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Periwinkle Cottage

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Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "House was very welcoming Tina was very helpful."

    Very peaceful with the relaxing sound of the nearby weir sitting in the outside space. Good transport links and canal and river walks. Navigation inn just yards away good food and friendly staff.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2024

  • "Another lovely relaxing stay."

    All our needs were catered for. Very dog friendly garden. Tina the housekeeper is a lovely lady who made us feel very welcome. Will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2024

  • "A lovely, comfortable cottage and garden."

    Spotlessly clean, well furnished and equipped. Tina, the caretaker, manages the accommodation extremely well and provided many extras. Thank you for a pleasant stay and we would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Apr 2024

  • "The property is clean and well presented with lots of welcoming features."

    It’s obvious from our previous visits that there have been lots of improvements mainly due I suspect to the new housekeeper. We’ve already booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Mar 2024

  • "This is a lovely, quirky cottage ideally situated by the side of the River Soar/Grand Union canal, 50 yards away from a pub and just a short drive/walk to plenty of shops."

    The river was in full flow after heavy rain and was spectacular to see the water cascading over the weir and noisy too! Tina was extremely helpful and welcoming, checking with us before, during and after our stay. The cottage was super clean and tidy and had, literally, everything to hand, best cottage we have ever stayed in for that.

    Thank you so much mr johns so happy you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your wonderful comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2024

  • "Quaint cottage, beautiful location, housekeeper Tina was brilliant."

    Will definitely come back. Thank you for a lovely chilled out week.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was our second visit, everything at the cottage was just as lovely as the first time."

    Tina the housekeeper is outstanding.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Feb 2024

  • "The cottage was cosy, clean, warm & well equipped."

    It was an ideal location for dog walking - next to a canal, river & several open fields. Unfortunately the fields turn in to 'flood planes' after heavy rain & even the back garden is known to flood!! So would suggest you check the long-range weather forecast before booking this lovely cottage!!

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Feb 2024

  • "Delightful cottage in a pretty location."

    Well-equipped (kitchen utensils etc) and efficient heating so it was cosy during very cold weather ! Clean and obviously well-maintained by the very helpful housekeeper Tina who kept in touch by text message and ensured we had everything we needed. All in all a very warm welcome. Recommend !

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jan 2024

  • "It was a lovely cottage well presented and in a lovely area, no one could predict the weather we had but at least the water didn’t get in."

    Tina was very helpful.

    Thank you so much Simon it’s was so lovely to of meet you and Caroline and Oscar Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2024

  • "Periwinkle is a pretty little cottage, at the end of a quiet mews and with a small parking space at the rear."

    Although very compact, the cottage is really comfortable and cosy, with everything you could possibly need. The little kitchen is modern and very well equipped - even having a slow-cooker which we made good use of. Because of the recent incessant rain, some of the local walks were flooded and inaccessible. But the canal-side walks were still lovely with appropriate footwear! I'm sure we'll be back to enjoy the outside space at a different time of year.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2023

  • "The cottage is very welcoming and natural, and feels like a home."

    It has everything you might need and I would definitely stay again. The contact, Tina, is extremely helpful so thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at periwinkle."

    the cottage was spotless and ideal for us and had everything we needed, the lady who looks after the cottage (Tina) was so helpful and always on the end of the phone if a problem had arisen. There was a lovely seating area outside (we weren’t lucky enough to have warm weather). It is near a canal with walks and a pub within a 2min walk. Lovely and quiet would definitely go again. Beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Nov 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Periwinkle cottage."

    It's so lovely. Tina the new house keeper was amazing. The cottage was clean, warm and very welcoming. There is an under counter fridge that has a small freezer compartment in it. It also has a toaster which isn't on the list, and a clothes airier for those items that can't go in the washer/ dryer. The garden is also lovely There are lovely walks along the Canal. The parking space is tight, but we got our Estate car in there with no problems. Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2023

  • "Cute and cosy cottage."

    Only slight drawback, staircase rather too narrow when taking heavy suitcases upstairs (for two 80 year olds!). Otherwise, everything else fine.

    Reviewed by Bob4.4Sep 2023

  • "Another great stay at the cottage."

    All our needs were there and my dogs. Lovely walks along the river and dog friendly pubs. The food at the Navigation was well worth a visit. The housekeeper Helen was on hand as the TV was playing up and had trouble with it. Lovely lady. Will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Periwinkle Cottage was exactly as described and very clean and welcoming on our arrival."

    Its pretty, charming and well equipped property with everything we and our 2 dogs needed for a comfortable stay. The secure enclosed garden is a bonus and also the local walks along the canal are on the doorstep. Our 3rd booking with Sykes Cottages with another in boked in October, and we will be using them again, great choice of properties and excellent service.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is delightful and the situation central to many interesting places to visit."

    Everything was fine on our arrival apart from there were no bin bags, I had to purchase my own, and the dishwasher had no cutlery basket! Everything went smoothly until Monday evening, I filled the dishwasher, put it on and we sat and watched the tv. The dishwasher was running through its cycle when suddenly all the electricity went off, I checked outside to see if anyone else had the same problem but their lights were on. I called the housekeeper at 10.30 and she arrived 45 minutes later. She switched off the fuse for the dishwasher and the electricity came back on. She said she couldn’t do anything tonight but would get an electrician to fix it and could we manage with what we had until then, I said yes, expecting something to be sorted the following day, she said she would contact me. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday came and went with no contact or any sign of a resolution. During this time we managed with two mugs, no tumblers, one saucepan and a wok, luckily there were sufficient bowls, plates and cutlery. We were out Friday morning and received a phone call to say the electrician would be coming during the afternoon. When we returned they were just leaving, although the dishwasher couldn’t be repaired as it needed a new part. But hey ho we had the items from the dishwasher at last, the day before our departure! I have never in all the years I’ve used Sykes had to leave a review that wasn’t positive. Our experience would have been so much better had we been communicated with. I know things break down and understand that it is frustrating for both the owners and the people hiring the property, but we were left wondering what was happening and managing with what we had. Needless to say I will probably not be returning.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.1Jul 2023

  • "Had a fabulous stay at periwinkle cottage."

    Was great for dog walking. Garden very secure and lovely to sit in out weather permitting. Parking a bit tight but managed with a bit of manovering with our astra. Just an idea but might be easier without the end corner fence panel. Small bath slightly deep if you have mobility issues. Good shower over might be better with just shower tray rather than the bath. Pub just two minutes away. Didn't eat there but menu looked fine. Nice beer garden to sit by canal. Would definitely recommend this cottage with or without a dog. Lovely walks along canal and watching the boats sail by. Will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great location, with pubs, canal, river and dog walks virtually on the doorstep."

    Super secure garden for pets. Car parking space a bit tight, but managed SUV with little effort. Very clean and comfortable all round, with excellent WIFI. Would definitely stay again.Loughborough market, Thursdays and Saturdays worth a visit, only 10 minutes away.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely place clean well equipped other than we didn't have any scissors, small thing ."

    Garden was lovely and the neighbor's and local people very helpful and friendly lovely area to visit and the cottage was at the heart of it all .thankyou

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, with well laid out accommodation given its size, suitable for up to 3 people, in a quiet, almost canalside position."

    Parking at the rear of the cottage was tight but a real bonus, particularly with the location of the cottage. The very secure, private and well maintained small garden was excellent for young children and dogs. Close proximity to a nice pub and local shops was very useful. We would sugggest the inclusion of a pair of kitchen scissors, a cafetiere, (so don't have to use the coffee machine for just one cup), and fire lighters in addition to matches, to start the wood burning stove. Next time the cottage is decorated we would recommend that old rawl plugs are fully removed, and the gaps around the plug sockets and light switches are properly filled, in addition to the old drill holes, (where there have been shelves/pictures previously). Less ornaments/pictures on the kitchen shelves would provide more space for visitors' own provisions, given the compact galley kitchen. The sofa and armchair now look worn and we recommend these are replaced. These simple improvements and additions would provide an even better impression and visitor experience. Attention to detail is always important, and there has clearly been careful thought in the presentation and quality amenities of this delightful cottage. We would be happy to stay at Periwinkle Cottage again.

    Thank you very much Ian for your suggestions. We will be visiting the cottage in a couple of weeks and plan on replacing the sofa and armchair with new ones and will be taking into consideration all of your other suggestions to update the cottage and improve its quality and appearance. Cheers! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Jun 2023

  • "Parking would be made easier if the bunker was moved out of parking area or swopped over with plant pots"

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We will plan on moving the bunker and hopefully that will improve the parking area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7May 2023

  • "This is a charming period property in a lovely location right next to the river soar and the Soar canal/navigation."

    Charnwood is a beautiful area with chocolate-box villages and magnificent ancient oak woodlands. The lounge and kitchen are small but comfortable. The WiFi and smart TV are excellent. There was no empty space in any of the kitchen cupboards to put away our food, and, as we were self catering for a week this was an issue. I moved the plants and Knick-knacks off the kitchen wall shelves to the window so that we were able to put our supplies on the shelves. The master bedroom is beautiful and very comfortable. The second bedroom is very small with no storage, but that said, it has a large and very comfortable single bed (which I slept in). There is room for a small side table by the bed and the addition of this would (plus a bedside reading light would make that little room more comfortable). There was room to hang my clothes in the open plan wardrobe in the master. I took the dressing table stool from the master and put the tray from the lounge on it ( to prevent spills) and used it for my book and morning cuppa. The under floor heating is not working but the oil filled radiators kept us very cosy (and we had some morning frosts and overnight lows of 0 degrees). The upstairs radiators were all working and it was toasty warm. The bath is small but definitely adequate. I had a lovely soak every morning. My husband used the shower and said that the water pressure was great. We had some cleanliness issues on arrival (dog hair). The hoover was light and easy to use. The owner was supportive and offered a price reduction (which we declined because the cottage is really fab in all other respects). The owner is going to speak to the cleaning company to ensure that everything is spic and span in the future. The owner is really lovely and helpful. She emailed us on arrival day with lots of helpful information and responded to our queries in a kind and thoughtful way. We would definitely stay at Periwinkle Cottage again. It’s pluses massively outweigh the few minor issues.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are visiting the cottage in a couple of weeks and plan on using your suggestions to improve the experience for guests in the future. :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Oak4.1Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage pretty garden"

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2023

  • "Quaint old cottage in need of some TLC."

    Black mould around ‘bath’ which looked quite unpleasant. Bath very small- more a deep shower tray. Underfloor heating ineffective and had to use three of the four electric heaters provided. No dishwasher tablets or washing pods available as stated by owner. Car space very tight and suitable for a small car only. Pendant light very close to shower ?? Safety. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay and a beer at the pub despite the large number of dogs frequenting it.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are installing new radiators in the living room and kitchen to improve the heating in the cottage. We are also working closely with the maintenance team to make sure they understand what needs to be provided for guests and ensure that things aren't forgotten in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryan2.8Mar 2023

  • "Lovely position ,good dog walks near by, through fields or along canal."

    Parking could be a problem for some. Housekeeer needs to dust more and provide what owner says s available ie wash powders/ pods and dishwasher tablets. Cottage is very charming.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.1Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Barrow."

    The cottage was cosy and comfortable and the neighbours very friendly. Unfortunately our week coincided with the Soar being in flood so not all the local walks were fully accessible but there are beautiful country parks only a short drive away and everything else we needed was close at hand.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Mar 2023

  • "There was no toilet paper at the cottage."

    The parking area was difficult to get into. There were a number of items which were dirty or wet in the kitchen and you could only access plates by removing heavy items first from a bottom shelf. everything was also muddled up in the cupboards in the kitchen. Coffee machine is filthy. The house was freezing cold. there is no point in changing the temperature on heating controls when the clock is not set for heating to be working. The starter pack for the woodburner was not enough to heat the house on the first night nor one bag of logs from the co-op, 2nd night. We only stayed two out of the three nights we payed for as did not want another evening and following morning not being warm enough. The two oil filled radiators were too small too give out enough heat. There were no bin liners. The cottage itself was in a lovely spot, some care and attention would make all of the difference. No one wants to stay in a cold and partly dirty house.

    I really appreciate your honest feedback, and I am mortified that you had such a terrible experience at the cottage! I can assure you that I am following up with my housekeeper to ensure that the issues you experienced never happen again. There is no excuse for there not to be toilet paper or bin liners on the property, and everything in the kitchen should be clean. I don't know why the heating controls were not working properly, and I am making sure in the future this is always checked before every new guest arrives. I can only apologize, and I hope the refund I offered helps to mitigate some of the inconvenience and disappointment. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alicja1.6Mar 2023

  • "Another great and comfortable stay."

    All our needs where catered for. Only negative was underfloor heating. Had trouble with it heating. Great dog walks and nice pubs. Will be back in summer.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Periwinkle Cottage, our first during a heatwave in July, this one a bit of a contrast with minus temperatures outside, but both very enjoyable and comfortable."

    It's a little gem of a place with a very secure back garden for dogs and good dog walks from the door. We used it as a base for visiting family and friends in Leicestershire, but there are also many visitor attractions nearby. As someone has already said, the single bedroom is maybe only suitable for a child, with nowhere to store things, but the cottage has everything you need for two adults. The CoOp in Barrow was handy for food, and extra logs for the log burner which kept us cosy in the cold evenings. The Navigation Inn just over the canal bridge was very friendly and handy for food, we didn't get to visit any other eating places. The owner's email before your stay is very informative regarding TV, WiFi, parking, etc. Parking is actually a bit of a squeeze, as you have to leave the drive clear for access to the farm at the back, but we managed OK with our Octavia estate. Just a couple of little niggles, it would be useful to have a folder with all the usual information regarding instruction booklets for appliances in one place, what can go in the recycling bins, etc. Also, a shelf inside the fridge door was broken, which I informed the owner about so hopefully this has been rectified. Apart from that this cottage is perfect.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.7Dec 2022

  • "Great little cottage,lovely walks with the dog,lovely little village nice pubs 1 ..."

    Great little cottage,lovely walks with the dog,lovely little village nice pubs 1 only 50yds away couple as you come into the village only 10 minutes away,would definitely go back

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Nov 2022

  • ""We stayed in a cosy little cottage ."

    ..periwinkle is its name.. by simply being perfect...that's it's well earned claim to fame... Celebrating our 52nd the happiest of cosy places... ..and warming our "tootsies" by the roaring log fire... Haha...always kept a smile upon our faces.. So Periwinkle Cottage, we never will forget.. because our stay in this delightful place...was definitely one of our very best yet."......Mary, and Frank.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage slap bang on the river and canal, with access to a number of walks (an absolute must if you're a dog owner)."

    Also, the location gives easy travelling to a number of other attractions, including country parks, National Trust properties as well as the cities of Leicester & Nottingham. The cottage itself is well-appointed and all mod cons provided. It also has an enclosed garden - another bonus. There were just a couple of small niggles: Firstly, we could have done with some handy instructions on some things: boiler, tv system notably, and secondly, a bit more storage space upstairs would have been welcome. That said, I can genuinely recommend this property as a cosy location for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Nov 2022

  • "A really nice, comfortable and well-equipped cottage."

    The welcoming email from the owner was particularly appreciated. A great deal of consideration has been given to dog owners, with feeding/drinking bowls provided and a very secure rear garden. Lots of great walks right on the doorstep too. We enjoyed our stay. First class!

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2022

  • "Rather limited cupboard space in kitchen, need a wardrobe in main bedroom."

    Heating on ground floor not too good (didn't use log fire, however)

    Reviewed by Bob4.4Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for our needs, knowing the dogs were safe in the fully enclosed garden meant so much."

    The cottage was comfortable with high end fixtures and fittings, the kitchen was fabulous, everything you would need is there. Walks from your door, a pub serving excellent food only a stones throw away, we will most definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    It suited all my needs. All comforts were provided for. The garden was secure for my dogs. Bed linen and towels were of good quality. Good location for dog walks.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Sep 2022

  • "The Cottage was lovely and beautifully kitted out Location is wonderful for dog walks and the local pub was most pleasant."

    The garden was extremely safe for our dogs. Would recommend this Cottage.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Aug 2022

  • "A delightful little cottage being a stones throw from the River and with field and river walks from the door."

    Some very nice local pubs within walking distance too, this is an ideal location to explore the area and enjoy a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage very well equipped kitchen, beds very comfortable, garden safe for dogs, nice pubs to eat and drink at, found it a central base to explore the surrounding area."

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely stay at this comfortable, well presented cottage."

    Good walks from the door and great choice of local pubs. Short car ride to other attractions, my dogs loved Beacon Country Park. The cottage is good for two adults but I think the second bedroom is more suitable for a child. The main access to the second bedroom is off the staircase but care needed when going in and out. Can be accessed through main bedroom and bathroom.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7May 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single with Jack-and-Jill access
  • Jack-and-Jill bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio, furniture and barbecue
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is a step down into the living/dining room, please take care

The property

Nestled in the picturesque village of Barrow upon Soar in Leicestershire, is this charming two-bedroom end-terrace cottage, Periwinkle Cottage.

Boasting a wonderful history dating back to the mid-1700s as a former millworkers cottage, and beautiful views overlooking the River Soar, Periwinkle Cottage is a delightful pet-friendly holiday home for a couple or family of three, plus their two canine companions.

Step into the well-equipped kitchen, featuring a handy dishwasher and washer/dryer, where you can conjure up a delicious feast for your loved ones, ready to savour at the dining table for three.

On warmer days, why not fire up the barbecue in the rear enclosed garden and dine alfresco, as your four-legged friends stretch their legs?

After dinner, retire to the sitting room, with underfloor heating, where you can snuggle up on the plush seating and select a much-loved show from the Smart TV, as your pooches curl up in front of the crackling woodburning stove.

Climb the stairs up to the first floor where you can indulge in a soothing soak in the bath or freshen up with a shower in the Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

As your eyes grow heavy, choose from two well-appointed bedrooms, a king-size with views over the garden, and a single.

You won’t have to venture far when you don’t feel like cooking, with the popular Navigation Inn right on your doorstep, offering a tasty menu and local ales, ideally followed by a leisurely stroll along the picturesque canal.

The village also offers further dining options, including The Moorings and Soar Bridge Inn which rest along the river, along with a well-stocked convenience store, the Barrow Boating hire service for leisurely rows along the river, and a railway station offering easy links to the surrounding areas.

Mountsorrel rests nearby and offers the attractions of the Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum, the Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre and the wildlife rich nature reserves of LRWT Cossington Meadows and Mountsorrel Meadows Nature Reserve.

Continue onto Rothley, where you can test out your swing at the Rothley Park Golf Club, hop aboard a vintage steam train at the Great Central Railway, or hook your catch of the day at Willows Farm Fishing.

The thriving city of Leicester awaits, with its plethora of museums, including the National Space Centre, the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery and the Newarke Houses Museum, there is also the popular De Montfort Hall and the nearby Tropical Birdland.

Your Leicester adventure awaits with a stay at Periwinkle Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Loughborough 3.6 miles; Rothley 4.9 miles; Leicester 9.7 miles.

The charming village of Barrow upon Soar rests in northern Leicestershire between Leicester and Loughborough in the Soar Valley. The village is home to a handful of shops, pubs and eateries, along with a train station with links to the Midland Main Line and Ivanhoe Line. Barrow upon Soar is known for its excellent limestone and pleasant location running alongside the River Soar, while the surrounding areas provide many more picturesque locations for visitors and easy links to the city of Leicester and Coventry. The town of Loughborough rests less than five miles from the village and is known for its university campus, the Charnwood Museum and the scenic Queen's Park, while also offering further amenities and the UK's only main line heritage railway, Great Central Railway. For walks and cycling paths, the Beacon Hill Country Park rests just a few miles west of the village and presents a wonderful area amongst nature, ideal for adults and children alike.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas