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Low Melbecks House

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Bassenthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "The accommodation was lovely, very well appointed with quality fixtures and fittings."

    Beautiful location, very peaceful. Few minor maintenance niggles, potentially snagging as appeared new, but nothing that impacted the holiday. However, accessibility through the cottage was not ideal and this was not clear when booking. We were away with elderly parents and selected the cottage for the ground floor bedroom, however there were stairs to each lounge/kitchen area and to access the property, some without handrails and this did cause issues and concern. The WCs are low, again problematic for them and the bath, whilst lovely, was unmanageable for them to get in and out of. I think there was access into the cottage at grade, but parking was restricted close to this door, possibly due to ongoing building works. The first drive way gate requires someone to open and close it, within a field which is rural, uneven and at the time muddy terrain, again not ideal if you’re unsteady on your feet. Can I suggest it is worth noting more clearly that the property is not ideal if accessibility is a requirement on the description, but if not a requirement then I would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Jo3.8Apr 2024

  • "Highly recommended!"

    Reviewed by Will5.0Apr 2023

  • "It is a lovely property which was very clean and well equipped."

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Low Melbecks Cottage, and we loved it."

    We were very pleased to see that feedback from last year had been listened to and that the bathroom had been upgraded. The cottage is lovely, cosy and well appointed. Our son absolutely loves the pool table! We'll be back next year!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Oct 2022

  • "Our new favourite place in the lakes."

    Lovely holiday. Low Melbecks is the perfect place for a quiet holiday. The cottage was fully equipped with everything you need. Cosy and comfortable. Fun driving through the field past the sheep.

    Wonderful we are so pleased you had a great holiday thank you for choosing us. Hope to see you again soon. Mary Anne & Tony Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2022

  • "Because the cottage is remote - a welcome pack or at least a bottle of milk would have been nice."

    The garden furniture could do with a make over. There was a used tissue wedged into the gap in the table! Towel rail - the owners know about this!!! On the positive side the cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. The reason we wouldn't return is because the location is too remote for us.

    Reviewed by Jill3.8Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage set in idyllic surroundings with a stream running through the garden."

    Very quiet and peaceful with a magnificent view of Skiddaw from the upstairs window. There are lots of walks to be done from the cottage and Keswick is only 8 miles away. Our favorite pub is the Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite, which is a lovely unspoiled little village not far from the cottage - in fact you can walk there across the fields. The cottage was clean and well equipped. Bedding and towels are changed once a week. Just a couple of things though. There are lots of flies around, probably due to the fields of sheep nearby and also the towel rail fell off the wall in the bathroom, as it had not been fitted correctly. We saw from what had been written in the visitors book that it had been like that for about a year or more. We did mention this to Sykes, as we had nowhere to hang our towels. They removed the towel rail, but as of leaving, no replacement was provided. All in all we would love to return to this lovely part of the world and would definitely stay at Low Melbecks Cottage again.

    Reviewed by Kathryn E.4.7May 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Low Melbecks Cottage."

    The pool table in the shared Games Room was an absolute hit with our son! The cottage was comfortable and cosy with the wood burner and the kitchen was really well appointed. We cooked every night and were pleasantly surprised at the range of equipment and utensils provided. We could not access the drying room during our stay which was inconvenient as the weather was very wet! A previous guest must have taken the key. We reported this to Skyes/ the management company. The one room which needs improvement is the bathroom. The sign on the toilet lid is a bit inappropriate for families with younger children (it mentions condoms) and in general it needs modernising.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Oct 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage; generous in space and well equipped with kitchen tools, nice linen and a thoughtful and interesting choice of games/books/dvds."

    The (shared) games room and drying room are nice ‘extras’ too. WiFi doesn’t work (we were informed beforehand) and 4g signal is slow but this just added to the ‘get away from everything’ feel that the location suggests. If you want to enjoy the Lakes without the hordes then this is a great choice- off the beaten track in a less busy area, but with the convenience of Keswick down the road. Skiddaw is a good walk from the front door, and the Bassenthwaite a very short drive away- we had several great days with the canoe and SUP, swimming and chilling out (permits can be bought easily online). We’ve bookmarked this place as one for a repeat visit- the house next door can also be linked which is great for a future family meet up.

    Reviewed by Jen4.4Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in quiet location adjacent to two other rental properties."

    Beautiful secluded grounds. Location is 300m from road via double gated track through sheep field. House had everything we needed and was very comfortable. Shared use of a games room with pool table was a bonus. No wifi, but we had 4G in various parts of house and garden, so no problem for us.

    Reviewed by Roxane5.0Jul 2021

  • "Booking via telephone was great, very helpful young man."

    Cottage was lovely and very well equipped. Great kitchen. The beds were fine, if a little hard and uncomfortable. Receiving an email the week before to say wifi had just become unavailable, seems a bit cynical as pretty much every guest book entry listed wifi as not working. An entry in November 2020 said the bathroom towel rail was on the floor in the hall. It was still there, not repaired, at the end of May 2021. The shower leaked and we found it dripped down into the lounge at the bottom of the stairs. Didn't see this until the Thursday before we left. Given all that, we would still return to the cottage as we loved it, the situation and the pool / games room. Oh and we also found some water on the floor in the pool room after it had been raining, maybe roof leaking? Smells a bit damp. All in all a great stay, just a few maintenance issues.

    Reviewed by June4.1May 2021

  • "On discovering the dvd player was not working l phoned the office on 3 occasions , did not receive any promised return calls and l finished up purchasing a new one locally ."

    Also the towel rail in the bath room was adrift on one side , upon investigation l realised the inadequate mounting was not securely fitted rendering the towel rail unusable

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Oct 2020

  • "Good location for walking the fells."

    Everything was as expected for this type of holiday. Have already booked for next spring. Two totally satisfied customers.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is an excellent cottage, very well appointed, extremely comfortable, attention to detail, and Felt like home from home."

    Beautiful location, away from the hustle and bustle and enjoyed hearing the tawny owl at night. This is one of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in - and we had a fab week walking some very tough and exhilarating climbs!!

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Sep 2020

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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.


  • Four bedrooms: 3 x king-size 2 with en suite, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with WC and hand basin
  • Two separate kitchen/diners
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, sitting room with woodburning stove
  • First floor open plan lounge kitchen diner
  • External shared games room
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Smart TV with Freeview, DVD player, Sonos speaker, games room with pool table and TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available by prior arrangement
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • WiFi
  • Patio area with garden seating bordered by stream (children require supervision)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop within 8.3 miles, pub within 3.5 miles

The property

Keswick 8.8 miles.

Within the Lake District National Park, you can find Low Melbecks House resting on the edge of the Skiddaw Fells west of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Offering contemporary accommodation for a family or group of eight, enjoy returning each day to your home-from-home in the Lakes.

The side entrance leads in to a modern kitchen a chic space, with hues of creams and greys and stone tiled floors, home to modern everyday appliances.

A staircase leads to the first floor where you will find a spacious twin bedroom and king size bedroom as well as a family shower room with large shower cubicle, WC and basin.

A few steps take you down from the kitchen in to a cosy lounge where can relax in front of the wood burning stove. An interconnecting door leads from the lounge into the entrance hallway of the main house.

This can be locked from either side to create privacy for individual party/family members or opened up to create a spacious family home. The Main House is reverse-level in design with two ground-floor king-size bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities.

Choose from an elegant bathroom with freestanding bath and a wet-room style shower or a shower room with WC and hand basin to prepare for your day in style.

An interconnecting door leads from the main entrance hallway of the House in to the lounge of the Cottage and a staircase leads from the House hallway to the first floor which is completely open-plan and benefits from a Juliette balcony with stunning views of the fells.

Relax on the corner sofa and enjoy a quiet evening in front of the TV with a DVD player and Sonos speakers.

The kitchen area is amply equipped with everything you could need to set you up for a stay in the countryside, whilst the large dining area has seating for 8. Enjoy the garden, making use of the patio furniture to sit with a morning coffee as you listen to the stream which borders the area trickle along.

Enjoy walking by Bassenthwaite Lake.

Visit The Lakes Distillery or head to the Lake District Wildlife Park where over 100 species of animals live in the 25-acres.

Low Melbecks House is a charming retreat, secluded from the hustle and bustle offering a peaceful spot to enjoy time with your family and friends in the Lakes.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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Complimentary WiFi is provided.
Quality and reliability of connection will vary due to the reliance on the mobile phone 4G network the number of people using it, and the prevailing weather conditions. It therefore may be limited or slower than you are used to.
WiFi is for personal use only and is not intended for high data usage, gaming and/or use for business purposes.
It is only suitable for page browsing and sending emails.
Bookings cannot be accepted if they are solely reliant on the provision of uninterrupted and unlimited Wi-Fi.
Due to the type of service available in this location we cannot be held responsible or liable for the WiFi at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas