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Grimbles Cottage

(Ref. 996179)

Backbarrow near Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Grimbles Cottage is ideally located to enjoy the South Lakes."

    The cottage is was clean and comfortable and suited our needs perfectly. Highly recommend for a small family.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Aug 2023

  • "Loved this cottage has everything you need, really enjoyed our stay here and hope to visit again"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay, the property was in good distance for us to travel to and from the Buddhist Centre for the festival."

    It was clean and well equipped there wasn’t anything we needed. We will definitely stay at the cottage again Many many thanks Debbie

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a fantastic week."

    The cottage was excellent and everything you needed for a comfortable holiday. Enjoyed so much booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great time had, property very good clean and everything you would need was there."

    Reviewed by Terrence5.0Jul 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Grimbles."

    It's a beautiful cottage with everything you could want provided. Lots of personal little touches for a homely feel. Loved the little house shaped lamp which gave off a lovely glow in the evening. The conservatory and outside space were a lovely addition. Unfortunately we couldn't use the conservatory during our stay because the weather was so hot! We cannot recommend Grimbles highly enough.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage was immaculate and very comfortable would definitely return in the ..."

    Cottage was immaculate and very comfortable would definitely return in the future also in good location easy access by car to all tourist spots very well equipped with quality furniture thanks to the owners for a lovely break

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2022

  • "Ckecked double bed and noticed mattress had topper on mattress not up to scratch so used twin beds ."

    Shower head, hose and corner of shower cubicle needed good clean and nowhere to put toothbrushes and shwer gel in shower . NO info. on recycling not enough bins.

    Thank you for your feedback. The mattress topper is to allow flexibility for guests as we realise some people prefer a firmer mattress, while others prefer a softer mattress and it is impossible to cater for everyone's individual mattress preference. It is nothing to do with the mattress not being up to scratch and we have had many guests say how comfy the beds are, as can be seen in previous feedback, so we are sorry to hear you did not feel you could use the double bed. We provide information on recycling and waste in the welcome email we send out and also in the information folder in the property explaining that there is no need to separate waste for recycling as it is a mixed waste collection and the waste management company separates it into recycling at their end. We are sorry you did not see this and will make sure the information is displayed more prominently for future guests. Our cleaner usually does a wonderful job and has a high sense of pride in her cleaning standard and quality and many guests have commented on how spotlessly clean and tidy they found the property, so we are sorry to hear on this occasion you found the shower was not clean enough and we will highlight this to her. We appreciate all feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia4.1Jul 2022

  • "We were very happy in this little house."

    It had everything we could want for our short break when we visited the Lake District for a wedding. Many thanks!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are delighted to hear how happy you were at Grimbles Cottage and that you had everything you needed. We hope you had a wonderful time at the wedding you attended and hope to welcome you again in the future. All the best! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fabulous property, very well equipped, gorgeous kitchen, really comfy beds and the conservatory a real added bonus."

    Great location for exploring local area.

    We very much appreciate your wonderful feedback. We are so glad to hear you had such a fantastic time at Grimbles Cottage and exploring the area. Great to hear the conservatory was a hit! We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "Cottage was just as described."

    Very clean and comfortable. Outside area had the sun from morning till late evening. Some very good local walks from the door. Would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Gerard5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely, clean, cosy cottage with good parking (which pleased hubby); equipped with everything you need for a great holiday."

    The property is in a good location with plenty of places to visit not too far away, there’s even some a walkable distance. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "The property was cosy, very clean and ideally situated with its own parking space."

    Plenty of cupboard space both upstairs and downstairs. We felt very happy and settled at the property such that we would be really happy to return and would recommend to others thinking of staying in Backbarrow.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage everything you needed was supplied good location to tour the lake district"

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely four night stay at the Grimbles."

    For one of us it was our first visit to the lakes and the cottage was the perfect welcome experience for anyone coming to the lakes. We came as a couple of two, but it had plenty of space for four. Everything was very tidy and you could see it has very recently been renovated. It was brilliantly kitted out for everything we needed, including cooking & laundry facilities. And the nice touch of automated heating that meant we always got home after our walks to a cosy cottage. We will be looking to come back again and bring along some friends to join us. Thank you so much for an excellent stay.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Mar 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at The Grimbles with our two young children."

    It was very clean and enough room for us all to stay comfortably throughout a very stormy few days! The bedrooms were very cosy and the fire was a welcome addition after battling the weather. The host added everything you need, milk, tea, coffee, cleaning items and a useful welcome pack - even Kendal mint cake! Plenty of games helped too : ) Due to the weather we can recommend the Lakeside Motor Museum, Beatrix Potter experience, the lovely local Steam Train, Aquarium at the end of the train line and South Lakes Zoo. All within a short drive from the house. Of course this is on top of the beautiful Lakes on your doorstep. Don't be put off by the A road at the back of estate, can't really hear it in the house. Would recommend!

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Feb 2022

  • "We loved our stay at grimbles cottage."

    It is cosy and has everything you could possibly need. It has recently undergone some renovation and looks exactly as it does in the pictures. The owners contacted us prior to our stay and provided us with additional information and was on hand should we need them. The cottage is in a great location to explore the lakes and had the added bonus of a private parking space. We will definitely return :)

    Reviewed by Nadine5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great place to stay, on our list for our next trip to The Lakes."

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely so many little touches, I would definitely recommend this cottage, had to contact the owner to ask advice and they were very helpful."

    If I ever get to the lake district again I would book this place.

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0Oct 2021

  • "Very well presented property with a very convenient location for the lakes."

    Great sound of the steam train running past the village and many walks from the house. Thoughtfully done and great facilities. We did have some items not working but informed owner who responded quickly. Happy to recommend property.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.7Aug 2021

  • "We just wanted to say thank you very much for a lovely holiday."

    We all thoroughly enjoyed it. We have stayed in many places over the years but Grimbles Cottage is one of The Best. We particularly appreciated all the extras in the kitchen ( Tassimo was a great bonus for my morning espresso). We had a fabulous time and would certainly come back. You made us feel right at home from the very start of our stay. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Patrycja5.0Jul 2021

  • "Grimbles cottage has everything you could possibly need for a break away from home."

    It is very cosy and close to lots of attractions. It was immaculate when we arrived and very easy to find. We would definitely stay here again and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2020

  • "The owners emailed me before my arrival to explain about a couple of stains on the settee."

    They assured me that it had been cleaned thoroughly but unfortunately the stain was still visible. The stain really wasn't that noticeable and it certainly wasn't a problem for us, but it was reassuring that the owners had the matter in hand. Sykes cottages were also really informative. I didn't have to go looking for any information about the property once I had booked. All the information I needed and more besides was sent within plenty of time. I've used Sykes cottages in the past and they are my first choice for holiday accommodation.

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    In a good location for exploring. Very clean. Bed was comfy, sofa was Ok. The signal on the TV upstairs in second bedroom with twin beds kept going on and off.. Needs lookin at. Disappointed we had to replace fire wood, kindling etc. I think this should be included, Would have been a nice touch or a card and bottle of wine or welcome pack. Apart from that everything was fine.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was very very comfortable."

    Great location. Everything you needed was there for you. Just an overall great stay.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2020

  • "We liked the cottage and felt it was comfortable and well equipped."

    The cottage is apparently professionally cleaned before you come but we found a disposable face mask behind one of the sofa cushions, which we had to throw away and some of the covers were stained. Also on the final morning the heating was set to come on at 25+ degrees and it was not possible to turn this down which was incredibly uncomfortable.

    Thanks for your feedback and for highlighting the issue with the cleaning. We will address this. Regarding the stains on the sofa, unfortunately, 2 weeks before your arrival, we had some guests who did not respect the property and left the sofa stained. Although it has been cleaned thoroughly, some of the stains will not come out. We have ordered some new sofas and these will arrive in a few weeks. However, with the issue regarding the heating system, it seems that yourself or one of your guests accidentally switched our Nest heating system into manual control the evening before you left when adjusting the temperature. This would have resulted in the system continuing to heat the house throughout the night until manual mode is turned off. So the heating will have carried on heating throughout the night and morning which is why you would have found it incredibly uncomfortable in the morning. When our cleaners arrived to clean it, it had reached 28 degrees and they hurriedly turned manual mode off and informed us what had happened. Instructions on adjusting the heating temperature if needed are in the property and involve turning the Nest dial to the left or right. We would certainly not set the heating to come on at 25 degrees in the morning! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joe3.1Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable, spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    The location was great for exploring the south west lakes and is about half an hour drive to the top of Coniston. It was lovely to return to the cottage after a long day out & relax.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wonderful location to the lakes and a very well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2020

  • "Really clean house and extremely well equipped."

    Great base for visiting lake district.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage is well placed for getting into the Lakes, the Southern end of Windermere is a few minutes drive away."

    We were also close to Grange Over Sands, a pretty sea side town. The house itself was bigger than we expected with good sized rooms and well equipped kitchen. The time we were there, we had some very cold weather with penetrating frosts, but the cottage was lovely and warm and we didn’t feel the need to use the wood burner. The owners sent a “welcome email” beforehand with contact details and were friendly and helpful which we appreciated. Amazingly for the end of November, we had some excellent weather and enjoyed walking in brilliant sunshine with wonderful views in the mountains and the lakes. The colours were phenomenal. We will certainly look at using this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was quite central for interesting things to see."

    The only negative comment would be that there were too many light bulbs in the property needing replaced especially for anyone in the party with impaired vision and guests unable to undertake the task. However, we enjoyed our stay and we were quite comfortable.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely clean and comfortable cottage, well equipped and a great home from home accomodation making a very enjoyable stay."

    Lovely scenery and enjoyed the Lakeland motor museum. Enjoyed the Ravenglass and Erskdale railways. The Beatrix Potter museum and a trip on lake Windermere was great. Muncaster Castle with the birds of prey show is a place you must visit. The cottage was in the centre for loads of things to do. 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2019

  • "Absolutely loved this little house."

    A real home from home. The owners have really put thought into making it an easy and enjoyable stay for guests to their house. Beautifully furnished, and housed everything we needed for our stay, right down to games, which we enjoyed playing along with the ones we took ourselves. The neighbours are also very friendly and were very happy to help and give advice on local amenities. The location is a great spot for exploring much of the beautiful lake district. We did day trips to everywhere from Keswick, through to Wast Water, all within about 1hr 15mins drive. Locally there are some great things to do also. Fell Foot Park is a must visit, where you can hire kayaks/paddle boards, or just take a dip in the stunning Lake Windermere. We also had a great time at the Lakeland Motor Museum (walking distance) which we were excited to watch the arrival of some very impressive cars as it was a car club meetup day (Saturday). The Cliffhanger Rooms (also walking distance) was a fab finale to our holiday and we were pleased to make it onto the weekly and monthly leaderboard with our escape time from the bank heist. We shall definitely be returning to experience the Pirate or Pharoah rooms next time :) I would happily stay here again and shall be recommending to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a really enjoyable week at Grimbles."

    Found it very homely and everything you needed was there. It was very convenient for visiting any part of the Lake District. Would go back again. Mary Cruickshank

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was one of the most immaculate cottages we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2019

  • "Disappointed there isn't a shop or somewhere to eat close by, it's difficult without a vehicle."

    Location is good to access many places of interest by car, if you want to walk you have to cross a very busy A road.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was really lovely, in a nice quiet area but accessible to lots of lovely places, hopefully will visit again again."

    Couple from Hereford

    Reviewed by Nancy4.7May 2019

  • "A super holiday cottage ."

    5 stars

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2019

  • "An excellent cottage, very well equipped in a great location with Lake District attractions literally on your doorstep."

    We had a fabulous stay and would certainly recommend ‘Grimbles’

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Apr 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory with dining area.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Wood for the woodburning stove is available
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Allocated parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

The property

An elegantly presented, semi-detached property set in the South Lakeland village of Backbarrow, in the Lake District National Park.

This wonderful retreat is a perfect base for a family holiday, a group of friends or couples wishing to enjoy this excellent location with Lake Windermere and the pretty village of Cartmel within a few minutes’ drive.

Look forward to spending your wind down time within the sitting room, where you can cosy up in front of a woodburning stove before heading into the well-equipped kitchen to rustle up a delicious home-cooked meal.

Here, you will also find an idyllic conservatory room with an additional dining area, ensuring plenty of space to enjoy a meal discussing your holiday plans.

The conservatory leads to an outside space which is ideal for a spot of alfresco dining or relaxing after a busy day exploring the local areas.

The interior is completed by two well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, each benefitting from a bright interior and ample storage for a week-long stay.

Just a short distance away is the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, where you can hop on board and enjoy a steam railway journey to Lakeside.

From Lakeside you can then continue up Lake Windermere on the Windermere Steamer or visit the aquarium, a great idea for a fun day out.

This pretty corner of Cumbria is also perfect for exploring the Grizedale Forest which has endless trails and paths through the forest plus a tree top adventure course for the more adventurous.

The nearby elegant town of Grange-over-Sands has some excellent shops and tea rooms to enjoy, whilst in Cartmel you will find the ancient priory and the village shop selling the famous Sticky Toffee Puddings, along with the Cartmel races and renowned restaurant L'Enclume, perfect for an evening out.

A short walk from the property you will find the Lakeland car museum and Cliffhanger escape rooms.

Grimbles Cottage is a lovely cottage to enjoy the beautiful Lake District National Park at any time of the year.

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About the location


Newby Bridge 1 mile; Bowness-on-Windermere 10 miles.

The small village of Backbarrow sits by the banks of the River Leven and the southern tip of Lake Windermere. The famous Haverthwaite Steam Railway runs close by the village between Haverthwaite and Lakeside. Enjoy magnificent views across Windermere and the surrounding fells, or visit the Aquarium of the Lakes, where the naturally themed habitats bring the history of the Lakes vividly to life. Bowness-on-Windermere provides a lovely day out, and 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. Set amidst the charm of the Lake District, close to the fringe of Windermere, this attractive village makes an inspiring choice from which to forage further into a magical heartland of silver lakes, lofty towering peaks and lonely gorse clad moors.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season