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Tranquil Village Setting, Off Road Parking



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
2 Bedrooms One Bathroom, Good Sized Kitchen, Dining Room and Lounge.

Access to the cottage from brow lane via gate or side ramp.

One double bedroom with view over Staveley and fells, second smaller bedroom with twin beds with garden & fell views.

Bathroom with hand basin, toilet and large walk in shower.

Well equipped Kitchen including microwave.

Dinning and lounge area including log burner.

Small porch for muddy boots, wet coats/gear and store logs for fire.

Lawns on three sides, including a well with fishes and hand pump.

Medium sized outbuilding for bike storage & logs.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

Michael born in Rochdale, Janet nearby in Oldham. Living in Halifax West Yorks, I used to be an Insurance Broker until 2001 then joined youngest brother in his existing buisness cutting down trees and Janet looks after everything else. We started renting short term with a Villa in Menorca [Owners Direct Ref No. 8000840] some 19 years ago which is proving very popular.

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Michael Crabtree
236 Rochdale Road, Halifax
HX2 7JT West Yorkshire United Kingdom
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


A Wonderful Place to get Away from it All

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time at Willowdene and we absolutely love it. The location is close enough to all the wonderful places in the Lakes, but still has that tiny village feeling, with absolute quiet at night. Kitchen was well equipped and the renovated bathroom is great. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan & Don, So glad that the cottage stay was to your liking, how is Scotlands weather ?
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Value for money acconmmodation

  • 4 of 5

Excellent accommodation. Everything you might need for a comfortable stay (except no WiFi - which Michael is looking into).

Very impressed with the host's communication before we arrived.

We would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Location

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a small traditional stone cottage in a quiet location with good views then book as you won't be disappointed.

Ideal location for many activities and days out or if you just wanted to leave the car and walk into the village to visit the brewery, artisan bakery/coffee shop and then head to the pub, it is a great spot for doing just that, as we found out on the Saturday.

Excellent communication from the owner and thanks also to Chrissy, who lives 5 minutes away if you need anything.

All was as described and hope to get to stay again soon.

Thank you

Mike & Donna

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great base to explore the Lakes

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here whilst I was completing the Great North Swim and I can only describe it as perfect for what we needed.

Location about 15minutes from Windermere and without all the hustle and bustle of the tourist. House is decorated nicely and obviously well cared for, beds were comfortable and the shower was great (just what I needed after the swim!!). Local butchers, bakers and brewery for breakfast and evening drinks.

Communication from Michael was great and thanks for the recommendations for restaurants! Will definitely be back!


  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebecca, So happy to hear the cottage lived up to your expectations and you found it quiet and relaxing. Pleased to hear that the Great North Swim went well for you. Thank you very much for your feedback it is very much appreciated. Janet & Michael Crabtree
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Wonderful base in the Lake District

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in this comfortable cottage. Quiet, amazing views, on the edge of town. Clean, spacious, well appointed. Thanks for the help in renting bikes and in booking from overseas. Your advice and directions and great communication are appreciated!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Justine, So glad that it went well for you, you are our furthest traveled guest to date. It means so much to us both for guests to spend the time to let us know how their time at the cottage went. Again many thanks for your review. Michael & Janet Crabtree.
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Lovely cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four spent our long weekend here. It's a great house with a very convenient location. It was neat and clean upon arrival. The house is very cosy and well-furnished. The kitchen has everything you need - utensils, pans, glasses, plates, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, oil, vinegar, spices, sauces. The garden is spacious and beautiful.

It took us just 10 minutes to get to Windermere and around 20 minutes to Ambleside to explore the mountains.

Communication with the owners was spotless and they were very friendly.

We loved our stay here and would definitely recommend the house.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Veselina, Many thanks for your glowing review, it is always good to hear positive feedback for the cottage. Michael & Janet Crabtree.
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From the Owner

The property was purchased before the bypass was started, traffic flowed relentlessly towards Windermere in the mornings and returned during the afternoons. Crossing the main road was a No No! However the bypass made Staveley village something of a backwater. It has evolved into a village with all that that is needed for a short break from the boredom of the evreyday commute. Kentmere River is just a short walk and if you are up to it you can follow it to its source in the fells.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Manchester at 70 Miles Nearest Barpub : Staveley at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Ferry Nab at 11 Miles Nearest Golf : Crook at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Staveley at 700 Metres Nearest Motorway : M6 at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Staveley at 600 Metres Nearest Beach : Arnside at 15 Miles Car: recommended

Staveley village is a small but busy village catering for you every need please see attached the local website.

Among a local micro brewery, Artisan Bakery, Spa, post office, Wheel base bike shop, Numerous Cafes included the well know Wilfs Cafe. Garden centre, Art gallery & Slate shop.

The local bus service has a stop at the bottom of the lane.

Please see the below link, which also updates on all local events.



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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Television ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Good sized shower with W/C and hand basin.
  • Bathroom includes large walk in shower toilet wash basin towel horse and cupboard including the boiler


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom one includes 1 double bed, 1 set of draws & two wardrobes. Bedroom two includes Twin beds, 1 bedside table.


  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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