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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "I had a call from maintenance team, during our stay, advising a gas safe check had been arranged for the penultimate day of our holiday."

    Having seen this late (I was on holiday not monitoring my phone!) I confirmed visit ok. However on the day, despite getting ready for the visit (0900-0930), no engineer turned up. We were in and out during the day and weren't sure what to expect each time we returned. However, no visit seemingly took place and there was no further contact from the maintenance team. Maybe there was an emergency elsewhere. It didn't spoil our holiday, but the uncertainty did rather take the edge off our last full day. Lots of positives - property is well situated overlooking the river, very clean, comfortably furnished, now with a dining table in the oriel bay recess, and well equipped, and the parking is a real plus. I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by DeanNov 2023

  • "Excellent property, we felt at home from the moment we arrived."

    We will go back!

    Reviewed by TonyOct 2023

  • "We were so impressed with Drystones that we booked a week next year on our first day."

    Drystones is an absolute gem.

    Reviewed by NeilSep 2023

  • "Location is wonderful."

    In heart of Grasmere but quiet at night. Lovely view from dining area overlooking stream. Apart from dearth of toilet paper the cottage was very well appointed. Kitchen had everything we could want. Everything seemed very new ( bathrooms etc). Parking space was invaluable as parking is at a premium in Grasmere. Would definitely rent again.

    Reviewed by BelindaSep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage that exceeded all expectations, thanks"

    Reviewed by RobAug 2023

  • "This place was perfect for me and my two kids (8, 12) we were very comfortable and could cook meals easily as well as going out some nights nearby."

    It was a perfect base for all of the many wonderful walks and swims within touching distance of grasmere: Loughrigg, Easedale, Helm Cragg, Rydal/Grasmere. Perfect, will stay again!

    Reviewed by JessieAug 2023

  • "Kitchen, including microwave, could do with a good clean ."

    Great location. Good parking. Clear guidance.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you found the property to be in a good location with good parking. We will ask our Housekeeping Team to look into your comments regarding the kitchen. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2023

  • "Drystones provided everything we needed."

    It was comfortable, well equipped and the location was perfect.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2023

  • "Had a lovely holiday beautiful apartment, good parking facility and central."

    Had fabulous weather too. So handy if you want to hop on a bus and leave the car. Lovely tea rooms and restaurants right on the doorstep. Only problem for us - two older ladies we suggest a handrail at the very top square area at the top of the steps and somehow suggest a warning as you step over the raised door thresher coming out of the door as I had a bad fall tripping over and falling down the concrete steps. Luckily happened on our last day but resulted in a few hospital visits once home after injuring my leg. For that reason only we would not return. want to stress though that the apartment is a beautiful place.

    Reviewed by JeanMay 2023

  • "Place was great."

    Instructions on heating could have been more clear. Setting great. Very quiet. A little strict on check out instructions. Do the dishes in the dishwasher? Most places have you rinse and put in washer. Overall 5 stars though.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We will take a look at the check out instructions, to see if there is any amendments. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2023

  • "Lovely Stay."

    Cottage spotless and a beautiful location

    Thank you for your comments, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DawnMar 2023

  • "Very comfortable property, well equipped and warm."

    Ideally located in the centre of Grasmere, yet not noisy. Would definitely recommend.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2023

  • "Sorry.. but being above a shop in a tourist attraction does not work for a bit of "R&R""

    . Loud thumping music emanating up from under the hall and twin bedroom via the shop. Entrance doors to the shop when people entered/exited thundered up through the apartment. As for the property it was as expected, who would not love to wake up by the river "Rothay" with mallard duck passing in hope of a few bread crumbs, the mist topped hills from the top bedroom.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you were able to enjoy the views and the Rothay. As the listing does state that the property is in the centre of Grasmere, some noise is expected . We take your feedback on board. We hope to welcome you back to the Lake District again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AshleyJan 2023

  • "We returned to the property for our second visit as we enjoyed the first one last year so much - and we weren't disappointed - except by the wet weather!"

    The apartment is very comfy, cosy and well equipped (though more mugs and a greater range of glasses would be appreciated). The walk books are very useful and were used well (especially the walks from tea rooms). The TV was used in the evenings (but lost signal a couple of times). We love the property and will no doubt return.

    Reviewed by YvonneJan 2023

  • "The house was lovely and clean and exactly what it said on the website."

    We appreciated the Christmas decorations and that we found the house warm. There were few things that could be improved, first we were only given two toilet rolls for a family of four for almost a week stay. An extra roll would have been good rather than us having to buy more. Especially since this wasn’t mentioned in the list of things to bring. Or maybe you could add it to the list of things to bring! The kettle had green mould inside so we were not able to use it, sachets for regular cleaning of kettles are not expensive and extremely quick and easy to use.. just a suggestion. The frying pan has well passed its use by date, it’s all scratched and blackened by use. If you search it up you’ll see that this is actually considered a health hazard. Once again, you can get a decent pan for £20-£25, well worth the expense and I’m sure well covered by the fee charged. Apart from this the house was great, comfortable beds too.

    Thank you for your feedback. Both the kettle and the flying pan have now been replaced with new equipment. As owners, we have no control over the stocking of consumables, however we're sure that your feedback is noted by Lakelovers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraDec 2022

  • "Great location."

    Really loved the well resourced kitchen equipment. It would be helpful to have a door to close off the upstairs bedroom to reduce noise and light from downstairs. Highly recommended. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2022

  • "Drystones was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for selfcatering."

    The description was 100% correct. A couple of minor problems for me were; 1. No warning given of steps down into kitchen. We arrived quite late (after 8 pm) and my partner entered first, otherwise I think I would have fallen. 2. The bannister up to the double bedroom in the attic could not be gripped at the top. I feel that andother bannister on the oppisite side of the wall would be beneficial. The steps were wide but a little steep and I am not getting any younger (70 +) 3. The window in the attic room was difficult to close (? hinges had dropped) and window needed lifting to close. Blind was a bit of a problem as the anchor point was not very accessible, and the blind iself was heavy. Perhaps a roller blind would be better? 4. My partner is quite tall and therefore managed to reach the skylight windows to open them and also reach up to shut the blind in the skylight. A short pole to facilitate this would be more than helpful if the holiday maker was on the short side. Overall we had a lovely holiday and the accommodation was a delight and very central for exploring the lakes.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2022

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable family holiday to Grasmere and having stayed a couple of times before in Grasmere, I was a bit concerned on the central location but Drystones was perfect."

    Great to have a parking space, beautiful views over river and to the hills and a very clean and comfortable setting. Well appointed (including washing machine and iron which weren't listed) and we had everything we needed after long days of hiking. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by LindseyMay 2022

  • "On entry the cottage immediately conveys the feeling of homeliness."

    We found it clean and very comfortable, especially the sofas and sitting area. It is central to Grasmere, you walk out and are immediately in the town and yet there is no disturbance once you are inside the flat - perfect. The steps outside are steep but no problem as long as you are fairly fit. The dining alcove looks straight out onto the River and all your basic needs are provided for. It is warm and has everything you need and we would thoroughly recommend it for two couples/one family/two friends. Very satisfied, thank you.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "The property was wonderful."

    No complaints. Everything was very clean and the property is a very cosy place. We felt at home.

    Reviewed by MariekeApr 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    Drystones was the perfect location for our stay and we did three excellent walks from Grasmere. Enjoyed the local pub, made sure to visit the Gingerbread House and had a wonderful meal at the Yan Inn Reading other reviews The stairs up to the property were not an issue for us - it’s just a short flight of steps - but I do wish the parking spot was in a different location. Getting out with a stream of coach party tourists crossing was nerve wracking! I left something behind at the property - and it was dealt with extremely efficiently. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by HarrietApr 2022

  • "Drystones provides an excellent base for a walking holiday in the Lake District."

    It is in a good location within the beautiful village of Grasmere, with a great view over the river below. It is comfortable, cosy and well-equipped with a good TV, Internet, cooker, microwave fridge, dish washer and washing machine. There are plenty of helpful gadgets like an iron and hairdryer, plenty of cupboards and drawers, a great many walking books (that we made good use of) and reading books and a good number of enjoyable games. The down sides were steep stone steps leading up to the property, and a low ceiling in the main bedroom. We love Grasmere and are often there at the beginning of January to celebrate my birthday - but this year the village this week was empty and closed!! - most of the hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs were closed for refurbishment or lack of staff - but it didn't spoil our stay - and thankfully The Good Sport next door to Drystones was open (except on Monday). We would recommend the property for a couple or 2 couples. Thank you.

    Reviewed by YvonneJan 2022

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expectations - tastefully decorated with everything needed for a relaxing break."

    Great central location with private parking bay.

    Reviewed by DerekNov 2021

  • "Lovely apartment in a great location."

    It is very comfortable and has everything we needed. Really good bars and restaurants on the doorstep, and loads of great walks straight from the door. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by WilliamNov 2021

  • "Had a great stay at Drystones."

    It’s a lovely flat in a wonderful location. Warm and dry and comfortable- had everything we needed to make this an enjoyable stay. Felt at home immediately and sad to leave.

    Reviewed by JacquelineNov 2021

  • "Drystones is a fabulous apartment in a very convenient location."

    There are shops and pubs/restaurants within walking distance together with many walks straight from the village. The apartment was scrupulously clean and well equipped with everything you could possibly need including an umbrella! I loved the artwork throughout the property which added to the home from home feel. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay at Drystones although the steps on arrival would not suit anyone with limited mobility.

    Reviewed by MaggieSep 2021

  • "We had a really good stay in Drystones and there were only a couple of little things that stopped us giving it top marks all round."

    The biggest help would have been to know beforehand how limited it would be to find somewhere to eat on our first evening, with no local takeaway of any sort and nowhere able to accommodate us for dinner we ended up having toast as we had brought the bread with us for breakfast on our first morning. I feel a note from yourselves about this somewhere on our booking confirmation would have helped, especially as we had just done a 7 hour drive. The only other issues for us was how hot it was at night in the bedroom with only a heavy weight duvet, again we bought something to get around that. Let these small points not deter from a great week, we did enjoy Drystones, great location, lovely property and we would go back.

    Reviewed by LesSep 2021

  • "What a little gem, we felt at home as soon as we walked in, best stocked cupboards for utensils, loved sitting at table overlooking river."

    Great shower upstairs likewise bath. Was a problem with upstairs large window which was fixed by time we’d got home

    Reviewed by MaggieSep 2021

  • "A lovely, well appointed flat in the heart of Grasmere with all the facilities we required."

    Convenient parking and a lovely dining area overlooking the river. We had a great time and hope to return

    Reviewed by OliverJul 2021

  • "Had a lovely holiday, cleaning could have been better , dirt in drawers, loose contact lens in bedside drawer."

    Fridge not cleaned prior to our arrival, broken glass at bottom of the stairs outside I had to pick up. Accommodation lovely, only downside very noisy from pub usually around 11 ish, no blind up top window in bedroom so wake up very early as room so bright. Would recommend though! Great for walks!

    Reviewed by DonnaJun 2021

  • "A quiet oasis in the centre of Grasmere."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Oven made a very strange noise when switched on so may need attention."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "The flat was lovely, just as described."

    It was immaculately clean on arrival. Wonderful location, peaceful, close to amenities, close to great walking trails and nature.

    Reviewed by SofiaMay 2021

  • "Dry stones is a lovely apartment / cottage which we have stayed in once before, however when we arrived this time it had not been cleaned form the previous guest."

    Towels were dirty and the beds had not been changed and we’re full of hairs from the previous guest. The toilets were dirty plus the dishwasher was full and had not been emptied. Very disappointed!

    Thank you for your feedback which is very important to us. We are sorry that when you arrived at Drystones the property had not been serviced and thank you for reporting this immediately to our housekeeper. Hopefully, when you returned to the apartment after your meal in Grasmere, everything was clean and tidy. We believe that the cleaning team do put the dishwasher on when they leave the property but do not empty the clean items, so as to avoid contamination. We hope we can welcome you back to Drystones soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GaryDec 2020

  • "Very pleasant stay in lovely Grasmere ."

    Property was everything I had hoped for from the booking. Very clean, relaxed and overall communication and service from Lakelovers was excellent. I will definitely be booking again soon.

    Mr JonesMay 2019

  • "Lovely cosy apartment."

    Loved the big ceiling to floor window. Fabulous views. Great location walkable to pubs and restaurants. Bonus parking space.

    Rosemary ClarkFeb 2019

  • "The apartment was perfect for us and in such a great location."

    The view over the river was wonderful and we loved looking at the view and watching the birds. It was lovely to be able to pop into the village. We are already planning a return visit!

    Mrs FullerFeb 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.


  • Set over first and second floor with external steps leading to the front door
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x second floor double with en-suite bath with separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer, iron/ironing board, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Hair dryer
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 3 mins walk.

The property

Excellent accommodation in the heart of Grasmere village in the stunning Lake District for couples or families.

Drystones is approached up a exterior stone staircase.

There is an open plan living area with a stylish breakfast bar and sitting area with a Smart TV with a feature window overlooking the beck.

Stairs lead to the master bedroom with a double bed and ensuite bathroom whilst there is a twin room and shower room on the first floor.

Outside there is a small patio and bench overlooking the river.

Nestled in the very heart of the Lakes, Grasmere is a lovely place for a romantic break in peaceful surroundings.

With the views beginning at home, you'll be tempted to take on such famous Lake District walks as Silver How, Lang How and Helm Crag.

Rising very close to the property is the impressive 'Fairfield Horseshoe' - keen walkers will be spoilt for choice.

This historic Lake District village is famed for its connections with the poet William Wordsworth, who lived in the village at Dove Cottage is open to the public as part of the Wordsworth Museum.

Artists will enjoy browsing several watercolour galleries in Grasmere, particularly the Heaton Cooper Studio which displays the Cooper family's famous work as well as that of inspired local artists.

The village centre has all the facilities you'll need during your self-catering holiday in the heart of the Lakes.

From local shops and supermarket to quaint tea rooms and acclaimed restaurants - the Good Food Guide-listed Jumble Room is a treat for a special occasion and the Michelin Star awarded Forestside is just a few minutes' walk from the apartment.

This lovely apartment is perfect for a short escape or a relaxing break.

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

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Windermere 9 miles; Keswick 13 miles.

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park is the lovely village of Grasmere, probably best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found". Any visit to Grasmere needs to include The Grasmere Gingerbread shop, where the Wilson family has been making gingerbread for over 60 years. Also in the village are a number of shops, pubs, a church which dates back to the 13th century, and Grasmere Lake. Grasmere Sports takes place every August, where you can watch participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland wrestling. Just five miles away is the town of Ambleside and Lake Winderemere where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and the 17th century Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. Cruises, boat trips and watersports can all be enjoyed on Lake Windermere, and the towns of Windermere and Keswick are also within driving distance. Grasmere is a wonderful base for your Lake District retreat.

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Note: Not suitable for children under 5 years

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas