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Townhead Cottage

(Ref. 927735)

Sandwick near Pooley Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Compact and cozy cottage for two and a fantastic place to leave your car and do some walking"

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2022

  • "Quite cottage in the middle of nowhere."

    Exactly what we wanted. 5 minute walk to the lake - endless swims and paddleboarding. Bliss. Recommend the 1863 restaurant if you want to splash on great dinner in town - expensive but worth every penny.

    Reviewed by Marc4.4Aug 2022

  • "The bed was very low and hard could do with replacing"

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jun 2022

  • "This was my second visit and I enjoyed the remote peace of the location On my arrival there was no power to any of the plug sockets,soon found the fuse box and sorted the issue."

    Couldn’t get a signal on the TV no matter how I tried,reported to your team but regrettably they were unable to fix before the end of my stay. I really like the cottage,it’s torn and frayed,just like me. The remote peaceful beauty of Boardale is not to be missed as is the Howtown hotel tearooms which provided quality refreshments at reasonable cost.

    Reviewed by Ronny3.8Jun 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage in a gorgeous location!"

    ! Really comfortable and homely. Perfect!!

    Reviewed by Neal5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fabulous location - the main drawback being the very difficult drive to get to any other destination."

    Cottage very comfortable with lovely views from every window

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Oct 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at this amazing secluded location."

    The heating was good & we loved sitting on the wall of the empty cottage up the hill overlooking the lake. BUT The kitchen was greasy & cluttered so no space for our food etc til we cleared the unnecessary things. Sitting room was comfy but poor lighting & very small TV. The bed was very low & we found it too hard. We tried the open fire but it filled the house with smoke like the chimney was blocked. We told Beth who said she would get it fixed.

    Reviewed by Julie2.8Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location near lake and mountains."

    Perfectly good for 2 adults but no more. Comfy lounge with woodburner. Small but useful kitchen with everything you need in it. Strange "nearly on the floor" double bed, but very good sleep. Nice rural garden. Parking. Bit of a hike to nearest pub / restaurant. Long way from any shop so take supplies. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in idyllic location."

    Great walks from the door. Beautiful garden to relax after a day on the fells with red squirrels.

    Reviewed by Tony4.4Jun 2021

  • "We were surprised by a slightly grudging response in the Visitors Book from two previous guests."

    This is a beautiful cottage to visit, with wonderful pictures, furnishings and general decor, far better than the basics to be found in most other places. How could you complain about a combination of a stream in spate, excellent wifi, views of Ullswater, red squirrels and a fascinating landscaped extra garden? Access does involve a sometimes awkward approach by road but the walks are varied and exciting. We did experience a problem on the last morning with water supply after plumbers switched off our main supply, but don't let this unpredictable and marginal inconvenience put anyone off a holiday without comparison.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2021

  • "We love this cottage."

    So relaxing with some humdinger walks straight from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was warm and cosy in a beautiful, peaceful location, ideal for walking enthusiasts."

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Oct 2020

  • "Great for swims in the lake within a short pleasant walk."

    Reviewed by Adrian4.4Sep 2020

  • "The Cottage and its location was fabulous and the owners very welcoming."

    Not that happy with the Sykes experience to be honest but will likely use you again.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Jul 2020

  • "The perfect getaway"

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Jan 2020

  • "The location is the biggest asset of Townhead as are the views."

    We walked every day from the cottage and didn't get in the car once! It's an old fashioned place but delightful (I haven't seen an avocado bathroom suite for years!).

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Jul 2019

  • "Townhead Cottage is wonderfully situated in a very quiet setting."

    Immediate surrounding are is very pretty. The cottage has most things you need for a stayover. Small gripes; Bathroom could do with a bit of an update and some proper shower option; electric wall sockets in the kitchen keep tripping the RCD; the garden would do with some maintenance. These comments are meant to be constructive and should not detract from this interesting cottage and it's enchanting surroundings.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7May 2018

  • "The cottage was well appointed and of course in a fantastic location with views and access to spectacular scenery."

    Overall we had an enjoyable stay but there were niggles and annoyances; we would return again but better prepared through these experiences. The oil-heating system I suspect was a bit past its prime and not fit for purpose; the three ancient-looking radiators in the main room barely took the edge of the cold; we fared better in the bedroom, much more cosy, but only because the owners had thoughtfully supplied electric blankets plus there was double-glazing fitted. On this basis it felt more a spring, summer and autumn property. There was an large open fire in the living room and again the owners had thoughtfully supplied a large basket of wood, firelighters and newspaper - but no matches. I didn't fancy a pitch-black drive along miles of chicaning single track to Pooley Bridge and had to wait for the day after. It would've been useful for the literature to suggest we bring a box or be told this when we contacted the owner/agent about when we expected to arrive. An axe would also have been useful as the wood - and most wood then bought from surrounding villages and B&M and B&Q in Penrith - were Sequoia chunks. I ended up like Mr. Universe bellowing and wafting the grate for hours getting the fire bed hot enough and able to then devour the large chunks on its own. Once the fire was going it was great in the living room but an axe would have been useful to chop these into more manageable pieces initially. We had a RCD blow taking out random, unrelated appliances like the kettle, fridge, Sky Box, TV and WiFi. The info folder made no mention of the fuse box's location; we could not contact the owners as there was no 'phone signal and of course no WiFi. After twenty minutes of 'Hunt the Fuse Box' I eventually located it behind a door with no handle at the back of the living room managing to get a finger in and prise it open. I found in fact no RCD had blown but got power back by pushing the test switch up (...?!). There were one or two other things but it'll just sound like moaning; it was just little, overlooked things that irritated but finally didn't dampen a good stay.

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Feb 2018

  • "A stunning location, ideal for access to the Fells, with numerous walks right from the door."

    The cottage was warm, cosy and comfortable. The fixtures and fittings are a little dated and well used but we had everything we needed for our stay.

    Reviewed by Rhiannon4.4Oct 2017

  • "It was a lovely quiet location and a good base for walks."

    The route past Hallin Bank and down to the Howtown Hotel for a lunch-time drink and sandwich in the walker's bar, and return via Boredale made a good, not-too-strenuous day's walk.

    Reviewed by Chris4.6Sep 2017

  • "Perfect retreat cosy comfortable great roaring fires location fantastic everything you could wish for , would like to keep it a secret !"

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Nov 2016

  • "Town head cottage makes you fall in love with the lake district."

    The cottage has an authentic atmosphere while providing all needed amenities for a comfortable stay at the 'lakes'. The cottage is positioned beautifully near Ullswater lake, giving you plenty of scenic walking straight from the door step

    4.8Oct 2016

  • "We had a very relaxed and unwinding week in Townhead cottage and were pleasantly surprised by the lovely cottage!"

    Some positive feedback: Very difficult to carry the luggage over the steep and slippery steps round the back to the door. We put most of it t.hrough the window in the front?! There is a sort of driveway in the back but you would have to drive over the garden/grass from the neighbors, So we didn't. Wifi wasn't working the second day, but fixed immediately after reporting! The bed was extremely low 30 cm?! Would be a reason for me, as a 59 years old man with diabitis, not to return! The bathroom is designed to get wet, quite common in the UK. A shower curtain and a hook to hang the shower head on would be very useful.

    Reviewed by Jos4.4Sep 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • One first floor double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire(logs can be purchased locally)
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Logs for fire are not included
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair on request
  • Roadside parking
  • Lawned gardens with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 miles
  • Note: Property accessed via seven stone steps, please take care
  • Note: No mobile phone reception
  • Note: Stream opposite cottage, which is at the bottom of a very steep bank, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: Road to cottage is narrow and steep, a four-wheel drive may be required in winter weather
  • Note: Babes-in-arms only
  • Note: Please be advised that you will need to bring your owner supplies for the open fire
  • Note: Due to the location of the property, WiFi is suitable for browsing only and not for streaming or downloading
  • Please note that for any stay between 28/4/23 and 9/5/23, the fireplace will not be in operation and cannot be used
  • There will be a logburner installed from 9/5/23.

The property

This stone, character, semi-detached cottage is situated in the hamlet of Sandwick, with a private garden and views to the lake.

In a tranquil and stunning location, this cottage has a sitting room with a logburner, a kitchen and a bathroom on the ground floor.

On the first floor and completing the accommodation is a double bedroom.

A cosy romantic cottage in a fabulous location, for a relaxing away from it all break.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref 926852, together they sleep 8.

Townhead Farmhouse And Cottage

Pooley Bridge 5 miles. Two character stone cottages in the rural location of Martindale in the Lake District National Park, close to Lake Ullswater. These two cottages are a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the stunning scenery with many walks in the area. These cottages are at the end of a road over the Hallin Fell with stunning long lake views, and are surrounded by tranquil and stunning lakes scenery, offering a superb location to really get away from it all and unwind. Inside these cottages, from the quaint railed cottage garden, you are able to step back in time with beams, cast iron radiators and period fireplaces with a real fire. Glenridding is on the opposite lake shore and from here you can enjoy cruises on the historic steamers in the summer months. One of the most popular ways to explore and enjoy this area is to take a boat from Pooley Bridge, disembark at Howtown and walk to Glenridding, which was a favourite walk of Wordsworth, and then pick up the boat back to Pooley Bridge. One of the five vessels, The Lady of the Lake, was launched on 1877 and is believed to be the oldest working passenger ferry in the world. From Glenridding, you can also hike the challenging Helvellyn, with local companies offering guided tours, as well as to Striding and Swirral Edge. Situated close to the lake, there are many water activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and fishing. The popular pretty village of Pooley Bridge, at the northerly tip of the lake, offer shops, cafés and excellent pubs to tempt you. As well as this glorious scenery on your doorstep, Keswick and Ambleside are both within easy reach, making these two cottages a special place to stay with family and friends all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Penrith 6 miles.

The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

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Note: Babes-in-arms only.
Please note that for any stay between 28/4/23 and 9/5/23, the fireplace will not be in operation and cannot be used. There will be a logburner installed from 9/5/23.