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Anvil Cottage
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Anvil Cottage, Sawrey, Cumbria

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Sleeps a maximum of: 6

Pricing From: £509.00

This fabulous pet friendly Lakeland cottage is located in the village of Near Sawrey in the Lake District National Park and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.

Anvil Cottage is a picture-perfect cottage located in Near Sawrey, opposite Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house. Sleeping 6 people in two double bedrooms and a family room, there's a family bathroom and a ground floor shower room, both with hand basin and WC. On the ground floor there's a charming lounge with multifuel burner and separate dining room plus a fully equipped kitchen and separate utility room.

The fully enclosed garden is ideal for children and pets, and off-road parking for one car is provided. Located in the heart of the stunning Lake District, just 100 yards from an excellent pub/restaurant, Anvil Cottage is an ideal family holiday location at any time of year.

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Nice stay but the cottage is in a very busy location and needs some TLC
The house provided a comfortable stay for visiting the lake district and surrounding areas. The interior was a little dated, and the garden wasn't really as advertised. The gardening had not been done for a long while and as such was not very pleasant to sit out there, and it isn't very private as passers by on the street can see into it. House was right in the centre of the village opposite Hill Top and as such a lot of tourists were outside taking pictures of the house and looking through the windows. One tourist actually walked right through the front door and when asked to leave demanded to know 'if this cottage is private then why is it in the national trust brochure?!' Safe to say we kept the front door locked from then on. Parking situation was also a bit tricky, and although the kitchen was mostly acceptable, the fridge had a really strong odour that made it very unpleasant every time you opened it. Other than this the cottage was extremely clean. Overall a nice stay but not as private as we would have liked, and the house could really do with a bit of TLC I think. Also could have done with WiFi as phone signal is non-existent inside the house.

Perfect Location and steeped in Peter Rabbit et al history but could do with a little attention
Had a lovely week and indeed the cottage and Near Sawrey are a great place to explore The lakes from with Hawkshead in easy reach and a brilliant pub over the road. The cottage itself is spacious with two parking spaces, good heating and hot water (electric shower) and a wood burner. Also a lovely little back garden, two Tvs, DVDs and plenty of books. There is also an excellent service from the local Milkman each morning. We did however have a couple of problems, firstly the overwhelming smell of "dog" on arrival. On contactng the agent they did explain that the owner had recently stayed with their three dogs and then send a cleaner in the following day; eventually the smell did recede or indeed we got used to it. As dog owners ourselves we are used to a little eau du dog but this was somewhat overhwhelming at first. Secondly and far more of a problem was the fridge that no matter how many times we cleaner maintained a constant smell of "damp". Subsequently anything we put in the fridge also smelt hence the kids' lunchboxes and then the rucksack we put them in. Upon opening the fridge the smell would permeate throughout the kitchen. Again, we mentioned this but short of providing a new fridge, not a lot could be done. We did receive a sincere apology and although this didn't really spoil our holiday opening the fridge was not somehting we looked forward to. On the whole a lovely week but a little bit on the smelly side

Set in the Heart of the Lakes Home from Home
We have stayed many times at Anvil Cottage. and it was so nice to return again this year, the owners have spent some time and money which has added to the warm experience. It is set in the heart of breathtaking village of Near Sawrey and is a must stay. We spent our time visiting all the local towns as this are a short journey from Anvil. It was great to return to a warm house and settle in for the evening after a visit to the Tower Bank or Cuckoo Brow Inn. I have written a review on these must eat and Drink, Tower Bank has lifted its game and this is down to Jimmy (Scottish) he is a warm and friendly Bar Manager,, his service makes you feel at home in the village. So if you would like to be in the heart of the Lakes with walks on your doorstep and Pubs and in Home from Home property this is a great place to stay

Wonderful location but some improvements needed
We have just come back from a wonderful week in the Lakes with the in-laws. Anvil Cottage is in a lovely location opposite Hill Top and the Tower Bank Arms, so perfect for Beatrix Potter enthusiasts. It provided us with a good base for exploring the area, with places like Kirkstone, Derwent Water and Ullswater not too far away. The cottage is a good size for four and was comfortable enough, but improvements are needed. It was not particularly clean when we arrived; there were cobwebs around the skirting boards and we found a plaster under one of the beds. We actually gave the place a good hoover before we left and decided it looked better than when we arrived! The furniture is old and tired; one of the wardrobe handles is broken and some cupboard doors do not shut properly. The radio in the dining room doesn't work. We felt that Wi-Fi would have been useful; I understand that people want to get away from it all in such a beautiful location, but in that case some detailed walking guides would have been welcome as we couldn't get on line to check the immediate area. There is not much in the cottage apart from tourist leaflets. Mobile signal is also poor so no 4G. However, you can get Wi-Fi at the Tower Bank. Very little is provided for guests except bed linen and firewood, so you do need to bring essentials such as washing up liquid, loo rolls and towels. Supermarkets are available in Hawkshead and Ambleside. Milk is delivered daily but you are billed at the end of your stay. The cottage seemed expensive but you are paying for the location. With a little extra thought given to guests' comfort it would have been perfect.

So good we're going back
Some previous reviews left us worried but they should be ignored. We had a great week, grown up family and dogs, lovely walks, great food within walking distance and Anvil Cottage provided a great base. This accommodation is homely, clean and very comfortable, and provides everything that is needed for a relaxing week away including a small private garden.



Parking Space Parking Space
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


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Oil fired central heating and multifuel burner
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, satellite TV, WIFI CD player
Oil, electricity, coal, logs, bed linen and towels included in the rent
Cot and highchair available
Enclosed garden with lawn
Up to 3 dogs welcome
Village location, pub/restaurant 100 yards
Note: Attached single garage and off street parking to the rear
Note: Other pets may be considered

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Nearest Attractions

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

Hill Top - 0.1 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Claife Viewing Station - 1.2 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Hawkshead Grammar School - 1.8 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Hawkshead, St Michael & All Angels - 1.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Beatrix Potter Gallery - 1.9 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House - 2.1 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Grizedale Forest Park - 2.2 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Lake Windermere - 2.3 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Hawkshead Old Courthouse - 2.3 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Graythwaite Hall Garden - 2.7 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

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