We booked this cottage for our 25th wedding anniversary break. Our booking was through Lake Cottage Holidays which I subsequently found was part of Sykes Holidays. I wasn’t impressed with the communication throughout the booking process but I will review the management company elsewhere as I don’t feel the cottage itself should be judged on the company who manages the bookings ...
We booked this cottage for our 25th wedding anniversary break. Our booking was through Lake Cottage Holidays which I subsequently found was part of Sykes Holidays. I wasn’t impressed with the communication throughout the booking process but I will review the management company elsewhere as I don’t feel the cottage itself should be judged on the company who manages the bookings.
The directions to the cottage were easy to follow as were the instructions for locating the key. As we walked in, the beauty of the setting of this cottage and the peace and tranquility were pretty stunning. Another reviewer had mentioned about there not really being views as such so I had been a little concerned about the location, however don’t let this comment put you off. The location is beautiful. The back of the house overlooks the beck and soon after arriving we were visited by the friendly pheasants who remained a permanent presence through the week, and who were really very tame. It was a delight to sit in the kitchen or lounge and watch the various birds come along for their food.
A lovely little welcome pack was a thoughtful gesture. We arrived over a very cold weekend with wintry snowy weather and the house, although underfloor heating had been left on for us, was pretty cold. After a while we were able to locate the heating and get the place warmed, along with setting a log fire. This is the first cottage holiday we’ve had where it’s been a completely ‘hands off’ welcome. I think it would have been nice to have had a more personal welcome with a little intro to what was where and how to work things-that’s just me and again I feel is more about the management company than the cottage.
The cottage is very spacious, is decorated and furnished in a delightful way and not only has a lot of thought been put into providing everything you need, you also feel that no expense has been spared in making this a luxury, home-from-home place. My first feeling when we arrived was that I didn’t want to leave the place all week as it was so lovely. The beds were super comfy and with a super king size in the master bedroom, and the option of the second bedroom to kick hubby out into if his snoring got too loud, this proved to be a perfect set up for us! Dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer all made life nice and easy while we were at the cottage. (Although there was a container for washing powder marked for our use when we arrived this was empty so I had to wait a few days before we went out into Keswick before I could wash bits and pieces we needed.)
I would recommend having shopping delivered if possible or bring your food shopping with you on the way as supermarkets are limited locally. There is a small selection of games and puzzles, and a bigger selection of various books for the use of guests.
This cottage is a must, there’s nothing not to like! Our only negative....finding two pieces missing from the jigsaw puzzle!