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Highbeck Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "The reason I didn’t give full marks for maintenance was only because one of the sliding doors in the upstairs bedroom kept coming off the track and one of the lamps upstairs is wonky and needed supporting."

    Very minor issues

    Reviewed by Pat4.7Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage and grounds."

    Perfect location for a peaceful holiday. Will definitely book this again

    Reviewed by K5.0Mar 2024

  • "Gorgeous property to stay at very well kept, homely and cozy."

    Extremely warm which in the cold weather was brilliant thank you. I personally found the house very accommodating, a lovely place to stay and will certainly check first for availability for a next stay up at the lakes.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely warm cottage with superb views."

    It might be worthwhile making clear that the garden is shared with the rental property next door. It could be an issue if a large noisy party were in that property and who commandeered the garden, especially in the summer.

    Reviewed by Madelene5.0Oct 2023

  • "Unfortunately due to very bad ill health we only stayed one night!"

    My wife seriously hurt her back the day before we travelled. But I will say highbeck cottage and it's surroundings are absolutely beautiful. It's a proper lakes cottage and the views are magnificent. If I was being picky the only thing was the stairs were very slippy for our shih Tzu so we had to carry her downstairs but that isn't a complaint it just is what it is. I would wholeheartedly recommend highbeck cottage it's absolutely stunning.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Whilst we enjoyed our stay we feel that the property was not as clean as we thought it would be."

    The description on the website is a little misleading in that it does not mention that there are 2 properties close together and the fact that the garden is basically a big hill.

    Reviewed by Jason3.1Jul 2023

  • "Although we really enjoyed our stay there were a couple of things that we felt could be improved."

    The towels were awful - thin cheap and scratchy - better towels would create a far more positive impression. The bathroom could do with some TLC - the cold tap over the bath did not work (we left a note about this) and the grout really needs a good scrub. Finally ,we felt at times that we were back at school - there were 6 folders of information - about 5 folders too many and the list of "don'ts" was huge. These, along with the cheap laminated posters everywhere, were a bit off putting. I don't mind following rules but this was excessive and unnecessary. We are not smokers but the rule about not smoking outside seemed very difficult to enforce. As was the rule about BBQs - I understand not wanting disposable BBQs on the grass but a proper BBQ doesn't seem an unreasonable thing to have on holiday. All that said, the property is in a lovely location and is comfortable and well equipped. We would stay here again providing the minor issues are addressed.

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property was excellent in a nice quiet area."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we were even visited by a deer at the top of the garden much to my daughter’s joy. Happy to recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday here at Highbeck Cottage, it was very well equipped and ideally situated as a base for our travels, the views were wonderful and we did sit outside all the time we were there except for any meals."

    We were there when the weather was extremely hot and unfortunately only 2 windows in each room upstairs (1 a bedroom) could be opened and the relevant keys couldn’t be found for the others, we did contact the caretaker who wasn’t aware of that - this was the only downside which wouldn’t perhaps normally be an issue. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "A perfect place to celebrate my 80th."

    We loved it. So clean and comfortable, perfect setting, good pub nearby what more could one want. Thank you for making it possible to share.

    Reviewed by Ines5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage - very well equipped, clean, spacious, fabulous garden and beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely and excellently presented Cottage."

    Brilliant location, quiet, well furnished with everything you could need and very convenient as a sightseeing base. I was there on business for a week, plus a few days doing touristy things, and this is so much better than a hotel, and it was absolutely what I needed. I can't thank you enough and, if I get back to The Lakes again, the first place I'll be looking and checking availability for is Highbeck.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a fabulous time here."

    The setting was beautiful, very peaceful and quiet, and the views were lovely. Spacious cottage with very comfortable bedrooms. Everything was provided. Very good quality fixtures and fittings made it feel luxurious. Not too far down to Bowness and Windermere for shopping etc. Really enjoyed watching the wildlife from the big window in the lounge - lots of different birds, pheasants, squirrels and even saw a deer behind the house one evening! Would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Overall a great house which was lovely and warm."

    Although it’s very close to another larger rental property it didn’t bother us as it was empty. The views and location are amazing and well worth the short climb up the little hill in garden. It would benefit from a new cd player/music player, particularly downstairs where there is nothing when cooking and dining. A blue tooth speaker and radio combined is around £20-£30 these days and would make a difference. I brought the one from upstairs down but it was very old, couldn’t really pick up radio as aerial was broken and poor choice of battered cds - these would be unnecessary with a Bluetooth speaker radio. It’s the small things :)

    Reviewed by Gill4.4Mar 2023

  • "It’s a home away from home."

    Wish I could live there permanently! Honestly I will be back most definitely. My family had a great time. We wanted for nothing in the cottage! Thank you for such a great experience

    Reviewed by Modupe5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely house in good location with great views."

    The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. The beds were far too hard and the sofa in the lounge was small and not very comfortable. There was plenty of hot water and the bath is a decent size. When we arrived the hot water bath tap didn’t work and the owner organised a plumber for the next day and it was fixed.

    Reviewed by Carole3.8Nov 2022

  • "Sadly I feel I have had to downgrade this property somewhat because in my opinion the photograph is misleading and infers a cottage which is quite isolated with a spacious drive and 3 acres of land ."

    ..which by the way was very hilly. Little did I know that there was a house adjoining it and the drive could accommodate 4 cars for the up to 8 residents of the rented house..hardly the 'isolated cottage' as depicted on the photograph When we consider the cottage itself it is very clean and its furnishings are excellent ....however...little did I realise that it had two excellent bedrooms , one downstairs with an en suite , and one upstairs but WITHOUT a bathroom ..the bathroom for this bedroom was downstairs !! Indeed, there was no water facilities whatsoever upstairs This means if you wanted to use the lovely lounge area upstairs and required a drink of water you had to go downstairs...if you wanted a cup of tea you had to carry cups , teapot , and food up the stairs. Not having toilet facilities upstairs for most people would be a minor inconvenience , but if you are elderly , having to negotiate stairs can be a problem . I hope this gives food for thought and I feel that Sykes should depict a photograph showing Highbeck Cottage and HOUSE

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear the cottage was not quite to your liking. We take all feedback very seriously and have looked at the pictures and description on our website to see if anything needs amending. We feel the current description is accurate in describing the family bathroom on the ground floor, a bedroom with an en-suite on the ground floor along with the kitchen and dining room and the first floor having a bedroom with the lounge. Highbeck Cottage is a lovely property with spectacular views that are not to be missed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth2.8Oct 2022

  • "Great property,ideal for 2 couples."

    Great location,very quiet , ideally placed for the southern Lakes.Fantastic views from upstairs living room.Furnishings and beds very comfortable, would not hesitate to recommend this holiday home.Pete .

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2022

  • "A delightful cosy and well-furnished cottage."

    We had an amazing stay. The Lyth Valley is a really nice and quieter part of the Lakes. The Black Labrador Pub nearby is a must if you like good down-to-earth food, good value, a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and is genuinely dog-friendly. We would highly recommend this property and are already planning our return visit.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very good, first class."

    Only two small points 1:- Power sockets are behind the bed in the bedrooms and awkward to access. 2:-The listing is misleading in relation to the local pub (The Punch Bowl Inn). It is not an average pub with standard average food, it is expensive and fairly exclusive. We had dinner only once, which was excellent. We had a great holiday many thanks. Best regards Alan Metcalf

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Sep 2022

  • "All good. Enjoyed staying here."

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic stay cottage was superb location brilliant would recommend."

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful setting."

    Two pubs within walking distance for us. (One was 2km distance). Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent holiday fascilities."

    Comment for SYKES holiday cottages. We did NOT received before the holiday info HOW TO GET ACCES TO THE COTTAGE !!! He were expecting to get this info ...on the spot ! NO ! Lucally the other house was occupied and they managed to provide us the keys.

    Reviewed by Simoens4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, great views, spotlessly clean and fresh."

    It was extremely well equipped, with everything we could possibly need. We were a bit surprised at how close it was to High Beck House, but we were not disturbed at all.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at highbeck cottage."

    Place was very clean and cosy we will definitely be coming back to stay.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, ideal location to explore the lakes."

    Comfortable facilities throughout the cottage, easy to locate, local pubs including the Brown Horse, Black Labrador as well as Base pizza in Bowness were little jems.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage and loved our stay there, will definitely be back in the future, many thanks"

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Although the description says in 3 acres of grounds, I feel it should mention the grounds are very steep ."

    Also for taking dogs it should mention that the stairs are also wooden which could be difficult for dogs to go up and down.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage beautiful surroundings clean and tidy with plenty of cookware etc views to die for home from home"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with stunning views across the valley."

    Disappointed with the state of the windows, black mould which had obviously been building up for months. Problems with heating & shower had been reported before but not yet resolved although in hand. However we still enjoyed our stay & would recommend it to others.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay at Highbeck Cottage. We are thrilled to hear you had a great week. The mould on the window frames has now been resolved and we are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. The shower has also been fixed and shouldn' be affecting any future guests either. We hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Oct 2021

  • "Disappointing stay at Highbeck Cottage."

    We were 4 adults staying away and therefore having 2 bathrooms was part of our search criteria. When we arrived we discovered that the shower in the main bathroom was broken causing all 4 adults to use the ensuite for our entire stay. I reported the issue whilst we were there but it was not fixed. The ensuite we were all forced to use was covered in mould and the shower chain was black with grime. The windows in the main bathroom were also broken and did not open, along with the windows in the dining room. I complained about the service we received and was initially told there's nothing they could do as we didn't report the issues whilst we were still there, to which I corrected them that I had indeed raised the issues during our stay. They then came back with further excuses and nonsense and have refused to give any money back for all of the issues we encountered. Needless to say we will not be returning to Highbeck cottage, nor will we be using Sykes cottages again who have handled the complaint awfully.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay at Highbeck Cottage. We are sorry to hear you had a less than enjoyable stay. We apologise for the failure with the shower and we understand this is less than ideal. For reference the shower has since been resolved and shouldn't be affecting any future guests either. We are sorry about the build up on the windows, again since your comments these have been deep cleaned and ensured they are kept on top of. We are sorry to hear you found the service poor as we strive high in ensuring our guests are satisfied and are delivered a great service so we apologise we fell short on this occasion. Kind regards, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jemma1.9Sep 2021

  • "The range and quality of implements in the kitchen failed to live up to expectation."

    Guest could benefit from a wider range and more relevant equipment

    Reviewed by Rob3.1Aug 2021

  • "We were without an oven and grill for the whole week."

    It didn’t work on our arrival and wasn’t replaced until the last day. An apology was we had. We understand these things happen but nothing was done to resolve the problem which affected what we had planned. Also the cooking utensils, pots and pans were limited in number and needed cleaning before use.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful little cottage in stunning surroundings."

    Garden is very steep and would have liked it fenced for our dog. 2 great gastropubs close by

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2021

  • "Fab location."

    Lovely comfortable cottage with the most amazing views. Loved our week there

    Reviewed by Seth3.8May 2021

  • "Absolutely brilliant stay!"

    We didn’t know we would have neighbors on the property, however they were so lovely with some very kind dogs that gave our dog some company when in the garden. Some dust, cobwebs and hairs to be found, but generally clean. Such a beautiful property and house - would absolutely recommend and definitely would love to come back! The cooking knives and some equipment need replacing as we ate in most meals, and perhaps the pillows were not the comfiest but that’s being a bit picky perhaps. One main thing is that the locks on all doors expect the back doors were very difficult to lock, with very loose door handles - so we ended up only using the back door. Need fixing. The garden is stunning, perfect location and easy access to all nearby town. Very quiet area with only the sounds of nature. Definitely exceeded expectations!

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4May 2021

  • "The cottage is stunning and exceeded our expectations."

    Beautiful view and perfect location. Hope to be back very soon.

    Mr HemmettMay 2019

  • "We've loved every minute here and I'm sure we'll be back very soon."

    Mr NashMay 2019

  • "We adored the cottage ."

    It had everything we needed - living room good and lots of space to store our stuff. Everything worked perfectly.

    Mrs AyalaApr 2019

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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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size with en-suite shower room with basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size (zip/link can be split into 2 x twin upon request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor kitchen and dining room
  • First floor sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge,freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • 3 acres of gardens and grounds with superb gazebo and garden furniture
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Pub 10 min walk
  • Shop 4.9 miles.

The property

"This elegant home enjoys a tranquil setting with magnificent views in every direction especially from the lounge, with a gable glass wall.

A sweeping driveway leads to Highbeck and Highbeck Cottage, with parking for two cars outside, within 3 acres of gardens and grounds.

Entrance hall with oak flooring and those fabulous views; on the ground floor the oak flooring leads into a dining room with stunning views and patio doors opening out to the gazebo.

The oak kitchen has everything you need and there is a rear porch ideal for walking gear.

A king-size bedroom on the ground level with en-suite shower room and the house bathroom with power shower over a bath.

Upstairs to a large landing area and access to the sumptuous lounge with gable end wall of glass enjoying the far-reaching views: a great place to unwind.

Also here is the second bedroom being either a super king size or twin.

Outside the grounds are delightful and with gazebo and furniture to gaze out at the scenery and enjoy al-fresco living - bliss!

Just a short stroll from the tranquil village of Crosthwaite, in the north of the Lyth Valley and only a short drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere.

The Lyth Valley is lush and laid back, full of picturesque walks and cycling routes and renowned as a peaceful landscape and renowned for its scattering of high-class country pub restaurants, one of which is your local: The Punchbowl Inn is one of the most widely-acclaimed Lake District gastropubs, nestling alongside a pretty old church.

The valley is set apart from Lake Windermere by a row of lower level fells, with plenty of space to climb up high and soak up stunning lake views.

You'll never be too far from attractions, evening entertainment and sophisticated shopping in Bowness village, with Windermere Golf Club also nearby.

From Bowness, Windermere Lake Cruises regularly depart to Ambleside and Lakeside.


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

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About the location


Bowness-on-Windermere 5 miles; Kendal 6 miles.

Crosthwaite is a small village set in the picturesque Lyth Valley, famous for its damson trees, and boasts a lovely pub known nationally for its excellent food. The lakeside towns of Windermere and Bowness are nearby, with plenty of activities, interest and entertainment for all ages. Also within easy reach is the popular market town of Kendal, an historic Lakeland town with a fine reputation for shopping. Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden, are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay.

2 small dogs welcome