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Little Ghyll Cottage

Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972416)

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    • “Fantastic Cottage for families”
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    • “We spent a week at Little Ghyll cottage during the Easter holidays and I cannot recommend this place highly enough. My children (girls 9 and 7) spent hours playing in the magical garden and the well-appointed and cosy cottage has everything a family could need during their stay. Our Dog had a fantastic time staying here too. The location is great with many tourist destinations within a few miles, as well as being easy to find as well. The owner Christine could not have been more helpful or kind during our stay and we will definitely be back for a visit in the future.”

    Lynz19802018, Peterborough, United Kingdom, April 2018

    • “Looking forward to our next visit already!”
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    • “We have just returned from a 3 night stay at this beautiful cottage in a perfect setting. The cottage itself was very well kept. The views were wonderful. Our 5 year old daughter absolutely loved all of the dressing up, toys, games and videos. She loved the gardens and also made some new friends (the Hens!) and loved visiting them on a morning to feed them. So very welcoming and very well catered for children. Also perfect for our dog too who loved being able to roam the gardens. The only thing we would change is that we wished we had been able to stay for longer but we will most definitely be returning and will be sure to stay longer next time! Thank you Christine for having us and we all very much look forward to seeing you again next year :)”

    Marie P, November 2017

    • “Special place”
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    • “This is our 2nd time at little ghyll cottage , there will most definitely be another , love the open fire , that you can curl up to after a hard day's hike , dog friendly , our little Staffy , treating the place like his own !! Christine is very helpful , nothing is too much trouble , we had a problem with the shower , Christine had the plumber here in just a few hours , great cooking can be done on the range , feel like we're friends now , love this place Keith , chris n Djak”

    Keith P, Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom, September 2017

    • “Perfect family friendly Lake District stay”
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    • “We had the pleasure of recently spending a wonderful week in Litle Ghyll Cottage. The cottage itself is lovely with a wide range of toys and games for the kids - kept us all entertained when we were in the cottage. The cottage is very well equipped with even a slow cooker (very handy for having a meal ready when we got home from a long day exploring nearby Windermere). The best bit is the garden - lots for children to explore. Our kids loved going and seeing the chickens first thing in the morning and giving them any leftover food. Christine the owner was very friendly and helpful. This nearby pub (The Watermill Inn) is a short walk away and serves great (child friendly) food (with a great selection of ales).”

    Joanne W, Royston, United Kingdom, September 2017

    • “Beautiful”
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    • “We have just returned from a fantastic week here. The cottages location is fantastic for visiting all that the Lake District has to offer. We arrived to a very warm welcome from Christine,the huge garden is beautiful with a pretty stream running through it, the cottage is very comfortable and well equipped it even has a lovely open fire and the view is spectacular. I cannot fault a thing and am already looking forward to staying again next year. It really is a home from home.”

    Tracy R, July 2017

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    • “Me, my husband and our two kids (2 and 4) spent a week in May at this amazing cottage. The cottage itself is very nice, with open fire and hundreds of toys for the kids to play with. There were also lots of fancy costumes for kids (our daughter spent a lot of time dressing up!). But the very stunning feature is the garden! There is a little stream and four bridges to cross It. There is an amazing tree house for the kids, they truly loved it! And the view over the hills is stunning. While we where there we got the chance to meet the chickens and the sheep. My kids are still talking of how they helped put the chickens to bed. We where unlucky with the weather, it rained heavily for three days, but we don't regret it, because we really enjoyed staying at this wonderful little cottage. We would highly recommend it to everyone.”

    ManuDelia, July 2017

    • “Wonderful cottage on the hill pet and child friendly.”
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    • “Located close to Lake Windermere and nearby Watermill real ale pub with good food. Cosy, delightful cottage with every amenity and magical garden and conservatory. Dog and child friendly with toys, games and tree house. Christine, the hostess who lives next door, is very welcoming, helpful and has great knowledge and information on the area, she has lovely dogs, tame sheep and chickens. We will definitely visit again.”

    Assumpta65, Doncaster, United Kingdom, June 2017

    • “a wonderful place for small children”
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    • “I stayed there for 5 nights in May 2017 with my wife, our daughter, our son-in-law and our grandson who was almost 2 years of age. We all had a marvellous time. The rooms are all spacious and well-furnished. The living room has a log fire (which we didn't use) and the well-equipped kitchen has a Rayburn and a conventional electric cooker. The hillside gardens are lovely, having a small stream with two wooden bridges, lawns and a profusion of flowers. There is a large, sturdily built, elaborate treehouse which was a great hit with the little boy. He was likewise enthralled by the chicken yard and made friends with all the fowl therein, whom he fed daily with kitchen scraps. He also liked the 3 pet sheep in the adjacent field. In the house, the landlady (Christine) has a large collection of old-fashioned wooden toys (including a Brio train set), which were also highly popular with the little one. He was up with the larks every morning saying "granny, granddad, chickens, choo-choo-train!". The property is located on a quite lane about 2 miles or so from Windermere. it is away from the tourist throng but is only a short drive from either Kendal or Windermere. The windows afford scenic views over verdant, rolling hills. Groceries can be obtained from the Spar shop nearby Steveley or from the local petrol station which has a sizable convenience store and is about 5 minutes walk from the cottage. Windermere has Sainsburys and a Booth supermarket. Christine was very helpful and friendly. She was kind enough to post us our somewhat ancient Harrods teddy bear that my wife accidentally left behind. We all said that we would definitely go back there again, in fact our grandson cried when it was time to leave.”

    Michael M, Ipswich, United Kingdom, May 2017

    • “what a fabulous place”
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    • “we spent 4 days here in may and had a thoroughly fantastic time, the cottage itself had everything you could need, local pub 5 minutes away, some great walks right from the doorstep. Christine was such a good host. we in particular loved the gardens. this is our new home from home when we go up to the lakes. cannot recommend Christine and the cottage enough”

    Tilerman40, Wigan. England, June 2016

    • “Lovely place!”
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    • “We really enjoyed our stay in Christine's cottage in it's beautiful setting, which was very convenient to see all of the Lake District . She was very welcoming and kind, we liked hearing her anecdotes about all of the animals that live on her smallholding.She has made the garden a delight, full of varied planting . It was a pleasure to return to after a day out.The range of toys and amusements provided indoors and out for children was amazing:- a puppet theatre, dressing up clothes , a treehouse and fairy lights.We almost wished our grown-up children were small again! The rest of the facilities were comfortable and very spacious , a lovely place to stay in ....”

    Munc84, Plymouth, United Kingdom, May 2016

    • “Fabulous Cottage”
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    • “Just spent a wonderful week at Little Ghyll Cottage. Central location close to fine walks and with easy access to Lake Windermere close by. The owner was extremely welcoming and very helpful throughout our stay. It's such a family friendly cottage. The garden is a delight for children; it has its own tree house! Would highly recommend.”

    Tony D, March 2016

    • “A truly lovely cottage”
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    • “My family and I spent a fantastic week in Little Ghyll cottage. Both my kids (aged 3 and 5) loved it, especially all the toys and games and they've insisted I now buy Twister for our house as well! We were made very welcome by the owner and her 3 dogs, 2 alpacas, 3 sheep and many chickens. The garden is especially fab and I can recommend it for hide and seek. The location is very good, close to Windermere and also near a brilliant bakery and craft brewery. All in all a wonderful place to spend some time, especially if you have a young family.”

    Christopher P, December 2015

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    • “Christine our host was wonderful, extremely helpful and advised us where to go to see the area at its best. The cottage was very comfortable, clean and well equipped, even a BBQ for us to use in the fabulous garden. It was a really fantastic holiday and we will certainly go back, in fact when it was time to leave the dog didn't want to get in the car to go. It really suits all ages and plenty to do, our grandaughter aged 3, would have loved it, so we will have to take her on our next visit.”

    Ms Wilson, THIRSK, June 2018

    • “The cottage and especially the garden was beautiful. Christine who owns the cottage and lives next door was very helpful and friendly. Christine let my little boy help her with the gardening and feeding the chickens which he loved. Plenty to do for kids, a dressing up box upstairs and plenty of games indoors for rainy days. Lovely climbing frame and swing outside also. Lovely holiday. We'll definitely go back again.”

    Miss Collins, Batley, May 2018

    • “The email giving directions with regard to final details told me that towels were provided at the property but the listing on your website clearly stated that no towels were provided. I queried this with your staff via email and I feel my enquiry, which would have caused a great deal of inconvenience, was dismissed out of hand. All I received was an extract from the text on the website. I was very happy with the service and professionalism of Lakeland up to that point, now I feel your customer service leave a lot to be desired. I won't be using Lakeland or Sykes again.”

    Mr McCaffery, Southport, August 2018

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The Property

Little Ghyll Cottage is situated in a spectacular location close to Windermere, the cottage which sleeps five is family friendly with a wide selection of books, games and toys. The cottage has pretty south facing gardens with a small stream and a tree house which is perfect for children's holiday adventures.
The village of Ings is located midway between Windermere and Staveley and is home to the renowned Watermill Inn with real ales and excellent food. Little Ghyll Cottage is located within walking distance of the village and is a short drive from Windermere and Bowness where a wealth of activities await you. Perfect for families of all ages and ideally situated for all the attractions the Lake District has to offer.
Little Ghyll Cottage is a beautiful property situated in a south-facing elevated position in the quiet village of Ings. Surrounded by a large garden with a peaceful stream, open views of the countryside the garden is also home to a tree house which is ideal for childrens holiday adventures. The cottage has been lovingly furnished and equipped and provides a homely base for families or groups of all ages looking for the perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty of the Lake District. A warm welcome awaits you from the owner who lives next door.
The oil centrally heated accommodation comprises:

Kitchen/diner with Rayburn, electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Large living room with inglenook fireplace, TV, video, books, games, videos and toys.
Downstairs WC.
Conservatory looking out onto large garden.

First floor: Double bedroom with King size bed.
Triple bedroom with 3 single beds.
Family bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.

All oil, electric and bed linen included.
Towels are not provided.
Private driveway with parking for 2 small cars.
Delightful enclosed garden and patio with garden furniture, where you can relax whilst taking in the views of the beautiful countryside.
There is a tree house in the garden, and hens which love to be fed, ideal for children.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double with king-size bed and 1 x triple with three singles. Family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor sitting room with inglenook fireplace. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory.


  • Oil central heating and open fire
  • Rayburn range oven and electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, WiFi, selection of books, toys, games and videos
  • Bed linen
  • in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Driveway parking for two small cars
  • Large enclosed garden with patio furniture, stream and children?s tree house
  • Note: stream is not enclosed from garden so caution required with young children
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome for additional fee - only friendly dogs welcome as owner has two small friendly dogs of her own
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 5 mins walk
  • Please note: Towels are not provided

Regional Information

BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE Windermere Train Station 1.5 miles: Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 7 miles. The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for visitors to the Lake District National Park, with each providing a range of nearby attractions, amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A variety of boat trips and boat hire are available from Windermere Lake Cruises in Bowness to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated). The World of Beatrix Potter attraction and the Old Laundry theatre are 1.5 miles away. Orrest Head, where Alfred Wainwright was inspired to write his series of iconic guidebooks, is a 30-minute walk to enjoy the spectacular panorama of far-reaching views over the lake and surrounding fells. Brockhole, which offers high wire tree top experiences, is less than two miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There are also a variety of watersports on offer for the more energetic at marine centres along the lake. The area is ideally situated for exploring all that this region has to offer, whether by foot, bike, car, railway or bus; and is within easy reach of attractions such as the spectacular Langdales, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Far Sawrey, Coniston, Grizedale Forest Park, with its delightful walks and famous outdoor sculptures, mountain biking and “Go-Ape” adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season