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Sunny Hill

(Ref. 986584)

Great Strickland near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Every thing was great spoke to Neil about few minor issues and he agreed to ..."

    Every thing was great spoke to Neil about few minor issues and he agreed to rectify ASAP other wise every thing was top marks

    Reviewed by Terry4.7May 2024

  • "Excellent holiday with amazing hosts!"

    Thank you for making us so welcome, the cottage excelled our expectations and was like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a very good short break at Sunny Hill despite the weather."

    Cosy cottage ideal to chill out in front of log burner fire. All you need for a short break is in place and hosts very friendly should need anything. Good selection of restaurants and pubs within a 5/6 mile range with local pub 10 minute walk although it's on country road. All in all no complaints and would certainly make a return visit.

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Jan 2024

  • "Perfect little stay in the lovely house"

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Dec 2023

  • "Sunny Hill was a lovely holiday home and well equipped with kitchen equipment as we like to cook a lot of our own food."

    Great outside space for our little dog Jess to explore. Neil and Michelle where on hand if we needed anything and we enjoyed the bottle of wine and local brownies they left us as a little welcome gift. Plenty of wood on hand for the log burner which was lovely. Even without the log burner the cottage was quite warm as the radiators hear up very quickly too! Great location and only 45 minutes from Windamere, Bowness, Ambleside and Keswick. The local Co-op 10 minute drive away was well stocked and handy for bits and bobs! Overall a great stay despite the very wet weather but that didn't dampen anything!!

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was warm, clean and comfortable and Neil and Michelle were on hand if we needed anything."

    Neil asked if we had any problems when we departed, saying if guests don't tell us we don't know. We mentioned a light bulb in the cooker hood and he fixed it. Would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2023

  • "A first class product."

    Two very amiable hosts, who are only too willing to help if needed. Quality furnishings throughout and very comfortable beds. Similarly, top rate crockery and kitchen utensils. A large garden. We shall definitely stay again and have no hesitation in recommending Sunny Hill to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Spacious and very well maintained cottage."

    A beautiful and quiet garden to enjoy. Thoughtful gifts on arrival. Short drive to Ullswater Lake. Friendly and helpful hosts. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2023

  • "Just back from a really lovely stay at Sunny Hill."

    The cottage is absolutely lovely, very comfortable and includes everything you could possibly need. The very friendly owner was reassuringly on hand should we have needed anything but thankfully we didn’t. The beautiful garden was the star of the show for us and weather permitting, is a real treat with a lovely area to sit outside. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2023

  • "Neal and Michelle were excellent and very helpful, lovely accommodation and garden"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Such a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location."

    Clean and tidy, everything you’d need was available. Neil and Michelle were so friendly and accommodating.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0May 2023

  • "What a beautiful place to stay."

    We would not of enjoyed our stay anymore. It was homely and clean throughout. We absolutely loved the garden space sat watching the birds coming down for food. The dogs loved roaming in the garden and laying by the fire. We can’t wait to come back. Absolutely perfect getaway.

    Reviewed by Emaleen5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage very comfortable perfect for a dog friendly break."

    Will definitely book again

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2023

  • "A clean comfortable cottage in a good location for both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very clean, cosy, comfortable and spacious cottage."

    Warm welcome from the owners. Log burner laid ready to light and cake and wine to enjoy! Often cottage owners say there will be logs available and you arrive after a long journey to find this isn’t the case. Sunnyhill created instant relaxation and peace. We really enjoyed watching the birds in snow, mist, rain and sunshine so feel this would be an ideal cottage stay in any season.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Mar 2023

  • "Great cottage, lovely location and fantastic hosts"

    Reviewed by Giles5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great relaxing week cottage was excellent, warm and cosy dogs had a great time too."

    highly recommend.Would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

  • "Perfect in every way."

    Spotlessly clean, well equipped , lovely safe garden for our dog to roam about in and a first class pub right in the village. Our hosts were more than helpful and provided a lovely welcome pack. Can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean only problem we had was the single beds ." was a pull out bed so no good for an adult but then the bedroom was to small for 2 normal size single beds my husband ended up sleeping in the double room.

    Reviewed by Alison3.8Dec 2022

  • "Sunny Hill cottage was cosy, comfy and."

    Immaculate, it was well equipped and even had plenty of games and books to choose from. The owners were very thoughtful and massively went over and above for us, they even left a bottle or wine and a cake to welcome us. It's the little things that make such a difference. We have already recommended this property and Sykescottages to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Sunny Hill."

    As soon as we pulled up to the cottage, we knew we had booked the right place. The place was every bit as good as it looked on the website. Spotlessly clean inside, with a fully equipped open plan kitchen (even a slow cooker - which we did use). Plenty of cutlery and crockery and glasses of various types. Stocked Tea, Coffee and Sugar and even a separate coffee machine with coffee pouches.. A fantastic touch was a lovely Lemon Cake and a bottle of Wine , which we enjoyed immensely! The bedrooms were nicely decorated and beds comfy. The garden was fantastic, unfortunately the weather didn't give us much chance to use it, but in summer, it would be a fantastic place just to sit back and chill. I can't recommend this place highly enough and would be more than happy to recommend it to anybody. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a lovely 4 night stay at Sunny Hill."

    Everything in place for a great holiday break. Large garden which we enjoyed, especially our dog. We were lucky to have good weather and cottage is situated in an ideal place to explore the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay and hosts were very welcoming, helpful and informative in respect to the area and local attractions."

    Lovely place to stay as a base for exploring the Lake District area. Definitely would book again.

    Reviewed by Asif5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent property and lovely garden."

    We felt very much at home. Excellent hosts. Would highly recommend the property. Thoroughly enjoyable week’s holiday and we will return. J, B and R

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "The property could do with some updates like the kitchen."

    The kitchen cupboard doors need replacement. And on arrival there was a lot of dead flies in the lounge area.

    Reviewed by David3.8Mar 2022

  • "Very comfortable and clean cottage in a quiet location, had everything we needed."

    Superbly positioned for visiting all of the Lake District. Owners made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage with everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    Loads of space for four people. Owners were excellent at taking care of us both before and during the trip. Great location for access to lakes and amenities. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a very comfortable and happy week."

    It was a good place to meet up between Scotland and York. We all appreciated the ground floor accommodation which made for easy use and access. Michelle and Neil were extremely helpful, especially when I had forgotten the milk in the grocery delivery! A good week.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean comfortable and very well stocked."

    Lovely garden and the host Neil and Michelle were brilliant. Good location for exploring the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was exceptional we loved everything about the cottage and the ..."

    The cottage was exceptional we loved everything about the cottage and the garden, though we were here for complete relaxation with our dog and cat, the owner was completely present for most of our holiday doing odd jobs helping himself to our shed in the garden even though we wanted a peaceful break, he was drilling up the ladders down the ladders, didn’t want to offend but it kind of spoilt our relaxing break

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Jul 2021

  • "Probably the best value for money we have experienced with Sykes, especially after the poor experience in Wales last year."

    Highly recommend the property and the owners.,

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jun 2021

  • "Small out of the way little village without a shop but a very welcoming pub."

    Peaceful location and lots of walking routes in and around the area. Owners Neil and Michelle gave us a warm welcome and information regarding local eateries. Also provided essential information for bookings under Covid restrictions such as booking before 9am for Ullswater Steamer. Sunny Hill is a very cosy cottage and a welcome retreat with a beautiful garden to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2021

  • "Fabulous comfy cottage , Owners very helpful and informative about the local area, lovely local wakes will definitely return ."

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Apr 2021

  • "Our holiday to sunny hill at Great strickland was fantastic."

    the cottage was immaculate and had everything we needed and more. the owners of the cottage were fantastic in making our stay very welcoming. we loved the area. we would highly recommend to others. and we will def be going back.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, very peaceful location."

    The owners were fantastic hosts and couldn’t do enough for you. Highly recommend for touring the lakes.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2020

  • "Had a lovely stay at Sunny Hill cottage in Great Strickland, near Penrith in the Lake District in Oct 2020."

    Hosts were very welcoming and helpfull. Couldn't fault it. Very cosy cottage and close to main links in and around the Lake District area. Would recommend to anyone if holidaying in the Lake District. Look forward to coming back in 2021, can't wait. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Oct 2020

  • "The pictures of Sunny Hill really don’t do the cottage justice."

    I think what is most outstanding is the quality of the finish and the cleanliness of the accommodation. It’s so frustrating that some dog friendly holiday homes are below standard and it was such a relief to find that Sunny Hill was spotless particularly as our holiday was doubling up as a Honeymoon!! The owners are extremely approachable and friendly and made us feel really welcome. The quality of the fixtures and fittings is high here and everything you could possibly need has been provided. We intend to recommend Sunny Hill to all our friends but moreover have every intention of re booking on the future.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2020

  • "By far the best cottage we have stayed in, ideal for us and our doggies."

    Superbly equipped, thoughtfully designed, warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Myself and my family absolutely loved the peaceful and tranquil location with the most stunning picture postcard views."

    Our accommodation was just perfect, very cosy and homely. We really enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife and going on the many beautiful walks.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic shortbreak at Sunny Hill - beautiful cottage set in equally beautiful and well kept gardens/grounds."

    Thoughtful and useful extra information about local area supplied by very helpful hosts. Lovely flowers, chocolate & a bottle of very nice prosecco supplied as a surprise gift to help celebrate a birthday (thank you again) - lovely touch. Helpful and knowledgeable hosts, our thanks again to Neil & Michelle (and the baby rabbit that kept popping up) , will definitely be back for another visit.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2020

  • "Neil and Michelle made us very welcome ."

    Bungalow was nice and warm when we arrived. this bungalow is nicely located in the country side just outside of the village. Walking are dog was easy around local area. this was are second visit to sunny hill and never disappointed. Having two bathrooms make it easy if more than three go up on holiday. WiFi was also brilliant being where this bungalow is situated. Would surely use again.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2020

  • "Cottage was brilliant very peacefull and relaxing loved the gardens."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage was set within a beautiful peaceful garden , in a quiet village,with perfect weather for most of the time."

    We discovered a couple of lovely eating places, and met lots of friendly people.

    Reviewed by Marie4.4Sep 2019

  • "The cottage has everything you could want for a comfortable stay."

    Lovely tranquil setting Neil and Michelle could not offer any more than they have, I would highly recommend. Mrs Bunting

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful countryside, fabulous hosts Michelle and Neil were on hand if needed, cottage had everything you would need or wanted, well decorated and nice touches and spotlessly clean, the garden was like something out of a picture postcard if the weather is good it would be delightful to sit in the garden, lovely garden table and chairs available with parasol."

    Modern, beautiful cottage that I would highly recommend to all.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2019

  • "O wow! The words amazing, fantastic and perfect don't do this beautiful little cottage justice."

    I knew from the moment we arrived that this was a special place. It's situated in the quietest of loations and has amazing views. And as soon as we opened the front door, we knew we'd found a real gem. You walk into a lovely "cottagy" open plan kitchen, diner and living room which has patio doors that open up into the large garden area. We sat out in the garden and all we could hear were the birds and sheep. Bliss!! The 2 bedrooms are a good size with ample wardrobe room for all your bits and pieces. And there is a lovely en-suite with double shower and main bathroom with a bath. But you know what made this visit super special? The owners, Neil and Michelle. They thought of everything and more. I'd let them know it was my husband's big birthday, and they'd bought him a cake, a bottle of prosecco chilling in the fridge and sprinkled confetti on the dining room table where they placed the balloons I'd had delivered to their house. How lovely is that? They came to check we were ok once we had settled in and were on hand to give suggestions on where to go and what to do. And we met their lovely dogs who were just beautiful. This was our first time staying in a cottage, we normally stay in hotels or B&Bs. I have to say, I'm a convert. We have been truly spoilt on our first cottage stay. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2019

  • "Having been to Sunny Hill before we knew what to expect."

    Very clean and comfortable. Met the new owners who were very kind and helpful. Left us a lovely bottle of wine and Cumbrian fruit cake. It's a beautiful area with so much to see. We even went over to the coast this time to Whitehaven Harbour and Marina and St Bees - terrific beach. Weather changeable but that's all part of the Lake District

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was a beautiful place to spend our week."

    The owners were lovely and were very thoughtful in making sure we had a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2019

  • "Neil and Michelle gave us and our young retriever Ellie a very warm welcome."

    Everything we needed for a week's break was in the house which was warm, airy and comfortable. Great Strickland is an excellent base for visiting the Lakes, the western Borders and the Yorkshire Dales. It has an excellent, friendly pub serving home cooked food.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Sunny hill, we were very pleased with the accomodation."

    We found it too be warm, clean & well equipped. Neil& Michelle were very pleasant & gave us a wonderful friendly welcome. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We had a fantastic time exploring the Lakes, & then to return to such a lovely cottage made our holiday

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2019

  • "A lovely week at this beautiful cottage, so warm and welcoming."

    The owners were so helpful and have gone to great lengths to ensure this cottage is to an excellent standard. Lovely clean comfortable beds, on suite bathroom and overly big open living room and kitchen. Two big sofas that are very comfortable especially when your sitting in front of the log burner on a cold night. Thank you so much Neil & Michelle for allowing us to enjoy a lovely week at Sunny Hill

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Feb 2019

  • "What a lovely few days we had with our 2 dogs at Sunny Hill."

    A lovely welcome e mail arrived from Neil and Michelle before our visit. When we arrived the lights were on and the lovely couple came out to welcome us.Inside the cottage was lovely and cosy with a welcoming fruit loaf and bottle of wine.The cottage is perfect in every way and the grounds are superb for dogs well fenced and grassy.Spotless comfortable cottage we would definitely return and use as a base for the Lake District and Yorkshire.10 out of 10 for Neil and Michelle.

    Reviewed by Hew5.0Jan 2019

  • "All the beds were too small and uncomfortable."

    Several taps/fittings were loose. We failed to spot there was no washing machine in the property but felt it was a basic requirement in a modern self catering property. There was an insufficient amount of basic cutlery.

    Reviewed by Ian2.8Oct 2018

  • "A great country getaway cottage in the heart of Eden Valley farmland."

    Hosts were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Aug 2018

  • "Very enjoyable holiday."

    I especially like the fact that Sykes offer properties that cater for short breaks as well as full weeks. The property was lovely & peaceful with a beautiful garden. Perfect for sitting out on a sunny evening.

    Reviewed by Suzan5.0Jul 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x single with additional pull-out stacker bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen area, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player, CD player/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Cycle storage available
  • Private patio area with furniture, plus area of lawned garden
  • Two small or medium sized wellbehaved dogs welcome.Sorry no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Dogs are accepted at this property from 1st December 2018

The property

A fabulous single-storey detached cottage in the attractive grounds of the owner's home, on the edge of the pretty village of Great Strickland, seven miles from Penrith.

Built to a high standard, Sunny Hill provides first-class accommodation in a quiet, peaceful location, ideal for a get-away-from-it-all romantic break in the country.

The open-plan living area is spacious, light and airy, with French doors leading to a private, south-facing patio area, while exposed beams, Velux windows, a cosy woodburner and great views ensure that Sunny Hill will be a holiday home to remember.

A wonderful base for enjoying the inspirational Lake District, the Eden Valley Circular Cycle Route passes the cottage, while just a short drive away are Appleby, delightful Pooley Bridge and the magnificent lakes at Ullswater and Haweswater.

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About the location


Penrith 7 miles; Appleby 10 miles; Kendal 22 miles.

The attractive, unspoilt rural village of Great Strickland is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and Eden Valley. The village offers a pub, which serves good food and the nearby market town of Penrith has a good selection of shops and restaurants, a cinema and swimming baths. The Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre is only 2 miles away and well worth a visit, or why not cruise on one of Ullswater's motor yachts, which leave hourly from Pooley Bridge, only 5 miles away? The Rheged Discovery Centre in Penrith is the “largest grass covered building in the country” or you might like to visit Dalemain Historic House featured in a television production of Jane Eyre. For those who love the outdoors, the well known "Coast to Coast" walk runs close to Great Strickland and walks abound in the nearby National Park.

Two well behaved small or medium sized dogs accepted from 1st December 2018

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas