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Laurel Cottage

Spark Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972295)


(30 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage everything you need is provided."

    Great location, take a while to sit on the green opposite by the stream and you’ll be rewarded with a kingfisher flying past.

    Reviewed by NigelJun 2022

  • "Not really as advertised."

    pub one minute away - closed for renovations. there is no river walk of 5 mins to pub in next village. you can access a small part of the river, then becomes private land/allotments. to walk further you have to walk along a narrow, busy, road with no path. unsuitable for dogs or children. "enclosed garden" (in one listing) or "enclosed patio" in another, with beautiful views is actually a tiny scruffy paved area with a view of the car park and a neighbour's garage. not suitable for a dog and you wouldnt choose to sit out there. views to the front are of cars and the main road in. you can see the small grassy area and river to the side. and there is no fishing (advertised on one site as available). would not recommend it to dog owners. inside is open plan and very small. might be ok for tiny dog but they would want to run up and down stairs (which our dog is not allowed to do at home). the way the rules are written are not particularly friendly either. i expected an enclosed area where our dog could run around in the morning and then we could have a pleasant river walk to get food in the evening. absolutely not. after a 7 hour drive we arrived in the evening unable to let the dog run round, no local pub. next pub fully booked (it would be nice if it said on website the The Manor House at Oxen Bridge needs booking. we did late, twice, and it was absolutely lovely meal with friendly staff). next nearest pubs were either closed or no food on at the weekend. forced to eat chips in a car park. i nearly cried. awful start. however, the Lake District itself was beautiful. We only used the cottage to sleep in . neighbours were very nice and helpful. just felt sorry for our dog. i will note in future, just because a cottage accepts dogs it does not mean it is "dog friendly"

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It's disappointing to hear that your stay was not as you hoped. Please allow us to try to address some of your points. Pubs - The temporary closure of the local pub for refurbishment is completely beyond our control. We cannot monitor the opening times and booking requirements of the local pubs and restaurants, and post Covid some may have made changes to their offer. As is common across the country, pubs and restaurants can be busy in the evenings and at weekends so booking ahead is the only way to guarantee a table. Garden - The garden would be too small to exercise dogs but there are an abundance of lanes, paths and tracks easily accessible from the village. We have checked the listing on one of the sites regarding the view and accept they could be clearer and we will request that this is changed. River - The River is accessible from the property though you are correct that you can't walk along the river at this point, you need to walk approx 15 mins to gain access to the section of the river that leads to Greenodd. Fishing - This forms part of a list of possible activities in the general area for all local properies and is not specific to Laurel Cottage or the river Crake. Propert Size - We do not specify a sq ft figure but we would hope the numerous photos on the listing would give a good feel for the size and suitability of the property. Again we are sorry you felt disappointed in your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolineJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and very comfortable."

    It is in a convenient location and we had a splendid time. For me the two things that would improve my stay were, first, cushions on the couches. The couches were too deep without. Also the TV is very small and set down low so changing the channels was sometimes a bit of a contortion. However this did not interfere with our stay and we would come again.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the feedback regarding the cushions, these will now be provided. We hope to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindyJun 2022

  • "Another great stay - thank you!"

    Our third!! We loved the upgraded shower in the en suite. Kitchen facilities as usual were great - everything you need for a week away. We felt almost immediately at home. Farmers Arms at the top of the road is good too - delicious burgers and love that it’s run by a farmers cooperative.

    Thank you for choosing to stay in Laurel Cottage again. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very clean and well equipped. Village very quiet, definitely need a car to get about. Local bus service runs Monday to Friday but quite limited. Two lovely pubs one more or less next door the other five minutes up the hill. Good base to explore the lakes.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonMay 2022

  • "A perfect place to explore the South Lakes."

    The cottage was immaculately clean and very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. We loved the upside down living. We enjoyed a drive to Greenodd, walk on the river and then coffee and cake at Bakehouse Born and Bread Cafe. Would highly recommend this lovely cottage, we will definitely return.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MelanieApr 2022

  • "Property was nice although carpet a nightmare for dogs, cream in colour."

    Upside down living - could not sleep if anyone upstairs as noice from flooring was quite loud. On suite facilities in bedroom. Could not sit on toilet properly as very close to wall. Shower was very good. Central heating very noisy. Still trying to find river walk! Pub shuts on Monday and Tuesday, no food until Friday and weekend. Pub at top a community pub only open part week.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do hope you enjoyed your stay despite the charms and quirks of our older property not being to your liking. The carpets are indeed light in colour as shown in the photos. Our caretaker works hard to ensure that the cottage is spotless for every guest; the carpets are thoroughly cleaned between every stay and professionally cleaned several times a year to keep them fresh and hygienic. Unfortunately, hospitality everywhere has faced real challenges so some temporary changes in what our local pubs can offer is sadly inevitable. Our information for visitors lists other good, family pubs nearby to give several options. We have had the central heating checked and whilst there weren't any faults we will monitor this. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GeorgeMar 2022

  • "The cottage was really clean ,warm and we'll appointed."

    The only criticism we could have is that from our point the mattresses were way too soft for comfort but everything else was great.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMar 2022

  • "Such a gorgeous cottage, set in a lovely area with beautiful scenery."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Loved the layout, the decor and furnishings were all lovely too. It had everything we needed, we didn’t need to use the log burner as it was so warm while we stayed but we will definitely be back so hopefully we will get to use it next time. Couldn’t fault the cottage at all, would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by KirstySep 2021

  • "Laurel Cottage is a great place to base ourselves for Lake adventures."

    The cottage was perfect for our family ( 2 adults, 2 children and dog) and everything we needed for our holiday. Tastefully done out and really comfortable - a perfect place to relax on our holiday. The topsy turvey living worked really well We loved it!

    Reviewed by KateAug 2021

  • "This was our second stay at Laurel Cottage and we loved it just as much as the first time."

    We love having an upside down house and a super well equipped kitchen. We found the beds super comfortable and it’s great having two bathrooms. Eat at the local pub which had changed hands since we were last there in 2018 but food nice and good being only 400 yards away from the cottage. Lovely quiet location away from the tourist hubs which we also like. We are hoping to book again for 2022.

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2021

  • "There were cobwebs that was hanging from the fire flute."

    We couldn't get into the property until after 1530 hrs due to cleaners still been there. The matteress was uncomfortable.

    We are so sorry you were delayed getting access to Laurel Cottage. Despite the extra work for our caretaker to keep the property Covid secure, we have tried to keep departure and arrival times as normal. Unfortunately, on this occasion there was a delay. Also our apologies for the cobweb on the flue being missed. We will look into the matter. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeahOct 2020

  • "The cottage was very clean and everything had been thought of, the location was great sadly both village pubs were shut down."

    Great base for touring around the lakes. Our only disappointment was that the mattress was too soft but then that’s a personal taste, everything else was perfect .

    Thank you for your kind feedback. The Royal Oak has now reopened for drinks and will soon be serving food after it completes its programme of refurbishment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JackieFeb 2020

  • "Lovely cottage which was spotlessly clean and in good location - very warm as ..."

    Lovely cottage which was spotlessly clean and in good location - very warm as well so no need to use fire two local pubs one of which is closed and the other under temporary management so that was shame but plenty within short drive - manor house at oxen park very good for food

    Reviewed by StuartDec 2019

  • "General cleanliness was ok but attention to detail was poor when you looked closer."

    Down the side of bend side cabinets dusty and hairs. Bathroom grout and sealer around shower black mould, hairs in shower, cobwebs down the side of bedroom radiator, inside window ledges dusty and a smell of damp dog as you walk in . There was also a strong smell of drains on our first day coming from the en-suite.A welcome pack of tea coffee milk ect would be a nice touch. Some nice touches such as PlayStation and firewood supply. Comfy sofas a plus and the location is great for exploring.

    Thank you for your feedback following your recent stay at Laurel Cottage. We try hard to maintain a high standard so it was disappointing to hear this was not the case in some areas. Please be assured we have now addressed the specific areas you have raised. We have checked and there appears to be no on going issue with the en-suite bathroom. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BenOct 2019

  • "The cottage is just has you advertised."

    We meet the housekeeper who was very friendly helpful.I would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by KimSep 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Utility room at back was so handy when coming back from days out with the dog. Good location for exploring the surrounding Lake District.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2019

  • "My son (8 years old) enjoyed our stay here."

    The cottage has everything you need for a trouble free hub for your Lake District experience. The owners have thought of everything and the care taker is hands on and helpful. Kitchen is fully equipped. Bathrooms are clean. The bedrooms are downstairs which keeps them cool during the summer, an absolute plus. Closest super market is 10 minutes away but you can easily swing by on your way back to the cottage so not a huge problem. The cottage is clean, spacious and just extremely comfortable and private. Small garden at the back which catches the evening sun. We loved it and will absolutely be booking it again.

    Reviewed by HollyJul 2019

  • "This was the second time we went back to this cottage, it was so comfortable and the neighbours are lovely."

    .. we have used Sykes many times and have found that nothing is ever a problem for them. The staff are always very helpful... we’re already looking for our next holiday - with them.

    Reviewed by VincentJun 2019

  • "Lovely, warm, spacious and well equipped cottage."

    Comfortable beds, two bathrooms and a large open plan living dining area. Great location for Coniston Water and Lake Windermere as well as Ulverston and the coast. The utility/boot room is a major asset for muddy boots and dogs, damp wetsuits etc. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by RuthMay 2019

  • "Fabulous home from home base for visiting the Lake District."

    can't think of anything to improve what is a super cottage.

    Reviewed by SheilaMay 2019

  • "Cottage was cold and draughty, a bit worn around the edges and very messy outside."

    Local information supplied was very sparse and mostly out of date.

    We would like to thank you for this feedback. Please be assured this issue was promptly rectified and was as a result of neighbouring work, as such a rare occurrence for Laurel Cottage. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GiniMar 2019

  • "Had a lovely time at this cottage."

    Log fire was a lovely bonus. Our dogs enjoyed the stay and the local area too. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by GemmaFeb 2019

  • "What a wonderful little cottage in a great spot there is everything you need in ..."

    What a wonderful little cottage in a great spot there is everything you need in the kitchen and a very short walk too the pub

    Reviewed by ThomasDec 2018

  • "It was gret to know we had everything we needed in the cottage."

    The log fire was great to have and to have an unlimited supply of wood was an unexpected bonus. I almost wanted it to rain all week so we could stay in the cottage. We had so much to do if we needed it, It was alos a nice surpise to know we had Amazon and Netflix paid for. If you were snowed in, you would be quite happy to stay in the cottage with all the games and facilities available. Couldnt fault it, it must be the best cottage we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage with good furnishings, quality kitchenware and linen."

    The only let down was the local pub, looks lovely from the outside, but the interior let it down together with the opening hours and lack of food, which was due to their supplier letting them down.

    Reviewed by TinaSep 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfy , a good location for the south lakes."

    We had a nice time at the cottage, with the local pub just a short walk away. Just what we needed.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2018

  • "The cottage and location were both beautiful."

    My family and I loved it! The cottage is very clean and nicely decorated and equipped in a successful fusion of modern and traditional. The local pub is also very nice, quality food in a welcoming atmosphere. We would 100% recommend Laurel Cottage and Sykes.

    Reviewed by AlastairAug 2018

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week."

    The cottage had everything we needed, was lovely that it was so close to the pub

    Reviewed by Anne-marieJun 2018

  • "Enjoyed our return visit to Laurel Cottage."

    New Smart TV is a great bonus. Very comfortable cottage, with everything that could be needed. Just one thing - please ensure that the directions are amended. They currently tell you to cross the dual carriageway and head for Lowick. This is not now the case, there is a roundabout, so should turn right for Greenodd. Lowick is not mentioned at all on any of the road signs, so very confusing in the directions.

    Reviewed by LoriApr 2018

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  • Two bedrooms (ground floor): 1 x master double with en-suite shower room, washbasin and WC; 1 x children's room with bunk beds
  • Family bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC
  • Upstairs open plan living/dining/kitchen area with fully equipped kitchen.
  • Electric central heating plus wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, Freeview Smart TV, DVD, games, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Hairdryer
  • Travel Cot available
  • Off road parking for 1 car plus on-street parking
  • Enclosed patio gardens, furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Village pub 5 mins walk
  • River 1 min walk
  • Coniston Water 2 miles, Lake Windermere 6 miles

The property

In a quiet location close to the South Lakes, with a gentle walk along the river to the local pub and the southern tip of Lake Windermere just minutes away, Laurel Cottage is the perfect choice for a Lakeland holiday.

Converted from a row of workmen's cottages, Laurel Cottage maintains all its period charm with plenty of contemporary style.

Pet friendly and sleeping 4, it's a perfect jumping off point for a young family or a couple who want to explore the South Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales and the Cumbrian coast.

The accommodation at Laurel Cottage has been finished to a very high standard, keeping period features like the old wood beams and adding modern convenience.

The cottage is topsy-turvy, so after you enter through the hall with its utility cupboard housing the washing machine and tumble dryer, you'll find the master double bedroom with en-suite shower room, wash basin and WC, then the second bedroom with a pair of children's bunk beds.

There's also a bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

Upstairs, you'll find the main living accommodation which makes the most of the views.

There's a spacious and open plan living/dining and kitchen area that's fully equipped.

The living space is beautifully decorated and there are squashy sofas, a wood burning stove and a dining table.

Outside the views are simply enchanting over the rolling green hills and you can view them from the paved front and back gardens.

Relax on a summer's day and listen to the babbling of the river or take a stroll to one of the many pubs nearby.

There's private parking for 1 car, plus on-street parking.

Spark Bridge is just 2 miles from Coniston Water and a 5-minute drive from the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

This is a peaceful and tranquil part of the world, ideal for exploring the South Lakes but also offering a tranquil haven away from the tourist hot spots.

Laurel Cottage is ideal for a family holiday in the beautiful Lake District, with attractions like the South Lakeland Animal Park and Aquarium nearby to keep the children happy and some of the best walking and biking in the country around the picturesque lakes and fells.

Enjoy a beach day on one of the scenic and unspoiled Cumbrian beaches nearby or take the opportunity to explore the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales.

Whether you love learning about English heritage, are a steam train enthusiast or love fine dining, the Lake District is the ideal destination.

Bright and airy, Laurel Cottage is perfectly equipped for a young family or outdoorsy couple - and their dog - who want to see a different side of Lakeland life at any time of year.

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About the location


Ulverston 5 miles; Coniston 10 miles.

The small village of Spark Bridge is a couple of miles away from the village of Greenodd, which has a selection of shops next to th River Crake, whilst just five miles away is the ancient market town of Ulverston. Ulverston is famous for its street markets and festivals, and boasts a wide range of shops and various leisure facilities. It is also home to the only Laurel and Hardy museum in the world. This is a great location for a walking holiday, and within driving distance are a number of attractions including, Grizedale, Coniston, Windermere, Hawkshead and Beatrix Potter's Hill Top, as well as the beautiful Furness Coast, with its golden beaches and good birdwatching opportunities. An ideal location for enjoying fantastic coastal and countryside pursuits.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas