Review : Lakelovers, Holiday Cottages in The Lake District

We recently stayed at the picturesque Hart Head Barn*, a gorgeous three bedroom cottage hidden away in Ambleside in the Lake District. The cottage contained everything that you could want for a cosy weekend away from reality. If you aren't quite ready to escape reality they also provide wifi and TVs.

hart head barn cottage in lake district via lakelovers uk

beautiful english traditional cottage
Checking into the cottage was very straightforward, I was emailed a code and given instructions on where to find the keypad safe containing the keys to the property. I did get a little confused/didn't read the instructions properly and entered the number into the keypad of the adjoining cottage, the number opened their safe and I went into their cottage. Thankfully, I realised that I was in the wrong cottage after about five minutes which was before they arrived and before Spencer had even parked the car up. I was quite shocked that both keypads had the same number code and I think this is something that really does need to be looked into.

homely cottage interior  with stained glass door panel
The cottage itself is very homely, warm and welcoming. Little touches really do make it feel like a home from home. I could happily spend many an evening tucked up under the throws provided while watching the coal fire burn away.

home sweet home sign hart head barn lakelovers lake district review
homely touches in lakelovers cottage
widow seat in lake district cottage for hire

The cottage was light and airy and contained all of the facilities that you could ask for, including a dishwasher and a washing machine.

hart head barn cottage review interior
The living room was lovely, the windows were huge. Aria and I spent most mornings sitting in the window seat staring out at the impressive views, or just fog a lot of the time!

halloween photo baby staring at lit coal fire
Even though the cottage gets really warm with the central heating we couldn't resist lighting the fire with the coal provided one evening. It looked lovely and Aria was mesmerised by it.

lakelovers uk review kitchen dining area hart head barn
The property has a large kitchen with absolutely everything that you need, they even provide the essentials such as washing up liquid and a few dishwasher tablets. It is spacious and has a large dining area with patio doors leading to the book yard which would be perfect for al fresco dining during the summer months.

hart head barn cottage hire garden patio dining set
If you're lucky the friendly neighbours may even join you for your meal!

Hart Head Barn is a three bedroom property. There is one king size room, one super king (zip link beds) and one twin room.

master bedroom in hart head barn lakelovers cottage lake district
Spencer and I nabbed the master bedroom, obviously. This is the only bedroom with an ensuite and also has a patio area.

en suite bathroom at hart head barn lake district
The en suite bathroom was clean and contemporary and housed a shower.

cottage for hire lake district bedroom
We opted to have the beds zip linked to a super king, you have the option of either two beds or the zip link which is great.

twin bedroom in hire cottage in lake district
Again, the twin bedroom was spacious, there was a lot of room in front of the two beds which I didn't capture in this photo, so much room that Aria's travel cot fitted in there nicely, there was also a chair at the top which was perfect for the bedtime bottle.

As well as the en suite bathroom there was a bathroom at the end of the corridor next to the two other bedrooms, this one had a bath and over bath shower and a bathroom with a bath and over bath shower upstairs near the living room and kitchen.

Overall we had a fantastic time at Hart Head Barn, and let's face it, when staring at this view while toasting your crumpets why wouldn't you? The accommodation was clean, they provided pretty much everything that you could need during your stay, even a first aid kit which came in handy when I needed a plaster.

beautiful view in lake district
Things to bear in mind if you are planning on staying here are that the cottage is at the top of a very steep incline, as a result I would personally avoid staying here during the colder parts of Winter when it may be icy. Also, as a result of the cottage being out of the way we couldn't find any takeaways that were willing to deliver to us, be prepared to either cook your own food, go out for meals or go and collect takeaways.

If you are planning a visit to the Lake District I highly recommend Hart Head Barn, but, if you aren't really fancying this cottage there are various other cottages available, all of which can be booked through Lakelovers.

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  1. This looks just so so pretty!!! We really want to visit the Lake District because it looks just gorgeous xx

  2. I would love to visit the Lake District - it looks so pretty! Your cottage looks lovely and cosy too, perfect for a getaway xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  3. What an informative review with some great photos. Thanks you so much for taking time to share your wonderful stay with us all.

  4. This looks like an amazing place to stay and so cosy looking for a winter break. xx

  5. I've stayed at 1 Hart Head Barn with my family and with a group of girlfriends - we love it and go back time and time again. If you're a walker, there are lots of walks you can do from the cottage itself, ranging from a 40 minute walk into Grasmere along the 'Coffin route' or a climb up to the top of Nab Scar which is just behind the barn - you can see lake Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere from the top. Or a stroll around Rydal water or for the more active 1 Hart Head Barn is the start or the end of the Fairfield Horseshoe. Also there room for parking several cars - we leave the cars and walk everywhere . It's our favourite place to stay ��

  6. What a gorgeous cottage - it looks ideal for our family! Super King beds are a winner for me!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  7. What a lovely place to stay. I sort of like that it is in the middle of nowhere, although the steep slope could be a bit of a pain in winter. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


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