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Thorney How

(Ref. 1110308)

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 16 Guests

  • 8 Bedrooms

  • 7 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous property."

    Very clean upon arrival. Fabulous for large family holidays, ample space for all ages, no one felt like they were on top of each other at any point. Drying Room was an amazing and welcomed addition. Bedrooms well appointed, but limited to zero storage for clothes - no cupboards, wardrobes or chest of drawers ?! Lounge and dining area comfortable. Excellent to have ample fridge space. Kitchen cooker took a long long while to reach temperature and meant we needed to plan early for our meals. Lots of car parking spaces. Overall this is one of the best large houses we have stayed in the Lake District, and a great location within walking distance to Grasmere and some excellent walks.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Feb 2024

  • "The property was fantastic for our family group and the thoughtful extras supplied for our dogs were very much appreciated."

    Beds were very comfortable with crisp, fresh bedding. The towels could have been larger and not big enough to wrap around some of the larger adults. The kitchen was well equipped but it was a bit annoying going in and out of the heavy kitchen door to get dishes and cutlery. These were just small observations because we really enjoyed our stay and would love to return when the weather is better.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Dec 2023

  • "Just had an amazing Christmas in this property, pictures do not do it justice."

    Kitchen was well equipped, large living space. Beds really comfortable. Will be definitely returning Thank you Thorney How

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Dec 2023

  • "A large group of us have been coming to The Lakes in December for almost 30 years."

    Our requirements are for 7/8 bedrooms preferably all ensuite, pub in walking distance, nearby walks so we don`t have to drive and kitchen/dining large enough so that we can eat together. I have to say Thornley How meet this brief in every respect. The accommodation is spacious, beautifully decorated , warm and well equipped with plenty of parking. In terms of location it is only a 15min walk into Grasmere or the Travellers Rest (recommended ). There are also lots of walk options both short and long. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by I5.0Dec 2023

  • "Would highly recommend."

    Really lovely property in perfect location. Quick walk into Grasmere and stunning Silverhow walk from property. Well stocked kitchen for mass catering and beautifully clean.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our holiday at Thorney How!"

    It was the perfect house for mixed ages - the adults could walk straight up the fells without needing to get in the car, and the teenagers could walk into Grasmere. It's a brilliant location. The house had everything we needed - incredibly comfortable beds in lovely rooms, a great big main room to watch films, eat and play board games, en suites for everyone and a big garden. There is so much space that we didn't feel on top of one another - the kids disappeared to the snug while the adults still had two lounges to choose from. The kitchen is very well stocked and a second fridge by the back door was very helpful. The drying room was also a huge plus. It all felt very new and clean. We don't have any negative feedback at all - it was just brilliant!!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "An excellent couple of nights at Thorney How with all the Family, 14 of us in total."

    Sykes Cottages came to the rescue at last minute after being let down on a different property that the owner had double booked. Thorney How is great for a large group, the rooms are all en suite, so no waiting for bathroom. The only negative is the large oven, it takes ages to get hot enough to cook, so needs switching on a lot earlier than your intended eating time. An outdoor barbecue would be beneficial, especially in weather like we have had recently.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jun 2023

  • "We were a family of 15 plus small dog and everyone really enjoyed the house."

    We loved the views, space and location and felt it really suited our needs. The drying room, air fryer and board games available were a bonus! We had a few WFH in our party and issues with the wifi continually dropping, though when we reported it direct to the owners, they were really helpful and quick to nip out to reset it all. Sykes customer support on the other hand were not helpful at all. One of the rooms had a bad smell following some gurgling noises from under the shower, from the drains perhaps, but tbf we did not report that and it is probably an easy fix. On balance that would not deter us from re-booking or recommending to others. There was also loads to do in the area for all ages so overall 5 stars all round.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2023

  • "Facilities and location were perfect for a family of 17, eight adults and nine children ranging from 14 yrs to 8 months old."

    We only ventured into Grasmere for an hour on the last day, seen it many times before. We enjoyed the place so much the consensus was “when can we do it again?” Catering in the kitchen was really easy, we had all our meals at “home” . Small things that need attention: Light above the sink in Fairfield was loose and didn’t work. Hot tap in downstairs toilet turns when switched off and goes outside the sink and finally the hot water became almost boiling after running for a short while.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7May 2023

  • "Thorney How was an excellent space for our family gathering after Pandemic."

    There are so many comfortable cosy areas for small groups, or pairs or all to gather.. it was all we could have hoped for and needed. It was a great place for any large group to stay whether sunny or damp …. or pouring down!

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this property."

    It had everything we needed and was perfect for a group of families. It was decorated and maintained to a high standard. I miss the cosy living room and log burner! We will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property is in a superb location and some areas have recently been redecorated and re-carpeted."

    The beds and duvets in the main bedrooms were very comfortable but the bunk bed mattresses were very hard and uncomfortable. The property is well heated. There are several maintenance issues that need to be addressed before we would consider a return to the property; 1. In the ground floor room with the double bed, the shower head sprays water onto the ceiling from the connection to the pipe work. The ceiling over the shower has loose wall paper and plaster that is shedding debris into the shower. 2. The showers trays are slow to drain and quickly fill with water. 3. In the dining area the left most window (with frosted glass) was impossible to close because the wooden window frame has expanded beyond the size of the opening. 4. At times, the kitchen refrigerator was leaking water across the kitchen floor. 5. There is significant black mold near the external door and we found dirt and food debris under the fridge.

    Thank you for the feedback following your stay. We encourage guests to report any maintenance issues to Lakelovers immediately they are noted so that they don't adversely impact the enjoyment of the property by our guests. By way of background, Thorney How was completely refurbished when we acquired the former Youth Hostel in September 2021 so in addition to a full rewire there are new carpets and beds throughout. We have retained two sets of bunkbeds in one room as this adds to the flexibility of the layout since many of our guests have children in their party. Your comment about the mattresses on the bunk beds being hard is noted - this is the first time we have had this fed back to us. In terms of the specific points on maintenance. 1. Shower. We have looked at the shower and at some point the shower head has popped out of it's socket allowing water to spray onto the ceiling resulting in paint being soaked and peeling off. This has now been addressed - this is an example of something that the Lakelovers maintenance team would prioritise addressing once made aware of the issue during our guests stay. 2. Shower trays. We have reminded our cleaners to routinely check the drainage pots on the showers. 3. Windows. In the notes that we have left in the property we ask guests not to open the windows in the dining room which, as you have found are difficult to close once open. As the property is listed we are waiting for planning approval to replace the original windows - replacing windows on historic buildings is a very sensitive issue in the Lake District so we are following the proper process. 4. Fridge. The fridge was new as part of the refurbishment. We believe the fridge leaks water when it overheats - normally when the door hasn't been firmly shut. It has been fine this week when we were in the property but we will monitor and if necessary, replace. We welcome feedback on this from future guests. The food debris under the fridge is not acceptable, we have raised this with our cleaning team. 5. The mould has been dealt with - it appears to be linked to the new doors that were installed during the refurbishment allowing some condensation around the frame. Now that we are aware we will continue to monitor and address as necessary. Thank you again for the feedback. The Thorney How Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon2.2Feb 2023

  • "Had a wonderful time at Thorny How."

    12 of us in total, everything we needed, very clean, comfy beds and great showers. The enormous drying room they have which I don't recall being mentioned was fab. All our clothes and walking boots dried over night. Grasmere is a beautiful place, which you have easy access to walk into from the house.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property, very spcious and comfortable."

    Well equipped and ideally positioned for larger groups.

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Oct 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.


  • Eight bedrooms: First floor: 3 x superking (zip/link, can be twin on request) with ensuite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 2 x twin rooms next to each other which share an ensuite with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground floor: 1 x superking (zip/link, can be twin on request) with ensuite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king with ensuite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double with ensuite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC.Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Commercial Kitchen.Electric range style oven with 5 ring electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge and dishwasher
  • Living/dining room and snug with woodburning stove (guest need to provide own wood)
  • Sitting room
  • Rear utility area with washing machine
  • Drying room
  • Biomass central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves
  • Electric range style oven with 5 ring electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge and dishwasher
  • 2 x Smart TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available but no cot, guest need to bring their own
  • Off-road parking for 7 cars
  • Large garden with picnic tables and access to woodland walks some areas shared with property 1110309
  • One well behaved pet
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: This property has a locked door leading to another property Little How Ref: 1110309
  • Please note: Sorry no parties, stag or hen dos

The property

Resting on the outskirts of the village of Grasmere in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park is Thorney How.

This characterful, large, stone-fronted holiday home welcomes up to sixteen guests across seven stunning bedrooms, as well as housing charming wooden beams, feature fireplaces and two woodburning stoves, all making this a wonderful setting for a large family gathering in the Lake District.

After a busy day exploring the surrounding woodland walks and trails, enter through the porch and unwind in either the large sitting area with seating for everyone or head into the welcoming snug with Smart TV and woodburning stove; relax here before travelling into the fully-equipped commercial kitchen to help with dinner.

Rustle up a tasty meal then gather the group around the dining table, with room for everyone; this room also has a wonderful seating area with Smart TV and woodburning stove that helps position this room as the social hub of the house.

While the evening away in the spacious, shared garden at the picnic table with your favourite tipple and marvel at the hills and mountains in the background; be sure to keep an eye out for any curious wildlife!

When yawning begins, choose from a super-king-size, king-size and a double on the ground floor or the three super-kings on the first floor; each room is serviced by a sleek en-suite shower room.

The first floor also houses a final twin room and is completed by a shower room where you can freshen up before starting your day.

Whether you want to relax and unwind or a busy break with loved ones, choose Thorney How for a holiday in the Lake District.

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

Highchair is available, however 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 £500.

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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: Sorry no parties, stag or hen dos.
Please note: No wood starter packs are provided, supplies can be purchased at Coop in the village of Grasmere or the petrol station in Ambleside
Please note: Strictly no car charging at the property, there are 2 electric car charging points located at Stock Lane car park in Grasmere for guests to use. Alternatively there are car charging points in Ambleside village too.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas