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Anvil Cottage

Near Sawrey, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972287)



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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "The holiday property was generally tired in its appearance."

    The plumbing generally needed sorting, the downstairs shower had very little force of water so difficult to have a good shower. The downstairs toilet kept blocking and had to be plunged regularly. The bath upstairs took an age to fill and then there was little hot water. The sink drain in the kitchen had no washer on it so the waste came off and we had to temporarily fix it. Generally the place needs updating and was a high price for poor amenities.

    Reviewed by LizOct 2021

  • "The listing mentions Wi-Fi but this was not working on arrival."

    We contacted the Owner (as noted in the Information Book) on Sunday but had to follow up on monday as we had not had any response. The Owner said he had contacted BT and they would be coming out to fix the issue but they never did and we had no Wi-Fi for the duration of our stay. This might not have been a problem but my Son was in between Work Contracts and needed Wi-Fi access and was expecting to have it! The parking at the Cottage is not suitable for a party of 6, (it is reasonable to assume there might be 3 cars for a party of 6). The downstairs toilet was not flushing effectively, we managed this as best we could and advised the Owner on the last morning it needed to be looked at.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2021

  • "Would definitely stay at Anvil Cottage again."

    Only minor issue BT wifi router would not connect but this does not reflect on the standard of the accommodation which was great.

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2021

  • "Excellent central village location, good garden with plenty of seating, we found the parking was fine for a large estate car."

    The cottage itself was great, only let down by the overpowering wet dog smell in the living room, which was there for the full week, and put us off using that room. Otherwise the house was really comfortable and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    We enjoyed visiting Hill Top and a highlight was swimming in the tarn at the top of the footpath running by the house. The cakes for sale next door where first class and a real treat each day after our long walks. Lots to do in the local area and we left the car at the cottage most days and walked to Hawkshead, the Windermere ferry or off up to the hills or Esthwaite water. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "Beautiful location, love original features within the cottage and it has been made very comfortable and suitable for families with young children."

    Perfect location. Kept history of property.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "The cottage is decorated really nicely and the beds are very comfortable."

    The thing we were really impressed with was the amount of kitchen utensils, crockery, pans and cooking dishes.

    Reviewed by TimJul 2021

  • "The garden was unkept and a mess."

    The parking is small and customers should be advised as we only just managed to fit our 4x4 on with a squeeze and a shuffle back and forth to close the gate. Not enough instruction information left for the oven and the log burner. The information that was left was out of date and not helpful as lots has changed.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "Really enjoyed the stay."

    Only suggestion would Maybe to have some mesh on gate….if you had small dog may manage to get through. Although fully appreciate it’s the dog owners responsibility

    Reviewed by JenniferJun 2021

  • "Great cottage, comfortable, spacious, well equipped and fantastic location."

    Parking in the driveway was a bit tight but no probs after a couple of practice shots! Dogs loved the garden.

    Reviewed by JasonMay 2021

  • "Water pressure is very poor."

    Also the hot water would scald a child. Fine for us as two adults but Could be tricky with young children. The cottage is perfect and has everything one could need. Very cosy And perfectly situated for walking, views and a peaceful Haven. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by VivienOct 2020

  • "The cottage was great."

    The garden not great. It would have been nice to sit out in the garden in the nice weather we enjoyed. Unfortunately it was a little unkempt. And maybe invest in some nice garden furniture. A dilapidated wooden bench full of bird muck and a couple of plastic chairs that had seen better days is not good. The Gardener did arrive on Friday morning but a bit to late for our stay.

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2020

  • "We were supposed to be at Anvil Cottage in June 2020 but owing to Covid19 lockdown we re booked to September 2020."

    We finally managed to find the cottage which was in a quiet hamlet. I suspect that in normal times it would be a very busy hamlet during the day owing to the closeness Hill Top Farm. The cottage was very clean and tidy. Beds were very comfortable. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything needed but could do with one smaller frying pan (there are 2 really large frying pans supplied). We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this cottage. There are plenty of walks and the surrounding countryside is magnificent as Lake Windermere, Coniston Water, Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water are all nearby.

    Reviewed by ChristinaSep 2020

  • "Great location and an excellent cottage."

    There were six of us and we had plenty of room. I’d recommend taking a small vehicle - the garage and the parking area are quite small. Having said that, I’d recommend taking a small vehicle to the Lakes, given the narrow lanes. A really nice place to stay. I’d recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by KenAug 2020

  • "Anvil Cottage is in a great location in the small village of Near Sawrey, which is close to all the great walks and hills."

    It is also perfectly located for the small village of Hawkshead and the larger town of Bowness. We were very lucky as the weather was exceptional throughout, but this part of England is just magical and a must visit for all.

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2020

  • "The cottage was set in a lovely area and was just what we expected."

    Although a little tired in places it was comfortable, and well stocked. We made Christmas lunch for six in the property and had a really good time. The garden at the rear is small and has gates so excellent for our poodle to play out without going near the road. The pub is just across the road and has a Yorkshire range fire, good beer and excellent food. Some fantastic walks and views The family room would be better if it was a twin

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2019

  • "Lovely period property in great location."

    Reviewed by ChrisNov 2019

  • "This was a lovely quaint cottage with plenty of room and well equipped kitchen."

    The house felt like a home rather than a holiday let and we felt like we were at home from the moment we walked in the door. It was comfortable and cosy and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We initially tried to book online but something went wrong with the site when trying to make payment so we rang the office. We received a very friendly and efficient service from the lady we spoke to on the phone and received receipts, booking confirmation and key collection details within a minute of ending our call. So all in all a relatively hassle free booking.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2019

  • "The house provided a comfortable stay for visiting the lake district and surrounding areas."

    The interior was a little dated, and the garden wasn't really as advertised. The gardening had not been done for a long while and as such was not very pleasant to sit out there, and it isn't very private as passers by on the street can see into it. House was right in the centre of the village opposite Hill Top and as such a lot of tourists were outside taking pictures of the house and looking through the windows. One tourist actually walked right through the front door and when asked to leave demanded to know 'if this cottage is private then why is it in the national trust brochure?!' Safe to say we kept the front door locked from then on. Parking situation was also a bit tricky, and although the kitchen was mostly acceptable, the fridge had a really strong odour that made it very unpleasant every time you opened it. Other than this the cottage was extremely clean. Overall a nice stay but not as private as we would have liked, and the house could really do with a bit of TLC I think.

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2019

  • "The cottage is really comfy and feels like it's "lived in", so home away from home."

    The kitchen was well stocked and we loved the fact that there were lots of children's books as we had a (nearly) 3 year old. You do tend to get people peering in the window and photographing the house as it's opposite the famous Hill Farm (Beatrix Potter's house), and was featured in a couple of her books - I expect there's a lot more of this in high season! The only minor thing I'd ask for is WiFi, but that's hardly a big issue.

    Reviewed by BruceJun 2019

  • "We love Anvil Cottage and have stayed there many times and hope to do so in the future."

    The cottage and garden are lovely. Just a few small points of recommendations are that the Dyson did not work well so we were not able to clean the floor as we would have wished. Also the cooking utensils do need upgrading, particularly the frying pan. A few small improvements would greatly improve the stay. We appreciated the wood burner and the logs. Many thanks for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by MelApr 2019

  • "Cracking cottage - everything we needed - brilliant location - we aren't massive hikers - and there are lots of lovely works around the cottage and all involving lovely pubs !"

    Hawkshead is only 3 miles away for provisions - and there is a daily milk delivery to your door to. The landscape around the cottage in enchanting - especially knowing our neighbour is Beatrix Potter - stories from my childhood. Coniston is only about a 15 minute drive - we managed to walk a good way up the Old Man - almost reached the snow cap !! We visited the first week of March and yes it did rain, but we also had some dry days too - will most definitely be visiting again. We took Gary our cockapoo too - who very much enjoyed his stay at this dog friendly cottage - nice enclosed garden.

    Reviewed by ZoeMar 2019

  • "The fridge requires a deep clean."

    Although spotlessly clean it had anasty fusty smell for the whole fortnight. Leave door open when not in use. The lights under the kitchen units don't work. Every thing else v. good

    Reviewed by CliffFeb 2019

  • "Location good for walks and Ambleside, with a pub nearby."

    However cottage is right on the road,so if you're used to a quiet spot,or like a lie in, maybe not for you.

    Reviewed by WilliamDec 2018

  • "Anvil cottage is very comfortable and cosy."

    The beds were great and we all had good sleep. It is wonderfully located in Near Sawrey but not noisy despite being by the main road. The enclosed garden is great. The kitchen was very well equipped with the exception of a cheese grater! And a few more mugs would be good to allow better use of the dishwasher. We also found the tub chair in the lounge uncomfortable and as such don’t feel that the lounge would comfortably seat 6 adults as the cottages sleeps. Maybe a more comfy armchair? We also were surprised at the arrival of the gardener mid week who brought his dog with him. As we had a dog with us this was unwelcome as we could not let our dog out whilst he was there as she would have been scared. it was also early in the morning (about 10:30)for a holiday day! It would be good to know as in other cottages I have stayed in when maintenace like this is due to take place so we can plan accordingly. Overall we had a fabulous stay and would definitely come back and recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2018

  • "Hi. We have been going to Anvil since it became a holiday cottage and we love it."

    We tend to eat in at the cottage more and more and the only suggestion we would make is that for a small outlay new glasses that match and better kitchen utensils would improve the cooking experience. For example there were no pint beer glasses and three mis- matched wine glasses. We bought and donated two beer glasses. There are many good things about Anvil, like the logs provided for the fire, which we appreciate. Regards Mark Ottignon

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2018

  • "My Mum, myself and the dog loved this cottage."

    It was clean, warm, comfortable and welcoming. Yes we did have people looking through the windows as it is opposite Hilltop. I know this would put many people off but as one reviewer said, this must be one of the busiest attractions in the Lake District so what do you expect? The garden is small and private. Everything worked, washing machine, dishwasher heating etc. and was easy to use. If we had to say anything at all slightly negative about the property, it is the driveway. It is on the narrow side with metal gates, so watch your car (we only have a medium sized car) and you have to obviously check for traffic when you are reversing out. I am not sure why we couldn't use the garage as this was bigger. However, Emma (very helpful and friendly) from Lakes cottage holidays said not to. Anyway it was perfect for us and very close to everything with beautiful walks. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2018

  • "Cottage was in a lovely location, however, didn't realise how busy location was due to the number of tourists visiting Hill Top."

    This brings me to my first comment of which there were no net curtains within the property, only night ones. This resulted in a lack of privacy because some tourists would take photos of the cottage, which was fine but some people would also look through the windows which I found to be a bit of a pain. so there were certain times the curtains were closed whilst we we there. Secondly, at the beginning of the week, the boiler had a problem producing hot water. I spoke to the owner and was told there had been previous problems which had been fixed but the way to sort it out was to turn on the Immersion heater as required which was in the main bedroom.A bit inconvenient, especially when I didn't always remember to do it. The owner also said he would get an engineer in on the Saturday (the day we were leaving) which for me was not acceptable. It should have been sorted out, whilst we were there.Thirdly, I am not used to oil-fired boilers. This one was rather noisy and whilst running produced rather nauseous fumes. The boiler was located in a small Utility room near the back door. Fourthly, the garden was very small. We have three dogs. The picture on the website suggests it is much larger. Fifth comment, whilst the front of the cottage gave off a certain amount of charm, the back needs a lot of work doing on it, especially some of the drain-pipes. They are rusty with paint peeling off them. I suspect they are part of the original fittings. Lastly, the drive which is behind a couple of metal gates is small. Really only suitable for a small to medium size vehicle. With three dogs, we have a larger one. Manoeuvering was quite tricky, especially as the gates were mounted on posts which reduced the width somewhat. Best way, was to reverse in, which meant moving to the middle of the road to obtain the correct angle to reverse. Watch out for passing cars. When pulling out of the drive, make sure there is a second person to guide you out. You cannot see either left or right until you are in the middle of the road and the road can be very busy. There is nowhere to park outside the cottage. All-in-all, location was lovely but I feel the price of the cottage was rather high for what it had to offer. I spoke to the agent about some of the problems and was told the owner was aware of them. If so, why were they not dealt with?

    Reviewed by JulianJun 2018

  • "Had an excellent week at Anvil Cottage."

    Sawrey is a beautiful village with great walks, fabulous food and beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by KellyJun 2018

  • "I rang Sykes Cottages on arrival as the house was cold, damp and there was no kindling to light the fire."

    The TV needed setting up from scratch, the rear garden light didn’t work and there was nearly no hot water supply in the upstairs bathroom. The key safe is rusty and took us 15 mins to access the key. The fridge smells terrible. I was told somebody would ring me back or email me after the owners had been notified. Nobody has rung me back or emailed me. We are leaving today after enduring a terrible experience with our 3 children. Thank goodness it was only 2 nights. Just under £500 to stay in this horrible cold place. Please could somebody get in touch to explain why nobody helped us or even got back to us. Sykes Cottages customer service so far has been none existent.

    Reviewed by KirstyFeb 2018

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The property

Located opposite the home of Beatrix Potter in the picturesque village of Near Sawrey, Anvil Cottage is a picture-perfect holiday home just 2 miles south of Hawkshead and 5 miles east of Coniston on the western shores of Lake Windermere.

Once the village bakery, this stone built cottage sleeps 6 and is ideal for a family or friends who want to explore the stunning landscape of the Lake District.

With all the conveniences of modern living, Anvil Cottage maintains bags of charm and country cottage character.

Through the traditional porch, you enter a cosy and comfortable lounge with a traditional slate flagged floor, multifuel burner for those cooler evenings and a satellite TV.

There's a lovely cottage feel to the lounge and the dining room which seats 6 around a large dining table.

Off the well equipped kitchen there's a utility room and the downstairs accommodation also features a shower with separate hand basin and WC.

Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, both with window seats and views over the village and one is equipped with a satellite TV and DVD player.

The accommodation is completed with a light and airy family room with a single bed and bunk beds ideal for younger children.

There's also a good sized family bathroom with separate wash basin and WC.

Outside there's a small and very pretty cottage garden with flower beds and a lawn, the ideal spot for a morning coffee, afternoon tea or glass of wine after a long day's sightseeing in the Lakes.

Fully enclosed, the garden is ideal for children and pets.

There's also a single garage which would make an ideal place to store bikes if you intend to explore the nearby cycling trails.

Anvil Cottage is just 100 yards from the Tower Bank Arms, which features in several Beatrix Potter books and now provides excellent meals as well as a traditional country pub atmosphere.

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's home, is just a short stroll away, making Anvil Cottage the perfect location for lovers of her charming animal stories.

At Anvil Cottage you're just a short drive from the banks of Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water, making this the ideal location for keen walkers and cyclists with plenty of challenging mountain bike trails in the vicinity.

Coniston and Hawkeshead are nearby, so don't miss a trip to the Drunken Duck, the Lake District's original gastropub and microbrewery.

Don't miss a scenic boat cruise on Lake Windermere or take a day trip to the Keswick Adventure Centre for canoeing, climbing and abseiling.

Wonderfully situated at the heart of the stunning and picturesque Lake District, Anvil Cottage really is the ideal jumping off point for the perfect family holiday.


  • Two double bedrooms (one with satellite TV and DVD player), one family room with single bed and bunk beds
  • Family bathroom with bath and hand held shower, separate basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with wash basin and WC
  • Kitchen with separate utility room
  • Lounge with satellite TV and multifuel burner
  • Separate dining room.
  • Oil fired central heating and multifuel burner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, satellite TV, WIFI CD player
  • Oil, electricity, coal, logs, bed linen and towels included in the rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Enclosed garden with lawn
  • Up to 3 dogs welcome
  • Village location, pub/restaurant 100 yards
  • Note: Attached single garage and off street parking to the rear
  • Note: Other pets may be considered.

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About the location


Hawkshead 2 miles.

The village of Sawrey is situated two miles from Hawkshead down the eastern side of Esthwaite Water, overlooked by the woods and tarns of Claife Heights. Sawrey consists of two separate hamlets - Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey - both with a cluster of picturesque cottages, tea rooms and pubs. Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote her acclaimed children's stories. Now a museum, owned and run by the National Trust, Hill Top is one of the most visited houses in the Lake District. Far Sawrey is the hamlet furthest away from Hawkshead and the nearest to the ferry point on Windermere. It offers a church and pub/restaurant with a beer garden. There are good walks in the area, including those to Claife Heights and in Grizedale Forest. It's also a great base for enjoying a wide variety of typical Lakeland pursuits - with watersports close at hand on Lake Windermere, fishing on nearby Esthwaite Water and, of course, fell walking.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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