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Keepers Cottage

(Ref. 923820)

Backbarrow near Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "A great place to stay, we really enjoyed the quality of the home, very quiet and peacefull,, had dinner outside with a great view."

    The hot tub was excellent. The welcome basket, was the best we every had in the UK and most appreciative to get things started. Our host Lindsay, was very special And explained everything to us on arrival. We hope to go back some day. We are on holiday from Canada with our son and his wife to celebrate my 80th birthday and his 50th

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped and comfortable. Beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in an amazing location."

    The cottage has everything you need to enjoy a fabulous time… from lots of space and a well equipped kitchen to great bedrooms / bathrooms and a beautiful hot tub with breathtaking views… what more could you wish for!

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a wonderful property with the most amazing views."

    All facilities as described. Keepers Cottage is located within easy driving of all the attractions. We had a really enjoyable, relaxing holiday. Plenty of room for everyone. Quiet & secluded. Other properties on site but does not interfere with Keepers Cottage in any way at all. This really is a dream place to stay.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful house with amazing views."

    The contacts for the property were very helpful and friendly. Would just suggest you get more cups, 8 beakers weren’t very much for 6 people staying. Thanks for a fantastic week

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0May 2023

  • "What a fabulous place , perfect for our family get away."

    Everything about it was excellent and we’ll get back .

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2023

  • "Great location, property had everything you could need."

    Warm welcome.

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2023

  • "Wow! What a cottage!"

    Cosy and warm, yet spacious enough that an adult family of 5 don't feel like they are on top of each other. The beds are comfortable and the bedding quality. Everything that you need for a break is provided, all kitchen basics, maps, suggested walks, games and logs for the fire. The views are amazing! And the hot tub, is well, fab. The only down side that we could find was that we had to leave after our week was up.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jan 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Keepers Cottage."

    The cottage was beautiful, clean and comfortable and very well equipped with all the basics. We also found the location ideal to explore the local area. The kids loved the space too.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Nov 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Stunning scenery looking over the valley straight out of the back doors, perfectly enjoyed from the hot tub. The beds were extremely comfortable and it’s a great base to explore the surrounding area. Lots of wonderful walks, great pubs and restaurants nearby.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a truly memorable week at Keeper’s Cottage."

    It is a beautiful and comfortable property with first class facilities in a stunning location. The generous welcome hamper was a real treat and communication with Lyndsey on Reception was easy and effective. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We will be back!

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Simply perfect - just the best view ever, lovely high standard of equipment and care provided - will be back for sure"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great property and location."

    A perfect venue, quiet, well positioned, close to Kendall and Windermere. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Mar 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning , the property was amazing, every detail was perfect right down to the pleasant Christmas smell as you walked in ."

    Heated floors were amazing on cold mornings. Lovely spacious bedrooms . An unmatched view to wake up to on a morning . The fact that every bedroom had an ensuite which was amazing. Every need was catered for , right down to having the fire wood topped up when we called . Cannot praise this place enough , and the owners . Will definitely be back ! A big Thankyou to Lyndsay and Andrew and the team from Chris ,Ben,Kim and Alfie

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2021

  • "The place was extremely clean and there was a great living space."

    The checkout time states 10am on the website however the owners made it clear that it was half 9 so this was a little awkward. We would say the service and interactions with the owners had alot left to be desired however we didn't let this affect us having a great time. There was an awful drain smell which came and went throughout the week in the bathrooms, sometimes you couldn't smell anything and other times it was dreadful. Wouldn't revisit again but enjoyed it for the week.

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage is in a stunning location with extensive views."

    The interior is beautifully designed and the hot tub very welcome! We hadn't noticed any mention in the publicity, of stairs between the entrance, the kitchen and the lounge as well as the main staircase. A challenge for thosed with mobility challenges. The heating was eractic. Overall a really enjoyable experience!

    Reviewed by Beverley4.7Sep 2021

  • "All the little touches were perfect and the accommodation was fantastic."

    Lovely friendly welcome and good communication from Sykes and the owners. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Keepers Cottage did not disappoint."

    It is in a quiet location with great views, within easy reach of other parts of the Lakes. The cottage itself is very comfortable and well equipped - it is the best cottage we have stayed in. The welcome basket of goodies was much appreciated. We will definitely go back and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage and what a view from the hot tub."

    Such a lovely location fir a long awaited family celebration holiday. Lynsey was really helpful

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful property finished to a very high standard."

    Lovely views over the valley and estuary. Reception on site during office hours and any txt enquiries looked into promptly by Lynsey and the team. No evidence that any checks on the hot tub during our 7 day stay but I'm sure if any issues had been reported the team would have looked into it.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with stunning views, perfect for exploring the southern Lake District."

    Reviewed by Phil5.0May 2021

  • "We had an amazing time in Keeper’s Cottage."

    A beautifully designed place with a view that can’t be beaten! We even cancelled a dinner on our final night because we wanted more time to enjoy being there! Would love to return and we were well looked after by Lynsey.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Apr 2021

  • "Keepers cottage is a beautiful property in stunning surroundings."

    It is well equipped,clean and comfortable. It's a great location for exploring the southern lakes. Fantastic views,luxury hot tub, great host and communication.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean, comfortable and views were stunning, even when raining!"


    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2020

  • "Keepers Cottage is a 10 out of 10 holiday property, immaculately maintained by the owners."

    Great care had been taken to provide every comfort we might need during our stay. The welcome pack and chilled Prosecco in the fridge were a welcome find! The views from the patio and hot tub are amazing, we had the perfect family holiday.

    Reviewed by Jo-anne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Welcome pack was unexpected touch which helped make a great stay."

    Found cottage comfortable and well maintained, would love to go back when weather is better to enjoy the patio more, shame no gazebo or such like available for hot tub or for use with table and chairs. Lynsey and her team were so friendly and made us so welcomed.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2019

  • "Great location, great property, fabulous weather, enough said!"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage and surrounding area and views can only be described as spectacular."

    Had the most amazing time and would love to stay again. Not a stone has been left unturned in the planning of this place in terms of sheer luxury and layout of the cottage and outdoor area. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Big thank you from the “Collins” family

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2019

  • "Peaceful setting, fantastic views and spacious comfortable accommodation"

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Can not fault this place."

    A welcome pack with essentials such as tea and milk perfect after a long drive getting there. Breathtaking views from the bedroom and hot tub, perfect after a day exploring the region.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2019

  • "Absolutely superb, everything was spotlessly clean, so many extras like a hamper of artisan bread, eggs, Prosecco, could see miles of views from the Hot tub."

    Plenty of good walks from the cottage, lovely quiet area but also near some fantastic pubs with ale & excellent food. Also the cottage had a very well equipped kitchen so we cooked and ate on the veranda...the views are so stunning you won’t want to go out every evening!

    Reviewed by G5.0Jun 2019

  • "What an absolutely stunning property in a beautifully tranquil location."

    We loved our stay at keepers cottage and Lindsay and Andrew couldn’t have done more for us. My mums birthday trip away was everything we hoped it would be and more. Close enough to pubs, activities including the steam railway and country walks but far enough away that you could just close the door on the world. Absolutely perfect. Thank you for renting our your beautiful cottage - it was out of this world.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2019

  • "The property was absolutely stunning sat in beautiful landscape."

    The view from the hot tub was amazing. The awful weather didn't stop us enjoying the hot tub and the logburning fire soon warmed us up after jumping out back into the house. I loved the heated floors and didn't put my slippers on once. The gorgeous food hamper was a lovely touch. Cartmel is only a 10 min drive away with some lovely pubs and a fab wineshop with a winesnug attached to it for a few cheeky glasses. You've also got the option of picking your own cheese board from the cheese shop next door and taking it into the snug. We had a fab weekend in an amazing cottage and wpuld definitely recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2019

  • "Keepers Cottage was absolutely beautiful, everything about it was just perfect."

    The cottage has everything you could need and was finished to a really high standard. The view were to die for especially when sat in the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had an excellent holiday, the accommodation was excellent and cleanliness standard was very high."

    Hot tub was lovely & the views from it were fantastic. We stayed between Christmas & new year and we had a lovely Christmas tree in the living area which was such a nice touch. Also some lovely bread and jams were there on our arrival along with a bottle of champagne in the fridge!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely place with great views, weather was a drought but didn’t stop up getting in the hot tub."

    lovely and warm inside especially with the log fire. would definitely recommend can’t wait to go again.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Oct 2018

  • "Keepers Cottage had everything we needed for a superb upmarket self catering holiday in a stunning setting."

    They provided every possible thing, (including a muddler for the gin!). The cottage was immaculate and beautifully decorated throughout. The hot tub on the patio had the most fantastic view, there was also plenty of outdoor furniture allowing for eating or just relaxing. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jul 2018

  • "Where do I start, beautiful property and very high standard, extremely well equipped, lovely welcome pack including prosseco!"

    !!! Views were breathtaking, this was booked for my husband's 50th and the owners very kindly brought him a card and wine, lovely touch, hot tub was amazing and to top it off wall to wall sunshine. Will def be recommending this property and hopefully will be back.

    Reviewed by N5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful, comfortable, very clean and the facilities available were fantastic, a home away from home."

    The owners were every welcoming, provided a lovely welcome pack when we arrived which was greatly appreciated and the hot tub was superb with the views. An absolute treasure of a find and a perfect base for exploring the lakes.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2018

  • "Keeper's cottage is beautifully designed as are the other cottages in keeping with the original Estate development."

    Everything was to a very high standard, including the cleanliness.We appreciated being able to walk from the cottage and walked to Cartmel and back! There are some lovely places to visit in the area and we had family staying at Lakeside Village which was really convenient. We have stayed in many self-catering properties over the years. Customers expect higher standards these days as it's not always the cheapest option, and Keeper's Cottage is at the top of our list. so thankyou to Sykes for offering a high standard of property to let.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4Apr 2018

  • "Beautiful, luxury cottage with stunning views."

    Lots of little unexpected extras - Prosecco, bread, milk, eggs, jams and biscuits left for us. Kitchen supplies eg tin foil. tomato sauce etc, also in the cupboards so we needn't have bought the kitchen sink with us! Have marked down facilities because of: Difficult to use the hob - maybe the pans weren't for induction? Took a long time to cook anything. Fire sensor directly about the grill in the kitchen which meant it went off constantly while grilling! Problem with the radiators in bedrooms 1 and 2 - very bad hammering sound day and night. Reported to owner as probably need draining. Owner kind and attentive. An excellent stay overall. Particularly enjoyed the use of the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Lyn4.7Mar 2018

  • "What a truly beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    It was above and beyond what we expected. Lyndsey the host was incredible, she would respond to any queries straight away. The hot tub was gorgeous overlooking the most beautiful of views. There was every amenity possible available at our disposal.The rooms were extremely clean and beautifully decorated. What a wonderful place to visit. Thank you so much for having us. This is now going to be our spot for our yearly girls weekend away. Expect to have us again next year :).

    Reviewed by Georgia5.0Feb 2018

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage in a stunning location!"

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was fabulous."

    Welcome pack was lovely. All our needs were catered for. The view was absolutely amazing. We had a wonderful time and would revisit and would highly recommend this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2017

  • "The pictures do not do the cottage justice!"

    The view over the valley was breath-taking. Everything was excellent! The accommodation was better than described, and the price was exceptionally fair considering the facilities.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2017

  • "Fabulous, wonderfull, beautiful, stunning, amazing ."

    .........i could go on all day

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jun 2017

  • "A wonderful trip, very comfortable and relaxing."

    We had a few problems with wifi but our hosts were extremely responsive and helpful in trying to fix it.

    Reviewed by Saskia4.4Apr 2017

  • "We all had a wonderful time."

    Very friendly staff - lovely hamper on arrival. Well stocked cupboards with plenty of plates/dishes/glasses for 6 people as well as bedding & towels.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2017

  • "Thought the cottage and entire site was finished to a very high standard, it would be the perfect location for a large wedding party as a full entire rental."

    The Cottage itself had every tiny detail considered, it was very well cleaned and I would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.6Dec 2016

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  • Three bedrooms with Smart TV: 1 x king-size double with en-suite freestanding bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, twin basins and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Bio-mass central heating with ground floor underfloor heating, radiators on first floor and woodburner
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x Smart TVs with Freeview, Blu-ray, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Private enclosed patio with hot tub, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles
  • Note: Fishing available on the estate tarn/lake at certain times of the year by prior arrangement with owner, environmental licence required
  • Note: Due to tarn/lake on-site and hot tub, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: There are three steps from hallway to kitchen and two steps from kitchen to sitting room and may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There are also stone steps from the front door down to garden
  • Note: WiFi suitable for browsing only
  • Check in and check out days are Fridays and Mondays only
  • Please call Reservations to make this booking on 01244 345700

The property

A superb elevated detached stone cottage with fantastic views and private hot tub, on a large private wrap-around patio courtyard garden with lawn and rockery.

In the living area there are two comfortable seating areas and a dining area with a striking floor to ceiling slate wall housing the woodburner and there is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor.

Step out from the living area through French doors onto the large patio and enjoy the views.

Even the ground floor cloakroom has a stunning view!

On the first floor there are three bedrooms all with en-suite facilities, beams and one of the bedrooms has a floor to ceiling window with vaulted ceiling and direct long-reaching views which can be enjoyed from your comfortable bed.

This exceptional cottage with its beautiful furnishing and character features can be enjoyed all-year-round, making it a special place to holiday.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs: 923738, 938717, 938718, 938719 and 938720, together they sleep 40.

The Courtyard - Bigland Hall Estate

Backbarrow 1.5 miles. Ideally located on a private estate in the Lake District National Park these superb historic, luxury stone properties have been converted from 17th century courtyard buildings on the Bigland Hall Estate, adjacent to 350 acres of ancient woodland. Set in an elevated position which provides stunning long-reaching views across the hills, estuary and valley all properties are individual in layout, whilst being close to the villages of Backbarrow, Newby Bridge and Cartmel. The cottages also offer easy access to Lake Windermere, Coniston Water and the Leven Estuary. With character features of beams, feature walls and flooring, all cottages have underfloor heating on the ground floor with woodburning stoves and bespoke high-quality kitchens, again all with a unique design to each property. The bedrooms all have luxury en-suite bathrooms and TVs, all styled with beautiful soft furnishing and unique furniture to each room. These outstanding properties mix modern amenities whilst every effort has also been made with stunning craftmanship to keep the historic integrity of the buildings. Don’t be surprised to see unusual windows, bespoke shutters, and stunning beamed vaulted ceilings. These properties are a perfect base for family, friends or couples wishing to have a truly memorable holiday enjoying this location and outstanding accommodation. Outside each property there is a private enclosed courtyard and garden with hot tub, again all are different and dry stone walled to allow maximum privacy and several have wrap-around space, and all have outdoor furniture and barbeque. It is just a short walk to the estate’s public footpath where guests may explore. Fishing is also available upon request at certain times of the year. You may see the estate’s resident deer and there are footpaths to Cartmel from the grounds where you'll find plenty of local food and drink, and regular events and concerts at the Priory and the Racecourse. The nearby market towns of Keswick and Kendal also offer regular markets where you can sample local delights and artisan crafts; Keswick's Theatre by the Lake and Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre also boast a range of plays and stand-up comedy. A short drive brings you to Newby Bridge where you can embark on the steamers that will take you to Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, where you can enjoy the lakeside vista and stunning scenery, or you can also hop on the steam train that departs to Haverthwaite. Equally you can enjoy a waterside meal or beverage at a choice of good quality hotels and simply relax, watch the birds and lake activities. Younger party members will enjoy Beatrice Potter or the lakeside Aquarium. Just a short walk away from your cottage is Bigland Equestrian centre for guests who would like to ride. Historic Cartmel with its 12th century priory is less than 4 miles away with its award-winning eateries, pubs, shops and restaurants, including the famous Michelin starred L’Enclume restaurant. It is also home to the UK’s smallest racecourse and holds meets during the summer from May to August bank holiday, which is a tremendous day out for all members of your party. There is so much to do locally, if you can tear yourself away from these exceptional and exclusive cottages which offer you a very special break all-year-round in the wonderful Lake District.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


  • Newby Bridge 1 mile
  • Bowness-on-Windermere 10 miles

The small village of Backbarrow sits by the banks of the River Leven and the southern tip of Lake Windermere. The famous Haverthwaite Steam Railway runs close by the village between Haverthwaite and Lakeside. Enjoy magnificent views across Windermere and the surrounding fells, or visit the Aquarium of the Lakes, where the naturally themed habitats bring the history of the Lakes vividly to life. Bowness-on-Windermere provides a lovely day out, and 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. Set amidst the charm of the Lake District, close to the fringe of Windermere, this attractive village makes an inspiring choice from which to forage further into a magical heartland of silver lakes, lofty towering peaks and lonely gorse clad moors.

Check in and check out days are Fridays and Mondays only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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