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Half Island House

(Ref. 980535)

Lowgill near Sedbergh, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a warm, well equipped and comfortable house in an interesting and I think under-rated area."

    It benefitted from having the Lakes nearby, which reduces the tourist demand in this area, making it more enjoyable. It could do with a washing machine, but I'm not sure where you'd put it. There were no logs for the log burner so we didn't bother getting that going. Access is tight and in our case aggravated by a bike trailer, so be prepared for some wriggling and to actually turn into the property I had to back up into the road opposite to get the car more square on to the drive. Turning the car round to avoid backing it out over the bridge you have to cross in the drive was a bit more wriggling. Shame about the noise from the M6 but in October we weren't spending a lot of time outside in the interesting garden. Loved the running water past the house - if I lived there some micro-hydro generation would have to be explored.. Only having drinking water in the kitchen came as a surprise but not a showstopper. We found there to be more than enough to do in the area for a week, with some challenging cycling (that involved a lot of pushing in my case!) to be had and Dentdale being the highlight. Make sure your bike brakes are in tip-top order as there are some steep slopes to descend. The grade II listed Rigmaden bridge is closed and looks like it has been for sometime so if you are plotting a Lune Valley route that involves it don't get caught out like we did.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay at Half Island and found the house warm, comfortable and the garden interesting. We do try to make clear on the Sykes website there is no washing machine, and that wood is not provided so guests hopefully know what to expect. We would love to add in these extras but unfortunately it is not possible. Thank you for your review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bruce4.4Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Half Island House and loved it's seclusion."

    Everything was provided, well stocked kitchen and super comfortable beds. The gardens are beautiful with the babbling stream running through but we couldn't spend too long sat out because the midges were savage and we forgot to pack repellent! We enjoyed walking on the Dales Way and it was very interesting to talk to all the Dales Way travelers who passed by the house. We had a power cut on our second day so had to go out for breakfast but this was resolved when we returned. The only downside we found was the close proximity to the M6 and noise from the motorway traffic but there is nothing anyone can do about that. Overall, a wonderful little break away from it all :)

    Thank you for your review. So glad you were able to enjoy the local area and garden during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janine4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage with everything you need in a brilliant location between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District."

    With the Dales Way literally on your doorstep! The brook running next to the cottage makes for a very peaceful and relaxing setting. Easy to get to the Lakes and local attractions. Sedbergh's 'Sheepfest' and Saturday market was great fun!. A hugely enjoyable and relaxing family break.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Aug 2023

  • "I reported that we had no hot water on the Monday the owner asked me to try resetting the system and see if it worked properly over night, I also told her that the flush was broken on the upstairs toilet, she sent a handyman to look at the toilet he said he would return with parts and repair it which he didn’t."

    The owner sent an electrician to try to sort the problem with the water but it was broken then we heard nothing else about the problems and returned home early on Saturday We would stay again but preferably with hot water which really is a basic necessity

    So sorry the hot water stopped working during your stay. All issues have been fixed should you choose to return (but the parts took a few days). Sykes called for updates and tried to contact you. Thankfully the power shower gives constant hot water. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine3.1Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property and great location."

    Would help to have more details on location of key safe as very difficult to locate behind honeysuckle. We had to look at previous reviews to find it. Everything we needed was provided and we had a thoroughly relaxing holiday.

    Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was exceptionally good in respect of it’s position as a base for a walking holiday and the views were delightful."

    The kitchen was well equipped and modern but we never found the advertised washing machine! The beds were very comfortable. On the negative side, first impressions upon arrival were poor. Outside and porch very tired/flaky paint everywhere. The keysafe was well hidden behind honeysuckle which isn’t a problem in itself but a bit of warning from Sykes would have been appreciated. A curtain rail had fallen down and was laying with the curtain in the window sill with no note of apology/explanation. There were very few instructions for the appliances/tv/windows/heating/wood burner. There was no welcome pack at all and only one bit of hand cleaner for three wash basins. All these are minor niggles and had negligible effect on our holiday and are easily corrected by the owner. But the deal breaker for us was the lack of a private garden area. It took a while to realise the extent of the garden again due to lack of information. The garden is lovely but is SHARED with the adjoining cottage. Please update your description Sykes. As dog owners we always try to ensure we have a private garden (not necessarily fenced). The only part of the garden which would be private has chains preventing you entering and danger signs. Also the bridge across the brook to the woods was fenced off.

    Sorry to here you we not happy with every aspect of the cottage. The front porch does need some work and the curtain has come down I have been informed. There is a wooden shutter that can be used. There is an acre of available garden at the back and front of the garden. This is private as the other cottage is currently empty. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne3.4May 2023

  • "A really quiet location, we booked the Lodge as our Little dog struggles with the Firework season, she was very comfortable as we heard very little, it took about a day for her to get used to the sound of the "full" stream rushing by."

    The kitchen has everything you need and the other rooms are very comfortable.

    Thank you for your comments we are glad you enjoyed you stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2022

  • "A very enjoyable stay."

    ..everything there you need in a great location

    Reviewed by Patrick Andrew4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage very tranquil, cosy, clean and kitchen facilities great."

    The cottage has numerous walking routes on the doorstep, Sedbergh is a short drive away, a great overall base for your stay. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage & great location."

    Will definitely be re visiting.

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful and really comfy cottage with a great mix of original features and modern living."

    Sit outside the back door after a busy day and listen to the river flowing past, this absolutely made our holiday

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic house, great location 'under the viaduct', quiet roads for walks, and a lovely garden."

    House very comfortable and quiet, despite being very close to the motorway.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "Half Island House provided us with an ideal base for our half term getaway with our family with outside space for Elsa, our son's family dog!"

    Only possible downside is entry and exit to property and car parking space is "tight"! Overall though thank you again Sykes, Lake District proper next!

    Thankyou for your review and email. Good to hear you enjoyed your stay at Half Island and were able to make use of the gardens. Glad you felt that the extra car manoeuvring at the entrance and parking did not impact on your overall enjoyment of the property. We do plan to increase the parking space this season. Thank you for your suggestions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.4May 2022

  • "Loved our stay at this wonderful cottage!"

    Thank you for your feedback. Glad your enjoyed your stay at Half Island. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nickyy5.0May 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/ dining room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with electric stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Front and back garden with river
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.9 miles, pub 5.2 miles
  • Note: Children and pets should be supervised near river
  • Note: No children under the age of 8
  • Please note the property accepts a minimum of 3 nights stay
  • Please note: The house is bisected by two large unsecured gardens at the front and back
  • In total the area is about an acre
  • A small area is sectioned off for safety reasons

The property

Sedbergh 5.2 miles.

Tucked away in the rural landscape of Lowgill near Sedbergh, is this charming, Semi - detached cottage, Half Island House.

Encompassed by a beautiful river and rolling countryside hills, this wonderful home makes the perfect escape for a family of five.

Park up at the foot of the property and be greeted by the sound of the rushing river, as you move your luggage inside with ease.

Discover the spacious kitchen well-equipped with all the essentials for your self-catering stay, including an electric oven and ceramic hob to rustle up home-cooked meals and an all-important dishwasher.

Moving through the property, the living/ dining room makes a lovely place to unwind in after a day of venturing the countryside, with a toasty woodburning stove, Smart TV and ample seating to rest on.

Settle down at the traditional dining table to tuck-into hearty meals and discuss the highlights of the holiday thus far.

Carry the conversation outside to the rear garden, to listen to the relaxing babbling of the river, with a charming bridge over and woodland to explore.

Alternatively, for a moment alone, there is a snug room with an alluring woodburning stove and selection of books to immerse yourself in.

As the evening draws to a close, you will benefit from gas central heating to keep you warm; climb upstairs to choose your bedroom in your home-from-home.

The first floor hosts a super-king-size bed (zip/link), a king-size and a single, all with great storage for housing your belongings and views of the pretty garden.

In the morning, the family bathroom offers a bath for an indulgent soak and an overhead shower for an awakening rinse.

Half Island House is a superb base for pets and families with its plethora of walks, based on the glorious Dales Way for scenic, unspoilt countryside and Docker Parks for a shorter stroll.

Jump in the car and spend the day on the cobbled streets of Kendal, home to a wealth of attractions, including a fantastic golf course for sporting enthusiasts, two museums for budding historians and a majestic 12th-century castle to tour.

For a plethora of antique and quirky gift shops, visit the delightful town of Hawes, providing tranquil walks in hidden area with Cotter Force and Aysgill Force, as well as a handful of great eateries to fuel your excursions.

For memories you will cherish, secure your stay at Half Island House.


Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Kendal 12 miles; Hawes 15 miles.

The attractive old market town of Sedbergh (pronounced Sed-Ber), with its old-world atmosphere, is not only set in the magnificent western dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park but is also close to the rugged eastern fells of the Lake District. The town, with its narrow streets, little shops, traditional pubs, famous school dating back to 1525 and its 12th century church, has been a thriving community for hundreds of years, with a market dating from the 13th Century. Leading from Sedbergh is Dentdale, the jewel of the Yorkshire Dales with its rolling hills and dry-stone walls, stretching 14 miles from the windswept moors below Whernside to the confluence of the Rivers Dee and Rawthey. At the centre of the dale is Dent, with its cobbled streets, which has existed since Norman times and nearby Dent railway station is on the renowned Settle-Carlisle railway line. There are three golf courses nearby, as well as tennis, riding, and fishing, and the area is a paradise for walkers, ramblers, runners, and cyclists. This, together with the tranquillity of the surrounding valleys, the two National Parks and it being England's book town, makes an ideal year-round holiday destination.

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Please note the property accepts a minimum of 3 nights stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas