Confirmed guest, 2015-10-09
This comfortable apartment has lovely views over the fields from the lounge and small (double) bedroom patio doors but, being in the basement, is darker in the kitchen and master bedroom which do not face the garden and fields. The central heating is controlled by the main house and came on morning and evening but there is a smart electric fire in the lounge for other times and an oil filled timer radiator in the small bedroom so it was warm enough. The only ventilation in the latter and the lounge is by opening the patio doors but there is a deep canopy over the bedroom door. There is a lovely sitting out area just outside the flat for those sunny days, if you are lucky to get them, with a view over rolling pasture land complete with cows and sheep, and accompanying sounds and smells (which didn't bother us). The shower is good and there is a powerful extractor fan in the bathroom and big heated towel rail. It would have been useful to have instructions for the appliances (dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave) in the kitchen. Washing up by hand was a bit cramped with the single sink being in a corner by the fridge/freezer. The provision of crockery, glasses etc wasn't ideal for 4 but the new owner quickly sorted out the essentials when asked, and was keen to ensure we were happy and had everything. Being partially in the basement, it was perhaps not surprising that the wi-fi was not very good. The new owner had only been in several weeks when we arrived and made us very welcome. It seemed (e.g. by the large delivery of furniture from John Lewis) that they were still in the process of getting fully set up but, apart from the few things mentioned, we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The Cuckoo Brow Inn (2 minutes walk away) is a very good unspoilt pub both for drinks and food. Likewise, 10 minutes walk away is the Tower Bank Arms providing excellent hospitality, ale and food but you need to be there by 6pm to get a table in the small, welcoming bar. The Loweswater Gold beer brewed a mile or two away at Esthwaite was beautiful. A milkman from Town End Dairy calls daily and can deliver a wide variety of things - toilet rolls, eggs, yoghurts, tea bags, refuse sacks, Strathmore mineral water, fruit juices, bacon etc mostly at very reasonable prices. It's just a few minutes drive to the ferry to Bowness and another world altogether from this quiet little corner of Lakeland. Care is needed when leaving the house due to a sharp bend in the road but there are convex mirrors. Also if parking round the the back, near the apartment, there is a tight corner to manouvre round - not ideal for large cars but there is easier parking at the front. There are lovely walks right from the door - just bring a large scale OS map. We particularly enjoyed walking up the lake shore to Wray Castle then back via High Wray and Claife Heights and tarns - a 9.5 mile walk with 2 tea rooms and a pub at the end! This little corner of Lakeland is quiet and beautiful and, whilst we were there, seemed to enjoy a favourable micro-climate whilst most of the cloud and rain hit the mountains further north. We understand the garden pond may be removed in 2016 making it more suitable for children. Understandable, but a shame as it's an attractive feature. We would certainly like to return here for another holiday. Thank you Damian.