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Herdwick Heaf

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Ennerdale, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Second time we have stayed in this house, very nice house we love the area great for walking, thanks for having us!"

    Thank you for your kind review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sid5.0Feb 2024

  • "We were so lucky with the crisp sunny weather and had a lovely week."

    The house was warm and comfortable as described. The forecast was for very cold weather so we took extra blankets but didn't need them. The stairs are steep but we were prepared. There was always plenty of hot water and all kitchen facilities worked fine though you would need to read the instructions booklet for the cooker, washing machine and all singing microwave. Both local pubs were great but we preferred the Fox and Hounds. Beautiful fell, mountain and lake walking, Ennerdale is a quiet but delightful valley and everyone was very friendly. One or two minor issues (which spoilt nothing): a larger firmer bed but that would reduce overall bedroom space; a radio in the kitchen would be a good touch and an ice cube tray in the freezer(there is an ice bucket), but overall, a lovely place. Thank you

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. It is all very much appreciated and helpful Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jan 2024

  • "Had a nice time in ennerdale cottage was nice went for my Birthday was a ..."

    Had a nice time in ennerdale cottage was nice went for my Birthday was a relaxing time there was milk and biscuits provided which was nice pubs and the gather within walking distance

    I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. Hope you had a great birthday Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Nov 2023

  • "I did not have a dog, parking was fine, the stairs were steep but I knew that in ..."

    I did not have a dog, parking was fine, the stairs were steep but I knew that in advance so not a problem, liked the pub, great walking area

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage, good roomy parking and an excellent location for walks from the door or driving to the coast and surrounding areas."

    We had a lovely stay, just be aware that the stairs are extremely steep.

    Thank you for your review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic little place, perfect for the two of us and the dog."

    Short walk to two local pubs and a stones throw from Ennerdale Water, great little get away. The only thing we would have changed is the weather.

    Thank you so much for your kind review. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a lovely stay in the most perfect t little holiday home."

    Thank you for the little touches flowers and biscuits that was extra special. The house has everything I needed and was spotlessly clean and so comfortable, thanks for a lovely stay. And a great location so picturesque loved the local pub and cafe too food was amazing locals were lovely and welcoming. Will definitely be back

    Thank you for your kind review, it is really appreciated. I am glad you really enjoyed your stay & hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were very pleased with the standard of presentation of the property."

    It is not large but we were perfectly comfortable and had everything we needed. A bonus was the hotel next door where we enjoyed a number of meals. We would happily recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0May 2023

  • "Herdwick Heaf Review My partner and I stayed at Herdwick Heaf during the latter part of November."

    The overall feel of the cottage is one of cosiness and comfort. The cottage was nice and warm, and fixtures and fittings were finished to a high standard. However, we did feel there were one or two shortcomings: 1, By far the biggest thing we would say is that the stairs are very steep, and the 'landing' immediately at the top of the stairs is particularly so. The owners have made considerable effort to mitigate this, installing hand rails and a stair gate at the top of the stairs. It would be useful if there was a photograph of the landing and stairs on the website. Our advice to anyone who had any doubts in their balance and mobility NOT to stay here. 2, The back yard is not actually private, but is a shared space between houses along the terrace, and is entirely hard standing. There is no gate or fencing at all, so, it is not at all safe to let your dog out. Since our pooch is a little bit of a sociopath, we had to tentatively take him out on his lead. 3, The TV in the lounge receives its' reception by Freeview satellite, which, in itself is not a problem, but, it does mean that the channels are rather sporadically numbered. In order to alleviate frustration, it would be good if the owners could compile a list of the more popular channels that visitors may use. There are Apps on the TV too, so, this issue can be overcome to a certain extent. 4, It would be good if there were was another set of crockery/ cutlery. The cottage sleeps 3, and there is only 3 plates, dishes etc, which means it is necessary to wash up after every meal, or even every snack! Ennerdale Bridge itself is a beautiful area, there are loads of great walks nearby and the food at The Fox and Hounds and Shepherds Arms is excellent!

    I’m sorry the cottage wasn’t to your liking. There are limitations to what can be done in this property, it can’t receive tv channels through a normal aerial due to the fact it’s in a dip. I did used to use a satellite box but it didn’t work properly and was always causing problems for guests. It is noted on the site about the stairs though as I am aware they will be difficult for some guests & it isn’t recommended to stay here if they have mobility issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane3.1Nov 2022

  • "Had a great week in wonderful cottage."

    Warm and comfortable and with lots to do in Ennerdale.

    Thank you for your kind review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a really nice stay the cottage is lovely but the comfort was poor After a day out walking it would be nice to have somewhere comfortable to sit but unfortunately there is only a 2 seater chesterfield(no head support) and a small chair again with no head support which maybe OK for a child but we were 3 adults."

    Also the double bed was very soft, not good if you have a bad back. Other than that it is really nice and next door to a hotel that sell lovely food

    Thank you for your review. I’m sorry it wasn’t to your liking. The mattress has now been replaced but unfortunately there isn’t much I can do to change the seating as it is a small cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Oct 2022

  • "Property way too small."

    Expect more for the price.

    Reviewed by Russell3.1Sep 2022

  • "Lovely clean cottage, well equipped kitchen."

    Stairs are steep but mentioned in description and did not effect our stay. Only thing to mention there is no gate to yard so if you have a dog you need to keep an eye when they are out. We resolved this when we were sitting outside by attaching long lead to fence. Pub next door to home which was lovely and other pub in village was a two minute walk which served lovely food.

    Thank you so much for your kind review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Aug 2022

  • "The accommodation was very clean with everything you could need to have a great stay."

    2 pints of milk, tea, coffee, sugar and a packet of biscuits were a lovely welcome after a long journey. Perfect location to get to lots of locations which will make your stay fantastic. A useful welcome folder was available to offer advice. The only way you could improve this place would be to put firmer mattresses in the bedrooms as we both have back problems and the soft mattresses aren't ideal. We would highly recommend this property to anyone who doesn't have bad backs.

    Thank you for your feedback & your comments about the mattresses. It is good to get your honest point of view. Glad you enjoyed your stay in this area Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2022

  • "Nice little cottage in a pretty village, ennerdale water not too far away and very picturesque."

    Didn't walk all the way round because it said it was a four hour walk. Need a car to get around unless you like a nice long walk.

    Thank you for your feedback. It is much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.7Jul 2022

  • "Clean modern and cosy."

    Very well equipped.

    Thank you, your feedback is much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "Any queries we had were very swiftly dealt with."

    It was lovely to be able to access the cottage at 3pm.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.4Mar 2022

  • "Sykes advert is misleading:- The advert states the property is dog friendly and has garden patio provision."

    The reality is - the cottage itself is dog friendly inside but the outdoor space is only a hard standing which is not enclosed or safe for pets as it is shared with neighbouring properties and is open to the main road. There is no mention in the advert of the very steep internal staircase. There are only 11 steps to get to the first level as apposed to the standard 13 !! Once you reach the top there is a very narrow landing to access the bathroom and bedrooms. Whilst, fortunately we were both mobile enough to be able to cope with them many others less mobile would not be able to get upstairs. There was no provision provided for hanging coats or putting/storing/drying wet boots and shoes. This is very surprising given the location of the cottage and the outdoor activities the area attracts. This cottage could so easily be a cosy, comfortable retreat if there was more comfortable soft seating and higher quality bed mattress (very springy and bouncy). Until these issues are addressed we would not stay again and not recommend this property.

    I am sorry you were unhappy with your stay in the cottage. I have asked for the stairs to be mentioned in the description of the cottage as I am fully aware some people won’t be able to manage them. This has been updated. The cottage says dog friendly as you are allowed dogs to stay but doesn’t state there is an enclosed area for them. And unfortunately we hadn’t noticed that someone had removed the hooks on the door for the coats. But they have now been replaced. I’m sorry the mattress wasn’t to your liking but I can assure you it is of high quality. Thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm2.5Feb 2022

  • "Brilliant stay."

    Great hosts. Comfortable and great little local pub with excellent food.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Dec 2021

  • "Very comfortable and great location for walks and pubs."

    Great for a quiet getaway in Wild Ennerdale.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely property, easy parking onsite."

    Good facilities and cleanliness. Hotel and restaurant next door and another pub a few minutes walk away. The only drawback for me was that the stairs were steep so would not be suitable for anyone really having difficulty with stairs and the shower over bath. I was however impressed that there were handrails on both sides of the stairs and a stair-gate at the top We had a good time in spite of the weather.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Nov 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: Please be advised that this property has steep stairs and may not be suitable for customers with limited mobility
  • Please note this property does not accept children under 5.

The property

Resting in the heart of the pint-sized hamlet of Ennerdale Bridge, on the edge of the picturesque landscape of the Lake District National Park, is this delightful white-washed cottage, Herdwick Heaf.

Set across two levels and comfortably sleeping up to three guests, Herdwick Heaf makes a wonderful choice for a family escape to the countryside.

Park up on your private driveway nestled alongside this lovely dwelling and make your way through the rear patio and over the threshold into a small entrance hall, providing handy storage space to kick off your shoes and hang your walking gear.

Make use of the cloakroom to freshen up following an action-packed day before stepping through to the open-plan kitchen/diner, thoughtfully laid-out with white cupboards topped with wooden surfaces; a lovely pairing of contemporary and traditional décor.

Make use of the range of modern amenities provided to rustle up a heartwarming meal for your group before gathering together at the snug dining table to indulge in your culinary delights.

Carry the conversation outdoors and soak in the last of the evening sun in the peaceful setting of the patio, and recount the days adventures over a crisp glass of wine.

As the evening draws to a close, climb the stairs to the first floor where you'll find two well-presented bedrooms, a double and an intimate single room, each decorated with a light and airy interior and providing a calming ambiance to rest your head.

In the morning, prepare for a new day in the family bathroom, where you can indulge in a hot soak in the bath, or make use of the overhead shower for a quick rinse.

Take a break from doing the cooking and cross the neighbouring stone-built bridge into the heart of Ennerdale Bridge to grab a bite to eat at the nearby pub, the Fox and Hounds Inn, where you can indulge in delicious homecooked goods served alongside a pint of locally sourced ale.

As the first stop on the famous Wainwright's Coast to Coast trail, you're in an outdoor adventurers paradise; lace up your walking boots and embark on a two-footed adventure through the rugged countryside, taking you as far as the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay, or tackle the varying terrain by bike.

For a more leisurely stroll, head to the nearby lake of Ennerdale Water, idyllically settled in a remote part of Cumbria and offering a secluded spot to enjoy an escape from reality; the perfect setting for a picnic amongst the tranquil scenery of the surrounding fells.

The port town of Whitehaven is within easy touring distance, where you can immerse yourself in the local history and interactive exhibitions at The Beacon Museum, tour the The Rum Story, a fascinating recreation of an 18th century Caribbean island, or watch the world go by as you savour fresh fish and chips alongside the peaceful marina.

With all of this and more, make unforgettable memories with a stay at Herdwick Heaf.

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

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About the location


Whitehaven 8 miles; Keswick 22 miles.

The tiny village of Ennerdale rests among the rolling hills and small farms of pretty Cumbrian countryside, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, just a few miles from the coast. The River Ehen runs through the village, with a stone bridge dividing Ennerdale into two halves. On the northern side are the village school and a pub, whilst the southern side is home to the parish church and a second pub. There are lovely footpaths trailing through the surrounding countryside, across fields and fells of the wild Ennerdale Valley and there are great opportunities for mountain biking, walking and horse riding. This area is rich in flora and fauna and there is also an outdoor pursuits centre at the top of the valley, available if you book in advance. Ambleside, Keswick and Windermere are all easily reached, whilst the many beautiful lakes of this stunning location can also be enjoyed.

Note: Please be advised that this property has steep stairs and may not be suitable for customers with limited mobility. Please note this property does not accept children under 5.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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