3rd March, 2023

From Email:-

Hi Simon,

We had a fantastic time!

We got really lucky with the weather and did plenty of walking. I have the blisters to prove it lol.

By the way, that’s the best Aga we have ever used! Really accurate instructions and we had plenty of perfectly cooked eggs, casseroles and fajitas!

We hope to book again sometime in the future. I think this was our 11th holiday with you & we have had some very special memories so thank you. 🙏🏻

Kind regards

Amanda Hughes

28th December, 2022

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Magical Christmas Stay”

I booked directly with Simon for the Beautiful Charcoal House to spend Christmas week with my family – 6 adults, 2 children and Bonnie our dog.

What a haven it was!! Spacious and x so comfortable.

I’m very particular and was so impressed by the highest standard of cleanliness – it was immaculate.

The festive touches were in place throughout and the beautiful Christmas tree in the spacious, luxurious upstairs lounge was so lovely.

Everything we needed was supplied to cook Christmas dinner – so well thought out.

I LOVED the AGA and am a convert!!

We all loved Charcoal House.

The weather was wet and windy but we still ventured out to the beautiful nearby lakes.

We will go back – no question.

Thank you Simon and team for all the informed information to make this Christmas stay so memorable and magical. This is a MUST!! – Sue Carter, Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland

28th November, 2022

5 out of 5 Review on VRBO

“5 Stars”

The cottage was spotless, beautifully decorated and furnished and extremely comfortable and well equipped. The attention to detail was excellent and we genuinely couldn’t fault it. We had a wonderful stay for my son’s 21st – a real family break.

……and from the same guests via email:-

“Hi Simon

I just wanted to say what a fabulous time we had at Charcoal House. The furnishings were beautiful and so comfortable. The house is so well equipped with everything you could need and we would definitely recommend it to friends.

My parents should have come with so my husband and I had The Nook and let our sons and partners have the upstairs rooms. It’s such an excellent setup and everyone loved the house and the whole weekend.

Thanks again for a great stay – we really hope to come back some day.


3rd June, 2022

Superb holiday cottage – so well equipped.

Beds were very comfy and we loved the Aga.

Perfect location for exploring. The Blacksmiths Arms at Broughton Mills is fab for food and you must go to Bakehouse Born & Bread in Greenodd for brunch.

We would all love to come back.

Grandma loved ‘The Nook’.

Perfect week with perfect weather – no need to go abroad!  – Carol, Jason, Adam, Daniel, Grandma & Monty the woof – Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

And, from email:-

“You can tell all your properties are really well managed by yourself. Your attention to detail is second to none. We’ve stayed at many holiday cottages in the UK but this was definitely the best!” – Carol Hartley – Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

16th May, 2022

Had a wonderful weekend here celebrating my mum’s 60th birthday.

The house was brilliant and the location near Coniston Water was awesome.

Thank you  – Malcolm Turner, Morecambe, Lancashire

21st February, 2022

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Beautiful home, perfect family getaway”

As soon as we arrived we knew we’d made the right choice, picking Charcoal House as our holiday home in the lakes. The house is beautifully presented and really well equipped.

We went as an extended family, my husband, son and dog, my parents and my sister and her partner. The size was great, the rooms were all fab and the nook was that extra wow- perfect for my parents to have their own little area to escape too (breaks are always needed when there is a 2 year old and a large dog around ha!).

Location is brilliant, lots of local walks near and neighbouring towns a short drive away. We went into Ulverston a few times for lunch and an explore, as well as Ambleside.

The weather was not on our side so we didn’t get to do the walks we had planned to, but we would be more than happy to return again perhaps in the warmer months and will recommend Charcoal House to friends.

Thank you to Simon for being continuously helpful and available if we had any questions – Hannah

28th January, 2022

From Email:-

“It was perfect.  A great week enjoyed by all and we’ll definitely stay again. Really nice place you have there.”


21st of December, 2021

From Email

“Good morning Simon,

On behalf of my wife, son, his wife and myself, I just wanted to personally thank you so much for allowing us all the absolute pleasure of staying at Charcoal House on our pre-Christmas holiday. The house, its facilities, lovely decor throughout and the wonderful location have all contributed to our expectations being overwhelmingly exceeded.

We have been staying in the Lakes for the past 12 years in hotels and cottages and can honestly say that whilst we have enjoyed some lovely holidays, no accommodation has ever come close to Charcoal House.

We leave In the morning and I can assure you that we will be returning, all being well in December 2022.

Keep up the wonderful work take care stay safe and all the very best for Christmas and the new year.

Kindest Regards Andy Martin”

13th December, 2021

5 out of 5 Review on VRBO

“Fantastic house”

Charcoal house is gorgeous – spacious, but cosy at the same time.

The kitchen was really well equipped which really helps. All the beds were kingsize and one was even bigger, so we slept well!

It rained a fair bit over the weekend, so we didn’t see any views, which was a shame, but we enjoyed ourselves despite this.

It would have been perfect if the pub had been a bit nearer 😀 – Theresa

13th August, 2021

From Email:-

We had the most amazing time staying in Charcoal House and I have to say that the accommodation exceeded all expectations. It is a truly wonderful cottage, well-appointed, well equipped and very comfortable. We all loved the way it was furnished and decorated.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this cottage or another through Holiday Cottages Cumbria, or to book it again myself. The service you provided throughout was excellent.

Thank you very much indeed.

Best wishes

Sue Byron (Bromley, Kent)