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Self Catering in Cumbria - Roa Island

Roa Island House
Roa Island
LA13 0QL

Roa Island House, Roa Island, Cumbria

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Sykes Cottages
Telephone Sykes Cottages booking line   01244 352 197

Sleeps a maximum of: 16

Pricing From: £2217.00

This large detached property is situated on Roa Island, six miles from Ulverston in the Lake District and sleeps upto sixteen people in seven bedrooms.

Roa Island House is a wonderful large detached property set on Roa Island, six miles from Ulverston in the Lake District. This cottage sleeps up to sixteen people and has seven bedrooms consisting of one ground floor super king-size double (can be made into a twin), one ground floor double, one king-size double with en-suite bath and small office, one king-size double with en-suite bath, two double with en-suite showers and one twin (can be made into a super king-size double) with fold out bed, as well as a ground floor family bathroom. This cottage also has a kitchen with dining area (seats 8) and conservatory (seats 12), dining room (seats 16), sitting room with open fire (seats 14), second floor observation tower with sofabed and a summer room (seats 8) with games and pool table.

Outside, this cottage has off road parking for eight cars and lawned grounds with hot tub, furniture and BBQ. Roa Island House is perfect for a special occasion with family and friends at any time of year.


Be careful
Be very careful booking this house It's quite expensive for what you get We booked for parents birthday and was a nightmare start to finish Hot tub was not working when we got there Decorations from previous guests were still up Then to top everything both downstairs toilets blocked people came to in block the drains but couldn?t so my parents had to stay in a hotel over night Due to all the rubbish that came up from the drains and no one cleaning it we had no downstairs shower room for 3 days not ideal when you have disabled parents Owner completely unhelpful and handy man was so aggressive was disgusting I would never book with these people again who also own other properties They think it's ok to take your money with no support what so ever

Overall more than expected
Having read the reviews before staying in this house we were very sceptical about what we may find. Overall we must admit there isn?t a great deal to complain about. It is a very good space for large groups gorgeous well kept outdoor areas too. Plenty of space for parking and a lovely cafe (bosuns locker) selling tasty food on your doorstep. Admittedly some of the rooms could do with a bit of redecoration but we?d fairly say that odd scuff marks on walls etc should be expected in a house of this size to be fair. As for cleanliness we had no issues 10/10 all round and found it helpful to have a 24hour call out number to use for any issues we found. (Fortunately we did not have to ring but was nice to know it was there should we need it) Some of the mattresses were uncomfortable but we?d say that overall for us the good points far outweighed any bad! Would recommend and certainly book again.

Unmaintained drains, mice and rather pricey !
As a large multi-family group we found the very large house somewhat dated and requiring a more usable kitchen space for large groups. Double beds really have been squeezed into some of the rooms. Great location but cleanliness and broken and poorly maintained features let it down. Sykes cottages resolved drain eventually but the mice are probably a longer term problem related to the size/age or property, and the apparent inability of cleaning team to get to grips with the property between rentals. Lost possessions of previous renters were found under beds, etc, in the dust... A rather scathing review was (understandably) provided to Sykes but over 2 weeks later that commentary does not appear to have made it to their website. Cannot fault the location for interest, visit to the pub on Piel Island is a must. However, our view is that for the money being asked, you may wish to find somewhere else to stay. We will not be returning to Roa Island House under the current terms.

Arriving at the house we found the fridge and freezer dirty, which we had to clean ourselves before putting our own food in there,we found broken glasses also out of date mouldy mushrooms packet of uncle bens rice and old opened drinks. Clearly the cleaning team aren?t cleaning these properties properly. The rooms weren?t as nice as the pictures they show also are very tiny and smell because of the condensation. The beds are the worst! Not comfy and very old The beds were springy and despite request for a mattress topper they did not provide any. There are no locks on any of the doors,doors in the house are very heavy not all doors had stoppers it's very dangerous for little children as there was a risk of them catching fingers in them. One of the children caught her fingers on the dining room door which as well as being heavy it also shuts very fast. Not happy had to be on alert at all times. The living rooms and dining rooms are very backdated, dark, dingy and the house just smelt weird. Only good thing about this house was the view from the garden. We also saw mice in the conservatory, Also we got charged £50 for a lamp which we ?apparently broke!? And from reading reviews here I can see other people got charged for the same thing! Be careful of staying at this place because you will be charged for things you didn?t do! Will definitely not be returning here. In a nutshell I would not recommend staying here for families with young kids.

Not as fun or relaxing as I thought it would be!
This was meant to be a lovely relaxing family holiday but unfortunately it was a little bit far from it. About 15 minutes after our arrival to the house our Tesco order arrived, when we went to put all our food away in the fridge/freezer we saw that it was not clean & so we had to wipe down & clean the whole insides ourselves. We also noticed a couple of glasses had chips in them, the glasses are very thin & flimsy I might add so it's no wonder that getting a chip or a crack in one of them is very easy. Although there are plenty of plates, cups & cutlery they did not have enough pots & pans to cater for a large family (good thing we took a few of our own). You might ask so what but this property is advertised as self-catering & able to accommodate large families of up to 16 (which we were) so plenty of large saucepans to cook in should be provided. The bedrooms were not as big as they looked in the pictures, the beds were awful, the room that had the king size bed in was the worst, the mattress was so thin & springy I found it hard to sleep the whole 7 nights I was there, I did phone up Sykes & asked for a mattress topper or something but nothing was provided, it left my husband & I with very bad backache afterwards. The room that had twin beds made into one queen size bed was very uncomfortable too, I assumed that when you put two beds together the mattress that is on top is a queen size one too or at least a topper of some sort but no, it just had a bedsheet over it so when you lie on it you can feel the crevice against your back which meant the couple who shared the bed with their toddler didn?t sleep well either. I have to mention the en-suites in 3 of the bedrooms, they looked like they were built into the rooms & none of them had any sort of air vent or ventilation or a window to open, so if you had a shower there was a damp smell lingering afterwards presumably from the condensation. There was an incident that happened to us on the day we arrived too, we noticed a couple of lads looking over the garden wall watching us (the wall is waist high), they were stood watching for a good 8-10 minutes so my sister & her husband went out to approach them, the lads saw them & ran to which they followed them & saw them run into a black car & speed off. This is a very scary & unnerving incident, we thought we would lock all the doors & try to just get on with our holiday but we noticed that the front door only had the one lock which was used to enter the house with, there were no extra dead bolts or anything to make it more secure, the back door also didn?t have any extra locks either. Even though we had no more incidents we still didn?t feel as safe as we could have felt. The only good thing about this holiday was the view out to the sea, it's very picturesque. Another thing I also do have to mention which I think is very suspicious is that 7 days after we came back from Roa Island House I got an email saying that I had apparently broken a lamp & left it on the kitchen table, & so £50 had been taken from my account. They sent me a picture of the said broken lamp but I was shocked as we had left the house as we had found it, even cleaned it too before we left. The suspicious thing is that there is another person who stayed here before us & was accused of doing the same thing, breaking a lamp & leaving it on the kitchen table & having £50 taken from their account. Strange this coincidence don't you think? So based on all these experience's my family & I won?t be returning here.



Parking Space Parking Space
Jacuzzi Jacuzzi
Sauna Sauna
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
High Chair High Chair
Cot Cot
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Double Beds

Twin Beds


Gas central heating with open fire in sitting room and wood burner in bedroom
Electric double oven, gas hob, additional electric oven, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 7 x TVs, 1 with Freeview/DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games/DVDs
Fuel, power and starter packs for open fire and wood burner inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Travel cot and highchairs available
Lawned grounds with roof covered hot tub, furniture and BBQ
Wood fired sauna that can sit 6 people
Off road parking for 8 cars
This property accepts 2 well behaved dogs
Sorry no smoking
Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile
Note: Hot tub unavailable from 3pm on Thursdays for weekly cleaning/maintenance
Note: No stag/ hen parties or similar at this property
Note: Roa Island is reached via a tarmac causeway
From 27/1/2022 some of the utility needs of the property are met by a provider who sources their energies from renewable sources and is carbon neutral, this process will be completed by around the middle of 2022
All waste is already collected, then checked and separated by our waste disposal provider and the highest degree of recycling is thus assured
Charging of electric vehicles (including bikes) is not permitted at this property, if electric charging is detected a charge of 100 will be deducted from the Good housekeeping bond
This property has a 450 Good housekeeping bond
Please note: There is an 11 pm curfew at this property after which time all guests must stop using the hot tub and strictly observe the hours of rest and not cause any form of disturbance to neighbours
Guests found to be in breach of these rules will be asked to leave the property with no refund given

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Piel Castle - 0.9 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Dock Museum - 3.7 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Bow Bridge - 4 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Gleaston Mill - 4.1 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Furness Abbey - 4.3 miles (Abbey) Heritage Rating

Gleaston Castle - 4.4 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Dalton Castle - 5.6 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Swarthmoor Hall - 8.3 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Laurel and Hardy Museum - 8.9 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

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