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Thirlmere Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing away from it all cottage."

    ..close enough to keswick/Grassmere....perfect place to kick back and relax.....walks from the doorstep....stunning location..the cottage felt very welcoming....warm n cosy everything we needed .....was very reluctant to leave....fabulous close up of the Herdwicks as they came to bid us good evening....they were on there best behaviour much to our beagle Harvey,s amusement....Thankyou for a much needed relaxing getaway.....can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2024

  • "Great cottage in a fabulous location for walks off the doorstep."

    Warm & cosy with everything you require for a great stay. What more do you need? We would definitely come back again

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2024

  • "Inside the property there were no basic facilities for e."

    G, none of the following: Washing up liquid, Coffee, Salt / Pepper, Milk, Matches, Hand soap, Kindling, ......these are basic items There was a Sky box but no viewing card? Not enough hot water for a decent bath, and no complimentary shower gel All of the above I would have expected to be in the property, all other cottages I've rented supplied these as standard.

    Thank you for your feedback. As this property is self catering accommodation welcome packs and supplies are not provided as standard. We find that the information provided online is accurate to the property amenities provided. Thank you for informing us regarding the hot water, we will ask our maintenance team to investigate this. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter3.1Mar 2024

  • "The location is lovely and the cottage generally fine, but let down by a number of shortcomings."

    We had to download from the internet instructions for the wall heaters, as the wrong booklet was in the welcome pack. The loo seat in the ensuite was loose on its pedestal. The safety torch in the hallway didn't work. The deepfreeze was so iced up we could not open the drawers and had to defrost it. Rainwater is leaking in through the top central panel of the sitting room picture window. The storage rack at the base of the fridge door had broken off completely. Several of the curtain hooks were missing. Some of the cutlery, crockery and glasses were in sets of three for a four person letting. There were four handsets for the TV and no instructions how to work them. Despite the defects, we did enjoy it and might consider going back

    Reviewed by Catherine3.4Mar 2024

  • "A lovely stay."

    We first stayed in this house 34 years ago and it is still one of our favourite places. Stunning location within easy walking reach of the fells, Helvellyn, Harrop Tarn, or even Grasmere. Keswick is easily reached by bus or car.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Mar 2024

  • "Few more kitchen utensils would be handy such as grabbers to pick up food."

    Cottage is cosy and in the perfect location.

    Reviewed by Katrina4.7Feb 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The cottage and its location was really great. Definitely, we'd love to come back.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jan 2024

  • "Had an amazing week stay at the cottage."

    Despite having a 32 hour power cut, we still had a lovely time. We just bought extra logs, coal and candles for the evening, and went out walking and exploring during the day. The cottage itself is settled at the bottom of Helvellyn. We had rain most of the time and I was worried about the dogs and cleaning them, but as you come in the front door there is a little area to hang your wet coats etc and dry the dogs off. We took loads of dog towels, and made sure the carpet area in the lounge had towels on them for the first hour we were home. There were plenty of dishes, large juice glasses, a little box with bin liners dishwasher tablets and a sponge and a dishcloth. All the reviews I had read had said nothing was provided, so I bought my own, but took it all home again. The cottage heated up very quickly as well. The washing machine has a tumble dryer as well, which is not listed in appliances so that was a welcomed suprise. Just a few little things that would make this cottage perfect, it needs more teaspoons, wine glasses, and a dustpan and brush. We also noticed the large dinner plates do not fit in the dishwasher unless you lay them down flat. Also the one frying pan is too big for the electric rings. Two medium sized frying pans would be so much better. Also it would be useful if a box of candles and a torch were provided in case of a power cut. Luckily I bought two Yankee candles with me, but we had to go out and get a whole box of candles, the next day. Apart from that, the cottage was amazing. The photos on the website do not do the cottage justice, especially the size of the kitchen, and dining area. Just a little thought, the little dressing room could be used as a 3rd bedroom with a sofa bed. We would definitely recommend staying in this cottage. And Sykes dealt with our power cut with no internet or heating very efficiently. (Husband had to climb a hill to get signal to ring their emergency number) We are about to book our next stay with Sykes for 2026 for my 60th, but in a different location as we like to stay in difference places.

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Jan 2024

  • "We had a wonderful Christmas break at Thirlmere cottages."

    It was very cosy and comfortable especially considering the challenging weather and crazy winds. The views from the sitting room window are spectacular no matter what the weather is doing, especially with an open fire adding cheer. The cottage is very well equipped, with everything we needed to cook Christmas lunch and the beds are very comfy. Always a relief as a bad back sufferer The walks from the door are fabulous we hardly got the car out all week. The waterfalls just over the road at Wythburn Swirls were spectacular in full flood, and the Boxing day respite in the weather allowed us to walk up to Blea tarn. This might be some of the best views in the Lake District. We also appreciated the wealth of local books to plan walks for better weather in 2024 :) Just a few points that need addressing, provision needs to be made to defrost the freezer from time to time, and the dishwasher wasn't working as no salt and plus it looked rather dirty. Bathroom plug holes should also be cleaned regularly, they looked rather unpleasant. These were just a few issues to bring to your attention and certainly didn't spoil our stay. Finally we loved the visit from the local Herdwicks on our last afternoon that were being particularly truculent for the local farmer!!!!

    Reviewed by Jacqualine4.4Dec 2023

  • "This is by far the best holiday/UK break we have ever had."

    Thirlmere Cottage is a beautiful hidden gem…..we really couldn’t have asked for anything more. On our first morning we were greeted by sheep at the window who joined us for breakfast which was adorable. The local hikes were amazing and we truly found it all absolutely stunning. The cottage had everything we could possibly of needed and it was clean and spacious and we were very sad to leave. It really was beautiful. Thank you for making our stay so wonderful. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful location and a lovely cottage well equipped we really enjoyed our stay and lovely to be so close to the sheep !"

    Only recommendation is that we were told there was a TV connection but there was no signal on either TV and I would also recommend that the cleaners check the bathroom bins as ours had stuff in when we arrived

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay and the sheep! We take your suggestion and comment on board. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tia3.8Sep 2023

  • "Although the property was a little dates the location was perfect for peace and quiet although the weather did affect our stay."

    We did have a problem with the TV but after contacting your office this was resolved but as we have to activate the on button on the reverse of the TV each time we watched it there should have been instructions to this effect. Also the pop-up plug in the bathroom should be repaired not just a temporary plug available otherwise we enjoyed our time and the local pub food went down well especially the Horse and Farrier Threlkeld Sunday lunch

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Sep 2023

  • "Dated in many places."

    Kitchen knives for example - how old! Sky box and TV very out dated. Should have a smart TV these days so people can log on to Netflix on the wet days if they choose to do so. Also, yes it was a wet July, but the cottage is cold and feels damp. Clothes coming out of the wardrobe in the main bedroom felt damp. Gaps between window frames in living must make it very draughty in windy days. Great remote location if that’s what you want. Plenty of walks from the door and great bus service at the end of the lane to Keswick, or Grasmere and on to Ambleside and Windermere. Overall, decent, but needs some TLC

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is lovely in a great location for walking and the added bonus of a field of lambs to keep us entertained."

    The cottage is comfortably furnished and suitably equipped. We would happily return here. The only (very slight) gripe is having to buy washing up liquid and extra loo rolls as only one was provided per bathroom, which seems a bit stingy.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay, and the lambs! Items such as washing up liquid are not always provided as the property is self catering. The toilet rolls provided are left as a starting point. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Thirlmere cottage especially the walks from the door."

    Our first impression was of disappointment that there wasnt even a single teabag, milk or any form of welcome at all, nothing. In every cottage we have ever stayed in there has been a wide variety of things like scones ,coffee or biscuits, flowers etc. and when you have travelled a distance its a lovely touch.This lack of welcome was penny pinching. The steep steps in the master bedroom meant we couldnt sleep in there as I couldnt manage them.I am not disabled nor do I have arthritis etc they were just too high.Consequently we had to sleep in the bedroom with the twin beds. In the details these beds were said to be twins by default and could be ziplinked if asked in advance.They were already made up together and covered in quite shockingly poor bedding.The duvet was probably 3 feet longer than the bed.The beds were worn out and and very uncomfortable. I would probably have returned to this cottage if the bed had been better . I can live with the very thin bedroom curtains and non opening louge windows, and the difficult to operate tv with its 4 remote controls, or even the freezer that was full of ice, but not the poor sleep.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Not all properties leave a welcome pack or any gifts for guests. We take all comments on board. We do find beds and mattresses to be down to personal preference. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue3.4Apr 2023

  • "We were.absolutely blown away by this cozy cottage, we loved how secluded it was but yet close to shops and pubs."

    I can’t even speak highly enough about the magnificent surroundings, the peaks, the lake it’s breathtaking! Cottage was fully stocked with kitchenware, books, puzzles and some board games. Cottage was very clean and tidy, Wifi, tv and dvd worked great, we brought with us couple of movies to watch, and kitchen appliances and radiators were easy to use. Would recommend to anyone who loves being away from The hustle of busy tourist village or town in Lake District.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Thirlmere Cottage. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marianna5.0Apr 2023

  • "Everything was lovely."

    Views were spectacular and easy distance to amenities. Only downside was that the fireplace had not been cleaned out and no wood or matches for our arrival. Also the hoover made the whole place smell of wet dog when we used it. Might be worth putting in new bags after use in dog friendly cottage.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed the views. We take all comments on board and will look into this. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katrina4.7Feb 2023

  • "Stunning location and fabulous cottage."

    Bathroom had some grout missing on tiles. Would of been nice to have starter pack for fire and few dvds for player. However that did not spoil our break we loved the cottage which was very clean and well equipped. Definitely would return. Enclosed garden great for our dog too!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear to that you enjoyed your stay at Thirlmere Cottage. We will pass on your comments regarding the grout in the bathroom to our Maintenance team to look into. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Feb 2023

  • "Really lovely place to stay."

    If you don't want to wear your outdoor shoes Would suggest guests take slippers as the kitchen and dining room floors are very cold.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.1Dec 2022

  • "We had a two week stay, place is beautiful, cozy, heating is excellent and easily controlled, WiFi worked perfectly, views and walks from the door excellent, didn't want to leave, only issues as others have commented on."

    ...kitchen utensils are dreadful, toaster is from a dolls house! Nothing fits in it! One rubbish frying pan with loose handle, every knive including peelers, blunt. We had to buy equipment. No welcome pack even for two weeks, no scourers for washing up, binoculars broken, shown in photo, just needs some tlc.

    Reviewed by Nicholas3.8Nov 2022

  • "Great location - plenty of walks from the door, beautiful views from the living room."

    Great kitchen and dining space. Comfortable beds. Cosy front room. The cottage could do with some modernisation, the main bathroom is dated, alongside many of the furnishings and light fittings throughout the property. The kitchen would benefit from additional equipment i.e. there’s only one frying pan, no blender and knives need sharpening. As there’s no utility room, cleaning our dog after a muddy walk was challenging - we had to make use of the bathroom sink, not ideal. Some complimentary fire wood for the fire would have been a nice touch, akin to many other Lakelover cottages

    Reviewed by Karl3.4Nov 2022

  • "I stunning cottage in the most amazing location I really wished I owned it , it is such a chilled out place and a walkers heaven , internet worked great , but couldn’t get washing machine to work but that may well of been us being not used to that machine , really clean everywhere in the cottage ,and very comfortable double bed , I would only say one down thing and that is the open fire blows smoke back into the room a lot , and would really benefit a log burning stove , but a heating really works well so this is a very minor gripe , and I seriously recommend this idyllic cottage and hope to go back again someday."

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage itself is nice my only complaints is that there were cobwebs in most of the rooms and dust I had to clean the living room windows myself as there were hand prints on the glass."

    .the cleaner needs to be shown how to clean properly..don’t think they ever dust given the size of the cobwebs..I have taken photos but can’t upload them on here Also when we removed the duvet covers and pillow cases at the end of our stay there were a few stains aside from these few things we still enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Dawn3.4Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful, we loved every minute of our stay and didn't want to leave , the location and the scenery is amazing, so peaceful and relaxing ."

    The cottage was very clean in every part but we did notice that the cleaners had missed cobwebs behind the curtains where the TV wires are and around the windows in the kitchen and the bottom of the shower screen was green ! A minor thing i know but did kind of let it down a bit , having said that we would love to stay again at some point .

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Aug 2022

  • "We found the cottage to be extremely comfortable and well equipt."

    Also the location is stunning and very convenient for Grasmere. In terms of kitchen facilities, it would have been handy to also find salt and pepper in the mills and mills that actually worked. Also there were no ice cube trays in the freezer. Both these things would normally be standard. However, Lakelovers HQ and the local housekeeper were very prompt in resolving the issues we had with the kettle, the missing bath mat and also the ice cube trays! These items delivered on the same day as we contacted the office was very impressive! Finally, we knew that there was no Wi-Fi or signal at this cottage but actually this proved to be a bit of a pain in this day and age. As the neighbouring cottages obviously have a signal, it seems that this would be an easy upgrade to make.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Jun 2022

  • "Oldie worldy property in gorgeous location ."

    Walks for humans & dogs from the dorstep .fantastic view from lounge window.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.1Mar 2022

  • "Our stay a Thirlmere cottage was wonderful, we had a lovely Christmas there, when we arrived the property was cosy & warm & clean through out, the lounge was comfortable with amazing views from the windows."

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Dec 2021

  • "If you are looking for a place to switch off, this is it!"

    Nestled at the bottom of Helvellyan and Borrowdale on the edge of Thirlmere the scenery from the cottage is just beautiful in every direction. The cottage is warm, cosy and welcoming but kitchen equipment is a little lacking and the bare minimum (milk drawer in fridge missing) but still a great kitchen and it had everything we needed to cook in each night (we didn’t want to leave the cottage it was so nice). There is no phone signal at all or wifi so you really are cut off - we loved it but others might not. Only little niggle is the front door, it’s a Yale lock with a glass panel so didn’t feel to secure and we were paranoid about locking ourselves out. We’ve booked this cottage twice now (Summer and Winter) and we will be booking again we loved it so much.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Dec 2021

  • "Had a wonderful stay in Thirlmere Cottage."

    The location was perfect. The cottage was immaculately clean and well presented with a very well equipped kitchen. The heating was on when we arrived in the evening which was very welcome after a long cold drive. We will return for sure. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Nov 2021

  • "Wonderful to return to this lovely property in such tranquil surroundings."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2021

  • "If you love the peace and quiet amid beautifull scenery with no Wifi, then you will love this property."

    We loved it and can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7May 2021

  • "As previous reviews mentioned, some TLC is required; i."

    E. broken fridge door, kettle lid catch broken, no TV signal - the latter 2 issues reported to Lakelovers during our stay. That said, it's a beautiful property in a stunning location which met our expectations. Not everyone's cup of tea; no internet or phone signal (thank you to a previous review, who highlighted this, so we went prepared). It hasn't prevented us from making another booking later this year.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Apr 2021

  • "As other reviews highlight there are broken items still in the property such as fridge door, glasses, pots, etc."

    Property delivered what we expected so cant complain, so much potential and so many little things could be improved in terms of location (perfect) and value for money (perfect) cannot grumble. Please can you update the description on your website to explicitly tell people it does not have Wi-fi internet to the property and you also cannot get phone signal. We luckily saw this from another review and so took lots of DVD's but in this day and age it does cause inconvenience if you don't know about it in advance. It would not put us off, instead it could make it more attractive. All-in-all very nice property with picturesque walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Ben3.8Dec 2020

  • "Great cottage, lovely location, very cosy."

    just a pity that previous occupants have not treated the property with the respect it deserves. Please inform the owner that we found the following things need attention: Broken cafetiere, two cracked wine glasses, fridge door shelf broken, full vacuum bag left in lounge. Property not as clean as it could be (we definitely left it cleaner). Having said this, we were very happy with the property overall and will give it a top score on Trip Advisor (without the above comments because of the current unusual circumstances). Could we have better weather next time please?

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Dec 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.


  • 2 bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bathroom, 1 x double (can be twin) with dressing room, family bathroom with shower over the bath, basin and wc
  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen/dining room.
  • Electric heating, log burning open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent (excludes logs)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for two cars
  • Two dogs welcome
  • Garden and patio with furniture
  • WIFI
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

This traditional and welcoming cottage enjoys one of the most awe inspiring positions imaginable.

At the foot of a mountain and so very close to the southern shores of Thirlmere, this is paradise for those looking to for a quiet retreat in the Lake District.

Walkers can enjoy Silver How, Helm Crag, Helvellyn and the Central and Eastern Fells from the door, while cyclists can try out a section of the Sustran National Cycle Route. After an energetic and busy day, guests will love to gather in the cosy sitting room.

Sink into the comfortable sofa by the open fire and slate fireplace or keep an eye out for the local deer, red squirrels and Herdwick sheep.

The view is extraordinary.

The farmhouse kitchen is a delight.

Honister slate worktops and floor, smart fitted units and a large farmhouse table perfect for family meals.

Thirlmere Cottage has two lovely bedrooms.

The master bedroom comes with en-suite bathroom, a double bed and views across the garden, while the second room can be arranged with a double bed or two single beds.

Although slightly smaller, this room has use of a dressing room and the family bathroom with a shower over the bath, basin and wc.

The cottage’s large furnished patio is a wonderful place in which to enjoy a morning coffee, a BBQ or simply watching out for the red deer.

Grasmere is the nearest village and here guests will find everything they need.

Local shops, supermarkets, tea rooms and of course, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop.

Please note this property has a zip link bed. This will be made as a twin by default. Please contact the call center should you wish it to be a super king.
New for Oct 22, Wifi has now been installed at Thirlmere Cottage

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

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas