Tourist Board rating
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
* Based on a combined average customer score
9 Customer Review(s)
“Via Alta is the perfect location in the stunning and beautiful village of Troutbeck.”
The house itself is well equipt with super comfortable beds and sofas. The views out the window are fantastic but there isn't really anywhere to sit and look out and enjoy them. The 3 en suites were very handy and even though the showers weren't powerful they did the job. The main issue for us was the lack of welcome pack which I have come to expect if a property is contending with air bnb (normally this would contain a couple of food essentials or a welcome bottle of wine etc. and maybe some ...
The house itself is well equipt with super comfortable beds and sofas. The views out the window are fantastic but there isn't really anywhere to sit and look out and enjoy them. The 3 en suites were very handy and even though the showers weren't powerful they did the job. The main issue for us was the lack of welcome pack which I have come to expect if a property is contending with air bnb (normally this would contain a couple of food essentials or a welcome bottle of wine etc. and maybe some maps and local walk suggestions). My family weren't too bothered about the next point but the carpets are very worn and are in serious need of replacing in the bedrooms and hallways, I didn't want to take my slippers off all week. There was an issue with the window not opening and they kindly sent a handyman out within the same day to sort so that was a positive. Overall we enjoyed our stay in Via Alta but for the price it should be perfect and it wasn't.- Lisa, April 2022
“Whenever I review a holiday let, I compare it to other places I've stayed and consider things I wish I'd known before I booked.”
With this in mind, I have to say that this property is not in any way dog friendly. Firstly, the garden is not secure and is surrounded by sheep so we couldn't let our dogs out, off lead, to toilet. Secondly, the property is accessed through a door that opens onto a flight of stairs. There is no space to bring the dogs in and dry them and there is nowhere to clean them before allowing them upstairs. There is nowhere to put wet/ muddy boots, coats, towels etc so arriving back at the property after being out walking in the rain (as expected in the Lakes) became extremely stressful, particularly as everywhere was carpeted. Even taking the dogs out last thing at night became a massive effort as we had to walk them on a lead then dry them at the bottom of the stairs with the door open because there was no space to close it and it was freezing cold! The bedrooms, dining room kitchen are all on the first floor which made it even more stressful - we struggled to clean them then had nowhere for them to go and lie down to fully dry off. We took blankets and towels with us (we always do) but we needed so many that we had to keep washing them which became a nuisance. There wasn't even space in the kitchen or dining room to put their bowls for water and food and there was nowhere for them to sleep. We usually enjoy holidaying with our spaniels but this experience was very stressful. It is undeniable that this is a beautiful property in a stunning location. However, it has the potential to be so much better. It completely lacks any sense of homeliness. There was no welcome pack or information pack (the first time I have ever experienced this). It was generally clean but the windows were filthy (a previous guest had written on them) and there was dust. We had to wash all of the cutlery and knives because they were dirty/sticky. The showers were pathetic. It would have been quicker to fill the sink and tip cups of water over my head. There was nowhere to put our muddy boots and wet coats when we came in. The sitting room was very comfortable and cosy and the views from every room were spectacular. It was a very short walk to the (very dog friendly) Mortal Man which was excellent. It was a great base for exploring the Lakes and we did enjoy our break. But I would never return. Being dog friendly is not simply allowing dogs to stay there; there has to be facilities for them.- Paula, April 2022
“Great stay in excellent location.”
Only issue is the small entrance but the rest of the place makes up for it.- Paul, December 2021
“We've just returned from a delightful stay at Via Alta.”
The location is stunning and quite secluded. It is one of two-three apartments in the same building with a shared garden, though we did not really see or hear the other occupants until we were checking out. It is ideally located for Windemere and Ambleside (breathtaking views can be seen of Windemere walking distance from the cottage), near the scenic Kirkstone Pass, and a good location to drive to other areas of the Lakes. One of the reasons I wanted to comment is I felt that some of the previous reviews and lack of information on the listing did make us quite apprehensive - which we were happy to find was unwarranted. Instead, we found the property to be clean, for the most part well equipped, better decor/furnishings than appeared in the photographs and from the comments. Please note that the property does have all amenities (cutlery, crockery, kitchen utensils and pans, hand-wash, toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, sponge, cleaning agents, cling film, foil, black bags, iron, ironing board, hoover) - had we known that in advance that would have been helpful; as given the reviews we had expected the worst and packed a lot of these items ourselves. We did have access to the parking area and we had no issues with WiFi or internet. The property also has a new mint leather recliner sofa set which is much nicer than the ones pictured on the site. The only significant shortcoming was that two of the showers did not work/turn on (there are 4 bathrooms in total).- Saleem, December 2021
“Overall we were happy with the accommodation, it's a spacious property in a stunning position.”
Views from every window are stunning. Beds were comfortable, however the showers in each bedroom need upgrading they are not very powerful and the water doesn't drain away, you end up stood ankle deep in water . Also the cold tap in the twin room doesn't work properly.- Alison, September 2021
“Firstly let me say,I would go back in a heartbeat.”
We absolutely loved it there...yes there were issues within the property for which we were told only a few days before we were to travel and made us very apprehensive on going. But while we were they new sofas and table and chairs were put in the house sofas were beautiful. It does need tweaking but wouldn't take much to put right so hopefully the owner will address this in coming months but overall we adored the house and its location and would say to anyone just stay here you won't be disappointed and the view WOW. All in all we loved our holiday and didn't want to leave...- Mrs Hood, September 2021
“Great location, and we had a very enjoyable holiday.”
Accommodation has some lovely spaces with great views but looks little tired: it could do with redecorating. Wifi was a little dodgey, particularly when we arrived. These faults did not detract too much from the its pluses, notably three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and a spacious living space on the top floor.- David, July 2021
“We were very disappointed with the standard of the accommodation.”
The apartment is shabby with stained carpet, scuffed and battered skirting boards and cracks in the walls. It’s saving grace is the stunning view and that there are 3 en-suite bathrooms. Other issues were: No off street parking which was advertised on the website. The driveway had been dug up and there were workman there most days. The internet was poor One of the TVs broke down There were only 4 forks for a house of 6.This was rectified after I complained. We still had an enjoyable holiday but it would have been more so had we not been so disappointed by the accommodation.- Deborah, June 2021
Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry to hear your disappointment. We appreciate the time taken to send your observations. The owner is currently engaging with Lakelovers in respect of the feedback. They have taken on board all the points you have raised and will action as soon as possible. Thank you once again for your valuable feedback and we do hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner
“To find such a large property within a central location is indeed rare especially when it includes a large well kept garden with extensive views over the fells.”
The house has all the facilities you would ever need. Highly recommended.- Good, Nov -0001
What a location! This unique Lake District character property takes its name (which means high road) from its spectacular position - just off the dramatic Kirkstone Pass. Occupying the upper 2 levels of a traditional property in Troutbeck village, Via Alta presents luxurious and spacious accommodation under splendid vaulted ceilings, warmed by a feature woodburning stove and with en-suite bathrooms in each bedroom. The views from the house are unforgettable, and the Wansfell Pike walking route is metres from the door. Walkers will be spoilt for choice, and foodies will be glad of the short stroll to the Mortal Man, serving excellent Lake District gastro pub food and real local ale. == Accommodation in detail This property is arranged over two levels with bedrooms and lounge arranged on upper two floors to take advantage of the views. Enter from ground level and ascend internal staircase to a superb living room with exposed stone wall, feature woodburning stove and vaulted ceiling with skylights. Modern, well-equipped kitchen and elegant dining area with comfortable room for 6 people. 2 double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all with en-suite bathrooms and luxurious carpet under foot. There is also an additional house bathroom, designed for a long soak after a day on the fells! There is also access to a shared garden. Location Between Ambleside and Windermere, this holiday home in Troutbeck Valley is set amidst spectacular Lakeland Fells at the start of the dramatic Kirkstone Pass road. Although popular for its unique rural landscapes, Troutbeck village is free of busy car parks, tourist centres and hectic shopsalthough a small village shop / tea room / part time post office stocks some basics. Most of the village is classed as a conservation area with many listed and National Trust owned buildings, including Townend at the edge of the village, which can be visited for a taste of Westmorland life from centuries gone by. Despite this air of escape, it's only a few minutes drive to facilities and restaurants in Windermere, the shores of Lake Windermere itself and the main road route to visit Ambleside, Rydal Water, Grasmere and beyond. A perfect Lake District self-catering base where you can escape the hustle and bustle, discover a wealth of unforgettable walks on your doorstep, and keep rainy day activities such as the Lake District visitor centre Brockhole, within easy reach. The road outside Via Alta is used to move farm animals and as such please take care when entering the property that your shoes are not soiled.
Please note: To improve the property for our guests the owners are making ongoing improvements, awaiting new carpets/flooring please contact Sykes to discuss your booking.
- Arranged over the upper two floors
- 3 x bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin room, additional house bathroom with bath, basin and wc
- Sitting room
- Dining area.
- Wood burning stove
- Electric oven with induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TVs, DVD, WiFi
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Private parking for 2 cars
- Pub nearby
- Shared garden
- Up to 2 pets welcome
- Sorry, no smoking.
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.
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About the location
Windermere 3 miles; Ambleside 4 miles.
The small Lakeland village of Troutbeck can be found between its more famous neighbours Windermere and Ambleside, close by the Kirkstone Pass. A mixture of houses, cottages and farms, the village is scattered along a narrow lane bordered by a drystone wall. Many of these buildings date back to the 17th Century with features such as mullioned windows and heavy cylindrical chimneys and the northern end boasts its own 17th century inn. Close by, the bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including the lakeside ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The ‘Windermere Steamboat Museum’ displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’ in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Troutbeck is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.
maximum 2 pets.
This property offers the following short breaks:
- Last minute
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