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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Just a couple of points that had been missed…."

    No hand towel in the downstairs wc, lack of toilet roll in the en-suite (yes we had brought some), no bin liner in the master bedroom.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Mar 2024

  • "Lovely, everything you need for a quiet week away, so close to all that the lakes have to offer"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely property in a great area to explore the lakes."

    The property has everything you might need and is really comfortable, a true home from home. Plus the added bonus of a great pub only a couple of minutes walk away. All in all a great stay and we would love to come back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great property - spacious, warm, comfortable and well-equipped."

    Very convenient close to the pub, which did good food and beer. It was great to be able to walk straight up onto some of the southern Wainwrights from the back door.

    Reviewed by Harriet5.0Oct 2023

  • "A superb property, well worth the price, brilliant location and having the Wilson inn so close was an added bonus."

    We would and have already recommend this place to our friends.

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely, homely and comfortable cottage in a delightful, quiet and peaceful location."

    The facilities and equipment in the cottage were over and above what we normally experience. We were a family of 6 with grown up children and there was plenty of room for all of us. Comfy beds, good quality appliances and technology. Very clean with a lovely garden/patio area. We had scorching weather and are keen walkers so were out every day, but had it not been suitable for walking, we would have been well entertained inside with the games/books/videos/media options. Would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2023

  • "This house is an ideal base for touring the Lakes, the log burner was brilliant."

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Mar 2023

  • "The location was perfect for us."

    The house was very warm, with the most wonderful log burner - our dogs loved it, and it made the torrential rain quite easy to bear.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2022

  • "This is the 2nd time at the cottage."

    It is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The big airing cupboard is really handy to dry clothes when you've been out in the rain all day. We would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property is very cosy and clean."

    Fully equipped kitchen, 3 toilets. Close to Coniston village. Local pub is currently being refurbished which was a bit of a shame. Would recommend and would go back. Dog friendly too.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2022

  • "We were very disappointed on arrival how dark the property was very dark with dated dark furniture."

    Cleanliness was a big issue which was resolved quickly by the owner. ( Had not been cleaned before our arrival.) In our view for the price we paid we would have expected a higher quality of accommodation.

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Jul 2022

  • "Very well appointed."

    A lot of thought has gone into providing a first class accommodation. This is a good location

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jul 2022

  • "Nice house that is well situated."

    Clearly the owners have done their research by providing everything one needs for example, the information for local walks and provided maps was well received by us. We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely peaceful area. Everything worked as it should, no complaints. Thank you

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in this lovely cottage."

    It catered for our every need. The local people were very welcoming and friendly. The local pub was great. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer! Thank you

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0May 2022

  • "Torver is a lovely little village, well stocked deli which is attached to the Wilson Arms."

    ... very dog friendly pub with georgous fire. Local gallery and fantastic cafe! Highly recommend visit!! Great walks from the house. The house is well laid out, they provide most things you need in the property. It's a bit dated with the dark wood but it's clean and well presented. The house was cosy warm at all times and showers excellent to warm up after cold and very wet walks!!!

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Mar 2022

  • "An extremely comfortable and immaculate house."

    Impressed with all the kitchen implements you could possibly require…even a bread maker! Lots of off street parking, and a large garden to let your pet be safely outside.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great location, spacious rooms and very well-equipped."

    Local pub was a joy, and very dog friendly. We had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Cathy4.7Nov 2021

  • "It’s a lovely cottage plenty of room for 6 and very well equipped and very clean."

    No doggy smells even though it’s a dog friendly property.Nice modern kitchen and appliances.Upstairs is a bit old fashioned wise and floorboards squeak ..nice on suite shower and toilet in double room. Outside has plenty of parking. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely location in a quiet village with plenty of walks from the front door."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2021

  • "Closeness to many of great walks."

    Cottage well equiped.. One downside, food at nearest pub very disappointing, would not recommend.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Sep 2021

  • "An excellent stay at Swallowdale."

    The owners had thought of everything and the house was in a great location, being close to a shop, pub and walks. The only slight negative and it is slight, is that the grass needed cutting and the sofas were showing a little sign of wear and tear but neither of these things took away from a great stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2021

  • "The house was extremely well equiped, especially the kitchen."

    House is also a really good size, clean and has a private garden with good quality garden furniture. There was some noise from the main road (bikes battering past at 100mph every now and then) but apart from that I can't fault the place. Torver is small and pleasant, 1 of the pubs was shut due to Covid and the other just had outdoor seating but probably that will change back to normal soon.

    Reviewed by Sean4.7Jul 2021

  • "House was very clean and comfortable, lots of room and everything you would need for your stay."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage, where the photos didn’t do it justice."

    Lovely welcome package which even included a doggie treat.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2021

  • "The nearby pub/deli was a disappointment, not as well stocked as we were expecting, and the takeaway meals were just plopped into a brown cardboard box at the same (high) price as for eating in."

    Another nearby pub was closed completely for covid. Cottage was as we expected and looked to be freshly re-decorated. Very well equipped and organised.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2021

  • "The quiteness of the area, also had a pleasant suprise on the Saturday during the middle of our stay when a housekeeper came with fresh towels and changed the beds so unexpected."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent property ."

    ...had everything you can think of. Very clean,very comfortable and tidy. Well kept gardens. Beautiful quiet location. Friendly village. Many walks from the doorstep. Easy to drive and walk to other popular locations. Cannot find anything negative at all.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2020

  • "A wonderful house that is the best equipped that we have stayed in."

    A great location to explore the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house is lovely, clean and well equipped."

    We liked the location of the house as it meant we only had a short distance to walk to the little shop and the pub next door. The garden is a lovely size for a dog to be able to run around in. The area in general is pretty and there are plenty of places to visit.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2020

  • "Very well equipped kitchen, all inclusive except for logs, spotless beds and linen."

    Very nice area and local pub and people. Good central position for lake district exploration and walking/ climbing etc. Very quiet at night.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2019

  • "The information we received before the holiday from the owner was the best and most detailed ever."

    We would definitely stay at this cottage again and have already recommended it to others. It was spacious, comfortable and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was very well equipped, especially in the kitchen and we had a lovely welcome of items left for us to enjoy."

    The rooms were all a good size and comfortable and the bedrooms had plenty of storage space. It was lovely being able to open the french doors and sit in the garden. When I had a query the owner texted back straight away which was brilliant. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will not hesitate to return to the property when in that area again.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jul 2019

  • "We have just returned from a week staying in Swallowdale and want to really recommend it."

    The cottage is spacious, very clean, extremely well equipped and everything we needed was there. Our dog loved the garden which was secure for him and for our piece of mind. Washing machine and tumble dryer, also an outside washing line, all very clean which sometimes doesn't happen in holiday rentals. Equipment in the kitchen cupboards again clean and with sparkling classes. Dishwasher with some tablets left to use the machine, very thoughtful. We have visited many self catering cottages over the years and Swallowdale is one of the best. A walk to the top of the lane where the cottage is situated and there is a field with sheep and during our week there lots of lambs playing and making us laugh, in fact so were the sheep. Torver is a lovely small village, with two pubs which do food as well as drinks. From Torver it is easy to drive from there to the surrounding towns. We visited many places including Bowness, Ulverston, Ambleside and more. Had a ride on an open deck bus on our way to Grasmere, a train ride at Ravensglass and other trips. The owner of the cottage is very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Jun 2019

  • "June 2019 What a nice house for our first ever visit to the Lake District."

    The house has everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. The house is ideally situated within the lakes, so that everywhere is easily reachable. The two local pubs are very welcoming and the food is good too. Some nice walks in the local area, especially for the dog. Will come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Don5.0Jun 2019

  • "Very nice cottage, brilliant location for the lakes and fells."

    Had everything we needed for us and our dog.

    Reviewed by Deborah3.8May 2019

  • "Perfect base for exploring Coniston and South Lakes."

    Open plan layout of dining/lounge space worked well for us. Very well kitted out with everything we needed. Good accessible space at back to store kayaks / bikes with lockable wall points if you have security cable. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage is of generous size, very comfortable, extremely well equipped, and well located."

    We enjoyed our stay immensely and were able to explore the Lakes in good weather. It was great to return to Swallowdale and be able to relax in style. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is a very well located cottage, with great walks from the door."

    Several days we didn’t use the car at all. We really appreciated the wood burner, given that we had fresh covers of snow on two days! Very spacious inside, and the enclosed back garden is a huge plus for our dog, who likes to watch what is going on in the neighbourhood. We will definately book Swallowdale again!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2019

  • "I would 100% recommend this property."

    All we needed to bring was our clothes and food. Everything was there for us to use even down to plastic bag clips. When we go up to the lake district again we will definitely be staying here. This really made our holiday. Many thanks to the owner Julie as I had a couple of questions and she answered them by text message well within the hour..

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great location, just down the road to Coniston, 50yards to the Wilsons arms who do really nice food in a dog friendly atmosphere."

    The cottage itself was very clean and had everything that we needed. We did feel that the owner went a little 'over the top' with instructions, lists and photos of the contents in each of the cupboards, and a full 'stock' list! a little un-necessary perhaps. We were requested to clean up and strip the bed before we left, something that we've never been asked before; especially since we couldn't get into the cottage until 5pm yet had to leave by 11am leaving 6hrs for 4 cleaners to do what little cleaning was necessary. These minor niggles did not spoil our stay in what was a very nice cottage in a beautiful location and I would highly recommend Swallowdale to anyone wanting to appreciate this beautiful part of Cumbria.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Sep 2018

  • "Location was ideal for us facilities were good and cottage was clean and comfortable"

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jul 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC, ground floor cloakroom with WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast table
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • LPG central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, safety barrier and travel cot are available at the property
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 minute walk.

The property

Swallowdale is a splendid semi-detached cottage which sits in the peaceful village of Torver, close to the activity-packed Coniston Water in the Lake District National Park.

Many excellent outdoor opportunities are available right from your doorstep, making this the perfect base for a fun-filled holiday in the Lakes.

Situated in a peaceful area, enter the property and discover a refreshing, well-stocked kitchen dotted with attractive black and white features and a charming little breakfast table to enjoy your morning coffee at.

Also on the ground floor there is a comfortable sitting room; as well as hosting snug seating and a woodburner, it also offers a large dining table to seat the group around at mealtimes.

Swallowdale's three well-presented bedrooms can be found on the first floor; the master double bedroom benefits from a crisp en-suite.

A pristine, all-white family bathroom with a shower over the bath tops this delightful holiday home off splendidly.

To the back of the property lies a well-maintained lawn for the kids and dogs to run and play on while you deservedly kick back and relax with an ice cold drink in hand.

Torver's characterful 14th century inn is just a short walk away, you can choose to cosy up by the tremendous log burner, or sit out in the beer garden and enjoy some of the tasty food on offer.

Just a couple of short miles away is the well-known village of Coniston, home to the Ruskin Museum as well as the superb Coniston Water, here you can take advantage of the wealth of activities on offer or simply watch on from the charming Bluebird Café.

A number of idyllic walks are available in the area, displaying some of the finest scenery imaginable.

Also close by is the marvellous inland resort of Bowness-on-Windermere, offering everything you could wish for from water sports and lake cruises to the Beatrix Potter Museum and much, much more.

Whether you're after a holiday bursting with fun and adventure, or simply some time away from everyday life, Swallowdale is a pleasant getaway for you to enjoy.

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About the location


Coniston 2 miles.

The small hamlet of Torver peacefully rests amidst some of the Lake District's most beautiful scenery and provides a 19th century church, built on the site of an ancient chapel. Torver has a fantastic pubs on offer, a Deli and Undercrag studio & cafe, so you will be spoilt for choice for great food. Renowned as one of Wordsworth's favourite haunts, today it’s known locally as a starting point for exploring the local fells and the Duddon Valley and offers a superb base for exploring nearby Hawkshead, Ambleside and Windermere. Excellent walking, mountain biking, climbing and watersports opportunities are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the beautiful Gondola steam yacht, visit the award-winning village of Hawkshead with its fantastic Beatrix Potter Gallery, discover Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country or indulge in a spot of serene fishing on Esthwaite Water. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

Please note Check-in for this property is 17:00 PM and Check-out 11:00 AM

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