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Rowan Cottage

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St Bees, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (18)
  • comfortable (15)
  • well (12)
  • beach (12)
  • bed (11)
  • lovely (10)

34 Customer Reviews

  • "My partner and I together with out 2 labs spent a week at Rowan cottage."

    It's a comfortable and clean place to stay with everything you need, a proper home from home. The towels and bedding are excellent quality and the bed comfy. St Bees itself is a lovely, picturesque village with a couple of pubs and shop within walking distance. There are lots of dog walks directly from the cottage and the dog friendly beach is a 10 minute walk away. The beach is absolutely stunning, with lots of sand when the tide is out. The dogs were in heaven on it!! The enclosed small rear garden is very neat and tidy, an absolute sun trap (we did have beautiful weather). We do not have any negatives on this property and will definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved the cottage and have already booked for next year, the only thing was where the sofas were situated you got a crick in your neck watching t."

    V. we had to move one of the sofas round to make it watchable, and not a big issue but there were several pots with chips in them, there was plenty of crockery so I would dispose of them. We found the beds really comfortable and kitchen well equipped, the small enclosed garden was just perfect, and the location fabulous

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.4Aug 2023

  • "A beautiful perfect home from home stay."

    We were a family of 4, 2 adult children so bedrooms were ideal. Beds were comfy and clean. Could not smell any stay of pets ( we love dogs) Already looking to book again. You know you've found a great place when you don't want to leave. Rowan cottages are in a perfect setting for many local visits to neighbouring places. Missing the kitchen view already!

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Aug 2023

  • "Superbly located for the western side of the Lake District and fantastic beach within 10 mins of walking."

    Only occasionally heard the train and never at night, so don't let that put you off this well looked after property. Seriously - it was immaculate which was incredible with pale carpets and the rain this summer. We were lucky and chased the sun around Cumbria and had a fantastic week (Met office rain radar)! Only niggle was the beds - the mattresses are so soft they offer no support at all. Otherwise, provided a perfect base for our trips and we'll definitely return to St. Bees. We added our list of recommended places to visit in the visitor book

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.4Aug 2023

  • "Well equipped and spotless."

    Wardrobe space would be a bit tight if there were 4 guests. Very convenient for the shop, pubs and beach. Small enclosed garden useful if you have a dog but lots of walks very close to the cottage.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2023

  • "My husband and I had a very enjoyable week at Rowan Cottage with our black lab Arnie."

    The property was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. We have absolutely no complaints.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a great week there."

    OK the sun shone continuously but the accommodation was perfect for us and Greyhound. 10 min walk to the beach and less to the pub

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you had a lovely holiday and that the sun shone brightly for you. Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Jun 2023

  • "The 2 seater sofa was most uncomfortable."

    Apart from that….. excellent

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2023

  • "The property is well maintained, clean and very comfortable."

    The only things that would improve a stay for guests would be a DVD player and a CD radio other than that I can't think of anything else.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Rowan Cottage. We will pass your suggestions on. We hope to see you again soon. The owner relations team - Lakes Cottage Holidays Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, well equipped and in a fantastic location."

    We have visited St Bees many times before but this was the first time we have booked Rowan cottage and it won't be the last. St Bees is our happy place and now we have found the perfect accommodation.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2023

  • "Great property great stay only thing that could have made it even mire perfect would have been some xmas decorations"

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped in a quiet area of St Bees."

    It is a good place to use as a base for exploring the north west and the lake district without being in the more popular tourist area. I would recommend the cottage to friends and family. As on previous occasions Sykes holidays we very friendly and professional when booking the holiday.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Roman Cottage pleasant cottage."

    We used the cottage as a base for visiting family.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Sep 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay at Rowan Cottage."

    Very well equipped, clean, comfortable and a home from home. The enclosed garden was perfect for our two Labradors! We really appreciated the quality of the bedding and towels provided, and the kitchen was lovely to cook our meals in, with everything we needed! We would love to return!

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Perhaps an iron & ironing board at the property would be a plus."

    Reviewed by John4.4Jul 2022

  • "Great property in an excellent location Good location to explore the coast by rail , or by car to Ennerdale and Wasdale And not forgetting the beach which is about a 10 - 15 minute walk with excellent Hartley's ice cream, or if your more indulgent pop down the coast to Mawson's at Seascale."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Jul 2022

  • "Rowan cottage is immaculate ,very comfortable and "homely"."

    It is in a perfect location to access the area and great for dogs as there is a field opposite and the beach is a short walk away. It would be perfect if it had --- 1 Iron 2 Dishes/bowls for salalds etc 3 Small plates 4 Hanging space / drawers in the smaller 2 bedrooms and a small unit in main bedroom . I will definitely recommend Rowan cottage to friends and we will book again.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Jul 2022

  • "Rowan Cottage was easy to find, welcoming and comfortable."

    Ideally placed and very peaceful, handy for train, beach and village. Convenient for eating out and exploring the walks. A great place to escape the pace of modern life and rewind.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely only criticism would be no slip mat in bath for people a bit unsteady and settees not very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.4Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable."

    Good location well equipped

    Reviewed by Mal5.0May 2022

  • "This is a lovely, clean and well equipped property in a great location near to the beach, pubs and the local shop."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with our dog.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, we had a lovely week's stay."

    Only very small niggle was a lack of lighting in front of the cottage, but apart from that the facilities were amazing. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at the cottage got everything you need very comfortable thank you"

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage would benefit from more clothes storage space."

    Also a line for drying clothes etc.

    Reviewed by Raymond4.4Sep 2021

  • "Excellent modern house with everything you need."

    OS maps also provided. Whitehaven a short car journey, not 10 minutes if anything you need that cant be had from the local shop. ( the convenience store and post office are now the same shop, not 2 different shops) If you are a light sleeper noise from the beer garden from one of the locals, railway and sheep may disturb you. You may miss this bit if you print, bucket and mop would have been handy for the kitchen floor. Water drains slow from the bath might need looking at. One of the double glazing units in one of the single bedrooms is shot and needs replacing.

    Reviewed by Jim4.7Jul 2021

  • "Modern end terrace house."

    Conveniently situated near St Bees railway station. 10 mins walk from shingle beach and coastal walk onto St Bees Head. An OK location for accessing the Cumbrian coast, Ennerdale and Wasdale. Post Office convenience store in the village. Supermarkets in Whitehaven and Egremont. Kitchen adequately equipped but oven door was thick with grease. There was substantial mould to the grouting, edging and around the taps in the main bathroom. Toothbrush mugs provided but needed cleaning. No toilet roll holders. Badly stained dining chairs, and, as mentioned in previous reviews, poorly upholstered, too uncomfortable to sit on – so used chairs from bedroom instead. Washing machine but no clothes line in rear yard. In our opinion the property was inadequately cleaned prior to our arrival. The soft furnishings absolutely reeked to the point that we didn’t want to sit on them. So overall an uncomfortable week.

    Reviewed by Rob1.9Jul 2021

  • "House extremely clean and tidy, and everything we needed was present."

    Beds were very comfortable. Nice big TV for evenings in. Practical kitchen and dining area. Useful back yard and excellent parking for 2 cars out front. Nice touches, such as complete set of OS maps provided, plus some board games and books. Location is excellent. House very warm despite cool spring weather. All good for a happy week.

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Apr 2021

  • "The sofas in the cottage are somewhat less than comfortable and the dining room chairs are in need of repadding or some cushioning as they were very uncomfortable, unfortunately it was the last day before i realised that the two chairs in the bedroom had been done and we could have used them instead."

    otherwise the cottage was warm and fairly well equipped only missing a grater in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Graham3.8Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Oct 2020

  • "Good location in walking distance of beach, and for visiting the lakes."

    Reviewed by Katherine4.7Sep 2020

  • "Overall clean and tidy, and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2020

  • "Rowan Cottage was just perfect in every way."

    It was very clean, kitchen was well equipped, dog friendly and a 5 to 10 minute walk to the beach. We definitely hope to return and would recommend St Bees and Rowan Cottage to our friends.

    Reviewed by M5.0Sep 2020

  • "A lovely well appointed cottage , would definately go there again ."

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house has a washing machine and also a small lock-up container in the back yard which can fit two bikes."

    These were both much appreciated but not included in the details. There is not a dishwasher and there’s very limited storage in the bedrooms - the two single rooms are very small with nowhere to put clothes. The house is half a mile from a lovely beach and there is a small ‘general store’ in the village. Asda do online deliveries from Whitehaven. We had a lovely two weeks in the area and loved St Bees although we did find the immediate area had very little to do (especially as we had teenagers with us). We did find activities but had to resign ourselves to an hour’s drive most days to get to them.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.1Aug 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x single
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, washing machine, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, Living/dining room
  • Ground floor cloakroom with hand basin and WC.
  • Gas central heating
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed patio area with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles and pub 0.1 miles

The property

Situated in the coastal village of St Bees, in Cumbria, is this delightful end-of-terrace house.

Approached via a quiet country lane, this property boasts delightful views across the rolling country fields, giving you the sense of a peaceful getaway with your family.

Step inside and leave your coats and muddy boots by the door, and step into this contemporary dwelling.

The kitchen is wonderfully appointed to the front of the cottage, and houses all the appliances you could need to rustle up some delicious meals for the whole family.

Walk through to the open-plan living space, with a sofa and armchair to choose from to curl up and unwind into the evening, catching up with your favourite shows.

Gather at the dining table to enjoy some delicious home-cooked meals over a well-deserved glass of wine, and discuss the day's events.

Follow the steps up to the first-floor to discover one double bedroom and two single bedrooms, all housing a range of contemporary furniture to store your personal items, with a family bathroom so you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub to get rid of those aches and pains from the previous day of adventure.

Throw open the patio doors and let the cool breeze wash over the interior, before stepping out to the enclosed garden with a refreshing drink and enjoy a spot of alfresco dining.

St Bees is in an excellent location, right next to the thriving St. Bees Head Heritage Coast, where you can visit St Bees Head and enjoy some bird watching, walking and stunning coastal views.

For those sportier types, there is a Coast to Coast walk which spans across 182 miles, through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Park, see how far you can get before tiring!

The nearby coastal town of Whitehaven provides a large selection of pubs and restaurants for that fine dining experience, with plenty of independent shops and supermarkets for picking up any last-minute essentials.

For a spot of history, make sure to visit Egremont Castle, Muncaster Castle a historic and Grade II listed building.

Also nearby is the beautiful Lake District National Park with picturesque waters including Ennerdale, Crummock and Loweswater, all rich with countryside sites and close to historic market towns.

Rowan Cottage is a delightful choice for a countryside break to this coastal area of Cumbria.

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About the location


Whitehaven 5 miles.

St. Bees is an historic seaside village on the west coast of Cumbria with a Norman priory and Elizabethan public school, as well as a shop, post office and old traditional pubs. It's an ideal base for exploring the western Lake District and Cumbrian coast, and is the start of the famous Wainwright coast to coast walk. St. Bees Head is the only major sea cliff between Wales and Scotland and is the only Heritage coastline in Cumbria. There is a fine beach and many wonderful walks are available along the clifftops, which are also home to one of England’s most important seabird colonies. There is also a nine-hole golf course in the village. Nearby Whitehaven, an elegant Georgian port, and the spectacular western Lakes, are more than worthy of a visit. Muncaster Castle is 8 miles away, as is the Eskdale and Ravenglass miniature railway. Cockermouth, the birth place of Wordsworth, and Keswick on Derwentwater are also within easy driving distance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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