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Howgills Retreat

(Ref. 1105555)

Gatebeck near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent modern and well equipped cabin, one of a pair peacefully positioned within easy reach of The Lakes, Howgills and the coast."

    Reviewed by Matt5.0May 2024

  • "Howgills Retreat was the best holiday rental that we have have been to over the years."

    On arrival the place was immaculate and the extras on arrival were much appreciated after a long drive. It's location is ideal to get to all the areas of interest in the lake district. We will definitely be back soon.

    Reviewed by Grace5.0May 2024

  • "Wonderful cabin which was spotless everything we needed and a lovely welcome pack ."

    Great location will definitely be returning , Thank you .

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2024

  • "By far the best lodge or accommodation I have ever stayed at and I travel a lot all over the country and abroad , the views are better than the photos on the listing the lodge had every last little essential you could imagine the lady even left chocolates on the pillows a box of biscuits , tea coffee sugar , bread and jam I have never been treated so well whilst on holiday and I will definetely be coming back here , it was literally perfect ."

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Apr 2024

  • "The most amazing wood cottage, the arrival process was easy, the communication with host was brilliant."

    The cottage its self was amazing, everything we needed. My little girls loved the donkeys in the field next door. Will definitely be attending again.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2024

  • "Simply Perfect, the cottage was spotlessly clean had everything you wanted to make a very comfortable break."

    We booked somewhere remote to avoid the fireworks and it worked, our little dog had (and ourselves), had a totally relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is a great property, clean with high maintenance."

    The owner Lorraine is super responsive and considerable, provided with all essentials and even some treats to the little ones.

    Reviewed by Ying5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely loved every second of this break away."

    Lodge was absolutely amazing, clean and made us feel so welcome from start to finish. Amazing views and so relaxing. Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2023

  • "A great place would highly recommend only thing I could find fault with is size ..."

    A great place would highly recommend only thing I could find fault with is size of bath really small , apart from that brilliant

    Reviewed by Bernard Mervyn4.4Sep 2023

  • "My husband and I booked a holiday here for much-needed rest and relaxation."

    We stayed for a fortnight in this lovely lodge. Although it is dog-friendly, it is spotlessly clean and beautifully presented, with all necessary facilities. From the cosy sitting room, we enjoyed watching the sweeping far views of the fells and pennines, which change every day. We also used the lodge as a comfortable base to explore both the Lakes and the Dales and did quite a bit of leisurely walking. Visiting Aysgarth Falls in full spate after rain will stay with me for ever. The owner is very friendly, helpful and responds quickly to any queries, but is happy to leave you to enjoy your stay. I couldn't fault this booking and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Becky5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very impressive place everything was as it should have been couldn't fault it."

    Would definitely stay again possibly later in the autum/winter

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous lodge and picture postcard location, Lorraine left us some lovely ..."

    Fabulous lodge and picture postcard location, Lorraine left us some lovely treats for when we arrived, the lodge is so modern and clean, the surrounding area is lovely and close to many great places, would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was the first place we have stayed with our dog, he is a mastiff so quite large, the retreat is such a beautiful little place, extremely comfortable, clean and modern."

    Lorraine went above and beyond to make us welcome, even leaving a lovely blanket and towel for our boy, as well as some amazing welcoming gifts. The retreat is very cozy, has fantastic views, especially wonderful to wake up to in a morning, plenty of space for our dog to run and roam, even the farm owners were extremely welcoming. As we were only staying for 4 days, we didn’t get to do as much as we would have liked (uncooperative weather), so we will definitely be returning. A beautiful gem of a place

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a very lovely week’s holiday in this beautifully decorated, well-equipped and immaculate lodge."

    The outside photos don’t do it enough justice as it has great views of the area and stunning sunsets at night. Lorraine, the owner, has gone above and beyond to make a stay here for everyone very homely and comfortable - from the soft beds, pillows and dog blanket to the welcome tray of treats with milk, bread and wine. It is in a very quiet location but easily accessible to all the main lake attractions. We stayed during August but could imagine it being very cosy during Winter months too. Thank you Lorraine for all the thought through and thoughtful touches. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2023

  • "A beautiful and relaxing stay at Howgills Retreat."

    If you are looking for peace and quiet in a stunning lodge, this is the one for you.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "The lodge is wonderful, we stayed for a fortnight and had a lovely time."

    Very peaceful and comfortable with great views out the bi-fold doors in the living room. We would often sit out on the patio and enjoy the changing sky, majestic! This place is really home from home, from the comfy beds, large soft towels and fully kitted-out kitchen. It's a good sized space for a small family. 10 mins in the car to Kendal and not far to Windermere, it's location is remote but close to everything you'd need. We would fully recommend a stay here as it's one of a favourites now, and we'll be returning next year for sure!

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful lodge, lots of lovely and thoughtful touches."

    Views beautiful. We loved our stay, the welcome pack was fabulous (thankyou) and we would love to return at some point.

    Reviewed by Lyndsay5.0Jun 2023

  • "Howgills Retreat was utterly amazing!"

    The lengths the owner had gone to just to add touches of comfort, homeliness and welcome were delightful and we really felt wanted from the moment we pulled up at the property. Everything was clean, fresh, attractive, modern and spacious. The views were exceptional and the utter tranquility was a dream. We enjoyed the calves, cows poking their heads over the wall, sheep and the bird life. Good access to the lakes and across to Yorkshire. We didn’t want to leave!

    Reviewed by Peggy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Luxury accommodation, excellent location."

    Lovely little personal touches. Lorraine the host has thought of everything. Bonus that we were able to use the field next door to walk/run our dog, she loved it. Would 100% recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0May 2023

  • "Howgills is a fantastic lodge to escape to a picturesque and quiet holiday/break."

    The views all around are outstanding and the lodge inside is finished to a very high standard. The lodge is clearly well loved and maintained by the owner, it’s very clean and finished off with lots of lovely furnishings. Lorraine is a fantastic host who also left our young daughter some Easter treats, as well as proving some basic supplies which was appreciated. I have already recommended this location to friends & family.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Apr 2023

  • "What an amazing lodge… Lorraine was amazing even before we arrived, answering questions and providing detailed directions."

    . nothing was too much trouble… the lodge is absolutely stunning, pristine & relaxing … situated in the gorgeous country side surrounded by fields with cows and sheep… I would absolutely recommend this to anyone… the homely touches were lovely, the washing pods for the machine & the dishwasher tablets were a plus.. little things like tin foil zip lock bags and tea towels … things that don’t really cross your mind when packing were all there… the lovely card & treats upon arrival were very much appreciated.. it was amazing… thank you so much Lorraine.. will see you again soon I am sure xx

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Feb 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the lodge was lovely and clean, such a peaceful ..."

    We really enjoyed our stay, the lodge was lovely and clean, such a peaceful place to take our dog to escape the fireworks over the new year we will definitely be booking again The attention to detail was fantastic also enjoyed the lovely hamper full of treats even extra touches like chocolates on the pillow, the owners are very helpful and provide a lovely welcome pack The only negative comment I have is once walking off the farm your straight on to a road with no paths to walk the dog but there is plenty of places nearby to drive to

    Reviewed by Aaron5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had such a wonderful stay at Howgills Retreat, the lodge itself is simply lovely, very clean and tidy and extremely cosy."

    The hosts were amazing too leaving us all the essentials we needed, even a dog mat for Ace! The location is great with cows and sheep in the surrounding fields with plenty of places to visit. Would highly recommend and will definitely be booking this again!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Dec 2022

  • "We spent 4 nights here and the lodge is very well equipped, very clean and comfortable."

    The location is lovely and quiet with some farm animals to be seen from the windows which was fun! We loved the little touches such as comfortable blankets and treats that Lorraine left for us as we arrived. The bathroom was superb and the washing machine and dryer were very useful. Beds are also very comfortable! We can not think one thing that’d need improving and definitely will book again

    Reviewed by Taufiq5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a fantastic time at Howgills Retreat."

    A really nice tranquil place to unwind. The facilities are great, comfy beds. I had to google the wood burner to see if I could get one the same for my house. I would have liked to visit the Stud that the owners have, as I am a very horsey person, but will maybe arrange riding next time we go. Very homely would recommend anytime. 10/10 just great, thank you Lorraine.

    Reviewed by Brewer5.0Oct 2022

  • "Have just arrived back from a long weekend at HOWGILLS RETREAT ."

    What a lovely lodge. area so nice and able to get to all the lakes. we have stayed in lodges before but this one has everything. the owner Lorraine even puts nice little treats for you, the views are amazing and the animals entertaining we will definitely go again. Mark

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a brilliant time here."

    Very clean very comfortable . The shower was out of this world. There was plenty of logs for the log burner,but we only used it once as the cabin was warm enough without it. Its is highly likely we will stay here again

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Howgills, we couldn’t have wanted for more, we’ve stayed in a lot of accommodation and this is up there with the best!"

    Everything was immaculate and well thought out, the location was perfect for us. Lorraine left a lovely welcome card and goodies which was very kind. A full size dishwasher was great to have, and the little touches like dishwasher tablets, foil etc. being available was definitely a big plus for us as you don’t always get these useful things where you stay that you sometimes forget to bring with you. The view was insane from the lodge, and the sunsets were incredible. Our daughter made great friends with the neighbouring family who live there too. We would definitely return and would recommend in a heartbeat!

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Aug 2022

  • "The lodge was well furnished and had a lovely homely feel."

    It was absolutely spotless. Lovely little details that made the stay feel personal specifically to us. A very spacious cabin, in a tranquil area. A good base for travelling the Lakes. Lots of streaming services on the TV with good wifi reception. The nearby sheep were entertaining. Have recommended to friends and family. Would definitely look at returning.

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Aug 2022

  • "We all could not have been happier with Howgills Retreat, we planned to just use it as a base to travel into the Lake District every day but we found ourselves wanting to spend more and more time relaxing at the lodge."

    It was impeccably clean, quite modern while having tons of character, has a lovely view (sunsets were breathtaking), has a very well specced kitchen, well-decorated living space, great clean bathroom, large comfortable bedrooms, nice patio area... I could go on. It honestly felt like our little home, none of us wanted to leave. Before we arrived I managed to get myself lost (whilst actually only being 1 minute around the corner), so I called the owner and she was lovely and patient as I fumbled with a map trying to describe where I was. They had left us some treats and a nice letter welcoming us all, including the dog which was a nice touch! Speaking of the dog, he loved it. There is a grass field next to the lodge, there were some fence posts up without any wire so I'm not sure if this will always be accessible but he loved exploring that area. You have to be comfortable driving on some smaller lanes to access the property (nothing bad) and it's next to a working farm so you will be neighbours to sheep and horses etc, we loved this. I can't remember the last time I felt as relaxed. Thanks for the incredible stay, we will be back, hopefully this winter to cosy up by the fireplace.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Well just WOW Howgills Retreat is a little gem of a place!"

    We were overjoyed at how nice this place is all the extra touches around the place and no expense spared on the place well done so peaceful and relaxing with wonderful views. We will be returning to Howgills Retreat in the future. 5*

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent property, spotlessly clean and exactly as described."

    Well situated close to south Lakes and Howgills. Had a very enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two king-size bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front garden with patio and furniture
  • Two small, well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 3.1 miles.

The property

Kirkby Lonsdale 5.3 miles.

This lodge is the perfect getaway for families in Gatebeck, Cumbria.

It's got exceptional views within a countryside setting and is decorated with a contemporary interior.

The lodge has two bedrooms and also comes with a woodburning stove for those cooler evenings.

Be greeted by two off-road parking spaces before stepping inside to discover a utility room with storage space, a washing machine and tumble dryer, so you don't need to worry about making a mess!

The open-plan living space is a multifunctional space, letting guests dine, cook, or just relax.

It has an open plan kitchen complete with an electric oven and a gas hob, a microwave, a dishwasher, and a fridge/freezer.

The dining area has a seating capacity of four, so you can dine together with your friends or family.

The sitting area also comes with a Smart TV, so you can snuggle up and enjoy an evening of entertainment after exploring the Fells.

On warmer days, bi-fold doors lead out onto the front garden, where you can sip cold beverages as the sun shines on your face as you admire your rural location.

As day draws to night, retire inside and prepare for bed in the marble-effect bathroom with either a soak in the tub or a quick wash in the walk-in shower.

When sleep calls, the first bedroom has a king-size bed and a good amount of furniture, while the second bedroom has a king-size bed and plenty of storage space in the form of a hanging rack.

In the morning, savour a cup of tea on the picnic bench outside before enjoying a home-cooked breakfast, courtesy of the kitchen appliances.

The owners of Howgills Retreat's family also run the local stud, Willowsway Stud, a superb rehabilitation centre offering horse riding and pony experiences, a lovely day out for the whole family!

Alternatively, Kirkby Lonsdale is a short drive away with convenience stores, the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, and The Red Dragon Inn for classic pub fare; stroll along the River Lune to Devil's Bridge, pack your clubs for Casterton Golf or Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, and start your exploration of the Yorkshire Dales.

Visit the historic market town of Kendal, the town is well known for its Kendal mint cake, a popular sweet treat made with sugar, water and peppermint extract.

Kendal Parish Church and Kendal Museum are two of the town's most popular attractions.

Brewery Arts is a popular restaurant and bar located in the town centre.

Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere are all worth a visit with plenty of attractions and walks to discover!

Nestled on the edge of the stunning Lake District, Arnside is a charming little town with plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained.

The Wolf House Gallery is a must-see for art lovers, and Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve and Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve are both perfect for nature enthusiasts.

There are also plenty of pubs and restaurants in town, as well as a few lovely shops.

For a much-needed break to the Lake District, choose Howgills Retreat.

NOTE: This property can be booked in conjunction with Howgill Lodge (1105560), giving a sleeping capacity of 8

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

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About the location


Kendal 9 miles.

An attractive market town, Kirkby Lonsdale is situated in the heart of the Lune Valley, midway between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and holds a 13th century Market Charter. Nowadays, Thursday is market day, a perfect opportunity for visitors to explore the variety of distinctive independent shops in the town, or the many 17th and 18th century buildings which still stand. The town was also a finalist for the High Street of the Year Award in 2016. This part of the Lune Valley was a favourite haunt of the artist Turner, and was made famous by Ruskin – his "view" of the valley is still spectacular. The medieval Devil’s Bridge spans the river, and the quiet country lanes are ideal for exploring by car, bike, or even horse. There are three golf courses nearby, as well as tennis, riding, fishing and a variety of riverside and country walks, making the area an ideal location for a break, whatever time of year. When voting Kirkby Lonsdale as the ‘Best Place to Live in The North West’ in 2019, The Sunday Times commented it is “An unbeatable Lake District location, bags of community spirit and one of the cleanest high streets in the country".

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas