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Eel House

Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 914065)

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    • “Dream stay”
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    • “A great stay from start to finish. Everything you could possibly want eel house had it . We went with a family of 10 and never felt crowded. Would highly recommend.”

    Kev0808, December 2016

    • “Great Family Holiday House”
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    • “We have stayed at Eel House for the last ca. 10 years. It is a great place for a family get together -the house is well equipped with an ideal layout for a family reunion. The kids love to swim and the pool is just opposite so they went swimming in the morning and again in the afternoon-great. The pool is now much warmer than it has been in the past! It is always very nice to have a ready supply (free) of logs for the wood-burning stove-very cosy. Previously, we had a dog and the property/surroundings are very dog friendly. Also, towels/soap are now provided but were not in the past. Altogether a fantastic place to stay, especially when the weather is good.”

    Brian H, West Kirby, United Kingdom, October 2015

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    • “We had a very mixed age group from 10 years to 101 years and there was something for everyone. The younger members of our family throughly enjoy the pool the middle age group enjoyed cycling and walking. The eldest member was quite happy in the cottage where everything was on one level.”

    Mrs Deegan, Bury, December 2018

    • “The location and set up was great. Beautiful part of the world. Rooms were a great size. Only disappointing thing was when we arrived for our 3pm checkin the house was not ready which was a bit disappointing. They came and sorted quite quickly but not the way to start the holiday. Also it would be great to have some information in the property about the local area or even some games etc.”

    Mr Simpson, Wotton-under-Edge, September 2018

    • “Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings well set with good facilities in the grounds. Some of the bed needed better mattresses for real comfort and some basic utensils short in the kitchen otherwise a perfect stay”

    Mrs Williams, Holton Le Clay, August 2018

    • “Eel House was very comfortable and great for large families. Some aspects require some TLC (kitchen panels loose, cooker hood switches not working, bathroom light not working). I understand that it is being refurbished this year. Disappointed that gym room was extra (£20 per person for the week). Water pressure in some of the showers was very low. All that said, we had a great week! Great location and will consider returning after the re-furb.”

    Mr Bailey, Coventry, July 2018

    • “There were eight of us in our family group who stayed at Eel House and everyone of us from seven year old Alexander to sixty seven year old grandma Linda absolutely loved the place. We can't wait to return. The comfort of the house itself, the scenery, the beautiful and challenging walks, the friendliness of the local people, almost no traffic on the local roads, the solitude and the silence (if you needed it) and the bonus of the swimming pool which the children especially loved. Just one suggestion and that is to provide a comfortable seating area for Eel House, similar to the others that adjacent cottages had.”

    Mrs Wardrobe, Washington, July 2018

    • “We had a fabulous week, celebrating my Mums 60th. The lay out of Eel house really worked for us. It was a beautiful cottage with good space for a large group. The information of the local area left on the table was really useful. We all enjoyed our week away very much and would definitely use Sykes cottages again.”

    Mrs Mcgregor, Carnforth, June 2018

    • “Pros: The property was very quiet and equipped with cutlery etc., and surrounded by lovely foliage. The beds were clean and comfortable. The lakeside area was exceptionally beautiful! Cons: 1. When my little boys toy car went underneath one of the single beds, he said "look mummy, somebody drew pictures." When my husband looked, it was all sorts of art and graffiti, with distasteful messages and images...dated '2016' 2. The pool bathroom & shower was very clean, but the pool itself had a visible film around it. Tile upgrades should be made for the pool as well. 3. Not enough play equipment for young children, and there is no play castle like the one shown in the images. 4. Caretakers are not visible enough to address concerns. 5. The gym area should be free, as the amount for the cottages are high enough. This is my honest review, however overall, I will still come back but probably not to the same cottage, and I may not use the pool.”

    Dr Hill, Great Sankey, Warrington, June 2018

    • “We had a wonderful stay at Eel House. The property was spacious and perfect for a large family gathering, the location was superb and the swimming pool was a brilliant perk and real highlight. Many thanks.”

    Mr Sobieraj, Wigston, March 2018

    • “It was a great property and well looked after, great location, really smart and lovely. We were very disappointed to discover however that we were expected to pay extra in order to use the gym. The photos of the gym were in the search and it was not clear enough when booking that it wasn't openly available without paying extra. In addition, we didn't realise that you had to pay in order to access it until after 5pm on the Friday night. This meant that we could not access the gym until the Monday - my Dad goes to the gym every day so he was very disappointed to be unable to go on Fri, Sat and Sun until there was someone in the office so he could pay, and to have to pay extra to access it. Everything else was great - pool was lovely, site fantastic, would definitely book again, just felt the extra payment required for the gym wasn't clear enough when booking and wasn't a very customer-focused element of the estate.”

    Miss Oxtoby, Hull, January 2018

    • “The house was beautiful in a beatuiful setting and all 10 of us really enjoyed the stay. However there were couple of issues which need to be addressed by the owners. The house was very cold on arrival on Friday 24th. The bedrooms even colder. Condensation was an issue in the property and was evident on the windows. The shower in the second bathroom did not work which ment 10 people using one shower which was inconvenient. Lastly the owner or manager did not meet/greet myself (the booker) throughout the weekend and so could not report issues.”

    Mr Johnston, Ormskirk, November 2017

    • “We have stayed in Eel house >20 times over the past years and it is ideal for a family reunion with all the facilities we require. Disappointed this year to find the radiator in the en suite in the main bedroom was loose on the wall. On our departure (13/11/17), I could not find the caretaker but reported this to the cleaner who said that he would pass the message on!”

    Prof Heaton, Wirral, November 2017

    • “We were very disappointed with the cottage, it took 3 of us several hours to clean the mould from the walls, windows, and behind the curtains. we went through 2 mould and mildew sprays. We also shared the lounge with a fieldmouse which did not down well. The price we paid was way to expensive for the standard of the cottage.”

    Mrs Chadderton, Macclesfield, December 2017

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
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  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The Property

Eel House is a lovely stone barn conversion situated near Hawkshead, Cumbria and is set on a 5,000-acre estate filled with Victorian barns. Step into the wonderful open-plan living space, its original beams and high vaulted ceilings creates spacious rooms filled with a wealth of character. With a range of seating for you to relax on after a long day sightseeing. Cosy up with your loved ones and enjoy the woodburning stove and large flat screen TV. There is a lovely dining area with seating for up to nine people. The kitchen area is amply-equipped with everything you will need to set you up for a weekend in the countryside. The barn has five bedrooms which consist of two doubles and three twins. There is a separate family bathroom and shower room with lovely beige tiling and white fittings. The bedrooms have all been uniquely furnished and decorated with a quirky curtains and bed throws and a lovely set of built-in wardrobes. With an outdoor picnic bench available for you to sit and relax in the afternoon sun and use the provided barbecue, this property has tons to offer. You can also enjoy the benefits of the shared indoor swimming pool on the estate, as well as a plethora of activities. Off-road parking is available. Nearby attractions include Lake Windermere, which is more than ten miles in length. It offers plenty of activities, including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving. Eel House is ideal for a short break or cosy holiday.


All ground floor. Five bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 3 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.


  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric range double oven and hob, microwave, 2 x fridges/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 woodburner inc. in rent
  • Kindling available £4/bag
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared 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

Regional Information

HAWKSHEAD 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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