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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Stayed at Rowling End Monday to Friday for a large family get together to celebrate a 30th birthday.
The property is sat on a hillside looking towards Catbells. It is down a gated steep driveway- which is very muddy when it is wet. There is parking for 2/3 cars at beside the property and room for further cars halfway up the driveway next to the log store, There is space to drive down and turn around to unload your luggage - but if the other holiday accommodation is occupied this may not be the case. The road to other holiday properties goes in front of Rowling end so take care with unattended children and dogs. The house itself is a large 4 bedroomed farmhouse it contains furniture and personal items of previous occupants, giving it a feeling that you are staying in someone else's house rather than a holiday let. There are 2 living rooms which is great if there are a number of you staying, all floors are wooden with tiled kitchen and boot/dog room.
The house was clean but home clean rather than accommodation clean - it is an old house with a wood burner and an open fireplace so you expect a little dust etc but in the ensuite the extractor fan was caked in dust and inside cupboards on ledges etc were also dusty. I was rather baffled by the fact each basin had a bottle of hand lotion on it. I would have preferred it if liquid soap was provided.
The rooms were large and the beds were comfortable, towels are provided. The shower in the room I stayed in was very good, the water was hot and the shower had a good force to it.
The kitchen was very well equipped and a welcome pack provided consisted of milk tea bags a fruit cake and a plum loaf. The kitchen has an aga, which members of the party were excited about as they loved cooking on agas, this however was not to be as after putting something in the oven ( yes it was the hot one) things barely got warm so we had to revert to using the electric oven, and after 20 minutes sausages in the frying pan on the hob hadn't even started to sizzle. There is a large fridge freezer with water cooler and ice dispenser and there is a dishwasher.
steep stairs at the back of the house lead to a fire pit with a few log seats. to the side is a barbecue and patio seating area. there is very little level ground, the land slopes down from the house, it is uneven and very boggy to a fast flowing river at the bottom where there is remnants of a bridge which would make the walk to catbells a lot shorter, however I believe this was washed away in the storms the previous year. Any facilities can be found a short drive away in the local village or in Keswick a few miles away. The garden is home to a variety of birds (robins to woodpeckers) which come down to the feeders ( big tubs of bird seed etc can be found in the boot room) A couple of mice and a red squirrel were also spied helping themselves to the feed.
The house had a website - which was informative about the accommodation etc but was out of date as far as the links on where to eat and what to day as several places have been shut down over a year.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

The area is outstanding but unfortunately the Mouse House accommodation was very disappointing. The property needed a lot of TLC and I felt it wasn't looked after as much as the other properties, it wasn't very clean and there was no cleaning utensils e.g. there was a used scourer for the dishes and nothing else and the dish washer was dirty with used tablets inside it. The shower didn't work properly as when we showered the water was hot for a couple of minutes then it would go freezing cold.

The cottage stated that there was WIFI available, but because there was no-one staying at Rowling End this facility wasn't available.

The outside was like a building site due to another property on site being renovated and all the debris was left outside along with tools and a circular saw, which I thought was dangerous should any children stay there.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carole R
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