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Longsyke Retreat

Grasmere, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A cosy cottage for two a stroll away from Grasmere village and lake
  • An enclosed garden offers the perfect space to relax
  • Visit Dove Cottage, home of poet William Wordsworth, before returning to an evening in front of the wood burner
Property code: SZ322

Escape to this romantic hideaway in the pretty English village of Grasmere, famous for its connections to poet William Wordsworth, and its delicious gingerbread.

As the name suggests, this cottage is a wonderful place for two people to enjoy a fabulous holiday in beautiful surroundings. The first floor accommodation feels both luxurious but also wonderfully homely. Cook up a feast in the well-equipped kitchen/diner before retiring to the lovely living room to relax in front of the wood burner. With a bespoke wood super-king-size bed, the bedroom is a real treat, perfect for a holiday lie in or two! If you prefer, the bedroom can be made up as a twin upon request. The shower room is just as fantastic with its luxurious monsoon shower. As well as parking spaces for two cars, there's also an enclosed patio garden with outdoor seating, ideal for al fresco drinks and nibbles.

The centre of Grasmere is a short walk from Longsyke Retreat. This pretty village is rightly popular with visitors and locals alike. There are a great selection of independent shops for those who'd like to indulge in some retail therapy and some lovely independent cafes for that all important coffee and homemade cake pitstop. Fancy an evening off from cooking? Treat yourselves to a hearty meal in a convivial atmosphere at popular Tweedies Bar or head to the quirky Jumble Room for some delicious home cooked dishes. There are plenty of wonderful walks nearby too. Head up local fell Loughrigg for stunning panoramic views or take the walk from the village up to Easedale Tarn, a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch. Both dogs and humans will love exploring the woodland paths at White Moss.
Take a scenic drive south from Grasmere to Ambleside where you can treat yourselves to dinner and a movie. Enjoy a cruise round Lake Windermere or hop on the ferry to Hawkshead across the water, another charming village that was once home to Beatrix Potter. Why not spend a day exploring the magnificent Langdale Valley? With its rugged mountains and peaceful tarns, it's a must for any avid fell walker. Head up Lingmoor Fell for stunning, panoramic views of the lakes. Stop off at one of the traditional pubs on your way back for a hearty meal and refreshing drink.
Everything has been thought of to make your stay as comfortable as possible with a generous welcome hamper, complimentary toiletries in the bathrooms.
On the ground floor is a handy entrance hall, ideal for unloading wet coats and boots before heading up to the first floor where you'll find the fabulous accommodation.
First up is the well-equipped kitchen/dining room. With a range cooker that has two electric ovens, grill, gas and ceramic hobs, a handy microwave, fridge/freezer, useful washer/dryer and dishwasher, there'll be no fighting over who has to do the washing up here - though you might not mind once you've seen the views from the kitchen sink! The large wooden dining table in the middle of the room means you can keep the chef company. Also perfectly suited for spreading out maps and guide books, why not plan your next day's adventures whilst enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal? Next up we have the bright living room. Relax on the corner sofa in front of the cosy wood burner. The wall mounted TV has a full Sky Q package, including movies and access to Netflix, and Blu Ray DVD player, perfect for romantic evenings in.
Onwards to the bedroom. A gorgeous super-king room (that can be made up as a twin on request), decorated in calming greens, you're sure to feel instantly relaxed in here. The feature bed has been handcrafted from solid wood and there are plenty of homely touches. Bring your morning cuppa back to bed and indulge in a long lie in, catch up on some TV (the wall mounted TV opposite the bed has Sky Q) or simply enjoy a peaceful few moments relaxing in beautiful surroundings. As well as the WC and wash basin, the shower room has a fantastic shower cubicle with luxurious modern rainfall shower, perfect for reinvigorating tired muscles after a day out exploring.
Dogs over 12 months old are also in for a treat; with a generous welcome pack all to themselves and a wonderful enclosed garden to potter in.  
Outside the cottage are two private parking spaces, a real bonus so close to the centre of Grasmere. The delightful enclosed patio has outdoor seating; equally suited to a morning coffee or evening G&T, it's a lovely spot to relax, unwind and feel the stresses of everyday life drifting away.
  • 1 bedroom – 1 super-king-size bedroom (can be made up as a twin on request)
  • 1 bathroom – 1 shower room with a shower and WC
  • Range cooker with electric ovens and grill, gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Welcome hampers
  • Wood burner (logs provided all year round)
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 TVs with Sky Q (1 with access to Netflix), and 1 Blu-ray DVD player
  • Enclosed courtyard garden with crazy paving and garden furniture
  • Parking for 2 cars, further on road parking nearby
  • Pub, shop, and eateries within half a mile
  • 1 dog welcome - please note this property only accepts dogs over 12 months
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Christine 31st January 2022

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Lovely cottage very well equipped and clean throughout. Only slight negative is the small garden area not accessible from cottage you need to step out onto the round (quiet'ish rd) and go round to garden area would be pain if having meal out there.

Reviewed by Heather 28th January 2022

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We had a lovely stay in this property and the owners have thought of everything you might need. The welcome hamper was much appreciated on arrival too. A short walk into Grassmere, it's perfectly positioned for stunning views out the windows.

Reviewed by Jane 17th December 2021

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We loved everything about this cottage..........comfortable, well equipped, car parking, easy walk to Grasmere, Sky TV......will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Sarah 13th December 2021

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Perfect cottage, fabulous location. Everything has been thought about and the luxury hamper is a real holiday treat.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

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