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Kirrin Cottage

Hannakin near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 927498)


(32 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a beautiful cottage , fully equipped, and in an ideal location."

    Our only issue was it is a cold cottage . We weren’t even sure the underfloor heating was working the first day . It warmed up a bit for the rest of the stay . Noticed a lot of guests have said the same thing .

    Thank you for your feedback, we can only apologise for the underfloor heating on the first day. We only switched it on when you arrived. It is set on a constant 21 degrees and we can see from our remote app that the temperature in the lounge was 21 degrees throughout your stay. All other rooms are controlled by electric radiators which the guests can control the temperature. Thank you for scoring the cottage a 94/100 it is greatly appreciated. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2022

  • "This was our third stay at Kirrin Cottage, in previous years it’s been great but I was quite disappointed this time."

    There seems to be a terrible damp problem in the twin bedroom, it smelled really badly of damp. We’ve just arrived home and my kids clothes absolutely stink of damp, I’m going to have to wash everything, even clothes they didn’t wear. We want to book again for next year as the cottage suits us quite well but the damp room is really putting me off, I don’t fancy my children sleeping in there. Such a shame.

    Thank you for your feedback which is appreciated. We have inspected the property and cannot find any signs of dampness. We have also had further guests stay and have no reports of dampness. We would love to welcome you back for your fourth visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Kirrin Cottage!"

    The cottage is beautiful and very welcoming, a real home from home. The location is superb and it is an easy 5 minute stroll into the village. We will definitely book again!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We would love to welcome you back at some point in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2021

  • "The house was spotless and very comfortable, however, there were no instructions/information leaflets on how to dispose of the rubbish, or get the tv to work, or what to do with bedding @ end of stay."

    It would have been good to have a working tv. The internet /wifi was not great and often didn't connect. This didn't detract from our stay but in poorer weather we would have used the tv more. We had a great time in glorious weather. Hopefully we can return to Kirrin cottage soon. Totally recommend it and Hawkshead. Thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback. All rubbish is put in the Kirrin cottage bin and this is recycled at the waste recycling centre by our chosen waste company. We will now put a poster up in the cottage to explain this. We have installed a Wi-Fi booster following your comments and there are BT tv instructions in a plastic wallet in the tv drawer. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2021

  • "The cottage was extremely cold on arrival and we were unable to alter the downstairs underfloor heating, it appeared to be locked."

    There is no information pack and the telephone number of the Management Company was later found buried in a draw. I've left this out for future Guests. A quick call to Sykes, who contacted them on our behalf, and the heating came on, I believe the heating is controlled remotely , so don't hesitate if you are cold. On the positive side , the cottage is close to the village and there are lots of great walks from the doorstep. A lovely seating area outside, The steps into the kitchen may be a problem for those with mobility problems , but there is a door straight into the lounge if needed. Not really suitable for young children as on a busy T junction.

    Thank you for your feedback. The underfloor heating is set at 21 degrees for the comfort of our guests and the electric radiators upstairs are controlled by our guests. An information back is available in the cottage and we will make sure this is left in a visible place for our next guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "No info pack."

    Unable to get the TV to work, followed instructions to reboot. Underfloor heating not adequate, never worked in the kitchen, had to retreat upstairs early evening to get warm. Dodgy toilet handle and Hot Water Tap in basin in bathroom. The rug in the living room had to be taken outside and shaken, not hoovered. Rubble had to be removed to allow better parking on drive. Broken window in outbuilding which could be of concern to parents. Upside was the view over Claife Heights, the bed was comfy and sheets clean, though the quilt and pillows had seen better days. Considering we were the first guests after lockdown we expected the cottage to be spick and span, if not smelling of paint after all we are paying a lot of money, the owner should have ensured all was up to standard.

    Reviewed by ColinApr 2021

  • "Another wonderful stay at Kirrin cottage."

    We’ll be booking again for next year.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2020

  • "Quaint cottage tastefully decorated."

    Only a 5 minute stroll into the lovely village of Hawkshead and only a short drive to Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere. Would highly recommend a stay there

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2020

  • "The kitchen is perfect for a relaxing family meal."

    The lounge area perfect for reading and resting. Beds so comfortable and bathroom really modern and clean. So lovely warm and relaxing

    Reviewed by FionaNov 2019

  • "Village setting was amazing and everything else was a good driving distance away."

    Kids loved their ‘holiday cottage’!

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage perfectly located for activities, great pubs and amazing walks!"

    So good this is our second visit!

    Reviewed by PhyllisAug 2019

  • "Kirrin Cottage was beautiful, well equipped and was an excellent base for our holiday around the lakes."

    Beds were comfy, everything was clean and well thought out.

    Reviewed by Ann-marieAug 2019

  • "Lovely spot."

    Lots of good walks material and guides. Only complaint is that wi fi was patchy and at times inaccessible. Nonetheless, super little cottage.

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2019

  • "A nice lake district cottage."

    The cottage was in a very good location for the lakes and a good base from which to explore. Found having the underfloor heating kept the cottage warm, especially on the cold days. Really liked the cosy reading area and the lovely country views from the cottage. There was lots of information in the cottage for days out and local walks which was helpful. Any issues were delt with quickly, such as replacing lightbulbs in the cottage that we noticed had gone on arrival.

    Reviewed by LawrenceJun 2019

  • "Nice clean quiet cottage."

    Would have benefited from an information pack re petrol stations, doctors, walks ,car parking . Whilst available on internet it shows a little more thought for customer

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and in a very good position."

    The village is acceptional with lots of places to eat and drink, nice shops to browse. Lots of walking and cycling with good quality paths. A little away from the very busy areas which suited us, however not far should you want to visit Windermere and Ambleside. We went during cold weather and had a slight issue with the heating, however there is an open fire to keep you cosy.

    Reviewed by SharonApr 2019

  • "We would have stayed all summer if we could."

    The only improvement I would suggest is to have some basics in the cupboard - salt, pepper, bin liners etc. But it gave us an excuse to wander into the village in any case. Lovely cottage just as advertised.

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2019

  • "Lovely cosy, but spacious cottage with open fire and great views across fields of lambs!"

    Perfect location for a short stroll into Hawkshead, and as a base for further exploring. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by JoannaMar 2019

  • "We spent a very enjoyable 3 nights at Kirrin Cottage."

    The accommodation was perfect, everything you could want plus the benefit of a real fire. Hawkshead itself is a lovely village, with just the right amount of pubs, shops and places to eat. It also a great location for exploring the Lake District.

    Reviewed by HilaryMar 2019

  • "Kirrin Cottage is such a charming cottage on the edge of Hawkshead, just a few minutes walk into the village."

    The cottage is extremely clean and has everything you need. We loved the log fire and underfloor heating, makes it such a cosy house. We are really looking forward to returning to Kirrin Cottage one day.

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage on a fantastic location which had everything we needed, it was very warm and comfortable."

    Reviewed by TracyDec 2018

  • "Lovely and warm cottage which was a tad bigger than expected."

    Wonderful location, can thoroughly recommend walks to Tarn Hows, Wray Castle and Grizedale Forest plus the village of Hawkshead is small (which we loved) but has some nice shops and places to eat and drink plus a little co-op that stays open till late.

    Reviewed by StevenDec 2018

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Kirrin Cottage, it has been beautifully renovated and the kitchen is a dream!"

    Location is excellent, the views are fabulous. We would stay here again without a second thought!

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2018

  • "On arrival, this cottage was presented as described on the website."

    It was delightfully and stylishly refurbished which was what had attracted me to it, as well as only being a 5 minute walk to the village, perfect. Plenty of useful facilities, plus they had provided essentials such as dish washer tabs and tea towels. However, the entrance to the kitchen from the back door had a very distinctive smell of damp which was also apparent in the kitchen and on the stairs. I am aware it is an old cottage, but it was quite off putting as the kitchen and toilet roll had that limp feel, plus our bath towels and tea towels were not drying prior to the next use. We also used the washer which had a dryer facility (no line or pegs to hang out) which proved a waste of time. The drying cycle did not work well, so I hung the clothes on the airer I’d found, but the clothes did not fully dry as the air was damp. Very disappointing as we visited in August and felt the use of the log fire was unnecessary. The cottage was very clean but they had missed some attention to detail, such as a couple of light bulbs missing, a broken roman blind in the kitchen and hadn’t provided any matches to light the fire if we’d wanted to. You cannot reach the toilet quietly as you have to negotiate the incredibly squeaky floorboards, some might say this adds to the charm, we just found them annoying. The location of the cottage was idyllic looking over the fields, it was really pretty. Had it have not been for the damp, I would definitely stay there again, but sadly for us, it outweighed the presentation of the place.

    Reviewed by EstherAug 2018

  • "Lovely, comfortable, cottage, close to amenities and local attractions."

    Had an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2018

  • "I was devastated to discover that we had lost our original booking due to non payment of the balance 6 weeks before our holiday."

    Unbeknown to me my husband had a new debit card so Sykes could not collect the balance. I was very angry as they didnt contact me to let me know just cancelled the booking after a week. They had both of my phone numbers, email and home address. Had I not checked my Sykes app I would not have known. I've had no apology from Sykes to date and this would definitely make me think about using them again.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "Kirrin cottage is in a brilliant location."

    You can go on several picturesque walks straight from the front door and lots more within a short drive. The cottage itself Has plenty to offer. Good WiFi throughout and the underfloor heating was brilliant through the cold weather we had when there. Would have happily stayed another week!

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2018

  • "Hair dryer would be nice"

    Reviewed by ChristinaDec 2017

  • "Very nice cottage within easy reach of the village facilities, nice to have your own parking space for the car."

    Reviewed by JeanetteNov 2017

  • "Very comfortable cottage in an excellent location."

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2017

  • "We enjoyed every minute of our holiday."

    Cottage was great, lovely views, very clean and so comfortable. So glad we had a space for parking too. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by LillianJun 2017

  • "A great holiday cottage a lovely place to come back to after a busy day around the lakes or just to sit quietly and relax in the beautifully decorated and furnished rooms!"

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Electric heaters with electric underfloor heating on ground floor, woodburning stove and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with FreeSat and built in DVD player, WiFi, Bluetooth Speaker
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are 3 steps leading into the kitchen from outside
  • Note: There is a private right of way through the patio for the adjacent cottage
  • Note: Located on country road (adopted tarmac road)

The property

This beautiful end-terrace cottage is less than 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Hawkshead in the stunning Lake District, and 15 minutes' drive from Ambleside and Coniston.

This superb cottage is in a popular spot for couples or families all year round.

There is a kitchen/dining room with a woodburning...

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About the location


Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 miles.

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. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

Region Information

Note: No direct access to garden from property, garden accessed via gate 5 yards from rear door, children to be supervised.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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