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Priory Lodge

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "The location is beautiful."

    The property is full of character. In summer I can imagine this being even better and it was brilliant as it is. We were there in late December and being a historical property, we needed to layer up in the evenings, which did not diminish our enjoyment. We loved it here.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Dec 2023

  • "Fantastic Christmas break with family!"

    Perfect house in a great location. Would love to return in the future!!

    Reviewed by Holly4.7Dec 2023

  • "Heating not 'man enough' for the job - target temp."

    of 20 degrees C never reached. Radiator in dining room seems far too small - were calculations done correctly ? (3 outer walls, 2 windows, room air volume, etc) Radiators in lounge suit design of room but are not very good at producing heat. 1 lightbulb in double bedroom, and 1 lightbulb on stairs need replacing.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback. We are sorry to hear about all the issues you encountered at the property, unfortunately we weren't aware of any of the issues you had as we could have resolved them to make your stay more comfortable. We raise a work order to assess the points you have made. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter3.1Nov 2023

  • "This is lovely property in a great location but I find it to be unloved, strong smell of damp even inside a kitchen cupboard, the beds are terribly uncomfortable due to old mattresses and the cleanliness is not great."

    This property could be so much more with some TLC. Mechelle

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you loved the location of Priory Lodge. We are sorry the cleanliness wasn't up to our usual standard, this is something we take seriously and will pass on. We do find that the comfort of beds is down to personal preference so we apologise that on this occasion it wasn't to your liking. We appreciate all your suggestions and comments. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mechelle3.4Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Priory Lodge."

    The house is absolutely lovely and well-furnished. It was a perfect base for our wider adventures in the Lakes, but we also loved exploring the walks and lake near the house. We didn't mind not having WiFi - we just brought lots of books, DVDs and games for the rainy days. As for the driveway being close to a busier roundabout, there's a section where you can pull aside and back into the driveway, which makes leaving the house much less daunting. Overall, we would highly recommend Priory Lodge!

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Aug 2023

  • "Loved it, fantastic stay."

    Cottage had real character and was lovely and clean, excellent value for our few days in August. Excellent kitchen area. It’s right near the main road but once inside with the gates shut you barely notice the traffic and feel like you’d miles away. Ten to fifteen minute walk into town, it is uphill but wasn’t an issue for us, prefer uphill to start and then downhill after a few beers. It’s close to the main bus route and I would consider getting the bus to Ambleside etc as parking in August is the usual nightmare. Only negative comment is it mentions private access to the lake, we couldn’t find it and there’s nothing on the kitchen notice board to suggest where it is ( if it exists).

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Aug 2023

  • "The property was absolutely beautiful, exactly like the pictures, we loved it."

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Becky5.0May 2023

  • "Great place to stay."

    Lovely property and great location

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was dirty with cobwebs in various rooms and under furniture."

    The beds were clean but uncomfortable.There was mould growing in a few of the rooms and parking was tight. You could hear traffic from the roads. Won’t be staying there again

    Reviewed by Jacqueline1.6Nov 2022

  • "The house was beautiful and the views amazing the private pathway to the lake was just perfect for early morning walk with my dog ."

    Will definitely be back for another visit .

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2022

  • "The property was a surprise despite the photos - it is much prettier."

    well furnished kitchen. There was nothing we needed. The only problem was getting the car out of the property. The car had to back into the busy road. Maybe a driveway outside mirror at the entrance would help the driver. Suggest the bedside lights be a little more brighter. Other than that top marks. Hope to visit the place sometime in the winter .

    Reviewed by Asha5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property, bathrooms could do with a bit of updating' property could be a bit cleaner, on arrival we found crumbs around the toaster and cobwebs all over."

    (we know its in the country but a quick going over with a swiffer duster would have done) i asked Lakelovers about an unbrella for the outside table as it was hot when we were there, i was told if there isnt one there there isnt one! outside lights that could provide some light while sitting out at night would have been good, not just movement security lights. overall a very enjoyable stay, we will stay here again.

    Reviewed by Craig4.1Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage everything provided that you could need for a comfortable holiday ..."

    Lovely cottage everything provided that you could need for a comfortable holiday in great location everything within walking distance in fantastic area of the country

    Reviewed by Frazer5.0May 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Priory Lodge."

    The location is great, house is charming, beds are comfortable. The parking directly off the street was cumbersome, but manageable. We liked the enclosed garden with swings and walk to the lake. This property could be improved by offering a few more amenities, such as a French press or coffee maker and obviously WiFi.

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.4Apr 2022

  • "The property was great, however there are some improvements to be made."

    The property was not clean, there were cobwebs and lots of the cutlery and dishes were dirty, also the cleaning chemicals there were empty, but we brought our own anyway. There should be a clear instruction sheet displayed somewhere, not tiny notes on bits of paper pinned to a notice board behind the kitchen door. We had to search the house for the thermostat control, only to find it behind a curtain in the dining room then no instructions on how to use it. There was no clear instructions on how to get to the lake/jetty. All of the above have been listed several times in the visitors book, which is seemingly being ignored. The CO alarms kept beeping our whole stay

    Reviewed by Gordon2.8Apr 2022

  • "House was lovely and warm downstairs."

    Kitchen well stocked (although we had to buy a fish slice and a couple of the glasses were cracked). Bedrooms were cosy, beds were clean and towels were soft. Parking area was ample and not difficult to access. Property is let down by the cleaning and maintenance. There was a bag of open rubbish in the parking area when we arrived and some of it had blown into the garden. There were no instructions about rubbish disposal and recycling procedures. Some parts of the house could be better cleaned. The dining table has grooves in it where food particles have collected. Could do with a good clean. Some of the doors and skirting boards could do with a lick of paint (especially the en suite door). Radiator in main bedroom didn't work, shower was spraying water all over the floor and toilet rollholder was broken. All things which could be easily fixed.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Oct 2021

  • "Property is listed as having 1 shower and 1 over bath shower."

    This is misleading as the over bath cant be used as a shower. I would not have booked if I knew 6 people would have to share 1 shower in the en suite bathroom. Apart from this the lodge was lovely with a great location. Not worth the price we paid for a week in school holidays though.

    Reviewed by Ann3.4Oct 2021

  • "Shame on Sykes’s cottages for charging us nearly £1400 for a dirty , tired cottage, nothing was stated that it sits on the corner of 2 main roads and reversing off the drive each time onto on coming traffic is not a nice experience, the guest book in the cottage is full of customer comments stating how dirty the cottage is going back years yet you still rent it out for an extortionate price !"

    Reviewed by Garry1.3Sep 2021

  • "We love the Lake District and had a brilliant time but the listing does not make it clear that the property is on a main road."

    This is a huge disappointment when you book a holiday to get away from it all. The description of access to the private jetty is accurate but implies that you are well away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and right by the lake - not so. There was more traffic and noise pollution at this property than where we live. The property itself has all the facilities listed but it is in desperate need of a lick of paint, new bathrooms and a VERY deep clean. I spent the first few hours washing cushion covers and mopping floors to freshen the place up. Not the standard of cleanliness I would expect for a holiday of this nature.

    Reviewed by Glenda2.8Jul 2021

  • "We have just returned from staying at priory lodge for 7 nights, 6 of us including grandparents, 2 teenage girls and a 1yr old cockapoo ."

    The location was ideal and the private pathway and jetty was fantastic for our dog walks and the girls loved swimming in the lake, although the path is very steep back upto the cottage so our older guests only did it the once. I was very, very disappointed that the description did not mention that the garden/patio area was located at the front of the property and it was wrongly described as enclosed. There were several sections which our dog could have easily got through and the roads outside are unbelievably busy all day/ evening so unfortunately we could not sit outside and relax atall without her on a lead, you cannot even see the garden from the patio area so this was a massive issue for us. She did manage to push a side gate open and run through it, which we now know has a faulty latch on the other side, how we managed to grab her before running into the road I will never know. So anytime we were back at the cottage was spent inside unfortunately. The cottage itself was comfortable, the walls could have done with a lick of paint here and there but overall was ok. We would not stay again purely because of the garden situation which is a shame because all the other boxes were ticked.

    Reviewed by Catherine2.2Jun 2021

  • "A welcome pack would have been appreciated."

    There weren't even any basics provided like pepper and salt, oil, tea bags and some sugar. We had a BBQ one night but couldn't find one provided which was disappointing. Not even a pair of tongs. The double beds would benefit from upgrading to king size. The property itself was lovely in a perfect position between Windermere and Bowness. The stroll down to the jetty was gorgeous and we were able to swim in the lake as we had perfect weather all week.

    Reviewed by Linda2.8May 2021

  • "The cottage in general was very nice and the location and gardens were ideal."

    I feel it would take just a small amount of work to elevate this property. There were a few of the walls that could do with a paint just to freshen them up, especially the stairway and the porch area could do with a clean to remove cobwebs etc. The bathrooms would benefit from an upgrade. I was very disappointed that there was no WIFI within the property. In this day and age, Internet access is really a must have. Overall though, we had a great time at this property and would return.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1May 2021

  • "Beautiful house, plenty of room for us all, private jetty a nice touch."


    Mrs CookJul 2018

  • "This property gives you privacy but is not too far from everything in the area."

    Mr KellyJun 2017

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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.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Family bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Double electric oven and four ring gas hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer dryer
  • Enclosed garden with children's swing, Garden furniture
  • Pedestrian lake access
  • Private parking for 3 vehicles
  • Note: The property sits on the corner of two main roads, there may be associated noise and please take care when moving off the drive
  • Note: This property does not have Wi-Fi

The property

Priory Lodge is a fantastic Victorian property with gothic features that blend harmoniously with the contemporary furnishings and creature comforts within.

The lodge has private access to Lake Windermere, allowing you to walk down to the shore and there are public launching facilities close by. Sleeping six guests over three delightful bedrooms, Prior Lodge is a rare treat for family and friends to enjoy and relax in.

Other features include an ornate gothic entrance porch, an elegant lounge and a contemporary shaker style kitchen.

Every inch of this property reveals unique and historic charaterful quirks, along with modern comforts and conveniences - making it perfect for special occasions or just for a stylish getaway.

The area surrounding Priory Lodge is also something to get excited about, with easy access to both Bowness and Windermere, you’ll never feel stuck for something to do, somewhere to explore or to find great places to eat and drink.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.

The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas