Yew Tree accommodation summary

Ground Floor

Kitchen/dining/living room
King-size bedroom


Enclosed garden

Parking Info

Parking for 1 car

Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by electric heating
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking

General Description

Yew Tree is part of a traditional range of buildings at Wilkinsyke Farm which dates back to the 1670's, the cottage has been beautifully renovated to provide spacious accommodation for two. Wilkinsyke Farm is owned by the National Trust and the current tenants only keep rare breeds: with a flock of hefted Herdwicks, plus some Cheviot sheep, Dexter cattle and Lancashire Heelers (an endangered breed of small cattle dogs) they are continuing the age old rhythm of stock farming through the seasons. If you are lucky you can watch the sheep being gathered from the slopes of Robinson, its an amazing sight to watch the sheep dogs working the fells. Yew Tree is on the end of the farmhouse and has a lovely private garden to the side, it is light and bright with spectacular views.

From the parking area you enter Yew Tree 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 2 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 Wifi at Yew Tree 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 Wifi at Sykes Farm café next door and it works on the benches outside so you can still access it when the café is closed.

The garden at Yew Tree 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 barbecue space if you fancy cooking as well as dining al fresco.