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Cinderbarrow Cottage

Levens, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 931159)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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66 Customer Reviews

  • "Cinderbarrow cottage is one of the nicest properties that we have rented recently."

    I would highly recommend it. The owners appear to know what they are doing.

    Reviewed by JonathanMay 2022

  • "A well appointed and comfortable cottage that provided everything that we required."

    The upper terrace was a great place to chill out after a long day in the hills. Levens is very friendly place where local people stop to say hello.

    Reviewed by StevenApr 2022

  • "Cinderbarrow Cottage is very pretty throughout including the lovely large rear garden ."

    We could not fault cleanliness , comfort, quality of furnishings and equipment , and period features. Susan and Peter are kind and helpful , and we hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by KeithFeb 2022

  • "We had an excellent stay in a very comfortable cottage."

    Parking was excellent and if we had had bikes plenty of room to store them. The village shop is exceptionally well stocked and the cottage a great base for the Southern Lakes

    Reviewed by ValerieJan 2022

  • "Cinderbarrow is a pretty cottage in a lovely location; warm and welcoming, with excellent facilities - a real home from home."

    A great deal of care and attention has been taken by the owners to make you comfortable and provide everything you might need. There are plenty of great walks right from the door, but it isn’t far to the higher Lake District fells around the Windermere area if you want those. There’s a good village shop and local pub too. Can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by AnnJan 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage and extremely clean."

    We visited with our twin babies, the property owners kindly provided a cot and extra high chair, this assisted in making our stay thoroughly enjoyable. Would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by EllieDec 2021

  • "This was our second stay at delightful Cinderbarrow in the space of a few months."

    It felt lovely to return to this comfortable, homely and well-equipped place. The owners clearly care about their cottage and guests. Once again we found the village and its pub very friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed a variety of beautiful walks and days out in the area. We intend to return yet again before too long.

    Reviewed by MelanieDec 2021

  • "Everything was fantastic and the airing of the cottage is so peaceful."

    We wanted for nothing and enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by AlanDec 2021

  • "I suspect that the question most people would like to ask is "Would you book this cottage again?"

    " The answer is most certainly YES. There is great attention to detail both in the finish to this property and the quality and quantity of the items that the owners have provided. It is located on the southern edge of the Lake District and therefore convenient to get to many areas. Certainly one of the best properties we have booked in recent years.

    Reviewed by RogerNov 2021

  • "Lovely place, second time we have stayed there."

    Clean, tidy and got everything you need. Owners are lovely and can't fault anything.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2021

  • "Cinderbarrow cottage is fabulous."

    It is in a lovely little village about 20 minutes from Windermere. The cottage is so comfortable and cozy with absolutely everything you need the pictures on sykes site do not do it justice. I always take my own cleaning products but everything was provided. The cottage is so spotlessly clean one of the cleanest we have ever stayed in. We will definitely stay again when in the lake district. Do not over look this little gem of a property it is gorgeous.

    Reviewed by TracyOct 2021

  • "We visited in early October and our weather was awful most of the time, but the cottage was warm, peaceful and comfortable."

    It was very well equipped (especially the kitchen), with a lovely garden and convenient parking. Levens is an excellent centre for exploring the South Lakes and has a very well-stocked village shop. The owners were extremely helpful with a problem we caused for ourselves and responded the same day. They provided many thoughtful touches, which we appreciated.

    Reviewed by DaphneOct 2021

  • "Lovely clean, tidy cottage with everything you require, crockery and cutlery looked new, comfy lounge and walking distance to pub (0."

    9 mile). Quiet village, but we'll stocked shop, plenty of walks from doorstep. Altogether everything you would want of a holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by RaySep 2021

  • "Stunning location just returned after a week at the cottage couldn’t fault it, ..."

    Stunning location just returned after a week at the cottage couldn’t fault it, lovely views from the garden and patio area nice village shop and local pub

    Reviewed by KaySep 2021

  • "A beautifully refurbished cottage, with excellent facilities, and a delightful garden incorporating a reasonably spacious patio area and a long sloping lawn with extensive views from the top."

    Altogether an excellent location for the Eastern Lakes.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "Have stayed at Cinderbarrow Cottage three times because it’s lovely."

    Cosy, clean, and everything you need is neatly stored. Really beautiful garden too - it’s Hosta Heaven! Always feel instantly at home in Cinderbarrow.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2021

  • "The Cottage is spacious and well equipped."

    It is situated within peaceful surroundings and easy access for places to visit. The garden is very well kept with wonderful views from the seating at the top. The Patio area with adequate space for relaxing and dinning is perfect. A place we will return to.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "Great cottage, with lovely garden with many birds coming to the feeders"

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2021

  • "Cinderbarrow Cottage is very comfortable and beautifully appointed with high quality furnishings, fittings and appliances."

    The garden and patio area are lovely, with amazing views from the top of the garden. The owners have paid a lot of attention to detail and provide nice touches such as fresh flowers and bedside torches. The Levens village shop is very useful, stocking a wide variety of essentials and some excellent local produce.

    Reviewed by MelanieMay 2021

  • "Can't praise enough."

    Firstly - the cottage is beautiful and very efficiently managed. However, it is the eye for details and little things that often matter the most. Susan and Peter are wonderful hosts. We were with a 3.5 year old driving all the way from the south - so a bottle of milk in the fridge was a very warm welcome when we arrived late in the evening. The tasty biscuits and coffee are very much appreciated as well. The views from the house are fantastic. The garden is big enough for children to run around and have fun. It is also very well maintained. Having breakfast watching the birds can be a perfect holiday experience in the Lake District. The location of the village - Levens - is great. It is very close to Kendal and the whole of the Lake District is within driving distance. We went around a lot and my 3.5 year old had a great time exploring the lakes and woodlands. In relation to us fighting a pandemic, we felt completely safe in this house. Lastly, for folks traveling with kids, the children's park in the village is fantastic. For us it became the highlight of each day irrespective of what great woodland trail we walked in the rest of the day! Thank you very much!!

    Reviewed by DebasmitaApr 2021

  • "Owner very helpful regarding key collection."

    Place was spotless so we felt safe in view of Covid precautions. Owner had kindly left everything needed to get started for our week as well as good stock of cleaning materials. Nice to have enough crockery to make use of the dishwasher. Because of very cold weather we didn't do as much walking as usual but some beautiful drives through stunning scenery with snow on the hills and a few walks around the village and nearby with plenty of varieties of birds to see. All in all a great week.

    Reviewed by GabrielleApr 2021

  • "A great place to stay to explore The Lakes."

    Lovely big garden for our son to play in. We had a brilliant holiday, thanks!

    Reviewed by JennyApr 2021

  • "Perfect hosts and accommodation."

    The village is quiet and lovely neighbours too, we can also recommend the Hare and Hounds pub for a fantastic meal. 10/10 all round.

    Reviewed by KatieOct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay, everything was perfect and the cottage was well looked after."

    Location was brilliant for exploring the surrounding areas and the garden was beautiful

    Reviewed by JodieOct 2020

  • "The cottage was clean, well equipped, and very comfortable."

    Much bigger inside than outside view. Everything you might require ( except for iron) an absolute gem. The garden was immaculate with beautiful views over the valley. The owners were very helpful with any queries we had. We would definitely recommend a stay.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage, and the owners had gone out of their way to ensure a high standard of cleanliness and safety during COVID-19."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JillAug 2020

  • "Such an amazing holiday at cinderbarrow for the third time!"

    Susan is a wonderful host and helped us all feel relaxed, ensuring us that all cleanliness was a priority during covid-19 precautions. The cottage is clean, comfortable and has everything you need, the garden and parking space is more than adequate. Levens is a beautiful area, the neighbours all around the cottage are caring and kind. I hope this is not our last visit at cinderbarrow, it does feel like a home from home

    Reviewed by LukeJul 2020

  • "Fabulous place and well equipped."

    Warm and cosy. Will definitely return

    Reviewed by LesleyFeb 2020

  • "This is the second time that we have stayed at Cinderbarrow Cottage , and hopefully it won’t be the last."

    It’s one of those places where , after a day out “doing your thing “ , you can go in , shut the door and leave all your troubles behind you. Our visit this year was accompanied by atrocious weather conditions and so the heated boot / cloakroom was just fantastic. I could go on and on , but all I can say is thanks to both the owners of the cottage , and Sykes’s for making our week so comfortable.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2020

  • "The cottage and area were exceptional and it was a delight to be there"

    Reviewed by AlanDec 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage, lovely and warm with everything you could need."

    Fantastic garden with lots of wildlife. Great local area to explore with walks from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2019

  • "Beautifully presented well equipped cottage with stunning views from the garden, made our holiday extra special."

    We really appreciated the tea and biscuits on arrival. In a perfect location to explore the Lake District with many attractions within close proximity. Really good pub in the village, great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Highly recommend this property and hope to return some day.

    Reviewed by JoNov 2019

  • "This is an exceptional cottage."

    Loved the wildlife friendly garden (bug hotel, bird feeders and resident hedgehog), conservatory with masses of coat hooks and place for walking boots, well equipped kitchen (great fridge freezer with ice maker etc) and a sense of the locality (natural history and walking books and beautiful Heaton Cooper prints on the walls)

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, exceptionally clean and of a high standard."

    Idyllic garden attracting wildlife and with amazing views. Superb location. The cottage was one of the best I have ever stayed in after 20 yrs of using holiday cottages.

    Reviewed by PatriciaAug 2019

  • "One of the best cottages we have ever stayed at through Sykes or anywhere."

    Could quite happily move in! Spacious, homely, spotlessly clean, with everything provided - even a boot room which was very useful. The highlight was the amazing outdoor area where we spent many hours, either eating meals on the lovely terrace or enjoying the beautiful garden and views and watching the local wildlife. Levens was the perfect location to visit most of the Lake District and not too far to hop over to Yorkshire. Lovely village with great local pub. Don't miss out on Sizergh Farm Shop which we visited many times, and also Levens Hall.

    Reviewed by NickJun 2019

  • "Cinderbarrow cottage was wonderful."

    So clean, such lovely appliances and decor and obviously a cottage much loved and cared for by its owners. Nicest cottage I’ve stayed in through Sykes hands down.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2019

  • "Such a great holiday, in a wonderful cottage."

    Super location. Everything about it was perfect. With the added extra of the wildlife in the garden. We all loved watching the family of bunnies playing in the evening

    Reviewed by LinziMay 2019

  • "Perfect cottage, everything we could have wished for."

    The first time ever we had loads of toilet paper as well as everything else. The garden was amazing and a big bonus as we were lucky with the weather we were able to eat on the patio each evening. Even the neighbours were friendly.we would give Cinderbarrow 100%. Well done and thank you all.

    Reviewed by AllanMay 2019

  • "An ideal cottage for us with a garden that we could have enjoyed more had the weather been better."

    It was positioned in a good spot for us to visit the places we had planned to see. Not life threatening but a hairdryer would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2019

  • "It is a lovely cottage."

    The welcome package of tea coffee milk biscuits was lovely. We will definitely be visiting again.

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2019

  • "A great little cottage in an excellent location ."

    It was a place where you looked forward to returning to in the late afternoon/early evening , after a hard day’s walking or shopping ,etc ,etc. By using the road through the Lyth valley such places as Bowness,Windermere and Ambleside were within easy reach. The garden wasn’t used because we visited in February but at least we walked to the bench to savour the views. This cottage has it all , even a room to put your boots on before the day’s walk starts. The large bathroom and excellent kitchen were a welcome feature. All in all a great property where we will certainly return to. Thanks to all concerned.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2019

  • "This was our second stay at this cottage and once again we were amazed at the high standard."

    The owners obviously take great pride in this property and as I said last time I could live here quite happily and wouldn't change a thing. Often a second visit somewhere doesn't live up to the memories of the first time but here it just felt so right once more. We'll be back for sure !

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2018

  • "Cottage was lovely and owners friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2018

  • "Loved this cosy well equipped cottage and the views from the top of the garden are amazing."

    Many different varieties of birds visit the garden and you can feed the local hedgehog although elusive. Handy for visiting a family member in the village of Levens and local pub and village shop a short walk. Quiet location for visiting the area and lakes. The Lakeland Motor museum at Ulverston a good day out and can recommend the Ship Inn on Bowness in Windermere for a view of the lake and good value food and service. The Freedom pass will take you from Haverthwaite by train to the Lakeland stop for a cruise up Lake Windermere or you can hop off at other stops up the lake. Ulverston has a good supermarket - Booths and the Lakeland Glass Blowing factory, very interesting. Also a good quality mountain warehouse for any extra walking & clothing accessories. Coniston is beautiful with the usual tea shops too quieter than Windermere Ambleside and Keswick, so many othere places I didn't do on this visit. Will be back hopefully to this cottage again

    Reviewed by MaureenSep 2018

  • "Cinderbarrow cottage was so comfortable and welcoming and a perfect base for exploring the lake district."

    The owners were very welcoming and we felt very at home in their lovely clean cottage.

    Reviewed by ClareJun 2018

  • "Everything was perfect"

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2018

  • "We stayed in Cinderbarrow 27th April-3rd May."

    We had a great week exploring the Lake District, weather was dry for the week. The cottage was great with gas central heating, wifi internet which was probably only rated at 2gb download speed. The cottage was a very high spec with light oak furnature throughout. The bed was wonderfully comfy. The area has marvelous views and is very quiet. There is a hedgehog house in the garden and they eat a full bowl of food a day. Must be greedy critters :)

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2018

  • "Cinderbarrow Cottage was a perfect home from home."

    Just a delight to stay there and to have the owners so close at hand when we had a query. Would definitely stay again and would certainly recommend to friends and family this cottage and Sykes as an organisation.

    Reviewed by TimothyApr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with all the amenities we needed."

    Reviewed by TimMar 2018

  • "A beautiful, well presented cottage in a lovely quiet village."

    It felt like a home from home

    Reviewed by RachelMar 2018

  • "The Cottage is very well appointed, except for the lack of an iron and ironing board, odd, when there is a washer/dryer!"

    For decent views you have to climb up the incline in the garden. The large garden overlooks other houses, slightly intimidating for the residents. The Cottage itself is excellent, comfortable beds, excellent heating system, large American style fridge/freezer and WI-FI. If you are on 02 Mobile, the signal is fine. The local shop in Levens is excellent, so to the local Public House, the 'Hare and Hounds' which serves good food. Kendal is difficult to negotiate in a car and full of Charity shops. Go through Natland to Oxenhome Station and you can avoid Kendal!

    Reviewed by VincentMar 2018

  • "Fabulous cottage great location lovely views very well equipped and immaculate"

    Reviewed by HelenDec 2017

  • "Such a warm and homely cottage with plenty of comforts."

    Enough space for a family of four with a surprisingly large garden. Not too far from some wonderful walks and the view over whitbarrow on a clear day is beautiful. Plenty of off road parking and the neighbours are all friendly. We are definitely considering visiting this beautiful place again.

    Reviewed by LukeDec 2017

  • "Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful location."

    High standards of cleanliness, decoration and facilities. Lot's of little extras kindly left by the owners that added to the feeling that their visitors matters.

    Reviewed by GlynNov 2017

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at Cinderbarrow and hope to return next year!"

    It was really cosy and beautifully presented and had everything we needed for a fabulous few days we didn’t want to leave!! Thanks to the owners for leaving fresh flowers and biscuits and tea on arrival very nice touch!

    Reviewed by LucyNov 2017

  • "I would have ticked exceeded expectations but that attribution I believe should be merited to the owners rather than Sykes."

    We have used Sykes many times now and have never been disappointed but this property exceeded all that we have had previously. My partner and myself both said we would happily move in permanently and not change anything, it was perfect !

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2017

  • "The cottage was excellent - clean, tastefully decorated and well-equipped."

    The location was great as a base for touring.

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2017

  • "This is the best property we have stayed in through Sykes and would thoroughly recommend."

    Reviewed by MatthewJun 2017

  • "Taking care of their pet hedgehog!"

    Beautiful cottage in a great location with lovely views across the valley. Garden was gorgeous. We sat out at night just watching the sunset. Very peaceful and relaxing.

    Reviewed by PenelopeJun 2017

  • "Very well prepared cottage."

    Within easy reach of both Lake district, and Yorkshire dales. Local inns with good food. Need to be prepared for some narrow roads.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2017

  • "A wonderful cottage."

    I travelled alone with a toddler and everything was perfect. Will definitley be back

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2017

  • "Beatiful cottage, great location for getting out and about to the main attractions, towns and villages."

    The cottage has clearly been lovingly and tastefully decorated, premium quality decor really made a difference to the stay.

    Reviewed by ClairFeb 2017

  • "A beautiful little cottage with lovely welcome touches from Susan and Peter."

    I'm already looking to stay here again. A perfect place for a weekend away or a week to explore the lakes. A wonderful first experience with Sykes cottages.

    Reviewed by JodyNov 2016

  • "What a beautiful cottage!"

    Modernised to a superb standard, it was welcoming and gave more than we expected; so many thoughtful touches! The cottage is in an ideal position to visit all parts of the Lake District, with local walks and a good village shop. The weather was excellent and we took advantage of the beautiful garden and BBQ facilities. We felt at home and everything came together to make the holiday perfect.

    Reviewed by DianaOct 2016

  • "An exceptionally well-decorated, furnished and well-equipped cottage with all the comforts of home, and great to see such attention to detail."

    The cottage has only recently been refurbished and everything is to a very high standard. Kind welcome gifts of milk, tea (Yorkshire!) and biscuits were most thoughtful. The only addition that would have been appreciated was a washing line or similar to give us the pleasure of outside clothes-drying (and save on energy)! Brilliant location for walking in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Howgill Fells and around Morecambe Bay, with fast access to Kendal for shopping.

    Reviewed by JacquelynAug 2016

  • "Could find an iron / ironing board at property"

    Reviewed by RusselAug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with electric fire and dining area.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars and lockable bike storage 50 yards from cottage
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 8 mins walk, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There are steps leading to the garden
  • Note: There is a step leading into the twin bedroom
  • Note: Low beams.

The property

A super mid-terrace cottage on the outskirts of the village of Levens, just five miles from Kendal and 15 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere in the beautiful Lake District.

This is a lovely cottage with spacious accommodation and a large garden with patio where the views stretch over the Lyth Valley.

This cottage makes a perfect base for exploring the Lake District and the nearby historic houses of Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle.

Cinderbarrow Cottage has two bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor, whilst downstairs there’s a spacious sitting room with dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen with a vestibule area – perfect for storing all your walking clobber.

Outside, there is a large garden area with lawn and a patio approached by steps.

The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking or cycling and the nature reserves of Leighton Moss and Foulshaw Moss will give added interest no matter what the weather holds!

The bustling lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere is just 20 minutes away where you can find a colourful mix of shops and restaurants, and of course, you can hop on board the Windermere Steamer to cruise up the lake to Ambleside with the stunning Lake District fells on either side.

In the market town of Kendal there is the Brewery Arts Centre together with charming ginnels and alleyways to explore.

This super cottage will make a great base at any time of the year.

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About the location


Kendal 5 miles; Windermere 16 miles.

Levens is a small traditional Cumbrian village set on a high promontory in beautiful countryside and ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The village has a lovely old church, general store/newsagent and a pub. With excellent views of the southern fells across the Lyth Valley and the River Kent which flows below the village, 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. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall, with its superb topiary garden, are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay. Nearby Kendal is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Levens provides a superb base for a relaxing break.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas
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