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Bibby Lot

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Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "The location is beautiful."

    but the cottage was not clean. Stains on the doors, stains on the floor and mold in the bathroom. The kitchen is fairly new and looks great. But there is not enough space to eat with 6 people at the dining table in the same kitchen. The master bedroom has a size of 140 x 200. We found this just too tight to sleep with 2 adults. 1 of the single mattresses in the other room was not okay. It is due for renewal. But we enjoyed the beautiful surroundings en the swimmingpool.

    Reviewed by Rudi2.8Jul 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, in beautiful grounds."

    Other cottages but it was very quiet which was lovely. Lovely swimming pool. Local towns within easy travelling distance. Would definitely rebook.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2021

  • "I have just returned from a fantastic stay in Bibbylot with my husband and two kids."

    We booked this as a last minute getaway in the Lake District and basing ourselves out of Graythwaite estate turned out to be a great decision. The house itself is comfortable and had everything we could have wanted. I had read about uncomfortable beds however the only uncomfortable mattress was the top bunk in the bunk beds, but this wasn’t an issue as after the first night my daughter slept on the bottom bunk. We swam in the pool twice which the kids said was the highlight of their holiday. We rented kayaks from the estate and went out on Windermere which was an incredible experience. Graythwaite is short drive from hawks head and newbybridge which is handy. There is a farm shop on site too which is well stocked as well as table tennis and a great wee park the kids enjoyed using. There’s also communal washing machines which are useful. It’s worth following Dude’s Dough on face book as you can collect freshly made pizza from the estate if you get the right day. The only issues we had was finding our part of the estate on the first day, but in fairness we had not read the detailed instructions well enough, and that the code for the cottage we were sent to let ourselves in was incorrect and included a letter when it needed to be 4 numbers. Neither of which were major issues! We would definitely return and stay again.

    Reviewed by Natasha4.7Jul 2021

  • "Double Bed and mattress were awful and fridge was missing shelves Apart from that the cottage was lovely"

    Reviewed by Russell2.8Aug 2020

  • "Having the swimming pool on site was a tremendous draw and we weren't disappointed - a superb facility."

    The level of equipment in the cottage was the best we have yet experienced. The whole family enjoyed the experience - ideal location and even the weather couldn't spoil this long weekend in the Lake District in December - although the sun did wait until the final day to put in an appearance!

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Dec 2019

  • "Really nice clean, quiet property , lovely and warm, plenty of hot water."

    Beds really comfortable. Great for dog walking and stunning scenery. Shop assistants lovely and very helpful. Would certainly like to stay again as 3 nights were not enough

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2019

  • "Pros - Good walks and a beautiful location, the dogs loved it - Pool area was great fun - Good sized living room with comfy sofas Cons - The house advertised two bathrooms on Sykes Cottages, however upon arrival there was only one shower/bath and a cloakroom which between six adults was difficult."

    Although this was mentioned in the small print it was clearly labelled as having two bathrooms for search purposes. - Kitchen table didn’t fit six people comfortably, you could not move around the kitchen when everyone was seated - Radiator broken in one of the bedrooms - Mould in the bathroom and bedrooms - Damp smell throughout the house, except the living room - Condensation on all windows - You are asked to strip the beds when leaving, we don’t mind doing this, but when paying £75 in cleaning fees we would expect the cottage to be in pristine condition on arrival. I would not recommend staying at Bibby Lot, especially if you are a party of six, four is plenty given one bathroom. Graythwaite estate itself is wonderful. The ladies in the farm shop were friendly and informative and the shop itself had all we needed for basics.

    Reviewed by Julia2.2Aug 2019

  • "Firstly, let me emphasize there was lots to like."

    The cottage was spacious, very clean and tidy on arrival and well equipped. The setting was lovely, freedom of roaming the estate made you feel special, and the children enjoyed the swimming pool. For the money paid, we wanted and were expecting a bit luxury (a 4 out of 5, 5 out of 5 property). But frustratingly, the property was let down by cost cutting. Worst - the quality of the mattresses, pillows (soft / tired) and bed clothes (cotton / polyester rather than cotton). On holiday in a "luxury cottage", you want to enjoy an excellent night's sleep not pine for your bed at home. The kitchen had plenty of equipment but the food preparation knives were very poor quality and blunt. The toaster was cheap and hopeless. The hob extractor fan did work. No oven gloves were supplied. The kettle functioned fine but being labelled "Amazon basics" was indicative of the cost cutting approach. We got the impression the lounge had been recently redecorated / carpeted but some of the other rooms needed the same attention, in particular the upstairs bathroom. We also noticed the toilet handles were loose with the potential to be broken. With some minor investment and continual maintenance all these issues could be addressed and then we would singing the property's praises and recommending to others. But until then .. 3 out of 5 is the score which is disappointing.

    Reviewed by Daniel3.8Aug 2019

  • "Although we felt the pictures on the website made the cottage look far better than the reality, we really enjoyed our stay."

    The Estate was stunning which we and the dogs really enjoyed The outdoor facilities around the farm were fabulous- everything was catered for. Everything was well managed and the staff were amazing; so friendly and they couldn’t do enough for us. Thank you so much for a lovely break.

    We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We have noted your felt the photos were possibly misleading as we’ve not seen that feedback before. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope that you will return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debra4.1Jun 2019

  • "I brought my daughter to Bibby Lot along with my family to celebrate her 2nd birthday!"

    We had a Beatrix Potter filled weekend and visited the world of Beatrix Potter Attraction! Bibby Lot was a perfect base for our adventures and provided the perfect story book setting for us to explore from! I would recommend this cottage 100% and will definitely be returning! Thankyou for a perfect stay!

    What a lovely review! We are thrilled your family all enjoyed your stay with us to celebrate your daughter’s 2nd birthday celebrations Beatrix Potter style!! We very much look forward to welcoming you back at Graythwaite in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0May 2019

  • "This is a beautifully quiet place set in glorious grounds."

    Kids and dog really loved it. Swam in the pool every day (a bit cool but you get used to it). Fabulous walks, literally on your doorstep and a great base for visiting surrounding lake's. Would absolutely go again.

    We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and would love for you to return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Aug 2018

  • "Nice cottage in a courtyard conversion on the quieter side of Windermere lake with an indoor pool."

    . The location is secluded but there is good parking and access to other parts of the lake district. There are pleasant walks locally on Graythwaite estate and beyond .

    Reviewed by Anne Margaret5.0Jul 2018

  • "We were moved to this property following complications with the property we originally booked."

    All the staff I dealt with from Sykes were amazing & went above & beyond to make our holiday memorable. Bibby Lot was beautiful, spacious & the facilities were great. It was our first holiday as a family of four and due to being so close to the swimming pool, we were also able to start teaching the children how to swim. Bibby Lot was perfect for our family & so tranquil that we all slept brilliantly. Graythwaite Estate is gorgeous and we had a great time exploring the gardens & forests. Wish we had been able to stop longer!

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Jun 2018

  • "After deciding to go to Lake District at last minute & picking a random cottage that we liked the look off couldn't have been more pleased with our choice."

    The cottage & all its facilities were excellent with numerous walks from your doorstep to go with our dog. It was a lovely scenic setting made even better by the snow that came during our stay & there was never a dull moment. Use of the swimming pool was great & jreally felt settled in a quiet location. Highly recommend staying at any of the Graythwaite holiday cottages as they certainly provide everything for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Feb 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Electric central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, shared use of washing machine by arrangement, shared use of tumble dryer in table tennis room, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, public phone in courtyard
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Logs can be purchased at the farm shop
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared patio with furniture
  • Shared use of estate grounds and facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room (please bring your own racquets and balls), children's play area, 2.5-acre trout fishing lake
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4 miles, pubs 2 miles
  • 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
  • Mobile phone signal may be limited due to the location of the property
  • Please Note: This property has a £250 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • The swimming pool can be booked for 45 minute private sessions, All guests can pre-book up to a maximum of 3 swimming slots ( or 2 slots for short stays 2 and 3 nights ) 7 days prior to arrival by contacting estate@graythwaite.com

The property

This charming mid-terrace cottage near Windermere nestles in a row of four in the main courtyard on the Graythwaite Estate.

Perfectly located within easy reach of the site's fabulous facilities including an indoor swimming pool and children's play area, this Windermere cottage makes a perfect base for families to enjoy the idyllic setting and explore this beautiful area.

Graythwaite Cottages

Hawkshead 4 miles. Located on a beautiful, 5000-acre private country estate of diverse lake, forest, woodland and meadow landscapes, this charming courtyard of Victorian farm buildings, dating from 1890, sits in a superb central setting for a Lake District getaway to remember. Each of these delightful Lake District cottages has been thoughtfully refurbished and retain much original character, well balanced with modern furnishings and set just one mile from the shores of Lake Windermere. Each has been finished to a high standard, with most offering cosy open fires or wood burners to snuggle beside after a busy day. The nearest Village is Hawkshead, situated 4 miles from the Estate. The nearest train station is Grange-over-sands and the nearest motorway is the M6 (J36). There are some wonderful on-site facilities to take advantage of, which include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room and children’s play area. This magical estate offers an escape to another world with a 2.5-acre lake, just a 10-minute walk from the courtyard, which is well stocked with rainbow trout and boasts a serene setting for hazy afternoons spent fly fishing. The estate’s grounds provide a wonderland for all ages and offer plenty of places to stop for a picnic or enjoy a quiet stroll or a gentle cycle along the lakeshore. Make the most of the estate by booking activities with the on-site events team Graythwaite Adventure. The extensive list of premium activities and excursions, designed to keep you entertained regardless of the weather, includes but is not limited to; 4X4 Off-roading, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, RIB tours, Sailing, Bubble Football, Guided Walks, Bush craft and more! All activities can be completely tailored to suit your needs and requirements to create the perfect activity schedule for you. Moreover, if there is an activity that tickles your fancy however is not listed please do not hesitate to contact the team. No request is too big or small, and they will endeavour to do their best to deliver. The on-site shop offers everything from milk to luxury local spirits and delicious welcome packs with succulent, locally-sourced food. Get in touch with the Estate to organise your pre-arrival order today. This group of Lake District properties provides an unforgettable escape and is an excellent destination for a special holiday spent relaxing and enjoying the tranquil setting and fantastic on-site facilities. Booked together, the properties can accommodate 86 people.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

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The swimming pool can be booked for 45 minute private sessions, All guests can pre-book up to a maximum of 3 swimming slots ( or 2 slots for short stays 2 and 3 nights ) 7 days prior to arrival by contacting estate@graythwaite.com

As well as the wide range of activities on-site, The Graythwaite Estate are pleased to offer you the following services to make your stay even more special:

*Maps and recommendations for walks around the estate and surrounding area, along with a list of things to see and do, and the pick of the best local pubs and restaurants

*The arrangement of canoeing, bushcraft, climbing, guided walks and other activities - just let the estate know and they’ll take care of it

*Milk and provisions from Town End Farm can be delivered to your doorstep during your stay

More information about these superb deals and activites can be obtained directly with the Estate once your booking is confirmed.

Note: Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake.

Note: Licence required for fishing, equipment can be hired locally, fishing FOC unless catch is made, then small fee applicable.

Note: Limited mobile reception.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas