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The Curious Orange

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Troutbeck, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map

4.7

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a fabulous location close to two great pubs serving really good food."

    The coffee shop in the Old Post Office is excellent and we can recommend their bacon ciabatta. The walks from the cottage are truly fabulous particularly towards Ambleside with absolutely stunnning views of far fells and Windermere. Others have commented on the car access and we found that the secret is to take it steady and you get used to it so after a few days it is no problem at all so it should not put you off staying here. The layout of the cottage has been cleverly done to maximise the best use of space - this is particularly true in the kitchen. The quality of the fittings is really high with an extremely comfortable bed to aid recovery after a day on the fells. We had a fabulous week despite the mixed weather. A place definitely worth staying at.

    Thanks for your great feedback Sandra. Great to meet up with you both during your stay and hopefully you'll be returning soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and well equipped."

    Good location,

    Thanks for your positive feedback Rob! Many thanks Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in this beautiful cottage, all essential things are there."

    Very cosy. Two pubs in walking distance both serving fabulous food. Close to Ambleside/Windermere with some great walks nearby. The only problem we found was the internet connection for the TV downstairs was poor - upstairs was fine.

    Thanks for your kind feedback Vanessa. I appreciate that there was a TV issue during your stay which is now fixed. Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage, had everything you required, very comfortable, loved having a log burner, made it feel warm & cosy."

    The 2 local pub are great for evening meals, The Queens Head & Mortal Man both within a couple of minutes walk.

    Thanks Michael and glad you both enjoyed your stay. Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really nice place."

    Has everything you could possibly need in a lovely quiet place but close enough to various amenities. Parking is very tight however but if can deal with that then all absolutely fine. Would definitely recommend and hopefully we can come back in future

    Hi Mark and thank you so much for your positive feedback. Many thanks, Rob. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage for two (and a dog)."

    Bed was the comfiest we’ve had in 26 years of holiday cottages in the Lake District. Everything you need there for a wonderful stay. Location perfect for the South Lakes with walks straight from the doorstep. Lovely pub just down the hill (Queens Head), which we preferred as the food was fabulous and a menu for our dog too. Would definitely recommend and we will stay again.

    Thanks for your positive and great feedback Andrew! You say it how it is and look forward to welcoming you back for another stay. Rob & Rachel. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "The curious orange is a beautiful place to stay!"

    We had a wonderful time and the pub, the Mortal Msn became our local for the week! Beautiful surroundings, beautiful cottage and an amazing holiday for myself and my partner and our dog. One thing that we would recommend, as it is advertised as dog friendly, that there was no enclosed space for our dog to run around off a lead - just a fence round the garden area would make such a difference to dog owners - as the other couple staying also had a dog and they said the same thing about having to keep the dog on a lead in the garden. We had a wonderful time and would love to come back!

    Thanks for your kind comments Anna. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Jun 2023

  • "This cottage was amazing, so peaceful and relaxing, lovely couple of dog friendly pubs, village shop and cafe and beautiful walks."

    Fabulous decor with attention to detail Couldn’t fault it

    That's great feedback Julia. Glad you had such a great time at Curious Orange. Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wow just wow!"

    Such a beautiful part of the country. The cottage was the coziest retreat ever! Rob the owner was really helpful with your stay. Truly my partner and I and the dog, had the best of times. Thoroughly recommend!!! We are really sad now back home. The whole experience was Delicious!!!!

    Hi Richard, brilliant - couldn't expect anything better than that! Thank you so much and look forward to seeing you again maybe sometime in the future. Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was exactly what we wanted really clean, comfortable and had everything we needed."

    The fact it was an easy walk to the two local pub/ restaurant’s was a bonus and will and have recommended it to friends, Many thanks to the owners for a great stay Regards Glenn and Kate

    Thank you for your great feedback and very kind comments! As you know this week has been very snowy but sounds like you have made the most of the Cumbrian area. Hope Glenn had a fabulous birthday in Troutbeck! Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property was perfect for 2 people."

    It was clean, comfortable and as described. The kitchen was well equipped and the house was warm despite a week of freezing temperatures outside .

    Hi Daniel and thank you for your comments on Curious Orange. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Jan 2023

  • "Very nice stay ."

    ... owner was kind enough to reprograme the hot water to accommodate my idea of a lie in being 6am! I was perfectly comfy in this cosy little cottage

    Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for your nice comment and yes, we try to accommodate as best we can how guests prefer to live with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Sep 2022

  • "This was my second stay at the curious orange and it was even better than the first (due to having a couple of extra days there!"

    ) The owners are so attentive and helpful, definitely have a soft spot for Troutbeck after my two visits-can’t wait to return for a third :)

    Hi Yvonne. It was great to have you back with us and look forward to your return visit to Troutbeck! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Jul 2022

  • "Adored the cottage, good location, helpful owners."

    Thanks for your positive feedback Martin. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful property, would help to have a couple more glasses so we didn't put the dishwasher on as often, however supplying the tablet for dishwasher and washing machine if such a lovely touch."

    And the cake and coffee too!

    Hi Adele and thank you for your feedback. Glad you liked the cottage and the cake and coffee and will make sure some more glasses are put out. Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adele4.4Jun 2022

  • "What a lovely stay we had at The Curious Orange."

    It's a very comfortable and well equipped cottage in a fantastic location with superb walks from the doorstep and two welcoming pubs serving good food and ale just a few minutes walk away. It was hard to leave!

    Thank you Anne for your comments about your stay at Curious Orange, greatly appreciated. We hope to welcome you back at either Curious Orange or Cosy Peacock in the future. Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at the curious orange."

    Everything had been provided and the cottage was very cosy. The location is perfect so exploring the fells and the local towns.

    Thanks Rebecca and Simon. We are so glad you enjoyed time at Curious Orange. As you have found, it really is a special place and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Rob & Rachel. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy comfortable cottage Very well equipped with everything you would ..."

    Lovely cosy comfortable cottage Very well equipped with everything you would need for a peaceful break Walking distance to a lovely country dog friendly pub, serving great food

    Thank you for your kind comments Lindsay. So glad you had a fab break albeit a short one. Be glad to welcome you back anytime! Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Feb 2022

  • "The curious orange was a super cosy home with hitch made me feel relaxed as soon as I arrived and it had everything you might need for a self catering stay."

    The cottage is in a brilliant location as Troutbeck has so many wonderful walks and some nice hikes too and it’s a short 20minute drive to nearby locations. The communication from the owners was great and I thoroughly enjoyed my gift basket-can’t wait to go back!

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Curious Orange!"

    Warm, cosy, tons of hot water which in a cold Jan was very much appreciated! Just a note that the pic of the cottage shows 2 semi detached properties. The Curious Orange is on the left of the picture but the parking space shown next to the cottage belongs to a cottage behind! The parking is just past the 2 cottages for 2 cars. Can be a bit tight if you dont park carefully! Two fab pubs in walking distance and dog friendly would love to visit again! Thankyou.

    Many thanks for your kind comments Debbie and glad you had a fabulous stay in Curious Orange, especially when the weather was so cold! Looking forward to welcoming you both back soon. Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jan 2022

  • "A wonderfully comfy well equipped cottage with everything you need to unwind and relax after exploring the beautiful fells surrounding Troutbeck."

    We have stayed in several cottages in the Lake District and this one is a real gem. The cottage was spotless, cosy and warm with a lovely wood burner, fantastic kitchen and bathroom. Great location for walks with two pubs which serve great food and are both dog friendly. Thanks go to owners Rob and Rachel for providing the lovely welcoming treats and excellent accommodation.

    Many thanks for your comments Jon and glad you have enjoyed your stay so much. As you have found, Troutbeck is a very special place with many good walking routes from both Curious Orange and Cosy Peacock. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Rob & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Dec 2021

  • "Excellent little cottage for 2 plus a dog."

    Compact kitchen but has got everything you need fitted in. Nice and comfy throughout and log burner makes for cosy winter nights. Driveway down to parking area is a bit narrow but once done a few times, not an issue. As parking area is for 3 cars and needs to allow space to turn around, some owner guidance on how cars are supposed to be parked in handbook would be a good addition.

    Hi Will. Thank you for the positive and constructive feedback - much appreciated. Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Will4.7Dec 2021

  • "A fabulous cottage, cosy, well lit, well equipped and warm."

    Oodles of hot water, great bath and shower and a comfy king size bed to rest your bones after a day walking. The sofa is ideal for lounging in front of the log burner soaking in the silence, reading or watching TV. Rob is a great host...always on hand to handle any query, quick to respond. The time flew during our stay, the weather was mixed, but that's the Lakes, loads of great walks around Troutbeck, two fab pubs almost on your doorstep. What more could you ask? We have no hesitation in recommending The Curious Orange.

    Thank you for your wonderful comments Paul. It has been a challenging few weeks with the weather and services across the North of England and for staying guests but as you have found yourself we are now back on track! You will have a warm welcome back at Curious Orange. Rob& Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2021

  • "We have stayed at the Curious Orange before (Approx."

    5 years ago) and it was completely perfect in every way. So much so we thought when visiting the lakes, we would not go anywhere else. This time around however it was an incredibly disappointing stay. The day of our arrival at around lunchtime we received a call from the owner advising that there was a problem with the heating/hot water. We were already halfway to the Curious Orange by this time. The Owner advised that there is an immersion heater (for hot water), and he would arrange extra logs for the stove and ensure there were fan heaters. He advised that the plumber was waiting for a part, but it was due to be in and done on the Tuesday. As we were already halfway there, and that it would be sorted by Tuesday (Thus only really affecting Sunday & Monday) this would be ok. We arrived as planned after 4pm on Saturday. When we arrived, we tried to light the fire (it was pretty chilly as the central heating was not working). There were two fan heaters at the property, but they were noisy and intrusive so once the stove was warming up, they were switched off. On Sunday – Our first full day we did, as many would and went for a walk. We had booked into a nearby pub for evening meal and went for a shower upon our return. One of us had a shower, which went stone cold halfway through and there was not enough hot water for the second person to shower. We looked at the immersion tank and it is a half sized one – explaining the minimal amount of hot water available. We planned Monday around the inability for both of us to have a shower as we were led to believe it would be fixed by Tuesday. Sadly, Tuesday came and went with no word from a plumber or the owner. We contacted the owner on Wednesday to advise that the issues remain, and no plumber had been on Tuesday. At 5.30pm on Wednesday a plumber turned up unexpected and we had to postpone our table reservation for that evening to accommodate the plumber. Sadly, something else was wrong and he was unable to fix there and then – We explained that we could not both have a shower on the same day due to the tiny immersion tank and he tried a workaround however, this did not change anything. The plumber advised he would be back Thursday afternoon at around 12. Sadly, Thursday also came and went with no word from a plumber or the owner, and we were still unable to both have a shower on the same day. The plumber finally fixed the heating and hot water at around 5pm on Friday evening. We both showered and went for dinner for the first… and last time of our holiday as we were leaving the following morning. In summary, we could not both shower/bath each day for the entirety of our holiday, the fan heaters were awfully noisy so our choice for the week was either buying significant amounts of logs or listening to noisy fan heaters. Our stay became a frustrating, more costly than expected, un-showered/bathed stop, whilst attending unannounced tradesmen visits. Sadly, despite speaking to the owner on a few occasions, no offer of a reduction for our current stay or voucher toward our next stay was offered and due to the lack of care & concern from the owner regarding the significant inconvenience we experienced we will not return to the Curious Orange.

    Thank you for your very informative feedback. During your stay we made sure we proactively kept you informed of power issues and liaised with you to get this corrected. We were very sorry you felt the way you did and gave you a basket of goodies for your last night as you will remember. We are a little confused with this feedback though because you messaged me at the end of your stay to say that you were looking forward to coming back many times in the future? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian2.8Nov 2021

  • "Curious Orange, is well located and equally well furnished."

    The narrow steep drive, to the parking space is not for drivers of a nervous disposition, it should be mentioned. A couple of areas where cleaning could have been more thorough - eg plug holes. Overall fine for a couple and good that 1 dog is welcome.

    Reviewed by John4.1Sep 2021

  • "The service from Sykes was excellent."

    We were very happy with the quality of the accommodation - very comfortable furnishings and fittings. It is a cosy cottage but good use was made to maximise the space in the living and kitchen area. The only down sides for us was that the parking space was shared with the neighbouring holiday cottage which was not appreciated by the occupant, this was quickly resolved on advice from the helpful owner.

    3.8Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was wonderful, great location peaceful, calm and relaxing, the only thing I would suggest is a lamp at the side of the bed nearest to the window, there are overhanging lights but these can only be switched on and off at the other side of the bed, this isn't ideal when you need to get up to use the toilet."

    Apart from that no issues what so ever, we enjoyed it that much we have booked the cottage next door for next year.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Jul 2021

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Summary

  • Over 2 floors
  • 1 x super king size bedroom, dressing room
  • luxurious shower room with natural materials to floor and walls
  • open plan lounge and designer kitchen
  • patio to the front and shared garden to the rear.
  • Welcome pack and toiletries provided
  • multifuel stove with firelighters and logs
  • breathtaking surrounding views
  • electric oven & induction hob
  • microwave
  • dishwasher
  • fridge with freezer section
  • washer / dryer
  • nstant boiling water tap
  • Wi-Fi
  • private parking for 1 car
  • bed linen and towels provided.

The property

Superb scenery and a sumptuous slate-built, traditional cottage in sought-after Troutbeck!

The intriguing name of The Curious Orange is complemented by the array of indulgent and unexpected features that this jewel of a holiday home has to offer.

A bespoke and romantic hideaway in the stunning surroundings of the gorgeously green Troutbeck Valley, this a place to sample the best of Lakeland and best of Lakelovers. Troutbeck must be one of the most peaceful of the Lakeland valleys, and one of the prettiest.

Winding lanes, dry-stone walls, and steep sloping fields characterise the local scenery, and the views from The Curious Orange are worthy of the fabulous interior, and spread out in all directions, a panorama of sublime countryside valley vistas! Internally, you will find everything is set up just perfectly for a romantic holiday for two.

Wooden beams in the open-plan living area, exposed feature walls and slate flag flooring are among the classic features attesting to the authenticity of your little home-from-home, while the pure sophistication of the designer kitchen blends perfectly with this old world charm. Internal design here has been handled with a pleasingly idiosyncratic style that really indulges the senses.

The zodiacal coloured lighting twinkling so charmingly in the luxurious shower room is one of many little touches that make a stay in The Curious Orange really special.

No romantic country cottage break is quite complete without a cosy wood-burner to return to after your day's adventures, and this homely cottage has a lovely cast iron stove nestling beneath a traditional wooden lintel in the slate hearth.

Upstairs the inviting bedroom is beautifully warm and inviting, and benefits from its own dressing-room, an idyllically restful and personal space for the two of you to fully unwind. The outdoor possibilities here are endless, and afterwards the cosy welcome of The Mortal Man Inn, a walkers and locals favourite, is about 450 yards from your doorstep, so you can indulge yourselves as much as you like without worrying about the journey home!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location

TROUTBECK

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas