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Top Lodge, 4 Skiptory Howe

Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 26654)

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    • “superb accommodation”
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    • “An immaculate lodge, which was very clean and well equipped. We had a fabulous stay.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leeds, October 2013

    • “Lovely lodge and ideal location. The lodge is equipped with everything you need. The only drawback is dogs are not allowed in the bar so when it’s raining it's a bit of a letdown. I would still return regardless”

    Mrs Mcgowan, Sutton Coldfield, September 2018

    • “I was very pleased with Sykes on this holiday We had a slight issue with the shower and it was fixed whilst we were out the same day The only issue we had was finding the contact number should there be a problem but other that that our holiday was not marred in anyway”

    Mr Newton, Tipton, September 2018

    • “Dear Sykes, we have stayed in a number of your cottages over the last 5 years and have always had a very enjoyable holiday. Unfortunately this lodge did not live up to expectations. On arrival the lodge was unbearably hot and we discovered that someone had put the boiler on its maximum setting. The following day when the building had cooled down, it smelt musty and damp. Possibly the heating was left on full to mask the damp! The bedrooms were both very small with inadequate storage space for our clothes, no chest of drawers in either room and the wardrobe was only equipped with three coat hangers. The double bed had what was without doubt the most uncomfortable mattress I’ve ever had the misfortune to sleep on. It sagged in the middle and was so soft I could feel the slats in the bed frame. The duvet was at best 20 mm thick and the cover was torn around the popper fasteners. Despite the fact that the holiday was to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary we ended up in the two single beds in the even smaller bedroom because they were marginally more comfortable! The bath had a very obvious repair in it and the basin was so small you banged you head on the bathroom cabinet when you tried to use it. We discovered on our last day that the shed contained a black bin liner full of decomposing kitchen waste, which probably accounted for the number of flies around the property. We had stayed the previous week in one off your lodges named Iona in the village of Strontian in the Scottish Highlands. This was a delightful cabin and was £200 pounds cheaper than the Skiptory Howe lodge. We paid more than £100 pounds a night to stay in this property and consequently expected a much more luxurious well equipped lodge. I have taken photographs of the problems we encountered which I am happy to send you. I also would expect some form of compensation because this holiday was not a memorable experience in a positive way!”

    Mr Stone, Caerdydd, September 2018

    • “Overall a very nice lodge. However there were a few issues which were also picked up in the visitors book, for example, the double bed was uncomfortable - felt like it was sagging in the middle, the mechanism to switch from shower to bath didn't work and I found it difficult to maintain a relatively constant water temperature, also there was initially a musty smell to the property including the kitchen cupboards.The window in the main bedroom room didn't open and the cushions on that bed did smell so they went outside for the week. The sofa positioned in front of the TV was quite uncomfortable. That sounds like quite a moan but it isn't, this is a well equipped property and we enjoyed our stay there. The lodge is quite overshadowed with trees which suited us but if you wanted to sunbathe on the generous decking area then this isn't the place for you. At the rear there is a shed which we used to store a couple of bikes and a gate into the woods which was a god-send for the dogs. Fortunately no-one was in the lodge above us so it was a peaceful place to stay. With regards to the site I would say it is quite limited in the facilities on offer; there is a small shop. a small-ish 1.5m max deep pool which opens to guests from 10am to about 5.30pm and you have to book in 45 minute sessions at least a day before to use it, there is a small gym, jacuzzi and sauna, a play area for children under 12 and a sports court. There is a pub/restaurant which does a take-away menu (our burgers were really nice but beware the roasted veggie option - dire - perhaps we hit it on a bad day). The site was tidy and well maintained with plenty of woodland - all in all the positives outweigh the negatives.”

    Mr Hegarty, Sheffield, August 2018

    • “Generally we were pleased with the lodge and the site. Staff were helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Only complaint, we needed lights on most of the time, it was very dark inside the lodge due to the mature trees all around us. Even the large patio only got a little sunshine! We would definitely holiday at White Cross Bay again, but would choose a lodge in a more open setting.”

    Mrs Hodgetts, Stoke-on-Trent, June 2018

    • “We got home yesterday and we had a fantastic week at your cabin at White Cross Bay. It was clean and comfy, our dogs quickly settled in and we certainly had enough living space in the kitchen and lounge. I'm pleased we stayed at Top Lodge on the edge of the camp rather than in the middle of the site where I'm sure it would have been noisier and busier. It was very quiet and peaceful until our final night when we got a rowdy party of five blokes staying at a cabin 10-15 yards away - and they were out drinking and talking loudly till well after 1am. Perhaps the camp owners should impose restrictions on all-male groups renting lodges as well as insisting on a lights out, silence first policy after midnight. We loved the woods behind our cabin, taking our pets up there every day. As for the minuses. The lodge seriously needs more shelf/cupboard/drawer space. We had to keep the food/drinks we'd taken up in bags because there wasn't anywhere to put it. The same applies re our clothes in the bedroom. We could have done with more cupboards for pants, socks, shirts, tops, etc. The bed was just OK and the duvet just about big enough. Easily the biggest bugbear for me was the joke of a basin in the bathroom. I could hardly clean my teeth in it never mind have a shave! I ended up having to shave in the kitchen sink! I just do not see the point of having such a ridiculously impractical basin that was neither use nor ornament as my grandad used to say. I've stayed in all sorts of places all over the world over the last 50 years and never come across a basin so pointless. I also had to call you to get the proper key safe code when we arrived after apparently being sent a new code by email. I should have spotted the new number but it would be a big help if you could banner headline such a change in emails in future to make sure customers don't miss it. But all in all we had a fabulous week and would return, perhaps to try one of your lakeside lodges next.”

    Mr Williams, Market Harborough, May 2018

    • “beautiful site. Weather was gorgeous. Surrounding areas were so out of this world enjoyed the whole experience .will definitely be coming back to the lake district.Disapointed with wi-fi the cabin has a booster but still couldn't receive any thing”

    Mr Street, Burntwood, May 2018

    • “very good place to stay and see the lakes”

    Mr Hewitt, Immingham, May 2018

    • “We spent last week in this beautiful lodge. Its immaculatly decorated and the kitchen and living area are so light and spacious. We cooked every night in the kitchen and there were plenty of dishes, crockery and cutlery. Bedrooms were clean and airy. Shower was a bit hot and miss temperature wise but that’s the only slight fault. Amazing lodge!”

    Mrs Blake, Southampton, March 2018

    • “We were very disappointed at 9.20 on the day of departure we could hear someone on our decking to go out to find workmen plonking equipment on it. They left the gates open and we have a dog. That said "you're checking out aren't you" Our response being yes but we have until 10. We were put under immense pressure to leave asap. Our dog couldn't go on the decking as she was scared of all the equipment which they still kept putting over the top of the fencing. Very rude and certainly ruined what should have been a pleasant check out.”

    Miss Oswald, Houghton Le Spring, November 2017

    • “The lodge itself was lovely and stocked well and easy check in. It could of been a little cleaner. The doors were creaky so our dog barked a lot which led to a few poor nights sleep. We had to reset the boiler a few times as it did go off and led to no hot water and heat for small periods of time. The single beds were very comfy however the double wasn't it was a very thin hard mattress. The lodge was dog friendly however they didn't allow him in the bar/restaurant this would be our main problem because we would of loved to get involved with the entertainment but were unable to. It would of enhanced the whole experience really. Surrounding area was lovely. We would definitely book with Sykes again but not at the white cross bay until they allow fur babies into the bar/ restaurant.”

    Mrs Glenister, Blackpool, November 2017

    • “The site is kept up to a very high standard there is plenty going on for all ages.It's an ideal place for going out to other parts of the lakes highly recommend.”

    Mrs Lowe, Bury, May 2017

    • “We had an absolutely wonderful time. Lodge is in a fantastic location and has everything you need. Whilst we were there we booked to return later in the year. It's our new favourite place!”

    Miss Porter, Sunderland, May 2017

    • “We arrived on the 2nd of January. The cottage was nice, clean and had all the facilities. The park was pleasant also. We’d not been there half an hour when we had an urgent email from Sykes cottages to call them. We did so, sorry I cannot recall the name of the lady we spoke to, but she said the resort was closing on the 3rd and we’d have to leave a day early. We had originally booked the break from the 1st to the 3rd but altered it to the 2nd to the 4th at the property owner’s request so they could get cleaners in on the 1st. If we had known the cottage was only available for 2 days instead of 3 we would never have booked it and sought alternatives. We were very disappointed. We were offered alternative accommodation at nearly £300 for one night! Three nights had cost us £400 so this seemed extreme. We were told the cost of the night would be refunded, but no compensation was offered. We then enquired as to what time we needed to leave. The lady at Sykes said she had made an executive decision and we could stay on the Friday for as long as we liked. The next day another representative from Skyes told us the owner wanted us out by 11 am. I am very disappointed in this total failure of communication. At the moment it seems both the owner and the agency are more than happy to take money but are not willing to do the right thing when they make a mistake.”

    Mrs Renshaw, St Helens, January 2019

    • “If everything would have been working at the lodge we stayed at then it would’ve been brilliant. Our plan was to make the most from the walks with our dogs then come back to have a shower and get in comfy clothes to watch some films on the DVD player, as my husband and I really needed a break. The boiler only worked when it wanted to rather then when we needed it, so we struggled for hot water, and the DVD player in the living area didn’t work. So our plan kind of went out of the window. It was a shame as the site we stayed was lovely but I wouldn’t book this lodge again until I could be assured everything worked.”

    Mrs Shaw, Manchester, December 2017

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
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The Property

This modern-style, wooden-clad cabin is situated in the well-kept holiday park of White Cross Bay, on the shores of Lake Windermere. Positioned in the heart of the Lake District, with access to Lakeland cottages, traditional pubs and beautiful walking country, this lodge is ideal for a small family or group of friends. You will feel welcome from the moment you arrive, with bright and airy colour schemes, and a plush lounge area making the most of the natural light and a lovely dining arrangement. This open-plan space will uplift your mood each day that passes. On a warm summer's day, throw open the French doors and step out onto the decking with a good book and refreshing beverage in hand. You have the benefit of being located in the quieter part of the park, yet with all the on-site facilities close by. The kids can enjoy the outdoor play centre or a swim, while you order the takeaway for the evening and take a break from the cooking. Relax in the Jacuzzi and refresh in the sauna after a session at the gym. From the lake, you have wonderful views over towards the Langdale Pikes and Latterbarrow, the perfect spot to take in scenes of orange sunsets at the end of an adventurous day. Troutbeck offers a host of amenities, while the nearby towns of Windermere and Ambleside boast many attractions drawing in tourists from far and wide. Climb to the summit of Orrest Head, walk along Rydal Water and pay a visit to Grizedale Forest for a plethora of outdoor pursuits. A well-deserved break in the wonderful region of Cumbria.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be king-size double on request). Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.


  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, combination microwave, fridge, freezer, shared on-site laundry facilities (coin operated), dishwasher, TVs with Freeview, DVDs, WiFi available on site
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable storage (5'x6')
  • Decking to all sides with front terrace with furniture
  • Shared use of leisure facilities, including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, play park and multi-use games area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: Booster in lodge amplifies site WiFi and offers strong signal
  • Note: At check-in guests will be provided with a barrier pass number to use in the barrier key pad providing vehicular access to the park
  • Note: Guests wishing to use the on-site leisure facilities will need to purchase a leisure pass from reception
  • Passes cost £15 per stay and one pass is allocated per lodge
  • Note: Though all ground floor, due to narrow lodge-style doorways, this property may not be suitable for wheelchair users
  • Please call for more information.

Regional Information

TROUTBECK BRIDGE Windermere 2 miles; Ambleside 4 miles. The small village of Troutbeck Bridge lies between the famous towns of Windermere and Ambleside, close to the renowned Kirkstone Pass, within the Lake District National Park. Made up of a scattering of Lakeland cottages, this quiet village offers a thriving and very popular local pub, serving real ales and fine food. The bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are close by, providing a range of amenities including shops, pubs and cafes. Lake Windermere boasts a range of lakeside activities, including trips to the famous Aquarium and the renowned Grizedale Forest Park, whilst children will enjoy the World of Beatrix Potter in nearby Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. With destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains all within easy reach, Troutbeck Bridge is an ideal location for exploring all that the region has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas