“We had a lovely stay. We have been going away walking for approximately 25 years and this ranks as one of the best accommodations we have stayed in. Thanks very much.” (November 2017)


“Thank you so much for the comfort, warm feel of this beautiful cottage. Stunning views and everything here we needed. Would love to return one day. Also dined at White Hart, Bouth - to be recommended!! Thank you so much again!” (November 2017)


“Our 3rd visit to this wonderful cottage. A perfect place to call home for a week! The week ended with fantastic autumn sun: the Lakes at its best! Hope to return soon again. Thank you!” (October 2017)


“Lovely family holiday. Beautiful cottage, lucky with the weather and fun days out!” (October 2017)


“Wonderful and views to die for. Thanks.” (October 2017)


“A beautiful home in a wonderful location. All our needs provided for and a very warm welcome. Thank you Janine and Stephen. A very relaxing break.” (September 2017)


“We wanted to find a special place for our first family holiday with Baby Caelan. We found it! We certainly hope to make a return visit! Thank you!” (September 2017)


“A lovely week, superb house & facilities - the little extras made all the difference! Amazing views. Loved the games room too. Many thanks to Stephen & Janine for your helpfulness & hospitality. We will definitely return next year!” (September 2017)


“Another lovely week at Hill Top again, despite the weather. Would recommend the Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank - a great pub for food. Thank you Stephen and Janine for your hospitality.” (September 2017)


“Our second visit and cottage still as amazing. Some new ventures - Grange over Sands walk to hospice - amazing views and the Hazlemere Cafe for best fish and chips not to be missed. Scafell a challenge - still aching but we can say we’ve done it. Good food again at White Hart in Bouth and a nice walk to it. For the record Kyle won table tennis 10-26! Thanks Stephen and Janine for another great stay.” (September 2017)


“We’ve had a fantastic time here, thank you so much. We would definitely come back.” (August 2017)


“So privileged to have the view, house and company here. Immaculate cottage.” (August 2017)


“Faultless! - The welcome, the comfort, the presentation and attention to detail truly superb.” (August 2017)


“Gorgeous cottage with stunning views and an awesome garden. Thank you, Stephen & Janine, for your hospitality!” (July 2017)


“Stunning cottage. We have felt so happy and comfortable here - the perfect place for our first family holiday. Thank you! X” (July 2017)


“Hard to find something different to write that hasn’t already been said! Our 4th visit to Hill Top and it won’t be our last. We love the house, the views, the games room, the garden and of course Steve & Janine - see you soon!” (July 2017)


“Beautiful cottage and great attention to detail. Very well equipped & pretty garden. Loved looking at all the posters and artwork.” (July 2017)


“Wonderful property, views & gardens. Owners so welcoming! Be back soon!” (June 2017)


“A return trip for us two. Fabulous cottage - so comfortable. Appreciate the added extras ... Recommend Cartmel, Holker Hall, Blackwell, Abbott Hall Gallery (Kendal) and supper in the White Hart, Bouth. This is the best s/c cottage we have ever stayed in. We will be back!” (June 2017)


“Back again for a third visit (certainly not the last ...) without any unexpected incidents!!! What can we say that we haven’t said before ... but FANTASTIC!!!” (June 2017)


“Superb cottage with outstanding views and added bonus of the Pavilion and outdoor space - we’ve loved our week here and enjoyed the luxury of a dry, sunny bit of weather!” (May 2017)


“Our 3rd visit to this simply stunning, quiet, luxury and really super comfortable cottage. We love, love, love everything about the cottage, games room, gardens and location. There is really no better self-catered cottage in the Lakes.” (May 2017)


“Have been coming to the Lakes for many years, but this was the best week ever. Cottage perfect, weather perfect - can’t praise it enough.” (May 2017)


“A wonderful stay at Hill Top. Attention to detail second to none and one of the most comfortable places we’ve stayed. Will recommend and hopefully return!” (April 2017)


“This is the best cottage we’ve ever stayed in - kept in beautiful and immaculate condition and an absolute pleasure to call home for a week. Stunning views and wonderful hosts - very friendly and kind. (All little touches much appreciated.)  Thank you!” (April 2017)


“We simply love it here. This was our 3rd visit. Beautiful area, wonderful place to stay come rain or shine. Excellent, friendly, knowledgeable hosts. We will be back! Thank you.” (April 2017)


“Where do we start? This 5 star property has everything you expect plus much more. Janine & Stephen were so friendly & helpful. The views were unbelievable. The pavilion amazing. Thank you for the extras & a wonderful relaxing holiday.” (March 2017)


“You looked after us with a 1st class service as in your previous incarnation. Nothing has changed! Thank you.” (March 2017) [Janine had been their optometrist!]


“Another tremendous week in this fabulous property - our 4th visit. Mixed weather but as ever we were warm and comfortable. Looking forward to the 5th time already!” (February 2017)


“Had a very relaxing time, wonderful views & very comfortable accommodation. Intend to come back sometime.” (November 2016)


“Beautiful cottage!! So clean!!!!!!!!! Loved our time here. Thank you for all the extras. The games room was great. Will return - have never said that before. Lovely autumnal weather just made this a perfect week.” (November 2016)


“Fabulous cottage - so comfortable. Fantastic facilities. Spent the week walking - loved the walks from Hill Top. Highly recommend Blackwell Arts & Crafts House. 10/10. Thank you.” (October 2016)


“Thanks again for a superb stay! The weather has been fantastic and we enjoyed great hikes with amazing views! Also, such a wonderful place to stay and return to after a day out. Perfect attention to details, much appreciated. Hope to return next year!” (October 2016)


“Really great week’s stay - fab views, wonderful walks. Good weather really showed the lakes to their best! Lovely house!!” (October 2016)


“Such a wonderful week here, and so lucky with the weather. Beautiful home & location. Thank you for allowing us to stay a while. We will be returning!” (October 2016)


“A lovely week in your outstanding cottage. Excellent facilities. A credit to you both. We would love to return. Thank you. x” (October 2016)


“A wonderful week walking the fells - and, yes, the weather was kind to us too! This cottage really is special: apart from the fantastic view (what a great way to enjoy a glass of wine!) the cottage itself is very well equipped. You have thought of every detail - and so well kept!!” (September 2016)


“We have had the most wonderful week in the loveliest cottage we have every stayed in. We have particularly enjoyed the outdoor spaces of Hill Top - the weather has been very kind to us. The games room is wonderful too. Try the walks from the cottage to Bouth.” (September 2016)


“Lovely cottage, with lovely views. On nice days sitting in the garden was idyllic. Janine and Stephen were very hospitable. We haven’t been in this part of the Lakes before but would definitely return.” (September 2016)


“What a lovely house! And such great views. The games room was a fantastic bonus and the girls loved it. Thank you Stephen and Janine for making our stay so special. The added extras of fruit, tea, coffee etc on arrival were very welcome. Enjoyed eating out at the White Hart (Bouth), Swan Hotel and Masons Arms. Hope to come back.” (August 2016)


“Thank you for such a wonderful week in an absolutely perfect cottage! Views were incredible as we were so lucky with the weather, the house was spotless and homely and the garden was beautiful! Will definitely be back!” (August 2016)


“I love this house because of the amazing views, sunsets and all the amazing things you can do. The house is really neat and well set up and the pavilion just makes it much more fun to stay here. Thank you. I’d love to come here again. Joseph age 10.” (August 2016)


“Amazing accommodation and scenery. Kyle loved the pavilion. Been a fantastic week touring the Lakes. A big thank you to Stephen & Janine for fantastic cottage. We will be back.” (July 2016)


“Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. Clean facilities, comfortable beds and lovely living area. You have thought of everything we could need! ... Beautiful scenery here. The house is wonderful. ... Garden is incredible. Thank you for our stay. The best cottage I have ever stayed in!” (July 2016)


“Very excited and happy to be back for our 3rd visit. Weather not as ordered but that didn’t stop us having a very comfortable, enjoyable stay. We love the games room. Will be back soon.” (July 2016)


“We had a great time (despite the weather). This cottage was a very welcoming place to return to each night. Beautifully presented and immaculately equipped. Can thoroughly recommend the walk to the White Hart in Bouth - great pub, good food.” (July 2016)


“From the moment we arrived to the warmest of welcomes we felt immediately at home. The fruit and other little touches were a lovely gesture. We couldn’t wait to come back after our daily trips - so peaceful & quiet, the garden is beautiful - a tribute to your hard work. We thank you both so much for making this a wonderful place to stay. The best we have stayed in over 25 years of coming to the Lake District.” (June 2016)


“Thank you Stephen & Janine for a lovely relaxing stay in a beautiful house in a stunning location. We’ve enjoyed some lovely weather so sitting in the lovely garden being deafened by the bees was a delight. Your attention to detail in the house is to be commended - one of the best cottages we’ve stayed at ever! Finally, thanks for introducing us to the lovely Duddon Valley!” (June 2016)


“Back again for a second time to this wonderful cottage, especially with the amazing weather!!!! Thank you, Stephen and Janine, for all the help you gave us with our “little problems”. We promise next time we’ll be good .... (we want to come and live with you!!)” (June 2016)


“What a perfect week to celebrate our Honeymoon & also our daughter’s 1st birthday! Stephen & Janine were so welcoming & the house is just simply amazing! Beautiful place! Must come back! Thank you. xxx” (May 2016)


“This guest accommodation is SUPERB, it is so beautiful, as well as being serene, immaculate, and full of interesting pictures & pottery, all displayed to perfection. And what VIEWS(!). Plus a charming garden and a marvellous games pavilion. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Sykes for such a wonderful creation and for being such tactful yet welcoming hosts. Much appreciated by both of us. THANK YOU & thanks from Postman Pat and Jess. John (Cunliffe).” (May 2016)


“Our 2nd stay and just wonderful. The cottage is a space of calm and ‘quiet imaginings’. We are very sad to be leaving and look forward to coming back. Thank you.” (May 2016)


“Immaculately restored cottage with amazing views and beautiful gardens. The Games Room was a real bonus for those rainy evenings. Lovely to read about the heritage of the property. Thank you.” (April 2016)


“Lovely cottage. We love the playroom. Great views and walks. Thank you.” (April 2016)


“Our third year at this fabulous property. Stephen and Janine’s standards are impeccable and we enjoyed our week here every bit as much as previous occasions. Weather behaved itself too! Looking forward to the 4th time already!!” (February 2016)


“Gorgeous property with every comfort, all of which we enjoyed during a cosy winter week that was more indoor than outdoor due to the floods! Thank you.” (January 2016)


“Best holiday cottage ever! Wonderful views, great tips, really well-equipped - Stephen & Janine have thought of everything. Fantastic Arthur Ransome tour too!” (October 2015)


“Thank you for a wonderful and peaceful stay. We have been visiting the Lake District for more than 10 years now. This was truly one of the most beautiful cottages, very clean and welcoming, not to forget the magnificent views! Look forward to returning soon!” (October 2015)


“A fantastic week in a lovely setting - could do with an extra week to recover from the walks! Thank you.” (October 2015)


“Had a really wonderful week in this fantastic cottage - Thank you.” (October 2015)


“A perfect week in a beautiful, historic setting!” (October 2015)


“We really enjoyed our stay in Southern Lakeland even though the weather was variable. Echo comments of other visitors about the property and the owners as they have made this an exceptional place to stay. Thank you!” (September 2015)


“We have had a very peaceful and relaxing holiday here at Hill Top and the weather has been perfect. Just what we needed. Thank you for being so welcoming and obliging and for all the little extras which were much appreciated.” (September 2015)


“Such a beautiful cottage in a wonderful setting. We had a fantastic stay and enjoyed the peace and comfort and special touches you provided to make our stay so pleasurable. Thank you both!” (September 2015)


“Wow!!!! Perfect in every way. We have had a fantastic holiday. Fantastic cottage, fantastic owners. We will certainly be back very soon and recommend to family and friends. Thank you.” (August 2015)


“Congratulations Janine & Stephen on providing such a fantastic holiday ‘experience’. We appreciate all the thoughtful extra touches and your wonderful enthusiasm. We will recommend to family, friends & colleagues. Thank you.” (August 2015)


“We had a wonderful time at the cottage. It is superb, the best we have ever stayed in. The quality of the wood floors and doors, kitchen and bathrooms and the soft furnishings were superb. Thank you for providing such a wonderful holiday retreat with top notch accessories. Everything was so easy to use. Also thank you for all the little touches like milk, tea, fruit and coffee. The addition of toiletries was a lovely addition. The pavilion was a delight. Your garden is superb - pity the weather reduced our ability to sit out more, maybe one day. (Via email)” (August 2015)


“What a lovely cottage, very peaceful - lovely owners. The games room was fantastic & used frequently in the evenings. The views are stunning and sitting with a glass of wine in the garden is sheer bliss. Very sad to leave and would love to come back.” (July 2015)


“A lovely place to stay and enjoy the unusually good weather. Loved it and are sad to leave this wonderful place! Thank You.” (July 2015)


“Thank you so much for your hospitality & letting us share part of your lovely home and magical garden. A wonderful week.” (June 2015)


“Wow! What a wonderful cottage & views are amazing! Walked our legs off this week, don’t want to go home! Thank you.” (June 2015)


“An amazing cottage in a fabulous location. Walks from the door with plenty of wildlife, deer (stags too!), foxes and squirrels! Amazing weather too - we’ll be back! (June 2015)


“An outstanding cottage, lovely peaceful views, wonderful area and just a pleasure to be here. Thank you!” (June 2015)


“Wow! Beautiful cottage. Fantastic views. We’ve had a great week. Thank you!” (May 2015)


“A beautiful cosy cottage, with warm welcoming owners. See you next year!” (May 2015)


“Hill Top has been our dream house for a week. Everything is perfect and the attention to detail is incredible. Thank you!!!” (May 2015)


“What an amazing house in a wonderful location. We’ve had a fantastic time. Thank you.” (May 2015)


“Fantastic cottage, amazing views, wonderful and cozy. Thanks for everything - we have loved it and look forward to returning!” (May 2015)


“We’ve had a fantastic week here at ‘Hill Top’, truly the very best cottage we have ever stayed in. You can be very proud of all the hard work put in to make this a superb 5* accommodation. The garden is beautiful and wonderful to relax in with a view to ‘die for’! Thank you for all the little extras on our arrival, very much appreciated. We will be back there’s no doubt about that!!” (May 2015)


“We have enjoyed a fantastic week here at Hill Top - the cottage is first class, 5*! And the weather has been equally superb. Many thanks.” (April 2015)


“Despite being unlucky with the weather we have had a wonderful week. Plenty of places to visit and all the meals out were to be recommended, particularly ‘The Farmers Arms’. Absolutely fantastic cottage, marvellous attention to detail, wonderful hosts. Thank you.” (April 2015)


“Wonderful week at ‘Hill Top’ - seen the steam engine, ‘forest fire’ - sun, wind & snow!! Enjoyed the peace and relaxing outside with the spring sun, reading ...” (March 2015)


“Stunning location & very welcoming hosts - the attention to detail & thoughtful ‘little extras’ were wonderful. Games room was an added bonus on the occasional damp afternoon! Would recommend Dodd’s in Ambleside for an evening meal and the pub in Bouth for Sunday lunch ... and sitting in the courtyard garden with a cuppa & counting stars! Don’t want to leave but I’m sure we’ll be back.” (March 2015)


“Immaculate cottage, gardens and fantastic games room. The best hosts ever. Amazingly beautiful scenery. Know of nowhere better than here. Can’t wait to come back.” (March 2015)


“Well, here we are again, can’t believe a year has flown by. Another wonderful week spent at Hill Top. We felt so relaxed and ‘at home’ from the moment we walked in last Saturday - this cottage is fabulous. We really don’t want to leave tomorrow. However, we will be booking again for next year before we go! Looking forward to it already!” (February 2015)


“Another wonderfully relaxing week in great accommodation and fantastic surroundings - excellent meals at Storrs Hall and Masons Arms - games pavilion brilliant for wetter interludes - Will be back ...” (February 2015)


“Lovely cottage - Fantastic facilities - We very much look forward to our next stay!” (January 2015)


“A lovely retreat - very quiet, calm and comfortable. We forgot to use our Brantwood voucher but enjoyed our visit here very much.” (December 2014)


“An amazing week in an amazing cottage despite 5 out of 7 days of rain! Tarn Hows was amazing on the only sunny day here. First time in this area of the Lakes even though we come up most years and will now be returning to this part. Kids loved running around and jumping in puddles. Thank you. (Ps) If you want afternoon tea then go to Chesters at Skelwith Bridge and The Apple Pie at Ambleside.” (November 2014)


“Had a lovely week in truly gorgeous property - so many lovely touches and the garden and games room are fab! The views are stunning even in the rain! Would definitely like to return! Thank you!” (October 2014)


“Beyond a shadow of a doubt the best self-catered cottage we have ever stayed in (and there have been a few). We totally echo all the positive comments already shared - so why so special? The views, warmth of Janine & Stephen, the garden, games room, vouchers/discounts all laid out ready for you, the fruit, tea, coffee & milk awaiting your arrival, the list is endless. The attention to detail 100%. We have had a wonderful holiday. Thank you.” (October 2014)


“What a gorgeous luxurious cottage and with so many special touches. It goes without saying that the view is to die for! We have had a fantastic week. Thank you.” (September 2014)


“Superb accommodation where attention to detail and finishing touches should make Hill Top 5 Star. Looking forward to our next stay.” (September 2014)


“A huge congratulations to the both of you. What a fantastic conversion into probably the best cottage we have ever stayed in. You should be really proud. This week went too fast. Couldn’t have been luckier with the weather. Will miss that view and everything about Hill Top.” (September 2014)

                           

“Great cottage, great views, great games room, great hosts. Thank you so much, Stephen and Janine, nothing was too much trouble. Great weather too  - what more can you ask? We have had a lovely holiday!!!!” (September 2014)


“We totally agree with all previous comments. Thank you so much for sharing your photos & recordings of Arthur Ransome in his very own study - we feel very privileged to have spent time in his (& your) house.” (August 2014)


“This has to be the best cottage we have stayed in - everything perfect. Lovely hosts, thank you both.” (August 2014)


“On arrival greeted by delightful, sweet Janine & Stephen and spectacular vista. Wonderful accommodation with great attention to detail. A perfect week! Will definitely return and recommend to friends & family!” (August 2014)


“Lovely week in the Lakes. Particularly enjoyed sitting amongst the flowers outside the games room. This cottage is ‘as good as it gets’. Thanks!” (August 2014)


“The Cottage exceeded our expectations - comfortable and beautifully furnished. Delightful surroundings and magnificent sunsets over the hills. Thank you so much Janine and Stephen.” (July 2014)


“Excellent accommodation, very friendly hosts. Games room was much used for family competitions. Great holiday all round.” (July 2014)


“A very warm welcome. Thank you for the little extras. A fantastic cottage in wonderful surroundings.” (July 2014)


“We have all had a wonderful time. The cottage is superb. Enjoyed the games room, great fun. Weather has been great. Thank you.” (July 2014)


“We have found ‘heaven on earth’ and enjoyed an amazing week. The cottage is the best we have stayed in, the weather has been glorious and we will definitely return!” (June 2014)


“Our first foray to the ‘Lakes’ has surpassed all expectations. The ‘Cottage’ is superb and the garden a delight. The weather has been very kind and much, much better than we expected. I hope we will return to explore further and enjoy all the comforts and views from ‘The Cottage’”. (June 2014)


“Great cottage, great view and the fact that we are re-booking for next year tells you everything you need to know. White Hart in Bouth good for Sunday lunch and good ales. The Punch Bowl in Crossthwaite serves as good pub food as we have ever had.” (June 2014)


“This was our first visit to the Lake District and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We have had a lovely holiday and we look forward to visiting again next year. The cottage was amazing and the views were to die for.” (May 2014)


“We have stayed in many cottages in the Lake District but this one tops them all!!!!! Thank you. We will definitely be back.” (May 2014)


“We absolutely loved it here. We loved everything about it - the views, the spec, the history. Really friendly welcome from the owners. Been doing lots of AR research!! We never go back to stay in the same cottage twice but with this place it would be difficult not to! Sadly, it’s booked up for ages .We would love to see ‘that view’ in the snow!” (May 2014).


“We really appreciated a most comfortable stay in this luxury accommodation. A wonderful base from which to explore the surrounding area. We heard the cuckoo, woodpecker and I think we almost heard the bluebells ring. Swarthmoor Hall and Holker Hall both tranquil and worth visits.” (May 2014)


“We have had a really delightful stay at The Cottage at Hill Top. It is truly a luxury cottage and the best self-catering establishment we have stayed in worldwide!! My daughter and son-in-law and their two children loved it but had to leave Tuesday so their loss was our gain. Everything is top spec. and we shall be back.” (April 2014)


“Just about as perfect as a holiday cottage can be. Everything we could have dreamed of. Made our trip to the Lakes very special. Thank you.” (April 2014)

 

“Everything we were looking for and more! We have enjoyed the collection of photos, articles and the Ransome interview. A warm welcome and a very enjoyable stay. Thank you.” (April 2014)


“As a lifelong Arthur Ransome fan it was a special joy to stay in his last home - especially one so beautifully converted and of such high quality! We will be back, I’m sure!” (April 2014)


“A lovely conversion that has been very well appointed. The kitchen has all the necessary mod cons. (and more besides) and the fittings are of excellent quality eg. the bath sheets. You’ve spoilt us for other holiday cottages!” (March 2014)


“Without a doubt the best cottage/accommodation we have ever stayed in (and we have stayed in many!) I can only echo what previous guests have written, Views, setting, history, finish, fittings, fixtures - all top class. Warm welcome from Stephen and Janine and all the little extras made the stay at Hill Top very relaxing and memorable.” (March 2014)


“An outstanding conversion in a lovely spot. Thanks for the warm welcome and all the little touches - books, games, photos. Lovely and warm too. Local walk on Rusland Heights well worth taking in.” (March 2014)


“We have had a wonderful, relaxing week here at Hill Top. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, despite the weather! Being able to return to such a fabulous place each day, and to appreciate the view in the every-changing light has been amazing. The very high quality of all the fixtures and fittings/lines, towels etc. and all the lovely pieces of glass and ceramics set the cottage apart from most of the properties we have stayed in. The games room has been a real “WOW factor” - we will certainly miss it. Thank you so much for all the thoughtful extra touches (fruit/tea/coffee/shower gel and so many others) and for the welcome on arrival. We will definitely return to Hill Top.” (February 2014)




Reviews written by Guests in our Visitors Book