“Amazing cottage, newly refurbished.”
Very warm and comfortable. Fantastic location, quiet and peaceful with lots of walks.
Very warm and comfortable. Fantastic location, quiet and peaceful with lots of walks.
“As our annual family holiday with 2 six year old twins we were looking forward to a week in the Lake District and in Bray Cottage.”
However the cottage and swimming pool both failed to live up to expectations. The cottage was very run down, wall paper peeling off walls in the sitting room and en suite bathroom, my wife had to clean the family bathroom as it was obviously dirty, neither sofa had been hoovered under, the dishwasher was broken (top shelf) and virtually useless. Both my wife and I found the sofas very uncomfortable, as with the double bed. The floor standing lamp in the sitting room would flicker and turn off after a few minutes of use. The swimming pool and surrounding areas were absolutely filthy and never cleaned in the time we were there, there was green mold on most of the grouting within the pool and black residue in the splash off areas around the pool. It really was the filthiest pool we had ever come across, my wife refused to get in! During the 7 days we never saw any one from the estate / owners to ask about our stay, making it very impersonal and ‘cold’.
“Print out the code to the key safe there is no mobile reception where the cottages are.”
“The cottage is in need of a lot of refurbishment to bring it up to 4 star standard as advertised.”
There was wallpaper hanging off in certain rooms, cobwebs all over the place, chipped paint work, night storage heaters in need of repair some can’t be altered so it’s hot all the time. Very tired looking in need of a thorough clean. Don’t like the idea of having to pay for milk when we haven’t asked for it, should be offered as an optional purchase. Having said all that the estate is lovely, just a shame about the cottage having paid so much.
“Briar cottage is listed as a 4 star accommodation which it is not.”
It is tired and needs an update, there were cobwebs in various rooms, chipped wood work on doors and skirting, peeling wall paper in a number of rooms, storage heating units looked dirty. Problems with the front door keys when opening the door. Living room carpet stained. As we have been before we knew what to expect but we plan not to return to Briar, but we do love Graythwaite as a location.
“Clean and comfortable holiday cottage”
The pre-arrival instructions and directions were excellent. We didn't take up the offer of deliveries from supermarkets nor the local companies - it was a shortstay so we took our own food. The kitchen has modern facilities including a cafetiere (essential if you are a coffee lover). Bed's comfortable and the double bedroom has ensuite including a bath. Some logs and kindling are provided to get you going but the logs were a little on the damp side. THe only downside is that the lounge suffers from a very cold draught via the single glazed windows and under the lounge door - some draught excluders and draught proofing would easily make this a very cosy cottage. It can be difficult to heat up and you really have to know how storage heaters work and can be controlled to ensure you have heat in the evening. The grounds that the cottage are in are peaceful, clean and there is an indoor swimming pool at a very comfortable temperature. Good base to explore a lot of local towns and villages.
“We were informed that a set of keys would be inside the cottage - but there was not.”
We had to use the key from the key safe througout the holiday. Briar Cottage is very difficult to get warm and keep warm. The lounge is very draughty and needs a big thick draught excluder for the lounge door and some draught excluding material around the single glazed window. Everything else was fine.
“Lovely cottage, warm and cosy, well equiped.”
So peaceful, not a sound at night. Swimming pool enjoyed by our son.
Four of us and three dogs stayed at the Briar Cottage for a week and were delighted with everything. The cottage is cosy, well equipped, in beautiful surroundings and gorgeous soft bedding. The group of cottages is very remote, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but we loved it. The swimming pool is an extra bonus and was used every day. The owners are so friendly, our Tesco delivery came two hours early, and by the time we arrived, food was sorted into fridge and freezer. Amazing service. Highly recommended!
- Swimming pool
- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Hawkshead 4 miles. Located on a beautiful, 5000-acre private country estate of diverse lake, forest, woodland and meadow landscapes, this charming courtyard of Victorian farm buildings, dating from 1890, sits in a superb central setting for a Lake District getaway to remember. Each of these delightful Lake District cottages has been thoughtfully refurbished and retain much original character, well balanced with modern furnishings and set just one mile from the shores of Lake Windermere. Each has been finished to a high standard, with most offering cosy open fires or wood burners to snuggle beside after a busy day. The nearest Village is Hawkshead, situated 4 miles from the Estate. The nearest train station is Grange-over-sands and the nearest motorway is the M6 (J36). There are some wonderful on-site facilities to take advantage of, which include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness suite, table tennis room and a children’s play area. This magical estate offers an escape to another world with a 2.5-acre lake, just a 10-minute walk from the courtyard, which is well stocked with rainbow trout and boasts a serene setting for hazy afternoons spent fly fishing. The estate’s grounds provide a wonderland for all ages and offer plenty of places to stop for a picnic or enjoy a quiet stroll or a gentle cycle along the lakeshore. Make the most of the estate by booking activities with the on-site events team Graythwaite Adventure. The extensive list of premium activities and excursions, designed to keep you entertained regardless of the weather, includes but is not limited to; 4X4 Off-roading, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, RIB tours, Sailing, Bubble Football, Guided Walks, Bush craft and more! All activities can be completely tailored to suit your needs and requirements to create the perfect activity schedule for you. Moreover, if there is an activity that tickles your fancy however is not listed please do not hesitate to contact the team. No request is too big or small, and they will endeavour to do their best to deliver. Graythwaite customers can also avail of a multitude of benefits for local services and attractions. Enjoy discounted rates for Go Ape, mountain bike hire and meals at the nearby Lakeside Hotel. The on-site shop offers everything from milk to luxury local spirits and delicious welcome packs with succulent, locally-sourced food. Get in touch with the Estate to organise your pre-arrival order today. This group of Lake District properties provides an unforgettable escape and is an excellent destination for a special holiday spent relaxing and enjoying the tranquil setting and fantastic on-site facilities. Booked together, the properties can accommodate 82 people.
Positioned within the central courtyard of the Graythwaite Estate, near the attractive village of Hawkshead, is this cosy, terraced cottage.
With beautiful woodland views and access to fabulous walks and cycling routes, Briar is a superb choice for relaxing and exploring with family and friends.
Get together around the open fire in the lounge and enjoy your favourite TV programme or grab a book off the shelf and take yourself off for a quiet read.
The kitchen offers a warm, country feel, with wooden flooring and modern fixtures integrated with a breakfast bar.
There is also a lovely dining area inviting you to share a meal over a bottle of wine.
The first floor plays host to three bedrooms; there is a double and two singles, as well as a shower room.
To the exterior, you have the option to dine alfresco and light the barbecue, whilst enjoying the serene surroundings.
The estate offers many on-site facilities including, a heated indoor swimming pool, a children's play area, a 2.5 acre fishing lake and woodland walks.
The nearest amenities are in the picturesque village of Hawkshead, where Wordsworth once went to school.
You can pay a visit to the Old Grammar School and see where the famous poet scratched his name into the desk.
Then browse the quaint gift shops and enjoy a refreshing pint at one of the local pubs.
Explore Bowness Bay, Lake Windermere, Rydal Water and many other breath-taking locations in the nearby area.
You have shopping opportunities at Kendal and the kids with love The World of Beatrix Potter.
This is a splendid escape in the heart of Cumbria.
Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x single. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen/diner. Sitting room with open fire.
- Electric central heating with open fire
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, shared use of tumble dryer in table tennis room, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, public phone in courtyard
- Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
- Kindling available £4/bag, coal available £8/bag
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Travel cot and highchair
- Ample off road parking
- Private patio with furniture and BBQ
- Shared use of estate grounds and facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room, children's play area, fitness suite and 2.5-acre trout fishing lake
- Two well-behaved dogs welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shops 4 miles, pubs 2 miles
- Note: Water from private supply, fed from freshwater lake
- Note: Fitness suite charged at £20/guest/week (£15 for short breaks), payable on site
- Note: Pool open 8.45am - 7.30pm daily with shower, 2 x WC and limited changing facilities
- Note: License required for fishing, equipment can be hired locally, fishing FOC unless catch is made, then small fee applicable
- Note: Limited mobile reception
- Graythwaite Adventure X - CBA Events Booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.
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About the location
Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 miles.
The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.
As well as the wide range of activities on-site, The Graythwaite Estate are pleased to offer you the following services to make your stay even more special:
*Maps and recommendations for walks around the estate and surrounding area, along with a list of things to see and do, and the pick of the best local pubs and restaurants
*The arrangement of canoeing, bushcraft, climbing, guided walks and other activities - just let the estate know and they’ll take care of it
*Exclusive 15% discount at Go Ape and Grizedale Mountain Bike hire
*Milk and provisions from Town End Farm can be delivered to your doorstep during your stay
*Delicious welcome packs from The Honey Pot in Hawkshead, ordered for your arrival - with guests at Graythwaite entitled to a 10% discount
*Graythwaite have teamed up with The Lakes Catering Company so you can enjoy a delicious, seasonal home-cooked meal, delivered straight to your cottage
More information about these superb deals and activites can be obtained directly with the Estate once your booking is confirmed.
This property offers the following short breaks:
- Last minute
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