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Brunt How

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  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a great home we have returned to many times now."

    While the house and gardens are wonderful, the furnishings have become shabby. The quilt cover is stained in the main bedroom, lounge chairs have their stuffing escaping from torn arms, carpets in need of cleaning. Flys in bed 1 window casement that come into the room in their 100’s if you want to air the room. We love this house but would like to hear that the owners are planning to update the ageing furnishings. Just a suggestion, could the property provide a clothes horse so washing and damp coats could be dried without having to use the tumbler?

    We are so glad you have enjoyed Brunt How over the years. We have addressed many of your concerns. Over the last couple of years we have made a number of refurbishments, including new upstairs carpets, a new ensuite bathroom and new boiler room (including new boiler). We have high standards for Brunt How ourselves, as we enjoy using it as much as our guests. Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter3.4Nov 2023

  • "A wonderful two weeks spent in this superb house."

    The views, location and peaceful surroundings all contributed to a fabulous stay. We expected all types of weather, and we were not disappointed. However on the whole, we were very lucky and walked for miles every day. Our four legged companion has been living her best labrador life - water and sticks galore! We have been visiting the Lakes for many many years and can honestly say this is one of the best properties we have rented, and would not hesitate to come back soon. With many thanks

    Mr MarrionSep 2023

  • "Brunt How is a nice early 1900s cottage rental in walking distance from the lovely and secluded Loughrigg Tarn."

    It should be clear(er) in the description that you're actually getting one third of the house. The other two thirds are separately rented out as "Brunt House" & "Tarn Cottage". It's important that, unusually, you cannot obtain the keys at the property but have to obtain & return them to managing agents "Heart of the Lakes" a drive away in Ambleside. We found that Tesco will not deliver directly to the property due to the step access road. Internally, Brunt How is nice, although 'tired'. There was a lot of live spiders in their webs all over the house. The kitchen, although well equipped, was not clean. We spent significant time cleaning it before use. The bedrooms & upstairs bathrooms were clean and well presented. All facilities required for a large family were there. The big selling points are the view facing South, towards the valley and the river Brathay, and the lovely, kempt multi-levelled gardens. If you're into birds, you'll find many species including Buzzards. The views of the night sky are excellent with the Milky Way visible on a clear night. If you rent Brunt How you get private access to all the gardens and the greenhouse. The greenhouse's Table Tennis table was so dirty the kids avoided it. Nonetheless, we felt the beauty of the gardens with nice outdoor furniture made up for it. On a bright summer's day, the views are really special & relaxing. Overall, it's a recommended stay for the secluded quiet, views, lovely garden, proximity to Windermere and Ambleside and abundant local walks. We had significant plumbing and electrical issues marring the comfort of the stay. These were well handled by polite Lake Lovers & Heart of the Lakes staff, albeit taking several days to remedy. Brunt How's in a lovely part of the Lake District and would make a good base for exploring the local towns and tarns. Despite issues, we'd still recommend stating there and would consider rebooking.

    Thank you for your feedback. Your comments have been forwarded to the housekeeping team to look into your concerns regarding cleanliness, though had we known we would have rectified this on your arrival. We are glad that you did enjoy the property and were able to see the Milky Way. Lakelovers Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mitchell2.8Aug 2023

  • "A lovely property with spectacular views."

    Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues insofar as the garden in levelled. Beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Jul 2023

  • "A beautiful home in an amazing location."

    It was very clean, beds were comfortable and showers good. The kitchen had all the equipment we needed. We didn't use the table tennis table as the glass house was full of mosquitos but I'm not sure that could be helped. The garden was beautiful and the views stunning. We would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2023

  • "Overall a great property, the views are incredible!"

    However, one of the showers didn’t work the whole time we were there. We were in touch with Heart of the Lakes regularly. It was inconvenient. Some cobwebs around the ceiling that hadn’t been cleaned. Lock on the downstairs toilet needs fixing.

    Thank you for your comments. We apologise for the issue that you experienced with the shower during your stay, and for the inconveince caused. We will ask our Maintenance team to check the lock. Thank you. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Soubhi4.1Jun 2023

  • "A truly wonderful place to stay on our honeymoon."

    We've enjoyed so many enchanting walks right from the doorstep - Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Tarn, Ambleside, Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater. Brunt How has also been the perfect base from which to set out on our longer hikes. We have visited many locations in the Langdale valley, North Lakes for a swim in Derwent Water and a venture up High Seat, Bleaberry Fell and the oh so pleasing Walla Crag. We've been blessed with fine weather and soaked up the beauty of the garden, making the most of any opportunity to dine al fresco. We've basked in the peace and quiet tranquillity of both the indoor and outdoor space, reading and enjoying the picturesque views. We've been fascinated watching a nest of tree creepers and the spotted fly catcher. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. We hope to be back soon.

    Mr HoughJun 2023

  • "Just got back from the most amazing week in the lakes."

    Perfect weather really helped, but the cottage was awesome. The property has very large rooms, tastefully furnished (super comfy beds!) and a small but well equipped kitchen. One of the bedrooms was small and didn’t have much natural light but we weren’t in there much! The garden is stunning, beautiful flowers and lawned areas. Would definitely recommend Brunt How, and would definitely love to return! Ps one little teeny tiny thing - the property would benefit from a clothes airer!!!

    Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the facilities. We take your suggestion on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7May 2023

  • "Amazing property, stunning views, lovely garden, in all a very enjoyable weeks break,without sat nav directions not that easy,could also do with having 2keys for the house."

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. We hope to welcome you back. The Heart of The Lakes Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eirwen4.7May 2023

  • "A very welcoming house!"

    There were seven of us here, two from the United States and I loved it. The views are beautiful!! Wish we had some more sunny days to explore. Overall we had a wonderful family holiday! Hope to return in the future.

    Mr StruthersDec 2022

  • "Love the house!"

    Elegant, well fitted out, with such lovely views and garden. So relaxing, lovely walks and food, we slept so well. Very restorative! It’s our second time here. First time was in the summer with fab BBQ’s is in the garden with recipes from the Nigella book in kitchen (which we have since bought!) This time candlelit suppers and log fires. Hope to be back. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2022

  • "This house is beautiful!"

    We loved the gardens, the decor, how spacious it was and the level of comfort was amazing. It really helped us to have the perfect holiday. The location is quiet, but close to all attractions and I would stay here again happily. Some points to note. There was a smell of "wet dog" downstairs which we reported. I would suggest regular carpet washing and the option of plug-in air fresheners. The cleanliness of sinks, toilets, hoovering and mopping was as I would expect so the smell was not due to poor cleaning. The cleaner needs time for a deep clean every few weeks basically, as there were a few dirting skirtings downstairs, again due to muddy dogs from the looks of it. Prior information regarding the fire would have been helpful as we needed to buy coal, fire starters etc whilst we were there, so this is something worth knowing in advance as the property does get quite cold at night.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Aug 2022

  • "Lovely location and generally well appointed cottage."

    Good kitchen and dining area, and lovely large lounge (though a squeeze for 6). However, dishwasher was clearly not cleaning when we arrived, so we had to clear out all the filters to get it working properly (not a nice job when not done for so long), there is relatively limited larger glass wear and crockery (OK for 4, would not be for 6), and the inability to open the back door fully was tricky when coming in with wet walking gear.

    We thank you for taking time to give us feedback following your recent stay at Brunt How. We are pleased you had a great stay and found the property well appointed. A member of our compliance team attended following your visit to ensure the seating area was well suited for a maximum 7 guests (as per the max occupancy) and found there is more than adequate seating and space in all areas. We have checked the crockery and glassware and did find a couple of glasses must have been damaged over the summer months - these will be replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.1Jul 2022

  • "Overall, a lovely property in a truly stunning setting."

    Highlights include the generous and beautifully furnished family room, as well as our daily walks to nearby Loughrigg Tarn (we will bring swimming costumes next time!) Constructive feedback- We slept in the (massive) yellow bedroom with our toddler and would have really appreciated blackout curtains/ blinds to help with bedtime. (We also did notice a fair bit of mould on the curtains that are present.) Hooks on the back of the bathroom/ bedroom door would be useful, as well as a full length mirror. I was also surprised that hand soap wasn’t supplied in the bathrooms and we had to buy some. It is worth noting that the garden is well maintained with the most incredible views, but the steps/ tiered layout mean it is not toddler friendly. Also, our dog easily jumped the low wall to the neighbouring property to make friends!

    Reviewed by Hannah3.8Jun 2022

  • "Seven gentle spring days of low level walking and minimal driving in the magical Langdale landscape."

    A very comfortable and convenient base to enjoy this unique place.

    The Tipper FamilyApr 2022

  • "Wonderful house, superb large rooms and comfy beds."

    Children, dog and adults all slept well. Beautiful views and we made the most of walking when the sun shined. Sadly it was a rather wet, cold week. We will need to come back in the summer! Thank you, a lovely family home.

    Mrs K DysonApr 2022

  • "House is amazing, garden sets it apart from other properties."

    Only downside is the small bedroom with 2 singles is cramped and beds not that comfortable for an adult to sleep on.

    Thank you for your feedback. The mattresses in this bedroom have now been replaced and I am sorry if you found the bedroom not as spacious as the other two but we feel the photographs on the website are an accurate representation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin3.8Aug 2021

  • "1 week in the Lake District."

    We saw some amazing things - Striding Edge and the Old Man of Coniston. We saw great birds, paddled on Windermere and swam every day in the tarn. The house is really cool - we like the high ceilings, thick walls and solid feel. We would gladly come back and hope that you all have a fantastic time in this beautiful place. We have been privileged and lucky.

    Aug 2021

  • "Had a great stay at Brunt How."

    What a lovely house which was spacious, comfortable and well equipped with all we needed for a week’s stay. The view from the house was spectacular and it was a great base for some lovely walks.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2021

  • "I think that this property needs more investment to justify the price."

    The legs of two of the chairs in the dining room have been strengthened with raw bits of plywood, with the edges left rough. The oil cloth on the dining room table looks old, and is not what you expect for a property of this standard. The wifi on the first floor is patchy to non-existent. There may be a knack to making the TV work, but we never found it – the picture was good for a few minutes, then there was a warning about the aerial. On our first night the sheets were too small, and did not tuck into the mattresses, but at least the managing agent replaced them the next day. The bed in the main bedroom was uncomfortable, and another bed had a broken slat (not unusual, according to the cleaner). On the last day our son was trapped in his bedroom by a defective catch, but eventually we managed to release him by dint of running a piece of plastic between the door and frame. Otherwise, we would have called the Fire Brigade. It would be useful to have more crockery. The boiler settings are low. To begin with, we were only given one set of keys. The property has good views, but sitting outside you hear a fair amount of traffic noise from lower down the valley.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide additional feedback following your stay at Brunt Howe, albeit we were sorry to read you did not enjoy your stay as much as our previous guests. We can only apologise that one of the dining chairs needed an urgent repair on the day of your arrival. To ensure the property was ready for you in time and not to disrupt your holiday, the repair carried out whilst not aesthetically pleasing, was practical. A full repair has now been carried out for the benefit of future guests. The oil cloth placed on the dining table for protection is provided for families with children who would feel more comfortable using this and can be removed should any guests not wish to use it. We can only apologise if you found the Wi-Fi to be patchy on the first floor. Brunt How is situated a beautiful location with amazing views overlooking the hills. As a 19th century building, built with thick stone walls, sometimes this does mean Wi-Fi speeds can be intermittent in certain parts of the property, however we do not usually receive negative feedback regarding the Wi-Fi speed. We do have instructions in the cottage regarding using the television, and these instructions have worked for our team following your feedback. The master bed and mattress were brand new for your visit, so it is disappointing to read it was not to your personal preference, however we appreciate everyone is different. The slat in the second bedroom had slipped out of place and has now been rectified. We are unsure how the bedroom door handle failed on your last day but since then and as a precaution this has been replaced. We feel that the property has amazing views, and it is rare to hear traffic noise from the property from down in Langdale Valley, however, appreciate this can be down to the time of year you visited. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robin2.8Jun 2021

  • "Such a well needed break in a beautiful location."

    Really appreciate that we could bring our dog to such a lovely house. Going to re-book.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic property with stunning views."

    Mrs GoughDec 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.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1x Super King size zip link bed and 1x single bed with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Utility/cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Oil fired central heating with 1 x log burners
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, HiFi System with IPod docking station, TV with Blu-ray Player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available upon request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed front patio and sloping lawned gardens to the rear with outdoor seating area
  • Use of the greenhouse with table tennis
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking

The property

Set in a peaceful and elevated position within the Langdale Valley on the outskirts of Skelwith Bridge, you will find this magnificent stone dwelling.

A spacious and pet-friendly property, Brunt How is sure to add a touch of luxury to any self-catering stay, making this a superb choice for your next group getaway to the Lake District.

Step inside the grand dining room and admire the charm and character of the decorative beam ceilings.

Continue through to the quaint yet well-equipped kitchen featuring a plethora of appliances such as a sleek built-in oven and electric hob – sure to inspire some good home-cooking.

A warm and welcoming sitting room has been wonderfully appointed with two chic chesterfield sofas, an ornate woodburner and a contemporary TV, an ideal setting to relax and unwind in at the end of a fun-filled day exploring the encompassing fells.

Climb the staircase up to the first floor and be welcomed into a gorgeous king-size bedroom boasting a beautiful mahogany sleigh bed and two inviting armchairs, from which to enjoy views across the River Brathay, and a fabulous en-suite bathroom with sophisticated wall-to-floor tiling where you can indulge in a moment to yourself as you soak up your muscles with a long afternoon bath.

A large family bedroom decorated with pretty yellow hues and pastel blue accents can be found hosting two single beds with two additional pull-out truckles, as well as a handy en-suite shower room.

Across the way a tranquil twin hosts two single beds with crisp white bedding, offering up the perfect space for tucking in the children as you send them off to sleep with their favourite bed time story.

Completing this floor is a well-designed family bathroom, home to a roomy P-shaped bath with an overhead shower, providing guests with the option of a quick morning rinse or a more luxurious dip in the tub.

Make the most of warmer climates with evenings spent lounging on the well-manicured lawns in the sloping back garden, or delighting in a refreshing glass of wine with friends out on the front patio.

Resting to the rear of the property, Loughrigg Fell makes for an unforgettable day in the great outdoors, filled with exciting off-beaten tracks and scenic hiking routes all waiting to be explored.

A pleasant walk away, the centre of Skelwith Bridge is complemented by a quintessential café serving takeaways and a charming country bar where you can delight in a pint with the locals.

Here you will also find the cascading waterfall of Skelwith Force and the pretty Trevor Woodburn Bridge.

The neighbouring town of Ambleside offers a good selection of shops and restaurants, as well as making a great setting off point for a walk through the wonderful woodlands that surround the mesmerising Stock Ghyll Force.

Head to Rydal to explore the enchanting cave or step back in time at Rydal Mount and Gardens and Wordsworth Grasmere, the former homes of English Poet William Wordsworth exhibiting his famous works.

Spend the afternoon at excellent attraction of Brockhole on Windermere, or cross the lake to the west shore and uncover the incredible fortress of Wray Castle.

Travel to Kendal to tour the 14th century bulwark of Sizergh Castle, or take a scenic car journey down to Milnthorpe for a day at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.

Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere or visit the village of Conniston for a trip on the National Trust owned Steam Yacht Gondola, before wandering the halls of the captivating Ruskin Museum.

Learn all about the famous Author Beatrix Potter at her former residence of Hill Top or at the popular World of Beatrix Potter attraction, with all of your favourite characters such as Peter Rabbit.

There’s much fun to be had with your loved ones on a magical family holiday to Brunt How.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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Please Note: This property takes a £250 refundable Good Housekeeping Bond

We are very conscious of the environmental impact and cost of heating at Brunt How. Heating is set at 20 for morning and evening, 18 during the day and 16 overnight. Whilst this is controlled remotely by the owner / Heart of the Lakes, guests can adjust the temperature using a pad on the wall. This lasts an hour, so for longer changes contact HOTL. The log burner in the sitting room makes this room very cosy.
If extensive increase is required to these temperatures or the property is heated above 21, an additional charge will be made of £30 per day. (Applicable November to March inclusive)
The heating system records the house temperature and temperature set. Please note that tampering with the system will result in forfeit of deposit.