Icon/Navigation/Chevron/Left Back to search
1 of 21 View Image Gallery
  • The Dolly Blue Stores - Lake District - 1077719 - photo 1

The Dolly Blue Stores

(Ref. 1077719)

Backbarrow, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing
Facilities and Maintenance
  • All reviews
  • our (11)
  • stay (10)
  • clean (9)
  • no (9)
  • well (8)
  • blue (7)

19 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic and comfortable place to stay."

    Will defiantly stay no hesitation. Only criticism I have is that channels available on the TV are not very good for evenings and there was no welcome pack or instructions for laundry and rubbish at the end of the stay. Felt a bit guilty when we left as we had to leave a tidy pile of recycling due to no instructions left by owner. Other than that we will defiantly be back.

    Hi Graham I have just seen your feedback, I emailed you on the 24th September, with all of the instructions for the house, wifi, re-cycling and tv applications on fire stick. I used the email that you left on Sykes, no problem anyway glad you had a great time and see you next time. Regards Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2023

  • "The Dolly Blue Stores is a gorgeous ground floor apartment that's spotlessly clean, well equipped in a quiet location with easy access and parking on the street."

    We felt very much at home, and we will definitely be back! Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2023

  • "Lovely place ideal for the Lakes clean warm and well equipped."

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2023

  • "This was our first time staying in a flat as we are used to staying in 4 or 5 star hotels during our holidays."

    Just wanted to say we enjoyed every bit of our stay . The flat is very modern, super comfortable and the owner thought of smallest of things one could need e.g extra batteries, good quality utensils etc and it's a very neat and clean property. In short, the accommodation you would like to come back to after a exhausting day. Also, the owner was prompt in replying to any of my queries. Would definitely come back soon.

    Reviewed by ShuchiAug 2023

  • "Great place to stay, thoroughly enjoyed our weekend"

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2023

  • "We have just returned from a stay at Dolly Blue."

    The apartment is well set up, with all modern cons. We parked right outside every day, no problems. The apartment backs onto a busy main road, the noise is faint. The location is good for local attractions, steam train, zoo, aquarium and not too far from Bowness/Windermere.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2023

  • "The cottage was wonderful, modern and very clean."

    The sofa was a tad uncomfortable but this is down to just wear and tear. We chose the hottest week of the year so far and found the cottage to be uncomfortably warm even though 2 fans were supplied. There was no welcome pack with instructions for operating the TV, (Only able to get BBC1 and 2), Broadband, Oven etc nor indeed instruction for laundry and rubbish at the end of our stay. Would we return? Definitely.........but in the cooler months

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2023

  • "Our family of 4 stayed here in late May and absolutely loved this little home from home."

    Cottage is really well equipped and cleaned to a high standard. Great location for all the attractions, parking is not a problem, as we easily got parked outside the property every day. There is some road noise as cottage is situated near a busy road but that never bothered us. We’d have no hesitation in returning to this property.

    Reviewed by JamesMay 2023

  • "A fantastic property for a family stay in the Southern Lakes."

    The property was very clean, well equipped, really spacious and all felt very new and homely. Can't recommend highly enough. Very easy access to Hawkshead, Windermere, Coniston by car.

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2022

  • "Very comfortable, clean and contemporary (with some rustic features) property."

    Superbly situated to travel around. Darren has been very helpful in his suggestions around the area. Despite being off the highway, you can barely hear any traffic noise! If you are looking for a sit-out area in the property, then this is not the place. There is a distinct smell in the bathroom at all times - this needs looking into. All in all, we had an amazing time!

    Reviewed by ShanmugaAug 2022

  • "Just sat on our last day here."

    The cottage is lovely. All amenities you need including lot of little unexpected extras (I.e. towels, kitchen /toilet rolls, washing liquid, etc etc). Kitchen has all your needs, beds are comfy and places is spotless. Close to everywhere we wanted to go to. Quite close to a main road but can’t say that was an issue. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2022

  • "Well where can I start?"

    Upon arrival to the dolly blue stores we were absolutely taken back by the beautiful surroundings. When we entered the property our jaws dropped. Stunning. Everything is brand new and just stunning. The owner was very friendly and accommodating, he brought us the high chair and travel cot for our youngest and even gave us some recommendations for travel as we aren't drivers which helped out massively. We were a little bit on edge about the trip due to our daughter being autistic and often no liking unfamiliar surroundings but the apartment is that homely even she did not want to leave. We are already planning our next trip back to the dolly blue stores. Cannot thank the host enough for this beautiful place. Can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by JessicaJul 2022

  • "Modern and clean."

    Lovely, spacious open plan main area. Fabulous shower! Really appreciated the kitchen extras like tinfoil, cling film and washing up liquid etc. And thank you for dropping in oven gloves. Would respectfully suggest a microwave as a useful addition plus pure cotton bedding for a more comfortable night. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay, thank you.

    Hi There is now a microwave supplied. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards Darren Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2022

  • "Very impressed with the property."

    Looked brand new. Most things are provided for you. Definitely recommend it and will return.

    Reviewed by HyderMay 2022

  • "We (myself, my husband and two boys) stayed at the Dolly Blue Stores for four nights (February 2022) and we could not have been any happier with our stay."

    Darren emailed in the morning to say the apartment was ready for us if we wanted to come earlier, however we arrived in the late afternoon as it is a very long drive from home, but appreciated the sentiment. Darren's communication was great, and provided us with all the information we needed, even recommending what we could do when the weather was not so great! We were able to park right outside (and did so every day with no trouble at all). We were very pleased that the photos matched the reality - the apartment was immaculate! The decor is contemporary, fresh and everything has a new feel. Our bed was very comfortable, and our boys tell us the bunk beds were also. The sofa was also so nice to collapse on at the end of a busy day! We spent our days around the stunning Lake Windermere, for which the apartment is very well placed for, being right at the foot. We would highly recommend Darren & the Dolly Blue Stores, and would love to return again in the future. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ChantelleFeb 2022

  • "Me and my wife loved staying at Dolly Blue Stores."

    This is in a good location for a quick river walk and also the car museum has a lovely Cafe for breakfast in the morning which is a 5 min walk away and Ulverston is just a short drive down the road if you require more shops. There is plenty of walking routes in the surrounding area to and a steam train which takes you to Windermere. Highly Recommended.

    Reviewed by ChristopherDec 2021

  • "The owner of the property accepted our booking very last minute when we had an extended power cut at our previous property."

    Dolly Blue Stores was fantastic- so modern, spacious and extremely clean. The living room is so cosy with an amazing log burner. Kitchen has everything you’d need and bathroom had brilliant shower. Myself and my husband, her daughter and husband stayed and although one room had bunk beds they were extremely comfortable so would be suitable for 4 adult stay. One thing to note is the property is just off a busy main road and some traffic can be heard but for us this didn’t bother us. Thank you so much and we would definitely book again :-)

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Dolly Blue Stores."

    Huge lounge, brand new decor, and well located for Coniston, Windermere and the surrounding area. A perfect break for us (a family of four).

    Reviewed by GregAug 2021

  • "Very happy with our visit to the cottage, extremely handy for local amenities ..."

    Very happy with our visit to the cottage, extremely handy for local amenities and visits especially Lakeland and surrounding area, holiday cottage was exactly like pictures and very clean, amazing shower after very hot weather, would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by SashaJul 2021

Show more Hide all


  • Ground-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x bunk room
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Roadside parking available on a first come, first served basis
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.9 miles, pub 0.9 miles
  • Note: The apartment is situated next to a busy road; windows are triple glazed but there may be some noise
  • Note: There is no outside space

The property

Nestled in the small village of Backbarrow, close to the foot of Lake Windermere, is this attractive, ground-floor apartment, The Dolly Blue Stores.

Boasting a contemporary finish, this inviting retreat welcomes families eager to explore Cumbria, with easy access to the southern Lakelands.

Step inside and be greeted by the bedrooms, offering a bright and airy double and bunk room, furnished with ample storage for your personal belongings.

Continue into the open-plan living area, the focal point of the apartment, where you rustle up something tasty within the modern kitchen and serve it at the dining table for all to enjoy.

There’s plenty of space to kick back after a day of exploring, with two plush settees and a woodburning stove to curl up to, along with a Smart TV for all your entertainment needs.

Completing the interior of The Dolly Blue Stores is a sleek shower room where you can begin each morning with a refreshing rinse.

Backbarrow is home to some great attractions, including the Lakeland Motor Museum and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, a 3.2 mile-long heritage railway where you can take a nostalgic trip between Haverthwaite Station and Lakeside Pier, or you can test your team working skills at the Cliffhangerrooms, an award winning escape room.

Venture north to the popular town of Bowness-on-Windermere, home to a great selection of eateries including Hole in t’Wall, Bowness’ oldest pub, as well as a plethora of attractions to suit all ages, including The World of Beatrix Potter where you can learn about the life of the famous children’s author, and the Bowness Bay Marina, offering boat hire and a chance to explore the Lake from a different perspective.

Get all dressed up for a day at Cartmel Racecourse, founded in the 12th century by the monks of the Cartmel Priory, or simply wander the winding and cobbled streets that give Cartmel a charm you won’t find easily elsewhere.

Those looking for a little more adventure, the varying landscapes of the Lake District provide unique walking and hiking routes, with many mountains, valleys, rolling countryside and sixteen lakes to discover!

However you choose to spend your time, The Dolly Blue Stores will be awaiting your return.

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

View on map

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
  • Last minute
  • Christmas