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Yew Tree

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Melkinthorpe near Askham, Cumbria, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic place to stay."

    Lovely quiet village location with larch cottage nurseries and red barn gallery on doorstep. Yew tree cottage is a very comfortable and well equipped cottage. Beautiful gardens too! Really enjoyed our stay here and didn’t want to leave. Worked well as a base to explore the northern lakes area. Would love to return!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay so much we hope to return next year."

    Says it all really, doesn't it? :-)

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is an amazing cottage, beautifully furnished and very well equipped, with a fabulous garden."

    Be aware that there is only one shower and if like us, you have three couples, getting ready may take time. The location is great for visiting the east and north Lake District. Melkinthorpe is quiet and has a wonderful garden centre and gallery. Just one tiny gripe, there are no shelves or surfaces in the en-suite to put toiletries, but this is such a small thing. Overall this is the best Sykes cottage we’ve stayed in and we’ve had some great ones in the past.

    Judith – thanks so much for your feedback and comments. There are shelves in the en-suite but they are discreetly contained within the mirror unit and there is a shower tidy in the shower itself. The shelves really aren’t obvious, so I’m very sorry you missed those! Apart from that slight glitch we’re really glad to hear you enjoyed your time at Yewtree! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Aug 2023

  • "Yew Tree Cottage was the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in."

    It was extremely well appointed, wonderful location, so peaceful and the garden was beautiful. The decor and soft furnishings were amazing. Mark and Tim had thought of everything including the welcoming tray of goodies. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Rosalie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Cottage was very well equipped and comfortable."

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the location is peaceful but easily accessible for the Lake District and Eden valley. The photos on the website don’t do it justice.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 2023

  • "5* Our favourite Sykes Cottage Just back from our second stay at Yew Tree."

    ..the best property we’ve stayed in! Fantastic location in peaceful, pretty village, yet easy access from main roads. (My daughter and I feel very safe here, being 2 ladies on our own). Luxury bed linen, furnishings, decor and beautiful gardens make this property exceptional. Not far from Ullswater and Inn on the Lake for stunning views and great food. You can just wander across the road to Larch Cottage Nurseries and La Casa Verde Italian restaurant for Breakfast, lunch or tea and cake. The most kind and considerate hosts...were already planning our next stay.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2023

  • "Stayed for the first time at Yew Tree, and we all agreed this was the best Sykes-Holyday property ever."

    House and garden are fantastic, off the beaten track, yet within 15 minutes of the edge of the Lake District. The attention to detail both inside and out were just fantastic. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Johannes5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic property in a great location."

    Loved staying there and so well equipped. We’ll be booking again!

    Reviewed by Alasdair5.0Mar 2023

  • "Brilliant property - probably one of the best I have ever stayed in - Brilliant location - quiet - out of the Lakes but easy to get into the Northern Lakes - The cleanest house I have stayed in and beutifully furnished - A real GEM !"

    ! Only thing to improve on is some local activity information, guides, books etc - there appeared to be nothing in the house at all

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Oct 2022

  • "Yew Tree is a beautiful cottage to stay in."

    It has been impeccably decorated and is incredibly comfortable. Spotlessly clean too. The location is perfect for exploring the Eden Valley too. The owners are lovely too - they left a lovely welcome tray with the best blueberry muffins I’ve ever had! Nothing was too much trouble for them. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is such a wonderful property to stay in."

    It's immaculately clean, very quiet, beautifully and expensively furnished and equipped. Everything works well, the beds are very comfortable, the towels are white and soft, plenty of crockery, glasses, etc, and all matching! Clearly the owners continue to invest in making it a lovely place to stay in. The location is great being on a no-through road in a quiet village. There are beautiful walks from the door, and we were lucky enough to see a kingfisher by the river. It's also not far from Penrith, Keswick and the lakes. I really recommend this as a great place to stay - in fact it's one of the nicest holiday cottages we've ever stayed in!

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent property, very well equipped, peaceful location, one of our best self catering holidays ever."

    The welcome tray with tea, coffee, vase of flowers and tin of homemade blueberry muffins was lovely. Highly recommended, we hope to return next year

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2022

  • "Yew Tree cottage is an absolutely stunning cottage on a lovely little hamlet in the north lakes."

    The cottage is furnished to a high standard and facilities provided are fantastic. The beds are super comfy and it is so quiet in the village that you get such a good nights sleep. Our only criticism would be that the smoke alarms in the kitchen/dining area are so sensitive that they go off even when using the toaster- if this could be addressed, that would definitely be an improvement. The garden is so special and has been carefully designed to allow you to relax and enjoy being amongst the wildlife. You definitely need a car in order to stay at this property as there is no public transport nearby- the nearest pub being in the next village at Great Strickland. With a car however, it is ideally located to be able to visit lots of lovely towns such as Keswick, Grasmere, Penrith, Ambleside and other attractions such as Lowther Castle, the Jersey Ice Cream Farm, and Askham Hall. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing time in the north lakes. The hosts do a brilliant job at making your stay extremely comfortable and offer those added touches to make it even more special - including a gorgeous bunch of wild flowers from the garden and delicious homemade blueberry muffins - it is a very special place to stay.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0May 2022

  • "Yew tree is a lovely home from home."

    Very clean and comfortable in a nice quiet location. Hosts were kind and thoughtful. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Shelly5.0Jul 2021

  • "It was quiet and private."

    I would definitely recommend the listing for those with a young family.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful until the fire alarm went off and frightened the life out of us but we were so lucky with the weather and surrounded by a beautiful garden and peace!"

    !! Stunning position to trace lake round the Lake District and hope to be back!!! Fans maybe a good idea in the bedrooms as we were so lucky with the weather and it was so hot !!!

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a stunning hamlet."

    Immaculately clean and immediately welcoming. Glorious gardens, fabulous hosts. We’d love to return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic location"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

  • "Yew Tree was all we hoped for and more."

    We really loved the cottage, so well appointed and in a perfect situation to explore the stunning surrounding landscape.

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Oct 2020

  • "Cottage is beautiful, excellently positioned in a tiny hamlet."

    Spotlessly clean and so very quiet and peaceful. Definitely need a car to get about but sooo many amazing places to visit. Loved every minute of our weeks break

    Reviewed by Karyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "Spent a very enjoyable few days in Yew Tree cottage."

    Such a nice place to stay. Beautiful inside and out. Would have no hesitation in recommending it. A gem.

    Reviewed by J5.0Aug 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x king-size bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating, underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Two electric ovens, four ring induction hob,microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TV with DVD player and sound-bar, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Pergola with table and chairs, a vegetable garden, a greenhouse and a lawn area with pond, as well as a garden area to the front
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 2.6 miles
  • Note: There is a pond at this property

The property

Askham 3.6 miles.

Nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Melkinthorpe, on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park is this quaint cottage, Yew Tree.

This detached property is the perfect holiday home for up to six people to call home as they explore the fells and lakes of the National Park.

The interior of this dwelling has been transformed from a traditional cottage into a contemporary and stylish abode, complete with everything you could possibly need for a self-catered holiday.

Enter into Yew Tree and look forward to spending time within the living room, which offers a wonderful social space for everyone to gather.

The kitchen comes with a sleek central island unit with breakfast bar seating, so that you can keep the chef of the group company as they make the most of the solid quartz work-surfaces and the range of kitchen appliances.

The dining area offers seating for up to eight people and the sitting area boasts a plush seating arrangement and a TV with DVD player, perfect for those relaxing evenings in.

Alternatively, escape to the additional sitting room and light up the woodburning stove to allow a gentle warmth to filter into the space during a winter’s evening.

Make your way up the oak staircase, where you will find a small snug area, containing an inviting armchair, which is perfect for hiding away with a book on rainy days.

The master bedroom enjoys an elegant ambiance and an en-suite shower room, whilst the two other king-size bedrooms enjoy a more traditional feel and are served by a sleek family bathroom.

Continuing to impress is the garden area, where a pergola frames table and chairs, creating a superb alfresco dining spot and the spacious lawn area is great for soaking up the sunshine.

Within the garden, you will also be delighted to find a small vegetable garden and a greenhouse, which you are welcomed to take from whilst rustling up your own home-cooked meal.

Explore the friendly community of Melkinthorpe, where you will find the Larch Cottage Nurseries, which incorporates the Red Barn Gallery along with a cafe and restaurant.

Alternatively, head to the nearby village of Askham, a charming base, which features two pubs, the Michelin starred Askham Hall and a shop for picking up the essentials.

Slightly further afield is the town of Penrith, home to five major supermarkets, catering to all budgets and many pubs and restaurants offering a very wide range of food and drink.

Moreover, the cottage itself lies in the Eden Valley, which is characterised by rich farmland, extensive woodland and meandering becks and rivers, and has numerous footpaths in the immediate area.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted to find the popular fell of Hellvelyn, which dominates the enchanting Ullswater, home to opportunities for sailing, fishing, sailboarding and kayaking, as well as the Ullswater steamers, which departs from Pooley Bridge.

Other attractions within the surrounding area include the historic Brougham Castle, the stone circles of Long Meg and her Daughters, Lacy's Caves and the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, famous for its annual Horse Fair.

Yew Tree promises to be an action-packed holiday, that a family of all ages and tastes will enjoy.

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About the location


Penrith 4.7 miles; Ambleside 18.7 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 21.3 miles.

Askham is a village and civil parish resting in the Eden district of Cumbria, England. Seen as one of the most attractive villages in the County of Westmorland and adjoining the River Lowther, this village contains many whitewashed cottages surrounded by rural country fields, making it a peaceful setting for friends, families or couples seeking an escape to the beautiful Lake District National Park. The village itself has a convenience store, as well as a couple of pubs and restaurants for that fine dining experience. A short drive away is the historic and thriving towns of Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Keswick, all of which are popular tourist attractions with a range of sites to be seen. Make sure to visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, as well as Lake Windermere for its lakeside walks and watersporting opportunities. A truly delightful rural base, with attractions to suit all ages and tastes.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter