+   Cottage Search   +

Lake District Self Catering cottage, Smithy Cottage, Pooley Bridge, sleeps 6

Areas: Lake District

Pooley Bridge Travel and Heritage Information

Smithy Cottage
Pooley Bridge
CA10 2JE

Smithy Cottage, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

  Booking through:
Sykes Cottages
Telephone Sykes Cottages booking line   01244 352 197

Sleeps a maximum of: 6

Pricing From: £476.00

Smithy Cottage in Tirril, has 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Smithy Cottage in Tirril. Sleeps 6.The sitting room has an open fire.

Dining room has French doors to the garden and the kitchen opens out into a conservatory. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with basin and WC, Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with basin and WC, and a children's twin bedroom. Family bathroom,basin and WC.

Garden. To the front of the cottage, off road parking for 2 cars. Smithy Cottage is ideal for family or friends to stay in the Lake District any time of year.

Pet friendly accommodation Pet Friendly


Missing a trick
As a trip advisor for years reviewing places all over the world, I am always firm but fair. I previously have always used Lakes Cottages, who I personally love, but on this occasion , thought I would give Sykes Cottages a go. Smithy cottage in Tirril is pleasant enough, not that central but handy for the pub the Queens Head, which has fabulous food, (booking recommended), also walks near too. The cottage it's self, could be beautiful but it lacks cleaning and TLC, for example dust under beds and round chairs thick and cobwebs around the place. The showers don't work that well , as the boiler needs replacing and the upstairs blue bathroom is tired, floor is in poor condition and wood needs staining. The other bedrooms are nice and warm, comfy double room. The hallway is un-inviting and tired, as is the side of the house, full of moss on the floor and weeds. The decking at the back is dangerous as it feels like a marshmallow when you walkk on it. No hanging baskets, no outdoor lighting, poor standard of garden furniture, no outdoor maintenance at all, even after a 12 week lock down. Conservatory is dirty inside and out needs power washing, and painting. The kitchen is ok, but tired in parts although a good supply of things like bin liners, toilet and kitchen rolls, cleaning products are in plenty, not sure they get used to be honest. Missing a trick this cottage and owners, could be so nice and achieve a higher rent. So would I use Sykes again, not sure they can deliver and lost trust I think . It should after a 12 week lock down of been immaculate throughout - a shame

Wet week in The Lakes
Arrived at Smithy Cottage to be greeted by a pile of rotting grass cuttings on the drive! The interior of the house was beautiful and looked clean, initially. When the sofa was moved in the living room, it had not be cleaned and the same followed for the bedrooms, we even found a pair of dusty sunglasses under the bed in the main bedroom! The kitchen equipment was fairly well stocked but lacked any plastic cups or plates for children. The garden was unusable as it was so overgrown and the covered area outside the backdoors were covered in slippery moss so very dangerous to walk on. A down pipe from the gutter flowed directly onto one area, causing permanent puddles. We arrived back to the house on the Thursday (Friday to Friday let) and were surprised to see the grass had been cut, no exterior access could be seen so concerned that somebody had been in the property without our prior knowledge, the rotting grass cuttings at the front of the property still hadn't been removed however! I expected a starter pack of wood for the open fire, but none was provided, however the heating system and hot water worked well. The towels provided in the property need replacing, hard from many washes however the house itself was cosy, comfortable and a good base for exploring the Northern lakes. The local pub in the village was fantastic and served good food, booking a must!

5 adults and 1 Labrador. Couldn't have found a better place to stay! Beautiful cottage with a bathroom/an suite for each bedroom. Huge loving room and stunning kitchen/conservatory leading out to a perfect enclosed garden. The fence at the bottom of the garden is a sou me layered wire fence as there were sheep in the field behind but it was perfectly secure. The sheep were very interested in my dog . Very clean and tidy and comfortable. Location is spot on, 10mins from pooley bridge, 15-20 from Penrith. Will absolutely go back again, Couldn't have asked for better.

Spacious pet friendly cottage with Spiders
We spent a weekend in the cottage and it was a nice break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cottage is lovely and spacious. On the ground floor, there is a large living room, kitchen with a lovely sitting area that opens up to the garden, a large dining room. The master bedroom is nice and spacious. It was good that the floors were all hardwood on the ground floor as we had brought our dog along. The cottage seemed nice and clean when we walked in. The kitchen was squeaky clean. The bathrooms looked ok. The linen looked a bit dated in the single and double rooms. The reason why I'm only giving this cottage 3 stars is the encounters we had with spiders during the duration of our stay. We spent one evening in the living room just before we went to sleep, we saw a massive spider on the walls. Unfortunately, we were unable to catch it, and that was the last we stepped into the living room. Whilst going to sleep there was big spider number two inside the bed in one of the rooms (future guests are advised to shake the duvet and bed cover thoroughly before settling in). The next day, we found another massive spider in the dining room. Basically, if you are not into spiders, let this be a warning. Additionally, the heating system was a bit difficult to figure out. And we struggled to find out how to get hot water as the heating was off. All in all, it was a pleasant stay, however, there was a constant fear of spotting a spider throughout our stay which was not much fun! Maybe this is what we should expect in a cottage, but we have stayed in cottages before and haven't faced this problem before.
Vinpaul B

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
This could be a really outstanding cottage to use as a base for exploring the Lakes. It suffers from poor management, which ultimately (as you can read from our comments in the visitors book in the attached photo) resulted in a highly unsatisfying stay. A real shame.



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


Single Beds

Double Beds

Twin Beds


Oil central heating plus open fire
Electric double oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave
TVs, DVD, Wifi
Oil, electricity
Bed linen and towels provided
Travel Cot and highchair available
Off road parking for 2 cars
Enclosed lawned garden
Three dogs welcome
Pub 100m
Fell walks in the neighbourhood
Penrith, Ullswater 10 minutes drive
Logs are not provided

Changeover Day
Approximate Location

Map is approximate and should only be used to get a rough idea of the cottage location.

Get an Ordnance Survey map covering the Pooley Bridge area.

Nearest Attractions

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

Mayburgh Henge - 1.5 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

King Arthur's Round Table - 1.6 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Dalemain - 1.7 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Clifton Hall - 1.8 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Brougham Hall - 1.9 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Lowther Castle and Gardens - 2 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Penrith Castle - 2.2 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Penrith, St Andrew's Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Brougham Castle - 2.6 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Dacre, St Andrews Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Nearest Alternative Cottages

Details of facilities are believed correct at time of publication, but may be subject to change by the cottage proprietor. Up-to-the-minute facility listings will be always presented during the booking process for your approval.

UK Self Catering
England - Scotland - Wales
Popular Locations
Devon - Cornwall - Lake District - Highlands - North Wales - South West Wales

Attraction search
Britain Express Canvas Prints

Stunning UK prints for sale by award-winning photographer David Ross, editor of Britain Express, the UK Travel and Heritage Guide.

National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotland properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust

Passionate about British Heritage!