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Lancaster, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 981672)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice"

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2022

  • "The Skipper Cottage was so good."

    We had an excellent time. The facilities were great, the walks were amazing. We have recommended it to anyone that wants to listen. The only drawback was having to leave. Pepper, our dog, discovered her childhood all over again and had to be dragged back to the car to come home. Our stay was so relaxing.

    Reviewed by JacquelineMay 2022

  • "The Skipper was perfect, exactly what we expected, spotlessly clean, modern, comfortable and had everything we needed from a holiday home."

    The location was great, especially for our black lab. Notification of building works, prior to booking, but especially prior to our arrival, would have been appreciated.

    We are very glad you enjoyed your stay. Skipper is located in a group of 5 cottages, next to the main hall. There are 100acres of grounds fronting onto the River for the guest to enjoy. There is some ongoing refurbishment in the main hall building. As the Hall is completely separate from the cottages, it should not pose any problem to the guests enjoyment. Our Telephone numbers are on hand, and we respond to any requests immediately. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AllisonDec 2021

  • "Warm and welcoming, very comfortable accommodation."

    Really enjoyed our stay, will book again.

    Reviewed by DNov 2021

  • "Yes.The leaving guidance from Sykes Cottages: re departure information , including in particular request to strip beds."

    This is not something I would expect a guest to be asked to to do, Covid pandemic episode or not.

    We do everything we can to ensure our guests have an enjoyable stay. We are always on hand. As a venue we do not expect guests to strip the beds on leaving. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoannaOct 2021

  • "Firstly there were no clear instructions on how to find Skipper , there was half eaten cake left in the fridge by previous occupants so I do wonder if it was cleaned before we took over !"

    ! It’s a beautiful cottage but the furniture is all very cheap like Argos furniture and not in keeping with the property , the settees were really bad !! There’s no tea plates in the property and very limited crockery , no chopping board ! No knives suitable for buttering bread as they are all pointed !! The view out of the patio doors is not great as you have old half destroyed porta cabins !! I understand they are doing work up there but they could be moved out of view !! Workmen start work about 8 going up and down the road at the back on gators ! Gorgeous area tho other than this , And when we did have a problem with the underfloor heating they were very quick on coming out and sorting it, T

    Thank you for your recent feedback though we were surprised to read your comments. We leave contact telephone numbers in the property so guests can contact us if they need anything at all. I am glad to hear that we resolved the issue with the underfloor heating quickly for you, it was a shame the other things noted were not brought to our attention so we could have helped further. We have spoken with the cleaning team who do not recall anything being left in the fridge. The furniture is accurately represented by the photographs of the property online and taste and comfort is subjective. The gentleman on the gator is a groundsman, I am glad that you enjoyed the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2021

  • "Brilliant place to stay, enclosed private area to relax in, washing line with ,pegs,hosepipe ,microwave,toaster as well as listed items."

    BathTap had been broken by a previous guest,resulting in an inability to add cold to the extremely hot shower water.when reported the response was immediate .All efforts were made to ensure our stay was enjoyable,and can’t praise staff enough. Skipper is a gem of a location ,and one I will definitely revisit. Many Thanks to staff for the excellent customer service ,advice,and friendliness we received during our stay.

    Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated Unfortunately some things naturally go wrong from time to time. We are always an hand to respond, and thank you again for pointing out our immediate action. Property Owner

    Reviewed by OliviaJul 2021

  • "I hate to post a adverse review but there a number of issues which need to be addressed in connection with this property."

    Firstly, guests should be made aware that the main house is a wedding venue and also that extensive building works have been abandoned leaving the back of the site full of decaying equipment, building excavations and barriers. This does not enhance the experience. We had no specific instruction on how to find 'Skipper' and when we arrived, guests using other accommodation had taken all the car-parking spaces as none were marked for individual properties. In the house, though beautifully set out ,in the kitchen area we had no small plates, no colander to wash vegetables, no bin liners for the kitchen bin and no dishwasher tablets. Guests need to be made aware if the latter are not being provided by the host. Instructions for the induction cooker would have been helpful. There was no hairdryer, no towel rail in the bathroom and the bathroom mirror is so low that you could only see yourself in it by sitting on the toilet. I am so sorry to be negative, but we visited this property following a stay in a Eco Pod on the Outer Hebrides which was far better equipped for self-catering. By comparison, Skipper felt more like a show home.

    Thank you for your response. It is human nature that sometimes you do get the negative responses, and we take on board your comments. Other guests comments concentrate on the wonderful surroundings, the river views, and 100acres of grounds to enjoy. We always want our guests to have an enjoyable stay, and we are always on hand to deal we any issues, if they are made aware to us. We are sorry if other guests had taken up all the immediate parking. There are plenty of other places to park within 20metres of the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2021

  • "Brilliant location and very nice accommodation."

    The only down side was the seating in lounge.

    Reviewed by YvonneJul 2021

  • "Lacking detail on directions to cottage - quite difficult to find."

    This could have been signposted more clearly. Some of the furniture was a bit worn. Despite these small murmurs, thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend. Lovely property and fantastic location for a relaxing getaway.

    Reviewed by JacobJun 2021

  • "Over all we thought Skipper cottage was beautifully presented and extremely clean."

    The grounds and the walk down to the river were an absolute highlight for the dog and the enclosed nature of the cottage was ideal. We were disappointed that there was no hairdryer and although the venue was comfortable, due to the cottage literally being in the middle of no where a welcome pack with a few essentials would have been a nice touch. Also there are a lot of building works at the moment so towards the rear of the property is not quite as picturesque. I think this is worth stating on the details. As well as some clearer details of directions to the cottage and the current parking access.

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2021

  • "We had a great week dog walking in the area."

    It was very handy to step out of the door straight into the woods that surround the hall. Skipper was immaculate and finished to a very high standard, the only criticism would be the bed having casters on the hard floor, it tended to move around unexpectedly! Thanks for a lovely holiday Andrew

    Reviewed by ASep 2020

  • "Lovely, secluded, quiet and comfortable accommodation."

    Just what we needed. A small freezer or freezing compartment in the fridge would be handy. A few signs on the road up to the accommodation would be helpful. A Skipper sign on the entrance gate where the cars are parked would be helpful.

    Reviewed by RodneySep 2020

  • "Very dog friendly."

    Enclosed garden as well as extensive grounds. Benny, our french bulldog loved it.

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2020

  • "This was the first of three holiday bookings to this lovely location at Wyerside Hall great for walking you're dog the five properties they have to let all look great, only concerns perhaps they could give some thought into replacing some of the furniture as we found the two small sofa's in the Skipper had seen better days and were very uncomfortable."

    Great size cottage had slots of cobwebs which could have been removed before are stay, l tried to reach some of these during are stay. Had a couple of small issues but after assistance these were put right. Overall l would definitely recomend staying here and look forward to our return visit later on this year and the next once we are all allowed to following the world wide Coronavirus Stay Safe.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2020

  • "A lovely quiet cozy and comfortable place to stay."

    In the grounds of Wyreside Hall, quite secluded with lovely views of the river and surrounding hills but within easy reach of the M6 and Lancaster.

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2020

  • "Wonderful setting and location for a quiet relaxing break."

    Owner provided good information about the facilities at, and around, the cottage, and for places of interest and things to do in the area. Lovely gifts to help us celebrate on New Years Eve. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by CaronDec 2019

  • "The cottage is in the most fantastic setting and is well maintained."

    Fully enclosed garden area and parking outside the cottage.

    Reviewed by TraceyNov 2019

  • "A beautiful place to stay (although weather was terrible) Cottage was comfortable although we had a couple of problems 1 no bottle opener (after phonecall someone did bring one) 2 evening meal on first night was spoilt because the NEW Aluminium pans did not work on an Induction hob."

    This was sorted the following day 3 heating was very complicated, bedroom too hot, couldn’t get underfloor heating to work 4 want simple instructions to work TV 5 on arrival it would have been nice to see some complimentary drink etc as we have experienced at ALL over Sykes cottages ( bit disappointing as photos show bottle of wine with 2 glasses on dining table)

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2019

  • "The accommodation was in a great location and it was nice and quiet and very scenic."

    Everything met with my expectations and I would be very happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2019

  • "Great property well situated for traveling around the area."

    Reviewed by CookAug 2019

  • "Beautifully restored cottage in amazing location with 200 acres for us and the dog to roam in."

    Cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and is finished to a vey good standard. Excellent TV choices which I like! We would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by DarrenJul 2019

  • "The best ever stay."

    It was so unexpectedly good. I could have stayed there forever. Especially to see the wildlife. No shooting or hunting - wonderful

    Reviewed by ValJul 2019

  • "We booked for four nights and only stayed for one night."

    The cottage was lovely but it was on a huge estate with four other cottages and an old Hall. There was no one else on the site which made it very isolated and remote. There was no one else expected on the site whilst we were there. Even the owners were away! The remoteness of the cottage was not emphasised in the details and we would not booked it had we known we were the two on the estate. Unfortunately we then had to pay for a hotel for three nights. An expense we had not expected but felt necessary if we were to enjoy our holiday.

    Reviewed by AndyJul 2019

  • "Skipper cottage was just what we needed for a relaxing break, set in beautiful surroundings."

    The cottage was very clean and comfortable. It had everything we needed. Such a lovely place to relax and unwind, I will definitely go there again.

    Reviewed by RJun 2019

  • "Overall everything was fine,only slight difficulty in sorting the operation of the television."

    Perhaps clearer instructions on use would be helpful.

    Reviewed by SandraApr 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage on wonderful country estate where the restoration of the adjacent big house is ongoing."

    On arrival the property was spotless and warm with tea, coffee, milk and biscuits left in the kitchen. Finished to a very high standard with top quality kitchen and bathroom, curtains, flooring and underground heating etc. Sad that this was not seen through as far as the furniture though. Cheaper, uncomfortable sofa and mattress and it looked as if the crockery, cutlery etc came from a boot sale. The staff were very friendly and helpful but left us alone to enjoy our stay. Overall a nice holiday property.

    Reviewed by DebbieApr 2019

  • "Very good location set in amazing surrounds, and very high level accommodation."

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "Lovely warm & comfortable holiday let."

    Rural location so peaceful & relaxing. Had everything we needed ( except icebox) and decor and kitchen was to a high standard. Outdoor paved area was private. Ideal for summer.

    Reviewed by BrendaMar 2019

  • "We loved it at Wyreside cottages, it was so peaceful and the grounds were very beautiful."

    The cottage was comfy and had all the utensils and mod cons needed. The interior was really modern and pristine, we loved the rabbit kitchen tiles! Fantastic that we could bring our dog Buddy too who enjoyed exploring the area. We visited Garstang, Morecambe and Lancaster on our trip and the cottage was a great base to explore from. The Fleece Inn pub is 20 min walk away and a must too!!

    Reviewed by AbbiMar 2019

  • "This was are first stay in a cottage and it was fantastic teddy are dog had a ..."

    This was are first stay in a cottage and it was fantastic teddy are dog had a great time as well will be back next year sometime

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in country estate with marvellous grounds."

    Cottage fitted out to high standard, however we did miss not having curtains on the patio doors. The cottage was immaculate and decor good. We stayed for a week and brought our food with us, however there was no freezer section in the fridge. Little things like no sanitary bin in bathroom and perhaps a lamp in lounge may also improve. Our comments are not critical but just constructive as we know how important good feedback is and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by GeorgeNov 2018

  • "My only criticisms are: I could not find the control to turn down the underfloor heating as it was too hot during the night, even with the window open."

    There were no curtains for the patio doors for a little bit of privacy. The Skipper was tastefully decorated and we loved staying there. Excellent value for money and beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by JonathanSep 2018

  • "It was a weekend away for my wedding (being held at Wyreside Hall itself), the bridal party stayed over the night before and the night of."

    The cottages were unlocked when we arrived so no hassle getting in. Beautiful and clean spaces, really comfortable and cosy. On the morning of my wedding each cottage we’d booked had a bottle of fizz outside from the wedding venue, beautiful touch!! I can’t fault the cottages at all, they served us perfectly!

    Reviewed by SaraSep 2018

  • "The cottage was new and very modern, location great even though the site is still under construction there was no work done while we were there."

    It was quiet and exactly what we were looking for. Found little things missing that we usually find in holiday rentals e.i. No visitor information regarding local attractions, places to eat etc. Perhaps a visit to tourist information to get some leaflets and maps of local area would be helpful. Despite this we had a lovely holiday and would like to return in a couple of years when all the grounds work is completed as it will be absolutely stunning.

    Reviewed by MargaretJul 2018

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean and comfortable."

    The grounds of Wyreside Hall in which we were free to roam are attractive but the Hall is in course of renovation and to the rear it is a construction site. Skipper was reasonably equipped but the facilities would be improved by the provision of a bedside light, a hairdryer, a towel rail or hooks in the bathroom and larger breakfast bowls. We had a very restful week and the cottage is ideally situated to explore the Forest of Bowland, the North Lancs coast and the Lake District

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2018

  • "Next door to a building site."

    Not enough towells . Just one tea towell. No where to hang towells to dry.Cheap furniture.Thermastat and switch for hot water hidden behind micro wave, took two days to find. Last morning could not get out of lodge gate. .So not the best of holidays. Bill and Sheila Ayers

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by LynnJun 2018

  • "For someone confined to wheelchair the step in was a bit difficult even though it wasn't high."

    The bathroom was also too small for wheelchair. Owner was lovely and helpful. We we're lucky that none of the other cottages we're let , so we had the grounds all to ourselves, it was peaceful and relaxing. My husband's health permitting, we would love to return.

    Reviewed by PamMay 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • 200 acres of grounds with ponds and river, patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Children and pets to be supervised when outside due to ponds and river in garden
  • Note: Stables for two horses is available on request please contact the owner for further information
  • Note: Electrical cars can not be charged at the property
  • Please Note - For bookings from the 4th September 2020 the owner charges a £100 Good Housekeeping bond

The property

Skipper is a wonderful stone-built bolthole situated on the grounds of a converted coach house, close to the fabulous city of Lancaster.

Its open-plan living, exposed wooden beams and 200 acres of serene grounds available to roam make this a perfectly relaxing base for that long-awaited romantic retreat with your other half.

Note: Property can be booked with Refs. 981684, 981685, 981686 and 981687, together they can sleep 24.

Wyreside Hall

These welcoming holiday homes sit on the beautiful 200-acre grounds of Wyreside Hall, just outside of the stunning city of Lancaster. Having been thoughtfully converted from a number of coach houses to provide homely and tasteful accommodation, they are perfect for groups of couples and friends seeking a break exploring the wondrous coastline, countryside and fascinating towns that lie close by. The sleeping arrangements have been designed with couples in mind as every bedroom hosts a double bed, with some rooms benefiting from luxurious en-suites. The main living areas are open and refreshing, providing comfortable sitting areas, social dining spaces and well-equipped kitchens hosting a range of high-quality amenities to set you up perfectly for your break in the wonderful North West of England. All of the bathroom facilities across these five excellent hideaway cottages are finished to the most exquisite standards with contemporary touches bringing a real touch of class. Take some time to stroll leisurely through the 200 acres of serene grounds surrounding these cottages, you can explore the extensive lawns, ponds and even fish on the river. For shopping, drinking and eating, head to the nearby city of Lancaster which displays some wonderful architecture along with a number of attractions to enjoy. The Forest of Bowland is close by for outdoor enthusiasts, while the seaside town of Morecambe is also close by for a memorable day at the beach. Five quality cottages designed to bring you and your loved ones together.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Morecambe 5 miles; Kendal 21 miles; Windermere 38 miles.

The historic city of Lancaster sits on edge of Morecambe Bay, with the River Lune flowing through its centre. Lancaster retains many excellent examples of handsome Georgian architecture, and with its captivating medieval castle, Ashton Memorial, and four museums, it’s an interesting place for those in search of history and tales of the past. Among the many amenities, there are two venues for live performances, the Lancaster Grand Theatre and the Dukes, as well as open-air concerts held frequently in the pretty Williamson Park during the summer season. The Forest of Bowland and The Arnside & Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide visitors with lots of opportunities to take in the flora and fauna of the area, with wonderful walking and cycling ways to enjoy. There are also good road and rail links into Cumbria and beyond, meaning Lancaster is a wonderful base for also exploring the Lake District.

Region Information

Note: Electrical cars can not be charged at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas