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Rowan Cottage

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972231)

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    • “Characterful cottage in great location”
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    • “A kitchen and living room upstairs and bedrooms downstairs for good value at under £50 each if there's 4 of you. Great location down a fairly quiet street in Grasmere. No towels/toilet roll so you have to provide your own but there is a washerdrier/oven/hoover/ironing board/iron/radio with an aux lead(poor reception area). The ceiling in the small room with a double bed does drip water when it rains which could do with getting fixed as the downstairs house is very slightly damp. Parking permit included for the local council car parks for a single car. Brilliant mini-break. Would stop there again.”

    Mike P, August 2016

    • “A comfortable and convenient holiday rental”
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    • “We loved this property right in the centre of Grasmere. We loved that it was upside down ie bedrooms on the ground floor and kitchen/diner and living room upstairs to enjoy the views and bay window. It was very clean and comfortable with beautiful bed linens and a homely feel throughout. The fact that there is no outside seating area matters little with a pub garden next door and lovely walks originating in the village itself. Might be more of an issue with children. Only one car parking permit so we also had to pay £30 for a second car for the week. We also had a third car but managed to alternate and also find places without double yellow lines further out of centre. We were there to attend a wedding at the Daffodil Hotel so it was a perfect place for us as we could walk there and back. We had a few minor issues in the property but they wouldn't prevent us booking again. We found the fridge too cold (our vegetables froze!) the oven temperature not at all clear, the downstairs loo flush inadequate and no working lock on the bathroom door.”

    MacTraveller21, Newcastle Upon Tyne, August 2014

    • “Beautiful cottage in an excellent location”
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    • “We had a wonderful time staying in Rowan Cottage. The cottage itself is warm and cosy with a lovely lounge and comfortable bedrooms. The location is excellent and we were able to walk straight out of the door into the hills or to fantastic pubs and cafes.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Lochaber, March 2014

    • “A really nice cottage.”
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    • “Five of us stayed here and there was plenty of room for all of us. We found the cottage to have everything we needed and was very cosy and comfortable. There was a washer/dryer which we found useful and central heating as well as all you need in the kitchen. There were even board games provided. You do need to take your own towels and toilet roll. It was convenient for everything in Grasmere and many walks started nearby. It was very close to the car park for which we were given one permit and we didn't find it too expensive to park the second car. A couple of small things to mention are that the bathroom blind didn't work and as it is on the ground floor at the front of the house that was a bit tricky. Also one of the walls in the living room was very damp. There was some noise until the restaurant next door had closed but after that it was fine. We all enjoyed our stay there and would stay there again if in Grasmere.”

    TwigsOxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2017

    • “Really lovely cottage.”
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    • “Five of us stayed at this cottage for a short break so that three members of our party could climb Helvellyn. We left it rather late to book so we're very pleased to see that it was such a nice cottage. It has everything you could need including a washer/dryer and the kitchen is very well equipped. It also has central heating. We found it very cosy. It is very handy for everything in Grasmere and close to the car park. We had two cars and you get one parking permit but it wasn't too expensive to park the other car. The only fault I could find was that the bathroom blind doesn't work and that is a little awkward as the cottage is right on the road. Also the back wall of the living room is very damp. The fact that is on the road makes it quite noisy at night. The staff from the next door restaurant park right under the bedroom windows and make a lot of noise when they go home at night and often leave the door open with music playing. They also have outside furniture right outside one of the bedroom windows and one night made a lot of noise dragging it inside. After that though it is perfectly quiet, just don't go to bed too early. A really nice cottage and I would stay there again if in Grasmere.”

    TwigsOxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2017

    • “Very comfortable, well-stocked cottage in the centre of Grasmere”
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    • “The cottage is well situated, very comfortable and had plenty of room. The kitchen was well stocked which made cooking and eating there a delight. I would definitely return.”

    A TripAdvisor Member, June 2017

    • “Great location and facilities”
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    • “Travelled with son and his family for half term break. Cottage is ideally placed for all amenities and walks. Included parking permit allows you to park on the Pay & Display carpark just 100 metres away. Bedrooms are well presented although rear double is a little cosy. Added extras included Coffee percolator, Good music system and good quality cook and dishware. Also Wifi is available and is reasonably fast. Upside down format suited us with comfortable lounge, kitchen diner and toilet upstairs and bedrooms and 2 bathrooms down stairs. Didn't find noise too bad downstairs, yes you do get a few vehicles and walkers from about 8am onwards but it was acceptable. Cottage was being redecorated the week after we left so should be even better! We would stay here again.”

    Drin100, East Riding Of Yorkshire, United Kingdom, February 2016

    • “Great location in the centre of Grasmere village”
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    • “Spacious and well fitted our, quality accommodation, ideal lake district cottage. We booked it for two adults, two teenagers and their Grandmother and it was perfect. Great to be restful after a good long walk, the walk to the tarn is a good start for those our of practice fell walkers too! The local co-op provides a good range of essentials and enough for meals when you,re not eating out. There are a number of good places to eat our, the small and homely bistro being just next door. We managed to see Wordsworth,s house, took a few long (and dry) walks , went to ambleside and Kendal and took a boat ride on Windermere. All in all a great place, great accommodation and a good holiday”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leicestershire, September 2013

    • “Excellent upgrade”
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    • “We were upgraded to this cottage after the one we had booked in Bowness developed a leak. We certainly got lucky! Rowan Cottage is in a beautiful location and is furnished to a very high standard. I'm not sure I would want to pay the full price as that is very expensive in high season. The one thing the cottage is missing is an outside seating area, that would have made it absolutely perfect.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Liverpool, July 2013

    • “comfortable, warm, clean, tasteful and fabulous location.”
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    • “Comfortable, warm and clean accommodation in a fabulous part of the lakes. we stayed in low season so didn't experience any noise from local pubs, restaurants or public. It was snowing and the cottage was lovely and warm. the double room with the en-suite is the smallest room and there's no loo in the en-esuite. the other rooms were lovely. lounge was comfy, cosey and tasteful..Great walks from the door, good selection of eating places and lovely gift shops. We will return.Not many places accommodate six adults at these prices”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Stoke On Trent, April 2013

    • “nice comfy house, convenient location.”
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    • “This was a quaint cottage, very comforatble, in a lovely (quiet)village location,central and convenient for exploring the area.Only a small co-op tho for groceries, but lots of eating places around.It wasn't spotlessly clean - we left it cleaner than we found it. Quite expensive - I expected better for the money. The wi-fi wasn't at all reliable and no hub in the house that we could find (in order to sit next to it...)Only one parking permit was supplied,so some concern over a second car, but for £30 a week you can park in a coucil carpark, or in the school playground outside termtime.A nice cottage tho, just a few things would have made it so much better.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, September 2011

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    • “We booked the cottage for a wedding close by and as it was December and cold I rang to ask if there was any way of turning on the heating before our arrival. This was sorted very quickly adn easily as the cleaners agreed to leave on the heating after they had finished preparing the cottage that day for our arrival. It was warm and cosy when we arrived that evening and we found a fully equipped kitchen to make a meal. As the living room is on the first floor it was a great suprise to open the curtains the following day to have a superb view over the fileds to the fells. I would definately return to this very well located cottage.”

    Mrs Lightfoot, Durham, December 2018

    • “Fantastic cottage in the heart of the village close to all the amenities”

    Mr Keen, Leighton Buzzard, October 2018

    • “All 4 pillows were wet in the back bedroom! Not just a bit damp but wet. Seemed that they hadn’t been dried after washing as the room was dry with no leaks? Also the restaurant next door was noisy until midnight every night. The twin bedroom is at ground level next to restaurants front door and with only single glazed windows every word can be heard. This was only briefly glazed over in the description. Secondary double glazing would improve this. Having said this the cottage was warm, well equipped and in a great location.”

    Mr Lacey, August 2018

    • “Lovely cottage in ideal setting and thank you very much for the parking permit - allowed us to park for free in all the South Lakes car parks without fear of over-staying. As weather was so hot, thin duvet option for all rooms (there was one in the back double bedroom) would have been useful.”

    Mrs London, Oxford, July 2018

    • “The cottage was as described, except the en-suite does not include a toilet, which was the reason we stayed here. After setting off on a 300 mile journey, I got a call saying that the previous occupants had urinated (!) on the carpet and asking me to consider an alternative; the only alternative was in another county with no hiking nearby, so we pressed on. After several hours, a number of calls and emails, I was told that the owner had managed to clean the mess and we could still use the booking. In the end, there was an odd smell at the property, but we had no option but to stay. I don't have a good sense of smell, but others in my party have and said it was definitely noticeable. It was quite stressful not knowing if we'd have somewhere to stay at the end of our journey, to say the least. The property is charming, with all bedrooms on the ground floor and kitchen/living room upstairs; it clearly has a serious damp problem, but it's superficially noticeable and didn't affect our stay. It's centrally located and very well placed for some moderately challenging hikes of 5-6 hours. I recommend Great Rigg, stopping at the pub in Rydal on the way back. We went in high season, so paid just shy of a grand for five people for three nights at Rowan Cottage. A bit questionable at that price; it's worth more like fifty a head per night, I'd say. If we'd had a sixth person, that would have made it more economical. Overall, a pleasant stay marred by a rather stressful few hours on the way up. I've stayed in a Sykes cottage before and I'm slightly less likely to recommend them after this trip.”

    Mr Shepherd, BEXLEYHEATH, August 2018

    • “The property is not suitable for children or people who want to go to bed before 23:00. The late noise from the restaurant next door is terrible, not only from the dining tables directly outside the twin bedroom window but also through the walls from the kitchen or prep room. The main double room gets cars parked outside, on the double yellow lines, from restaurant staff who shout when they leave, have loud music playing and rev their engines at 23:00. Others have complained of this issue but it hasn't been resolved. Your description says café which is incorrect, that is a restaurant. The supplied cot was a travel cot, fine for one night but terrible for a week. Your description led us to believe small children would be better catered for, I would strongly recommend you rethink letting people with young families use this property. The kitchen got extremely hot due to the appliances and the floor gets warm in places. The oven had issues with temperature which made cooking guess work. The fridge is too small for 6 people. The main bathroom had a window that opens near the restaurant tables, plus the property is straight onto the road. The blind fails to give privacy with the window open. Given the overall damp state in there, I expect most guests have left the window shut adding to the serious damp issues through out. The property was filthy when we arrived though there were signs a damp cloth had recently been used to smear the dirt. The property is tired and needs work. At least supply new mattress as they were terrible. Due to having to move our kid, I ended up sleeping in most of the beds and could feel springs from cheap mattresses. It was impossible to relax in this property during the day and evening due to the constant noise. I will give you time to respond before publishing via TripAdvisor.”

    Miss Roberts, Sandbach, July 2018

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The Property

Situated only a stones throw away from the centre of Grasmere, Rowan Cottage has been tastefully furnished, sleeping six it is ideal for large families who are looking for a stylish retreat in the heart of the lakes.
Grasmere is internationally acclaimed not only for its Wordsworth connections but also as it sits at the northern tip of the lake with the fells towering above in the most stunning scenery imaginable. It is a walkers haven with low and high walks available in all directions.
A wide selection of tea rooms, restaurants and traditional village inns and a range of local shops including the world famous gingerbread shop and Heaton Cooper Art Gallery help to make this a popular destination at any time of the year.
Rowan Cottage is situated in the centre of this picturesque village, forming part of a terrace of substantial mid 19th Century stone built properties with views towards Silver How and Helm Crag. This well equipped cottage has been renovated and very comfortably furnished with many characterful features including an abundance of stripped pine and is ideal for family holidays at any time of the year.


Over two floors. Three ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower and basin, 1 x double, 1 x twin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. First-floor basin and WC. First floor kitchen with dining area. First floor sitting room with living flame electric fire.


  • Gas central heating and gas fire
  • Gas oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine/dryer, TV, video, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Cot available on request
  • Parking permit for 1 car
  • Additional parking to be purchased at Red Bank Road car park (200m from the cottage)
  • Parking costs £30 for 7 days, £15 for 3 days
  • Shop and pub within walking distance
  • Note: This property is next door to a restaurant

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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