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Roa Island House

Roa Island, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 8088)


Very good

Sykes rating


  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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73 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything you could have wished for at this lovely property."

    Clean, comfortable, an ideal location for our new year get together. Everything you needed was in the house. The hot tub, sauna, along with the games available kept everyone entertained. Lovely views from the tower and with a local pub within walking distance and the town a short drive away. Highly recommended

    We recently added an air hockey table to the games available so it is nice to hear that our guests at Roa Island enjoyed the facilities which are located in the conservatory...and we can only recommend the local put at Rampside, called the Clark's - good food and at a decent price...what's not to like! Property Owner

    Reviewed by BeverleyDec 2021

  • "The house was fantastic."

    Extremely well equipped and we found that everything we could think of was provided. We managed to make a Christmas dinner for 11 people with no issues at all. The size of the house is great and the rooms are all such a good size. Our own gripe was the cleanliness. After being asked to check in later than usual due to more thorough cleaning for covid, we did expect a spotless house. We mopped the wet room on the very first morning and the water that was gathered in the mop bucket was brown, skirting boards were thick with dust in some areas and glasses had lipstick marks on. The fridge did not look like it had been cleaned between stays either. This was such a shame as the house was so great and we would love to return, the owners have clearly thought of everything and it is obvious that they care that their guests enjoy the stay but cleaners are letting the owners down.

    Thank you for this honest feedback. In fact we have had a discussion with the cleaning company and they acknowledge that they let themselves down on this occasion. As a matter of fact the owner of the cleaning company is now taking care of the cleaning of Roa Island House himself. We therefore believe that this was a one off incident…but we are on the case! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JennaDec 2021

  • "Absolutely brilliant weekend with the family at this amazing house."

    The owners provided much more than we expected.

    I am very happy that you had a great time at Roa Island. Admittedly it is a large house and not very easy to look after being right next to the sea...but we will always do our best to make this property shine and provide a wonderful home from home in a special location! Property Owner

    Reviewed by KatherineNov 2021

  • "Me and my husband got married in lock down just the 2 of us so we booked this for us to celebrate with our friends and family."

    It was amazing accomadation fully equipped with everything we could ask for and more.only downside is that maybe the cleaning could be a lot better.The hot tub lights and outside lights wasn't working but we found the trip switch had gone off so that was soon resolved.There wasb12 adults and 2 children in our party and this was the perfect accomadation.beautiful location also.Great pub down the road that accomadated all of us called the Clarkes Hotel however driving is recommended to there.Windermere was about 40 minutes away by ferry with lovely views on the way.

    We are of course very happy that you have had a good time at Roa Island House. It really is a special property in a special location. We have been aware that our cleaning contractor has let us and our guests down on a number of occasions so we have decided to change contractor in close discussion with Sykes as we felt there was no way forward. So we are determined that cleaning standards will be where they should be, and our new contractor is fully in line with it. But as the owners we are now keeping a much closer eye on this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChantelleNov 2021

  • "The house is huge but the kitchen and living room isn't big enough when everyone ..."

    The house is huge but the kitchen and living room isn't big enough when everyone is up and about also the lights in the conservatory didn't work only the table lamps and there isn't enough outdoor lighting to the rear of the property

    We have taken note of this feedback. Although this is the first time we have had this specific feedback both with regards to the available space - usually we are told that the house is massive with plenty of space . We are looking into the lighting issue we do have outside flood lights and plenty of lights in the conservatory. Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful, fun, and relaxing holiday."

    We enjoyed the facilities and amazing views. But one of the room's shower and sink was leaking so unable to use it. Qlsono vacuum cleaner or sweep to use for cleaning. Aside from that everything was perfect

    Thank you for your feedback. We have since then rectified the issue over cleaning equipment and are in the process of replacing the macerator in the bathroom concerned...there can be issues with macerators if nappies and female hygiene products are flushed down the toilet...and although suitable warning signs are in place but it can still happen. All this said, we of course apologise for the inconvenience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RojeaneAug 2021

  • "We will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday, the house is lovely and the location is fantastic."

    However the cleanliness left a lot to be desired. The floors in the house were filthy and the doors and skirting boards were thick with dust, cobwebs and dust was hanging from the radiators. We found a pair of jogging bottoms stuffed behind one of the chairs in the entrance way. At the present time this standard is especially not acceptable. There was no television in the large bedroom downstairs and the television in the other downstairs bedroom could not be used as the aerial socket was broken. The shower in the walk in shower room was blocked so that the water ran all over the bathroom. We are fairly tolerant and did not let these things spoil our holiday but I fear you might get a lot of complaints from others. It is a shame as the house is a lovely house and if cleaned up we would definitely come back.

    As the owner of Roa Island House I am of course very focused on client feedback. As such I have been in touch with the cleaning and maintenance company. Although the head of the cleaning company was somewhat puzzled by this client feedback as she had personally checked the property she has nevertheless assured me that they will double their efforts so that future clients can be sure that they stay in a safe environment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2021

  • "Thank you so much for your assistance!"

    I’ve had the best time of the 2020 and enjoyed full of holiday! Hope to get back again soon and enjoy of great places and new environment! Kind Regards Sergiu

    Reviewed by SergiuDec 2020

  • "Had everything we needed."

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2020

  • "The house was ready to occupy as we arrived, a member of staff called in and checked that everything was fine for us."

    The grandchildren loved the space available to them to run around. We liked the conservatory area which was lovely to sit in in the sunshine. The kitchen was particularly well equipped for all our needs. We had a very enjoyable family weekend.

    Reviewed by RuthSep 2020

  • "I marked down the cleanliness as the house did have bits of litter here and there in some of the rooms, also the floors on the entire ground floor were not very clean, it barely looked like they had been hoovered but really needed a scrub/mopping."

    everything else was really good, we struggled as a family of 10 without a clothes airer for the week as we did wash clothes so had to just be inventive with places to dry them.

    Reviewed by OmarAug 2020

  • "We had a lovely family break here."

    Loved the view and extra luxuries such as the hot tub and sauna. Also really useful that most bedrooms have their own bathrooms, and kitchen is well equipped and clean.

    Reviewed by VictoriaJul 2020

  • "We another amazing weekend at Roa Island."

    We love the house and it’s position. New kitchen fitted which is a lot more functional. Plenty of kitchen equipment and crockery. Definitely recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by DianneFeb 2020

  • "Brilliant made some Amazing memories Definitely going back"

    Reviewed by NicolaNov 2019

  • "This is a beautiful house with beautiful views of Morecambe Bay ,it is the best equipped house I have ever rented and I have rented a few both in this country and abroad."

    There were also quite a few unexpected items provided. All the appliances were top of the range as were the bathrooms and showers, the beds were very comfortable.The house is ideal for parties of family and friends, there were 15 of us and we were never on top of each other at any point.The hot tub and sauna were a huge success and the table tennis table was enjoyed by the younger members of our party. We hired this house for our Golden Wedding anniversary and had a very special week here.The locals were very friendly and the boat club and bosuns locker were extremely helpful in accommodating our large party for meals.The food in both these places was excellent. There was virtually no criticism of this house and the only comment the family made was that the addition of a pool table would have been the icing on the cake .

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2019

  • "We were a family of 16 staying at the roa island house."

    We had the most amazing time and the views were beautiful! Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend away, and the good weather was a bonus. The only problem was there were no cleaning products to wipe down tables, floors etc. So if you are looking to stay here don’t forget these items if your clean freaks like me and my family haha.

    Reviewed by JodieSep 2019

  • "It would have been helpful if the floor plans (as provided at Roa Island House) had been included on the website as this would have assisted sorting out accommodation among our multi-family group."

    As the owner clearly has them it is a pity they were not visible on the Sykes Cottages website at the time of booking. Overall, very spacious house which is let down by a number of issues, such as the size of kitchen - which could get very crowded. The cleaning being done between lettings is clearly very limited as dust and lost belongings (e.g. sock, perfume bottle), from previous holidaymakers, were found under beds, sofas, etc. All a bit ironic when you keep reading notices about how you will be charged extra if things like the hot tub are not left in a pristine condition. Not surprised therefore when we had an extra guest one evening in the kitchen in the form of a live mouse. We showed the mouse the door but guess he had his own access route back in somewhere. Had to report a blocked drain just outside the front door which had clearly not been maintained, and caused the effluent from the laundry room blocked drain in the car park and not great when you have small children in the group. Mobile reception was patchy on certain networks. The third party maintainer seemed to have to be instructed to clear the drain and it appeared that it was up to renters to spot these issues. House related, the mechanism which controlled the cover for the hot tub was broken. Instructions for various unfamiliar appliances were scattered through drawers and cupboards, which we found eventually, but that was all really unhelpfully disorganised. The lack of recycling bins was a very very odd feature, which we agree with the comments of previous occupants needs addressing. So, interesting location, very quiet, lovely views and garden for the children to play in and great to unwind and relax but the cleaning and pest control both need attention. Some aspects of the house are now looking very tired and need addressing at Roa Island House.

    Thank you for your comments. As the owner of Roa Island House I wish to apologise for the experience Mr Shaw and his family had. However, after investigating Mr Shaw’s comments it appears that there was a string of unfortunate circumstances, but of course also some outright shortcomings. The inadequate cleaning has been taken up with the maintenance and cleaning company, and measures have been implemented to avoid such an experience from reocurring, as has the issue over the blocked drain, where informaton was not passed on in a timely fashion within the maintenance company. We do have a contract with a pest control company who had actually just rebated the traps one week before Mr Shaw’s arrival, so the incident with the mouse was unfortunate, and we had never had such an incident before and haven’t had since. The hot tub cover has since then been replaced, and is now in fine working order. More recent client feedback has shown that our measures are bearing fruit. It is very clearly my prerogative to give our clients a very good experience, and as the owner this will continue to be my focus. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2019

  • "An excellent venue for us - an extended familly with small children."

    Plenty of space to explore and a very peaceful and interesting location overlooking the bay, Piel Island and the lifeboat station. Scenery constaantly changing with the tides. A safe garden for the children to play in. Information in the house could do with updating eg information on hot tub gives instructions for using a red button that has not worked for ages and prices quoted for ferry years out of date. Also instructions for opening the door could be amended to key in number then turn keypad handle anti clockwise. We did not understand the instructions given and spent about half an hour trying to get in. Also some information about recycling would be welcome. Kitchen very well equipped but there was a shortage of spoons.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2019

  • "Whilst the description of the property was accurate, I felt it gilded the lily and the whole property was in good need of a thorough clean, fresh paint and general smarten up."

    A drawer full of a former occupant's shoes was present in one of the bedrooms, further underlining my point about the whole property needing to be really well serviced between lettings. None of the previous hirer's comments had been acted upon and it felt as though the owners took little interest in the property and were content to merely take the fee and leave it all in the hands of the agency. Not nearly good enough for the price and very poor value for money. Disappointing.

    As the owner of the property I am embarrassed by these comments. We employ a third party to service the property and the issues have been addressed with them directly to ensure these are immediately rectified. I deeply care about this property and am investing substantially to maintain the quality of the property. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback as this is invaluable to ensure standards remain high. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2019

  • "Fantastic location ,comfortable rooms and lovely hot tub Would have liked to have soap/shower gel in the bathrooms and better pans for our large party."

    Generally very pleased with our stay and appreciated the owners flexibility regarding our requirements.

    Reviewed by FionaJun 2019

  • "This is a fabulous place if you want a tranquil quiet place to stay."

    Sitting out the back watching the sun glistening on the sea is just beautiful. The locals are fantastic, we had a great tour around the RNLI which was on our doorstep (literally) and a great meal at the local boat club which we were able to use as we were staying at Roa House. We had an issue with the mini bus we hired and another local and his dad came to our rescue even without being asked just nice lovely people. The house was lovely seven decent sized bedrooms five with en-suite just what five couples needed and one of our party was especially please with a downstairs bedroom with a wet room as they had mobility issues so a godsend for them. Beautiful dining room if you want a formal night or a large kitchen area if you want a nice cosy get together. We would all definitely recommend this house as a base for a stay lots of space and if the weather is kind then you wouldn’t need to venture out. Didn’t use the steam lodge although it looked great but did have a session in the hot tub which again was fabulous especially sitting watching the scenery very therapeutic.

    Reviewed by TheresaApr 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at Roa Island; the place was beautiful and perfect for a family get together."

    It was spotlessly clean with nice white bedding and towels and fulfilled all our needs. The views were incredible and we can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by PaulaMar 2019

  • "Having had an issue at the start, the support was fantastic from both Sykes and the property owner."

    We had an amazing time in a beautifil house. Great location and I will definitely be booking through Sykes again.... Roa House is highly recommended too!

    Reviewed by NicolaMar 2019

  • "We booked the house at Roa Island as a surprise weekend for our Mum for her 80th birthday, what an amazing weekend it turned out to be."

    The house exceeded our expectations, the photos don’t do justice to the space available. A well maintained house with fully equipped kitchen, plenty of room, beautiful views, everything you need for a relaxing weekend with a hot tub and sauna. Sykes Cottages we’re great to deal with and very helpful. We would highly recommend staying here and look forward to visiting again

    Reviewed by DianneJan 2019

  • "If being over critical of which I am , probably needs a couple of smaller pans , ..."

    If being over critical of which I am , probably needs a couple of smaller pans , but that is all , everything else was superb

    Reviewed by BobDec 2018

  • "We had a lovely relaxing weekend with loads of fantastic memories made ."

    Thank you to the owners for providing a fabulous place for our ladies to be all together. Only down side the information folder was missing

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2018

  • "When we arrived the single beds had been made up as doubles, but after one phone call, Sykes sent someone out to rectify the problem."

    Great service!!! The house is great for adults and children alike.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2018

  • "The whole family loved it."

    Plenty of space for the children to run about

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2018

  • "We visited Roa Island House as a family group, we picked the location to explore the Lakes and the area in general, the house was fantastic and with large downstairs rooms and lovely conservatory where we could all sit together in the sun and out of the wind."

    It was the perfect place to get together and enjoy a break away.

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2018

  • "Great location ."

    The Concle pub and the cafe great food .

    Reviewed by PamSep 2018

  • "Great family get together."

    To celebrate my 70th Birthday.

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2018

  • "We had a great week celebrating a 70th birthday, with all the children and grandchildren."

    A terrific house with plenty of room for different activities, large garden, wonderful views and convenient for walks and nearby shopping in Barrow or Ulverston. We've now left a cheese-grater so the kitchen is fully stocked!

    Reviewed by QuentinJul 2018

  • "Roa Island house is fabulous."

    We thoroughly enjoyed it, no criticisms but a couple of things at the house that could be considered: An outside line for drying clothes. The mirrors in the bedroom/bathroom at the far end of the corridor (room 7 I think) are too high up so us shorter people can't make use of them so we were having to go into others bedrooms to use them. A cheese grater would be useful. We also thought we had access to a table tennis table which was locked in the garage but when we asked the managing company they wouldn't get it out for us.

    Reviewed by PennyJun 2018

  • "First of all we would like to say that we had a most wonderful holiday at Roa Island House and everyone had a memorable experience."

    If you would like us to make any comments or suggestions we would say: 1) Slight disappointment that we had to wait outside until almost 4pm before we could access the house. 2) Being honest it looked like the main carpets hadn't been hovered. 3) On the one hand the lawn hadn't been cut (which meant that it looked a bit weedy) but on the other we experienced the company of many rabbits who had a most enjoyable feed. 4) Towels were not the best and an upgrade might be better enjoyed by future guests. Not sure if you are allowed to advertise / inform via the web site but we would mention that: a) The Bosun's Locker Cafe, effectively attached to Roa Island House provides an excellent range of food and drinks albeit limited hours of opening. b) The Roa Island Boat House (200 yards away) provides cheap and cheerful food and with a lovely atmosphere. Sadly also subject to limited opening hours. c) The short boat trip over to Piel Island; a walk around the Castle and a beer at the pub is a most relaxing experience.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Roa Island House."

    I think the house could benefit from a little "TLC" in areas, a lick of paint here and there but this did not detract from our enjoyment. Its a shame that the kitchen area is relatively small compared to other rooms in the house, it got a little congested with more that 2 people in it at a time. We were extremely lucky that we had lovely weather and were able to enjoy the garden and its outdoor facilities to the max. There were a couple of window blinds that need some attention, broken and stained vertical blinds in the lounge and especially in bedroom 7 on the ground floor as they do not close properly and the curtains are see through. Also the fire alarm went off on the first night - no apparent reason for this happening and the noise was deafening. There were no clear instructions of how to turn it off/re-set and when we phoned the number on the box for assistance they said that they would get someone to call us back with instructions on how to turn it off - they finally called back after ONE HOUR!!!! By that time, by some fluke of luck we had already managed to reset it, but obviously as we were not sure how we had done it we were nervous in case it happened again. When they did finally call back my friend said that we had fixed it and when the caller asked how, my friend jokingly said "Oh we axed it off the wall" and the caller said "oh thats great then" - was he not listening to us or had this happened before? not really an acceptable service, especially as we had my young grandchildren with us who were notably frightened by the noise. Clear instructions in the house manual are essential. However, even with the above we all said that we would definitely go back, house felt very homely and relaxing!!!. Yours sincerely Gylian Darnley

    Reviewed by GylianApr 2018

  • "Road Island house was beautiful."

    It was perfect for 12 us celebrating a year of 30ths. I would say the kitchen needs a bit of tlc and we moved the sofa and found a lot of food/stuff there which had not been cleaned previously. Something which wasn’t on the listing was the table tennis we found in the garage and that is probably where we were if we weren’t in the hot tub!! We are already looking at dates for a Roa reunion.

    Reviewed by KatieApr 2018

  • "We had a wonderful family holiday in lovely Roa Island House which had everything necessary for a group of 13 people with ages ranging from 20months to 73years."

    Reviewed by ValerieMar 2018

  • "We were a group of 16 ladies enjoying a relaxing weekend away."

    The house was brilliant, very spacious and comfortable with a well stocked kitchen. The hot tub and sauna were great and used by all. There are a couple of things that would have improved our stay - the heating was not on when we arrived so the house was cold and there was no wood for the fire or if there was we didn’t find it. It would have helpful if there was some information in the book about how to get the sauna heated. Also we couldn’t get the music system working, so again some instructions would have helped for all appliances. Apart from the above we had a fabulous weekend and some of the group are considering a return with family and friends. D Walker

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2018

  • "Room 2 toilet cistern ran 24/7 & radiator cold."

    Downstairs shower room didn't appear to drain away veey well. General house decor needs a refresh. There were dirty tissues and other rubbish under one of the setters. Most disappointing of all, on arrival the hot tub was only luke warm. We were also unable to use it after Sunday morning as the water was cool, a dirty grey colour and smelled unpleasant. We were all sad about that and wondered why it was daily maintained. That apart it was a great location and ideal for our size group. If these issues are attended to we'd be happy to use the house again. Regards. Allison Hardy and 13 others.

    Reviewed by AllisonFeb 2018

  • "Fabulous house with everything we needed."

    Plenty of space and great facilities for all ages. Loved our stay here

    Reviewed by KimberleyJan 2018

  • "We rented this house for a family get together- it was perfect, spacious, clean and very well equipped."

    Everyone had an amazing time!

    Reviewed by SalmaOct 2017

  • "What a truly magnificent house."

    Spacious, beyond our expectations!! Amazing views, right on the beach, hot tub and sauna!! This property blew us away. What a great family holiday home!! Highly recommended!!

    Reviewed by NicholaMar 2017

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Roa Island House."

    It had everything we required for our wkend away. Both times were for a 40th and both times have been amazing and the accommodation exceeded our expectations each time

    Reviewed by LouiseNov 2016

  • "Amazing location."

    Description does not do it justice - you have to go and find out for yourself !!

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2016

  • "Very enjoyable holiday for all ages."

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2016

  • "A beautiful setting in a lovely part of the country."

    The house was excellent, plenty of space so no one getting on top of each other.

    Reviewed by NatalieMar 2016

  • "Roa Island House is a beautiful place to stay and enjoy time with a large family group of friends, it is large enough not to get under each others feet."

    It was extremely well equipped in all aspects and there was plenty to keep all ages occupied even in terrible weather. The kitchen was especially good, you can easily cater for a large group with fantastic ovens and two large fridges, amazing.

    Reviewed by SaraNov 2015

  • "Fantastic holiday for 14 people aged from 6 - 70, nobody wanted to come home."

    The children could have stayed for much longer. It was my husband's 70th birthday present he will never forget it.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2015

  • "It is hard to find somewhere that sleeps that many people but this house was excellent."

    If you needed to you could get away from the crowd, also the place itself is in a great setting.

    Mr BushellOct 2015

  • "Roa Island House was perfect for our family holiday as it contained everything that we needed and was situated in an ideal area."

    We had a great time.

    Reviewed by JackieMay 2015

  • "Great views from the rear of the property."

    This is a fantastic house, the bedrooms are of a good size and bathrooms of a very high standard. All round a lovely property.

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2015

  • "Clean, very spacious accommodation with outstanding bathrooms and great views."

    It was very well equipped with day to day implements. The kitchen, although compact had sufficient space for all our food and we liked the assurance of washing facilities - washer, drier etc - even though we didn't use them. The viewing tower was a fantastic asset too and there was plenty of space and opportunity to find a quiet corner, even though we had 16 people (4 children) in the group. Modern TVs in every room, a large lawn and good parking made the stay very successful. Overall - superb!

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2015

  • ""What an amazing house and location."

    Would highly recommend the cottage to all and we have already looked at booking again for next year. The facilities are great and the hot tub just finishes it off! Thanks for a wonderful weekend."

    Reviewed by SallyMar 2015

  • "The spaciousness of the house was appreciated - as was the hot tub!"

    Nice warm house with lots of room - Recommended!

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2015

  • "Property is very spacious!"

    Great for large groups. The hot tub is also very good and so was the log fire! Excellent property in general really!

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2014

  • "We had a fantastic weekend with friends in the house, it was exactly what we were looking for."

    We would love to go back again!

    Reviewed by ShelleyNov 2014

  • "Chance to holiday with the whole family in a very spacious accommodation."

    The hot tub was a nice feature. There was a well sized dining area and the kitchen contains all cooking facilities required, including pots & pans/crockery/cutlery etc. There were 2 large integral fridges and dishwasher.

    Reviewed by PaulaOct 2014

  • "The pictures on the internet do not do this holiday cottage justice."

    It had everything you could possibly need; you name it, it had it! The bathrooms are all fantastic and so clean. The beds were comfy and the linen and towels were all crisp and fresh. We absolutely enjoyed our weekend and would definitely go back. All in all - we loved it!

    Reviewed by BevSep 2014

  • "The house was fantastic, perfect for a large group with so many rooms we could spread around."

    The views were beautiful and all the local people were so helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by MelanieAug 2014

  • "The House was large enough for 14 people to find their own space."

    The sun lounge was a great place to sit. the hot tub was well used, and the garden big enough for a kick about. Overall we all enjoyed the holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2014

  • "The setting of the house was perfect and the location was great."

    We were celebrating my husband's 40th and it really was the perfect place for what we wanted. A huge dining room for family meals, pool table for evening entertainment and a great garden for relaxing and enjoying the weather. Easy to access other tourist attractions in the lakes too. A truly fantastic week. Highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2014

  • "The space was fantastic."

    The six children in the group had a great time and their parents were able to relax. The garden and conservatory being safe place for them to play. We older members of the group enjoyed the views and the area around.

    Reviewed by JeanApr 2014

  • "Perfect size property for a large number of adults."

    Reviewed by KathrynDec 2013

  • "Staying at the house feels like you are completely secluded, the large walled garden has beautiful views and unless you go outside the gate you can believe you are in your own bubble!"

    It was truly magical, we loved the layout of the house and the hot tub! It was an amazing weekend.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2013

  • "Great holiday, the property was amazing."

    We'll be coming back again!

    Reviewed by LauraJan 2013

  • "We very much enjoyed the opportunity to rest and relax with our family and friends."

    The size was perfect, surrounding quiet and location ideal.

    Reviewed by EdwardSep 2012

  • "A quiet location, very spacious and the ferry to Piel Island was a great experience."

    The hot tub was excellent with views of the sea.

    Mr DunlavyJun 2012

  • "Our stay here was brilliant,the house was huge and perfect for us."

    The views were nice and the location was great if you want a real get away from everything. The house was spotless and the house keeper was very welcoming and dealt with anything we wanted. All in all a brilliant property, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by LaurenJun 2012

  • "The house and the island are absolutely stunning."

    It was a real luxury break for a very reasonable price.

    Reviewed by TabithaFeb 2012

  • "Huge property with plenty of room for 8 adults and 6 children - even space to escape on your own for a quiet read if necessary."

    Within easy driving distance of many interesting places/attractions. The observatory with its own telescope together with the pool table and hot tub, was an added bonus. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, most voting this property joint top, when compared with the other 4 properties we have used in the past.

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 2012

  • "Great house perfectly suited for the needs of a large group."

    Rehearsing our performance or playing word games in the living room with the open fire was especially pleasant. The sea views from the observation room were nice in the morning and at dusk.

    Reviewed by OlgaNov 2011

  • "The space in the property for 16 was perfect and I'm sure if the weather had been kinder we would have spent a lot of time in the garden."

    Reviewed by MoiraOct 2011

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The property

An imposing detached landmark property in a unique location!

This large residence is located on Roa Island, on the southernmost tip of the Furness Peninsula, 8 miles from the traditional Lakeland market town of Ulverston and 5 miles from Barrow-in-Furness with its extensive shopping facilities.

Overlooking the sea with a south-facing aspect, this Roa Island cottage has been lovingly decorated and furnished, oozing charm and character, with stone floors, high ceilings and palatial rooms.

Very much a home-from-home, this Roa Island cottage offers original wooden floors, inglenook fireplaces and many other original features in keeping with the style of this gorgeous house.

The sitting room is very spacious, with large windows, an open fire and a working piano.

The huge dining room of this Roa Island cottage adjoins a fabulous conservatory which extends onto three sides of the building, whilst the spacious kitchen/diner is well-equipped, ideal for cooking for large groups.

One of Roa Island House’s unique features is its amazing observation tower which provides 270-degree views of Morecambe Bay, Piel Island with its mysterious Piel Castle, the beautiful coastline and the many ships sailing past.

Outside, a large lawned area with a roof covered hot tub provides that something extra, and the chance to take in the splendour of this fabulous location whilst totally relaxing.

Just across the causeway is a delightful old pub, and summer ferries are available to explore Piel Island and Piel Castle, take a fishing trip, or enjoy trips to the seal colonies.

The amenities of Ulverston, the shopping facilities of Barrow-in-Furness, the beaches of the Furness Coast and the outdoor activities of Coniston and Grizedale Forest are all just a short drive away.

An excellent Roa Island cottage base, for friends and family alike.


  • Seven bedrooms (6 with TVs): 1 x ground floor family room with super king-size double bed(zip/link, can be twin on request), single sofa bed and woodburner, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, WC and small office with feature window, 3 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double on request) with folding bed and en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower (disabled friendly), basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen and spacious dining area (seats 8) with small conservatory area (seats 4), utility and store
  • Large dining room (seats 16)
  • Large sitting room (seats 14) with open fire
  • Second floor observation tower (seats 5)
  • Large, wrap-around conservatory with panoramic views (seats 22)
  • Large entrance hall with table football.
  • Gas central heating with open fire in sitting room and wood burner in bedroom
  • Electric double oven, gas hob, additional electric oven, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 7 x TVs, 1 with Freeview/DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games/DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter packs for open fire and wood burner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchairs available
  • Lawned grounds with roof covered hot tub, furniture and BBQ
  • Wood fired sauna that can sit 6 people
  • Off road parking for 8 cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Hot tub unavailable from 4pm on Thursdays for weekly cleaning/maintenance
  • Note: No stag or hen parties at this property
  • Note: Roa Island is reached via a tarmac causeway
  • From 27/1/2022 some of the utility needs of the property are met by a provider who sources their energies from renewable sources and is carbon neutral, this process will be completed by around the middle of 2022
  • All waste is already collected, then checked and separated by our waste disposal provider and the highest degree of recycling is thus assured

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Ulverston 6 miles; Barrow-in-Furness 6 miles.

Roa Island is located on the Lake District's magnificent coastline, over half a mile south of the village of Rampside on the southernmost point of the Furness Peninsula. With an area of about 30 acres the island is the sixteenth most populated Island in Great Britain with just over one hundred inhabitants. Until 1847 Roa Island was a true island, being accessible only by boat or on foot across the sands at low tide. John Abel Smith, a London banker, bought Roa in 1840. He built a causeway to the mainland, completed in 1846, and an 810 foot (247 m) deep-water pier known as Piel Pier where steamers sailed to Fleetwood. The pier connected with the Furness Railway line to Kirkby via Furness Abbey, making use of the causeway. Other interesting buildings include Trinity Terrace, a row of terraced houses built to provide accommodation for the ten Trinity House pilots; and The Watch Tower, a Customs and Excise House built in 1847. Roa Island is home to a lifeboat station of the RNLI, serving Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. Just a short boat trip across the inlet is Piel Island, a small fifty acre island with its own castle, made famous by Martin Clune's (of men behaving badly and Doc Martin) The Island programme. Gifted to the people of Barrow-in-Furness by the Duke of Buccleuch in the early 20th century, the island is kept in order by the selection of the "King" of Piel, who is the landlord of the island's public house, the Ship Inn. Located in an outstanding area the village is close to the spectacular Furness Abbey, and the ancient market town of Ulverston is just 5 miles away, and still has an authentic feel and community spirit. The town boasts a street market every Thursday and Saturday and many festivals throughout the year, including an amazing lantern procession in November and a superb Dickensian weekend in early December. It is also the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home to the only Laurel and Hardy museum in the world! With all the attractions of the Lake District National Park and the sandy beaches and good birdwatching of the Furness coast close by, this quiet and peaceful area has plenty to offer.

Region Information

Note: Strictly no stag or hen parties

Note: 5pm check in

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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