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Ellis Howe

(Ref. 1096523)

Torver, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (5)
  • lovely (4)
  • views (4)
  • old (3)
  • great (3)
  • walks (3)

8 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely, and clean everything we needed."

    The views were great, and close to great walks. Thank you

    Hello Thank you for taking the time to give us some lovely feedback.Diana and Tony Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jun 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely old characterful property with fantastic views."

    It was equipped with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in great location for walking, with many walks on the doorstep."

    Cottage has many period features, interesting history and felt a true get-away. Lovely view of the Old Man of Coniston from the dining room. Fire was very cosy in the evenings. Would recommend this cottage especially during the warmer seasons.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you appreciated the period features and the fascinating history of Ellis Howe. Spring weather in the Lakes is always hit and miss! Even in wet weather we love watching the fells and slopes of the Old Man changing in the sunlight. The weather comes from the West over the Old Man and Dow Crag. The clouds pouring over the peaks are a superb sight' The dining room is a superb watching place for this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4Mar 2023

  • "A delightful cottage in a beautiful setting."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our five day break and will return, as Torver is our favourite area in which to base ourselves for our regular Lakes holidays. Splendid views towards The Old Man and Dow Crag and plenty of walks straight from the door. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your comments.We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Ellis Howe. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had such a great time with my kids, whilst staying at Ellis Howe."

    Amazing location and a beautiful property. I am now looking at the market because I want to move there. I will be visiting again.

    Thank you for your kind comments. You will be welcomed back to Ellis Howe any time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Oct 2022

  • "I spent many happy years camping with family in Torver at Crook Farm, I used to walk to Ellis Howe when it was a little shop and post office so to have the opportunity to stay here was fantastic."

    This cottage is a little gem, lovely place very well layed out, very comfortable and cosy, and full of character, home from home. If you want a relaxing stay and amazing views this is the place to stay. I cant wait to stay again. Thankyou. Diane & Graham (5 sept - 8 sept 2022

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We have always been conscious of the traditional character of the cottage and have sought to maintain these features. Some of the history of Ellis Howe is on the Ellis Howe website. Ellis Howe was the village shop and post office until 1979 and some of the locals still refer to the cottage as 'Mrs Pricket's shop'. Come back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2022

  • "I rented the property based on the listing that said that it had car parking."

    In reality, you have to park on an unlit A-road on the opposite side of the road to the property against a very unforgiving stone wall. This is as close to not having parking as it can get without it being surrounded by double-yellow lines. Otherwise, both the property and our stay there was delightful.

    Thank you for all the positive comments about the cottage and those reflect many others who have stayed at Ellis Howe. Over 20 years living in and letting out the cottage for holiday guests we have had no problems whatever with the parking arrangements. Often we have had two or three cars and workmen's vans parked there . The occasional walkers park there with no problems, but even then there is room to park safely. There is almost no traffic after dark. I am very surprised that this has been an issue! Property Owner

    Reviewed by James Michael4.1Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage, pleasure and joy especially waking up to the cows on the first morning at the fence."

    A few minutes walking to the pub, the only downside was the parking, lay-by narrow on a busy road, especially at weekends. Found it difficult parking my car due to length and in the end parked at the pub for the rest of the week and frequented it daily after dropping car off

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2022

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove
  • Snug
  • Electric central heating with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • LCD Smart TV, DVD/CD player, WiFi, selection of books, games, DVDs, CDs, maps and local guides
  • Fuel, starter pack for multi-fuel stove and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed garden with patio, lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Parking is available for 2 cars in a layby opposite the cottage.

The property

Tucked away in the hamlet of Torver, Cumbria is Ellis Howe, an 18th-century, detached, pet-friendly cottage in the Lake District.

Perfectly located for a family of five's countryside retreat, the cottage offers beautiful, rural views to enjoy from a homely setting.

Inside you'll find many original features including flagged floors, window shutters and exposed beams for a characterful atmosphere.

A wonderful setting to enjoy family meals, the dining room is oak-floored with gorgeous views of Coniston Old Man and the surrounding fells.

Set the table for five whilst the family chef prepares a hearty dinner in the kitchen, well-equipped for your self-catering stay, whilst the neighbouring utility hosts a washing machine.

After long walks, rest your feet in front of the multi-fuel stove and snuggle up for a move on the Smart TV; you'll find lots of entertainment to choose from with a DVD player and selection of books, games, DVDs and CDs.

For a quieter evening, choose a book and escape to the snug, or why not make the most of your peaceful surroundings?

Outside you'll find a picnic table to dine alfresco and admire the views with a cold beer in hand; there's also a seating area to the front and a garden planted with roses, shrubs, bulbs and perennials.

Head straight to the ground-floor shower room to freshen up after muddy walks or end the day with a relaxing bubble bath in the upstairs bathroom.

Retreat to one of the three beautifully decorated bedrooms, a double, a twin and a single to rest up ready for a brand-new day of adventures.

Discover the picturesque setting of Torver with the local pub The Wilsons Arms aswel as convenience store - Torver Deli to stock up on the essentials, whilst plenty of walks await in the surrounding countryside.

Dramatic fells include Coniston Old Man, wild woodlands and wonderful Lake District walks, along with access to no end of stunning routes, from leisurely strolls to challenging ascents.

Consiton Water is famous for its part in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, with Peel Island being the setting for the 'Wild Cat Island' featured in the story; for more local culture, visit the historic Brantwood House museum and gardens, once the home of artists John Ruskin.

Head to Coniston village for a traditional butcher, artisan bakery, charming tea rooms and classic Lakeland pubs, whilst the busier towns of Hawkshead and Windermere are within easy reach.

For a quieter base for your Lake District holiday, secure your stay at Ellis Howe.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Coniston 2 miles.

The small hamlet of Torver peacefully rests amidst some of the Lake District's most beautiful scenery and provides a welcoming 14th century inn and a 19th century church, built on the site of an ancient chapel. Torver has 2 fantastic pubs on offer, so you will be spoilt for choice for great food. Renowned as one of Wordsworth's favourite haunts, today it’s known locally as a starting point for exploring the local fells and the Duddon Valley and offers a superb base for exploring nearby Hawkshead, Ambleside and Windermere. Excellent walking, mountain biking, climbing and watersports opportunities are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the beautiful Gondola steam yacht, visit the award-winning village of Hawkshead with its fantastic Beatrix Potter Gallery, discover Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country or indulge in a spot of serene fishing on Esthwaite Water. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

Please Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond £150

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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