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Brathay View Cottage

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Skelwith Bridge near Chapel Stile, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful cottage."

    We loved the kitchen and the living space and the decor. The location was superb with parking and easy access to the Langdales/Ambleside and Grasmere. Our only niggle was the mattress in the front main bedroom was not comfortable and in our opinion needs replacing.

    Reviewed by William4.7Dec 2023

  • "It’s a lovely cottage and our second stay."

    Place is well presented and clean with good facilities- amazing location. Only comment is that it was quite cold downstairs as the underfloor heating was not good enough to keep us warm in this winter month (there was a lot of snow) - using the fire solved the problem but did involve buying a lot of wood to keep the room warm.

    Very pleased you thought our cottage lovely . Re the heating - the underfloor heating is in three sections Sounds like you only had one section switched on as it is very cosy even in icy weather . There are instructions in the guest info folder but if you stay again and have any issues at all then please do just reach out to the Lakelovers team, they are local and always on hand to help guests. The Owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Dec 2023

  • "We stayed during a particularly cold week but found it really chilly at times- ..."

    We stayed during a particularly cold week but found it really chilly at times- the underfloor heating wasn’t enough- there was no starter pack left for the fire so we struggled to keep warm the first night as we arrived late - there was also not enough hot water for a bath and we couldn’t get the towel rail on in the bathroom which is the only heating in that room- the cottage and location are lovely but we wouldn’t choose it again because of feeling constantly cold

    Reviewed by Susie3.1Nov 2023

  • "We have stayed in this wonderful cottage a few times."

    We love it. It is perfect. The decor is contemporary and vintage. The place is fantastic. I have scored cleanliness 4 as there was a few spider webs which could have easily been cleaned. The stone floor needed a mop. I am being picky. I will definitely be back. Sorry for not scoring a 5. Thanks

    So glad you had a lovely stay and thought our cottage wonderful. Thank you for your feedback, we will take your advice so when you next return it is a five. The Owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Nov 2023

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay."

    The house is fantastic and is in a great location. We loved being able to set off on walks from the front door. Handy for a pub and cafe too, plus the bus stop if you’re leaving the car behind. We walked to Grassmere over the top of Loughrigg and came back via bus. Great adventure. You can get busses down to Great Langdale, fabulous pubs and fell walks down there too. Also super easy to walk along to Elterwater where there’s another good pub and cafe. This house is immaculate, beautiful designed and decorated. Great to have a massive selection books and games in the cupboard. The log burner was cosy. Kitchen was excellent and had everything we needed. Thanks!

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is our third time to Brathay View and we love this beautiful holiday cottage."

    We have been able to walk straight out the house to the Langdale valley via Elterwater. Such a cosy cottage with underfloor heating as a bonus. A beautiful place to spend time any time of the year.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful property in a wonderful location."

    We really enjoyed our stay! Lovely and warm with how the storage heaters had been set and the property was immaculately clean. The accuracy in the listing about which parking space was dedicated to this property could have been clearer. The springs in the mattress in the master bedroom was slightly uncomfortable- a thick mattress topper on this bed would have made the stay just that bit more comfortable! We really felt at home and loved exploring local walks as well as the local cafe at Chesters on the River. Thank you!

    The master bedroom has had new mattress . No springs- a comfy nights sleep . All beds in the cottage now have new , quality , mattresses . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebekah4.4Sep 2023

  • "The cottage location is just perfect, almost central in the entire Lake District National Park and has many beautiful walks right outside the door."

    Add to this, the pub/restaurant almost next door and the river across the road, it is heaven. The cottage itself is very pretty, and has almost everything you can ask for. The kitchen, in fact, is so well stocked with utensils and 'useful' stuff that there is very little space for the storage of non-chilled food. However, a quick juggle of the cupboard contents sorted this with little fuss. In general, the cottage was clean and tidy, but unfortunately our impression when approaching for the first time from the parking space at the rear of the property was not a good one. The previous tenants had left so much rubbish that the bin immediately outside the rear door was packed solid and overflowing with 4 or 5 full bin liners also the ground. It was a warm day and the flies and smells were rife meaning we couldnt leave the back door open. The information book in the cottage says the rubbish collection is once a week, but didnt say when and on finally phoning the information/help number on Saturday afternoon, I was told that the rubbish would be collected on Monday. This meant putting up with someone elses rubbish for 3 days before collection and also meaning that we were not able to get rid of our own rubbish without adding to the issue. I realise that this is an extreme situation, and not within the control of the cottage owners, but it really wasn't a pleasant experience and did not give us a good first impression. The bed in the front bedroom was on the hard side and did not suit my husband who ended up spending a night sleeping on the sofa. I thought it was fine though! The new furniture downstairs is very comfortable and the blankets are snuggly on a cool evening. Would we come back again? Most definitely!

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We are sorry to hear of the issue that you experienced with the rubbish at the property, and we will ask our Maintenance Team to look into this further. We do find that beds and bedding are down to personal preference. We hope to welcome you again. Thank you- The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Jul 2023

  • "We've really enjoyed our stay at Brathay Cottage."

    Immaculately presented, thoughtfully designed, homely feel with everything you may need on vacation. There are great walks from Skelwith Bridge and having Chesters Cafe and Talbot Bar on your doorstep is a real treat. We also loved playing in the river right outside our cottage each day. Highly recommend.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "Had a lovely week at the cottage, it’s a perfect location and the cottage is homely and well equipped"

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marcus4.7May 2023

  • "This cottage has so much going for it!"

    Great location with beautiful walks from the doorstep of a short drive away. The yummy bakery. The sound of the river. Lots of space for our little family. Very well equipped kitchen etc - was great to have the highchair and travel cot available, and our little boy loved the basket of cars and kids DVDs. Underfloor heating also lovely! As others have noted the shower isn’t great, but understand it’s difficult in more rural areas. What did let it down was the cleanliness. Sorry to say the cottage really needs a deep clean, and it’s put us off staying somewhere dog friendly again. Our 2.5 year old tends to play on the floor and was immediately covered in dog hair and dirt from the mat in the living room, this then ended up everywhere - on us and having to brush it off the sofas etc. other areas also very dusty and in need of a thorough clean. Hope you can look into this as otherwise the cottage is awesome.

    Thank you for your comments, are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We will look into your comments regarding the cleanliness to ensure that our high standards continue to be met. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Apr 2023

  • "Great cottage me and my family really enjoyed Staying here."

    Great for walks and just a short trip from Ambleside. Lovely location right next to the river and Chester’s. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jan 2023

  • "The cottage is really nice in a great location for walks and pubs."

    It was January but the cottage was always warm and cozy. TV signal not good but we had firestick and used the WiFi and managed ok. I would go back

    Reviewed by Carl4.4Jan 2023

  • "We absolutely loved Brathay View Cottage."

    It was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The location was superb - far enough out of busy Ambleside to be peaceful, but only a short drive to pick up shopping, have a meal, etc. Sitting in the little garden with the sounds of Skelwith Force drifting along was lovely! Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Aug 2022

  • "Have stayed in the lakes many times and walked past Brathay Cottage and wished I could stay here !"

    It wasn’t a disappointment at all. The location is fantastic and right next to the famous ‘Chester’s ‘ who we adore. Getting to the cottage late after work on the Friday was fine but a pre - heads up on the ‘no milk ‘ in the care package would be helpful to note to customers travelling late. Chester’s obliged the next day with a free cup of milk for our needed cuppa. Also we didn’t realise there was a ‘one’ toilet roll in play - so again Chester’s came to the rescue. Underfloor heating was fab. Beds very comfortable. Again Chester’s handy to buy soap to wash hands with

    We leave a basket of fuel for a fire , one new loo roll , have pump dispenser hand wash in the bathroom and kitchen , leave a mini starter pack with a dishwasher tablet , dish cloth , tea towel, bin bag and tiny washing up liquid . We don’t leave food or drink but do leave info as to where the nearest shop is just 5 mins away in Chaoel Stile . So sorry you were disappointed . . The owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic location but the property is let down by the very poor shower."

    I realise that this is because of low water pressure to the cottage but can be remedied with some expense. We were only a party of 3 but I imagine it would be a struggle to accommodate 6 in the cottage with only one loo ! Otherwise good.

    The shower is the best that is possible to put in as an electric shower . We even re- wired to up the capacity of electric cable and get a new shower - the most powerful we could for our rural location . We live in a city but find it fine for our hols . Sorry it wasn’t good for you . The owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela3.8May 2022

  • "The cottage is situated in a lovely location which enhances the cottage itself."

    However, on our arrival at the property it looked a little grubby and we called the quality of the cleanliness into question. Upon further inspection, there was evidence of cooking equipment which was unsuitable for use safely and kitchen equipment which was broken and not fit for purpose. A bit of a shame as these issues let the cottage down a little and could do easily be avoided if regular checks and cleaning are in place.

    We have got Heart of the Lakes to engage new cleaners as we have never had comments on poor cleaning before . They have been instructed to check and feed back on any shoddy equipment that requires replacing and we ourselves will be back visiting again as normal and replacing things as and when required now that Covid has lessened . Thank you for your feedback . The owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by S J2.2Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely position."

    The beds were comfortable, the decor very stylish and welcomed the secure front garden . Fully stocked kitchen and appreciated the lovely range of glasses and crockery . We would visit again .

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jan 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and lovely setting."

    Would 100% rebook here.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is the third time we have stayed here and as always it is a beautiful place to stay a real home from home"

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Jun 2021

  • "We have stayed at Brathay View five times, which tells you how much we love this property."

    The open plan living is perfect for us with our well behaved black Labrador Fern. It’s so comfortable in a prime location with many walks straight out of the front door. We love the Elterwater circular walk & Loughrigg Tarn. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by D5.0May 2021

  • "We made some wonderful new memories whilst in the Lakes and loved the cottage."

    Another splendid holiday, thank you.

    Miss SandersonDec 2019

  • "We absolutely loved our weeks stay, with out much loved Labrador, our family came for a couple of days & were blown away with the high standard & location."

    Its our 2nd stay at this property & will be booking again for Spring & Autumn next year

    Mrs ShawDec 2019

  • "Idillic, wonderful location."

    Mrs LongDec 2019

  • "Gorgeous, stylish and homely cottage in the perfect location!"

    We have had a fabulous time here and will be back soon!

    AnonymousDec 2019

  • "This cottage is the best we have stayed in!"

    Beautiful location with walks into Elterwater! Would recommend to anyone!

    AnonymousDec 2019

  • "Beautiful location!"

    Cottage very well equipped and homely. Had a great time and would love to come back to this spot next year!

    AnonymousDec 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Three-storey cottage
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x second-floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and separate WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Storage heaters with underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair inc. Off-road parking for two cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • Garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (downstairs only)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.2 miles.

The property

Brathay View Cottage is one of a charming terrace of four Lakeland stone cottages, overlooking the River Brathay in the quiet hamlet of Skelwith Bridge.

An impressive three-bedroom property set over three floors, the owners have skilfully created a beautiful holiday home from which to spend quality time with friends or family, carefully combining original character with quality contemporary facilities, subtle colour schemes and plush furnishings.

Park at the back of the cottage and walk up to the back door, stepping into an immaculate, contemporary fitted kitchen where you can prepare all your homemade meals with ease, before going through to your large and bright open-plan sitting and dining area.

Admire the natural light flooding into this dual aspect room as you relax with a favourite drink on your stylish sofa amidst refined carpet sitting on the beautiful slate floor and a gorgeous hearth with its woodburning stove offering a welcoming warmth in the winter months.

Climb to the first floor to find two tastefully presented double bedrooms, both as beautiful as each other, they provide a perfect sleeping spot for the couples of the group, as well as the family bathroom and a separate wc resting at this level for your convenience.

Move up to the second floor of the cottage and you will find a charming spacious twin room or venture outside to soak up your scenery up close from the comfort of your very own private patio garden.

There is so much outdoor adventure to discover on your doorstep; sitting at the heart of the Lake District National Park, you won’t have to venture far to find walking and cycling routes aplenty, whether it’s a low-level circular route or an adventurous hike up to the high fells, there’s a route for every ability!

A few seconds stroll from the cottage to Chesters, a stylish cafe and shop, on the river bank and also to The Skelwith Bridge Hotel for eating out.Elterwater and Britannia Inn 2 miles.

For more amenities, the village of Chapel Stile can be reached by car where you can find another café, a pub and a shop for picking up any essentials.The town of Ambleside is 2 and half miles away.This is a perfect place from which to head off up the fells, round tarns and lakes, or along the river banks.Simply pack your picnic and head out of the door!

Brathay View Cottage makes an exceptional choice for your escape to this beautiful area of England.

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

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About the location


Ambleside and Grasmere 4.5 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 9.5 miles.

A delightful, rural village nestled right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Chapel Stile is an excellent hidden gem, set at the bottom of a stunning valley, flanked on one side by the River Brathay, surrounded by incredible scenery and filled with wonderful slate and stone buildings. The village offers a traditional church from the mid 1800's as well as a café, a pub and a village shop that has stood for well over 100 years. Chapel Stile is a great base for exploring this National Park, with easy access to a number of sights and fells worth visiting. You must go to the lovely neighbouring village of Elterwater and stand on the Skelwith Bridge and simply take in the views. Nearby are the fantastic Lake District towns of Ambleside and Kendal are withing a short driving distance, offering excellent views, buildings and so much to do. For you outdoors people, make sure you visit Bowness-on-Windermere, with its incredible lake activities and so much to do; it's perfect for families.

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