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Backbarrow, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Pub nearby
Travel cot available
5 more

At a glance

  • Idyllic village location in the South Lakes with a view out onto a heritage steam railway
  • Roaring open fire for cosy evenings watching films
  • Close to iconic Lakeland destinations including lake Windermere (3 miles away)
Property code: SZ348

Set in the southern fringes of the Lake District National Park, this compact yet cosy cottage is within easy reach of lake Windermere, Cartmel and Coniston Water for scenic walks.

This is a welcoming terraced cottage in the southern Lakes village of Backbarrow. Sleeping four people in two comfortable bedrooms it makes an ideal base for exploring the Windermere and Coniston areas as well as Cumbria's southern coastline. It boasts traditional features, a cosy open fire and even a view out onto a heritage steam railway line. A hotel is close by and has a nice and welcoming bar.

Backbarrow was built on the River Leven which tumbles through the village on its way from lake Windermere to the coast at Morecambe Bay. The industrial heritage that built up around the river is still evident in the form of a large hotel which has been created from former mill buildings, this has a leisure centre and spa which makes a great way to spend a rainy day. Of course, there's also the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway, the terminus of which is an easy stroll from the cottage. Why not take a trip on it to lake Windermere's southern tip? Staying in the village there's yet another great attraction on the doorstep with the Lakeland Motor Museum. It makes a fascinating way to spend the day and has an excellent riverside cafe for a tasty lunch.

Only slightly further afield there is a fantastic choice of things to do. Windermere and Coniston are two of Lakeland's most well-loved destinations, and both are just a short drive away. Aside from the obvious attractions of the Cumbrian lakes and mountains there is plenty more to explore. The lovely village of Cartmel, just 5 miles away, is a foodie paradise with a Michelin starred restaurant, as well an ancient priory and even its own racecourse. Why not continue on to the coast and enjoy a stroll at the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-Over-Sands? Whether you choose to spend your visit in the tranquil surroundings of Backbarrow or seeking out Lakeland's busier attractions, at this cottage you are perfectly placed.

This cottage does not accept children between the age of 2 and 12 years old.

On arrival at the house guests enter the enclosed porch in which there is plenty of space for coats and the muddy boots and wellies you might need on your adventures. Through from here lies the cosy and welcoming living room and dining area. There's a comfy two-seater sofa as well as two armchairs arranged around the open fireplace along with a TV and DVD player for entertainment. For dining there's a space saving drop leaf table and chairs too. The owners have thoughtfully left a selection of books and local information to help inspire your travels.

Moving to the rear of the house the kitchen is equipped with ceramic hob, a handy mid-height built-in fan oven, microwave, an under-counter fridge/freezer and a washing machine as well as all the crockery and cookware you will need for your stay. Beyond the kitchen at the bottom of the stairs lies the downstairs shower room which has an electric shower in a square enclosure.

The stairs lead up from here to the two bedrooms. The warm and welcoming master bedroom has a wooden king-size bed frame, two chairs along with a wardrobe and dresser for storage. Its view looks out over the village to Barrow Fell. The second bedroom is a twin, which has a wardrobe and dresser and looks out to the woodland at the rear of the house and on to the railway where you can see heritage steam engines passing in the daytime.

Outside the cottage there is a back yard with furniture for outdoor dining and a bench to sit out in the small elevated front garden area which is an ideal spot to take in the view over a morning cuppa or an evening glass of wine.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 twin
  • 1 shower room with shower and WC
  • Oven, hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine
  • Open fire
  • TV, DVD
  • Regret no Wi-Fi
  • Towels not provided
  • Courtyard with seating
  • On-road parking subject to availability
  • Regret no pets
  • Short breaks available from Friday and Monday on selected dates - please call to book 
  • Please note there is shared access through the yard for neighbouring properties
  • Regret no children between the ages of 2-12 years old ( Some areas of the property aren't suitable for children of these ages)
  • Pub within 1 mile, shop within 4 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


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Reviewed by Ruth 29th April 2022

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This is a delightful cottage - clean, cosy, comfortable, and well equipped. Location is great for South and West Lakes. If any issues, do contact the owners (details in the cottage) - they were lovely to us and very quickly sorted out an issue. A couple of tips: suggest taking slippers/warm socks at cooler times of year as some floors are stone tilRead moree, and a torch for night trips to the bathroom as the stairs are a little steep. Fully recommend this lovely cottage and the very kind owners. Hide

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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.

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