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Low Cartmell Fold

Crosthwaite, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041967)

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  • Mr Campbell

    “First of all I do want to say that this cottage is as beautiful as it looks.”


    However, the owners are VERY VERY difficult and will not offer any support or compensation if anything goes wrong and for this reason I highly recommend you book else were if you value your money. DO NOT BOOK! We booked a week here in nov 2021 as a honeymoon with our 2 children. Sadly this was as storm Arwen hit the Lake District now I do want to say I totally understand that this was unforeseen and not the fault of the owner or lakes lovers however please let me explain why I am so upset and frustrated by this we arrived at approx 5pm on Friday the 26th November that evening at around 8 pm the storm hit and all electricity to the property was lost, we went to bed with our 2 children to keep warm and presumed the power would be back quickly unfortunately we woke the next morning with still no electricity or hot water and an evening without power had left the cottage completely freezing cold, we decided to spend Saturday night in a near by hotel hoping again the power would return, Sunday we returned to the property with still no electricity, heating or hot water, at this point we made the decision to return home and informed lakes lovers. On Monday we received a phone call directly from the owner who informed us that the electricity was back and asked if we would be willing to return, we live approx 1 and a half hours away but we decided to return back to try and have the holiday we booked, we were so happy to see the power was back on however that evening the power went again and again left us freezing cold and no hot water, we decided to stay the night again in the cold in hoping this would return, it returned for a couple of hours on Tuesday and then went off again now as explained I have 2 very small children so as you can imagine this really isn’t sustainable and we returned home on Tuesday 30th November. We again informed the owner and lakes lovers. Now let me just say again I know this storm was not the owners or lakes lovers fault and so close to Christmas we didn’t want to be taking money off people through no fault of their own, therefore in my opinion we were not difficult at all we did NOT request compensation for money lost in petrol goIng to and from this property nor did we ask to be reimbursed for the money we spent on a hotels to keep our children warm, all we simply requested was for the owner to provide us with what we paid for which was 1 week in the Lake District with my family, we were willing to negotiate a date and return back in 2022 no money needed to cross hands, however sadly the owner of this property decided to insult us and offered 695, now we had paid over a 1000 to stay in this property so what are we so called paying this money for, the owners response to this was he needed to pay for over heads and cleaning for the next people to stay, now correct me if I’m wrong but given we hadn’t spent more that 24 hours in this property that is not for me to pay, the owner should be claiming this from else were not from a customer that has paid for something she hasn’t received. Sykes cottages who own lakes lovers have actually been very helpful but please be aware any issues like this you will be told by lakes lovers that the decision to refund will be on the owner and as you can see this owner is VERY difficult. I’m very sad that it had to come to this, this could have been resolved very amicably but the owner has other ideas. There are many more cottages on this website with owners that will support you when things go wrong and for that reason I implore you to book a different cottage.

    - Mr Campbell, November 2021

    I am so sorry to hear that your wedding and honeymoon were disrupted by the storm and understand how upsetting and frustrating this must have been. In turn, I am deeply sorry that you feel we have been unfair in our response and saddened to receive such unhappy feedback, for the first time in over three years since we began renting the house. It is of the utmost importance to us that our guests have a wonderful stay, and I would like to think that our usual scores reflect this. My understanding from conversations our housekeeper had with early arrivals was that your whole party of eight would be staying at your wedding venue hotel on Saturday night? I hope that you had a wonderful day and enjoyed your stay. As we live some considerable distance away, Lakelovers manage the property for us. In addition to their customer service and maintenance teams, our guests are also supported by our wonderful housekeeper, who lives close by. I know that Hayley offered you additional logs for the woodburner and fireplace, as well as candles, hot water bottles and even her own portable heater to try and help in the short term. I do therefore feel it is rather unfair to suggest that no assistance was offered. She called to the house to check for storm damage on Monday, and noted that you hadn’t returned, but your personal belongings were still in the house. This is why we contacted you directly to let you know power had been restored. I am sorry that you feel it was unreasonable to retain the cleaning cost but refund the rest of your payment, although we were not required to do so. . I was also totally unaware that you had suggested transferring the booking to another date? I, too, would very much have liked the opportunity to reach an amicable agreement. Property Owner


The property

Traditional 17th Century Lake District meets 21st century luxury convenience as you step inside Low Cartmell Fold. This quintessential Lakeland farmhouse has been fully refurbished with love and care to create high quality and luxurious accommodation, in the pretty village of Crosthwaite, whilst retaining so many original features from the slate floors, wooden panel walls, oak beams, feature fire place, characterful staircase and the occasional sloping floor! Low Cartmell Fold is a real find and is a great setting for family celebrations, special occasions and simply spending time with family and friends. Offering plenty of social space with large lounge and a family dining room both with feature fireplaces, a cosy snug and a large farmhouse kitchen. Choose from four bedrooms, two with super ensuite facilities and a luxurious family bathroom. A private cottage garden wraps around the rear of the property with a choice of two patios. A detached garage offers plenty of secure storage for bikes, canoes and outdoor gear. Situated in the village of Crosthwaite in the Lyth Valley, which has recently been included by Lonely Planet' Beautiful World List list of the "most beautiful places on earth", Low Cartmell Fold is only 15 minutes away from Lake Windermere and Bowness and a similar distance from the renowned "foodie" destination of Cartmel home to the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding and the acclaimed and Michelin award winning L'Enclume. Closer to home, however, the great news is that Low Cartmell Fold is less than a 5 minute walk from the popular Punch Bowl Inn which is renowned for its excellent menu of local produce, quality wine cellar and great local ales and The Gilpin with one Michelin star is a ten minute drive from the cottage. == Accommodation in detail A narrow farm lane leads the short distance from the village of Crosthwaite to Low Cartmell Fold. Stepping from the slate porch and through the front door, visitors are immediately struck by the age and character of the beautiful Lakeland farm house. The reception rooms are arranged on the ground floor and include beautiful traditional slate floors. The welcoming living room with feature oak panel wall is a great room where friends and family can relax on comfortable sofas in front of a cosy log burning stove or enjoy a film on TV. The spacious family dining room is a real feature of the house with original feature fire place and large family dining table and continues to play host to many special family celebrations or relaxing social dinners with friends. As you would expect, the large farmhouse kitchen is the real heart of the home. The bespoke fitted kitchen, with granite worktops and feature island unit, includes an electric aga, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer and a quality kitchen inventory. A farmhouse kitchen table is a great place to gather for breakfast in a morning to plan your day in the lakes or to relax over a drink as your appointed head chef conjures up a "Masterchef" moment! If you need to escape with a good book or the weekend papers, the pretty snug is a real feature of the cottage with club room style wing back chairs. Choose from one of four pretty bedrooms, all of which include original period features. The master bedroom is presented with a superb super king bed and is complemented by a smart ensuite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC. The second bedroom offers a king size bed and complemented by a luxurious ensuite bathroom with feature bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC. The final two rooms are presented as a pretty double and a delightful twin room respectively and these rooms benefit from the spacious family shower room, just across the landing, with a large walk in shower, basin and WC. Outside there is ample parking for two cars to the side of the property and one car to the front of the farm house. The detached garage offers secure storage for bikes, canoes and outdoor gear and on the upper floor the owners have created a games room with pool table, bar football and darts board making it the ideal retreat for the teenagers. A pretty cottage garden wraps around the rear and side of the cottage and includes two patios both with bistro furniture and planted with mature shrubs and borders, lawns and mature trees. Location This fabulous self-catering property in the Lyth Valley takes you away from busier Lake District holiday locations, and into a divine rural landscape all of your own that has been included by Lonely Planet list of "the most beautiful places on earth". The Lyth Valley lies behind Cartmel Fell to the east of Lake Windermere. The valley is known for its serene agricultural landscapes, its vibrant damson blossom (and harvest - look out for locally made damson jam and damson gin from the valley in the local artisan food and farm shops) in spring, and its widely-acclaimed Lake District gastropubs including The Punchbowl at Crosthwaite and The Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank, The Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge and the Lyth Valley with its excellent bar and restaurant is only a five minute drive away. This unspoilt medieval village of Cartmel is situated in a quiet valley in one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty on the fringe of the Lake District National Park is only a fifteen minute drive from Low Cartmel Fold. Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel has grown up around its famous 12th Century medieval Priory Church. It is a special place where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day. Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today's visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, a wide variety of traditional Lakeland inns and cutting edge gourmet restaurants including the internationally acclaimed Michelin Star restaurant, L'Enclume. Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings. All this and the famous Cartmel racecourse providing national hunt racing in its most original format is just off the centre of the village square. With its party crowds and funfair, Cartmel rekindles the social gathering tradition of the original steeple to steeple chases.


  • Four bedrooms: Super king double bed with ensuite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC, king size double with ensuite bathroom with feature bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin single beds
  • Family shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Sitting room, dining room, snug, kitchen with additional dining area
  • No fireworks.
  • Oil central heating with log burning stove, Smart TV, Netflix, Amazon and BT Sports channels
  • Electric Aga, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Cottage garden with two patio areas
  • Private parking for three cars
  • Secure storage for mountain bikes
  • Games room
  • Wifi
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Five minutes walk to pub, ten minutes drive to shop
  • We respectively ask that fireworks are never used at the property, it is next to a working farm and will upset livestock if used.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 8 miles.

A historic market town with a fine reputation for shopping, Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent and is known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Visit The Abbot Hall Art Gallery, its regular collection holding portraits by Kendal born George Romney and works by Turner and Ruskin, with other exhibitions through its links with the Tate. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay. Kendal itself is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Kendal provides a superb base for a relaxing break.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas