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The Old Post House

(Ref. 1094167)

Witherslack, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "There are so many superlatives that I could use to describe this beautiful house."

    The decor is stunning, it's very welcoming and a real home from home with a superbly equiped kitchen. The owners Mike and Gilly have clearly given thought to our every need. Witherslack itself is a lovely village and unlike the busier, central Lakes villages, is quiet and a haven to retreat to at the end of a day's walking. There are some good walks from the village if you don't want to drive further afield. There's a community shop and the pub is just how a pub should be. We have loved our stay at The Old Post House. Can't recommend it enough. Thank you Mike and Gilly for sharing it. Sharon.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the old post house and we’re greeted with an incredible welcome hamper filled with local delights which was so lovely!"

    The cottage was the most equipped property we have ever stayed in and had a real homely charm, very quiet and the log burner was amazing! Based in a good location to explore the lakes we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely recommend to anyone!

    Reviewed by Larise4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic weather meant we didn’t spend enough time in such a well appointed tastefully furnished house."

    Our second visit, and will not be our last! Thanks again to Mike and Gilly for great communication and for letting people share such a lovely home.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Sep 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay here."

    I really don’t know what else to say….

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect cottage - exceeding all expectations and even more beautiful than the pictures."

    Also so stocked with every implement, spice or vessel you could need. And the welcome hamper of your dreams. Such a comfortable and effortless stay. The village is also lovely with a very nice pub - great for a pint. Highly recommended - perfection

    Reviewed by Johan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very luxurious cottage with a very high Standard of fixtures and fittings."

    Nice quiet location and a good base for getting out and about

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is probably our 5th or 6th stay in the cottage."

    We like it as it is the perfect place for exploring the lakes , visitors should not leave without a look round Arnside and Silverdale . ..the lounge area has been much improved and now with the new owners very comfortable. The decor is very nice and kitchen very well equipped ( apart from a freezer that we understand is being addressed). The garden is a very nice place to relax in with views across the small valley.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are glad that you enjoyed everything that the property and area have to offer. Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2023

  • "Definitely recommend."

    Beautiful cottage and garden. Everything excelled our expectations. The welcome hamper was delicious and very well received. We would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "Probably the best, well equipped, and most comfortable cottage we have ever booked through Sykes."

    The location is ideal for exploring the southern lakes, and the secure garden and access to ‘Rocky Common’ through the back gate is a boon for dog owners. The kitchen is so well equipped it was like a home from home, but the local pub had good food and a great pint of local ale for those evenings when we didn’t want to cook. The only slight niggle was that there is no freezer or ice compartment in the fridge, so a quiet drink in the lovely garden was a warm G&T! However I can understand that it would we difficult to retro fit a freezer without spoiling the charm of the kitchen. We are definitely planning to come back again.

    Thank you for your feedback - we really appreciate it. Apologies there was no freezer facility - a warm G&T is far from ideal !! We are addressing this in the next couple of weeks and there will be a freezer from the beginning of July 2023 onwards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Apr 2023

  • "We were very impressed with this house."

    It had everything we needed and was extremely comfortable. As we were staying here to visit family members, it was an ideal place to stay for Grange over Sands. We would certainly recommend it to other people and would definitely choose to stay here again. Colin and Celia

    Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by C5.0Apr 2023

  • "A beautiful ‘home from home’ with ample facilities."

    The arrival hamper was a lovely special touch! The cottage was clean, warm and so well equipped. Beautiful local walks and access to the rocky common from the garden was ideal for a quick dog walk. Sunny aspects in the garden were enjoyed between the rain. Hopefully we’ll be back soon and order some settled weather

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Apr 2023

  • "Thank you for our stay, the house was lovely, everything was perfect."

    We loved the welcome pack, books etc. There are only two comments not for publishing we would make, the first I think on the listing it should be clearer that there is not a freezer, and the second is that it should be noted that the owners have a cat, simply due to the fact that there were some cat hairs, and we were considering inviting a friend who would have been unable to stay due to allergies. This does not take from the fact the house was lovely. Thank you!!

    Thank you for your feedback. We will update the listing to reflect the fact that there is currently no freezer compartment in the fridge. Regarding cats, yes we do have a cat (hence the cat flap in the kitchen door) and we also allow all our clients to stay with pets. As a result the majority of our bookings do include pets. Obviously, we try to ensure all pet hair is vacuumed away on change-over days, but there is always the risk of a few escaping the vacuum. We are very sorry that there were some cat/dog hairs remaining and we will ask our cleaners to be more attentive of this. Many Thanks, Mike and Gilly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia3.8Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay at The Old Post House."

    A real home from home. Comfy beds and fab shower. The kitchen has everything you need. Having the rocky common walk on the doorstep was great for our dog Bess. The garden is lovely to sit in when the sun is out. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2023

  • "The Old Post House was absolutely perfect, the owners have thought of everything to make you feel at home and comfortable."

    We had such a fantastic week and didn’t want to leave, little touches like the hamper made all the difference. Everywhere was clean and the décor beautiful. Within driving distance of Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and many more. Would highly recommend The Old Post House and will definitely be back. Missing our home from home already, thank you!!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Mar 2023

  • "The house is beautifully presented, incredibly well equipped, comfortable and a pleasure to stay in."

    The garden is lovely, even in the winter. It would have been nice to spend more time in it, if only the weather had been a little warmer and the sun appeared for longer. The owners are very attentive and considerate, having thought of everything anyone might want or need. The welcome hamper is a particularly nice touch.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Feb 2023

  • "The house was really beautiful with a lovely hamper waiting for us when we arrived."

    There were even some dog treats! The kitchen was fantastic and had everything we needed. The bedrooms were great with quality beds, pillows and duvets. The whole house was clean. The owners had thought of everything and it felt like staying in a real home. I wouldn't hesitate to book again, it's a lovely house. The house is also in a great location, too. It was around a 30 minute drive to Windermere and around 20 minutes to Kendal. We also visited Lancaster and Penrith which are easy to get to.

    Reviewed by Haf5.0Jan 2023

  • "I thought the cottage was lovely and homely."

    There were such nice touches like you thought of everything that would be needed!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property exceeded our expectations in every way."

    Warm in very cold weather conditions -8 degrees, well equipped and a lovely welcome pack for us on arrival. The location is also ideal for exploring the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location."

    Very well presented with lovely decor. Quite a few stairs here and there and some low beams but all adds to the experience. Nice garden and access to Rocky common which goes for on for a long way, great for the dog. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Old Post Office more than met our expectations."

    A quirky, but charming propoerty due to its former uses. The enclosed garden was great for the dog and a gate which backs onto Rocky common for the morning walk. The OPH is in a great location in the spreadout village of Witherslack and very close to the A590 for access to the rest of the lakes. The village is quiet and has a smashing pub, the Derby Arms. A proper pub, but more gems are on your doorstep: The Hare & Hounds in Levens, The Strickland Arms near Sizergh Castle which also has a great farm shop. Witherslack is also striking distance for many of the Lakes attractions, Windermere, Bowness, Ullswater & Coniston were the destinations we went to but don't overlook more local attractions Levens Deer Park and the Arnside Knott. A great week's holiday.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Sep 2022

  • "This was a great cottage in a good location and we enjoyed our stay."

    A small freezer compartment in the fridge for ice cubes/ice creams would have been useful, but this is very minor. We found the comments of previous guests very helpful in deciding where to visit/eat.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is such a beautiful holiday cottage."

    Far, far prettier than the pictures!! The furnishings are beautiful and of an extremely high quality. Everything was immaculate when we arrived, the owners provided everything we could possibly need. We were surprised to find a dog treat jar and even dog towels, blankets and food bowls. We were a family group of 5 adults getting together from various places around the world and found the accommodation was cosy and homely, the kitchen is definitely a great space to spend time with a cosy aga and eye catching details. The large farmhouse table was our meeting point for breakfast and evening card card games. The surrounding area is beautiful with rolling hills sheep and cows. The village is small and peaceful with a shop and pub which we used a few times. The pub was very welcoming and served delicious well priced food. It’s superbly located for days out to Windermere, Cartmel, Grasmere. We had fantastic meals wherever we went and the local lamb is delicious. We highly recommend The Old Post House.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2022

  • "A comfortable and very well equipped cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    The owners were very helpful too with any queries. Absolutely loved it and would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jul 2022

  • "A wonderful stay at this lovely cottage."

    Perfect location for adventure:)

    Reviewed by Scott Simon4.4Jul 2022

  • "Great place to stay, decor is lovely and is very clean."

    The garden is great for dogs and there are walks on the doorstep and in such easy access to the Lake District. Facilities are great. Loved the whole stay and will definitely return in future.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2022

  • "We have had an absolutely fabulous holiday in this cottage."

    It is beautiful. The thoughtful welcome hamper and dog treats for our dog were most welcome and throughly enjoyed. The information on the house appliances, where to eat and walks locally were all added in the information booklet. The attention to detail was outstanding. We would not recommend this house if you have very small children due to the amount of steep stairs inside and outside of the property. If you are looking for somewhere very comfortable, homely and away from everything then this is the place for you! We loved it!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cozy cottage."

    The photos do not do it justice.. would recommend updating the photos.. The kitchen is wonderful, with more facilities than expected of most holiday cottages. The lounge is lovely, however the sofa, whilst stunning is not entirely comfy, the sofa in the kitchen is extremely comfortable and it’s a shame it doesn’t fit in the lounge area. That said we didn’t spend any time in the lounge as we don’t watch TV, we played the vast array of games provided instead. The cottage is a perfect retreat for adults and potentially older children, I would not recommend it for families with young children, because of the many stairs in the cottage, and with the garden tucked away out of view. The bedrooms and bathroom are beautifully furnished with comfortable mattresses and soft furnishings. The shower is excellent. The location is perfect with lots of walks right from The door, as well as easy access to the lakes and beyond a shirt drive away. The local pub is nice and friendly and a 15 min easy walk. Would highly recommend this lovely quirky little cottage and we shall definitely be returning. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Julie4.7May 2022

  • "This is a delightful cottage, beautifully furnished in a quiet South Lakes village."

    It was well equipped with great wi-fi connection. There is even an HDMI cable to connect a laptop to the TV. Within a short distance there are plenty of dog friendly places to eat or visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The turn into the short driveway is tight and reversing out is tricky as you can’t see traffic but luckily the road outside is not busy. We had a dog with us and it was a bit stressful trying to keep everything clean as the cottage has very light carpet and furnishings but the owners provide helpful extras such as dog towels and throws.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2022

  • "A gorgeous Lakeland cottage in a perfect location."

    Beautifully presented, cosy and comfortable. We stayed as a family and found the dog walks on the doorstep and friendly village pub a delight. Just a short drive from all amenities and the perfect base for exploring the Lake District. We will most definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0Apr 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.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Oil fired Rayburn range cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, Nespresso Coffee Machine, milk frother, Soda Stream Sparkling Water Machine
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • 46" TV with Hunmax Freeview HDTV Recorder, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Off-road parking for one car with a permit
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patios, barbecue, seating and a shed
  • Shed for bike storage
  • One well-behaved pets welcome
  • Shop and pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: This property features a low beam and internal steps, please take care and mind your head
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: If you wish to bring more than 1 pet, please contact the owner

The property

Perched in the idyllic village of Witherslack in Cumbria, is this charming three-bedroom, detached cottage.

The Old Post House enjoys a peaceful location whilst also having easy access to all Cumbria has to offer, this homely pet-friendly dwelling is perfect for a family or couples alike.

Park-up roadside and be welcomed into the lofty kitchen/diner, a true country kitchen scene with a traditional stable door, admire the quaint mugs hanging from the shelf amidst a scattering of antique pieces for classic décor.

The calming colour palette makes this a fabulous space to relax in with your loved ones, make cooking dinner a social occasion and relax in the spacious open plan dining area, where you will find an impressive Rayburn range cooker, with a sofa in here to retire to at your leisure.

If the weather is nice, why not fire up the barbecue and dine alfresco?

Head up to the sitting room where a long L-shape sofa sits neatly in the corner before the 46" TV with Hunmax Freeview HDTV Recorder, settle in for a film or two in here, as the woodburning stove crackles nearby, sure to be your four-legged friend’s favourite spot!

From the sitting room you can access the wonderful enclosed lawned gardens and discover a beautiful space to enjoy, perfect for when your pooch wants to stretch their legs.

Make use of the various outdoor seating areas, where a morning cup of tea can be enjoyed, or sip a glass of wine here on a sunny evening.

You can step straight out from the garden on to Rocky Common, where various footpaths and walks can be discovered.

After a day of exploring the Lakes and fells, indulge in a soothing soak in the bath or freshen up with a hot shower, before choosing from three well-appointed bedrooms to catch your rest in, two doubles and a single.

You can find a The village of Witherslack holds a handy convenience store along with a local pub, the perfect essentials for any self-catered stay, whilst the coastal town of Grange-over-Sands can offer a wider selection along with a charming promenade with fabulous views of the sea and the coast.

Visit the Grange-over-Sands Golf Club for a scenic 18-hole course, whilst those who love horse riding will love being nearby to Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre where you can enjoy a beautiful country hack through the Lake District.

For the foodies of the group, be sure to check out Cartmel, for its Michelin Star restaurants of L’Enclume and Rogan and Co, perfect for refuelling in style after a day of adventure!

Travel up to Lakeside at the southern end of Lake Windermere, here you can find the Lakes Aquarium, home to freshwater and marine life with an amazing underwater otter tunnel!

Nearby the National Trust's Fell Foot Park is a great area for families to delight in a picnic with swimming and boating available here too.

Catch a Lakes Cruise up to Bowness-on-Windermere to marvel at The World of Beatrix Potter, amidst this quaint Lakes town you can find a selection of eateries and pubs to stop in.

Head over to Sizergh to see the 14th-century Sizergh Castle and be impressed by this medieval fortress containing Elizabethan carvings and original furniture.

Along with a world of walking and cycling opportunities as well, you're sure to make wonderful memories at The Old Post House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Cartmel 6 miles, Grange Over Sands 9 miles, Windermere 16 miles.

The small village of Witherslack lies tucked beneath Whitbarrow Scar, in a lovely area running south east from the shores of Lake Windermere, encompassing fell, woodland, river and valley bottom. The village consists of a huddle of fine, stone built traditional houses, cottages and barn conversions surrounded by unspoilt countryside, with varied flora and fauna and a nature reserve providing beautiful walking country. Nearby Lindale has a true 'Lakeland feel' with its narrow streets, traditional dwellings and quaint old pubs, while Cartmel, with its famous annual horse race meetings, and the pretty coastal resorts of Arnside and Grange-over-Sands are all worth a visit. With Lake Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Hawkshead a short drive away, this attractive village makes an inspiring choice from which to enjoy the whole of a magical area.

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Please Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £150.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter