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Old Farm Cottage

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Skelwith Fold, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "First impressions the cottage is beautiful, however the cleaning of the cottage was awful."

    Cobwebs everywhere, dusty to the point I could write my name on the TV stand. The stairs were also filthy and needed a good vacuum. The bathroom was horrible smelt damp and of urine. The side of the bath is coming away and very wet.The shower screen leaks also which then dripped water into the living room below. The sofa in the living room is most uncomfortable with no back support after a long day out.

    Reviewed by Jayne2.2May 2024

  • "A beautiful cottage with high quality furnishings and appliances."

    The kitchen was well equipped and the toiletries in the bathroom were a lovely surprise. The garden is well maintained and a good space for a quick wee for the dogs although our youngest managed to escape into next door’s! The cottage is located on a quiet lane yet only a ten minute walk to the nearest pub and shop. We had a lovely time there and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Apr 2024

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage in a beautiful area!"

    Brilliant walks near by... Which are all the better for gorgeous cottage to come back to!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2023

  • "Dangerous! I would hope the owners would respond to this but these are the facts - The steps leading to the rear of the cottage are extremely dangerous to the point where my wife fell and hurt herself."

    You have no option but to navigate these as the key safe is at the rear. The rear courtyard and the steps are so green it is almost impossible to stand up and again we both slipped on this. The steps are also very steep and no handrails. At the time of our visit there were also no outside lights meaning we had to use torches which were supplied by the cottage as they informed us they were aware the outside lights weren’t working. At night there is absolutely no light at all other than torch light. We had no hot water for two days meaning we had to have cold showers and the children had to have cold baths at the end of October! The fire alarm in the front bedroom went off every few hours keeping us and 2 young children awake all night. We contacted Sykes and Sykes have been very communicative, however the owners are not interested and have offered no solution. We also emailed the contact details supplied in the cottage but we did not receive a response. We have Sykes/the owners the option to resolve the issues before submitting this review. Would definitely not recommend and we certainly won’t be returning. Think long and hard before you book this cottage.

    Reviewed by Michael2.8Oct 2023

  • "A delightful cottage 10 minutes drive from Ambleside in the quiet hamlet of Skelworth Fold."

    Comfortable, well presented, and equipped. Good parking opposite with the benefit of a pleasant garden. 30 metres from the front door is a viewing point with a stunning panorama. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Larry5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable and very high standard!"

    Enjoyed our stay so much we have booked again for next year

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Sep 2023

  • "This lovely little cottage exceeded all expectations."

    It has been renovated to such a high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and are looking to book again for next year.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, great location."

    Needs more attention to detail, thus had to go over the floor & behind doors to clean dust/bits/dog hairs upon arrival. Front door Yale lock didn’t work, so only accessible via rear. No cleaning products or welcome pack left out. Communicated these issues with owner, who did say said items had been forgotten. Does need more basic drinking glasses, but apart from that we had a wonderful stay and would return.

    Reviewed by Luke3.4Aug 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage."

    Great location. Refurbished to a high standard. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a lovely property."

    No expense has been spared with the fixtures and fittings. The location is ideal for accessing Langdale. We had a really fantastic time. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

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  • Two king-size bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, slimline dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Smart TV with BT sports package as well as Sky package (sports and movies) WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Terrace to the rear with garden furniture
  • Multi level garden to the front with a solid fuel BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.7 miles, river 0.8 miles
  • Note: There is a low doorway into one of the king-size bedrooms, please take care

The property

Nestled in the historic hamlet of Skelwith Fold, Cumbria in amongst the stunning surroundings of the Lake District National Park, find this semi-detached, period cottage, Old Farm Cottage, believed to date to the 1700s.

Benefitting from an enclosed garden with terrace and furniture which is perfect for to enjoy a morning coffee.

This property is pet-friendly and in close proximity to the local amenities and attractions, Old Farm Cottage welcomes four guests, perfect for couples, families or a group of friends seeking a peaceful escape in Cumbria.

After parking up, enter your new home-from-home ready to take the weight off your feet in the homely sitting room which has been renovated to a high standard with a Smart TV and woodburning stove, perfect for cooler evenings.

Allow the designated chef to get to grips with a fantastic range of appliances in the kitchen, before whipping up a delicious homecooked meal and settling down at the dining table or outside in the enclosed garden; crack open a bottle of bubbly and truly soak in your scenic surroundings, chatting away until day rolls into night.

When the stars appear overhead, escape to the first floor to indulge a long soak in the tub before completing your night time routine and crawling into one of two plush king-size beds, resting your head in preparation for another day of exciting adventures.

When you’re ready to explore, you’ll find all your nearest conveniences with a short walk from your doorstep, including a handy shop for stocking up on essentials and several pubs including The Talbot Bar, Skelwith Bridge Hotel and the famous Drunken Duck Inn, perfect for the days you don’t feel like cooking!

With stunning landscapes, shimmering lakes and majestic mountains all within accessible reach, you’ll find an abundance of sights and activities to fill your itinerary; immerse yourself in the beauty of numerous lakes, from the iconic Windermere, England’s largest lake, to serene gems like Derwentwater, Ullswater and Coniston Water.

If you’re up for the challenge, ascend the impressive peaks that define the Lake Districts skyline; take on Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England or enjoy the picturesque trails of Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Catbells.

Further afield in Windermere, discover the enchanting world of the beloved children’s author at the Beatrix Potter Attraction before visiting here former home, Hill Top.

With plenty more to uncover, such as watersporting opportunities, traditional towns and historical architecture, you’ll never be short of things to see or do.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, tranquillity or culture exploration, Old Farm Cottage promises to leave you with lifelong memories.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Windermere 6.4 miles; Grasmere 6.4 miles; Keswick 18.7 miles.

Skelwith Fold is peaceful and unspoilt hamlet in the heart of the Lake District. Enviously positioned within the Langdale Valleys, surrounded by views of spectacular mountains, Skelwith Fold is also only 2 miles from Ambleside.
There are wonderful walks and rambles on the doorstep - start your walk with a half mile stroll to the famous Chesters by the River and then onto the Cumbria Way to follow the River Brathay all the way to Elterwater and beyond. Explore up the hill from the village and you come easily to the ever popular Drunken Duck - a perfect spot for a lazy lunch.