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Rowan Cottage

(Ref. 972231)

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Overall good, we enjoyed our stay."

    It should be made clearer that the 'en-suite' bathroom does not have a toilet. During most of our stay (4 nights) large cars were parked outside the house. This is not too bad in winter but might be a problem in Spring/Summer?Autumn.

    Reviewed by Penny3.8Dec 2023

  • "We loved this quirky little cottage right in the heart of Grasmere and it was just right for our short break as a group of three friends."

    It was well equipped with everything we needed, and a cosy bolt hole. We christened the smaller double room “the hobbit hole”, hidden away at the back and accessed under the stairs: a great little hidey hole. The heating took a bit of tweaking to get it right, but the instructions helped us work it out. And of course being able to set out onto the fells directly from our front door was wonderful. We will definitely book to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Susanna5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in centre of Grasmere perfect location, and good public transport links for days without a car."

    Cottage was clean and comfortable and everything we needed inlcuding extra blankets, we would stay again. car park is a minutes walk from cottage but you can unload car and then park easily. Is a restaurant next door but in honesty this didnt affect our stay.

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, perfectly clean, with everything in it that was needed for the holiday."

    We appreciated the car parking arrangements too, given the cottage was in the centre of Grasmere. A great location and a lovely stay, thank you.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in a quaint cottage and it had everything we needed."

    Great base for walking around the area, and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7May 2022

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in a fantastic location."

    Despite poor weather we had a great time out walking in the wind and rain! We felt at home within no time, which was so important to enjoying the break, and the Christmas decorations around the cottage just added to the warmth. Space is a bit limited just inside the front door - for people taking off boots and waterproofs - but in such a gorgeous old cottage I guess there's not much you can do about that. We'd definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable, ideal position in village, will definitely stay there again."

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2021

  • "The pictures don’t do this cottage justice!"

    It’s so much comfier than it looks. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Fantastic location (thankfully the restaurant next door was closed as I do think that would have been a noise problem as their front door is right next to a bedroom window). The parking was extremely handy, a two minute walk from the cottage. There was 6 of us and it was plenty big enough. The downstairs was quite chilly even when the heating was on but the upstairs was nice and toasty.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Nov 2021

  • "Loved this cost cottage ."

    Beautifully furnished and the beds were extremely comfortable. Very well equipped kitchen. Central to everything in Grasmere

    Reviewed by Ailsa5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is a wonderful cottage, clearly used and loved by the owners."

    The character of the house is rooted in the lakes, both the original architecture and the way is has been converted and furnished. It was well equipped and we felt at home here. Indoors or out, we felt we had a real holiday. Access to both high and low level walks was immediate whether we turned right or left outside the front door on the quiet edge of Grasmere.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Aug 2021

  • "Perfect location and nice place if slightly tired."

    Reviewed by Peter3.1Aug 2021

  • "The stay was lovely for the most part, except for a few issues."

    Primarily, this cottage has a significant issue with damp. The entire downstairs smells quite bad (especially the back bedroom and the front entrance way). The smell gets worse after people shower. The main bedroom downstairs has a lot of spiders, and the beds really are not comfortable (which is a bit of an essential when on a walking holiday)!. The kitchen is well-equipped, but the listing really should make it more apparent that it is a gas oven (which many people are not used to). The bottom door of the oven does not close fully, meaning that the kitchen gets very hot when cooking and that anything put in the bottom section of the oven takes quite a bit longer to cook. Other than these issues, it was a lovely stay. The living room is comfortable and lovely and the location is perfect.

    Reviewed by Adam3.1Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Grasmere is a fantastic village offering great access to hiking routes. Rowan cottage is cosy, well-equipped and has a unique feel to it. A small downside: two of the three bedrooms face the road and some of our party mentioned early morning traffic creating some noise.

    Reviewed by Radoslaw4.1Aug 2021

  • "Rowan Cottage was a big disappointment."

    Whilst the location was really good the cottage itself was tired and in need on some TLC. The bedroom we stayed in was damp and we had to open the windows to get the damp smell out and that was in August! The layout was interesting as you had to go through one very narrow door way with low ceiling to get to the shower that serviced the 3rd bedroom and another very narrow door way and low ceiling to get to the bedroom itself!!!!. The cottage was well equipped and the lounge was nice. Whoever owns this property needs to spend some money on it as in our opinion it wasn’t good enough. Two years ago we stayed two doors up at Bakers Cottage and that is a much much better property but only has 2 bedrooms. Shame but at least we had a good week weather wise.

    Reviewed by Adam2.5Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for us."

    We all had a wonderful staying at this cottage. We really appreciated how well kitted out the place was including kitchen appliances and electronic fans.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Location, location, location."

    .. the cottage is 50 metres from Tweedies bar, with 17 hand pumps and great food. The cottage itself is quirky, the bedrooms downstairs and the living room/kitchen/dinning room upstairs. The kitchen is well provisioned with fridge/freezer/dish washer as well as the usual kitchen appliances & crockery. The living room is dated but has ample seating for larger parties

    Reviewed by Dave3.8May 2021

  • "Very traditional stone built cottage in a fantastic location in Grasmere close to everything you'd need."

    Quirky internal layout and features, bedrooms on the ground floor with bathroom and shower room. WC upstairs off the landing between the lounge and kitchen/diner. The kitchen is very well equipped though we didn't cook at all, we ate out or brought back take aways. Bedding and towels all of good quality and clean. All mattresses were great though not all had mattress protectors under the sheet. Plenty of pillows. It is not in a sunny location, nor is there any garden or outside space. Heaters are provided to drive off a little dampness in the air. TV was fine for free to air channels, we didn't make use of the Denon music gear, wifi was fine too. Car parking voucher provided was much appreciated as it can be used in many locations other than Grasmere, saving us quite a few quid. We were lucky with the weather so out on the fells almost every day. There were lots of extras there that we didn't use - for example the shower as we all used the one in the bathroom - lots of books, jigsaws, games. We enjoyed the stay very much indeed.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2020

  • "Only one problem, back bedroom was damp"

    Reviewed by Kevin4.1Sep 2020

  • "I have detailed the issues with the property we rented in an email sent to you on 25th August 2020."

    It is extremely disappointing that you have failed to respond to that email (despite chasers for a response sent on 28 August and 2 September.

    Reviewed by Christopher1.3Aug 2020

  • "Sykes would not allow me to change my booking days after my booking and weeks before I arrived - which meant I was not looked forward to the holiday."

    However the cottage was fab. It would have been useful to have had the cottage owners Tel no. Like with air BnB

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a lovely time , the cottage was central and quirky, good washing machine ( important when the weather is wet ) good equipment in the kitchen ."

    Needed a few tweaks ( loose taps in one bathroom ) comfortable and cosy place .

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2019

  • "Premises were well kept, clean and comfortable."

    Bit unusual as layout was Eastern European - sleeping quarters downstairs and living quarters upstairs. Was OK for half of the party but the remainder were octogenarian so struggled a little bit with stairs. This should have been highlighted in the description.

    We would like to thank you very much for taking the time to feedback on your stay. We are glad that you found the property comfortable. We do pride ourselves on transparency, as such the stairs are shown in the photographs and are mentioned in the description also. We look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Apr 2019

  • "Great location and a lovely cottage with some thoughtful welcoming touches."

    Would love to visit again

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2019

  • "A little damp because of its age and the kitchen is getting a little worn."

    But loved the location, convenience and character of the cottage

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Feb 2019

  • "We booked the cottage for a wedding close by and as it was December and cold I rang to ask if there was any way of turning on the heating before our arrival."

    This was sorted very quickly adn easily as the cleaners agreed to leave on the heating after they had finished preparing the cottage that day for our arrival. It was warm and cosy when we arrived that evening and we found a fully equipped kitchen to make a meal. As the living room is on the first floor it was a great suprise to open the curtains the following day to have a superb view over the fileds to the fells. I would definately return to this very well located cottage.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Dec 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage in the heart of the village close to all the amenities"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was as described, except the en-suite does not include a toilet, which was the reason we stayed here."

    After setting off on a 300 mile journey, I got a call saying that the previous occupants had urinated (!) on the carpet and asking me to consider an alternative; the only alternative was in another county with no hiking nearby, so we pressed on. After several hours, a number of calls and emails, I was told that the owner had managed to clean the mess and we could still use the booking. In the end, there was an odd smell at the property, but we had no option but to stay. I don't have a good sense of smell, but others in my party have and said it was definitely noticeable. It was quite stressful not knowing if we'd have somewhere to stay at the end of our journey, to say the least. The property is charming, with all bedrooms on the ground floor and kitchen/living room upstairs; it clearly has a serious damp problem, but it's superficially noticeable and didn't affect our stay. It's centrally located and very well placed for some moderately challenging hikes of 5-6 hours. I recommend Great Rigg, stopping at the pub in Rydal on the way back. We went in high season, so paid just shy of a grand for five people for three nights at Rowan Cottage. A bit questionable at that price; it's worth more like fifty a head per night, I'd say. If we'd had a sixth person, that would have made it more economical. Overall, a pleasant stay marred by a rather stressful few hours on the way up. I've stayed in a Sykes cottage before and I'm slightly less likely to recommend them after this trip.

    Reviewed by Edmund3.4Aug 2018

  • "All 4 pillows were wet in the back bedroom!"

    Not just a bit damp but wet. Seemed that they hadn’t been dried after washing as the room was dry with no leaks? Also the restaurant next door was noisy until midnight every night. The twin bedroom is at ground level next to restaurants front door and with only single glazed windows every word can be heard. This was only briefly glazed over in the description. Secondary double glazing would improve this. Having said this the cottage was warm, well equipped and in a great location.

    Reviewed by Tim3.4Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in ideal setting and thank you very much for the parking permit - allowed us to park for free in all the South Lakes car parks without fear of over-staying."

    As weather was so hot, thin duvet option for all rooms (there was one in the back double bedroom) would have been useful.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.4Jul 2018

  • "The property is not suitable for children or people who want to go to bed before 23:00."

    The late noise from the restaurant next door is terrible, not only from the dining tables directly outside the twin bedroom window but also through the walls from the kitchen or prep room. The main double room gets cars parked outside, on the double yellow lines, from restaurant staff who shout when they leave, have loud music playing and rev their engines at 23:00. Others have complained of this issue but it hasn't been resolved. Your description says café which is incorrect, that is a restaurant. The supplied cot was a travel cot, fine for one night but terrible for a week. Your description led us to believe small children would be better catered for, I would strongly recommend you rethink letting people with young families use this property. The kitchen got extremely hot due to the appliances and the floor gets warm in places. The oven had issues with temperature which made cooking guess work. The fridge is too small for 6 people. The main bathroom had a window that opens near the restaurant tables, plus the property is straight onto the road. The blind fails to give privacy with the window open. Given the overall damp state in there, I expect most guests have left the window shut adding to the serious damp issues through out. The property was filthy when we arrived though there were signs a damp cloth had recently been used to smear the dirt. The property is tired and needs work. At least supply new mattress as they were terrible. Due to having to move our kid, I ended up sleeping in most of the beds and could feel springs from cheap mattresses. It was impossible to relax in this property during the day and evening due to the constant noise. I will give you time to respond before publishing via TripAdvisor.

    Reviewed by Rachel1.9Jul 2018

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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.


  • Over two floors
  • Three ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower and basin, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First-floor basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room with living flame electric fire.
  • Gas central heating and gas fire
  • Gas oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine/dryer, TV, video, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Parking permit for 1 car
  • Additional parking to be purchased at Red Bank Road car park (200m from the cottage)
  • Parking costs £30 for 7 days, £15 for 3 days
  • Shop and pub within walking distance
  • Note: This property is next door to a restaurant

The property

Within a short walking distance to the heart of Grasmere village, the traditional 19th century Rowan Cottage overlooks the fells of Silver How and Helm Crag. With enough space to sleep up to six people, it has been tastefully furnished with comfort in mind and features everything necessary for a family holiday to the Lakes. On entry through this property's charming entrance hallway, you are lead to three bedrooms and a house bathroom, with the master bedroom boasting a feature Victorian fireplace and the second double bedroom including an en-suite.

On the first floor, you will find a diner kitchen that is equipped with everything you'll need for a hearty meal and family catch-up.

It also features a washing machine, giving everyone the opportunity to clean mucky clothes after exploring the outdoors.

A first-floor cottage lounge with a rustic living flame gas fire makes for the perfect place to unwind and catch up on TV, whilst its characterful window seat and bay window provides a peaceful reading nook.

You can also find an additional WC on this floor, which is great for cutting down on bathroom queues. Rowan Cottage doesn't have a garden but is tucked away with rolling hills, fields to play in and a local pub just on its doorstep. Perhaps most famous for being William Wordsworth's home and inspiration for much of his poetry, Grasmere is adored by walkers and cyclists for its varied inclines and picturesque scenes.

It is also home to the world-famous gingerbread shop, Michelin guide-recommended restaurants, tea rooms and cafes as well as quaint, local shops and galleries. Seated at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, you can explore the waters or take a hike across hills and fells in every direction from Grasmere.

You can also take a short trip to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere, or see her home at Hill Top in Hawkshead.

Rowan Cottage is an ideal spot to explore Grasmere and the Lake District any time of year, offering a serene place to rest and unwind in after exploring the outdoors.

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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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Please note: electric car charging is not permitted at this property. Please use the charging points in the nearby car park.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas