Make yourself comfortable
Cosy up with the wood burner
Light-filled room
Tastefully decorated
Lounge area
Idyllic location
Kitchen area
Breakfast time
Dining area
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
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  Make yourself comfortable
2 / 37  Cosy up with the wood burner
3 / 37  Light-filled room
4 / 37  Tastefully decorated
5 / 37  Lounge area
6 / 37  Idyllic location
7 / 37  Kitchen area
8 / 37  Breakfast time
9 / 37  Dining area
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


Finsthwaite, Lake District
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
Towels included
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Property code: LCC38


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, DVD player and iPod dock
  • Wood burner - starter pack of logs included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Aga, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Regret no babies or children under 10
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 2 miles
  • £200 refundable security deposit payable prior to arrival

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 20 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Leslie 21st February 2020

If there is 3"of snow on the ground, might be nice for the guests to have the heating on.

Reviewed by Christine 25th October 2019

The cottage is wonderful. Fabulous renovations and extensions have been sympathetically constructed. Nothing more to be said really. There is everything you need with meticulous written instructions and informto cover every eventuality. The interior decoration and finishing touches are very tasteful. We were warm and so cosy. I loved learning to coRead moreok with an Aga, it was so simple. The village of Finsthwaite is so peaceful with superb walks right from the doorstep. All we could have wished for. Hide

Reviewed by Debbie 20th September 2019

A truly beautiful property in a perfect location, A very high standard of decor and furnishings throughout which provided a very comfortable stay. Perfect all round.

Reviewed by Anita 30th August 2019

A beautiful cottage with all the comforts of home. Ideal location for exploring the lakes.

Reviewed by Martin 5th July 2019

It was a wonderful and relaxing holiday in a very nice, tastefully decorated house with friendly and helpful landlords. Many thanks to Sue.

Reviewed by Michael 28th June 2019

Excellent accommodation very clean, superbly equipped, wonderful location and massive storage space. Friendly helpful owners, we had a small problem with the hot water whilst on holiday but it was fixed without any delay. Would strongly recommend for a relaxing break.

Reviewed by David 21st June 2019

The cottage is lovely & the scenery was amazing. The only problem was there was a pheasant that was very aggressive which meant we could not sit outside or open the windows or doors to let in cool air as it would come in.

Reviewed by Barbara 7th June 2019

A beautiful cottage in a super quiet location on the edge of the Lakes but within an easy drive to Hawkeshead and Ambleside. The cottage was extremely comfortable with every detail thought of and catered for to the highest standards. Masses of space yet cosy and warm. Immaculately clean with beautiful en suites to two huge bedrooms. Easily accommodRead moreates 3 couples each with their own facilities. Highly recommend Hide

Reviewed by Ann 31st May 2019

This is a beautiful property, spotlessly clean, in a gorgeous location. Beautifully and unusually furnished. Equipped with everything you need for a great holiday. We loved staying here.

Reviewed by Melanie 10th May 2019

The property was great, very well equipped and very stylish - we loved the upstairs lounge. It was perfect for our 3 generation holiday. The house is situated in a stunning location which was very quiet, perfect for a peaceful country break.

Reviewed by Elaine 19th April 2019

The accommodation was in a perfect spot and beautifully presented. The pictures don't do it justice. The owner hosts were on hand and v helpful. We had a fabulous stay.

Reviewed by Ricky 2nd November 2018

A Well appointed property. The upstairs area in particular is a revelation. The horse in the field behind the property & the pheasants in the garden were a source of much interest. It took little time to settle in. Lovely walks nearby. A welcoming property.

Reviewed by Brian 26th October 2018

Amazing cottage located in a very quiet village, but within easy reach of Windermere and Coniston lakes with walks nearby. The cottage is spacious and well equipped, with lots of options for cooking. Ample heating including an aga, log burner plus central heating. The owner is friendly and helpful, and provided a lovely welcome basket of local goodRead moreies. Hide

Reviewed by Ken 21st September 2018

Supremely comfortable, very welcoming hosts, a lovely, interesting historic location - the church views, the birds, the quiet and the high dam. Only slight negative is the driving to other locations, for walking etc.

Reviewed by John 7th September 2018

From arrival to departure everything was fantastic with a welcome pack that included a very good bottle of wine, bread, biscuits, their own homemade jam, and the owners called in that evening to deliver fresh milk and eggs what else could you ask for, the beds were very comfy and cooking on the Argor was a delight, the only drawback was that we hadRead more to come home. Hide

Reviewed by Ian 31st August 2018

Awesome cottage, owners have definitely gone the extra mile to ensure guests have a great stay.

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