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Gara Garthe

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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "We were a party of 5 'girls' celebrating 50 years of going away together."

    We couldn't have celebrated in a better place! The cottage was gorgeous, comfortable, cosy and clean with everything thought of and provided. An outstanding location near a great pub (food recommended) walks from the door and a short drive into Ambleside. We all loved it and would highly recommend. Thank you, our stay was like a big hug

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Oct 2023

  • "Gara Garthe is a lovely property in a great position for the towns of Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside each between a 10-15 mins drive."

    There is a great pub a 2 min walk away from the house and there are several mapped walks from the pub. Lake Windermere and Ullswater are easily accessible but our favourite was Coniston Water and the swim to Peel Island. The house is warm, comfortable, very well equipped and we had a happy holiday with 5 adults and 2 children

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2023

  • "Very comfortable and spacious property."

    Well equipped. Good location for walking, swimming , canoeing etc. One thing you might want to look at; there was a leaking gutter over the living room window even in dry weather. It might indicate a leak in the heating pipes on the roof. It did not affect our holiday at all.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely spacious cottage in beautiful location."

    Very well equipped.

    Thank you for your comments, we are so glad that you enjoyed the property. Lakelovers Owner Relations Expert Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2023

  • "A charming character cottage in a superb location for walking and pub meals."

    Very well equipped and easy to cater for 10. Special thanks for the two large fridges, the brand new jumbo barbecue, laying the dining room table for a feast for 10 and the wine.

    Reviewed by Philip4.4May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in an outstanding location."

    Walks direct from cottage door and many only a short drive away. Well equipped property throughout while still keeping it's old charm. We were entertained some mornings by a young female deer and/or a young stag - that's why a lot of the flowers and plants in the garden look so well trimmed! Only a short walk to the Queen's Head pub (which we dined out at twice and called in occasionally to finish walks with a beer or hot chocolate), maybe some sort of discount arrangement could be negotiated for future guests/visits? The 2nd fridge/freezer was a nice touch and appreciated. Only two things could have improved our holiday: 1. The Kirkstone Pass road was closed for duration of our visit, limiting our driving options (and therefore some of our walking options), nothing anyone could have done about this though. 2. The running out of heating oil and subsequent loss of heating & hot water, was not ideal for such a large group including a young child. Lakelovers/Sykes and owners did a good job to ensure we stayed warm until fixed. So although we still had a great week, one of the main memories of our holiday will probably be issue number 2. Although I think we'd still love to stay at Gara Garthe again!

    Reviewed by J4.7Mar 2023

  • "This was quite the most week equipped holiday home in which we have stayed and also one of the most beautifully located"

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Mar 2023

  • "Gorgeous property in a wonderful location in the Lake District."

    A big group of friends and I went for the weekend and we had a lovely stay here. Modern large kitchen and dining room with a traditional cottage living room that could easily fit all of the guests. Clean, good sized bedrooms with comfy beds!! Multiple bathrooms that is great with a large group. The hosts were very kind and left us some wine which we appreciated! Thank you, would stay here again!!

    Reviewed by Lois5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and our time spent there."

    it was beautifully clean and equipped. only a few issues- the back fridge did not get cold enough, even though we tried various settings. also the on-suite shower in one of the king size bedrooms smelt very damp and is was unpleasant to sleep there. we aired it and put in room spray but it didn't really hide the smell. in the largest bathroom the shower mixer handle is very stiff. I didn't read you email about taking off the sheets- I only had a small i phone and thought it would be a feedback form, so apologies for that- maybe you could give the email a heading, like what to do on your final day?, we cleaned and cleared and hopefully left it in a very good state.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and the setting beautiful."

    A few niggles. Firstly the en-suite bathroom smelt really badly of damp and affected sleeping in that bedroom. Also, the bbq was left dirty and had to have several cleans before it was fit to use. Lastly, the TV in the sitting room really needs replacing. It is an old model and the sound was awful. On the plus side… wonderfully comfortable beds, a nice touch of 2 bottles of wine, a real privilege to stay in such a beautiful, characterful house and we all appreciated the bed linen change after our first week.

    Reviewed by Kay4.1Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage though lots of flies inside on our arrival."

    We killed about 30 & plenty more flying around. Beds comfy. Plenty of facilities though one of our party was looking for a toasted sandwich maker & pizza tray which weren’t available. Very considerate having hair dryers in all bedrooms & other little touches were appreciated- milk in fridge, bottle of wine etc on arrival.

    Reviewed by Sue4.1Jul 2022

  • "Am sorry for reviewing late but the property is amazing"

    Reviewed by Sukhjeet5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    The location was superb and the facilities you provide were really well considered - from dog bowl to hot water bottles, to BOSE speaker etc. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your property - it is a stunning building. Just some minor things to note for any future guests. The dishwasher could do with an internal clean as the dishes (despite being pre-rinsed) ended up dirtier and smeared due to the cleaning water being soiled. The bottom right oven door doesn’t close properly resulting in it not reaching above 140degrees. When we arrived one of the lanterns in the dining room was smashed, no shards of glass where there, it must have been left from previous guests.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very comfortable, well equipped cottage for 10 people."

    Great to have parking for 3 vehicles and dog safe garden. Lovely outdoor dining and relaxing space at the front of the cottage if you are fortunate with the weather, as we were.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this well equipped house."

    Very comfortable - only criticism is that the actual shower in the en-suite bedroom is poor. We booked this property because it had 3 bathrooms, but actually only used 2 of them after the first day. It needs to have a high quality shower installed, if that improvement was made I’m sure we’d visit again.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Feb 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay."

    Beautiful location - gorgeous scenery from the garden. Lots of room for the whole family - great to have so many bathrooms. We really needed the wood burner as very cold, especially in the dining room. There was a little heater in there and plenty of blankets provided to keep us comfy. Once the fire was lit it was lovely. We loved our stay and would like to return in the Spring/Summer to take real advantage of such a wonderful location and garden. Great stay - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely house, garden smaller than expected but very pretty, very well-equipped kitchen with extras like picnic boxes, lots of cutlery & crockery."

    Troutbeck is a gem of a village. Some of the beds were a bit cramped (4ft 6in doubles) and the mattresses too soft so we had a few bad backs. The online photos give the impression that the house is bright and airy whereas it is in fact quite dark - fine for us but some people might be taken aback by that. It's unusual these days to arrive at a holiday home to find no toiletries in the bathrooms and no spare toilet rolls: it seems a bit mean.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Jul 2021

  • "Gara Garthe was big enough for all 7 of us - a family with teenagers and accompanying grandparents."

    Good-sized bedrooms and nice bathrooms. Well equipped kitchen. Small but lovely garden terrace to sit out on, with great view over the fells. The property gets a bit of road noise, but this is compensated for by wonderful walks on the doorstep, through a quiet hidden valley, to one of Beatrix Potter's farmhouses. Perfect for a stroll with the dog. The property is well located, with two pubs in the village, and is right at the foot of the Kirkstone pass. Windermere is just a 10 minute drive away. Lovely spot.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jul 2021

  • "A really pretty cottage and extremely comfortable with lots of pretty walks which even our 5 yr old could manage."

    Well equipped, an extremely enjoyable stay

    Chazal FamilyAug 2019

  • "Thank you so much."

    This was an amazing place with a luxurious dining room and the most comfortable beds and pillows. House very warm. Thank you so much for you excellent service, wonderful guides and instructions in the manual

    Gee FamilyJul 2019

  • "A gorgeous cottage, beautifully clean and well equipped."

    We would love to come back.

    Beardmore FamilyJun 2019

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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.


  • Five bedrooms: 2 x king-size bedrooms (one with en-suite shower room with basin and WC, 2 x double bedrooms, 1 x twin bedroom
  • 1 x bathroom with roll top bath, seperate shower, basin and WC, 1 x bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area for 6 people
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Double electric oven and hob, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezers, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD player, WiFi, payphone
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and hairchair included
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture and summer house
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • BBQ provided (will require own charcoal) Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 7 mins walk
  • Shop 4 miles.

The property

A spacious, Lake District character property in a magical rural location; gazing down the Troutbeck Valley with country pubs nearby and a short drive to both Ambleside and Windermere.

Gara Garthe is a prime example of traditional 17th century Lakeland, pretty as a whitewashed picture in its delightful gardens and sympathetically refurbished to provide luxurious self-catering accommodation - with many original features. With Farrow & Ball colours, Laura Ashley furnishings and sumptuous bedrooms, the place is made to relax.

The gardens are delightful, with endless hide & seek for the kids, an old barn for bike storage, along with furnished patio and summerhouse for that al fresco moment.

Enter through the back door, with flagged floor to the cloakroom / WC.

Farmhouse kitchen / breakfast room with 'king post' beam dividing the room plus LCD TV.

Stunning living room with open fire, window seats, oak beams and cosy furnishings.

Elegant dining room with Victorian fireplace, seating 10.

Upstairs to 5 stylish bedrooms; 2 king-size, 2 double and 1 twin.

Luxurious bathrooms include one with a superb roll top traditional standing bath.

Perfect large group property with luxury and style.

The Troutbeck Valley is an idyllic quiet location, not far from the vibrant villages of Windermere and Ambleside (on the shores of Lake Windermere).

It sits at the start of the dramatic Kirkstone Pass road, which eventually leads to Ullswater.

The valley is known for its peaceful atmosphere, with a scattering of traditional Lakeland cottages, a small shop, a lovely church and two excellent country pubs; The Mortal Man and the Queens Head.

In nearby Windermere you'll find an excellent Booths supermarket, a range of local shops and several cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from.

A mile down to the Lake and Bowness village, and you'll find even more.

The bustling village boasts plenty of family attractions, such as the World of Beatrix Potter, hire boats on the lake, mini golf on 'The Glebe' and of course the Windermere Lake steamers.

There's the Royalty Cinema and the Old Laundry Theatre for rainy day entertainment, and Windermere Golf Club is just a short drive out of Bowness village.

The same distance to your west is Ambleside, on Lake Windermere's northern shores.

The village is a must during your stay and offers plenty more in the way of acclaimed Lake District restaurants and tempting local food.

Windermere steamers stop here at Waterhead.

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

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About the location


Windermere 3 miles; Ambleside 4 miles.

The small Lakeland village of Troutbeck can be found between its more famous neighbours Windermere and Ambleside, close by the Kirkstone Pass. A mixture of houses, cottages and farms, the village is scattered along a narrow lane bordered by a drystone wall. Many of these buildings date back to the 17th Century with features such as mullioned windows and heavy cylindrical chimneys and the northern end boasts its own 17th century inn. Close by, the bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including the lakeside ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The ‘Windermere Steamboat Museum’ displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’ in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Troutbeck is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.

Railed stone steps to rear, flagged floor.

There is an open fire in the living room but logs are not provided. Please bring your own.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas