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Sawrey near Hawkeshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our first trip to Buttermere since 2019 and we were very impressed with the refurbishment that had taken place since then, ie the new windows, cooker, microwave, furniture and general decoration even down to 2x rechargeable torches that we had requested following a power cut during our last stay."

    Overall very comfortable accommodation and in a beautiful location, will most certainly return.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "I had a lovely stay thank you at Buttermere, the property was very comfortable and clean , apart from the kitchen floor which l think had not been washed."

    But apart from that l was really happy with the facilities. The booking was really easy to arrange and l appreciated the contact emails l was sent as l am a solo traveller so that was helpful. I would certainly stay here again, it’s a perfect place to chill, relax and unwind.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2023

  • "Once again this are 2nd stay on this complex."

    It is in a great position. Good for Hawkshead and travelling around the area. Lots of walks and a lake on your doorstep. First time in Buttermere which is a lovely apartment for two people. Clean and cosy. Everything is catered for. The let down for us this time was that it stated there was a DVD player, but there was not. We brought some films to play of an evening but there was no player. Disappointing. But over all we had a great stay there. I am sure we will be returning in the future. Many Thanks for a great week.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2023

  • "I really enjoyed my stay at Buttermere with my dogs."

    The only thing that I was mindful of was the light colored carpets, due to wet muddy paws. I did have a blanket that I placed over the carpet to protect it. Everything I needed was there and I will be making another booking for later in the year. Oh I met your cleaning team upon arrival, lovely bunch and please thank them for making everything so very lovely.

    Reviewed by Glenys5.0Feb 2023

  • "Kitchen could be better stocked"

    Reviewed by Janice4.4Feb 2023

  • "We had a thoroughly marvellous time at Buttermere."

    Everything that we could of wished for. Ideal accomodation, beautiful countryside location, excellent walks to be explored, peace and quiet with plenty of time to reflect. Plus lots of different towns a short drive away. Claire, and the rest of the Customer Care Team of the Estate were, when asked, extremely helpful and caring. We would not hesitate to recommend this cottage for a vacation.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jan 2023

  • "Not sure why some people gave this negative reviews as we cannot fault the property or location."

    Perfect! Can't wait to go back!!! Of course the carpet does not resemble a suite at the Savoy because it is pet friendly on a farm!!! It was all clean and very well kept!

    Reviewed by Laine5.0Dec 2022

  • "This place is set in beautiful surroundings and with easy access to Hilltop and other lovely villages."

    It is quaint but tired and in need of updating.The carpets are grim,the furniture tatty and the bathroom suffers from mould,the shower drain is ineffective.Some intensive TLC and this would be a gorgeous little place.

    Reviewed by Suzanne2.8Sep 2022

  • "We were so looking forward to checking into our accommodation."

    We arrived at 4.45pm which is 15 minutes after check in is allowed only to find our accommodation in an absolute mess and that it still hadn’t been cleaned. We eventually found someone onsite to clean but had to wait outside for another 39 minutes. Very disappointing. The bathroom was poorly fitted and after every shower, the floor would flood. There was mould in the shower. Not worth the money and would not recommend.

    Reviewed by Joe2.2Aug 2022

  • "We throughly enjoy our annual stay in “Buttermere “."

    The accommodation is very comfortable and the scenery is wonderful all around. On the hottest day ever recorded, we were able to keep cool inside. There was no freezer in the apartment this year, which was a big drawback and the washing machine is across the courtyard at the back so it’s difficult to gauge when it’s not in use. We hope to be back next year. A beautiful situation.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jul 2022

  • "The location of Buttermere was perfect, the accommodation was comfortable and clean however the bedding had 2 orange stains on it."

    A hoover would have been very useful. I was disappointed that there were no recycling facilities which given the concerns for the environment I thought would be as standard.

    Reviewed by Kate2.8Jun 2022

  • "The location was really lovely, beautiful and quiet."

    We found the accommodation to be very comfortable, would definitely recommend. If I had a criticism it is only that the saucepans were a bit small - not really big enough to cook pasta for two. The area is a bit of an EV charging point desert - we managed to charge on a 3-point plug through the bedroom window. However, on the day we left we found out that the Estate was about to install EV chargers. Hurrah!!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2022

  • "4th year on the trot, great cottage lovely position."

    If you want peace and quite then this is the place for you.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely property - cosy -highly recommend."

    Just a nice part of the lakes. 5 mins from Hawkshead and 5 mins from the cottage to the Windermere ferry crossing.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Nov 2021

  • "We have been staying in Buttermere for many years and the cottage never fails to disappoint."

    It is very comfortable and convenient. It is ideal for dogs, with large areas of green spaces and a fenced walk to Esthwaite Water. The area is central for visiting The Lake District and is close to the Windermere ferry and Hill Top.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2021

  • "Stunning location, comfortable but homely accommodation."

    Pet friendly which was essential. Lots of thoughtful touches: basket of logs for the burner, dish washer tablets, washing up cloths and fairy liquid, fluffy towels. WiFi adequate. Would definitely recommend Buttermere.

    Reviewed by Sheryl5.0Jul 2021

  • "The only fault was that the shower was only small and there was no place to put soap & shampoo."

    It was difficult to keep bending down to get soap from shower base.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Jun 2021

  • "Would be good if Saturday to Saturday bookings were allowed."

    M6 is a nightmare on Fridays

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic two week stay in Buttermere - we loved the cottage, location and views."

    Contrary to what we had read before we arrived, there was no noise from upstairs, our neighbours were all delightful and there were never any parking issues eg in front of windows etc. We had to swap our vacuum cleaner for one that worked - can't leave the cottage as it was when we arrived with no means of cleaning! Clearer information regarding the freezer arrangements in advance and a site map - dustbins, laundry, freezers etc on arrival would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by Beryl5.0May 2021

  • "We booked for a 3 nights stay, unfortunatley, we had only 1 night as after communication from other people we had to leave late on the Tuesday and drive home during the night."

    Enjoy staying, a bit disappointed we couldn't get into the property until 4.30, half a day gone. Regards

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at this location."

    It is quiet with loads of access to some fantastic walks. The local pub is great for food and just a 5 min walk from where we stayed. Accommodation is brilliant with all that you need. We did miss the milk delivery though this time.. it must have stopped. Will certainly be staying here again.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Jul 2020

  • "We have been returning to Buttermere for years, for our annual summer holiday."

    We find the apartment very comfortable and the situation is idyllic. Our dogs love the space to roam. We did have an issue with sheep in the paddock this year because we have 2 Border Collies! Being near Hawkshead, the farm buildings are ideally placed for exploring the Lake District, whist being off the beaten track.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2020

  • "Fantastic property and location."

    A great getaway if you want some peace and quiet. Nearby pub cuckoo brow inn is fantastic too . Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.1Mar 2020

  • "The location was fantastic access to the lake lovely walks and ideal for a dog ."

    The accomadation was very well equipped lovely and warm and lots of hot water .Also the option of using the wood burner logs available at a small fee . Only a suggestion probably could do with one larger pan in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Feb 2020

  • "The holiday was fantastic, we stayed in the same group of cottages last year, this year after a refurbishment they are even better, new heating, kitchens and decor and the location is great."

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2019

  • "Our second stay in Bitterness cottage this year."

    As before this lovely little retreat provided all our needs in a truly lovely location. My wife and I and our twenty month Cockapoo had a lovely week.

    Reviewed by William4.7Nov 2019

  • "The property is quite tired, cracked walls, dirty interior decoration, water stained bathroom ceiling, window fixings loose and difficult to open & close correctly, front door has to be gently kicked open and slammed to close, I think the bathroom above is leaking into the ceiling."

    A lack of a freezer was a disappointment, I'm sure it was probably noted in the advertisement but I missed it and wasted a lot of money shopping in Kendal to then arrive and realise there was no freezer. A local farm provided milk every day, which whilst a nice touch I couldn't drink a pint of milk in a day and ended up pouring 3 bottles of milk down the drain to return the bottles and pay the final bill, happy to support local small businesses but hate to waste 'food'. Parking was also an issue, as there are no clearly defined parking spaces tempers were becoming frayed with irrational parking by other guests who decided to park, having reversed in against the building, right outside my living room and bedroom windows. The 'garden' space outside and access to the lake were a nice feature and part of the reason why I opted to stay with two large dogs in tow. There was a lack of any tourist information at the property, the only guide in the property was from 2017. The property is well placed for Ambleside, windermere, Grassmere and Keswick - Kendal, I grew up in the region and know the area very well but a stranger would have been lost. There are two decent local pubs within a 5 and ten minute walk but there is clearly no co-operation with local businesses, no advertisements or menus etc, very disappointing. Complete lack of lighting in the external parking area, whilst timed lighting is available at the front door there is nothing in the 'car park' or into the gardens and down to the lake. The TV was tiny estimated 19- 20 inch, very dated sky box with limited access to programmes, I appreciate you don't go to the lakes on holiday to sit in doors watching TV but its still nice to have the news on in the morning or evenings and be able to see the TV! Cleaning products inside the property were also non existent, washing liquid and a quarter of a cleaning cloth aren't really ideal to keep the property clean throughout the stay, surely in the owners best interest to provide a small range of cleaning products to keep the place looking and smelling nice. I don't wish to criticise, the dogs and I had a very pleasant week, the property is just a little tired and grey making you just want to get up and leave for the day as soon as possible, delaying the return for as long as possible.

    Reviewed by Kara2.8Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was satisfactory and clean however the problem was the noise."

    This was from the apartment directly above, which must have been a young family. You could here everything including people walking around drawers and doors constantly opening and closing and there TV this went on right up in until 00:30 when it finally stopped but only to be woken by the alarm in the room above at 07:00 which could be heard in our room and then at 07:10 and 07:20 as they kept pressing the snooze. Something needs to be done to help sound proofing as this is not pleasant if you are looking for a peaceful retreat.

    Reviewed by Darren3.8Aug 2019

  • "This property is in an absolutely beautiful location, just what you would expect in the Lake District."

    Although the accommodation was clean and tidy our stay was ruined by the noise of other guests in the same building. In our ground floor property we could hear the people in the upstairs property talking, opening drawers and even flushing the toilet. Unfortunately we left a day early as we were not experiencing the quiet peaceful break we had intended.

    Reviewed by Abbie3.1Aug 2019

  • "We have been coming to Buttermere for a number of years because it is a perfect place for our 2 Border Collies, who love the open space of the paddock and the fenced walk to Esthwaite Water."

    We like the position, near Hawkshead, from where it is easy to travel to the Lakes or the coast. The accommodation is comfortable and spotless.We love it. I did miss the freezer compartment in the fridge, though, and the shower door stuck so I had to call for help! I would rather have a washing machine than a dishwasher because the machines in the laundry were always.in use. These are minor issues. We have booked for next year and can’t wait to be back.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jul 2019

  • "The property was in a beautiful location with lovely views."

    It was just marred by a few things. The lack of maintenance was one. The curtain rail in the living room was hanging off, the shower door had dropped making it very difficult to open and close and the extractor fan in the bathroom didn’t work. The property could do with a good clean and decorating, it is quite rundown. Our main gripe was that in the email it mentioned that the water supply was not mains but fed from the lake. I telephoned the number in the book to ask about drinking the water. Left a message as requested but no one ever got back to me. As a consequence we had to buy water for drinking as we didn’t want to be ill whilst away. If you are going to make a statement about the water supply then please advise whether it has been adequately treated for safe drinking. It only needs a little thought to save a lot of bother. I hope the comments will be considered and acted upon. We did however enjoy our holiday despite these problems but would be very wary of booking with you again.

    Reviewed by Maggie2.5Jun 2019

  • "A great little set up close to a friendly village."

    All the facilities you could need. Peaceful and quiet, a beautiful place for a break

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

  • "A lovely location for a holiday away in the lakes."

    The house was perfectly situated & really quiet. We will be back :-)

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Apr 2019

  • "I like your rules for owners with dogs."

    (Not leaving them alone in the cottage, Keeping them on lead, and Clearing up after them) It makes the holiday great for dog owners and non dog owners because other people's dogs don't become a nuisance. There was a guy in another apartment who didn't follow the rules and his dog was a nuisance. I'm only mentioning it because I don't want you to think it was my dogs. The apartment and the holiday were wonderful. Thank you. When you publish my feed back there is no need to mention the other guy with his dog because that was not your fault and in every way it was a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2019

  • "The location is great, especially if you have kids or a dog as the grounds the cottage is within has a large field for them to play in and has access to the lake shore."

    The initial feel of the cottage and its welcome is not the most warming but inside the property it offers all that is required. We would stay here again!

    Reviewed by James3.8Apr 2019

  • "A little gem of a cottage in a perfect location close to Hawkshead and Coniston."

    The accommodation is well furnished and spotlessly clean with everything we required to make our short break so enjoyable. The views from the lounge and bedroom windows are stunning, and the outside areas containing picnic tables are enclosed, which made them ideal for our one year pup on her first holiday.There is also a private footpath down to the Lake side. A great retreat to which we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by William5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely setting and very comfortable."

    Pub a quick walk up the hill - all very pleasant.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jan 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Buttermere cottage."

    It was comfortable, clean and cosy. It had everything we needed. Our only issue was the log burner. We just couldn’t keep it alight. Our friends, who were next door, had the same problem with theirs. Apart from that, we were very happy with the cottage.

    Reviewed by Shauna4.7Oct 2018

  • "We had a really lovely holiday."

    Very peaceful, weather was kind! The property, as with all at Esthwaite Farm, was excellent. We look forward to coming again next year.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2018

  • "As this was a ground floor apartment type accommodation there was a lot of noise from the accommodation above."

    Reviewed by Neil4.8Feb 2018

  • "Nice little property, good facilities and found it very suitable having 2 dogs with us."

    Little bit of tlc required in the bathroom (boxing in pipe work in the bathroom, shower door doesn't shut properly and a lick of paint to the radiator). Would also suggest upgrading the storage heaters as the one in the bedroom didn't work and the living room one was missing switch to adjust. Saying that these are simply minor things and I would stay there again

    Reviewed by Gemma3.8Nov 2017

  • "Perfect location for a relaxing time"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2017

  • "Very good booking system did what it said it would."

    House great no complaints.

    Reviewed by Linzi4.6Mar 2017

  • "There was no information about emptying the bins at end of stay or about recycling."

    Reviewed by Liz4.8Jan 2017

  • "Furnishings and kitchen equipment excellent ,perhaps more information in booklet on nearest stores ,chemist ect ."

    Estate office very helpful.have no hesitation in using Sykes cottages again.

    Reviewed by Isobel4.8Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Shared laundry.
  • Electric storage heaters with with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared laundry, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel, power 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 delightful ground floor apartment located in the picturesque hamlet of Near Sawrey in the Esthwaite Valley region of the Lake District.

Comprising spacious accommodation, this homely apartment is the ideal choice for a couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and relax in sheer tranquillity.

The comfy double bedroom has en-suite facilities and the well-equipped kitchen will allow you to rustle up a tasty treat.

There's plenty of space outside to walk it off with a rural stroll to Esthwaite Water a must.

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.

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