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Lynwood Cottage

Backbarrow, Lake District
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Cosy cottage with an elevated position providing beautiful views of the fells
  • Unwind in front of the roaring wood burner or outside in the tranquil garden
  • Just 2.5 miles from Windermere, England’s largest natural lake
Property code: SZ332

This welcoming cottage boasts glorious views and is perfectly placed for exploring some of the Lake District’s most popular attractions, including Windermere, Kendal and Grizedale Forest.

Enjoying an elevated position, this cottage is accessed by 13 external stone steps. Once inside you'll find comfortable, homely accommodation for up to five people and a lucky dog. The spacious L-shaped living-dining room is a lovely social space. The living area has a cosy wood burner and sliding doors lead from the dining room to a quaint gravelled patio area. Also on the ground floor is the well-equipped kitchen with delightful views to the raised garden beyond. Upstairs on the first floor is the family bathroom and the three bedrooms: a double with its own en-suite shower room, a bright twin and a cosy single. At the back of the cottage, seven steps lead up to the elevated rocky garden with views to the distant fells.

Backbarrow is a charming village sitting on the banks of the River Leven. Follow the river through the village to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, built to transport coal and iron inland from the coast, now a popular visitor attraction where the trains take you through scenic countryside to Lakeside at the foot of Windermere from where you can take a boat trip up the lake. Another great attraction on the doorstep is the Lakeland Motor Museum. It makes a fascinating way to spend the day and has an excellent riverside cafe for lunch with a view.

Head south to the stunning Cumbrian coast, with its wide horizons and fresh coastal air it's the perfect place to truly unwind. A 18-mile drive east takes you to Kendal. There’s a great choice of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants on offer here; a trip to the Brewery Arts Centre is a must for culture vultures and the ruins of Kendal Castle will intrigue history buffs. Spend a day in Keswick - the adventure capital of the northern Lakes or why not sign up for an activity with one of the local adventure companies? A few miles north of Backbarrow is Grizedale Forest which has bike trails for all abilities. You can hire bikes from the Visitor Centre there and, if you have a head for heights, try out the Go Ape high ropes course.

The living area is a lovely welcoming room, with the two-seater sofa and three-seater sofa positioned to make the most of the wood burner, perfect for cosy nights in relaxing in front of the fire. For entertainment there's a TV with DVD player. The living room leads through to the dining area; gather round the dining table, equally suited to comparing notes on the day's adventures over your delicious home cooked meal or for spreading maps and guide books out whilst you plan tomorrow's. Sliding doors from the dining area lead out to a small gravelled patio area. Early risers will relish the chance to enjoy a peaceful morning cuppa out here before everyone else is up.

The bright and airy kitchen is well equipped with everything you'd need for a self-catering holiday. In here there's an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, useful washer/dryer and handy microwave. There's also a dishwasher so no need to fight over who has to do the dishes, though with pleasant rural views from the kitchen sink, you might not mind after all!

Upstairs on the first floor are the three bedrooms. First up is the lovely, spacious double room complete with useful chest of drawers for storage. The double bedroom has its own en-suite shower room, a real treat. Next up is the bright twin room with its two matching pine single beds, and last but by no means least is the cosy single room. Also on the first floor is the modern family bathroom. As well as the WC and wash basin there's a fabulous bath and separate shower cubicle - reinvigorate muscles tired from walking in the shower or indulge in a long soak, all tastes are catered for here.

There is private parking for two cars in front of the cottage. As well as the gravelled patio by the dining room, at the back of the cottage, seven steps lead up to a wooden seat. With wonderful fell views, it's a lovely spot to enjoy an al fresco aperitif.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC, 1 en-suite with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs provided
  • TV with Amazon Firestick/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 outdoor seating areas, a gravelled patio and a rocky garden up a flight of steps
  • There is a range of children's toys and board games for both adults and children
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and shop 1 mile
  • Please note that 13 stone steps lead up to the front door of the property
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

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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.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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