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Tonkin Cottage

Glenridding, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
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

  • Situated in the pretty village of Glenridding on Ullswater
  • Take out a sailing boat on Ullswater or enjoy paddle boarding
  • Ideal for exploring the Lake District's many visitor attractions and landmarks
Property code: 85425

Enjoy a break in this lovely Lakeland cottage set in beautiful Glenridding village on the edge of Ullswater, with local amenities and lots of activities available on your doorstep.

Perfectly located in the pretty village of Glenridding, which sits on beautiful Ullswater, with country pubs serving good food and local beer, and hotels overlooking the Lake serving fabulous cream teas, all within walking distance. Get out and explore the fells, or tackle Helvellyn right from the front door. Aira Force Waterfalls is just down the road, and Ullswater Steamers depart just a short walk from the house. If you are a keen walker, cyclist or water sports enthusiast then this is the perfect base for you! Take a boat from the village, leave the boat at Howtown, and you can walk to Pooley Bridge and catch the boat back to Glenridding. This was one of Wordsworth's favourite walks and offers views of Ullswater and Helvellyn.

This pretty Lakeland cottage has been lovingly finished and offers a warm welcome. As you walk into the modern well-equipped kitchen you will find an induction hob, electric fan oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a dining area in the kitchen where you can sit down over breakfast and plan the day ahead! Next door you will find the lounge with comfy sofa and chairs, log burner, TV with Sky box sets and Sonos music system. Head out of the lounge and you will find the staircase up to the first floor and access out to the south-facing enclosed garden. On the first floor, there are two bedrooms. A king-size master bedroom with a z-bed which is suitable for children under 12 years (additional charges apply). The second bedroom is a twin bedroom. There is a contemporary family bathroom that features a free-standing claw-foot bath with shower over and WC.

The lovely private enclosed south-facing garden is a super spot to sit out and have a coffee first thing, read a good book, or sit and enjoy a glass of wine on a summer's evening. There is private parking for one car just 15 metres from the property: access is tight and may not be suitable for large vehicles.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with a freestanding claw foot bath, with shower over and WC
  • Kitchen with induction hob electric oven, integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • TV in the lounge with Sky TV box sets, Sonos Music system in the lounge
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Log burner in the lounge (first basket of logs provided)
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Pubs, restaurants and shops within 0.25miles
  • Sleeps 4 + 1 - Z-bed in master bedroom suitable for a child age 12 years or younger - additional cost to cover bedding and towels.

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Joshua 22nd December 2021

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We spent our first Christmas married in Tonkin Cottage with our Airedale terrier and it was glorious. The cottage was spotless and very well equipped - helpful guidebooks and leaflets for us to plan walks, Sky tv, a selection of games. We had read reviews about the uncomfortable sofa and came prepared with extra throws and blankets! Glenridding is Read morea beautiful spot in the Lakes with fantastic walks on the doorstep as well as restaurants and a few local shops. We will definitely be back. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah 6th November 2021

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A lovely, well equipped and cosy cottage in a fabulous location in the village. Very close to a couple of good shops, a pub with food and 2 hotels (couple of minutes walk). We'd recommend afternoon tea at Inn on the Lake for a special treat! We found the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen really nice: very comfortable and well equipped. The sofa is uncoRead moremfortable and not great for spending time relaxing. That shouldn't put you off staying here though - it's definitely worth it! Hide

Reviewed by Anne 22nd October 2021

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A lovely cottage in a great location

Reviewed by Laura 2nd October 2021

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A lovely cottage in an excellent location. However, it could really do with a wardrobe or two (the large cupboard in the main bedroom?) and most of all a book/file explaining the heating system and showing how to switch on the towel rail in the bathroom/when is rubbish collection/recycling. A blind in the kitchen too for dark evenings/mornings. BedRead mores very comfy, washing machine/tumble dryer useful in the evil weather we had last week :-) Electric radiators nice and toasty! Hide

Reviewed by Lara 21st September 2021

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Lovely cottage, great location, really well equipped. Our only negative is that it is lacking a comfy sofa to curl up in in front of the fire. We found the current one very uncomfortable. I would say after a long days stomping around the nearby mountains a big comfy sofa to sip some wine on is pretty essential. Other than that all great! Thanks

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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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