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Puddle Duck Cottage

Spark Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972436)

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    • “I love it!”
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    • “I have stayed at Puddleduck Cottage several times, it's in a fabulously convenient location. The cottage is cosy, clean and well equipped. I can't wait to go back again next year. There are several comments about a nosey neighbour, I have always found him to be perfectly pleasant and chatty - he's even helped me sort the recycling when I made a complete hash of it! He's an elderly man living next to a holiday let! It really is a wonderful place to stay, there is a lovely pub across the road and lovely walks from the cottage. It is perfect for exploring the South Lakes and Furness.”

    Jilly0769, Altrincham, United Kingdom, November 2017

    • “brilliant Lakes location”
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    • “Puddle Duck was everything we needed for a Lakes holiday cottage; we wanted somewhere we could be comfortable with our dog that was ideally located to meet our aims of a walking holiday. The cottage was clean, spacious, always warm and welcoming and had everything we could need to make it a home-from-home. Immediately opposite is a fabulous local pub serving great food with a very friendly service. Check-in/out was very easy with the instructions we had received well in advance. The cottage has a small garden overlooking sheep inhabited fields which would be perfect for a summer visit to sit in enjoying a well deserved glass of wine at the end of a hard day walking!!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Guernsey, October 2013

    • “cozy cottage, very well equipt kitchen, comfortable beds.”
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    • “This was my second visit to this cottage which speaks volumes in itself. The weather was horrendous, torrential rain for the whole week, without this cute little cottage with wood burning stove, we would of been in a mess. Very cozy and a delight to spend time on wet miserable days and nights. My mother is 85yrs old so we knew we couldn't walk far and she was very comfy and happy to sit here with her crosswords.”

    Sheila Carlberg, Warwickshire, October 2013

    • “A comfortable stay in an ideal location.”
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    • “Five adults and a dog stayed at Puddle Duck Cottage at the end of august. The whole holiday was helped by the fantastic weather! The location is great - ideal for exploring the south lakes. The cottage had everything we wanted and is located right opposite a dog-friendly pub which served delicious food. There is also another good pub within easy walking distance. The only issue for us is that the garden was not securely enclosed. As a field of sheep and cows backed on to it the dog could not be left to freely wander around the garden. Apart from that, the cottage was very clean and comfortable. There is limited space for bikes either inside or outside the cottage but there is ample car parking space in the pub car park opposite. We all had a very enjoyable holiday.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bushey, September 2013

    • “Great location and very cosy however, a little tired and a nosey neighbour!”
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    • “Our second stop on our honeymoon we arrived at Puddleduck on a Sunday afternoon. After previously living in the Lake District myself I am familiar with area but chose Ulverston as it's a much quieter getaway. Puddleduck has great links to many favourable areas in the South Lakes, whether it's long or short walks, adventures at Grizedale or a tour around the many lovely towns and cafes in the local areas. The cottage itself was cosy but tired, it could definitely do with a new lick of paint and some new furnishings. All can be done on a budget! The fire was fantastic and meant no need to toggle with the heating at all. It was lovely to cosy up in front of in an evening. The shower downstairs was a great size (however it does squeal for the first 3-5 minutes and then dies down) and the kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. As raised by the previous reviewier the neighbour is incredibly nosey. He made a point of coming out everytime we did and never said a word despite our smiles and friendly approach. I could not see anything in the guest book at all regarding him being friendly! Nevertheless he didn't impact our stay at all but could potentially cause issues with some more shy guests. We also visited the Royal Oak which was a wonderful pub and highly recommended! Overall we had a lovely stay in Puddleduck with just a few suggestions to improve even more!”

    RacheyP87, North West England, United Kingdom, October 2016

    • “Nice cottage, good location and good value.”
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    • “Puddle duck was a lovely cottage, plenty of room and plenty warm enough with the fire lit. Great area to visit and not somewhere we had been before. The coastal walk was quite a surprise, in a good way. Dog friendly too, always a bonus to bring the mutt along. The pub over the road did fabulous food.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Sheffield, March 2014

    • “Brilliant for a family stay”
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    • “The cottage had a very well equipped kitchen. All bedrooms were comfortable, excellent ground floor shower room and large first floor bathroom. The sofas and rug in the lounge are getting near there 'sell by date'. The cottage is an ideal location for exploring everything the Lake District has to offer, would recommend visiting the grizedale forest. The farmers arms inn, which is directly facing the cottage, provides welcoming staff and good food. We had a slight problem with the key box, and could not retrieve the keys and were unable to phone the rental agency as there was no mobile phone connection. Fortunately the farmers arms let us use their phone and the problem was sorted by the letting agents very quickly.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Burnley, October 2013

    • “Location, Location, Location”
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    • “Great spot, just opposite The Farmers arms, although a busy road. Cottage well fitted out with kitchen utensils, glass and crockery. Towels provided although a couple more would have been ideal. The back of the cottage is a thorough fare for the other cottages. The raised garden has barbed wire which can be an issue for children. Easy to walk down to Spark Bridge. The travel cot provided did not come with bedding, so we had to make several calls to get some. Wonderful large main bathroom, a shower in here would make all the difference. The shower room on the ground floor was superb with the exception of the extract, so noisy - needs attending to. All in all a great cottage.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bedfordshire, August 2013

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    • “We had a lovely stay at Puddle Duck cottage. It was very clean, comfortable and well equipped. A lot of the basic essential items were already there too, such as toilet paper, washing up liquid etc, which was a great help. It’s a great place for an action packed holiday. Would definitely recommend it!”

    Mrs Sweeny, Ballyshannon, August 2018

    • “Gorgeous cottage very clean welcoming had a very happy holiday due to all the home comforts and all attractions being a short drive away”

    Ms Billington, Bury, May 2018

    • “Cottage was tired and could do with a refurb. Fire alarm in living area had some cardboard and tape over it ? Kitchen cupboards and crockery dirty. Kids found the locked doors within the property a little creepy! Wasn’t expecting luxury for the price but this property is below standard ********** Owner response ********** Thank you for your feedback, we have recently had the property refurbished in the living areas and we will follow up with our cleaning team in relation to the issues you have highlighted. We are sorry to hear that your children found the locked doors a little creepy, these are our private areas for our use only.”

    Mrs Bysouth, Gateshead, September 2018

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  • Off road parking
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  • Highchair available
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The Property

Puddle Duck Cottage is located close to Coniston Water and Windermere, ideally situated to explore the Southern Lake District. The cosy multi fuel log burning stove is ideal for winter evenings the cottage also has a country garden with fell views perfect for al-fresco dining.
Situated between Coniston Water and the coast is the hamlet of Spark Bridge, a cluster of traditional Lakeland cottages in a beautiful rural setting. Spark Bridge is within 3 miles of Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Lake Windermere and 2 miles from Coniston Water. It is an ideal location to visit the south and western Lakes. Grizedale Forest can be seen in the distance where you can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities. Close by is Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Aquarium, and the villages of Windermere and Coniston. Near Sawrey is only 20 minutes drive this is where Beatrix Potter wrote Jemima Puddle Duck.
Puddle Duck Cottage is in a row of cottages which provides contemporary, family accommodation where you can enjoy cosy nights in front of the log burner or dine alfresco and take in the stunning views to the fells which can be admired from all aspects of the house and garden. The cottage is within a stones throw of the village pub, ideal for unwinding after a long day on the fells.

The accommodation which has oil central heating comprises: Spacious lounge/dining area with multi fuel log burning stove, TV, freeview and DVD player. Kitchen with electric cooker and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, Nespresso machine, washing machine and microwave. Shower room with hand basin and WC. First floor: Master double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and pleasant view to the fells. Bathroom with hand basin and WC. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms, one with built in wardrobes both with views to the fells. All electric, bed linen, towels and initial supply of logs provided. Wi-Fi included. Cot and booster highchair available. Off street parking nearby. There is a garden to the rear of the property with garden furniture and decking with views to the surrounding fells.


Over three floors. Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x second floor twins. First floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area.


  • Oil central heating and log burner
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso machine, washing machine, WiFi, Freeview TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking near to cottage
  • Garden with lawned area and furniture
  • Note: steps to garden furniture and lawn area
  • One well-behaved dog permitted
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 5 minute walk
  • Note: Max 6 adults.

Regional Information

SPARK BRIDGE Ulverston 5 miles; Coniston 10 miles. The small village of Spark Bridge has two pubs, the Farmers Arms and Royal Oak, both offering good food. A couple of miles away is the village of Greenodd, which has a selection of shops and a pub, whilst just five miles away is the ancient market town of Ulverston. Ulverston is famous for its street markets and festivals, and boasts a wide range of shops, pubs and leisure facilities. It is also home to the only Laurel and Hardy museum in the world. This is a great location for a walking holiday, and within driving distance are a number of attractions including, Grizedale, Coniston, Windermere, Hawkshead and Beatrix Potter's Hill Top, as well as the beautiful Furness Coast, with its golden beaches and good birdwatching opportunities. An ideal location for enjoying fantastic coastal and countryside pursuits.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season