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The Station House

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location and facility."

    Needs a booklet giving information on the property.

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Sep 2023

  • "Only stay here if you love trains and gardening The property is right on the train station (I believe that it may have been an old waiting room)."

    The steps to the front door are steep and the hand rail does not feel very sturdy so please beware if you are not good with steps On entering the property there was a strange smell we were not sure whether it was a dog smell or a damp smell either way with the help of a few air fresheners the smell soon disappeared In the main, the house is a bit dated (see photo of hall) apart from the bathroom which has a great shower cubicle. The bathroom window is strangely in the shower cubicle and you cant help but feel that you can be seen from the station platform which must be less than a metre away (if you sing in the shower please remember to close the window or risk the wrath of the waiting passengers

    Reviewed by Alan2.2Sep 2023

  • "An up to date welcome pack with local info and information on how to operate appliances, ie."

    Cooker, microwave, Netflix (there were remote controls but no obvious appliances) It was unclear how to access the bin and wasn’t until the third day when we stumbled across the key. Also as two average size adults we found the bed to be too small and quite uncomfortable. The 9 am leaving time is also a bit early so we left the day before. Overall though we enjoyed our stay and while we probably won’t return we would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Julian4.4Jul 2023

  • "Excellent property, well maintained and well looked after."

    Perfectly sited for travel and getting around. Thoroughly recommend. Will be back!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "Arrived at 5pm to find a filthy cottage and dirty bedding on the bed."

    Rang owner who said she thought the cleaners would have been there by now and that something had come up. We then had to sit in the lower back garden with our dogs, no food or drinks after a 5 hour journey, whilst the cleaner (who turned up with 3 kids) cleaned the cottage (she had already done her shift that morning so was called out!) She told us it wasnt due for cleaning til monday as no one was booked in! Pluses for the cottage... Good size Good selection of games Negatives... Not cleaned No instructions on how to use oven or list of where things were Not enough selection of utensils No welcome pack No bbq as listed Dog mess in lower garden Sun terrace smelt of dog pee and had weeds Sun terrace VERY overlooked by neighbours in their back gardens!!! Sun terrace swarmed with gnats (couldnt eat or drink out there) No shade Found parasol on last day in cleaners cupboard. Dirty glasses in cupboard NO TOILET ROLL!

    Reviewed by Sarah2.5Jun 2023

  • "As this used to be the waiting room on the northbound platform, some noise is to be expected at times."

    The property has been converted very well (particularly love the shower) and is in an excellent location. Just half a mile to the beach with some lovely walks straight out the front door.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "The location of the property was ideal for the coast and it has character."

    It was comfortable for a stay in February being warm and well insulated. We could shop easily by car at Whitehaven. What was disappointing was the lack of a 'welcome pack' with some basic information which we have invariably found elsewhere. For example, there were no instructions about if / when the waste had to be put out and no black bin bags. The recycling bins were pretty full. There was one loo roll and no kitchen roll, which seemed a bit tight. We had brought clingfilm and parchment etc. There was no potato peeler but there was a cheese slicer. There was no catch on the door to the shower room / loo. There were too many E-mails from Sykes including one reminding us to tidy up on the last day and leave on time.

    Reviewed by John3.1Feb 2023

  • "Clean, tidy, well equipped with crockery, cutlery etc but no toilet roll."

    Next to the railings station so great for getting about. Ten/fifteen minutes walk from the beach which has a great cafe. Visitors may want to be aware that St Bees itself has no cafes, or takeaways and only one small shop. Suggestions for owner - provide loo roll, dishwasher tabs and scissors, fix the gate and provide a security light outside so when arriving in the dark you can see the key box!

    Reviewed by Christine Phyllis4.7Jan 2023

  • "Disappointing."

    Property smaller than expected and in need of some TLC inside and some more serious work exteriorly. The outside area was in dire need of weeding and tidying up. The "garden" was a small patch of bare grass and weeds, the fence separating it from the railway platform was dilapidated.The front of the property was gravelled, with an old wheelbarrow also full of weeds. Our biggest disappointment was the entrance to the property - 7 steep, deep steps leading to the front door, 5 to the rear entrance ( which had not been cleaned for a very long time). The description of the property needs to make clear this property is not suitable for the elderly, disabled or visually impaired. We left a day early!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth2.8Sep 2022

  • "Disappointed with standard of cottage."

    No welcome pack at all. Half a toilet roll, no dish cloth, one old tatty tea towel, these have always been supplied in previous cottages. Garden very neglected would not want to sit out, window next to bed would not close, lucky it was warm weather. Such a shame as the cottage is great if you want to travel round on the train, its very central in the village for the local shop and pubs and only 15 minutes' walk to the beach .Cottage owners really need to sort things out.

    Reviewed by Susan2.5Sep 2022

  • "Lovely well equipped and spacious cottage, but the beds and the bedding could have been more comfortable."

    We weren't able to find the recycling bins.

    Reviewed by Timothy4.4Jun 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation and ideal location for local attractions"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "This property is a home from home."

    Everything you would need is provided. Although trains run right beside the property it’s not a problem barley noticed any noise. The property was clean comfortable and the location has a convenient store 5min walk two lovley pubs and eating in places 5 min walk and the beech is 10 min walk away perfect

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2021

  • "I think if some attention was paid to the outside of the property, the garden, the approach to the front door, the gate mended, the steps made safe and the outside light working it would really go a long way to making the stay worthy of a 9 or 10 and 5 stars."

    The kitchen is well equipped, the shower is great, and the settees are comfy. It's mostly clean (the patio windows need a clean) so too, the bathroom shelf. It just lacks a bit of TLC. I hope the owners take note because it is a great little property.

    Reviewed by Patricia3.8Nov 2021

  • "Found the property to be a true picture postcard experience."

    On arrival found the house clean, tidy and well presented. Rooms weres all well furnished and very comfortable. Loved the sun room at the back. Kitchen had everything that would be needed, however we ate out on this occasion. Only feedback would be the broken gate, the outside light not working and a loose step upto the front entrance. But we soon worked round these issues. One other thing was, we couldn't find were any recycling bins but again not a problem as we took ours back home to to deal with. We will be returning for another stay.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Nov 2021

  • "@@yes the only thing is the outside of the property needs some TLC I had too ..."

    @@yes the only thing is the outside of the property needs some TLC I had too clean the weeds from the back door as my dogs need to use the steps at the side of the property due too being small dogs as the front steps are too steep and out side need some tidying up otherwise the property was very good

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Sep 2021

  • "Garden an down side of premises needs a lot if tidying up around bathroom window need cleaning an creepers removed coming in through window wanting people to clean after use fine but no facilities to recycle if they asking for it to be done ."

    . also sorry left a towel with Aarron Junction in bathroom

    Reviewed by Denise3.8Sep 2021

  • "Very pleased with the cottage."

    Rooms were clean and tidy. Sun lounge was very restful to read and relax in. Patio area was good and as we had lovely weather, we used it a lot. Being next to the railway station and as Station House had been converted from the Waiting Room, we were not surprised to hear the trains but they were not intrusive, as they only ran about one or two an hour, finishing 9.30 pm. If you enjoy walking the cottage is ideally situated. We enjoyed going to the beaches at St Bees and Seascale which we thoroughly enjoyed. After being in lockdown for nearly 2 years, we wanted to relax and enjoy the freedom, which we found this holiday gave us. Val and Babs -[ September 2021

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Sep 2021

  • "St Bees is a quiet seaside town, great for walks, the The Station was as described, marked down for facilities as the post holding the gate had rotted at the base which made it difficult to open and close."

    Not many eating places and those only had limited menu.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Aug 2021

  • "We have just spent a week from the 6 Aug to the 13 Aug 21 at the Station House St Bees and I can quite honestly say we did not experience some of the negative comments submitted by previous guests."

    Yes there was slight wobble in the main bedroom wardrobe but no need to live out of a suitcase. We found the place to be clean and tidy. It is ideally situated being only a 5/10 minute walk from the coast and within easy travelling distance to the lakes and mountains. I felt this accommodation was value for money with all the mod cons, there were four of us in our party and found the property to be very spacious as we did not feel we were living on top of one and other. I would certainly recommend to friends and family. Mr Whitelaw August 2021

    Reviewed by Bill3.8Aug 2021

  • "Positives to start- its a great location, parking is easy, the shower is good and the sofa is comfortable."

    However: We arrived tired from a long journey and unfortunately the cottage had not been deep cleaned, we thought this was a necessity due to covid. There was underwear from the previous occupants in a drawer, dirty glasses, kitchen top was dirty, crumbs and dirt in the cutlery drawer and many cobwebs. We complained to Sykes however they weren’t bothered at all, initially we didn't even receive an apology. This property is not 4 stars - none of the decor matches, towels and linen is dated, the flooring in the hall hasn't been fitted properly, the wardrobes wobble if you open the doors (we lived out of the suitcase for a week) many of the walls and doors have marks, splatters or paint missing. We certainly felt the cottage was overpriced.

    Reviewed by Steve2.5Jul 2021

  • "Great location and plenty of room for 4 people."

    Had everything that you could want. Fridge door still comes open so had to put tape on it. Recycling had to put in with other rubbish. We did take some down to bins in beach car park.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Jul 2021

  • "There was a strong smell of either damp or blocked drains particularly in the main bedroom."

    It was so bad my nightdress picked up the smell, meaning I couldn't wear it again until it had been washed. I'd seen a comment about a bad smell but hadn't taken much notice of it. The problem needs to be dealt with ASAP as otherwise it will reflect on your reputation.

    Reviewed by Carol2.8Jul 2021

  • "There was no clear way to separate recycling."

    Everything went in one bin.

    Reviewed by Anita3.8Jul 2021

  • "This was our second time at The Station House and once again we fully enjoyed helped by sunshine everyday on both occasions."

    Only groan not gripe would be..Fridge door magnet must be worn as it opens itself. Would have been nice to have some Milk and Toilet Paper on arrival from long journey. No bin liners. Real minor issues I know.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Jun 2021

  • "We were very impressed with Station Cottage - position, cleanliness, comfort etc and definitely would consider booking the cottage again, however, when we have stayed in self catering accommodation in the past as we have on lots of occasions, there has at least been a toilet roll and quite a lot of times, a welcome pack."

    There was no bath mat for when we stepped out of the shower and directions on how to work the cooker would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Jun 2021

  • "As I used to live in a station house, coming here was a bit like returning home."

    We loved the outside terrace, the rooms were comfortable, the bathroom had a great shower, the area was lovely. If anything marred our stay it was the smaller details. We could not find instructions for the cooker, the tin opener was difficult to use, (ok so it was only a tin of beans), and we found the fridge door kept coming open. The cupboard where the cleaning equipment was stores was a bit of a jumble, and because of covid we did not know how long it was since it had been cleaned, and were hesitant to use some of the equipment. Would we stay there again , certainly!

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7May 2021

  • "Excellent coast, lakes and mountains location"

    Reviewed by Mal5.0Apr 2021

  • "An enjoyable stay."

    The brochure description was matched or exceeded by our actual experience. We particularly liked the sun room and the comfortable sofas in the living room. The location was convenient for walking and driving further afield. Very pleased with our stay.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Apr 2021

  • "Accommodation was great I wasn't expecting what I saw when I entered the house very modern."

    Ten minute walk from the beach a shop around the corner. Trains start around half six and finish around 9pm but you never really take much notice. Recommend this place and shall return. 10/10.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2021

  • "Property not in least disabled friendly this should be mentioned in description of property."

    Outside steps very steep and large shower needs extra mat as it is very slippery.Location is lovely and we enjoyed the holiday.

    Reviewed by Josephine3.4Sep 2020

  • "Loved this cottage so much we have booked it again for next April 2021."

    The cottage is bigger than expected with a choice of seating areas, which helps if one likes quiet and one likes to watch tv. There is also a patio area. The beds are so comfortable and the cleanliness of the cottage was excellent. This cottage is central to areas of interest, giving you the best of both worlds of a beach holiday, and visiting the lakes and mountains. Great walks to take dogs on. Station house is close to the beach (5-8 minute walk) there are pubs with good menus and they also offer an evening delivery service. whitehaven and Egremont are a car drive away, oh, there is also a lovely beach cafe, a very good play area for children with picnic benches to sit on and watch the children play.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house is well equipped and in a good location even though it is next to the train track."

    You can hardly hear the trains and they do stop early evening so no disruption from them at all. The shower was brilliant. The garden on the other hand was unusable. Totally overgrown which was a shame as my daughter would of loved to play in there. The house does also have a damp smell going though out it. The bathroom is the most damp of the rooms. We left the window open and fan on most of the time. We love St Bees beach and village, with the best of the lakes ( in my opinion) very close.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Aug 2020

  • "The accommodation contact telephone numbers provided were out of date."

    The enclosed 'garden' was a bit of a wilderness and not at all suitable for the dog.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Jul 2020

  • "The Cottage was in a lovely setting with pubs and shops close by."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2020

  • "Good location for our break and very handy to the beach for dog walks etc."

    Local pub The Manor St Bees, brilliant for meals and friendly staff. The only downside would be the external front door steps are very steep and would be difficult to manoeuvre for the elderly.

    Reviewed by James3.8Mar 2020

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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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with walk in shower, hand basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Sun room.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden and raised terrace with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles and pub 0.1 miles

The property

A piece of locomotive history, this former Station Waiting Room dating back to 1848 was converted in the 1930s into a dwelling with sympathetic internal modernisation.

Maintaining its timbered Furness railway structure, the property offers spacious accommodation with the addition of an extension incorporating a private balcony; now a truly, unique and beautiful holiday property.

The timber-clad exterior has been carefully preserved and Station House still retains its chocolate box charm.

Ideally located on the Cumbrian Coast in the popular village of St Bees at the start of the Coast to Coast Walk, and just a few miles from the Lake District National Park with all the major tourist sites within easy distance. Inside, Station House has been lovingly decorated to create a warm and welcoming space.

The lounge comes complete with plush sofas and a log-effect electric heater, perfect for nights curled up in front of the wall-mounted TV.

The kitchen/diner is decorated in a light and airy country style, you'll find everything you need for self-catering holiday.

Leading from the kitchen is the bathroom, complete with walk in shower.

The sun lounge is another comfortable place to relax, with doors opening out to the patio and garden.

Leading on from the living areas are the bedrooms, the first being a double room boasting space for a cot, and the second bedroom offers two single beds.

Outside there is ample parking space, and a well-proportioned garden with furniture and a barbecue.

The station is a stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line south-west of Carlisle, adjacent to the property is a manned signal box and a level crossing.

Located in the centre of the village with all the local amenities close by, this is often the start for many walking enthusiasts beginning the Coast to Coast walk. The village is just south of St Bees Head, which is the most westerly point of Cumbria and only 50 miles from the Scottish border, offering a dog-friendly beach to spend a day with your canine companion.

The Georgian town of Whitehaven is five miles to the north and is known as one of the 40 Gem Towns of England.

Just 15 miles south, Ravenglass is a quiet, coastal village with picturesque coastal walks.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway is a 15-inch narrow gauge heritage track and the seven-mile line runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth Station near Boot, in the Valley of Eskdale, in the Lake District.

The Station House is a homely, unique and beautiful chocolate box cottage ideal for couples or families looking for a characterful base from which to explore the Western Lake District and coast.

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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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