|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Fir Tree Lodge is a ground floor apartment sleeping 4. Living space includes a beamed living room with log burning stove and beamed kitchen dining room with French Door to the shared courtyard. The two bedrooms are a double and a twin. The bathroom is fully fitted with a shower over corner bath.
This traditional stone property in a tranquil setting is furnished to a high standard providing a comfortable base from which to explore the Lake District National Park. The extensive shared garden boasts views of Windermere and Gummers How, and offers a large hot tub from which to enjoy them, Adjoining fields of sheep, it attracts deer, rabbits and birds. Situated close to Grizedale Forest – home to ‘Go Ape’, the apartments are surrounded by numerous walking & mountain bike tracks. Cycle hire is available at Lakeside. While walkers will be keen to explore Wainwright’s Fells, there is also an abundance of historic houses and gardens to visit, including Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm; and a number of local museums offer interesting days out for all the family. There are excellent amenities for watersports and fishing close at hand and the Cumbrian Coast is only 30 minutes drive away. For eating and drinking, the Lakeside Hotel and Knoll Hotel are within a few minutes walk. Spa facilities are also available at the Lakeside Hotel.
Hi, I'm Helen, I and my husband Mark live and work in Leeds, together with our 4 sons.
Helen Vipan purchased this apartment in 2005
I grew up in South Lakeland, and still have family living locally. The Lake District is a fantastic place for children and we wanted our sons to enjoy all the activities and places I enjoyed as a child. It's great to be able to escape the city and enjoy the peace and stunning beauty of the lakes and fells. I love relaxing in the garden with only the sound of sheep and birdsong, and occasional whistle from the steam train. The boys love the garden which is big enough for wide games and has a fire pit area for campfire meals; whilst Mark enjoys sailing and walking.
We have private access to a shore at Lakeside - a great place for paddling or launching canoes (there's no jetty).
And there's so much to see and do in the area - our favourites would include walking up to High Dam from the house; cycling in Grizedale Forest; the Motor Museum at Backbarrow, and taking the 10 minute ferry across Windermere to Fell Foot Park beyond.
There are some great places to eat in Cumbria. We love L'Enclume in Cartmel for special occasions. The Lakeside Hotel Restaurant and Spa are both excellent. I particularly enjoy a manicure followed by relaxing on the terrace overlooking the lake with a coffee and the paper while my nails dry!
There are lots of historic houses to visit; and plenty of interesting little shops to potter around in nearby Hawkshead and Bowness.
Fir Tree Lodge is in an excellent location close to Lake Windermere with fantastic views and plenty of wildlife in the garden. The cottage is well equipped and well presented. May 2011.
The property was beautiful! The decoration and finishing touches were to a very high standard. The gardens and setting were stunning. April 2011.
Thoroughly recommend Fir Tree Lodge as a great base for a stay in the lakes -quick access from the M6, easy to explore Windermere and Coniston and The Swan hotel very close by for eating and drinking. July 2008.
£100 deposit required on booking. Balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Friday for full weeks
Fridays and Mondays for weekend and midweek breaks
Notes on prices:
Weekend: Fri-Mon, and Midweek: Mon-Fri breaks available during quiet seasons.
10% discount when both properties booked together.
10% discount for returning guests.
We stayed at this cottage a couple of weeks ago and had a wonderful time. The cottage is clean, comfortable and very well equipped. There is a convenient 'courtyard' in which to barbecue and eat outside, the garden is spacious and beautiful, and the camp fire area is a real bonus. Helen, the owner, was very communicative and most helpful.
I last visited the Lake District 32 years ago and I'm delighted to say that the area is as stunning as ever and did not disappoint. Lakeside is a small, quiet area, but is well served by the hotel, the Windermere boat services, the steam railway and an aquarium - all of which are well worth doing/visiting. The Lakeside Hotel restaurant is a bit more expensive than an average pub but the service and food make it worthwhile for a treat.
I would definitely recommend a boat trip to Bowness and Ambleside, for shops/pubs etc., and rowing over at Fell Foot Park (National Trust) which is just the other side of the bottom part of the lake. I would also recommend a drive to nearby Grizedale Forest if you fancy a bit of mountain biking (exhausting but exhilarating!).
For the more adventurous, there is an incredible 'road trip' along the Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass; both single track, twisting roads through the mountains and affording absolutely breathtaking views. We carried on all the way to Wast Water where we went walking and had views of Scafell and Scafell Pike. Magnificent!
Suffice to say, I heartily recommend this lovely cottage (and area) and would not hesitate to return again in the future.
We rented both property's the house and flat are lovely feels like home. The grounds are beautiful and the setting to die for had glorious weather plenty to see and visit will be going back.
Just spent a long weekend at fir tree lodge.Clean and we'll maintained in a beautiful setting.weather was kind and my 85 year old mum loved the peace and quiet of the garden.Fabulous to come back to after a day out in the hustle and bustle of the south lakes.Highly recommended, will definitely come again
We have just spent 5 days at Fir Tree Lodge. It was in the ideal surroundings couldn't fault it one little bit, its a 5 minute walk away to the Lakeside Ferry, Train & Aquarium and lots of other attractions. We were blown away by the lodge itself and the garden such a lovely setting and what you see in the pictures is exactly how the lodge looks. The property is well looked after and clean, would highly recommend it to anyone as a good place to stay on your holiday.
spent a week here in oct.14.we just loved it.the week just flew in.had our dog with us in fir tree lodge.
wanted a quiet break in lovely surroundings and this place just hit the nail on the head.
the lodge was beautiful and the large garden an added bonus.
would like to return in the summer months to spend more time outdoors in the garden.