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Irt Cottage

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Nether Wasdale, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Irt Cottage."

    The location is beautiful and quiet, and lots of great walks right from the doorstep. We had a mixed week weather wise but the cottage was very cosy, and the log fires were gladly used. The local pub provides good food and also the cafe next door, very convenient. Would recommend this cottage and return in the future.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2024

  • "Excellent location very Peaceful and dog friendly."

    I would book again easily for walks in that area

    Reviewed by James3.8Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage and location."

    Will definitely book to stay again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "This cottage was amazing, everything we were expecting and more."

    We love nice quiet places and this fit the bill. There is a cafe next door but honestly you forget it's there, and the staff were great when we had a problem with the Internet. The garden was a treat for the dogs and was fully secure, however if you have a smaller dog they could fit through the gate if they wanted to. The kitchen is fully stocked with all equipment you would possibly need, including a crock pot. There are 2 wood burners one in the dining room and one in the living room and they are really easy to use. The bedrooms are cosy and comfortable, and the bath is lush when you want a good soak. I would highly recommend Irt cottage to anyone considering it and wish we'd booked it for 2 weeks instead of one. Thanks for a great stay and well earned rest guys.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Oct 2023

  • "The cottage is spacious and well equipped with everything you could need."

    The garden is large and sloping but still able to play games on at the top. In nicer weather it’s lovely to sit outside in the garden which could benefit from some outside lighting. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2023

  • "No problems or complaints- we would return without hesitation."

    The cottage was as described and is one of the best rental cottages we have stayed in. When your list of things to be improved is limited to the kitchen utensils including a pizza wheel, or that one or two larger (pint) drinking glasses would have been welcome, then the cottage has everything going for it. The Sawmill cafe next door was wonderful and the fact it was there was not at all intrusive.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.7Jun 2023

  • "This was a return visit and again we had a wonderful time in glorious weather."

    We really like the cottage.If is very comfortable and all the facilities are very clean . The owners and staff are excellent to deal with and the Sawmill cafe a delight

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was very cosy and had everything we wanted."

    We struggled to adjust the water temperature in the taps. It was either too hot to put you hand under or too cold. The outdoor space was disappointing as it seemed a little uncared for but it was a sunny, idyllic spot next to the river. We had a great 4 days and would recommend this house. I would book again if I was in the area.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4May 2023

  • "Another very pleasant stay at Irt Cottage, would stay again and recommend."

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely location."

    Very clear and well furnished. Nice coffee shop next door and nice village pub 10 mins away will 100% return

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Feb 2023

  • "To arrive at Irt Cottage after a 10 hour delayed drive from Devon was such a welcome - warm as toast - two decorated Christmas trees and two log fires ready to go."

    A good place to celebrate Christmas. Although closed for Christmas and Boxing Day the Sawmill cafe / farm shop next door was convenient to have a good breakfast and daytime meals. And thank you Kirsten for being so helpful.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a delightful family holiday in this very comfortable cottage in a most beautiful and peaceful part of the Lake District."

    The cottage was very pleasantly situated and served us well and was well cleaned for our arrival .It had all that we needed and the generous provision of logs for the wood burners was much appreciated. What also made the holiday special was the lovely staff that greeted us and helped us whilst there.We shall return

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location."

    Able to walk straight out the door and onto the fells. Cafe next door does good breakfasts and cake, and the pub was only 1/4mile away. Had a really good week away.

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved our stay again in your cosy Irt Cottage."

    We were blessed with good weather. The garden is a great asset as we have 2 dogs. We hopefully will return soon. Thank you. Vanessa Skelcher

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "Irt cottage is a nice cottage, we found it well equipped and everything we needed was available."

    The location for walking around that area is perfect. There is a nice pub within walking distance. The bedrooms have plenty of wardrobe space and there is plenty of storage space. However the beds are extremely uncomfortable, there were only the two of us and we couldn’t sleep as both double beds had very firm mattress’s and both single beds were too soft, very old beds. It wasn’t cleaned to a high standard, the tv wasn’t working properly so I pulled out the tv stand and there was a build up of thick dust. The grass was in need of a good cut. As in previous reviews this place is in need of a thorough clean, furniture upgrade and some maintenance. We left early, Wouldn’t re book or recommend as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by Vanessa2.5Sep 2022

  • "This is the most beautiful cottage, in the most stunning location, we had the most amazing holiday staying at Irt cottage."

    The farm shop and restaurant next door is fantastic and serves delicious food, the gift voucher we received for free ice cream/coffee at the cottage was very much appreciated. The cottage would benefit from a complete deep clean, high dusting, woodwork, walls etc, but the bed linen and towels were very clean. The double beds are very firm mattresses, if you are used to a firm mattress you will be fine, I prefer a softer mattress personally but it wouldn’t put me off returning. The cottage is equipped with everything, washing machine and detergent, iron/ironing board, washing up liquid, dish cloth, tea towels, oven gloves, games, books, it really is home from home. One thing I think would be really useful is maybe supplying guests with some milk and butter for when they arrive, we arrived quite late and there is no local shop nearby (the farm shop next door didn’t sell either) There are some lovely pubs in the area, the bridge in served fantastic food and is dog friendly, and in gosforth the gosforth hall inn has a wonderful beer garden, we were lucky to have some live music and a bbq when we visited. All in all the best uk holiday I’ve ever had, can’t wait to return to this beautiful place

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage - fantastic location."

    Only a couple of negatives …….. could do with a real good clean and some more welcoming personal touches

    Reviewed by Kelly2.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and location, with a fantastic cafe next door."

    This is an excellent base for an activity week in Wasdale. The owners seem to have addressed some of the issues raised in othe reviews. Towels, tea towels, sharp knives, caffetiere, and a voucher for coffee/ice cream at the cafe all appreciated. We would use it again. A few items that the cottage would really benefit from. 1. Fix the locks on the doors to the house as they are very hard to lock/unlock, we found lifting the handle hard helped. 2. Fix the dining room table as the top is loose and wobbles badly. It's usable, but really annoying. 3. Replace the upstairs toilet seat as it's fixing are worn and the seat slides out of alignment. 4. Give the place a deep clean, especially where there has been mildew in the upstairs bathroom. 5. Fix water pressure to showers as you cannot use them at the same time.

    Reviewed by Gareth2.8Aug 2022

  • "Our fourth visit to Irt cottage, this time with grandchildren."

    Great place to stay in Wasdale with everything needed.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jul 2022

  • "Rarely leave feedback but I keep getting asked – be nice to see something done with it."

    A nice cottage – in need of some TLC in a fabulous location. Booked the cottage at the start of the year and read through some more of the reviews as our holiday got closer. The main theme I picked up was the cottage needed a bit of TLC and updating in terms of cleanliness and utensils. I took the liberty of contacting SYKES a week or so before our arrival date and asked if the feedback had been acted on, in particular, cleanliness, utensils, tea towels etc. SYKES advised they would get back to me, disappointingly they didn’t, so I had to chase. Received an email back advising they’d spoken with the local office and there was a new knife block at the property. – well that should cover the blunt knife feedback! Arrived at cottage - which I again reiterate is very nice and ideally situated. Encountered the following issues – Pair of old trainers left in hallway, bedroom light not working, toilet seat broken, no oven glove, no tea-towels, inadequate cooking utensils, dishwasher not working and still full of dirty water... (easily fixed by going and buying salt and rinse aid, which we did). A number of these issues are recorded several times by other customer reviews and I don’t think are difficult to put right. I think my biggest disappointment is with SYKES who clearly aren’t bothered about speaking to the owners to get these small things put right. Overall though – don’t be put off by the small issues, you just need to take things with you (Hopefully not a toilet seat!). Would I return – Yes, certainly would as a great property, ideally situated and had a great Holiday! Steve

    Reviewed by Stephen3.1Jul 2022

  • "This cottage has been significantly neglected by the owners, the furnishings are shabby, it’s unclean, the outside area near the back porch unwelcoming."

    We were disappointed by the cottage and Sykes rating. We would urge Sykes to re-visit to review, as we felt grossly misled. This is an expensive cottage to rent and not worth the money. However, it should be noted it is in a beautiful part of the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Sarah1.6Jul 2022

  • "The property is very tired and in need of a deep clean."

    Cobwebs and spiders in every room. The kitchen needs a full inventory completing as if you're staying for a week, it's impossible to cook a meal. There was only one tea towel provided for a seven night stay and this also had to double up as an "oven glove" since there was none provided. I handwashed it mid-week but this will not remove bacteria etc. The cottage itself is ideally situated for Scafell Pike and we would return if the owners took into consideration ours, along with numerous others comments regarding cleaning and providing adequate kitchen utensils, cooking equipment etc. This cottage could offer so much more with just a little thought and TLC.

    Reviewed by Claire2.5Jun 2022

  • "Great cottage."

    Short of some kitchen items .wooden spoon..tongs..a dish to cook lasagne in. Downstairs shower does not drain effectively. Twin beds rather soft.

    Reviewed by Suzie3.4Jun 2022

  • "A very good cottage which could be excellent with a little upgrading and minor repairs, as listed below."

    1. Top oven door comes off when opened. 2. Dining table top annoyingly wobbly. 3. There was no corkscrew, only the screw part in kitchen drawer. 4. Can opener did not work. 5. Integrated fridge door requires repairing at bottom of door. The above are not complaints, merely observations for information and attendance as necessary! Overall we enjoyed our stay as did the two Staffordshire bull terriers who could safely roam in the garden. We would recommend Irt cottage and return again.

    Reviewed by Patrick3.8May 2022

  • "The only negative we had was it would have been really helpful to have a small instruction booklet."

    We arrived quiet late at night and had to figure out how to use the heating. Also had to search for the wi fi code. We did try phoning the number left on the table but no one was available. Also didn’t have a clue whether we were supposed to separate the rubbish for recycling. Apart from that we had a fantastic holiday in a beautiful location and the 3 dogs loved the garden. I would definitely recommend to future guests they use your instructions for getting there. The sat nav took us over the hard knot pass. Not suitable for the faint hearted or every mode of transport. We loved it, but we had a Honda CR-V. One of our sons really struggled in his car.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Mar 2022

  • "The property is in a brilliant location and very good for dog owners owing to the secure garden."

    The cafe/farm shop nextdoor is great. The local pub (within walking distance) is also very good. As per other recent reviews, the kitchen utensils could do with a refresh (i.e. blunt knifes and we couldn't find a bread knife). On the whole would happily return!

    Reviewed by Joshua4.1Nov 2021

  • "We have stayed at Irt Cottage before the cafe was built so that was a bonus however the cottage is very tired and not up to standard advertised."

    Dog chew under settee..dirty saucepans..no frying pan..no tea towel..chipped mug..mould coming through on walls in upstairs bathroom..black mould in upstairs bath/shower and on tiles around sink..broken toilet brush in shower room..mould in washing machine rubber..as a plus it was good to have towels..update on accommodation details required as days no towels. Back garden great for dogs as very secure.

    Reviewed by Teresa2.8Oct 2021

  • "The only criticism I had was the kitchen knifes were very blunt, luckily our eldest came up after us and brought my whetstone, so I gave them a bit of a quick Sprouse up."

    Apart from that I can't recommend it enough. Stunning part of the world

    Reviewed by Ben4.1Aug 2021

  • "It seems the owners don't care enough about the cottage just clean it and get the next ones in, and it wasn't that clean when we moved the sofa!"

    Reviews have said they need to replace some bits but they haven't but worst of all they left us with a wasps nest all week. The listing said no towels but towels were provided, valuable space taken in car with 2 kids & 2 dogs! That said we enjoyed the cottage and area was outstanding.

    Reviewed by Michael2.8Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful setting, ideal base for walking and two pubs close by."

    Lovely large garden. Cosy cottage next to Sawmill cafe/shop. Owners there if needed.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2021

  • "Cottage was clean, warm and comfortable."

    Loads of hot water. Beds very comfortable. Location perfect. Only things to improve would be utensils in kitchen, could do with a few more knives,forks,spoons. No casserole dish, so no way of using oven for cooking, though slow cooker was useful. Microwave needs replacement, the interior upper face is badly corroded.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with a great living area and fireplace."

    We spent a very cosy December week here. Location was fantastic with some of the prettiest Lakes countryside right at the doorstep and Wast Water a 15 min walk

    Reviewed by James4.4Dec 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed our week in Irt Cottage and found all the facilities we expected."

    The large garden at the back is a delight and we sat out there until sunset every day. We found the cafe next door very useful for afternoon ice-creams or a quiet coffee. I would recommend the cottage for a family holiday like ours and we would definitely go there again. However I do think you should change the photo of the cottage in your listing as in front of the cottage is a large car park which wasn't a problem for us but for someone who wants a secluded lakes cottage it could be a real surprise.

    Reviewed by Gerard3.8Aug 2020

  • "A stunning area to holiday in."

    Our party of 6 found Irt Cottage clean and very comfortable. The large garden was secure for the dogs. It was handy to have the popular Sawmill cafe and gift shop next door. We would love to return sometime.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2020

  • "Excellent Location and Beautiful cottage , very well equipped had everything we needed."

    We had a Lovely and relaxing time with the family, Lots of Good memories We would defiantly return here and recommend to anyone. Thank you

    Reviewed by J5.0Mar 2020

  • "Totally enjoyed our break away."

    The cottage was well equipped, even down to a pint of milk, lovely little touches. Lovely an clean, cosy an comfortable. Really pleased an thank you.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Mar 2020

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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 bedrooms: 2 x double and 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug.
  • Oil fired central heating and woodburning stove
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi and a selection of games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot for children under the age of two (please bring your own linens) and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Gravelled front garden and rear lawn with furniture and bike storage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.3 miles, 0.4 miles
  • Note: Please enquire if wishing to bring more than two pets
  • Note: There is a river next to the property

The property

Irt Cottage is situated in the heart of the iconic Wasdale valley and makes a marvellous base from which to explore the captivating countryside of the Lake District National Park.

Suited to friends or family seeking a rural escape, this stone-front cottage is sure to be the perfect home-from-home for your trip to Cumbria.

The lovely village of Nether Wasdale with its church and 2 country pubs is only a short walk away.

Enter into the rear of the property to find the utility area accompanied by a functional ground floor shower room.

This space is ideally positioned for taking off any mucky boots and rambling attire after a day on the mountains.

The convenient shower is perfect for washing off any mucky paws. From here, move into the kitchen/diner, where you can sit at the table with a warming cup of tea in hand as your home-cooked delights simmer on the hob; the kitchen hosts a wide range of appliances for your self-catering requirements, all neatly housed around the sleek white units adding a touch of contemporary to the dwelling.

For more formal occasions, the dining room makes a great spot for everyone to gather together and enjoy one another's company, or take the opportunity to take a board game borrowed from the snug.

The snug provides an idyllic space to delve into a good book as the evening draws to a close when you're seeking a quiet escape, or choose to unwind in the sitting room in front of the impressive woodburning stove as the television provides your entertainment for the evening.

On the first floor you can find three simple but stylish bedrooms, consisting of two doubles and a twin room, it makes an ideal layout for a variety of group needs.

Whilst the front garden offers a gravelled area, the rear offers an extensive lawn area where you can dine alfresco beneath the setting sun as your canine companions run around freely.

The local area of Gosforth is a traditional village hosting a shop and pub, as well as the oldest and tallest Viking Cross in England, whereas nearby Seascale provides a marvellous way to explore the coast of get lost in a game of golf.

Explore the wonder of the National Park by foot or bike for a scenic experience like no other.

Irt Cottage is encompassed by delights for all ages, making it a grand base for your retreat to Cumbria.

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About the location


Gosforth 3.9 miles; Santon Bridge 2.3 miles

Nether Wasdale is a small village situated to the west of Wastwater, the deepest lake in Great Britain. The village is well-served with two pubs, one with its own brewery, a farm shop and café selling local produce and ice cream. This area is the birthplace of climbing and is a superb base for climbing, hiking and all outdoor pursuits. Unlike many lakes, motorised boats are forbidden on Wastwater though canoeing and kayaking are perfect for these unspoilt and tranquil waters which add to the peace and serenity of this stunning part of the Lake District National Park. Wastwater is sided by The Screes and at the head of the lake the fells of Great Gable and Scafell Pike can be reached, popular with hikers and climbers alike. The view from the summit of Great Gable is said to be the finest view in Britain. At Wasdale Head is the church of St. Olaf, one of the smallest churches in England, dating back to 1550 and its beams are said to have come from Viking long boats. Close by are the villages of Santon Bridge and Gosforth.

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