"Barney's Cottage is a great place to stay, perfectly/centrally located in Ambleside and with the added bonus of off-street parking."
I would have given 5 stars for this cottage but there are a few points that knocked it off the top spot. It is falling into slight disrepair and decoration, it does need an uplift to give it that extra star. Public access at the side and rear of the cottage was a little annoying and was in constant use at all hours, all blinds and shutters had to remain closed.
Having made those comments, I will definitely be booking this cottage again in late 2022, perfect for my Lakes holiday.
"Property was as described, clean and comfortable."
Only issue was with car parking but this was only a minor problem.
"The cottage was adequate but was not a 4 star property as advertised."
A little tired and not particularly welcoming. The bathroom steamed up and the window could not be opened. In the main bedroom the window slid shut and had to be propped open. The kitchen knives were blunt.
On the plus side it is a central location with its own parking space at the front.
"We were told that there was a garden with a bench, but weren't told that it was a common access path around house so it wasn't private."
Our dogs were constantly barking as people were going past the windows. Ended up indoors with curtains shut. We should have been made aware of this before booking the cottage as it would have been a deciding factor for me.i.e. I wouldn't have booked.
"Holiday cottage was cleaned to a really good standard."
A superb location for exploring the Lake District. Huge added bonus of a parking space. Property is a little tired in places, it just and needs a little tlc and i’d give it five stars.
"We loved our stay in Barney's Cottage."
The location is perfect, and the cottage was lovely and clean and comfortable. Shops and pubs in easy walking distance, plus lots of other walks. Highly recommended.
"The cottage is listed as having a garden/patio but this is misleading."
The cottage has a path running around it which accesses other cottages and tucked to one side of this is a picnic bench that is adjacent to a main road. We have a dog so a garden is quite critical but there is no way we could let the dog out as it was not secure.
The cottage was in a great location in town though and was well equipped.
"Great quick service when the heating wasn’t working , it was sorted out the ..."
Great quick service when the heating wasn’t working , it was sorted out the same day and a nice note left for us by the owner of the cottage , thank you
"I wanted to put a note in the visitors book to thank the owners but I mislaid my pen."
Barneys Cottage was wonderful and ideal for us. Location excellent, everything you required was provided- hair dryer, iron, cooking pots - even baking paper! It was so clean, modern and well laid out. We took our Labrador and it was perfect. He loved lying in front of the fire. I can’t praise it enough. Please pass on our thanks.
"It was a very comfy and homely cottage we had an an amazing time, the wet room however wasn’t very ideal as the shower got the entire room soaked."
Overall it was a great holiday and we had a fantastic stay.
"It’s position it’s just so convenient, perfect!"
Great to have all tv/sky channels available with very comfortable furnishings in living room & a very good bathroom suiting all of us. Definitely would want to return.
Needs to have a plaque on outside wall saying Barney’s cottage above the address. We arrived in dark & couldn’t see small note in glass on door.
"Would hardly describe the bathroom as luxurious."
The shower virtually soaked the whole bathroom particularly when several people needed to use It and there was nothing provided to mop it with other than the bath mat which ended up saturated.
The cottage name was not clearly visible. However the house number, which was 3, clearly was, so putting that on your instructions would be a great help. We spent some time trying to find it, even asked at the nearby pub (they had never heard of it) fortunately the owner was there at the time and she eventually appeared.
Apart from the comments above it is lovely cottage and perfectly located for the village, we did enjoy our stay.
If these issues are addressed I would certainly give top marks.
"This is a lovely cottage."
Well equipment. Lovely decor. Its in the center of Ambleside, with parking. You could not ask for more.
"When we opened the door, first impressions were great and this continued."
Lovely cottage and some nice touches from Sykes with an email and phone call checking all was ok. A call later from the owner to check that the heating was ok as it wasn’t on, and some help re the shed key all made the difference. So in summary lovely cosy cottage, nice outside space although not enclosed, but didn’t bother us this time and great location. Great service and care from Sykes and owner. We had a superb holiday in Barney’s cottage.
"Wonderful bathroom, but the shower soaks the whole room."
Had to buy a bigger cooking pan and the ones there are not big enough for five
"Cottage was very comfortable and perfectly located."
The sky TV was a real treat and very useful on our wet week in the lake district. We absolutely loved the cottage and would love to return, especially around Christmas time.
Instructions on how to use the log burning stove would have been helpful as when we were cold and damp we did light it on one occasion but were a little unsure what we were doing with the vents.
We loved this cottage. It was spot on for the Julian family Paul, Lin, Charlie, Oliver and our dog Ralph!
"The location was perfect and the cottage was wonderful."
There were so many lovely little touches like walk suggestions and spare reading glasses. I had cause to speak to the owner who was friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this property and am very likely to book it again.
"What can you say about the lake district
Beautiful anytime of year and as we are here on holiday from australia we where very happy to get back there I have spent many happy holidays there from being a small child and will continue to visit when back in the uk."
As for the accomodation it was perfect for us and wont hesitate to recommend it to freinds, we realy enjoyed our time and a big thankyou to the owners of barneys cottage
"Although it was great to be so central in Ambleside and the property lovely, it is not ideally suited if you have dogs, the only way outside is through the front door and the passageway by the cottage is not enclosed you certainly could not sit out there with dogs."
It also has underfloor heating which we certainly could not feel downstairs you cannot regulate this and there are instructions about appliances dotted around , having spent numerous self catering holdays we would recommend these were all in one book. If you are a family with no dogs it could be ideal as the bedrooms are lovely and lots of games for wet days and an ideal position in lovely Ambleside