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Yew Cottage

Backbarrow near Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 938717)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "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 MichelleJul 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 MatthewJul 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 TomJun 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 JohannaJun 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 SamApr 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 NicolaFeb 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 ElizabethDec 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 LyndaNov 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 LewisOct 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 DouglasJul 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 AlisonMay 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 LauraApr 2021

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

    Hot tub was amazing. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 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 IsabellaFeb 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 ChloeJan 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 SusanMar 2019

  • "Beautiful house in a lovely quiet area."

    Hot tub was nice and clean!

    Reviewed by PaulaMar 2019

  • "Great Location."

    Brilliant facilities. Very Spacious. All in all fantastic.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2018

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

    !! Luxury!!

    Reviewed by JanetSep 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 MercedesAug 2018

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

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2018

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

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2018

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

    Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by CharlieMar 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 AndreaSep 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 ChrisApr 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 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, pub 1.6 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 This property accepts bookings starting on Friday and Monday only

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. With character features of beams, feature walls and flooring, all cottages have underfloor heating on the ground floor with woodburners 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. 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 5 minute stroll 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.

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Region Information

Note: Max 8 guests and 1 infant.

This property accepts bookings starting on Friday and Monday only

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute