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Groffa Crag Farmhouse

Gawthwaite near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 929294)

4.7

Excellent

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "The farmhouse is perfect for a large group with ample space for everyone and the views are stunning."

    We were lucky to have hot and sunny weather and enjoyed being able to eat outside on the terrace. The swimming in nearby Coniston Water was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by SandraJul 2022

  • "This property was very good."

    The photos do not do it justice. We were a family of 6 adults on holiday for the week. It exceeded our expectations. The house had everything we needed and we all had plenty of space. There was plenty of crockery and cooking equipment but only one wine glass! Fortunately some of our party were arriving the next day and we were able to ask them to bring some. So if you enjoy your wine, pack your glassware. It is in a lovely spot and perfect for the southern lakes. We had an amazing week and would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by SandraJul 2022

  • "The house and surroundings were fantastic."

    The views were amazing with Coniston to the East and Morecombe bay to the West. The dogs absolutely loved the large enclosed garden. The only fly in the ointment was the lack of recycling facilities or information. We would love to stay here again.

    Reviewed by DeborahJun 2022

  • "Had an amazing stay here and the views are breathtaking!"

    So much space in the property and so comfortable. We had a totally chilled weekend and would love to return again in the future:-)

    Reviewed by AlexandraMay 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the property The location was great with beautiful views The property was very well maintained and clean We all had a great time and would definetly stay again and recommend to friends."

    Reviewed by HannahMar 2022

  • "Had a fantastic two night stay at groffa cragg farmhouse."

    Instructions on finding the house were great. The views from the kitchen were amazing. The house was perfect. Great communication with the owner, he was very helpful and accomodating. My only tiny problem was the shower on the top floor. It seemed the hot water couldn't quite make it that far. Everything else was great. Would absolutely stay here again.

    Reviewed by KaraMar 2022

  • "The farmhouse is lovely, stunning views, lots of room for everybody."

    Reviewed by CathyFeb 2022

  • "Our family of 10 were celebrating a Golden Wedding , and 2 birthdays."

    This was an idyllic place to be for a wonderful family gathering.The cottage was so well planned and so spacious. Views from the kitchen ,spanned the Lakes to Coniston and panoramic to Morecambe Bay. Amazing vista. We were so surprised too to note our skills at table tennis. This was great for all. We all used the kitchen to its utmost, with family takingturns to produce fabulous menus. Definitely one of the tops holidays. Thank you to the owners

    Reviewed by SallyFeb 2022

  • "We had organised a surprise birthday celebration away with family for my 90 year old mum - she had no idea but when we drew up at the house she was delighted!"

    ! The tour of the house itself brought “wow”s from all of us !! It is just lovely with ample room for everyone to spread out, have their own space and yet still be able to gather together beside a cosy fire !! Our ages ranged from 11 weeks old to 90 and yet it suited all our needs. Just stunning views in all directions- sea behind and mountains in front! Later in the week we visited Ulverston which was minutes away - a lovely little town! We had never been to that part of the Lakes but would definitely recommend it - very close to the motorway so easily accessible !! Think the photo doesn’t do it justice - ample parking and beautiful home!! We cannot thank you enough for making our family time away making memories, so special !!

    Reviewed by FionaFeb 2022

  • "Recently returned home after a stay at the farmhouse for a surprise 60th."

    Such a beautiful property, great location and facilities everyone commented about how much space we had. The views from the property was lovely. The only thing that I would say is that due to covid and the extra cleaning that is required that the check in time of 6pm means you are mostly travelling in the dark. With that being said I feel that maybe some extra sign posting would make it easier to find the property. Had a brilliant time and would definitely recommend/ return.

    Reviewed by RobynDec 2021

  • "We have just returned from a fantastic weekend stay at Groffa Crag Farmhouse."

    A family get together for my mother’s 80th where 11 of us stayed in wonderful comfort. The house is huge with various living rooms and bedrooms spread over three floors (and table tennis in the basement). Perfectly clean and extremely well-appointed with a huge dining room where we enjoyed family meals. Setting is awe-inspiring with views for miles towards Coniston in one direction and Morecambe Bay in the other. Groffa Crag is warm, secure and welcoming with Ulverston market town a ten minute drive away. The current owner is extremely helpful and the management company also went out their way to ensure a trouble-free stay. We noticed a poor review posted previously. I would encourage anyone reading this to disregard that review. It was absolutely not our experience.

    Reviewed by ConOct 2021

  • "The property is clearly ‘tired’."

    I see it has been sold now which would indicate why it’s so run down. The sofas in the main living area smell and had crumbs and food from previous people under the cushions, taps broken, extractor fans in bathrooms not working properly. Cleaners were late finishing before we checked in. A door was being repaired. The list goes on. We had a good holiday but we all felt the property was a bit of a let down especially for the money we paid. Luckily the amazing views counteracted these issues enough but Sykes cottages need to be aware for any future bookings!

    Reviewed by TomAug 2021

  • "Brilliant views as advertised."

    The space is great to celebrate family birthdays and the location is perfect for activities and trips in the South Lakes.

    Reviewed by DianaJun 2021

  • "Lovely stay at Groffa Farm House."

    It had everything we needed. Kitchen was fully equipped. Beautiful scenery it was nice and peaceful to sit out on the patio for breakfast.

    Reviewed by ClaireJun 2021

  • "Accommodation was beautifully presented, well-equipped, and perfectly situated."

    Our best accolade for the accommodation is our determination to stay there again!

    Reviewed by TheresaJun 2021

  • "The farmhouse was really lovely and the views are amazing!"

    It was very comfortable and my hubby and I enjoyed star gazing outside and while laying in bed at night! It was wonderful being able to have most of our family together and the children loved playing hide and seek! Our only negative was that quite a lot of the light bulbs didn’t work and we couldn’t find any replacements! We Would highly recommend staying at the farmhouse!

    Reviewed by EllieSep 2020

  • "Lovely, large house that easily absorbed 12 people - ready close to Coniston water area."

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2020

  • "We absolutely loved groffa crag farm house."

    there was so much space to be together or have privacy. was a great location with stunning views. nobody wanted to go home

    Reviewed by BernadetteAug 2020

  • "Absolutely fabulous location."

    We were there with a family of 11 and 3 dogs and there was more than enough space for everyone. The outside garden is massive to enjoy bbqs etc and a seperate bbq area with fantastic views over conniston etc. We will definitely be going back there in the near future. Also the red lion pub which is only 3 miles away were very accommodating with excellent food and drink (with 50% off at the minute). Overall definitely worth a visit.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2020

  • "Fantastic house, plenty of space and incredible views (fuschia will need trimming soon as restricting kitchen view in one direction!"

    ). Kitchen well stocked although some bigger mugs would be very appreciated. Aga seemed to only do roast or off, but was lovely to roast with! Plenty of fridge and freezer space. Beds on the top floor are very much on the firm side and the doubles on the first floor are soft - so choose your bedroom accordingly!! Bathrooms are lovely, clean and with decent showers. Sky sports was a bonus! Looking forward to a return visit with the extended family who had to miss this trip due to lockdown.

    Reviewed by BethanJul 2020

  • "What a fabulous place to stay , it was beyond our expectations ."

    We had an amazing long weekend , the house was amazing and had everything we needed . We didn’t want to come home ! I’d love to live in this house it was fantastic . Thankyou

    Reviewed by PamelaFeb 2020

  • "Absolutely wonderful property for a large family group."

    There is so much space and so plenty of room for everyone to spread out and not be on top of each other. The views are incredible and we had a brilliant week celebrating the grandparents' 40th anniversary. Also, praise for the owner - we had a slight problem with one of the showers and it was all sorted the day I rang which also happened to be the Saturday of a Bank Holiday weekend. I wish I could afford to rent the property more often, but it is great value for money.

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2019

  • "Our 2nd visit - the first for a family party for my 70th birthday & our recent visit to celebrate the golden wedding of my husband & myself."

    We all had a wonderful time & cannot fault the farm. We fully intend to return.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2019

  • "Great holiday home very spacious everything you would need was there"

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "This is an amazing property with fantastic views"

    Reviewed by SheilaMay 2019

  • "Loads of space and well equipped."

    Great views and outside space. Classy but comfortable.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Groffa Crag."

    The house was warm and comfortable with loads of space for everybody and we had everything we needed for our family group.

    Reviewed by AnnFeb 2019

  • "What a fabulous place!"

    We celebrated a 60th birthday party over the weekend. Six bedrooms, several sitting rooms and a great dining room to seat all 12 family members (brothers , wives , children and grandchildren) Two kitchens, but we all spent time cooking and chatting in the large kitchen where the views far exceeded our expectations. Fabulous views over to the fells and Morecambe Bay. A warm, welcoming ,very well equipped farm house We had a wonderful weekend and would definitely go again. Thank you for making the birthday weekend a special place to be with special memories.

    Reviewed by PaulaJan 2019

  • "A great get away for a large group with plenty of space to spread out in."

    Very 'homely' with stunning views.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2018

  • "This is a fabulous property which more than exceeded expectations."

    We were a party of 9 and found there was plenty of space for everyone whether hanging out in the kitchen looking at the view or crashed in front of the tv with a fire roaring in the wood burner.

    Reviewed by GabbyDec 2018

  • "A great size house for a large group."

    We were celebrating a joint 30th / 60th birthday and our party consisted of 7 adults, 2 children and 3 dogs. There was plenty of room for us to spread out or be together. The views from the kitchen are amazing! The added bonus was the table tennis in the basement. This kept children and adults active and entertained. The large garden and forest area provided plenty of solace for the dogs and children to run. The house was very well equipped and we had a wonderful weekend there.

    Reviewed by WinDec 2018

  • "Wonderful house, with excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities."

    I’d highly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2018

  • "We have had a fantastic time!"

    What a beautiful place to stay, far reaching views, extremely spacious, warm & comfortable. A perfect place for a family gathering!

    Reviewed by TrudyOct 2018

  • "It’s only when you wake each morning that you can appreciate the views around the farmhouse."

    The owner provides not only bed linen and towels but toiletries and cleaning essentials as well. The inside space is fantastic much larger than we expected. One part is a fully contained one bedroomed house that can be locked to provide complete privacy if required. Amazing place!

    Reviewed by TracySep 2018

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay!"

    The house is beautiful the photos really don’t do it justice!! We had 11 adults and children with us and we were all very comfortable and didn’t get on top of each other! We would highly recommend this house and would love to come back for Christmas. The setting is stunning and the views are spectacular. Thanks so much we had s very special weekend

    Reviewed by AmySep 2018

  • "We very nearly lost our holiday booking for 9 people as Sykes couldn’t take a payment & didn’t think it necessary to call me!"

    All the email notifications went into my junk folder. This was our main family holiday & we cane very close to losing it. Not good enough not to call me in this situation as it could of been rectified immediately. Sykes put in the wrong expiry date on my c card so it wasn’t even my error! Very stressful

    Reviewed by LeanneJul 2018

  • "Kendal Climbing Centre was awesome for 5 to 14 year olds."

    Wonderful views from the farmhouse.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2018

  • "Fabulous house, lots of space for everyone, comfortable beds large bedrooms, ample bathrooms, lovely kitchen with fantastic views."

    Hope to stay here again soon!

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2018

  • "Groffa Crag was perfect for our needs."

    It is huge! So many rooms and all so large. We came here with all my family (8 adults, 4 children and 1 dog) for my 40th birthday. The amount of space made it very comfortable for us all to stay together. It was a very cold weekend when we visited, so we enjoyed staying in more than we normally would when visiting the Lakes. The position of the kitchen is perfect and the views are breathtaking. We hope to visit again soon. Thank you!

    Reviewed by AmyMar 2018

  • "The photos advertising the house do not do the views justice!"

    Wonderful house - lots of memories made.

    Reviewed by LindseyMar 2018

  • "Went for daughters 30th birthday, party of 11, 9 adults and 2 children and 3dogs."

    Plenty of space for large party. 3 sittingrooms all with wood burning stoves which was excellent as weather was lovely but very cold. Facilities were excellent for all of us and kitchen was very well equipped. Excellent base for all planned family activities and beautiful scenery and panoramic views from kitchen and outdoor seating area. Large garden with small wooded area to the rear which was excellent for the dogs. Going in February there were fields with no livestock so we were able to take dogs in the field across from farmhouse.Would highly recommend a visit to Grizedale forest can take dogs and has a tarmac wheelchair friendly route.Would highly recommend this farmhouse for brilliant short break, a home from home, cosy and relaxing. If I had to be critical at all 1 double and 2twin bedrooms need updating but were very comfortable. Thank you for a lovely time would love to come again for longer!!

    Reviewed by ShirleyFeb 2018

  • "This was a lovely big house with plenty of room for a family."

    It shows signs of wear but generally tidy and comfortable with good facilities. Good views of surrounding area and easy access to roads in all directions.

    Reviewed by StephenFeb 2018

  • "In all honesty the description and the photos on the website did not do the property justice and the holiday was far better than we imagined."

    Rooms great, clean and with plenty of seating. Kitchen superb. Bedrooms all spacious clean and comfortable Thank you

    Reviewed by RobDec 2017

  • "This is a fabulous property."

    Excellent for what we had booked it for an early Christmas celebration with friends. The main, larger kitchen was amazing with simply fantastic views of Coniston and the surrounding area and very well stocked with all we needed. 2 large fridges which was great as 8 of us! Property is quite remote so no nipping out for anything forgotten. Lovely and peaceful. Parking good, plenty of room. My only suggestions would be to have a spare supply of toilet roll and to have curtains on the windows in the Boot Room bedroom. Only had blinds which were of a light colour too so didn’t sleep too well. Towels adequate but could have been larger. Had to wash oven trays before use as had all been put away dirty and greasy. Couldn’t get TV in dinning area to work but didn’t really need it anyway. Otherwise, all good and we loved our stay. Didn’t find the welcome folder till we were leaving so maybe this needs to be left out and took a while to find the underground games room. Also a dog poster with instructions about dogs and farmers needs to be bigger and in a more prominent place Would definitely stay again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ChristineDec 2017

  • "Wonderful place for a family get together, large rooms, well-equipped, views from kitchen amazing and stargazing from the top bedroom, and fun playing table tennis in the basement."

    Enjoyed exploring round Coniston and walking on Duddon Sands.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2017

  • "Disappointed in the washing machine and dishwasher, both need replacing."

    But otherwise everything was fabulous.

    Reviewed by AlysonJun 2017

  • "Wonderful house and location, so much space, very laid back holiday."

    Close to coast and lakes so loads to do! Dog was welcome, all round fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by ErinJun 2017

  • "Plenty of room for our family weekend away to celebrate a 50th birthday."

    ...loved the table tennis...Rayburn...views.....easy walks from house....easy food delivery from Asda....not far from Ulverston Station. We were sorry that the Laurel and Hardy Museum was closed, but would recommend a visit to Tarn Hows and Tom Gill waterfall, and the Cathedral Cave at Tilbertwaite Quarries and the old packhorse bridge, Slaters Bridge.

    Reviewed by JeanNov 2016

  • "This cottage is in a wonderful setting giving breath taking views towards Coniston Water and the coast."

    It is very spacious and suited our party of 12 adults and 3 dogs really well. There is a huge amount of parking space- great as we had 6 cars between us. The rooms, both sitting rooms and bedrooms are of a really good size. There are plenty of bathroom facilities for a large party. There is a great boot room for leaving outdoor equipment. The property was well heated and warm throughout. There was a constant supply of hot water.We appreciated the large dining table as we could sit and eat an evening meal as a group of 12. It was nice to have three separate sitting areas so we could split in to smaller groups when we chose to do so. The twelve of us have been spending a week away together for a number of years, in different locations, and we have experienced a wide range of accommodation of very varying standards. Grofa Crag has been one of the best cottages we have used. We had a great holiday!

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2016

  • "It was fabulous."

    .. Our only critisism was that we couldn't find a guide of how to walk to the pub ;0)

    Reviewed by MikeOct 2016

  • "The farmhouse was amazing, it appeared a lot larger than the pictures on the website."

    It a great place to stay as one big group, where everyone can eat/socialise together, but also it can easily be divided into smaller groups, with various living/lounge areas, two kitchens, etc. The views are amazing and although there are a few properties in the locality because of the position of the farmhouse it feels like it is totally isolated.

    Reviewed by DonnaSep 2016

  • "A fantastic location for large groups of all ages,with amenities 10 mins away and easy access to the Southern Lakes."

    The amazing House was equipped with more than enough facilities and the stunning panoramic views changed every day with the weather. We loved it.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2016

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Summary

  • Over three floors, six bedrooms
  • Top floor: 2 x double bedrooms (the large bedroom has two convertible sofas to make extra beds, but no bedding included), bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • First Floor: 2 x double bed with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x twin bedrooms, bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin, and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 12)
  • Second kitchen/boot room
  • Two sitting rooms (one seats 9 and one with dining area seats 7) with woodburning stoves
  • Snug (seats 5) with woodburning stove (accessed via the second kitchen)
  • Steps towards lower ground floor games room with table tennis
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stoves
  • AGA, 2 x electric ovens and hobs, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezers, washer/dryer, washing machine, 2 x dishwashers, 3 x TVs (one with Sky Sports, two with Freeview), DVD, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter packs for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Bike storage
  • Lawned garden with terrace, patio and furniture, plus small woodland area
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: Mobile reception can be restricted

The property

Ulverston 3.5 miles.

A detached, stone-built beautifully-restored farmhouse, brimming with character, offering outstanding views to Coniston Water and the surrounding fells.

The unique elevated position of this spacious holiday home, which sits on the edge of the Lake District National Park and on the Cumbrian Way, has been lovingly restored to provide extended family groups with excellent holiday accommodation.

Groffa Crag Farmhouse provides parties with three recreational sitting rooms, two kitchens, large bedrooms, fantastic estuary views and period features including fireplaces and woodburners.

The converted barn area with extra kitchen and separate lounge makes the accommodation ideal for a family gathering to enjoy this beautiful area of the country.

The light-filled, high-spec kitchen includes an AGA and separate electric oven as well as corian-topped worktops.

A large island comes with a breakfast eating area, and there are wide, dual-aspect picture windows to take in the glorious views of the fells, coast and lake over a morning drink, whilst deciding where to explore in the days ahead.

The property sits on the edge of the Lake District National Park, which offers a myriad of walks and bike paths, with Grizedale Forest just ten miles away, where ultimate adventure awaits!

Head to Coniston and take a cruise across the lake on the gondola, which sails past Brentwood, the former home of artist and critic John Ruskin, and where Swallows and Amazons were also filmed.

Above the bustling village of Coniston, with its cafés, shops and family-friendly pubs, sits the beautiful fell, the Old Man of Coniston, waiting for your discovery.

Also, you can easily explore Windermere, with its many water activities and the World of Beatrix Potter for younger members of your group.

Head the other direction for the coast and visit Ullverston, a quaint festival town with its weekly market and music, food and beer festivals at various times throughout the year.

Returning back to this excellent holiday home, enjoy the view from the terrace with an evening glass of wine, relax in of the one sitting rooms in front of a toasty woodburner, or set up a family tournament of table tennis in the downstairs games room in the cellar.

There’s space for everyone in this wonderful holiday home, and whatever type of Lake District holiday you seek, this is the perfect year-round base.

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About the location

ULVERSTON

Lake Windermere 10 miles; Coniston Water 11 miles.

Ulverston is a traditional market town built around a cobbled main street. It boasts a fine selection of independent shops, café’s, and pubs with open fires and real ales. There is an extensive selection of eating places to suit everyone, from fine dining to traditional pub food. Ulverston is also well known as a festival town, with events ranging from flags and walking to art and music festivals throughout the summer months and with the renowned Dickensian Christmas festival in late November. It is the birthplace of Stan Laurel and world record holder of the biggest foam pie fight in the world giving a glimpse into the fun community spirited little town. There are excellent walks around the town and beautiful countryside, with views of the southern Lake District and Morecambe Bay. Home to the deepest, widest and shortest canal, which makes for a lovely afternoon walk with a pub at the end and views over the bay. All of the attractions of the National Park are also easily reached. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good birdwatching. Nearby family attractions include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Lakes Windermere and Coniston and popular Birkrigg Common, with its incredible panoramic views across Morecambe Bay.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas