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Yew Tree

Buttermere, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Working farm
Pub nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Romantic retreat on a working farm in the Lake District
  • Buttermere Valley walks from the doorstep
  • Enjoy breakfast at the on-site cafe
Property code: SZ578

Go off-grid and escape busy lifestyles at this bijou bolthole in the Lake District National Park. Walk wildlife trails, and explore the highlights of this World Heritage Site.

This attractive holiday home is a lovely little cottage for two on a working farm tucked away in the heart of Buttermere village. The views from the windows and the garden are quintessentially Buttermere: sheep studded fields, shapely fells and, of course, Buttermere itself nestled among the trees.

Beautifully renovated by the current custodians of the farm, this cosy and comfortable cottage has everything you need for a stress free holiday relaxing and enjoying all that this beautiful area has to offer. The king-size bedroom is spacious, the living area surrounds a cosy but easy flame effect electric fire and the kitchen is well equipped. The garden at the property faces the fields, fells and lake making it a peaceful escape from the bustle of the village, the property is perfectly located for enjoying all the benefits of being in Buttermere with the tranquillity of feeling you are somewhere far more remote.

The village's tea room is just next door for indulgent morning coffee and cake, scrumptious afternoon tea, an ice cream treat or even all three! Buttermere's two pubs are only a short stroll away when you want someone else to do the catering and the choice of walks from the door will include something to inspire everyone. Rugged little Haystacks, lofty Red Pike or the solid bulk of Grasmoor give just a taste of the numerous fell walks that start from here but there are also some good lower level walks to try. Come out of your door and turn right and you are on your way down to Buttermere lakeshore, the popular circuit of the lake is a 4 mile walk but the western shore can be reached in 10 minutes with a similar length walk back along the track to the village, a perfect evening stroll with a drink at the end! In May the bluebells in Rannerdale are at their finest, busy during the day but quiet in the evenings when could be the bonus of a sunset over Crummock Water to enjoy. The fine oak woodlands between Buttermere and Crummock Water are also worthy of a look and are filled with bluebells in spring. There is plenty of wildlife around with squirrels, badgers, foxes and otters present around the farm plus plenty of birds; one of the farmers in the village offers personalised wildlife tours if you want to try and get a little closer.

Walkers will not need to leave Buttermere and its surrounding fells all week but for a change of scene Keswick is just 10 miles away over Newlands Pass, get a dose of culture at the Theatre by the Lake, discover the origins of the humble pencil at the Pencil Museum or brush up on local history at the Keswick Museum. Take a cruise on Derwentwater or just browse the shops and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the town. In the other direction Cockermouth is also 10 miles away, an attractive riverside town where you can choose to tour Wordsworth's childhood home or Jennings Brewery; both are located within the town centre. Thrill seekers should visit Honister at the top of the rugged Honister Pass for underground tours of the mine and those with a head for heights can brave the Via Ferrata across the crags. Cyclists will not be disappointed at the range of routes on offer either, the purpose built mountain bike trails at Whinlatter are not far away and road cyclists can pit their legs Against Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister passes.

The property is a delightful cottage in a lovely spot hidden away in a pretty little village located in a stunningly beautiful valley, what more could you ask for?

From the parking area you enter the property via the porch on the side of the cottage, the porch has a tiled floor for muddy boots and hanging space above an electric heater, ideal for drying out wet coats when necessary. The door from the porch leads into a hallway with tiled floor and rug off which to the left is the bathroom.

The bathroom has an electric shower over the bath so caters both for quick showers and long soaks in the bath; a heated towel radiator provides cosy warm towels whichever method of ablution you have chosen!

Turn right from the hallway into the kitchen area which has been carefully planned to offer everything you need with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle and toaster plus additional cupboards and ample work top space. Handily adjacent is the dining area with a table for two enjoying a view out to the garden from the window.

Just round the corner is a cosy living area with a 2 seat sofa facing a fireplace with electric flame effect fire for quick and easy cosiness on winter evenings. Above the fireplace the Freesat TV is mounted on the wall, the floor is tiled with a rug in front of the fire and you may notice that the sideboard contains a wine rack with enough spaces to keep you stocked up for a week or two! The windows in the living area have beautiful views of the lake and Sour Milk Gill tumbling down the fell side with Red Pike and High Stile beyond.

At the far end of the living area on the left is the spacious bedroom; there is a luxurious king-size bed with bedside tables and lots of storage in 2 double wardrobes with hanging space and shelves plus a set of drawers. A calm and relaxing room with a window overlooking the cobbled yard this is definitely a place to unwind.

There is no Wi-Fi at the property and the mobile signal is very poor, what better excuse to disconnect and properly get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; however if you do need to log on during your holiday there is free Wi-Fi at Sykes Farm cafe next door and it works on the benches outside so you can still access it when the cafe is closed.

The garden at the property is a delight, wrapping round the side of the cottage it feels far removed from the bustle that can be a feature of Buttermere village in summer, facing out across the fields to the lake and the fells beyond it is peaceful and quiet a truly lovely place to while away a sunny afternoon. There is even a little stone built BBQ space if you fancy cooking as well as dining alfresco.

  • 1 bedroom - 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 bathroom - 1 shower room with a shower over the bath, and WC
  • Kitchen - Oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Pebble effect electric fire
  • TV with Freesat
  • Complex of properties
  • Enclosed lawned garden with bench seating and a gravelled area, plus a stone BBQ space
  • Off-road parking available for one car (park on the gravelled area in the garden or in front of the garden gate)
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub less than 0.5 miles; Shop 9.5 miles
  • Note: The property has no Wi-Fi; very limited mobile network. Free Wi-Fi at the neighbouring farm cafe
  • 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 Tony 23rd April 2022

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Cottage is on a working farm next to a cafe Its very handy for all local walks Seeing all the baby lambs was a bonus Ideal if your into photography No Wi-Fi but we new that before booking , also no cell phone signal so bear that in mind Wi-Fi was available in the local cafes and pubs

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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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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.

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