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Margaret House

Pooley Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972655)

4.6

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "We choose this accommodation for 2 main reasons- easy access to a village for elderly family in our group & a Saturday changeover ( increasingly rare these days, sadly)."

    Lovely cool house for a heatwave, lots of bathrooms & very comfy beds/ lounge/ sofas. Needs instructions about refuse collection as we missed the Monday collection, meaning lots of rubbish sitting in the bin in a heatwave.. no mention of recycling at all. First place no towels provided- makes life harder jam-packing a full car with towels & yes, we get the whole cleaner- Covid thing & did strip all the beds, even so.. No welcome pack, rather measily we all thought, although we appreciated dishwasher tabs& loo rolls provided & left some of our own supply in return. You can’t sit comfortably outside- we didn’t as those picnic benches aren’t conducive to a restful sit- down & elderly folk simply can’t get their legs over them. What a shame in such gorgeous weather. The key- 2 of us ran early when others were sleeping so what do you do? Lock them all in & hope they don’t need to escape if there’s a fire or leave the house entirely unlocked- is that really sensible given that the road outside is the main thoroughfare for many people up to all the campsites & we are always careful about house security wherever we are. Not as if you can post the key through a letterbox to those inside as there isn’t one… needs a rethink & yes we appreciate it’s probably driven by previous guests not returning/ loosing keys. Such a great holiday location, take all your own walking guides & maps if, like us, you are seasoned mountain- walkers as the house has none, just novels. (Yes, probably all removed due to Covid). For a large group, this is a good property, very comfortable indoors, roomy, good parking & superb location for town & easy access to so many locations so on this criteria, we would recommend Margaret House.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2022

  • "We all loved the handy location, comprehensive facilities and very comfortable furnishings - this property des not fail to impress."

    We did struggle though to raise the downstairs temperature a little to make it more comfortable for older family members on a couple of evenings so clear instructions would help here. The varnished staircase was a nice feature but was slippery and there were cobwebs on the higher ceilings. A leak developed from the front bedroom ensuite shower tray but it was very swiftly dealt with so top marks for customer service! Despite a few minor things we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Margaret House so would definitely book again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

    Reviewed by DennisJun 2022

  • "Great place to stay with everything you need for a comfortable holiday."

    Reviewed by EdwardApr 2022

  • "Margaret House was ideal for our family, well located and close to all amenities in Pooley Bridge."

    The house was immaculate and well fitted out but a couple of small things need some attention: the wood burning stove's latch to close the door doesn't engage and a few floor tiles in the second double bedroom's ensuite have lifted. Otherwise, we were impressed with the overall condition of the house. Thank you.

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2022

  • "PROS: Firstly, thank you for opening your holiday home to us and allowing us to have a memorable holiday at Margaret House - Come rain or shine!"

    The house itself is beautiful, in an enviable location with so much right on the doorstep. The living space is very spacious, bigger than the photos make it look! It was a lovely surprise and plenty of room for our 2 littlens to spread out and play hide and seek (the mega blocks were a lovely touch). The beds are very comfortable, the bedding clean, cleanliness was to a high standard throughout! The kitchen was even equipped with plates, cups and cutlery for the littlest of people. Thank you. The water pressure was perfect for a shower/bath & the bonus of a driveway with off road parking was a HUGE help for us with luggage. Instructions laid out clearly for what to do upon departure, and how to leave the house. Underfloor heating was lovely - Myself and our 2 children found ourselves lying in the middle of the floor at one point after a chilly day out walking! Locally, the restaurants are brilliant, child friendly and fantastic service, Pooley Bridge Inn, The Secret Garden & The Sun Inn were our favourites. The Big Shop With The Little Door is exceptionally cool! Very well-stocked and a beautiful gift shop, with an upstairs food hall, would you believe it! Amazing walks from every direction on the doorstep and some fantastic views of surrounding hills & mountains just a short distance away. Beautiful scenery & we enjoyed stopping at the cafe/book-shop. This was a big hit for our 7 year old. CONS: The house was FREEZING on arrival - We'd come from the cold and coming in to the house, it felt colder. The heating was switched off and it felt like it had been off for days, if not weeks. There are no instructions for the heating, and it did take a while to figure it out as some of the thermostats didn't appear to work (dining room & landing), but once it DID finally kick in and we figured it out, it did warm within a few hours and stayed warm for the rest of our stay. The TV - Oh my goodness, we went without it for 4 days as we simply could not figure out the 4 or 5 remote controls - It was a faff fiddling with wires, trying every remote, with a constant error message about the satellite connection. After 4 days, I decided I'd try HDMI2 instead of HDMI1 and ta-da! We had TV. Once it worked, it was lovely to snuggle up in the evening and watch a little something. Condiments - Now, I know this is not overly important - however we did have an evening of take-out and there was no salt, pepper and very little sugar for cups of tea too. In all other holiday homes we've ever visited, there's never been a shortage of salt, pepper or sugar. This is just a little something that could be fixed very quickly and we did buy our own sugar so fear not. ROAD NOISE - Okay so it's not a MAIN road but the house is fronting on-to a road where, the bin men sound like they are inside the house at around 5am and it did make me jump out my skin as it was still dark. There were cars going up and down from 4.30am so we just simply changed rooms (the noise was only heard from the front Master bedroom). I'm not sure if the house is single glazed? The rain and every gust of wind sounded extraordinarily loud so we did assume maybe it wasn't double glazed. The light-bulb in the en-suite upstairs needs replacing. Loose tile in the en-suite too. There's an empty packet of cadburys fingers holding a mirror upright in the bunk bed room so be weary of little fingers as the mirror swings if the packet is moved. Overall, would we recommend this holiday house? YOU BET! My partner kept telling me I'd found a 'gem' of a holiday home and we were very comfortable, any issue is an easy fix but better to raise it than not if it benefits future guests. Would we return? I think so! Sam, Dan & family from Bedfordshire.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will take onboard your comments and seek to put them right. We have not been able to visit our house since last May due to Covid and a broken back so we rely completely on Sykes letting us know if anything needs to be sorted. Sadly none of the things you mention were reported to us so we were not able to sort them out. I can only assure you a new salt and pepper pot was ordered the minute we arrived this week. It is a shame previous guests had broken the one that was here. We have been told by Sykes that we can't leave sugar, perhaps you could explore this with them directly? The windows are double glazed and I'm afraid we cannot be held responsible for traffic noise. There were instructions laminated for guests regrading the television but they have gone missing. Once again, thank you for your feedback. informed Property Owner

    Reviewed by SamanthaFeb 2022

  • "Excellent stay, perfect for all the differing needs of our family; from baby upwards to grandparents."

    Loved all the kitchen/cooking facilities as we all like to cook! Great spaces for cooking, eating and relaxing! As it was very cold weather it would have been more comfortable if the downstairs heating had been put on earlier as it took a long time to heat the downstairs which was cold throughout friday evening. Otherwise, would stay again!

    Reviewed by JackieFeb 2022

  • "We went to Margaret House to spend Christmas together as a family and couldn’t have been happier with the property and location!"

    The decor and furnishings were beautiful, and the kitchen was very well equipped. We appreciated having lots of parking space on the drive and the Christmas decorations and hamper that welcomed us on arrival. Extremely good value for money, we hope to come again and will be recommending to all our friends! Sykes Cottages were a great company to book through, with detailed information and a check in call on arrival.

    Reviewed by JessieDec 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Margaret House."

    It was very clean and tidy and we were provided with everything we needed. Definitely would stay again!!

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "Sofas possibly need updating, a little bit tired looking and saggy."

    Lovely house though.

    Thank you for your feedback, please be assured we have been let down by the supplier on the replacement of the sofas at Margaret House and they are to be replaced by October. We hope that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GillianJul 2021

  • "Lovely house in excellent location, I could not score the house top marks - the house needs some maintenance."

    Ripped sofas need repairing/replacing- even arm covers may do the job. There were so many flies- we were getting bitten by them. The internet was very poor, we had people in the party who needed to be on there, and were unable to . The 9am checkout made us have to leave in a rush.

    Reviewed by SJul 2021

  • "Margaret House was the perfect holiday home."

    Comfortable, clean, well-equipped, quiet and spacious. 3 bathrooms was luxury and I was lucky to have the double en-suite to myself.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2021

  • "This is my second visit to Margaret House and it has all the comforts of home, although it could do with being updated."

    The carpets, sofas and blinds are looking tired, along with slow draining shower trays.

    Reviewed by CraigJun 2021

  • "Overall the house was great and in a great location minutes from the village centre."

    Slightly dissapointed that we were not alerted to the fact the road was closed, so after a long journey we had to turn back on ourselves and follow diversion. There had been a plumbing issue in bathroom which resulted in staining down dining room wall. Some maintainance needed in lovely house - toilet seats are loose, sofa arm is ripped. Overall a really lovely break and we would stay again.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2020

  • "This is a spacious and well-equipped house, with some attractive modern art-works too."

    There are a number of pleasant walks that can be done right from the door and it is only 5 minutes walk to the village’s shops and eating places, so very convenient.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2020

  • "The one key policy is restrictive, especially when the key safe is unlit, and the paving stones can be slippery in winter."

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2020

  • "Margaret House is a very large property with ample room for a family get together."

    It was very clean, well equipped and a very warm cosy house for its size. Near to all the amenities in Pooley Bridge with an added bonus of plenty parking at the property. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by CraigJan 2020

  • "Margaret house was the most beautiful house in a beautiful village in a beautiful area of the country."

    Sykes cottages were friendly and efficient when dealing with an issue which arose. I would without a doubt revisit Margaret house and the Lake District and I am already looking to book with Sykes cottages again really soon. I am more than happy to recommend both this holiday and Sykes cottages to anyone.

    Reviewed by TracyAug 2019

  • "Excellent location, great walks from the doorstep."

    The house was very comfortable and spacious, made it very easy to relax and chill. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2019

  • "I really liked the fact that Sykes called me on the second day of the holiday to check that all was well with the booking."

    That's very good customer service, and nice attention to detail.

    Reviewed by DarrenMay 2019

  • "Beautiful home, very clean and modern."

    Toilet seat broken in double bedroom which was the only thing I could fault. This did not reflect the high standard of this house or spoil our stay. 6 adults stayed and all really felt relaxed.

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation, couldn’t fault it."

    Would definitely recommend and would return.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Margaret House has everything you could want from a holiday home."

    The location is excellent on the edge of the village and the house itself is very well equipped . The location of the bedrooms allows for movement without disturbing others. Our party consisted of 3 couples who all meet annually and we all agreed that this house was a 10 out of 10 and would love to return.

    Reviewed by RaeApr 2019

  • "Generally a very well equipped holiday home, nicely decorated, comfortable beds, very spacious, clean, and extremely well situated for the village, which has a number of good pubs and cafes and shops."

    I would advise that the wooden stairs whilst a lovely feature, are a bit slippy and therefore slippers very advisable for children at least, it would be better if there was a stair gate for families with very young children. Would definitely recommend and revisit.

    Reviewed by AnnaApr 2019

  • "Just being able to relax and enjoy the holiday in a beautiful house."

    Reviewed by HilaryMar 2019

  • "Margaret House is a lovely holiday rental, very close to the village with a selection of pubs and well located for walking."

    The house was lovely, only negative point from us was dining chairs need recovering. There was 6 of us and we had adequate space. Would highly recommend. thank you

    Reviewed by GillNov 2018

  • "A larger fridge would be preferred."

    Some air conditioning in the bedrooms

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2018

  • "Overall, the accommodation is of a very high standard."

    However, a few things need to be improved: 1) Some kitchen equipment is lacking, e.g. no large frying pan (even though this cottage accommodates 8 people), the wok needs replacing, some pan handles were worryingly loose, and a large lidded saute pan would be very useful. 2) Most tumblers provided in the kitchen are a horrible green plastic. Please could we have glassware? 3) In one of the main bedrooms, the light in the en-suite didn't work and the mirror looks like it could fall off at any moment. Having said all this, we would happily stay here again - it is a lovely spacious house in a great location.

    Reviewed by KenJun 2018

  • "The house was excellent and in a good location and generally couldn’t fault it."

    However the light in the en suite bathroom in double room wasn’t working and the mirror was loose. Just a suggestion to the owner there was only one key for the house and another one would have been handy. There are two picknick benches on the patio but some comfortable seating would have been appreciated as we had a hot sunny week and it would have been nice to sit outside in comfort. The only other thing I would say is that perhaps the house is not suitable for older people. The ground floor is on two levels with steps in between, the two 80 yr olds we had with us found them a bit of a struggle. Did not spoil our enjoyment of the holiday and enjoyed staying in the house which is a short stroll into Pooley Bridge. Plenty of walks from the house. Good location for visiting north Cumbria and Westmorland. Would recommend the Eden Valley.

    Reviewed by ColinMay 2018

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Summary

  • Over two floors: 1 x master bedroom (double) featuring its own washroom with shower, 1 x twin bedroom, 1 x bedroom (king size) featuring its own washroom with shower, 1 x bedroom with bunk beds for adults
  • Bathroom has a bath and shower cubicle
  • Ground floor WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Sitting room with Smart TV
  • Kitchen with dining room
  • Utility room.
  • Oil fired heating with woodburning stove (Logs not provided)
  • Electric double oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD player, WiFi
  • oil, electric and bed linen included
  • Towels are not provided
  • Travel Cot/highchair available
  • Parking off road with room for 4 cars
  • Outside seating area on the patio
  • No smoking or pets
  • Pub and shop 10 minutes walk, Ullswater Lake 15 mins walk
  • Note: Max 8 adults.

The property

Pooley Bridge in the Lake District is home to this delightful cottage.

Whether you're seeking a family getaway or with friends looking to explore, Margaret House provides the perfect starting point for your holiday.

This modern house is situated within the Pooley Bridge village and just a short walk will take you to the outstanding UIlswater Lake.

With parking for four cars and an enclosed courtyard for relaxing, this property suits both families and friends on retreats.

The ground floor has a sitting room that caters for all needs with a Smart TV and free WiFi.

In the evening, you can prepare dinner in the fully equipped kitchen.

The first floor features four bedrooms, which sleep up to eight people.

Those sleeping in the master and double bedrooms are treated to their own en-suite shower room.

The rear of the house features its own outside seating area on a patio, allowing you a soothing and relaxing end to each day after seeing the sights.

A short walk takes you into the village of Pooley Bridge, where you will find a mini market and tea rooms, as well as welcoming pubs, quirky shops and restaurants.

If you’re looking to explore the region, why not take the boat from Pooley Bridge to Howtown and have a look around?

If you enjoy history, you can visit the Church of St Paul’s and the 16th century bridge that crosses the River Eamont.

The cottage is also near Ullswater, if you're looking for more activity and adventure.

An outstanding home away from home, Margaret House places you in the heart of some of the most spectacular English countryside.

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

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About the location

POOLEY BRIDGE

Penrith 6 miles.

The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

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