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Olde Blue Bell Cottages
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 72 reviews
by David on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Perfectly located

The cottage is very comfortable/clean and perfectly located for exploring the area. Mary provided a lovely welcome pack, some great recommendations for places to visit and eat. Her communication throughout and check in instructions were first class. We hope to visit again in the future. (Olde Blue Bell Barn)

by Sheenagh on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
A great cottage!

A lovely, well equipped cottage in a great location. Great base for visiting both the lakes and the coast. Linen and towels were spotless and beds comfortable. Some lovely personal touches - fresh flowers in the cottage and sweet treats on arrival. Mary was a great host - nothing was too much trouble. We visited in the hottest week of the summer so far and the pretty cottage garden was beautiful for dining al fresco and sitting in, during the day/evening. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip. (Olde Blue Bell Cottage)

by Alison on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Fantastic base

Fantastic base for exploring the surrounding area. Excellent communication from Mary and a lovely property to stay in. (The Coach House)

by Mylene on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
A great cottage!

Our family of four stayed at Olde Blue Bell Cottage. It was well located and equipped with everything we needed. Mary was great at communicating prior to our stay and gave us a very warm welcome on arrival. We would definitely stay again!

by Wendy on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Highly recommend

The Coach House is a wonderful house, everything we needed and more. Fab location Highly recommended 🙂

by Claire on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Home from home holiday cottage

A lovely home from home holiday cottage. Mary was great and happy to answer any questions. The house was in a great location away from the business of Windermere, but not too far to drive to should you wish to visit. Lovely central location, had everything you could need just like home. Enclosed garden great for kids and dogs. Hope to stay again in the future. (Olde Blue Bell Cottage)

by Lorelei Welsh on Olde Blue Bell Cottages

I'll second everything that Andy said in the last review - it's quicker that way!
I stayed in The Cottage and found it wonderfully comfortable and very clean. The properties are in a great location for all the areas of the south lakes, with so much one can do, rain or shine. If you are visiting, please don't miss Arnside...a HUGE beach. Drive to the very end where you'll probably get parked easier as visitors seem to park before reaching that bit. There's even a forest park at that end, up the hill on the left. (Both areas great for walking). And it's only 10/15 mins from the house - with a good Booths supermarket on the way at Milnthorpe.
You can't go wrong choosing Mary's cottages for a holiday!
Thank you for having me Mary and for all your kindness and help.

by Andy on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
A delight!

The Coach House.
Mary really is a super host! The cottage is beautiful, tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Lots of little extras to make it feel like home, coffee, tea, condiments, toiletries and hand sanitiser and disinfectant. And a pack of delicious rocky road treats to wash down with that first coffee after a long drive! The property was beautifully cleaned to a high standard when we arrived, with throws and cuddly rugs for our mini pack of dogs. The location is perfect, easy drive to some fab places, Arnside is a must if you have dogs. Several supermarkets within a short drive, and a lovely pub over the road which is dog friendly. Very quiet and peaceful location which is just what we were after. Mary gave us time to settle in before popping round for a socially distanced visit, with a wealth of information about nearby places to visit, and useful information about cafes, shops, takeaways in the area etc. A delight! We will most definitely return. Five stars!

by Charlotte on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Great location, great holiday!

Olde Blue Bell Cottage is just lovely. Great location for exploring a real range of beautiful areas, we didn’t actually realise quite how well situated we were until we arrived and Mary greeted us with all her local knowledge and had placed lots of recommended attraction leaflets on the table. Everything was clean and cosy and there were lovely little touches which showed great care and attention to detail. Big thank you for hosting us for such a great holiday!

by Nicole on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
A lovely cottage!

Olde Blue Bell Cottage - Such a lovely cottage and a wonderful host! Could not recommend enough, nothing was too much, and plenty of information was left. A car is needed to make the most of the holiday and get around, but there is plenty to do! Over all a great holiday, thank you!

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Apr 29, 2017
by Sharon, Sean & Roy on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
The Coach House

We stayed at the Coach House at the end of March and had a truly enjoyable stay in beautiful surroundings. Mary was so welcoming and a font of knowledge. The accommodation was all we could ask for, a real home from home, everything that was necessary for a perfect holiday. Would love to have stayed for a second week! Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Thank you for your lovely review. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at The Coach House, and exploring this beautiful area. We hope we will see you again sometime. Mary

Aug 17, 2016

Thank you for the lovely welcome – everything in the cottage one could possibly want .. thank you for a lovely stay

Hi Bernice, so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was lovely to meet you. Mary

Jul 10, 2016
by Margaret Walton on Olde Blue Bell Cottages

I have just spent a week at Olde Bluebell Barn. It’s a lovely place and the pictures do not do it justice. I could quite easily live there. It is ideally located and is such a lovely place. Mary is very warm, friendly and helpful. I just cannot fault the accommodation and hope to return there very soon. Best place I have stayed in so far with the dog. Also the double bed is very comfortable. I was sad to leave.

Jul 10, 2016
by Karen & Steve on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Home from Home

This year was our fourth year back at Blue Bell Cottage, we had a wonderful holiday the cottage is conveniently located for easy access to the rest of the lakes. There are plenty of lovely walks close by if you don’t want to travel to far such as Sandside, Arnside, Levens Park and Dallam Park. There’s plenty of local pubs serving excellent food within a 10 minute drive the Hare and Hounds at Leven and the Watermill at Ings are both worth a visit. Mary is a gem nothing is to much trouble for her and she’s the font of all knowledge about the Lake District. We’ve already booked to come back next year and can’t wait our family and dogs love it!

May 31, 2016
by Stuart MacDonald on Olde Blue Bell Cottages
Fantastic Cottage

Fantastic location just 8 minutes from M6 motorway with easy access to travel around the Lake District yet located in a lovely quiet village. Many lively walks within easy reach, great if like us you have a dog. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need for a very comfortable stay including a lovely enclosed garden area with table and access to a BBQ, again great if you have a dog or small children. The cottage is very cosy with heating if needed, a new modern bathroom and well equipped kitchen. This is our fifth year staying in the cottage and the owner, Mary is absolutely lovely, nothing is any bother, she has become more of a friend over the years. Cannot recommend the cottage highly enough and great value too. Plenty of really good restaurants and pubs nearby and short joirney time to May places of interest such as Arnside, Kendal, Keswick and Lake Windemere. We’ll certainly be back again!

Olde Blue Bell Cottage, Annabel Westwood, March 2014
My husband and I have just spent three days/nights here and it was wonderful. The pictures of the cottage are fab but even they can’t do justice to how welcome and at home you feel when you walk through the door. The location is also fantastic because you feel remote, yet in just one mile you have a super restaurant, shops, pubs, butchers etc., and great local walks too (all thanks to Mary’s information folder!). We really felt spoilt for choice. A fantastic break that I wish had been longer!

The Coach House, Barbara, Wendy, Meg & Alison, February 2014
The Coach House was perfect for our friend’s reunion weekend. Spacious but very warm and cosy so didn’t care about the weather outside!! Would definitely recommend to others

Olde Blue Bell Cottage, Annette Dunning, January 2014
Well we just love it here. Stayed about 4 or 5 times now and in all weathers!! Hot, Snowy, rainy and perfect every time. Everything you could wish for, lovely walks, pubs, hiking , Shops close by, and most of all such a cosy well maintained cottage with a lovely hostess Mary to top it all, look forward to our next trip x x

Olde Blue Bell Barn,Diane & John, February 2013
Our grandson was immediately taken with the “upside down” cottage we loved the fantastic views. The cottage was warm, clean and well equipped and owners were very helpful and supplied plenty of local info within the cottage. We found it to be the perfect base for exploring, just so much to do every day. Our grandson Jack (4yrs) told us “It’s the best holiday ever” what more could you ask!

Olde Blue Bell Cottage, Karen & Steve, August 2013
Just got back from a great week at the cottage, it’s in a good location with easy access to the rest of the Lakes, we visited Bowness on Windermere, Keswick, Kendal, Dallam and Levens Parks, Fell Foot and Arnside coastal walk, our dogs thoroughly enjoyed their holiday. Lovely walk 2 minutes away up to Heversham Head. Mary was really helpful so much information we were spoilt for choice where to visit first. Local pub 2 minutes’ walk away is great for an evening drink and wind down.

Olde Blue Bell Barn, Sharon, July 2013
4 of us stayed in The Barn and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Location-wise, the local pub is only a five-minute walk away; the village centre only a five-minute drive. We took our Staffie with us and there were plenty of walks for us to enjoy. Accommodation-wise, the scenery from the lounge window was breath-taking. The rooms were clean, comfortable and warm. The welcome pack listed all local amenities including restaurants to takeaways and local attractions. Overall we were all very impressed 🙂

The Coach House, Stuart Pratt, February 2013
We stayed in the wonderful cottage for four nights, and can honestly say that the amenities and quality of accommodation was 5 star, everything you need for your stay is provided along with tea, coffee and other provisions provided by the owner Mary when you arrive. Location and surrounding area is perfect for Windermere and Arnside. Our children loved the cottage and will most definitely not be using any other accommodation as I believe this cannot be bettered.

Olde Blue Bell Barn, Nick Blunt, September 2012
We returned to the cottage after having stayed 10 years previous! The cottage has a fantastic view and is well equipped with all the home comforts, pets are very welcome and it is a great base for exploring the south lakes .the owners are nearby if you need any advice or information on days out. We will definitely be returning in the future.

The Coach House, Tony & Gina, September 2012
We have just spent a week at The Coach House celebrating my wife’s parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. We really enjoyed our stay as the accommodation and location were excellent. The house is a credit to Mary and really does feel like a home from home. As for the location, this was our 1st visit to The Lakes and The Coach House gave us excellent access to all the beauty spots including Ambleside, Bowness etc. Kendal is also a stone’s throw away for all your shopping needs. We hope to return.

COVID-19 Update 

We have reopened and happy to be welcoming guests again.

Last year we introduced a whole range of new protocols for cleaning and check-in to ensure your health and well-being, and the feedback from our customers is good! 

You can contact me direct on 07717171283 or with any questions.  


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