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Swallows Nest Cottage

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Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "We have just spent a wonderful 2 weeks at Swallows Next and had a fantastic time."

    The weather was extremely kind for the kind of year and the location of the cottage is amazing. There are so many walks on your doorstep without having to use the car. The Cottage was as described, clean and tidy. I believe the owners are new and are doing a great job. We stay in The Lakes multiple times a year and will be booking again for next year. This cottage will be our go to now. The only niggle we had was the bedding needs to be updated as it appears to be quite old and tatty. We nipped to TKmaxx and bought new. the outside needs a bit of a tidy up also as the green moss is quite slippy. Lakelovers, you need to advise owners of thing like this, if they are not aware, they cannot resolve. Thank you for letting us stay, we will be back all being well, March, June, November and possible December.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. We would love to welcome you back. We intend to continue to update and improve Swallows Nest for the season next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnOct 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with comfy beds and sofa."

    Very clean and extremely well situated as only a 3 minute walk to Hawkshead village and all amenities which include 2 nice pubs for evening meals. Only a couple of small criticisms in that the kettle needs replacing as the lid wouldn’t stay shut and there is no welcome pack which was a little disappointing.

    Thank you for your feedback. Hawkshead is a great place to enjoy the Lakes and we have tried to make our cottage as comfortable as possible. Sorry about the kettle. We will get it sorted. Not sure why Lakelovers don't provide a welcome pack. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2023

  • "Everything was great apart from the power shower didn’t work."

    Thank you for your feedback. We will investigate the problem with the shower. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect location for the centre of Hawkshead."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can highly recommend.

    Thank you for your kind comments. So glad you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PamJul 2023

  • "We found the cottage very cosy and relaxing."

    We loved the comfortable sofa, beds, fluffy towels and entertainment (TV, games, books). The location was excellent. We would have appreciated somewhere to hang/fold our clothes. There were only tiny drawers in a bedside table in the twin room (shared with my 12 yr old). The key to the property was at the back of the house, not the front door as stated, which was confusing initially. Apart from those minor issues we had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2023

  • "The location of this property was perfect for me, right in the heart of Hawkshead but set in a quiet courtyard."

    The information given regarding key collection was misleading: they keybox is at the back door rather than the front door. I would have appreciated instructions on how to work the heating - I didn’t need it on this week since it was warm and sunny, but I would need to know how to work it if I returned later in the year. The kitchen was well stocked and the house was clean, tidy and comfortable. A couple of garden chairs would be good for warm days, but there is an (uncomfortable) picnic bench if you’re desperate!

    Thank you for your feedback. We will look into your comments further. We hope to see you again soon The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by RosieMay 2023

  • "A comfortable warm cottage, well situated."

    However there are no wardrobes & no hanging space in bedrooms. It would be helpful to have instructions for heating and other items, eg microwave etc.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have just put our holiday cottage up to rent and are grateful for your comments. We are looking at ways to improve our guests holiday experience and will be acting on your suggestions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeanApr 2023

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size bed, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear garden with picnic table
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles

The property

Tucked away in a desirable position in the heart of Hawkshead, is this traditional, mid-terrace cottage, Swallows Nest Cottage.

Placed close to a range of pubs, restaurants and shops, whilst being close to amenities of Lake Windermere and the surrounding Lakeland towns and villages, Swallows Nest Cottage makes an excellent abode for a family of four. Upon arrival, benefit from off-road parking for two cars before unloading your belongings into your new holiday home.

Step into the open-plan living space and become familiar with the kitchen, appointed with all the necessities for a week away, whilst the sitting area invites to relax upon the sofas and browse the Smart TV.

Wander upstairs to find the bedrooms, a king and a twin, each neutrally presented and serviced by the bathroom.

Step out to the rear garden and catch the sunlight from the picnic bench or head to a local pub, just a short walk away, for beer garden beverages. There's also a choice of restaurants if you fancy a dining experience, plus convenience stores for picking up the essentials.

Those who enjoy history and art can spend their time exploring the Beatrix Potter Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Gallery, whilst the keen anglers of the group can cast their hooks at Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery and Coniston Water, a short car drive away.

Be sure to explore the attractions of Lake Windermere, offering daily cruises across the water stopping at Bowness, Ambleside and Windermere.

Those who love the outdoors can hike Claife Heights, stroll around Borrans Park and see the stunning Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.

Family attractions include the Lakes Aquarium, and The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, plus the fascinating Rydal Caves located the slopes of Loughrigg Fell.

Choose Swallows Nest Cottage for a fabulous break to Cumbria.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas