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2 Mellfell View

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Penruddock, 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
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property just a couple of things we have a nosey well behaved small dog."

    But I had to keep him on the lead in the garden at all times due to at the top of the right hand side of the garden the hedging stops and there is a large gap behind it the neighbours fence was on the floor and needs replacing. The backyard light did not work. And although this did not bother me there was a gap behind the wooden shed which a child or dog could fall into. Hope this helps great holiday will be back hopefully Joe

    Dear Joseph, Thank you very much for your feedback; very helpful. The gap in the hedging is probably due to vegetation receding in winter. At my next visit in January I will see if it is possible to add a section of fence. I will also look at the gap behind the wooden shed. that is a very good point. The back light: I will ask the electrician to fix it ASAP. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Nov 2023

  • "First time ever using Sykes Cottages, booking was easy and lots of places to choose from."

    We decided to book 2 Mellfell View based on the location and the reviews. The cottage did not dissappoint. Perfect location, within close range to Penrith and not too far from Keswick. Loads of great walks and lakes on your doorstep. The cottage was spacious but had a lovely cosey feel. The essentials like towels, toilet rolls, kitchen utensils, bin bags etc were all provided. Clear instructions after booking and on arrival. We would definately book this cottage again and recomment it to others. If you need logs for the log fire, we bought a large bag for £20 from B&M in Penrith and kindling for £2.99. Great value. The can opener didn't work but we had a spare with us. I have made a note in the book in the cottage. The only other slight issue was the comfort of the large mattress. We both found this a little uncomfortable and could feel the springs. Perhaps a mattress topper could be considered. But this didn't spoil our holiday. We look forward to returning soon. Don't forget to take a visit to the Herdwick Inn, just behind the cottage a short walk across the field. Food is fabulous there and the landlord and staff are super helpful and pleasant. Thank you for a lovely holiday

    Dear Natalie, Thank you for your feedback and glad that you enjoyed your stay. Also thank you for reporting the few issues. I have asked the cleaners to replace the can opener. The mattress in the master bedroom will be replaced with a new one early next year, February at the latest. As you mentioned, logs for the fire can be purchased in various outlets in and around Penrith. Also you should have found a complimentary basket of firewood and kindling on your arrival. If this was not the case, please let me know. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie4.7Nov 2023

  • "We had a great week at the cottage and surrounding areas as we were looking to completely relax."

    Everything we needed was supplied, lovely and clean property. The dishwasher was very useful, however, to avoid using it too much, we went several times to The Herdwick (across the field) very friendly towards us and the dog . Good food and sensible prices . Lovely enclosed garden for our dog, with BBQ area, seating table and chairs. The owner checked that we had arrived ok and got settled. Plenty of books at the cottage to plan days out, also if you get a wet day try The Pencil Museum (more fun than you may think). We will book again Adrian Marsh

    Dear Adrian, Thank you for your feedback. Glad to know that you enjoyed your stay. Also good news that the Herdwick Inn has re-opened. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Comfortable and in a quiet location."

    Missed not having a washing machine. A clothes line in garden would have helped as we were blessed with lovely weather! Owner contacted us to make sure we had settled in, which was very caring. Reported that there was no hairdryer and owner offered to order one on Amazon for next day delivery. Seems previous renters had mistakenly taken it! We declined his kind offer as we’d bought a hairdryer in Penrith once we realised there wasn’t one.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, just right for the four of us."

    Well appointed, spotlessly clean when we arrived, nice and comfy beds and bedding. Has a nice little garden, which we would have enjoyed had it not rained all week! Really appreciated touches such as the extra towels left in the porch for the dog. We did go prepared, but with the weather so rough on days (plus she fell in a bog one day and needed a very thorough bath on the drive!), we would have struggled with what we took. Only suggestions I could make to improve it are that an os map would have been handy for planning walkies round the village, and an airer would have been really useful this week for getting soggy dog towels and coats dry! Otherwise, it was a lovely spot and we'd happily go again. Locally, we enjoyed the pencil museum and castlerigg stone circle in kewsick, lowther castle, pooley bridge and ullswater, and we can definitely recommend the Boot and Shoe for food in Greystoke. The Herdwick Inn in the village claimed it was closed on facebook, although it looked very much open when we drove past, so we ended up one village up.

    Dear Tanya, Thank you very much for your feedback and glad you liked the cottage. I am sorry to hear that the weather was not good. Regarding your suggestions for improvement: there should be an airer available to guests in the understairs cupboard. I will ask the cleaners to confirm it is still there. Indeed, the Herdwick Inn is officially closed and currently to let. It is difficult for me to provide accurate/timely advice as the pub has closed and re-opened twice in the last two years. In the doubt, I have removed its mention in the property write-up, to avoid disappointment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Jul 2023

  • "We were very happy with the house."

    I'd read some comments on line, and wonder what some people moan about. The house was lovely and clean and the owner had left everything we might need, washing up liquid, paper towels, numerous toilet rolls (of good quality), as well as cooking equipment etc. My son and I enjoyed lighting the wood burner stove with the wood provide. The house is close enough to Keswick and Penrith so made days out easily accessible.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely area."

    We found 1 fault. We felt a washing machine would've been more useful than a dishwasher. We only stayed a week and went home with a pile of washing to do. I dread to think how we would've managed if we'd stayed a fortnight.

    Dear Robert, Thank you for the feedback. I am glad you liked the cottage. Regarding the lack of a washing machine: according to the market, on average guests prefer to have a dishwasher rather than a washing machine. Due to space restrictions it is not easy to add a washing machine at the property, but we will look into the possibility of installing a compact one. In the meantime, to avoid disappointment, the property description on the WEB makes clear that a washing machine is not available at the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage somewhat off the beaten track."

    We had all the facilities we needed and being able to bring our 3 very small dogs was a clincher. An enclosed gsrden was also a bonus. As others have mentioned, cleanliness could be improved. You might question the nature of some tenants but we didn't really appreciate used chewing gum and plasterd in the bedroom. Not sure what the pair of glasses was dking on the floor in the same bedroom. Utensils that hadn't been used for some time had to be washed before used. Finally, the step down immediately outside one of the bedrooms might be problemmatic for the elderly or poor sighted. Keep the landing light on at night. All in all we had a lovely time and would return, but we definitely left it cleaner than when we arrived.

    Dear Bryn, Thank you for your feedback. Yes, there have been some issues with the cleaning in the past, and it is still a learning curve for us. Finding a reliable cleaner is quite a challenge in the Lakes as they are all very busy and in high demand. After receiving feedback from guests, including your, we have changed cleaning company (for the second time). The new cleaners started early in July 2023. They are very professional and experienced. We have personally checked their work after their first changeover cleaning and were happy with the result. Thank you for recognizing that sometimes previous guests may impact on the overall conditions. In high season, with one party checking out at 10am and the next one checking-in at 4pm, the cleaners have adequate time for their standard tasks such as making the beds, vacuum and wash all surfaces, etc. However, things like a chipped mug may go unnoticed. I agree that items left under the bed or chewing gum are not acceptable. This is why we have appointed a new cleaning company. Also, in July, we took advantage of a gap between bookings to do a deep clean throughout and some redecoration. The step out of the bedroom is a very good point. I will include a notice about it in the guests' information booklet, and perhaps a sign. Finally, thank you for taking care of the cottage and apologies for the additional cleaning you had to do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryn3.4Jun 2023

  • "We were so comfortable at 2 Mell Fell Cottage, we would definitely book to come back again."

    This cottage was comfortable and well equipped and central to all the places we visited in The Lakes. This cottage is big enough for a family, whilst being close to all the areas of the Lake District that we wanted to visit. The garden area was set up with table, chairs and wonderful views to enjoy a relaxing evening after a busy or not so busy day. We recommend 2 Mell Fell Cottage because of it's proximity to all the Fells and Lakes without actually having to be amongst other people. Personally speaking, at the end of the day, to come back to this cottage, in Penruddock between Keswick and Penrith was ideal. Out in the countryside amongst the peace and quiet, with wonderful views over the fells was just what we were looking for.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at your house."

    Everything was as described. The location is ideal for exploring the Lakes and mountains. The Cottage is lovely and ideal for both people and pets. The downstairs is well proportioned enabling us to erect our large dog crate that our two small dogs sleep in. Two sofas is great. We brought our own throws so that dogs did not scratch sofas as it is impossible to keep them off. Kitchen well equipped and garden perfect size. We loved novelty of a bath as we only have a shower at home so we both had a nice soak. We used log burner once for a treat too. There are nice walks around the village and views amazing. We will definitely book again. Only cons was that hubby kept bumping head on the light fitting on the side of room where sofas are because that ceiling is lower. He is 6 foot tall. Also; the kitchen cupboards on outside needed a wipe as finger marks from previous residents. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Apr 2023

  • "Had a fantastic week, the cottage as amazing views and so quiet and very cosy, garden was lovely and dog safe our dog loved it , loved watching the birds on the feeders bought some feed for them as they was empty, at the bird food store down the lane, hope other guests will also continue to feed them, bed was very comfy, my only issue's was the bath, it was very grubby, reading other reviews the bath was supposed to have been renewed back in February , which it hasn't, much needed is a washing machine after a days walking was unable to wash muddy clothes, also had to wash some of the plates and cutlery before use."

    ...apart from this we had a great time and will definitely be back

    Dear Sharon, Thank you for your feedback. The cast iron bath was clean, but through the years the enamel had taken some shades that proved impossible to remove. Indeed, it was our intention to replace it early in the year. That has been delayed due to the difficulty of securing a reliable contractor. A new bath tub has now been installed (thank you to Gavin, the local plumber, for doing the work on a weekend!). Ah, and we left some bird feed in the lobby cupboard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon3.8Mar 2023

  • "An ideal base for exploring the northern lakes and fells."

    Fantastic views, very quiet despite the fact that the village is so close to the A66. The cottage is comfortable, with a lovely woodburner to come back to at the end of a day walking.

    Reviewed by R M4.1Feb 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay, Our only criticisms would be can a knife sharpener be included and info."

    on bin collection be updated. The knives very very blunt and apologies if I missed it but information on recycling area in village would cut down on rubbish.

    Dear Lesley, I am glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your feedback. As the cottage is a holiday let, the waste collection is not managed by the council, but by a commercial refuse operator. They do not require customers to separate waste as, I understand, separation is operated at their plant after collection. I will be at the cottage next week and will enquire about recycling facilities in the village. Will add any information to the guests booklet. I will also check the knives and replace as required, and add a knife sharpener. Thank you again. Update February 2023: there is a recycling isle at the village. The information has been added to the guest booklet that is available at the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Jan 2023

  • "Lovely cottage but spoilt by cleaning issues."

    Half empty drink can under one bed and dirty sock under another. Shower head poor, had to hold by hand to use and bath very grubby. Toilet difficult to flush and very noisy, a new shower mat and toilet brush urgently needed. Off putting to find crumbs on fridge shelves and left over food in freezer. Would recommend this cottage which is in a beautiful spot if cleaning was up to a better standard

    Dear Michael and Pauline, Following up on the direct correspondence, I would like to confirm that the toilet flush and shower head holder have been replaced. Also new a new shower mat and toilet brush have been provided. A new bath tub will be installed in February 2023. I have raised the other issues with the cleaners and will monitor cleaning standards. I will take decisive action if cleaning standards are not met. Thank you again for reporting these issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael and Pauline3.4Nov 2022

  • "We loved our stay and would definitely book again but in summer."

    Just so we can use the lovely garden.all I think it needs a better sofa.that one was just too slippy and not comfy there was a few cobwebs and had to clean the bath ourself but apart from that we loved it and wilp be back x

    Dear Rebecca, Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear that the weather was not good. I will check the sofas. Regarding the cleaning issues: the cleaners are usually very thorough so I am disappointed that on this occasion they didn't leave the cottage up to standards for your arrival. I have picked up the issues with them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Nov 2022

  • "Very nice property excellent facilities would definitely recommend and would ..."

    Very nice property excellent facilities would definitely recommend and would definitely stay again only problem was the hob doesn’t seem to heat up properly on certain rings and toilet hard to flush and makes a noise

    Dear Philip, I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Thank you for reporting the issues with the hob and toilet flush. I will have them checked as soon as possible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2022

  • "We chose 2 Mellfell View because it fitted our needs on location and size for our party."

    We are seasoned Sykes users and as such were under no illusions as to what to expect, despite reading some "less than favourable" reviews shortly before our stay; all of which seemed to be sorted (except for the pub, out of Sykes/owners control!). If it fitted our needs, we would consider the cottage again.

    Reviewed by Philip4.1Jul 2022

  • "Comfortable ,well equipped cottage."

    Great views from the cottage and peaceful location. Within 15 mins drive of Ullswater and Keswick and many beautiful walks. We would return.

    Reviewed by Theresa4.1Jun 2022

  • "Location perfect."

    Cottage lovely. Needed a bit more attention to detail. Eg. BBQ dirty, clock in kitchen needed batteries, could be a bit cleaner. The main issue was that it was advertised with a pub that served food being a short walk from cottage. We found out the pub had been closed for a good few months. We would not have booked this cottage if we had known as we wanted somewhere in walking distance to eat and drink. I have already spoken to owner to let him know and he said the pub was open a couple of weeks ago which it definitely was not.

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry about your disappointment with the closure of the village pub. At the time of your stay, it was still advertised as 'open for business' on their web page. After our phone conversation I went to check some local news and learned that it closed some weeks previously, due to bereavement. At that point I updated the write up for the cottage and informed all guests with future bookings. I realise that it was no help for you. Regarding the other issues: an assortment of spare batteries is available at the property. A deep cleaning (in addition to the standard changeover cleaning) is carried out every 3 months. The next one is due on the 13th of July. I will add the BBQ to the items to be cleaned. Update 20/10/2022: the Herdwick Inn, the local pub 5 minute walk from the cottage, has re-opened. Food is served from 6pm to 9pm. The restaurant and bar are dog friendly. Closed on Mondays. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen2.8Jun 2022

  • "The property is in a lovely location and makes a good bolt hole for visiting the North Lakes."

    However there are a couple of things that need looked at: - there was water coming in via the roof in the double bedroom when we had the severe rain on Wed/Thurs (from the path you can see that slates have moved and some of the pointing has come away); also you can see black mould marks across the ceiling under the paint; the house had that cold and damp feeling when we arrived but we couldn't use the log burner as its missing the rope around one of the doors therefore doesn't close/seal and the vents cannot be moved - not sure how safe that is; and some of the dining chairs have missing or broken spars; and lots of the crockery is chipped. It does have loads of potential just needs a bit TLC - the roof def needs to be looked asap. We did have a nice time as Penruddock is very pretty with lovely views, and so well situated for getting around.

    Dear Viv, Thank you very much for your feedback. We were not aware of the damage to the roof. The latest inspection was carried out in March 2022 and did not highlight any issue. It must have been caused by recent bad weather. We will arrange the repairs as soon as possible. Also mould stains in the interiors will be removed and decorated over. The stove had its yearly statutory safety inspection and service in October 2021 and was in good order at the time. We will arrange for the replacement of the fire rope ASAP and will check the vents. Dining chairs and crockery will be checked and replaced at the earliest opportunity. I would like to thank you again for reporting the issues. Despite all periodic checks and inspections, it is the feedback from guests that helps the most to keep good standards. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused. Update 14/06/2022: the roof damage has been repaired. Redecoration of any interior damp mark will take place on 13th of July. The cottage has been taken off the market for this purpose. This is the earliest opportunity, due to existing guests' bookings. The owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Viv3.1Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and comfortable, it was really well stocked."

    Lovely location. Would definitely book there again

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Nov 2021

  • "A cosy cottage with all home comforts."

    Be aware, if you have a dog, the garden is shared. Not a problem as no neighbours. Our Dave, the Border terrier likes to make new friends, so next door would have had a visitor! Central location with beautiful views.

    Dear Janice, Thank you for your feedback. As always, we have considered it carefully. We are looking at installing a fence at the boundary, early next Spring, so to create a fully enclosed private garden. Best Regards, Update March 2022: a new fence has been built. The garden is now fully enclosed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage very clean and welcoming in a great location to explore the Lake District and Eden Valley."

    Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2021

  • "The description of the cottage in your advertisement listed a "den" in addition to the living room."

    There was no den. The advertisement made a false promise. It also said it was a no smoking cottage. However, there was a used ashtray (outside) and cushions had evidence of burning and melting.

    Dear Susan, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The description of the cottage has been amended to remove the reference to the ‘’den’’. This was an editorial error and not intentional. As part of the information for guests, we have made prominent that the cottage is no smoking. The damaged cushions have been replaced. Best Regards, The owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.1Sep 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a nice location."

    Views are beautiful and the cottage was clean. The write up needs to be amended, it mentioned a second sitting room with a TV which was not the case (our teenagers were disappointed they didn’t have their own space) and one of the reasons we booked this cottage. Also missing a washing machine, we stayed 7 nights and spent a bit of time at the local laundry. Otherwise we would recommend for a short break.

    Reviewed by Kate4.1Jul 2021

  • "The location."

    The homeliness of the cottage and fantastic weather. We had amazing walks and lots of great photos to treasure.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jun 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, Sleeps 4 in total
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove, dinner table, 2 sofas, Smart TV, DVD and a selection of games
  • Room heating is provided by electric radiators
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Complimentary basket of fire wood and starter pack for woodburning stove included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Spacious mature cottage garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100
  • Note: There is a pet supplement of £20 per pet

The property

This traditional, mid-terrace cottage lies on the edge of the pretty village of Penruddock, just five miles from the magnificent Ullswater.

2 Mellfell View provides a warm and welcoming accommodation, perfect for families looking to explore the Lake District.

After a day of rambling the countryside and exploring the many pretty Lakeland villages, retire to the sitting room, complete with two plush sofas arranged infront of the woodburning stove, you’ll have no trouble relaxing here.

Discover the kitchen for preparing your meals, hosting all the essentials for a short break, while the dining area is where you can enjoy mealtimes, or take food outside for alfresco dining in the mature gardens.

There are two delightful bedrooms at this Lakeland cottage, including a king-size and twin, each with magnificent views of the Northern Fells including Mell, Blencathra and Carrock.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the wonderful cottage garden, take a pleasant relaxing stroll on the many footpaths throughout the area or a short easy walk across the fields.

The cottage is just five miles from Ullswater and is ideally placed to explore, enjoy and relax in the lakes with its amazing scenery and lake cruises on the steamers that run between Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge.

The famous, well photographed Aira Force waterfalls in the ancient woodlands on the banks of Ullswater are well worth a visit.

Enjoy a day in Keswick with the wonderful Derwentwater and its lake cruises or you may prefer to take a small boat out.

Keswick also has a good range of restaurants and pubs and holds a market on every Thursday and Saturday.

Alternatively, take a trip over the scenic Kirkstone Pass to explore the life of Beatrix Potter around Windermere.

Discover all that the Lakelands has to offer from 2 Mellfell View.

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

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About the location


  • Keswick 11 miles
  • Penrith 6 miles

The charming old village of Penruddock sits in a secluded position in the northern Lake District between Keswick and Penrith, and just four miles from Ullswater. The village is spread out amongst beautiful rolling countryside and wonderful scenery and is made up of a number of farm dwellings, traditional Lakeland homes and two churches. Penruddock originated in Celtic times, with the name derived from Pen, a Celtic name for 'hill' and 'rhuddawc' meaning red in Welsh to reflect the reddish brown colour of the soil found in the area. Nearby, the popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the north of the Lake District and has plenty to offer, boasting numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, some good parks, the Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema and the beautiful lake. Penruddock provides easy access to the spectacular surrounding Cumbrian countryside which can be explored by both car and on foot, and with the southern Lakes, Eden Valley, Solway Coast and Hadrian's Wall all within easy motoring distance this great location has plenty to see and do for all the family.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas