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Manesty Holiday Cottages
Ranked #17 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Keswick
Preston, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lovely experience”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stayed in the studio flat for two nights at the end of July and it was great. The flat was clean and the bed large and comfortable. The views from the window were amazing. We enjoyed the close proximity to Catbells and Keswick and the tariff was highly reasonable. Would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Just returned from a week staying in Youdale Knot Holiday Caravan at Manesty. The caravan is lovely, very comfortable and warm and had hot water at all times, which you need after a day on the fells. The views from the caravan are beautiful and we could watch the wildlife from the comfort of the living area. We saw many different species of birds at the bird table outside the window, including robins, great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches and also red squirrels. The owners are lovely and were very helpful in providing us with information about walks in the area. They are also very knowledgable about the local wildlife. We had a wonderful holiday in this idyllic place and would thoroughly recommend it. We will definitely go back there again. We have stayed in many lovely places in the Lake District but Manesty is the best by far. Kristy and James Parvin.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is a 'special' place, make no doubt about that! We stayed in the shepherds hut, or 'Tommy Bit' as he's known, for 2 nights and we loved him to bits! Days after returning, we are still talking about our experience.
The location, the gardens, Tommy Bit, 'our' hot tub, the 2 ducks who politely waited for some bread every day :) and the family who own and run Manesty are lovely, lovely people who really made us feel welcome and comfortable. Ps the bed is possibly the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
We really could have stayed for ages (months!) and were gutted to leave :(
Can't wait to return soon and for longer! Miss you Tommy!

Sally and Heath x x

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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bristol, uk
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Manesty, in The Byte (the luxuary studio apartment) for 4 nights during mid March. I cannot reccommend this place enough. The Byre looks to be quite a new extension to the older building and it is furnished to a high standard. It was very room and light and everything was clean and working as it should. The kitchen was well stocked with crockery and cooking utensils. The living room has lovely relaxing recliners the views from all windows are spectacular. We were very lucky with the weather as it was clear and sunny for all but 1 day during our stay. My wife was 6 months pregnant at the time so we decided that we would take it easy and relax but the weather was too good to miss and we took a hike up Cat bells, following one of the provided printed walks which were left in our apartment. The owners are friendly and helpful, providing us with information on where to go and what to see.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and wouldn't hesitate to revisit. I cannot comment on the condition of any of the other cottages, but The Byre was certainly a beautiful retreat to return to from a lovely day spent on the fell side.

  • Stayed March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The cottages are in a great location if you're looking for a relaxing break to get away from everything. There are no amenities whatsoever in the local area, but as long as you are happy to stock up on food and drink before you arrive then that's not an issue. The local scenery is really beautiful and there are plenty of great swimming spots and hiking routes nearby. The hot tub is particularly great so I would definitely recommend trying it out! Alan, the owner of the cottage was very nice and welcoming, and had lots of tips for things to do during our stay. The only thing that left a sour taste was how rude his daughter was. I certainly hope that she is not a regular staff member, as she really shouldn't be left to deal with customers.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We got our first view of picturesque Manesty nestled under the Fells as we drove into Borrowdale. I have known the Lakes from childhood and it suddenly dawned on me that I had often admired this pretty cluster of cottages on our way up to Catbells but had never had the opportunity to stay there.
They are the best equipped holiday cottages we have stayed in. The owners are descended from an old Lakeland family that have farmed at Manesty for over 100 years. The cottage therefore retained all the lovely old Lakeland character in immaculate condition with a cosy sitting room with TV, large bright fitted kitchen including a dishwasher, two bathrooms, separate internal laundry and three very comfortable bedrooms with window seats overlooking the lake and water meadows. Everything had been thought of for our comfort from crisp white linen, a drier for wet clothes, boot boxes and heating throughout. There were also books and games available to borrow in a large well equipped external laundry. A short walk up the hillside led to a hot tub set in lovely wooded gardens.
A wonderful set of maps for short walks was provided by the owners who were able to give us detailed weather forecasts for our climb to Catbells and another delightful walk into Grange and on to the Bowder Stone. In fact, it was possible to do a wide variety of walks (both valley and fell walks) from the cottage without using the car.
Cheryl very kindly fitted our booking in at a very busy time during High Season when we were searching for a short break with our two children on a busy trip visiting family in the UK. As our home is in Australia, we found the website and bookings a breeze followed by a call to Cheryl to firm up on arrival times. We would love to stay again!
Clare H and family

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Lanchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

My partner and I have just returned from a great weekend in Borrowdale/Keswick! This is the first time we had stayed at Manesty and it was just what we needed! The only downside to the cottages is that they're so far away from everything!! They were even a little out of Borrowdales centre. This isn't mentioned in many places online, however there was a bus stop to walk to to get to Keswick but the walk was about 30 mins. We stayed in the studio cottage which was perfect for what we needed! Although it was quite dated, it had a lovely country feel to it that we loved! We reserved the hot tub for the saturday however the weather wasn't great and it was freezing so we decided against it! Even though we decided against it and didn't use it at all they did NOT refund us the extra £20, which disappointed us! All in all a great stay in the lakes, however since my partner and I are not experienced walkers we will not return to the Manesty Cottages, simply because of their location.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Manesty Holiday Cottages
Address: Borrowdale, Keswick CA12 5UG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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Ranked #17 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday cottages with stunning views of the most beautiful valley in England. Manesty stands at the foot of Catbells in well-maintained private grounds. Relax with family and friends in a peaceful rural setting just 1km from Derwentwater. Enjoy walks from the door to lake, river, woodland and high fells - we provide 10 detailed suggestions (and maps) to get you started! Owner operated. Cottages sleep 2 - 8. ... more   less 

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