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WoodBank Lodge
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Twin Room
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One of many fabulous clear swimming pools
View from Woodbank Veranda
Rafting on the pond
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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MDowning1...
Hertford, United Kingdom
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355 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Outstanding - The best value I've ever experienced.”
Reviewed 21 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We stayed for 2 weeks in Wood Bank Lodge for a touch over £700 in total (4 adults and 2 children stayed - amazing value!). 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 singles which can be pushed together and a double bunk bed) a lounge/kitchen/eating area and a bathroom. The cabin is very clean, well furnished and has some nice touches like a microwave oven, dishwasher, satelite tv and the wood burning stove fire. It has pretty much all the equipment you need for your stay, sheets, duvets, cutlery, cups, glasses, bottle opener, can opener, plates, hoover, frying and cooking pans etc etc etc. We didn't need one thing, it was all there. There is also a pay as you go phone provided as you won't get a phone signal in the interior of the lake district, you'll only get one on the coastal road around the lake district or in the major towns in the northern areas like Cockermouth or Keswick (except for EE networks which seem to work).

There are other facilities onsite in a shared building - washing machines, table tennis, pool table, books, games etc. The shared building is where you can also access free WIFI (most pubs and restaurants also provide this as well) we couldn't access WIFI from our cabin as the signal was too weak. To be honest this turned out to be a benefit as we really allowed ourselves to switch off from the internet we have come to depend on so much and this added to the relaxation. There is also ample car parking space. Everything is powered by electricity and there is a coin meter which takes pound coins, we spent about 2 pounds a day.

As well as the amenities I'd also like to mention the service and friendliness we received from the Landlord. I lost my key in the first week and he came over in 20 minutes to give me a spare when i rang him. He stopped in twice just to check everything was alright with our stay. We broke a glass - he replaced it. There was a broken lamp from the previous tenants - he replaced it. We needed more wood for the stove - he delivered it. The fridge wasn't cold enough - he fixed it (this sounds like we are nightmare high maintenance tenants - we really aren't!!). Always friendly and keen for us to enjoy our stay. When did you last receive customer service like that in the UK?

We had a 15 month old and a 4 year old. I'd recommend our lodge over the others as it has a stream which flows right beside it into a small pond/lake with a raft and an island in the middle of it. My boy spent hours playing in it whilst I had the option of sitting on our veranda and being close enough to him to keep an eye on him. The others have access to the pond/lake as well but the closer proximity to our lodge was perfect.

The location in the lake district was also a bonus. Fantastic views, a pub in walking distance and a voluntary train stop for the local narrow gauge railway that the children loved. It's the less busy, less touristy and cheaper side of the lake district, away from Windermere/Consiton which will take 40minutes to an hour to get to by car. Longer than from other places in the lake district but this adds to the enjoyment as it's quieter and the physical geography is also way more spectacular. There's some great walks nearby if you don't want to get in your car. There's also some other great pubs/restaurants nearby a short drive away (5 within 3 miles). The lodge has 2 laminated walking maps detailing everything for you which was another nice little touch. Handy for walking up the hills or to the local waterfall - Stanley Falls.

Couple of last things to mention: The Hardknott pass - don't attempt this as a 'shortcut' or on a rainy/poor weather day, expecially on your initial journey to the lodge. Definitely one to be attempted once only on a good weather day when you are not in a rush. See the views and then vow never to attempt it again like everyone else that drives it. Lastly, the Fisherground campsite next door has no connection to these lodges (physically or by ownership). Thought I'd mention it as the reviews for it seem terrible to me. They just share the same initial entrance from the road and that's all.

In summary the best value 2 weeks holiday I've ever had to pay full price for. If only they could control how much it rains............

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Liked best: The value for money
Liked least: Nothing - it was all fantastic.
Travelling group: Young Children
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Antix2013
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“If only it was closer”
Reviewed 29 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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A beautiful setting, child friendly grounds, swooping swifts, breathtaking vistas, wild orchids, bubbling brooks, waterfalls, tarns and rivers with the whistle of a steam train passing by. The accommodation was immaculate and thoughtfully equipped with everything from a tea towel to a comfortable mattress. Wonderful walks in all directions, long sunny days, friendly pubs with generous portions and a great selection of local ales. Simply paradise found.

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Liked best: The setting
Liked least: The flies
Travelling group: Friends
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York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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Liked best: The standard of the lodge and amazing location.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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BarbaraEl...
Lancaster
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely lodge thoughtfully equipped”
Reviewed 30 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We have just returned from Fell End lodge and have had a great week. We have never stayed in a lodge before and we were a bit apprehensive but we were very pleasantly surprised by the very spacious lodge in a wonderful setting. The lodge was very clean and thoughtfully kitted out with everything we needed for a week's stay, even free WiFi. The weather wasn't great but the log burner kept the lodge very warm and cosy. The lodges are very private with excellent car access and parking. Great for dogs too with exercise walks from the door to the River Esk or onto the fell. We had wonderful walks from the lodge without having to use the car and can recommend taking 'La'l Ratty' from Eskdale Green and walking back through Muncaster Castle and over Muncaster Fell. I would highly recommend staying at Fisherground Lodges and we are certainly going to go back in 2014.

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Liked best: Space, equipment and cleanliness
Liked least: No complaints at all
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed 21 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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Liked best: Quality of accommodation
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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ladylynnc
Stockport |Cheshire
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“Lovely location”
Reviewed 18 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

Such a lovely setting .The lodge was spacious and very cosy.
We enjoyed the lovely long walks along with our 2 dogs who after the walks laid out in front of the wood burning stove.
The pub up the road was very friendly and the food was great.
We will be returning very soon if we can get booked in.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: There was nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Scott M
Heywood, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A welcome retreat”
Reviewed 17 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Had the pleasure of a five day break in one of the log cabins on the site, the cabins are well equipped, fitted kitchen with oven, dishwasher etc, bath/shower, tv and a fantastic log fire. Lodge is well situated for walks both long and short and within easy reach of the King George pub and a further stretch to the Brook House Inn which offers a fantastic menu of food and an array of fine real ales. If you feel like a nice break away from reality and going back to comfortably basics give it a whirl.

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