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Far Sawrey, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1024706)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "The accommodation was perfect for us."

    Everything we needed was provided. The location was central to all that we wished to explore, we simply parked up and walked. The ferry gave excellent access to Bowness where we found good pubs and shopping and boats to make visits further afield. The walk to Hill-top is particularly attractive and clearly sign-posted. Perfect weather made long evenings and early mornings on the balcony both delightful and very peaceful.

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in a perfect location just yards away from Ferry port."

    Accommodation had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. Would certainly recommend. Five star choice!

    Reviewed by TracyJul 2022

  • "An excellent cottage,loved the position it was in so peaceful and picturesque,"

    Reviewed by ArthurJun 2022

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful setting."

    Had a lovely week and having the ferry to Bo’ness on the doorstep was great, with regular crossings. The feathered visitors to the balcony were lovely to watch. The property lived up to our expectations and we would recommend it to anyone. We shall return to Gilson, thank you Sykes and the property owners for providing such a beautiful place to relax in.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2022

  • "Farers coffee was fabulous."

    A few more sachets would have been good.

    Reviewed by RudradeepDec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in fantastic location right on the edge of Lake Windermere so has fantastic views."

    Also, loads of nice walks nearby. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2021

  • "Our second stay in Gilson (Oct 2019 & Oct 2021) and 3rd at these FBA properties (Frost Oct 2020)."

    Asa with previous stays everting was as expected, clean, tidy, well appointed and with great relaxing views out over Windermere (Mitchel Wyke Bay). The weather did not stop us getting out and enjoying the local area, with great walks to be had direct from the property as well as easy access to the ferry. The property is very warm and cosy and ideal for us as a couple with our dog. We will definitely be back again next year to enjoy all that the Lake District and in particular the western shore of Windermere has to offer.

    Reviewed by LawrenceOct 2021

  • "Our 3rd stay at Gilson, a lovely cottage in a peaceful setting far enough away but within easy reach of the "madding crowd" of Bowness."

    It must be said that on this occasion we were a little disappointed to find the cottage was looking a little "tired" and in need of some tlc, grouting & sealant in the bathe is in need of replacing, paintwork is in need of freshening up, only one flush button on the toilet cistern working, all of this work, I feel, could have been carried out during the lock down period of 2020, the noticeable lack of maintenance certainly doesn't warrant a 30% increase in cost for 2022, so for us, a change of location unfortunately

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2021

  • "The overall cleanliness was poor the bowl in the sink and drainer was dirty, there were cobwebs on ceiling, under the bed was filthy, tile outside shower unit broken, sliding doors on wardrobe kept slipping off track."

    In view of COVID and price paid this was less than acceptable.

    Reviewed by Gerard and ElaineJul 2021

  • "The location was amazing, apartment was just perfect, we had a problem with the boiler but was fixed promptly and had a lovely hamper delivered to us for the inconvenience."

    I would hugely recommend staying here, everything about this holiday was just amazing, from the views, to the location, to the stay. We will be back very soon!

    Reviewed by LucyJul 2021

  • "Lovely quality accommodation, set in a beautiful area of the lakes, close to the hustle and bustle of Bowness but far enough away to be peaceful and relaxing."

    Enjoyed the company of the swans and ducks for breakfast.

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2021

  • "Impressed with everything, in particular the response when contacting your office re a poorly table, I think it was Dawn but it was repaired/replaced with minimum of fuss, it is the little things that matter."

    Thank you. PS can you get the keep clear sign outside re painted or make it a yellow box Tim Waterhouse

    Reviewed by TimJun 2021

  • "Accommodation was roomy, airy and well appointed."

    Lovely views. The starter pack of tea, coffee, shampoo etc was a real bonus. Highly recommend the hot chocolate and flapjack at the coffee hut by the ferry. Interesting to watch the Windermere ferry live webcam feed.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2021

  • "Property situated in an idyllic location at the side of the lake and also a minute’s walk to the Ferry."

    We didn’t use the car hardly at all as we were close to Hill Top and had access to lots of wonderful walks. We would certainly return to the property.

    Reviewed by MarjorieMay 2021

  • "Excellent location-lots of beautiful walks from the door."

    Only 30 mins walking to the pub. Accommodation really good.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Loved staying at Gilson and area of Far Sawrey."

    However we felt the tile flooring downstairs needed a good steam clean. There were a few old coffee stains that probably just washing didn’t get out. But we love the views from the cottage and the cottage itself. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2021

  • "My girlfriend and I could not have been happier with our Sykes Cottage, Gilson."

    It exceeded our expectations and was even nicer in person than in the websites pictures. Nice additional touches were the handbook covering all parts of the property and its appliances; and the Lake District guidebook which gave a huge range of suggestions for things to do and places to see. I would 10/10 recommend Sykes and this property for anyone looking to book.

    Reviewed by DominicDec 2020

  • "Considering what is going on at the moment, cleanliness is one of the things at the top of most people's lists regarding holidays."

    Finding a used cotton bud on the bedroom windowsill did not give me confidence in the level of cleaning carried out at the property. Also the frying pan was completely burnt out and almost unusable. I emailed Sykes the day we arrived with these matters, didnt hear anything, just rang them today, 10 days later, 3 days back home. The person i spoke to was very helpful and said they had been in touch with the owners and hadnt heard back from them yet. I completely understand how busy Sykes must have been as lockdown started while we were away. I'm unable to think of an excuse for the owners however. Shame...the location is outstanding. We stayed in this cottage 3 years in a row and would definitely have gone back if things had been dealt with better. Up your game with the cleaning, maybe you're not giving your cleaners long enough to clean property. I do that job myself so i know how hard it is.

    Reviewed by KatherineOct 2020

  • "Excellent property with all the comforts of home The bed was very comfortable and the furniture was modern and up to date No trouble with the shower or the door locks Only problem - I was tempted to buy a pot of white paint to update the KEEP CLEAR sign on the road Note: Blue Badge holders travel free on the ferry - saved us a lot of money!"

    Reviewed by MikeAug 2020

  • "The accommodation was lovely."

    Didn't realise the stairs to the bedroom would be so steep so we were glad we left our elderly dog at home. Unfortunately there was a problem with the hot water whilst we were there and had to have cold showers on 3 occasions during the week. This did put a bit of a damper on our stay. We also had an issue with security whilst we were there, where the front door was open when we got back after a day out. We definitely locked it before we left. Even after a call to the office, this could not be explained and they didn't seem that concerned. Obviously, we were unsettled and had a sleepless night. Small hamper box was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by SimonAug 2020

  • "The view from the balcony was not what we expected - it was just a small inlet rather than Windermere lake."

    It was also obstructed by trees. Being so close to the ferry meant that access to the parking was difficult or impossible at busy times.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "Great location and excellent accommodation/facilities."

    Will be returning

    Reviewed by IanAug 2020

  • "Lovely setting and great base for weekend trip."

    Would definitely recommend to others and will be looking to use again, hopefully in better weather this time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JamesFeb 2020

  • "Really lovely, clean cottage."

    Everything we needed for myself, my fiancée and our Labrador. A great base for a fantastic few days. Thank you - we hope to be back!

    Reviewed by RachelNov 2019

  • "It's location is fantastic, really beautiful and very convenient for the ferry."

    It's a very comfortable cottage, and very spacious for a 2 person accommodation. Kitchen is pretty well kitted out. My only negative point would be that the walls could do with freshening up but we are right at the end of the season so of course that's to be expected. We have rebooked again for next year, it will be our 3rd stay at that cottage.

    Reviewed by KatherineNov 2019

  • "Gilson is a fantastic cottage in a great location with lake views to wake up to every morning and great walks straight from the cottage and easy access to the falls."

    Accomodatiin was perfect for two plus dog, with excellent facilities and very warm and cosy. Dedicated parking was great and the proximity of the ferry was not an issue.

    Reviewed by LawrenceOct 2019

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  • One king-size double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with balcony.
  • Biomass central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair to be requested 14 days prior to arrival and are subject to availability - cot linens are not provided
  • Allocated roadside parking for 1 car
  • Balcony
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles via ferry and Hawkshead – 4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times due to balcony
  • Note: This property has an interconnecting door to Ref 1024709, the door will remain locked during your stay unless booking both properties and requested otherwise at least 14 days prior to your arrival
  • 4pm check in
  • Please note: This property have a good house keeping bond of £75 from 15/02/19 . Pick-up and drop-off ferry point situated approx 100 yards away
  • During seasonal peaks the ferry service may be in high demand due to its popularity
  • Please note that Sykes are not responsible for the council ferry changes to service, times, and closures
  • The Windermere car ferry service can be affected by extreme weather conditions. By booking this property, you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Freshwater Biological Association for the duration of your stay

The property

A quality end-terrace cottage, at Mitchell Wyke Bay, with private balcony overlooking the superb Windermere.

Named after Hugh Gilson, a former FBA Director, known for his contribution to the association, this wonderful cottage has an open plan living area, delightful bedroom and bathroom, all set in peaceful surroundings.

An ideal romantic base for a relaxing holiday.

About the owner - Founded in 1929, The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) is a thriving membership association, independent scientific organisation and a registered charity.

The FBA promote freshwater science through a number of ways, such as innovative research, science projects, training courses and workshops, maintained specialist scientific facilities, national and international scientific meetings and publications.

By booking this property, you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Freshwater Biological Association for the duration of your stay.

Your membership entitles you to discounts on training courses and publications and gives access to the FBA’s extensive Freshwater Library. Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 1024721, 1024713, 1024703, 1024718, 1024714 and 1024709 - together they sleep 18..

Mitchell Wyke Bay

This lovely set of seven cottages rest in the village of Far Sawrey, close to Hawkshead and Bowness. Each wrapped in views of a beautiful lake; the scenery can be admired from the comfort of your holiday home, as you relax in style. Boasting open plan living areas, you can look forward to evening meals after the sun sets, or simply enjoy some quiet time with your loved ones. All cottages benefit from a well-equipped kitchen and a lovely seating arrangement, so you can socialise from morning through to evening, discussing your up and coming adventures. To be at one with the views, wander outside onto the balcony, perhaps with a refreshing drink to start the day off well. The beautiful bedrooms offer a peaceful sleeping environment, and a shower room completes the accommodation. If you are looking for extra space, or hoping to bring along additional guests, Lund Cottage has three bedrooms with en-suites, and a woodburner to enhance those cosy evenings. You are sure to be impressed wherever you choose to stay. There is something for everyone in this wonderful location with the village of Far Sawrey housing a pub/restaurant, and Bowness, with shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; just a short distance across the lake by ferry. Watersports are close at hand on Windermere, along with Lake Cruises and the majestic Wray Castle to admire. Of course plenty of walking opportunities are nearby, with an abundance of scenic attractions, for an all-round memorable getaway. An excellent group of cottages for a peaceful holiday experience.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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About the location


Hawkshead 3.9 miles; Bowness (via ferry) 1.5 miles.

The village of Far Sawrey has a pub/restaurant, whilst Bowness, with all its shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, is just a short distance across the lake by ferry. Also close by is ‘Hill Top’, once the home of Beatrix Potter, and Hawkshead with its picturesque 17th century cottages. Footpaths lead from the grounds to the village and Claife Heights - a noted beauty spot of forests and tarns. Watersports are close at hand on Windermere, along with Lake Cruises and the majestic Wray Castle to admire. Fishing can be enjoyed on nearby Esthwaite Water and, of course, fell walking.

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Please note: This property have a good house keeping bond of £75
Please note: This property has a check in time of 4pm

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