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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Our fourth visit to this property so it feels a bit like home from home."

    Always very welcoming and cosy. The beds are first class, as are the general fixtures and fittings. It is a very well looked after house. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Apr 2024

  • "The cottage was beautifully furnished, warm and comfortable but the lack of housekeeping stock and the ‘house rules’ did not give an overall welcoming feeling of relaxation or luxury holiday."

    For example - no detergent for the washing machine (in the countryside, wet muddy walks, in winter?), peppermill was empty, torch batteries flat or low, no spare toilet rolls, single small discs of packet soap in bathrooms with no refills, a single replacement bin liner only, outside shed bulb not working. As a pet friendly cottage, comments such as ‘Obviously dogs are not allowed upstairs or on the furniture’ and ‘there must be NO evidence of dogs left in the property on vacating’ feel quite disrespectful to guests and assumes the worst of them. The 9am checkout is early and difficult to rationalise particularly when the guest is expected to do most of the tidying. To be packed up, beds stripped, house ordered, had breakfast and on your way, under the threat of leaving not a single dog hair, by 9am on the final morning makes your last day a very early start and/or takes up much of the previous evening. Things like this detract from what could have been a really enjoyable and relaxing stay. Whilst we appreciate all prices have increased, the cost for ensuring usable items are well stocked and refilled should be a reasonable inclusion to the overall cost. The cottage is not cheap and for this tariff, we really would not expect to feel penny pinched and unfortunately it engenders a degree of dissatisfaction. Initial supply of logs is as stated in the description, but again, refills require a car journey to stock up and in our experience cottages of this cost and marketed as luxury would have extra logs on site and available. The village pub is excellent and well worth returning to, the location is good for local attractions, walking from the door is good if without wanting to let your dogs off lead but requires walking across a lot of sheep fields or the road to get to better dog suitable walks. Overall a very lovely property but not the luxury relaxed holiday ambience we were anticipating. Lots of positives but definitely some areas to reflect on to improve the user experience or expectations

    It was rather disappointing to have received this review as the vast majority of our guests have positively commented about the warmth of the welcome they receive at Boxtree. We feel that Boxtree is very well equipped with the details of how guests can access all the necessary housekeeping arrangements as these are clearly outlined within the welcome pack. Whilst we welcome four-legged friends it is obviously necessary for us to set out the applicable house rules in order to ensure that the cottage can be maintained at a very high standard for the benefit of all our guests – we do not think we are unusual in this respect. We have taken onboard the comments regarding our current checkout arrangements and we have therefore now reverted to a 10am checkout. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill3.8Feb 2024

  • "An amazing cottage we went for Christmas with friends and everything we needed to cook a traditional Xmas dinner was there for us including a foil Turkey dish."

    We had a slight issue with the boiler on arrival but the owners came out promptly and sorted it for us. A lovely couple who couldn’t do enough for us. We went to the pub in the village for dinner the first night and lunch Xmas Eve. Pub was very welcoming and food was excellent. We were also invited to go to the Christingle at the local church again it was very welcoming. Would thoroughly recommend Boxtree cottage. We will certainly go back.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely property finished to a high specification."

    As a bonus, the food at the Horse & Farrier a few yards away was amazing.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Dec 2023

  • "A charming and very comfortable, well equipped cottage."

    Some very thoughtful touches, even if we didn’t have to use on this occasion eg hot water bottles. My partner would have liked a small stool or chair in the principal bathroom in order to use the table as a vanity unit etc, perhaps with a mirror? A 9:00 am departure time is very early for people who are on holiday and who want to spend their last night relaxing , not packing. 10 am is very much the norm elsewhere. Some fly spray to contend with the daily hordes in the conservatory would have been helpful. Really not clear where they came from or what attracted them in such numbers. Had to hoover up daily. However , these are just a intended to be constructive comments and in no way altered our overall high opinion of the cottage and a fabulous holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2023

  • "This cottage was ideal for two couples and two dogs , literally had everything we needed and more ."

    Lovely pub 50 yards away with great food and ideally situated just off A66 for easy access to the lakes at Keswick . Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2023

  • "We've been to Boxtree before and will probably return."

    Lovely quiet cottage with a great pub 30 yards up the road and a 5 mile circular walk that goes past Pooley Bridge on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2023

  • "Suggest adding a picture of the conservatory"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2023

  • "Boxtree is a really beautiful cottage."

    It was really clean, very comfortable and the garden is very dog friendly. The location is perfect, and the pub in the village is fab! Pooley Bridge is also in walking distance. We will definitely be staying at Boxtree again.

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0May 2023

  • "Perfect location and lovely Cottage."

    Great facilities for Wet Dogs with the out building for drying them

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very clean and well stocked with everything you would need. Our dogs loved the back garden which was very secure. Would definitely go back in the future.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, spacious but cosy and in a great location."

    Pub next door was great. Bedrooms both a good size and beds were really comfy. Considering this is a dog friendly cottage this was one of the cleanest places we’ve stayed.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Dec 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, it was a joy to come back to the cottage at the end of very wet and windy days."

    A real home from home with every comfort and facility we could want. The only negative I would mention is having to strip the beds, making sure everything is okay and being out of the property by 9.00am. We left the day before due to illness but I would imagine it could be a real problem for some people. I know the cottage was spotless but I think 7 hours is more than ample time to prepare it for following guests.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2022

  • "Above our expectations."

    Comfortable and welcoming. Ideal for the 2 of us plus the dog. Close proximity to the excellent pub is a bonus. Very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved our stay in Boxtree."

    It’s a well placed cottage in a lovely village with a great pub literally just up the road. I loved the conservatory (but not the flies) for sitting reading my book in the colder days we had and the garden for the beautiful days. The bedrooms were great and the beds really comfortable. We will definitely consider returning to this cottage in the future.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really good stay and very clean."

    This is our second visit to Boxtree and would really recommend it. The beds are really comfy and the house lovely and warm Dacre is a lovely little village with an excellent pub on the doorstep

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2022

  • "Second time at Boxtree and likely to be back again as we love the area and the pub!"

    Very comfortable accommodation and particularly cosy given all the terrible weather.

    Reviewed by David3.8Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was a haven from the cold after our walking days."

    Sofas and beds are so comfortable .Equipped really well . Cottage is well decorated and warm . Every thing is easy to use. The garden isn’t like a holiday cottage garden .It is beautifully planted and kept. Great pub 2 minutes walk away. Views from back of cottage are spectacular. Good location for accessing the lakes .

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "A perfect cottage for a family with a dog."

    It was warm, clean and cozy with everything provided. The garden was secure with a gate that latches and the sun room was just right to take off muddy boots and towel down a wet dog after a day walking in the fells. The location, just next to a lovely dog-friendly pub and within walking distance of the lake was also a big plus. The owners were friendly and helpful. We'll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2021

  • "Ideal location in north lakes."

    Nice and quiet and yet Penrith, Pooley Bridge and Keswick only a short drive away. Cottage very good furnished standard. WiFi if important to you is around 30 megs. Lovely walk starts opposite the cottage leading to Dalmein Tea Room, approx 1.5 miles each way. Will certainly have Boxtree on our re-visit list for our frequent stays in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2021

  • "We absolutely loved staying in this cottage in Dacre."

    The kitchen was so well equipped, the bathrooms were spacious and spotless and the beds were very, very comfortable. We all loved the walks from the door, the peace of the garden when we came home from our many walks and the wonderful Pub up the road. I'm sure that we will come again to Boxtree. Praise indeed as we have been coming to the Lakes and staying in cottages every year for over 30 years, almost always through Lakelovers.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage & very happy with everything except the double bed mattress in bedroom at the front of the cottage."

    It was so uncomfortable I bought a topper for £ 50 so I could sleep properly during the holiday. I wouldn't return to that cottage unless the mattress was changed , which is a shame as everything else was great.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay at Boxtree. We are thrilled to hear you had a lovely week and enjoyed the cottage. We are sorry to hear you found the double bed mattress uncomfortable. We have discussed this with the owner and we have taken your feedback on board and will monitor things as this is the first comment we have had with it being uncomfortable. Our properties are graded by Visit England who offer quality accreditation. On their last inspection their comments on the mattresses were; 'Sound beds, very good quality mattresses and very good, easy care linens.' Thank you again for your feedback and we hope it is not to long until we can welcome you back to the Lakes. - The Lakelover Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judy4.4Apr 2021

  • "The property was perfect for our stay."

    We will be returning to this property and would recommend it to friends. The garden is small which suited us especially as we were out on the fells all day.

    Mrs BaptisteDec 2019

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

    The owners have refurbished and furnished it to a very high standard, in keeping with the age of the property. It is easy to get to off the A66 and is a few miles from Ullswater. Lovely village pub 100 metres away!

    Mrs NichollsSep 2019

  • "The beautiful cottage, the location in the quiet village of Dacre, the superb facilities."

    An excellent cottage which I would thoroughly recommend. The dogs loved it too.

    Miss CurpheyJul 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable providing everything we needed for an enjoyable holiday."

    The location was lovely and perfect for a quiet relaxed week. We have stayed in many holiday cottages and would rate this as one of the best we have stayed in and would stay again if we returned to the area.

    Mrs RushMay 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king size (can be twin) with en-suite shower room, 1 x double bed with en-suite bathroom
  • Downstairs cloakroom with basin and wc
  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sunroom
  • Drying room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Log burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cottage garden with furniture
  • Lockable stone store for bikes
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Pub nearby
  • 2 well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

Dating back to the 18th century, this stunning farmer’s cottage has been beautifully renovated to provide luxury accommodation while retaining its original charm and period features.

With its village setting and being just a stroll away from the shores of Ullswater, this property most certainly has the wow factor.

Entering through the rear door of the cottage, guests will be charmed by the cosy sitting room with feature fireplace, log burning stove and exposed beams.

A choice of deep-cushioned sofas and huge armchairs make this is the ideal spot in which to curl up and relax after a busy day outdoors.

Boxtree’s kitchen is fabulous.

Extremely well-equipped, with shaker style units, natural stone floor and up-to-date appliances, this bright and airy room has everything needed to cook up a fabulous family meal.

The adjoining dining room, with its farmhouse style table and chairs, is prefect for enjoying a lazy breakfast or more formal supper.

Through the kitchen to a wonderful sunroom overlooking the adorable cottage garden, and a useful cloakroom-cum-drying room with separate wc completes the downstairs accommodation. Upstairs the master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling, iron bed and period furniture complimented by an en-suite bathroom with attractive roll top bath.

The equally charming double room comes with modern en-suite shower room.

The cottage garden faces south west and is entirely enclosed, a safe place for dogs and children to play.

There is parking for two cars and a lockable stone outhouse is perfect for storing mountain bikes.

This is also where guests will find the tumble dryer. Boxtree has so many exciting things to offer, with footpaths, cycle routes and lake on the doorstep.

Glenridding and Pooley Bridge are close by, while the A591 runs from Keswick to Grasmere and on to Ambleside.

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

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About the location


The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas