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Smithy Cottage at Bowland Bridge

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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Delightful setting with stream and skipping lambs."

    Nice to have not 1 but two pubs in easy walking distance. Cottage was clean, tidy and well equipped. The only niggle was the outside bin was full on our arrival so we had to stack our rubbish in the kitchen all week until the bin men came on Friday.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay, We can only apologise about the bins, this was due to it being easter weekend the bins collection dates were changed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion4.7Mar 2024

  • "Lovely gem of a cottage."

    We loved our stay here and would definitely stay again. There’s just a few hiccups that the owners can do before someone arrives! When we arrived, given the time of year, it was freezing cold. There was a notice up asking us to not ‘mess with’ the central heating so we set it on boost. The house was lovely and warm in a couple of hours but we had to keep putting it on boost for the whole of our stay. When we rang Lakelovers they told us the cleaners had probably put the house in holiday mode (and it was because we checked) but I know that there was someone in the week before us so they probably had the same problem! When the cleaners clean the house for who ever is arriving they central heating should be set up to run so it runs properly. We didn’t appreciate a cold house every day when we woke up because the heating had come off boost and was set at 6 degrees! The only other thing is we couldn’t get into the garage to access the washing machine and freezer because the garage door lock is broken. We had to ring the maintenance man, who then rang the owner. She told him the lock was ‘dicky’. He eventually got it to open but it meant we couldn’t lock the garage when we left which we informed Lakelovers about as we checked out. The lock needs fixing. Anything could be taken or broken that’s in there! All said though. We had a lovely stay. Slept well and enjoyed the wood burner when we managed to buy some wood for it. The kitchen is well stocked - tea, coffee, milk sachets and sugar were provided but salt, pepper etc were missing. We left the ones we purchased behind to rectify this. Only qualms - the garage door and the central heating issue. Both of which can easily be rectified.

    Reviewed by Pam4.4Dec 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, in a fantastic location."

    Kitchen was equipped with almost everything required. Had a great time with family over Christmas period. Cottage was well equipped throughout with equipment and we needed for nothing whilst there. Thank you, we had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Dec 2023

  • "The cottage and surrounding area was really lovely."

    Everything there we needed, the only issue we had were the beds. The mattresses on both double beds were extremely uncomfortable for anyone with a back complaint, my husband ended up sleeping in the single bed as the mattress was much better. Would definitely stay again but only if the mattresses were replaced. Otherwise a fantastic location & cottage. Also worth mentioning we had 2 power cuts while we were there.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.1Nov 2023

  • "The property is in a beautiful location with 2 excellent pubs within walking distance."

    Our dog Ruby loved the expance of garden with the river running at the bottomof it. The house was generally clean but could do with a deep clean everywhere. No basics were provided, had to go out and buy washing up liquid, kitchen towel, hand-wash. Most things in the kitchen felt sticky so had to put them back in the dishwasher. The fire was not laid (as stated in the arrival book that it would be) and the log basket was empty so was unable to use it. There is a notice in the kitchen advising people not to drink the tap water as it is a shared spring source, so it would of been helpful to have even a small bottle of water there to get you started. Could do with some blankets for the living room to cosy up with. The freezer was turned off when we arrived so took 24 hours until we could use that also. Had a lovely week exploring the area but I'm not sure we would stay there again unless these inconveniences are sorted. Needs to be more of a home from home.

    Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. As this is a self-catering accommodation we do not provide welcome pack products as standard, this is down to owner discretion. The owner will be able to see this feedback and can review where necessary. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma3.1Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location!"

    The cottage was so comfortable and very well stocked with everything you could possibly need. Would definitely recommend and would love to stay again!

    Pleased you like our cottage and had a good holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We love it here- 4th time now ."

    Such a beautiful cottage in a lovely location. Hare + Hounds does fabulous food .Garden is amazing- our Dog loved it! Blinds added look very nice.Cottage is very clean - the only little thing I would say is there wasn’t any cleaning materials + bin liners for bin + recycling-luckily I bought one also we didn’t know what day to put the bins out- for rubbish? We had to leave recycling in designated bins.

    Sorry about the bins we are in the process of changing collection company. Hopefully sorted soon. Pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Sep 2023

  • "Perfect location to explore the southern lakes with excellent pubs within walking distance."

    Everyone enjoyed the week, especially Maisie our energetic Cocker Spaniel who loved the garden.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to see that you and Maisie enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was just as described."

    Ample parking and a huge garden. The cottage is central to visiting the surrounding areas and there are two great pubs within walking distance both serving excellent food.

    Pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jul 2023

  • "Smithy Cottage is such a lovely spacious place to stay."

    There's 2 pubs within easy reach. we would certainly recommend this property, in a lovely quiet spot not far from Lake Windermere. Not to mention the wonderful weather which made our holiday complete. Would love to go back at some point

    Reviewed by Terry5.0May 2023

  • "The pictures just don't do this cottage justice."

    It was lovely with gorgeous scenery. We had a fabulous week and would love to return in the autumn to see the changing colours and to light the fire. We found the key safe a bit tricky when we arrived, so maybe some instructions on using it would be useful.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0May 2023

  • "We have just returned from a very relaxing week in Smithy Cottage."

    The accommodation was clean, homely and very welcoming. Bowland Bridge is a lovely village, and the cottage is a gem within it.

    Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings."

    The garden was large and the access to the river was nice.This cottage was in a perfect position for exploring the area with all the tourist spots within easy reach and good walks right from the front door. The food in the Hare and Hounds pub next door was exquisite .

    Thank you for your feedback glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Nov 2022

  • "This was our third visit to the cottage having last stayed in 2017."

    The cottage is beautifully situated and well maintained. Very large and attractive grassed garden which is ideal if you have a dog. Hare & Hounds pub literally on your doorstep which we used in the evenings. Great menu and great food. I believe the cottage had recently been painted internally as there was as a strong smell of paint during our stay. No downstairs blinds on the windows which I’m guessing may be due to the recent redecoration but meant that you felt a little bit in a goldfish bowl in the evenings. It’s recommended that you take bottled drinking water during your stay as the the tap water whilst I understand is safe is from a spring and was discoloured during our visit. If you love The Lakes but not the crowds this is an ideal spot. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Denis4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in a comfortable, well equipped cottage in a beautiful location."

    The garden was huge and very pretty with the stream at the bottom. Our cocker spaniel loved it, probably a bit too much as every time he went outside he was straight in the stream. His recall is non existent when water is involved which meant we had to keep him on his lead in the garden if we didn't want him to get wet. The two pubs so close by in walking distance was a bonus too.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage makes it all worthwhile. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage in beautiful, quiet location with two good pubs in walking distance."

    Unfortunately some issues , no mention of water supply being undrinkable from the tap and coming out brown after heavy rain. Would be useful to know at time of booking to be able to bring bottled water. Also metal framed bed in large bedroom quite short and mattress uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by Simon4.1Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage that exceeded our expectations."

    Incredible garden for our 3 girls and energetic cocker spaniel. Well equipped with everything you need to relax and self cater, with the option of 2 pubs serving great meals within easy walking distance. Such a great holiday enjoyed by all, so we have already booked to return next year in the school holiday.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant week staying here with the family of all ages!"

    They catered for all of us, from the book collection to the badminton and the huge garden which our dog Charlie thoroughly enjoyed! We had rain for most of the week but it really didn’t matter. The sunsets at the front of the property were amazing and watching the beautiful swifts fly in and out of their nests was just mesmerising. Due to the heavy rain it did collect in the front porch and soak the mats so we had to leave them out to dry but wasn’t a problem. The Hare and Hounds just a few doors up was good but on our last night we drove approx 12 mins to the Black Labrador and the food there was excellent. Would definitely stay here again! Thankyou very much to the owners for an enjoyable stay.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay at Smithy Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Spotlessly clean, everything we needed. Huge garden with a river at the bottom. Couldn’t ask for more.

    We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay at smithy cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    The cottage was comfortable and clean. The two local pubs provide lovely food. We had a lovely stay.

    We are very happy you enjoyed your holiday in our cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property in a great location for exploring the area."

    Huge garden space with a river was really fantastic; expecially great for the dog to get a good run around as letting her off the lead anywhwere was tricky during lambing season. Close proximity to two lovely pubs for great food and refreshments. As a family of five plus the dog, we were very comfortable and are very happy to score very highly. Highly recommended.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at smithy cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Apr 2022

  • "Location cannot be bettered for beauty , tranquility , accessibility and sheer joy ."

    Cottage is spotless . Good kitchen , with all you need . Efficient heating and hot water . Large , comfortable sitting room . Excellent bedrooms , beds and bathroom. Lovely views from every window . Huge garden to enjoy . Great walks straight from the back door . Good pub close by .

    Thank you so pleased you loved the cottage and enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fred5.0Mar 2022

  • "Would have been nice to have a few logs to light the fire upon arrival or for the heating to have been on as it was very cold on arrival."

    Also maybe a welcome hamper with a few basics including milk and snacks especially for younger children. A super absorbent door mat would be useful, especially during wet weather. Beautiful location, we enjoyed our stay, thank you.

    Reviewed by Loraine3.8Feb 2022

  • "The very good news first : The Hare and Hounds opened it,s doors again on the 23rd September with new owners."

    Drinks only presently, with food to commence mid October. We had concerns after booking much earlier in the year and later seeing a couple of worrying reviews. There was a much better review left after those so that reassured us some what. We contacted Sykes with our concerns and were told the owners had been to provide some maintenance. Not all our concerns were answered. Another issue was that the agency were still advertising Bowland Bridge as having a small shop and The Hare and Hounds Pub within a few yards of the cottage. We found out that the shop has been closed well over two years and the pub had also been closed at least since early 2020. Not Covid related. However, agencies continued to promote these facilities. The cottage itself is set in a lovely Hamlet and area. The garden is huge and wonderful for Children and pets. ( Shame we lost our dog two weeks prior to visiting ) There is access through a wall to the small river and a determined dog would get across this. We found the cottage to be a quaint period country house, the main lounge for us was comfortable. There seems to have been a new settee provided since previous reviews identified issues. The kitchen is small, units slightly dated now but very adequate for our holiday , well equipped. The beds were comfortable although the bedrooms a little tight but that is to be expected in an old house such as this. The single room is smaller but has good space. There were some minor issues that we reported to the maintenance man ( later the owners ) we agreed we were happy for those issues to wait until change over day as they were not spoiling our holiday. Perhaps the thing that did annoy us slightly was that the back bedroom door would not shut and swung back open hence no privacy. Maybe not a problem with family but we were with friends. Would we go back to The Smithy's Cottage ? Now that the pub is open again, Certainly.

    Reviewed by Ray3.8Sep 2021

  • "Great cottage in a good location."

    The pub and shop in the village are both closed . We very much enjoyed our stay and will book again . There were no notes on working the water and heating systems . Asked the maintenance guy who’s number was listed in the kitchen . Very helpfull and sorted the issues .

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Aug 2021

  • "This holiday cottage was described as being located in a village with both a pub and shop, however both of these facilities closed over two years ago."

    It was a considerable drive to the nearest shop which was annoying because on arrival we saw a sign which advised to drink bottled water only. We couldn’t get the hot water to work and the heating was on full (in July) and it wouldn’t turn off. There was a phone number displayed to call in the event of maintenance problems but the man couldn’t come until the next day! Sofas were extremely old and uncomfortable as they lacked any support whatsoever. There was a sign saying the fire didn’t work as waiting for a part and I am not sure if this contributed to the musky, smoky smell throughout the house There was lots of hair in the bath plug when we arrived and the dial knobs on the cooker were grimy. Therefore, instead of relaxing on the first day of our holiday, we were trying to sort out hot water/ heating issues and phoning maintenance men, giving everything a good clean, driving some distance for bottled water and food as there was no pub in the village and the other nearest pub was booked up for dinner all week ! The area surrounding the cottage is beautiful, the garden is impressive, great for dogs however, I do feel that Sykes need to re-write the description for this property so people are aware of what to expect.

    Reviewed by Hazel1.9Jul 2021

  • "A downside of this property for us was the smell of animals, particularly downstairs but also upstairs(despite I note the owners requesting that no pets are allowed upstairs)."

    There were dog hairs all over the cushions in the living area. However I do accept the property is listed as accepting a single pet per stay so perhaps I should have anticipated this. Lovely area, kitchen fully equipped, fantastic outside space.

    Reviewed by Mike4.1Jun 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.


  • 3 bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Newly renovated family shower room with walk in shower, basin and wc
  • Second separate
  • WC Sitting room
  • DIning room
  • Kitchen.
  • Oil central heating
  • Wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Shared private water supply
  • Garden furniture
  • Private parking for up to 3 cars
  • 1 pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking

The property

With its peaceful rural location in the Lyth Valley, this traditional Lakeland cottage is charm itself.

The famous Mason’s Arms just up the road in Bowland Bridge, this hostelry is child-friendly and known for their excellent food and local ales.

With Bowness not too far away, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés to enjoy.

Smithy Cottage, with its large garden, is picture perfect.

A river runs close by and there is ample parking for up to three cars.

Through the front door of this welcoming property, guests will step into the lovely sitting room with large wood burning stove and relaxing sofas.

The perfect place to unwind after a day in the fresh air.

The cottage has a separate dining area and extremely well-equipped kitchen.

Throughout the property picture windows frame delightful views and allow the sunshine to flood in. The two double bedrooms are delightful, and the single room a generous size.

A newly renovated family shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.

Separately there is a second wc.

The garden is at the rear of the property and has seating provided to ensure guests make the most of the country air.

A wonderful place to read, admire the views or enjoy an aperitif. From here guests can stroll to the lake and watch the steamers glide by.

A quiet place for families with young children; somewhere to explore, enjoy the wildlife and get back to nature.

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

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About the location


Windermere 7 miles; Kendal 8.5 miles; Cartmel 10.5 miles.

Set in the beautiful Lyth Valley, the tiny hamlet of Bowland Bridge is a hidden gem, with a small scattering of houses and two renowned pubs surrounded by beautiful meadows, woods and Lakeland fells. At the heart of the Lyth Valley are the villages of Bowland Bridge, Crosthwaite and Underbarrow, all of which have roads leading to Kendal, a market town situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Windermere, with its panoramic views over England's longest lake, is within a short drive and boasts a number of shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst its twin town Bowness offers boat trips to Ambleside and Lakeside, where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated. Within easy reach are Langdale, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Sawrey, Grasmere, Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest Park, plus the town of Cartmel is a short drive away and has a Michelin Star awarded L'Enclume restaurant and a shop that sells the famous sticky toffee pudding. Take advantage of excellent walking opportunities amidst beautiful, unspoilt countryside, visit The National Hunt Racecourse, Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition, Lakeland Motor Museum and Holker Hall with its spectacular gardens, all of which are close by. A superb hidden valley away from the hustle and bustle of the Lake District’s most popular attractions, yet all are within reach.

Please note this property is rural, nearest shops for supplies is a 15-20 minute drive to Bowness and Windermere. Opening times for the pub and shop can vary.