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Smithy Cottage at Bowland Bridge

Bowness, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041539)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "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 SimonJul 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 JohnJul 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 EmmaJun 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 PaulineJun 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 ElizabethApr 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 LiamApr 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 FredMar 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 LoraineFeb 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 RaySep 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 MichaelAug 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 HazelJul 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 MikeJun 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.

Region Information

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.

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