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St Giles

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Elterwater near Chapel Stile, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Upon our arrival at St Giles, we spent 1/2 hour trying to retrieve the key from the key safe only to be told (after we rang Lake Lovers) that the code in the email they had sent us was the wrong code!"

    Upon entry to the extremely cold cottage, we lose another hour trying to fathom the heating which is not as described in the cottage instructions, nor on the Lake Lovers website: the thermostat described in the instructions and the oil fired boiler described on the website no longer exist and there are no instructions how to use the air source heat pump that's replaced them! The hour and a half lost, trying to get into the cottage and then trying to heat it meant we missed our dinner reservation at the Britannia Inn! Despite setting the heating and the water to be permanently on, 24/7, the cottage was only just warm enough and on one evening we ran out of water after just 2.5 showers (after which we discovered the water tank had an immersion heater). In all other respects St Giles is a really, really lovely cottage. All the rooms appear to have been recently decorated and the little touches (the pictures and ornaments, the books and games, etc) make it very homely. The appliances and the fittings in the kitchen, the bathroom and the shower room are all quality, modern, stylish, clean and work really well. The beds are really firm, very comfortable with quality bed linen. The towels are large and still nice and fluffy. The shower gel and shampoo dispensers are a nice touch. The single room for cooking, eating and sitting wouldn't suit everyone but it worked very well for us. There's a few mud stains on the carpet next to the front door but otherwise, and with the obvious exception of the heating, this is a near-perfect cottage.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry that you were given the incorrect keycode. We will look at the information provided to ensure that it is correct and up to date regarding the heating. We are pleased that you found the cottage to be lovely, and appreciated the little touches. We take all comments on board, Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.4May 2024

  • "Really well appointed property with lots a little extras that made the stay really enjoyable."

    A lot of “dog friendly” properties seem to be old fashioned and basic, not all dogs cause damage or extra cleaning. Really liked the little extras such as plenty of coffee pods, dishwasher tabs, toilet rolls and bin bags. The garage was a bonus as well, allowing us to charge our EV. Great location in the centre of the village.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay in your beautiful property."

    Such a comfy, elegant space to share with old friends. Had a wonderful walk up Scafell from Old Dungeon Ghyll with light snow flurries and beautiful clear views from the top (Friday 26 April). Perfect having Slates next door for a final day breakfast and nice dinners at New Dungeon Ghyll and Wainwrights. Will be rebooking in the future!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2024

  • "Confusion over parking."

    Documents in the property said ok to park outside the door but Sykes details emailed said not to go through the white gates. I contacted Sykes and asked to confirm parking but never received a reply, despite chasing.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We will look at the information provided to ensure that it is up to date and accurate. We apologise that you were not given a response, and this will be passed on to the relevant teams. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Update from Owner Huge apologies for the confusion - yes you absolutely can go through the gate and park outside the front door. I will ensure the listing is updated to avoid any uncertainty in future. Thank you for alerting me to this - much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fraser4.1Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in amazing location right in middle of village, a few yards from a great pub."

    Really comfortable stay, would come again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay immensely, the cottage is well appointed, warm and clean."

    It’s situated in the centre of Elterwater. We walked from the cottage most days as it is accessible to Little and Great Langdale, Colwith, Cathedral Caves, Grasmere, Lingmoor and Loughrigg Fells and Skelwith Bridge. Elterwater has a good pub and a couple of places to eat, one being two doors down from the property (Slates does great pizzas). Just to note the parking, quite tight parking two cars in spaces and some contention with neighbouring properties.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and all that the area has to offer. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Mar 2024

  • "St. Giles is in a fabulous spot for a Lake District holiday and we were fortunate with the weather."

    There are lovely walks from the cottage plus a couple of pubs and a cafe. The listing says a freezer which could have made things difficult had we bought a lot of frozen food in our order as there is only an icebox. There isn’t enough cutlery and only 3 wine glasses, otherwise everything is perfect; a great place to stay

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a great stay in St Giles, the house was very clean on arrival and all the bedrooms are a good size and very comfortable, The kitchen lacked a couple of basic items, lack of wine glasses (only 3), the cutlery draw could do with restocking."

    The house was perfect for our stay, lots of lovely walks straight out the door and the pub and café next door are a added luxury. The bathrooms are excellent and the lounge/dinning room is very cosy.

    Reviewed by Thomas4.4Feb 2024

  • "We loved our stay at St Giles cottage."

    Only negative was the parking.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Dec 2023

  • "Very nice property."

    Needs a fireguard as it’s an open fire, also a baby gate, if only to stop the dogs going upstairs as there is no door.

    Thank you for your feedback. Fireguards are not a legal requirement but the owner will be able to see your suggestions and act accordingly. We are glad that you enjoyed the property. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.1Dec 2023

  • "Having stayed at St Giles at least 6 times over the past few years we were so pleased to see what a great make over the new owners had done!"

    The bathrooms were quite luxurious now and all bedrooms very comfortable, clean and a lovely touch to have gorgeous toiletries available. The cottage was also beautifully warm, which was most appreciated after some long winter hiking. We were disappointed not to have the Leisure Passes available as on previous visits but understand why this was not now an option. Only thing which was a slight problem (and did leave a small note for housekeeping) was the freezer compartment within the fridge was totally frozen up and therefore unable to use at all. Would have been helpful to just pop a few things in and certainly needed doing the summer months. Also, perhaps might be worth noting for future guests that although it does state 2 car parking spaces the one outside the front door is extremely tight, especially if you have a larger vehicle. You need to park very tightly up against the wall and this could be quite an issue for St Giles guests (should there be 2 vehicle spaces needed) and/or occupants of the cottage driveway directly opposite to try and manoeuvre in or out. Otherwise, enjoyed a lovely holiday and hope to return soon. Thank you.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We will let the management team aware of your comments so they can resolve the freezer problem. We are really glad that you appreciated the new changes to the property and that you would like to return. We look forward to welcome you back in the future. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful property, very clean and comfortable and loved the furnishings."

    Thank you very much for the welcome pack too.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Oct 2023

  • "Relaxing, comfortable and spacious, had a lovely stay."

    A little disappointed about arrival and departure times 4pm is too late and 10am too early.... put pressure on us all so only felt really like 1 day. Considering the cost I would have hoped these too be extended to 3pm and 11am. Other than that....great! Greg

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at St Giles. We take all feedback on board. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Greg5.0Sep 2023

  • "Superb! More often than not we find a lovely property furnished cheaply."

    The beds, pillows, cushions, sofa etc were all excellent quality that really made it a 10/10 property for me. Will be booking again for next year!!

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2023

  • "Generally this was a good property to stay at, in a brilliant location for those who like walking."

    Our suggestions for improvements would include, more crockery and kitchen utensils (no sieve?), and more than 6 of everything. Provide a cupboard for guests to bring their own food. Update the property listing to reflect that one of the downstairs bedrooms is now a double rather than a twin, and there is no DVD player as listed. We couldn't locate any instructions/manuals for appliances which is usual in Lakelovers properties. Review parking arrangements with the next door neighbour who often left insufficient room outside the garage. Wheelwrights staff sometimes parked in spaces too (but moved as soon as asked). Fridge door seems to have dropped on its hinges meaning it needs a good push to close properly. We were disappointed to lose access to the Langdale Hotel spa which had been part of our original booking, however we did appreciate the welcome pack of goodies on our arrival.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments and suggestions on board. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Aug 2023

  • "Generously and thoughtfully equipped, and delightful location."

    It was perfect for our family of 6 who all enjoyed the cottage. A few little niggles were: only 5 full sized forks, freezer needed defrosting so difficult to fit food in on arrival, bath plug leaked so water drained away quickly.

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic property in a brilliant location."

    The house was spotless with everything we needed, and it was perfect for our dogs. We loved sitting in the garden in the evenings, as well as the close proximity to the river and some beautiful walks.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Brilliant stay at St Giles."

    The property had surprisingly been recently refurbished, its beautiful, minimalist cosy style with muted colours. Stunning maples in the garden with a nice seating area which looks out onto the small quaint village of Elterwater. The Britannia is just across the way, great food and friendly welcoming staff. A lovely little coffee shop across the road that serves great eggs & coffee in the morning and the best pizzas in the evening. The Cumbrian way is just a few steps down the road and the walk with our dog each morning down the river was just perfect, stunning scenery. Will def be returning.

    What wonderful feedback. Thank you! And and a lovely insight into beautiful Elterwater. It really is a gem, made even better by such a friendly community. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2023

  • "St.Giles such a beautiful comfortable tastefully furnished cottage."

    Location superb and southerly terrace perfectly placed for drink or bite to eat. Photos should be updated to reflect this wonderful find. Only negative parking as neighbours vehicle parked over parking facility which was an inconvenience.

    Thank you for such lovely feedback. I’m thrilled you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for the parking feedback. This is definitely something I am looking to improve in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2023

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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.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x upstairs King Size bedroom, 1 x ground-floor King Size and a further downstairs Twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin, and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Patio area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs allowed
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 0.1 miles, River Brathay 0.2 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: There are steps to the exterior of the property

The property

Chapel Stile 0.8 miles.

Resting in this quaint village of Elterwater, near Chapel Stile in the heart of the Lake District National Park, is this fabulous stone-built cottage, St Giles.

This stable conversion, the former 19th century gunpowder works, now offers an ideal base for families looking to explore the wonderful walking opportunities in the surrounding Langdale area, inviting six guests.

Climb a series of steps up to the entrance and be welcomed into the traditionally styled open-plan living area where two sofas are situated around the TV and fireplace and the south-facing windows offer pretty views over the village.

Within this area, the kitchen, which is certain to encourage some home-cooking, is appointed with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher, along with a washer/dryer, so that you can easily wash and dry your clothes after an action-packed day.

Once the evening draws to a close, catch your rest within the King Size bedroom and look forward to waking up to the glorious valley views each morning, followed by a refreshing shower in the bathroom.

Completing the interior of St Giles are the two ground-floor bedrooms, One King Size and a further Twin ideal for those younger guests, along with a useful shower room so there is plenty of space to get ready for the day.

Enjoy some fresh air in the patio garden, where a picnic bench offers a spot for admiring your surroundings, whilst enjoying a spot of alfresco dining.

There is much to challenge the serious walkers with some of the finest high fell walks easily accessible in the centre fells, and for easier days you can enjoy riverside rambles, two good pubs and various tea shops within walking distance.

Chapel Stile is about 1 mile away and offers a well-stocked shop for your essentials, or head into Ambleside and shop in two supermarkets and a range of gift shops and boutiques.

Further afield the attractions of Bowness-on-Windermere and Coniston are worth visiting, including the family-friendly World of Beatrix Potter and the Old Man of Coniston, which provides a stunning route for walkers, plus the diverse woods of Grizedale Forest is not far either.

With so much to see and do, return to St Giles for a holiday of relaxation with your loved ones.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


Ambleside and Grasmere 4.5 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 9.5 miles.

A delightful, rural village nestled right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Chapel Stile is an excellent hidden gem, set at the bottom of a stunning valley, flanked on one side by the River Brathay, surrounded by incredible scenery and filled with wonderful slate and stone buildings. The village offers a traditional church from the mid 1800's as well as a café, a pub and a village shop that has stood for well over 100 years. Chapel Stile is a great base for exploring this National Park, with easy access to a number of sights and fells worth visiting. You must go to the lovely neighbouring village of Elterwater and stand on the Skelwith Bridge and simply take in the views. Nearby are the fantastic Lake District towns of Ambleside and Kendal are withing a short driving distance, offering excellent views, buildings and so much to do. For you outdoors people, make sure you visit Bowness-on-Windermere, with its incredible lake activities and so much to do; it's perfect for families.

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