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The Cottage At Hill Top

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Haverthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was very well maintained and reflected in the write up on the website."

    Overall there were some issues that on reflection did not make our stay as relaxing as we had hoped for. In the main this was due to the somewhat controlling nature of the owner who lives on site.His immediate welcome was not relaxed as his priority was to inform guests about the restrictions that he has put in place such as how to park ones car and not damage the driveway or other fabric of the surrounding area. Instructions abide throughout the property on what not to do such as the french doors are for ventilation only !! you are not permitted to walk through them meaning that the two ladies in our party who have mobility issues had to walk to the rear of the house down some difficult steps with no hand rail.There was no fire escape plan or instruction in place nor any fire extinguishers or fire blanket for the oven top. The restrictions for use of the oven that all cooked foods had to be covered to ensure that future guests had a clean oven was indeed very controlling after all it is a self catering property. This was further exacerbate when we used the outside BBQ as an alternative only to be told that they had forgotten to mention this facility was out of use owing to a missing heat shield that may damage some neighbouring plants.I could continue but I think you will get my drift. Nice property wonderful views but after all it is a holiday let and has to be used.

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent property with fantastic views."

    Pavillion was big bonus especially when weather was not too good . My 17 year old grandson would have been in there all day if we`d let him. Excellent hosts , very knowledgeable and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Jul 2022

  • "The most welcoming hosts/owners with a great knowledge of the cottage and the surrounding area."

    The cottage was immaculate, very homely and comfortable and full of personal touches. We had a great time in the Lakes and that's even with bad weather (although expected due to it being December/January). We would highly recommend a stay at this cottage, thank you!

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Hilltop."

    The views are absolutely gorgeous, and the cottage itself was immaculate. The games room and beautiful garden terrace were perfect. Thank you so much Stephen and Janine, you were excellent hosts.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "The accommodation was absolutely superb ."

    .. spotlessly clean and kitted with every appliance, cutlery, crockery items that you could wish for. Stephen and Janine had literally thought of everything. They had further enhanced our stay with a vast array of books, DVDs, art work, maps of local walks and so much more, which gave us a wealth of information about Hill Top itself and the surrounding area. Finding places to visit was therefore made so much easier. The Pavilion gamesroom was absolutely fantastic. Had everything for darts, pool, snooker table tennis and even an exercise bike ... can't remember the last time we watched so little TV in a week!! Finally, Stephen and Janine couldn't have been more accommodating ... offering background information and advice to any questions we had ... and even providing all that was required for a great BBQ (except the food of course!). They were absolutely delightful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We shall definitely return at sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2021

  • "Firstly happy New Year everyone - 2020!"

    Wow how the time flies, and it certainly has flown by staying here! What a beautiful cottage and location. The place is spotless and has everything you need for a relaxing walking holiday. Thank you!

    Mr J AshleyJan 2020

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful week in an idyllic setting."

    Had such a restful time in the perfect cottage and great fun exploring the local lakes, fells, barrows and valleys. We loved this place!

    Mr M PartyDec 2019

  • "Everything you could wish for."

    A perfect relaxing week with views, all home comforts, quiet, cosy. Thank you for thinking of everything. We will be back!

    Mrs GardinerOct 2019

  • "We are all feeling sad that we have to leave this beautiful place."

    Absolutely loved our stay in this amazing cottage - the views, the garden, the games room and attention to detail. Thank you. Our first visit to this part of the world - it will not be our last.

    V PentneyAug 2019

  • "What a lovely place to stay!"

    We’ve had a fabulous week here walking, paddle-boarding and exploring. So great to head back to the wonderful Hill Top at the end of each day. The cottage is immaculate and very comfortable… loved the Pavilion! Thank you so much - we will be back.

    N BayleyAug 2019

  • "Having read a number of reviews before we came we arrived with high expectations… we were not disappointed!"

    ! This really is a delightful cottage in a spectacular location. Thank you for your warm welcome. We have had a lovely week visiting a number of local attractions. I think Holker Hall was the favourite. We would love to come again - there is lots more to explore.

    J BridgenJul 2019

  • "Fabulous introduction to the Lake District staying at Hill Top."

    Loved the amazing views, peacefulness, beautiful gardens and the fantastic games room. Love all the info. in the games room and the art in the house.

    A JohnsonJun 2019

  • "What a find!"

    Best self-catering we’ve ever stayed at. Thank you S & J for making us very welcome. The fabulous weather helped too!

    Mrs A WMay 2019

  • "The location was quiet, peaceful, and wonderful views."

    An Ideal place to relax! Excellent hosts.

    Mr RoperSep 2018

  • "The property was excellent inside and out."

    The views were spectacular. The weather could have been better. If you wanted a town you had to drive miles. Ideal for watersports enthusiast.

    Mrs GibbsAug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, great location and views and a very well equipped games room for our own use."

    Mr BaughJun 2018

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Two king-size bedrooms with en-suite bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Pavilion games room
  • Cloakroom/utility
  • Central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • TV, DVD player, selection of DVDs, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • Courtyard garden with barbecue and extensive lawns over seven and a half acres
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4.7 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Note: Children no younger than 10 please

The property

Jaw-dropping countryside views from Arthur Ransome's house!

Word has it this was the 'Swallows and Amazons' authors favourite home, and it's easy to see why!

A 17thCentury cottage with every modern comfort, a sublime garden, and a fabulous games room, this is the ideal place to banish the blues and bring out your internal Lakelover! Hilltop is the former home of Arthur Ransome and has been featured both in The Mail on Sunday and by the BBC.

Your sumptuous holiday escape is a generous portion of this historic residence, luxurious to the highest level, and boasting a spacious interior with excellent natural light. The wall of glass in the living-area is intelligently designed to really make the most of those outstanding views, and this is a place to soothe the soul and any tired muscles that your Lake District adventures bring! The elevated location of Hilltop ensures its sweeping views over the hills and wooded vales of the Southern Lakes, and the situation could hardly be more perfect, with the shores of Lake Windermere a stone's throw away.

Looking out over that fantastic vista will always instil a profound sense of tranquility, and when you want to get active, the walking, cycling and exploring possibilities are truly unlimited!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • Newby Bridge 3 miles
  • Lakeside 4 miles
  • Grange-Over-Sands 7 miles

Haverthwaite is a small village and civil parish in the Furness region of Cumbria. It is within the Lake District National Park and is located six miles east of Ulverston, near the southern end of Windermere. The village gets part of its name from the Old Norse word thwaite which usually refers to a clearing or settlement in the forest. Close to the village is Newby Bridge which is at the southern tip of Lake Windermere which takes its name from the five arched stone bridge built in 1651 over the River Leven. The famous Furness Railway, one of Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam railways, runs between Haverthwaite and Newby Bridge. Visit the Lakeside Hotels and enjoy magnificent views across Windermere and the surrounding fells, or enjoy the Aquarium of the Lakes, where the naturally themed habitats, bring the history of the Lakes vividly to life.