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Stonethwaite Cottage

Stonethwaite near Rosthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 920477)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • 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/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful cottage - warm, well-equipped, comfy beds, lovely friendly owners and in the perfect location."

    Walks from the door, a bus stop at the end of the lane (with a regular service to Keswick) which was good for planning walks. Beautiful wild swim spot at nearby Galeny falls. Loads of birds in the cottage garden - a treat to watch them in the trees from both bedroom and sitting room windows. A really beautiful, quiet spot.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2021

  • "Having stayed at Sykes properties many times we were very surprised to be hugely disappointed."

    The property was not ready on arrival and we were late checking in. There was not ample parking as described and within yards of the property there was around 4 large barking working dogs caged which was rather intimidating as this was not noted in the description. There was no kettle on arrival and despite the owner finding a spare kettle this was found to be very dirty which was consistent with the general condition of the property. I believe the property devalues the Sykes portfolio and has made me less confident to book holiday cottages through them.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "The cottage was an ideal family escape location."

    plenty of space for 3 generations + dog. Everything we could possibly need was provided. The only feedback was that the mattresses were all far too hard for our liking.

    Reviewed by EllieSep 2021

  • "Great location for walking."

    Pub next door. Very clean. Garden was great. Owner very friendly

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "Glorious location, great facilities, beautiful cottage garden."

    So many great walks for all levels straight from the front door, pub/restaurant is 2 min walk, shop c15 min walk (@Rosthwaite) or Keswick is 20 min drive (so stock up before you arrive!). Seatoller-Keswick bus service from main road - a 5 min walk. Nick (landlord) is a lovely, approachable, helpful & down to earth guy (& only next door when not out on the farm). All in all, we love it! Only downsides (which are as reviewed), are: the bed was a bit hard for us. Also v limited mobile phone access (for Vodafone at least) as in most of Borrowdale and surrounds outside of Keswick so hardly a cottage fault. However, the WiFi only worked (but there it worked well) in one bedroom and the toilets at the end of cottage closest to the router in Nick’s house. A range extender might fix this. Others may see these last two as a blessing, of course but if you need, say MWIS.org.uk for high level walks etc, it is a bit of a pain. Also could do with a clothes-line for the odd dry day one finds in Borrowdale.

    Reviewed by NickJun 2021

  • "The cottage is in an excellent location for walking, swimming or just enjoying the beautiful garden flowers."

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay, helped by the amazing weather. Old characterful cottage which had everything we needed. Thank you

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at Stonethwaite cottage."

    Just 2 things that could be improved on-the bed was very uncomfortable in bedroom 1 and the hot tap in the en-suite doesn’t work. Otherwise, a lovely cottage

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2020

  • "Had a great time there."

    Great place for walking. need to put up a sign on the door so that visitors know it’s the right place. front door lock is in need of repair. very friendly owner. wine and eggs left for us when we arrived.

    Reviewed by MaureenSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage and very friendly host!"

    Reviewed by JayFeb 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage perfectly positioned for short and challenging walks."

    The weather was perfect!

    Reviewed by MaryJan 2020

  • "The cottage was exactly what we hoped it would be."

    Spacious, comfortable and above all set in beautiful picturesque surroundings. Nick the owner and his partner who live next door were extremely friendly and the bottles of wine from them on arrival were a lovely gesture. The pub is a mere 50 yards from the front gate, serving good food and ales and the landlord was very pleasant. Overall a great cottage, perfect location for walking in the hills and friendly owners. Thanks for a great week. Andrew, Kirsty & Barney the dog

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2019

  • "This cottage was beautifully set and had everything we needed the owners were friendly but not overbearing, we were really pleased and had a great time."

    The only thing that I would change would be the mattress on the en suite double bed, it was really hard and is dome shaped in the middle, making it very uncomfortable. Other than that it was perfect, we would definitely stay again and friends that visited us, expressed their interest too! Thank you.

    Reviewed by EmilyOct 2019

  • "Only two things the first the beds are very hard and secondly the controls for the heating are in the owners home."

    Reviewed by KimOct 2019

  • "This was our second visit to this great cottage, with excellent walking/rambling and climbing nearby."

    The owner Nick is very friendly and helpful even though he is a full time farmer. Pub is close and very nice! Only drawback if this is important to you is there is no bath to soak your aching bones in and washing machine is with the owner so best not to rely on that. Excellent value for money!

    Reviewed by HarrietSep 2019

  • "Wifi only works intermittently and only in a couple of 'sweet spots' no mobile signal at all so perfect if you want to get away from it all but not so great if you hope to get a spot of work done or check the weather forecast."

    The cottage is very well stocked with everything you could need and in a beautiful location. Ideal for a walking holiday. Local pub has great meals. the tap water was very peaty and we resorted to bottled water but that may have been a result of the heavy rain at the start of our stay. Never met the owners and had to guess where the key was which was rather unsettling after a 9 hour journey from Eastbourne.

    Thank you for your feedback. I did try to call you the day before you arrived to give you the key collection details as I had not heard from you. I left a voicemail and also told Sykes where the key would be in case you called them. We do ask that you call 48 hours before your stay in case we are busy on the farm. I am sorry the water was discoloured; this was due to the heavy rain as you say but it is safe and is checked every 6 months by the council. The WiFi does only work in parts of the cottage so we have now added a note about this to match the existing note about the mobile signal. We hope you had a lovely stay otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohannaAug 2019

  • "Great location."

    Comfortable and clean. Off road parking. WIFI was not freely accessible throughout the cottage, so was dependent on where you were - but this is a minor point. Great nearby pub.

    Reviewed by GillianJun 2019

  • "Excellent location for walking from the cottage, great pub just a couple of doors away, property well kept and very comfortable."

    Enjoyed the welcome pack of wine and eggs!

    Reviewed by RogerJun 2019

  • "WiFi only available in bedroom 4 and family bathroom, the cottage would benefit from a WiFi booster."

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "Perfect location for walking group and a warm comfy base to go back to each night."

    The kitchen was really well equipped and has a gas cooker which is often a rarity in rented cottages . The owner Nick was very welcoming and helpful. Stonethwaite is a delightful place. It is a bit isolated but being next to the Langstrath inn and opposite a little cafe more than compensated. Keswick was only 7 miles away for the one rainy day we did have. Borrowdale is one of the highlights of the Lakes and this village is set in the heart of it . Our main target was Great Gable which is very accessible from where we were staying but we also did the short drive to Buttermere to do Haystacks. The local walks of Great Crag and Castle Crag are also both really enjoyable and a contrast to the higher peaks. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2019

  • "Owner helpful and friendly."

    Brilliant place

    Reviewed by JoyMar 2019

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    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2019

  • "Loved the cottage, in a great location, you can walk Scafell Pike from the door."

    Next to a fantastic pub that serves lovely food (but check opening as it closed over Christmas and Jan). Cottage was comfortable and warm. Owner was very friendly and relaxed. Would recommend to others!

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2019

  • "A lovely property, in an idyllic location, let down by extremely uncomfortable beds."

    Thank you for your feedback. The owner has advised that he has checked the beds himself and as they are divan beds he noticed that they have come undone, it is this why you may have struggled with the beds. He hope this didn't spoil your overall stay at Stonewaite Cottage and looks forward to seeing you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2018

  • "This is a beautiful, peaceful part of the Lakes."

    You can walk from the door. Not that it bothered us, but there are no mobile phone signals at the cottage. Cottage cosy Our host friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by JoyDec 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at Stonethwaite Cottage despite the stormy weather."

    The house is very comfortable with a cosy living room, the kitchen was well equipped to make a roast dinner and our host has very kindly prepared everything for making a fire. I would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone either as a great starting place for hikes or for staying in and enjoying each other's company.

    Reviewed by AnnaNov 2018

  • "Stonethwaite cottage was warm, comfortable and well equipped."

    The owner was friendly and helpful. The walking was a great mixture of tough and gentle. Perfect week!

    Reviewed by HarrietAug 2018

  • "As we drove in it looked like a scrap yard with discarded cans littering walls and yard."

    Mounds of dog excrement greeted us upon arrival and continued to appear for 5 days! No welcome pack, no instructions whatsoever on use of boiler/heating/tv/kitchen appliances and so on Dirty cooker and frying pans Considerable water leak from kitchen tap Bed springs clearly through on both double beds Boiler failed, no heating Owner not available (away for first 5 days)

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2018

  • "The landlord was very welcoming and helpful, including providing access to the washing machine (which is not within the rented property)."

    A great property for exploring the Lakes in a wonderful location.

    Reviewed by SueJul 2018

  • "Very pretty cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Friendly helpful owner. Thank you.

    Reviewed by LucyApr 2018

  • "Had a wonderful time at Stonethwaite Cottage."

    Cottage was just what I was looking for with wooden beams and log fire. Nick greeted us with two bottles of wine and The Langstrath Pub was almost on the doorstep! Would definitely recommend this cottage in its lovely setting to anyone who is looking for a 'get away from it all' holiday.

    Reviewed by LeighMar 2018

  • "Fabulous location for true Lakes experience."

    Excellent heating (and it was -5oC outside overnight when we stayed), clean, and all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay plus cracking value for money. Well sized for a party of 6 adults and a dog. Traditional farmhouse on working farm - so be warned, the farmer's working dogs are kept in a shed near the rear door and will bark when you disturb them. Nice local pub 50 yards away, good tasty food, but as warned 'a bit on the pricey side'.

    Reviewed by RichardFeb 2018

  • "Would just like to say that we would rather have had a washing machine instead ..."

    Would just like to say that we would rather have had a washing machine instead of a dishwasher at Stonethwaite cottage but other than that the holiday was outstanding and Nick was very attentive Thanks again

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2017

  • "If Stonethwaite Cottage is a typical example of the cottages Sykes have on their books, we will definitely be using this company again."

    We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by KimSep 2017

  • "It lives up to its expectations as being the wettest place in England but it is fantastic!"

    Reviewed by WillJun 2017

  • "Cottage very clean and comfortable."

    Owner friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by LucyApr 2017

  • "The most stunning location imaginable!"

    Cottage was so pretty and welcoming, and lovely and warm!!

    Reviewed by CaroleDec 2016

  • "The opportunity to spend a week in an idyllic Lake District hamlet and the close proximity to lakes, mountains and larger towns such as Keswick."

    There was plenty to do for ourselves and teenage children, made even more enjoyable by the friendliness of the local people.

    Reviewed by JacquelineOct 2016

  • "This is our 3rd cottage rental in the same area and we prefer this cottage over the others."

    It is great to be part of a working farm and Nick, the owner, is on hand if there is anything you need. The cottage is also very close to the Langstrath Inn which is a bonus.

    Reviewed by WayneSep 2016

  • "We enjoyed the beautiful cottage garden, it was very relaxing."

    In a perfect location for walks or fell climbing. There is an excellent pub two doors away, and a short stroll brings you to fields of lambs. A very roomy cottage, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DorothyMay 2016

  • "Stonethwaite was a warm comfortable cottage in an ideal location for exploring Upper Borrowdale."

    Reviewed by LynneApr 2016

  • "Excellent rural cottage in a remote location yet easily accessible to Keswick."

    The cottage was extremely comfortable and well kept and ideal for a walking holiday or general relaxation in the countryside.

    Reviewed by JacquelineMar 2016

  • "Excellent location and very helpful owner."

    Reviewed by AdrianJan 2016

  • "A beautiful location and very comfortable and spacious cottage."

    The owner was very pleasant and helpful.

    Reviewed by CatherineNov 2015

  • "The cottage was situated in a beautiful setting."

    The owner was friendly and on hand if help was needed.

    Reviewed by LornaJul 2015

  • "Perfect Location for walking in Borrowdale."

    The owner extremely helpful and courteous at all times. Cottage very comfortable with a superb kitchen.

    Reviewed by LindsayJul 2015

  • "We loved staying in this comfortable holiday cottage."

    It was equipped with everything we needed and the owner was friendly and helpful. It was perfect for a relaxing week in a quiet part of the Lake District.

    Reviewed by AliJun 2015

  • "The accommodation was homely and spacious with new facilities (fridge, freezer, oven, dishwasher etc."

    ) The owner was friendly and available when needed. We loved our stay at the cottage.

    Reviewed by RyanApr 2015

  • "We felt comfortable and relaxed in the cottage from the minute we arrived."

    It has a lovely cosy feel. As a mixed age group, we found everyone was happy with the cottage and the location.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2015

  • "Borrowdale is so quiet and beautiful that we instantly relaxed as we arrived."

    The cottage is in a perfect location for getting away from it all and has amazing views. With a seemingly endless choice of walks both high and at low level. We enjoyed everything about our choice of holiday destination including the local pub. That was wonderful to finish the day in and Keswick, near enough to also enjoy time shopping.

    Reviewed by DebMar 2015

  • "We booked the farm cottage for a family weekend away with elderly parents and our little girl, age 7."

    This cottage was perfect for us - plenty of space & toilets and in a fantastic location. Had easy walks from the door and a pub just around the corner. The charm of the cottage itself was a bonus - tastefully decorated with 3 foot stone walls making it quiet and peaceful, with deep window recesses and window seats to look out over the garden, the pretty village of Stonethwaite and the hills. The kitchen, dining room and lounge with open fire were great too. We were made very welcome by the farmer, his dogs and chickens and really enjoyed our weekend.

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2015

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The property

Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the whole of England, this fabulous, semi-detached cottage is attached to the owner's home on their traditional hill farm in the tiny hamlet of Stonethwaite, near to Rosthwaite in the beautiful Lake District.

With the views forever changing, this spectacular location, ideal for a family holiday, will weave its magic into your heart and leave you yearning to get back to this truly special cottage.

On the ground floor of this lovely cottage are a fitted kitchen, a dining room and a cosy sitting room with an open fire, where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink.

There are also four comfortable bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom.

At the rear of the cottage is a garden area where you can sit and relax, whilst at the front you can watch the farmer busy at work in the farmyard, no doubt accompanied by his faithful sheepdogs.

Just around the corner is an excellent country inn serving delicious food and a little further away, in the charming village of Rosthwaite, is a shop, tea room and pub.

Being located in the shadows of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, and on the routes of the Coast to Coast path and the Cumbrian Way, this cottage is ideally placed to explore this enchanting landscape.

A regular bus service also runs from Stonethwaite taking you further afield to Langdale, Thirlmere, Lorton and into Keswick, or explore the area by car stopping at the many places of interest.

Honister Pass is also on the doorstep and for a truly unforgettable day why not explore the slate mines or climb the sheer cliff face at Via Ferrata?

With so much to do in the area, this delightful cottage is perfect for families or friends at any time of the year.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with basin, 1 x twin with basin, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Garden with bench
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Situated on working farm with livestock and seasonal campsite on farm
  • Note: No mobile signal, payphone 100 yards from cottage
  • Note: There is an interconnecting door between the property and the owners' home
  • This is kept locked at all times
  • Please note: WiFi only works in double bedroom (no.4) and by the entrance
  • Intermittent in other areas

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About the location


Keswick 6.5 miles.

The pretty village of Rosthwaite is situated in the Borrowdale area of the stunning Lake District National Park. The village, surrounded by fells and meadows offers a pub, shop and tea room. You’ll be delighted with the location - just driving up the Borrowdale Valley past Lake Derwentwater is sure to please, and once you arrive in Rosthwaite you will be charmed by the traditional Lakeland cottages. Within driving distance is the town of Keswick, which boasts a number of shops and restaurants, along with miniature golf, parks, the Pencil Museum and the famous Theatre by the Lake. With Derwent Water and Honister Pass close by, the village is an ideal base for walkers and cyclists, and is in a superb location to discover all of the Lake District.

Region Information

Please note: WiFi only works in double bedroom (no.4) and by the entrance. Intermittent in other areas.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
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