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Holly Lodge

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  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed the first week of December 2023."

    Jan and John were brilliant hosts. Heavy snow had fallen and Jan kindly telephoned to let us know before we set off. What a lovely place to stay at - it was so warm and cosy. The grounds looked beautiful in the snow. One family member is a wheelchair user who found that this was the best equipped cottage to suit her disability. Both Jan and John were thoughtful in their efforts to make our stay enjoyable. There is an abundance of information available at the cottage regarding days out, places to eat etc. We visited the local village of Appleby and had brunch at The Crown and Cushion - the bacon sandwich was delicious. We had a lovely holiday and would highly recommend a stay at Holly Lodge.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Holly Lodge."

    Very clean and comfortable and I must say bigger than I expected. 3 large bedrooms and comfortable living area. You do need transport though for this destination. Appleby is a lovely little village. Would recommend the crown&cushion and the Aishiana restaurant

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Jan and John are very nice people warm and welcoming the accommodation was very clean ,comfortable and very well equipped ."

    We enjoyed our visit immensely and would hope to return

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Aug 2023

  • "Just back from a lovely break at the cottage with family, had a great time, great spot for visiting the lakes and surrounding area."

    Jan and John were lovely hosts, thank you for the home grown Cucumber and Pepper's, hope to visit again soon. Thanks the Farrugia Dobson Family x

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Aug 2023

  • "As the owner knows our short visit was most welcome and the friendly greeting from John and Jan is most welcome."

    Unfortunately we had to leave early with medical problems . Hoping we can get back in the future and do it justice. The property was just right for our stay and nothing was too much trouble for the owners.The vegetables were lovely with my homemade fish pie. Our kind regards to John and Jan

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Aug 2023

  • "The facilities were excellent, including facilities for my disabled wife."

    The hosts were friendly and most helpful. I only wish the accommodation was in a better place than Appleby, which seems isolated from the main attractions.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful accommodation that is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    Plenty of room and great for close access to the main roads for venturing out across the Lake District. Very comfortable and stylish. Only issue is the floor boards upstairs are incredibly noisy. Just a warning for sound sensitive people

    Thank you for your comments about the floorboards Claire, which do seem to be worse than they were. This is something we can not address between guests but aim to have sorted out next winter when we have a few weeks still free with no guests booked in. I am pleased you enjoyed our location and facilities. John and Jan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderful relaxing holiday."

    As a full time carer for my mum for the past 3 and a half years, we were unable to go away on holiday. Sadly when my mum passed away 30 weeks ago and it was our birthdays at the end of January, my husband said we need to go away for a little while and relax. I'm so very pleased that we picked this beautiful lodge. It was just what we needed. John and Jan were wonderful hosts and available if we needed them but we never felt like they were keeping an eye on us. With underfloor heating the place was very cosy and relaxing. Wonderful facilities available and although we didn't need the disabled ones, they were outstanding and very well thought out. We went on many walks and stopped off at a couple of local 'hostelries' afterwards for refreshment!! Many thanks for having us both, we really enjoyed spending time in your beautiful lodge

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jan 2023

  • "Warm welcome from Jan and Jon, nothing was too much trouble for them."

    The lodge was spacious, we were a party of 7 and 2 dogs, and well appointed. All in all it was a comfortable stay. Plenty of room outdoors for dogs and kids to run

    Reviewed by Ken3.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay and fantastic very disabled people and so helpful."

    A very warm welcome

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "There was a lot of thought that had been put into the Hollies and every thing that you could need was there."

    For a wheel chair user it made life very easy to have the sinks easily lowered and very easy to move around in, Lovely views from the windows, and very peaceful environment. Easy access to lovely days out.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2022

  • "We enjoyed meeting Jan and John and they were very friendly and welcoming and available should we have any questions."

    The bedrooms were more than adequate with comfortable beds and lots of storage space. However no mention was made in any description of the property of the close proximity of the A66 and the subsequent traffic noise during the night when the windows needed to be open for ventilation. The wet-room facilities for an independent wheelchair user were manageable but as space was limited after transferring from wheelchair to the provided shower seat it was difficult to ensure the wheelchair was away from the shower area which resulted in it getting wet each day. A sideways transfer from wheelchair to the toilet was also a little hampered as the fold-down grab-rail is on the only side available for transfer. The kitchen area does have a height adjustable sink and hob unit. Which was most welcome. However to make the kitchen area more wheelchair-user friendly perhaps more consideration could be given to the placement of kettles etc. But we realise these are easily movable. If there is opportunity to improve the kitchen facilities in updating the built-in oven, another very useful appliance would be a dishwasher. All in all the stay afforded a good base from which to explore the Lake District. Thank You.

    Thank you for pointing out these inconveniences in the kitchen and wet-room. We had considered a dish washer but could not see where it could be situated without compromising other accessible features. The wet-room does fully comply with all the national accessibility scheme requirements but we do accept that everyone's needs are different and one layout does not suit everyone. This is why we have added the height adjustable sink in the wet-room. Did you also have a problem with the shower curtains? Apologies for the road noise. Highways England are replacing the road surface along the whole of the Appleby bypass with a 'low noise' surface but doing all the work overnight, until November 2021. We are glad that Holly Lodge was a good base for your explorations. The property owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jan2.8Sep 2021

  • "Asked us to leave as soon as possible they wanted to go to farmers market."

    Then on morning of leaving Jan came round and said I hope you Don't think where pushing you out .which I did feel she was pushing us out .you really couldn't sit out the back peacefully there dog kept appearing. But we did have a relaxing g holiday .

    We are sorry we seem to have miscommunicated with you on arrival. We try to ask if guests are happy with our Spaniel running round and we are always happy to keep him in when we see guests sitting outside if they want us to, or make us aware. We are always available for comments as we live next door. Regarding our request for guests to leave early if we have to go out, we try to give guests the option of leaving a little early, or having a more relaxed morning to leave after we return, by negotiation, which we understood we had achieved. We are sorry you felt pushed out. We are glad you had a relaxing holiday and hope you will return with our increased understanding of our need to communicate more clearly. The property owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline4.1Sep 2021

  • "Great accommodation, very friendly hosts, really pet friendly, shame no dish washer or BBQ area."

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely place to spend the week nice and quiet despite being close to the A66, lots of areas around the lodge for the dog to walk and the wood and pond at the end of the garden was a plus."

    The owners were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Near the A66 so a lot of traffic noise."

    Totally enclosed garden and a further area of garden making it a great place for a dog. Everything you need for self catering and all to a high standard. Beautiful countryside for walking.

    Reviewed by Edith5.0May 2021

  • "Well appointed, spacious and tidy; excellent location for cycling, walking and car touring."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2020

  • "Photos did not do this place justice."

    It was extremely well kitted out. The home is beautiful and the hosts attentive and helpful but not overbearing. Really beautiful place to stay and relax. We really loved it. The disabled facilities were super - thank you.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was much better than we expected."

    Our Mum who is in a wheel chair was totally able to get around the ground floor- it was well thought out and spotless our hosts were excellent and we will be coming back very soon

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a wonderfully comfortable stay at Holly Lodge with the very helpful owners on hand to ensure we had everything we needed."

    Mum (86) has limited mobility but found it very easy to navigate the cottage with its wide doors and well equipped bathroom. The cottage is much more spacious than it looks from the external photo and is a great choice for those needing a little extra help for whatever reason. We spent most days on scenic drives around the beautiful countryside on the doorstep, and of course a trip to Settle from Appleby station on the famous Settle to Carlisle line was a must for Dad (87). A lovely holiday that my parents will enjoy reminiscing about for a long time to come!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2019

  • "The location, 3 acres of grounds with stunning views of the surrounding hills."

    My wife's dependency with a wheelchair, was thrilled with the facilities offered, especially the access from outside, and the wide doorways inside.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2019

  • "Just spent a week at this beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    Excellent disabled facilities.Jan and John very friendly and helpful to your needs ,nothing to much trouble .Very clean and everything you need in the cottage.Would certainly go back again.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2019

  • "Holly Lodge was an extremely well equipped accomodation for my wheelchair using dad."

    Plenty of facilities including, grab rails, wet room and extra wide doors. We all had a lovely break in beautiful surroundings. The lakes and the dales were within easy travel distance. Appleby is a pretty town with lots of choices of places to eat and drink. Jan and John were very helpful and informative, lovely couple. We would highly recommend this holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Aug 2019

  • "Holly lodge is all that it is described as being."

    The owners Jan,John & Ollie ( their Springer Spaniel ) were very approachable & friendly checking in with us daily to see if we needed anything. Beds & sofas were comfy, the Lodge was spotless & warm and well equipped with almost everything you would need. A definite home from home even down to board games to play & books to read. I think Holly Lodge guests would benefit from a patio table & chairs outside the back door on the paved area, although there were wooden chairs & 2 wicker chairs in the summer house that we used but obviously they needed to remain there in case of rain. Holly Lodge’s interior is ideal for somebody who uses a wheelchair & is staying there with an able bodied person. We especially admired the kitchen work surface containing the sink and hob as it could be lowered so accessible if your sat in a wheelchair and the same applied to the sink in the bathroom.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0May 2019

  • "This was our second visit to Holly Lodge and now planning our 3rd visit."

    Holly Lodge is a beautiful cottage set in the beautiful countryside of Appleby. John & Jan have been fantastic, nothing was a problem and such kind and caring people. All the beds was comfortable that made you feel refreshed every time to woke up. The cottage is much larger in reality as the pictures do not do the cottage justice. Will definitely be coming back next year and many more years to come.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0May 2019

  • "We chose this accommodation due to the wheelchair access."

    It was excellent. It had everything we could have needed and more. Owners were very helpful.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Holly Lodge which was extremely well equipped for the disabled holiday maker."

    The pleasant owners who were unobtrusive, but readily available should the need arise, have put considerable time and effort into providing a spacious but cosy holiday cottage that has everything you could possibly need and more! Our only concern was the delightful, but expensive, Portmerion crockery. We would have liked the option of an everyday set to use for the less dexterous guest.

    Thank you for your kind comments and feedback regarding your stay at Holly Lodge. Regarding the crockery, there is everyday use crockery available on request. Property Owner

    Reviewed by S5.0Mar 2019

  • "Had a great weekend with family."

    Cottage was well equipped to a high standard and lovely and warm and cosy on very cold days. Our dog really enjoyed the underfloor heating! Great location. Walk into village was fine during the day but we would not do it in the dark due to having to cross a very busy, fast road. Shops/pubs there and we did get a really great takeaway from Ashiana restaurant, where they were happy to provide us with a guaranteed milk free curry for a dairy allergy sufferer. There were a couple of things that could have been improved, for us: We thought some of the many laminated label/notices were not needed, such as the lengthy one on the bathroom bins which went into a bit too much detail (really not necessary). Although it was a nice touch having the lovely Portmeirion crockery to use we were worrying the whole time about breakages, due to another laminated notice stating the very high prices to replace any broken items; surely this should be up the owners to foot the bill for any breakages - never come across this before. We would have been happy with cheaper plates/cups etc and not be so worried. Despite the above suggestions we did have a great weekend; my husband really enjoyed his retirement break.

    We are pleased you enjoyed our Lodge, underfloor heating and Ashiana, they have a well-deserved high reputation. Our Portmerion crockery we agree is expensive. We were advised by Visit England that a 4-star gold property should have either Portmerion, Royal Worcester or Royal Doulton crockery. We have provided alternative items for children when asked. There is a longer walk round, avoiding the short-cut across the dual-carriageway of the A66, which has a safety crossing in the central reservation. The night-lights provided double as torches as, being outside the town, we are not provided with street lights and may qualify as a Dark Sky Area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic facilities for those with wheelchair, worth a visit with lots of advice from hosts for local places to visit."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2018

  • "When arrived we thought we had arived in heaven, it was superb at Hollie Cottage everything was explained to us by the owners and if there was any problems or questions to give them a knock next door and they were very helpfull."

    Will definitely book there again, very enjoyable excellent property very well looked after and and excellent owners.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2018

  • "Excellent accommodation that was ideal for our group including my elderly mother who has limited mobility."

    The downstairs bedroom and wetroom, wide corridor, spacious living room and step free access along with every facility that we could need had all been well thought out and was of a very high quality. We really enjoyed our time at Holly Lodge and would recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Sep 2018

  • "The the best accessible property I've ever visited."

    The owners are friendly and approachable and the fount of all knowledge. They went above and beyond to help. I would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2018

  • "Fabulous holiday in a fantastic location."

    Thankyou Jan and John

    Reviewed by Yogini5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had a great time at Holly Lodge."

    It’s ideally located to explore the Lake District and the accomodation was to a very high standard with everything we needed. The garden was beautiful and the owners kind and helpful. Appleby is a lovely place and it was great to take our dog on holiday with us. The only thing that caught us a bit unaware was the slight overnight noise from the A66 which runs parallel to Holly Lodge but after the first night I hardly noticed it. This could only be heard in the front bedrooms. I’d definitely recommend Holly Lodge especially to wheelchair users as designed to cater for all.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2018

  • "This was the best holiday cottage we have stayed at."

    It was in a lovely location with plenty of places to visit close by. The cottage itself was very wheelchair accessible which meant my mum's holiday was enjoyable. It was very clean with all amenities and Jan and a John were very friendly hosts! Loved it!!

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jun 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our week's stay at Holly Lodge."

    Very comfortable cottage with excellent views of the Pennines but only a relatively short walk to the town & river. Hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and Jan and John are really nice hosts."

    Very clean and lots of thoughtful touches. Amazing views at the back of the property, The main road nearby can be quite noisy so earplugs are a good idea if you are a light sleeper. The garden is lovely and leads to some beautiful woods, however it is shared with the b&b next door so isn’t private. My parents had breakfast at the b&b one morning and really enjoyed it. Their dog Oliver is very friendly. Overall would recommend.

    Reviewed by Annie4.1Mar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Very high specs. Beautiful area. Medium walk into Appleby-in-Westmorland though along dark lanes with sometimes fast moving vehicles so a little scary in the dark of winter. Cottage provides good torches. Nice garden with wonderful views. Plenty of parking. Would worry if booking with very young children as cottage full of quite expensive items and there is a list of the cost of replacing which is quite scary. Overall great weekend

    Reviewed by Robert4.6Nov 2017

  • "It was a lovely property, and the on-site owners were most helpful, as was Ollie the dog."

    Disabled facilities were excellent. Plenty of places to go, we really enjoyed our holiday

    Reviewed by Richard4.8Jun 2017

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented, it catered to our needs perfectly as a member of our party had mobility problems and the facilities were excellent."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2017

  • "Exceptional facilities for the disabled and very comfortable for us all."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2016

  • "The property was selected for it's disabled facilities as we taking an elderly relative away with us."

    The cottage was perfect and the owners, John and Jan, were so helpful in providing additional facilities to make our elderly relative feel safe and comfortable around the property. They even had an outdoor dog shower - a useful facility after all those muddy walks! Lovely location, handy for both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Sep 2016

  • "The cottage is out of town and is in a quiet location."

    Even Ollie the dog is quiet ! The rooms are spacious and the kitchen is well equipped. Our group of 6 had a very enjoyable time and if we plan another holiday in Appleby then Holly Lodge will be our first choice.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size double, 1 x family room with 3 singles (two zip/link, can be double on request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, separate wet room shower, two basins (one height adjustable) and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Biomass central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Access to 3 acres of garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Pond in shared garden, care should be taken
  • Note: Kitchen has fully accessible height-adjustable work surfaces
  • Note: Visit England 4 Star Gold and National Accessible Scheme rates of M2, H2 and V1
  • Fully suitable for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users as well as those with hearing and visual problems
  • Please contact owner for more information
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm. Note - The property can be decorated for Christmas on request
  • Note: Property only accepts 7 night stays.

The property

Holly Lodge is a charming, cosy retreat on the edge of the historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in the Eden Valley district of Cumbria.

This charming cottage is a perfect base for families, friends or couples to get away together.

The cottage forms part of The Hollies, once a gentlemen's residence.

It was built as a museum to house the owner's hunting trophies gained during his time as an army officer returning from the Zulu War and to accommodate his billiard table!

Built around 1895, some of the original Scots Pine cladding is still intact.

Inside this delightful cottage there is a ground floor super king-size double bedroom and a family bathroom with a separate wet room shower with shower chair.

On the first floor there's a king-size double bedroom, a bedroom with three single beds and a shower room.

The cottage also has a well-equipped kitchen with fully accessible height-adjustable work surfaces, and a dining area and a sitting area with a woodburner, so you can sit back and unwind after a busy day out.

The ground floor of this property has been designed with wheelchair users in mind and there is level, paved access to the back door.

There is a private patio with furniture where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink before exploring the beautiful garden, which extends to around three acres, and is a heady mixture of wild flowers and woodland, and has superb views of the North Pennines.

The amenities in Appleby-in-Westmorland are on the doorstep and include pubs, cafes, restaurants and many other attractions.

This delightful cottage is close to open countryside and is perfect for walkers and hikers.

This dog-friendly cottage offers accommodation to suit everyone and walkers and cyclists will be in their element with The Pennine Way, Pennine Hills, two National Cycle Trails (68 and 71) and secure bike storage.

There's also the long-distance footpaths of The Dales Highway, Lady Anne's Way, and Wainwright's Pennine Journey leading to Appleby.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway runs through Appleby and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are an easy drive.

A lovely country retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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About the location


Penrith 14 miles.

The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is nestled between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two National Parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. Appleby has a wonderful selection of quality independent shops, cafes and delicatessens selling locally produced food and crafts. The picturesque street of Boroughgate, with some interesting old buildings, is at the heart of the town and links the well-preserved Norman Castle with the fine medieval Church of St. Lawrence. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. With the delightful Ullswater and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

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Note: Property only accepts 7 night stays.