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Sawrey near Hawkeshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 935815)

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    • “Beautiful Setting, Clean and Tidy, Buttermere and Loweswater cottages”
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    • “Stopped at Loweswater and Buttermere Cottages in this development in May 2018. Both cottages were immaculately clean and pretty much as shown on webpages. The stone built building oozes character and the surrounding views are stunning which is the biggest bonus of these cottages. The grassed area is fenced off making it safe for children and dog friendly (as they can't get at the sheep!). A very short walk takes you to the lakes edge. Picnic tables are provided. Two dogs are allowed in each cottage. The cottages themselves are nice enough but whilst they are very tidy and exceptionally clean they could do with a few little touches which would take them from tidy to fabulous. That said, these were minor issues (sofa was broken in one cottage and other cottage had a very old fashioned floral sofa which is not as seen in the website photo!) The bathrooms are probably overdue a bit of modernisation as they looked slightly tired, (think it was probably last fully refurbished in the early 1990's judging from the shower cubical and taps!) However, it did have heated modern towel rails and was spacious enough with walk in showers. Curtain rails were broken in one cottage and the entrance could benefit from a bit of TLC, (dead ivy on frontage and a very faded out of date 'map' on the wall!) Some of the paintings on the walls inside looked like they'd been hanging there about 30 years! However, these were really all pretty minor things. Just a shame as a bit of attention to these simple things would make a nice cottage a fabulous one! We didn't want for any utensil as absolutely everything was provided with a good selection of glasses (including champagne, pints and wine glasses) and cooking pots, pans, toaster, plates etc., even a teapot. Fan oven worked well. Bed linen was crisp and clean and towels white and fluffy and plenty of them. The cottages were also warm with plenty of hot water. Our fridge did not have a freezer section which was slightly problematic given that we needed to keep a cool bag frozen for carrying insulin. However, Buttermere cottage did have a fridge with freezer compartment, bear in mind if you need ice! There was a small tv in the lounge with limited channels, and a DVD player included. No TV in bedrooms. One warning would be that there was unavoidable noise from the cottage apartment above. The residents were not inconsiderate, it was just that the floor above seemed to maximise every little noise (we could hear their dog trotting across the floor at 5am and toilet flushing!) So I would say, bear in mind if you book the ground floor cottages there could be noise. Near Sawrey has a fab pub the Tower Bank Arms, which was about 5 minute stroll and it served great food and wine/ales. There is also the Sawrey House Hotel in strolling distance which was very beautiful setting. The Cuckoo's Brow Inn was also really great, but a little further away (15 minute stroll) in far Sawrey. Both pubs must have reservations in advance. You can also walk to Hawkeshead on the new footpath, but bear in mind that sections of this route do not have a path and are on a very busy country lane, which isn't suitable for pushchairs and felt a little dangerous. You can drive to Hawkeshead though in about 7 minutes. You can also walk to the Ferry for Bowness and Windermere (but it is a rather longer walk of about 35-40 minutes) All in all, I would sum up that If you're looking for a character cottage with contemporary modern interiors (which are so available now a days) then I'd say avoid these as they are a little dated. However, If you are less worried about style they are very serviceable and we had no regrets staying here. We think it was good value at around £35 pppn for the week). Would I recommend. Yes and no.... yes because of the location and value. Would we book again....probably not, there is so much luxury choice now at affordable prices I think I'd look for somewhere next time that has paid more attention to the little details.”

    JudyPen, Midlands, May 2018

    • “Idyllic Cottage in peaceful setting”
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    • “We booked this cottage for our regular Easter break as we love this area of the Lakes. The cottage itself is immaculate and very well stocked - smokeless coal and logs waiting for us and plenty of clean towels. We had a bit of a problem with a pipe that came loose in the toilet which turned the bathroom into a bit of a swimming pool for an hour or so but it was a minor issue that was fixed by a plumber and an adjustable spanner! The management were extremely apologetic but we were philosophical that things like this can happen to anyone. The surrounding area of Esthwaite is stunning and you can access the Lake by a small path that leads from the grounds to the edge of the water. The aspect from Buttermere cottage is directly over the gardens and hills beyond so truly beautiful. Hawkshead is about a ten minute drive away or you can walk to the local pub in Near Sawrey, the Tower, which is about 200m up the road. Recommendation would be to bring a torch with you if you want to explore at night and remember that the nearest shop is a drive away so don't forget to bring your essentials! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a modern clean cottage in a beautiful location.”

    Hayley H, Ashby De La Zouch, United Kingdom, April 2017

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    • “We really enjoyed our stay at Buttermere cottage. It was comfortable, clean and cosy. It had everything we needed. Our only issue was the log burner. We just couldn’t keep it alight. Our friends, who were next door, had the same problem with theirs. Apart from that, we were very happy with the cottage.”

    Mrs Minett, Poole, October 2018

    • “We had a really lovely holiday. Very peaceful, weather was kind! The property, as with all at Esthwaite Farm, was excellent. We look forward to coming again next year.”

    Mrs Bartlett, Pontefract, September 2018

    • “As this was a ground floor apartment type accommodation there was a lot of noise from the accommodation above.”

    Mr Bolton, Accrington, February 2018

    • “Nice little property, good facilities and found it very suitable having 2 dogs with us. Little bit of tlc required in the bathroom (boxing in pipe work in the bathroom, shower door doesn't shut properly and a lick of paint to the radiator). Would also suggest upgrading the storage heaters as the one in the bedroom didn't work and the living room one was missing switch to adjust. Saying that these are simply minor things and I would stay there again”

    Mrs Wragg, Keighley, November 2017

    • “perfect location for a relaxing time”

    Mr Govier, Cambridge, September 2017

    • “Very good booking system did what it said it would. House great no complaints.”

    Ms Bright, Northampton, March 2017

    • “There was no information about emptying the bins at end of stay or about recycling.”

    Mrs Lynas-gaze, Liverpool, January 2017

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
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The Property

Buttermere is a ground floor apartment situated in Sawrey, Cumbria. Inside, the property has been decorated to a high-quality standard, with spacious rooms and modern furnishings and fittings for your ultimate comfort. The open-plan living room has two red sofas, a large TV and a cosy woodburning stove. There is also a lovely window seat with views across the picturesque farmlands. Step into the kitchen, where you will be greeted with pristine white units and cabinets, with sleek black granite worktops and a range of contemporary appliances. There is a dining area with seating for up to two people and is a wonderful social space. The property has one double bedroom with lovely yellow painted walls and matching bedside tables with reading lamps. Let's not forget the en-suite shower room with modern fixtures and fittings, perfect for quick and relaxing showers. While you stay at Buttermere, why not visit Moss Eccles Tarn? A 5-acre lake on Claife Heights, with beautiful water lilies, a dam and it offers grassy walking paths and fishing spots. Buttermere is the place to visit for a short break with your partner.


All ground floor. One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove. Shared laundry.


  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared laundry, dishwasher, 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:

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