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Blacksmiths Cottage

Pooley Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972346)

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    • “Simply wonderful!!”
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    • “We have just returned from a most wonderful stay at the beautiful Blacksmith Cottage. The property is maintained to a very high standard and furnished very comfortably. The shower is excellent after a long day walking and the bed is very comfortable. The garden is an idyllic little walled garden with grass and flowers, garden furniture is provided and it is a lovely area to sit in as it gets the sun for a lot of the day. Blacksmith Cottage has everything you need for a relaxing break in the Lake District and we definitely hope to return again one day.”

    Hummingbird-zer0, East Anglia, United Kingdom, July 2018

    • “Cosy and Peaceful - The Perfect Cottage”
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    • “We loved this gorgeous cottage and were so lucky to find it at such short notice. We booked at midday on the day we were planning to arrive. The turn around time was fantastic and the cottage was all ready for us upon our arrival. We found it cosy and peaceful and just perfect for a break away from work where we could really relax. It was a great base for exploring the beautiful lake district. The cottage was clean and very well presented with good quality furnishings. After a day out walking we loved the fact that we could come back to the cottage and relax by the wood burner. The stocks of kindling and wood was replenished for us half way though our stay which we were very grateful for - Thank You! If you love to stay connected when your on holiday the cottage is equipped with wifi which worked brilliantly for us. We would definitely return and most definitely recommend!”

    RDF100, Norwich, United Kingdom, November 2015

    • “cosy and rustic cottage”
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    • “This cottage is a real little gem. It is furnished to a high standard and has a wood burning stove if things get nippy ! We stayed in June during a bit of a heatwave and found the cottage a cool retreat because of the thick walls. The small garden is a delight ! Buy some bird seed and just sit back.! One thing to watch.. Not good if you have bad knees or any mobility issues due to the stairs to the bedroom.All in all, though, we couldn't fault either cottage or location.”

    Alistair C, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Cosy, charming and cute”
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    • “A lovely little holiday let for two. We arrived towards the end of a cold snap and found the place very chilly, but soon had the wood-burning stove fired up. The owners had put a very nicely decorated Christmas tree in a corner of the sitting room and there were seasonal lights around the mantelpiece, which made for a very cosy environment once the curtains were drawn. The place was spotless and finished to a high standard. The bathroom's underfloor heating, heated towel rail and shower were fantastic. The cottage's location was perfect for us and the silence and darkness gave us the best nights' sleep we'd had in ages. We couldn't find instructions for the storage heaters (we'd not used them before), so we were a bit chilly at first. We called the agent and the owner called us back a few moments later to tell us how best to use them. They still struggled a bit but we were much warmer thereafter. All in all, we had a lovely time and hope to return.”

    Mark P, London, United Kingdom, January 2015

    • “September Break”
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    • “Found this cottage on Google search. Looked exactly what we wanted for our September break. Saturday to Saturday booking suited us as well. The Cottage was easy to find, we knew we couldn't park outside the property but this is made clear in the details. The free parking is 50yards away and is ample. The whole area around the cottage was quiet and peaceful. The bedroom was very big and so was the bed which was very comfortable and there was plenty of wardrobe and draw space. The bathroom sorry, shower room had a double size shower cubicle with an overhead power shower, we found this a superb arrangement. The living room had comfortable chairs and sofa and a good size tv. Wi-fi was excellent and fast. Kitchen had all you need and the dishwasher was an added bonus. We also sat out in the pleasant garden a few times. The cottage is situated on the edge of a small village but nothing was more than 300 yards away! 3 pubs and two cafes (we tried them all and they were all excellent). A general shop, outdoor shop and a couple of gift shops completed a lovely village. All in all we couldn't have wished for better. I would suggest that this property is NOT suitable for people with disabilities especially if you have difficulty in climbing narrowish turning stairs.”

    Morkymike, Abergavenny, United Kingdom, September 2014

    • “Beautiful cottage”
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    • “Such a lovely cottage - beautifully furnished throughout. And such a peaceful little spot - hardly any traffic passing throughout the day so perfect for long lie-ins!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, March 2014

    • “Another fabulous stay!”
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    • “Having enjoyed our stay so much last year we returned for another weeks break late January. Again we enjoyed a lot of great walking straight from the cottage. It couldn't be cosier returning to the wood-burning fire after a day on the fells. A very comfortable bed too. We plan to go again next year!”

    Carrotstaz, Carrotstaz, March 2014

    • “Cosy, comfortable and luxurious”
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    • “We had a fantastic stay at this beautifully decorated cottage and very cosy cottage. Views of the fields and hills and fantastic location just a couple of minutes walk from Ullswater. Thoroughly recommended!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bristol, November 2013

    • “perfect!”
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    • “We stayed at blacksmith cottage for a week in October half term. The cottage is beautifully done and very cozy inside. It is in a great location, right in the village with lots of great scenery nearby. We'll definitely come back.”

    Emily S, Bristol, England, United Kingdom, November 2013

    • “Romantic honeymoon location”
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    • “Blacksmiths Cottage is positioned on the edge of Pooley Bridge with views out across open countryside. Although directly adjacent to the road it has it's own private garden, a lovely cottage style garden to the side. Parking is also accommodated for a short distance away. The property appointed internally to a high specification with good quality fixtures and fittings ( John Lewis, Laura ashley ) Blacksmiths Cottage has been well laid out internally and is spacious for two people, with all the comforts of home. For those visiting in the winter months there is also a wood burning stove to ensure warm evenings. All local amenities are within a very short walking distance away ( inclusive of 3 Pubs ) and of course the beautiful Ullswater Lake itself. We would highly recommend Blacksmiths Cottage for couples. We had a great stay and will be sure to return in the future.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leamington Spa, August 2013

    • “Amazing cottage”
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    • “We had a great week at Blacksmiths Cottage, it was so relaxing and the cottage was furnished to a high standard. The location was excellent and we cant wait to go back!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Walton On Thames, July 2013

    • “Excellent”
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    • “Very cosy cottage,very well equipped and beautifully presented. Excellent location only 10 minutes from Penrith, perfect for walking and access to the steamer and a perfect base for exploring the rest of the Lakes. Good food available in the village. Would definitely go back.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Ossett, March 2013

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    • “To be fair this is more a positive review on Blacksmiths Cottage rather than on Sykes Cottages. Because this was our 4th visit we did not first read any reviews or descriptions. As well as being in a beautiful location, the cottage is a delight to stay in, being a wonderful base for splendid walks and a peaceful, cosy place to rest on returning. In our view it is the best place to stay in Cumbria. This was the first time we had to call the owner, Nick, as we managed to blow the circuit breaker. Even though he was out of the country, Nick responded very promptly and sorted things out - thanks again, Nick! Because of a commitment on Remembrance Sunday we had originally booked a short break at the cottage but after thinking about it we called Sykes and asked to change the booking to a full week so that we would not have to worry about our time of arrival. It was only later we realised that we had been charged more in total than we would have been had we booked a full week in the first place. I can understand an argument about administration charges but at a quiet time of the year, with such a simple change, it seems a bit of a shame that the opportunity was taken to charge extra.”

    Mr Bamber, Stowmarket, November 2018

    • “Perfect cottage for a short break in the lake district. My partner and I stayed here and found it comfortable, conveniently placed and overall very pleasant. There are some lovely pubs nearby and Pooley Bridge allows for relatively easy access to the rest of the lakes.”

    Dr Killean, Edinburgh, October 2018

    • “The cottage was ideal for the two of us. Once my husband stopped banging his head on the low doorways and stubbing his toe on the lumpy stone kitchen floor all was good. We ate out all the time so the kettle and toaster was all we needed in the kitchen. Beautiful setting and the locals were typically northern friendly. The fact we were blessed with fabulous weather was a definite plus. Plenty to see and do on the doorstep can recomend the motor museum (excellent restaurant) and the pencil museum, both worth a visit.”

    Mrs Baarda, Brough, September 2018

    • “Charming, well equipped cottage. Well placed to explore the lakes. Fabulous walks from the front door. A quiet and tranquil location.”

    Mrs Walpole, Keighley, September 2018

    • “It was easy to book through Sykes as always. The cottage was very well situated in the village of Pooley Bridge. The parking arrangements were easy to find and access. The cottage was clean and comfortable with a lovely little garden to sit out in. The bedroom was comfortable and the bathroom was clean. The only issue was the noise from the water heater which was situated in a cupboard next to the bed and fired up at around 6 each morning! We did get more used to it as the week went on but it was still noisy. Having said that I would still stay there again.”

    Miss Kaye, Barnsley, August 2018

    • “Cottage much smaller than the photos suggested. A broken blind in the kitchen. Dials on the cooker couldn't be seen. Windows were dirty. Shower had no area to put shampoo etc... Just had a plastic bowl on the ground. No work space in the kitchen. Very small TV.”

    Mrs Cody, Tadcaster, June 2018

    • “Pooley Bridge is the best location for Ullswater & Blacksmiths Cottage is the perfect location in the village. The cottage has everything provided, just stock up the fridge & enjoy the accommodation. Great shower & comfortable bed. Sat most early evenings on the little patio until the sun went down. Theres 3 pubs within 5 minutes walking distance & a lovely tea room that serves fantastic food. We don't mind dogs and they're welcome everywhere; we even saw a sign "Dogs & Muddy Boots Welcome". We spent a day on the Steamer visiting Geln Ridding & Aira Falls. We walked to Arthur's Pyke and Howtown on separate days. We visited Carlisle, Ambleside, Windermere & Grasmere. We drove through Kirkstone Pass. We sampled local brewed cider & lagers. We ate the hugest portions of fish and chips. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Blacksmiths Cottage. First Class Holiday.”

    Mr Peters, Northampton, May 2018

    • “The cottage was well equipped for two people, comfortable and full of character. It is on the edge of a very good village, with three good pubs, a cafe and some useful grocery and general shops. An ideal base for exploring the Lake District. Sykes Cottages usually provide a welcome pack - there was not a comprehensive folder in Blacksmith’s Cottage and this was missed! We would also have appreciated some notification about parking arrangements in our booking confirmation as these are not immediately obvious - I had to phone the owner when we arrived. The weather was very cold and although one expects temperature to be relatively low in an old house, a more efficient wood burner would be helpful. These remarks intended to be ‘constructive criticism’ to help develop the experience for future guests.”

    Ms Godfrey, CAMBS, March 2018

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The Property

This is a romantic and charming 17th century cottage, situated in the heart of Pooley Bridge. The cottage is sure to appeal to couples looking for a cosy, luxury Lake District cottage to relax, unwind and take in the stunning scenery of the northern Lakes.
Located on the north eastern edge of Ullswater, Pooley Bridge is a popular holiday destination with a wealth of amenities from local shops, pubs, restaurants within walking distance; local water sport centres, pony trekking and cruises on the lake to name but a few. Ullswater has many walks for all abilities; either low walks, High Street or the more challenging Helvellyn towering over the lake with stunning views guaranteed.
Blacksmiths Cottage is located within the village, with open rural outlook to the rear and is within a 5 minute drive of the renowned Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, which has won Garden of the Year 2013 and a 10 minute drive to the county town of Penrith. The cottage has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is now luxuriously appointed with designer fabrics and using antique and country style furniture whilst retaining many original features. Excellent public transport links by bus or ferry within walking distance.
The cottage has electric wall heating and comprises:

Dining/lounge with beamed ceiling, cosy wood burning stove set in a sandstone fireplace, comfortable easy chairs, TV and DVD.
Kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and dishwasher.

First floor: Spacious double bedroom with King size traditional bed with co-ordinated linens, easy seating with open views to the fells beyond.
Luxuriously appointed bathroom with under floor heating, double shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

All electric, bed linen and towels provided.
Initial supply of logs provided. Further supply of logs is available in the green log bin beside patio doors.
Wi-Fi available.
Off road parking 50 yards away and a lockable shed to store bicycles.
Relaxing cottage garden with open aspect over the adjoining fields to the nearby fells.


1 x King Size traditional bed on the first floor. Beautifully appointed bedroom with views of the fells. Bathroom with underfloor heating, double shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.


  • Wood burning stove with initial supply of wood provided.A further supply of logs is available in the green log bin beside the patio doors
  • Dining area and lounge with beamed ceiling, TV and DVD
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Off-road parking and lockable shed for bicycle storage
  • Private garden with view of fells and adjoining fields and an outdoor dining area
  • One bedroom with King Size Bed
  • Bed linen and towels provided

Regional Information

POOLEY BRIDGE Penrith 6 miles. The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas