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Kirkstone Cottage

(Ref. 998245)

Outgate near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "It's such a lovely property, perfect for two people."

    The fire was a highlight and the facilities were spot on.

    Reviewed by Rhyanna5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very homely."

    Could do with a new shower and hob but apart from that, very good & would consider booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.8Sep 2023

  • "Perfect well equipped quiet cottage, ideally located between two great pubs and only a short picturesque walk to Hawkshead."

    Fantastic walks from the doorstep and only a short drive to the more challenging ones at Conniston. Lake Windermere and Grizedale Forest are both within easy walking distance and Wray Castle is well worth a visit.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Kirkstone Cottage. We are so pleased that you got to see all the views and walks the location had to offer. We do hope to welcome you again soon. The owner relations team - Lakes Cottage Holidays Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Perfect location for walking."

    Lovely views from the property. It was wonderful that the kitchen was already stocked with cleaning equipment. Really clean throughout. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, Thank you very much!

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay, and the views! We hope to welcome you again. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0May 2023

  • "The kitchen oven, cooker hood, underneath the cuboards, microwave, cooker hood cupboard front, worktop surface around cooker, gas cooker top greasy filthy dirty, pans etc rusty, greasy cannot use, mould spores on the bedding, wonky floor, disgusting toilet brush!"

    Serious cleaning/housekeeping issues. Emailed Sykes with photographs when arriving back and learnt via a telephone call from Sykes - as Agents Sykes only mediate between owner and customer if a result cannot be found it is the responsibility of the customer to take legal action and as this holiday is classed as "self catering" you (the customer) to pack cleaning products to use on holiday! Who packs scouring pads, cleansing cream, oven cleaner, anti bacterial spray, bleach, spare toilet brush, cooking pans and clean bed linen when all should be provided fit for purpose on holiday? Will never use Sykes Cottages again.

    Reviewed by Sharon1.9Dec 2022

  • "This is the third time we’ve stayed at Kirkstone cottage."

    It is well maintained, warm, cosy and has everything needed for a comfortable break. Fantastic views from every window, even on rainy days. The area is excellent for walking with many walks starting on doorstep.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.1Nov 2022

  • "We loved this cottage and are already thinking about when we can come back."

    Great location and amazing views from every window. Bed is very comfy! Only thing was we couldn't find a corkscrew but otherwise everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Oct 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a good location."

    Only two comments: The shower didn't drain when we arrived. My husband managed to unblock it To get good efficiency from the dishwasher (ie only washing when it is full) we needed more cutlery and crockery. Otherwise we enjoyed our time at Kirkstone Cottage, thank you

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Oct 2022

  • "Excellent location, with easy access to many of the attractions that make the Lake District a prime holiday location."

    A very good base to work from. The property was very well appointed and had virtually all the comforts required. Would use this property again.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic stay yet again at this wee cottage, clean and comfy, well equipped, all bases covered, we will be back"

    Reviewed by Patsy5.0Sep 2022

  • "Non stick saucepans badly scratched and starting to rust."

    Other pans not properly cleaned. Stainless steel pan grubby and needed Cif and was fine. Grill pan griddle not cleaned and rusty. Cleaned up well but we should not have needed to do it. Photo of property showing 2 chairs and table were really for different property. No shaver point which these days is needed for electric toothbrushes. Otherwise very comfortable bed, good facilities for a couple and ideal situation and we enjoyed our stay. Complimentary fudge dishwasher tablets appreciated

    Reviewed by Clive3.1Aug 2022

  • "A very comfy and well appointed cottage offering ideal accommodation for a couple in a glorious setting."

    Only slight issue being low ceilings in part of the bathroom and bedroom where the eves slope.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Kirkstone cottage."

    Really lovely view from front and back. Great facilities.

    Reviewed by Aimie4.4Jun 2022

  • "We had an enjoyable week, in this lovely comfortable well equipped cottage, bed was extremely comfy."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2022

  • "This was our second visit to this cottage in 2021 and we look forward to staying again soon."

    It is perfect for the two of us, so peaceful with amazing views to the front. The secure gated access is also reassuring.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Dec 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week stay."

    Great little cottage and location for our walks and activities. No issues with log burner or previous negative entry by a customer. No dishwasher but it looked like it had been removed for replacement? I would suggest clarification before final booking if you really need it. Everything we needed for our vacation and we would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Nov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage we booked for next year"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great base for exploring the area, warm and comfortable with lovely views Could be more generous with logs and kindling"

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2021

  • "Extremely good cottage for location, cleanliness, facilities and comfort."

    I would highly recommend it. Hope I can return next year.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2021

  • "Nice peaceful location away from the crowds but only a 10 - 15 minute drive into Ambleside."

    Spacious living room - usually rooms turn out to be smaller than they appear in photographs due to camera trickery but the living room seemed even bigger than it looked in the photos on the website. Well equipped kitchen/diner, comfy king sized bed and great views from all rooms. Only slight negative is that there isn't a great deal of headroom upstairs in the bedroom and bathroom due to them being in the eaves of the property. Not a major problem though as you soon get used to it. Certainly think we will book this property again.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2021

  • "Maintenance issues not resolved"

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Aug 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Kirkstone Cottage, the views from the cottage front and rear were stunning."

    Perfectly situated, away from all of the hussle and bustle of the lager towns, we were close enough to Hawkshead and other local attractions. We had a thoroughly relaxing stay and would return without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2021

  • "Kirkstone is set in a beautiful position in the heart of the Lake District with lovely walks straight from the door."

    Very relaxing and well equipped with views of the hills from every window and sitting out both front and back.

    Reviewed by John4.1May 2021

  • "The kitchen was very tired, cooker not particularly clean, old kettle, a bowl for the sink we don’t all want to use the dishwasher."

    Lighting in here was poor. the lounge we found the fire impossible to light, TV in the wrong place for two of you to watch. Uncomfortable sofa, inadequate lighting. I’m only 5’2” but was constantly banging my head in the bedroom & bathroom. Desperately in need of new bed linen & towels. I felt the amount of money we paid it was most certainly not good value, as for needing 6hrs to clean is a joke

    Thank you for your feedback, we do take comments very seriously. However, on this occasion we do not feel your comments are accurate. Kirkstone Cottage was checked prior to your arrival and the standard of cleanliness was very high. The kitchen is not very tired. If you could not light the fire you could have contacted us during your stay and we would happily have resolved this issue for you. We have not received any previous feedback regarding uncomfortable seating or inadequate lighting but will check this as soon as possible. Similary no comments have been made previously regarding the TV but we will look at this for future comfort. The property is not cleaned for 6 hours, but there has to be enough time left between changeovers for the property to be cleaned. If you would like to check specific details on booking in future please don't hesitate to contact us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan1.6Apr 2021

  • "The cottage is sited in an excellent location and equipped with high quality appliances, fixtures and fittings which we have enjoyed very much."

    We would like to thank the owner for providing them. We appreciate the lockdown situation so the place wasn’t used for a long time. However, the cottage had NOT been cleaned properly at all. I had a severe asthma attack on the first night. After hoovering the whole house, the drum was full of dust and we sent a photograph to Sykes to show this. The kitchen was in a bit better condition thanks to the previous visitor’s cleaning (see their reviews). Therefore we are extremely disappointed with the cleaner who let us and the owner down! It’s the first time we have stayed in a beautifully done cottage yet NOT clean. We thoroughly cleaned the cottage before our departure. If we had followed the holiday rule of leaving the place it was when we arrived, the two drums full of dust would have been sprayed back on. Imagine that! Therefore the cleaners should not rely on guests goodwill of cleaning week by week.

    Reviewed by Jun4.1Apr 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in a lovely area."

    Cottage cosy and very well equipped. Only minor points to note were lack of veg peeler, salt and pepper and the kitchen smoke alarm was very over sensitive. The pub opposite was lovely too for food and drinks. Wouldn't hesitate to return!

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Dec 2020

  • "We were a little apprehenshive about going because of the current situation with covid but on arrival it was as we had expected from a previous visit very clean & comfortable & provided a little haven of respite."

    It is such a comfortable cottage, well equipped and makes you feel very much at home here. The surrounding area is beautiful & we were able to do so many walks from the cottage & explore wider affield . We found everywhere we went people were abiding by the regulations.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Oct 2020

  • "This was a beautiful cottage and exactly how it is depicted in the advertisement."

    You literally just need to pack your clothes and food etc. as everything else is there for you in this really well equipped cottage. We received an email from Sykes on the day we were arriving to say the freezer had broken and a new one was to be delivered the following day. True to their word the very helpful maintenance guy turned up in the morning to install it. Sykes even offered to reimburse us for any spoilt frozen food we may have had to throw away, excellent customer service

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2020

  • "Cottage was all we expected and more."

    The photo’s rarely, from web to actual, do the property justice and with the Kirkstone we found it was even better. The views are across countryside at the front of the property which were beautiful which always seemed to have sheep and so many weather conditions that no hour was the same. Was as spacious as we were expecting and everything looked new and clean-lovely wood burner too. It was easy to jump around the Lake District from here and the lanes are not too small either (mind you, we’re from Devon and the lanes here ARE small) but be prepared for lots of pools of water after heavy rainfall though this makes rivers then become full and more exciting. In terms of all that you want from the Lakes everything is within an easy car journey and Ambleside seems to be a gateway to most places. It was easily our favourite small town and had most of all we needed there. The nearest big Supermarket type shop is a 10+ mile journey away but if you shop ‘local’ in Ambleside there is plenty of smaller shops. Bit of a black spot for communication at the cottage, phones etc, so be prepared to be in contact when you’re back in range outside of the valleys but there is Wi-fi provided. All in all we had a great time (wife even did the Park Run in Ambleside) and we visited over 15 bodies of water in the week with a favourite being Grassmere and Rydal (next door to each other) followed closely by Tarn Hows in the sunshine and the beautiful Buttermere on a slightly overcast day. End of the week was more damp but didn't ‘dampen’ our enjoyment. Highs-Lakes and walks (oh, and the Gingerbread shop in Grassmere) Lows-Parking everywhere in the Lakes is at least £2 (spent about £10 a day on parking-take lots of £ coins) and, if there is a toilet, 20-30p for a Pee! Enjoyable WInter/Spring holiday with some great photo’s in the bag

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Mar 2020

  • "We were very pleased with this accommodation."

    The house had clearly been freshly decorated following comments from previous occupants, and there were two clothes hangers provided for wet waterproofs which had also been mentioned. The central heating was great as was the log burner and there was plenty of hot water on demand for the shower. We struggled to use the BT Internet on site which is either good or bad depending on your point of view. I seemed to be able to log in successfully but was only receiving emails and Whatsapp but couldn't access the Internet. My wife couldn't log in at all. Something to think about for the future is the lack of opportunity for recycling which we were prepared to do. The only option was to put all the rubbishy, unsorted, into the large bin. Overall though, this is very well presented property in a great location between Ambleside and Hawkshead, giving great access to the western lakes.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Feb 2020

  • "The WiFi wasn’t very reliable, I saw the Open Reach van on site, so perhaps this was being dealt with."

    There was just the bare minimum of wash liquid and hand soap, so need to take your own. Other than those minor issues it was a very comfortable, well equipped and presented, we had a very enjoyable stay. The location was ideal.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.4Feb 2020

  • "The sofa was uncomfortable, but the bed was extremely comfortable."

    The information folder wasn't completely accurate, as it had the incorrect wi-fi details in it. We were disappointed that there were no recycling facilities at the cottage - we took all of our recycling home but it is unlikely that all guests would be as conscientious. There were also no kitchen scales which would have been useful. One issue that we found strange was that we were automatically delivered a pint of milk from the local dairy on our first morning. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, it would be useful to know about it beforehand as we had already bought enough milk for the week, and so had to call the dairy to say we didn't want any more delivering. Overall though, we were very happy with the accommodation and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Sep 2019

  • "So So good we have booked the cottage for next September"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2019

  • "We have been coming to the Lake District for many years and Kirkstone cottage was probably one of the best we have stayed in."

    It was very clean, comfortable, well equipped & tastefully furnished with an especially comfortable bed. There are splendid views from each window and it is situated in a wonderful area with so much to do whether it be climbing, walking, gentle strolls round the lakes, looking round quaint villages or just relaxing and sitting outside the cottage drinking in the atmosphere and a beverage. We can thoroughly recommend the cottage and hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Sep 2019

  • "We enjoyed our week in this cottage."

    It was clean and comfortable. Everything worked well and everything was provided. As others have said, the views are amazing form all windows. Bed was very comfortable. Our only suggestion would be a rail up to the property. I'm sure this would be fine for most people without but we are not seasoned walkers or climbers and I, in particular, struggled getting cases, etc. up the steps.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jul 2019

  • "As above, the little house was comfortable with what had been high quality fittings; they were, however, beginning to get a bit tired."

    The lavatory seat was loose. This was a serious problem, there was only one; we should have complained immediately but there was no mobile signal and I could not send email. We found a way of coping and were there for only four nights, so we did not send in a request for a rapid repair; we are telling you now. The fridge smelt, although it seemed quite clean; it was switched off and cooling made things a little bit better. The cutlery, plates and bowls were not enough, considering there was a dishwasher. There were no pegs, although there was a washing machine and a line. Instruction leaflets were not all there. Everything else was fine but these imperfections, especially the lavatory seat, rather spoilt the whole experience.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jun 2019

  • "Our cottage was spotlessly clean and very well appointed, situated in a very beautiful location."

    A perfect base for exploring the Lake District. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by I5.0Jun 2019

  • "Kirkstone Cottage was the perfect location for a Lakes Holiday."

    Despite being a 1 bed house it is deceptively large and there is no feeling of being squeezed in. The living room is large and airy, the kitchen is well equipped and the bedroom is roomy with an extremely comfortable bed!! The views are wonderful in all directions and looking across the fells from the living room and seats outside is perfect. Even if the weather is bad the cottage is a wonderful place to be and the heating is really effective! Outgate and the surrounding areas are beautiful. We don't drive but easily got around on local buses and taxi's and the Outgate pub, the drunken duck were great local places to go. Also strongly recommend The Steam Bistro In Coniston. You will need to book but its AMAZING !!!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage is well located in Outgate, only 200 yards from a pub serving lovely food & beers."

    Hawkshead & Ambleside, are a few minutes drive away, with the serene and beautiful Esthwaite Water, Near Sawry (& HillTop) & Wray Castle not much further. This side of Esthwaite Water is quieter for traffic too (without the crowds in Bowness & Windermere!!) It is in a 'complex' of several linked properties (looks like they were one long property) behind a gate with adequate parking for 2 cars and a sun terrace. Inside it was very clean, spacious & comfortable with very good central heating for our chilly stay & loads of storage. Excellent TV too (42" I think) unlike many other places which go for a minimum size. The only criticism is that I guess the previous occupants failed to mention the blocked drain in the shower which we found the next morning. This could have been cleared before we arrived (interesting to note that the cleaner didn't notice it either - no need for running water when cleaning a shower?) One easy improvement would have been a more comprehensive welcome pack on arrival. A few biscuits plus some coffee & tea sachets is minimal nowadays. A cottage in Dorset where we stayed last year provided milk, tea & coffee, a homemade cake, bottle of wine and flowers! Now that's a welcome pack! Sykes management have been very good (we did have a problem unrelated to this property and not caused by Sykes, and they did a good job in trying to sort it out).

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2019

  • "We found the cottage to be of outstanding a d exceptional quality."

    ..very welcoming and warm after our 4 hour journey. We plan to return again in the future and recommend it to all we know to be planning a trip to the lakes Thank you

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 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 with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Electric oven and gas hob, fridge, toaster, kettle, freezer, Coffee machine, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Gas central heating
  • Woodburning stove
  • Fuel, Power and Fire Starter Pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Wifi
  • Freeview, BluRay player and Bose Bluetooth Speaker
  • Books and Games
  • Off-road parking is available for two cars
  • Small patio area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Nearest Shop 1.4 miles and pub 0.3 Miles

The property

Hawkshead 1.4 miles.

Kirkstone Cottage is a superb stone cottage situated in Outgate, Cumbria, part of the Lake District National Park.

Offering a stunning one bedroom cottage with high-quality furnishings, Kirkstone Cottage offers a romantic base for exploring all Cumbria has to offer with your loved one.

There is a welcoming sitting room with a range of seating, making it a great place to relax and unwind after a long day.

The open-plan kitchen and dining area has seating for two people to enjoy a lovely romantic meal together, prepared in the well-equipped kitchen, with all the appliances you could need to cook up a storm for your partner.

Upstairs has one king-size bedroom, with ample storage space for your personal items, and an en-suite shower room with modern fixtures and fittings.

To the front of the property, there is a small patio area that offers a lovely spot to sit out of a morning and enjoy a cup of tea while watching the sunrise.

Off-road parking is available for two cars.

While you're in the area, why not visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery, a National Trust property in Hawkshead?

It is a 17th century stone house which features original illustrations by the writer herself.

Enjoy the world famous views of Windermere lake from the top of Latterbarrow within walking distance from your doorstep.

Or take a drive towards the nearby areas to discover many more of the most breath-taking country views, including Loughrigg Fell, Tarn Hows, Orrest Head and Easedale Tarn.

With award winning dining within walking distance, Kirkstone Cottage is the perfect choice for a romantic holiday in Cumbria.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Ambleside 5.1 miles
  • Kendal 17.4 miles

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

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