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Sawrey near Hawkeshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 935824)

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    • “Enjoyed the holiday the cottage was a good location for us however a couple of things need attention inside, the curtains in front room and kitchen fit terribly and make the place look a little shabby also heating in main bedroom was hit and miss and a big draft through front door needs sorting a couple of the kitchen doors are peeling,just a few things would make a big difference .on the plus side wood burner works well the shower was hot and WiFi was good and I would stay there again .”

    Mr Kelly, Leeds, December 2018

    • “What a beautiful location. That's our fourth time staying on Esthwaite farm since June . First time in Bassenthwaite cottage. We found it fantastic as usual. The cottage itself seemed " more cottagey " somehow, having the panelled internal doors with the old fashioned latches. The wood burner is just fantastic. Sitting there in front of a roaring fire brought back memories of holidays in my youth in County Down. The first couple of days the weather was terrible but it didn't put a damper on things. It was great sitting in front of the fire and looking out at the rain. In fact once I woke up in the early hours, went into the living room, the fire was still blazing and there was my wife peering through the window and I thought, if this weather gets any worse I'm going to have to let her in. I found the fire very easy to light although some people have said they could have done with instructions?? The kitchen had all we needed. The cooker was great but we ate out most days. We went into Hawkshead and got some provisions. Teabags, milk and the like. But a few instructions on how to make a cup of tea would have been helpful !!!!! The scenery is spectacular. A recommended walk would be right round Esthwaite water. Through Hawkshead and then round the west side. About 5 miles but not very hilly. Highly recommended. And that's from an almost sixty something. Other great places to see are Tarn Hows, Hawkshead Hill and Grizedale forest is a must. There's a visitors centre with a cafe and also a pottery shop with a potter doing his stuff. This is where we picked up our ceramic poppies all hand painted. A must see place. All in all another great week. No matter how many times you go to the lakes there is always something new to see. We love the place, especially my wife who says she'd like to move to the Lake District. I said I thought it was a great idea but we should write to each other at least once a week. Tommy & Angie Reid”

    Mr Reid, Wirral, November 2018

    • “location lovely Cottage basic and 'tired' no hot water for 2 days no gas to cook for 2 days so pretty disappointed overall would i go back to bassenthwaite? No would i use sykes again yes but would want a better experience”

    Mr Patterson, Knebworth, October 2018

    • “Some instructions for the wood burning stove would have been useful”

    Mr Camp, Royston, September 2018

    • “Beautiful location could not have asked for better. Great area for dogs/ kids with path to the lake. Lots of lovely walks surrounding the area. From the photos I was expecting it to be smaller that it actually was, lots of room for two adults, two 12year olds and a lab. Kitchen very well stocked with utensils a little small, but the whole cottage was very clean and comfortable, especially the beds!”

    Ms Slater, Dunstable, August 2018

    • “Great location, everything we needed, clean and tidy lovely village pub fantastic.”

    Mr Draper, Cambridge, June 2018

    • “Loved this cottage so much we stayed a few more days! It's quite out the way and either takes 30 minutes to get to civilisation or a fiver for a ferry crossing but we will defiantly be back next year. The views as you wake up are amazing and it's so peaceful. Only downside (and this is nitpicking) is the size of the kitchen as it is rather small but that's it. Would recommend to anyone looking to get away for a quiet week with the family.”

    Mr Kirkwood, Hull, December 2017

    • “This was our first family holiday away and it was one to remember. Amazing location and the cottage was beautiful if a bit secluded.”

    Mr Kirkwood, Hull, December 2017

    • “Nice cottage, quite tired inside, carpet could do with a good clean, cottage would benefit from a hoover! Great fire!”

    Mr Carr, London, November 2017

    • “Issue we had with shower tray dealt with brilliantly quick. Whilst we loved this cottage we never go back and always seek a different place to stay and explore. So no reflection on this property that we wouldn't rebook.”

    Mr Wilson, Par, September 2017

    • “The Cottage was fine, the only complaint was that the kitchen had a very strong smell of dead mouse. The directions to the House were not at all clear”

    Mr Feilding, Towcester, August 2017

    • “Amazing holiday dog walking around the Lakes, fantastic area and very dog friendly. Lovely property, will definitely be back”

    Mrs Metcalfe, Kettering, May 2017

    • “We had to be moved after our first night due to the noise in the apartment above. We did this through the owners and the second apartment was perfect.”

    Mr Hutchinson, August 2018

    • “The info said secure garden, safe for children and dogs, yes there is a wall between the lawn and the sheep, but there is an open gate, a large opening by the main building, an opening to the path to the lake and open woodland on the other side, not my idea of secure. The info showed the main building facing the lawn and said it was shared, it did not say it was shared by 11 cottages or that the one I booked was at the back 30 yds from the lawn. The info should show the exact location of the cottage being let, I had to remove the toilet extractor fan filter as it was blocked. Cobwebs under the bedside drawers, The shower tray did not always empty quickly enough to keep up with the shower. I felt the kitchen door opened the wrong way, it is only a small kitchen and the door was in the way, the fridge door and the microwave door also opened the wrong way making use awkward. I did not like the old fashioned door handles and window catches, 3 different types of catch on the windows! Only one working washing machine for several days and that was temperamental, there was only one 'henry' type hoover shared by 11!, a second appeared on the last day,”

    Mr Stapleton, Corby, July 2018

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
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  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
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The Property

Bassenthwaite is a lovely stone cottage apartment located in Sawrey, Cumbria. Throughout the home the colours are attractive, welcoming and very much in the modern-contemporary style but in keeping with the classic, period cottage style. With its light walls and wooden furniture, the living room is a lovely place to relax and unwind after a long day, with the woodburning stove warming your tired feet. It has a country-style kitchen, with many modern appliances to suit all your cooking needs, and a lovely dining area for four. The property has two spacious bedrooms, one double and one twin, perfect to accommodate small families. The bedrooms have a light decor, with splashes of colour in the bed throws and lovely artwork on the walls, giving this property a wealth of character. When you visit Sawrey, why not visit Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House? With inviting window seats offering stunning views across the Lake District. Inside Blackwell has a homely atmosphere, with its inglenook fireplace and benches to sit and chat in front of the fire, as well as many original decorative features, including a rare hessian wall-hangings. Bassenthwaite is the perfect property for remote holidays.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove. Shared laundry.


  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared laundry, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking in shared courtyard
  • Use of shared lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
  • Note: Limited mobile reception
  • Note: Tumble dryer by 50p coin meter
  • Note: There is a separate apartment on the first floor; associated noise may be heard
  • Note: Esthwaite property is an independent company and no one has rights to be on the water or fish or swim without paying Esthwaite water fishery
  • Please contact the Estate office before arrival
  • Note: Logs are charged at £4 per bag or 3 bags of logs at £10
  • Kindling is available for £4 per bag
  • Payment is made by the honesty box next to the logs.

Regional Information

SAWREY Hawkshead 2 miles. The village of Sawrey is situated two miles from Hawkshead down the eastern side of Esthwaite Water, overlooked by the woods and tarns of Claife Heights. Sawrey consists of two separate hamlets - Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey - both with a cluster of picturesque cottages, tea rooms and pubs. Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote her acclaimed children's stories. Now a museum, owned and run by the National Trust, Hill Top is one of the most visited houses in the Lake District. Far Sawrey is the hamlet furthest away from Hawkshead and the nearest to the ferry point on Windermere. It offers a church and pub/restaurant with a beer garden. There are good walks in the area, including those to Claife Heights and in Grizedale Forest. It's also a great base for enjoying a wide variety of typical Lakeland pursuits - with watersports close at hand on Lake Windermere, fishing on nearby Esthwaite Water and, of course, fell walking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas