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Thomas Grove House

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  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful house with stunning views, nice and cosy and warm."

    Plenty of hot water great showers and bath. We had a very enjoyable stay. Improvements we would suggest is upgrade cooker which took a very long time to heat up and microwave was a bit temperamental. Shame it’s not a full size dishwasher for the number it sleeps - not mentioned in the listing. A thorough deep clean is required - which we appreciate is difficult with what’ looks like a very popular property. Extra Logs and kindling were requested but did not arrive. It seemed that someone may have been in the property while we were out as the number the keysafe had been left on had been changed and the garden furniture out the front had been moved and some piled up?

    Thank you for this feedback, which is always really helpful to receive. We're glad you had a very enjoyable stay, and will look into all the points you raise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hayley3.4Nov 2023

  • "Come rain or shine Thomas Grove House never fails to provide us with a beautiful, comfortable and idyllic holiday."

    Not only are the views and walking amazing from the door step, the showers are also something we all talk about when we return home. Many thanks for letting us stay. The Smith family.

    Reviewed by Stacy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage, perfect position, we hope to be back."

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2023

  • "We absolutely love it here!"

    A real home from home in an absolutely stunning location where the view changes with the weather! We have had a wonderful week with plenty of walks - up to Angle Tarn, Stony Cove Pike, a lake walk to Silver Crag and the weather was even kind enough for Hellvellyn. My parents did less strenuous walks and really enjoyed Townsend National Trust and the pub, The Queen's Head. We love your cottage and everything about it - including the birds - saw all sorts! The advice on shutters and thermostat worked a treat and we were very comfortable. Hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by David4.7Apr 2023

  • "I had to clean both toilets when I arrived."

    The place felt grubby and grimy and in need of a spring clean. The kitchen bins looked like they’d not been wiped in months. Sockets when you touched them were greasy Hob - we left cleaner than we found it. Throws on settees needed washing and were stained - yes, even the dark brown one. Settee very uncomfortable Fire difficult to keep lit (suggest chimney needs sweeping) All in all very disappointing. The property looked like a once cherished but sadly forgotten, uncared for home. For the cost we expected much better. Won’t be trusting Sykes Cottages again.

    Thank you for your feedback, it is always helpful to hear from our guests. We will be looking into your concerns. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison2.2Mar 2023

  • "This is the third time I’ve stayed in this property."

    Once in 2012 and now twice since it’s been renovated. The location is perfect. A short walk or drive to the lakes. Helvellyn is on your doorstep along with other easier fells to climb. The cottage has been sympathetically renovated with just the necessary mod cons yet keeping its rustic charm.. We particularly enjoy the powerful showers and the perfect view from the garden table.

    Reviewed by Stacy5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    Very friendly and helpful housekeeper. Very well resourced and really comfortable beds. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jul 2022

  • "The service from Heart of the Lakes was seamless!"

    They went out of their way to help us understand the re-booking process due to covid. The property itself is stunning and we had everything we needed. We will book again!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Nov 2021

  • "An absolutely perfect cottage in the most perfect spot."

    Reviewed by Stacy5.0Aug 2021

  • "A really wonderful home for the week."

    The house has abundant character and the setting is absolutely stunning. Very comfortable beds and excellent showers with plenty of hot water. The kitchen was well equipped and the long table was perfect for family meals with the most beautiful view. We would recommend to anyone looking for some peace and quiet in a beautiful area, with many walking routes straight from the front door.

    Reviewed by T4.4Jun 2021

  • "Lovely property, great location."

    A fantastic time was had. We'll be back!.

    Mr DentonDec 2019

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  • Four Bedrooms: 2 x double 1 x twin, 1 x Single, 1 x Bathroom with rain shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with electric range
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Lounge with Freeview
  • DVD
  • Ipod Dock
  • wood burning stove
  • dining area.
  • 1 dog allowed
  • non-smoking
  • washer/dryer
  • large range cooker
  • fridge/freezer
  • dishwasher. free Wi-Fi
  • landline phone
  • travel cot and high chair available
  • cycle hire two miles
  • boat and kayak hire and sailing school three miles
  • all fuel included inc logs and kindling
  • Please note that Thomas Grove House is an old property and so there are uneven surfaces and steps both inside and outside, so please take care.

The property

Thomas Grove House is a 17th century character stone house in a beautiful location in the tiny hamlet of Hartsop with stunning fell views from the airy front windows.

Once a working sheep farm, the property has been completely renovated by its architect and artist owners, offering 21st century comfort while also retaining its original charm and character, with features such as oak beams, ham hooks, old inglenook fireplaces, original lime plaster wall finishes, and reclaimed furnishings.

Millstones from an even older period form the doorsteps. A few paces from the front gate, past the neighbour's working sheep farm adjacent to the house, there is an abundance of walking that can be enjoyed from the doorstep including High Street, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.

There are also several easier walks to suit young children.

Ullswater Lake is only a short drive away giving you access to sailing, kayaking, and lake cruises, and there are places to eat out and shop in nearby Patterdale and Glenridding.

Ambleside and Windermere are only 15 and 20 minutes away respectively over the Kirkstone Pass. Accommodation: A stone path leads to the rear of the farmhouse where you will enter into the kitchen.

Just down the hall are lots of coat hooks and a shower room with basin, wc, washer/dryer and space to dry wet walking gear.

There is a stunning 30ft lounge/dining room (TV with freeview, DVD and iPod dock, landline phone) with Morso wood burning stoves at each end, comfy seating area and large dining table, and views across the valley from the generous window seats.

A beautiful old oak floor leads up a small step from the dining area to the reclaimed kitchen with historic slate floor and large electric range cooker in the converted ancient bread oven hearth. The imposing oak staircase from the hallway leads to four bedrooms - one twin to the rear and to the front, with exceptional views across the valley to Brotherswater and the encircling hills beyond, one double, one king size and one single.

Each of the bedrooms has been individually styled with reclaimed and antique furniture, beautifully glazed lime plaster walls, carefully chosen kelim rugs, and original wooden floors brought back to life.

Family bathroom with bath with rain shower over, basin and wc. The farmhouse oozes distinctive originality and charm, and is the perfect holiday home for couples or families looking for the real Lake District holiday in one of the most authentic areas in the Lakes.

Outside: The house has its own fully enclosed front garden and a raised terrace with outdoor seating - a perfect place to enjoy the breath-taking views on all sides across Brotherswater to Dove Crag and other fells.

Parking for two cars.

Nearest pub/shop at Brotherswater approx 1 mile, other shops in Patterdale approx 2 miles.

Boat and kayak hire and sailing school 3 miles.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.

The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District, the Westmoorland Dales and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle, Brougham Hall (The Windsor of the North), Lowther Castle and Gardens, Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

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Note: Wi-fi is for surfing and email only. Due to bandwidth downloading is not possible.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas