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Howes Beck Cottage

Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 990111)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Great accommodation , could nt fault it at all !"

    Fab location and friendly owners .

    Reviewed by DebbieJan 2022

  • "Top quality accommodation in the most perfect setting."

    Warm welcome, everything you needed, some personal touches like Christmas decorations and dog treats. The best accommodation I have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by GemmaDec 2021

  • "The quality of the building matched the inside decor , fantastic touches ..."

    The quality of the building matched the inside decor , fantastic touches throughout ,lovely owners and surroundings won’t hesitate to return

    Reviewed by HughDec 2021

  • "An Excellent cottage."

    Very well presented and equipped. Both owners very friendly and respectful of quests privacy. In a special setting with wildlife on the doorstep. Couldn't really ask for more. Thank you Kate & Rich

    Reviewed by JonOct 2021

  • "Lovely holiday."

    Ideally situated on the edge of the Lake District giving access to the Lakes and Scottish Borders for day trips. Very rural feel with sheep & horses roaming around, spectacular sky’s at night. Cosy & very comfortable, we want to go back!

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2021

  • "Howes Beck Cottage is a very comfortable home from home barn conversion."

    It has great facilities and a very high level of cleanliness. The location is idyllic and peaceful and you will not find better hosts.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage out in the sticks great view and there is a small river just out the back which was ideal for the dogs as our week was very hot indeed."

    Area between the cottage and the owners house is secure for medium sized dogs upwards and is perfect for outdoors on a hot day at nights as it keeps you shaded. Walks for dogs are on your doorstep just keep an eye out for the sheep. Facilities indoors were ideal everything you need is there apart from a toilet brush is all I could find lacking. And just personal taste but the seats in the living room were high armed leather ones. That apart the cottage is very clean and has everything you need. A good base for anyone with dogs visiting the area.

    Reviewed by RonnieJul 2021

  • "Such a wonderful holiday cottage on the fells by a babbling brook."

    The pub was closed and the landlord/Lady had moved to Australia. But a lovely cafe and shop in the village, maybe a little remote for some people but we absolutely loved where it was. Cottage well equipped and spotless. And within 5 miles from pubs.. would recommend if you love walking and peace a tranquility

    Reviewed by PatriciaJul 2021

  • "Lovely, cosy, well equipped cottage."

    The owners live next door and are warm, welcoming and couldn’t be more helpful. The cottage was immaculately clean, comfortable, and provided everything we needed for our weeks stay. Milk, biscuits, tea, coffee, treats for the dog and fresh flowers left as a welcoming gift. Had a relaxing stay and wouldn’t hesitate to stay at Howes Beck Cottage again.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "This is a really nice little cottage in the middle of open common land."

    There are regular visits from Sheep, Horses, even an occasional Red Squirrel. It's ideally located on the East side of the Lakes. Be aware there are many narrow, twisty and steep roads around the area.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "The cottage was comfortable, well presented and the owners seem to have thought of everything as it was very well equipped."

    They even thought of our dog, with treats and towel etc. The off road parking is good and secure. It's in a lovely, quite remote area on the fells. There are barely any amenities in the local village, just one little shop/tea room so you do need to drive a lot if you're not planning on just taking walks in the area. Inside, the cottage is a little dim, even on a very sunny day, as all but one little window in the kitchen face the large barn conversion at the side rather than the views but nevertheless we had a great time and the surroundings are beautiful!

    Reviewed by ElaineMay 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week but sadly the astronomical price rises for next year make it unlikely that we can afford to go again."

    Reviewed by PennyMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage very warm and comfortable very friendly helpfull owners in an amazing area of the lake district."

    Look forward to revisit.

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2021

  • "Howes Beck Cottage is like Mary Poppins."

    Practically Perfect in every way. The location is stunning. The cottage has everything and the Hosts are amazing. Been twice so far and we will be back.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, very clean and comfortable."

    The owner had put Christmas decorations in which were very much appreciated. A fabulous location, very quiet and peaceful perfect for relaxing. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JaniceDec 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely brilliant, lovely and clean, cosy and had everything you needed!"

    Our girls loved the horses that visited most days to the gate for a carrot. Great location, for walking, Lowther Castle, Horse riding, and Askham is a beautiful little village with a nice pub and excellent pizza from Askham Hall. We cannot wait to return!

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2020

  • "The cottage was just perfect."

    It was well placed. It had everything you needed and more. It was clean and comfortable. We sat with log fire every night. It was just amazing. Felt relaxed and recharged to be honest didn't want to come home. Highly recommended. Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2020

  • "Hows Beck cottage was warm cosy and very clean."

    Everything we needed was available. The Woodburner was the devil to get going so we only used it the one evening it made it nice and cosy with the glow of a real fire. Already looking forward to next time.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

  • "Lovely property that was fully equipped with everything you could need."

    Lovely deep bath with piping hot water and comfy beds. A warm, welcoming property that I would have no hesitation in recommending.

    Reviewed by NicolaSep 2020

  • "An excellent place to get away from it all, and away from the busier areas of the lakes."

    Some great areas nearby for walks and mountain biking. The owners Rich and Kate are lovely and most helpful, and the cottage was perfect. For a small family or group its great.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2020

  • "We had a great week staying in this lovely cottage."

    We had never been to the Lake District before and we felt this cottage was in a great location to get out and about to Ullswater and surrounding areas. Fully equipped and comfortable, and the enclosed space was great for our dogs.

    Reviewed by Holly-anneJul 2020

  • "This is a great place."

    Quiet, clean and great value. We had a lovely week up here with our two kids and dog. Beautiful walks in the middle of nowhere, then relaxing in what is a comfortable and well equipped cottage overseen by two charming people who can't do enough to help, or leave you to just get on with your holiday. We loved it.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2020

  • "Owners were excellent, obviously put a lot of thought and consideration into the property."

    Had also gone that extra into keeping things safe for us, following the Covid restrictions and regulations.

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2020

  • "Enjoyed our 3 weeks stay !"

    The location is lovely , so visited nice places , had wonderful walks some of them straight from the cottage . It was always a pleasure to come back to this cottage as we found it very comfortable and spacious . Would certainly recommend it to anybody who likes peace and quiet combined with comfort .

    Reviewed by NataliaFeb 2020

  • "What a magical place to spend Christmas!"

    The cottage was so cosy and well equipped. Kate and Rich were lovely hosts- made us feel truly welcomed. This was a fantastic dog friendly place that provided bowls and towels to wash and dry dirty paws as well as dog food bowls and doggy treats. Safe enclosed area and fabulous walks from the cottage gate-Murphy loved it!!! It was in a stunning area- secluded but only a few minutes walk from the little village and a short drive from shops and the Lakes. Fantastic to walk round festive Keswick and Ambleside. Drove to Haweswater and managed a wee hike up the pass on Christmas Eve- absolutely awesome views! Definitely recommend Howes Beck Cottage for a proper dog friendly break.

    Reviewed by DonnaDec 2019

  • "Beautiful secluded accommodation with all the facilities you could wish for"

    Reviewed by TimNov 2019

  • "Had a lovely time at Howes Beck Cottage."

    The cottage is very clean, comfortable and has everything you need for a great holiday. The Red Squirrels that came daily for nuts that I left out, and the horses that visit the gate for an apple or just a fuss absolutely brilliant

    Reviewed by JamieOct 2019

  • "A peaceful location."

    A relaxing and homely cottage. We enjoyed our stay there.

    Reviewed by MandySep 2019

  • "This lovely cottage is nicely situated that you can easily get around to visit the Lake District or you can just relax and chill in semi-seclusion."

    It's fantastic having the moors around you with the sheep roaming freely and the occasional horse may come to say hi too. There are some great places to eat just a few miles down the road in Askam but the local pub only feeds it's residence.

    Reviewed by AndyAug 2019

  • "The place was amazing and very well decorated!"

    Could have lived there forever!! However the hot water for the baths kept running out so we took about 20min to run a very small bath. Apart from that all was perfect :)

    Reviewed by HannahAug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage, in a secluded part of the lakes."

    The cottage is extremely well stocked and supplied with everything you could think of. It’s also very clean and tidy. The WiFi was a most welcome in the evenings and was really fast. Nice extra touches for your canine friends.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage in a fabulous rural location."

    Reviewed by PollyJul 2019

  • "Howes beck cottage was a great location."

    Comfy cottage with everything you could need. lovely warm welcome from the owners. So many places to visit and pubs to eat at, we didn’t have enough time, so we will have to go back. Really great place to relax and unwind.

    Reviewed by SianJul 2019

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    It had everything that you could want & more. It was lovely to wake up to sheep baaing & birds singing.

    Reviewed by JackieJul 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable and warm cottage ,beautiful setting all around ."

    Very friendly people everywhere we went .The lounge and kitchen were slightly dark and needed lights on most of the day but this is unfortunate and something the owners are trying to rectify with the local planners .our dog absolutely loved the outside area to the cottage and the sheep that wandered by . A very clean and shallow srream runs just behind the cottage which he loved . Will hopefully return in the future .

    Reviewed by BerylMay 2019

  • "Well presented barn set in a beautiful location."

    The facilities in the cottage were excellent. We had our two dogs with us who were made very welcome, and loved the many scenic walks in the area. Great time had by all, and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by WalterApr 2019

  • "Excellent location very secluded."

    Scenery and walks were amazing. Cottage was exceptionally clean, everything was well provided, would highly recommend it and will definitely be going back there.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMar 2019

  • "Fantastic peaceful break,Will go back."

    Reviewed by JamesMar 2019

  • "The cottage is large, clean and comfortable."

    We. Arrived to find the owners had left us a pint of milk - invaluable. TV reception and WiFi was excellent. A jar of dog treats left for our dogs. We were self catering and found the kitchen absolutely fully equipped including a dishwasher and washing machine. The shower was really efficient and bathroom well equipped and modern. The beds were comfortable and plenty of storage. Heating was good including log stove. Would definitely book again. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2019

  • "The cottage and facilities were superb."

    Excellent location for our needs for the holiday. Within easy reach of all the main towns in the area. Cannot be faulted.

    Reviewed by ColinMar 2019

  • "The cottage was quiet and cosy."

    I would definitely rebook there again.

    Reviewed by TonyFeb 2019

  • "When we arrived, the owner gave us a fantastic greeting , All the information you could possible need is in a clip folder (idiots guide) complete with pictures showing what is being described."

    We didn't use the log burner , too lazy, but we are sure it would have given a lot of heat.. the local shop was very accommodating although, only open 10 to 1 pm.. The lakes were In easy reach and beautiful. A GOOOD all round Quiet holiday made even better by excellent weather for the time of year (5th to 12th Jan 2019) Well done to the owners .. we will be back. 10/10

    Reviewed by BarryJan 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely first rate."

    It was spacious, warm, plenty of instant hot water, beautiful comfy beds and lovely clean bedding and the kitchen so very well equipped. The entertainment systems, radios and tvs etc, were modern and first class, a good sized telly is always a welcome bonus. The surrounding area is a delight and the space immediately adjacent was very secure for our 3 small doggies. I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. A total delight.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2018

  • "The new owners have made this cottage a wonderful relaxing place to stay, the bedding, towels etc was top quality and felt like a lovely treat, we have never stayed anywhere before where literally everything was provided, so we took a lot of our own things only to find they were not needed as everything was available to us."

    We can not recommend this cottage highly enough and we will definitely be booking again. It was situated ideally to explore north or south lakes and we found lovely places to walk with the dog. A big thank you to the new owners who made us feel welcome with the note and flowers and gift of wine as we were their first guests, and the biscuits for the pooch! We had a wonderful time thank you very much.

    Reviewed by LoisNov 2018

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The property

A unique barn conversion resting in the fells above the cosy village of Bampton within the Lake District National Park, ideally placed for taking in all that the destination has to offer.

Suited for couples, friends and families Howes Beck Cottage is a delightful retreat, your peaceful escape from the demands of daily life.

Situated across the ground floor, you will discover a collection of rooms, commencing with a lovely kitchen/diner with comfortable seating for four people, and a stylish colour scheme.

Views over the fells add to the charming overtone.

Next door, the sitting room is modern and attractive, including leather sofas, exposed beams and original features, all tied together with a wood burning stove.

There is a recently modernised family bathroom benefiting from a bath with a separate shower, and two bedrooms presented in a quality fashion.

To the outside is an enclosed space with access to secure storage for bikes or other equipment and a seating area which encapsulates stunning views across the valley to Knipe Scar where you can relax after the days exploring with the only sound being from the birds and the nearby beck that cascades to the village below.

The Cottage is immediately surrounded by 6,890 acres of common land, the home of a variety of wildlife, with sheep, fell ponies and red squirrels visiting the cottage almost daily.

There are wonderful walks and cycle routes right from the door, including on the surrounding fells leading over to Haweswater and Ullswater, with excellent high level walking for the more adventurous, many of the Lake District's walks have their starting point from around Ullswater, including the renowned trek to Helvellyn's summit via Striding Edge, and more gentle footpaths, bridleways and quiet scenic roads for those just looking for more light activities in beautiful countryside.

The attractive hamlet of Bampton situated in the Lowther Valley is a traditional Lakeland village away from the hustle and bustle of the busier central Lake District towns and villages, but with all the popular and much-loved tourist destinations close at hand.

This is a tranquil, unspoiled and beautiful area of the Lake District: perfect for getting away from it all and for seeing wildlife.

However, the location is still also convenient for accessing not only other parts of the Lake District, but also the Yorkshire Dales, Pennines and Hadrian’s Wall.

Bampton has a village store/Post Office with tea room and children’s playground all a gentle stroll away in the neighbouring hamlet of Bampton Grange.

For those who want to venture further afield by car, Askham and Pooley Bridge are only a short drive away with a traditional village inns, cafes and shops.

The Michelin star Allium at Askham Hall is also a short drive away for the ultimate in dining experience; or a trip over Kirkstone Pass brings you into Ambleside where there is an abundance of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Howes Beck Cottage is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double (zip/link can be twin upon request), 1 x king-size double
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Outdoor furniture for four people
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1/4 mile
  • Note: There is secure storage for bikes and mountain gear.

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About the location


Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.

The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle (The Windsor of the North), Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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