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Rowan Cottage

(Ref. 938719)

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


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "In our age of over-the-top, flowery property descriptions and deceiving photography, it's nice to land in a place that exceeds the prose and the images."

    Great rental properties are the offspring of thought, care, and love. It was our joy to discover that Rowan Cottage was one of those.

    Reviewed by Ed5.0May 2024

  • "Absolutely gorgeous property with lots of room, and lovely furnishings, a vast amount of utility."

    Had an absolutely superb stay and would reccommend this to anyone who is looking for a group getaway!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Rowan cottage."

    Theres everything and more in terms of equipment for catering. The layout is beautiful and everything was clean and the bedrooms super cosy with comfortable beds. Outside the seating areas are perfect for the amazing views especially when sat in the hot tub. Pure bliss. Really stunning location, peaceful yet close enough to take day trips to the more touristy places in the lakes. We were really touched by the basket of goodies that were waiting for us on arrival including fresh bread, preserves, eggs, butter and milk. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended to friends. We would love to come back again. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Daska5.0Apr 2023

  • "Superb accommodation, Comfy, warm, very well maintained, high standard, amazing views Would definitely stay again"

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property it’s self was amazing."

    It was the customer service of the property that wasn’t great. To have a property that check in hours is defined by the cleaners rules is insane. When I asked to have a later check out I was told it’s the cleaners that define the check in and check out rules and timings. 09;30 check out is utterly disgusting for the amount of money per night I paid. We were barely in the property. Even a 4pm check in…. So silly. I work away and stay in properties all the time and that is by far the worst check in & out time I’ve ever come across. Who wants to be packed and out by 9:30 on a holiday morning. Get more cleaners… use different cleaners. You are a business and certainly shouldn’t have your clients stay effected by your cleaners rules. Also when checking in, the lady was passive aggressive to 1 member of our party. Stupid werid comments made at her made her feel very uncomfortable. And we all couldn’t believe what we were hearing. Chose your words carefully please. People you speak to like that could actually have mental health issues. It wasnt a nice harmonious checkin. :(

    Thank you for your feedback, nice to hear that you enjoyed the property. I would take issue with your complaints regarding check in and check out times, what you didn't explain in your feedback was that i arranged for you to have a later check out time given that you felt 9.30 was too early. I also arranged for you to have an earlier check in at 3.30 even though you only arrived after 4.30. I am always friendly and welcoming to all of our guests and cannot understand your comments regarding your check in. I would also like to comment on the condition you left the property in, the Cleaners had to spend an extra 2 hours cleaning the kitchen after you had checked out. We were also disappointed that you failed to report the damage caused to the hot tub during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is a beautiful accommodation and very well equipped."

    Loved having the hot tub. The only problem was the temperature of the rooms. All the bedrooms seemed very warm especially the downstairs bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Gerald4.7Aug 2022

  • "Excellent facility, very well located, and within easy reach of the whole lake District."

    Amazing terrace to sit and have breakfast on. Beautiful surroundings for walks.

    Reviewed by Masarrat5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful location and an amazing property."

    All bedrooms were very comfortable had excellent en-suite facilities. The reception spaces were ideal for 8 people if maximum occupancy (we were only 4). Kitchen was well equipped and thr gas BBQ very useful. Particularly liked the vast quantities of cutlery and crockery.. more than we have ever seen in a holiday let. Lynsey was a lovely host and we appreciated the welcome basket and bubbles ! We will be back

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay."

    The cottage is beautiful with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The kitchen was stocked to a very high standard with the convenience of the second fridge. The views from the hot tub were breathtaking. The only difficulty we experienced was the lack of temperature control in the bedrooms. It was very hot in the downstairs bedroom and the only way to cool down was to open the door to the patio which wasn’t a good idea for security. But other than that, we have had a lovely week. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2022

  • "An absolutely amazing cottage, deffinitley worth the visit."

    The views are absolutely stunning and the owners perovided alot more then i expected. Couldnt fault this accommodation one bit. Would have deffinitley stayed for longer if it was possible.

    Reviewed by Deen4.7Mar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful weekend in October - fabulous accommodation - wonderful setting - lovely patio with bbq and hot tub - all very well thought out so private from other cottages."

    Generous welcome pack and very helpful owner - we have booked to go back next year. Definitely 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Rowan Cottage is the perfect base for a family holiday."

    We liked it so much we are hoping to return.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Everything about this place was perfect!"

    The location and the cottage itself was beautiful. It was clean, modern, had everything needed to make our stay extra special, so much so we have booked it adding for next year!

    Reviewed by Adele5.0May 2021

  • "Amazing place, lovely service and a most welcome break"

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Apr 2021

  • "Amazing house can’t fault it."

    loved everything about it.

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Apr 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, exceeded expectations by way of amenities."

    So spacious, clean and the ensuites in each room plus additional toilet was great. The welcome basket with spreads, fresh bread, eggs and butter was a lovely surprise and the cottage had everything we needed and more. Initially we wondered why the hot tub was down a few steps, but we soon realised it was so you could watch the sun set over the valley! We can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful and very well equipped."

    The views from the hot tub were amazing and we were so lucky with the weather. The cottage was finished to a very high standard and was so spacious. We will definitely return and would recommend Bigland Hall Cottages to anyone looking for a Lake District holiday!! We had a brilliant weekend and it was just what we needed!!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation, very well kept with plenty of space inside and with a lot of character."

    The setting was nice and quiet with just a few properties in the area, the loudest things around were the cows munching grass in the field next door. The views were great and you have easy access to the lakes from this area. The staff were all very pleasant and friendly and attended to any concerns immediately. These properties will definitely be on our list next time we're looking to go to the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was fantastic exactly as described and better than we expected!"

    Really friendly owners happy to answer any questions and a lovely welcome pack on arrival. Hot tub was great and we used the barbecue a couple of times. By far the best accommodation we've stayed in yet, a great holiday base to explore the Lakes and superb place to relax.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2020

  • "A beautiful location and Rowan Cottage very comfortable and we’ll equipped, the onsite staff were extremely helpful and friendly."

    We would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a lovely week at Rowan Cottage."

    The cottage was beautiful, well-appointed and in a lovely, peaceful setting. The welcome basket was a lovely addition. A couple of days we stayed were very warm which meant the nights were quite hot, especially in one of the downstairs bedrooms where there were no opening windows - fortunately we had brought a fan with us but we would recommend this to anyone staying during the warmer months of the year.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Jul 2020

  • "Top quality accommodation Excellent on site support Excellent attention to detail particularly basket of goods on arrival and teas , coffees milk etc."

    We will book again Location and access to activities at the south lakes excellent.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2020

  • "Fabulous weekend for all the family Warm welcome and everything explained on arrival Hot tub a bonus."

    Frosty weekend so enjoyed hot tub under the stars with the grandchildren. Made lots of memories. Thanks to the owners as it ticked all. The boxes

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Nov 2019

  • "Absolutely perfect and peaceful."

    Had the most amazing weekend. Beautiful views from the cottage with all facilities available.

    Reviewed by Q4.7Oct 2019

  • "No. We sorted out a few minor issues with the Bigland Hall staff on site."

    Reviewed by Daina5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage conversion."

    Well equipped. Generous welcome package. Location more remote than expected with very little to do without driving a long way.

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Aug 2019

  • "The weather was difficult as you expect at times in the lake district."

    To come back to such a beautiful comfortable house with everything we needed to be totally happy playing games cooking food and drinking in comfort was just what we needed. Thanks for the little extras that made us feel so welcome. My wife had died on march the 5th and we were not sure whether to carry on with the family holiday. I spoke to the people running the holiday home and felt nothing but support from them. The flowers were wonderful and lasted throughout the holiday. The card they left for me expressing best wishes under the circumstances was very well received and we had a wonderful holiday with my wife's name Pauline being constantly on our tongues and in our minds. It was as if she was with us as she had always been on so many occasions in the past. So a special thanks to Lynsey and Karen. I hope we will be back in the future. Kevan Murphy

    Reviewed by Kevan5.0May 2019

  • "A lovely, relaxing, comfortable and well-resourced cottage with great views and a superb hot tub."

    Reviewed by Penny5.0May 2019

  • "Rowan Cottage was excellent everything you could want, even had a welcome basket I wasn’t expecting with essential like bread, jam, butter and milk in the fridge and a bottle very much appreciated."

    We went on a lovely walk with great views and made use of the hot tub in the evening.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Feb 2019

  • "On site assistance was good."

    Excellent views and good local pub.

    Reviewed by Kevan5.0Dec 2018

  • "The owners had spared no trouble in making our Christmas very special."

    Gifts under the tree for everyone and a hamper of goodies to start our celebration in style. We loved the cottage, and were made to feel genuinely welcome.

    We are very glad to hear you had such a wonderful time during your stay, it's the small touches that certainly make the difference. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maggie4.1Dec 2018

  • "Loved everything about this place."

    The property is stunning with amazing views! Hot tub was fab as were all the facilities. The heating was abit too warm for me and was tricky to adjust but not worth complaining about. All 8 of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay. ,

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Nov 2018

  • "Cottage was fantastic."

    Had everything we needed and more. Great setting.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Oct 2018

  • "Wonderful accommodation, the owner met us and was very welcoming."

    The accommodation was very well supplied. We had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2018

  • "An excellent place to stay."

    Very high standard of finish. Extremely comfortable. Would definitely recommend and will be returning in future.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2018

  • "If you are not totally impressed with this cottage, then there is something wrong with you!"

    From the outside it looks lovely, but inside is even better. The size of every room is impressive. The quality and feel of the cottage is staggering good. They not only re-built the cottage to a very high meticulous standard, but also maintain it and all the contents to the say degree. We have stayed in many different places over our lifetime, from beach huts to lighthouses. This cottage is the best we have stayed in. The country setting is lovely. The service first class. What more do you want?

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had a fabulous time."

    The cottage is wonderful, everything has been thought of and more. The outdoor space is amazing. Just perfect.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2018

  • "Just wow! This cottage is beautiful."

    Amazing week.

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Mar 2018

  • "The cottage was renovated and decorated to the highest standard."

    Every room was better than the next. The bedrooms were all so nice we couldn't tell which one was supposed to be the master! The living area was comfortable and the log burner a lovely idea, we used it each night. The views from the hot tub were unbelievable. Can't wait to come back

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Feb 2018

  • "Would have benefitted from more detailed directions once we arrived at Backbarrow."

    No indication that some food and washing up things provided. Would have saved on amount of packing. Nice to have it though. Wardrobe in first upstairs bedroom was very stiff to close. Only one side of mirror light working in two of the bathrooms.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.6Feb 2018

  • "Its very beautiful and having the owners/staff literally next door meant we could any issues dealt with quickly and without problem."

    Reviewed by Dipesh4.6Jan 2018

  • "Rowan Cottage exceeded all our expectations."

    It was warm, clean and absolutely everything was provided for us, including a Christmas tree! The location was outstanding and we were able to explore the wonderful area despite the awful weather. Coming back to a log burner only added to our enjoyment! Thank you to Lyndsey for being on hand to answer all our questions and generally being a great point of contact.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Dec 2017

  • "Absolutely superb cottage, that totally exceeded our expectations."

    Lots of little extras that we didn't expect. Cannot think of a bad thing about the property. Would recommend to anyone ,even better than the pictures .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2017

  • "I could not fault the cottage!"

    However I thought checking in a 4pm was very late. We were only there for a weekend!!! No one returned our calls, when we contacted the owners!!

    Reviewed by Lauren4.4Jun 2017

  • "Fantastic accomodation."

    Very high standard of fittings, equipment and equipment. Lovely welcome from Lynsey.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4May 2017

  • "The cottage was absolutely great, and we all loved our stay."

    I like to be in touch with owners to find out more information etc on things to do nearby in advance, and couldn't do this through Sykes. We will be looking to rebook.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Mar 2017

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  • Four bedrooms with Smart TV: 1 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request, with an extra charge) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request, with an extra charge) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath with shower over, twin basin and WC
  • First floor utility and cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Bio-mass central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor, radiators on first floor 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 woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 4 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/lake on-site and hot tub, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: There are stone steps between the different private terraces
  • Note: There are two steps to the front door
  • Note: WiFi suitable for browsing only
  • Note: Maximum 8 guests including infants
  • Sorry, no stag, hen or similar parties
  • Check in and check out days are Fridays and Mondays only

The property

A superb corner-terrace stone cottage with fantastic views and private hot tub with large wrap-around patio courtyard garden on two levels with lawn.

The property has a mostly upside down layout with the spacious open plan sitting area on the first floor with a stunning bespoke kitchen including breakfast bar and a further dining area.

This room has a glorious vaulted ceiling with beams, leather settees, a warming woodburner and oak floors.

You can also step through the French doors onto the upper private walled terrace with views to the estate grounds.

On this floor you have two unique quality bedrooms with en-suites, both with high ceilings.

One has electric Velux window blinds and another has bespoke shutters as this is the original watch tower.

There is a separate utility room and cloakroom.

The ground floor has underfloor heating throughout and there are two further bedrooms with en-suites.

From one bedroom through the patio door there is access to the lower private terrace, ideal for a morning coffee.

Between the upper and lower terraces is a private walled area where the hot tub is situated which has superb long range views.

This is a unique and exceptional cottage with stylish furnishing and bespoke quality craftsmanship with stunning character features which can be enjoyed at any time of the year, making it a special place for a holiday in any season.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs: 923738, 923820, 938717, 938718 and 938720, together they sleep 40.

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

Note: Maximum 8 guests including infants.
Sorry, no stag, hen or similar parties

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.

Note: Maximum 8 guests including infants.
Sorry, no stag, hen or similar parties

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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