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Mulberry Cottage

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Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • cottage (39)
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  • lovely (22)
  • equipped (18)
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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect, cosy, 20/10 for cleanliness and the kitchen was a proper home from home."

    We’ve stayed in lots of cottages and yours is hands down number 1. We’ll be coming back

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Dec 2023

  • "Our 2nd stay at Christmas , and will be returning, The cottage is well equipped with everything you will need, tea coffee sugar serviettes cling fling foil and washing up liquid ect The shops is a 15 second walk, as is the Engine Inn pub."

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    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is a gorgeous cosy cottage which with a little extra care could be deluxe!"

    All the bed linen and towels need replacing, they are very tired and old. The towels are very small, faded and mismatched and not very soft! They all need washing and changing after each guest too! The kitchen is delightful and lovely in the sunshine, it needs a little table and chairs ! The outside area is lovely too and with a small amount of effort could be made very welcoming and is a suntrap! The cleaning of the property needs reviewing urgently especially the kitchen utensils, cooker and crockery. Also the smell in the utility cupboard needs looking at and a red diffuser doesn't cover it up! All windows sills need to be kept clean, we had to clean them all especially the downstairs window sill near the stairs as it's very damp and peeling paint is falling off! This incidentally is where we found 2 poor quality toilet rolls! How hard is it to put them in the bathroom? The main room is cosy and warm and the log burner is lovely...2 days supply of wood would be nice! We paid good money to stay and would love to again but are put off by the lack of attention and cleanliness! Finally, we couldn't find the "welcome pack" or the guest book! They were on a shelf in the dining area! We left them on the coffee table! We hope our comments assist the owner to make some important improvements and transform this lovely cottage once again!

    Reviewed by Jeremy2.5Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was clean and well equipped and all adverse comments on previous reviews had been rectified."

    We loved the situation of the cottage in the Southern Lakes enabling us to visit an area that we had not previously visited

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property was, in general great."

    Some information of where to park would have been useful. I did not feel happy leaving the car on the pavement next to the cottage because this blocked the pavement to pedestrians, but you had to do this because the house is on a bend and the road was surprisingly busy with big trucks and tractors passing by. Had the car been off the pavement to allow pedestrians to pass there would have been a real risk of collision. We parked in a little open lay-by area in front of next-door but one's house. I did not feel happy doing this, although noone asked us to move during the week. The kitchen was well equipped and spacious. We always do much self-catering rather than eating out, so a decent sized kitchen was a welcome change with plenty of work-surface and utensils. The kitchen tap was bizarre because it was more of a spray than a smooth flow so this took some getting used to. The lights over the dining table were too low. Although this looks "cool", if I hit my head once, I hit it a dozen more times. I'm glad I didn't break the glass shade. The bathroom was small but fully functional and it was nice to have a shower space of a decent size, rather than the tiny cubicles found in so many holiday cottages which can be a challenge to actually shower in. We slept in the bedroom to the right of the top of the stairs. The mattress was comfy if a little dippy (due to wear) and the pillows had seen better days and were cheap and flimsy. The linen was also of a very basic quality and although I didn't actually look, I would have been surprised if there had been pillow protectors which I think are essential for multiple occupancy and should be changed after each set of guests - but this goes for anywhere. This sounds like I'm having a moan and I'm really not. As I said, the cottage was great and we enjoyed our stay. I do feel however that it is important that the owners receive an honest critique

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage ideal base for tutoring the lakes."

    Reviewed by Antony4.7Aug 2023

  • "Definitely a damp smell/issue, particularly in the rear scullery."

    I suspect this is due to the ground level at the rear being almost up to window sill level and an issue with tanking/damp proofing. Otherwise the property is very nice.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Aug 2023

  • "Adequately pleasant, clean and comfortable enough."

    Towels and bedding were changed mid stay which was good. Could have done with a bit more food storage space and fewer glasses and mugs. Everything worked well that should have done. Village pleasant with good facilities but much more traffic noise than expected. Shower good but urgently needs an anti-slip mat and a grab rail.

    Reviewed by Ian3.1Jul 2023

  • "Just wanted to what a lovely cottage with everything you need on the down side a ..."

    Just wanted to what a lovely cottage with everything you need on the down side a smell of damp when walking in the house this is only a small point being a old property it can be a a bit off putting to someone but loved the house and where it's situated calk

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Apr 2023

  • "What a lovely cottage, clean and homely."

    Kitchen has everything you need and more, plenty of room for a family of 4 and a dog! Would stay again. Fantastic location for visiting parts of the lakes, shop and pub less than 5 minutes from the door.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2022

  • "Mulberry Cottage was well equipped, clean and comfortable."

    Two decent pubs within easy walking distance, although opening times at The Engine were a bit sketchy! Two critiscms - they really need to sort out the damp/musty smell in the cottage, overwhelming sometimes, and the outside furniture was broken, therefore unusable. Cark is situated for easy access to Southern Lakes.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2022

  • "We would rate this cottage very average although we recognise investment in furniture for example."

    No refuse was collected and as the bin was already full when we arrived we were unable to make use of waste disposal other than recyclable that we had to take up to the station. Replacing the green bin outside with a grey bin might solve this as all in the village have grey bins that were emptied on Wednesday. Apart from traffic that you can’t do anything about, the worse thing was the smell of dampness . We were forced to keep windows open to reduce smell and all our clothes have to be cleaned to remove impregnated smell. Quite awful.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Aug 2022

  • "Inside: Nice furnishings and well presented with attractive pictures and ornaments."

    Well equipped kitchen, plenty of crockery and cutlery. A small dishwasher would be nice. Property was a bit musty on arrival. A mirror is needed in the smaller bedroom. Outside: Not brilliant, furniture in poor condition, this space needs improvement.

    Reviewed by Mike4.1Jul 2022

  • "This property is really lovely, small and quaint and nicely furnished."

    Its comfortable and well equipped with everything you need. On arrival we were greeted by a dirty rug in the living room which wasn't that impressive as you enter the property straight from the road into the living are so this is the first thing we saw. The property is situated on the main road in the village which can be quite noisy for a couple of hours early in the morning, I presume when people are going to work, and farm traffic also make use of this road too. Also people leaving both pubs in the village will pass bye late at night, so if its peace and quiet you are looking for then this is not the place for you. The cottage was an ideal 'base' for sight seeing the local area and we travelled around a lot during the day, most places are very easy to get to. All the shops in the villages close really early so bare this in mind and if you need somewhere to eat at night then you MUST book in advance. We enjoyed our holiday and the lake district really is a beautiful place, but wouldn't return to Cark.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.4Jul 2022

  • "Cosy cottage in a really nice little village."

    Great for a short stay.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely warm cottage for a winter's weekend."

    Nice to find one with two double rooms.

    Reviewed by John4.1Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Very close to a decent Pub. Enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in a great location!"

    Attention to the details and kitchen fully equipped. The sitting sofas just need updating and the throws were a bit rough. Sykes were very flexible and made our stay more enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Maryse3.8Oct 2021

  • "What a wonderful cottage."

    Everything was as described and there nothing that was not provided, down to a dog bowl and rubber gloves. The kitchen was better stocked than my own! A perfect base to explore the lakes.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2021

  • "Mulberry Cottage is very sweet, well proportioned and has a good layout - an ideal holiday cottage - unfortunately it had a strong smell of damp."

    The damp could be seen on the walls and my clothes did smell after being kept in the main bedroom wardrobe. Bedding was all clean and fresh however the pillows were incredibly hard it was like sleeping on a slab of concrete so if that isn’t your thing you might want to take your own. The kitchen is very well stocked with pretty much all the equipment you might need - the only minor downside being that there is little room left in the cupboards to store your own food. The bathroom/shower were great although only two cheap toilet rolls were left for three adults for a week - we obviously had to buy some more half way through the week. Bath towels were supplied but if you would like a sheet take your own. Parking wasn’t really an issue we managed to get very close all week, just make sure you don’t go an inch too far over someone’s pathway as you will get told off. The courtyard was sweet - rather overlooked but fine, unfortunately our dog also would not go for a wee there because of the lack of grass we had to keep dashing him over the road. All in all though it was a very good stay, a good place to explore the lakes and surrounding area and I would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Louise3.8Aug 2021

  • "Really cosy cottage, lovely furnishings and everything you could need in terms of kitchen equipment, we did need to move things around a bit as no room for food in cupboards as they were all full of stuff , but not a problem."

    The off road parking was an issue on a couple of days as it’s very limited. There are lots of comments in the guest book about the smell of damp, think we were lucky as it was a dry sunny week so we did leave windows open , it’s an old cottage though . Although on the whole the cottage was clean , there were quite a few cobwebs & skirting boards which were dusty, paying almost £1100 for the week this was disappointing.

    Reviewed by Lissa3.8Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, close to a shop and two pubs, good base for exploring the surrounding area."

    Very clean and comfortable and kitchen was very well equipped, definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great location lots of lovely walks."

    pub very local and well run.

    Reviewed by Julile5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very close to the road, need to take care with children and pets when coming in and out."

    Otherwise, lovely clean and well equipped cottage.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Oct 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage, village is quiet but was just what we wanted, the local village pub the engine inn does lovely food."

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2020

  • "A very well equipped cottage."

    Great situation in the pretty village of Cark but also within walking distance of Cartmel, with some nice bars and restaurants.

    Reviewed by Susanne5.0Jul 2020

  • "Had a lovely holiday in the Lakes."

    The cottage was up to a good standard and well furnished. Situated in a lovely village with two pubs that serves nice food. The Rose and Crown particularly recommended. The village is also not far from Cartmel and Flookburgh which are also worth seeing. The only downside was the parking however spaces are available. A small car will fit in front of the cottage. One thing which I would mention is that we felt rush on leaving as it wasn't very clear on my booking what time check out was. Suggestion: make a note of this from the booking site. Overall, a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Oct 2019

  • "Mulberry Cottage is well located in Cark, five minutes walk to the railway station, with frequent services to Lancaster and Ulverston."

    The house is comfortable, but there are a number of things that the website does not make you aware of: the house is overlooked at the back, so you keep the blinds permanently closed, or people can see in (this makes the interior darker, which it does not need); parking is difficult even with a small car, if the house next door had been occupied, there may have been some arguments! The photographs of the interior make the house seem bigger than it is. The shower is good and the beds comfortable. There is a small (overlooked) area to the side of the property for sitting out and/or drying clothes. I would recommend the property. Cark is a pleasant village and a good base for touring the area. There is a newsagent/general shop less than five minutes walk from the property and there are two pubs serving food; there is no longer a bakery in the village, however.

    Reviewed by Vincent3.8Jul 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday the cottage great very well equipped and clean If your cleaner found a watch could you please return we will of course pay any cost D."


    Reviewed by Derek5.0May 2019

  • "It was one of the loveliest cottages I've stayed in."

    Quiet, spacious and well equipped. I would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Nov 2018

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented, very comfortable (lovely beds) clean and well equipped."

    Little touches like logs and kindling for the woodburner and a clothes airer and room to dry wet walking gear were much appreciated. Kitchen was unbelievably well equipped, could easily lay on a dinner party!! We loved it and will definitely recommend and book again ourselves. Wish we had booked to stay longer, a real home from home. By the way, we loved the thought that had gone into the collection of mugs!!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2018

  • "As with all the cottages we have stayed in with Sykes, Mulberry Cottage is a real home-from-home."

    Extremely clean, comfortable and cosy. The cottage is well placed to visit many attractions and the little village of Cark is lovely. We really could not fault it and would not hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. Our boys (7 and 4) had such a wonderful time they didn't want to come home, one even saying that they prefer our holiday cottage to our real house!!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable with great local amenities."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2018

  • "Fabulous cottage, very comfortable and extremely well equipped, even welcoming tea and coffee!"

    Has everything you can think of including wifi, digital tv and great heating thats eazy to control if necessary. Only down side is the parking outside the cottage. Road is on a bemd and there isnt a full parking space so car sticks out into the road on the bend. Otherwise excellent.

    Reviewed by Dinah5.0Aug 2018

  • "Such a lovely comfortable cottage, very well equipped with everything you would need for a great holiday."

    Train station 4 minutes away with trains to Carlisle and all the stops in between, and going south as far as Preston, we made great use of the trains to get out and about, very close to cartmel racecourse and all the lovely walks, 2 nice pubs in cark village serving good food. A lovely pie shop and a Londis. Thoroughly enjoyed our week there, and our doodle Ziggy had a whale of a time, will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lavinia5.0Jun 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage & village, thoroughly enjoyed our stay & would definitely book again & we wished we'd booked longer!"

    Great base for travelling around the Lakes & lovely walks just on the doorstep. A couple of points we would have liked to know though before going was the local shop closed at 8:00pm & the 2 local pubs finished serving food around 8:30pm so if you have a late arrival make sure you take some food with you as we had none. Also Holker Hall, which is within walking distance & well worth a look but note opening times as we were disappointed to find it closed on our last 2 days, Monday & Tuesday. Also, the garden was just a small yard that was ok for our needs but our dogs would have preferred a bit more space to run around in.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very well equipped cottage, good size ."

    Would book again

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0May 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage with everything you need."

    Close to all amenities, Cark and Cartmel are lovely villages. Ate at L'Enclume and highly recommend, only a 40 minute walk to Cartmel. Used the cottage as a base for a fishing weekend and it is perfectly situated. We got lucky with the exceptional bank holiday sunshine which topped the trip off. Would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "Had another lovely stay at Mulberry Cottage ."

    We hope to return In the future.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and exceptionally well equipped in the kitchen."

    It was also very practica for dog ownerl with space in kitchen fir dig crate and an enclosed garden. The beds were incredibly comfortable too. Great central location with lively walks from the cottage and easy access to sea or lakes. The only point I would make is there was only one black bin - no recycling facilities.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.8Feb 2018

  • "Have stayed in Cark previously."

    A great location for touring the South Lakes. Fish and chips from Flounders in Flookborough, always a nice treat on arrival. Many other great places to eat too

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2017

  • "The only thing missing was somewere to hang clothes in the 2nd bedroom."

    Reviewed by Deborah4.8Aug 2017

  • "This is a great little cottage."

    Very clean and well equipped and in a lovely location. The artisan bakery (practically next door) "Fat Flour" is well worth a visit for delicious pastries and chocolate brownies.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.6Mar 2017

  • "Parking somewhat difficult."

    The cottage does not have Wi Fi and I would not book this cottage again for that reason. That said, it was very comfortable and cosy and we thoroughly enjoyed our break. We would certainly use Sykes cottages again

    Reviewed by Bronwen4.8Feb 2017

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage, it was so clean and comfortable."

    Slight problem with parking but this did not cause any major problems (to us, or the locals - tho it did to an "incomer" to the village - be warned, he will move your car wing mirror!!!

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.8Nov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage."

    felt right at home as soon as we walked in. TV cable could do with an update but apart from that was perfect

    Reviewed by Richard4.8Oct 2016

  • "A small issue with the bins I spoke to the dustmen and each one said about a sticker missing as it is classed as trade waste, not a prob for us but in the summer it may be a different matter."

    Also a new in comer to the village has made it his Saturday morning task to moan about the allocated parking space out side the cottage, real jobs worth and caused us a little amusement watching him squeeze between the car and window of the cottage, so really just to wined him up I parked so close a slice of ham would of not fitted lol made my day to see his face on Sunday. The landlady of the pub said he hasn't been there long it's an outsider thing so hayho other wise loved the cottage the village, a wonderful holiday thankyou

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two rooms: 1 x king-size and 1 x double room
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and dining area.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Double electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, WiFi, TV with Freeview, DVD, Bluetooth speaker available
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Property check-out time is 10AM.

The property

A superb semi-detached cottage located in the charming village of Cark in Cartmel, just a couple of miles from the ancient priory village of Cartmel, and just 20 minutes’ drive away from Lake Windermere in the beautiful Lake District.

The cosy sitting room at this Cark in Cartmel cottage boasts a wonderful woodburning stove set into an impressive inglenook fireplace, comfy sofas and a beautiful wooden floor, which all combine to provide a truly welcoming room.

The spacious kitchen is equipped to a high standard and has a door leading to a small enclosed patio area.

Upstairs, there are two delightful double bedrooms, one with an original fireplace, and an excellent shower room.

Just a short walk from this Cark in Cartmel cottage is an excellent pub, the Rose and Crown, and village store.

The beautiful Holker Hall and Gardens are within walking distance where guests can enjoy the tasty food served in their café/restaurant.

The quaint village of Cartmel, famous for its ancient priory, racecourse and award-winning restaurants, is just 2 miles away.

The area is also perfect for walkers with a wide variety of terrain to explore with the Lake District peninsula and the Cumbrian Fells both within easy reach.

A perfect Cark in Cartmel cottage, to be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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About the location


Cartmel 2 miles; Bowness on Windermere 16 miles.

Cark in Cartmel is a small Lakeland village just two miles from Cartmel, one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District. Cark is well served by the Furness line railway, and features pretty streamside strolls, lovely walks to the local coastline overlooking Morecambe Bay, two fine traditional old pubs and a scattering of small shops. It is a very short stroll from here to Holker Hall, the stately home of Lord Cavendish, whose house, gardens and deer park are open to the public and also now home to a licensed brasserie The Ilex. Take advantage of excellent walking opportunities amidst beautiful unspoilt countryside or visit The National Hunt Racecourse, the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition and the Lakeland Motor Museum, all close by. Nearby Cartmel offers quaint cobbled streets littered with antique shops, charming gift shops, welcoming traditional pubs serving real ales, and the nationally acclaimed Michelin Star awarded L'Enclume restaurant. The quiet seaside retreat of Grange-over-Sands, with its Edwardian buildings, mountain backdrop, fabulous sea views, promenade and two golf courses is four miles away. Windermere, with its panoramic views over England's longest lake, is within a fifteen minute drive. A superb holiday destination at any time of year.

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Note: Property check-out time is 10AM.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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