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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the rural setting and the availability of walking in the area."

    The accomodation was ok but felt a bit damp. The radiators helped to alleviate this. With other guests above us our experience was mixed. Some were mindful and were quiet while others were ridiculously noisy, A family with 3 boys and a dog were clearly having great fun by winding the dog up to charge about the hard surface in their lounge without any regard to other guests. It does say in the info that this can be a problem but if the upstairs was better insulated and carpeted there would be less likelihood of noise spoiling your experience.

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was clean and well presented though I thought it lacked a bit of character inside."

    Shared freezer, dishwasher and laundry facilities might have been a problem for a stay longer than our 4 days. Some detail concerning recycling would help--- having kept our recyclable stuff separate from rubbish, we found they were both going in the same bin. Parking was definitely a bit random with some guests not parking in sensible ways to maximise space and the estate shop prices were so incredible we didnt use it. The path down to the lake needs some serious pruning in the latter stages! However, that said, it was generally a nice place.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jul 2022

  • "Nice apartment although you do get quite a bit of noise coming through the ceiling from the apartment above."

    Facilities were good the wood burner was especially nice after a day of walking. Shared facilities were ok with hand sanitizer provided. The two Hoover's that were provided had seen better days though and I had to empty one before I could use it which in the current climate wasn't great. I was also surprised to see the cleaners when they came to clean a different apartment didn't have any PPE on and one was carrying the towels resting up against her face! Again not great in the current climate! We also found a dirty cup and some crumbs in the cutlery drawer which did make us wonder if the extra deep clean had been done efficiently. There was also broken glass near the bins so didn't seem anyone was checking them. Communication could have been better too as we didn't know what the situation was regarding recycling. All in all though a good apartment brilliantly situated for exploring the South Lakes although getting in and out of the drive wasn't for the faint hearted!!

    Reviewed by Becky3.8Oct 2020

  • "We loved the cottage especially the 1st 2 nights as it was peaceful."

    Our only moan would be from the 3rd night till our last night was the noisy people in the accommodation above. They talked very loudly and they banged around quite a bit which made our dog's bark which something they don't normally do. Otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the area. Views were amazing.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "A lovely place, well equipped and welcoming, and the wood-burning stove was wonderful!"

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2020

  • "We selected the property on the basis that it advertised having WIFI as our son needed to use the internet for work."

    The advertised WIFI was unavailable for the whole week. We sent a message and were told that restoration of the service was in hand, but nothing changed. When we arrived the welcome booklet spoke of use of the swimming pool and Gym, neither of which were actually on site. There were also an excessive number of flies in the property and there was an active Wasp nest outside the kitchen window which meant that we couldnt have that window open. That level of mis advertising is totally unacceptable. We await your response.

    Reviewed by Martin1.9Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely quiet area with direct access to a secluded lake."

    Reviewed by Hannah4.7Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in a lovely area the only thing that will stop us going back was the road that lead in to it it was a road where if someone came the other way there was no way of passing each other."

    Lovely place though for a couple of nights

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had an amazing stay, very peaceful, great location, apartment is cosy, clean, has everything you may need."

    We would Definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Gintare5.0Jul 2020

  • "Nice cottage, lovely location."

    Basics all covered. Couple of nice homely touches eg blanket for the lounge would have made a difference.

    Reviewed by Bethany4.1Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was cozy and had everything we needed, the location was perfect, I couldn't have asked for a better few days away, thanks!"

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2019

  • "The 'cottage' had recently been refurbished we guessed--tastefully done with quality replacements."

    However it lacked 'homeliness' . A few books, maps to borrow ( great wall map), a jigsaw, etc --on a shelf or in a box- would have helped-charity shops do lots.We decided to buy our own in a charity shop--good for wet days and evenings. The heating had also recently been upgraded but we had trouble with the radiators. ( the information book needs updating on that issue )The one in the sitting room didn't seem to work.Fortunately there was a log burning stove.That was nice.We also had to buy a dishcloth as there was only a small piece of jeyecloth--floor or worktop? The situation in regards to the landscape and the village was lovely and we had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Sep 2019

  • "The cottages are set in a fantastic position with a lovley walk to the lake, yes ..."

    The cottages are set in a fantastic position with a lovley walk to the lake, yes we were lucky with warm sunny days, but even on dull days its wonderful

    Reviewed by Mervyn4.7Sep 2019

  • "It should be mentioned that the view from this property is to the courtyard where the cars are parked and the other buildings only."

    The view from the bedrooms is non-existent, looking out onto the rear wall. We had a late arrival and found the cottage had nor been cleaned or linnen changed!!

    Reviewed by Adam2.5Jul 2019

  • "The standard of the accommodation was very good."

    As mentioned in the description you can hear the people above and our they had small children so that did disturb us each morning very early. They were not badly behaved at all but running around made too much noise when you are sleeping. Maybe they should not let that property to families. Just to note the shower door is stiff to open/close and needs adjusting. We were also a little put out to find that the local milkman put a pint of milk on the step unsolicited with a note saying there would be a bill at the end of the time.. cheeky! we called and cancelled.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jul 2019

  • "Great location ."

    Just the job

    Reviewed by M5.0Jul 2019

  • "Excellent place to stay in quite periods."

    Neighbours upstairs can be heard but we was lucky due to them being quiet. Private path down to the lake is a God send and leads to a nice place to relax. Only issue I had was that the shower head didn't go high enough for me as I'm 6ft 3. We've stopped there 2 years running now and my dog even recognised our cottage from last year.

    Reviewed by Rob3.8May 2019

  • "We were very pleasantly surprised that the cottage had been recently refurbished to a very high standard."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2019

  • "We’ve spent lots of time in the Lakes but this was the first time in this location and first time with our dog."

    It was great. Lovely cottage, great views and lots to do nearby. We walked, climbed, swam in the lakes and hired a boat. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Apr 2019

  • "Enjoyed the holiday the cottage was a good location for us however a couple of things need attention inside, the curtains in front room and kitchen fit terribly and make the place look a little shabby also heating in main bedroom was hit and miss and a big draft through front door needs sorting a couple of the kitchen doors are peeling,just a few things would make a big difference ."

    On the plus side wood burner works well the shower was hot and WiFi was good and I would stay there again .

    Reviewed by Sean3.8Dec 2018

  • "What a beautiful location."

    That's our fourth time staying on Esthwaite farm since June . First time in Bassenthwaite cottage. We found it fantastic as usual. The cottage itself seemed " more cottagey " somehow, having the panelled internal doors with the old fashioned latches. The wood burner is just fantastic. Sitting there in front of a roaring fire brought back memories of holidays in my youth in County Down. The first couple of days the weather was terrible but it didn't put a damper on things. It was great sitting in front of the fire and looking out at the rain. In fact once I woke up in the early hours, went into the living room, the fire was still blazing and there was my wife peering through the window and I thought, if this weather gets any worse I'm going to have to let her in. I found the fire very easy to light although some people have said they could have done with instructions?? The kitchen had all we needed. The cooker was great but we ate out most days. We went into Hawkshead and got some provisions. Teabags, milk and the like. But a few instructions on how to make a cup of tea would have been helpful !!!!! The scenery is spectacular. A recommended walk would be right round Esthwaite water. Through Hawkshead and then round the west side. About 5 miles but not very hilly. Highly recommended. And that's from an almost sixty something. Other great places to see are Tarn Hows, Hawkshead Hill and Grizedale forest is a must. There's a visitors centre with a cafe and also a pottery shop with a potter doing his stuff. This is where we picked up our ceramic poppies all hand painted. A must see place. All in all another great week. No matter how many times you go to the lakes there is always something new to see. We love the place, especially my wife who says she'd like to move to the Lake District. I said I thought it was a great idea but we should write to each other at least once a week. Tommy & Angie Reid

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Nov 2018

  • "Location lovely Cottage basic and 'tired' no hot water for 2 days no gas to cook for 2 days so pretty disappointed overall would i go back to bassenthwaite?"

    No would i use sykes again yes but would want a better experience

    Reviewed by Jeffrey1.9Oct 2018

  • "Some instructions for the wood burning stove would have been useful"

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful location could not have asked for better."

    Great area for dogs/ kids with path to the lake. Lots of lovely walks surrounding the area. From the photos I was expecting it to be smaller that it actually was, lots of room for two adults, two 12year olds and a lab. Kitchen very well stocked with utensils a little small, but the whole cottage was very clean and comfortable, especially the beds!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had to be moved after our first night due to the noise in the apartment above."

    We did this through the owners and the second apartment was perfect.

    Reviewed by David4.1Aug 2018

  • "The info said secure garden, safe for children and dogs, yes there is a wall between the lawn and the sheep, but there is an open gate, a large opening by the main building, an opening to the path to the lake and open woodland on the other side, not my idea of secure."

    The info showed the main building facing the lawn and said it was shared, it did not say it was shared by 11 cottages or that the one I booked was at the back 30 yds from the lawn. The info should show the exact location of the cottage being let, I had to remove the toilet extractor fan filter as it was blocked. Cobwebs under the bedside drawers, The shower tray did not always empty quickly enough to keep up with the shower. I felt the kitchen door opened the wrong way, it is only a small kitchen and the door was in the way, the fridge door and the microwave door also opened the wrong way making use awkward. I did not like the old fashioned door handles and window catches, 3 different types of catch on the windows! Only one working washing machine for several days and that was temperamental, there was only one 'henry' type hoover shared by 11!, a second appeared on the last day,

    Reviewed by Edward2.8Jul 2018

  • "Great location, everything we needed, clean and tidy lovely village pub fantastic."

    Reviewed by Laurie4.4Jun 2018

  • "This was our first family holiday away and it was one to remember."

    Amazing location and the cottage was beautiful if a bit secluded.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2017

  • "Loved this cottage so much we stayed a few more days!"

    It's quite out the way and either takes 30 minutes to get to civilisation or a fiver for a ferry crossing but we will defiantly be back next year. The views as you wake up are amazing and it's so peaceful. Only downside (and this is nitpicking) is the size of the kitchen as it is rather small but that's it. Would recommend to anyone looking to get away for a quiet week with the family.

    Reviewed by David4.6Dec 2017

  • "Nice cottage, quite tired inside, carpet could do with a good clean, cottage would benefit from a hoover!"

    Great fire!

    Reviewed by David3.5Nov 2017

  • "Issue we had with shower tray dealt with brilliantly quick."

    Whilst we loved this cottage we never go back and always seek a different place to stay and explore. So no reflection on this property that we wouldn't rebook.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2017

  • "The Cottage was fine, the only complaint was that the kitchen had a very strong smell of dead mouse."

    The directions to the House were not at all clear

    Reviewed by Giles3.8Aug 2017

  • "Amazing holiday dog walking around the Lakes, fantastic area and very dog friendly."

    Lovely property, will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Liz4.8May 2017

  • "A very enjoyable holiday."

    Main complaint was the noise from the apartment above. This could be improved by putting a big layer of insulation in the ceiling or thick carpets in the above apartment. The noise upset my dog considerably and I had to turn the TV volume up to drown out the noise from the occupants. Plus point was the very comfortable bed. Won't book this apartment but might book Derwentwater cottage which is more self contained.

    Reviewed by Beryl4.6Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove
  • Shared laundry.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared laundry, Smart TV with Freeview
  • WIfi
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking in shared courtyard
  • Use of shared lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 3 mins walk
  • Use of tumble dryer by 50p coin meter
  • Logs can be purchased at the farm shop
  • Mobile phone signal may be limited due to the location of the property
  • Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
  • To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking Graythwaite Adventure in advance
  • Graythwaite fishery is free for all guests and equipment can be hired locally, a small fee is applicable to keep your catch, rod fishing license required
  • Please Note: This property charges a £100.00 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • Please Note: There is a separate apartment on the first floor; associated noise may be heard
  • Please Note: Esthwaite property is an independent company and no one has rights to be on the water or fish or swim without paying Esthwaite water fishery

The property

A cosy and homely apartment situated on the ground floor in the rustic former farmyard in the beautiful Esthwaite Valley.

Peace, tranquillity and relaxation await in this superb location.

Your welcoming apartment features a delightful sitting room complete with a woodburning stove as well as two comfortable bedrooms.

You can also make use of the large lawned area complete with seating overlooking the stunning lake and countryside surroundings, so whether you're a couple looking for a romantic break or a small family with a wet nosed pal, this apartment is the perfect choice for a memorable Lake District holiday.

Esthwaite Farm Cottages

A beautiful collection of eleven stone properties, located close to Esthwaite Water, in the idyllic village of Near Sawrey, Lake District National Park. From the moment you approach these delightful cottages, along picturesque narrow lanes, lined by swooping trees and quaint stone walls, you cannot fail to fall in love with this wonderful setting. It is the ideal choice for a break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Set in a charming courtyard, these eleven homely properties provide welcoming accommodation, many featuring a warming woodburning stove. There is a mix of one- and two-bedroom properties, over one or two stories. With some having open-plan living areas and all with comfy bedrooms, fit for a great night’s sleep in this quiet and tranquil part of the world. The large lawned area allows children and pets to play safety whilst you relax and gaze across the valley. Take a walk to the forested hillsides or maybe take the private path down to the water’s edge. This is truly an unrivalled location for exploring all that the Lake District has to offer. Whatever your motivation for taking a break, there’s something for everyone nearby. Walkers and cyclists can get their kicks at nearby Grizedale Forest. Lake Windermere and Coniston Water offer opportunities for river cruises or water sports. Take a drive through the charming surrounding villages, including beautiful Hawkshead, and explore the boutique shops in Ambleside or Bowness. Further afield, the towns of Keswick and Ulverston are well worth a visit, and kids will love a trip on the Haverthwaite Steam Train, just a few miles away. These characteristic cottages offer the opportunity for a memorable stay that you will want to repeat again and again.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Hawkshead 2 miles.

The village of Sawrey is situated two miles from Hawkshead down the eastern side of Esthwaite Water, overlooked by the woods and tarns of Claife Heights. Sawrey consists of two separate hamlets - Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey - both with a cluster of picturesque cottages, tea rooms and pubs. Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote her acclaimed children's stories. Now a museum, owned and run by the National Trust, Hill Top is one of the most visited houses in the Lake District. Far Sawrey is the hamlet furthest away from Hawkshead and the nearest to the ferry point on Windermere. It offers a church and pub/restaurant with a beer garden. There are good walks in the area, including those to Claife Heights and in Grizedale Forest. It's also a great base for enjoying a wide variety of typical Lakeland pursuits - with watersports close at hand on Lake Windermere, fishing on nearby Esthwaite Water and, of course, fell walking.

Please note Esthwaite property is an independent company and no one has rights to be on the water or fish or swim without paying Esthwaite water fishery. Please contact the Estate office before arrival

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas