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Elm Cottage

(Ref. 924360)

Flitholme near Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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70 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely, garden dog proof and the owners delightful and extremely helpful and friendly."

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped. Very quiet and comfortable. Would definitely stop again.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Mar 2024

  • "Always so welcoming and clean A delightful place to stay"

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2023

  • "Good property with everthing you need well looked after by owners"

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage with excellent hosts!"

    Would definitely stay again and would highly recommend Elm Cottage if you are looking for a tranquil base to visit the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Love it and have already booked for the same cottage next year."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Very well maintained. Owner lives next door and couldn't be more helpful.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Elm cottage."

    It was very homely and comfortable. We loved the conservatory and watching the birds come into the garden. Thank you for your kindness and for making us feel welcome. Such lovely hosts that made our holiday even more special x

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2023

  • "A really excellent stay."

    We love this cottage to bits and the owner’s are absolutely great! Highly recommended and we will return without a doubt. Cosy, quiet and superbly presented and equipped with everything you need for your stay. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage, everything you could wish for and the rest!"

    Absolutely a gem of a cottage. Stayed for the last three years and booked for next year too. We love the scenery, the countryside, the rabbits and the cows; they are so inquisitive. The cottage is central to where we want to visit. The owners are welcoming and if anything isn't right I am sure they will put it right. Just wish we had found this ten or so years ago!!!!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay really homely and comfy."

    Had everything you would need and more. We loved everything about the cottage and would stay again. Owners were lovely and left clear instructions on how to use the facilities. The bed was very comfy and there was plenty of leaflets about what to do in the area. Cottage is in a good place to travel round the lakes as close to the main road to get you anywhere without it being to close to hear the traffic noise. Only sounds we heard was the birds which was lovely

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Perfect stay"

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage was idyllic!"

    Middle of nowhere, away from busy the ads, just bliss. Woodfire was provided and lasted 6/7 days, a sweet welcome treat and a drop in on leaving day by the owners. Great communication, we will be back!

    Reviewed by Katherine4.7Nov 2022

  • "Great little place to stay."

    Perfect for having a dog the garden is very secure. Owners are lovely. Very cosy. Will be staying again.

    Reviewed by Bethia4.7Oct 2022

  • "Loved the location easy access to local villages, and day tours."

    Our hosts were very welcoming and made sure our stay was perfect. Cottage was cosy and comfortable with everything we required for our stay. Loved being on the farm and the seclusion it offered as opposed to staying in town. We would recommend highly and definitely stay again if the opportunity arose.

    Reviewed by Charmaine5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely week - the owners have really thought of everything."

    We especially appreciated the table top freezer as we raw feed our dog. Owners live next door and really go the extra mile but we never once felt bothered by them. I simply can’t think of anything negative to say at all.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2022

  • "We would highly recommend anyone staying at this cosy cottage."

    Everything you need is included. Wonderful owners, both very friendly and helpful. Welcome flowers etc, very thoughtful. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "Elm Cottage was very comfortable and cosy and nice to have a sofa each."

    Kitchen had everything we wanted. Appreciated the bottle of wine and cake. The garden at the back was very nice. The conservatory was very peaceful to sit and relax. The beds were very comfy. It was lovely to look out onto fields with cows. Very close to A66 but we didnt notice much noise. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is so beautiful."

    You couldn't say it is small because the rooms are spacious. Everything we needed was there, it was so peaceful living in the countryside. If i win the lottery i want to buy that cottage.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed a lovely family break with plenty of good countryside walks straight ..."

    We enjoyed a lovely family break with plenty of good countryside walks straight from the front door as well as easy access to Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Aug 2022

  • "Cosy cottage with great amenities."

    Washing machine greatly appreciated!

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2022

  • "No complaints at all."

    Clean and tidy cottage with a cool living area which was appreciated during the heat. Option of conservatory and enclosed garden was important to us and were the prime reasons for booking this cottage. Plenty hot water and lovely soft towels. Appreciated the bookcase as an avid reader!!

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in Elm Cottage."

    Judith and Fred were very welcoming. They were there in case of any queries, but not intrusive. Minnie the border collie was very welcoming to. Cottage was spotless, very cosy and well equipped. A real home from home. It was ideally situated to explore the surrounding area, even got to Gretna. Would highly recommend a stay here. Pauline Lancashire

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage warm and comfortable and nice garden space at rear ."

    Nice and private Nice relaxing location especially if you like walking.owners very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Leonard4.7Jan 2022

  • "Enjoyable stay , well located cottage , friendly owners, nice welcome gift ."

    Cottage came with everything that you needed .

    Reviewed by David4.1Nov 2021

  • "Really loved the cottage, very easy to find."

    The owners were on hand, lovely couple.Plenty of family attractions to drive to.A good base.Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2021

  • "Overall comfortable and a nice cottage in a good location for exploring the lakes, dales and pennines, however the heating tends to sporadically knock loudly waking you up early which adjusting the living room radiator thermostatic valve quietens temporarily, so we just turned that radiator off unless needed but couldn't have done this in winter."

    Appreciated the flowers and bottle of Pinot!

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Sep 2021

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Elm Cottage."

    The Cottage is quaint, clean and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The cottage is in a great location to explore Cumbria, The Lakes and The Dales. The owners live next door, very friendly and non obtrusive, left a lovely welcome pack and fresh flowers. We would certainly return to Elm Cottage, thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Charlene5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week at Elm cottage."

    The owner gave us a warm welcome and was friendly throughout the week without being intrusive. The cottage had everything we needed and more (games, books, DVDs, bird feed, plenty of logs for wood burner, plenty of towels, blankets and pillows and a well stocked kitchen and cleaning supplies). The location was great as it was peaceful but there was easy access to the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines thanks the the A66. There are plenty of leaflets in the cottage with suggestions of days out. The welcome bottle of wine and fresh flowers were a lovely touch. The enclosed garden was fantastic for our dog. Thank you for a lovely stay, we would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Megan4.4Aug 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage, very gentle stairs which were perfect for our 3 yr old Grandson."

    Outdoor space just enough, and a sun trap. Plenty of tractors passing by at the front and cows in the field at the front. Entertaining for the little ones. Would definitely go back again. Owners live next door, but aren’t intrusive at all.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2021

  • "This was a great cottage in a wonderful dog friendly area."

    The hosts Judith and Fred, were very friendly and helpful if we needed anything. Cottage was comfortable and plenty of room, with a lovely enclosed garden. Plenty of pots, pans cutlery etc. We will definitely return to this wonderful cottage. Plenty of dog friendly pubs and coffee shops at near by Appleby and Kirby Stephen. Thank you Judith and Fred. Martin and Kath Ward and Bambi the dog.

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Jul 2021

  • "It simply could not be improved."

    Nothing was less than 5 star.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely hosts all things were great, comfort, character, location."

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage; in a wonderful place!"

    Everything you needed for a great stay. Lovely enclosed garden for the dog. Lots of walks from the doorstep. Handy for the Lakes and Hawes. The owners were lovely always asked if we needed anything. A great week away, was sad to leave.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great cottage that totally met our needs."

    Lots of little touches that made us feel especially welcome.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2021

  • "When we arrived at the cottage we found it had everything from games, cushions ."

    We found the print out a little confusing . It was optional for us to take bedding which we decided to do, Things were all provided for our every need .

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was a perfect base for our walking holiday."

    The owners were helpful with local information and were very welcoming which was a bonus. We should be happy to go again.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2020

  • "The hosts were so welcoming even in these troubled times."

    The cottage was well equipped, supremely clean and we wanted for nothing. We arrived on a cool day, but in entering the cottage had a lovely warm welcome. Beds were made up and there were plenty of towels. Judith and Fred introduced themselves over the garden gate due to social distancing and although we saw them on several occasions, they were not intrusive. Would love to visit this place again. The cottage is quiet with lovely views from the front of the property and has a lovely little conservatory, there was plenty of wildlife to see as, well as cows and sheep. Can’t fault the write up about this property.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely stay at Elm Cottage, very comfortable and cosy."

    The conservatory was a lovely extra space to enjoy when the sun came out. The cottage was well equipped. Lovely quite location and close to The Lakes and Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely owners and a very comfortable cottage."

    Our second time here and again we didnt want to return home. The cottage is warm and comfortable and has everything that you need during your stay. Judith and Fred are very approachable and friendly and were on site if anything was needed but left us alone if we were alright. Would really recomend this cottage for a stay in the beautiful yorkshire countryside.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2019

  • "Gorgeous cottage in ideal location for many areas."

    One of the nicest cottages we have stayed in. Owners were lovely. Woukd definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, clean, warm, cozy & very well equipped."

    Really enjoyed our stay here & can highly recommend. Looking forward to our next visit in a few weeks time. Thank you so very much for making us feel so welcome & the lovely bottle of wine too.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage lovely atmosphere even the creaky floorboards added to the place."

    Brilliant hosts live next door but we hardly saw or heard them. We will be going back next year

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a great location"

    Reviewed by Tina4.7Sep 2019

  • "Elm Cottage is a lovely cosy comfortable property, fully equipped with everything you need."

    The location is superb for visiting the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales, The owners are lovely friendly people, and more than helpful, Kirkby Stephen is a few miles down the road and has many unique shops as well as pubs and tea rooms.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a really relaxing holiday at Elm cottage."

    The owners Fred and Judith are lovely people and very helpful. Our little Border Collie can be nervous but she settled really well. We enjoyed walks from the door and trips out to various places including watching a steam train go over the Ribbleshead Viaduct and a great walk in a hidden Nature Reserve. The cottage is really comfortable and has everything you need for the week. The Co -op at Kirkby Stephen is recommended for a food shop.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2019

  • "Had a lovely time in the cottage the owners were fantastic very welcoming and helpful."

    Our daughter loved the dog and enjoyed the garden. Would definitely recommend staying here was a great base for the week and we didn’t want to leave. All the comforts of your own home.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is very cosy,the owners are very kind."

    We had a lovely week there.

    Reviewed by Volker3.8May 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely great location and was equipped with everything you needed for a comfortable stay."

    Lovely hosts we had the best holiday ever!!!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage had everything we needed for our stay."

    Reviewed by Dan4.7Apr 2019

  • "Fabulous comfortable cottage with everything you need for a relaxing break."

    Dog safe garden was perfect for our pooch.Great area to get to Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is a lovely little cottage with everything on hand to meet your needs."

    Although it snowed rather heavily at the beginning of our week we were lovely and cosy and enjoyed the wood burning stove. The cottage is perfectly situated for visiting the Lake District, the Scottish Borders and the Yorkshire Dales (we did all three). The small garden is very secure for visiting dogs and the conservatory is a real suntrap. We really enjoyed our stay at Elm Cottage and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Thelma5.0Mar 2018

  • "Getting away from the day to day hustle of daily life, The cottage was as it stated on the web site, The owners contacted us re-guarding key collection end even left us a nice present in the fridge, which was nice."

    Overall a very nice clean and well equipped cottage.

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely holiday."

    We got blocked in by the snow as it was a few foot high and snow drifts were huge. Couldn't get out in the car for 3 days. The cottage is a little out of the way, no pub or shop in walking distance and we needed essentials from the shop. Also, the double mattress very hard so I'd recommend taking a mattress topper. Shower is amazing and we were warm and cosy each day. Overall it was a lovely holiday and got to use our snow sledges so very happy!

    Reviewed by Jordanne4.1Feb 2018

  • "Elm Cottage afforded every comfort and we were made very welcome."

    A great base to explore the Dales, Lakes and County Durham, stunning countryside. Local people very friendly.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2018

  • "Comfortable rustic cottage."

    Had everything you need. Wood burner made it very cosy. Great location for walking/cycling & exploring Dales & Lakes.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jan 2018

  • "Excellent cottage and nice owners ."

    Reviewed by Brian4.8Dec 2017

  • "Super week in a lovely, cosy but spacious , characterful well equipped cottage."

    Even better than it looks in the photos.Judith and Fred were lovely hosts,it was a pleasure to meet them.They were very welcoming and the bottle of wine was appreciated.Thankyou and hope to be back.

    Reviewed by Rhona5.0Dec 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Cosy and within many places to visit.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Nov 2017

  • "We had an excellent holiday in Elm Cottage!"

    ! Absolutely gorgeous cottage and a lovely couple that’s own it as well. Hoping to book again for this year. The Gilmour’s xx

    Reviewed by Vhairi5.0Oct 2017

  • "Fantastic hosts in Judith and Fred ,Lovely,clean cottage."

    Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Sep 2017

  • "Cosy well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2017

  • "The cottage exceeded expectations, there were many little extra's that made life easier."

    The only reason we wold not go back there is we like to try out new venues and areas. Judith and Fred were very accommodating and friendly.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2017

  • "We had a great week in the lovely Elm cottage, great base for exploring the area and relaxing in the evenings."

    The owners made us very welcome. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2017

  • "Very comfortable, home from home, every thing you need for a good holiday, lovely hosts Judith and Fred."

    Will visit again, would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0May 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in delightful quiet spot."

    Lovely people - a joy to meet

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2017

  • "Warm welcome from owners with contact if you require anything."

    Comfortable cosy well equipped cottage. Perfect for walking locally. A good base if you wish to explore. We did both.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Feb 2017

  • "Holiday was very good and cottage was lovely but unfortunately we had to come ..."

    Holiday was very good and cottage was lovely but unfortunately we had to come home early due to unforeseen circumstances at home but we will go back again

    Reviewed by Mrs5.0Nov 2016

  • "The cottage was cosy and welcoming."

    ........and the owners were very friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by John4.6Oct 2016

  • "Itwas fabulous place and the owners where lovely"

    Reviewed by Colin4.8Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge (no ice-box), counter-top freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Small enclosed garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles.

The property

Brough 3 miles.

An attractive, red sandstone detached cottage on the owner's upland sheep and cattle farm in the hamlet of Flitholme, a short drive from Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Situated in open countryside, with glorious views over the Pennine hills, the area is ideal for walking, cycling and exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks.

Traditionally furnished with a homely feel, the cottage has an open plan living area with characterful beams and a cosy woodburning stove set in a feature stone fireplace.

A lovely, light and sunny conservatory leads off from here, while the two bedrooms take in fine views over moorland and fields.

The small rear garden is accessed via the conservatory and the perfect spot to relax in the sunshine and plan your day.

The surrounding area is a walker’s heaven, with numerous trails and footpaths straight from the door and cyclists will enjoy the challenging terrain.

Just three miles away, the village of Brough caters for everyday needs, with a market square, castle ruins and selection of pubs and shops, while nearby Appleby is picturesque and offers riverside walks, independent shops and is known for its annual horse fair.

Guests will enjoy driving through beautiful scenery to visit the Bowes Museum with its stunning exhibits, or take a trip up the Tees Valley to High Force and Cauldron Snout waterfalls.

Alternatively, drive twenty miles south to Wensleydale and visit the creamery and water mill in Hawes.

A superbly placed cottage to explore the upland fells of England.

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About the location


Penrith 14 miles.

The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is nestled between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two National Parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. Appleby has a wonderful selection of quality independent shops, cafes and delicatessens selling locally produced food and crafts. The picturesque street of Boroughgate, with some interesting old buildings, is at the heart of the town and links the well-preserved Norman Castle with the fine medieval Church of St. Lawrence. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. With the delightful Ullswater and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

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