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Longwell House

Selside near Kendal, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 30671)


(59 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything we wanted Lovely cottage and welcoming and friendly hosts Already booked for a return trip in October"

    Thank you for your feed back. We look forward to welcoming you back in October Property Owner

    Reviewed by SJun 2022

  • "Property was wonderful, and after you spend time with the owners, you understand why."

    Christine and Andrew were friendly, helpful and very accommodating but never intrusive - the kind of people you’d like to know better.

    Reviewed by LJun 2022

  • "Absolutely top notch holiday home fitted to a high standard of quality throughout, with really welcoming hosts."

    Peaceful location with lovely views and convenient for South lakes. Would definitely recommend.

    Thank you for your positive comments. We hope you enjoyed your stay . Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolineMay 2022

  • "It was amazing, so much attention to little details that mean you know the owner has gone the extra mile."

    We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome which continued for the length of our stay. We definitely hope to return at some point.

    Thank you It will be lovely to welcome you back to Longwell at some future date. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CorinneMar 2022

  • "This was our third visit to Longwell and we were not disappointed."

    Once again we received a warm and friendly welcome from Christine and her family. The cottage must be the jewel in Sykes Cottages crown with top class finishing throughout. Longwell is ideally located for visiting the Southern Lakes and is close to amenities on the outskirts of Kendal and even though it's a working farm it is a quiet and relaxing location. We will certainly be back once again, hopefully within the very near future.

    It was lovely to see you all again. Thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RonMar 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Immaculately clean and friendly owners. Have stayed here a number of times and Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by GrantMar 2022

  • "I would like to thank you for a wonderful stay the weather was not great but the ..."

    I would like to thank you for a wonderful stay the weather was not great but the warmth you give out and your home is first class home from home so friendly and welcoming can not fault anything bed is to die for zzzz

    Reviewed by PatrickFeb 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Longwell House."

    A great deal of attention has been been paid to the facilities to make a stay here really comfortable and relaxing. We could not have asked for a more perfect place for our week away - very clean, warm and peaceful with a well equipped kitchen and lovely bedrooms, all in excellent condition. Thank you so much for allowing us to share with you this beautiful spot in Cumbria.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "Another fabulous week at Longwell House."

    Beautifully clean, as always and lovely, much appreciated welcome pack. Great location for Lake District walking. We’ll definitely be back and highly recommended this accommodation.

    Reviewed by GrantSep 2021

  • "Wonderful hosts."

    Ideal quiet location on a farm with sheep and hens, but aside from the odd wandering hen you'd never know it (no sounds to disturb the peace) Made very welcome with a lovely welcome hamper. The cottage was spotless, with comfortable beds, excellent facilities and in wonderful condition. Couldn't have been happier with the facilities and would happily return again without a seconds hesitation.

    Reviewed by GavinSep 2021

  • "Owners very warm and welcoming."

    The accommodation was immaculate and very clean. Stunning setting 5 minutes from the town. Surrounded by rolling hills and open fields, on a very tidy working sheep farm. We had an amazing stay and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely and a very nice welcome pack was left for us."

    It was beautifully clean and very well equipped, with everything we needed. Christine and Andrew were very friendly and welcoming, they made us feel at home. It was great to have them close at hand to help us with any queries we had. The view from the cottage was lovely and we were able to sit in the garden each evening and enjoy it. It was a delight to get an insight into the running of their farm. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2021

  • "House was spotlessly clean and very comfortable."

    It had everything you could need and was situated on a lovely farm near Kendal. We would definitely like to stay here again.

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2021

  • "Longwell House was a wonderful place to stay in a fantastic position."

    It was immaculately clean and there was everything you could possibly need. The owners were so friendly and we would definitely recommend a stay there.

    Reviewed by LesleyJul 2021

  • "One of the best and most relaxing holiday ever…this cottage is set on a working farm which is wonderful and run by the nicest family you could ever wish to meet."

    The cottage is super clean, very comfortable and has loads of gorgeous finishing touches. At night it is so quiet and very dark, perfect for a great nights sleep after being out and about sightseeing. I can’t recommend this cottage enough. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "Beautiful location, excellent cottage, would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2021

  • "Top quality accommodation."

    Superbly peaceful location with spectacular views. Ideally located for exploring the Lake District.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "The welcome & friendliness from Andrew, Christine & family."

    The beautiful weather, views & peacefulness was amazing. Just what we all needed to rest, refresh & reset. Thank you

    Reviewed by CaroleJun 2021

  • "Hosts really nice and helpful , really enjoyed it probably 1 of the best places I have stayed"

    Reviewed by KevinMay 2021

  • "Our week in this gorgeous cottage was absolutely divine."

    It was our first visit to the Lake District however certainly not our last. The farmer and his wife made us feel very welcome and the ‘welcome pack’ was such a thoughtful gesture. The cottage is kept to a very high standard and the views are breathtaking. We loved it that much we hope to book again for 2021.

    Reviewed by RussOct 2020

  • "The pre-COVID booking experience was such that I would never choose to use Sykes again."

    In total contrast, and I mean total, the cottage and the whole experience of the time there was at the other end of the enjoyment spectrum. The whole place sparkled as if we were the first ever to use it. The facilities are the best we have ever enjoyed - anywhere! The welcome and care by the Gibsons made us feel like family and so much at home. Would we recommend the cottage? Sure!! Do we want to go again? Certainly!! Do we want to have to use Sykes? No way!

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "Wonderful one week stay at Longwell House."

    As others have said, the attention to detail by owners/ hosts (who live next door) add greatly to the experience. The house is extremely well furnished: high quality bathroom fittings, beds, bedding etc have it an unexpected feel of luxury: which you don’t expect on a working farm! We loved the wood burning stove (and excellent instructions on how to get the best out of it!), info on walks from the farm, and of course the amazing welcome basket and flowers! We appreciated being invited to see the ewes being prepared for sale and a tour of the chicken shed (mid deep clean). Despite it being a very busy week for them Christine, Andrew and James always had time for a (socially distanced) chat and went out of their way to attend to our every need. We were 2 couples ( in our 40/50s and my parents in their 80s) and everyone was very satisfied. Due to Covid we cooked and ate all our meals in: the kitchen facilities were excellent too. Oh and the morning views across the hills! Gorgeous. We were struck by the wonderful silence especially at night (no road noise at all): and the comings and goings of farm vehicles and ocasional baaa, moo or woof was never a problem and only added to the charm. Many thanks to the hosts .

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2020

  • "Carol and I have stayed in a lot of holiday homes but this is probably the best one ever."

    Andrew, Christine and James made us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble to them. From the welcome hamper(especially the free range eggs) to all the toiletries etc everything was first class. One morning my car would not start due to a flat battery so Andrew brought his tractor around and jump started my car so that I could get to the garage to get it sorted out!! That is what you call service, thank you. We had a fantastic holiday in the lake district and will return to Longwell house. We would recommend this house for your holidays! Peter & Carol, Peterborough.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2020

  • "We stayed at Longwell House in the last week in July."

    It was a wonderful cottage, extremely clean, comfortable and very well equipped. We loved the garden and the beautiful views. The owners could not have been more helpful, friendly and accommodating.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage on a quiet farm just a few miles from Kendal."

    The owners are lovely - very friendly and helpful. We’ve been here a few times now and have already booked a fourth holiday. Perfect location for walking the Lake District fells with a welcome log burner for cosy evenings.

    Reviewed by GrantJan 2020

  • "Christine and Andrew were the ideal hosts, making our stay truly enjoyable."

    The welcome and hospitality was second to none,the accommodation was absolutely brilliant, I am sure we shall return in the future.

    Reviewed by AngelaNov 2019

  • "Longwell House has got to be one of the highest standard cottages available anywhere."

    The furniture and fittings are top quality, and nothing has been overlooked in terms of the contents. To add to that, the property benefits from an outstanding position, with fantastic views, to provide a peaceful haven from the hectic outside world.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2019

  • "We have stayed in many self catering holiday cottages over the years and Longwell House definitely ranks amongst the best - the standard and quality of the accommodation and facilities are superb, location perfect and the hosts are exactly what you would wish for."

    We really did not want to leave and can't wait for a return visit. Can't recommend this delightful cottage highly enough. John and Margaret Armstrong

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "Lovely welcoming hosts who provided not only a luxurious welcome pack but everything needful in the house - even dishwasher tablets!"

    Beautiful house in idyllic setting.

    Reviewed by PamelaJun 2019

  • "The weather during our stay was not very good, however to come back everyday to a warm comfortable house that met all our needs was lovely."

    It was the best cottage that we have ever stayed in and the owners were so lovely.

    Reviewed by JeanMay 2019

  • "We arrived to a lovely welcome there were basics like tea,coffee milk eggs biscuits etc, the fire was ready to light and the whole cottage was beautiful and comfortable."

    Our hosts were friendly and very helpful indeed. Nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Richard & LindaMay 2019

  • "This is a very relaxing place to spend time, despite it being a working farm."

    We were not disturbed in any way by noise from farm vehicles, animals etc, and it was a pleasure to be there. The owners, Andrew and Christine, are very approachable and keen to ensure your stay is enjoyable. It is a beautiful cottage of character and history and one we hope to return too at some point.

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2019

  • "A beautiful setting in the rolling hills of Cumbria."

    Accomodation was excellent, comfortable and very well appointed. Our host were very welcoming and looked after us throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2019

  • "Lovely hose in a beautiful setting."

    Immaculately clean and every convenience you could want!

    Reviewed by LowriApr 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, the owners Christine and Andrew couldn’t have done any more for us."

    I would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by OliverApr 2019

  • "We had a fabulous week at Longwell."

    The house was beautiful with everything we could possibly need for a relaxing break. Andrew, Christine and their son James were so welcoming and friendly, we felt more like neighbours than visitors. Even the puppies were happy to see us as we left for our hikes each morning. It was the perfect combination of friendliness whilst still being quiet and peaceful and our evenings were spent reading by the log burner....we didn't even switch the TV on once!! We will definitely be back to Longwell. The location is perfect for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside as well as for walking in the Lake District or the north Yorkshire Dales. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Longwell House and Longwell Cottage next door is equally beautiful for larger groups. Looking forward to the next break already.

    Reviewed by GrantMar 2019

  • "Great cottage been before."

    Don’t appreciate getting a £25 voucher after I have been to use in short period It should be for anytime as we have used your services a good few times now regards.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2019

  • "A well appointed, comfortable accommodation with excellent views of the surrounding countryside."

    The owners, Andrew and Christine are very helpful and keen to ensure you have a great holiday. The accommodation is situated down a long concrete track on a working farm and it is a car drive to shops, restaurants and other facilities. This may not appeal to everyone, however to those to whom it does appeal - you will not be disappointed!

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2018

  • "The cottage is superb, a friendly welcome by the owners and a hamper full of treats- everything you ever need is catered for-the views are divine and just ten minutes from Kendal town centre-Perfectly Sumptuous."

    Reviewed by LynnDec 2018

  • "A divine cottage that has gorgeous, comfortable decor of the highest standard."

    The cottage has everything you could possibly need, Christine has thought of every thing. Her little touches of Christmas decorations, fresh flowers and superb welcome basket as well as a bottomless wood supply for the fire, made this truely a perfect stay. Such genuinely gorgeous hosts. The view from the cottage is amazing and hard to pull your eyes from. The location is peaceful, yet easily accessible to everything you need and tourist attractions if you wish them.

    Reviewed by LouiseDec 2018

  • "We booked Longwell House on the spur of the moment so our expectations were not great however on arrival we were met by the owner and her "bodyguard" Mac who promptly made a fuss of us greeting us as if we were long lost friends."

    The property far exceeded our expectations and we can say that this is one of the best cottages we have visited from Sykes who we have used over many years. The Gibson family should be very proud of the facility they have created. Thanks to Andrew, Christine and James for making our stay memorable and comfortable. We will make this the top of our list when we next visit Cumbria. Many thanks to the Gibsons (and Mac) Patricia and Peter Lewis

    Reviewed by PatriciaNov 2018

  • "This cottage is an absolute gem."

    Lovely and cosy with everything you need - so well equipped. Andrew and Christine were very welcoming and friendly. The views are spectacular - the photos don’t do it justice. Perfect location to explore the Lakes.

    Reviewed by MatthewOct 2018

  • "It was an absolute pleasure to stay at Longwell House."

    Christine and Andrew have created an ideal holiday venue. It was beautifully presented, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The views across their farmland to the Howgill Fells will stay in our memory for quite some time.

    Reviewed by JeffreySep 2018

  • "Longwell House is a beautiful well equipped comfortable house in a secluded spot on a working farm with great views."

    Its so peaceful away from the bustle of the Lakes but within easy reach. Our hosts were very kind, leaving a hamper with fresh eggs. We'll certainly go there again and recommend to our friends.

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2018

  • "Probably the scenery enhanced by a beautifully presented cottage"

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "Longwell house is beautifully furnished and presented and immaculately clean."

    It is so quiet and peaceful with fresh air and stunning views. Our hosts were very kind and friendly people. I cannot recommend this holiday cottage enough. Thank you very much for everything Christine and Andrew.

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2018

  • "We found Longwell House to be a very comfortable and well appointed property."

    The farm location was relaxing, with lovely views across the eastern fells and the owners were friendly and welcoming without being intrusive. There is always an increased fly population at farm properties but the owners dealt with this well by the use of fly screens on open windows and across the front door. We had hot sunny weather all week and it was a pleasure to sit in the garden in the evening to watch the swallows and flycatchers. This is a great base from which to explore the Lake District and we would happily return to this property in the future and to recommend it to our friends.

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2018

  • "This cottage was amazing."

    , every thing you could want and beautiful scenery. Owners couldn’t do enough for us they were a very nice family.

    Reviewed by TanyaJun 2018

  • "This property is of the highest standard."

    The furniture and fittings and decor could not be bettered. The family owners go the extra mile to make the holiday experience one to remember. To add to that, the surroundings are peaceful and views are spectacular. The situation is ideal for access to north and south Lakes, and West Yorkshire Dales. In almost 50 years of staying in self catering cottages this has got to be the best.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2018

  • "Christine & Andrew have done a wonderful job of converting their farmhouse as a holiday let."

    The standards of everything in the house was extremely high and they were perfect hosts... showing a warm welcome and interest in their guests, but not imposing in any way.

    Reviewed by SteveJun 2018

  • "I cannot recommend this property highly enough!"

    The location is peaceful with lovely countryside views from all of the windows. The house is the best equipped holiday property I have stayed in and felt much more like a home than a holiday property. The hospitality from the owners Andrew & Christine was exceptional, helpful, friendly but not intrusive and the welcome hamper on arrival & fresh flowers in the sitting room was lovely. We all had a wonderful break, thank you so much. Elaine, Wendy & Joyce

    Reviewed by ElaineJun 2018

  • "This property was perfect!"

    High spec fixtures and fittings, beautiful views and very peaceful, yet not far to travel to be in the heart of the Lake District. Christine, Andrew and their son were very friendly and helpful, but not intrusive. There was a lovely welcome pack waiting for us and we were very impressed with the whole experience. We can definitely recommend and will not hesitate to book again next time we visit this area.

    Reviewed by RuthMay 2018

  • "Brilliant location and hosts were very friendly and ensured we wanted for nothing."

    Great time spent with family

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2018

  • "We expected it to be good but not brilliant."

    Fantastic comfortable clean accommodation. Great views, quality appliances throughout and very peaceful surroundings. We couldn’t want for more. Christine and Andrew are great hosts, making sure your every need were covered. You're on a farm with sheep and it was lambing season, great experience learning about the sheep and seeing a lamb born. Good size kitchen diner with full size table, every appliance that you needed was there, but not just basic stuff, high-end quality, such as Denby, Aga, AEG, with great quality fitted kitchen and marble surfaces. Both bedrooms have fantastic views where you can soak in the views. They are both doubles with ensuite facilities, one has a full size bath, both have tv’s, wardrobes and super comfy beds with great linen and pillows. I needed to work so it was important that I stayed connected, we had no issues whatsoever, we believe they are soon to get superfast broadband which would only make it better. Large tv in lounge and a woodburning stove for your extra comfort. You needn't worry about parking and access to the accommodation, It is way off the main road, with a long drive down on a concreted path (no mud track) safe parking. To top it all we had great weather, but that's something you cannot order! Thank you to Christine and Andrew, hope to see you both soon.

    Reviewed by YabMar 2018

  • "Its a fantastic cottage, with superb views, steeped in history and being on a farm makes it all very interesting"

    Reviewed by & Mrs PaulMar 2018

  • "We love the friendly welcome (a huge gift basket greeted us!"

    ). The cottage is beautiful, extremely clean, and located within easy distance to many amenities and famous sight-seeing spots of Lake District.

    Reviewed by Yee Ping DianaDec 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage in a wonderful isolated setting yet just a short drive to Kendal."

    The cottage was warm and welcoming. Great to have dry logs and a fire ,aid in the wood burner. A very generous welcome pack with wine, biscuits, tea bags, milk etc. Very clean high quality accommodation. Very comfortable beds. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2017

  • "The hosts, Christine and Andrew, were perfect."

    The cottage itself was perfect as well. The welcome pack was lovely. A delightful week in the Lake District; we really enjoyed it. All in all, a perfect week!

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2017

  • "Brilliant! Fantastic property and location."

    The owners Christine and Andrew were most welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The cottage is extremely well equipped, very comfortable and a splendid addition to the Sykes portfolio.

    Reviewed by RogerAug 2017

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  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and electric fire
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with electric stove and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles
  • Note: Working farm location

The property

Selside 1.6 miles.

Longwell House is a beautifully situated two bedroom semi-detached cottage that is both modern yet calm and cosy, like a great cottage should be.

Every room in the property has big windows that...

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About the location


Kendal 6 miles; Windermere 14 miles; Penrith 24 miles.

Situated 6 miles north of the nearby market town of Kendal, Selside is an area in the rolling foothills of the Shap fells with its own church and village hall. Used as a holiday base, Selside is within easy driving distance to the breathtaking Lake District via Windermere for the South Lakes or Penrith for the North Lakes. The Western Yorkshire Dales are also just a short, lovely drive away via the town of Sedburgh. The nearby town of Kendal (sometimes known as the Gateway to the Lakes), offers a wide variety of pubs and restaurants with the Brewery Arts Centre offering live entertainment and cinema, as well as excellent dining experiences. Selside also offers beautiful and peaceful countryside walks with inspiring views especially towards the Howgill Fells, known locally as the "sleeping elephants". An excellent location for a holiday.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

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