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Topiary Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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91 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic property and location - friendly owners."

    We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Oct 2023

  • "An excellent cottage in an ideal location with welcoming owners on your doorstep to assist with any further queries."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2023

  • "A cosy perfect cottage with all we could want."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2023

  • "Main areas were clean but when you moved furniture (in my case moved the bedside cabinet to remove the radio from the cabinet as we wouldn't be needing it) it had clearly not been subject to a clean for a very long time."

    The same with the curtain poles - as we closed the curtains we were met with a dust cloud. The shower cubicle needed a thorough clean - not inside the cubicle - on the outside, bottom railing. Having said all of that we didn't let this spoil our holiday - the cottage itself was very cosy and well equipped. The owners were very pleasant when we spoke to them and when they asked the first morning if we were ok (by email) and I replied it was a little cold, they turned the heating up a bit and we felt much warmer. Lovely garden. Parking was an issue initially but once we had a parking space we left the car there for the week and travelled by bus, so we didn't lose our spot.

    Thank you for feedback. We are sorry that Topiary Cottage did not meet your expectations but we are pleased that you found it to be cosy and well equipped. The heating is electric and it turned on via a switch on the wall next to the heater, it is thermostatically controlled. We turned on the heaters as soon as we could after you asked about them, they had been turned off. During the summer months the heaters may not come on because the ambient temperature is higher than the thermostat. The shower is cleaned both internally and externally.Sadly the exterior of the shower cubical has been damaged by a previous guest using an inappropriate cleaning product and a replacement shower cubical will be installed as soon as possible. We always ensure that there is a car parking space available close to the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine3.1Aug 2023

  • "This was our 5th stay and we have already booked for next year."

    The cottage is perfect to just relax in the garden by the river (if you get the nice weather) its in a great location and if you dont want to drive you can leave the car at the cottage and get a weekly bus ticket which allows you to hop on and off all buses and takes you all over the lakes. Great pub across the road seving nice drinks and food and a good farm shop in walking distance that do a nice breakfast. Gerry and JoAnne are great hosts and available to offer any advice if needed.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Spacious and airy and a very very comfortable bed, large tv for films in the ..."

    Spacious and airy and a very very comfortable bed, large tv for films in the evenings, fully equipped kitchen and a nice garden with babbling brook to enjoy your breakfast All in all a wonderful week Thank you Gerry and JoAnn Pat n Jim

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2023

  • "Topiary Cottage is great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday and is well placed for accessing all areas of the Lake District."

    It is a delightful cottage and the owners, Gerry and JoAnne, are on hand to provide lots of useful visitor information to enable you to get the best out of your visit. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jun 2023

  • "Ideal location for visiting The Lake District."

    The furniture in the property is a little dated and in some areas needs maintenance eg. the door on the glasses cabinet in the kitchen felt like it could fall off. The pull cord for the shower wouldn't allow you to switch it off, the red light is constantly on. The patio doors wouldn't lock properly. The tablet holder for the dishwasher doesn't close and the plug for the kitchen sink has no chain making it difficult to get out of the sink. Unfortunately, the main downside of the property is how unclean it was. There is lots of dirt and dust around the furniture and on the furniture. The runner around the shower doors was filthy. The cupboard under the kitchen sink smelt and was dirty. The wine holder unit in the kitchen, used for some tea cups, had bits of dirt/food in some of the holes. There is some mould around the freezer flap door of the fridge in the kitchen. The cutlery drawer had bits in it, possibly crumbs of food. The floors weren't clean and neither were the rug in the living room area or small mat in the bedroom. There was a mop in the utility cupboard in the shower room, which was absolutely disgusting. I don't know if this is what the cleaner uses, but if it is may explain why the floors were dirty. We felt we couldn't totally relax in the property due to it being so unclean. As there were so many areas with issues, we didn't feel able to speak with the owners as it would have needed a total thorough clean and some maintenance to sort everything out, which we feel should all have been in order before we arrived. We also feel the cost for the property was too high considering all of these issues and that we didn't feel comfortable or relaxed, which is what you expect on a holiday. We were very disappointed with this holiday cottage as a Sykes property.

    As owners we do not usually respond to guest feedback. We normally send a thank you email to guests privately. However, we were very surprised and disappointed with the above review. At no point during the stay did the guests mention any issues. We check with our guests from arrival and throughout their stay personally and via messaging. We always make sure guests are notified, that if during their stay, they require assistance or have any problems, to give us the opportunity to deal with issues as they arise by letting us know. We are here to ensure that guests have the best possible holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie2.2Jun 2023

  • "Just returned from a weeks holiday at this cottage Lovely setting, just off the main road, so therefore there is some road noise at times."

    The entrance driveway is quite narrow, so you have to be extra careful if you have a larger vehicle and the parking area in general is quite small. Considering its only a 1 bedroomed cottage, it does feel spacious and was very comfortable. The kitchen had everything you could want, the complimentary teas, coffee, milk and biscuits were a nice touch, The cottage overall was clean on arrival, except for the bathroom bucket which hadn't been emptied from the previous occupants It has various outside seating areas, which we were able to use due to the lovely weather we had and the views were lovely. A few niggles though, the bathroom cabinet is looking old and dated inside, the ironing board cover needs replacing, and I personally don't think a freezer in the bathroom cupboard is the ideal option. Saying that these didn't detract from the enjoyment of our stay It is ideally situated to visit many local attractions for walks and sightseeing trips and various buses stop in the village taking you to all the Lake resorts and beyond. The Watermill, Bar, Restaurant and Brewery is less than 5 minutes walk away and is definitely worth visiting, whether for drink, food or both. All in all a great place to stay, add to that really nice May/June weather, the perfect week was enjoyed. If we visit the area again, we would have no hesitation in staying here.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4May 2023

  • "We were given a very warm welcome by the owners, Gerry and Jo Anne on arrival."

    Topiary is a delightful cottage which provided us comfort and rest after a few days of long walks. And it is furnished to a high standard. We had a fabulous time staying there .We fully recommend Topiary to those looking for a holiday cottage near Windemere.

    Reviewed by Ram5.0May 2023

  • "We love everything about Topiary Cottage and is the best cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Thank you Jo/Anne & Gerry for our lovely stay. We will definitely be returning for a 3rd visit in the future. Xx

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent cottage with all the amenities you need and a nice outside space as well."

    Easy access to the lakes.Lovely pub in the village and excellent farm shop next door.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Probably the best cottage we have rented over the years."

    Great location not far from Windermere and other attractions. As evidence of how much we enjoyed our stay we have already booked a week for next year. Can't recommend it more highly than that!

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fabulous time cottage is so central for access to the lakes this is the second year we have been there and the hosts are excellent nothing is to much trouble to them they are very busy but always have time for any concerns you may have."

    As it was cold the owners made sure the heating was on and the cottage was lovely and warm when we arrived. I would highly recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Cosy cottage, very convenient for exploring the lakes."

    Very helpful owners on hand if required. Pleasant view and garden to relax in and convenient local farm shop and cafe if required.

    Reviewed by Gwen5.0Feb 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage, and very friendly hosts, nearby and on hand if needed for any issues."

    The back garden is very nice with a great view.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Feb 2023

  • "I and my husband stayed at Topiary cottage from 23-30th Dec 2022 It was the first time in 40 yrs we had spent the xmass holiday on our own, away from home, and it was brilliant."

    The cottage is a delight and had everything you needed, a proper home from home . In keeping wwih the festive season, Gerry and JoAnne had decorated the cottage inside and out including a large xmass tree The bed was just devine, we sank into it and both slept wonderfully well. The cottage is perfectly situated for the shops and local attractions. I would like to return in the summer as they have a lovely large garden with a river / stream at the bottom and a bench where you could sit and take in the air. Its beautiful. I would highly recommend this property

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation with welcoming hosts."

    It was a lovely touch to have Christmas decorations in and around the cottage (for our stay in late December) - it made it feel really homely. We enjoyed the cottage so much, we've booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Dec 2022

  • "Appreciated the christmas tree and decorations both inside AND OUT."

    .One of the plus points here is that the owners are on site and available for problems that may arise..i find that reassuring..Our second stay and beside the abnormal low temperatures -7 we were comfortable..Perfect for two people and central to the south lakes

    Reviewed by Denise4.1Dec 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a good location"

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Oct 2022

  • "A very comfortable and enjoyable stay."

    After a day out and about walking many a mile it's in an ideal location for getting back with great local bus services to the doorstep and also a pub across the road with good food and beer. Feet up in the evening and a smart tv for all our favourite apps available for the films we watch at home. 10 out of 10.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2022

  • "A spacious comfortable home from home."

    Excellently furnished and well equipped. Beautiful gardens. Jo and Gerry very helpful but unobtrusive. Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2022

  • "Gerry and Jo are the perfect hosts"

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was our 4th stay at the cottage and we have already booked for next year."

    The cottage and garden are lovely and relaxing, its in an ideal location and you can just leave the car parked up and get the bus from across the road. Gerry and Jo-Anne are fantastic hosts and its always a pleasant week's stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Jo Anne & Gerry the owners were so friendly and helpful during our stay the cottage is beautiful everything you need in a stunning location handy for exploring the areas."

    The cottage is so comfortable like home from home we always looked forward to getting back after we had been out and about visiting places we loved it so much.There is lots of information in the cottage of places to visit but also good recommendations from the owners too.We will definitely be returning we had the most lovely holiday there.

    Reviewed by J5.0Jul 2022

  • "As always comfy peaceful and good facilities."

    The owners are very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2022

  • "Only negative issue was."

    The proximity of the main road ie road noise.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday."

    The owners were very helpful and friendly and the location is ideal for exploring the lakes. Top marks!

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable."

    In easy reach of facilities.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage ideally placed for walking!"

    Owners very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Mar 2022

  • "Clean cozy cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable week in the Lakes."

    Hosts were available, welcoming and helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was super,the hosts were very helpful."

    Cottage is situated very central for touring the main lakes area and the main road outside the cottage took you to the main areas with roads leading from there.i would recommend the watermill Inn pub which is just across the road from the cottage served meals all day.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2022

  • "EXcellent cottage for two."

    Convenient for all amenities. Paula Mitchell

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Dec 2021

  • "This is the best and most suitable holiday cottage we have found; superb standard and comfort, really good welcome pack and Jo & Gerry are most helpful and co-operative."

    Location is also most convenient for our needs.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely welcome from the owner and detailed instructions of how to use appliances etc ready for our stay."

    Property was in an excellent, clean condition and located in a great position for both Windermere and Kendal as well as having a brilliant local pub for drinks and food (Watermill Inn). We cannot speak more highly of this establishment and would definitely re-book when we return to the area.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage has everything you need for an enjoyable holiday in the Lake District."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Oct 2021

  • "A warm welcome to comfortable accommodation in a very convenient location."

    A lovely base for our holiday in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Marjorie5.0Oct 2021

  • "A really lovely place to stay with lovely garden to sit out in ."

    Very comfortable and friendly hosts

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2021

  • "Topiary Cottage was fine."

    However the way Sykes operated through the pandemic will result in me avoiding using them again if at all possible.

    Reviewed by Tim2.5May 2021

  • "Loved everything about the cottage and the views were beautiful."

    Jo and Gerry the owners are very friendly and welcoming. Hoping to go back very soon when it is next available.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2021

  • "This is a great cottage to go relax & unwind!"

    Jo & Gerry we’re great in their communication, & flexibility. They went all out to meet & exceed our expectations. The cottage was tastefully decorated in Xmas decorations, lights & heating left on making it a cosy welcoming. High end furnishings gave it that extra luxury. I defy anyone who can make it out of that bed before 9am! The only little niggle, was the shower seemed to have a mind of it’s own. Apart from that you’d struggle to pick up on anything. The gardens of the cottage looked beautiful, as it was winter we didn’t get the full benefit. The location of the cottage is perfect for sightseeing. Close to Windermere and Bowness for shopping, pubs, etc & in easy reach of other locations around the South Lakes. We would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Jo4.4Dec 2020

  • "The cottage is excellent in comfort, facilities and cleanliness."

    The owner, who lives next door, was most welcoming and helpful. It is ideally situated for travel and walking around that part of the Lake District, in particular its proximity to Lake Windermere. The only negative experience was that the road it is on is busier than expected, so the traffic noise impacted somewhat on the peace of the place. However, in relation to the many positives, this was minor.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2020

  • "This was our second visit to this really lovely cottage."

    We saw Cumbria in its finest Autumn colours. Our hosts were very helpful and accommodating. Topiary Cottage is a treasure and will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2020

  • "Amazing cottage, amazing views."

    Cottage was lovely and comfy real home from home. Owners very helpful and chatty. Gerry mentioned about our bus passes and suggested some trips which we took advantage of, we wouldn't have thought about them. Bus stop at end of drive and buses go to all the main towns from Windermere 5 minutes down the road, plus very regular even on a Sunday. Cottage was spotless and all Covid precautions were taken. We certainly would stay again when wanting to go to The Lakes again. Well worthy of the 4* rating.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is in a lovely setting and has an excellent garden with a little river at the bottom of the garden."

    The hosts were very friendly and available if needed. The cottage in the small village of Ings is in an excellent location near to the main road between Kendal and Keswick. We therefore did not use our car at all. We certainly enjoyed our week in Topiary Cottage and would not hesitate to return again.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    The garden was especially nice, as were the views from the garden. The owners were a lovely, friendly couple and made us feel very welcome. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great location and easy access to Windermere, Ambleside, Grassmere and Coniston."

    Helpful hosts and lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "Home from home, comfort and privacy 100%."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2020

  • "Another relaxing stay."

    The cottage is just perfect it has everything that you need. It is not in the centre of Windermere but only a couple of minutes away by car. There is a lovely pub that serves excellent food and a good choice of drinks just a 2 minute walk away. There is also a very nice farm shop up the lane that you can buy your meat, chicken etc at and also have a bite to eat and a coffee.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2020

  • "An amazing place to stay in a beautiful location."

    I loved morning walks from here, past three and horses. Getting up in the morning was never easy because the bed was so incredibly comfortable. I highly recommend topiary cottage.

    Reviewed by Madeleine5.0Jan 2020

  • "The cottage was warm all the time and the kitchen was really well kitted out."

    The bed was incredibly comfortable. The owners were very friendly and were always on hand if anything was needed. Overall a wonderful place to stay and I will no doubt book here again.

    Reviewed by Morrough5.0Dec 2019

  • "A lovely spacious cottage which was well equipped and warm on the cold Lakes nights."

    Whilst location is not in the heart of Windermere, being on the outskirts made it a quieter, less hectic place to stay. Very easily accessible and still very close to all The Lakes has to offer. The Lakes district is a beautiful vicinity offering something of interest for all tastes.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Nov 2019

  • "Accommodation was just what we wanted for a few nights away."

    The owners were friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Nov 2019

  • "We love the area and the cottage and have booked already for next year"

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely place great location and friendly and helpful OWNERS"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2019

  • "This is our first time in the Lake District."

    The cottage was very good and gave us easy access to a lot of the Lake District. The owners were very pleasant. The garden was beautiful. We could not fault it .Ings village was lovely and the Waterville pub was excellent

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2019

  • "An enjoyable week in a good location."

    The cottage is comfortable and well equipped. Good pub down the road.

    Reviewed by Ann3.8Aug 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    With everything you could need. Lovely owners nothing to much trouble

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jun 2019

  • "Property is well situated for touring."

    ..lovely cottage with views...very pleasant and helpful owners...would go back.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Apr 2019

  • "Excellent value for money."

    Exactly as described. Very friendly and informed property owners. Cannot fault the booking and location. Will certainly return!

    Reviewed by Ewan5.0Apr 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our week at the cottage and would certainly book the cottage again."

    The facilities were excellent.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2019

  • "Topiary cottage is a lovely cottage with great facilities in a lovely location."

    Perfect for a get away for two. The hosts were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Feb 2019

  • "We felt very welcome at Topiary Cottage from the moment we arrived until we were bid farewell."

    It’s very conveniently located for access to Windermere and the rest of the lakes. The pub over the road does great food and we ended up eating there twice as it was so convenient and tasty. We will definitely be back to stay in Topiary Cottage

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jan 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Topiary Cottage."

    The cottage is cosy and very comfortable and is done to a high standard. The Christmas decorations made it feel festive & homely. Thanks to owners Jerry & Jo-Anne for making us feel so welcome. We would highly recommend staying here and do intend to return.

    Reviewed by Moriam5.0Dec 2018

  • "Beautiful, comfortable accommodation."

    Made even more enjoyable by the manner in which it was decorated for Christmas

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Good for walking but also very near the main bus route to Windermere, Grasmere, Ambleside, Kendal etc so easy to travel without having to take the car. Gerry the owner was friendly and willing to help if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Dec 2018

  • "It is a lovely well appointed cottage in a beautiful area with good access to all you could want to visit."

    It is obvious how much Jo-Anne and Gerry care and they are such a nice welcoming helpful couple .

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Nov 2018

  • "The Cottage is lovely and cosy, and very well equipped."

    Decor lovely . There were a couple of downsides, the Cottage is right next to stables and they start quite early, not a major issue as we wake early anyway, but we do like to sleep with the windows open and there is a very noisy road that is busy all day and night. We were able to close the windows and use the fan provided, but this is just a personal thing, also the bed needs up grading it has a topper but it sinks in places and needs replacing. Otherwise lovely cottage !

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Oct 2018

  • "We have been to this cottage previously ie April 2016 and for its location and facilities were happy to return, particularly with the Watermill Inn being 2minutes over the road."

    The cottage furniture had been considerably improved being replaced throughout the sitting and bedroom areas, excellent. However, why replace the bedroom furniture including the bed and leave a double mattress that it seemed to be so old that it sags in two halves? The other ponderable is why when the property depends upon a shower only, when opening the bag marked bath mat, you find something that is black and mouldy and feel sure if you use it, you will feel dirty having used it in the shower than not having a shower! This cottage without these anomalies would be great for use at short notice, if available, ie within 2hrs from home straight up the motorway, 106 miles, good location and pub over the road.

    Reviewed by Roy3.1Oct 2018

  • "This lovely cottage was the perfect base for our first visit to the Lake District although the sat nav did send us some dodgy roads en route to the start of our walks."

    It was nice to return to a cosy cottage which had everything one would need for self catering but we must admit that the Waterwheel public house across the road (200 metres away) does great food and brews its own beer. Once again Sykes have come up trumps in providing a top class cottage for our holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Barbie5.0Sep 2018

  • "The topiary was spaceous and had every facility."

    The owners were friendly and helpful. We had a good holiday there.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2018

  • "Very nice setting."

    There is some noise from the A road, but not intrusive. There are lovely quiet lanes right near the cottage, and public footpaths across the fields. At the rear of the property is a stable yard, so the most we heard was the odd neigh, and some clip clopping back and forth, which was lovely! Bus stop very near the house so easy to get to Windermere, Bowness etc if you don't have a car.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Aug 2018

  • "Very cosy comfortable cottage and warm welcome from owners."

    Will definately use again and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage with excellent furnishings all mod cons included and very well maintained , would definitely choose to stay here again."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2018

  • "Excellent cottage, most useful and entertaining having owners living next door."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a great holiday at Topiary Cottage with lovely friendly owners."

    .....nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable,clean and well appointed, we would consider going back again."

    Reviewed by Leonard5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great cottage in a fantastic location"

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2018

  • "The owner, Gerry Wilkinson, was most friendly and helpful The cottage was extremely well equipped and furnished to a very high quality."

    Although we were just visiting friends in the area the cottage is ideally situated for all major attractions of the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Glenys5.0Apr 2018

  • "Don’t miss out on this cottage."

    Next time we go to the Lake District this will be the first cottage we try and book

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2018

  • "Footage exactly as described."

    The owners very welcoming and helpful.Thoroughly recommend.We hope to return!

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2018

  • "It was a cold snowy weekend and we struggled to keep warm ."

    Radiators were locked so we couldn’t adjust the temperature. Extra heaters were available but they don’t heat very well. More heating needed in bathroom - no radiator just a heated towel rail which does not warm the room enough when it’s only 1 degree outside ! Other than the heating , parking slot was a bit tight but overall a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Jan 2018

  • "The Lake District is stunning, Topiary cottage is totally superb and the pub over the road serves 16 real ales, whats not to like!"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2017

  • "Lovely cottage In a great location x The owners were very friendly and helpful!"

    Had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2017

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with everything you need for a good holiday and so easy to have as a base to visit places of interest from without having to go to far."

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2017

  • "We really enjoyed staying at this cottage, it was very clean, comfortable and warm, Mr & Mrs Wilkinson were the perfect hosts."

    The cottage was located close enough to a main route into Windermere making travel to local attractions easy to attain. There was a very good pub only moments away which served very good food. We were so pleased with this cottage and amenities that we will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Sulwen5.0Nov 2016

  • "Topiary cottage is one of the best cottages we have stayed in the owners were very helpful and took time out to show us how cooker, microwave, TV and outdoor seating worked this is the first time an owner has took the time to show us around there cottage, just show's how much Mr & Mrs Wilkinson take pleasure in there cottage."

    As I have said it is the cleanest lovely cottage we have stayed in and I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends and family as it is that good we would love to go back for another stay in the future, A big thank you to Jo-Anne & Gerry Wilkinson[owners] for a lovely stay at Topiary cottage. Mr Tom Melvin

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Sep 2016

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Can't say the same about the weather. The owners were very nice and helpful. It was nice that it was a cottage that was free from animals and children. The location of the cottage was perfect for all places we wanted to visit.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Sep 2016

  • "Peace, quiet, comfort, cleanliness, and a perfect base to explore the lakes."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Aug 2016

  • "We had a very good holiday and the accommodation was very good."

    We were very comfortable and the owners where friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One king-size double bedroom with TV
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Electric heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with FreeSat HD, DVD, iPod dock, DAB radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Patio and garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: There are 3 steps down from patio to garden
  • Note: There is a river and a small wildlife pond at the bottom of the garden
  • Note: Adjacent to owner's B&B
  • Please note that check in time for this property is 4pm and check out is 10am, thank you

The property

This super barn conversion provides luxury accommodation that’s perfect for two wishing to enjoy this fabulous corner of the Lake District.

There is one king-size bedroom with a TV and an extremely spacious open plan living area with a high vaulted ceiling with feature oak beams and French windows, which open out on to a secluded patio overlooking the garden down to the River Gower.

Guests can enjoy a five-minute stroll, which leads to the award-winning Watermill Inn and the bustling towns of Windermere and Bowness are within a 10-minute drive where you’ll find a host of shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

There are beautiful pathways and cycleways to explore running up the Kentmere Valley or a gentle climb up Orrest Head will reward you with beautiful views over Lake Windermere.

This is a superb cottage, perfect at any time of the year.

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About the location


Windermere 2 miles; Kendal 6.5 miles.

The small village of Ings, with the lovely River Gowan running through it, is set just two miles from the popular town of Windermere in the Lake District. There is a selection of walks for you to enjoy in the area and a wonderful local, award-winning pub, the Watermill Inn. The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for many visitors to the Lake District, both providing a range of attractions, amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. Boat trips are available from Bowness to Ambleside and Lakeside, where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas