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Steven Brierley

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, french, german, italian

Beautiful 18th Century Oak Beamed Cottage in the Lake District near Windermere

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Crosthwaite and Lyth holiday cottage

Cottage near Lake Windermere, Lyth Valley, Lake District National Park - Peaceful Location In Small Hamlet, 5 Miles From Lake Windermere In The Beautiful Lyth Valley

The Peat House is in the small hamlet of Row in the Lyth Valley which is featured in the Lonely Planet Beautiful World book of the 200 most beautiful places. The cottage stands on the bottom edge of Whitbarrow Scar with magnificent views in all directions. Surrounded by damson orchards, fields and trees it's a rather special place. Our local pub the Lyth Valley is just 10 minutes walk and offers their own real ales and great food and the dining terrace has spectacular views across the valley. Many of the well known attractions of the Lake District are within easy reach, yet the cottage feels far from the hustle and bustle. We set out to create a home from home - our own experiences of self catering holidays have been very variable - so our aim was to achieve a very high standard of comfort and facilities. The cottage was designed and furnished with your every need and comfort in mind, using only high quality furniture, fittings and equipment. The Peat House is inspected by Quality in Tourism on behalf of Visit England, who have very high standards for holiday homes and was awarded a 4 star grading in January 2016. Sorry we don't accept pets and the property is no smoking.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steven Brierley (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks english, french, german, italian

About Steven Brierley

Born in Yorkshire but lived in London and Cheshire with work, decided to move to the Lakes for quality of life - and found it! We love living here having moved here in 2003, my wife works nearby in Kendal and my daughter attends the local sixth form college.

Steven Brierley purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Steven Brierley chose England

Wonderful location in a small hamlet, loved the house the moment we saw it, had such character but needed at lot of work. Spent a year renovating and changing the cottage, which was a major undertaking. Did most of the work myself, kept me fit but felt exhausted at times having a full time job as well.

What makes this cottage unique

Near to all that the Lakes has to offer but away from the busy towns. Lovely oak beams and a wood burner make for perfect evenings. Walking from the door is great and the local pubs and restaurants are ideal for a relaxing holiday. Our visitors come back again and again and write such nice things in our visitors book.

Guestbook comments from the manager

31st Aug 2013

Lovely peaceful cottage just what we needed. Wonderful to receive a welcome pack, best we have ever had. Everything you need, Home from Home and very comfy. Debbie & Rod Waltham Abbey

13th July 2013

We had a great time in your lovely cottage, so much to see and do and we so lucky to be here in a heat wave! thanks for everything. Des & Julie

22nd June 2013

Wonderful time and a wonderful place. The Peat House is a home from home XX. Graham, Karen & James Milton Keynes

25th May 2013

Very relaxing & enjoyable break from the moment we walked into the cottage. Peaceful location away from the bustle of the main tourist areas. Everything provided for comfortable self catering holiday plus many extra touches that set it apart from the rest. We will definitely be coming back again.

Paul, Wendy & Ben Lincoln

27th Jan 2013

Wonderful cottage and perfect location to explore the Lakes. Great walks + some beautiful cosy pubs - Mason Arms a must. Kirston, Julian + Martha
Feb 2011
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Beautiful 18th Century Oak Beamed Cottage in the Lake District near Windermere
average rating of 4.882353 based on 18 reviews

Fabulous, exceptionally well equipped and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful find ! Great location, spotlessly clean and equipped and furnished to an exceptionally high standard.

Highly recommended and the welcome goodie pack was very much appreciated !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage in excellent location

  • 4 of 5

This was a great find, as I always struggle to find a place with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (at a reasonable price). The cottage is in a great, quiet location, with walks from the doorstep. Although the weather wasn't great we still managed to get out on 3 walks, the autumn colours were stunning. The cottage is well equipped, and very cosy (double bed was very comfortable). We would certainly like to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the cottage so much, sorry about the weather which was rather wet during your stay. Regards Steven & Lorraine
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Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very impressive. This cottage is a bit like a Tardis- bigger inside once you open the front door. Very comfortable beds and full ensuite to each of the two bedrooms. We had a warm welcome from the owner and there was plenty of information leafets and books on the surrounding area to hand. We appreciated the HD TV, blu-ray player ( a number of films to watch ) and wifi for the childen. Kitchen was well equiped too with washer/dryer and dishwasher.

Lovely and quiet at night. You will need a car to get around ( or bikes - there is storage in the attached log store ). There are boat rides and a steam train around nearby Lake Windermere. Bowness on Windermere provides a thriving town with places to eat out as do pubs in the area.

We only stayed for a week, I wish it was two.Would recommend this cottage for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review, we are so glad you had such a nice time. Regards Steven & Lorraine
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Idyllic Haven

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was even better than we expected. All the comforts of home in a beautiful setting. Ideally located for Windermere, Kendal & the whole of the South Lakes area. Steven & Lorraine were warm, friendly & very welcoming. Nice touch having Tea, Coffee & Milk waiting for us. Very comprehensive information folders about the cottage itself, places to eat & drink locally and a HUGE file of info about walks & days out etc. Thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing week. Would certainly recommend to friends & would love to return ourselves. Thank you Steven & Lorraine. Kind Regards, Phil & Joy.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Phil and Joy, Thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to be of help, we are very pleased you had such a nice time. Regards Steven & Lorraine
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  • 5 of 5

My daughter took me here on Thursday 26/2 for my birthday weekend, my birthday being on the Friday 27/2, and we arrived quite late, dropped our stuff off and wandered around and found a good Chinese take out - Jumbos - which was yummy. Got back sorted our stuff out and collapsed into the comfiest bed I have ever slept in. Next morning my daughter brought me coffe in bed and I got up, showered in the beautiful ensuite, got ready and went up to the kitchen to find pressies on the table, and cards and she had brought croissants, butter, jam and oj for breks. Then we went out for the day.

Went all over the place, totally gobsmacked with the scenery, had a great lunch at the Apple Pie Café in Keswick and were so stuffed we didn't go out for my "birthday meal" that night but stayed in and had a sort of buffet, listened to music and played backgammon, slept like a log. Sat up and had hot cross buns which we got at the Apple Pie Café homemade - gorgeous! then out fo the day again then back to find somewhere to have my birthday meal and found a place called the Brown Horse - best meal I have had in a long while!

All in all one of the best weekends I have had in along while, really good quality mum/daughter time in the most amazing little house which had everything you could possibly want and was spotless, comfy, cosy and homely.

Stephen and Lorraine (I hope I have got the names right!) thank you for helping me to have one of the best birthday weekends in a long time. And I am hoping my daughter will take me back there again some time in the not too distant future.

In fact if I ever want to go off on my own (which I sometimes do), I would come there and just stay there on my own and go out in the daytime to explore and come back in the evening and make summat nice to eat (or get a take out!!) and have a nice eve watching one of the many and varied dvds you have there!

It was a wonderful weekend and the little house was brilliant. Thank you.

All the best

Laura Bones (and Lindsay Wallace!).

I would have given it a 10/5 if I could!!!


  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura, we are delighted you had such a nice time in the Lakes and that you enjoyed your time at the cottage so much. Kind regards Steven & Lorraine
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Hidden Gem in the Lyth Valley

  • 5 of 5

A lovely quaint cottage in the Lyth valley which was exactly as described. Two large bedrooms (ensuite) and an open plan living space.

A very quiet hamlet but also close enough to all the main towns and attractions across the Lakes and southern peninsular.

Very warm welcome from Steven and the welcome pack and logs for the burner were a very nice touch. Highly recommended for a relaxing weeks away in the Lakes.

Plenty of great Inns and gastro-pubs close by as well.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, glad to hear you had such a nice time and liked the cottage so much. Kind Regards Steven & Lorraine
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Car: necessary


For those travelling by car to the area, leave the M6 at junction 36 and after just 15 minutes on the A590/A5074 you arrive at the cottage. There are good links by coach, bus and rail to the area and a direct link to Windermere by rail from Manchester Airport, but you will need a taxi for the last part of your journey.


Lake Windermere 4 miles, Bowness on Windermere 5 miles, Kendal 6 miles, Ambleside 8 miles.

Further Details:

The whole fell behind the house has numerous walks all through outstanding scenery. There is a small wood 5 minutes walk away with lovely wild flowers which has been designated SSSI status. From the cottage it's possible to follow the bridal path around Whitbarrow Scar into the Winster valley and from there enjoy a drink or meal at the Masons Arms or the Hare & Hounds at Bowland Bridge. Lots of other great pubs in the area with outstanding food - see our web site. In Windermere, Ambleside and Ulverston there are many attractions to visit and things to do - all within a short drive by car.

The Peat House has full leisure club membership at the Damson Dene Hotel which allows up to four people free access to the leisure club, please take your own towels. The facilities include a swimming pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room and gym, it's 10 minutes drive from the cottage.

In Bowland Bridge which is 10 minutes by car there is a local shop. The farm shop near the cottage opens Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering vegetables and fruit. In Windermere there is a Booths supermarket which is very similar to Waitrose and a Morrisons plus there is a Tesco Express in Bowness which is open from 6am to 11pm. Further away in Kendal there is a large Asda and a Morrisons supermarket. The nearest large Tesco is in Carnforth where you can also order on line deliveries to the Peat House from Sainsburys will deliver on line orders as do Asda.

Children are very welcome and we have catered for their special needs.

We can provide a cot (you need to bring your own bedding), highchair and all the safety equipment you might need - you only need to let us know and they will be ready for you. The decking area is particularly safe with lockable gates to prevent access to the bridal path and lane. We have those small but important items you may have forgotten to bring, such as a night light, children's cutlery.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Crosthwaite and Lyth, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 18
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 20
29 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 22
5 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 23
26 Nov 2016 - 2 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 25
3 Dec 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 26
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To book the cottage or for more information please phone Steven and Lorraine Brierley on (0044) 015395 68172 or e-mail us. We will confirm the very latest availability and rates which are also shown on our web site. To secure the cottage we take a £100 deposit followed by the final payment 10 weeks before the arrival date.
If you wish to pay by credit or debit card we can only take bookings over the phone, please don't e-mail your credit card details to us! We also accept BACS and cheques.

Changeover Day:
Saturday for week long holidays from March to October in peak season. Short breaks Monday-Friday and Friday to Monday in November to February excluding Christmas & New Year. All holidays are departure at 10am and arrival at 4pm

Notes on prices:
Rates are from £295 to £650 per week or £207 to £437 for a short break.
Saturday start date for week long holidays from March to October. Short breaks Monday-Friday and Friday to Monday in November to February excluding Christmas & New Year.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Crosthwaite and Lyth, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • En-suite with whirlpool bath and shower over to bedroom 1, en-suite with bath and shower over to bedroom 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) plus cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size brass bed with Christy beddding and en-suite. Bedroom 2 with two single beds with Christy bedding and en-suite. Cot available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage has central heating and each room has it's own thermostatically controlled radiator. The heating, electricity and a starter quantity of logs for the wood burning stove are included in the rental price. We provide duvets for the beds with high quality covers and pillows. Soft cotton hand and bath towels are supplied for 4 people. All linen and towels are included at no extra charge. Welcome pack - you will find milk in the fridge, tea, coffee, biscuits and a complimentary bottle of wine. We also provide starter quantities of dishwasher tablets, bin liners and kitchen and toilet rolls. Sorry no pets and we are strictly no smoking. Outside: Large decked area with rattan glass top table, rattan chairs, outdoor storage box bench and a large parasol to provide shade plus a gas barbecue with gas provided. The outside storage room can be used to safely store any bikes or toys you bring. Off road parking space reserved for two cars and on street parking is not a problem. Very safe for children with lockable gate. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide at no charge all the linen and towels which are changed weekly and our housekeeper prepares the cottage before your stay.