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The Hayloft

(Ref. 972331)

Thirlmere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "Bed sags in middle, lighting in bedroom too dim, sinks slow to drain, shower scalding or freezing, WiFi terrible, furniture and decor old and dated and worn, oven knobs missing and no instructions, impossible to easily use microwave, view is of a weedstrewn untidy back entrance ,tv had exposed wiring and then failed to work, dvd player stopped working,tv remote not correct one so difficult to use, minimal crockery and pots and pans, skylights in bedroom without curtains so you get woken up by daylight, cobweb and spider strewn hallway."

    We left early. Won't use sykes again

    Reviewed by Ian1.6Sep 2023

  • "For the price I really can’t complain."

    Great location. I was blessed with beautiful weather so could sit out round the front of the hall over looking the lake. Nice little walk down to the actual lake. It’s such a peaceful place. The apartment is dated except the nice modern bathroom but if it wasn’t dated I’m sure it would cost a lot more! The only thing I would say is it could have been cleaner. There are no windows in the bedroom so it was very warm and stuffy and has an old smell. I think some air fresheners would be a good idea! Because of midgies being by the lake can’t have the little window in living room/kitchen open. Might as well have no wifi which probably isn’t a bad thing if you’re looking to escape and relax. But don’t visit wanting to be able to use the Internet. There is a pub a 5 minute walk if that (end of the property drive) which is lovely. And a regular bus service which I used several times only £2 a journey can get to Keswick Ambleside and beyond!

    Reviewed by Hayley2.8Sep 2023

  • "Bit tired overall but lovely new bathroom just installed"

    Reviewed by John4.1Jul 2023

  • "Perfect location for our holiday."

    So relaxing and peaceful. Just what we needed. Beautiful views over the water. Loft was quiet and clean, lovely to sit in an evening after a day exploring.

    Reviewed by Luke4.7Jun 2023

  • "A dated yet genteel lakeside hotel with more than adequate self catering units."

    Gardens down to Therlmere lake, birdsong and wildlife and access to walks in all directions. The ideal retreat if you want to escape the world and soak up the atmosphere that is... the Lake District. A value for money retreat.

    Reviewed by Peter2.5Jun 2023

  • "Firstly the location was absolutely phenomenal - being only a few minutes from nearly all of the main tourist spots of the Lakes."

    The hotel itself is set right on the banks of the reservoir, overlooked by Helvellyn. For walkers, or those wanting to be close to everything, and out all day, this is a perfect spot. At the time of writing, the only constructive criticism i have is the Hayloft is a little tired and does need a freshen up. The bathroom has a bit of black mold on the ceiling, tiles, and shower curtain. The floor and sofas could use a proper clean, and there are water marks under the windows. Furthermore wi-fi is very poor in the room itself. As a note to the owner, this can be easily rectified by using boosters or discs. The owners are friendly and very helpful, and we felt very welcome the entire time of our stay. Overall, i would recommend this location if you plan on long days out exploring the Lakes. However, if you're looking for a place to spend time relaxing at the hotel, I would consider looking elsewhere. For my wife and I that were out exploring from 9am to 8pm everyday, this was a good place - although maybe a little on the expensive side.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.4Jul 2021

  • "Although it states wifi in the listing it should be noted there isn't a router in the property the wifi comes from the main hotel and is very weak, if you want to do any research on the local area you need to do it in advance."

    Reviewed by Gary3.1May 2021

  • "The cottage was cosy, warm despite cold weather and in a beautiful and quiet location."

    Reviewed by Sorcha3.8Oct 2020

  • "A wonderful apartment for walkers as ideally situated for Helvellyn and beautiful walking around Thirlmere without having to get into the car."

    Really well appointed with everything you need to self cater but bring lots of food as its a drive to any shop. Could do with some new pillows and a shame the sky box, plumbing and downstairs TV a bit noisy. Would throroughly recommend to anyone who wants a secluded getaway and lots of fresh air and exercise.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Hayloft was more than suitable for 2 people."

    Facilities were fine for us. Location great. Lovely and quiet (which was exactly what we were looking for) except for being woken suddenly by the fire alarm going off without warning. Certainly got us up and out of bed !!! Lol. Beautiful scenery to walk/explore. Keswick only 10 mins away by car. Overall we enjoyed our break.

    Reviewed by Roger3.8Aug 2020

  • "The Hayloft is an upstairs conversion and has only one opening window no more than 30cm square."

    The heat would have been intolerable, but fortunately the unit below (The Stables) was available and the owners allowed us to have that instead without any fuss. I think the fact that the Hayloft is an upstairs unit with poor ventilation should be made clear in the details. In The Stables, bathroom lighting was inadequate for shaving/make up. I guess the illuminated mirror was meant to make up the light level, but was not working. The self catering facilities were adequate but we had hoped that, as part of the Dale Head Hall Hotel complex, we might have been able to get a meal in their restaurant if we fancied a change. That was not possible as the hotel does not do evening meals except for pre-booked 'fine dining' at £40 a head. While we were there we were not aware of any guests availing themselves of this facility. As the hotel describes itself as a hotel and restaurant, it would be helpful if the details for the self catering units gave some indication of the restricted availability of the restaurant.

    Reviewed by N2.5Jun 2018

  • "This is a holiday cottage for those who enjoy a gentle, peaceful venue, with the added bonus of birdsong and other wildlife on site."

    The hotel bar means that an evening drink can be enjoyed by the whole group without the designated driver missing out. The management and staff are all friendly and helpful and any queries (hot water) dealt with. The hot water is fine once you understand the system.The hayloft is conveniently placed for easy access to all areas of the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Lynn3.8Jun 2018

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  • Over one floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Luxury shower room with large shower cubicle, hand basin, and WC
  • Lounge-diner
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Boot room for drying wet clothes.All electric, bed linen and towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private parking
  • Shared use of the extensive gardens and lake access
  • Boot room for drying wet clothes.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven/hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV, DVD player, CD player, radio
  • All electricity, towels and bed linen included in rent
  • Laundry service available
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • Shared use of extensive gardens and lake access
  • Shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, 5 mins drive
  • No pets allowed
  • Note: Max 2 adults.

The property

The Hayloft one-bedroom first-floor apartment is part of Dale Head Hall, a converted Victorian coach house in the Lake District, situated beside Lake Thirlmere and a brief 5-minute drive from Keswick village.

Surrounded by expansive garden grounds, and the stunning Lake Thirlmere, this converted Victorian Coach House retains many of its original features, such as open wood beams, exposed brickwork, and round windows, giving it a genuine sense of cottage character and charm.

The Hayloft is an ideal holiday home for couples seeking a cosy and romantic escape at any time of year.

The Hayloft is comprised of a softly lit, open plan lounge/diner featuring open wood beams and high ceilings, where guests can enjoy intimate meals, sitting next to a large round window with exposed brickwork, looking out onto a cobbled and flowered courtyard.

Guests can also cosy up in front of the TV to watch a movie, or relax listening to some music using the provided CD player.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, with everything needed for self-catering and modern living.

One double bedroom presented with warm and inviting decor offers couples a comfortable space to retire and rest. The Hayloft opens out onto a cobbled and flowered yard, which is surrounded by impeccably maintained gardens adorned by lush foliage and offering outdoor seating with parasols.

These shared gardens lead down to Lake Thirlmere which provides a dramatic and stunning backdrop of natural beauty. Local amenities are close by with a wide selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs to be found in the village of Keswick which is just a short five-minute drive away. Dale Head Hall is a great base from which guests can explore and experience the world-renowned sites of natural beauty to be found in the Lake District National Park.

The shores of Lake Thirlmere are just yards away, and the dramatic Helvellyn is within walking distance.

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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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