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Walnut Cottage - Ulverston

Backbarrow, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautiful cottage for 5 people, located in the charming South Lakes village of Backbarrow
  • Sociable open plan living-dining-kitchen area, perfect for getting together with family and friends
  • Enjoy dining alfresco on the pretty patio
Property code: SZ549

This stylish home is a fantastic base from which to explore the southern Lake District. Find space to get cosy inside after adventures or continue your day in the Great Outdoors with sundowner drinks in the garden.

This attractive holiday homeis a beautiful cottage for five people, located in the charming South Lakes village of Backbarrow. With an open-plan living-dining-kitchen area on the ground floor, the accommodation is super sociable, perfect for getting together with family and friends. Also on the ground floor is the fabulous family bathroom, with a wet room-style shower and feature roll-top bath. Up the stairs on the first floor you'll find the three bedrooms - there are two gorgeous king size rooms and a delightful single. To the front of the cottage is a pretty enclosed garden and at the rear is a lovely patio garden with outdoor furniture. As well as parking for two cars, there's also a wonderful games shed at the end of the drive that's sure to be a hit with children and adults alike!

Backbarrow sits on the banks of the River Leven and clues to this area's industrial heritage can be found all around. 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 tourist attraction where the trains take you through scenic countryside to the bustling Bowness-on-Windermere. 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.

Why not spend a day exploring Windermere, a short drive away? Indulge in some retail therapy or enjoy a cruise around the lake to experience the landscape from a different perspective. Head north east to magnificent Coniston Water where Donald Campbell attempted to break the water speed record in his jet engine boat, Bluebird mk II. There are plenty of fantastic walking and cycling opportunities here, from the mighty Coniston Old Man to gentler woodland and lakeshore rambles. Spend a day exploring the stunning southern coast of Cumbria, with its wide horizons and fresh coastal air it's the perfect place to truly unwind.

Leave coats and boots by the door before continuing onwards into this charming cottage. The open-plan living-dining-kitchen area is a wonderful social space. At the front is the living area - with its inviting L-shaped sofa positioned around the cosy wood burner, it's the perfect place for relaxing evenings in. For entertainment, there's a Freesat TV. The gorgeous dining area is full of character, with exposed brickwork and a framed map of the National Park, centred on the house – perfect for planning trips and walks. Gather round the dining table for convivial mealtimes swapping stories about the day's events over a hearty home cooked meal. Overlooking the rear garden is the modern country style kitchen. Well equipped with an electric oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, handy washer/dryer and dishwasher, the kitchen is sure to delight the cooks in the group! Perch at the breakfast bar, perfect for keeping the chef company.

The family bathroom can also be found on the ground floor. An oasis of calm, as well as the expected WC and wash basin there's a fantastic wet room-style shower and a fabulous free standing, roll top both. Whether you prefer an invigorating shower or an indulgent soak in a beautiful bath, all tastes are catered for! An extra separate WC next door completes the ground floor. A separate utility room offers a washer/dryer and Belfast sink – perfect for cleaning muddy boots!

Head up the stairs to the first floor and you'll find the three bedrooms. There are two beautiful king-size bedrooms, both with gorgeous metal bedframes and quirky character features. Last but by no means least is the single bedroom with extra long 6'6' bed. A lovely light room, you're sure to feel instantly relaxed.

At the front of the property is a pretty enclosed garden. With a wooden bench, it's the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by with a cup of tea. To the rear is a delightful patio garden, with a shaled area with table and chairs and a further raised paved patio with a picnic bench. Enjoy dining alfresco out here, or simply relax out here with a good book for a peaceful few moments. A real treat at the house is the addition of a games shed tucked away at the end of the drive - this fantastic bonus space is sure to delight children and adults alike! With table tennis table and a dart board, it's the perfect place to escape to on a wet afternoon. This shed also doubles as a great place to securely store bikes or canoes, for those who prefer to explore their local area on two-wheels or by paddle power.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 single with extra-long bed at 6’6”
  • 1 bathroom with a free-standing bath, separate shower and a WC, 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washer/dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed front garden with bench, rear garden with 2 patios – 1 is raised, both have furniture
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars on the driveway. Further on-street parking available on the road in front of the cottage
  • Regret no pets
  • Bike and outdoor gear storage available in games room
  • Games room with table tennis table and dartboards, access via outside
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Margaret 29th April 2022

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A comfortable, well provisioned cottage for our family of 5. Close proximity of steam train was an added bonus. Wonderful local walks.

Reviewed by D 15th April 2022

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This is a lovely, clean and well equipped cottage. It is at a great location very easy to explore the south of the Lakes.

Reviewed by hannah 14th January 2022

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Lovely cottage with plenty of space, theres the addition of thoughtful books and games which made the children so happy. Bedrooms and kitchen had everything you need and the beds were so comfy. Beautiful location but not much to do with the train to windemere closed and no resteraunts taking non hotel guests. Make sure to check everything before thRead moree offices shut as there is no help regardless out of hours and we were left freezing all night. Hide

Reviewed by Natalie 8th January 2022

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Luxury! The sort of place you can pack light and find everything you need. I'd recommend this place to couples & families.. Short stay or long. Close to attractions.. Big retailers about 15min away.. Near to the coast and the lakes. Amazing decor. Fantastic library, fully equipped kitchen.. A shower you never want to get out of and a bath you dreamRead more of. A cozy lounge with a wood burner. The games room was a great bonus too. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 22nd December 2021

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He had a superb time, the cottage had everything we needed. We were able to cook a lovely big Christmas dinner there in the very well equipped kitchen. We enjoyed some local walks and wished we had more time to explore all the other walks close by. The local hotel spa was very much appreciated by us for their facilities.

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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.

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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