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Dovecot Cottage

Grasmere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1067622)


Lakelovers rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Review(s)

  • Michael

    “Everything we wanted and more, perfect location, 10-15 mins to village, 5mins to local pub, several excellent walks on doorstep.”

    Peace and tranquillity in abundance. Yes it is small and yes stairs are steep but it's easy to adapt and we quickly became accustomed to it. Perfect getaway we will be booking again without fail 10/10

    Peace and tranquillity in abundance. Yes it is small and yes stairs are steep but it's easy to adapt and we quickly became accustomed to it. Perfect getaway we will be booking again without fail 10/10

    - Michael, May 2024

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. Please do come back. I hope you had good weather and were able to sit outside in the afternoon sunshine and enjoy the fantastic views after your walks. Property Owner


  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living room/diner with woodburning stove (wood can be purchased from the village)
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview and DVD, and WiFi (shared with Fir Tree Cottage)
  • Gas and electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Outdoor access to lawned areas, terrace and seating
  • Shared laundry facilities in outbuilding
  • One well-behaved pet allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

This is a real little gem but far removed from the average self-catering cottage - better described as a little bit 'quirky', it is known to have been short-listed for the role of Bilbo Baggins' house in Lord of the Rings. The property is unusual in every way but has been carefully planned and is comfortable and cosy - a perfect choice for a couple looking for something that little bit different and it is ideal for a romantic holiday. With a slanted ladder-type wooden stairway with handrails and wood panelled walls upstairs, it will remind guests of the inside of a yacht rather than a conventional cottage. As its name implies Dovecot Cottage was originally a dovecote, it is a detached stone-built and listed building set on the east side of the vale of Grasmere and is a short walk into the village and handy for a couple of local pubs. There are enough walks from the door to keep everyone happy and ample places for eating out in the immediate area - no need to use the car on a daily basis. Those of you who enjoy the challenge of the high tops can tackle the summit of Fairfield, or take the shorter steep path to Alcock Tarn to enjoy the panoramic views, whilst for easier days out you could enjoy a stroll into Grasmere village with maybe a row on the lake or a climb to the top of Loughrigg Fell or Silver How. The beautiful Easedale Valley makes a fine destination for a gentle ramble, lovely for a picnic on a sunny day, and the delightful paths around Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water are some of the most popular in the Lake District. Dovecot Cottage is situated in the same location as Fir Tree Cottage Property Ref. 7045. Accommodation: Steps and path from the parking to the front door. Entrance into sitting/dining room (TV, DVD) with its cosy log burning stove, two-seater sofa and dining table for two. The fitted kitchen has fridge, electric oven and gas hob, and its own door to the outside. Laundry facilities are available on site in a separate outbuilding (also used by Fir Tree Cottage next door). And now arrive first in the dressing area which was the original dovecote entrance with the decorative cubbyholes set in the end wall. The sleeping area (double bed) has some restricted headroom and a door to the outside which accesses steps leading down to ground floor level. A good sized bathroom has deep Victorian style roll top bath, basin and wc. Outside: The cottage is set on a sloping site backed by trees with grassy areas around and there is room to sit outside just in front of the door on the level terrace. At the end of the cottage there are slate steps which make an alternative access to the sleeping area on the top floor. Parking for one car immediately outside the boundary wall. Shared laundry facilities outside in separate room by driveway gate. Grasmere village centre three quarters of a mile. Less than 5 mins stroll to the Swan Hotel for bar and eating out.

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

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Windermere 9 miles; Keswick 13 miles.

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park is the lovely village of Grasmere, probably best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found". Any visit to Grasmere needs to include The Grasmere Gingerbread shop, where the Wilson family has been making gingerbread for over 60 years. Also in the village are a number of shops, pubs, a church which dates back to the 13th century, and Grasmere Lake. Grasmere Sports takes place every August, where you can watch participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland wrestling. Just five miles away is the town of Ambleside and Lake Winderemere where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and the 17th century Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. Cruises, boat trips and watersports can all be enjoyed on Lake Windermere, and the towns of Windermere and Keswick are also within driving distance. Grasmere is a wonderful base for your Lake District retreat.

The cottage has steep ladder type stairs and restricted access over part of
the bath - it is therefore not suitable for those with mobility issues. The
wifi is normally good but the router is shared with, and located in, Fir
Tree cottage on the same site, and is occasionally interrupted. There is
normally a good 4G signal.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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