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Yew Tree Cottage Borrowdale

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  • 4 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable, warm, cosy and very quite and peaceful during our entire stay."

    Beautiful location, lots of brilliant walks from the front door. Would go back.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Feb 2024

  • "Fabulous property."

    Everything was perfect . Warm clean comfortable and everything you needed. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely perfect, the owners have thought of everything to make your stay wonderful."

    The welcome hamper was the best we have ever had, Cottage is in a beautiful location with lots of walks straight from the door. Comfy beds and a cosy lounge with a lovely fire, the kitchen had everything you need and the boot room made everything a lot easier with muddy boots and a dog. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Yew Tree cottage which is set in the bucolic borrowdale valley."

    The cottage is well appointed with everything you could need for a very pleasant stay. Jude and Rob's attention to detail and hospitality is second to none. We hope to return again next year. Karen, Carnoustie.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Would highly recommend this cottage."

    It was extremely clean and comfortable and in a great position for walks from the doorstep. The owners were contactable and quick to respond to any questions we had without being overbearing. We received a wonderful welcome hamper which was much appreciated. Would definitely stay here again without any hesitation.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely weeks stay with another couple the cottage is just 5 miles from Keswick and is all you could ask for very clean and tidy with wonderful welcome pack enough parking for 2 cars pub 2 minutes walk away with a couple of others a mile or so."

    Excellent location for either walking or driving further to explore Cumbria. You would definitely not be disappointed if you stayed at Yew Tree Cottage.

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Jun 2023

  • "Rob & Jude have a lovely, welcoming cottage in a fantastic location in the Borrowdale valley, near to Keswick."

    Yew Tree cottage is great for walks from the door, near to a reliable bus service ( so no need to fight for parking in Keswick, at Derwent Water or at the start of walks) and has a great cafe next door. Bring the weather and you’re all set up for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "We had great stay at this wonderful cottage."

    It is so comfortable with lots of extra touches which make it special. We loved the comfy beds, multiple bathrooms and especially the boot/utility room. So sympathetically renovated and cleverly put together. The welcome pack was one of the best we have encountered and the house was absolutely spotless and cosy when we arrived. We walked from the door every day. I can't think of anything I would change or add. Fabulous!! It is the perfect Lakeland retreat. We will definitely come back!!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we do hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely Cottage in a great location"

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Yew Tree Cottage, everything you needed for a comfortable relaxed stay."

    The views from the cottage are amazing, with some lovely walks from the door step. The lovely town of Keswick a short drive away. We would definitely recommend Yew Tree Cottage and look forward to staying again in the future.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Feb 2023

  • "This was our second visit to this beautiful and comfortable cottage which is in a perfect location for either pretty lowland strolls or more rugged higher fell walks straight from the door."

    Tastefully renovated, combining it's rich heritage with all the comforts and conveniences of modern living. Really generous and comfortable beds and a real bonus having 3 spotless bathrooms ! No queues ! Having the boot room for all our gear was brilliant and it also was a great place to store our food supplies as we were a group of 4 and all keen cooks! The welcome pack of tasty local produce and the voucher for the Flock Inn café was a lovely gesture and much appreciated by us all !

    Reviewed by Bev5.0Feb 2023

  • "This cottage had everything we needed."

    Great location, spacious and a superb welcome pack. All the facilities were easy to use and there were clear instructions. The drying room was ideal for wet days and for a doggie entrance, keeping the rest of the property clean and all the clutter in one place. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. We will be back to this excellent holiday home.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jan 2023

  • "A lovely welcoming cottage - comfortably furnished and the kitchen has all the essentials you need."

    The boot room is a great, and practical, feature.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in an excellent location, with a great variety of walks right from the door."

    Boot room was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely, comfortable, well equipped cottage in a beautiful location."

    We have stayed at Yew Tree Cottage twice now and have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday both times. The cottage is finished to a really high standard, and is clean and very comfortable. The layout is perfect, with the back door opening into the utility room it's great for wet weather days with a space for rain coats and walking boots. The kitchen has everything you could need and the lounge / dining room is comfortable, spacious and cosy with the log burner going. The bathrooms are clean and lovely, and the bedrooms really comfy. We stayed with 4 adults and a toddler, and the nice wide stairs are great for little ones too - she had a lot of fun practicing her climbing skills! The very thoughtful card and hamper was a really nice touch too which we really appreciated. The area is just breathtaking, with lovely walks all around from the cottage and a few nice pubs nearby. We would highly recommend Yew Tree Cottage!

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Instructions to get to the property and for the key collection were clear and easy to follow."

    We were really impressed with the cleanliness of the cottage and the way it is kitted out - the kitchen is small but perfectly formed and had everything we needed, including a new coffee machine, thank you! The utility room is fab for keeping coats and walking boots and wetsuits out of the way and the bathrooms are fitted with really good quality showers and fittings. The beds are comfy and the welcome pack provided was very soon demolished after our long drive. It's a gorgeous garden too, we were so lucky with the weather and it was great to be able to sit out with the view and a cold drink after a hot day's walking. All in all, we really enjoyed our week in Yew Tree Cottage.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay."

    This cottage was the best cottage we have ever stayed in. It was very comfortable and clean, in a beautiful location. We went on plenty of walks from the door and had an amazing time.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, nicely refurbished with a fantastic view from every window."

    It was great to be able to take walks from the cottage without ever having to use a car. Parking spaces and Netflix were really nice additions as was the farm shop voucher, goodies and Prosecco. We can’t fault the property or the service of Jude and Rob and will be back (if they’ll have us?). Location was perfect with bus route to Keswick and local hostelries warm and accommodating.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely last minute holiday at Yew Tree Cottage."

    We had the most wonderful week and the Cottage provided the perfect base. We will be back to visit again!

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Jun 2022

  • "We have stayed in holdiay cottages at various locations in the Lakes (and elsewhere) and this was certainly the best cottage we have ever stayed in."

    It is exceptionally well-equipped, everything works and it is very comfortable. The location is wonderful.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

  • "An amazing cottage."

    It is the nicest place we have stayed in Borrowdale. I would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2022

  • "We had a peaceful week in this lovely comfortable cottage, The welcome pack from the owners was a nice touch and we enjoyed the pasties and ice cream from the The Flock Inn just across the road."

    Lots of walks from the door and a regular bus service to both Keswick and Buttermere means there is no reason to use the car. We would happily have stayed for longer and will hopefully be back.

    Reviewed by Norma5.0May 2022

  • "This cottage is one of the nicest we have ever stayed in."

    Very clean, comfortable, well equipt and dog friendly. Good walking in Borrowdale straight from the door plus easy access to Keswick and Buttermere by car or bus. We would certainly like to stay here again. Chris from Sheffield

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is the best cottage we’ve stayed at in the UK so far!"

    Very high standard, well kitted out, lovely welcome pack, great utility/drying room, awesome location right at head of lots of walking right from the front door. Amazing job - real privilege to spend a week in this beautiful part of the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2022

  • "Paradise found!"

    Yew Tree Cottage is exceptional and so very special. The setting itself is perfect, the views are breath taking with numerous walks from the door, that with planning can incorporate both tearooms and pubs. The enclosed garden is a joy to sit in and take in the atmosphere that the Borrowdale Valley offers, peace and tranquillity. The cottage is so cosy and the utility room is a blessing if you take your four legged best friend with you for drying them down. Fabulous welcome hamper and dog treats too. I can honestly say that this is the best cottage that we've ever stayed in and it certainly raised the bar for any other cottages we may look at in the future and lastly, don't forget to look at the night sky!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2022

  • "A beautiful traditional cottage set in stunning scenery."

    There is a great choice of walks of all grades leading directly from the door. We found the interior comfy and welcoming. Having a husky the boot room was a welcome addition to towel down the dog and remove wet clothing to dry. The welcome pack and log burner were also much appreciated. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Viv5.0Feb 2022

  • "Yew Tree is a great cottage in a perfect location."

    The facilities were perfect for us. 5 of us stayed with two dogs. The beds were big comfy and the bathrooms well appointed. I would recommend this cottage to anyone. I have rented in Cumbria Many times over the past 20 year and this is the best cottage I have stayed in.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2022

  • "Had a lovely week staying at Yew Tree Cottage."

    Very peaceful with lovely views. Very clean, warm and comfortable. Great beds. Nice log burner (would have been nice to have more logs supplied). Decor very tasteful. Utility/drying room really useful, although having the dishwasher away from the kitchen not great. Thank you for the welcome hamper - it was very nice and the xmas decorations looked lovely. Would happily return and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Dec 2021

  • "Really lovely cottage, comfortable, spacious and well equipped."

    There was a lovely suprise gift of a tray of goodies which was a really nice touch.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fabulous well maintained and well equipped cottage - felt very homely."

    Fabulous location - walks galore from your doorstep and a pub up the road - and also right near a bus stop. Would definitely return. If you're looking for constructive feedback, the things we would note given the 4 star rating are: 1. Needs a bigger fridge - this is a cottage for 5 people - the fridge wasn't big enough for two of us. 2. Needs a DVD player. 3. Needs more than 3 loo rolls if more than 2 people are staying. 4. Needs a new frying pan. 5. Albeit the thought of a welcome pack was very much appreciated (and unexpected), we're vegan so having dairy milk and non-vegan products left for us wasn't great - just needs more consideration.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Sep 2021

  • "This cottage is perfect - location and facilities were excellent with the best welcome pack ever."

    We have already looked at booking for next year but are totally appalled by the price increase of about £500 for the same week ! Really? You will sadly upset customers who always holiday in the UK and that is why I will be reluctant to recommend you. So sad and disappointed.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic quality from the cleanliness to the furniture & appliances, every detail had been considered and we had a wonderful stay."

    Location was also perfect in the beautiful Borrowdale valley, would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Carrie5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location with many walks from the doorstep."

    The owners provided a welcome pack. We found the cottage had everything we needed, the boot room was very useful. There is now extra seating in the garden.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really well appointed cottage in an excellent location with idillic walks from the Doorstep in every direction."

    Nice treats provided on arrival.

    Reviewed by Miles4.7Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage set amongst a small settlement in a great location!"

    The cottage was very clean and well equipped. Lovely showers with lots of hot water. Very comfortable beds. Towels and bed linen provided. Boot room with separate access - very useful for muddy boots and dogs. Garden with bench seating surrounded by countryside. Small tea room nearby. Lots of great walks from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jul 2021

  • "Thank you very much for this lovely holiday."

    We had a marvelous time and the weather was very good. Plenty of walking, running and general enjoyment.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is extremely comfortable and well-equipped in a wonderful location."

    Lovely garden and plenty of room for 5 adults with very comfy beds and 3 bathrooms for all. The utility room was so useful and the house spotless and homely.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jun 2021

  • "A beautiful little cottage in the heart of Borrowdale."

    Perfectly located for many walks straight from your door such as Castle Crags and Watendlath. The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable and the boot room is great. Confortable beds and a separate shower room downstairs as well as full bathroom upstairs.Wehad a lovely welcome pack left for us. I would recommend the property without any hesitation.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0May 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage in a small village,the cottage is delightful, recently modernised and fitted out with care and attention."

    Very thoughtful welcome pack,even towels left for dog.Road from Keswick needs to be taken with care,burst a tyre on rough stone kerbing avoiding a pothole. Only thing we felt was missing from the cottage was an outside table and chairs,there is only a bench.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7May 2021

  • "Cottage is excellent."

    The communication with Lakelovers/Sykes was very poor. Failed to respond to 2 emails and don’t answer the phone. I would always choose another platform before them again.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0May 2021

  • "Booking process was very easy with Sykes."

    I forgot to add the bed configuration on the booking so called to give this and the customer service lady couldn't have been more helpful. We had an amazing stay and felt very lucky to have secured 4 nights at a relatively late stage. Loved the welcome gifts. Cottage was very comfortable, beds were lovely (husband wants a new mattress at home now!), all very well equipped. The drying/boot room is an extremely handy space for storage. Great walks straight out of the door, very quiet at night apart from the owls. The garden is pretty dog secure as long as you have a dog that won't jump over an approx 4ft wall, we pulled the garden bench away from the wall so our hound wouldn't even consider it but if you have an escapologist for a dog then it might be a bit more tricky.

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic little cottage, in a stunning location."

    Interior and cleanliness to a very high standard. Cottage situation in a quiet village, with local pub in walking distance. Lovely views and walks straightout the front door. A lovely hamper, milk etc already provided on arrival. Cant wait to return.

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Dec 2020

  • "This cottage is beautiful!"

    Equipped with everything you need and decorated with a luxurious touch. The boot room is so useful for all of your walking kit- which is needed as there is so much beautiful walking to be done straight from the door! The welcome hamper was much appreciated and made for a lovely start to a perfect, cosy Christmas in the heart of Lakeland. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Dec 2020

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  • Maximum 4 adults, Bedrooms: 1 King size with ensuite shower room, 1 twin or Superking, 1 single suitable for child only
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Oil central heating and wood burning stove, electric range cooker with five ring hob and double oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/drier, Smart TV
  • Cottage garden
  • Private parking for two cars
  • Wifi
  • Two pet dogs welcome

The property

Located in the pretty hamlet of Rosthwaite, in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley, surrounded by stunning scenery and offering a great choice of walks of all grades leading directly from the village, whilst being just a fifteen minute drive to the popular market town of Keswick and only five minutes from the shores of Derwentwater.

Yew Tree Cottage Borrowdale is a charming traditional Lakeland farmhouse.

Park just outside the garden gate and step through the front door into the welcoming sitting room with dining area.

Comfortable sofas are arranged in front of the cosy log burning stove and Smart TV and in the dining area there is a large family dining table.

Traditional features can be found through out the property with low doorways, oak beams, antique doors, slate floors and exposed stonework.

To the rear of the cottage is the fitted kitchen and to the side is the utility and boot room.

Also on the ground floor is the smart shower room.

The traditional Lakeland staircase leads to the first floor landing and the three bedrooms and family bathroom.

To the front of the cottage is a pretty cottage garden with lawn and mature borders.

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About the location


Keswick 6.5 miles.

The pretty village of Rosthwaite is situated in the Borrowdale area of the stunning Lake District National Park. The village, surrounded by fells and meadows offers a pub, shop and tea room. You’ll be delighted with the location - just driving up the Borrowdale Valley past Lake Derwentwater is sure to please, and once you arrive in Rosthwaite you will be charmed by the traditional Lakeland cottages. Within driving distance is the town of Keswick, which boasts a number of shops and restaurants, along with miniature golf, parks, the Pencil Museum and the famous Theatre by the Lake. With Derwent Water and Honister Pass close by, the village is an ideal base for walkers and cyclists, and is in a superb location to discover all of the Lake District.

Yew Tree Cottage sleeps a Maximum of 4 Adults due to the size of the property and parking. Children and Pets welcome.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas