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Giddy Goose

Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 992355)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage was as expected, location in the centre was excellent."

    The cottage is advertised with private parking, it does have private parking but accessing the space and getting out of the back alleyway is virtually impossible. The other cottages that share the back lane parking area block in the space allocated for this cottage. We ended up having to ask people to move cars so we could get in / out, after being stuck for a day as the people next door had gone out blocking us in we gave up and opted for street parking. There is a parking permit for the property but best of luck finding a space. We ended up parking circa 1 mile from the property as the street and paid parking were always full. Advertising this with a private parking space is a real stretch, had we known the situation with the parking we would have booked another cottage. If you don't need parking then the cottage is fine, if you do need parking that is accessible at all times, i would recommend thinking twice.

    Sorrry to read you had such a negative experience at our cottage. Clearly not for you! We are lucky with our cottage as it does have private parking - very few do - and access by competent drivers is not difficult as tradesmen with big vans manage it without a problem. However, in high season when it is busy occupants of the cottages that have parking in the yard need to have consideration for others and that is usually the case. We visit at varying times throughout the year and have never had a problem such as yours. We feel you were very unlucky with your experience which possibly could have been avoided with a polite word with the neighbour. Basically, if you want perfect parking you probably need to be out of town. It's a bit of a 'trade-off' as the merits of being in the town are that all amenities such as shops, station, pubs, etc are on the doorstep yet the cottage is in a very quiet location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Giddy Goose, the house is spacious and comfortable - and the kitchen very well equipped Having the community field behind, was a great bonus for the youngsters!"

    What we did miss having was a toilet on the ground floor, but we realise that the design of the house doesn’t lend itself easily to that - and there are 3 on the other floors Many thanks

    Reviewed by MurielMay 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Giddy Goose, definitely not the cleanest property we’ve stayed in but completely understand if it’s a property which allows dogs it’s going to be difficult to deep clean between each visitor."

    Surface cleaning and initial presentation was good but maybe needs a non rental week for deep clean of kitchen units, paintwork etc. Hoover needs replacing - dreadful smell throughout house when we used it the night before leaving morning to tidy up. Everything that we needed as a family of 5 was available and the washing machine was a great addition- the only thing I missed was a clothes airer/ clothes horse to put up indoors for the wet weather days to dry the clothes just washed when we couldn’t hang them out.

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2022

  • "Enjoyable stay at the giddy goose."

    Really liked the location & overall the cottage met expectations. I really feel like the 5pm check in is to much though. There is no way it takes this long to thoroughly clean a property of this size.

    Hi Paul I accept your comment on the 5pm check in. It started with covid and extra cleaning required but I will address this with our agent Lakes Cottage Holidays. Glad you enjoyed your holiday and stay at Giddy Goose. Many thanks. Linda and Steve Owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "Fabulous time in Giddy Goose Cottage great location great accommodation would recommend a stay in the lovely cottage."

    Helen Watkin

    Hi Helen Thank you so much for your lovely review. Glad you had a great time and weather was kind I hope. Linda n Steve (owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2022

  • "Boiler was off and property really cold on arrival - suspected leaking radiator too."

    Fortunately I knew where Sykes office was and it was just before 5pm (bonkers that check in is 5pm by the way) so ran round before they shut. Fortunately the maintenance team were available and they called round REALLY quickly and fixed us up - pleasant men by the way. They commented that the settings on the boiler had been cranked up to max so that would make it switch off. So it may be useful to restrict people from doing that -- or at least someone check the property on the day someone is due to arrive - it wasn't obvious whether it had been occupied recently so the leak might have gone unnoticed for a while.

    Reviewed by BerniceDec 2021

  • "A lovely very conveniently situated spacious cottage in the heart of Windermere."

    Beautifully clean bathrooms and very well equipped. We were worried that the cottage wouldn’t be warm enough but we were never cold. Excellent!

    Reviewed by SylviaNov 2021

  • "Lounge very comfortable tv had Netflix etc, spacious kitchen well equipped even had shoe polish kit, sewing kit & first aid box."

    En suite bedroom, comfortable mattress , good shower and tv. Near supermarket and restaurants, even a post office! Good outside space.

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2021

  • "The Giddy Goose property is lovely, it has everything you need and is in a great location to explore the whole area as well as being able to walk to plenty of shops and restaurants."

    I really enjoyed my stay. The only issue that I have had is with the service post stay, I left 2 tops in the property which of course was my silly fault, especially as one was brand new that i'd bought whilst on holiday. After multiple phonecalls to Sykes I eventually had it confirmed that they had been found by the housekeeper. This took a number of calls and quite a bit of time chasing as it has to go between Sykes, the local branch- Lakes holidays and the housekeeper. By the end of October though I had it confirmed that the tops had been taken to the local branch and I paid the £15 fee for return. It is now mid December and I still have not received them and again after multiple calls the only answer I get is that they must have been lost in the post. Even though I paid for return apparently they are not sent recorded and no proof of postage is taken. I appreciate entirely that it is my own fault for forgetting the tops, but it is frustrating that it has taken so much chasing and that after having them found and paying for the return that you don't send them as recorded or take any proof of postage or anything at all to help a safe return. This would be helpful for the future perhaps or at least if I could speak to Lakes holidays directly to have sorted this. I would have paid for the recorded post as am gutted that I cannot get the new top back especially.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2021

  • "Loved how central the property was and that every need was well catered for."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by MarySep 2021

  • "As detailed on the phone, on the day we arrived the house (Giddy Goose) was not as clean as we would expect."

    The main and most obvious problem was lack of proper vacuuming: all carpets and rugs looked as though they haven’t been properly vacuumed for a while; one bedroom even has a muddy smear that had been left. Telltale bits of debris, cotton, threads, fluff etc were in every room. This is impossible to photograph now (I was not asked to take photos when I rang on the day we arrived). We tried vacuuming the next day and the smell it created was so revolting we had to spray freshener and open windows: the bag was full which might explain the poor vacuuming? I requested a new bag but we weren’t given one. There were other signs of poor cleaning. Cobwebs, dust and debris on window sills, a long black hair still stuck to the bathroom wall, broken glass just under one of the sofas. I’ve photographed all that I can. A cleaner was organised to come on the Saturday at 10:30am, we were given no choice of time. Unfortunately all of our kids were still in bed after a long day the day before, so we chatted to the cleaner and apologised and offered to clean the house ourselves. We did try vacuuming as explained. The last thing you want when you pay to stay somewhere is the disappointment of it being dirty, having to phone and make arrangements and being asked to vacate the property on the first morning so it can then be cleaned properly. All holiday lets are priced to cover the cost of cleaning. In our case that cleaning was simply not sufficient.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your experience at Giddy Goose. We are sorry to hear that you experienced some cleanliness issues at the beginning of your stay. We attempted to rectify the dust and cobwebs as a matter of priorty. With Giddy Goose being a pet friendly property, it is often the case that hoover filters can start to smell of dog - this is a brand new hoover. We thank you again for your feedback and will ensure that our cleaner is reminded of our expectations and usually high standard of cleaning. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SimonAug 2021

  • "Fantastic Location."

    Great Facilities. Lots of Space.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2021

  • "We had a brilliant 4 nights, could have done with longer, excellent cottage 2 minuets from the main street."

    One slight complaint trees around the gates could do with a trim as after any rain they are a bit of a challenge to get through without getting soaked.

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2021

  • "The accommodation was great and the position in Windermere superb."

    The property was really well equipped and spacious. My only criticism would be the standard of cleaning. There were cobwebs on ceilings and the rug in the lounge had not been cleaned as there was a cable tie under the table and bits all over it. The previous occupants had obviously never recycled as the bins were full of the wrong rubbish and stunk as they hadn’t been put out to be emptied for a while. We had to move them to the bottom of the garden the smell was so bad. We managed to get one emptied when it was bin day but I feel this should have been addressed by the cleaners. Hopefully Sykes/Lakes will now act upon this. Despite this we would definitely return and fully recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by DawnJun 2021

  • "This was our second time staying at the Giddy Goose cottage."

    It is ideally situated, spacious, homely and perfect for our family. It has great facilities, just like home from home. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by KelleyJun 2021

  • "A lovely property in a stunning location."

    This was our second visit to this property. Just needed a clothes horse as there wasn't one in the cellar cupboard. I would truly recommended this property.

    Reviewed by AnitaApr 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, great location and facilities."

    Would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2020

  • "Giddy Goose went beyond our expectations there is nothing I could complain about, slight concern about the stairs being quite steep which could be a problem for the elderly or very young, as I am 75 I managed without a problem."

    Cottage entertainment is very good , T.V. Books Games & Jigsaw. Plenty information on places of interest to visit. Cottage could not be any closer to the shopping area, and places to eat out. Starting to get back to normal as corona virus is slowly receding, { fingers crossed } The only down side no one can guarantee the weather. Great holiday was had by all

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2020

  • "More towels would of been nice."

    Radiator in the dining room did not work. Great location plenty of eating houses and pubs for a drink or two.

    Reviewed by SuzanneDec 2019

  • "We had a lovely visit to Windermere and really enjoyed our stay at the Giddy Goose cottage."

    It’s location could not have been better although the parking at the cottage requires some ‘concentration’. A bit tight but negotiable. The cottage was very comfortable and warm. Very clean and tidy. Plenty of room for the four of us. No DVD player but Netflix and Amazon Prime on tv. Good sized fridge and plenty of crockery and cutlery. We had a problem with one of the beds but this was quickly rectified after we called the office. Just two things which could be improved. More drinking/wine glasses and a bin in each bedroom would be useful. Other than these two minor details, we had a great time in this cottage. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DianaOct 2019

  • "A character cottage in a fantastic location - two minutes walk from the centre of Windermere and tucked away in a quiet spot."

    Reviewed by JoeSep 2019

  • "The Giddy Goose is a lovely cottage."

    Fab kitchen, dining room and lounge. Lovely garden. Handy having three toilets on two floors. Nice, clean bathroom. Good for my dog although she could jump the wall to the other gardens if she wanted! Problems included very uncomfortable (old?) mattresses, no bins in bedrooms, and no liners in pedal bin in toilet. Parking was extremely difficult outside of the property - very small space and narrow, awkward lane with no turning area! We parked on the road about 10 minutes walk away. One final point, nice bars and pubs most dog friendly. Cafes and restaurants mostly not dog friendly!

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Giddy Goose. I can confirm that the beds are all brand new. Bins are provided in all bedrooms and I can only apologise for the oversight regarding the liner in the bathroom bin this has been rectified. We look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by CAug 2019

  • "Super location for central Windermere, shops, bars and restaurants."

    The cottage is very comfortable, plenty of room for four adults, three kids and a dog. Great location to explore the lakes from.

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2019

  • "It's easy to book and make payments with you."

    The cottage itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed. It was also much more central and close to the shops, pubs and cafes than was expected (at the end of the street!) but it was still quiet. A perfect base. The only negative was the car parking, the space is limited but in such an area is expected. However, the parking space behind the cottage was very uneven which meant wading through big puddles when it had rained!

    Reviewed by VickyAug 2019

  • "The Giddy Goose is a beautiful cottage, beds were very comfortable."

    Linens used were too quality and it was spotless. The location was excellent, right in the centre of Windermere near lots of restaurants and shops. Only slightly tricky thing was parking. The courtyard has a narrow entrance to reverse into and takes a little practice getting in.

    Reviewed by LynJul 2019

  • "Beautiful, spacious cottage in a very central location."

    We were an extended family of 7 (5 adults, 1 teen, 1 child, 1 dog) and there was plenty of space for us all. Shops, restaurants and bars are minutes away. Parking is a tight squeeze but we coped. Very well presented cottage and well equipped. Our only comment is we needed more than one tea towel for 4 days!! There is no DVD player but there is Netflix so plenty of choice. Lake Windermere is a couple of minutes in the car, or 1 mile walk (uphill on the way back)! We also visited Lake Conniston, approx 30 mins drive. It was a real home from home and we would all definitely recommend and we would visit again. Thank you for a lovely holiday!

    Reviewed by CarolMay 2019

  • "Really lovely house in such a central location."

    Ideal for families.

    Reviewed by HelenaApr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, area was nice and easy to walk around to other areas of the lakes."

    Reviewed by GeorgieMar 2019

  • "Giddy Goose is perfectly located in the heart of Windermere with various amenities on your door step and Bowness-on-Windermere is only a 15 minute walk."

    The property was clean and tidy, with spacious rooms, the garden needs to be secured better if bringing pets but internally everything was as expected. Bedding and towels really fresh and clean, plenty of home from home comforts. My only issue internally is every door downstairs is a fire door, it was slightly frustrating every time you went through a door it instantly shut behind you (this is small issue because this property is lovely). Just slightly annoying when you are going between lounge and kitchen/dining room. Would 100% return as the location is perfect, my group was all girls weekend away and it was ideal for this. Another plus is the TV has multiple channels, Netflix and strong WIF connection. Overall very happy with Giddy Goose, comfortable house with everything you could want just outside your door step. Will 100% return.

    Reviewed by CharlotteFeb 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage and we really enjoyed our holiday."

    Plenty of space, clean, very well stocked kitchen, and very warm - the heating is very easy to control. Location is fantastic, plenty of shops and cafes/restaurants only a couple of minutes walk but parking not ideal as the private yard is in a pretty sorry state! You can actually fit 2 small cars in the private yard but one of you will have to park in front of the other so there will be some manoeuvring required if you want to go out! Anyhow, we managed but it is one downside. Good outside pebbled garden which is enclosed so useful if you have a dog. The mattresses in the top twin room are very soft and not good if you have a bad back so be warned! En-suite room lovely and spacious. Overall a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by GemmaDec 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x second floor double
  • 1 x large second floor twin room and 1 x small first floor double
  • First floor bathroom with shower over bath and basin
  • Separate WCs on both first and second floors
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with coal effect gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with coal effect gas fire
  • Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TVs, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel/power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • One allocated off road parking space in shared yard and a permit for on road parking
  • Enclosed garden/patio with a variety of furniture
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Bus and train station 5 mins walk

The property

Sitting off from the main street in the heart of Windermere, is this beautifully appointed, stone cottage.

Giddy Goose offers a wonderful position for exploring the Lake District with the family or a group of friends, boasting a well-presented interior and amenities on the doorstep.

On entrance is a vestibule, where you can kick of your boots and hang your coats before relaxing away your evening inside.

On the right is a cosy lounge boasting a large bay window and character oozing from the walls.

Not only does the coal-effect fire add warmth to the sitting room, the colour schemes uplift your mood each day.

The fully fitted kitchen overlooks the patio area and the dining room displays a large dining table set for eight.

Over the first and second floors are the bedrooms giving you flexible sleeping arrangements.

There is a cloakroom on both levels with the addition of a gleaming family bathroom and an en-suite adjoining the master bedroom.

Access to the parking area is via a private lane and the enclosed garden wraps itself around the exterior, with a sunny patio area and bistro set for enjoying a refreshing beverage.

Plant pots line the edge with colourful shrubs and over the wall are views of the quiet, public fields to the rear.

Windermere is a thriving town, with many attractions for all ages to enjoy.

Why not browse the shops before a delicious pub lunch?

Or take a boat cruise to Bowness and venture on one of many countryside walks?

There is mountain biking at Grizedale and the kids will love the 'World of Beatrix Potter'.

Those seeking a thrill can fly through the air on a zip wire, climb tree tops and take part in an adventure like no other at Go Ape adventure park!

You are also surrounded by many pretty towns and villages, well worth a visit; so consider a stay at Giddy Goose.

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

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.

The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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