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Dove Cottage

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Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice little cottage with beautiful views"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful location."

    Very clean and had almost all the things we needed. Would benefit from having a vacuum cleaner and a clothes line or rail available to guests. Would not recommend the walk to the swimming pool to the less able bodied but can be accessed by car.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.4Jul 2022

  • "The way sykes dealt with the covid was appalling, we had to move our holiday and they would not give us the refund we were owed due to the moving of dates."

    The cottage was OK, could have done with a better clean, cobwebs and cleaning product smelt cheap. You could feel springs in double bed, dishwasher didn't clean, swimming pool was too cold to be enjoyable. It was nice and cosy in the cottage but smelt of damp. Shop and lady in shop a delight. Pizza on site delicious.

    Reviewed by Amy2.8Oct 2020

  • "Everything was great."

    We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by George5.0Sep 2020

  • "Cottage warm and comfortable."

    Directions to the cottage not very clear. Take you to the courtyard but then no signposting to Dove Cottage though when you know where it is, it is only a short drive away. Feel the kitchen could have more equipment. Saucepans rather small especially if a family of four. There is no outside washing line and in the house is a small (broken) airer. Love the quieter life on the west side of Windermere. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Sep 2020

  • "We loved staying at Dove Cottage on the Graythwaite Estate, and hope to go back again Thank you Brian Townhill."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2020

  • "Dove cottage is in a beautiful setting, the cottage is decorated traditionally with all of your home comforts."

    A lovely welcome pack on arrival, superb views over the estate with the sheep and pheasants to watch. The pool was a hit with our teenage son. Very clean. The pictures hanging on the wall were somewhat spooky however the history justifies that. A car is essential with good access to Hawkshead Ambleside snd bowness

    Thank you for leaving us your review last month. Delighted to read you enjoyed your visit to Dove Cottage, the welcome pack, the lovely views and your son enjoyed using our pool. The cottage does indeed have historical links to the Estate hence some of the older artwork. We hope we can welcome you back to Graythwaite again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leanne3.8Nov 2019

  • "Booking was totally inflexible which was a shame as we were attending a wedding on the estate and wanted to arrive on a Friday but instead we had to arrive on the Saturday and were in a big rush for the wedding."

    I actually regret booking the cottage because of this. Also the cottage was quite expensive and for the money it was disappointing. I paid half as much for a cottage elsewhere in the Lake District which was very modern and much more comfortable in terms of the beds and sofas as well as the overall feel of the place. Dove Cottage is a bit rough and ready - I know it’s old but it looks like it hasn’t been touched since the 1960s...

    Reviewed by Vanessa3.4Sep 2019

  • "A beautiful location with great facilities to keep children busy."

    The views are amazing!

    Reviewed by Monica4.4Jul 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely place and being able to explore the estate was amazing as it has ancient woodland and private lakeshore."

    I’d approach the cottage from the north as the bumpy track has potholes and an overhanging branch. Much quicker to come from the north.

    Reviewed by Esther4.7May 2019

  • "A beautiful setting."

    Perfect for an outdoor family holiday.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Apr 2019

  • "I don't think I have ever stayed in such a beautiful setting."

    It was a treat to be on the Graythwaite Estate.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Apr 2019

  • "Amazing location with fabulous views."

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cosy warm cottage with fabulous views."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2019

  • "Beautifull Cottage with lovely views from the terrace to the big house."

    Very quiet.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage and its surroundings are lovely and met all our expectations, but the hot water system was inadequate as we could not all three of us have a bath on the same evening, indeed there was no water at all on Monday for a period of time."

    Also the washer/ dryer as listed was very temperamental and only a washer so all week we spent with clothes on the airer in front of the fire to dry, ( mainly the 3 yr. olds clothes.) No instructions on the heating system were evident and were not all usable. Fortunately if was not too cold in the evenings.

    Reviewed by C2.8Jun 2018

  • "A quiet,well equipped cottage looking out over open grassland, with sheep grazing and pheasants strolling across."

    Away from the bustle of life with no traffic passing by. I didn't know such places still existed.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2018

  • "The views are fantastic the location of the cottage on the estate is very peacefully and not to far the main complex"

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Mar 2018

  • "Was set in a lovely area."

    Relaxing with fantastic scenic views. Provided lots of helpful information about the local area and things to do.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2017

  • "We loved staying at Dove Cottage - cosy, well equipped and peaceful."

    Reviewed by Philippa4.8Jul 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage, quiet and clean."

    Would benefit from a larger and more comfortable sofa and ot water occasionally did not work. Otherwise fantastic

    Reviewed by Beth4.6Jan 2017

  • "The cottage was perfect, the view from the patio suburb and the location great."

    The added bonus of the pool and table tennis room was a welcome relief to help entertain the 12 year old daughter. Will definitely be booing this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Matt4.8Oct 2016

  • "A minor point perhaps: the written directions to the cottage talk about a 'rough' path."

    Before going I phoned to check that it was safe for motorcycles and was told yes it was. In fact it wasn't, not for conventional motorcycles anyway: the surface on one section was badly broken, rocky and rutted. Other routes in – which could have been given – were fine

    Reviewed by Paul4.8Oct 2016

  • "The beautiful and peaceful central Lakeland location and great facilities."

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, shared tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, Wifi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Wood fired hot tub
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared use of estate grounds and facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room (please bring your own racquets and balls), children's play area, 2.5-acre trout fishing lake
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome as of the 1st November 2020
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4 miles, pubs 2 miles
  • Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
  • To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking Graythwaite Adventure in advance
  • Graythwaite fishery is free for all guests and equipment can be hired locally, a small fee is applicable to keep your catch, rod fishing license required
  • Mobile phone signal may be limited due to the location of the property
  • Please Note: There are 6 steps up to the double bedroom and bathroom
  • Please Note - The tumble dryer is available on the courtyard in the laundry room
  • Please Note: This property has a £100 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • The swimming pool can be booked for 45 minute private sessions, All guests can pre-book up to a maximum of 3 swimming slots ( or 2 slots for short stays 2 and 3 nights ) 7 days prior to arrival by contacting

The property

A picturesque, detached stone cottage with wood fired hot tub, situated on the sprawling Graythwaite Estate, close to the western shore of Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

Overlooking the beautiful parkland of this 5000-acre estate, this wonderful cottage provides a homely and accommodating retreat from all the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Perfect for a couple or small family seeking a magical break in this truly serene location, Dove Cottage features a quirky, L-shaped sitting room complete with electric fire and sweeping estate views.

A delightful kitchen with dining area is ideally equipped for rustling up a feast for your loved ones, and why not head outside to dine alfresco on the patio whilst watching the lambs play, or simply sit back and listen to the gentle breeze rustle through the treetops?

A good night's sleep is guaranteed in this tranquil haven, with a twin bedroom set on the ground floor and six steps leading up to the double and the bathroom.

Just a short walk up a private track brings you to a charming communal courtyard area, with a heated indoor swimming pool, games room and children's play area.

In the summer, Graythwaite Hall's stunnng gardens are open to the public and you can also hire a boat and cast a line into the 2.5-acre lake on the estate.

Hardy souls can brave the chilled waters of Windermere for an invigorating swim, or enjoy discount at the Go Ape centre or mountain bike hire in Grizedale Forest, just a few minutes' drive away.

Return home to a delightful home-cooked meal, with further discount available from The Lakes Catering Company or enjoy utter luxury in the Lakeside Hotel and Spa, where again, guests at Graythwaite can enjoy a fabulous exclusive discount.

Whether you're seeking action and adventure or a retreat to blissful solitude, this Lake District cottage has all you’re looking for and more!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Ambleside 5.1 miles
  • Kendal 17.4 miles

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

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The swimming pool can be booked for 45 minute private sessions, All guests can pre-book up to a maximum of 3 swimming slots ( or 2 slots for short stays 2 and 3 nights ) 7 days prior to arrival by contacting

As well as the wide range of activities on-site, The Graythwaite Estate are pleased to offer you the following services to make your stay even more special:

*Maps and recommendations for walks around the estate and surrounding area, along with a list of things to see and do, and the pick of the best local pubs and restaurants

*The arrangement of canoeing, bushcraft, climbing, guided walks and other activities - just let the estate know and they’ll take care of it

*Milk and provisions from Town End Farm can be delivered to your doorstep during your stay

More information about these superb deals and activites can be obtained directly with the Estate once your booking is confirmed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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