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Holly Bush

Heaning near Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 924204)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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Reviews & Ratings

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need in it."

    We just had problems with the heating. We always had to change the setting of the thermostat in every room but after every few hours it went back down to the default. We called and they changed it remotely but it just helped for a few hours. Sometimes the default thermostat was on 19 which is still cold for such a weather and sometimes it suddenly was default 16. It was a big hassle to change the setting in every room every few hours so that the heating should go on.

    Reviewed by EstherDec 2021

  • "Warm, well equipped cottage in central but quiet rural location."

    A great stay.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "I would like to start by saying that we did have a wonderful holiday in winderemere and I would book through Sykes again because I truly beleive the problems we had were not down to SyKes as a company but the cleaners that clean Holly Bush cottage, the cottage was not clean, dust everywhere, hairs from previous guests in the bathroom and holes in the bath towels!"

    When booking a four star accommodation you expect it to be clean, I can not fault the facilities and how well equipped the property was and I can not fault the area but I do expect to have basic hygiene standards met, the second bedroom was thick with dust around the skirting boards, the TV unit was thick with dust, cobwebs behind the doors and the bathroom with hair! I feel as if the surfaces that you initially see have been cleaned but the properly hasn't had a deep clean and for the price of the holiday and the fact we are still in a pandemic it should be spotless!

    I am very sorry that Hollybush cottage did not meet expectations during your recent stay. We have spoken with our housekeeper and are currently working to address the issues you have mentioned. We always want to make sure that the cleanliness of our property is of the highest standard as we know this can adversely affect our clients stay. Unfortunately, as our cottage is part of an old barn conversion, cobwebs can be a problem from time to time and during the extremely busy summer season some linen does get damaged. These obviously should have been spotted and removed. I was pleased to hear, however that you still had a lovely holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HannahSep 2021

  • "The cottage was easy to find, was very well equipped."

    It suited our stay as it was central to many of the places we wanted to explore. WiFi was fine, so the kids were happy. A minor frustration was the mattress in the main bedroom being a bit too soft for us, but this is down to personal preference.

    Reviewed by BryanAug 2021

  • "A lovely, comfortable accommodation with friendly and helpful hosts."

    Good quality kitchen equipment. Individual room heating. Peacefully located but only a short drive from Windermere (and lovely supermarket - Booths). Nice lawn outside with tables to sit and enjoy the morning, lunch or evening sunshine. Hoped it would be good of course, but better still! Thank you so much. Richard and Anne

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2021

  • "The cottage was exactly as described, secluded but not completely unfindable."

    It was warm, comfortable and very well equipped with all you could need for a few days to a week or so away. The location allowed you to walk from the cottage for the day or drive and park up and walk. Absolutely no complaints at all.

    Reviewed by FraserOct 2020

  • "Nice cottage, close to Windermere."

    Good facilities in the cottage, plenty of room for just the 2 of us. Lovely comfy bed. We did have a minor problem with the TV on the first day but a quick phone call to the owner and this was sorted immediately. The one improvement I would suggest would be to add 1 or 2 grab rails by the bath as it could be difficult for an older person to climb in and out of the bath/shower without assistance.

    Reviewed by JackieOct 2020

  • "The cottage was outstanding and very clean."

    The booking process was easy and straight forward. Whilst I'm aware you can chip away at the total cost of holiday rather than pay the final bill all in one go, the app doesn't appear to allow you to do this

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Excellent time again in the lakes, a lovely little place to stay and close to everthing."

    highly recommend.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2020

  • "Very clean and comfortable cottage in an excellent location."

    Reviewed by SheilaJul 2020

  • "The cottage was perfectly located for us - close enough to Windermere town to walk, lovely local walks in gorgeous rolling countryside, and close enough to the major Lake District sites to do plenty."

    So many things about the cottage were really great. Wonderful new soft carpets for the downstairs bedrooms, really good comfortable beds, unbelievably well-stocked kitchen, brilliant huge, generous, collection of games, books and DVDs (good taste too!) and lots of maps, reference books for the Lake District and so on. We were expecting that this sort of thing might have been removed due to Covid, so we were delighted there was plenty there, especially for the odd rainy afternoon. We felt it was particularly generous of the owner to share all these personal things with us. The kids enjoyed playing Swingball too. It was fabulous having free access to the laundry room - love the Eco Egg! - and was great to be able to use the washing machine and tumble drier several times, especially after a muddy/wet walk. Our only disappointments were some pretty minor things. 1) The bathroom was a bit damp with peeling paint etc (but really hard to keep a bathroom well aired when it's below ground level) 2) The bin situation - we arrived to find the wheelie bin for our cottage brimming full. The housekeeper really helpfully said we could use one belonging to another cottage, but that was then removed, leaving us with nowhere to put our rubbish. Eight days into our 10 day stay, our wheelie bin was finally emptied. 3) More disappointing, due to the environmental impact, was the request to take all recycling home with us. When you are staying for over a week and already have a full car, that's a big ask. It would have been far more helpful to be told where the nearest recycling facility is (I think we saw one in Ambleside) and be directed to take it there. Better, would be in the owners would pay for roadside recycling, as it seemed other parts of the Heaning Estate had. We were fairly surprised in the C21 to find somewhere that had no recycling provision at all. 4) Finally, and only a very minor thing, there was a comment in the welcome book in the cottage about a parking disc that we could use for the local town(s). There wasn't one in the cottage as advertised, but the owner told us we could get one from various shops in Windermere. We talked to the tourist Information in Windermere who advised there was no such scheme, and others suggested the same. We are still none the wiser, but didn't appear to have any need for the parking disc! Highly recommend being National Trust members for free parking in multiple locations though.

    Reviewed by BeccaJul 2020

  • "Was clean and tidy but was not told of building work in progress all around the ..."

    Was clean and tidy but was not told of building work in progress all around the property if had known would not have booked

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2019

  • "The Holy bush was very comfortable and we enjoyed every minute of our stay."

    We will be back for sure. Thank you for a great property

    Reviewed by RApr 2019

  • "The cottage it’s self was in a lovely location although the approach to the cottage is horrendous."

    We did however found it easier from further up the road. We did however have a great holiday especially as it was our first holiday with our 9 month old little boy. Parking is a little tight but is manageable. Would definitely return again at some point for another holiday.

    We are sorry to all guests who's visit was affected by the nearby building works. We are delighted to say that they are now concluded to a fantastic standard, an asset to the area, and tranquility restored. The lane has been entirely resurfaced and the signage improved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClaireMar 2019

  • "When booking I only had the brochure/ internet pictures to view, went ahead and booked."

    Received a phone call from the owner one week prior to our visit, to be informed " The builders are in" only to find a huge building site to drive through to get to Hollybush, plus a complete new Barn conversion in front of our cottage, totally different from any photographs published. The building work going on had not just started and is a mammoth project, I'm sure if I had received up to date information of this venue I would not have made a booking. As my ratings show all other standards were met and of good standard.

    We are very sorry to read that you were disappointed with the information given regarding the cottage and the building works next door as we always try to ensure that all of our guests thoroughly enjoy their stay with us. The neighbouring large house and small row of cottages, which has always been to the front aspect of Hollybush, beyond our gardens, are currently undergoing renovations. These renovations, in particular to the cottages, are now in the latter stages and we are told should be completed by April 2019 and so no longer have an affect on our guests. We were also sorry to read that the photographs of the surrounding area published by Sykes seem to have mislead you regarding the situation of the cottage. The direct views from the cottage are of gardens to the front and rear and we are now in the process of updating the photos of our cottage. We were of course very happy to hear that the cottage itself and it's facilities met your expectation and we hope you had a nice stay in the Lake District. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2018

  • "Lovely location, peaceful and relaxing"

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "Very cosy cottage suitable for all the family!"

    Everything you could possibly need, great location and like home from home! Very clean comfortable beds like a hotel room! Kids loved the games provided- kept them entertained on an evening!

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2018

  • "The Cottage was very nice but the double bed in the master bedroom is much too small for two adults (we are not big people) and we havent slept well the 5 nights because of this."

    That was very disappointing because all in all the cottage was great and in such a calm and peaceful surrounding but the bed is definitely too small.

    The bed has now been replaced for a king size of very similar appearance with a brand new mattress. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MiriamMar 2018

  • "This was an amazing cottage more than what we were expecting we have stayed in a few cottages and this was by far the most comfortable stay we have had."

    we arrived late at night but there was perfect lighting to see what we were doing to get our bags out the car and unpack. everything was fully equipped and the beds were very comfortable the rooms were very clean and tidy I would highly recommend this cottage and we will definitely be returning thank you for making our holiday break so comfortable

    Reviewed by JasneetMar 2018

  • "Brilliant little cottage, had everything we as a young family needed."

    Perfectly located a short drive away from Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside and Kendal it was a great base for starting to explore the lakes. We will be back!

    Reviewed by SeanMar 2018

  • "The little location was good, situated very close Windermere."

    The actual village itself is very quiet it’s about 1.5 miles to the nearest shop/pub with nearest supermarket being a Booths in Windermere, there are smaller shops such as a co-op also in Windermere. My only complaint would be lack of outside lights. The laundry facilities are located in an outbuilding and going to get the washing when it’s really dark outside did make me a little nervous even with a torch. Other than that I really liked it, cottage was warm, cosy, comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by StaceyFeb 2018

  • "We had a lovely stay at Holly Bush over the new year period."

    The cottage was really warm and cosy, and very well equipped with everything we needed. All of the rooms were of generous size and proportions. The kids enjoyed making a snowman in the outside space! The location is brilliant and we would definitely use it again for easy access to all that the Lake District has to offer.

    Reviewed by ChristopherDec 2017

  • "The location was fantastic for us."

    We know the area quite well, so knew where we were going. It was very quiet and peaceful with some lovely country walks on the doorstep. The cottage was fabulous. It was very warm and comfortable and had great facilities and was well equipped. There was a basket of essentials in one of the bedrooms, that you could use and replace if you had forgotten anything! They seemed to have thought about everything. If I was going to criticise anything, it would be that the mattress on the double bed sagged a bit in the middle. My Mum slept on one of the single beds and had no problems whatsoever. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by HaydnNov 2017

  • "The only complaint is the bath/shower."

    The height of the bath plus the shape made access difficult for a smallish person with knee problems. Also the parking space would be difficult if there were many other vehicles.

    Reviewed by MaryOct 2017

  • "The barn is in a excellent spot for a peaceful break and extremely well presented, time has been taken to provide a lot of handy items, especially kitchen equipment."

    The beds were comfortable and it was clean and tidy. Each barn had an allocated parking space with one spare for visitors. There is no signage but it is in a very small hamlet and we found the entrance quickly. We were extremely pleased & would happily stay here again.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2017

  • "We had a great time."

    Reviewed by WendyAug 2017

  • "Lovely, warm and cosy property with all your needs catered for."

    Well placed for all the amenities of the Lake District. We shall be back!

    Reviewed by FionaFeb 2017

  • "The cottage is in a very quiet location but is within walking distance of Windermere."

    It was very cosy and extremely well equipped. We had a very relaxing weekend in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2016

  • "Overall we had a great time."

    Lovely area with lots of interesting places to visit and walks in the countryside. The accommodation was well equipped and spacious, generally well looked after but some areas such as the furniture and floors in the bedrooms could have done with a hoover and dusting before we arrived.

    Reviewed by CarolineOct 2016

  • "Really lovely cottage, comfortable and a good size which had everything we needed for our family of four."

    Location fab for a getaway yet near enough to access all that the Southern Lakes has to offer. Im sure we'll be back.

    Reviewed by JessicaOct 2016

  • "We loved Holly Bush and will be returning."

    The only thing that we would improve was that the bottom oven did not work therefore we couldn't have meals in the cottage and instead had to eat out. Apart from that it was amazing and we will be back early next year.

    Reviewed by ClarraOct 2016

  • "Very relaxing and cottage had all the home comforts including games and puzzles for children."

    Great location to get to places. Will be coming back again.

    Reviewed by StuartAug 2016

  • "Parking was as stated in listing but if all parking places had been occupied it ..."

    Parking was as stated in listing but if all parking places had been occupied it would have been very difficult especially with the size of some current vehicles

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2016

  • "A lovely, cosy and well equipped cottage in a good location."

    Ideal for walking or touring with many walks starting right from the door.

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2016

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Very spacious and well equipped for our family of 4. Beds were comfortable and heating worked well. Would definitely come back again if it's available.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2015

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The property

Windermere 1.4 miles.

A delightful stone mid-terrace cottage forming part of a barn conversion of four terraces, situated in the lovely hamlet of Heaning, just 1.4 miles from Windermere.

The location of this cottage makes it an ideal base for family and friends to explore the Lake District National Park or sample glorious walks from your door.

Surrounded by stunning countryside, you enter this immaculately presented cottage via a raised path with artisan metal work.

This charming cottage has upside down accommodation, with the ground floor offering a bright kitchen/diner and a spacious and comfortable sitting room with interesting artwork that provides a perfect place to relax after a day’s exploring.

Downstairs on the lower ground floor are two stylish bedrooms, along with a bathroom, where you can enjoy a soak after a day’s exertion.

To the front of this welcoming cottage is a shared, front lawned garden, an ideal place to enjoy an alfresco meal or beverage, and to the rear is a courtyard where you can unwind whilst you listen to bird song.

Nearby Windermere has an array of restaurants, bars and shops and excellent transport links via the train and bus station.

Take a 25 minute stroll down from here towards Bowness-on-Windermere, where you can enjoy a boat trip, and younger members of the family will be delighted with a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter.

You may prefer to see the lake from an elevated position, which you can do so by walking up to Orrest Head, from where the views of the lake, surrounding fells and mountains are breathtaking.

Ambleside is just four miles away, whilst Staveley with its local brewery and artisan cafes is nestled beneath glorious Kentmere.

This lovely cottage is an ideal place to stay whatever your holiday requirements.


  • Over ground floor and lower ground floor
  • Two lower ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Shared external laundry room.
  • Electric wall heaters with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, shared washing machine and tumble dryer in laundry, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available in property
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared lockable bike storage
  • Shared, front lawned garden with furniture, plus courtyard with bench
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: There may be limited mobile signal with some providers
  • Note: Laundry room and bike storage shared with 1 cottage
  • Garden and courtyard shared with 4 cottages but all with separate seating areas.

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About the location


Windermere Train Station 1.5 miles: Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 7 miles.

The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for visitors to the Lake District National Park, with each providing a range of nearby attractions, amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A variety of boat trips and boat hire are available from Windermere Lake Cruises in Bowness to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated). The World of Beatrix Potter attraction and the Old Laundry theatre are 1.5 miles away. Orrest Head, where Alfred Wainwright was inspired to write his series of iconic guidebooks, is a 30-minute walk to enjoy the spectacular panorama of far-reaching views over the lake and surrounding fells. Brockhole, which offers high wire tree top experiences, is less than two miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There are also a variety of watersports on offer for the more energetic at marine centres along the lake. The area is ideally situated for exploring all that this region has to offer, whether by foot, bike, car, railway or bus; and is within easy reach of attractions such as the spectacular Langdales, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Far Sawrey, Coniston, Grizedale Forest Park, with its delightful walks and famous outdoor sculptures, mountain biking and “Go-Ape” adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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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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