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Sawrey near Hawkeshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 935819)

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    • “The cottage is in a fantastic location for staying in the Lakes, we have stayed on the complex last year so picked the cottage we thought would be ideal at the end of the buildings overlooking the lake, and it lived up to expectations in fact exceeded them the cottage has recently been upgraded with a new kitchen and furniture which made a great improvement, so much so we have booked again for next year, my only feedback is charging for wood for the fire, I thought you should have a least filled the wood basket for our arrival, I did pay for the first batch however felt your charges are high, I would have expected to pay a nominal fee, the cottage was not cheap to rent for New year week so felt this was excessive charge, also a simple item such as the chopping board had been designed using the same finish as the worktop however this had not a good idea as the knives cut into the surface, looked great on arrive however after a few uses soon showed it did not work, if you are continuing to upgrade the rest of the cottages I would use a standard board. Only a small thing we fully enjoyed our stay quite and peaceful after a very busy year, location fantastic and would recommend to my friends and relatives. Great feature we can bring Archie our boarder terrier he loved it as well. Kind Regards Brian Foster”

    Mr Foster, Accrington, December 2018

    • “My wife and I love the place. That was our third stay since June. First time in Windermere cottage. It didn't fail to satisfy. The cottage itself is clean and well set out. The shower is great. The beds are comfortable. And of course you have the wood burning fire. The kitchen has everything you would need to cook a nice meal and while you're in there all the while overlooking the lake. The location's superb. So close to Hawkshead. And a 5 or 6 mile drive to Ambleside or Coniston. And if you don't drive there's always the bus at the top of the lane. My wife is getting over a serious illness and has limited mobility along with partial sight but she can still appreciate the wonderful views. Holidays abroad are impossible now so we decided on the lakes. Just a pity we didn't do it years ago. At night I often drove in to do the 'Hawkshead pub crawl'. All 4 of them. Small beautiful pubs. No owned by the big breweries. The food is great in all of them. In fact there isn't a pub,cafe or restaurant to where I wouldn't return. I did read some reviews before I went and some of them just beggar belief. One person complained about sheep being in the next field. "least there was a wall keeping them away". What a shock that must have been, sheep in the Lake District. Another one complained about cobwebs beneath the drawers in the bedroom dresser. In our bedroom I took the bottom half of the dresser and my wife had the top. I checked mine and there were no cobwebs and I can assure there were no cobwebs in my wife's drawers either. It was also nice to see children out walking with their parents or playing instead of being on their ipad or phone. Also what a delight to wake up in the morning to sheep bleating or cows mooing. In contrast to the noise of cars, trains and buses of the city. One negative aspect is that my wife didn't like the curtains, but then again she doesn't like me. We liked it so much we've booked again for November. All in all, highly recommended if you want to get away from the daily grind of urban life. Tommy &Angie Reid”

    Mr Reid, Wirral, September 2018

    • “On the patio there was no parasol asked for one on Monday we did not get one ?.Table and chairs was rubbish to sit on.New window needed fitting double glazed. The front entrance not good..Building work going on next doorTable all pot marks.”

    Mrs Mullington, Rochdale, June 2018

    • “Great spot for getting around the South Lakes or just for a relaxing holiday.”

    Mr Stafford, Cheltenham, June 2018

    • “A good location away from the busy centres but readily accessible.”

    Mr Vaughan, Stroud, April 2018

    • “In the kitchen short of one or two plates cooker very hard to use controls all worn off .curtins drab and faded.suite to low, hard to get up from by some one old. All fitting old and out of date in the lounge.New Windows needed double glaze. New front door.lock hard to use, The entrence can be made better,The table and chairs need replacing marks on top of table In the toilet and shower room this is the only room we can't fault 10/10 very good.”

    Mrs Mullington, Rochdale, November 2018

    • “In March this year, I reported that the oven controls had been erased (by cleaning). Although a laminated guide has been left in the kitchen the instructions are wrong. Please re-check and make sure that the controls for the gas hob are accurate. Also, a previous guest had left ice-cube bags in the ice box of the fridge. I could not get them out as they were frozen solid to the ice box. This meant that the capacity of the ice box was much reduced and I could not get all my frozen items into it. Also, please note that the batteries in one of the remote control units need to be replaced.”

    Mrs Cleave, Isle Of Mull, September 2018

    • “We have been to the same cottage for 10 years. The bathroom is very nice but the rest of the cottage is getting very tired and the curtains have been up for 10 years and it shows. Small things which make a difference. The clock and a picture was missing and you could see where they had been. Lots of glasses if we wanted a party but if you wanted to make some gravy no Pyrex jug. The large mirror in the 2nd bedroom was missing which is somewhat inconvenient for a lady to do her hair etc. The pictures on the website make it appear better than it actually is. On the plus side bedding and towels were excellent and the internet was very good. Very dog friendly. I do not wish to moan but it's the personal touches that were missing such as we have just found out about the local bus service after 10 years which we now use but no information has ever been in the cottage re this. People do get fed up with driving as it's nice to see the area and not just the road ahead. We will no doubt be back next year as your staff are excellent and the Graythwaite staff as well. See you next year.”

    Mr Baker, Wickford, June 2018

    • “the cottage is one that we have stayed for years because we loved everything about it.This time although the linen,towels and cleanliness were acceptable we felt that no one cared about it anymore.Window frames in kitchen were rotting,as they were in the large bedroom.Window catch in dining room was difficult to would need to be a mind reader to work out how to work the proper temperature of oven......faded.What has happened to umbrella for outside table....stand there but only two chairs.Once there was a helpful handyman to sort problems....glorious week so nofire was needed but where was the glass for stove? Cupboard door in kitchen,nearsink was falling off,. Shower was very adequate BUTfloor was very slippy and no rubber mat was available.”

    Mrs Coldwell, York, May 2018

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

Windermere is a delightful first floor apartment, found within the picturesque hamlet of Near Sawrey, within the Lake District National Park. This stone property houses an elegant interior and rests within a picturesque location, ideal for a family getaway. Upon entering the charming dwelling, you are welcomed to a cosy open-plan living room, boasting a well-equipped kitchen, filled with everything you will need for a home cooked meal, whilst overlooking the breath-taking lake. You will also find a cosy sitting room, with a comfortable sofa sitting in front of a warming woodburning fire. Following this are two brightly decorated bedrooms, comprising of a spacious double bedroom and a delightful twin bedroom. Completing the property is a luxurious shower room, boasting a walk-in shower, basin and WC. For amenities, you will find a local pub within a 10-minute walk and the closest shop is a mere 2.5 miles from the cottage. To keep you busy whilst staying here you take a walk up Claife Heights to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town centres, this relatively easy route benefits from a rugged countryside view and the spectacular view of Windermere Lake. Alternately, you can ride the Haverthwaite Steam Railway, just a few miles away, or explore the independent shops within the towns of Ambleside and Bowness. Windermere cottage is a superb base for a family adventure to the Lake District.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove. Shared laundry.


  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating 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: 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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