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Little How

(Ref. 1110309)

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful, cosy and well equipped cottage in a stunning location."

    Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jan 2024

  • "An exceptional cottage in a stunning location!"

    The cottage has been sensitively refurbished to retain character yet with modern comforts. The kitchen/diner area (where we spent the most time) is so cosy with all the modern fixtures you could wish. The view out on to the garden delivered a deer, a red squirrel as well as all manner of birds. The lounge is large but also cosy and we made full use of the log burner in the evenings (note there was no starter pack for the log burner, however we had our own supplies). Both beds were huge with excellent mattresses and lovely bed linen. The bathrooms were stylishly furnished and had superb simple to use powerful showers. If I was being really picky the cutlery could do with being upgraded! To summarise, having arrived on Friday afternoon following a 7 hour drive, cooked a meal and slept soundly, we immediately booked for next year. Our only regret was not to have booked the previous week and be snowed in for a couple of days! Thank you for a most splendid week in your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2023

  • "Little How is absolutely STUNNING!"

    Very cosy whilst being spacious and comfortable. It’s beautifully decorated and thoughtfully furnished around its wonderful original features. The views from the garden are glorious, and our Labrador loved exploring. It’s also a stones throw from the village of Grasmere where there are lots of little shops and dog friendly pubs that we loved, it was so nice not to have to drive for a couple of days and truly relax. The owners are so lovely, and were on hand if we had any problems. It truly felt like a home from home! We already planning our trip back! Thank you so much for a wonderful winter holiday!

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    So nice we booked again.You won’t be disappointed.The beds are so big and comfortable. It’s a lovely walk into the village about 15 minutes but it was nice to be out of the village for a change. Don’t forget your torch for the way back.Thank you again Syke cottages for another fabulous holiday Tracey

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Nov 2023

  • "We booked Little How to stay for a few days for our mini-moon break."

    Upon arrival everything seemed great apart from no logs with a log burner (every property we've stayed in previously supplied a few logs for the first fire), so we had the additional expense of purchasing logs for burning throughout the stay. The cleanliness was good, with most areas being clean. Noticeably there were a few cobwebs/dusty cupboards in most of the rooms. Beds were super comfy and very quiet at night which was perfect. Unfortunately the heating did break whilst we were there, meaning we had no hot water or heating for one of our 3 days of the holiday, so the cottage was cold from morning-night. The owner contacted us to rectify and kept us informed throughout the day.

    Reviewed by Amy3.4Nov 2023

  • "Location & property great, zip-lock beds not made up as singles as requested, adjoiningThorney How property occupied by young group partying until the early hours, which significantly impacted the peace & tranquility of the beautiful location."

    I think this will be a constant issue due to the nature of adjoining a 8 bedroom property with shared internal doors so noise travels both inside & out.

    Reviewed by Simon3.8Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    Generally the cottage is comfortable and it is in a really lovely position. We had deer and red squirrels in the garden. However I have the following comments: 1. No coat hangers are provided, only a peg board to hang clothes from. This is a problem if like me you take a few nice clothes to wear to restaurants in the evening 2. The sitting room has a musty smell which opening the window does not cure 3. The towels provided are very small 4. There is a door from the hall to the large adjoining property and this is mentioned in the property description. There is no real soundproofing. Luckily, we had considerate neighbours so no issues getting to sleep but we could clearly hear conversation through the door and it travelled up the stairs to the bedrooms. If the neighbours had been up very late, this would have been a problem.

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Jul 2023

  • "Hello, We arrived at the property on the Sunday, all the windows were open and the smell of curry was very strong."

    We contacted you, spoke to Holly, she sent out a maintenance person, who gave us some spray and seemed fairly disinterested, but suggested speaking to customer service, which we did, we asked about moving or compensation, moving was not an option, Holly asked what compensation we would suggest, I said 25% £331, she said she would speak to the owner, as of today 6 days , no response, I phoned and spoke to Alex, he said he will chase up, we are home now, the property still smelt when we left, please respond as so far we have had to make all the contact ourselves.

    Reviewed by Michael2.8May 2023

  • "Lovely, clean, comfortable, warm and peaceful cottage in beautiful location just a 15-minute walk to the centre of Grasmere."

    Very well equipped, but the toaster and place mats could do with being replaced (the toaster only toasts properly on one side of the bread and the place mats are just a little tired looking). There are no instructions on how to use the DVD player and we could not get it to work. The access road is rather lumpy and bumpy.

    Reviewed by Gill4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation clean warm and cosy."

    Disappointed there was No hair dryer No holiday information for local area No maps or walking books etc No spare cling film , foil etc ( we’ve always found these extras in past property’s) Hand wash in kitchen and shower room almost empty After saying all that we still enjoyed the cottage and the south facing garden to relax in .

    Reviewed by George & pauline4.4Apr 2023

  • "Little How is a gorgeous cottage with great facilities and in a perfect location."

    The driveway is very tight so if you have a big car like us, be prepared. It would add a little extra if there was some basic supplies in the kitchen such as tea bags, coffee, salt and pepper, but apart from that the cottage is perfect. We will certainly be booking again.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Mar 2023

  • "The rental process was very efficient and the property very clean."

    The cottage was in a beautiful spot and Grasmere is a lovely village. The beds were very comfortable, the upstairs shower was brilliant and the smart TV had lots of channels. The kitchen was well equipped and spotless clean. The fire doors were quite annoying to live with especially with a dog who kept getting shut in or out of rooms. It also made the cottage feel less cosy but clearly fire safety was a big priority. Housekeeping on our departure day were very friendly and understanding when we were not ready on the dot of 10am. Some local information about walk in the area would have been very nice to have looked through. Also some milk in the fridge and tea, coffee, sugar and some kind of snack would have been lovely after a 6 hour drive from Bristol.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was gorgeous and everything we needed and felt very homely."

    There was an issue with the drains whilst we were there but the owner was lovely and got this sorted as soon as he could so couldn't have really asked for more!

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Feb 2023

  • "Pros: We loved the location of the house as we can hike into the woodlands without having to drive somewhere."

    Also live the peaceful and quiet neighbourhood and we slept so well in the comfortable beds. Kitchen has enough of everything to whip up a quick meal. Beautiful cottage and having herding sheeps in the garden visiting us was a big plus! We will definitely be back :) Cons: We found dirty socks in one of the drawers and it stank badly. Also the hallway upstairs smell a little of dog urine, but i am usually sensitive to smells. Others might not find it smelly. Overall a big plus tot his cottage that we love so much. Thank you!

    Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay. We have asked our cleaning team to ensure they check the drawers in future to avoid a repeat of the sock incident ! Re the upstairs landing - the guests this week didn't note anything but as a precaution we took a look today and couldn't see/smell anything suggesting dog urine. We have also plugged in an electric air freshener just in case. Thanks again The Thorney How Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roman4.7Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and we really enjoyed our stay."

    We could have moved in and stayed there. It’s so cosy and everything has been done to such a high standard. The cottage is in a perfect location and great for walking straight from the front door. Thank you for providing all the soaps, dishwasher tablets etc, it’s a nice touch. Plus the dog blankets in the living room for the sofas. We will definitely be coming back. Just a few things we noticed which if changed would make the stay even better: The hot water pressure downstairs was slow, even after resetting the water pump in the boiler every time we ran a bath. (Think this was being looked at just after we left) The downstairs bathroom and utility is very cold, even with the heating on. As the utility is open to the kitchen, the cold draft is felt in there too. The door separating the two cottages doesn’t provide much for acoustic separation. We could often hear the people staying in the cottage next door. A shelf in the upstairs bathroom would have been good to put toiletries, toothbrush etc. There’s a small patch of mould below the upstairs bathroom window and the roof light is left ajar, with debris coming in with high winds. Wardrobes or hangers would be good in the bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Jan 2023

  • "Little How is a beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    A 10 minute walk on country lanes takes you into Grassmere where there are a good variety of cafes, restaurants and shops. The cottage is very cosy with a very efficient log burner however no logs were provided. As you are not expected to access the property before 4pm, it would have been good to have had a few logs to start with especially on a cold November afternoon. The cottage is a generous size with a well equipped kitchen and a much appreciated utility room for walking gear etc. Dogs are also catered for with bowls and blankets. A bit of a surprise to find there wasn't a hairdryer! Also no bin in one of the bathrooms. We loved our break and we definitely would recommend Little How cottage.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Nov 2022

  • "Very desirable cottage to spend a short break away suggestion of large Bath sheets instead of bath towels and fluffy towelling robes."

    Some nice toiletries in bathrooms don't cost a fortune and information pack as to local attractions and restaurants would enhance this property to high level of luxury .

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had to reset the water pump everyday otherwise the water pressure downstairs was very poor."

    The owners seem to be aware of the problem as the welcome pack had instructions how to reset the pump. Fantastic cottage but the water pressure issue slightly tarnished the holiday.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Oct 2022

  • "We had such a lovely holiday here."

    The cottage was beautiful and we loved the garden. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sophie4.7Oct 2022

  • "A fantastic peaceful cottage in a beautiful part of the Lake District."

    The cottage is well equipped and very cosy. We all slept very well in the comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Oct 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, fantastic setting and attention to detail from the owners in every room."

    Appreciated the lovely kitchen, big comfortable beds and super living room. Very warm and cosy and it is a large property. Some of us saw red squirrels in the garden! Extremely high cleanliness. I would like to live there...

    Reviewed by S5.0Sep 2022

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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.


  • Two superking bedrooms (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Ground-floor bathroom, with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Study
  • Boot room
  • Biomass central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and condensing tumble dryer
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power, starter for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair can be provided on request, please note no cot is provided
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Large garden (some shared areas)
  • One well behaved pet
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: This property has a locked door leading to another property Thorney How Ref: 1110308 Note: Please take care on the open-tread staircase with low ceiling

The property

Please note that the owner can only facilitate an arrival on a Friday or Monday.

Arrivals on any other day may be cancelled Hidden on the outskirts of Grasmere in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria is Little How.

This quaint dwelling boasts charming, character features such as exposed granite stone walls, feature fireplace with woodburning stove and exposed beams; it also welcomes up to four guests in two bedrooms making a great base for friends or couples seeking a romantic retreat in the Lake District.

After exploring the surrounding countryside, settle into the plush sofas in the welcoming living room and flick on the Smart TV while the woodburning stove crackles in the background.

Stay snuggled up while the designated chef whips up a tasty meal in the fully-equipped kitchen/diner then enjoy this together at the dining table that overlooks the garden and nearby woodland.

Soak up the last of the sun in the shared garden or pop open a bottle of fizz at the picnic table and cheers to your getaway.

When the evening draws to a close, retire either of the spacious super-king-size rooms serviced by a shower room with a beautiful feature stone wall and a sleek ground-floor bathroom.

Be sure to get some rest before another fun-filled day in the Lakes.

Little How is an idyllic setting for a memorable holiday in Cumbria.

Please note that the owner can only facilitate an arrival on a Friday or Monday. Arrivals on any other day may be cancelled

Highchair available on request please advise if required. No cot is provided, guests will need to bring their own

Thorney How

Thorney How and Little How are beautifully presented properties resting on the outskirts of Grasmere in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park. The collection boasts character features including charming exposed beams, stone work and welcoming woodburning stoves as well as ample off-road parking and a spacious shared garden with picnic table and access to nearby woodlands. The village of Grasmere is renowned for its stunning natural scenery and literary connections and is home to a number of charming cafes and restaurants, as well as the Grasmere Tea Gardens, which are a must-visit for any tea lover. For hikers and nature lovers, Grasmere is the perfect base for exploring the stunning surrounding landscape, including the nearby Wordsworth Grasmere and Faeryland Grasmere. And for history enthusiasts, there are a number of National Trust properties in the area, including Allan Bank and Grasmere. Explore nearby Ambleside where you can marvel the area's natural beauty by hiking or biking the many trails, or by exploring the historic attractions. Wray Castle and Stock Ghyll Force are both National Trust sites, and the Roman Fort is a well-preserved example of the area's history. For a bite to eat or a pint after a long day of exploring, Zeffirellis is a popular local spot. Venture further afield to Keswick home to a variety of attractions, including Hope Park, the Derwent Pencil Museum, and the Keswick Museum. Restaurants and bars in the town include Merienda, which offers a variety of Spanish tapas dishes. Windermere, Bowness and Coniston are also within a short scenic drive. Thorney How is well placed to explore the wonders of the Lake District.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Windermere 9 miles; Keswick 13 miles.

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park is the lovely village of Grasmere, probably best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found". Any visit to Grasmere needs to include The Grasmere Gingerbread shop, where the Wilson family has been making gingerbread for over 60 years. Also in the village are a number of shops, pubs, a church which dates back to the 13th century, and Grasmere Lake. Grasmere Sports takes place every August, where you can watch participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland wrestling. Just five miles away is the town of Ambleside and Lake Winderemere where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and the 17th century Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. Cruises, boat trips and watersports can all be enjoyed on Lake Windermere, and the towns of Windermere and Keswick are also within driving distance. Grasmere is a wonderful base for your Lake District retreat.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas