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Bridge House

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (10)
  • good (8)
  • water (7)
  • great (7)
  • kitchen (6)
  • use (6)

18 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely characterful house with 3 bedrooms and 3 sitting rooms: a dining room with farmhouse style table; a lounge with Woodburner; and a 'cosy' with 2 comfy chairs and good reading lights."

    It was a lovely warm house in the autumn, well kitted out. The location by the river meant you could hear a constant roar of water, and whilst working in kitchen there was the glorious view of the river, changing with the light. Recommend a trip on the railway and some of local walks - full details provided in house. Also took up offer of use of spa for a swim - a real bonus with the house.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely and clean."

    Warm quirky Bedding / kitchenware etc tired. Perfectly situated for touring.

    Reviewed by Mike4.1Sep 2023

  • "Spacious property with nice views over the river."

    Kitchen generally well equipped and access to washing machine and smart tv was great. Having enclosed garden also a positive. Didn’t use local hotel but facilities looked good. Due to the age of property the door frames are low and anyone 6ft or over will need to be vigilant moving through house, Due to steps and uneven floors, would not recommend to people with mobility issues. Car needed to get out and about - as shops, restaurants etc., are a drive away. You will need to bring things like cooking oil, condiments, tea, coffee, sugar, clothes washing sundries etc. as these not provided. Steam train, motor museum and escape room within walking distance if you’re happy to walk on roads. You see people white water rafting on river and looks fun.

    Reviewed by Melanie2.8Aug 2023

  • "Good holiday, plenty to do."

    Reviewed by Reginald3.8Apr 2023

  • "Very nicely located property close to the river Leven and access to Cascades spa and pool."

    Well kept and Quiet. Close to Windermere lake as well as Ulverston.

    Reviewed by Hemraj5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had another wonderful stay at Bridge Cottage."

    We love the quirks of the cottage and it’s proximity to the river- it sounds amazing! The conservatory is a great place to have a cup of tea, read a book, watch the paddlers braving the white waters! The children thoroughly enjoyed using the swimming pool at ‘Cascades’ opposite every day. The cottage is a great base to visit places nearby too- we visited Barrow on Windermere and had a lovely boat trip and enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Magic Roundabout. The kids enjoyed the fantastic Beatrix Potter museum. We also went on the steam train at Haverthwaite, which was great fun. Booths is close by and it it’s a lovely supermarket. Thank you for another awesome stay at this gem!

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Oct 2022

  • "Had a great stay at bridge house, the cottage is quirky, we had everything we ..."

    Had a great stay at bridge house, the cottage is quirky, we had everything we needed for our stay, lots of logs for fire, which is very welcoming, loved the use of the spa over the bridge, had medals out, at white water hotel, and the swan,

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great property."

    Yes, it's got some steps, but it's been wonderfully restored/renovated so that it has all the "mod cons", but they have to fitted in where space allows. We had a real sense of excitement exploring behind each door. We divide properties into 2 types - sterile modern boxes (do the job, but no surprises) and an historic building like this. We haven't stayed anywhere like this since our last trip to France - where we felt that the actual resident had been hurriedly evicted. The furniture is a good quality and the kitchen was well equipped. If you could make changes, perhaps provide a broom/dust pan. We tried to use the mop, but it made things worse. It would also good to have a teenager available to help the "elderly" to use the television. We managed to sign in for Netflix and Amazon, but despite our efforts, we're not sure if we signed out. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Sep 2022

  • "The cottage itself was beautiful however the cleanness of the kitchen and dining room table left a lot to be desired, the worktops in the kitchen and dining room table left sticky to the touch the oven trays were left dirty in the oven, other than that we loved it."

    Reviewed by Bruce4.1Sep 2022

  • "We liked the quirkiness of the cottage."

    Yes it was on different levels, but that added to the feel of an old cottage. We didn't notice the roar of the water once inside. We were kept warm by the log burner. The car parking area was adequate for 2 cars. Loved the heritage train passing the top of the garden. The motor was in easy walking distance and worth a visit. We could not find a hand brush which would have been usefull. The guidance for rubbish collection and recycling was vague. All in all we had a wonderful week. (10-17 Sep 22)

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "Bridge House is a home from home holiday."

    The house has all the amenities needed for a self catering holiday and our designated contact was contactable when needed but was not intrusive. The waterfall was lovely to listen to - especially in the evenings. Our children (ages between 3yrs - 15yrs) loved playing in the garden and watching the steam train pass at the bottom of the garden. Another enjoyable stay at Bridge House.

    Reviewed by Zoe4.7Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage with great facilities and easy access to all the Lakes can offer."

    One desire would be slightly firmer mattresses. Ample parking for 2 cars and made full use of the Cascades Spa as convenient as if you actually stayed in the hotel.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Jul 2022

  • "We consider the advertisement of two parking spots false as there was barely a good spot for one car."

    The cottage was very dangerous, doesn't comply with health and safety standards. There are many trip hazards throughout the property. The shower was dangerous to get out of. The property is not suitable at all for children or elderly or slightly infirm. To be honest, the fit able bodied people in our party did not enjoy it because of how hazardous moving around the property is. 2 of us did hurt our feet on a small step from out one room because it's so hard to see. There were cobwebs everywhere. It was not the cleanest it could be but just acceptable enough to live in. The steps out the back door to the car parking spot were not suitable, uneven and lead straight onto the road which was on a bend so you if fell you could get run over whilst trying to get up. You'd be quite hurt to say the least just from the steps. It should be more obvious in the advertisement that this property is so unsuitable / has so many drawbacks to it. The place needs an assessment, review by a health and safety official.

    Sorry to hear you were not happy with our cottage, but I take issue with your comments as follows: All other clients have found no difficulty parking two cars, with no problems raised. Indeed I have provided photos, when queried prior to booking. The 34 photos on the web site clearly show the layout and character of the property, to enable assessment of suitability for children or infirm adults. No concerns were raised or queried regarding safety when booking. Indeed no clients have raised H&S issues to date, or Sykes when the property was inspected. Your compliance comments in this regard are in your opinion and inconsistent with reviews by other clients, two recently giving a 100% score, though one published review did suggest people with mobility issues may struggle. I will refer your comments re cleaning issues to our contractor for their consideration. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine1.6Nov 2021

  • "Lovely old style traditional cottage in nice location."

    Good sized rooms with everything supplied. Living fire was great for cold nights but could supply more logs as we spent another £40 on logs etc. Some more information on local walks, things to do and most importantly, places to eat Cascades Spa over the road was great and had a nice spa day there. Would recommend to both couples and small families

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2021

  • "Such a beautiful cottage in a stunning position next to the river."

    We wanted somewhere cosy to spend half-term and this fitted the bill perfectly. I could have sat by the window and watched the river all night- I’ve been missing it since our holiday ended. Part of my heart has been left in the Lake District- we have booked the footage again for next year already :-)

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Stunning in everyway"

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage needed a deep clean."

    ( Happy to supply pictures ) The place is very run down and needs updating. The cottage has potential to be something special. You also need to supply a lot more feed back from customers about each holiday home. The beds where comfortable and the sheets and towels where clean and of a good standard.

    Reviewed by Stephen2.2Sep 2021

  • "A quirky old cottage that was ok for us but people with mobility issues would struggle with the layout."

    Kitchen well equipped but would benefit from an upgrade. Dining room great. Downstairs shower room good. The lounge good with smart tv but could do with a leather sofa or two. Washer a bit small and no drying facilities other than a maiden to put in the conservatory, so a temporary line or rotary dryer in the garden would help. Bedrooms were great with plenty of storage. Dog friendly but a less mobile pet would struggle getting to the garden and a lively dog would need supervision with a few sharp drops and the railway at the top of the garden. Off road parking is a benefit but maybe the owners could find some way of getting to it without having to walk on the road would be helpful. We have two autistic adult children and while the road wasn't busy we still needed our wits about us to get to the car. Complimentary use of the leisure facilities at the Whitewater hotel is a massive plus for the cottage. Ideal for a base with access to the main road to Ulverston nearby and the Lakeside road leading to Hawkshead and beyond. Plenty of walks a short drive away if you don't want to brave walking on the roads. This is an old property with history so please allow for this, we are just a family here for seven days in a house with centuries of history.

    Reviewed by Terence3.8Aug 2021

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with rear door to garden
  • Conservatory
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed elevated and sloped rear garden with a picnic bench
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Complimentary passes provided for nearby Cascades Spa
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.2 miles, bar opposite
  • Note: There are split-level stairs inside the property that may not be suitable for those with mobility issues
  • Note: The garden is terraced and in an elevated position, please always supervise children and pet during use
  • Note: The property is situated by a road and preserved steam railway, please consider this when booking with children and pet
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am.

The property

Bowness on Windermere 8 miles.

Tucked away within the Lake District National Park in Backbarrow near Newby Bridge and Windermere, is this excellent semi-detached cottage, Bridge House.

Set into the hillside and sleeping up to six guests, Bridge House is a fabulous home-from-home, boasting breath-taking views of the River Leven and the surrounding village.

Feel welcomed by two in-demand off-road parking spaces and the pretty whitewashed property that stands before you.

Head inside to a fantastic dining room, one of many rooms in the house that has preserved its original beams and exposed stone features.

Continue through to the well-equipped kitchen, a bright and airy space that boasts views of the river and all the appliances you need to create your favourite dishes.

Progress through the property to the spacious sitting room, featuring a fabulous woodburning stove that is perfect to cosy up to, whilst watching Netflix on the Smart TV.

The conservatory is situated nearby accessed from the Lounge with extra seating for 4 persons, providing a warm and pleasant socialising or dining spot for your group.

When night falls head to bed in one of three rooms, the characterful and tastefully furnished double and twin rooms can be found on the first floor, whilst the charming double room with a vanity mirror is also found on the first floor to the right.

Bridge House is served by two bathrooms, one being a ground-floor shower room and the other being a first-floor bathroom that has been fitted to a high standard and showcases a free-standing bath.

For some privacy, sit down with a book in the first-floor snug whilst the rest of the group head outside the stunning rear garden, an elevated space containing a picnic bench where you can enjoy alfresco dining as you watch the Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam engine chuff by.

Just across the road is the Whitewater Hotel & Cascades Leisure Club, why not try some dining here, or drink at the riverside bar, before embarking on a cycling tour with Lake District E-Bike Adventures.

The nearby village of Cartmel is home to the rest of your amenities and more; travel here to enjoy a pint at the Unsworth's Yard Brewery, tour the glorious Holker Hall & Gardens and Priory Gatehouse, or walk your canine companion around the Cartmel Racecourse.

Why not board the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway to connect with the boat trips up Windermere to Ambleside , or visit the market town of Ulverston and visit the world's only Laurel and Hardy Museum, embark on a hike to the Hoad Monument, or watch a live performance at the magnificent Coronation Hall.

Travel a little further to Bowness-on-Windermere where you can kayak and canoe in Windermere Lake , walk to and make the most of the panoramic views at Brant Fell Viewpoint , and visit The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

Be sure to make the most of the easy access to the Lake District National Park, providing a large variety of things for you to do and see.

After a long day exploring the beautiful Cumbrian landscapes, relax in the luxurious surroundings at the nearby Cascades Spa, take a dip the stylish pool, the perfect way to finish your day.

For an unforgettable trip to Cumbria and the Lake District, choose Bridge House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Bowness-on-Windermere 8 miles.

The small village of Newby Bridge takes its name from the five arched stone bridge built in 1651 over the River Leven. The famous Furness Railway, one of Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam railways, runs between Haverthwaite and Newby Bridge. Visit the Lakeside Hotels and enjoy magnificent views across Windermere and the surrounding fells, or enjoy the Aquarium of the Lakes, where the naturally themed habitats, bring the history of the Lakes vividly to life. Bowness-on-Windermere provides a lovely day out, plus 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, and admire the views at nearby Gummer's How.

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