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Juniper Hayloft

Grasmere near Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 905436)

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    • “Cute and Cosy!”
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    • “Me and my boyfriend stayed here for my 22nd birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! It's the perfect size for a small couple like ourselves, and the layout is very basic and functional. It was extremely clean and well equiped except for only a few items which we bought from the shops down the road, so this was not a problem for us. It has a stunning gallery staircase which passes a big bay window; through which you can see the mountains. The ceiling is very low upstairs and slants at either side of the room, so anybody tall enought would have to watch their heads. The only thing we would have liked differently would have been a couch instead of two chairs and also Wifi, but again this did not bother us too much as we where out and about everday. Also the bes covers and pillow cases where silk and personally I couldn't really sleep on these, also the bed is a small double (possibly only a 3/4). Ambleside was a 10-15 minute drive from Grasmere so it was within a good distance to visit for the day, however Grasmere had plenty shops and cafes to visit, not to mention tonnes of walking routes! We walked up to Helms Crag on our last day and the views from the top where just amazing. Overall a lovely stay and we would definitley go back :)”

    Riane K, Wigan, United Kingdom, December 2014

    • “Great base for a couple keen on fell walking”
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    • “This is in fact Juniper HAYLOFT (the cottage is next door). It is a one bedroom two level barn style conversion with great views and easy access to the fells but just five minutes from the village bus stop (we do not have a car). The facilities are modern and well maintained and benefit from good lighting and excellent heating so that it could be used out of season. Remember that the main light switch in the bedroom is on the other side of the room from the bed! There is no WIFI and mobile coverage is a tad sporadic”

    Jim H, Stockport, United Kingdom, May 2016

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    • “The cottage was small, cosy and comfortable. The bed was fairly comfortable but not as good as most hotel beds. it would have been better if there had been lids for all the pans, there were 5 pans and 3 lids but one lid didn’t fit any of the pans. we enjoyed our stay.”

    Mrs Davies, Middlesbrough, December 2018

    • “The cottage was in a beautiful part of Grasmere, although, the chairs in the living room were terribly uncomfortable, we are two medium build and the cheap "chairs" were useless. The heating didn't go off? They was a booklet that told us the temperature dial + boiler was under the stairs I think that meant in the main cottage, we had to keep turning all the radiators down/off. The bed was extremely uncomfortable, the mattress has seen better days.... They have even tried to hide it with a mattress topper. Extremely beautiful cottage filled with cheap furniture, bed, and pots etc. The cleaner didn't do attention to detail, I went to empty the bin and floor underneath was disgusting, looking closer nothing had been moved, everything wiped around. Mould had started on all windows upstairs. Perfect size, perfect location, beautiful place.... Just needs money spending on it, lack of care by the owners”

    Miss Dorn, Chesterfield, November 2018

    • “A lovely cottage, well finished, very close to village, and superb walks from the door, I feel a sofa would have been better than 2 rocking chairs for a cosy couple.”

    Mr Leigh, Macclesfield, November 2018

    • “The cottage was even better than we expected from the photographs. It's perfect for two people. Th location is excellent with just a short walk to the village centre. We can't wait to go back for a longer stay.”

    Mr Armstrong, November 2018

    • “Its a lovely place in a perfect location however, the chairs in the living room are extremely uncomfortable, we only stayed for 3 nights but there is no way that I would stay again and I'm so glad I didn't stay longer, once in from our walks we had to spend most of our time sitting on the bed as we just couldn't sit in those chairs, what I don't understand is they could easily fit in a couple of normal armchairs or a 2 seater sofa if they moved all the plants! I've also never understand why some of these places have nic-naks everywhere, I always assume the owners have been given them as gifts from people who dont' like them, they then think 'I don't want these cluttering up my house and gathering dust, I know, I'll dump them randomly around the holiday cottage to make it awkward for people to close the curtains or put a cup down without breaking them'! The shower is brilliant and the bed was comfy, the kichen had all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans etc that you needed and of course its location is perfect...but I won't stay again due to the discomfort of the chairs and I won't recommend it for that reason.”

    Ms Morley, Southport, November 2018

    • “Excellent location. Found Juniper Hayloft excellent for 2 people and 1 dog all facilities great apart from the 2 chairs in the lounge area they are quite uncomfortable a small setee or better chairs would make the place perfect”

    Mr Sandilands, Nantwich, October 2018

    • “Good little cottage for a get away to the lakes had everything needed and in a lovely spot an easy walk into town but nice and peaceful.”

    Miss Henderson, Alloa, September 2018

    • “Great location, cosy cottage for two plus our black lab. Facilities in the cottage were everything we needed for a week away.”

    Miss Musson, York, September 2018

    • “This cottage is in a wonderful position - just a short walk along a footpath to the beautiful Grasmere Village. The cottage itself is small but adequate for 2 adults and a small dog. For people with dogs, we found most places were dog friendly, even china shops! We caught the bus (with our dog) from Grasmere Village to Keswick, which is a very efficient service. We also had a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which was a joy. (Also dog friendly). The food was good as well. For anyone with a nervous disposition I would not go via the Hardknott Pass! We followed the satnav, and this is the most direct route, but it is very narrow, and steep, and bendy! Lovely views though, and fun for some. Lovely holiday, beautiful walks, friendly people.”

    Mr Millen, Maidstone, July 2018

    • “Overall a pleasant place to stay for the price paid. The lounge chairs weren't particularly comfortable and the curtains in the bedroom were very thin letting in too much light early in the morning. A good quiet location convenient for Grasmere village. We reported a leaking skylight on Monday but nobody got back to us about a repair, fortunately it didn't rain heavily again but the next people who are there when it does will find a puddle on the floor. No tea towel and only half a toilet roll for our arrival. Good heating system. Would stay again if the price was right.”

    Mr Essex, Warrington, March 2018

    • “We had a lovely week in Juniper Hayloft. This a comfortable, warm cottage for two. Just a few things could improve the experience. The frying pan needs replacing. Everthing sticks in the pan! There was only one hand towel and two bath towels. Two of each would be better. One bath towel was worn and had a tear hole in it. Only one tea towel was supplied, again two would be better for a week self catering. The upstairs radiator needs the air bleeding out. The allocated car park is small and would have been difficult for us if the Juniper Cottage had been occupied and their car in place. As it was we were ok. Paul Barford.”

    Mr Barford, Northampton, February 2018

    • “We have stayed here a couple of times. Overall its great, warm and fine. Few minor complaints. There seems to be only one tea spoon. The shower has paint peeling off the ceiling and damp behind the toilet. The window in the bedroom has damp on it. There is a note saying to take your own rubbish home with you??? The parking is always tight, not helped by the over grown bush. A little TLC and this would really help the pleasure of a stay.”

    Mrs Purcell, Hertford, November 2017

    • “This cottage is in dire need of some kind of ventilation, air con........ANYTHING to make the building less like a Swedish sauna. Great place to stay if you're a nudist or want to clear your bodily pores. for the rest of us it's not great. Serious condensation problem resulting in pools of water around all the windows and mould growing. Great location though.....”

    Mr Padget, Altrincham, May 2018

    • “The cottage was a bit sad and definitely in need of some TLC. There were 2 chairs, one of which was extremely uncomfortable. The kitchen was lacking in equipment, the pots and pans had been well used, there were no wine glasses and no oven gloves.”

    Mrs Marshall, Dunfermline, April 2018

    • “We had stayed here a year ago and were surprised to find some of the previously highlighted faults still existed but new problems had also arisen? We queried that no key was available for the outside store and asked for details of what would happen re clean linen and towels for the second week. Sykes replied that they would contact the owner and later confirmed that we would be contacted by the cleaners. No contact was made so no clean linen or towels were supplied for the second week. We felt that Sykes should have obtained the answers and contacted us direct to ensure that we got what we paid for. It should have been considered that we were in the property for two weeks and we should have been told what would happen, not up to us to spend time on our holiday chasing you. There was no shower mat included in the initial supply of towels so we had to use a towel - for two weeks. Only one toilet roll supplied for two weeks and no kitchen roll. As we were charged in full for two weeks, we should have received sufficient stocks for two weeks. After all, you received two allocations of booking fees for one booking and someone saved by no cleaning after the first week. The frying pan cannot be used as frying pans are intended. Extremely poor condition, impossible to cook anything without it sticking. For the cost of a new pan, this should be changed every twelve months and Sykes should be checking this. Dirty utensils. Obviously the cleaners are not checking the condition of crockery, utensils and pans. The dustbin is not marked, let alone clearly marked as the house instructions states. Consequently, guests at the adjoining cottage used both bins making it difficult/impossible for us to ensure all of the rubbish was secure within the bin. Again, the bin Is past its sell by date and needs a new lid that will stay on the bin. There are bins marked up in the store for recycling but the plastics one was full, not emptied before we arrived. These were not emptied during our two week stay. Consequently, we could not recycle plastics and we did not use the food waste bin! The rubbish bin was also not emptied during the two weeks. The freezer compartment has not been defrosted for some considerable time resulting in so much frost that the freezer cannot be fully utilised. There was no dish cloth or wiping down cloth, just one small sponge/scourer. These are low cost items and if provided, people might be obliged to use them and clean up properly after them. No oven gloves provided. I feel that Sykes have let us down and done their reputation no good. The fee charged to us includes an element that is retained by Sykes. You should be checking these properties yourselves to ensure that the basic standards are maintained. My wife and myself both worked in the self catering business in the Lake District for many years. We know what is involved in the cleaning, checking and maintenance of holiday lets to ensure that the highest standards are maintained. We gave customer service. I think you will agree that Sykes are falling short on this. You can publish this feedback if you wish, but in the main, Sykes as the selling agent is the company falling short in the service. The owner should ensure that basic maintenance is attended to and us responsible for supplying the basic needs to a satisfactory standard. They are also responsible for ensuring that their cleaning service is adequate. Sykes, as the selling agent, is responsible for ensuring that holidays sold by them are faultless. You have failed on this let and not given us value for money.”

    Mr Horner, Daventry, January 2018

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The Property

Situated just a five-minute walk from the Wordsworth village of Grasmere, in the heart of the Lake District, is Juniper Hayloft. This semi-detached cottage is positioned in the Easedale Valley, making the most of magnificent fell views and peaceful surroundings. Bring your loved one to this romantic retreat and explore Cumbria at its finest. At ground level, there is a bright and spacious open-plan living room, with a modern kitchen and breakfast bar in a U-shape. Relax and unwind with a refreshing beverage as you admire views of the encompassing scenery through the picture window. A gallery staircase leads to a double bedroom upstairs, boasting more breath-taking views of rambling countryside. To the exterior is a courtyard soaking up the glorious surroundings and right on the doorstep are plenty of opportunities for walking and bike riding. There are a selection of delicious restaurants within a few minutes' walk and the village offers tea rooms, gift shops and plenty more. Challenge yourselves with a hike up the fells of Silver Howe and Helm Crag, or if you prefer a gentle route, stroll around Grasmere Lake. Ambleside is bustling with a friendly atmosphere, just a short drive away, with many interesting shops and cafés to enjoy. Consider a stay at Juniper Hayloft, this enchanting getaway offers the ideal base.


Mostly ground floor. One first floor bedroom: 1 x double via galleried staircase. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area. External utility.


  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine in utility, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Front courtyard
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk.

Regional Information

GRASMERE Ambleside 5 miles; Windermere 9 miles; Keswick 13 miles. Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park is the lovely village of Grasmere, probably best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found". Any visit to Grasmere needs to include The Grasmere Gingerbread shop, where the Wilson family have been making gingerbread for over 60 years. Also in the village are a number of shops, pubs, a church which dates back to the 13th century and Grasmere Lake, plus Grasmere Sports takes place every August, where you can watch participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling. Just five miles away is the town of Ambleside and Lake Winderemere where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and the 17th century Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. Cruises, boat trips and watersports can all be enjoyed on Lake Windermere and the towns of Windermere and Keswick are also within driving distance. Grasmere is a wonderful base for your Lake District retreat.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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