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Cottage In Beautiful Gardens, Surrounded By Woodland

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Nov-2016
Cottage in Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Between Grasmere And Rydal

Ladywood Lodge is in a stunning position, with woodland and mountain views all around. It is very private, with easy parking on site. The Lodge shares 2 acres of garden with the main house, but has its own private woodland garden and a private entrance. It consists of a separate kitchen, large studio room and ensuite shower room.Furniture is period in style, reflecting that the property dates from early 1900's. There is a small patio with table and chairs outside. Ladywood is accessed via a quiet country road so it is extremely peaceful, with no road noise. Walks from the cottage include up White Moss Common, to Rydal Caves and down to Grasmere lake and Dove Cottage. There are lovely views of Nab Scar and Silver Howe.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Ladywood was built by Ernest de Selincourt in the early 1900s, and has remained in the family for four generations. Ladywood Lodge was originally built to be a study, but has been offered as additional or holiday accommodation at various stages. The location of the house, surrounded by mountains and with views of Grasmere and Rydal lakes (now somewhat obscured by the trees but originally visible from the house and garden), makes it a very special place. The main house has always been a home, and has been the location for annual holidays for successive generations of family.

Call Owner
Speaks English, French, alison.alsbury@phoenixinterims.co.uk

11 Reviews

3.7
based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

3

Superb situation, disappointing cottage

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was ideally situated for walks and country activities, but lacked what I would regard as basic amenities.

Heating was inadequate throughout, lighting in the kitchen and lounge was not fully working, kitchen (entrance lobby really), was very small, poorly equipped (no toaster, no grill pan or frying pan), minimal crockery, cutlery and food prep equipment. Don't even think about cooking anything apart from breakfast.

The small bathroom (down two steps form the lounge) had a quirky electric shower arrangement and the towel rail cable had electrical tape around it. The small mirror was high on the wall, so if you are not tall enough you couldn't use it. No hooks for dressing gown.

Lounge was spacious with great views to the outside, but was cold. The fire surround was loose and dangerous. (fell forward twice during our stay!) TV 'stand' seemed like an afterthought, wi-fi was good but only in the window area.

The property is generally tired, poorly maintained and needs some updating. It could be really excellent with some attention to detail.

A torch and means to light the fire would be helpful.

It was not properly prepared before our arrival and the cleaner was sitting outside in her car, with the engine running, as we were packing our car to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3

Overall a wonderful weekend

  • 3 of 5

There are a lot of good things to say about this property though I can understand why there are some quite negative reviews and comments in the visitors book. The first thing to say is if you book from this website then ignore the fact that you will be greeted with a welcome pack - you won't. The owners have not offered this pack for over a year. We relied on this and immediately had to go out to buy essentials. We then found a lack of wood for the fire and had to go out again. Once lit, the fire is lovely but be warned, the wood burns quite quickly. A bag of logs from the coop in Grassmere only lasted 1 evening.

There is a tiny kitchen quite well equipped and a shower room and everything else is in one large room. We thought it a little misleading that it is described as having 1 bedroom. A bedroom suggests a room to sleep in away from everything else. Having said that it was fine for the long weekend. Wouldn't want to be there for a fortnight.

I think some people confuse old with dirty. The linen was spotless and there lots of towels also clean. The kitchen and shower room were also clean but have obviously been there for some time. It must be impossible to keep an oven clean in a holiday let because guests will never be meticulous as at home at cleaning up spills before cooking again. The furniture in the main room is period but perfectly serviceable with huge cupboards and drawers and we found the suite reasonably comfortable. The large bed was also comfortable and warm enough - there was a spare quilt in the wardrobe which also housed the vacuum and ironing board.

There is hot water available instantly at all times.

The garden could be delightful and as a keen gardener it was easy to see just how much needed to be done. I'm afraid it is heading towards being extremely overgrown and untidy.

The location is perfect. A short drive into Ambleside and Grassmere is within walking distance. Many walks start from the cottage but we didn't have time for these.

The bar meals at the Badger Bar are excellent and they welcomed our dog in the bar.

I couldn't honestly say that I would recommend it to anyone else or that we would go again but to be fair, it is a lot cheaper than a lot of the other properties in the area and if price is one of the things important in your choice then it probably is value for money.

Despite the niggles we had a lovely weekend overall.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Peaceful haven

  • 4 of 5

The lodge had everything for me. Enough space, character, woodland setting, secluded yet close enough to Grasmere for somewhere to go. My plan was to go out during the day, so didn't need all the frills of a six star hotel. Everything worked, kitchen, bathroom, wifi, heating. The place was always warm and felt weatherproof during some heavy rain showers.

The best recommendation I can give is that I'll be booking again. If you want a well equipped peaceful bolthole tucked out of the way, but not too far from a village, this lodge is ideal.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3

Superb location ln Lake District

  • 3 of 5

Superb location and owner good with communication , however more info re directions would have been v helpful as directions appalling. Fireplace lovely but felt cottage could do with a good deep clean

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Nice location

  • 4 of 5

Overall the place was quaint an small . We enjoyed our stay very nice location peaceful an walks straight from the door . But it was not as clean as it could be mould in the shower ,taps lime scaled ,sink in kitchen needs a good bleach . An the wifi is non excistence ,which was a pain as we could not research places to eat an go with our dog . So a little disappointed . But a nice charming place . The views are nonexcientent . As now to over grown ,all trees block the view the garden needs a bit off attention an the cottage could do with a spring clean .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ladywood Lodge - August 2016

  • 4 of 5

Lovely place - a little hard to find as slate nameplate is half-hidden in the ground - but beautiful setting when we found it. Grasmere is only 10 minutes away on foot; Ambleside 10 mins in the car. Was clean and had books/puzzles/games for rainy days! The kitchen is small but has everything you need, including a very handy microwave. Likewise with the bathroom - nice powerful shower. Small TV worked as did the Sky box, though there weren't many channels. Wifi was a little hit and miss but more hit than miss. Did not realise that there was no separate bedroom but after a couple of nights we got used to this. Overall a very nice place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Location

From the Owner

Ladywood is in a stunning location. Surrounded by views, it is very private and peaceful. The garden is beautiful year round. The closest neighbour is a farm along the road, and being a side road there is no traffic noise. Badgers and deer frequent the property (and we ask that you keep the gate shut to prevent the deer from eating the garden).

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Dove Cottage, just down the road from Ladywood, runs numerous events and courses related to Wordsworth's poetry and other literary matters. Grasmere Village has good clothing and craft shops. The Heaton Cooper gallery in Grasmere Village exhibits paintings by the Lake Districts leading water colour artists. At the end of August, the Grasmere Sports is a leading sporting event featuring fell races, wrestling and hound trails, see http://grasmeresports.com/.

Travel:

Ladywood is situated on a small road just off the A591. Use of a car is essential, although there is a good bus service to Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick along the A591, about 10 mins walk from the cottage.

Distances:

Laydwood Lodge is less than a mile from Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, 1 mile from the village of Grasmere and 3 miles from Ambleside.

Further Details:

Local hotels - the Wordsworth, Daffodill, Gold Rill, Red Lion, Grasmere and Swan - all have restaurants. In Grasmere, the garden centre has a café which does inexpensive basic food, and there are numerous other cafes and restaurants including Greene's Café, Sara's Café, Baldry's tea room, and The Dining Room. Ambleside has many more, including The Old Stamp House, Rattle Gill Café, Atelier, Stiles and Fellinis. Small supermarkets include a good Co-op in Grasmere, and Tesco and Co-op in Ambleside. For a larger supermarket Booths in Windermere (near the rail station) is good. Local take aways include Walnut Fish Bar, Jintana Thai, Lucky Dragon and Jade Garden (Ambleside) and Lucia's Take Away (Grasmere).

Local things worth visiting/doing are Dove Cottage (Wordsworth), the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, Stock Ghyll Waterfalls in Ambleside, Rydal Caves, and boats on Grasmere. Further afield, try Surprise View in Derwentwater, Borrowdale, the Steamers on Lakes Windermere and Ullswater, the ferry across Windermere to Hawkshead, Skelwith Falls, Great and Little Langdale, and any of the passes - our favourites are Wrynose and Hardknott (with the Duddon Valley in between and Scafell Pike above), and Kirkstone (which links Ambleside to Patterdale and Ullswater). The Kirkstone Pass Inn is one of the highest pubs in England.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 25
5 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£172
for 3 nights
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£57
£309
 
 
Rate 26
19 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£256
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£86
£461
 
 
Rate 25
30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£266
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£89
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7 Jan 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£195
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£320
 
 
Rate 2
18 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£375
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£375
 
 
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25 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£195
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£65
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£350
 
 
Rate 4
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
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£400
 
 
Rate 5
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£216
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£72
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£73
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£400
 
 
Rate 6
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£430
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£430
 
 
Rate 15
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
 
Rate 16
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
Rate 17
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Rate 18
8 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£430
for 7 nights
£430
 
 
Rate 19
29 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Rate 20
5 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Rate 21
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£216
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£72
 
 
Rate 8
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
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£70
 
 
Rate 9
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£435
for 7 nights
£435
 
 
Rate 10
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£180
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£60
 
 
Rate 11
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
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£75
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£80
Fri,Sat
£400
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
If you are interesting in booking the Lodge please send an enquiry and we will respond and confirm availability and rates. To secure a booking, we require a deposit of 50%, and payment of the balance one month prior to arrival. Check in is 3pm, and we ask that guests leave by 10.00am on the day of departure.

Changeover Day:
For weekly stays the changeover is Saturday. Check in is at 3pm, checkout at 10.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Rates are from £275 to £421 per week or £153 to £235 for a short break. Saturday start date for week long holidays from March to October. Short breaks Monday-Friday and Friday to Monday in November to February excluding Christmas & New Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Ladywood Lodge provides a perfect location for walking or sightseeing, being right in the centre of the Lake District yet apart from the crowds that frequent the towns. There is plenty of onsite parking, which is unusual. The fitted mahogany furniture and fireplace are original and give the Lodge an air of elegance. The windows all look onto trees and mountain views. Although it is close to the main house the Lodge has a private entrance.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Television

Suitability

  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 ensuite shower room

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 studio bedroom with king bed

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Linen and towels are provided at no extra charge. The Lodge has storage heaters, one of which is also a convection heater and hence able to provide instant heat. A starter quantity of logs for the open fire is also provided. There is a welcome pack - you will find milk in the fridge, tea, coffee, biscuits and a complimentary bottle of wine. Sorry we are strictly non smoking. Outside: There is a small patio with table and chairs, and a private woodland garden with a bench seat. Guests have shared use of Ladywood's garden, which has lawns and extensive garden beds and trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided. For week long stays the changeover is Saturday. Other: There is a private garden with a pond, lots of trees, a wooden bench, small patio area with table and chairs, and shared use of the main garden with lawns, flower beds and many shrubs and trees.

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