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Swinside Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "We would like to point out that the small village hall directly opposite was systematically demolished during the complete week of our stay, culminating in the concrete being totally crushed on Friday 14th."

    DID you not know this was going to be done, if not, perhaps you should continually review your portfolio, as all the locals new it was going to happen. (However, this did not impact our stay as we were out most of the days) Works commenced at between 8 - 8:30 each morning, except on Sunday. There was NO spare toilet rolls left, which meant we had to purchase some. The SWINSIDE INN is closed and according to all the neighbours we spoke to, this is NOT going to be opened as a pub in the near future, but as a shooting lodge for the Lingholme estate. (We feel your information should remove the fact that the Swinside inn is just but a mere 1/2 mile walk up the lane. Last year we would agree with that statement, as many an evening we visited it. We did enjoy our stay and will almost certainly visit again.

    We are sorry to hear your holiday was impacted with the demolition of the village hall, sadly this was totally out of our control. We had been told by a neighbour that this would happen the beginning of June, as you can testify it didn't but the week following. We have instructed Lakelovers to send you 10% compensation of which I hope you will find acceptable. I am very surprised no spare toilet rolls were there as there should be at least 2 spare left on the cistern. Spares are kept under the stairs for future reference. Thank you for informing us about the Swinside Inn, we are happy to tell you that the Inn is open and was very popular on Saturday when I visited. It is within walking distance of Swinside Cottage and has been recently refurbished. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.1Jun 2024

  • "Absolutely amazing stay!"

    Lovely welcoming touches. Such a peaceful and idyllic location

    Very happy you enjoyed your stay, hope to welcome you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7May 2024

  • "We could not operate the electric towel rail in the bathroom."

    We found the instructions but the actual control was o the floor and very difficult to read. The toilet seat was very loose. it kept on coming away and the lid would shut as you were sitting on the toilet.

    I'm sorry to hear you had difficulties operating the towel rail. The toilet seat has now been fixed. We are happy to say that we are having a new bathroom fitted in October, this will have a simple towel radiator. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Monica4.7May 2024

  • "Lovely holiday."

    First time we had stayed in this cottage and will come back again because it's a lovely cottage and well located for walking straight out of the door. There are more walks than you can do in a week, both low and high level routes. Cottage very clean and nice and warm, cake and milk on arrival a nice touch. Modern kitchen and generally well equipped, but as other users have commented the lack of an extractor fan over the hob can set the smoke alarm off. We weren't troubled by the small crack in the bath panel (noted by previous residents), but it could be sharp if you caught your leg on it. Local pub Swinside Inn looks shut long term, so bring your own supplies.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2024

  • "As alway Swinside was a great place to stay, particularly in such wet weather."

    Always warm, clean and welcoming thanks to the owners and the cleaning team. So many nice touches and well equipped, particularly for such a small cottage. Looking forward to coming back in July!

    Thank you Miss Smith, we look forward to welcoming you back in July Property Owner

    Reviewed by Smith5.0Mar 2024

  • "Thoroughly recommend Swinside which is 5 star itself, one of my favourite cottages and I look forward to returning next year."

    Not sure what earlier guest meant by “20 commuters an hour” ? I have stayed there several times at different times of year and no such problem! Visitors yes, and the activity centre generates some activity but nothing to spoil the pleasure of being there. Microwave dishes a big help. Cake a definite plus so thank you! Happy Christmas.

    Reviewed by Smith4.7Nov 2023

  • "Very comfortable house."

    Fabulous bed. Thoughtfully equipped kitchen. Very good location.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, very cosy in a beautiful setting."

    The views are magnificent and the facilities while not extensive were very adequate. I very much enjoyed my stay and would visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Sep 2023

  • "Overlooked at rear, by other property, not mentioned in advertising material."

    Very noisy in morning and evening when people going to and from work, 20 cars per hour, average Bed very comfortable and storage good, and furnishings very good. Bathroom adequate, but workmanship poor. Not recommend to seal bath to wall with adhesive, it's normal to use a non setting compound. I slipped and grabbed at the right hand side of bath to break my fall, it gave way, split the side panel, and in consequence tiles glued to bath came away. Cobwebs in bathroom and behind some furniture. Kitchen cramped, no cooker hood, so when we had a fry up the fire alarm went off. Front path non-compliant; risers must be same height, and treads (the going), must be same dimension front to back. Sound of brook and bird song fantastic, when they could be heard. Swinside pub very, very disappointing. The Pheasant Inn opposite Bassenthwaite Lake was excellent We had a good week, went on the Ratty, had good time on the Gondola and Tweedies in Grasmere is a good place to stop for a relaxed drink. Views from Swinside front to back spectacular but spoil by activity center to the rear and waste bins to the front.

    Reviewed by Rodney3.1Sep 2023

  • "Fridge quite noisy."

    My third lakes cottage this year and my favourite. Nice to have radio. All lovely

    Reviewed by Miles5.0Aug 2023

  • "Swinside Cottage is comfortable and very well equipped."

    It is in a great location for walking the fells. The local area is peaceful, the only sounds you hear are the nearby Newlands Beck and the visiting birdlife in the garden.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Jul 2023

  • "Clean, comfortable cottage."

    Excellent location for walking; we hardly used a car all week. Bird feeders in the garden next door attracted flocks of birds which were great to watch (though a bit traumatic when a sparrowhawk was hunting them). Lack of WiFi might be a blessing to some visitors, but it would have been useful, as the mobile signal was also very weak.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.4Jul 2023

  • "One of my favourite cottages and would certainly recommend the cottage to others."

    Lovely new bed, quality bed linen and, as always, beautifully clean. Well equipped although some plastic microwaveable bowls with lids would be useful as plates have silver rim. Saves always using oven and hob which is pricey for the owner as all electric. Lovely week at swinside, despite some disappointing weather, and will be booking again. Lovely cake nice touch! Thanks to Joe and family.

    Reviewed by Smith4.1Jul 2023

  • "Our 4th very enjoyable stay at Swinside."

    Thanks for clearing up the garden area - it’s lovely now.

    Reviewed by Anita4.4Jun 2023

  • "Our stay was lovely, and the cottage was just fine."

    The location within the Newlands valley is within such a beautiful area, with walks all around you, what more could we have asked for. No hesitation about recommending it to our friends .

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2023

  • "Booked again for 4th time so I think that speaks for itself"

    Reviewed by Annie5.0May 2023

  • "One of my favourite cottages, always feel welcome."

    Clean, warm and comfortable although bed/mattress a wee bit dippy in the middle ? Lovely setting and very quiet this time if year. Lack of WiFi a mixed blessing but easy enough to pop into Booths cafe in the morning for a coffee and internet link. Cake too so win win! Have been able to get reasonable mobile signal up the lane if needed. Look forward to at least one return trip this year so will get booking. Thanks for the cake, Joe!

    Reviewed by Smith4.4Feb 2023

  • "What a lovely cottage so peaceful and relaxing, will definitely be back."

    Glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, beautifully clean and in such a lovely place."

    Although no bedroom blind on arrival (no note of explanation or apology either). I rung the contact number on H of L info sheet only to downer Joe was great. He fitted a new blind and put light bulb in bathroom on the Sunday, apologised on behalf of the services responsible for these.

    We would like to apologise for the inconvenience of the blind and thankful to you for allowing my husband to fix it for you. At the time we alerted our concerns to the housekeeper and trust they will improve the service we pay for. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Smith4.4Jul 2022

  • "Swinside cottage is lovely!"

    It's kept really well and is very comfortable, the location is fab for walking and Keswick and is really beautiful. It's our third stay here and I'd love to visit again. The only downside is no wifi and terrible phone signal which is annoying for weather checks for walking etc as well as evening entertainment. The private outside area has also deteriorated since our first stay - it was full of weeds and the furniture is getting grubby. Pretty easy to sort that out though.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will be replacing outside furniture in the new year 2023 also sorting any weeds and the gravel area. We are also looking into having WIFI installed early 2023. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anita4.4Jun 2022

  • "The property was as we had expected, very comfortable and well equipped."

    It felt like a home from home. The only additions we would have appreciated would have been a measuring jug or some food scales and access to wi-fi but we knew the latter wasn’t available when we booked. The property was spotlessly clean and in a perfect location for walking out from. We would happily return if holidaying in that part of the Lake District again.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely and clean as always."

    Very comfortable and warm. Tea bread lovely! Personally I like all china matching exactly but that’s a fad! Not having WiFi is a mixed blessing as makes it a more peaceful week but also meant no freeview which would occasionally have been useful. Still I was able to pop into Keswick for a coffee and check emails when needed. Will happily go again and looking forward to return in July. A big thank you to the owners and the housekeeping team.

    Reviewed by Smith4.1Apr 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage in the most beautiful location."

    However, we had two issues that would make it unlikely we would book this cottage again and book one of the others in the same terrace. The only comfortable chair is a small settee which we didn't find that comfortable. Most properties now, even for two people, have ample comfy chairs. After a hard day's walking, one needs comfort, not to be cramped on a settee. Major issue for us was lack of internet which we missed on the details. We need access to internet for my partner's work (he is self-employed). We also wanted to stream some TV as the main channels are hopeless. For these reasons we would not stay again. However, for some people the lack of internet and mobile phone signal (not the fault of the cottage owners I hasten to add) would be bliss!

    Reviewed by Mike3.1Dec 2021

  • "Cosy and peaceful, thank you we had a lovely week xx"

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a great time - again, thank you."

    The top of the newel post at the bottom of the stairs was lose when we arrived and needs fixing.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely little cosy cottage in a great location."

    There was no hairdryer and when I rang Heart of the Lakes I was put through to Sykes cottages who weren't very helpful. Also no teabags, a cracked drinking glass, only 1 bowl...i was told its self catering which I understand obviously, but every cottage I've stayed in has always had the basics for when you first get there. However we had a lovely holiday, loved the log burner (even in August), and the big bath was great after a long day walking.

    Reviewed by Heather Marie3.1Aug 2021

  • "Mattress still needs replacing as dippiness affects sleep."

    Have mentioned this before. On arrival place was full of flies, all windows shut and no fly spray. The evening was impacted by flies landing on us, our hair, arms and on our food while we tried to eat, the dog tearing about as constantly being bothered by them. Still a problem in the morning despite our leaving windows open and all lights off the previous evening to coax them out. I understand that the weather is responsible but the cleaning team must have known and could at the very least have left an apology and some fly spray. Would only have taken seconds and would be good practice. Otherwise cottage as expected, very clean and lovely new bedding. Comfy sofa and lovely scenery to gaze at after a long walk. Fifth visit there and overall really enjoyable. I would love to come back yet again but not happy with takeover by Sykes who retain customers bank card details which although legal is not liked or encouraged by the holiday industry itself. Heart of the Lakes themselves always helpful.

    Reviewed by Smith3.4Jul 2021

  • "The cottage would benefit from having wi fi"

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Jun 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage in good location."

    Would prefer to have Wi-Fi, especially as phone reception isn't good, to get weather forecasts and book holiday activities and check opening times and menus etc. You can log onto a public BT Wi-Fi but you have to pay and it logs you out regularly.

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Jun 2021

  • "Loved it. Great little cottage."

    Will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by T4.7May 2021

  • "Perfectly nestled in this sublime setting warm and safe."

    A wonderful few days in Newlands Valley - a perfect spot to explore the Northern Lakes.

    Marie JonesDec 2019

  • "A beautiful, cozy cottage, a tranquil place to spend time."

    Hope to be back soon.

    Jeff LillyDec 2019

  • "Another great week here (our third)."

    Pleased to see it is its usual high standard! Sure to be back in this cozy cottage.

    Sue NestleyDec 2019

  • "One of the nicest I’ve stayed at for a long time."

    Thank you

    Mr CooperDec 2019

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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.


  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire.
  • Electric storage heating, log burner, Electric oven, electric hob, fridge, small freezer, dishwasher, combination microwave, washer, heated clothes airer, Smart TV with Freeview/Freesat, Sky basic package, DVD, Ipod dock, hi-fi
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot and highchair provided
  • One small dog allowed
  • No smoking
  • Furnished patio
  • Gravelled furnished sitting out area
  • Small lawned area
  • Shared landscaped gardens
  • Private parking for one car.

The property

Swinside Cottage is a delightful one-bedroom rural retreat set at the foot of Catbells, with superb views over the unspoilt Newlands Valley.

The cottage is one of five, former mill workers' cottages nestling on the outskirts of the hamlet of Stair.

It is a fifteen-minute drive to the bustling market town of Keswick and a couple of miles to Braithwaite with its village shop.

The well-loved Swinside Inn is an easy half mile walk.

The Cottage, which sits in idyllic countryside, has been beautifully refurbished in a modern cottage style.

Perfect romantic retreat.

There is plenty to see and do - walk from the door for about a mile and a half to catch the launch in to Keswick, and the Newlands Valley Activity Centre is close by where any number of activities such as ghyll scrambling, kayaking, abseiling and pony trekking can be undertaken.

There is some of the best hill walking in the area, lake cruises, country rambles, golf, tennis and a whole host of visitor attractions that are open all year.

The picturesque surrounding scenery is a joy in any season with wonderful lake and mountain views to be enjoyed throughout the National Park. Sit in the gorgeous bay window of your bright and spacious open plan space and admire the appealing roof lines, open fire with comforting log burner, welcoming dining area and fully fitted kitchen.

You are sure to think of cosy romantic evenings in this lovely retreat.

Step outside to your patio and enjoy the large, shared landscaped gardens.

Climb the open staircase to find your large and characterful bedroom with king-size bed nestling below an original beamed ceiling and en-suite newly fitted modern bathroom with washer/dryer. You will have a choice of many walks right from your doorstep.

Explore the Newlands Valley, regarded as one of the most picturesque and quiet valleys in the Lake District, with a huge variety of routes including relaxing, low level valley walks and challenging fell walks such as Causey Pike, Barrow, Robinson and Catbells. For a more relaxing day, drive to Keswick to browse the specialist shops.

Walk from the centre through Hope Park to the shore of beautiful Derwentwater, have a bite to eat at the Theatre by the Lake’s café, then enjoy a romantic lake cruise.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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Note: Fuel for the open fire can be purchased locally. Note : Free membership at Keswick Leisure Pool with every holiday.