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Toad Mire

(Ref. 981167)

Backbarrow, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "I can't recommend "Otter Tarn" highly enough, it is the most amazing tranquil place set in beautiful surroundings."

    We stayed in "Toad Mire" the view of the lake with the fells in the background is absolutely stunning an ideal setting for our family to come together in these times of restrictions and guidelines, we had everything we needed in five star accommodation, nothing was too much trouble for the owners who are extremely friendly, helpful and approachable. We didn't want to leave. It looks fabulous on the website but actually being there exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Aug 2020

  • "What a delightful setting!"

    ! Stunning location and stunning lodge with great facilities.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Apr 2019

  • "The cabin was lovely, really nicely decked out and all of the fixtures, fittings and amenities were of a very high standard."

    There was a lot of thought and detail into how it was kitted and including things like a Bluetooth speaker was really useful. The kitchen was very well equipped which was really important as we were mostly cooking at home, I can't think of any utensil or cooking equipment that was missing and there was even some tea, coffee, pods for the coffee maker and milk in the fridge when we arrived. The main sofa in the living room is huge and you can stretch out without getting in anyone's way (wish we could fit one of these at home). The setting is idyllic and calming with beautiful views all around. Unfortunately we didn't catch sight of the otters but I think we'd have needed to be a bite more diligent. The site is very close to a number of small towns which had a nice variety of shops and places to eat, Cartmel and Grange we really liked. The butchers in Grange was really good and Cartmel had an amazing cheese shop. There are limitless places to go walking, running and cycling locally as well as good places to take kids for activities. An enduring memory will be the service provided by Mrs Blackett throughout; she was really friendly and very quick to respond to any issues that we had. She gave us advice and insight about the area and always had a smile and a wave when we were coming and going. This was one of the nicest places we've ever stayed on holiday and we were already talking about booking again as we sadly departed on the last day.

    Reviewed by Leo5.0Feb 2019

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  • Three ground floor bedrooms with 32 "Smart TV: 2 x super-king size double with en-suite monsoon shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with 65'' Smart TV and woodburning stove.
  • Gas underfloor heating throughout with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge with ice maker and water chiller, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, 4 x Smart TVs ( 1 65" with Freeview and 3 32" with Freeview, Blu-ray, Bose Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available to hire
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio with furniture and BBQ and shared use of extensive lawn and grounds
  • Private hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: Fly fishing available on-site, environmental licence required
  • Fishing free for one rod on a catch and release basis, at extra cost for more rods and there's an extra cost if you wish to keep any of the fish
  • Note: Due to fly fishing lake on-site, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: WiFi is suitable for general browsing only, not downloading or live streaming
  • Note: Max 6 people, plus 1 infant
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Note: There is deep water close to the property and children need to be supervised at all times
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

The property

Toad Mire is a beautiful cottage situated 1.5 miles from the small village of Backbarrow, a wonderful retreat with an open-plan living area.

Completely lake-fronted, you can expect to see extensive views from the sitting room with its glass windows and patio across the lake, and you may even spot the resident otter or swans.

Well-suited for families or friends to come together, this retreat is designed to a standard of luxury, beginning with a lounge which hosts sumptuous leather sofas, and a woodburning stove to warm those cooler evenings.

White-washed walls, and spotlights in the ceiling, surround a dining table situated by the window; a fantastic outlook over the lake and surrounding woodland, as well as evidence of wondrous nature within in the Osprey painting hanging on the wall, inspired by a photograph taken by a previous guest!

The glamorous floor to ceiling windows continue round to the kitchen, which is spaciously arranged, with fabulous wood effect units, and a small breakfast area, perfect for a warm cup of tea throughout the afternoon.

There are three beautiful bedrooms included, each wrapped in more enticing views, which you can wake up to every day that goes by, with an interior matching that of a hotel quality.

Exceptional extras include luxury en-suites, a hot tub overlooking the lake – perfect for stargazing in the evenings, outdoor furniture, sun loungers and a barbecue.

Surrounded by woodland and thriving bluebells and more, you will look forward to opening up the sliding doors, and enjoying everything Toad Mire has to offer.

Beyond this, 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 is certainly worth a visit.

The cottage is situated 3 miles from the prehistoric village of Cartmel, described as a thimble full of Diamonds, perfectly sited for attending Cartmel Races.

Set amidst the charm of the Lake District, close to the fringe of Windermere, this village makes an inspiring choice from which to adventure further into a magical heartland of silver lakes.

A getaway not to be missed.Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs - 918617, 929182, 931530, 931531, 981166 Total occupancy 36. Property ref 923450 is a short walk away sleeping an extra 8

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

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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