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Honeypot Cottage

(Ref. 955444)

Brigsteer, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "The third time we have stayed at Honeypot Cottage, and an enjoyable stay again."

    The owners have given a lot of thought to the fitting-out and furnishing of the cottage and it's a very relaxing and peaceful place to stay. The information folder is comprehensive and thoughtfully put together. We couldn't find any information on bin collection and recycling which would be helpful. There were no small kitchen knifes this year - they seem to have gone missing and are obviously a fairly essential bit of kitchen equipment. A masher would also be helpful. Our thanks to the owners for another great stay. Ian and Jennifer

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Jul 2024

  • "The propeety was full of cobwebs and spiders!"

    Thank you for your feedback. We have a 24 hour call out service available to guests. If you have any concerns about the presentation of the property please do not hesitate to call during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neelanjan2.8Jun 2024

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in an idyllic rural position away from the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist destinations."

    Despite the mixed weather we spent much of our time relaxing at the top of the garden enjoying the wonderful scenery. We enjoyed it so much we even booked another week before we left !

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2024

  • "We had such a wonderful stay at Honeypot Cottage."

    A great location for exploring the Lake District and there were even some lovely walks local to the cottage. The views were spectacular and our daughter loved waving to the farmers as they passed in the tractors, every single one waved back. I read English Pastoral by James Rebanks and it perfectly fit the surroundings. The beds were so soft and comfortable, it was lovely to open the window and hear the birds and the wildlife and even an owl hooting at night. A wide selection of games and DVDs, we really reconnected as a family, not just to each other but to nature and the outdoors too. Our eight year old says “it’s the best cottage ever!”

    Reviewed by Elinor5.0May 2024

  • "Absolutely fantastic place!"

    So cosy, quiet and comfortable and beautifully clean. There are walks nearby without the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas of the district, although these can easily be reached if this is what you are looking for. There is a lovely pub serving food just down the road if you don’t feel like cooking in the very well appointed kitchen the cottage provides. We would love to stay with you again.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is a beautiful, well equipped cottage."

    Beautiful location to recharge your batteries. Enjoyed the tranquil setting. Loved sitting out on the terrace, views stunning. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Lots of board games etc. Really loved our holiday at cottage.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2023

  • "First the good bits… the cottage is in a great location with fantastic views, a lovely garden, great walks and a nice pub nearby."

    As for the not-so-good bits: the chimney needs sweeping urgently – the room filled with smoke every time we opened the wood burner door to add fuel (we've has a wood burner for 20 years, so we know what we're doing with one. The twin bedroom needs a really good dusting – our sons coughed and wheezed their way through our stay. One of the four dining chairs fell apart as soon as we picked it up to move it, and the chest in the sitting room stank of vomit when opened (I assume someone put a dirty toy back in there and just left it). On top of that, the bathroom tap handles unscrewed and fell into the basin with alarming regularity and there were only two glass tumblers (one cracked) for a family of four. It also needs to be made clearer that there is no wifi – we only found out from previous visitors' comments prior to our stay. I don't want to sound like a moaner – this would be an amazing place to stay if the maintenance/cleaning regime was better.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We're sorry your stay didn't meet our usual high standards. We will check and make good all the issues you've raised as soon as we can. We provide a 24hour helpline through our cleaning and maintenance company Orian. We would ask that in future customers raise any concerns as soon as they become aware of them to give us a chance to correct them and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel3.4Oct 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage very clean great location for getting round the lakes ..."

    This is a lovely cottage very clean great location for getting round the lakes would benefit from additions such as hooks on back of doors in bedrooms and bathroom and a decent corkscrew The negative though is was not until we got there we found there is no wifi the book there gives the reason as wanting to having a relaxing holiday but wifi is helpful for online banking and other activities I think this information should be in the advert as it gives people a choice and for us if we had known would have probably not booked this cottage but otherwise a good stay

    Reviewed by Carolyn3.4Sep 2022

  • "Great cottage, nice to have games and books included and was nice and clean."

    Some elements need maintenance and we felt this needs addressing moving forward: loose bed, broken fence posts, patio stones need re-cementing in, etc. Otherwise enjoyed the stay.

    Reviewed by May4.7Aug 2022

  • "This cottage is so beautiful just like one on postcard with spectacular views ..."

    This cottage is so beautiful just like one on postcard with spectacular views from the garden Beams throughout the cottage Lovely big kitchen/diner with large range Comfy lounge to relax after a busy day sightseeing just right for reading Lots of board games & books provided The view from the garden is breathtaking just lovely to sit with a glass of wine & take in the countryside Lovely large double bedroom with kingsize bed & ensuite shower over bath Twin bedroom with loads of room It has a wet room downstairs & a lovely powerful shower The Wheatsheaf pub within walking distance about 10 mins away down hill does lovely meals best to book gets very busy We liked the Hare & Hounds Leven the best book early Amazing food went a couple of times Also the Black Labrador in Underbarrow down past the Wheatsheaf about 2 miles away nice good There’s Aldi Asda & Sainsbury’s in Kendal 5 mile away so buy shopping before you arrive plus they sell petrol Snout 40 mins from Lake Windermere & a boat trip is must Bookable there or online Ambleside not far from there a lovely village & nice pubs serving food outside dining is lovely Visit the caves at White Scar 90 mins guided tour £14 each we’ll worth it there over 2 million years old just jaw dropping Grassmere is very pretty village & lots to see gets very busy in the summer I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we did

    Reviewed by Nina5.0May 2022

  • "We stayed a few years at the cottage and I did feedback around the negatives."

    I am pleased to say all the negatives are now positives and it was a much more enjoyable stay. Thanks for feeding back and making this property 5 star it’s truly amazing. The cleanliness was amazing every surface and door shone , thanks again we will be back

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2022

  • "The security lighting was switched off upon arrival and as check in was after 18."

    00 it would have been useful to have some form of external lighting as we found it a struggle to carry luggage and use our mobile phones to provide light. There was only one log for the fire which was not an issue as the heating was more than adequate although we had to override it overnight. Apart from these two minor issues the cottage was clean, warm, comfortable and quiet. We would definitely stay again. Thank you for a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, beautiful garden area."

    Loved being there, very comfortable. My sister realty loved the bath!

    Reviewed by Kirstie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was perfect ."

    ..lovely garden with view..had a great time .

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2021

  • "Gorgeous cottage in a stunning setting!"

    A perfect base to explore the local area and beyond.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely , well equipped cottage, on a very steep hill."

    Great weather all week giving fabulous views of the Lyth Valley at sunset from the bedroom window. Lots to see and do in the area.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is a really beautiful cottage, bigger than it looks in the pictures and was really well equipped."

    The location is amazing, the check in process was seamless and the hosts were great. We would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jun 2021



    Reviewed by Peter3.8Jun 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Honeypot cottage."

    Lots of character,very clean and cosy. Loved the garden area,great views across the countryside.Nice to sit out in the evening and watch the sunset. The Wheatsheaf pub in the village serves excellent food,very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend if you want somewhere peaceful

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2021

  • "Honeypot cottage Was spotless when we arrived, and the condition of the property was fantastic better than we had hoped."

    We have stayed in many cottages and this was by far the cleanest upon arrival. The location set on the hillside giving fabulous sunset views from the garden, was an added bonus. The Wheatsheaf pub at the bottom of the hill is open for outdoor dining and drinks Wednesday to Sunday currently and the food was a limited choice but very nice all the same. There was a couple of minor issues with the cottage. The bed was a little hard for our liking and took some getting used too. And the Log burner, we had brought some wood with us as we were unsure if there was going to be any at the property, but after reading the welcome pack it said only use dry wood from the wood store out back. Unfortunately the wood store was bare, but not a problem as we had brought some. But I wasn’t expecting no means to light the fire, not a match or lighter anywhere on the property. In properties with burners, I’d always expect a welcome pack of wood and a couple of fire lighters and some matches at least to get you started. But I would happily return to the Honeypot cottage if I was staying in the South Lakes area again.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Apr 2021

  • "Such a wonderful holiday cottage ."

    It was exactly like the photographs . It was super clean . It had everything one would need for a holiday . Great information in the hand book . It was really useful for things like the heating , using the fire and the wet room . The cottage was in a good area and quite a central area if you have a car . Beautiful scenery to wake up to each morning.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2020

  • "I appreciate that Covid 19 has meant a lot of changes but the lack of cushions on the settees did annoy me,I had recently had surgery on my shoulder and had to go out and buy some to make the settees comfortable."

    Reviewed by Ann4.1Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage and location."

    View from the garden was lovely and great place to sit and have a drink before dinner.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at Honeypot Cottage and would definitely recommend it to a friend."

    We would have liked more wood for the log burner.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Mar 2020

  • "Brilliant cottage."

    My partner booked us a little get away for new years eve with our 2 small children. We really switched off and enjoyed things around us. Good location and close enough to a variety of daily activities for my kids. Plenty of games and books for when we didn't want to go anywhere, loved the bath for some quiet time when the kids went to bed. Thoroughly enjoyable holiday.... topped off my my partner proposing in the garden at midnight on new years eve with a bottle of bubbly while we watched other peoples fireworks!

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage looks cute and lovely."

    The aga looks like a lovely touch. However, on closer inspection the place is in desperate need of a clean. I don’t know when someone last cleaned behind the bed heads or under the sofa but it was thick with dirt and dust. My baby at one point was about to put a finger nail clipping in his mouth that wasn’t ours. The heating is far far to hot. The thermometer on our baby monitor was saying that the bedroom was 25 degrees as one point so we had to have windows open and the heating on. There was shards of glass in the dishwasher that wasn’t from us using it. In all the place needs cleaning, deeply.

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the level of cleanliness in Honeypot Cottage. Please be assured that we have taken your comments on board and the property has since had a deep clean. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny3.1Oct 2019

  • "Honey Pot cottage is a lovely place to stay in the Lake District."

    It was very comfortable and in a good location for visiting the southern Lake District. The lane outside is very steep and parking the car on such a steep hill took a bit of getting used to, but we mastered it!

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Sep 2019

  • "We really liked the cottage which was warm and comfortable."

    I loved the Aga and experimented with using it to cook. This would have been a lot easier if a set of kitchen scales had been available! Have definitely decided that I would love to own an Aga but also am certain that I do not want a wet room! Once the floor was thoroughly wet it was impossible to get out of the door without paddling!

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Sep 2019

  • "We found the cottage to be well provisioned with everything we needed."

    It was spotlessly clean and really comfortable throughout our stay. The cottage was in a very quiet and peaceful location on the edge of Brigsteer village. What we learned about Brigsteer was that it had no facilities or amenities other than the Wheatsheaf pub. None of the roads had street names or any road signs. I think you could include a map of the village on your web site to aid finding the place. We liked the garden and the wonderful views it provided over the Lyth Valley, what made us uncomfortable using the garden was not being able to see the door / entrance into the cottage. The steep steps up to the garden were a bit of a drawback for my wife who found it tough going to get up and down the steps. I had a constant worry that someone could enter and rob us whilst we were relaxing in the garden. I mastered the car parking space but for me whilst I could park my car off road. It was a disappointment that my wife could not open the near side door to get out of the car. The cottage description on your web site did not mention that there would be restrictions on using the car parking space.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Aug 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely and so is the village."

    An excellent location for exploring the lakes. Parking is a nightmare however and was not easy to park or depart due to the very steep slope

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in beautiful settings has everything you will need to enjoy your holidays, parking isn’t great as on a steep hill and on a single track road."

    In 2019 I would expect WiFi as it is our choice not to use it, we cut our holiday short because of this as needed this to do some work that I needed to complete, they should advertise this at the booking! Very disappointed

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Jul 2019

  • "This was a lovely comfortable cottage with amazing views, the beds were particularly comfortable."

    This is a company serviced cottage, so though clean there are no extras like tea, coffee, milk etc. Also, though there is a wood burning stove and logs there were no matches or kindling. Any future guests should take care not to lock the external door with the key when inside but use the bolts instead as it is absolutely impossible to unlock it from the inside, fortunately my husband had read a previous review which suggested opening the top half of the stable door and reaching down and unlocking it from outside. This really should be dealt with as a matter of urgency. Despite these issues I would definitely recommend this cottage as a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and garden."

    Beautiful location, very quiet and peaceful. Lovely walks from cottage though very steep and hilly in places. Had never cooked on an aga before and was a bit apprehensive, but loved it. Easy reach of many great places to visit, particularly enjoyed Levens hall and topiary gardens, Ulverston, Blackwell Arts and Crafts house and the Buddest temple and free meditation experience at Bardsea followed be a lovely walk through their extensive woodland grounds and down to the sea overlooking Morecambe Bay.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jun 2019

  • "Delightful cottage on the edge of the Lake District, overlooking the Lyth Valley."

    Very comfortable, clean and has a good range of facilities. Close to some lovely walks, for example to Sizergh Castle. The local Wheatsheaf Inn in the village is really friendly and serves excellent food.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage itself was equipped with all you could possible need for a week away including an abundance of board games that kept my two sons entertained."

    Generally clean throughout, (although could do with a deep clean as particularly dusty in places) the cottage was lovely for our week away, picturesque scenery and very peaceful. I would like to bring your attention to the front door. Once locked from the inside you can not unlock the lower of the two locks without opening the top half of the door (Farm style door) and unlocking from the outside. This was a slight annoyance with two excited children trying to get out the door and had this not been a farm style door we would not of been able to get out. The Arga made the cottage uncomfortably warm at times and we holidayed in May. This also caused concern with a 5 & 3 year old as it was warm/hot to touch in places. On the plus side this did cook food beautifully. Overall we had a lovely week away in the lakes, the pub down the road served delicious food and there are some stunning places to visit.

    Reviewed by Kayleigh3.8May 2019

  • "Need instructions how to work heat, garbage pickup, nearest grocery store, etc."

    No showers.

    Reviewed by Cathy2.8May 2019

  • "Recently stayed for a week in March 2019."

    I highly recommend Honeypot Cottage its very cosy, comfortable very well furnished and decorated to very high standards. We loved the log burner and Aga both very easy to use .The warmth from the Aga range in the kitchen made entering the cottage so welcoming. The cottage has everything you need for a perfect stay. The views from the garden are spectacular across the valley. The Wheatsheaf pub which is in walking distance serves excellent tasty food.Highly recommend a visit or two but book up first as its very popular.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a gorgeous setting, very picturesque, didn't want to leave and will definetly be back, only went out to eat one evening, as I loved cooking on the aga, lots of board games to play, lots of hot water for a bath in the luxorious tub, after a good day's walking in the surrounding countryside or visiting numerous villages and towns in close proximity, log burner for that cozy feel although not always needed with the heat from the aga and central heating."

    The pub down the road is nice and the food is really good although I found the menu a bit lacking. The only negatives we had were hardly any country houses or castles that we were hoping to visit were open, we went early March so would probably go a bit later next time, but all in all the cottage was everything I wanted with a little bit more, can't wait to return

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Mar 2019

  • "An absolute dream of a cottage Bigger than we thought Comfortable Excellent facilities - arga was amazing Wet room - fantastic En suite - just lovely Comfy beds Cosy Games available Glasses/plates/mugs/cups - excellent range Dish washer tablets/tea towels/oven gloves all included Enough parking for a car and a boat."

    .!..(or another car) Views from the cottage windows were outstanding The local pub - the Wheatsheaf is a must one of the most friendliest pubs we have ever been too..! was fabulous and a wonderful selection of drinks - within a short walk (take head torches for an evening) Overall honeypot cottage was amazing and would HIGHLY recommend We stayed over new year for 7 nights - with four adults fitting very comfortably *****

    Reviewed by Derroni5.0Dec 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely set in the perfect location."

    Very well equipped, the arga was brilliant and kept the place warm as did the log fire. All in all we had a fantastic holiday exploring the area, even the weather was good.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Oct 2018

  • "Great cottage with many home comforts albeit with limited views from the cottage and challenging parking."

    Lovely warm Aga but the central heating appeared to have no heating controls and made the cottage to warm, so that it had to be continually turned off manually. Excellent games in the cottage for young children.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Sep 2018

  • "I would not hesitate in recommending Honeypot Cottage."

    It is cosy, comfortable & very well furnished & decorated. It was very clean & tidy & every home comfort had been thought about. The warmth from the Aga range in the kitchen made entering the cottage so welcoming. There were books, DVD’s, games and cards all provided if required. The views from the garden are spectacular. The information on the cottage & surrounding attractions & pubs/restaurants was extensive & extremely helpful. The Wheatsheaf pub which is in walking distance was delightful with tasty food. The best thing about our holiday was returning to the home from home cottage after a long day sightseeing.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Sep 2018

  • "Loved Honeypot Cottage, it was as we expected from the very accurate photos."

    Ideally located for exploring the lakes. Warm cosy and everything you need for your holiday is provided. The Aga was easy to use and gives the kitchen a warm cosy feeling. As the weather closed in the wood burning fire in the living room gave the cottage that rustic warmth and smell. We walked to Sizergh castle which was a pleasant afternoon out. Beware that the cottage is situated on a steep hill which could become sloppy in winter. Would definitely stay here again, highly recommended - loved the cottage and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2018

  • "A beautiful, cosy cottage furnished to a high standard."

    Wonderful views of the hills.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2017

  • "We checked in late in the evening and woke to stunning views across the plains."

    Honey Pot is comfortable, well equipped and well positioned in Brigsteer. It is off the main road through the village and makes for a quiet stay. Hot shower, comfortable bed and super log burner in the cold November evenings. What a treat. One negative was the amount of light bulbs out of order. We counted six and couldn’t read in the lounge as too dark.

    Reviewed by Ross4.8Nov 2017

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely, very cozy and in a stunning area."

    We enjoyed some beautiful walks and there is nothing better to come home to than with the warm aga heating the house. Also the pub was great! Excellent food and friendly staff

    Reviewed by Lisanne5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and warm."

    Well kept gardens. Great base to explore the lake district from. Superb walks in local area.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bathroom with roll top bath, hand held shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room, with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil Fire central heating with woodburning stove
  • Falcon range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Travel cot
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 5 mins walk up steep hill
  • Note: The en-suite bathroom has restricted head height, care to be taken
  • Note: The area on the downhill side of the property and storage area are private, and not to be used by guests.Please note: This property does not have WI-FI

The property

Honeypot Cottage, formerly the village Sunday school building, is an attractive stone-built cottage located on a hillside overlooking the charming village of Brigsteer in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria.

With lovely views from the elevated garden of the Lyth Valley, this cottage is perfect for a romantic escape or family holiday.

Upstairs in the cottage are two elegantly furnished bedrooms, one king-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a twin bedroom.

On the ground floor this property has a wet room with a walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Also on the ground floor is a cosy sitting room with a woodburning stove, a perfect country kitchen with Falcon Range cooker and dining table.

Outside there are plenty of places to enjoy the garden with steps leading up to a lawned area and patio.

Just a short walk down the hill, (longer on the way back up!) takes you to the village centre where there is a super local pub serving excellent food and ales.

The “auld grey town of Kendal” is just 5 miles away and the tip of Lake Windermere is approx. 13 miles where you can visit the Aquarium of the Lakes or hop on board the Windermere Steamer and cruise up the lake to Bowness or Ambleside.

The great attraction of this lovely cottage is the excellent walking in the Southern Lakes, fantastic local pubs and lots of interesting villages such as Cartmel to visit.

An outstanding cottage, perfect at any time of the year.

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About the location


Helsington 1.5 miles; Levens 2.1 miles; Kendal 5 miles.

Brigsteer is a hamlet between the towns of Helsington and Levens and about five miles from Kendal in Cumbria. Brigsteer is located on the edge of the Lyth valley with Scout Scar overlooking the village itself. Village amenities include a village hall and a local pub called The Wheatsheaf Inn. There are still three working farms in the village of Brigsteer with many more developments having been built since. Nearby Levens has more amenities including a general store/newsagent and a pub. Levens consists of a huddle of fine, stone-built traditional houses, cottages and barn conversions surrounded by unspoilt countryside, with varied flora and fauna and a nature reserve providing beautiful walking country. Kendal is further away being known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes, being ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

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