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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "First of all, Holmdale cottage is a lovely property and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Really great location, quiet but more than close enough for a short walk in to grasmere. The property is kitted with everything you need... The bathrooms being a real high point with showers to die for. One of which even with a view.Every room is sizeable and well finished. The reason for the 1 star review is the aftercare delivered by Sykes regarding some items left. My 78 year old mothers lost house keys. It's been 2 weeks and the customer service has been terrible with no news or updates. We don't even know if the keys have yet been found - let alone the £30 return fee. Please be extremely mindful you've picked everything up or you may not get it back.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and the bathrooms! We are sorry to hear of the issue that you experienced in regards to your lost property. We will ask our Property Services Team to look. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kieran5.0Jun 2024

  • "Very happy with the property, but we wanted the twin beds zipped together as offered."

    Found it quite hard to make that request, and after finally managing to do that, more than a week before our stay, the message did NOT get through, and the beds were not together

    We are pleased that you liked our property but are very sorry to hear that the beds were not zipped together for you. We will make sure that Lakelovers are aware of your complaint and ask them to ensure that the beds are sorted as requested in future. Best wishes, Holmdale Owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Jun 2024

  • "We recently stayed at Holmdale for 5 nights and had a wonderful time."

    The cottage is absolutely beautiful, it was clean, tidy and comfortable and had everything we needed. A real home from home!! We've already said we want to return in the future. Not only is the cottage itself wonderful, the location is amazing with stunning views and easy distance to some beautiful walks, and with local shops, pubs and restaurants only a few minutes walk away. Perfection!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2024

  • "Our third stay in this lovely cottage."

    Comfortable and well equipped. Love the new bathrooms! A wonderful relaxing week. Hope to be back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2024

  • "The sofa's are the reason that the score is not perfect."

    They are very low, very deep, not comfortable and are difficult to get out of.......And, we're not elderly! That being said, I'm disappointed that next May is booked up already!

    Reviewed by Christine4.7May 2024

  • "Lovely, well-equipped holiday house."

    Really comfortable and well presented. Beautifully clean. Great location, just outside the bustle of Grasmere centre, but only a short walk away. Also really convenient for exploring the surrounding area. Parking fine for one large car (we managed to squeeze our VW van into the space). Bit tricky if you have a second car. There are some spaces at the side of the road just before you get to Pye Lane, but we did have to park further away to start with and move the car later in the day when it was less busy. We ended up leaving the car there for the week and just using the van to avoid losing our space (which was fine for us). All in all, very good accommodation and we would definitely stay again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed the property, it's amenities and local area. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Mar 2024

  • "This was our fourth stay at Holmdale."

    We like everything about the cottage - the convenient location, lovely views, excellent kitchen facilities, and tasteful decor. The new bathrooms and sofas make it even more luxurious and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect setting with views of the fells all around."

    All the comfort of home and very cosy with a woodburner and underfloor heating. Love Grasmere in the winter months as much quieter with far less tourists and many more serious walkers. Being the centre of the Lake District it has excellent walks all around so you can leave the car at home and go explore. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jan 2024

  • "We have stayed at Holmdale a number of times it is a fantastic property."

    The kitchen has everything you could possibly need and the new bathrooms are lovely. The only small negative is that it would be good to have a blind for the bathroom window. We have had another brilliant week, with numerous lovely walks from the door ending in one of the many lovely cafes in Grasmere.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased that you like Holmdale and the new bathrooms. We have looked into adding a blind in the bathroom but because of the shape of the window and the tiling around it we have been advised that a blind would not be possible. We are still looking for a solution that will not spoil the view from the window and in the meantime hope that the frosting on the lower window offers some privacy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great place, great location, beautiful views from most windows!"

    Very comfortable for the whole family and very well re-designed with lovely new kitchen and bathrooms. There was no toilet roll on the day we checked in but we imagine this was just an oversight. Would have loved an extra parking spot but understand there's not much the owners can do about that!

    Reviewed by Althea5.0Jul 2023

  • "We first stayed at Holmdale in December 2016 and we have returned to Holmdale many more times which speaks volumes."

    A very comfortable, well equipped cottage, great location, stylishly furnished and the new bathrooms are amazing (one minor suggestion is to consider fitting a roller blind to the main window in the larger bathroom). We rarely use the car once parked up as there are so many walks from the door and the bus service, if needed, is regular & reliable. Another great week in Holmdale and already looking forward to our next visit later in the year.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a gorgeous house, so well presented."

    The view from every window is amazing. Great location. Cosy and warm. We loved it. Thank you

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the views! We hope to welcome you back. The Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "Holmdale was the perfect place to stay."

    Clean, comfortable, spacious, warm and incredibly well equipped, furnished and finished; the owners have thought of everything. The two new bathrooms were lovely and once the new sink and lock on the door are sorted, will be even better. We loved the underfloor heating and spectacular views and are keen to book again, but there is no availability until October 2024! Thank you for a wonderful week.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and found the property to be clean and warm. We hope to welcome you back again. Also -we have now opened more availability for Holmdale, photos to follow. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.7Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful home in a stunning location."

    The house was well equipped, comfortable and warm. We loved the view from the conservatory, the walks from the door step and the peaceful location. We will certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely love this cottage."

    Fantastic views. Gorgeous decor and furnishings. We would love to stay again

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and very much hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location for scenic walks, shops and restaurants."

    Short drive to Ambleside/Keswick/Windermere and so many other lovely places. The cottage was immaculate, well equipped and very cosy. We really enjoyed waking up in the morning to the stunning views from the windows, before setting off for an early walk. Would definitely recommend and hope to stay again soon.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2023

  • "Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage."

    Really well equipped and beautifully decorated couldn’t fault a single thing except it doesn’t allow dogs. Would have loved to come back with my Henry. Will def book again with my 3 girlfriends

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in your beautiful property."

    It was warm and had all those little touches to make you feel at home, plenty of room and great views from the conservatory. Have already recommended to friends.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Nov 2022

  • "Enjoyed Holmdale once again."

    Already booked for next year. The new carpets are lovely, and the new fridge freezer holds a full week's online delivery!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a brilliant week at Holmdale."

    The house is incredibly well equipped and really well maintained. It has a relaxing and luxurious feel, and has everything you could possibly need. There is one parking space at the property and we had no trouble parking another car close by in off peak season.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Sep 2022

  • "We found some of the bowls in the cupboard were dirty with crumbs and mugs needed a clean, but overall were really impressed by the house and the facilities."

    The bed was lovely and comfortable! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Sep 2022

  • "Holmdale is a very comfortable house, spotlessly clean and a beautiful, peaceful resting place after a day’s walk."

    Great views from all windows and the conservatory looks out across a meadow to the fells …there won’t be many better evening views available in the Lakes. Kitchen is very well equipped, lovely large bathroom and very comfortable beds and sofas.

    Reviewed by V5.0Sep 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean property with interior decor to high standard throughout, comfortable furniture and beds."

    Lovely kitchen with everything you could require. Secluded garden to chill in. Situated just 5-10 minutes from village centre but tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac as peaceful as if it were miles from the hustle of other visitors to Grasmere. Co-op nearby for anything you might need and you'll be spoilt for choice for great places to eat and drink. We had a great time and would return with great pleasure.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Thankyou for a wonderful week in such a beautiful cottage, so well equipped and thoughtful,it was perfect for all the family."

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Holmdale."

    The property is very well equipped and perfectly positioned with lovely views of the surrounding fells. The cottage was very warm and welcoming without the need for the woodburners which I guess would be wonderful for a winter holiday. The kitchen and dining areas were beautifully presented and had everything we needed to cater for a party of 5. Had a slight issue with the sofas in the lounge which despite constant turning and plumping of cushions failed to remain comfy for long! This was only a tiny problem and did not affect our enjoyment of the holiday at all. We would love a return visit to this property and will be recommending it to friends and family.

    Thankyou for your positive feedback, we are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. We are aware of the problem with the sofas which were a new purchase but have proved to be very disappointing. We are pleased to say that the new sofas are arriving this week.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Timothy4.7May 2022

  • "This was a particularly good time of the year for our third stay at Holmdale."

    The longer and beautifully sunny days meant that we could enjoy the conservatory and the attractive garden after walking in the fells. We very much like the kitchen facilities, the style and decor of the whole house, the tranquil atmosphere and lovely views.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Our second visit to this lovely cottage."

    We did however find the sofas a bit uncomfortable. Also my wife had a replacement hip last year, and felt that a grab rail in the bath/shower would have given her more confidence. But overall a lovely relaxing week with everything we needed. Thank you.

    We are pleased that your week was relaxing and thankyou for your positive comments. The sofas in the lounge are new but have proved to be very disappointing and we wish to let you know that we are in the process of replacing them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Feb 2022

  • "We recently enjoyed a lovely break at Holmdale, a very comfortable, well equipped house."

    Perfect for a winter break. The house is very warm and the underfloor heating a real bonus. Holmdale is situated in a very quiet, picturesque location with delightful views all around yet just a short walk to village amenities. We had everything we needed for our holiday, in fact, we did want to stay an extra 2 nights but were informed that we would have to book out the whole week but due to work commitments, this wasn't possible. Holmdale is a house that we would most definitely like to return to at some point. Thanks must go to the cleaners/housekeepers as this property was spotless on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey4.4Jan 2022

  • "This is the fourth time we have stayed at Holmdale."

    It's a great house in a great location. The only things that I would mention are, that the shower over the bath isn't ideal. A lovely walk in shower would be worth a "big smile" on the facilities score! Also, finding a parking space for second car can prove to be a challenge. The price increases since Heart of The Lakes became Sykes are not impressive, but I guess you have to market your house.

    Reviewed by C3.8Oct 2021

  • "Very nice well equipped cottage within easy walking distance of Grasmere village would thoroughly recommend."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Sep 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage but looking at next years price increase which is shocking we will not be returning."

    Reviewed by G5.0Aug 2021

  • "Weather was kind, Grasmere as beautiful and tranquil as ever."

    Loved the garden room especially, and the decoration in general

    Reviewed by B5.0May 2021

  • "Will be returning to this property hopefully."

    Low occupancy rate is ideal as there are very few properties available for two people in Grasmere.

    UnknownDec 2019

  • "The best we have stayed in during our 6 holidays with Heart of the Lakes."

    FergusonDec 2019

  • "An excellent cottage in a super location."

    Very well equipped with all mod cons. We had a lovely stay and would recommend the property.

    HolmdaleDec 2019

  • "Best holiday home we’ve ever stayed in"

    Mr ConboyeDec 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Highly Commended four-star property
  • Beautiful fellside views from all windows and conservatory with hilltop views of Silver Howe
  • Property is over three storeys - ground floor, first floor, second floor
  • Three bedrooms: first floor - 1 x king-size, second floor - 1 x king-size, 1 x twin with zip link bed (can be made into a superking on request)
  • Two designer bathrooms on first floor – one with under-floor heating, bath, walk-in shower, basin, and WC, one with walk-in shower and WC
  • Well-equipped kitchen/diner with multi-fuel stove
  • Comfortable sitting room with multi-fuel stove
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, Smart TV and Blu-ray DVD Player, Wi-Fi
  • Gas and electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available upon request
  • Private parking space for one car, free roadside parking close-by
  • Patio and garden with outdoor seating area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

The property

Resting on a sleepy land on the edge of Grasmere village, you will find the tranquil holiday home, Holmdale.

Set across three-floors, this spacious abode provides the ultimate setting for a family or group getaway to the Lake District, any time of the year!

A large kitchen/diner exudes both charm and character having been beautifully-appointed with a farmhouse feel throughout, with gorgeous cream cabinets and a free-standing island, as well as housing all the essential appliances such as a spacious fridge/freezer and a handy electric oven and hob.

The room also features a sociable dining space with a striking stone fireplace and multi-fuel stove, together providing the perfect space to entertain your nearest and dearest as you indulge in a scrumptious evening meal and exchange your most memorable moments from the holiday so far.

Across the way, a snug sitting room hosting two good sofas and a traditional wood burner stove offers a homely setting ideal for those quiet evenings indoors, whilst the adjoining conservatory creates a light and airy space to enjoy a moment to yourself as you relax on the stylish corner sofa with a warm cup of tea and lose yourself in an enthralling novel.

Make the most of warmer weather with afternoons spent lounging in the sunshine as you tuck into a lovingly prepared lunch out on the patio.

Climb the staircase up to the first floor and be greeted by a wonderful king-size with a grand metal frame bed, ornate feature fireplace and a pretty floral chair from which to admire the breath-taking views of the encompassing fells.

Completing the first floor, a well-designed bathroom featuring both a bath and a shower over, so that you can choose how to best prepare for the day ahead.

A further set of stairs will lead you up to the second-floor, home to two additional bedrooms made up of a king-size and a twin with zip link bed (can be made as superking on request).

Experience all that the Cumbrian Countryside has to offer with days spent touring the vast and luscious landscapes of Dunmail Raise Cairn and Pavey Ark.

Head for the popular town of Bowness-on-Windermere where you can delight in a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, or set about on a wonderful cruise along the lake itself.

Cross the waters over to the west shore and embark on a scenic stroll to Wray Castle, an imposing 19th century fortress now owned by the National Trust, and see the former farmhouse of Beatrix Potter at Hill Top.

Meet friendly Lama and Alpaca at Alpacaly Ever After over in Keswick, or hop in the car for a pleasant drive to the South Lakes Safari Zoo or the Lake District Wildlife Park.

Swing through the skies at Treetop Lake District, or head out onto Conniston water with Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre.

With so much to see and do right from your doorstep, it’s no surprise that Holmdale is the ultimate choice for any type of holiday in the Lake District National Park

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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Note: Additional parking can be found at the centre of the village on a first-come, first-serve basis
Please Note: A £200 Good Housekeeping Bond is applicable upon booking

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