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Otters Holt

(Ref. 972665)

Warwick Bridge near Carlisle, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "Comfortable, clean and spacious property."

    Good location.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2023

  • "It was pretty good."

    Getting a bit tired here and there but no problems. Beds very comfortable

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely house well equipped, we like to cook and so the kitchen was the place to hang out, with this in mind more comfortable chairs would have been good but realise you also have supply dining chairs."

    Living room looked lovely but we never used it. Bedrooms and garden area are fabulous would love to go back in summer thanks so much Diane it’s been a pleasure

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful home."

    Very cosy and comfy, but with space at the same time. The road didnt not bother any of the quests. Its a great base to get to the likes of Scotland and the Lake District. Loved the doggy touches and of course the biscuits and prosecco. Very welcoming touch.

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Otter’s Holt, the cottage is absolutely stunning, well equipped and very comfortable for our party of 3 adults, 2 teens and 3 dogs."

    It was immaculately clean and the gardens are really lovely. The location is also great, although it’s a little way out of the Lakes proper you can get there with a short drive and it’s away from the tourist craziness. The area is gorgeous, with beautiful walks and fabulous foodie pubs and restaurants that are all dog friendly, and it’s only a short drive to Hadrian’s Wall and Gretna Green in the other direction which is a great day out. We had a lovely holiday and we were very sad to leave, but will definitely be back now we know this gem of a cottage is here, thank you!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2023

  • "Utterly gorgeous."

    Lovely location, beautiful house and garden and wonderfully comfortable beds. We were really impressed with this house, it has everything that you need and more. Five star accommodation, we will definitely return

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great location and cottage for the lakes ."

    Enclosed garden for the dog and ample space inside . Great communication from the owner Diane and a lovely little beach/area on the river Eden just outside the property . Will definitely be returning when we can . Thanks

    Thank you for taking the time to give feedback, we are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay - The Owner relations Team Lakes Cottage Holidays Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property is situated next to the A69 which can make it noisy ,also a very difficult road to cross on foot."

    There is no longer direct access to the river for walks from the garden. Garden is lovely for enjoying the sunshine and the dogs had a wonderful time Unfortunately two of the outside chairs broke on our last day. Furnishings and beds are really good. An extractor in the kitchen is needed . We all had a relaxing weekend

    Reviewed by Rosie4.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at this beautiful property."

    . extremely clean & comfortable..

    Reviewed by Martin & Fiona5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property is superb, spacious, clean and very well appointed."

    Unfortunately the garden was not secure for pets and our dog found its way out onto the road, he was recovered by a neighbour who told us it's not unusual. Please change the wording in the description letting pet owners know the garden is not secure. However the property is wonderful and a great base for exploring. It was also only a 30 minute drive to a great dog friendly beac at Annan.

    Reviewed by Jeff4.4May 2023

  • "Great location, lots of places to visit, lovely walks, we loved the garden at the cottage and the river alongside."

    Very comfy, spacious holiday home and the bottle of Prosecco on arrival was a lovely surprise. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2023

  • "We were really impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness of this accommodation and the property owner Diane."

    There were lots of extras which made our stay easier and more relaxing. The property is very comfortable and family and dog friendly. We had a lovely week and would definitely book this property again.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Apr 2023

  • "It was just amazing ."

    ... rented loads of properties before but this place had everything for us especially the separate bedroom bathroom and sitting room that gave my parents ther own separate living space whilst still being in same house... will definitely be back to this one ...

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was our second visit to Otters Holt we absolutely love it there, the cottage/garden is perfect for our family of 6 and our 3 dogs."

    We love the location too, will definitely be returning for a third stay next year.

    Reviewed by Kristy5.0Mar 2023

  • "An amazing cottage with plenty of room."

    The side annex was a perfect addition for grandparents to use and have a bit of privacy too. Garden is very well maintained and secure. Shame the weather is bad in December as we didn’t use it but ace for the dogs. Noise wise… what noise? The windows have excellent gazing and therefore then noise was minimal and certainly didn’t disturb us. I would highly recommend this cottage and the owners are brilliant in their communication too. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Dec 2022

  • "Could not have asked more from this cottage."

    Had everything we needed and more! Furniture was very comfortable especially the beds! Wished we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Nov 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Loved the area. Only downside it was so dangerous to exit the property. Thank you for the stay

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property in lovely setting, ample parking for both cars."

    The garden is amazing which both dogs loved, the pub and shop were a bit too far for us to walk so we did need to use the car but that didn't spoil our week. Other than that thank you for a beautiful cottage in lovely location

    Reviewed by Lynette5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful week spent in this beautiful house."

    Spacious, clean, comfortable and very well equipped with everything you could need. The garden was perfect. The sun trap area at the bottom, along with the summerhouse were very popular, and we spent a few nights round the fire pit. And of course, the dogs loved it all! Honestly, we could have spent the entire week just in the garden! In a good position for the lakes and many other attractions. Three of us spent the day kayaking on Ullswater, definitely worth doing. Use of the garage was very helpful for storing the kayaks. And I must add that the owner, Diane, was most helpful widen I asked for help with surprising my Son and his new wife. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Thank you Diane! We will be back.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2022

  • "It would have been helpful to have shaver sockets in the bathrooms, or at least one bathroom."

    Also a curtain or blind on the patio doors for privacy of the couple using that room. Some of the crockery needed changing { cups}. Other than that the cottage and gardens and location were excellent. We had a very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a beautiful stay at Otters holt, The cottage was lovely and well equipped we everything we needed."

    The front garden is literally next to the River Eden, loved watching over and listening to the river in the morning with a coffee. The back garden is huge and was great for the dogs and has a few different seating areas. Shop is literally just down the road and larger stores just a 5/10 min drive. Pubs & restaurants nearby, I recommend Finis Kitchen at willowbeck lodge the food was amazing and the view from the restaurant was really nice. We visited Carlisle castle & went to lake Windermere which was beautiful! There’s also lots of nice walks nearby my favourite was Gelt woods, the views are definitely worth it!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in, All the facilities were as described if not better."

    Very cosy and warm . Diane very helpful when called upon for information. All in all a great place to see that part of the country. Geoff.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0May 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage in a scenic setting, yes it is right next to the A69 and you do get some traffic noise but this does not detract from the overall experience."

    Ideally placed for exploring the area and we loved the variety of different walks. We were 4 adults and 3 dogs and the garden was great for them although we did have to keep one of them on a long lead as she did keep trying to go through the hedge so if your dogs are escape artists then you will need to bare this in mind, .would highly recommend a stay at Otters Holt

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely spacious house, had everything we could possibly need."

    The garden was beautiful, dogs children and adults thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful property."

    Very comfortable and very clean. Has everything you need including a lovely garden. Only issue for us was the lack of easily accessible walks for the dogs directly from the house. There are lovely walks in the area but you need to drive to them Highly recommend local dog friendly pubs the Queens and the Wheatsheaf

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic home for the week, we had a great time."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage, the only downside was the noise coming from the busy road over the bridge."

    Excellent garden and secure if you have dogs.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at Otters Holt."

    ... Clean, comfy and everything we could ask for in a beautiful cottage. However with the close proximity to the road we would not return as early morning wake up call from 5 o'clock onwards traffic is not what we would call a relaxing holiday, we really didn't think it would be a problem but as the week went on it started to grate. Possibly double glazing or secondary glazing could help? Such a shame as we loved everything else about this lovely cottage. The most comfortable cottage beds we have slept in and we do at least 4 cottages each year.

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Jan 2022

  • "An excellent property, ideal for a group of 6."

    Great location, lots of lovely walks, local pubs and only a 10 minute drive into Carlsile.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage, fabulous views, will definitely be back."

    Reviewed by Andre5.0Dec 2021

  • "Had a fantastic stay at Otters Holt, the cottage is very clean and welcoming with an amazing garden that my 3 dogs loved exploring in."

    The location next to the river is perfect, stunning views in a morning at sunrise. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Kristy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fantastic location and beautiful cottage very clean and well organised Everything you need for a great break"

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you need."

    We loved the garden and hope to return in summertime to enjoy sitting outside. The cottage was lovely and warm so we didn't need to light the log burners. Everything was really clean. The cottage is within easy reach of The Lake District, Hadrian's Wall and Carlisle.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house was absolutely perfect for our holiday with my mum, 2 children and labrador and here's why 1."

    It was immaculately clean, well laid out, well equipped and wonderfully comfortable for us all with a really special garden 2 Diane, the owner was very helpful and an absoute pleasure to communicate with 3 The extras made all the difference, soft towels, lovely bedding, toiletries , prosecco and refreshment pack, we felt thoroughly indulged This is the best holiday home we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is a lovely house."

    Listing 100% accurate. The garden is a gem.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    The house is very spacious affording plenty of room for our party of three couples and three dogs. Lots of room to spread out. Furnished with care and equipped with all you would need. Useful utility (and fourth shower!) room. Very much a home from home. Amazing garden with a firepit and logs. Very helpful and pleasant owner.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Jul 2021

  • "Otters holt is a lovely property the pictures really do not do it justice."

    The property garden river and all surrounding areas are a fantastic place to relax, 5 stars from me and the family.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wow, we stayed here at the end of June for 7 nights, where do I start, this cottage is lovely."

    Loads of room, 4 bathroom, 3 large bedrooms. We went as 2 couples, and had all the room we wanted, the owners had gone above and beyond, a lovey bottle of Prosecco on arrival was waiting for us. The garden is huge and backs onto the beautiful river Eden, the garden is secure for your dogs. I cannot recommend this property highly enough, thanks to the owners for a great base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage with exceptional gardens and surrounding Very high standard"

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Jun 2021

  • "The whole experience from booking the cottage to being there was so lovely."

    Have recommended to friends and family and will be booking again in the very near future. Had such a lovely relaxing time and the accommodation was amazing loved it and the surrounding area was stunning. Didn’t want to come home!!!

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with amazing garden and the use of the leisure club was an added bonus."

    The cottage was lovely and clean generally but did have cobwebs on the roof which meant lots of spiders made an appearance. Decor, facilities etc all fabulous.

    Reviewed by Lindsey4.7Aug 2019

  • "Couldn't fault the holiday cottage at all, perfect!"

    I would recommend Sykes holidays to anyone, excellent service from start to finish, keep up the good work.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Aug 2019

  • "This cottage was in a beautiful position on the river and was well equipped and maintained."

    It didn't have any shaver sockets to charge our toothbrush, which would have been a problem if we had been there for a week. There was no blind on the large Velux window in the bedroom or on the patio doors in the sitting area meaning that I was woken at 4am by the light, something that could easily be remedied.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.4Jun 2019

  • "Upon the arrival couldn’t open the french doors as the key wasn’t present also quite a few cobwebs around the cottage but other than those little bits, all the ladies loved the cottage and it’s facilities beautiful location and gorgeous inside."

    Very happy

    4.4Jun 2019

  • "The photos of the cottage and garden do not do it justice."

    Lovely place with excellent facilities. Perfect for a family holiday. My 2 year old granddaughter spent most of her time exploring the different areas of the garden. It’s the first time I really haven’t wanted to come home from a holiday. Although the road goes by the cottage you can hardly hear it. Plenty of room to spend time as a family or to have your own space if you need it. Garden secure for the dogs. Perfect holiday. Easy travel distance to Carlisle, Penrith and the Lakes. My daughter left her laptop behind and I was so happy with the service we received in returning it to us both from Sykes cottages and the owners of the property.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped."

    Everyone had a brilliant stay, definitely will be returning sometime. The only thing is the river view bedroom would be better with a blind on the Velux window.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Mar 2019

  • "We came to otter holt cottage back end of January for my birthday , me my partner and dog , also my two sisters and their partners came with dog , we really enjoyed our weekend had lots of fun playing games and relaxing in hot tub ( YES we used hot tub in January ) only thing was no lighting at back of garden near hot tub ."

    Also there wasn't really anywhere to walk dogs , their is no access down to river now footpath not in use . Cottage is really clean and cosy, also well equipped and will definitely return to this cottage. Would highly recommend it to my friends and family .

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jan 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful, really well equipped and plenty of space with the added bonus of the hot tub."

    However the downside was that despite it being marketed as a dog friendly cottage the garden was not secure. The fact that the cottage is right on top of a busy A road is worrying when the dogs could have just wandered out onto it. It would have been perfect if this was made secure. It would have been nice if the dogs could have been wandering around the garden whilst we were using the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Dec 2018

  • "We booked this cottage so both my and my brothers families could enjoy an early Christmas."

    We chose this cottage for the size and the appreance on the photos. Although the photos don’t do it justice. From opening the door we felt welcome. The added aspect of Christmas decorations so the festivities started as soon as we all arrived. The kitchen was well equipped and we managed to deliver a full Christmas dinner for 6. The facilities were great sky tv in all the rooms and high speed internet meant I could keep in touch with the office and meant the stay could be extend by my brother how works from home normally. Log burners and fire pit meant when we used the hot tub (yep in December) we were warm when we all came in. Can’t recomend this property enough, will defiantly be back. Thanks. The McGs

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2018

  • "This cottage is beautiful, extremely well equipped with great attention to detail."

    Very spacious and the hot tub was superb. Would definitely book with Sykes Cottage again .

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Nov 2018

  • "We all six of us loved Otters Holt, warm, cosy and the Fizz was really welcome."

    The owner Diane dealt with our only problem within half an hour,The fire starters among us (THE MEN) played nicely with the fire pit but we declined to use the hot tub in November!!! All in all another truly brilliant property with Lakes Cottages.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Nov 2018

  • "Big clean cottage with all that you could need."

    Lots of nice touches with all the linen, prosecco on arrival, clean fresh hot tub, clear instructions with how to use appliances etc so it was really easy to get settled. Very close to local shop and fuel station. Short drive to large Tesco store. Lovely easy stay.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Oct 2018

  • "Would benefit from lights in back garden, hard to use hot tub in dark, also hot tub needs a pulley to put cover on and off as its very heavy."

    Other car kept parking next to the house so made it difficult at times when we had 2 cars there to get out. House gorgeous, quite noisy from road traffic but would go back.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Sep 2018

  • "We particularly asked if the garden was totally enclosed to allow our dog to be safe."

    We were advised it was apart from a small gap that could be blocked by the bin.. This was not the case there was a length of about 5 meters that was not fenced. This was very disappointing as we were next to the A69.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Aug 2018

  • "Otters Holt was just perfect for our family holiday."

    The accommodation was spotless and very well maintained and is extremely spacious. All the appliances in the kitchen were very modern and of a good quality. Attention to detail was lovely even down to a torch and a great selection of books and games. Loved the numerous bathrooms particularly the rain shower in the utility room. Our dogs loved the garden but a fence or gate would have been welcome as they could easily leave the back garden and potentially get onto the busy main road at the front of the property. My daughter parked her car across the back access to prevent this from happening but our spaniel could still go over the garden area where the rotary clothes is. Anyone staying with dogs be vigilant. Beautiful garden with many aspects to it. Lots of apple, pear and damson trees. The owners are happy for you to pick the fruit when it's ripe. So my granddaughter and I were busy picking apples and pears on our last day. The hot tub was beautiful. Having lights around the hot tub area would have been useful as it was a little tricky getting out and finding your towels at night time. It was in a lovely location to enable us to visit the lakes, just a stones throw from the M6. A lovely pub was close by serving great meals and a co op about 15 minutes walk away. We used the facilities at the leisure centre which is part of a hotel, it was free because we were staying at Otters Holt. Well worth a visit. Great swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. A lovely holiday, we highly recommend staying at Otters Holt.

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Aug 2018

  • "This is the nicest place ive ever stayed so much room and bedrooms and bathrooms amazing."

    Garden area and hot tub lovely

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean and all the facilities you need."

    The garden is stunning and loved chilling in the hot tub. I will be coming back to this cottage I’m pretty sure of that.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jun 2018

  • "Cottage was amazing, rooms were very spacious and extremely comfortable."

    The garden was well used, especially the hot tub and fire pit. There was everything in the cottage you would need, toiletries, hair dryers in all rooms, even tin foil and baking paper etc... We were contacted on arrival to make sure everything was OK. There was even a welcome bottle of bubbly, which was a very nice touch. Only thing needs altering on write up is that now you can't access the river from the cottage. I would definitely recommend Otters Holt cottage, and would look at going back again some time.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great location, facilities 1st class."

    The garden was exceptional very nice family area. One very small negative is no champagne flutes.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0May 2018

  • "This was a beautiful property, and was ideal for 3 couples."

    I would stay in this property again

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Mar 2018

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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.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king bed with access from private ground floor sitting area with family bathroom; 1 x king with en-suite shower, basin and WC; 1 x twin zip/link (can be turned into super king) with en-suite bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Utility room with shower and WC
  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher
  • washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room
  • Gas central heating and wood burners
  • WiFi
  • Sky TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, towels and toiletries inc. in rent
  • 1 Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Cottage garden and lawned area with furniture and fire pit
  • Secure rear garden. Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 5 mins walk
  • Note: Max 6 adults

The property

This luxurious cottage nestles next to the River Eden in the centre of Warwick Bridge.

Finished to a remarkable standard, with stunning expansive grounds, fire pit and nearby access to walks along the river, this beautiful property offers high-quality living for a family holiday to Cumbria.

Put your feet up at the end of the day in front of Sky TV beside the sitting rooms wood burner under the character beams.

The kitchen area is open plan leading into a breakfast/dining area, itself having a wood burning stove.

Moving along this wide property, there is a bedroom suite all of its own, with a private sitting area with patio doors and a private staircase leading to a double room with a super king-size bed and dormer balcony.

The main staircase of the house leads to another two stunning bedrooms, one double and one twin zip-link that can be turned into a king, both with en-suite facilities.

The grounds of this cottage are a marvel.

To one side of the long outdoor area is a walkthrough cottage garden full of charming borders.

To the other, a lawned area leading to a private patio with furniture and fire pit and summer house.

The rear garden is secure.

The River Eden is immediately adjacent to the cottage, and the amenities of Warwick Bridge are all walkable.

Away from the walks, fishing and pampering closer to home, you are in the ideal spot for a range of drives.

The city life of Carlisle is only five miles away via the A69, and you are less than half an hour's drive from Scotland, the North Pennines and the Lake District. Perfectly located for exploring a host of areas in Cumbria, Otters Holt is the ultimate in luxury living for your family holiday at any time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Gretna Green 13.1 miles; Penrith 19.9 miles; Dumfries 36.2 miles

Carlisle is set in the county of Cumbria, situated just 10 miles south of the Scottish Borders and is nicknamed the Border City. During Roman times the town was established to serve the forts for Hadrian's Wall, which runs east from the city across the country to Wallsend on the east coast and today is recognised as a World Heritage Site. During the Middle Ages, due to its proximity to the Kingdom of Scotland, Carlisle became an important military stronghold and Carlisle Castle, still relatively intact, was built in 1092 by William Rufus, after once serving as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle now houses the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and the Border Regiment Museum. In the early 12th century Henry I allowed the foundation of a priory in Carlisle and the town gained the status of a diocese in 1122, resulting in the priory becoming Carlisle Cathedral. The Settle to Carlisle railway runs across some of the most breathtaking scenery to the popular Yorkshire town and Carlisle Racecourse has a packed fixture list including Ladies’ Day and evening fixtures. Within driving distance is the Victorian seaside town of Silloth and just over the border is Gretna Green, where you'll find the Gretna Gateway Shopping Centre and Anvil Hall, the famous wedding venue.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas