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Little Brook Cottage

Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972423)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed at the cottage last year and returned due to the fantastic location of the cottage and easy access to parking with a permit."

    The cottage was very clean and comfortable. The bed is really comfy and the new shower room always had piping hot water. The kitchen is a good size and has everything you need. The only negatives this year was the courtyard where you can use for your dog to do their business and have a play. This courtyard looked like it had not been weeded since we were there one year ago and was not pleasant to use. The gate at the back is also not dog friendly as there is a gap that my small dog can get through so we had to always stand at the bottom of the garden even late at night. It would be nice if the gate was made secure so it is a safe dog area. The sofa's were also stained and look a big grubby. We will return again as we also feel that the property is very good value giving its location. We had a great week.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2022

  • "Very tired ill equipped cottage, furniture was dirty the dresser in the kitchen needed painting ."

    Not enough glasses or cereal bowls . Needs to be a better description of where the offices are, after an 8 hour journey it took us an hour looking for the offices as they were not under the Skyes logo . Feel it was overpriced.

    Reviewed by DianaMay 2022

  • "Lovely location."

    We were blessed with spectacular weather. Main bedroom and bathroom were beautiful and worthy of the four star rating. Needs more cutlery, glasses. The parking permit was very useful. Look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Daniel Lee and JulieMar 2022

  • "I only asked one question of Sykes and they are still to respond."

    Obviously too late now but not very impressive.

    Reviewed by CliveOct 2021

  • "After reading some previous reviews I was a bit concerned but once we arrived we found a lovely clean cottage which was perfect for our holiday."

    We knew the location well so we knew it was central. The outside space was small but we knew this and it was a good area for the children to play. The parking permit was great. We had a lovely time and would definitely return and recommend the cottage to others.

    Reviewed by KatherineAug 2021

  • "The cottage was in our opinion, tired, shabby without the chic."

    The guttering outside the front door requires repair as it allows a cascade of water onto the front step during downpours. Nearly every blind was marked, the laminate in the front room was lifting, the sofas were uncomfortable, the kitchen tap was loose, the finish of the kitchen was of a low quality, the cabinet in the downstairs wet room was not surprisingly showing signs of water damage, the grouting hadn’t been wiped from the tiles, the carpet was coming away from the bottom stair, the bedding lacked appeal, the furniture in the bedrooms gave the impression that it’s there to fill space, the decor upstairs was again tired, the carpets really needed to be cleaned, the finish is poor with marks of paint on different walls, the beds in the back room were uninviting, We think bags of bedding were left in three bags in the back room but can’t be sure as no note was left, the towels looked old and the colour choices weren’t pleasant, the overall cleanliness was poor and we felt the need to hoover and dust. It’s the first time we have not used a kitchen to cook in. The house had a make do and mend feel about it and suffered from a lack of investment and general care and attention we felt. Years of retrofitting had taken its toll. Began to wonder if this is the standard that Sykes are happy to promote and made us reconsider our relationship with Sykes.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2021

  • "Little brook cottage is extremely tired and in serious need of some TLC."

    The skylight at the top of the stair is in poor state of repair and allows water in which runs down the wall and onto the carpet. The cleanliness of the cottage was poor, there was a dirty towels left on our arrival, dust hanging from the radiators and the bin was left full with rubbish on the floor around it. We have photos of the towel And dust if you require them. Finally on the settee it looks like the previous visitors had allowed their dog to chew a stick on there which had been left in several pieces all over the settee. We obviously needed to clean this up so we reached for the vacuum cleaner supplied which we had to empty before we could use it tricky when the bin was full!! All in all a lot more could and should have been done to the cleanliness of this property for our arrival and I am extremely disappointed with both the quality and cleanliness of this particular property and would not stay there again.

    Reviewed by StuartJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage great location near shops, pubs, lake."

    The bed was a little too soft for us. The kitchen units poor design with limited workspace as the space you needed to use was in front of draws, but we managed. We had our dog and there was a nearby green we could take him for his last toilet in the evening. We enjoyed our stay thank you.

    Reviewed by TinaMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a really central location - and the car park is less than a 5 minute walk away."

    The car parking pass was really handy too. The only thing I would say is the lounge was quite cold (but the rest of the house wasn't). Kitchen was great and literally had every utensil you needed, although worktop space was a little limited. The small bed in the second bedroom seemed to have a slat broken so unless it was for a child it would be quite uncomfortable. I would, however, recommended the cottage and stay there again.

    Reviewed by MagsDec 2020

  • "Cute little cottage in great location."

    Could do with instructions for TV and heating plus some new pillows but apart from those tiny niggles it was fab

    Reviewed by EstherOct 2020

  • "Some basic items were either poor or missing."

    Tin opener didn’t work, no utensil for frying pan, tv remote didn’t work. No hair dryer. Sitting room central heating, needs larger radiator or fire. Would benefit from nets/Venetian blind on sitting room window. Overall, Location in Bowness very central but just lacking the finish to make it a really good property.

    Many thanks for taking the time to feedback on your recent stay at Little Brook Cottage. We are pleased that you made good use of the central location. We are sorry to hear that you found some of the utensils missing or poor, had you contacted us during your stay we would have been more than happy to rectify these for you. I can confirm that there are frying utensils in the property and the TV remote has recently been replaced. Many thanks and we look forward to you staying with us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by FrankOct 2020

  • "The location was fantastic and the house was great, perfect for our needs."

    Really close to pubs and shops as well as a few mins walk to the lake. We stayed during COVID restrictions but could imagine it would be fairly loud at the weekend in normal times. It was really dog friendly and had everything we needed. The only disappointing thing was no car parking permit which we didn’t know about until we had paid £35 to park for the week elsewhere. When we handed the keys back we were told it should have been in the cottage for us but there wasn’t one. We also had some difficulty getting the keys. An email on the day of arrival with they key box code (or a few days before with the email updating us on the booking) and detail would have really helped rather than at times of booking.

    Reviewed by AshleyOct 2020

  • "Good little cottage in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Dirt under sofa Flaky wifi."

    Little or no signal upstairs Damp on wall in main bedroom and downstairs Sparse cutlery thrown in a disorganised cutlery drawer Sink in bathroom emptied extremely slowly (though you kindly fixed this promptly) Bin right outside front window of sitting room means you can’t open the window without flies invading the house Remote control for tv falling apart Lots of paintwork needs touching up. Very tired house. Dark kitchen Cobwebs in kitchen under sink near floor No basic facilities (tea, coffee, sugar) on arrival Poorly positioned tv in main bedroom Broken slat on guest bed Downstairs loo smells like a sewer

    We would like to thank you very much for your feedback. The damp issue has now been resolved and is awaiting a repaint. We have now moved the bin to the rear of the property, organised the cutlery drawer. We have currently remove welcome packs from our properties in light of the COVID19 situation. The issue with the downstairs loo has also be resolved and needs regular flushing to maintain fresh water in the system. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2020

  • "I had a brilliant time."

    The cottage was in the perfect location, right in the heart of the town , but not to busy in the actual street . I will definitely be going back there and I think my family will be booking as well .

    Reviewed by GwendolenJul 2020

  • "Firstly, this review is not a representation of the staff at Sykes."

    The team worked very hard in order to ensure our trip could go ahead last minute, and I am very grateful for this (especially Kate). The property was in a fantastic location, however it was the lack of attention to detail where the owners let the place down. It is not a cosy cottage. The toilet seat upstairs was broken, the bathroom drain downstairs was blocked and had a really bad smell. No soap in the bathroom to wash hands, towels were really small, bedside lamp missing a bulb, blinds make the place feel cold and soulless - needs curtains. The blinds in bedroom not fit for purpose - let’s loads of light in from the streetlight opposite. Fortunately, none of this impacted our trip too much, and so still had a great break. A message for the owners: look at you feedback in the cottage. It looks as though you have removed some feedback pages in the past (no entries from 2018 but there are from 2017?). Spend that couple of extra pounds to make this a wonderful property to stay at.

    We would like to thank you for your feedback. Please be assured that we are in the process of rectifying all the points that you have raised and will look to buy a new black-out blind for the bedroom. We do pride outselves on reviewing and responding to feedback so I am dissapointed to hear that there are pages missing from the guest book, I can assure you that this was not as a bid to 'hide' or 'remove' comments. We welcome you back to Little Brook and hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by OllieOct 2019

  • "Property was full of dampness downstairs."

    Front and rear yards need refurbished full of moss and need sorting. Its not private you have to pull blinds as people look in all the time. The shower upstairs has been broken since 2017 and not just needs a new cartridge. You have to put the boiler on lowest setting to have a shower. No gas certificate since 2017 .only plus is its central.

    As discussed on the phone, I am sorry that you did not contact us during your stay to rectify these issues. However we would like to thank you again for bringing these issues to our attention. I can assure you that each of these have been duly noted and will be recified promptly. With regards to the Gas Safety Certificate, I can assure you that our guests safety is of paramount importance and we do have an in date copy of this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2019

  • "Fabulous little house, in a superb location right in the centre of Bowness."

    The parking permit was really useful, with the car park almost on the doorstep, and I liked the fact that you can use the permit to park for free in other south Lakeland car parks as well. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2019

  • "Great cottage & Sykes were great to deal with parking permit a god send I assume my £20 cheque will just be destroyed as the car park oass deposit ?"

    Courage was in a great location and spacious & comfortable . A couple of tiny gripes. Ice box in fridge frozen solid with ice fridge clean but obvinit defrosted for a period of time. Toilet seat on downstairs loo broken was recorded from previous renter in comment book but obvs not fixed before our arrival. In general cottage very clean although skirting boards downstairs & large cobweb inside front door ! Outdoor area a bit shabby & gate missing to next door so not really fully secure. Would def use Sykes again & stay at little brook would score overall experience as a 7.5 but could so easily have been a 10 out of 10 with a little more attention to detail.

    Reviewed by AlysonJul 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Little Brook, it was in the perfect location and was much more spacious than we expected."

    The cottage was clean upon our arrival and we had a very enjoyable week there. A few things we would say could be improved, is the blind situation in the living room. As it was such an old cottage we had a lot of passing tourists taking pictures and peering in. A Venetian blind would have been nice just for a little extra privacy. Also the second bedroom’s beds, as we were two couples it meant one of us had to sleep in separate beds. It would have been nice to have had the option of having the beds put together, or one of them being a pull out double bed maybe? It also was not pointed out to us that the courtyard garden was shared with next door. As we had two dogs with us we did worry that this could be a problem, but thankfully the other cottage didn’t make use of the garden. Although it caused no trouble for us, I do think it should be made clear in the listing. Overall we would definitely recommend little brook and would love to stay here again!

    Reviewed by OliviaMay 2019

  • "Fantastic location and beautiful cottage with great facilities."

    Will definitely be going back again.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2019

  • "Excellent property in a great location."

    Two minute walk from the lake boats and all the local shops, pubs & restaurants. A warm greeting from the local Sykes Holiday reps gave us all the information we needed to find the cottage and settle in with a welcome pack on arrival. Comfortable property with everything you need. With expectations exceeded (apart from the weather!) will definitely be back again.

    Reviewed by DaveMar 2019

  • "I wish I had been made aware of the availability of a parking permit before check in."

    By the time I had read the info leaflet in the living room I had already paid for a weeks parking!

    The owner is sorry to hear this as it does come with free parking as per the amenities information on the property listing. For future reference a pass can be collected from the local office where they will collect a retainer of £20 that is refunded when the pass is returned after your stay. We hope it didn't spoil your time there. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GarethJul 2018

  • "The cottage was warm and welll positioned."

    There was no info left regarding wifi passwords and no towels so had to buy some! Found the throws on the sofas a bit tatty and the rug was awful. Having no fire was not good. The main bedroom could do with curtains as the light floods in round the sides of the blind and no storage in the kitchen meant the hoover, ironing board and outdoor chairs were just standing in the kitchen. The wet room was a plus to wash the dog and the shower upstairs was good although the extra large shower screen made things a bit tight. Also my husband is 6 ft 3 and struggled with the size of the bed.

    Reviewed by ElaineFeb 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with TV and DVD player, 1 x twin bedroom
  • Separate shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin
  • Also a ground floor wet room which has shower, basin and WC.
  • Gas central heating
  • Ceramic hob, electric oven, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer
  • TV and DVD player in lounge and double bedroom
  • Music centre
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Gas and electric included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Small shared courtyard outside
  • Parking available at nearby car park - please note a refundable £35 deposit required for parking permit
  • Restaurants and shops within walking distance
  • Please note: The sofa bed can be used upon request.

The property

This stone-built cottage is located in the heart of Bowness on Windermere.

Little Brook Cottage is a two-bedroom cottage which is bursting with character; ideal for holidaymakers who want a charming property with stunning scenery right on the doorstep and a stone's throw from some great local pubs. Its stone-built nature gives this cottage the traditional Lakeland feel but it has been tastefully furnished throughout and is equipped to the highest standard.

It is the ideal blend of character and modern amenities.

The well-equipped kitchen with dining area is the perfect place for knocking up something tasty before retreating to the comfortable lounge and enjoying a relaxing evening in front of the TV or maybe belting out some classics with the music centre on offer.

The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, one double and one twin, and there's a shower room and a ground floor wet room. There is also a small courtyard outside the cottage allowing the opportunity to take a seat in the fresh air.

Bowness on Windermere is one of the most popular spots in the Lake District and with good reason.

Since Victorian times it has drawn visitors with its mix of beauty and bustling nature.

Windermere provides watersport options, cruises on the lake and even the chance to row yourselves around.

Open-top bus trips as well as walking and climbing spots allow the chance to explore the surrounding area.

Its location in the heart of the Lake District makes this cottage ideal for taking in the various beauty spots and charming towns and villages in the local area.

Ambleside at the top of Windermere and Newby Bridge at the bottom are both delightful towns with breathtaking scenery, while the large town of Kendal, and its world famous mint cake, is just a short drive away.

Located right in the centre of Bowness, with so much to see and do within easy reach, this delightful cottage is the perfect home away from home all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £35.

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About the location


Windermere Train Station 1.5 miles: Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 7 miles.

The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for visitors to the Lake District National Park, with each providing a range of nearby attractions, amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A variety of boat trips and boat hire are available from Windermere Lake Cruises in Bowness to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated). The World of Beatrix Potter attraction and the Old Laundry theatre are 1.5 miles away. Orrest Head, where Alfred Wainwright was inspired to write his series of iconic guidebooks, is a 30-minute walk to enjoy the spectacular panorama of far-reaching views over the lake and surrounding fells. Brockhole, which offers high wire tree top experiences, is less than two miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There are also a variety of watersports on offer for the more energetic at marine centres along the lake. The area is ideally situated for exploring all that this region has to offer, whether by foot, bike, car, railway or bus; and is within easy reach of attractions such as the spectacular Langdales, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Far Sawrey, Coniston, Grizedale Forest Park, with its delightful walks and famous outdoor sculptures, mountain biking and “Go-Ape” adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

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Region Information

Please note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £35 for the security of the parking permit
Please note: The sofa bed can be used upon request.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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