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A River Runs By

Staveley, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041398)



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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Whilst the property was well provided in the kitchen and bathrooms the 2 bedrooms were an utter disgrace."

    In 50 years of using holiday accommodation we have never experienced such uncomfortable beds as were here. The mattreses were woefully inadequate. The double bed was so bad I left it to use the single bed so we weren't rolling into each other. What a pity the owners have not provided good quality sleeping facilities. Above anything else sleeping comfort is what makes or breaks a holiday accommodation. This failed badly! I see previous visitors have made similar comments but clearly no action has been taken to deal with these complaints. The extreme difficulty of parking access should be advised in your description of the property. The information in the property folder is inaccurate: no phone and incorrect email address of owner.

    Thank you for your feedback Dr Blenkinsop, we appreciate the time taken to send us your comments. The owner response is below: 'I am sorry you found the  beds so uncomfortable. Bed comfort is a matter of personal perception (we really liked the double bed!) but we have noted the increasing comments about the beds and have now replaced both with high quality mattresses sourced by a local firm. We have also replaced some bed linen.I have previously asked LakeLovers to mention that the parking is tight (although we have known people with 4WD use it successfully) and will do so again. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Spent a great week here, it had absolutely everything we could have wanted and we were particularly impressed with how well the kitchen was equipped compared to some other places we have stayed before, which made things so much easier after a number of long days out on the fells."

    Watching the wildlife from the balcony was great fun at all times of day, and we thought the eclectic DVD collection was inspired! Fantastic location too. We would very happily return again!

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are really glad you enjoyed the cottage. Since your visit we have replaced the mattresses and some bed linen and hope to welcome you again. The owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "This was a lovely place to stay, brilliant facilities and a gorgeous balcony with great views."

    Only downside which wasn’t mentioned in the description was how awkward the parking was. We had a small car and still struggled as there was a resident car parked in the same area along with a boat and a large trailer which meant we had to back out of the small lane so we parked away from our place of residence on the road each day which was a shame. If you had a larger car it would be impossible to get in and out of there. Also the cleanliness of the place wasn’t perfect, the surfaces when we arrived were all full of dust and every corner of the place was covered in cobwebs. But apart from those couple of things we would still stay again as it was close to other towns and a lovely village

    Thank you for taking time to offer feedback . I am sorry that you found parking difficult. I have previously asked LakeLovers to mention that the parking is tight (although we have known people with 4WD use it successfully) and will do so again. Sadly there is nothing else we can do about this. I have also mentioned your comments about cleaning to them. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and the village (which we love). We hope you will visit again The Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2021

  • "Overall Staveley is a great base due to its location."

    There are plenty of local amenities and everyone was really friendly. The cottage was really clean and the perfect size for 2 people. My only niggles were that the parking is not easily accessible in a large car as we found out the hard way and some warning on the website would have been appreciated!! Also the bed is so uncomfortable that we left a day early after a week of very poor sleep. If the mattress was replaced it would be the perfect holiday cottage as we found plenty of on street parking to avoid the difficulty of accessing the private courtyard.

    Thank you for your feedback. The website has been amended to reflect the parking situation and the mattresses have been replaced so we hope you will be back ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by EmilyJul 2021

  • "Very nice cottage for the two of us."

    It was very clean with all the facilities we needed. Very good shower on the ground floor (with bath upstairs). A small hallway/porch was useful to remove wet shoes & coats. The river was just outside the small balcony. The cottage was quiet and within a short walk of local shops (inc. Wilf's Cafe, Hawkshead Brewery bar and Mr Duffins Coffee). Broadband was fast & reliable. Parking access to the courtyard might be a bit tricky for a big car.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're so glad you liked the cottage and hope you will return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeslieMay 2021

  • "Very well equipped cottage,every thing we needed and more."

    Lovely and peaceful setting.

    Mrs HooksMar 2018

  • "Love the balcony over the river and the village of Staveley."

    Mr HaslamFeb 2018

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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.

The property

Set in the lively heart of Staveley, this contemporary riverside property is beautifully furnished and enjoys a charming balcony over the water.

The village itself is a magnet for walkers and cyclists, with popular cafés and locally brewed beer from the famous Hawkshead Brewery.

Windermere and the lakeside at Bowness are only a short drive away, with the market town of Kendal just down the road.

Theatres, cinemas, quirky shops, fabulous walks and breath-taking scenery are all on the doorstep when you stay at ‘A River Runs By’. Private parking for guests in the courtyard (Please note that parking is via a narrow lane and tight turns to a private space in a shared courtyard.

It's tight but do-able for confident drivers of 4WD/larger cars.

Public parking is also available on the road nearby).

Secure storage for bikes.

The entrance hall with slate flooring, leads to a useful downstairs shower and cloakroom.

The sitting room is comfortable and modern, with large patio doors leading on to the feature balcony.

Natural light floods into this room, and with the added joy of comfortable leather furnishings, it is a wonderful space in which to relax.

The contemporary kitchen has everything needed for the preparation of delicious family feasts to be enjoyed in the adjoining dining area. A staircase runs from the sitting room to the upper floor and bedrooms.

The double room has an impressive vaulted ceiling and fabulous views and shares the house bathroom with a pretty single.


  • 2 bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single, house bathroom with shower over bath, downstairs shower room and cloakroom
  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen.
  • Gas central heating
  • Double electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Secure bike storage
  • Private parking Please note that parking is via a narrow lane and tight turns to a private space in a shared courtyard
  • It's tight but do-able for confident drivers of 4WD/larger cars
  • Public parking is also available on the road nearby.
  • River balcony with furniture
  • Shared courtyard with bench
  • Pub and shops nearby
  • Lots of local walks from the doorstep
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

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

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About the location


Windermere 5 miles; Kendal 5 miles.

The thriving Lakeland village of Staveley is situated on the eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park and offers superb access to the whole region. The beautiful Kentmere Valley is just a short walk away and with the River Kent tumbling its way through the valley to Staveley, it is very popular with mountain bikers and walkers alike. Staveley Mill Yard is a former wood turning mill at the heart of the village, which is now a thriving tourist attraction with cycle hire and outdoor shops, artisan bakery, brewery and the renowned Wilf's Cafe. This complements the excellent range of amenities in the village, which include a variety of shops, two village pubs, craft shops, a children's playground, a regular bus service and a railway station. Close by, the bustling towns of Kendal, Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including a ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The 'Windermere Steamboat Museum' displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Staveley is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.

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Region Information

Please note parking is tight for a large 4WD car, suitable for small to medium space

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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