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Boarbank Farm

Allithwaite near Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 29416)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely spacious cottage - a real home from home."

    Extremely well equipped. Ideal garden with plenty of room for dogs to run around and children and grown ups to play.

    Reviewed by SamanthaJul 2021

  • "Perfect location - close to some of the most beautiful seaside walks."

    The cottage itself was spacious, well furnished and perfect for 4 adults and 2 dogs. We had a fantastic holiday! Thank you!

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2021

  • "We were generally happy with the standard of accommodation and the owner had been helpful and quick to respond to enquiries prior to our visit."

    However, the garden was disappointing as the grass was long and unkempt and one of the garden benches was broken. The requested high chair was in a cupboard in pieces so had to be put together and it was dirty so required a thorough clean before it could be used. The kitchen was well equipped but some of the less used items (large mixing bowls and oven trays) were dirty or rusty. Not enough toilet rolls, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets supplied. No washing powder supplied for the washing machine. The upstairs toilet seat was loose as was the tap in that bathroom (both of these things had previously been reported some time ago in the visitors' book). There have apparently been problems with cleanliness in the past but we were generally happy with this. There were some cobwebs in corners and in the conservatory but the bathrooms and kitchen surfaces were clean. We have had experience of Sykes properties before and we did not feel this accommodation met the high standards of those properties.

    Reviewed by LoisMay 2021

  • "Nice short break for us (4 nights)."

    Fantastic area of the country and really nice property to stay in. I would describe the property as better than nice if it wasn't for a few niggly problems that with a little care for details could be much better. The problems stasted after we arrived at around 1630 hrs Bank Holiday Monday. Batteries in TV viewing box were flat,batteries in dvd player were missing, no reception on the TV alone. Later in the week when we sorted this we found the TV constantly interrupted by lack of signal. The toilet seat was lose as was the single tap in the sink. There are stains on the carpet, the outdoor furniture ,one bench has fallen apart the rest of the furniture is unuseable due to it being neglected for years. The initial directions to the place were a bit adrift, we phoned the number given and the person answering didn't know the area and could not give directions (unbelievable). That all said these are mostly just little niggles and did not spoil our break. The unit we stopped in had everything we needed was nice and warm with free access to the heating controls, good kitchen with microwave etc and a shower with hot water on demand. We needed a short relaxing break and this is exactly what we got.

    1. TV issue. The property is equipped with Freesat. There are instructions and it works fine if used. I suspect they were not using it 2. We send VERY comprehensive directions. They telephoned my son who is VERY familiar with the area. He told me that they didn't take the details with them. Because they didn't know where they were he found it very difficult to advise them. 3 . We are aware of most of the other comments. Unfortunately Covid has restricted our opportunities to address them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RoyMay 2021

  • "It is a beautiful, peaceful, well equipped property."

    When we arrived everything was extremely clean and well laid out. The kitchen is very well equipped with a good number of pans, plates , glasses etc. Everything that you could possibly want. We stayed a week and cooked breakfast and some evening meals. The local restaurants are very good and we can recommend the Pheasant and the Cavendish Arms in Cartmel. We brought a large number sticky toffee puddings at the local shop in Cartmel too, really delicious. The beds are all very comfortable with lovely white bedding. Comfortable settees in the lounge and the conservatory and a very good sized garden. We made good use of the dish washer, washing machine and dryer. The property is very warm which is important in October and we are looking forward to returning whenever possible, given the current situation.

    Reviewed by PamOct 2020

  • "Poor description of how to find the place."

    (Cattle grids are filled in). No cleaning materials, no dishwasher tablets or washing tablets or toilet rolls. Place is looking tired but is comfortable and nice and peaceful. Would I go back, no.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2020

  • "Accommodation was in a beautiful setting and very peaceful but on arrival we found the place had only had a cursory clean and was very dirty we spent 2 hours cleaning before we could relax."

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "The description was spot on."

    A gorgeous cottage very well stocked and perfectly situated for amazing days out. Fantastic garden and wonderfully peaceful. Fully recommend this wonderful home from home

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2019

  • "On arrival the instructions were a little hard to understand so we were not sure we had arrived."

    We attempted to contact the advised contact (who didn't answer) before calling the home owner to no response. Lucky one of the neighbors kindly confirmed and helped is get to the right cottage. The home owner did text me and I explained I did try to call to see if we were there and his neighbour helped us as his father and he didn't answer on out arrival. The cottage was freezing and the heating wasn't on. My mother is disabled with breathing issues so this was less than ideal as the cold affect her breathing. I had hoped would kick in shortly after arrival, it did not. Having to get ready for a friend's wedding I needed to have a shower to wash my hair which we found meant it was an ice shower as the heating not working meant that there was no hot water. After a few more calls I resided with the fact the main point of contact was not going to answer do again I called the home owner. Assistance was given to reset the water pressure which involved me crawling on all fours into a spider ridden cupboard to flip a tiny switch. This is less than ideal as I have a damages spine. Overall it looks as though no-one has stayed in a while. There was dead fly/flying insects through the whole property and particularly the conservatory. There was spiderwebs through the top floor too. For the amount I paid to stay I would have thought that the property would have been cleaned properly and certainly not left without heat or warm water. These are all things that should have been checked in advance of out 4pm check in. There was little point in calling to advise of the cleanliness issues as the gentleman that was was meant to be in charge never returned any of my missed calls and I felt bad calling the home owner as he was clear he wasn't the point of contact. This property is not very disabled friendly if you are thinking it would be ideal as there is bottom floor bedroom and bathroom. The living room and kitchen are upstairs as is the garden. Without wishing to be all negative, this is a lovely size property and would certainly be great for a family or two as there is two double rooms, a bunk bed room and I believe a pull out bed on the top floor too. Three bathrooms (one tolilet only one a shower room and one with a bath /shower). The garden was a lovely size and had the weather been better I am sure it would have been lovely to sit out in the day (the lightbulb was removed so evening sitting would likely not have been a choice). Over all, I believe I paid an off peak charge for my weekend (£530). In my view what we paid for what we got was grossly overcharged and I do wish we stayed with the rest of the wedding guests at the local hotel. The reason I went with this property was for the garden for the dog so she wasn't cramped in a hotel room. This was my first Sykes cottage holiday and I imagine will be our last

    Reviewed by KellyJun 2019

  • "The accommodation was exceedingly spacious a real bonus."

    Only minor quibbles, for the price paid we would have expected basics such as, baco foil. cling film, more than one roll of toilet paper. As previous guests have commented the sofas in the lounge are passed their sell by date, the cushion seats have stopped being supportive. Minor issues that could be put right otherwise a lovely home in a very convenient location.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage,everything you needed was there."

    Could do with more comfy seats they where very low and not good for your back.But that was all we had to complain about.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2019

  • "A lovely cottage, great views from certain parts, ideal walking, cottage itself had pretty much all home from home items, nearest shop (that you can get most items from) is only 5-10 mins drive away."

    CARK is 10 mins away and has the BEST homemade pizza’s ever for £5, a little Bakery called Big Flour, plenty of places to eat out, although we cooked at the cottage with no issue also, there are 3 allocated parking spaces, but as we had a minivan could only access 1 due to size, but as cottage is down dirt track it wasn’t an issue. Post code given isn’t as accurate as the post code found on a letter we found at property ( which was spot on ?) All in all had a great experience, but after reading comments left in Guest Book, it’s worth noting this property IS very isolated and deep in countryside, not to be compared with a town house. PS Cartmel is a MUST to visit

    Reviewed by VinnieOct 2018

  • "COR-76004-CF."

    This is my complaint see below I still have had no resolution or communication on resolution : I have used Sykes for many years and always had a good experience. Until now : Cottage was very poor - very dirty - damp - and I was many times bitten by ‘flea’like creatures . I have pictures. Here is my lates e mail to you : Hi I have not had a resolution to this in full . We have had linen change weekly thank you. We have had no compensation for our meal on check in day . We have not had any clean weekly . We have had no response / compensation to my feedback on the standard of the property. Cleanliness , general state , damp patches, quality of equipment etc . As for the money the property is poor. We move out on Friday and would like some solution prior please . Thx

    Reviewed by MikeAug 2018

  • "Had a lovely week at Boarbank Farm."

    The cottage is well equiped, clean, spacious and warm. All amenities worked perfectly. It is much bigger on the inside from what it appears in the photos and covers over three floors. Lovely private garden at the back. Pet friendly. Good for local pubs. Pig and Whistle a high recommend. Easy to get to Cartmel, Ulverston and Grange Over Sands and all other tourist places. Private parking. A very enjoyable week away with pleasant surroundings.

    Reviewed by AmritNov 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Ground floor, large twin bedroom, bunk room with adult sized bunks, bathroom with bath, over bath shower and WC, accessible directly from both bedrooms
  • First floor, large lounge/dining room, kitchen, utility room with WC and basin, conservatory with garden access
  • Second floor, double bedroom with king size bed, mezzanine area with sofa, shower room with WC and basin
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, slow cooker, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Lawned garden with paved patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 1.2 miles
  • Note: The twin bedroom's en-suite can also be accessed via the bunk bedroom
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Please note: The property does not have an electric vehicle charging point; The nearest is located in Skipton, either in Morrison's car park or in the car park located to the rear of Skipton Town Hall; Electric cars can however be plugged into a normal electric socket in the property for a charge of £20.00 per charge paid to the owners who live next door prior to departure

The property

Allithwaite 1.2 miles.

A delightful barn conversion, set in pretty countryside, within reach of the small village of Allithwaite in the heart of the Lake District Peninsula.

This lovely cottage is also close to the village of Cartmel and the elegant coastal town of Grange-over-Sands.

This comfortable Allithwaite cottage is full of character and charm, with a stunning sitting room with feature wall and floor-to-ceiling windows, leading into a conservatory and on the first floor, you will find a modern shower room.

This cosy Allithwaite cottage is an ideal base for exploring the south lakes, with easy access to Lake Windermere at Lakeside, just 15 minutes' drive away, where you can embark on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway to travel up to the Aquarium of the Lakes and even catch the Windermere Steamer and continue on to the bustling towns of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.

The ancient priory village of Cartmel is one mile away and has some lovely shops and cafes, including the Cartmel Village Shop, home to the delicious sticky toffee pudding, and Allithwaite itself offers a general store and a pub serving food.

This wonderful Allithwaite cottage is a great base at any time of the year.

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About the location


Cartmel 1 mile; Grange-over-Sands 2 miles.

The lovely village of Allithwaite is idyllically located on the southern edge of the Cartmel Peninsula, at the edges of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. Described as being “set like a jewel in a cloak of green”, this village provides a shop, and a local pub serving food. The historic village of Cartmel, renowned as the prettiest in the Lake District, is just 1 mile away, and boasts charming streamside walks, quaint cobbled streets littered with antique shops, traditional pubs and the acclaimed Michelin Star-awarded L'Enclume restaurant. It is also home to the famous priory and racecourse. The picturesque Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands is also within 2 miles and features a traffic-free promenade, delightful ornamental gardens, a choice of golf courses and excellent birdwatching opportunities. A superb base from which to enjoy this magical area.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas