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Yew Cottage

(Ref. 938717)

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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 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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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage which has been decorated to a very high standard."

    We met Lindsay when we arrived and she was very welcoming and showed us round. Every bedroom has a en suite shower room. The hot tub was lovely, very well maintained with clear water and they provided plastic glasses so you can have a drink in it. The view from the hot tub to the estuary isn’t as good as I thought it would be as there was a wall in the way but if your tall you may still get a good view, none the less, the sound of only birds tweeting was so relaxing. There’s also a tarn which is only a short walk and you can walk a bit further and get an amazing view of the estuary. I would highly recommend this cottage, if I came back to the Lake District I would stay here again. It’s easy to get around from it, close to the main roads and pubs but far enough away for it to feel like your out in the countryside and pure peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Apr 2024

  • "Fab cottage and hot tub, we will hopefully return"

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely place however there was a couple of small changes I would make."

    The rug in the lounge was filthy and hadn’t been cleaned in some time, the washing mashing needs a good clean, the sink in the kitchen needs cleaning out as there is very bad odour coming from it when the taps are running, the baby highchair also hadn’t been cleaned and had food all over it and there is no full length mirror. The outside area is great, hot tub is good, bbq was a great addition and the furniture is perfect. The cottage is decorated to a high standard and bedrooms were very clean. I did get a text telling me the water cleaner had broken and wouldn’t be fixed until the following day and for us to boil any drinking water, this was fine and we did appreciate the message. unfortunately what let it down was we didn’t get told when the water was fixed and safe again, I did have to contact myself to ask and got told it had been fixed for some time. The management/ receptionists drive around on quad bike very fast and come around the corners very quickly where you can’t see as there are high walls. Worth knowing as there’s and accident waiting to happen, we had a couple of times where we went to come out of the gate and the quad bike came speeding round the corner nearly taking us out.

    Reviewed by Eleanor2.8Sep 2023

  • "We were very impressed with every aspect."

    Spotlessly clean and a lovely welcome pack of essentials. Good communication from property managers. Really helpful information folder at the property. Struggle to think how they could do anything better here. Totally recommend it

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "Property was well prepared and clean and tidy."

    Welcome basket was a nice touch and the cottage was fitted out with all amenities. Location is very rural and scenic and local walks are on your doorstep. Despite the weather (late October) we made good use of the hot tub. The price reflects the quality of the accommodation.Would recommend the cottages to others. Only issue was having to miss the potholes in the access road. We will go back again.

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property, in a beautiful location, a perfect place to visit the Lake District."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2022

  • "It was a lovely place to stay, fishing nearby."

    The whole place was well equipped and outside was a lovely private area with plenty of parking. Would highly recommend this place to stay.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2022

  • "We were very pleased with Yew Cottage, it was clean, well equipped and very comfortable."

    We appreciated the warm welcome and helpful staff. The location is great being lovely and quiet with amazing views and convenient for days out.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful property in an incredible location."

    Finished to a high standard and well stocked. Owners were prompt to respond to any issues. We had beautiful weather but this meant the house got quite warm - a fan would have been the perfect addition.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really wonderful property in such a lovely area!"

    Lynsey was helpful during our stay and answering any questions promptly to ensure all was OK. It really gave us all the opportunity to unwind and relax so I would definitely recommend! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Johanna5.0Jun 2022

  • "The accommodation was beautiful, spotless and facilities were amazing."

    The staff looked after us amazingly! Just be aware it is adjoining with two other cottages, not the whole building is you are booking a large group. We were very conscious of making too much noise but we could not fault the place or people at all!

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Apr 2022

  • "Yew cottage is gorgeous the photos don't do it justice !"

    Attention to every little detail has been considered to make your stay seamless .The sunset was amazing to watch sat in the spacious hot tub relaxing having explored Bowness during the day .We will definitely be returning to stay again .little tip the Asda nearby delivers your groceries save you taking bags of goodies ! Book now you won't be disappointed ❤️

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful property, very well equipped."

    Only disappointment was that a lot of land around the property was private - when we looked on Google earth before we travelled it looked like there were a lot of places for the children to run around but their wasn't. However we would definitely book again if travelling to the area.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2021

  • "Yew Cottage is a beautifully furnished, spacious property in gorgeous surroundings."

    The Bigland Hall estate is picturesque, with lovely walks on your doorstep. The cottage itself is well equipped, with everything you need!

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Nov 2021

  • "Cottage was really nice."

    We had a warm welcome on arrival and the welcome basket was a really nice touch. We had everything we needed on arrival and it was nice having some items provided we were not expecting. We had a great week stay

    Reviewed by Lewis4.7Oct 2021

  • "Yew Cottage could be amazing but unfortunately we had a couple of snags which could probably be avoided with some maintenance - on arrival we found parts of the property dirty (there was also a horrible smell in some of the rooms) - we were told that the normal checks hadn’t been carried out after the cleaners had visited but it did mean some of our party had to spend some of the first evening cleaning."

    In the middle of the holiday we had a visitor who ate some of our food in one of the cupboards - a mouse!!! The issue was quickly resolved by the property’s owners - with the hole into the property in a cupboard being blocked up - and whilst mice in the countryside is something that no one could ever guarantee to eliminate, i would have expected common routes into the properties to be closed up in advance rather than risking holiday goers finding their food eaten. The hot tub is exceptionally well maintained although other areas of the property clearly need some TLC - for example in the upper bedroom on the right - the sink doesn’t drain property (blocked u bend probably) and the shower tray feels like it’s about to give way when you stand on it.

    Thank you for your feedback. Although the owner had not personally supervised the changeover day on the day you arrived, two Supervisors had checked all of the cottages after they were cleaned. Their cleaning company also arranged for one of their owners, to be on site all day and she along with two cleaners cleaned Yew Cottage. When you contacted the owner, she contacted the cleaners. The cleaners were at a loss to understand how you felt that the property was filthy and smelt, as the property smelt lovely and fresh. The wooden floors are cleaned with a steam cleaner and not a mop/ bucket and the situation with the mouse was unfortunate, but given that the cottage is based around 1200 acres of woodland this can happen. This was immediately dealt with during your stay and bait boxes have now been left outside of each cottage to try and ensure that this situation does not occur again. It is a shame that you did not make anybody aware of the sink not draining very well or the problem that you had with the shower tray, as these would have been dealt with straight away as nobody had previously mentioned these issues. Thank you again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas4.1Jul 2021

  • "This cottage is fantastic."

    Everything has been done to the highest standard. Modern, spacious, exceptional quality, cleanliness and location - anyone staying here would not be disappointed in the slightest. Can’t wait to go back. I have recommended to all my friends and family.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2021

  • "We had a fabulous time."

    The accommodation was of an exceptional standard and exceeded our expectations. The location was stunning and the facilities great. We will definitely be booking with you again and recommending to others.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was fabulous, even the teenagers were happy!"

    Hot tub was amazing. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2020

  • "This holiday had the wow factor, it was far beyond or expectations, so cosy, very comfortable & amazing hot tub ."

    There was nothing to fault this magnificent holiday.

    Reviewed by Isabella5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful, with an amazing view over the valley."

    The location was great for a getaway with friends. The bedrooms are huge and comfortable and the main living area is cosy with the log burning fire. We all had an amazing time and would definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Jan 2020

  • "Yew Cottage was amazing from the moment we arrived!"

    Lynsey was there to greet us and show us around the cottage and how to use the facilities etc. the welcome package (bread, eggs, butter, milk, jam and even prosecco!) was a lovely touch. The cottage was stunning, clean, and had all the equipment & facilities we needed, the bedrooms were fantastic all with en suite and plenty of space, we had no trouble fitting the travel cot and pram in one of the downstairs bedrooms. The hot tub is great, even providing flip flops to get to the hot tub! Its all private and the views were stunning. We were all extremely impressed with Yew Cottage and would definitely return and recommend to others. Great stay and place.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2019

  • "Beautiful house in a lovely quiet area."

    Hot tub was nice and clean!

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great Location."

    Brilliant facilities. Very Spacious. All in all fantastic.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2018

  • "Beautifully decorated cottage with lots of extras left by the owners!"

    !! Luxury!!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2018

  • "Thoroughly recommend the Bigland Hall cottages!"

    Amazing week in perfect setting. The cottage was really well equipped, of great standard which enhanced our family holiday.

    Reviewed by Mercedes5.0Aug 2018

  • "Great location, lucky with the weather, good walking country."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2018

  • "The hospitality of Lynsey and Andrew Was first class The welcome hamper was the best I have ever seen Thanks"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2018

  • "GORGEOUS! Yew Cottage was equipped with everything."

    Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Charlie5.0Mar 2018

  • "Yew cottages was exactly as the photos."

    Yew cottages was of a very high standard, facilities were exellent with everything you needed for a comfortable relaxing holiday

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Sep 2017

  • "The property was outstanding in all aspects."

    The quality of furnishings, finish, location and the provision of extras which one might have forgotten. Being able to sit on the terrace and look out towards Ulverston with a cool glass of wine was just awe inspiring. The bedrooms where fabulous and always ensured a good nights sleep, and the quiet location was incredible. The welcome by the hosts and their support throughout our stay was exceptional, thank you very much

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • 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 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 (seats 8) and sitting area with woodburner
  • Smart TV
  • First floor utility.
  • 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, (1 in sitting room and 4 in bedrooms) 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 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/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: WiFi suitable for browsing only
  • Note: Max 8 guests and 1 infant
  • 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

Stunning, stone cottage situated in an exclusive courtyard of cottages with private outdoor lawn and terrace with views to the grounds and ancient woodland.

A rather special cottage set over three floors which makes use of the elevated land.

On entering the front door, step through the hallway into the large open plan living area with stylish quality bespoke kitchen with granite surfaces, American fridge and wine chiller.

Sit at the breakfast bar with its central column and themed stools or at the dining table.

Enjoy the views from the large window to the courtyard or from the window seat.

Relax in leather settees in front of a warming woodburner and oak floor.

Downstairs are two en-suite bedrooms, one with a patio door to the courtyard where you can step out and enjoy the long range views to the Lakeland fells as these are both at ground level at this side of the cottage.

The ground floor has underfloor heating.

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

Both these have quirky walls and windows, sloping ceilings, remote blinds to the Velux windows and wonderful wooden beams within the walls that have been meticulously maintained and restored.

Outside, enjoy your private terraced garden with furniture, lawn and views from the hot tub all surrounded by natural stone walls for maximum privacy.

It will be hard to tear yourself away at the end of your holiday from this outstanding cottage with its many unique features.

This is an incomparable and inspired choice for your vacation at any time of the year.

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

Note: Max 8 guests and 1 infant.

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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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