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Top Lodge, 4 Skiptory Howe

(Ref. 26654)

White Cross Bay near Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was filthy, bedding and towels were only clean things."

    Floor had not been cleaned, furniture and paintwork dirty, hole in bath filled with polyfilla, boiler hadn't been serviced either according to paperwork. Just because we have dogs doesn't mean we don't want cleanliness!

    We were very concerned to see your comments finding the lodge not up to its usual high standard. Unfortunately we were unable to reach you to resolve the situation during your stay so were dismayed to read your feedback in retrospect. We have made the lodge temporarily unavailable while we resolve cleaning support issues. (Feb. '24 update. A new cleaning firm has been appointed. We are accepting bookings once again.) Please also note that all appliances within the lodge had, and will continue to have, their relevant safety checks and certificates. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vivien1.6Oct 2023

  • "The only fault we had was when we arrived at the property late afternoon it had not been cleaned and Beds were not changed should this had been checked before customers arrived that’s my only fault!"

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2023

  • "Top Lodge was well appointed, clean, warm and cosy."

    Great location on the site, but also Ambleside and Windermere/Bowness can be reached very quickly either by car or on the bus. We had a great time andcwill be using Sykes again and would happily return to 4 Skiptory Howe.

    Reviewed by Saskia5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a fantastic time."

    It was just as expected if not better. Didn't want to leave and will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Charlene5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property in quiet wooded location, near the lake, great for children and dogs."

    Very comfortable beds, slept better than at home! Few minute drive to all locations of interest and a spar nearby. We discovered Dominoes also deliver to lodge. Only negative for teenager was intermittent internet signal but that was a bonus for me!

    Reviewed by Stevie4.7Aug 2022

  • "Great stay thank you, nice and quiet, was nice and clean also, needs a bit updating but a decent price so would stay again cost wise but everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Jul 2022

  • "Great service amazing place will use again best holiday ever !"

    Reviewed by Hubert5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very very damp,found food on the baking trays,found a watch and a lighter stuffed down the sofa back not to mention about 3 months of dirt and half eaten food."

    Horrible stay. It managed to make us actually dislike the lake district something until that moment i would have thought impossible. Oh and when i asked about the wifi was told "tough". Dont say the lodge/site has wifi if it clearly hasnt,i dont mind not having any we stayed many places without and loved them but to be told "tough" when i asked about something they claimed was available is taking the mick abit isnt it? Would never vist again.

    From the owner, We were absolutely horrified to read this review and apologise for the experience you went through on this occasion. We have thoroughly reviwed your feedback and put measures in place to ensure that these issues will not happen again. Once again, we apologise and believe that this experience does not reflect the usual standards and experience we like people to have during their stay at Top Lodge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah2.5Dec 2021

  • "Fantastic, comfortable break regardless of the storm raging outside and the subsequent power cuts locally."

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Nov 2021

  • "Excellent and spacious holiday lodge which was in a great location for touring around the area ."

    Also really cozy as the heating was always on. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Nov 2021

  • "The lodge was not cleaned very well and smelt."

    The bathroom was disgusting and needs replacing especially the bath and tiny sink. It was so hot on arrival with all radiators on maximum we couldn't sleep on the first night. You could hardly read the dials on the oven they had worn away . The sofas and beds gave us backache. We left two nights earlier than planned.

    Reviewed by Melanie1.3Oct 2021

  • "Cleanliness of property was dissapointing the fridge was dirty we had to clean ..."

    Cleanliness of property was dissapointing the fridge was dirty we had to clean it the freezer had ice creams and half bag frozen chips and could have done with defrosting , under the kitchen sink needed cleaning as it was dirty and had a smell there was a dirty sock under the 2 seater sofa and the floor was dusty so obviously had not been moved to clean under it and it needs a little TLC as its looking tired ie decor and bedding (musky smell in double bedroom ) We swept and mopped the floors cleaned and disinfected the bath which at some point had been damaged leaving a hole which had been filled in which made us reluctant to have a bath shower was ok sink and toilet also disinfected before leaving and made sure it was spotless would have expected more for what we paid cabin is in a great location and despite all the negatives we had a great holiday in lakes

    Reviewed by Patricia3.8Sep 2021

  • "The cabin is in shade all day so there is no opportunity to relax in the sun on the decking."

    Reviewed by Katy3.8Aug 2021

  • "Lodge was clean and tidy on arrival and as described."

    A couple of small niggles but nothing major. Off road parking for one car in front of the lodge. Close to play park and clubhouse but not too close so nice and quiet after dark. A great location set in beautiful woods with easy access to explore Windermere and beyond. The Clubhouse staff were very helpful and friendly and the restaurant served decent food and drinks. Our son loved the pool and the amusements arcade. Would book again with Sykes and would visit a Park Dean resort again in the future.

    Reviewed by Toby4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lodge in a good place."

    A bit dark due to the trees. Decking would be nice painted or cleaned. Hot tub would be fab. I don't like tvs high on a wall.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Jun 2021

  • "Uncomfortable bed and pillows, uncomfortable settees, lodge needs some TLC, good outside space"

    Reviewed by Kerri2.2Jun 2021

  • "The location of the lodge was the only very slight issue as it was very dark due ..."

    The location of the lodge was the only very slight issue as it was very dark due to being totally enclosed by trees, other lodges were more open next to us, but it's still a lovely place and ideal for dogs as it's enclosed decking area is secure

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2021

  • "The lodge smelled musty when we arrived but once the heating was on it disappeared, the rug under the coffee table was a bit scruffy."

    Very pleasant atmosphere with the trees around and the birds too, saw our first nuthatch. Our main tv stopped working but was quickly sorted by Jack at Sykes. No wi-fi or Netflix during stay but had DVDs and tv Overall a lovely break even with so much rain (luckily overnight)

    Thank you for your feedback. We do take feedback very seriously and apologise for the musty smell on your arrival. I am pleased this eradicated shortly after you settled in and hope you enjoyed your stay. We always advise that if you require anything whilst you are there you can always contact us and I am glad you enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere and hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Oct 2020

  • "The cabin was in a nice quiet wooded position ."

    The wildlife was a pleasure to watch each day . Deer and woodpecker's were the highlight. Warm and we'll equipped. Being so close to lake Windermere the paddle boarding was great, especially at this time of year.

    Reviewed by June5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cabin and it's location in the middle of a forest were fantastic."

    The cabin had everything we needed (except for a mop and broom) it went beyond expectations and even the fact the tv's in the bedrooms didn't work (not connected to an Ariel as we couldn't scan for channels) did not spoil the week away. We saw deer,foxes and other wildlife right at the cabins front and rear.It was also well placed to go sightseeing at all the Lake's attractions.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Dec 2019

  • "We had a great week away in this lovely lodge."

    Well positioned, the lodge was very clean and the most well equipped holiday accommodation we have stayed in. Great size decking, and having direct access into the forest was a real bonus. The torches the owners provide came in very handy for our night walks, they've thought of everything! Ample parking space. The facilities on site are very good, would recommend a meal in the bar or breakfast, was very good and dogs welcome inside too. We were fortunate enough to have the deers visit our lodge every morning, a very special experience to have them so close ( keep an eye out between 8 and 10 am). The lodge is very central for visiting all the beautiful places the lakes have to offer. A short walk to The Sun Inn where you will be made very welcome. Bowness is definitely worth a visit, so many great places to mention. Including drinks outside the Hole in T wall in Bowness under the patio heater in November was great. Thankyou for a very memorable stay for our anniversary break. would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Nov 2019

  • "This was an amazing lodge so clean and equipped for everything we needed."

    Internet worked perfectly. Location was perfect. We will definitely book again added bonus watching the deer walk past the lodge in the evening.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cabin was beautiful, far nicer than expected."

    Great access to the woods for our dog. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Holly4.7Oct 2019

  • "Holiday lodge was excellent everything was there lovely place to visit and are 2 ..."

    Holiday lodge was excellent everything was there lovely place to visit and are 2 little Westies enjoyed themselves x weather for the lakes wasn’t bad at all x lovely lodge and lovely surroundings x

    Reviewed by Eve3.8Sep 2019

  • "Generally the lodge was very comfortable and well kitted out."

    Just a few things. Obviously the smell of damp inside the lodge. Maybe take a few scented candles and this would mask the smell. The rug and cushions on the sofas really need to be replaced, they looked skanky! And the shower was hot and cold, needs a new thermostatic control. All easily fixed. Generally tho, a nice lodge

    Reviewed by Kevin3.4Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation and location was perfect for the holiday we wanted along the fur babies."

    Very peaceful and very cool on hot days which is good if you have gone with children or pets due to the location of the lodge being nestled in the trees. The downside to that is it does make it dark .... you can’t have it all ways. Fully equipped with everything and more. There are only a coupe of things and they are only slight, you could call it me being picky ! The rug and cushions could do with a good clean or being replaced and the shower is hard work to get the temperature correct as previous customers have mentioned. Everything else you cannot fault. We had a lovely week and will be looking to go back next year.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Jun 2019

  • "This was a lovely place but a mother screaming at her kids at nearby lodge was a bit awful."

    All she did was make them cry. I am not against children but think they should be on a different part of the resort. The stay apart from that was really enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely place, very clean."

    Would come again. Only niggles were the lack of space to put clothes and the temperature of the shower was always changing. Otherwise brilliant.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.4May 2019

  • "Lovely place very private only downside is too many trees blocking sunlight over lodge"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2019

  • "Couple of problems but owner sorted them out Thankyou"

    Reviewed by David3.8Apr 2019

  • "We encountered an issue with the shower head being broken."

    rang sykes and they had it replaced within 24 hours

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Mar 2019

  • "We arrived on the 2nd of January."

    The cottage was nice, clean and had all the facilities. The park was pleasant also. We’d not been there half an hour when we had an urgent email from Sykes cottages to call them. We did so, sorry I cannot recall the name of the lady we spoke to, but she said the resort was closing on the 3rd and we’d have to leave a day early. We had originally booked the break from the 1st to the 3rd but altered it to the 2nd to the 4th at the property owner’s request so they could get cleaners in on the 1st. If we had known the cottage was only available for 2 days instead of 3 we would never have booked it and sought alternatives. We were very disappointed. We were offered alternative accommodation at nearly £300 for one night! Three nights had cost us £400 so this seemed extreme. We were told the cost of the night would be refunded, but no compensation was offered. We then enquired as to what time we needed to leave. The lady at Sykes said she had made an executive decision and we could stay on the Friday for as long as we liked. The next day another representative from Skyes told us the owner wanted us out by 11 am. I am very disappointed in this total failure of communication. At the moment it seems both the owner and the agency are more than happy to take money but are not willing to do the right thing when they make a mistake.

    We have reviewed this feedback and can see that, as you rightly put in your feedback, there was a miscommunication between Sykes, the owner and the holiday park where Top Lodge, 4 Skiptory View is situated, the end result of this was a curtailment of your stay. We, as a business strive to provide a service that is second to none and on this occasion we seemingly have failed. For that, we can only apologise. After reviewing the case notes for your specific issues that are outlined above, we can see that there was an offer of one night to be refunded which was accepted. Apologies for any disruption to your holiday that we have caused, it is never our intention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Jan 2019

  • "Lovely lodge and ideal location."

    The lodge is equipped with everything you need. The only drawback is dogs are not allowed in the bar so when it’s raining it's a bit of a letdown. I would still return regardless

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Sep 2018

  • "I was very pleased with Sykes on this holiday We had a slight issue with the ..."

    I was very pleased with Sykes on this holiday We had a slight issue with the shower and it was fixed whilst we were out the same day The only issue we had was finding the contact number should there be a problem but other that that our holiday was not marred in anyway

    Reviewed by Andre4.7Sep 2018

  • "Dear Sykes, we have stayed in a number of your cottages over the last 5 years and have always had a very enjoyable holiday."

    Unfortunately this lodge did not live up to expectations. On arrival the lodge was unbearably hot and we discovered that someone had put the boiler on its maximum setting. The following day when the building had cooled down, it smelt musty and damp. Possibly the heating was left on full to mask the damp! The bedrooms were both very small with inadequate storage space for our clothes, no chest of drawers in either room and the wardrobe was only equipped with three coat hangers. The double bed had what was without doubt the most uncomfortable mattress I’ve ever had the misfortune to sleep on. It sagged in the middle and was so soft I could feel the slats in the bed frame. The duvet was at best 20 mm thick and the cover was torn around the popper fasteners. Despite the fact that the holiday was to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary we ended up in the two single beds in the even smaller bedroom because they were marginally more comfortable! The bath had a very obvious repair in it and the basin was so small you banged you head on the bathroom cabinet when you tried to use it. We discovered on our last day that the shed contained a black bin liner full of decomposing kitchen waste, which probably accounted for the number of flies around the property. We had stayed the previous week in one off your lodges named Iona in the village of Strontian in the Scottish Highlands. This was a delightful cabin and was £200 pounds cheaper than the Skiptory Howe lodge. We paid more than £100 pounds a night to stay in this property and consequently expected a much more luxurious well equipped lodge. I have taken photographs of the problems we encountered which I am happy to send you. I also would expect some form of compensation because this holiday was not a memorable experience in a positive way!

    Reviewed by David1.9Sep 2018

  • "Overall a very nice lodge."

    However there were a few issues which were also picked up in the visitors book, for example, the double bed was uncomfortable - felt like it was sagging in the middle, the mechanism to switch from shower to bath didn't work and I found it difficult to maintain a relatively constant water temperature, also there was initially a musty smell to the property including the kitchen cupboards.The window in the main bedroom room didn't open and the cushions on that bed did smell so they went outside for the week. The sofa positioned in front of the TV was quite uncomfortable. That sounds like quite a moan but it isn't, this is a well equipped property and we enjoyed our stay there. The lodge is quite overshadowed with trees which suited us but if you wanted to sunbathe on the generous decking area then this isn't the place for you. At the rear there is a shed which we used to store a couple of bikes and a gate into the woods which was a god-send for the dogs. Fortunately no-one was in the lodge above us so it was a peaceful place to stay. With regards to the site I would say it is quite limited in the facilities on offer; there is a small shop. a small-ish 1.5m max deep pool which opens to guests from 10am to about 5.30pm and you have to book in 45 minute sessions at least a day before to use it, there is a small gym, jacuzzi and sauna, a play area for children under 12 and a sports court. There is a pub/restaurant which does a take-away menu (our burgers were really nice but beware the roasted veggie option - dire - perhaps we hit it on a bad day). The site was tidy and well maintained with plenty of woodland - all in all the positives outweigh the negatives.

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Aug 2018

  • "Generally we were pleased with the lodge and the site."

    Staff were helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Only complaint, we needed lights on most of the time, it was very dark inside the lodge due to the mature trees all around us. Even the large patio only got a little sunshine! We would definitely holiday at White Cross Bay again, but would choose a lodge in a more open setting.

    Reviewed by Dianne3.8Jun 2018

  • "We got home yesterday and we had a fantastic week at your cabin at White Cross Bay."

    It was clean and comfy, our dogs quickly settled in and we certainly had enough living space in the kitchen and lounge. I'm pleased we stayed at Top Lodge on the edge of the camp rather than in the middle of the site where I'm sure it would have been noisier and busier. It was very quiet and peaceful until our final night when we got a rowdy party of five blokes staying at a cabin 10-15 yards away - and they were out drinking and talking loudly till well after 1am. Perhaps the camp owners should impose restrictions on all-male groups renting lodges as well as insisting on a lights out, silence first policy after midnight. We loved the woods behind our cabin, taking our pets up there every day. As for the minuses. The lodge seriously needs more shelf/cupboard/drawer space. We had to keep the food/drinks we'd taken up in bags because there wasn't anywhere to put it. The same applies re our clothes in the bedroom. We could have done with more cupboards for pants, socks, shirts, tops, etc. The bed was just OK and the duvet just about big enough. Easily the biggest bugbear for me was the joke of a basin in the bathroom. I could hardly clean my teeth in it never mind have a shave! I ended up having to shave in the kitchen sink! I just do not see the point of having such a ridiculously impractical basin that was neither use nor ornament as my grandad used to say. I've stayed in all sorts of places all over the world over the last 50 years and never come across a basin so pointless. I also had to call you to get the proper key safe code when we arrived after apparently being sent a new code by email. I should have spotted the new number but it would be a big help if you could banner headline such a change in emails in future to make sure customers don't miss it. But all in all we had a fabulous week and would return, perhaps to try one of your lakeside lodges next.

    Reviewed by Red4.4May 2018

  • "Beautiful site."

    Weather was gorgeous. Surrounding areas were so out of this world enjoyed the whole experience .will definitely be coming back to the lake district.Disapointed with wi-fi the cabin has a booster but still couldn't receive any thing

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2018

  • "Very good place to stay and see the lakes"

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "We spent last week in this beautiful lodge."

    Its immaculatly decorated and the kitchen and living area are so light and spacious. We cooked every night in the kitchen and there were plenty of dishes, crockery and cutlery. Bedrooms were clean and airy. Shower was a bit hot and miss temperature wise but that’s the only slight fault. Amazing lodge!

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Mar 2018

  • "If everything would have been working at the lodge we stayed at then it would’ve been brilliant."

    Our plan was to make the most from the walks with our dogs then come back to have a shower and get in comfy clothes to watch some films on the DVD player, as my husband and I really needed a break. The boiler only worked when it wanted to rather then when we needed it, so we struggled for hot water, and the DVD player in the living area didn’t work. So our plan kind of went out of the window. It was a shame as the site we stayed was lovely but I wouldn’t book this lodge again until I could be assured everything worked.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Dec 2017

  • "We were very disappointed at 9."

    20 on the day of departure we could hear someone on our decking to go out to find workmen plonking equipment on it. They left the gates open and we have a dog. That said "you're checking out aren't you" Our response being yes but we have until 10. We were put under immense pressure to leave asap. Our dog couldn't go on the decking as she was scared of all the equipment which they still kept putting over the top of the fencing. Very rude and certainly ruined what should have been a pleasant check out.

    Reviewed by Trudy3.5Nov 2017

  • "The lodge itself was lovely and stocked well and easy check in."

    It could of been a little cleaner. The doors were creaky so our dog barked a lot which led to a few poor nights sleep. We had to reset the boiler a few times as it did go off and led to no hot water and heat for small periods of time. The single beds were very comfy however the double wasn't it was a very thin hard mattress. The lodge was dog friendly however they didn't allow him in the bar/restaurant this would be our main problem because we would of loved to get involved with the entertainment but were unable to. It would of enhanced the whole experience really. Surrounding area was lovely. We would definitely book with Sykes again but not at the white cross bay until they allow fur babies into the bar/ restaurant.

    Reviewed by Charlotte3.8Nov 2017

  • "The site is kept up to a very high standard there is plenty going on for all ages."

    It's an ideal place for going out to other parts of the lakes highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4May 2017

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful time."

    Lodge is in a fantastic location and has everything you need. Whilst we were there we booked to return later in the year. It's our new favourite place!

    Reviewed by Emma4.8May 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, combination microwave, fridge, freezer, shared on-site laundry facilities (coin operated), dishwasher, TVs with Freeview, DVDs, WiFi available on site
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Large decking to the front of the lodge with furniture
  • Shared use of leisure facilities, including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, play park and multi-use games area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: Booster in lodge amplifies site WiFi and offers strong signal
  • Note: At check-in guests will be provided with a barrier pass number to use in the barrier key pad providing vehicular access to the park
  • Note: Guests wishing to use the on-site leisure facilities will need to purchase a leisure pass from reception
  • Passes cost £15 per stay and one pass is allocated per lodge
  • Note: Though all ground floor, due to narrow lodge-style doorways, this property may not be suitable for wheelchair users
  • Please call for more information.

The property

A stylish, detached log cabin located in an elevated position on a beautifully maintained holiday park on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Set in the stunning Lake District National Park, tastefully appointed throughout, this ground floor accommodation is ideal for a small family or group of friends.

The spacious open-plan living room offers a contemporary, well-equipped kitchen, a sociable dining area and sitting area providing a bright and airy atmosphere.

French doors open out to a charming, secluded decked terrace, where you can sit and relax your afternoon away.

Located in a quiet part of the park, but still within easy reach of the on-site facilities, such as an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna, this lodge is just a five-minute walk to the shores of the prominent lake.

Beautiful views stretch across to the Langdale Pikes and Latterbarrow, making this a perfect place to sit on the banks and admire the sunset at the end of your day.

The holiday park also boasts an outdoor play centre, a multi-use games court, restaurant and bar, hosting live entertainment during the summer months, as well as a convenient shop and laundry facility.

The pretty town of Ambleside sitting at the top of Lake Windermere, is just a short drive away, introducing some excellent restaurants and cafes.

Kirkstone Pass is on the doorstep and leads through magnificent scenery past Ullswater and the pretty lakeside villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge.

With plenty of nearby activities to entice you, and excellent leisure facilities on-site to come home to, this Windermere log cabin is the perfect base for the whole family, all-year-round.

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About the location


Windermere 2 miles; Ambleside 4 miles.

The small village of Troutbeck Bridge lies between the famous towns of Windermere and Ambleside, close to the renowned Kirkstone Pass, within the Lake District National Park. Made up of a scattering of Lakeland cottages, this quiet village offers a thriving and very popular local pub, serving real ales and fine food. The bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are close by, providing a range of amenities including shops, pubs and cafes. Lake Windermere boasts a range of lakeside activities, including trips to the famous Aquarium and the renowned Grizedale Forest Park, whilst children will enjoy the World of Beatrix Potter in nearby Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. With destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains all within easy reach, Troutbeck Bridge is an ideal location for exploring all that the region has to offer.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas