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(Ref. 921823)

Torver near Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Unfortunately the owners double booked us & we didn’t get the accommodation we had originally booked which I had booked specifically for outside access & space for our dogs."

    Kitchen area needed a bit of TLC. Position of property was good for access to the areas of interest that we wanted to visit.

    Reviewed by Clint & Fiona2.8Sep 2022

  • "The photo of the garden was not the same as we got the sofa in living room was ..."

    The photo of the garden was not the same as we got the sofa in living room was that uncomfortable neither of us could sit on it we had to sit on dining chairs or lie on bed which was the only good thing about it l know the pub was being renovated but you were not made to feel welcome and was humiliated by one of the staff

    Reviewed by Keith2.5Aug 2022

  • "Excellent property and an ideal location for scenic walks Staff at pub and deli were very friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "Appointed superbly and the fence around the back garden means total privacy for the hot tub."

    Plus the canopy keeps off the rain! The owners are the most helpful and pleasant people who can’t do enough for you. Stay here if it’s available!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2022

  • "We felt that the property was very clean, lovely and your staff in the pub were very friendly and courteous."

    Would definitely recommend. Thanks for a lovely weekend break.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2022

  • "The dishwasher was out of order."

    Also the TV in the bedroom and two jets in the hot tub didn’t work! The cleanliness was not up to standard, Basically the apartment could do with a deep clean. Which really should be every time guests leave! Saying this we did actually have a great time and none of this spoilt our little break. Overall we were happy with our stay. Good location, fantastic walks and also enjoyed a few drinks in the Wilson Arms.

    Reviewed by Cath3.4Nov 2021

  • "The cottage could do with some TLC There is mould in several places through the cottage."

    It needs a good freshen up. The cottage did smell slightly and the bathroom wasn’t very clean. On the day we arrived we had a knock at our door at 6.00 there was another couple who had also booked the cottage for the same days, there was no one around to see them and they had to wait in there car and try and contact the number provided - but they had been in contact that morning to confirm there booking and the collection of keys before setting off. The plastic glasses provided had holes in the bottom so leaked everywhere, the dishwasher was not working and only one side of the hot tub jets were working. The pub next door was also closed the days we were there and it is a 10 minute drive to the next closest village where you can find an open pub. We did enjoy our stay and the cottage had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Charlie3.4Nov 2021

  • "The cleanliness of the cottage was not what I expected in these current times."

    The kitchen cupboards had definitely not been wiped out for some time. The front door was filthy. Dishwasher was out of action, we were not informed we would have no dishwasher, something that is actually very important when you're on holiday. The TV did not work in the bedroom. We did mention this but it was never resolved. One morning we had no heating or hot water, the boiler had tripped. Obviously this can happen to anyone but no apology was made for the inconvenience. I imagine the cottage was quite beautiful when first decorated but it is now tired and in need of a freshen up. Good points - the hot tub. Lovely.

    Reviewed by David2.8Oct 2021

  • "Location was great; home from home with good facilities; great to have hot tub to soak in after long walks; great to have food and drink served in the marquee in pub garden daily."

    Some noise from upstairs and hot tub is overlooked by upstairs if they are on balcony. A towel to mop up the water on the floor in wet room is useful. Overall a great stay!

    Reviewed by Kris4.7Aug 2021

  • "The property is excellent although it is beside the main road which can get a bit noisy at peak times and when motorbikes are passing."

    Very comfortable and everything you would need is there. The hot tub is so worthwhile after a long day's hiking and a real treat. The Saddleback is downstairs and has its own yard area that was ideal for storing our bikes. The bathroom is a wet room so the floor is always wet for a while after you have showered. Suggest you take flip flops or crocs so you don't get your socks wet.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Saddleback cottage."

    The cottage was very clean and welcoming. It was quite cool of an evening so the wood burner was a great plus to have. The Wilson Arms next door served lovely food. The staff worked so hard and were under constant pressure being under staffed.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2021

  • "Saddleback was well appointed and in a great location."

    We were made to feel very welcome and had a lovely week. I would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4May 2021

  • "Use sykes as quality accommodation and saftey is important."

    .. Did not disappoint We were lucky as no-one in the apartment above..think you need to make guests aware of potential noise and the fact the upstairs can see you in the hot tub as their balcony overlooks..

    Reviewed by Debbie4.1May 2021

  • "The flat was in need of a good clean and repair."

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Apr 2021

  • "Well looked after place."

    Clean, friendly people.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our purposes."

    we wanted to explore the Lakes which we did. The duvet on the bed was a little bit too warm and heavy but would be fine in the winter. As a Sykes cottage owner we were very impressed with the standard of the decor and furnishings. There was everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Sep 2019

  • "It was a good cottage in a convenient location."

    The pub next door is excellent, produces good food all day very friendly and has a massive beer garden. There was no noise issue from the pub at night. The cottage was clean and well equipped. One of the shower heads (the hand-held one) did not work and obviously hadn't for quite a while - a minor inconvenience for those who don't want to get their hair wet! Previous comments had been made about hearing noise from upstairs but although we could hear footsteps in the evening, we heard nothing at night - indeed it was blissfully quiet. I will go back when I am next in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Allan4.7Jun 2019

  • "The booking process was quick and easy and the description of Saddleback was quite accurate, however there were a few points to raise."

    The allocated parking place is in a ridiculous spot. I was asked to move my car early Tuesday morning because the bin lorry couldn’t access the rear of the owners main property, The Wilson pub. In doing this , with the ‘help’ of the lorry driver ,I managed to back into a wall which is now going to cost me . Also a previous visitor had stated that the shower head attached to the wall wasn’t working which I can confirm was true , although the ceiling mounted one , was. This wet room lived up to its name as it does get soaked when you have a shower . If anyone then has the need to use the room for anything else e.g using the toilet, having a shave, they then are walking on a very wet floor . I think a squeegee of some description should be made a available. A broom for the rest of the property would also come in handy . The property is in quite a convenient spot for touring the Lakes but I will certainly not be making use of it again.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8May 2019

  • "The cottage and owners were welcoming."

    Ample equipment for 2 people. Modern fittings throughout. In a quiet village but near enough to Coniston, Ambleside and Windermere. Plenty of walking opportunities, beginning directly outside the cottage.

    Reviewed by Keith4.1May 2019

  • "The apartment above was occupied and you could hear every footstep also they had two small dogs that barked all the time."

    When they left it was better. Also there are two doors to the apartment one has no curtain so every one can see in. This is not a new problem Looking through the visitors book both these had been mentioned many times.

    Reviewed by Wyndham2.5May 2019

  • "Lovely cosy well equipped accommodation in a good location."

    Pub staff very friendly and happy to agree take out meals-excellent food. Very nearby dog walking paths. Would return!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in rural location."

    Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Elun4.4Nov 2018

  • "Cottage was clean, warm and had everything that we needed."

    In addition there was fresh bread, milk and butter waiting for us....a lovely touch. The location itself has easy access to lots of good local walks including round Coniston lake. The local pubs are welcoming and the staff very friendly, pub food looked very tasty.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Oct 2018

  • "We love Torver so situation was key."

    The flat was perfectly located. The kitchen was well equipped and I cooked roast dinner every day without the need for anything.The bed was to die for as was the wet room. I couldn't really fault the place. We were out all day and then in the pub so didn't really hear any noise from the upstairs apartment and could only hear the hot tub when we were in the bathroom. Sat in the beer garden so didn't need the outside space. We normally rent a cottage but will be using Saddleback again. We didn't personally need anything from the staff but watching them help other residents I couldn't fault them. We had a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Trudy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the break at Torver ,cottage above expectations as where the facilities."

    Apart from the weather we had a wonderful break.

    Reviewed by Peter Joseph5.0Aug 2018

  • "Friendly hosts, a great and cosy pub, an apartment reasonably appointed."

    However, the dishwasher was full on our arrival, which questions how well or efficiently this apartment was checked and cleaned before our arrival. A washing machine would have been helpful. Most cottages these days have one. Sadly, all the positive elements were off-set by the intermittent and irritating noise of the motor from the hot tub on the balcony above, which sounded right through our apartment. This is kept running 9am-9pm every day!! It spoilt what would have been a most enjoyable, peaceful and tranquil holiday in lovely surroundings. For that reason alone I will not be returning or recommending it to my friends or family.

    Reviewed by Paul3.1Apr 2018

  • "Saddleback cottage is ok if you don't mind noise from the upstairs apartment."

    The couches in saddleback and herdwick are practical but not very comfortable as we stayed in herdwick in December. The hot tub which came on at 9am and off at 9pm was very noisy and is situated on the balcony of the herdwick but we think there was a problem with it and reported it to the staff in the Wilson's pub. The staff in Wilson's pub and the church house inn were very nice and both pubs dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.1Mar 2018

  • "The apartment was lovely but the noise from the apartment above made it so that it wasn't quite as a relaxing holiday as we'd have wanted."

    We could hear the hot tub, foot fall, chairs moving, the TV and the other guests talking from the apartment above. It would have also been good to have the court yard out the back of the apartment fenced off so dogs could be let outside without worrying about them wandering off. The location was great for those staying in South Lakes with the Old Man of Coniston on the door step. The pub that the apartment is associated with was a real gem. The staff were super friendly and helpful, made us and our dog feel welcome. The food was good and they serve a cracking pint with a lovely roaring fire. It was really good to see the locals from Torver supporting their local too. I reckon if they could sort out the noise issue from the apartment from the above and fence off the court yard then it would be a cracker for those wanting to stay in the South Lakes with their dog.

    Reviewed by Danielle4.0Oct 2016

  • "Would have liked a bit more privacy as no certains for doors on a ground floor ..."

    Would have liked a bit more privacy as no certains for doors on a ground floor flat and thought we had own yard to back but was open to back off pud was mainly for dogs We had a lovely time and enjoyed it very much but next time will have t try one of the cottages with the hot tub ha

    Reviewed by Martin4.6Oct 2016

  • "We love this location, and have used cottages provided by the Wilsons Arms before."

    This one was equally good.

    Reviewed by Roxanne4.6Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One super king-size double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV and en-suite wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Hot tub
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 mins walk, pub next door
  • Note: WiFi can be intermittent due to rural location. Please note check in time for this property is 4pm and check out is 10am.

The property

A tasteful and stylish ground floor apartment, situated at the foot of The Old Man of Coniston and close to Coniston Water in the rural hamlet of Torver.

Saddlebeck offers idyllic holiday accommodation that is charming and contemporary.

The furnishings replicate the setting of the apartment, with character features such as slate floors and slabs used in the walk-in shower room, which reflect the contours of the surrounding hills.

There is also a Belfast sink in the kitchen and a woodburner in the sitting area, and the super king-size bedroom can be converted to offer twin beds for convenience.

The use of stunning velvet fabrics and woollen textiles in the soft furnishings all reflect the thought and quality involved in presenting this apartment.

The apartment is located next to the owner's well-known popular local inn, and is below a second holiday apartment, and is sure to please couples wishing to explore this outstanding area.

After a day exploring the area, return and enjoy the cosiness of the woodburner, or take a refreshing drink in the outdoor patio space, sit with a glass of wine or sink into the bubbles of the hot tub as the sun sets to reveal a romantic, star-filled sky, soaking up the tranquillity of the region.

Hikers will love the trails from the door, with the Walna Scar pass winding upwards towards the Old Man, Dow Crag and Swirl How.

Head out onto peaceful Coniston Water, with boating facilities available, or simply enjoy a waterside stroll.

Explore the beautiful country estate of Brantwood, home to the poet John Ruskin.

Or sample the gingerbread at Grasmere, delicious and unique, with the ancient recipe a closely-guarded secret locked away in the local bank!

At the end of a day of exploration and activity, enjoy the welcoming comfort of Saddleback - a stunning Lakeland holiday apartment.

Note: This property is below Ref. 921822, together they sleep 4.

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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 check in time for this property is 4pm and check out is 10am.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas