In June 2011, a group of my friends and I stayed in High Rigg for a weekend of Lakeland activities and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were 8 of us in total, although the cottage never really felt that crammed.
Facilities in general were very good; it was very clean and nicely presented, and the general standard of furnishing was high. Having 2 showers was also very welcome, as it helped us get out that bit quicker in the mornings. Perhaps the only (minor) negative points were that the kitchen was perhaps a little small for 8 people and it's probably a good job we didn't all try to fit around the dining table at the same time.
The location of the cottage was nice and close to Keswick, but in a beautiful valley just to the south, with fantastic views greeting you in the mornings. Even though the cottage is set about 50 metres back from the main road to Ambleside(?), you do still get a small amount of traffic noise, so it's not 100% tranquil in the garden. Still, it's not the busiest road in the world and, as mentioned, the view is lovely, so 4 out of 5 on that.
In fact, overall, it's a solid 4 out of 5. If staying in the area again with 7 mates, I'd definitely consider going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brackenrigg Holiday Cottages has four beautiful cottages to suit guests from singles, couples, families and groups up to 16. Stunning views of the Helvellyn range and lovely gardens visited by red squirrels frequently. Delightful walks from the door in the beautiful Naddle and St John's in the Vale valleys, or High Rigg, and Ravens Crag. Brackenrigg Holiday Cottages makes a wonderful base for your Lake District Holiday 3 cottages in our beautifully converted barn: The Sett has 2 bedrooms: 1 double, and 1 twin (with an additional z-bed for a child), open plan living, dining and kitchen, bathroom with shower over the bath. The well equipped kitchen has ceramic hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, SKY TV, ipod doc, dvd, free wi-fi BBQ and patio area, laundry room Bleaberry: sleep sup to 2 (double bed), open plan studio with well equipped kitchen, living dining and lounge area, lovely bathroom, pation and bbq. Sky Tv, dvd, ipod doc, free wi-fi laundry room Brocklebeck: similar to Bleaberry with twin beds 50m away on the same estate: Brackenrigg House: a substantial Victorian Country House: sleeps 10 in 5 generous sized all ensuite bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin bedrooms. Large living room opening through stained glass window panels to dining room and hand made oak kitchen with range cooker, large fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher etc. Games room, laundry room with large washing machine and drier. Impressive verandah overlooking fells to Hellvelyn, summer house and BBQ area, CD player, ipod dock, tv, wifi central heating and 2x wood burning stoves. Located in 7 acres of private gardens, meadows, and woodland, in the very heart of the Lake District National Park just 2 miles South of Keswick, and a 10min drive from Grasmere. ... more less