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Anvil Cottage

Near Sawrey, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972287)

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    • “So good we're going back”
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    • “Some previous reviews left us worried but they should be ignored. We had a great week, grown up family and dogs, lovely walks, great food within walking distance and Anvil Cottage provided a great base. This accommodation is homely, clean and very comfortable, and provides everything that is needed for a relaxing week away including a small private garden.”

    Stuart M, Norwich, United Kingdom, May 2016

    • “Lovely cottage”
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    • “Having read previous reviews I was a little worried but on arrival we were in no dought We had made the right choice the cottage was clean and comfortable with everything we needed it is in a great location with the walks on your doorstep and a great pub oppersite as well as the famous hill top a real Beatrix dream so all In all perfect. it also has a very dog friendly garden and off road parking inc a garage also a added bonus .make use of the farm shop delivery service it's great who needs a shop it works well and with a pub oppersite for meals you won't go hungry I will definitely be coming back to anvil cottage I was v v impressed and enjoyed my stay many thanks Ross / Sophie 2/9 april 2016”

    Ross W, Bridgnorth, United Kingdom, April 2016

    • “The best cottage we've ever stayed in”
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    • “Anvil Cottage is a great place for a holiday. It's clean, everything works and the self contained enclosed garden is a comple delight - especially when you find yourself in the middle of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the Lakes. The garden is also totally dog friendly - we have a border terrier who is keen to get through the smallest of spaces but it was lovely for him to be able to enjoy the garden with us without having to worry about where he was. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need and with 5 adults in the house for some of our stay it was good to have enough cutlery and crockery. All the bedrooms are large with the right amount of storage space and very cute window seats It's not the most modern and chic cottage you'll ever stay in but the furnishings work well with the character of the house.”

    Romycat_10, Glossop, United Kingdom, June 2013

    • “Warm, Relaxing, Refreshed and left wanting more.”
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    • “Anvil Cottage in Sawrey, is a beautiful well equiped cottage, decor is a little dated but very comfortable, with lots of room for a large family. Two bathrooms one upstairs which has a large bath for long soaks and one downstairs with a large shower with pleny of hot water. Outside the front door turn right for a mile walk to Moss Eccles Tarn where Beatrix Potter kept a rowing boat. Turn left to the Tower Bank arms and Hill top. In walking distance to Hakeshead Village which is highly recommended. Short drive to Wray Castle and ambleside or a Ferry to Windermere. Can't rate this cottage high enough. Very clean and cosy, can't wait to go again, perfectly postioned for days out in the car or for long walks, with plenty of logs and coal for an open fire. Anyone staying in this property will have a wonderful time. Close to all the Southern lakes, The Langdales and Tarn Howls, which is a 10 min car ride and and a great find. My family and I visit the lakes fron Kent about 4 times a year and to date this has been our favourite stay.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Kent, May 2012

    • “Fantastic”
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    • “I telephoned Cottage Holiday Group and asked about booking anvil Cottage from the thursday night to tuesday morning, not a problem, unlike some other rental agents, who asked for a full weeks booking starting from the saturday, they were extremly helpfull and most plesant. The cottage is fully equipt, well maintained and well apointed, everything you require is available in the cottage, from a phone charger for a nokia 6510 to any amount off cooking and domestic equipment, local information about walks and places to visit,to the best takeaways and even the delivery drivers name at the local tesco's. The inside is spotlessly clean, had a fire already laid out just ready to throw on a match (supplied in a draw)not that is was cold enough, the cottage is lovely and toasty. The enclosed garden was superb for Jackson our springer, there is ample off road parking with a private drive at the side of the cottage and even a garage.Don't let the cottage photo's influence your choise, you will more than enjoy your stay at anvil Cottage, and don't forget the pub is only 50 yards away. Thank you Cottage Holliday Group.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Selby, March 2012

    • “Lovely comfortable cottage combining old world charm and modern”
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    • “We had a great time overall. The accommodation is great with an open fire, central heating and two bathrooms - bliss!. The local dairy service is a boon and the pub couldn't be nearer. Lots of walks with the dogs and lovely scenery. We will return.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Earlswood, January 2012

    • “idillic location with excellent pub in walking distance”
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    • “We have stayed at anvil Cottage before and couldnt wait to retrun. The cottge is in an excellent location for many great walks within the lakes and also great walks from the cottage itself. The cottage is very well equiped with a lovely open fire, it is very comfortble and cosy. Anadded bonus is the location of the pub whihc can be seen from the cottage, very friendly with great real ales and excellent food”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Dawlish, November 2011

    • “Set in the Heart of the Lakes Home from Home”
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    • “We have stayed many times at Anvil Cottage. and it was so nice to return again this year, the owners have spent some time and money which has added to the warm experience. It is set in the heart of breathtaking village of Near Sawrey and is a must stay. We spent our time visiting all the local towns as this are a short journey from Anvil. It was great to return to a warm house and settle in for the evening after a visit to the Tower Bank or Cuckoo Brow Inn. I have written a review on these must eat and Drink, Tower Bank has lifted its game and this is down to Jimmy (Scottish) he is a warm and friendly Bar Manager,, his service makes you feel at home in the village. So if you would like to be in the heart of the Lakes with walks on your doorstep and Pubs and in Home from Home property this is a great place to stay”

    Philiplilley, Pwllheli, United Kingdom, December 2016

    • “Delightfull Lakes Retreat but a tight fit if fully occupied.”
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    • “Lovely charming cottage in a delightfull Lakeland hamlet. Well equiped and furnished, cosy, and full of character. Ticked all our boxes. Having said that we were a party of four and the cottage is advertised as sleeping seven, which it can do. However I am at a loss to see how seven people could sit comfortably in the sitting room or around the dining table. The sitting room especially would require extra seating and that would be a tight fit to say the least. That said, for four people it is perfect, five would be OK but anymore and the comfort score would drop considerably and you need to be very good friends! No problems with the booking process, efficeint and helpfull. Lovely pub almost across the road and some lovely walks all around. We would definately return and highly recommend but watch your occupancy.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Manchester, December 2013

    • “Quaint and quiet cottage”
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    • “We booked last minute, and were delighted with the cottage. It is opposite a fab pub and in a quiet but convenient location for visiting Hawkshead, Ambleside etc. We had a problem with the heating, but the owner responded promptly and it was fixed within hours.”

    The Allisons, East Yorkshire, April 2013

    • “Rustic Cottage Experience”
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    • “Right from the start the Cottage Holiday Group offered one of the best customer service I have ever experienced. Booking was exceptionally easy with very friendly staff. We had an issue on the second day of our holiday with the heating and one call to them and they had organised someone to come and help get it fixed. They also called back to check we were happy. The cottage itself was brilliantly located, Nr Sawrey is a really good base to explore the lakes from. Anvil Cottage is pretty much opposite Hilltop and the local pub just up the road. The cottage is definitely rustic, which to me lends to the experience but has all the facilities needed. The local pub serves excellent food at a very reasonable price. Good walks such as up to Moss Eccles Tarn and beyond. Esthwaite water(just a short walk) offers the opportunity for some trout fishing with very helpful staff to give you tips. Hawkshead has some small shops that you can get supplies from but I would recommend a trip to ambleside and get some local meat from the butchers(always have to get Cumberland Sausages) and some excellent bread from the bakers We have been to the lakes quite a few times now, and this cottage and location is up there with the best. The customer service was far and away the best we have ever experienced with any holiday booking. The best thing about the holiday was the location and the sheer bliss of getting away from the rat race. The worst was the weather but you learn to except that in the Lakes in March. Losing the Central Heating for a day was bad, but this led to the positive of meeting a really nice local property caretaker whose family had lived there for generations and whose family new Beatrix Potter. We got a really good deal on a last minute break, and even at full price this is a good choice for a stay in the Lakes as long as you are not expecting a modern accommodation. But then why would you go to the Lakes for this.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Cambridge, March 2013

    • “Great location for all things Lake District”
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    • “Ideal location for all of the Lake District's biggest adverts. Stunning senery, beautiful villages and friendly people (there is a very friendly pub across the road). The cottage is typical of the region, not too modern, very cosy and a great base to explore the surrounding country. The cottage was clean and plenty of coal/wood for the open fire. Dog friendly as was the pub with secure garden. Parking here is a bonus with Beatrix Potter Hill Top home adjacent, therefore garage most welcome.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Gloucestershire, May 2012

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    • “Anvil cottage is very comfortable and cosy. The beds were great and we all had good sleep. It is wonderfully located in Near Sawrey but not noisy despite being by the main road. The enclosed garden is great. The kitchen was very well equipped with the exception of a cheese grater! And a few more mugs would be good to allow better use of the dishwasher. We also found the tub chair in the lounge uncomfortable and as such don’t feel that the lounge would comfortably seat 6 adults as the cottages sleeps. Maybe a more comfy armchair? We also were surprised at the arrival of the gardener mid week who brought his dog with him. As we had a dog with us this was unwelcome as we could not let our dog out whilst he was there as she would have been scared. it was also early in the morning (about 10:30)for a holiday day! It would be good to know as in other cottages I have stayed in when maintenace like this is due to take place so we can plan accordingly. Overall we had a fabulous stay and would definitely come back and recommend it to friends.”

    Mrs Hodgson, York, December 2018

    • “Hi. We have been going to Anvil since it became a holiday cottage and we love it. We tend to eat in at the cottage more and more and the only suggestion we would make is that for a small outlay new glasses that match and better kitchen utensils would improve the cooking experience. For example there were no pint beer glasses and three mis- matched wine glasses. We bought and donated two beer glasses. There are many good things about Anvil, like the logs provided for the fire, which we appreciate. Regards Mark Ottignon”

    Mr Ottignon, Stroud, September 2018

    • “My Mum, myself and the dog loved this cottage. It was clean, warm, comfortable and welcoming. Yes we did have people looking through the windows as it is opposite Hilltop. I know this would put many people off but as one reviewer said, this must be one of the busiest attractions in the Lake District so what do you expect? The garden is small and private. Everything worked, washing machine, dishwasher heating etc. and was easy to use. If we had to say anything at all slightly negative about the property, it is the driveway. It is on the narrow side with metal gates, so watch your car (we only have a medium sized car) and you have to obviously check for traffic when you are reversing out. I am not sure why we couldn't use the garage as this was bigger. However, Emma (very helpful and friendly) from Lakes cottage holidays said not to. Anyway it was perfect for us and very close to everything with beautiful walks. Will definitely be returning.”

    Ms Williams, Herne Bay, September 2018

    • “Cottage was in a lovely location, however, didn't realise how busy location was due to the number of tourists visiting Hill Top. This brings me to my first comment of which there were no net curtains within the property, only night ones. This resulted in a lack of privacy because some tourists would take photos of the cottage, which was fine but some people would also look through the windows which I found to be a bit of a pain. so there were certain times the curtains were closed whilst we we there. Secondly, at the beginning of the week, the boiler had a problem producing hot water. I spoke to the owner and was told there had been previous problems which had been fixed but the way to sort it out was to turn on the Immersion heater as required which was in the main bedroom.A bit inconvenient, especially when I didn't always remember to do it. The owner also said he would get an engineer in on the Saturday (the day we were leaving) which for me was not acceptable. It should have been sorted out, whilst we were there.Thirdly, I am not used to oil-fired boilers. This one was rather noisy and whilst running produced rather nauseous fumes. The boiler was located in a small Utility room near the back door. Fourthly, the garden was very small. We have three dogs. The picture on the website suggests it is much larger. Fifth comment, whilst the front of the cottage gave off a certain amount of charm, the back needs a lot of work doing on it, especially some of the drain-pipes. They are rusty with paint peeling off them. I suspect they are part of the original fittings. Lastly, the drive which is behind a couple of metal gates is small. Really only suitable for a small to medium size vehicle. With three dogs, we have a larger one. Manoeuvering was quite tricky, especially as the gates were mounted on posts which reduced the width somewhat. Best way, was to reverse in, which meant moving to the middle of the road to obtain the correct angle to reverse. Watch out for passing cars. When pulling out of the drive, make sure there is a second person to guide you out. You cannot see either left or right until you are in the middle of the road and the road can be very busy. There is nowhere to park outside the cottage. All-in-all, location was lovely but I feel the price of the cottage was rather high for what it had to offer. I spoke to the agent about some of the problems and was told the owner was aware of them. If so, why were they not dealt with?”

    Mr Esterson, Stevenage, June 2018

    • “Had an excellent week at Anvil Cottage. Sawrey is a beautiful village with great walks, fabulous food and beautiful scenery.”

    Miss Moore, Poulton-le-Fylde, June 2018

    • “I rang Sykes Cottages on arrival as the house was cold, damp and there was no kindling to light the fire. The TV needed setting up from scratch, the rear garden light didn’t work and there was nearly no hot water supply in the upstairs bathroom. The key safe is rusty and took us 15 mins to access the key. The fridge smells terrible. I was told somebody would ring me back or email me after the owners had been notified. Nobody has rung me back or emailed me. We are leaving today after enduring a terrible experience with our 3 children. Thank goodness it was only 2 nights. Just under £500 to stay in this horrible cold place. Please could somebody get in touch to explain why nobody helped us or even got back to us. Sykes Cottages customer service so far has been none existent.”

    Miss Whittam, Driffield, February 2018

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The Property

Anvil Cottage sleeps 6 and is located opposite the former home of Beatrix Potter, the cottage has a multi fuel stove great for winters evenings, whilst the small garden is ideal for those warm summer nights.
Near Sawrey is located on the western side of Lake Windermere, 2 miles south of Hawkshead and 5 miles east of Coniston. The local area is steeped in history and is well known for its association with Beatrix Potter who lived opposite at ‘Hill Top'. Close by there are numerous off road walks and mountain bike routes including Grisedale north shore trails.
Anvil Cottage, once the village bakery and more recently known as Molly Green's Tea Room is a well appointed, double fronted, traditional Lakeland stone cottage centrally located in the village within 100 yards of the Tower Bank Arms, as featured in Beatrix Potters books. The cottage is well equipped for modern day living but has retained much of its original features with slate flagged floors and coal fire.
The cottage has oil fired central heating and comprises:

Lounge with slate flagged floor, multi fuel stove and satellite TV.
Dining room with CD player.
Kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.
Shower room with hand basin and WC.

First Floor: Two double bedrooms one with satelliteTV and DVD player.
Family bedroom with single and bunk beds.
Bathroom with hand basin and WC.

All oil, electric, coal, logs, bed linen and towels included.
Small enclosed secure garden ideal for pets and children and driveway with parking for one car and single garage.


Two double bedrooms (one with satellite TV and DVD player), one family room with single bed and bunk beds. Family bathroom with bath and hand held shower, separate basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with wash basin and WC. Kitchen with separate utility room. Lounge with satellite TV and multifuel burner. Separate dining room.


  • Oil fired central heating and multifuel burner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, satellite TV, CD player
  • Oil, electricity, coal, logs, bed linen and towels included in the rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Enclosed garden with lawn
  • Up to 3 dogs welcome
  • Village location, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

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:

  • Off-season