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Light-filled room
Make yourself comfortable
Cosy up with the wood burner
Tastefully decorated
Lounge area
Idyllic location
Dining area
Kitchen area
Breakfast time
Snug room
Enjoy the views from the bay window
Contemporary design
LED-lit stairs
In case you need to work
King-size bedroom
Thoughtful finishes
Enjoy the views from your bedroom
Elegant furnishings
Shower room
Super-king-size bedroom
Relax in style
Ample storage
Shower room
Get refreshed at the end of a nice walk
Well lit and spacious
En-suite
Light and airy
Master bedroom
Seperate opulent lounge
Super-king-size bed
Rest in comfort and style
View towards own lounge area
Look up at the stars
Tear drop shape bath
What a way to relax
Still stunning at night
View towards the property
1 / 37  Light-filled room
2 / 37  Make yourself comfortable
3 / 37  Cosy up with the wood burner
4 / 37  Tastefully decorated
5 / 37  Lounge area
6 / 37  Idyllic location
7 / 37  Dining area
8 / 37  Kitchen area
9 / 37  Breakfast time
10 / 37  Snug room
11 / 37  Enjoy the views from the bay window
12 / 37  Contemporary design
13 / 37  LED-lit stairs
14 / 37  In case you need to work
15 / 37  King-size bedroom
16 / 37  Thoughtful finishes
17 / 37  Enjoy the views from your bedroom
18 / 37  Elegant furnishings
19 / 37  Shower room
20 / 37  Super-king-size bedroom
21 / 37  Relax in style
22 / 37  Ample storage
23 / 37  Shower room
24 / 37  Get refreshed at the end of a nice walk
25 / 37  Well lit and spacious
26 / 37  En-suite
27 / 37  Light and airy
28 / 37  Master bedroom
29 / 37  Seperate opulent lounge
30 / 37  Super-king-size bed
31 / 37  Rest in comfort and style
32 / 37  View towards own lounge area
33 / 37  Look up at the stars
34 / 37  Tear drop shape bath
35 / 37  What a way to relax
36 / 37  Still stunning at night
37 / 37  View towards the property

Nethercroft

Finsthwaite, Cumbria
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
VE 5 star Gold
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Luxury
Towels included
7 more
Property code: LCC38

Overview

A long time favourite with our guests, owners, Chris and Sue Potts, have made this very popular property bigger, better and even more beautiful and luxurious than before, offering their guests a very special holiday home. Very much a home for adults it is perfect for three couples or just for two who are perhaps seeking a very unique romantic retreat and where the quality and standard has been recognised by Visit England giving the highest award of a 5 Star Gold Award.

Nethercroft lies in the little village of Finsthwaite, near to the southern end of Lake Windermere and the river Leven. One of three little hamlets dotted around the foot of the lake, there are good walks such as High Dam, a picture perfect little tarn set above the property, a steam railway and steamer trips on the lake at Lakeside, along with the Aquarium Of The Lakes, a must for children and, over on the east shore, Fell Foot, the National Trust parklands where you can fish, swim and hire row boats for some fun on the water. For local dining the 4 Star Lakeside Hotel, overlooking the lake, offers excellent cuisine in its formal restaurant, along with a relaxed lounge bar if you just fancy a light bite and a pint of our excellent local brews. At Newby Bridge there is the Swan Hotel. Set on the banks of the Leven the bar offers bistro style food, with tables spilling out along the river's edge, perfect in summer months.

The Living Spaces

Set above and back from the lane, you approach Nethercroft by a short, gravelled drive where it is easier to unload at the boot room door.

Most of the accommodation is on the ground floor level, linked by a wide corridor and hall. To the one end is the main sitting - dining room. The first thing that will strike you is the space and quality of light filling the room, which floods in through the glazed wall, with its French Doors and the huge sky light above. To this end is a circular dining table perfect for family dinners or romantic suppers. The rest of the room is given over to two large plump sofas, where you can relax and curl up with a good read or watch the latest block buster on the wide screen TV. The centrepiece is a large contemporary log burning stove which adds both atmosphere and extra warmth in winter months.

From the sitting room double doors open into a small snug, again with a little log burner and is a good a space for those who wish to find a little quiet time to read and relax.

Back to the sitting room and a large opening takes you through to the kitchen space. Beautifully fitted it has all mod cons, along with an AGA to produce your favourite dishes.

From the kitchen and into the corridor leading down to the main hall and front door. At this end is a small office, where you can write your post cards and research your coming days activities.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor. The first is a King-size double, delightfully furnished and with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room. The second bedroom, and part of the refurbishment, has a Super-King sized bed, huge fitted wardrobes, chaise lounge and a spacious, super slick en-suite with walk in shower, basin and WC.

Back to the main hall where a winding staircase, lit with LED lights on the treads and over hung by a contemporary glass chandelier, leads up to the master bedroom suite.

A combination of the most delightful spaces set under the pitched roof, makes this the perfect romantic honeymoon bedroom. The staircase open into the sitting room area, with a large sky light flooding the room and was designed as much to be a studio for painting and drawing. Double doors lead through to the bedroom with its Super-King sized bed. Decorated with calm creams it is peaceful, cosy and luxurious. Finally there is the en-suite. The centrepiece is a free standing tear drop bath, where you can soak and relax, however for a more invigorating time there is a large shower along with basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

Outside the gardens surround the cottage with sloping lawns to the front and a sunny patio area to the rear, perfect for outside dining.

In summation, we feel this is one of the finest holiday homes in the Lake District, an opinion backed by the Visit England 5 Star Gold Award. We are sure it will offer great memories of your stay, where you can easily explore the National Park or simply relax in the most comfortable surroundings. Be you a group of friends or a couple looking for that bit extra, we are sure you will be delighted by your choice, where you can congratulate yourself on your excellent good taste - Perfect!

The Location

Finsthwaite is a huddle of farms and houses strung along a backwater country lane, with a splendid church built by Paley & Austin in 1874, along with National Trust Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

A short walk from the cottage is a path leading up to High and Low Dam, one of my two favourite little tarns, easy to get to and perfect for a picnic or paddle in summer.

For dining or a drink there are some good choices. The Lakeside Hotel lies about a mile and a half around the lane at Lakeside. Overlooking the lake, this fine hotel has a traditional bar serving local ale, a lounge bar and contemporary bistro, along with a more formal restaurant offering fine cuisine, perfect for celebration or just a little indulgence.

At Newby Bridge you have the Swan Hotel, with its gardens overlooking the River Leven and offering a decent bar and bistro restaurant.

Locally there is quite a lot to do. As mentioned, the walk up to and around High Dam is a must. This can be extended by crossing over to the Rusland Valley. At Lakeside, steamers and launches leave for trips on the lake and can be used as a sort of waterbus to explore other areas. Also at Lakeside you have the Haverthwaite & Lakeside Steam Railway, where you can take a short 'there and back' ride on a restored steam engine. The Aquarium of the Lakes is well worth a visit where you get to see close up the habitat and residents of our lakes and rivers, the high point being the glass tunnel which gives you a fish eye view of things.

Around the foot of the lake, on the eastern tip, lies Fell Foot Park. Supervised by The National Trust, there are gardens, a cafe, and at the lake shore jetties for mooring and hiring rowing and sailing boats, along with a ferry crossing to Lakeside.

Nearby at Backbarrow is the famous Lakeland Motor Museum with over 30,000 exhibits.

North, up the Rusland valley, you have the Grizedale Forest where you can purchase a map of the trails for both walking and mountain bikes. As you explore the forest you will come across fabulous sculptures, which are part of an ongoing art initiative sponsored by The Forestry Commission. A great attraction of the forest is Go Ape, offering wild fun in a tree top adventure with breath-taking scenery; treetop wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires.

South lies the Cartmel Peninsular with its winding lanes and rolling hills that tumble down to the coast. There are two villages well worth visiting:

Cartmel with its ancient buildings, an impressive medieval priory, a towering arch and a sweet clear river along with the smallest National Hunt racecourse, is a lively, picture perfect village with a great choice of pubs and fine restaurants. Come bank holidays the village buzzes with arrival of race day.

Grange over Sands lies about a mile over the fell from Cartmel. This pretty Edwardian village overlooks the bay and you will find an excellent grocer, Higginson's famous butchers, two bakers and local stores. On the prom there are nice gardens to stroll and in summer the prom hosts an outdoor art market. Finally Grange offers two golf clubs, both set in quite delightful countryside.

A little further afield you have the coast where you can explore the edges of the bay.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 3 bedrooms - 2 super-king and 1 king-size (1 with a TV)
  • 2 Shower rooms with WC (1 en-suite)
  • En-suite bathroom with bath, shower, and WC to the master bedroom
  • Smart TV and iPod dock
  • Wood burner - starter pack of logs included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Aga, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Regret no babies or children under 10
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 1 mile
  • £200 refundable security deposit payable prior to arrival

This property is personally managed by Holly.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Bob Slee September 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Nethercroft in spite of a few days of heavy rain. The property is very spacious, perfectly appointed and equipped and beautifully located. Everything we needed was readily available - the hospitable owners appear to have thought of every contingency and then added some touches of luxury for good measure. Special mention gRead moreoes to the Aga which, for me anyway, was a culinary revelation! Would certainly return and highly recommended for anyone looking for rather more than the ordinary. Hide

Reviewed by Fraser & Shona April 2017

A beautifully appointed cottage in a wonderful location. We enjoyed it so much we arranged to stay an extra night and still did not want to leave when the time came. Ranks in our top three places to stay of all the cottages we have rented worldwide. The village and surrounding area are so peaceful and scenic. We especially loved the upstairs artisRead moret's studio and bedroom with its views across the surrounding fields and the newborn lambs, the pretty church view from the sitting room and the Aga. Had fun baking and made the best cake and scones ever while we were there. A return trip is definitely high on our wish list. It is ideally located for exploring the lakes with plenty of good places to eat nearby. The highlights were the Swan Hotel in Newby Bridge, the quaint cinema in Windermere and the welcome pack - the champagne was most "welcome"!. The owners are very unobtrusive but helpful when needed. Our thanks to them for permittimg us to share their little piece of heaven. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Woolley February 2017

Second visit and as lovely as last time.

Reviewed by Mrs Rabinowitz January 2017

We had a lovely restful week at Nethercroft. The cottage is spotless,beautifully appointed and has a luxurious yet homely feel to it. The cottage lived up to the photos on the website!!! We were welcomed with champagne and cake and a sparkling Christmas tree. The cottage was warm and welcoming after a day of hiking. The cottage is well placed for lRead moreocal walks as well as trails further down the lake. There were suggestions from the owners as well as other guests as to where to eat, and things to do. This was also helpful. It was delightful watching the different birds and wildlife from the full glass windows of the dining room. I would highly recommend Nethercroft to guests and would not hesitate returning to the property. Hide

Reviewed by Kate Munks January 2017

We had a fantastic four nights at Nethercroft over the New Year.It is a wonderful deluxe property which has been completed to an exceptionally high standard.Comfortable beds, warm Aga, very spacious accommodation, powerful showers with plentiful hot water and a relaxing bath all made this a truly relaxing break.The additional touches added by the oRead morewners: a super welcome basket and lovely Christmas decorations, made us feel at home straight away. Having visited Finsthwaite for many consecutive years, we know the area very well.A walk up High Dam is always refreshing and was a great way to start the New Year.This property is in a quiet, but superb location for exploring The Lakes and is a real delight to return home to in the evening. We would highly recommend Nethercroft - a hidden gem for an extra special break. Thank you. Hide

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Light-filled room
Make yourself comfortable
Cosy up with the wood burner
Tastefully decorated
Lounge area
Idyllic location
Dining area
Kitchen area
Breakfast time
Snug room
Enjoy the views from the bay window
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Location

Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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