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The Orchard

(Ref. 12069)

Levens, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (50)
  • location (28)
  • lovely (28)
  • well (24)
  • owners (19)
  • comfortable (19)

67 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable."

    Pleasant dealings with owners. Would go again.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. Hopefully we’ll see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wilbert5.0Jun 2024

  • "The property was amazing it had everything you could ever ask for, we met the ..."

    The property was amazing it had everything you could ever ask for, we met the owner and he was very accommodating and very friendly, would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone

    Thank you so much for your very positive review. It was lovely to meet you and we’re glad you enjoyed your week. Hopefully we’ll see you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2024

  • "The cottage we stayed in was lovely, as was the location."

    However I found that trying to contact yourselves by phone was impossible, and to guide people to the internet to find anything out with a rather abrupt message is not acceptable

    Reviewed by Robert3.8May 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful and peaceful village."

    Really enjoyed our stay and we were sorry to leave. Very friendly owner who gave us a tour of his wonderful garden. We loved the cottage. The only thing that could be improved is the seating in the lounge as it didn’t help my bad back. However I’m aware that due to the size of the lounge choice of new seating would be limited. Otherwise excellent.

    Thank you for your review and I’m glad you enjoyed your stay at The Orchard overall. I’m sorry to read your comments about the sofa & armchair, they are quite new and you’re correct that we were limited in choice due to space available. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim4.7May 2024

  • "The location is superb and the cottage even more so."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the property.

    Thanks so much for your positive feedback. Hopefully we’ll see you again sometime x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Mar 2024

  • "An absolute gem of a place!"

    Lovely views, comfortable and in a perfect location. Village shop 5 minutes walk away that sells local produce (the cakes are amazing!) and a fish & chip van that visits on Wednesday evenings that is delicious! Would be more than happy to stay here again!

    We’re glad you enjoyed your stay and really appreciate the positive feedback. Thanks also for the chocolates you left for us, a very kind gesture. Hopefully we’ll see you again at The Orchard x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Have stayed at Orchard cottage a few times."

    Very clean comfortable cottage in a lovely area

    Thanks for the review, looking forward to seeing you again in 2024 x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very homely feel."

    The cottage had everything we needed.

    Thanks for your positive review x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marc5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable weeks stay, The cottage was comfortable and very well equipped."

    It had everything we needed and the owners had obvious given a lot of thought as to what to provide. It was a stunning location and an ideal base for exploring the Lake District. We were impressed with the Village shop which had an extremely extensive stock. We would certainly like to return.

    Thanks for your positive review, we’re glad you had a good time. The shop is definitely an asset for the village and we appreciate you using it x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2023

  • "Thank you very much for a lovely stay at The Orchard."

    The cottage had everything we needed, cleaned to a high standard and in a great location. Many thanks

    Thanks for your positive review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again sometime x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great location and love the local shop."

    Seems to stock everything and so friendly.

    Thanks for supporting our village shop, it's such a great asset to the village! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property with lots of thoughtful touches and everything you might need - we will definitely be back!"

    Many thanks for your positive feedback. Hopefully we'll see you again soon x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Dec 2022

  • "Our short stay disappointedly became sorter than expected due to a family emergency but we found the cottage very comfortable and well equipped for a relaxing stay."

    It is well positioned for all the lovely places to visit and the welcome tray was very thoughtful and much appreciated.

    Many thanks for your positive comments. It was a shame you had to leave early x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Nov 2022

  • "This was our 3rd time staying at The Orchard."

    Enjoyed every minute of our stay, the cottage is perfect for a lovely restful stay in the lakes. It is clean, has lovely bedroom and a well equipped kitchen area. The log burner certainly give good heat which make the lounge area very cozy in the evenings. We will definitely be back.

    Thank you for returning to The Orchard and for your positive feedback. We hope to see you again in the future. Leonie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2022

  • "We have had a lovely relaxing holiday in The Orchard cottage,it had everything that we needed and found it well equipped and comfortable."

    The village of Levens is very friendly and helpful with a well stocked village shop.There’s nothing that I would change,perfect for a quiet and peaceful break but in easy distance to travel to larger towns and places of interest.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, it was lovely to meet you x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Giovanna4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely old cottage which is clean and extremely well equipped."

    It’s situated in a pleasant, friendly village with an excellent shop. The secluded garden is not attached to the house but accessible up several stone steps from the side of the house. The hosts were friendly and helpful but not intrusive. The only small issue for me was the low seating in the lounge. The village is well situated for exploring the South Lakes with many places to visit and walks within easy reach. We spent a very happy week there and would recommend this cottage.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. We note your comments about the seating and have recently put new foam cushions on the sofa. It may still be quite low for some visitors but unfortunately space available in the sitting room means choice of sofas is limited x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Sep 2022

  • "Such a lovely cosy cottage, we had a great holiday in The Orchard."

    Beds were comfy, Wi-Fi excellent, and everything in place you should ever need. We all slept very well. We would definitely recommend to others and wouldn’t need to think twice about staying again! Perfectly located to visit Windermere and the surrounding area, and close enough to the M6 for us to have a day trip to Scotland and to visit Hadrian’s Wall. Thank you Leonie, for being so helpful, and to both you and your parents for making us feel so welcome.

    Thanks so much for your feedback. It was lovely to meet you and hopefully you’ll visit The Orchard again sometime x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2022

  • "A very well equipped and cosy cottage."

    The village is in a great location for accessing the Lakes and coastline or heading more inland into Yorkshire. The village itself has a great local shop and pub. Very happy with our stay in the cottage which had all the facilities needed and benefitted with off road parking for one car.

    Thank you for your positive comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Aug 2022

  • "Good location for south lakes, grange over sands, arnside etc."

    Comfortable accommodation, upgrades since our last visit some years ago have been good. The property could be even more comfortable if the sofa and armchair were replaced, they’re very soft and difficult to get up from. We’ll be back no doubt.

    Thank you for your comments. New sofa and armchair cushions have been ordered since your visit. We hope to welcome you back to The Orchard in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable accommodation, especially the beds."

    Loved the private garden which we were able to sit in a couple of times when the sun shone. Great to have both dishwasher and washing machine.

    Thank you for your comments. The beds were replaced earlier this year so it's nice to know they're comfortable! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent property a home from home a perfect location to explore the Southern Lake District"

    Thank you for your positive feedback, we’re glad you enjoyed your stay at The Orchard x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "Clean, well equipped and maintained."

    Excellent hosts.

    Thank you for your comments, it was lovely to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jody5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great little cottage in a great location."

    Pub, village shop and playground all within walking distance. Walks aplenty from the doorstep and a host of attractions a short drive away. Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Thank you for your comments, it was lovely to see you all again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Apr 2022

  • "This was our third stay in The Orchard."

    It’s a wonderful base for getting out and about in the Lakes. We can’t imagine renting anywhere else now when we holiday in the area.

    Thanks for your postive review, it was lovely to welcome you back to The Orchard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Mar 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Orchard Cottage."

    It was immaculate and the facilities were good. The beds were comfy and loved the lit fire. Location great for touring the lakes. We would definitely return there again.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Wonderful little cottage !"

    A great place with good amenities and very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Excellent cottage in lovely village on the edge of the Southern Lakes and ideal for exploring this part of Northern England."

    Our hosts were first class and the facilities were as described. Warm and cosy cottage with excellent wi fi and very comfortable. Village shop and eating facilities five minutes walk away in the friendly village of Levens.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2021

  • "I have stayed in many self catering holiday homes over the years and this one was exceptionally clean and well equipped as well as being ideally placed and in a picturesque location."

    Reviewed by Jeannie4.7Sep 2021

  • "The Orchard was a lovely little cottage."

    It was cleaned to a high standard and had everything that we needed. We met the owners (who live next door) and they were lovely people. The weather was amazing when we stayed and the garden at The Orchard was a lovely place to sit and enjoy the sunshine! The local pub and shop are worth visiting and a visit to the fish and chips van (which comes to the village once a week) provided a delicious tea-time meal!

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and in a great location."

    The owners/manager were responsive and helpful and we had the added bonus of a tour around their beautiful garden next door. We hope to return next summer.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Jul 2021

  • "The location was very nice and the cottage is very clean with well equipped kitchen."

    Lake District is very nice area to visit. Very comfortable bedrooms and nice layout of house. Bathroom and kitchen were modern.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely charming cottage, in a lovely small quite village."

    Extremely well equipped and clean with good quality furnishings and lovely comfortable beds . Beautiful secluded garden and parking place.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jul 2021

  • "The place was much nicer than the advert pictures."

    The garden is lovely and it’s an excellent place to stay as a base to see the Lake District. We had plenty of space and the cottage was nice and warm. Would definitely stay/recommend others to stay in Levens.

    Reviewed by Ahila5.0May 2021

  • "We had a really enjoyable 4 nights at The Orchard."

    Spotlessly clean. Comfy double bed , slept so well. All the utensils you need to cook up a storm , if you so wish! Very peaceful Brilliant shower and plenty of hot water. Word of warning if you like a super hot shower make sure you don't leave the bathroom door open as it will set the smoke alarm off at the top of the stairs

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Apr 2021

  • "Our week at The Orchard was truly amazing!"

    The cottage was very very clean and equipped with everything you need( I think it even had more than I do at my home). The fireplace was a big bonus. Beds very comfortable. Spacious and bright. The location is a very quiet peacefull one with easy acces by car to every point in the lakes. Private parking a bonus as well. Thank you for making our holiday unforgetable!

    Reviewed by Iulia5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage has so many lovely features, has great equipment too."

    Lovely and clean with a pint of milk in the fridge on arrival which was so kind. The village shop is fabulous, great stock. We had fish and chips from the van in the village on Wednesday night which was a treat too.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Oct 2020

  • "A cosy comfortable cottage- the tea/coffee and biscuits very welcome after a long journey."

    Felt very at home.

    Reviewed by Marjie5.0Oct 2020

  • "A great little holiday cottage in a fabulous location."

    The cottage is very well equipped and the added bonus of a log burner and garden make it extremely versatile. Even better was having a village shop and amazing playground within walking distance. The Orchard is convenient to get to and perfectly located for visits to Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. We had a lovely holiday, thank you!

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Aug 2020

  • "Great little cottage with lovely garden and everything we needed- wasn't lacking anything."

    Good location with village amenities and nice neighbours (the owners!)

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2020

  • "Our second visit to The Orchard Cottage at Levens so we knew what to expect."

    As ever the accommodation was spotless, very clean. The owners ensure that you have a small supply of coffee, tea and a pint of milk in the fridge. There is also a supply of wood for the wood burning fire in the lounge. We will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2019

  • "4th visit to The Orchard, absolutely love it."

    Lovely quiet location with lots of places to visit close by.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2019


    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean, warm welcome by the owners who couldn't do enough for us."

    Thoroughly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2019

  • "Warm welcome from owners."

    Neighbourhood friendly, good village shop. Directions to cottage were good. Good location.

    Reviewed by Fay5.0Aug 2019

  • "Super cottage, great, quiet village location"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2019

  • "Cottage was very thoughtfully equipped, better than most cottages."

    Also cosier than expected from photos, photos of new lounge sofas would be a good idea. Would have been helpful to know the garden was not fenced off from the road - we booked a cottage with garden specifically because of our very energetic little boy but were unable to use it because of the set up which wasn't clear in the description.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are very sorry the garden was not suitable for you. We have now added a note to make this more clear for future guests. Thank you again for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Francis4.7Mar 2019

  • "Lovely location, lots of scenic walks, very friendly owners."

    Had a very enjoyable stay in a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2019

  • "This is our third or fourth visit to the cottage for Christmas."

    The hosts who live next door are very warm and friendly and take a genuine pride in the cottage which is very well equipped, as well as being comfortable and cozy. Strongly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2018

  • "Great cosy little cottage in really good location, very comfy, clean and well presented."

    Information packs on local area, attractions and equipment were very comprehensive. Would stay here again with no hesitation.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Nov 2018

  • "The Orchard was a great cottage."

    Spotlessly clean and comfortable. The owners were more than welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Oct 2018

  • "Great accommodation, was totally fantastic."

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Oct 2018

  • "Easy to make a late booking."

    Plenty of information. The cottage itself was ideally placed, warm, cosy & comfortable. The whole experience was ideal and good value.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2018

  • "The owner met us on arrival and had baked a cake specially for us felt that was ..."

    The owner met us on arrival and had baked a cake specially for us felt that was really nice of her loved the wee cottage and all the mod cons, excellent wee break

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Sep 2018

  • "Quaint cottage in a beautiful location on the southern outskirts of the lake district."

    A lot of attention went into facilities available, and our only criticism was the poor TV signal. The welcome tray with a chocolate cake, tea bags and milk was very welcome.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.7Aug 2018

  • "We had a great welcome from the owners who showed us around the cottage on arrival and provided us with a welcome tray that included a delicious chocolate cake."

    The modern kitchen was well equipt and the bed was really comfortable. It must have the best view out of a wardrobe window ever! We were also lucky to have a guided tour of the owners garden which they open for the national garden scheme. It gave us a great base in a beautiful setting to explore the lakes. We didn't want to come home!

    Reviewed by Karyn5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was everything a Lakeland cottage should be."

    Quirky, quaint, peaceful, clean and with a location that couldn't be beaten, if you want a quiet time. The views from the lane and all around are stunning. The owners are very nice and helpful.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2018

  • "Very enjoyable holiday lovely cottage lovely area ."

    No complaints at all.

    Reviewed by S5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage set in beautiful surroundings."

    Very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. A local pub and little store which has pretty much everything you need is close by and very well used. The owners next door are very welcoming and a treat of a cake and welcome tray is an added bonus after a journey. This is our 3rd visit and will no doubt be going back again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2018

  • "Very good location, kitchen cubboards well stocked and the owner made you fill very welcome nice to be greeted with a welcome tray and a lovely chocolate cake so you could have a drink and relax before having to go to the shops Or unpack."

    .the cottage is very cosy it also nice to see that the owner. Has taken note of her feed backs and has acted on them .the owner has also got some games there for your use I think a lot of thought has gone in to this cottage rental by the owners I would certainly book this cottage again if available

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Feb 2018

  • "Because of my arthritis I found the stairs a little steep but couldn't fault it otherwise."

    A very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Anne4.6Jul 2017

  • "Superbly equipped."

    Everything was thought of.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2017

  • "The Orchard and the owners were all lovely."

    There was a freshly baked cake awaiting us on arrival as well as a tour and brief but thorough explanation of the cottage and its facilities by the owner, We mentioned in passing that our visit was for our wedding anniversary and the next day a card had been posted for us. Very pleased with our stay and would definitely look at booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Oct 2016

  • "My husband and I have absolutely nothing negative to convey relating to this perfect weeks holiday in the Lake District (including fine weather)."

    The warm welcome at "The Orchard" by Mrs Shirley Band was much appreciated, showing us over the property and answering our many questions. Our first impressions of the accommodation was that it would suit us admirably, and so it proved to be. Quiet, all-round comfort, including lovely beds (good night's sleep assured). Obviously much thought had been given to the accommodation including all necessary appliances. The location, in order to explore the stunning Lake District area, could not have been better. On most occasions, we drove the short distance to Windermere, where we parked for free all day in a convenient side street, using our Concessionary Travel Bus Passes to explore its many attractive locations - particularly great for the car driver who would have normally missed so much of the areas outstanding panorama. In closing, mustn't forget to mention the Welcome Tray presented at the time of our arrival, including a large scrumptious chocolate cake, a slice a day for each of us, lasting for quite a while. Overall, a memorable holiday in every respect. Should we ever return to the Lake District, if available, "The Orchard" would be our preferred accommodation. If not, Sykes would be our choice to select a comfortable holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Waltrud5.0Sep 2016

  • "A superb cottage the next door owners were delightful will definitely the book next year maybe twice"

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Sep 2016

  • "Not informed of "trip point" in sitting/dining area."

    Maybe because floor appears flat, covered in same coloured carpet, but in fact there is a step of approx 2 inches. Could be a serious problem for the visually impaired customer. Otherwise a well presented, comfortable, well equipped property

    Reviewed by Maureen3.8Sep 2016

  • "The best prepared holiday let we've been too."

    It was the little things such as having plenty of cutlery, plates, bowls, glasses, Tupperware, cooking and cleaning equipment which made a big difference. We have small children who rose with the sun, so could have done with blackout blinds/curtains in the bedrooms. The fresh baked cake, tea and milk on arrival were a nice touch and visiting the owners garden was also lovely. The village shop was good, small but had some options for people with dietary needs such as Gluten Free bread or diabetic treats. A decent holiday cottage and location for our first visit to the lake district.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2016

  • "Very cosy well appointed cottage , clean , attention to detail throughout the cottage excellent ,ideally placed in between the lakes and the Yorkshire dales."

    Very friendly and unobtrusive owner , had a very nice holiday and would thoroughly recommend the orchard.....

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITVX and more, you will need to log in with your own details
  • , DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Additional wood for woodburner available to purchase from the owners
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Spacious mature garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are several steps up to the garden accessed from the rear of the parking space
  • Visitors with young children should be aware that the garden is not completely enclosed
  • Note: The garden of the owners' property next door is open by appointment.

The property

A pretty, stone-built, 300-year old, semi-detached cottage, located in a quiet backwater of the Lakeland village of Levens, just five miles from Kendal.

Boasting lovely views across the Lyth Valley and Whitbarrow Scar, this Levens cottage provides ideal Lakeland accommodation.

Warm and welcoming, it features a comfortable sitting room with cosy woodburner and old beams, an adjoining dining area, a well-equipped kitchen and two lovely bedrooms which all combine to provide perfect Lake District accommodation.

Outside, this Levens cottage offers a spacious, raised garden area ideal for dining alfresco and watching the sun go down over the southern Lakeland Fells.

This Levens cottage is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District Peninsula.

The lovely old market town of Kendal is a short drive away, while Cartmel, with its famous annual horse race meetings, and the pretty coastal resorts of Arnside and Grange-over-Sands are all worth a visit.

In the other direction, Kirkby Lonsdale has numerous eating places and individual shops.

Lake Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Hawkshead are within easy reach.

This attractive village and lovely Levens cottage make an inspiring choice from which to enjoy the whole of this magical area.

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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.

Please be aware there are no electric car charging facilities in this property or village.
Please note: This property only accepts Saturday check ins.