are illegible in the instructions. We found it too remote for our liking but I am sure others would love it.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "This cottage has the most stunning views with a lovely garden and conservatory to enjoy them from."

    Great location to be based from to enjoy the low fells. Cottage generally comfortable and well equipped. However, Squirrel Cottage/Sykes should request a recycling bin (the cottage advice tells you to put all rubbish in one bin which is just shocking. All the neighbouring cottages have recycling bins so I knocked on the doors and used theirs). Also, bin-bags were not left for rubbish (only laundry) so we could not bag up the laundry as they request you to. A dishwasher would be nice!

    Reviewed by JoannaAug 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at Squirrel Cottage."

    The cottage is in a beautiful setting with fabulous views. the garden is private but it is overlooked by the house next door. There is a lovely pub 0.5 miles away.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburner
  • Conservatory
  • Electric heating (Inluding storage heaters) with wood burning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV, DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Initial supply of logs supplied, additional supplies of wood can be purchased locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot in property
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Garden with lawn and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6.8 miles, pub 0.6 miles
  • Note: There are steps to access the cottage

The property

Cockermouth 6.9 miles.

Squirrel Cottage is a charming end-terrace cottage resting in the picturesque village of Bassenthwaite, Cumbria.

Boasting character features throughout and a garden with spectacular views over the stunning Lake District National Park, this cottage is perfectly suited to a small family or active group of friends looking to discover the varying terrains of this wonderful area.

Entering the property, the living and dining room invites you in to enjoy the space with your friends and family; gather to enjoy tasty home-cooked meals before settling into the plush sofas to watch the TV after a long of exploring your surroundings.

Take advantage of the kitchen and rustle up delicious meals on the electric double oven and hob, or perhaps prepare a pot of tea to enjoy in the conservatory while admiring the views of the fells.

As the evening draws to a close, head to the bedrooms for some well-earned rest; the cottage hosts a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, each have been thoughtfully decorated with neutral colours and quality storage for your belongings.

Guests will also benefit from a bathroom complete with a bath, a shower over, a basin and a WC, where you can freshen up ahead of another busy day of exploring.

Spend your summer evenings dining al fresco in the garden; the lovely lawned area is home to a picnic bench, providing a tranquil spot for your morning coffee.

Treat your group to a meal out in The Sun Inn, offering a traditional menu and good real ales.

For days out while at the cottage, The Lake District Wildlife Park is within easy reach and offers a day of discovering a world of exotic species and native wildlife, making for a fun-filled day for animal lovers and younger members of your group.

Conveniently located within the Lake District National Park, Squirrel Cottage has an abundance of walking and cycling routes of varying difficulties; you will be spoilt for choice with the range of terrains to explore, up the peaks, through the valleys and of course, along the picture-perfect lakesides.

Slightly further afield is the thriving town of Keswick, which is home to plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés to fuel your excursions throughout your stay.

For a day of exploring, visit the Aira Waterfall which is partly reachable by car, before setting off on foot through the nature trails to reach the cascading waters and stunning view points across the magnificent landscapes.

Choose Squirrel Cottage for a memorable holiday in a superb location.

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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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season