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The Flowing River

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Backbarrow near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "The Flowing River is a very well appointed apartment."

    The kitchen equipment was spot on and a nice large upright Fridge/Freezer was a bonus. Only problem there was the extraction fan. It ran but was completely ineffective and as soon as any cooking was started the fire alarms activated-even toast! In the Lounge, the large screen TV was excellent, as was the very reliable wifi. Bedroom was extremely tight for a double bed with a very tight squeeze to get around it. But bed itself was very comfortable indeed. Bathroom was also pretty good with shower-over-bath. Main problem here was again the fan. It NEVER ran. We had a major problem with the heating system. On arrival the lounge was 26.5degC and the bedroom almost as hot. The radiators were immediately switched off and windows opened the make it bearable. Once cooled, and the control system instructions were followed, the stat settings were adjusted but the lounge radiator never worked again for 6 days, so had to jack up the hallway heater and leave door open to get temp above 14degC. There was no refuse bin allocated to our apartment and there are no recycling bins. We had to take bottles, cans etc to Kendal! Two very kind Maintenance men came the day before we left, but not much they could do. They did find a bin and numbered it for us though (but still no recycling bin). They already knew the fans didn't work-said they'd been like that for ages! I fixed the heating problem myself on day 6 by removing and rebooting the main control panel after some google research!

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Dec 2023

  • "This place is beautifully equipped for a lovely stay."

    It is really difficult to put the tie backs on and off due to the small space and the thickness of the curtains.. the curtain rail is also of extremely poor quality and came off during the tie back procedure. As the bedroom is extremely small... to walk around the bed takes some good manoeuvering... therefore we would recommend that the owners look at the curtain situation...

    Reviewed by Helene3.8Sep 2023

  • "We did contact the agency regarding certain issues: The bathroom fan was on constantly."

    (Mentioned in the visitors book in July) The shower was dripping all the time. Over hob fan not working (also mentioned in visitors book) Central heating, we could not adjust. TV we were unable to connect to any station/programme. Limited cutlery and drawer difficult to access as within another drawer! Simple instructions would have been helpful, rather than all the instruction booklets in the file. For example, opening the main front door was tricky until we read a comment made by another visitor. We were very surprised not to have been left a pint of milk as is usual in most lettings, I imagine … we regularly rent holiday lets and have always been left a welcome pack whether it be for a couple of nights or a week. One loo roll!

    Thank you for your feedback. We will ask our Maintenance Team to look into the issues mentioned. We take all comments on board. As the property is self catering, a welcome pack is not always provided. Toilet rolls left in the property is also meant to be a starter. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian3.4Sep 2023

  • "Great wee apartment in a quiet scenic location."

    Weather was glorious and the patio was a sun trap from around 9am til 1pm ish when it went over the building. Good bus links close by at the bypass. Haverthwaite steam train to lakeside for Windermere ferry is less than 10min walk. Apartment equipped with everything needed. Previous comments in visitor book not addressed. Kitchen and bathroom extractor not working properly. No note inside front door to say handle needs pulling up to engage lock. Soundproofing poor, could here upstairs apartment stomping about from around 7.30am, double glazing poor, could hear traffic on bypass. Overall it was an enjoyable 4 night stay and good value for money, better than a hotel room.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad the apartment had everything you needed and that you enjoyed your stay. The bathroom extractor is an 'always on' extractor that runs virtually silently and clears any steam steadily during the day. We will add some notes about how to operate the locking mechanism on the front door. We hope to welcome you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2023

  • "Very small bedroom and bed."

    Barely space to even move around the bed... Windows aren't soundproof so can hear road noise and noise from neighbours. Otherwise its a really nice flat, very modern and clean with all facilities needed.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to see that you found the property to be clean and modern. We take all comments on board. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Efraim4.4Aug 2023

  • "Add to the welcome pack instructions on where to find the cutlery - it is kept in the ‘secret drawer’ that I found about by ringing the office the next day after our arrival."

    I looked in all cupboards, including the dishwasher and could not find any cutlery. I had to stoop down to actually see the ‘secret’ drawer as it was described to me. Apart from that the stay was fab.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "The apartment was beautifully looked after and kept very clean."

    Listing was very accurate. Had a great time here.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2023

  • "Facilities were good but maintenance was poor and we had to call them about the fan in the bathroom wasn't working at all, it had been mentioned in the visitors book."

    Location of smoke detectors bad because of when a slice of toast was done smoke alarm went off ,other people in the other apartments was going off too. Location fabulous no supermarkets nearby over a mile to walk no car for a week so difficult

    Reviewed by Paula3.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely location with good view of the river."

    Good spot for local attractions. Apartment small but clean and mostly well maintained. I do think the bath is leaking slightly underneath though and extractor fan didn't seem to be working. It also would have been nice to be informed that would have builders right outside our door banging and drilling at 9am mon-thurs every morning and covering door and door handle with dust etc.

    We would like to thank you for your lovely feedback. We apologise that you were not made aware of the work going on in the building. The management company regularly maintains the communal areas but we will be asking them to inform us in future. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kerry3.4Jun 2023

  • "Instructions for the key pickup was not clear, luckily for us there are very kind "neighbors' n an onsite property manager from another development who walked around the estate to."

    Locate the lockbox! The property setup is self contained n the surroundings is unique. Overall, we enjoyed the stay.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take your comments on board, and will look further into the issue that you experienced with the keysafe. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chwee Pheng4.7May 2023

  • "Great property great location."

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Lakelovers Owner Relations Expert Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2023

  • "We have stayed here twice now."

    We have had very good stays both times. The property is clean, comfortable and has great access to lots of local attractions. We love that it is right on the river - so relaxing! Parking is great. Lots of lovely walks near by. It's nice and tucked away even though it's close to main roads so a really nice place to have a bit of a 'busy life detox'. We would highly recommend coming here. And we will be back time and time again. We love it here!

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your return stay and that the river gives you a chance to relax. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Mar 2023

  • "All mod cons and useful instructions provided."

    Location is great for exploring Windermere and Coniston. Short walk to the Motor museum, Haverthwaite steam railway and Aquarium of the Lakes are a short drive away. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in late November and will be coming back as soon as we are able.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a lovely 4 night stay at Flowing River."

    Immaculately clean, comfy and well equipped. Some fab walks straight off the doorstep and there is the steam train and ferry to explore by if it takes your fancy. The White Hart Inn at Bouth is a 5-10 minute drive away. Nice setting and does food. Nice to be away in a quiet spot away from the busy throng of the main tourist areas. A great base to explore from.

    Reviewed by Shelly5.0Oct 2022

  • "Property was beautiful."

    Very clean and really liked the little touches such as the dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and cloths left for us. Only downside was the instructions for the key safe. It took a while and a phone call to find the correct key safe. Where it was placed was the furthest away from the building and not clear enough in the instructions! Apart from that it is set in a beautiful place with stunning locations in the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely loved this stay from start to finish."

    Immaculate apartment in the perfect location. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Weekend trip @ the flowing river was worth it!"

    Really relaxing and comfortable, surely will return !!! Serenity of the environ was top notch

    Reviewed by Abayomi3.8May 2022

  • "The property is well situated and the surroundings are very picturesque."

    It was an ideal area to explore this part of Cumbria. The property had everything required for our stay but one of the downsides for us was that that the bed was quite small and as a result we didn't sleep well. The settee in the lounge is the only "comfortable" place to relax in an evening and because of the style it was quite uncomfortable causing back & neck ache. Sadly having little sleep and being unable to relax before bed we have come home quite tired. As an observation the curtain rails are a very poor quality and are failing so it is quite difficult to draw the curtains properly.

    Reviewed by Judith4.1Apr 2022

  • "The Apartment was immaculately clean upon arrival."

    It had everything we needed for our stay. We also appreciated the Welcome Pack awaiting us. It was sufficiently spacious enough for my Wife and I, with a lovely Shower/Bathroom. We had a lovely peaceful, relaxing stay. I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a Break in the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Apr 2022

  • "Clean and well equipped."

    The location is excellent. The apartment is cold but this might be because the flats around are unoccupied and not heated, when the heating goes off it drops cold very quickly. The equipment throughout is great and well maintained, TV and Wifi are brilliant, as are washer/dryer and dishwasher, oven, hob etc. The Bathroom is large and spacious, the bedroom is tiny but there is plenty of storage. It's the perfect pad for 1 to 2 people.

    Thank you for the great feedback - much appreciated. We leave the heating on timer so it is warm for arrival. We then encourage guests to adjust the heating to suit their needs using the panel in the hallway - all instructions are provided in the guest folder. It can get pretty cold in the Lakes at this time of year but the apartment is toasty warm with all the radiators on! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason4.4Dec 2021

  • "The apartment is warm,modern,well equipped and comfortable."

    Well located for visiting the South Lakes area. Would be very happy to stay thee again.

    Reviewed by Davd3.8Oct 2021

  • "Lovely property in a great location."

    The facilities were excellent meeting our needs. Only drawback was size of living room and the very small settee without any other comfortable seating.

    Reviewed by Kenrick4.4Oct 2021

  • "Accommodation was clean and comfortable and well equipped."

    It was also in a good location, however, constant noise from the main road that is just the other side of the river made it impossible to enjoy the outside patio area.

    Reviewed by Philip3.8Sep 2021

  • "Outstanding stay at this apartment with all appliances and extra condiments provided."

    Definitely a home from home. Apartment in an excellent location with easy routes to explore the lakes further. Easy booking process. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Brooke5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really nice place - high standard."

    Water pressure in the bathroom is really bad, took ages and ages for bath to fill up.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Jul 2021

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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.


  • Ground-floor apartment
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Tassimo coffee machine, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, Bluetooth DAB radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

Ulverston 7 miles.

Nestled on the banks of the River Leven in the quaint village of Backbarrow rests this luxurious ground-floor apartment, The Flowing River.

Idyllically positioned for a rural retreat to The Lakes, The Flowing River is the perfect base for a romantic getaway for two.

Step over the threshold and enter into a delightful entrance hall, offering handy storage space to kick off your muddy boots and house your walking gear away from the main living areas.

Be charmed by the contemporary décor of the open-plan living space, framing captivating views across to the tranquil waters of the River Leven, enticing you to settle down with a leisurely seat on the stylish blue sofa with a cup of tea in front of the television following an action-packed day.

Head through to the well-equipped kitchen tucked away at the rear of the sociable space, fit with high quality units and integrated appliances, and prepare a romantic meal for two to enjoy gathered around the intimate dining table.

Stepping outside, perch at the quaint bistro table and soak in the peaceful setting of the sights and sounds of nature that surround you, toasting a refreshing glass of wine to an unforgettable holiday.

As the evening draws to a close, prepare for bed with a luxurious seat amongst the bubbles in the contemporary bathroom, before retiring to the beautifully-appointed double bedroom to snuggle up under the covers.

Take a break from doing the cooking and treat your loved one to a delicious meal at the nearby pub, the Anglers Arms, serving traditional pub grub in a welcoming setting, and after satisfying your appetite, discover the fascinating exhibitions on display at Lakeland Motor Museum or board a heritage steam-hauled locomotive and travel through the picturesque countryside at The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.

There's a plethora of walking, cycling and hiking trails available from your doorstep, including the ascent to the summit of Wainwright's Finsthwaite Heights, or for a more leisurely stroll, soak in the scenic sights across the water with a visit to High Dam Tarn.

Get better acquainted with your surroundings and venture to the hamlet of Lakeside, home to Lakeside Pier, where steamers depart on Lake Windermere to Bowness and Ambleside; a wonderful way to explore the sights and attractions of The Lakes.

Marvel at the stunning architecture and 200-acres of well-kept gardens at Holker Hall, or venture further afield to the medieval village of Cartmel, where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day, and visit the 12th century priory, or get dressed to the nines and test your luck with a day at the races!

Whisk your significant other away on a rural retreat to The Lakes with a stay at The Flowing River.

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About the location


Lake Windermere 10 miles; Coniston Water 11 miles.

Ulverston is a traditional market town built around a cobbled main street. It boasts a fine selection of independent shops, café’s, and pubs with open fires and real ales. There is an extensive selection of eating places to suit everyone, from fine dining to traditional pub food. Ulverston is also well known as a festival town, with events ranging from flags and walking to art and music festivals throughout the summer months and with the renowned Dickensian Christmas festival in late November. It is the birthplace of Stan Laurel and world record holder of the biggest foam pie fight in the world giving a glimpse into the fun community spirited little town. There are excellent walks around the town and beautiful countryside, with views of the southern Lake District and Morecambe Bay. Home to the deepest, widest and shortest canal, which makes for a lovely afternoon walk with a pub at the end and views over the bay. All of the attractions of the National Park are also easily reached. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good birdwatching. Nearby family attractions include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Lakes Windermere and Coniston and popular Birkrigg Common, with its incredible panoramic views across Morecambe Bay.

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