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Herdwick Cottage

Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 967615)



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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Clean and tidy lovely location would come again"

    Reviewed by RoyMay 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Very home from home. Lovely location, very clean, everything was in the property I needed.

    Reviewed by LisaMay 2022

  • "Great for a couple."

    Very cosy and comfortable Clean, tidy and well equipped. We appreciated the welcome pack which is a nice touch. In a central area for sight seeing attractions.

    Reviewed by IreneApr 2022

  • "Herdwick cottage was absolutely lovely and home from home with all the facilities you require."

    Located in an idyllic spot next to the river in Cark it was super quiet and had great doggie walks from the door. Would highly recommend and will be returning in the Autumn/Winter for another week.

    Reviewed by AnnaMar 2022

  • "What a beautiful cottage loved our stay here , so relaxing and chill out place ..."

    What a beautiful cottage loved our stay here , so relaxing and chill out place just what we need after working all though covid, the dogs loved all the walking round the beautiful Countryside , took them to the beach which was about 15 mins in the car , cottage had anything you need for your break away a lovely welcome pack on the table for us & the dogs , will be booking again to stay ,

    Reviewed by MelFeb 2022

  • "A really great stay at Herdwick Cottage."

    The place was spotless and there was a fantastic welcome pack waiting for us. A perfect cottage in a perfect location.

    Reviewed by JimmyDec 2021

  • "Superb cottage, all perfect."

    Amazing welcome package, very much appreciated. Cozy, welcoming, cottage. Lovely for Christmas, nicely decorated with tree etc. Major problem parking, 50 yard to struggle from car to cottage, both arriving and leaving in pouring rain. Unloading, a huge problem. Ability to unload at front or back door, was essential in Winter. Not acceptable to arrive with wet luggage, food, provisions. Appart from parking, fabulous break.

    Reviewed by A.mDec 2021

  • "Gorgeous cosy cottage."

    Well equipped. Lovely welcome goodies even something for the dogs! Definitely recommend and we will stay again.

    Reviewed by LyndaNov 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a beautiful location, really generous welcome pack."

    The cottage was very clean and well equipped.We were very fortunate with the gorgeous weather so we’re able to sit outside next to the stream. Plenty of safe places to walk the dogs and the village has 2 dog friendly pubs both usually serving good food however one didn’t have a chef at the time of our stay. Cark is only 10 - 15 minutes away from Cartmel and Grange over Sands, both lovely villages to explore and enjoy a coffee or a meal. Well located to explore further afield if desired.

    Reviewed by JoySep 2021

  • "Fab cottage in a beautiful, scenic area."

    Really cosy. Dogs had a great time! We went out everyday and it’s so beautiful, lots to do and see. There’s lots of lovely pubs to! One thing that did put a dampener on our holiday was there the two pubs that were in the village closed for some days and when open they didn’t have the staff to cater for everyone , so we often had to drive to find somewhere to eat but it was difficult due to staff shortages in the Lake District. We would definitely come back , the scenery is breathtaking.

    Reviewed by BethAug 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage with a really good kitchen."

    Just what we wanted. Thank you!

    Reviewed by TimAug 2021

  • "Amazing little cottage and a great base for the lakes."

    Was so quiet and loads of little extras when we arrived! Thank you

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2021

  • "The double bed wasnt level probably due to the floor not being level this made it an uncomfortable sleep experience."

    Also every time we used the shower the fire alarm went off outside the bathroom door. These two things need addressing. The leather settee was small and uncomfotable and the carpet needed replacing with wood flooring, especially where dogs are. We found it too small compared to what we're used to i.e. a log cabin. It's ideal for a couple but not a couple with a teenager. The outside area of most of the cottages looked a little tired and not as pretty as the picture shown. Also there's not designated parking , it's first come and we had to park along the road which isn't ideal.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, the double bed will be checked on changeover, and a note will be placed in the welcome pack regarding the smoke alarm, asking guests to open the window when showering. Due to the size of the property we are not able to have larger sofas, I am sorry you found them uncomfortable, this has not been reported before. The outside area of Herdwick cottage would benefit from some new plants, this will be happening on the next break in bookings. The parking is described correctly on the website, there is roadside parking, I will add some further information to this description, to make guests more informed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "Had a fabulous week at Herdwick cottage, fab location and glorious weather and a pub with good food about 500 yards away."

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2021

  • "Cottage as described and well situated for exploring the lakes peninsular."

    Enjoyed our stay and would recommend

    Reviewed by RJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, fresh flowers and gorgeous welcome pack of homemade cake and fresh fruit Had a wonderful stay , will definitely be back!"


    Reviewed by SamanthaMay 2021

  • "Really nice touch to find a greeting card, cake and some treats for the dogs, It made it feel very welcoming and personal."

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2021

  • "We were so glad to find a cottage available for just a couple of nights, rather than a full week."

    It was absolutely beautiful.

    Reviewed by SamApr 2021

  • "Amazing location for a nice cottage for a small family!"

    Reviewed by GiorgiaApr 2021

  • "We were we welcomed with so many gifts from home made chocolate cake to fresh flowers."

    There was even treats for the dogs. The cottage had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. The location is perfect for some fabulous local walks but also to drive out to other places in the lake district

    Reviewed by KerryDec 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and warm, comfortable and clean in a great location for the southern outskirts of the Lake District."

    We loved coming back to it at the end of our days out.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2020


    Reviewed by MikeOct 2020

  • "I have been to this property on previous occasions and hope to go again."

    It is ideal for our requirements. The walks are good for the dogs. The neighbouring natives are friendly and welcoming - as is the owner! A personal observation: on my penultimate evening the lounge light blew. When I checked the fuse box, all the other fuses blew, so there was no power. I could not get a signal on my mobile 'phone, so tried to contact your agents from the nearest Call-box - a spider's nest in Kent's Bank. The first number I dialled did not take calls; the second one gave me a number for emergencies; ninety minutes later, when I had run out of cash, I gave up - 'though I had been assured frequently that my call was extremely important to you. I left a note in the kitchen for the owner who, with local help, managed to fix the problem before the next guests arrived. The owner has been extremely helpful and understanding. I would not wish any other client of yours to have a similar experience Thank you. The following question - "at your discretion."

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet village great walks lot's to see and do"

    Reviewed by SharonAug 2020

  • "Just returned from a couple of nights away."

    Really lovely little cottage with a beautiful view. Cark is lovely with a fantastic little pub the Engine inn. Lovely food and we were made to feel really welcome. Cartmel which is a short drive away is absolutely beautiful full of little shops and restaurants. The surrounding areas are really stunning and a lovely drive around. If you’re after a relaxing chilled break this is exactly what you need. Would recommend this place.

    Reviewed by LynseyAug 2020

  • "A lovely rustic cottage in a beautiful setting."

    There is a small river to the front of the property that creates a lovely relaxing atmosphere. The cottage has all the amenities to create a home from home but with a cosy feel. The stone chimney adds charm to this character full cottage and I would definitely recommend a stay here. The only negative would be the mattress on the double bed could benefit with an upgrade.

    Reviewed by MaureenAug 2020

  • "We had a fabulous time, the cottage was just perfect for our young family and the location was just beautiful."

    The cottage was very clean and nicely decorated and the little extras such as the cakes, chocolates, milk etc were just lovely. I would and have already recommended this cottage :-)

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2020

  • "The cottage and the setting were perfect it was in walking distance of two pubs both of which were welcoming and served good food."

    Also the owner of the property went above and beyond to make our stay really lovely.The cottage was really clean and cosy I would book it again.

    Reviewed by ElaineAug 2020

  • "Perfect cosy cottage with all facilities you require."

    Very comfortable bed, wonderful wood burning stove, lovely location. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by WendyNov 2019

  • "Absolutely perfect cosy cottage to be based at to explore the lakes."

    We felt at home as soon as we arrived and the owner went out of their way to make you feel welcome with a generous welcome pack for the whole family. The cottage is well equipped and everything has been thought of - we will certainly be going back next year!

    Reviewed by RachaelNov 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a quiet village ."

    .. 25 mins drive to Windermere and Coniston has a lovely break.

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, great location, cannot fault it."

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2019

  • "The cottage was superb and in a beautiful location."

    Rose & Crown pub highly recommended, pie and pud night (Wednesday) excellent for under a tenner. 2 gripes, firstly the dishwasher was half full with dirty pots and dishes, secondly, I don't pay the amount is costs to then be expected to also be chamber maid before I leave, that's surely a service we pay for, or, are you cutting corners, hence the dirty dishwasher?

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2019

  • "Perfect beautiful location the cottage facilities were fantastic had everything you could ever nees and the welcome box was so lovely."

    Reviewed by ElenaAug 2019

  • "We always find Sykes cottages comfortable and as described."

    We appreciated the quality of the accommodation and the fact we could have our dog there too. Despite the rain a great week! The cottage owner quickly sorted out a problem with a leaking toilet.

    Reviewed by LynAug 2019

  • "Just one point, the parking is not as easy as the details suggest."

    The village has now got more double yellow line resrictions. This could present a problem for less well able guests. Otherwise it was great and a loveley village to relax in.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2019

  • "Quaint little cottage in a quiet village within easy driving to the Lake District."

    Beautiful setting with a stream running past front of cottage. The cottage was well equipped with everything possible one could need. It was like being at home. Linen and towels excellent quality. Mattress on bed could be better but duvet great quality also. Not enclosed for dogs but walks nearby.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2019

  • "Everything except the weather"

    Reviewed by ElaineMay 2019

  • "This cottage was in a beautiful area, and lovely and warm ,the problem we had was we hadn't noticed they allowed dogs, for all the cottage was clean it was obviously used a lot by dog lovers."

    For this reason we wouldn't use this cottage again,

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call on the details below. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "Everything about the cottage was perfect, the only drawback was the open back yard having to keep an eye on the dogs"

    Reviewed by TraceyMar 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Herdwick Cottage,my only reservation was in the fact that the yard is communal behind a row of terrace cottages and our dogs don't stray , but in the main season it could be a problem if there are dogs in a few of the cottages."

    Other than that,we were gappy with the cottage and the welcome treats made you feel soecial.Thankyou.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2019

  • "The personal touch of leaving a note and chocolates and tea/coffee etc was lovely"

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2019

  • "Wonderful setting lovely cottage well equipped over exceeded already high expextstions."

    Sykes provides a great service without being overly 'pushy'. Have actually rebooked immediately

    Reviewed by ElaineDec 2018

  • "This holiday home exceeded our expectations, we had a lovely Christmas welcome pack that was so appreciated and it was like home from home."

    We especially appreciated all utensils available to cook a great Christmas dinner and the sloping floor seemed quite level after a couple of glasses of the Prosecco left for us in our welcome pack. We would thoroughly recommend this place and can't wait to come back. Thank you so much, one of our best Christmas's ever!

    Reviewed by TinaDec 2018

  • "The cleanliness of this cottage was terrible."

    the place had clearly not been vacuumed. there was dog hair and dog biscuits on the floor. such a disappointment. Also one tiny frying pan, no sharp knife and DVD player doesn’t work.

    Reviewed by AlanaDec 2018

  • "Another wonderful week."

    Another wonderful welcome. The weather was wet - but that's what you get, when you visit The Lakes in December. The dogs love the walks - and I love the talks, with the wonderful neighbours of Herdwick. (P.S. If your dogs need a garden, don't go - but the walks give a wonderful glow.) (P.P.S. I only gave a 'met expectations' because I pretty much knew what to expect - and wasn't disappointed.)

    Reviewed by WilliamNov 2018

  • "A real gem!"

    Welcome pack most welcome. Ideal for the dogs. Right size for me. Right location for visiting friends and family. Very friendly neighbours - locals and visitors. Didn't want to leave. A pity it's over 330 miles from home!

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Had a great stay. Everything we needed was in the cottage. There was a lovely welcome gift of wine cakes fruit flowers and milk. The cottage was in a good position to go out exploring and great walks from the doorstep. Great that we could take three dogs. Even treats gifted for them. Neighbours were lovely. Very quiet location but nice pubs serving good food two minutes walk from the property. Love bakery same distance. Would highly recommend for price and comfort.

    Reviewed by EllenJul 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay and the cottage was comfortable and equipped with everything we needed."

    A freshly baked cake, flowers, fruit and wine were a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by SuzanneJul 2018

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage in a very friendly village."

    The owner has included lots of things to make self catering easy. Holker Hall is a short stroll away, we popped round for coffee. It is very dog friendly. A nice cottage in an off the beaten track, edge of the Lake District location.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely stay and the weather was great!"

    We could sit in the sun from eight in the morning until ten at night the cottage was spotless but we could not get wifi and some TV programs and a shelf in the bathroom would have been helpful. We would definitely go back again

    Reviewed by BJun 2018

  • "Beautiful location."

    Lovely village. Very friendly people. Although the back is not enclosed the cottage owners left an explanation. We didn't find it a problem with our dogs but Sykes should make it clear as not all dogs are as well behaved as ours.

    Reviewed by AndreaJun 2018

  • "The cottage was in a lovely location with great amenities close by and within easy access to the National Park."

    The locals were very welcoming and we ate at the 3 local establishments and walked to a food fayre at Holker Hall just a 5 minutes walk away. The cottage itself was comfortable enough in most respects but my friend and I both felt our beds to be uncomfortable. The lack of somewhere to hang coats and walking straight into the lounge from the front door onto a cream carpet is a recipe for disaster. Luckily for us it was beautiful weather but I would suggest it would be difficult with dogs if the weather was wet. The nice touch of providing provisions on arrival including dog biscuits and home made cakes with a welcoming card was very pleasant. It is stated that dogs are welcome in the cottage but nowhere does it state until on arrival that they must be locked in the kitchen overnight. Therefore, I would question whether they are actually really welcome! The weather was stunning for our visit to Cumbria and overall it was a very enjoyable experience. I am now hoping that I will not be hounded by Sykes cottages as I was last year trying to encourage me to book my next year's holiday. I appreciate the need for proactive marketing but it bordered on the ridiculous last year and did make me think twice about booking through them again and is the reason for the lower recommendation score.

    Reviewed by AllieMay 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage in a tranquil location."

    Lots to see and do nearby. Pubs in the village serve delicious food and are both dog friendly. Our favourite though was the Rose and Crown (better selection of food) The cottage is extremely clean and has everything you need for a home from home stay. Locals are very friendly. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, WiFi, TV with Freeview
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair on request
  • Roadside parking opposite cottage, this is around 100m from the property and on a first come first served basis
  • Front patio and rear courtyard area with furniture
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: The stairs at this property are steep and narrow
  • Note: This property is alongside a river, children and pets to be supervised at all times.

The property

An immaculately-presented former mill worker's cottage in the small village of Cark in Cartmel, close to the beautiful Lake District National Park.

Providing tasteful and comfortable accommodation, this terraced cottage is ideal for a couple or small family wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Set in a tranquil location, you are next to a river and offers views of the river and fields beyond.

The cottage has two stylish bedrooms, a large bathroom, and a well-equipped kitchen/diner with door that leads out onto an open courtyard, plus the lovely sitting room has a warming woodburning stove in a feature fireplace, and is the perfect place for cosy evenings in.

To the front is a patio area, which is separated from the river by iron railings and is a real gem of a sun trap, where you're able to relax with a good book and watch the ducks go by on the river.

The village of Cark in Cartmel offers two pubs, shops and the Furness line railway, plus Cartmel is only two miles away and has specialist food shops, a racecourse and an ancient Priory.

A pleasant walk to Holker Hall and Gardens, the home of the Cavendish family, is well worth the effort if only to sample the delicious breakfasts served in the Courtyard Cafe or to pick up a picnic hamper from their Food Hall.

Catch the train to Grange-over-Sands and spend a day in this elegant Edwardian town, plus walkers will be spoilt for choice with a rich variety of landscapes to explore ranging from coastal walks along Morecambe Bay to the breathtaking Lake District National Park.

With excellent village amenities on the doorstep, this is a delightful base at any time of year.

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About the location


Cartmel 2 miles; Bowness on Windermere 16 miles.

Cark in Cartmel is a small Lakeland village just two miles from Cartmel, one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District. Cark is well served by the Furness line railway, and features pretty streamside strolls, lovely walks to the local coastline overlooking Morecambe Bay, two fine traditional old pubs and a scattering of small shops. It is a very short stroll from here to Holker Hall, the stately home of Lord Cavendish, whose house, gardens and deer park are open to the public and also now home to a licensed brasserie The Ilex. Take advantage of excellent walking opportunities amidst beautiful unspoilt countryside or visit The National Hunt Racecourse, the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition and the Lakeland Motor Museum, all close by. Nearby Cartmel offers quaint cobbled streets littered with antique shops, charming gift shops, welcoming traditional pubs serving real ales, and the nationally acclaimed Michelin Star awarded L'Enclume restaurant. The quiet seaside retreat of Grange-over-Sands, with its Edwardian buildings, mountain backdrop, fabulous sea views, promenade and two golf courses is four miles away. Windermere, with its panoramic views over England's longest lake, is within a fifteen minute drive. A superb holiday destination at any time of year.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas