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58 reviews
Entering the courtyard!
Cosy woodburner!
New comfy two seater sofa and 'firm' supportive armchair - for ease of dismount!
New comfy two seater sofa!
(as promised!)
New comfy three seater sofa.  (As also promised!)
Hallway
Double bedroom
Twin or double bedroom
Further twin or double
Kitchen
Kitchen table
View across the courtyard
View from the landing
The new patio and garden furniture!
Down by the lake
Lake shore beach
The lake shore in winter.  Not much beach but plenty of snow!
View down the lake - Fairfield
Wildcat Island!
Blawith Common beach to walk to!
...and the same view in the snow!!
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Very good - based on 58 reviews
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Woody C
1 review
“Home away from home”
Reviewed 29 January 2018 for a stay in January 2018

Well what a delightful little spot. Me and my family came away to enjoy the life of being in the lakes and by heck did we, a beautiful little quaint cottage with a lovely open fire and all the lovely features expected from a lakes getaway, phil and kate are both very responsive and accommodating to any requests put their way, will be visiting again as soon as possible, lovely trip

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Management Response
13 Mar 2018
Ah, glad you enjoyed your stay! Regards, Phil and Kate
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hygienist...
Bucks, England
2 reviews
“Nice Cottage - lovely location”
Reviewed 7 January 2018 for a stay in December 2017

Enjoyed our stay over New Year. Peaceful location with great walks and access to the lake for our two dogs. Cottage was warm and cosy with very hot water ! Sofas certainly were a challenge as previously mentioned and the whole place needs a deep clean as cobwebs ++ and mould in bathrooms. Wifi was a little patchy .Parking was ample for 3 cars, as previously discussed with the owner but, 2 mins after arrival, the neighbour was out making sure we didn't block the drive, not really giving us chance to unload. Overall a very pleasant stay for our family of 6 adults and 2 dogs.
Great Comms from the owners. :)

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
13 Mar 2018
Hi guys,
Thanks for your helpful comments. Yes, we were aware that the cottage needed some TLC! As a result, we have now bought some new sofas and a new armchair - plus a thorough deep clearn. Hoorah! All good! Hope to see you again. Regards, Phil and Kate
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017
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Management Response
3 Jan 2018
Ah thanks. What a lovely review! Glad both you and your dogs enjoyed it! Yes, it's a little worn - we're hoping to update the sofas as soon as we're able. Thanks again. It's always a pleasure when people enjoy it as much as we do. 10% discount for returners!! Regards, Phil and Kate
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Carlisle
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“lovely homely cottage”
Reviewed 16 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017

cottage was in a lovely setting near the lake ,lots of walks near by. ,complimentary bottle of wine was very kind , everything you could possibly need was there in the cottage. Definitely recommend to friends, we will be back next year.

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Management Response
3 Jan 2018
Thanks guys. What a lovely review. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We very much enjoy going too, and look forward to the peace and quiet of the cottage. Thanks, once again. 10% discount for valued guests!!! Regards, Phil and Kate
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theannexe
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 8 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017

I had been warned that the WiFi was broken just before we went - I'm hoping for some refund. Although we were told there was Vodafone reception it doesn't extend to data so no email or internet access, and there is zero other reception. We had to keep searching out cafes with WiFi. Frustrating given that I chose it for having WiFi. I'm not a house proud person but the whole place needs a really good clean and maintenance. Mould on windows and in bathrooms. Sofa cushions broken so sofa incredibly uncomfortable. Carpets and curtains stained. Extractor fan in ensuite not working and loo seat wobbly. Yes there was a wood burner but the logs left for us were damp. Perhaps we suffered from booking at the end of the summer season and previous hirings have taken their toll on it. Good points: OS maps provided, plenty hot water, quiet. If you want to get away from it all and are oblivious to creature comforts this will be fine. Sorry but I wouldn't recommend.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
3 Jan 2018
Thanks for the review. Sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. This summer was particularly trying, as the wifi (through no fault of our own) was not working. We must have had over thirty calls to BT (who were useless), plus three engineer visits. Sorry you found the cottage not to your liking. We're going to spruce it up a bit, as I think the furniture is a bit tired. As regards the other issues, it's quite hard to keep a rented cottage set in a beautiful but nevertheless damp woodland without some encroachment of the elements! Apologies if that upset your stay. I can definitely share your pain with the wifi, especially if you have come away, knowing that you will have it available. Hopefully you haven't been put off the Lakes in general! Regards, Phil and Kate Okeden
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veen n
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Secluded Woodland”
Reviewed 31 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

The location of this cottage is secluded. However, within the woodlands, there are quite a number of houses which we wouldn't have known existed had we not walked around a bit.

The reasons for booking this cottage were 3: lake access, wifi and en-suite bedroom. Unfortunately, we didn't have access to 1 and 2. The path was too muddy to venture to the lake even with a pair of wellingtons. We went to the nearby public lakeside access to Lake Coniston instead, which was divine!
Re: wi-fi, Phil did apologise that BT let him down. He also offered to refund £50. Phil also left a bottle of wine - thank you!

The cottage has all you need like a dishwasher which is super useful. I'd like to make a couple of suggestions: the bedinen in the en-suite bedroom has really seen better days- torn and slightly ripped, just simply well-worn. The en-suite which is useful, is tiny. I am amazed that a shower, sink and toilet could be fitted in there to be honest. I am short and even I found it a bit of a squeeze in there. My husband couldn't used the toilet in there, it's too tight a squeeze. The en-suite is quite claustrophobic and the extractor fan doesn't work.

I agree with one reviewers who said the cottage could do with new settees. They have seen better days and are rather uncomfortable. The cushions could do with a clean as well. We also think perhaps it could do away with the carpet as it's old and when the weather is damp (which it was when we were there for 5 nights), the carpet smelt a bit. This is because it's a pet-friendly cottage. If you like a rustic cottage, this is for you! The pluses of this cottage: it's quiet (except when the visitors opposite us were revving their bikes). The cottage is in the woodlands, which apparently, only I enjoyed! Mod-cons like dishwasher, and washing machine. Super hot water 24/7. Birds in the garden - love them!

Overall it was a pleasant stay!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Jan 2018
Wow. Another very comprehensive review. Thank you! Yes, the wifi was a real ongoing pain and sadly we were unable to do anything about it, other than be apologetic and give BT a hard time (to no effect I might add!). As regards the sofas, we're going to replace them as soon as we can, when finances allow! The en-suite is a bit of a squeeze, we know, but when you're up with a family, it's amazing how many loos you need! I know that for the most part, the benefit of having three loos has outweighed the 'economic' use of space!! Yes, it's a rustic cottage. Maybe not the plushest, as you say, but it's well stocked (ensuring great meals can be created - and cakes baked for special occasions!), with lashings of hot water - and it's warm and cosy. Again, for the most part, these are the key ingredients that you need to ensure a comfortable stay after big days out in the fells. Glad you enjoyed it. Phil and Kate
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Gary B
1 review
“Pet friendly. lovely private access to lake.”
Reviewed 14 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Location was great, small walk to the lake which the dogs enjoyed swimming in. The town of Coniston only a 10 minute drive away through some beautiful scenery. The cottage had everything we needed and was well laid out.
Pros- Washer dryer, lots of very hot water, games for the children, maps to plan our walks, fireplace and lovely bottle of wine thanks
Cons- Sofa is old and really needs repairing/replacing, Main double bed small and extremely uncomfortable (Wife ended up sleeping in with our daughter after 2 days of uncomfortable sleep and both her and I are not large people) Mouse living in the kitchen.
During our stay the internet did not work much to the children's disgust. We messaged Phillip who kindly refunded £50 for the inconvenience. We understand this was beyond his control.
It was a good break and would love to come back to the Lake District one day.

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Jan 2018
Wow! What a comprehensive review. Thanks for that. Yes, the internet was a major headache this summer. We had no end of trouble from BT who were worse than useless. Sorry about your wife not being able to sleep in the bed. I guess it might not suit everyone. We'll look into it and maybe get a memory foam mattress cover or something. Yes, the sofas are a little tired and we'll replace them when we are able. Thanks for all your comments. We certainly try to update the cottage when we can. Glad you enjoyed your stay all the same. Regards, Phil and Kate.
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