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Oak Cottage

(Ref. 938718)

Backbarrow, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic in all areas!"

    Lindsay was a star! Helpful, informative and attentive, we will highly recommend and shall return

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had an amazing time having a reunion of university friends, couldn’t have asked for a better property to host a fabulous weekend."

    Reviewed by Katie5.0May 2023

  • "Oak cottage was a fantastic base for a very beautiful part of the world."

    The photos don’t do the size of the property justice - it really is beautiful and the space means that even large families always feel like they have their own space. In summer, the outdoor space will just provide so much more. Lynsey is such a good host and took questions before and during our stay. We couldn’t recommend the cottage highly enough and will definitely look to return in future.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful stay, the property exceeded our expectations, it felt very luxurious and the hot tab was amazing with the most beautiful views."

    The property was very very warm (we were advised the underfloor heating could be turned off) We were grateful to be have been given a later check out as 9.30am is quite the push to have the property as requested by that time for such a large party. Would highly recommend and also look forward to retuning

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Oct 2022

  • "This was a family holiday and we all enjoyed it very much."

    The small complimentary bath,shampoo,soap and welcome basket was a nice thought though there wasn't enough for 9 adults. The only thing that I didn't like was the very long drive up the country lane path in first gear.

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage with stunning views."

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fabulous property."

    Excellent facilities in a great setting. Everything we needed for a comfortable stay was provided. Attention to detail was excellent and the welcome basket was an added bonus. Would recommend this property to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay, the house was so much better than we expected it to be."

    Would love to stay again

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Stunning place with outstanding quality of fixtures and fittings."

    Lovely and warm in December and a fabulous hot tub. Made to feel very welcome with a Christmas tree for our festive break and gifts under the tree for everyone! We would love to come back one day and will definitely remember our 2021 Christmas at Biglands. Thank you

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    The location and accommodation were fantastic, the hot tub was a real treat! We were able to have some nice walks in the area, straight from the front door and the evenings were spent in total comfort in a perfect setting. Thanks for a great break, we're all excited at the thought of returning soon.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage in a stunning location, couldn't have asked for anything more."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "Superb cottage, well equippef and lovely furnishings."

    Great for a party of 10! Ideal location, great outdoor area and stunning views.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for our group of 10 family members getting together for my parents golden wedding anniversary."

    Very comfortable cottage which had all the facilities we needed. Lovely peaceful location. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Oak cottage."

    The location was perfect for us. The cottage was a bit warm for us during the hot weather we had we would have liked more fans due to the limited amount of windows to open safely in the property but once the weather cooled a little we managed ok. The rest of the facilities were excellent and we had everything we needed. The washing machine and tumble drier we’re especially useful with children. Altogether we had a great time thank you.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Oak Cottage is situated in the countryside just outside Ulverston and is a good base for people looking to explore the South lakes."

    The cottage itself is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need to make for a perfect stay, they have literally thought of everything, and there is lots space, indoors and out, to relax. Due to it's beautiful countryside location there are no close by facilities, however, the Anglers Arms is about a 30 minute walk away and it's a decent place to stop off for a drink or a sandwich whilst exploring the local area. That said Ulverston is a 20 minute drive away and there are plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs etc and taxis are available locally. Haverthwaite railway is close by, 5 minutes drive, and gives you access to Lakeside aquarium or an onward boat trip to Bowness or Ambleside. Bowness, 30 minute drive, and Ambleside, 40 minute drive, are a must visit and there are plenty places to explore and eat and drink in both. A little further north is Grasmere and Rydal which offers some stunning walks for all abilities. Anyway enough of my ramblings. Oak Cottage is a stunning place to stay in beautiful surroundings and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing stay and to explore the South lakes. Enjoy.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2021

  • "The accommodation is stunning both in its location and comfort."

    Beautifully furnished and excellently equipped, we wanted for nothing during our stay. Lovely rooms, clean and spacious, a generous patio with comfortable outside furniture, and hot tub that was very popular with our grandchildren in particular. We had six in our party and did not feel constrained in any way as the configuration of rooms is effective and allows for both congregation and privacy. As custodians, Lynsey and Andrew were welcoming and responsive, although we had no need to call upon their services. Oak Cottage was worth every penny of our investment and we would return there without hesitation. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0May 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing location, the cottage was out of this world , so clean and we had everything we needed and so much more."

    The staff were so friendly and efficient especially with the time we are living in at the moment. Hot tub was amazing for me and my family to chill in and look at the stars. I hired this for my daughters 17th birthday and she loved it so much we are looking to book again next year.

    Reviewed by Cheryse5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great cottage ,hosts attentive but not intrusive we were extremely lucky with ..."

    Great cottage ,hosts attentive but not intrusive we were extremely lucky with weather wall to wall sunshine would certainly revisit

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic location and accommodation, everything you could want."

    Will certainly book again

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2020

  • "We usually have a villa holiday abroad with all the family but decided before lockdown to stay in this country."

    The lakes were amazing and as we are National trust card holders, we were able to book a number of outdoor activities. The weather was brilliant and everyone enjoyed our stay at Oak cottage.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Aug 2020

  • "Luxurious well equipped accommodation."

    Stunning views. Any issues dealt with promptly by very helpful staff. Added little touches that made us feel welcome

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Dec 2019

  • "We went as a party of ten & everyone of us loved the cottage & it’s location."

    The facilities where really good especially with each bedroom having it’s own en-suite,the only negative was the kitchen.the cottage caters for ten people so we found the kitchen to be on the small side, but that saying it had all the appliances required & we would gladly return

    Reviewed by James3.8Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is absolutely stunning."

    Beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean in a lovely area. Outside space great with lots of lovely furniture and a hot tub. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2019

  • "Immaculate property."

    Well appointed. Great welcome. Gorgeous scenery - hot tub with a view. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic weekend."

    The cottage outweighed our expectations. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2019

  • "We have stopped in many houses for our Easter family holidays, which are now with Grandchildren."

    Oak Cottage is up there with the best and a great location for access to South and West Lakes, easy access from the M6 too. With great weather we just enjoyed this excellent property and the hot tub for four days.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2019

  • "We stayed here with work whilst doing an adventure weekend on Lake Windermere with Mere Mountains and it was perfect for us to all relax together!"

    A lovely house which we all loved. The hot tub was a great addition and we all loved it after a long day on the lake!

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was incredible and the attention to detail by the owners was exceptional."

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Mar 2019

  • "Our large group of friends and family loved every minute of our stay at Oak Cottage, it was everything it promised to be and so much more."

    Our booking with Sykes was straight-forward, our host was delightful and had ensured everything we needed was provided. This is a beautiful cottage in a wonderful location, carefully maintained and wonderfully presented. We loved every minute of our stay and will definitely be back! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage provided sheer luxury in a complete 'get away from it all' environment."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2018

  • "The description and pictures on the Sykes website no not do it justice."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2018

  • "Amazing"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2018

  • "Had a fantastic week in Oak Cottage."

    As a group who have been going away together for 20 years,we decided this was the best cottage yet! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2018

  • "Our weekend away was perfect, the host had thought of everything and it’s exceeded our expectations."

    I look forward to a return stay there, every body loved it and we didn’t want to leave!

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2018

  • "We would have appreciated some BBQ equipment."

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Aug 2018

  • "Every thing about oak cottage was fantastic"

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jul 2018

  • "We all had a fantastic holiday at Oak Cottage."

    The house was incredible, the welcome hamper was very much appreciated and the whole experience made the all round 13 hour drive worthwhile. Oak Cottage is in a great location, the rooms are fantastic and the on site staff are really helpful. We would go back there in a heartbeat - the window seat (and it's incredible view) were particularly popular.

    Reviewed by Sam4.7May 2018

  • "A great 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom holiday house."

    Just refurbished to a very high standard. Brilliant location. Excellent paved area outside with BBQ and hot tub and outside table and chairs. Lots of parking space. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2018

  • "Fantastic facilities, a great location and excellent value for money Couldn’t have wished for more"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage with good views."

    It is situated at the top of a hill so you need your car to get papers shopping etc. There are no windows in the downstairs bedrooms but they have doors leading onto the patio. I missed not being able to have some air coming into the room in the evening as it would not be safe to have the patio doors open all night. The kitchen was well stocked but if you were cooking for 10 people the one cooker may be a problem. On the whole I would recommend this cottage and we all enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Doreen4.7Mar 2018

  • "This was just the most amazing place we have ever stayed in."

    Beautiful and clean with contemporary furnishings. Lynsey, the owner was so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2018

  • "The cottage was immaculate in a fantastic location and the welcome basket was a lovely touch."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2017

  • "Lynsey marsden the manager went out of her way to make us fell at home ."

    Lynsey and her staff did a frist class job well done everybody and a big thank you from the varden clan .

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2017

  • "We loved everything about the cottage and cannot find a single fault with our stay."

    So many small extras such as bread, eggs, jam, milk, tea coffee where provided which just make us feel welcome and special. Really wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Lis4.8Nov 2017

  • "Absolutely fantastic!"

    The host Lyndsey was wonderful with us and extremely helpful - would 100% book again!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was amazing."

    It had everything that you could think of to enjoy your holiday. Lots of lovely little touches.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2017

  • "Oak Cottage was fantastic, even better than the photographs."

    Sleeping ten it was just right for our family holiday.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2017

  • "What a wonderful cottage."

    Absolutely spotless inside and everything looked brand new. Any issues were dealt with efficiently by Lynsey who was very helpful and such a lovely lady. The hot tub is an absolute delight. Surrounded by beautiful countryside this is such a lovely location. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2017

  • "Oak Cottage is simply superb, equipped for every need."

    It has a beautiful location & views. We were celebrating a 50th Birthday, with 5 couples & this was just perfect. Didn't want to leave, felt so much at home & would go back at the drop of a hat. We may try some of the smaller properties next time.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Mar 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms with Smart TV: 2 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request, with a charge) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x second floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor super king-size double(zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • First floor basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • First floor utility
  • Please note two of the bedrooms do not have on-suite but do have private bathrooms
  • Bio-mass central heating with ground floor underfloor heating and woodburner
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 5 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 5 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 license required
  • Note: Due to tarn/take on-site and hot tub, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: There are also stone steps from the front door down to garden
  • Note: Max 10 guests and 1 infant
  • Any stag, hen, or similar parties are for over 30 year olds only
  • Check in and check out days are Fridays and Mondays only
  • Note: The check-in days for Christmas December 2023 are 21st and 28th December only Please call Reservations to make this booking on 01244 345700

The property

This stunning, stone cottage is situated in an exclusive courtyard of cottages with private outdoor lawn and terraces with stunning views to the hills, estuary and ancient woodland.

This delightful cottage is set over three floors which makes use of the elevated land.

On entering at the ground front door, step into the spacious hallway and into the large open plan living area with interconnecting stylish bespoke kitchen with granite surfaces, breakfast bar, American fridge, wine chiller and window seat.

There are delightful views from the impressive large picture window, which has a window seat, over the surrounding hills and woodland.

The oak flooring, leather settees and the warming woodburner make this space ideal for snuggling up on those chilly nights.

Downstairs are three en-suite bedrooms, all with patio doors leading either to the courtyard or to your outdoor private terrace where you can step out and enjoy the lovely views to the Lakeland fells.

Upstairs from the sitting room there are two further bedrooms, both en-suite.

The master bedroom has a marvellous restored timber truss and glass feature.

Both have quirky walls, sloping ceilings and wonderful wooden beams within the walls that have been meticulously maintained and restored.

Outside, there are three private terraces, lawn area, hot tub area and flagged area with ample furniture.

The hot tub is surrounded by natural stone walls for maximum privacy and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the delightful views.

It will be hard to leave this outstanding cottage at the end of your holiday and will have you wanting to return time and time again, whatever the time of year.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs: 938717, 923738, 923820, 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.

Any stag, hen, or similar parties are for over 30 year olds only

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

Note: The check-in days for Christmas December 2023 are 21st and 28th December only. Please call Reservations to make this booking on 01244 345700

This property offers the following short breaks:

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