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Crosthwaite, near Bowness, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041242)



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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely spacious property with everything you need."

    Beautiful views. Lovely pubs nearby especially Brown Horse.

    Reviewed by SoniaJul 2022

  • "Lovely spacious property, well equipped."

    Accommodation details were not clear that all four bedrooms are en-suite with an additional shower room on the first floor, and kitchenette on the first floor - which was a novelty for our 11 year old granddaughter for the first few days! So relaxing sitting on the terrace and enjoying the wonderful view. Garden was ideal for the dogs and once our son erected a temporary barrier on the terrace to stop the dogs going down the steps, we could all relax and enjoy the space. Comment from our son-in-law that the view would have been better if the windows were cleaned! All in all a lovely holiday home enjoyed by six adults, one child and the dogs. Can recommend The Black Labrador pub.

    Reviewed by SandraJul 2022

  • "Beautiful house and extremely comfortable."

    The dogs loved the gardens.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2022

  • "We stayed at Highbeck house with our family and dog ."

    Extremely happy with all aspects of the house and property . Extremely comfortable and well equipped . Amazing views and location is excellent to visit various lakes and villages . Local pubs (punch bowl and black Labrador) were a few minutes drive. Whole family loved it here and hope to come back next year .

    Reviewed by JuneJun 2022

  • "Very happy with all aspects of this holiday accommodation - extremely comfortable with the most tremendous views from the front of the property."

    It was definitely worth the 8 hour car ride to get there from Cornwall.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "This is a little gem of a holiday home."

    Extremely comfortable, well equipped, with the most beautiful views over the Lythe valley at all times of day. We stayed with 5 adults and our dog - all walkers, and the house and it’s facilities did not disappoint at any stage. The southern lakes are as beautiful as the more popular, majestic middle and northern lakes, with some excellent walks - try them, you will not be disappointed. With Windermere/Bowness being only 20 mins away by car you can soon be in the touch of the bigger peaks if you want them, otherwise relax and enjoy the house and all the facilities in the villages that surround it. Definitely a 5-star holiday.

    Reviewed by DebbieMay 2022

  • "Brilliant property but we were disappointed that there was no welcome pack, not even a pint of milk"

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2022

  • "Excellent all round stay in a beautiful property"

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2022

  • "Amazing property beautifully furnished."

    Had family all together for first time in years. Excellent location for exploring the lakes. Walked Fairfield loop in the sunshine. Weather lovely all week. House warm and beds comfortable. Kitchen blind string off the reel needs fixing. More food storage would be good but overall amazing. We all would return.

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2022

  • "I would recommend mentioning the location of the cottage next to Highbeck."

    The images are miss leading I would also look at investing in dog proofing the rear garden as this caused a few problems otherwise a perfect property

    Reviewed by DanMar 2022

  • "High beck is one of the best places we have stayed as it offers the feeling of extreme luxury, comfort with very homely feel."

    The building is set in a stunning part of the lakes and is maintained at a very high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return

    Reviewed by KaronMar 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, lovely house and good location."

    Only negatives garden at the back is probably only secure for large dogs our two cockerpoo’s could escape. They did get out once onto the road. The kitchen needs some new utensils. The pub is a 15 minute walk l, however no path so have to walk on the road which was a bit with two children.

    Reviewed by JoanneFeb 2022

  • "Well designed house, comfortable and easy to use, it’s a real winner, such quality is difficult to find in the holiday cottage market."

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2022

  • "This is a fantastic property which we definitely would book again."

    Issues we had with the heating and hot water (we had neither on our first night there) were easily dealt with the next morning and quickly resolved. The facilities at Highbeck are excellent and the location is stunning. There is everything you need for a relaxing stay. One small thing which could make things a little easier would be more or clearer information on how appliances etc. work. If the information was all put in one place, such as the information pack, it would be very helpful. It was unfortunate that some clothes were left in a wardrobe and some food in the freezer but other than that the property was clean, beautifully furnished and the bathrooms were spotless. We look forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by John RobertNov 2021

  • "High Beck House was fantastic and exceeded our expectations in terms of comfort and size."

    The beds were so comfortable and the bathrooms exceptional. It was fully equipped with everything we could have wanted for our family stay, but just a minor thing, there were one or two lights not working and the bulbs provided didn't fit. Like other reviewers we were surprised by the proximity of High Beck Cottage, and whilst this didn't affect us adversely, it could have done!! All of that said, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely consider returning.

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "It wasnt made clear about how close the cottage was next door, if they had have had a dog it would have been a problem."

    The upstairs bedroom smelt of drains (someone had left air freshner in it!!!) Oven left dirty. Washer didnt work but when we rang the maintenance number , the washer was replaced within a few hours. Windows needed a good clean. Despite the above we had a good time.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Highbeck."

    High quality in every room, from furnishing to decor. Fantastic views too. We would be happy to recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by SoussanSep 2021

  • "Walking on the narrow roads in front of the house is perilous; this is quite a busy winding road and the traffic does not anticipate walkers when rounding bends."

    The gate will not prevent small dogs getting onto the road but there is a small fenced area behind the house. There is a also a shallow pond in the grounds.

    Reviewed by GordonAug 2021

  • "Great house !"

    All bedrooms were ensuite which was not clear on the property listing so that was fantastic. Gail was very helpful when we had a small query. Made good use of the balcony overlooking the fields with the sheep and cattle, and the occasional visiting deer !

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2021

  • "Lovely Cottage, Comfortable apart from the twin room where the beds were not as comfy as the other but nothing to panic about :) Lovely place to stay and the location was great, the views were stunning and the garden was really good for the puppies."

    It isn't clear that there is another rental cottage right next door, very clever photography, but in saying that the other guests were fine and it didn't really affect us. Bit of a warning about the drive take a run up at it as tires spin on the gravel badly unless you do :) Also, There is a tree by the garage, Close to the Gate, that covered my car in sticky tree sap and it really was covered but it does wash off eventually :) Overall it was a great place to book and I would absolutely love to book the cottage next door as it was a better size for us but it will only allow 1 dog and we have 2 :) I would definitely go back if going as a bigger group. This was a 70th Birthday gift for my Mum and she adored it as well. Thanks you for a great family week!

    Reviewed by CherrieJun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Highbeck – it’s very well furnished and exceeded our expectations."

    We have a few comments: Instructions on using the heating system(s) would have been very helpful – we were unsure how to adjust the temperature and would have preferred being more knowledgeable about it. A thorough overhaul of the drawer containing manuals and instruction booklets would be a good idea – we noticed manuals for appliances that weren’t there and missing manuals for appliances that were there. The bathrooms would benefit from a hook on the back of the doors – the only door with such a hook is the downstairs WC, which is about the only place that a hook isn’t needed. Finally, the description on the website is inaccurate – there is even more accommodation than listed. First, all four bedrooms are en suite and the three doubles appear to have superking beds (although we didn’t measure them). There is in addition a separate shower room upstairs – which means a total of 5 bathrooms plus the WC. We were quite confused by the booking process – as I understand it from talking to the housekeeper, although we had originally booked Highbeck Cottage a year ago, our booking was transferred to Highbeck because there was a long-term rental that might interfere with the availability of the cottage. However, when our booking was confirmed, there was no explanation of this and we were surprised to be given the link to Highbeck instead. When we queried this, because the description of Highbeck made it clear that there was more accommodation than we requested, we were simply told our booking was for Highbeck. We were pleased and amazed, but then surprised and disappointed to find that the upstairs of the accommodation described for us was locked (which was remedied for us by the housekeeper). In short, more explanation from the booking site would have been useful. If Highbeck in future is going to be rented as a two-bedroom, then this should be clearly stated on the booking website/confirmation (and a complete description of the 2 bedrooms on the 1st floor included) so as to avoid confusion. Let me say again that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and that Highbeck is a wonderful self-catering option

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2021

  • "Highbeck is a beautiful cottage, with spectacular views."

    Due to covid restrictions, it was only the two of us and we rattled round this huge property but it still felt homely and cosy. Clean, tidy, lovely quality towels and bedding. Home away from home.

    Reviewed by NikkiMay 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.


  • Four bedrooms: 2 x king-size (one zip/link can be 2 x twin on request), 1 x super king-size with en-suite with shower over bath, basin and WC and balcony, 1 x twin with en-suite with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x shower rooms with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area for 4
  • Open plan sitting room with dining area for 8.
  • Gas central heating
  • Three oven range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge and freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 58" Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • 3 acres of grounds and gardens with sun terrace and furniture
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Off road aprking for 4 cars
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 8 min walk
  • Shop 5 miles
  • Bowness and Lake Windermere 5.8 miles.

The property

This sophisticated Lakeland residence stands in a secluded 3 acres of grounds, alongside Highbeck Cottage a short stroll from the village of Crosthwaite.

A sweeping gravel driveway leads to the property with steps leading to the entrance and large sun terrace.

Enter via a quarry tiled porch and elegant entrance hall, with room for coats and boots, leading to the stunning lounge with a wall of glass providing the views.

The room is beautifully furnished with comfy leather sofas, and to one end is a solid oak dining table, great for sociable meals.

The chic country kitchen is spacious and has a large range cooker, and a smaller dining area.

Outside, the beautiful south facing sun terrace and a choice of garden seating areas to the side and rear spoil you for choice to enjoy the views.

So many options to relax with a glass of something and soak up the peace and tranquillity of this lovely spot.

Downstairs you have 2 large bedrooms: one king size and the other bedroom be super king size or twins.

(please specify when booking).

Two separate shower rooms and additional WC.

Head upstairs to the Master Suite with a contemporary glass fronted balcony to enjoy those views or stay in bed and enjoy the view from there!

The en-suite here is a large bathroom with a claw foot bath and separate shower.

Also on this level is a twin room again with a good size en-suite with a claw foot bath and separate shower.

The Lyth Valley lies to the east of Lake Windermere, and is renowned for its high-class country pub restaurants, one of which stands only a stroll away from Highbeck.

The Punchbowl Inn has long been regarded as one of the finest Lake District gastropubs, well worth a visit and nestling alongside a pretty old church.

The Lyth Valley is also famous for its damson orchards and fruit trees.

We also recommend the Brown Horse at Winster, the Wheatsheaf at Brigsteer, The Black Labrador, Underbarrow, the Hare & Hounds at Levens & Bowland Bridge, and the Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank.

This beautiful valley is full of quiet lanes and cycle routes, and a peaceful landscape but still only a 20-minute drive from bustling Bowness & Windermere villages.

You're also close to the National Trust Fell Foot park with fantastic access to boat hire, swimming, lake cruises and the Windermere Yacht Club.

The old market town of Kendal is also easily accessible from Crosthwaite, with a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as entertainment for all ages at the Brewery Arts Centre

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Kendal 5 miles; Windermere 7.5 miles.

Underbarrow is a quiet, pretty Lakeland village close to the historic market town of Kendal and within reach of the wonderful Lake Windermere. The village has a pub and is ideally placed for exploring southern Lakeland and the Lake District National Park. Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall, both with fine gardens, are nearby, and Kendal has much to offer in terms of shopping and is quite lively culturally, thanks to the Brewery Arts Centre and the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum, which is widely recognised as one of the best in the region. Also worth a visit is the ruin of Kendal Castle, which was formerly the home of Katherine Parr, and there’s plenty to see and do with Grange-over-Sands, Cartmel, Ulverton, Bowness, Ambleside and even the Yorkshire Dales National Park within driving distance. Underbarrow is a lovely base for exploring the area.

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