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Sawrey near Hawkeshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 935820)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Once again a lovely stay at Derwentwater ."

    Surprised at the lack of kindle and logs for the fire usually well stocked on our previous visits. I'm shocked at how much the cost of this place as risen in the last 18 months unless prices come down this will probably be our last visit.

    Reviewed by PhilDec 2021

  • "Support from the estate office was good & prompt."

    Property would benefit from its own hoover & cleaning materials, to keep it cleaner during the week. And a few more glasses.

    Reviewed by MandyJul 2021

  • "I would love to book again but to expensive for 2022."

    Would of liked a lighter bed cover, too warm

    Reviewed by StevenMay 2021

  • "Amazing location for several lakes."

    So peaceful. Place was spotless. Plenty of cots and high chairs.

    Reviewed by LiamDec 2020

  • "Well we have had another great stay at Derwentwater and the general cleanliness and the revamped look was great."

    there were plenty of mugs plates and utensils this time even a pizza cutter!! It was really quiet there and the bed was very comfortable so getting out for 9.30 was a bit of a struggle!! As a builder i really struggled not to build you a proper stone fireplace! maybe next time lol the internet is an issue really but luckily one of our phones had 4G so we were able to create a hotspot and and get wifi onto laptop and i pad!! Bearing in mind we run three businesses its an important aspect of any place we stay. we have been coming there for about 15 years so we will be back hopefully. having just looked at Sykes to re book i found the price had doubled for next October ................ not sure why? thanks Chris and Trish

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage with everything you could need."

    Lovely private patio area and gardens with fabulous views. It helped that the weather was good so we could sit out. Lovely private walk down to Esthwaite Water and local pub only a 5 minute walk away. Definitely exceeded my expectations and would recommend.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2020

  • "There were dog poo in bags left outside cottage and people after us will assume that we left them."

    the cottage was not checked for these things there was a broken blind hook off the wall and lipstick on the wine glasses the cottage

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2020

  • "We have stayed at various properties at Esthwaite for over 20 years."

    Did not like the new flooring in Bassenthwaite, can understand why but , in my opinion, made the property echo and feel cold, not cosy. Also, dogs found it hard to get a grip, especially the old one. Will stay in a different property next time. Regards Elaine PS we had to leave a day early so hope I did right putting key back in ket safe.

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2020

  • "The cottage had been recently refurbished to a very nice standard."

    Excellent for our needs with pet friendly flooring to the living areas and a paddock to the rear for dog walks first thing in the morning and at night. Would benefit from the addition of a small mirror over the sink in the bathroom. I had expressed some concern about some adverse comments made by a previous customer but the problems had more than been dealt with. Would definitely recommend this cottage and stay there again.

    Reviewed by JayneDec 2019

  • "We were pleasantly surprised when entering this cottage, it had been fully renovated and you could smell the fresh paint."

    There are a few minor things,1- no bathroom mirror 2 - no companion set for the fire. Also we could of had two small mats next to the front door, and patio doors, to help keep the cottage cleaner.. apart from them minor problems, it was a highly well recommended cottage to stay in. We love it!

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2019

  • "We stayed in this cottage last year and fed back comments then regarding the general state of repair."

    The radiator in the hall is extremely rusty and this year the back bedroom smelled very badly of damp and mustiness. The French windows in the lounge are in a bad state of decay with a large gap in the bottom which is obviously very draughty. The outside light, shower light and vanity light over the mirror in the bathroom do not work. The kitchen cabinets are all showing signs of wear, the veneer peeling away from the bottom of the doors. The carpets are now beginning to smell and are generally badly worn. We were expecting a better grade of décor and cleanliness than last year. We will not stay in the cottage again unless it is completely refurbished which is a shame because we love the actual cottage and the position within the complex.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "For people with dogs this is a great place to stay,with a very large walled paddock for the dog to run without a lead."

    Also access to walk around part of the lake and watch the wildlife. The local pub is a 5min walk,you are made to feel very welcome,food very good,they also like dogs.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2019

  • "Such a beautiful cottage with spectacular view."

    A perfect spot - no need to get in car as pub and buses just up the road. A lovely walk down to Windermere and ferry too.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2019

  • "Overall it was a very good holiday."

    Beds are comfortable but creaky in twin room. The only thing which I wasn't happy about is that the table on the patio outside was so dirty and took 10 minutes to clean it to be able to sit and have our dinner outside. The view was amazing and location was spot on :-) would definitely go back again :-)

    Reviewed by WiolettaApr 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our stay."

    It is a little tired but was perfectly clean and tidy when we arrived. We enjoyed the log burner in evenings and having a field outside the patio door for the kids to play in was great.

    Reviewed by KateApr 2019

  • "Didn't feel the cottage had been cleaned too well this time prior to our arrival, found three full dog poo bags on patio when we opened the doors, soil on the draining board and plastic drainer which seemed very odd."

    It is a lovely cottage in a lovely situation, but seeming a little unloved this time. Lacking useful touches like cling film and foil. A bit disapointing to find the cost of fuel for wood burner now, though admittedly not a huge cost.

    Reviewed by FionaMar 2019

  • "Looking a little tired in need of a little decorating although i would highly recommend this cottage having stayed here on numerous occasions ."

    Reviewed by PhilMar 2019

  • "We have stayed in this cottage three times and always enjoy the peace and views I have no doubt we will be back again"

    Reviewed by SandraFeb 2019

  • "Have been to this particular cottage on numerous occasions i feel it now needs a little updating never the less we are back there again in March."

    Reviewed by PhilDec 2018

  • "We had a couple of issues but they were not Sykes related - whilst we wouldn't stay in this cottage again, we wouldn't hesitate to use Sykes in future."

    Reviewed by DanOct 2018

  • "This is a wonderful little cottage in a super location in the Lake District."

    There are a number of cottages/apartments on this site at Esthwaite Farm and we have stayed in a number of them over the years. My only criticism is that whilst the cottage was clean on arrival, no-one appears to check that things like roller blinds are in working order. Outside lights were also not working, and it is pretty dark here at night, particularly in Autumn/Winter. That said, it is a fabulous location if you want to get away from it all, and we would certainly stay there again.

    Reviewed by LorraineOct 2018

  • "Nothing"

    Reviewed by IreneSep 2018

  • "A nice spacious cottage with fairly large dining room and patio area with tables and chair to rest/eat outside and splendid views across the valley and lakeside."

    Great walks everywhere and two close pubs to eat at Tower Arms and Cuckoobrow. Bedrooms reasonable size with space for luggage etc and facilities on site for washing etc if required. Good parking and nice location close to hawks head for shopping and eating. A great stay.

    Reviewed by NormanJul 2018

  • "Tranquil and beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean and very nice."

    It's near to many great walks and cycling. The cottage was pet friendly which was excellent for us having the dog. The village itself has many shops and pubs to visit. Food place as well. Really enjoyed the beautiful castle stay.

    Reviewed by RMay 2018

  • "Been staying at Esthwaite for a few years now, lovely area and lots of space around the cottages."

    Will be back.

    Reviewed by FionaApr 2018

  • "We stayed in Derwentwater."

    The radiator in the hall is stained and rusty in parts. kitchen cabinets are starting to peel at the bottom - generally looking very tired. There is a gap at the bottom of the French windows but maybe these are gradually being replaced as some of the windows have been? there were a few things missing from the kitchen, scissors, breadboard, tongs but appreciate that these may have been supplied previously. The caretaker was most helpful in supplying the missing articles. I would like to see some sort of recycling facility especially for bottles/cans. As this is a two bedroomed cottage, I was surprised at the lack of dishwasher and also the lounge would be cramped with four adults with the current seating arrangements. Having said this we love the location and our dog especially loves the field and lake.

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed this cosy cottage."

    One possible problem maybe when it snows the steep drive access may be a problem., salt /gravel would help.

    Reviewed by DonFeb 2018

  • "Quiet location, good heating system and shower, comfy bed, ideal location for walkers."

    Great heating for drying out wet walking gear, a must in the lakes. a couple of issues, with a dodgy kitchen tap which went totally kaput the night before we left and was reported as soon as possible next morning. window blind in kitchen also needed attention if you are a short person difficult to put up and down. hopefully manager/ owner will address. i have stayed at this property many times in past with previous owner/ manager and have always enjoyed the quietness of the place, this is the first time i've stayed peak season which is why the value for money is reduced .

    Reviewed by DoreenJan 2018

  • "This is our 4th time here we have also stayed in Windermere cottage, we love it here , the walking is lovely and close to Hawkshead."

    We hope to come back soon

    Reviewed by SandraFeb 2017

  • "Excellent location - cottage good size."

    With all facilities needed. The front room is is need of the ceiling skimming as the plaster boards are evident and make it very tatty feeling. Rest of property is in good repair

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2017

  • "Lovely place with a great location down to the lake!"

    The cottage was clean and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by VickyOct 2016

  • "We have stayed at this property many times, prior to Sykes taking over bookings."

    We always knew the property as Esthwaite Farm followed by the name of the individual properties. It took me some time to find the new booking agent as the properties are now listed under the individual name and Esthwaite Farm is not mentioned. We were disappointed that there were no recycling facilities at the properties as these had been present previously. We love this location for its stunning views, tranquility and excellent walking. We will continue to stay here in the future.

    Reviewed by LorraineOct 2016

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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.

The property

Set on the grounds of the picturesque Esthwaite Farm, Derwentwater is a quaint ground floor cottage that boasts stunning views.

Relax in tranquillity in the surprisingly spacious living area and on fine days, take advantage of your private patio area to soak up the sun and admire your idyllic surroundings.


  • 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.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared laundry, Smart TV
  • 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 are charged at £4 per bag or 3 bags of logs at £10, kindling is available for £4 per bag, payment is made by the honesty box next to the logs
  • 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: 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

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.

Region Information

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
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