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Owl Cottage

Holme, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 981378)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely week in this very cosy cottage."

    Ideally placed for silverdale and all surrounding areas in this great walking country. Friendly local pub literally two minutes walk away with good food. Prompt attention from the owner too when we had a problem.

    Reviewed by JennyMay 2022

  • "Fire alarms go off when making toast (not burning it)."

    Tin opener broken, had to get into a tin with a knife to make our dinner. Put instructions as to where to park in the directions sent in booking, not just stuck in the kitchen window (we arrived after dark and didn't notice them, and a neighbour came and told us to move the car). Directions to Holme are nonsense (which roundabout?? There are two different ones you might pass depending on whether you approach from the north or south, and on the direct route from either you turn left in front of the pub, not right). No scourer left in kitchen. On the touch hob you have to press really hard to make the controls work. Tap in shower very stiff. No cafetiere provided (we wanted one).

    Reviewed by PennyApr 2022

  • "Nice little cottage quite well situated for visiting the Lakes."

    Reviewed by MarySep 2021

  • "A well decorated, comfortable small mid terraced property situated in a quiet village."

    The nice garden has 2 seating areas but is accessed across the access track to the terrace and the parking area. I only have a small 'Kia' car, and found it difficult to park due the the size of the space and the uneven surface. Information regarding the local Doctor and Hospital etc could be helpful.

    Reviewed by Ivor A.Sep 2021

  • "Owl cottage is a great location to enjoy the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales away from tourist hotspots."

    It is an excellent location to explore the surrounding area by bike on cycles routes 70 and 700 to Grange over Sands, Cartmel and Levens on empty roads and cycle paths. The route 6 will take you to Kendal along quiet lanes. The Cumbria cycle way will take you through beautiful scenery to Silverdale and Arnside. The cottage advertises bike storage, but doesn’t say where, it is a lock up shed however no mention of where to find the key involved a phone call to Sykes. We had to move many building items and furniture and brush out the shed before we could store our 3 bikes. The Kitchen is spacious facilities are good and modern, but the fridge is very noisy and needed turning to full before the food was cold then it started freezing up at the back not ideal! The lounge is comfy and quaint with TV and fire. No handrail on the stairs and a gap makes this unsafe for young children. The double bedroom is large and spacious but the mattress is very uncomfortable and needs replacing. The single room is small noise from M6 and railway can be heard with the window open and again the mattress is very uncomfortable and needs replacing. The bathroom is modern but the hot water in the shower and hand basin gets dangerously hot to scalding point an accident here is waiting to happen and needs addressing. I had a shower and mistakenly turned the temperature up and was neatly burnt by the hot water. We had a week of glorious weather over 20 degrees each day but only 10.5 tog duvets are provided so I was either too hot with the duvet on or too cold with it off. Lighter tog duvets need to be provided for the summer months. The garden is a great space in which to relax and unwind despite hum in the background off M6 traffic . The whirly gig washing line provided is useless for drying washing as it’s located in a shaded area of the garden. There is parking in the road for your car or in a small space at the back of the cottage, but it is unclear which is the space for Owl cottage which needs addressing. The village of Holme is quaint with a pub but the only local shop has closed down. There is a mobile greengrocer who visits once a week. But plenty of shopping can be done at Booths in Milnthorpe. Overall good place to stay but with improvements made could be excellent.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this lovely comfortable spaceous cottage, The local area has a lot to offer (walking opportunities, gardens and other attractions) and we did not need to venture to other possibilities (eg Lake District or Dales) during our stay."

    The Sykes emailed directions to the cottage werent very good and seemed to have something missing - we didnt find out which roundabout they were referring to as a starting point . We took advantage of the offroad parking spavce for our family sized car.The long garden was useful for its washing line but to make it more attractive to sit out in was in need of more tending than just the lawn being cut. With open windows we could hear the nearby railway and the continual drone from the M6 traffic in the background at night but the sound wasnt dominating and it did disturb our sleep patterns. The fridge/freezer was quite noisy operating in the hot weather. The local shop was due to close at the end of our stay but there are plenty of other facilities nearby with local farm shops, and supermarkets in Milnthorpe and Carnforth. More teaspoons , a non slip shower tray mat and a wall clock downstairs would probably enhance this cottage We found the kettle was ackward to fill directly from the kitchen tap.

    Reviewed by JimJul 2021

  • "Parking for me was biggest problem tight space between car and wall not able to ..."

    Parking for me was biggest problem tight space between car and wall not able to open car door fully to climb out because of restricted movement in right leg otherwise enjoyable stay would return again and consider using public transport good service

    Reviewed by AlfredJun 2021

  • "We found the cottage most homely and found it an ideal location to visit the lakes."

    May I suggest however that the mattress is replaced as it wasn’t comfortable but the shower was great and the garden lovely. More accurate information regarding car parking would also be an asset as many guests apparently park in the wrong place initially.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Everything we needed. Private parking space and garden were a great bonus. Perfect location for M6 , lakes coast and dales

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    Very cosy with everything we needed. We felt very at home and enjoyed our stay. Really nice to have a private garden & patio area too. Great to have parking.

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2021

  • "Good Location for Lake District , Yorkshire Dales and coast Maximum 45mins ..."

    Good Location for Lake District , Yorkshire Dales and coast Maximum 45mins drive to main areas Village Pub Highly Recommended but it is closed on Mondays

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2020

  • "Nice cottage with lovely garden."

    Location great for exploring south lakes.

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2020

  • "This cottage was spotless when we arrived parking is a bit tight but no problem ..."

    This cottage was spotless when we arrived parking is a bit tight but no problem for our medium sized car the garden is very good and the cottage is well equipped set a lovely village with a good pub

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2020

  • "Owl cottage was lovely well decorated and very comfortable."

    We had a very enjoyable stay. The village is also very good with a very friendly pub with excellent food. A village shop stocked with most that you would need. Would absolutely recommend owl cottage.

    Reviewed by TonyJul 2020

  • "What a lovely cottage!"

    We could live there permanently - and that is hopefully the highest praise we can give.

    Reviewed by ScottJul 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay in owl cottage, fresh flowers in the cottage on arrival was a nice touch and the owner was very friendly as she was still there when we arrived."

    Food in the local pub 'Smithy Inn' was good and the staff were lovely. Local shop was ok for the basics but Carnforth is about 15 minutes away and has a Tesco and Aldi. If you want to park up the car to visit the lakes and surrounding area the local 555 service is good, for the three of us was well worth buying the weekly group ticket for £63 as we used it four days of our trip and travelled between Windermere and Lancaster.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "Really great stay in this cottage."

    .. so close to so many beautiful places, highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by DanielMay 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and very clean and well presented."

    They had put fresh flowers in each of the rooms and scones and jam on arrival a very nice touch. The location was ideal for visiting the coast, the lakes and the Yorkshire Dales. Would certainly book it again.

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2018

  • "Fully refurbished (early 2018 we guess), mid 19th century, terraced property."

    Very clean, with all you need - comfortable lounge area, tv with dvd, and good wifi. Rural, quiet location (apart from the occasional, distant daytime train). Nice village walks to canal etc. Additional to other's comments, there is an hourly bus service to Lancaster, Kendal, and beyond, should you wish to give the car a rest. Central location for visiting area - north to Lake District, south to seaside, east to Dales.

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2018

  • "Owl cottage is cozy & homely and easy to find!"

    Everything you need is there, towels & bedding is provided. You will need the essentials though..bread& milk etc...... Ideal location to go off exploring around The Lakes with quite a few on the doorstep!! The village of Holme has a lovely local pub; The Smithy Inn; with friendly staff & fabulous food!!

    Reviewed by NicolaAug 2018

  • "The cottage and garden felt like home as soon as we got settled down for the evening with the fire on."

    A minutes walk from the very friendly shop and local pub serving excellent food. Twenty minutes from all the attractions and plenty to do in the area, my wee boy didn’t want to come home and asked if we could sell our house and buy this.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2018

  • "Unfortunately the mattress springs could be felt when lying on them we had to put the duvet on top to rectify."

    The M6 can be heard when windows opened. Very cosy cottage would definitely recommend though. ** Owner Response: thank you for your comments and I am sorry that you felt the mattress was uncomfortable. I have now purchased a Silent Night mattress topper to rectify the matter but would happily have sorted this had I been made aware during your stay. We have never noticed the noise from the M6 before as we are about half a mile from it but I appreciate your comments and it was nice chatting with you.

    Reviewed by DenisJul 2018

  • "Extremely impressed!"

    Owl Cottage is a perfect base and very comfortable. Would and will recommend.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Smart TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Rear enclosed garden with patio with furniture and charcoal BBQ
  • Secure bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 minute walk.

The property

Owl Cottage sits in a cosy mid-terrace position, right in the heart of the traditional Cumbrian village of Holme.

With the local amenities within a stone's throw of this homely cottage, it is an ideal base for exploring the rural wonders of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Forest of Bowland and the stunning Morecambe Bay.

The ground floor of this hideaway boasts an open-plan layout, firstly greeting you into a welcoming sitting area with snug sofas, a Smart TV and a warming coal-effect fire.

Next, wander through into the kitchen and dining area, a space well-equipped with modern fittings as well as a charming dining table to sit around at mealtimes.

A staircase leads you to the first floor, where you will find a delightful double bedroom overlooking this charming village, as well as a well-presented single bedroom for an extra guest.

The accommodation concludes stylishly with a stunning family shower room featuring a fabulous walk-in shower, so you can get ready for your day with a touch of class.

Sunny days are a true delight at Owl Cottage; a long garden, typical of a terraced cottage, boasts a fabulous patio with a parasol and a BBQ, along with an extensive garden bursting with vibrant flora.

A few short yards from your doorstep lead you to Holme's wonderful food pub and a handy convenience store for your daily essentials.

As well as being a lovely base for a relaxing getaway, this is also a perfectly central location for touring some of northern England's most spectacular countryside, as well as Morecambe Bay, should a day at the beach take your fancy.

Market towns also abound in the area, with both Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal located within ten miles of the cottage.

Come and stay at this splendid cottage for a well-deserved break in Cumbria.

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About the location


Kirkby Lonsdale 8 miles; Kendal 10 miles.

Holme is a small traditional Cumbrian village set in beautiful countryside and ideally placed for exploring Southern Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and the peaceful Forest of Bowland. The village has a Post Office/newsagent, a general store and a pub that serves good food. Holme lies 8 miles from the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, and 10 miles from Kendal, the gateway to the Lake District. Access to all amenities and tourist areas is good - the historic city of Lancaster, and the seaside resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool are all within easy reach. The acclaimed RSPB wildfowl reserve of Leighton Moss is only 5 miles away, while Morecambe Bay is also famous for birdwatching. Other locations well worth a visit are the villages of Silverdale and Arnside (overlooking the beautiful Kent Estuary), Ingleton, Settle and Clapham. Levens Hall (famous topiary) and medieval Sizergh Castle with its beautiful garden are nearby. Good pubs and restaurants abound in the area. There is plenty of good walking, and golf, fishing and riding are all available locally.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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