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The Rockery Suite

(Ref. 1043132)

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4.3

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "My wife and I had a wonderful stay at in the Rockery Suite, it is in a lovely quiet location, we loved the spacious but cosy living room, the open fire was a treat, especially after a long day on the fells."

    The suite had everything we needed, the bed was comfy and the kitchen had all the utilities you needed for the week we were there. We would definitely be looking to come back soon.

    Many thanks Mark for your generous feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in The Rockery Suite. I see from our bookings calendar that you haven't wasted any time ensuring a future visit/availability, and have already booked again for a week in December - thankyou ...and another opportunity to make the most of our cosy open fire! :-) With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2024

  • "The property was as described and warm."

    We enjoyed the open fire which is always a good feature. Thank you.

    Many thanks Peter for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in The Rockery Suite, and that you were warm and comfortable. Yes, the open fire is a fabulous feature isn't it - it was one of the main reasons we opted to buy the apartment, and when we visit ourselves during colder weather lighting the fire is pretty much the first thing we do as part of the process of relaxing & unwinding! Do come back. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2024

  • "Well equipped accommodation, television seemed to have a mind of its own though - can understand why there are so many DVD's!"

    Great location overall, some fabulous walking straight from accommodation without need to get the car out, good pub a stones throw away as well.

    Thankyou Rebecca for your feedback. We are pleased that you loved the location and our most-local of locals - The Cuckoo Brow! Also that you found everything you needed in our apartment - we have made every effort to equip The Rockery Suite with everything we would wish to find in a holiday apartment ...including catering for the many-&-varied viewing preferences of our guests, hence the DVD's :-) Strange re. the TV though - I shall be visiting in March for my annual maintenance trip, so I shall check out the TV then. Do come back. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Feb 2024

  • "Apartment was cold and damp when we arrived It might be an idea to air the ..."

    Apartment was cold and damp when we arrived It might be an idea to air the apartment during the morning of the arrival day Apart from that everything you need for a short break is there The building is a bit tired and dated but this gives the place a Lakeland vibe

    Many thanks Glen for your review - we are glad that you found everything you needed in The Rockery Suite. Apologies that your arrival was less than "warm"! Unusually the apartment was vacant for a week before your arrival. Being mindful of energy usage our scrupulous cleaner Jan will have turned the radiator thermostats down to "low" (as you doubtless will have noticed) when she prepared the apartment after the previous departure. We hope that it didn't take too long for the apartment to warm up again. But, yes, good point, when we have a similar gap in our bookings during the winter/a cold spell, we shall ask Sawrey Knotts' housekeeper Helga to pop in to turn the thermostats back up on the morning of the next arrival. With best regards, Malcolm &Kate; Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glen3.8Jan 2024

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, the fire was a great bonus especially all the wood being included."

    The heating was supposed to come on at 3pm, but when we arrived at 4 it wasn’t on and the apartment was cold, perhaps the times haven’t been changed with the time change? It would have been nice to have instructions for the coffee machine, ended up spending ages trying to Google how to work it, so only used it once. Lots of equipment in the kitchen, but far too much crockery which left little room for food, a useful small freezer in the hall once I found it! A cosy sitting room, we didn’t find the TV too small but we only have a small one at home. Lots of DVDs and games, although the weather was very wet at times we didn’t use any of them. Very comfortable bed and really warm, didn’t need to heated blanket. Would definitely come again.

    Many thanks Stefan for your feedback - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you back. Our wonderful housekeeper Helga is very "on the ball", so I am sure that she will have adjusted the central heating timer in the boiler room, but I shall double-check with her. The only other thing I can think is that the radiator thermostats may have been turned down, but when we have a same-day change-over our equally wonderful cleaner Jan leaves them at a "comfortable temperature", and I am sure you would have noticed this anyway. I shall confirm that a set of instructions for our Nespresso machine is still in our welcome folder. Re. crockery and storage space (which, yes, is limited in our kitchen - catering for two people), it can be difficult to anticipate what all guests will require, for example not-so-long-ago a guest asked in her feedback whether we could provide pasta bowls, so we have. I shall be up again in the new year, so will of course review how we organise our storage in the kitchen. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment with everything you needed and nice welcome pack on arrival."

    Property set back from the road with lovely gardens to walk round. It was nice to have a designated parking place and also good supply of wood and kindling you could stock up on if needed for the open fire, although when we got back in an evening it was plenty warm enough so didn't end up using it. Nearest pub is literally few minutes walk from the property down a path so you don't have to walk on the road and the location of the property is in easy access of the local towns and villages. I would happily recommend the Rockery Suite for a nice relaxing getaway.

    Many thanks Julie for your generous review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2023

  • "We arrived rather late through an unexpected hospital appointment and it would have been nice to have found kindling and logs in the room available to light the fire straight away."

    It was mentioned in the apartment details that it might be a kind gesture to leave the fire laid and logs available. We did this for the next incumbents but perhaps a bit more emphasis on this in the instructions? Otherwise we found the flat absolutely perfect and very warm and comfortable with everything we needed. We forgot to bring kitchen roll but that was our fault. My partner thought the welcome hamper fell short of the illustrated example but then we were only staying for four nights.

    Many thanks James for your positive feedback - we are delighted that you had a warm, comfortable and "well-equipped" stay - we do our best to provide everything that we would wish to find in an apartment, and that we might wish to use when we stay in The Rockery Suite ourselves. We hope, although the hospital appointment delayed you, that it was re. a straight-forward issue. Thankyou for having relaid the fire - as you point out and as we have discovered not everyone will do this, and there may be a good reason - all we can do is ask. We regularly re-stock with items for the welcome basket, so, although it may not be identical to the photo, our wonderful cleaner Jan ensures that there should be the same number of similar items. Please come back, and hopefully circumstances will enable an earlier and more relaxed arrival for you next time. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful area, lovely walks, couple pubs walk away, Lovely big house and grounds, easy access, Nice size lounge high ceiling, bit dated, carpets, curtains and sofa very old, needed air freshers as stale smell."

    Large bed very comfortable and white sheets and towels nice touch and clean. Big old fireplace but tiny modern TV looks out of place, Kitchen needs a fresh up but has all you need for cooking. Overall 7/10 pleasant stay.

    Many thanks Elle for your positive review with additionally helpful observations. It has, thankfully, been a very busy season for us, with, as we know, often damp weather. So, with a couple of empty weeks ahead, we are bringing someone in to give the carpets and furniture a good clean & freshen-up, as we do every Autumn. The cosy open fire certainly "comes into its own" at this time of year, being the focal point in our characterful lounge. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elle3.4Oct 2023

  • "2nd visit to Rockery Suite."

    Not as clean as before, dirty window sills and filthy unwashed cooking trays in cupboard. Tv very fiddly could not get it to work properly it did last time.

    Thankyou Allida for your generous score. Apologies re. the two oversights - our wonderful cleaner is thorough & conscientious, but it can sometimes be a rush preparing many properties on change-over day. I shall of course address these issues. A laminated A4 sheet of straight-forward instructions for operating the TV, Freesat and DVD player should be on the TV table, so I shall confirm that this is being replaced before every visit. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allida4.1Oct 2023

  • "Lovely little place, to relax, really enjoyed the fire as we stayed in October"

    We are delighted Jaime that you enjoyed your stay in The Rockery Suite. Yes, our cosy open fire is a bonus at this time of year - whenever we visit in Autumn/Winter/Spring the first thing we do is light the fire! As you say it contributes to the sense of relaxation. Do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jaime5.0Oct 2023

  • "Better instructions on how to access the property would be nice, also a side gate on the rear patio area of the suite would help, a dog from the adjoining suite came into our kitchen and ate our dogs dinner, the lack of a gate meant we had to keep the rear door shut all the time and it was very hot during our stay."

    Everything else was lovely, bed was really comfortable, sitting room very grand, bigger TV wouldn't go amiss, and the gardens were beautiful, we would definitely stay again.

    Many thanks Sarah for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in The Rockery Suite. Apologies of course re. the thieving dog - how bizarre and how frustrating! This has never happened before in the 20 years we have owned the apartment. We had always felt that a side gate would be an irritating extra hurdle on the narrow rear pathway for guests if/when accessing the apartment via our backdoor, but we will of course look at this again. Re. the size of our TV, to be honest, this was/is a deliberate decision - I appreciate there has been an increasing tendency towards larger TV's, but we have always regarded our open fireplace as the focal point in our characterful lounge. But we will of course also look at the possibility of alternative screen sizes. And yes please, do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah3.4Sep 2023

  • "We have stopped at sawray knotts 5 times in total."

    Our 3rd time in the rockery suite always enjoy are time there . Everything you need is there like a home from home . We will be back again soon . Thank you for the welcome pack . Chris and jan. South Shields. Tyneside

    Many thanks Chris & Jan for your lovely feedback. We go to every effort to make the apartment feel homely, not least with the open fire place in the winter - very cosy, and the only actual fire place in the building. This is important for us, as well as for our guests. Glad also that you appreciated our new "welcome basket". Here's hoping that it won't be too long before you stay for a 4th time! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Jul 2023

  • "TRAVEL TIP: If you are driving up from the South (we came up from Surrey) - go up the East side of Lake Windermere and take the ferry across (from Bowness - it's £6 each way), the house is less than 5 minutes from the ferry stop is and it will save you from having to drive on some windy, narrow 'B' roads."

    When you arrive at the house, there is a marked parking space for the suite, please be sure to use it so that there isn't a parking/driving issue with anyone else staying there. The house is very near to a number of National Trust sites (a viewing station, Wray Castle, and so much more), which was mostly what we wanted to do - as we have a dog and needed to be able to do outdoorsy things with her. Inside, the bedroom is very comfortable and I (the wife) was in love with the duvet. The kitchen was a bit small, but it had everything you could need (pots/pans/oven/microwave/ etc). There is even a small spare freezer located elsewhere in the house in case you bring a lot of frozen items and you need more space than what comes with the fridge in the kitchen. And in the very fancy room, our very posh looking dog (she's a Pointer) loved sleeping on the rug in front of the fireplace making herself look very much at home. The TV was set up with wifi access so you could access your own streaming services, if you felt the need. Outside: The grounds are lovely, the views are spectacular, and our dog truly enjoyed watching the bunnies hopping all over the place. If we ever come back up this way, we would absolutely stay here again !

    Many thanks Shawn for your lovely & informative review. We are delighted that you, Neil and your "posh" Pointer (that made us chuckle) enjoyed your stay. Thankyou also for highlighting the option of the final approach via the chain ferry - as well as sparing drivers the winding roads, the journey across Lake Windermere is a lovely way to arrive. We look forward to welcoming you back. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Firstly can I say we had a fantastic holiday, the weather was beautiful all week which was a good job because we found the rockery suite very dark & quite chilly even though the weather was hot."

    I think this is because it’s at the back of the house. We found the bed too hard though some might like that. The television is too small & when watching dvds there’s a loud buzzing noise that you can hear all the time. On the plus side the grounds are awesome with great scenery. The owners have tried hard and we did have a really relaxing holiday!!

    Many thanks Tim for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic and relaxing holiday. Yes, the weather has been amazing hasn't it! Ideal, as you say, for enjoying the grounds. We are careful to make it very clear in our listing that The Rockery Suite is to the rear of Sawrey Knotts. And the apartment is of course priced accordingly. And/but as you point out one has only to walk out of the front door to enjoy the spectacular views. We have installed bright lighting in the apartment, but with dimmers so that guests can set their own levels. We also provide a few supplementary free-standing heaters in case guests feel the cold when the building's central heating is off in the middle of the day or very late in the evening. Re. the mattress, as I am sure you will appreciate, it can be difficult catering for guests' different preferences re. firmness - one guest's "firm" mattress is another guest's "hard" mattress, and the opposite can of course apply. So Kate and I chose a mattress which works for us, and, thankfully, most guests seem to find it comfortable. We put a medium-sized TV in the lounge because we wanted our open fire to be the focal point of the room. Thankyou for the heads-up re. our DVD player buzzing. I asked our housekeeper to check it out, and she has confirmed that It is now working fine. Maybe a cable was pulled out slightly and/but it has since been reinstated? With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim3.8Jun 2023

  • "The rockery suite is very well equipped even to an electric blanket on the very comfy bed."

    The house is lovely with really nice gardens and a pub less than 5mins away. It is pretty central to the area.there is no view as it is at the back of the building and maybe needs some work at the back (loose pavers ) but generally cosy and comfy. would go back again .would recommend to anyone who likes the old style country house type of accomodation.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, Glennis. As you say, you have only to walk out of the front door to enjoy the magnificent views. And if you are not heading straight out onto the hills, take a seat in the front garden with your coffee or wine, and soak up those views. Thankyou for the heads-up re. the loose paving stones - we shall ask our builder to re-fix them. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glennis4.7May 2023

  • "Very comfortable and lovely apartment, also very warm and well equipped."

    Very good location and we really enjoyed our 4 days at the apartment and we’re thinking of coming back soon

    Thankyou Ewa! We are very pleased that you were comfortable, warm and found everything which you needed - always good to have it confirmed that we have thought of most items - we have tried to equip The Rockery Suite with everything which we ourselves would hope to find in a holiday apartment. We would of course be delighted to welcome you back again soon. And yes, it is a gorgeous area isn't it! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ewa4.4Apr 2023

  • "Warm and cosy base to explore the area."

    The provision of firewood was an added and welcome bonus for the frosty and snowy evenings.

    Thankyou Sue for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and that you were able to make the most of the fire place and the firewood - yes, a cosy bonus on those chillier evenings, whether Autumn, Winter or Spring! And one of the reasons we bought the apartment. Do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely place with a small kitchen, need to take your own tea towels, oven gloves and dishwasher tablets."

    The shower was wide and fitted with a power shower. Both the bedroom and lounge were spacious and very warm, could always turn the heating down if need be. The TV was small especially when you had a good choice of dvds to watch and unwind from your day out in front of the roaring fire (don't forget your matches). All in all a lovely place to stay. There is a public footpath outside the house and a pub nearly next door. What more do you need?

    Many thanks Simon for your compliments - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in The Rockery Suite, and The Cuckoo Brow Hotel - yes, how convenient?! We now have some new oven gloves. I am slightly baffled re. the tea towels - there should always be a clean set ready for guests' arrivals, but I shall confirm this with our excellent cleaner Jan. We decided on a "medium sized" free-standing TV so that it is not a dominant feature in the lounge, the focal point being the open fire, so we can only hope that this did not diminish your viewing pleasure too much! :-) We shall be adding even more DVD's to our extensive collection on our next visit, so do come back! :-) With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Dec 2022

  • "A great place to stay, well-equipped and spacious in a lovely location - though the kitchen is somewhat 'compact'."

    Heating system works well and log-fires are a treat (bring your own matches). If you like a bed that's firm, you'll like this one.

    Many thanks Russell - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Do come again! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by R4.7Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful location but the property is in need of a decorating update"

    Thankyou Caroline for your feedback - it is a lovely spot isn't it. The Rockery Suite is having its busiest year ever - a good sign and for which we are of course grateful. So, in addition to my annual maintenance/"refreshment" trip and the new shower unit installed this year, we have already booked our decorator to do some work in the lounge and bedroom in November - I shall be supervising this personally. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Sep 2022

  • "Lovely building but disappointed with the apartment, it requires an overhaul, very tired, shabby and gloomy."

    Worktop, cooker tops and oven pans dirty. Addition space for own food would have been great. Bed comfortable and slept well, shower good pressure and warmth. Excellent information pack and was never cold and also excellent selection of entertainment. However, we would not stay again, unless improvements are made.

    Thankyou Adam for your numerous compliments re. the bed, shower, warmth, information pack and selection of entertainment/DVD's. The Rockery Suite is having its busiest year ever - a good sign and for which we are of course grateful. So, in addition to my annual maintenance/"refreshment" trip and the new shower unit installed this year, we have already booked our decorator to do some work in the lounge and bedroom in November - I shall be supervising this personally. Our cleaners are scrupulous, so I am slightly surprised by your comments re. the kitchen worktop etc, but I will of course pass on your concerns. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam3.8Sep 2022

  • "Stunning house in a beautiful location."

    The kitchen was well stocked & the shower was nice & hot. Warmed up quickly if you put the radiators on. On the downside, the apartment is very dark with no views from any of the windows. It’s very dated inside & needs a good makeover & thorough clean. Lots of dust, cobwebs, disgusting toilet brush, bed rock hard, shower not very clean & an old bar of soap left in the there. Family above us so we could hear their toddler running around & crying. We wouldn’t stay here again but would definitely stay in this location as it’s absolutely stunning.

    Thankyou Katie for your compliments re. the apartment, house and location, also re. the shower, warmth and everything we provide in the kitchen. May I respectfully point out that we make very clear in our description that the apartment is at the rear of the building, hence its privacy and cosiness, including the only original open fire in the house. But this does of course mean that views are of the rear garden. We decided to buy a firm mattress for the bed because this does seem to be a general preference, as can be seen in other reviews. But, as we all know, relative softness or firmness of a mattress is very much a matter of personal choice. Our cleaners are scrupulous, so I am a little surprised by some of your comments, but I will of course pass on your concerns. On a final note, The Rockery Suite is having its busiest year ever - a good sign and for which we are of course grateful. So, in addition to my annual maintenance/"refreshment" trip and the new shower unit installed this year, we have already booked our decorator to do some refreshment work in the apartment in November - I shall be supervising this personally. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie2.2Sep 2022

  • "Check out this review of Sawrey Knotts on Tripadvisor: https://www."

    Tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g3665848-d1917077-r858768715-Sawrey_Knotts-Far_Sawrey_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html

    Many thanks Brian for your constructive review and thoughts. We have implemented some of your suggestions. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian1.9Aug 2022

  • "Lovely property with everything we needed."

    Very comfortable and quiet. The freezer under the stairs was very useful. The grounds were lovely - great for sitting around in the sun. We didn't realise how steep the paths were around here (we are in our 70s), so we ended up driving to different places - lots to see though in easy reach. Can recommend the Cuckoo pub/restaurant too - which we did manage to walk to (and back!).

    Many thanks Eileen for your positive feedback re. the apartment. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, were able to make good use of the garden, freezer (always good to know that it is being used!), Cuckoo Brow Hotel and that you were able to make the most of the lovely locality. Do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Aug 2022

  • "The owner has gone to a lot of trouble to consider most of the needs of his guests and the apartment really lacks nothing."

    It needs a refresh with the decor and fittings which are old and fausty, the kitchen is very small and not in the best place ,but fully equipped . comfortable sitting room, and furniture , slightly dark because of the position of the apartment within the house . spacious siting room and bedroom .

    Thankyou Robert for your positive feedback re. The Rockery Suite "lacking nothing". We are delighted to have had a very busy few months. Whilst the apartment is decorated & furnished as befits an impressive Victorian country house, in addition to my annual maintenance/"refreshment" trip and the new shower unit installed this year, our decorator will be doing some additional work during the low season. Generally, with the apartment catering for two people (including ourselves when we stay) the size of the kitchen does not seem to be an issue - we have made very effort to maximise space, as indicated in our photos, and, as you kindly observe, have equipped it with everything which guests could possibly need. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by R.mccaffery-date2.8Jul 2022

  • "Second year at the rockery and just as good as last year really love staying there and the area so loverly."

    Couldn't ask for more really. Thank you

    Thankyou for having come back Chris - always a good sign! We are delighted that you had another enjoyable visit to our apartment, and yes, it is a gorgeous area isn't it - a great base for exploring the South and Central Lakes - we love it! Don't leave it too long before your third visit! :-) With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2022

  • "We found the property to be as good as always, we have stayed here many times."

    The only downside for us was a persistent odour, in the main room, very like kippers, it was there all week no matter what we did, we thought maybe the kindling left in the fireplace, but not sure. Overall a very pleasant stay.

    Thankyou Stewart, we are delighted that you enjoyed your return visit - we are always very pleased at the number of previous guests who decide to re-visit The Rockery Suite - a good sign! How bizarre re. the kippers though! From a neighbouring apartment maybe? Anyway, regardless of the source, fortunately there has been no subsequent feedback mentioning this, so it would seem that this kipper-ish odour has disappeared as quickly as it appeared! We shall of course continue to monitor the situation though. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart3.8Jun 2022

  • "What a beautiful place and location."

    We stayed 4 nights in the Rockery suite at Sawley knotts and it was just perfect. Cosy for two people and our dog with all the home comforts. Stunning home with amazing views of the countryside. Off the beaten track with lovely walks but only a short drive from Ambleside. We would definitely recommend and will be returning.

    Many thanks Karen for your generous words - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. And, as you kindly observe, we make every effort to make it as welcoming, homely and comfortable as possible - a lovely building and apartment full of "country house" character. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Generally fine and we enjoyed our stay."

    On the down side the toilet hadn’t been flushed when we arrived and wasn’t very clean under the seat. Bed was not made and there was no bag in the kitchen bin or spare bags. The rug in front of the fire is a trip hazard as the edges don’t lie flat.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay Anthony. There was an error in the cleaning schedule on your arrival day - very unusual - which accounts for the lack of preparation, remedied later that day of course. But we do apologise for this error, and thank you for having drawn it to our attention. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Sawrey Knotts."

    Malcolm, the owner could not have been more helpful. Immaculately clean, everything we needed and central for what we needed!

    Thankyou very much - we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. It was lovely to meet and talk with you - a pleasure that my annual house-and-apartment maintenance trip crossed over with your arrival. We hope you are able to return before too long. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.7Mar 2022

  • "Property was lovely and cosy in a beautiful remote location!"

    We had a wonderful time. We were delayed arriving and when we arrived there was no power (both due to the storm - not the owner’s fault) but it was difficult to contact anyone to ask about the situation except for the cleaner who did her best but it’s not clear this should be her responsibility.

    Many thanks for your feedback Natalie - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. As our cleaner will have told you, like other areas of the country, much of The Lake District was affected by power cuts, and some areas and properties were "out" for a few days! It was, to say the least, inconvenient and chaotic - the last thing you want on your holiday! So thankyou for having endured the situation with such patience and good humour! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Nov 2021

  • "Good stay very nice apartment in great location."

    We couldn't find the rockery suite car park space when we arrived as not marked. We phoned heart of the lakes who told us to park in writing room space as no one there this week. All good and sign for rockery suite car park space put up on Thursday. Very good value and warm and cosy

    Many thanks Leslie - we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I have made and installed a new and much sturdier sign for our parking space - this one should last considerably longer than its predecessor ...which needless to say, I did not make with my own fair hands and tools! As they say, "if you want a job done well..." etc etc :-) With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie3.4Nov 2021

  • "This was our 5th visit to the Rockery Suite which says everything about our satisfaction."

    Is it five times already Paul?! Wow! Well, thankyou - as you say, that is a good sign! We hope it won't be too long before your sixth... With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Rockery Suite."

    Kitchen very well equipped, Bathroom shower roomy and water nice and hot. Bedroom had the biggest most comfortable bed we have ever slept in. Ideal location for Windermere Ferry, Hilltop, Wordsworth and Ruskin. Great for exploring wonderful countryside - walking, birdwaching, and painting. On the downside we found some of the car parks rather expensive, plus 50p to use public loos sent us looking for a bush!

    Lovely to receive your detailed feedback Valerie - thankyou very much - it sounds like you really filled your visit with both natural and cultural delights - so much to see-and-do within easy reach! It is no wonder that so many writers and artists chose the area as their home, is it! And it is equally no wonder that you needed a comfy night's sleep! Ten shillings for the public loos though ...ah well, if nothing else it is an excuse to indulge in the many fine hostelries and cafés! :-) With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie3.8Sep 2021

  • "The Rockery Suite is very quirky."

    It has everything you need and in a beautiful area with good pubs nearby, great walks and very close to the ferry to Bowness. However I found it very dark and the decor very dated and tired.

    Many thanks Mrs Parr for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the apartment and area. For your and futures guests' reference, further to my most recent maintenance trip in March 2022, when our busy 2022 holiday season is over we shall be redecorating the lounge. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by G4.4Aug 2021

  • "The property was in a lovely location, very comfortable and reasonable rates."

    Many thanks Guy for your feedback - we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the apartment and area. Yes - we, Heart Of The Lakes and Sykes have put careful thought into the pricing of The Rockery Suite - we are grateful that you think we have "got it right". Do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Guy4.4Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in the rockery suite."

    It had everything we needed, it was comfy and warm with lovely view's from the front of the house . Lovely hot powerful shower, and if you needed to put heating on, it would warm the room in minutes. We had a really sunny week so didn’t need to use the log fire . The suite maintains the character of the old country house with some lovely walks from the door step . We hope to be back again soon. Chris, Jan and Sky .

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2021

  • "Place was excellent catered for all our needs would highly recommended it ..."

    Place was excellent catered for all our needs would highly recommended it perfect for taking your dog our dog Oscar loved his time there so did we

    Many thanks Alan for your feedback - we are very pleased that you and Oscar enjoyed your time in The Rockery Suite. Do come back! With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2021

  • "Location was good, quiet with good walking on the fells."

    Ideal for ‘easy walks’. Venue looks a lovely old house. Rockery Suite needs a bit of TLC, lick of paint/face lift. Would definitely return. John.

    Many thanks John for your feedback - yes, some lovely walks from the doorstep. For your and futures guests' reference, further to my most recent maintenance trip in March 2022, when the busy 2022 holiday season is over we shall be redecorating the lounge. With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.8Apr 2021

  • "Everything fine, warm and cosy, only comments would be the kitchen was very small and the cistern pull was a real work of art."

    Many thanks Phillip for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. No, the kitchen is not enormous, but The Rockery Suite is a one-bedroom apartment, and we would respectfully maintain that the size of the kitchen is reflected fairly-and-accurately in our photographs. The cistern chain-pull has been replaced, but yes, it does have to be said that there is a certain "assertive technique" to it - usually mastered after two-or-three pulls! :-) With best regards, Malcolm & Kate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phillip3.8Dec 2020

  • "Brilliant week staying at The Rockery Suite."

    Accommodation was perfect and well equipped! Best we have stayed in.

    Malcolm PDec 2019

  • "Another most enjoyable stay!"

    In fact this was our 8th stay which says it all. Cannot wait to come back again!

    AnonymousDec 2019

  • "Our first time in the Lake District!"

    and we could not have wished for a better place to stay! Plenty to do in the area! Thank you

    CoyoteDec 2019

  • "Perfect for our needs, 3rd visit says it all really."

    Mr BrownDec 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.

Summary

  • First-floor apartment
  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, Nespresso capsule espresso machine, both washing machine and tumble dryer (coin operated onsite), dishwasher,TV with Freesat with “on demand” services including iPlayer, Netflix, Prime etc, DVD player, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • No travel cot or highchair is available at this property, guests are welcome to bring their own
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Rear door for private access
  • Shaded patio with seating
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Three Electric Vehicle charging points available near bottom of drive
  • Coin operated laundry on-site
  • Small welcome basket on arrival
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

The Rockery Suite is an attractive, one-bedroom first-floor apartment in Sawrey Knotts, an impressive mid-Victorian residence, set in three acres of landscaped gardens.

Situated between Lake Windermere and Hawkshead, it is within walking distance of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's spiritual home and museum.

The grand building nestles into the rocky hillside, with cosy Rockery Suite tucked away at the rear of the building.

It is ideal for couples wanting to escape the busy world for a while. Climb the staircase and walk into your cosy and comfortable, dual aspect sitting room with dining area and admire the original window shutters, high ceiling and good-sized open fire with original marble surround, cast and tile inset.

The fitted kitchen has every convenience for your stay.

Your bright and spacious dual aspect bedroom has a king-size bed.

You will find a pretty shower room nearby.

The apartment has many delightful, personal touches and you will find a door at the rear for private access. Walk half a mile to Lake Windermere’s lovely western shore and visit the intriguing Claife Viewing Station to admire panoramic views of the lake through coloured panels, before catching the ferry to Bowness to visit the Jetty, a modern museum of boats and steamers.

If you fancy a more challenging walk, then why not hike up to Claife Heights with its dramatic views onto Lake Windermere and beyond.

Visit Hawkshead to explore its historic Lake District church, where Wordsworth worshipped when he was boy at Hawkshead Grammar School, before browsing the shops and having a bite to eat at one of its excellent cafes and pub.

Walk two-minute to the well-loved Cuckoo Brow with its bar and restaurant.

At the end of your busy day, relax in the tranquil gardens with a favourite drink and enjoy stunning views towards the lake as it extends southwards, and towards Coniston Old Man in the west.

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

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About the location

HAWKSHEAD

Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

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Note: Coin operated laundry on-site.
Note: Broadband speed is 1-2Mbps and is not capable for streaming.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute