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Squirrel Cottage

(Ref. 1075688)

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "A really lovely cottage with incredible view across the fells and lake."

    Spotlessly clean. The immersion heater was noisy in the middle of the night in the main bedroom and the curtains in the twin room very pretty but very thin lining, worth noting if you’re taking children who wake up with the first light! The off road parking spot is small and on a steep slope, something which Sykes ought to state in the listing. We, like others, parked in the layby nearby but this is very potholed and muddy. Other than these points it was great, a lovely area which we know well and a good base for visiting.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Apr 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay at squirrel cottage the property itself was spotless beds ..."

    We enjoyed our stay at squirrel cottage the property itself was spotless beds were comfortable view was stunning the only downsides were parking that was a bit of a mission if you have a large vehicle the pub was a bit far for me as I can't walk very far so we had to get taxis there and back I would not return for those reasons but for anyone who can walk and doesn't mind the tight parking I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage it's a lovely property

    We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage and would recommend it to others. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.1Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely fantastic stay at Squirrel Cottage."

    The location was excellent and the views from the open conservatory were out of this world. Check in went very smoothly and the cottage was very clean and tidy when we got there. Plenty of pots and pans in the kitchen, games and puzzles and a lovely log burner to relax in front of. The enclosed garden was perfect for our dogs to play in. Lots of clean towels available and the beds were very comfortable. The hot water tank was a little noisy in the middle of the night but nothing we couldn’t deal with. The only downside to the stay we feel was the check out time. We think 9am is a little early to have everything packed and the cottage clean and tidy especially with little ones in tow. Overall it was an excellent stay and we will be returning.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Feb 2024

  • "A lovely, well equipped cottage with amazing views from the conservatory."

    We were there on a very cold, wet week and the heating was very efficient. The cottage is well placed for getting to lots of popular places in the Lakes. One warning, we arrived in the dark and rain and drove past as the name sign at the top of the drive wasn't obvious against the wall.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Dec 2023

  • "We wish we had booked for longer!"

    !! We loved our stay here from start to finish. The cottage itself was so clean and cosy and had everything (and more) that we wanted. The location was perfect for us and our dog with lots of walks right on the doorstep. The view from the conservatory was absolutely amazing!! The garden was very well kept, secure and perfect for our dog. We can’t wait to stay here again and would definitely recommend to anyone! Thank you again, Chloe and Jack.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage and look forward to welcoming you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Squirrel Cottage and already talking about when we can com back!"

    The property was spotless and very well equipped, comfortable, and in a great location. Th secure garden was brilliant for our escape artist of a labradoodle! We especially loved the porch with one of the best Lakes views we’ve ever had. Only quirk was the boiler in the main bedroom that periodically whirs throughout the night, but that can’t be helped - just something to be aware of if you are a light sleeper. A perfect stay; thank you so much.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage. On a clear day the view from the conservatory is almost 30 miles! The electric immersion heater warms the water, ready for the day as there is no boiler in the cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2023

  • "A great stay in a fantastic property for our family (2 children and our dog)."

    Handy storage outside for bikes - we stored two full size mountain bikes and the hose very useful for cleaning. Very clean and well presented throughout. A great garden space with stunning views. Not a lot in Bassenthwaite itself and a reasonable walk to the village.

    We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Another lovely holiday with fantastic views from the garden."

    I feel a 9am departure time is too early as you are requested to strip the beds, empty the bins and do half the cleaners work for them before you leave. This together with our own packing and loading of the car on top. It is all a bit of a rush after a nice relaxing holiday.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you had a relaxing holiday with us. We will take into account your comments and it may be something we look at changing in the future. We hope to welcome you back soon. The owner relations team - Lakes Cottage Holidays Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.7May 2023

  • "This was our 8th visit to squirrel cottage, love the cottage and area."

    Make over in the bathroom great. Never mentioned this last year as we thought it was a one off, but the person staying in the place attached to squirrels, came into our garden with his dog, and then panicked when he realised we were sitting in the garden. But this morning when we were eating breakfast a young lady came down with her coffee to sit in the garden, we were taken back, my dog was not happy. I asked her, can I help you , she said she understood that this was for them to use. I explained it was not, she was fine and left. Maybe it should be made clear that they a garden view, but no access. Normally when we get back from a day out, we just let our dog off to run down the steps into the garden, the lady and us would have been taken back. Anyway we had a lovely holiday . See you next year Regards. Patricia

    We are glad you enjoyed your 8th stay and thank you for already booking your 9th in 2024! There is a sign in our neighbour's house directing their guests"Right" - into their garden. She apologises and will emphasise again to her guests that they are not allowed to come into Squirrel Cottage's garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with fantastic views"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage!"

    A great location too. I loved coming down in the morning to sit in the conservatory and watch the weather in the valley and over the hills. It was warm and cozy with no need to light the fire. The twin room is small but the master bedroom is fabulous. The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of cupboard space. A short walk to the Sun Inn (also dog friendly). The trick to the drive is to reverse in and onto the parking space, we managed it with a VW camper. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in the utility 'shed'. Thank you for the chance to stay in this lovely cottage. Only negative is having to leave by 9am.

    Thank you for your great feedback! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Squirrel Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Oct 2022

  • "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.

    We are glad you found Squirrel Cottage cosy and enjoyed the wonderful views. The off road parking space can be seen in photo 30. We are sorry you found it difficult. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Jul 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 Shelia5.0Jul 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 Sheila4.7May 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 Patricia4.4May 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 Shelly5.0Apr 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 Dawn5.0Mar 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 Leonard3.8Feb 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 John4.7Sep 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 Joanna3.8Aug 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 Linda4.4Jul 2021

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, Utility( outbuilding with washing machine and tumble dryer)
  • Living/dining room with woodburner
  • Conservatory
  • Electric heating (Inluding storage heaters) with wood burning stove
  • 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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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