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Brackenber Lodge

Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 983283)


(35 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "We have just returned from a lovely week at Brackenber Lodge."

    The house is a great base for exploring Appleby and there are some great walks on your doorstep. There was no guide within the property giving information about the property and what is expected for example the recycling, outdoor gates to be kept closed, rules around the outdoor area and where you can and can not go and this would be helpful.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, great bedroom layout for us, the directions could do with updating as we struggled to find it, sat nav took us all over the place!"

    The shower could do with updating but on the whole a fab place to stay, kitchen was great and loved the breakfast nook and large dining table for dinner. The sitting room was well laid out for family evenings too. We were out and about a lot during the day and it was great to come back to a lovely, comfy home.

    Reviewed by ChristinaApr 2022

  • "Great location, views and visiting wildlife absolutely wonderful, perfect suntrap on the patio."

    Directions to the property are incorrect and take you to the wrong place, this needs amending to save complications. Hot water and heating system needs instructions on how to use them, ended up with no heating or hot water , rather inconvenient. Spotlessly clean though and fairly comfortable beds. Would stay again once clarified the boiler issues.

    Reviewed by TraceyMar 2022

  • "Such a lovely spacious cottage, with beautiful back drops of the hills and valley behind."

    Ros was very friendly and helpful explaining how things worked. I can only give it 5 stars as this is the limit but it's deserving of so much more.

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay, well-situated, great living/dining space."

    Reviewed by HeidiDec 2021

  • "Lovely property in beautiful, quiet location."

    Owner Ros introduced herself and to see if everything was okay for us, which was lovely. Have already recommended to family.

    Reviewed by KaneNov 2021

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful location, my friends and I had a fantastic weekend."

    Only issue was finding it, we had to ask for directions as the address given takes you to the wrong house.

    Reviewed by NicoleNov 2021

  • "The cottage itself is quite nice, though there were bits of mould in the bathroom and many of the dishes provided had not been properly cleaned."

    However we had quite an unpleasant experience with the owner from the start. She was very rude and judgemental of us, we got the impression that because we were a group of people in their mid-twenties, she assumed we had come to party (which we had not) and therefore were not to be trusted. As a result we felt incredibly unwelcome. The owner had not provided a handbook for the cottage so many things within we had to find on our own, and it also meant we had no knowledge of where was good to walk nearby, especially with the dog we had brought along. However the owner then complained that we had taken the dog somewhere we shouldn't have, in spite of no previous information and no sign on the one field we took the dog into. We generally had the feeling of her being overbearing and controlling and it turned what otherwise would have been a nice weekend into a rather stressful one. Additionally, the instructions to get to the cottage were wrong (if you do visit, it's the second right after the golf course, not the first. Down a private road, round the corner and it's the last house on your right), which meant we all arrived quite stressed. There were only 2 rolls of toilet paper provided for 6 people over 2 days and no spares on the property. The beds were uncomfortable, leaving several of us with back pain afterwards. The area around the cottage was nice, and there are some good walks nearby. We would recommend the cottage if it weren't for the fact that we felt like an inconvenience to the owner.

    Reviewed by FreyaOct 2021

  • "No heating on when we arrived and heating button needed pushing every hour ."

    No vegetable peeler. The internet very poor.

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2021

  • "Think 'good youth hostel' and you won't be far off."

    .. Lack of a welcome folder to explain heating, suggest walks etc. was a shame. Property is clean enough, comfortable enough, (one double mattress is extremely firm) and warm enough, just punch the 'one more hour' on the heating controls!... Shades of the late 70s is the general feel, shower room had a mouldy ceiling but plenty of hot water( once again use the extra hour button) and huge rad... Kitchen lacked a peeler, (tiny problem) Only real gripe is that the 'enclosed garden' was in fact just a patio with a tiny fence that any dog could have jumped over or wriggled through and had a lovely time chasing the neighbouring chickens, ducks and horses !!! ... So no letting Fido out for a quick wee while you made the morning tea in your PJ's... ... A few good quiet walks, traffic was rare and only a few minutes short drive into town... Take some plug in night lights, one bedroom is on a half landing so night time trips to the loo could be dodgy!

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2021

  • "As others have stated the directions past the golf club are inaccurate."

    Arrived in torrential rain lost for 20 minutes with no phone contact provided. The accommodation was ideal for a dog friendly cycling holiday. Bikes stored under cover at the back and the practical furniture made it easy to relax. The cobwebs added character to the well stocked lodge. Absent of cleaning products and a working vacuum was probably COVID related. Lots of walks and cycling direct from lodge . Stunning location stunning views in a beautiful quiet location. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Cheryl & DavidOct 2021

  • "The welcome we received was warm and friendly, and first impressions of the accommodation were excellent."

    The accommodation was ideal for a family gathering of 6 adults and 2 children. The location was in a very quite and peaceful area, and it was easy to get out to other areas. All in all, we had a fantastic family holiday.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "Delightful character cottage set in a tranquil picturesque location surrounded by open countryside."

    Sitting outside at the rear of the property we were surrounded by bird song, enjoyed looking over the fields and watching wildlife such as Buzzards , pheasants and rabbits. The owner was very welcoming and informative. Clean and well equipped we would certainly recommend this property and plan to return in the future !

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2021

  • "A perfect place to stay for a relaxing break."

    We enjoyed it very much. Lots of wildlife in the area. The cottage is very spacious and had everything we needed. It was very peaceful, no traffic and very dog friendly. The owner was also very friendly and chatty and helpful. We had no complaints and would stay again.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2021

  • "Great remote location, the cottage was modern and spacious."

    Unfortunately the heating went off just after we arrived and was not fixed for the duration of our stay. The power went off at 9.30pm on our second night which meant the one fan heater the owner supplied us to heat a 4 bedroom house was also no use. We got the distinct impression that were were an annoyance because we complained about the heating going off, the owner didn’t bother to check on us when the electric went off despite living next door. We spent Saturday night shivering under quilts in the dark praying for Sunday morning and home time to arrive. In hindsight we should have packed up and left. I called Sykes on Sunday morning to complain and the girl on the phone didn’t want to know, quoting “it’s nothing to do with us” well it does, your site recommended the place and you took my £337 for 2 nights. So far no response from anyone, will never book through Sykes again, terrible customer service.

    Reviewed by PatrickMay 2021

  • "Fantastic location along with all the great levels of cleanliness and facilities."

    We will definitely return. Great place.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2021

  • "This holiday lodge was beautiful and in a beautiful location."

    The owner and her daughter are friendly, tactful and helpful. There is no need to drive anywhere. You can walk for miles in all directions in this 'hidden gem' part of the country. Stunning mountains surround you. The roads are extremely quiet which makes them beautiful to walk on as you look around at the impressive hills. The neighbourhood's so friendly. We went in the snow and the views with the majestic mountains in the snow were irresistible. Everyone who saw our pictures said they thought it was the Alps. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by AbrahamDec 2020

  • "Lovely spacious cottage."

    Comfy beds. Dog friendly. Lovely area. Only disappointment was the tiny courtyard.

    Reviewed by RitaOct 2020

  • "The emails we've received only stated the check in time as 15:00 and the check out time as 10:00."

    However on the day of departure we were told that this should actually be 17:00 and 09:00 respectively. We were already packed so it wasn't an issue - we're not happy that weren't informed of this in any of the confirmation emails we've received though.

    Reviewed by HannahOct 2020

  • "Had a great relaxing chillout and the cottage is so peaceful and in beautiful surroundings, will definatley pay a second visit."

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage but difficult to find"

    Reviewed by ClaireSep 2020

  • "We loved the cottage and location."

    Clean and comfortable, it was a really enjoyable holiday. We had a little trouble pinning down the location upon arrival, but once we found it (with some help of friendly locals) we were well away. We had a shopping delivery setup prior to arriving, which made life easy and the seating and table outside was a picturesque location for breakfasts.

    Reviewed by JonathanAug 2020

  • "As per our complaint unique ref COR-179890-CF."

    This cottage is not suitable as a holiday let in the current pandemic we are living in. Its unclean and very basic considering it costs's over £800 per week to stay there.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we are currently investigating with the owner and the cleaning company and then will respond further to you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IvanaAug 2020

  • "It is fairly difficult to find, Anyone going/planning on going you need to go past the gold Club, Follow it over the next Cattle Grid and it is the Next Right and follow it all the way around."

    Other than that the Lodge is lovely, Quiet and out of the way, The owner lives close by and will come to Greet you which I thought was a great Gesture, Very Friendly! Though it isn't too friendly to taller people due to the sloping roof on the top floor and small doors throughout, but it's normal to be ducking under things When you are Tall so it wasn't an issue! We forgot to write in the Guest book so we apologize for that.

    Reviewed by AaronAug 2020

  • "Property listed as 2 bathrooms but one of them is too small for adults, there were no locks for bathrooms doors, caretaker promised to fix the lock but it was not fixed during 7 days stay."

    Downstairs bedroom has damp and one of the upstairs bathroom has water motor in the room. on arrival beddings was not clean hairs could be seen on white sheets. Dishwasher was not functional. On the last day of our stay caretaker informed us about presence of bats in the adjoining building.

    Reviewed by RaziAug 2020

  • "We were generally happy with our stay,enjoying beautiful views, quiet area, large sitting room and spacious table that could comfortably sit 8 people."

    However, we thought that the attention to detail in the cottage decor and equipment wasn't great. Tha cottage is advertised to sleep 8 people, yet, we could only find 1 large drink glass and had to use our own plastic cups which we luckily brought with us. As the cottage welcomes children, it would be great to see some space in the garden with child friendly toys/equipment so they can also enjoy their time there. The decor, especially in the bathrooms and downstairs bedroom, is quite outdated and would benefit with a slightly more modern touch, which would also bring more comfort, as the shower downstairs is very dark, has extremely low pressure and although seems clean, is not very appealing. The house seems well mainted at first, but after closer inspection some dirty spots like cobwebs under the ceilings or under the stairs ( directly above the dinner table) are visible. As mentioned above, our experience was positive in general, as we are not overly fussy, but more demanding guest would easily find a ground for complaints, especially that the price fir a week stay isn't very low.

    Reviewed by TomaszJul 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage but rather annoying that they were unaware we had booked so ..."

    Fantastic cottage but rather annoying that they were unaware we had booked so cottage was freezing when we arrived and took ages to warm up which meant the whole first evening was pretty bad , cottage and area were fantastic though, exceptionally well equipped kitchen which made it so easy for our family get together

    Reviewed by LynoraNov 2019

  • "The place was nice, has pretty much all kitchen amenities, enough towels (even some extra towels)."

    It is a bit hard to find but that is part of its charm. Ros, who manages the place and lives two doors down, was very nice and brought us a bbq when we asked to borrow one. Only thing was that it could use with a few extra toilet supplies - some extra toilet paper and soap at least.

    Reviewed by GeorgiMay 2019

  • "Very nice, lovely spot, great location to get away from it all."

    Host very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by SheilaMay 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location to explore the north Lake District."

    Lovely location in the very heart of countryside but very close to the motorway. Not really suitable for small children due to the steps and our dog struggled with the wooden flooring. But overall a lovely place for a family or friends break. There are no shops within walking distance so a car is essential to get anywhere.

    Reviewed by HayleyApr 2019

  • "Ran out of toilet rolls and couldn't find any spare ones ( each bathroom had only one part used roll and there were 7 people)."

    Also couldn't find any matches to light our disposable BBQ.

    Reviewed by MervynApr 2019

  • "Lovely place, excellent facilities and the host very welcoming."

    After being there I would be more then willing to pay at least £200 more than what I actually paid. Everyone one, particularly kids, loved it. We enjoyed every moment of our stay there.

    Reviewed by HamidApr 2019

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday in Brackenber."

    Nothing was too much trouble. It snowed and we were offered sledges for the kids to sledge down the hills. Kids loved it.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2019

  • "Tucked away in a very rural setting a nice clean and spacious cottage to get away from it all."

    Reviewed by JoannaOct 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x family room with double and single bed, 1 x double, 1 x single, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room
  • Biomass central heating
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFii
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden to rear with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • No hen/stag or similar
  • Please note: There are three internal steps to the kitchen.

The property

Brackenber Lodge rests down a quiet private lane, attached to Brackenber Hall.

A country-style lodge tucked away near the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, it’s perfect for family and friends looking for a well-deserved break.

Inside is the open-plan living room waits to give you a warm welcome, hosting a set of light blue sofas crowded round a brightly coloured rug.

The oak furniture adds a homely feel, finishing the lounge in style.

Adjacent to this is a dining area tucked under the stairs.

Step down over quarry tiles to the kitchen, which is fully equipped with a second dining area complete with fitted benches and china tea cups on the far wall.

Catch your rest in the twin room on the ground floor, with a lovely outlook of green trees.

Upstairs is a double, single and family room resting in the eaves, enhanced by Velux skylights.

Head out into the garden area to be greeted by wisteria cascading along a trellis, trees full of red berries, bird feeders and horses grazing in the field behind.

A covered porch area is ideal for sitting out with a glass of wine, reminiscing over the day's adventures.

The small hamlet of Brackenber is on the fringes of open fields and Appleby Golf Course.

Nearby is the village of Brough with pubs, tea rooms and the ruins of Brough Castle.

Set in the heart of Eden Valley, steeped in history, Appleby is perfect for touring the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines AONB.

A peaceful retreat in the heart of walking country.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Penrith 14 miles.

The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is nestled between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two National Parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. Appleby has a wonderful selection of quality independent shops, cafes and delicatessens selling locally produced food and crafts. The picturesque street of Boroughgate, with some interesting old buildings, is at the heart of the town and links the well-preserved Norman Castle with the fine medieval Church of St. Lawrence. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. Visit Appleby in June and experience the colourful spectacle of the three hundred-year old Horse Fair. With the delightful Ullswater and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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