Dodd View reviews

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Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
8 out of 10


Hockley GB Family
Dodd View is two cottages converted into one, the end two of a terrace of four, situated quite close to the A591 main road to Bassenthwaite some four miles from Keswick. There is ample parking and unloading space to the front and side of the cottage, and at the back there is a typical Cumbrian garden, with a raised patio area and table and chairs with a view across Bassenthwaite Lake to Barf and Grisedale Pike.

The conversion is sympathetic, with a good size utility/bootroom, downstairs loo, kitchen with a large table and six chairs, lounge with two sofas and an armchair, a snug with sofa, and two sets of stairs leading to three double bedrooms and two shower rooms with loo each, one with the addition of a bath. The hot water and heating system was excellent. We had couldn't ignite the gas fire in the kitchen, but enjoyed the log burner in the main lounge.

Whilst we thought the size of the cottage was excellent for three couples, we felt there was a lack of storage in the two smaller bedrooms. A wider chest of drawers instead of the tallboy in the right hand bedroom, for example, and although we appreciate the difficulty of the roof pitch in both, perhaps some sort of wardrobe arrangement rather than the hooks and hatstand may be possible? Also there was no lock on the main bathroom door which was annoying. Nevertheless, the beds and bedding were very comfortable, clean and fresh.

The kitchen was reasonably well equipped, but what was lacking was pasta bowls, pint glasses, some more food preparation boards - and a set of sharp knives in a block would have been nice.

What let the ground floor down was lighting, always so important to create atmosphere, particularly in the main lounge. The one lamp in the corner needs some balance in the room, maybe an uplighter to the right of the fireplace, although there is no socket there, so unless you have the very bright ceiling light on, the room can be gloomy. In the smaller lounge, it is only the ceiling lights, again very bright. Also the main lounge really needs a coffee table in the middle, there are only two small occasional tables for drinks etc. We actually moved the sofa from the small lounge to the main lounge while we were there, and didn't use the small lounge. (We did move it back again before we left). We also thought the front door itself was rather ill fitting, as we could see daylight around it and could hear the noise from the main road through it quite clearly.

We feel if these few points could be addressed, Dodd View would much score higher.
Confirmed guest: 04 October 2019
Published on: 09 October 2019

Hi Tim, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such very detailed feedback - I'm sure future visitors will find it helpful, and I've made a note of the points you raised so that I can follow them all up. It's such a great location, isn't it? I'm glad that you all had a good holiday!

10 out of 10

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Coventry GB Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight’s holiday staying in Dodd View. The cottage is furnished to a high standard throughout and we enjoyed the inside and outside space. It’s in a great spot - close enough to Keswick and a good base for the north lakes, but away from the bustle of the town and we enjoyed daytime views over the fells, the starry skies at night and a good night’s sleep in the comfortable beds.

The kitchen is a great space - plenty of room for cooking and a lovely big table for eating. Our only (very minor) comment is that it could do with a bit more cooking equipment if you are cooking a lot.

We’d recommend the cottage and would love to come back again.
Confirmed guest: 20 September 2019
Published on: 22 September 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm so pleased you have had a wonderful holiday is this fabulous cottage. The views of the fells are simply stunning and the starry skies at night sound just dreamy! You just can't beat a good night's sleep in a comfy bed! Thank you also for your feedback on the kitchen equipment - I will look into this. Here's to the next holiday in the Lakes - I hope you will return very soon.

10 out of 10

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Darlington GB Family
Had a really good family holiday at Dodd View. When we arrived house was totally ready for us. It was both very clean and every thing in it of high quality. Our only negative comments would be regarding the garden. Realising this is a new cottage for rent we would presume the garden will be tackled at some point. It was rather overgrown in areas with brambles nettles etc. The far end was not suitable for little ones and where the fruit had fallen from the trees, they were covered in wasps. We looked to see if we could see a nest but didn't find one but on the first day the dog got stung on its paw from standing on one, so again we had to tell our grandson not to go in that area. Having said all this we were still able to play in the garden and have a good time.
We would recommend Dodd View to friends.
Confirmed guest: 09 August 2019
Published on: 12 August 2019

Hi there, great to hear you had such an enjoyable stay at Dodd View. I will definitely investiage your comments and appreciate you taking the time to let me know. It sounds like you made lots of wonderful famiy memories - here's to more family fun in the future!