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Grass Ings

Langdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041265)

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  • “After a disappointing start - on arrival at the property I had to ring Sykes and was put on hold for about 40 minutes to arrange for someone to come and make up the beds in two bedrooms as they had been left in a mess.”

    Fortunately a very nice lady came after about half an hour and rectified this! ...

    Fortunately a very nice lady came after about half an hour and rectified this! This is a wonderful house and the gardens are really lovely with fabulous views over the fells and down to the river. The house has everything you need with lots of extras you wouldn’t normally find in a holiday let. If I could complain about one thing it would be that the master bedroom wardrobe rail was so high up I had to hang my hangers on a hanger because I couldn’t reach the rail, and neither could my husband! The weather was excellent for ‘the lakes’ and we were able to benefit from eating breakfast outside on the terrace and early evening drinks in the garden on the patio, whilst enjoying the views and early evening sun. A wonderful week was had by all!

    - Mrs Taylor, August 2021


The property

Overview Set in almost 3 acres of grounds at the very heart of the Lake District in the spectacular Langdale Valley stands Grass Ings. A superb, detached, residence that has been tastefully developed by the current owners to create a high quality retreat for family and friends offering top quality accommodation in a glorious setting. There are three terraced areas and a quaint summerhouse that capture the sun as the day unfolds and beyond the fully fenced garden is a traditional wild flower meadow leading down to the River Brathay. There is 250m of river bank, a private jetty and seating area which offer the chance to unwind with nature or (at your own risk) to get out onto the water. Yet despite this idylic location with uninterrupted views over Loughrigg Fell and Black Crag, Grass Ings is just a two minute stroll from The Talbot Bar and its neighbours; The Skelwith Bridge Hotel and the famous Chesters by the River with its acclaimed range of home made cakes. Within a couple of miles is the Drunken Duck Inn and the Michelin Star restaurant at Forest Side. Grass Ings offers an excellent base from which to explore and discover some of the best scenery and food and drink in the British Isles whilst being within easy reach of the bustling Lakeland villages of Ambleside, Grasmere or Keswick, with its award winning twice weekly market. Accommodation In Detail From pulling up on the driveway there is a real sense of anticipation to see what lies within the house and as you open the front door there is a view straight down the hallway to the rear porch. So from the very moment you enter the house the beautiful, uninterrupted views become the focal point of your stay. The welcoming, dual aspect lounge is tastefully furnished with comfortable sofas arranged around the feature fireplace with its cosy log burning stove and Smart TV. Relax and enjoy the view across the valley from every seat or take advantage of the large window seat to soak in the stunning scenery. The spacious, social kitchen is the real heart of the home with the large family dining table, in front of the picture window, the idea place for social and relaxing dinners with family and friends. The well appointed kitchen has views across Loughrigg Fell and is equipped with an electric range cooker with five ring electric hob and double oven, two under counter fridges, dishwasher, microwave and Nespresso Vertuo Coffee machine and to the side the walk-in pantry or “Happy Cupboard” which is used as the serving point for drinks to which the owners have thoughtfully added an ice machine. The large porch at the rear of the house offers beautiful views across the valley and the river and is a lovely spot to relax with a good book. From here french doors open onto the first of three patios; this one captures the morning sun and is a great place for an al fresco breakfast. The ground floor accommodation is complemented by a spacious cloak room with WC. On the lower ground floor there is a cosy Den with Smart TV and Xbox 360 + games along with boot room which is ideal when returning after a muddy walk or with mountain bikes and is equipped with drying facilities, sink, washing machine, tumble drier and offers plenty of space for boots, coats and outdoor gear and is also home to the fridge/freezer. Choose from one of three boutique bedrooms. The superb master suite offers views across the river, a comfortable Ercol king size bed, that is a welcome retreat at the end of the day, and a luxurious shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC. The two further bedrooms are presented with a king size bed and a super king bed/twin beds (please state your preference). They are complemented by a high-quality family bathroom with feature bath and shower cubicle and a shower room with a spacious walk in shower. Back outside and the completely private south facing gardens sit to the rear of the house offers a choice of three seating areas; the breakfast patio, a sun terrace and in the centre of the garden a large dining patio. There are landscaped borders of shrubs and to the side the lawn slopes down to the neighbouring wildflower meadow with the River Brathay flowing past. The large drive offers ample parking for three cars. Location Away from the hustle and bustle of tourist traps, Skelwith Bridge is a great location for a Lake District cottage holiday. Between vibrant Ambleside village, Lake Windermere and the breathtaking Langdale Valley, guests here are free to enjoy all of Lake District life. Some of the most famous Lake District walks begin on your doorstep; including challenging routes in the Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg Fell and the tarn, or peaceful strolls (push chair and wheel chair friendly) on the shores of nearby Elterwater. If you'd prefer a leisurely holiday, spend your days strolling gently in the Langdale Valley and sampling the excellent country pubs in the area. Find classy shopping in Ambleside, and enjoy an elegant lake cruise on Lake Windermere or Coniston - all within very easy reach. Your location just off the A593 makes exploring the wider reaches of the National Park a breeze. For example; follow the road back to Ambleside and the shores of Lake Windermere, then north to Rydal Water and Grasmere, or follow the A593 south to picturesque Coniston.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double, 1 x super king-size double or twin (please state your preference)
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and Smart TV
  • Cloakroom with WC
  • Lower ground floor Den with Smart TV and Xbox 360
  • Boot room.
  • Oil central heating, with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, Xbox 360 with games, WiFi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Drinks patio, sun terrace and in the centre of the garden a large dining patio
  • Sloped lawns
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are a short walk.

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About the location


Ambleside 3 miles; Grasmere 3 miles.

Skelwith Bridge is located in the very heart of the Lake District at the foot of the Langdale Valley. Grasmere, Ambleside and Lake Windermere are all located within three miles of this picturesque hamlet. The small village of Elterwater with its English Lake District Inn is just a twenty minute walk passing Skelwith Force, a fifteen feet high waterfall where the River Brathay forces a passage through the rocks. Once a centre for the slate processing industry, it consists of a cluster of stone buildings by a picturesque bridge spanning the River Brathay. Today, hand-crafted articles can be purchased from the shop and cafe at ‘Chesters by the River’. The Skelwith Bridge Hotel and Talbot Pub, dating back to the 17th century sit in the centre of the hamlet. Nearby Grasmere is perhaps best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found".

Please note this property has a zip link bed. This will be made as a twin by default. Please contact the call center should you wish it to be a super king.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter