Anvil Cottage sleeps 6 and is located opposite the former home of Beatrix Potter, the cottage has an open fire great for winters evenings, whilst the small garden is ideal for those warm summer nights.
Near Sawrey is located on the western side of Lake Windermere, 2 miles south of Hawkshead and 5 miles east of Coniston. The local area is steeped in history and is well known for its association with Beatrix Potter who lived opposite at ‘Hill Top'. Close by there are numerous off road walks and mountain bike routes including Grisedale north shore trails.
Anvil Cottage, once the village bakery and more recently known as Molly G...reen's Tea Room is a well appointed, double fronted, traditional Lakeland stone cottage centrally located in the village within 100 yards of the Tower Bank Arms, as featured in Beatrix Potters books. The cottage is well equipped for modern day living but has retained much of its original features with slate flagged floors and coal fire.
The cottage has oil fired central heating and comprises:
* Lounge with slate flagged floor, coal fire, colour TV with Sky family package and DVD player.
* Dining room with CD player.
* Kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
* Utility room with washer/dryer. Shower room with hand basin and WC.
* First Floor: Two double bedrooms one with colour TV, video and payphone.
* Family bedroom with single and bunk beds.
* Bathroom with hand basin and WC.
* All oil, electric, coal, logs and bed linen included.
* 2 cots and highchairs available.
* Small enclosed secure garden ideal for pets and children and driveway with parking for one car and single garage.
Additional amenities include: october half term availability, garden or outdoor area, no. bathrooms: 2, pets yes: 3 dogs, dog friendly, changeover saturday, pets yes, lakes cottage holidays 3*, may half term availability, christmas and new year availability, parking facilities: private parking, easter availability, february half term availability, sleeps 6, valentine availability, open fire yes, bedrooms 3: 1, summer school holidays, pets yes: 1 dog, price i from £480 pw, open fire/stove: open fire, star grading: 3*, grasmere and langdale, no. bedrooms: 3, bathrooms 2: 1, pets yes: 2 dogs.Read more
All prices include all taxes, gas, electric and bed linen. Please check property description to see if towels, logs, coal and cots are included free of charge or at a supplement. If a pet friendly property, the charge is £20 per pet per week/part week. Please telephone or email us for short break availability and prices.
Delightfull Lakes Retreat but a tight fit if fully occupied.
Left on 12/09/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | Ian W
Lovely charming cottage in a delightfull Lakeland hamlet. Well equiped and furnished, cosy, and full of character. Ticked all our boxes. Having said that we were a party of four and the cottage is advertised as sleeping seven, which it can do. However I am at a loss to see how seven people could sit comfortably in the sitting room or around the dining table. The sitting room especially would require extra seating and that would be a tight fit to say the least. That said, for four people it is perfect, five would be OK but anymore and the comfort score would drop considerably and you need to be very good friends! No problems with the booking process, efficeint and helpfull. Lovely pub almost across the road and some lovely walks all around. We would definately return and highly recommend but watch your occupancy. Read more
We are delighted you enjoyed the characterful features the property has to offer and the location of the cottage to the local walks and the pub.
Lakes Cottage Holidays advertise Anvil Cottage to sleep 6, even though there are 7 beds. This is for guests to be able to decide their sleeping arrangements with 2 double beds, a single bed and bunk beds and there are 6 chairs around the dining room table.
We are pleased you will be returning to Anvil Cottage in the future and Lakes Cottage Holidays look forward to welcoming you back!
Lakes Cottage Holidays
Paul & Jan
Biggin Hill, Kent
Should have been so much better.
Left on 06/21/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Paul & Jan
The service from the ambleside Office staff was excellent and very helpfu1. We were not allowed into the cottage on the first day due to a problem on the central heating system, which turned out to be air in a radiator! On moving into anvil Cottage we found it generally dirty and told the office. A cleaner was sent next day. Crockery was plentiful but most of it was chipped or cracked. Mugs were left dirty and some were chipped. Only one saucepan lid had a knob on and this dropped off during our stay and couldn't be repaired, so we left it beside the cooker. The fridge/freezer was said to be broken and so another was put in the utility room. This was unnecessary as the original one's drainage hole was blocked. Problem soon sorted. Who checks these things? There is a television in an upstairs bedroom but this is tuned to the one in the living room and can only show the same programme as the one downstairs. If the downstairs TV is switched off then the upstairs one is off too. The washer/dryer advertised in the cottage details is actually only a washing machine. The CD/radio in the dining room did not work at all. Garage door impossible to open.
All in all the house is large, a bit shabby but homely and is sadly in need of some attention. Water pours down outside the utility room wall during heavy rainfall, because of broken guttering. It's a shame that this cottage has such an interesting history yet seems to be suffering from a certain amount of neglect. It could be a really stunning property given its position and size. Nice tiny garden but grass needed cutting. We loved the location and did as many walks from the door as weather permitted. Walk to the ferry then across to Bowness for a great day out - really enjoyable. Catch the bus back from the ferry 'cos its mainly uphill on the return! An excellent pub across the road from cottage with good food. Hawkshead, has good shops, pubs and is a great starting place for walks with wonderful views.
Cosy cottage in a lovely location
Left on 06/20/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Cath
Can't speak highly enough of anvil Cottage. The location is perfect, the cottage is cosy and very well equipped.
The kitchen despite not having a dishwasher has everything you need to make it a home from home - lots of crockery and kitchen utensils - things which are sometimes missing from holiday cottages.
The garden is very dog proof - we have a border terrier who is happy to escape given any chance but even he couldn't find a way out.
The village is busy because of Hill Top opposite - but when all the tourists have gone its lovely to sit in the garden and listen to the birds.
At times during our stay we were 5 adults in the house and there was plenty of room for everyone - and having the downstairs shower room really helped.
Welton, East Yorkshire
Quaint and quiet cottage
Left on 04/22/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | The Allisons
We booked last minute, and were delighted with the cottage. It is opposite a fab pub and in a quiet but convenient location for visiting Hawkshead, Ambleside etc. We had a problem with the heating, but the owner responded promptly and it was fixed within hours.
Rustic Cottage Experience
Left on 03/27/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Ali Broom
Right from the start the Cottage Holiday Group offered one of the best customer service I have ever experienced. Booking was exceptionally easy with very friendly staff. We had an issue on the second day of our holiday with the heating and one call to them and they had organised someone to come and help get it fixed. They also called back to check we were happy.
The cottage itself was brilliantly located, Nr Sawrey is a really good base to explore the lakes from. Anvil Cottage is pretty much opposite Hilltop and the local pub just up the road. The cottage is definitely rustic, which to me lends to the experience but has all the facilities needed.
The local pub serves excellent food at a very reasonable price.
Good walks such as up to Moss Eccles Tarn and beyond.
Esthwaite water(just a short walk) offers the opportunity for some trout fishing with very helpful staff to give you tips.
Hawkshead has some small shops that you can get supplies from but I would recommend a trip to ambleside and get some local meat from the butchers(always have to get Cumberland Sausages) and some excellent bread from the bakers
We have been to the lakes quite a few times now, and this cottage and location is up there with the best. The customer service was far and away the best we have ever experienced with any holiday booking.
The best thing about the holiday was the location and the sheer bliss of getting away from the rat race. The worst was the weather but you learn to except that in the Lakes in March. Losing the Central Heating for a day was bad, but this led to the positive of meeting a really nice local property caretaker whose family had lived there for generations and whose family new Beatrix Potter.
We got a really good deal on a last minute break, and even at full price this is a good choice for a stay in the Lakes as long as you are not expecting a modern accommodation. But then why would you go to the Lakes for this.
Left on 08/17/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | S Smith
Anvil Cottage was set in the most perfect location, the beautiful village of Near Sawrey - pub within spitting distance, beautiful walks literally on your doorstep - couldn't have been a more perfect setting. The cottage on the outside was ideal, however, internally it is in need of modernising and revamping! Everything was clean and tidy, but the decor and furnishings need reviving. The bedrooms were light and airy, and bathroom was perfectly adequate, however, the main sitting room/dining room and kitchen need a face lift. If the cottage had been better presented internally we would book for our next holiday, as it was, unfortunately we won't be returning.
Left on 07/22/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Roy Wright
My wife contacted you by telephone to tell you some of the things which were wrong with the property i.e. Cd player not working, light bulbs not working, some TV remotes not working, instructions needed for the oven, guttering overflowing onto people below and general state of maintenance.
Was warm and comfortable, but we could not recommend it to anyone else because of the above
Nice cottage, good location but kitchen below standard
Left on 06/16/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Dom
Nice location and cottage was nice and clean... But fridge had no shelves in door which meant a massive loss of space for chilled food which is a problem with 6 hungry people in the house. Also lack of storage in kitchen - cupboards could do with a de-clutter to provide guests with more storage space for food.
Plenty of coal and logs though which was a bonus as we had some chilly evenings. Generally house could do with a bit of tlc compared to some other cottages we have stayed in recently in this price bracket.
Left on 06/06/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Louise
fabulous location for walks. Good local pub. Nice enclosed garden. Leaky gutterings that were a problem when opening/closing the gates. Bedding very poor ie soiled/stained. Nice open fire with unlimited fuel. Dark decor and low enery light bulbs so couldn't see to read except on window seats.
Warm, Relaxing, Refreshed and left wanting more.
Left on 05/25/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Carol Foster
Anvil Cottage in Sawrey, is a beautiful well equiped cottage, decor is a little dated but very comfortable, with lots of room for a large family. Two bathrooms one upstairs which has a large bath for long soaks and one downstairs with a large shower with pleny of hot water. Outside the front door turn right for a mile walk to Moss Eccles Tarn where Beatrix Potter kept a rowing boat. Turn left to the Tower Bank arms and Hill top. In walking distance to Hakeshead Village which is highly recommended. Short drive to Wray Castle and ambleside or a Ferry to Windermere. Can't rate this cottage high enough. Very clean and cosy, can't wait to go again, perfectly postioned for days out in the car or for long walks, with plenty of logs and coal for an open fire. Anyone staying in this property will have a wonderful time. Close to all the Southern lakes, The Langdales and Tarn Howls, which is a 10 min car ride and and a great find. My family and I visit the lakes fron Kent about 4 times a year and to date this has been our favourite stay.
Great location for all things Lake District
Left on 05/23/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Smith family
Ideal location for all of the Lake District's biggest adverts. Stunning senery, beautiful villages and friendly people (there is a very friendly pub across the road).
The cottage is typical of the region, not too modern, very cosy and a great base to explore the surrounding country. The cottage was clean and plenty of coal/wood for the open fire. Dog friendly as was the pub with secure garden. Parking here is a bonus with Beatrix Potter Hill Top home adjacent, therefore garage most welcome.
martyn & dinah
Lovely warm welcoming cottage we will come again
Left on 04/10/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | martyn & dinah
The holiday was good fun lovely walks dog friendly and a fantastic pub what more could you wish for
Paul and Melanie
Left on 03/11/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | Paul and Melanie
I telephoned Cottage Holiday Group and asked about booking anvil Cottage from the thursday night to tuesday morning, not a problem, unlike some other rental agents, who asked for a full weeks booking starting from the saturday, they were extremly helpfull and most plesant. The cottage is fully equipt, well maintained and well apointed, everything you require is available in the cottage, from a phone charger for a nokia 6510 to any amount off cooking and domestic equipment, local information about walks and places to visit,to the best takeaways and even the delivery drivers name at the local tesco's. The inside is spotlessly clean, had a fire already laid out just ready to throw on a match (supplied in a draw)not that is was cold enough, the cottage is lovely and toasty. The enclosed garden was superb for Jackson our springer, there is ample off road parking with a private drive at the side of the cottage and even a garage.Don't let the cottage photo's influence your choise, you will more than enjoy your stay at anvil Cottage, and don't forget the pub is only 50 yards away. Thank you Cottage Holliday Group.
Lovely comfortable cottage combining old world charm and modern
Left on 01/07/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | Marie Newman
We had a great time overall. The accommodation is great with an open fire, central heating and two bathrooms - bliss!. The local dairy service is a boon and the pub couldn't be nearer. Lots of walks with the dogs and lovely scenery. We will return.
idillic location with excellent pub in walking distance
Left on 11/17/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | Gill
We have stayed at anvil Cottage before and couldnt wait to retrun. The cottge is in an excellent location for many great walks within the lakes and also great walks from the cottage itself.
The cottage is very well equiped with a lovely open fire, it is very comfortble and cosy.
Anadded bonus is the location of the pub whihc can be seen from the cottage, very friendly with great real ales and excellent food
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