Just returned from a lovely break with the family staying at Skelgill Farm (Mrs Tiggy Winkles) We took our family to show them why we love the lakes so much. Our group included our grandchildren ages 2 5 9 and 12 plus Rory the dog,they loved it we even did an Easter egg hunt in the garden. The cottage had everything we needed even a welcome pack. The rooms were spacious which gave us room to move. The beds were comfy with 100% clean sheets. Every window had a view the children loved the log fire (not that we needed a fire the cottage always felt warm) and the wooded area at the back it was safe for them to play. We did some fantastic walks which included Cat Bells of course. Due to the Swinside Inn being full we had a lovely meal at The Coledale Inn Braithwaite. I would say that the pictures on TripAdvisor do not do the cottage justice. We all agreed it would be lovely to stay here again we made some love memories thanks so much.
We have stayed here 3 times, and it does suit us well. But this year it was almost twice as expensive as April last year.
And the lighting was poor and bulbs weren’t replaced, cleaners had left all equipment and extraneous items out unnecessarily, a bunch of dead daffodils was tipped out right by the front door! And the aga wasn’t hot, making the promise of a hot cozy kitchen “Luke warm”. It wasn’t hot enough to cook on so there was endless back and forth to the “tired” back kitchen, though every bit of cooking equipment was in the main kitchen.
For practically £500 a night, I think they could turn the Aga up to a working temperature. Very disappointing.
There isn’t a downstairs loo either, so our elderly parents,who were going to join the grandchildren for lunch, declined with worry. And there is space for one under the stairs.
However, The beds and bedding and towels are lovely, but it would have been nice to have soap dispensers provided, or shower gel.
In summary, it is a large spacious house which suits extended families well, but I thought the extra cost this year would have been spent on better facilities, it felt a bit tired. I love the traditional feel but heating, lighting and bathrooms are important.
Lovely situation on slope of Cat Bells hill.(two of the children ran up to summit on first evening and took beautiful photos...on their own) Family aged 9 to 78. .House has great character. ..Large rooms. Pool table very popular. Luckily we took big pans for cooking , catering for 12 a challenge ! Bed linen good . WiFi excellent. . Our considered criticisms were. A downstairs toilet would have been an improvement, as two of the bathrooms were shared by 10 people ,as the forth en suite was inaccessible. More pans would have been useful. House was clean.All things considered we all enjoyed our stay at Skelgill......plenty of walking, boating ,photography, ,cycling and Keswick near for shopping
Every year I travel away with my friends and I have to say this year was quiet possibly the best yet helped in part to this amazing location and cottage.
In total there was 6 adults and 5 children and we fit in this cottage with room to spare.
The cottage is set in a perfect location albeit slightly hard to find initially. It has 4 double rooms and 2 single which includes a bunk bed. Downstairs there is a huge lounge area, kitchen and pool room. There is sufficient equipment to satisfy all needs to a large group but my only criticism would be that maybe some of the furniture and equipment could be upgraded as it has been well used (understandably)
I would honestly highly recommend this cottage to everyone heading for the lakes as it sits in a fantastic location 10 minutes from the lake and 2 seconds from the mountains. Left in a clean and usable state with a little welcome pack of bread, eggs and milk waiting for us. My kids had a blast and I genuinely missing even though I've only been away for 8 hours.
Thank you to the owner and Lucinda who was on hand to help with my numerous emails asking daft questions before we arrived. We hope to one day return
What a wonderful cottage in the most wonderful part of the country. truly magical.
Was more than sufficient accommodation for our tribe of 5 older teens and 3 adults.
The bed linen was crisp and clean (and I'm fussy!) and the 3 bathrooms were a god send!
We used the owner pub - the Swinside inn for a few drinks, maps and one evening meal - all lovely.
We just wished we'd be able to stay longer!
There are books and games supplied but I would bring additional board games/cards etc - there is no wifi but it was a lovely break (one moan from the kids when we first arrived and then they just enjoyed old fashioned style entertainment!)
Honister mine and via ferrata a must! try it its 20 mins away by car
Also we climbing Scafell Pike from Seathwaite - again 20 mins ish away for parking at the bottom on the farm just outside. Also Windermere lake - well all the lakes - just magical!
The house is in a great location. Unfortunately our stay was spoiled by the owner who decided to keep a portion of our deposit for extra cleaning costs. End of stay cleaning is included in the rental but be wary that the owner will make a charge if they think its not to their liking although there are no instructions or guidelines for guests. The house was not left in a mess. I could make a considerable list of things that were not right about the facilities in the house but will not.
Hopefully you will enjoy your stay there but be mindful of your deposit !
This house works very well as the bedrooms are spacious, and have good firm comfortable beds., and there are 3 bathrooms ( all upstairs). The extra mattresses helped as children shifted around a bit.
The 3 reception rooms are wonderfully spacious so no one is falling over each other when trying to organise meals, games, quiet zones. The kitchen must be over 20 ft long and I found the pantry particularly useful as all the food brought up for the weekend could be easily stored out of the way; on units, in the 2 fridges or in the ample cupboards. The Aga could have been hotter, and I couldn't get the grill on the electric cooker to work but having 2 cookers was again a huge help.
And it is all set in such a lovely spot, activities happened from the front door, we hardly used the cars at all. Having ample parking provided was super.
Cat Bells is obviously a must, walks over to the tea shops and river in Grange were delightful, and we climbed Causey Pike, fabulous and quite doable, for young and old alike. There is also a bar at Little Town, a gentle 30 minute walk up the valley.