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Luxury (VB 4 Star-gold) Cottage-Apartment With Mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

Apartment in Hartsop, between Ambleside and Glenridding, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Historic Village In Fabulous Central Lake District Location With Many Walks From The Door

Willow Cottage is a ground floor, cottage-style apartment which oozes with character and contemporary country charm. Sensitively renovated to a high standard this generously appointed two-bedroom apartment in the historic village of Hartsop is a real gem. It is set in some of the best walking country in the National Park with walks both level and lofty accessible from the door. Just 10 minutes walk and you are on the shores of Brotherswater and a lovely evening walk around this small lake takes an hour with the temptation of a pub half way to quench the inevitable thirst! Just 3 miles away is Ullswater "England's most beautiful lake" where there are cruises from the pier at Glenridding. Hartsop itself is a wonderfully tranquil spot; seeped in history with many interesting stone properties. However it is just a 10 minute drive from the busy town of Ambleside with its range of shops, restaurants and an excellent independent cinema. The friendly yet discreet owners live above the apartment and are on hand to help with anything you need during your stay, whether it is advice on walks, places to visit or simply to order milk for you or explain how everything works (there is a comprehensive folder, but sometimes its nice to be able to ask.)

Helen Griffiths
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
13 February, 2017

About Helen Griffiths

Richard and Helen moved to the Lake District from London over 10 years ago. Richard is an architect and Helen has a marketing background, but also is passionate about interior design. When not renovating or improving their properties Richard and Helen are keen fell walkers and have walked most of the Lake District fells and know the best local places to spy the wildlife. Both Richard and Helen are keen supporters of the local arts and this is in evidence in the cottage too.

Helen Griffiths purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Helen Griffiths chose Penrith, East Lakes & Eden Valley

We bought Grove Barn and Willow Cottage originally with a ten year plan to move here permanently, however with its the beautiful location, stunning views and even its own lake on the Doorstep, Hartsop became impossible to leave. So we have left the rat race far behind to build a life in this gorgeous spot.

What makes it special is the away from it all feel, but there is so much more to explore in the area from Beatrix Potter's cottage to the shifting sands of Morecombe Bay with fantastic birdlife. Plus for art lovers the Abbott Hall in Kendal and Blackwell near Windermere have ever changing exhibitions. I think it is this rich tapestry of the area's history which has captivated us most....well that and the discovery of yet another surprising view from the top of a newly conquered fell.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic location and cottage....you have thought of absolutely everything from the very welcoming vase of daffodils and great bottle of wine to instructions, walking books, maps. Love the place & hope to return. Penny & Russ - February 2011 (returned in January 2012!)

Beautiful cottage, very well appointed and comfortable. Great walking from the door. Bird feeder outside the window is a great idea. Graham and Chris - Sept 2012.

Lovely cottage with spectacular views...all together a perfect week, chilling and nice walks. Steve and Lindsey - Nov 2012

Lovely welcome, cottage even improved since our last visit and so well appointed and maintained. Great Stuff! Pat and Neil - Sept 2012
Aug 2012
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(3 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Willow Cottage. The Cottage had everything we needed, and had nice little touches such as a bottle of wine, milk, coffee etc. Everything was thought about, and even though we didn't use the mobile the cottage provided (no signal), it was good to know we had access to a phone. Easy to find, and peaceful location. Only downside is there isn't any good places to eat out that nearby, but that's no reflection on the cottage. One evening we drove to Ambleside and ate at Dodds which was worth the drive, and not too far away, but it does mean someone has to be designated driver. But all in all, really lovely. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived a day late due to ill health of my husband but were warmly welcomed with flowers, a bottle of wine and milk in the fridge. Helen had also prepared the spare room for me at a late request to aid in sleeping with an ill husband.

The apartment is stunning, has all the amenities you will need and numerous walks either straight out of the door or within a short drive. Well stocked local shops are within a few miles and/or places to eat out also if you aren't wanting to cook.

Being with nature with such wonderful fresh air and stunning surrounds was a great tonic!

My only niggle was that I am annoyingly a light sleeper and once my husband was well enough we shared the main bedroom again, which was wonderfully comfortable and warm, however, it seems to be under the upstairs sitting room or kitchen so I was awake earlier than I may have done with the sound of foot fall above us. The bedroom windows give wonderful views but are also next to the path to this house so to change we had to keep closing the blinds. This is just me not being used to living at ground level with someone above.

None of this really affected the week, it meant I was up earlier than I would've been and so was able to admire the scenery for longer, whilst waiting for my husband to wake. We were also so very lucky with the weather as every day was good so we were able to do the walks or trips that we'd planned. Even woke up to snow one morning :-).

The apartment has so many lovely little touches like the bird feeder at the sitting room window. It was wonderful as a variety of small birds would visit throughout the day whilst we sat close by admiring them.

There is no network coverage for O2 there but there is working wifi if people feel the need to keep in touch with the outside world. But we enjoyed being away from it most of the time. It is a great place to base yourself and I would easily recommend it. A beautiful apartment and breath-taking surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jess for your lovely comments both here and in our visitor’s book. We were delighted that you enjoyed all our recent refurbishments, in particular all the bespoke woodwork and furnishings. You were only the second guest to see the new oak doors with handmade glass panels – so we were really pleased that you appreciated the work in these. It was no problem to set up the second bedroom for your husband, we are on hand and as you discovered this has the benefit that we can help guests with any request, even during their stay. We would have happily shown you how to set the blind so that you can see out, but that when we occasionally pass by, that your privacy is protected – these oak slatted blinds were chosen with guest privacy in mind. This is important to us. For guests reading the review all mobile networks can be obtained within a short drive, and if you are on Vodafone, you can pick up a signal within a 5 minute walk or we can connect your mobile via the wifi system. We have a Vodafone pay as you go mobile available upon request for a small extra charge. Our landline is also available for emergencies. We have discovered that many guests, like Jess, really enjoy the opportunity to be “disconnected” for a while – Hartsop is a magical place and tempts you into slow!
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Can't fault the cottage or location

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful week in Hartsop. The cottage was finished to a very high standard throughout with many additional comforts thrown in. The cottage was warm and comfortable even in January and there are many great walks right from the cottage door. The location is quiet and secluded - ideal if you like to get away from the crowds.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Feb Half term
11 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Bank Holiday
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Peak
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
We ask for a booking form to be completed and a deposit of one third the total rental to confirm the booking. The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. Payment can be accept by cheque or bank transfer, we regret we are unable to accept credit cards. For non-UK residents please ask as we can recommend easy payment methods which will incur lower charges!

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Arrival from 3pm and Departure by 10.00am

Notes on prices:
All inclusive of heating, hot water, linen and towels...and much more! Only extra if for one medium size (up to large collie-size) dog = £20 per stay.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Penrith in Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 24 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with contemporary white suite: large shower-end bath with pressurized shower over. WC, basin. Local slate floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , if cot required then single bed cannot be used
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed Bedroom 2 has a single wall bed (very comfy mattress) which when not required is folded away and this becomes a dressing room to the master.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: One medium sized well-behaved dog accepted by arrangement (£25 supplement). The cottage is well set back from the very quiet road through the village and has use of the owners large fellside garden which has lovely views of Brotherswater and the mountains beyond. There is a grassed patio with furniture for guests sole use. Friendly, yet discreet owners live above the apartment and on hand to help with anything you need during your stay. The nearest pub which does food is just a mile away, the village shop is in Patterdale just 2 miles away with more amenities in Glenridding 3 miles away. Nearest supermarket in Booths in Windermere (9 miles) which is also where the nearest railway station is located. There are more walks from the door than the space allows for! The owners are happy to help advise on these and there are many walking books and maps in the cottage. Great wildlife:red deer, badgers and red squirrels. The cottage has even has its own bird feeder! Outside: Large fellside garden shared with owners (although rarely used by them) and a private grassed patio area with table and chairs for guests sole use. Being elevated, the garden has stunning views across the valley floor to Brotherswater and the mountains beyond. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaned on changeover day and immaculately presented on arrival:Beds made up and towels, toiletries, cleaning products, fresh flowers and a bottle of wine all included. Local produce can be ordered. Other: Newly refurbished entrance hall with new stunning oak doors designed by Helen and Richard featuring handmade glass by local glassmaker Jo Vincent. Farrow and Ball paints on the walls and woodwork and a new radiator/seat has thoughtfully been installed.

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