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“Perfect mini-break”
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Location, Location, Location! Boot village (circled) in Summer beneath Scafell
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Winter view of Boot Village (circled) beneath snowcapped Scafell Stunning downstairs with open plan living and dining areas
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Location, Location, Location! Boot village (circled) in Summer beneath Scafell
Winter view of Boot Village (circled) beneath snowcapped Scafell
Stunning downstairs with open plan living and dining areas
Brand new kitchen installed earlier this year!
Breakfast beneath the fells in our glorious gardens!
Romantic galleried bedroom
Recently renovated bathroom.
Luxury bathroom
Enjoy a powerful shower or relaxing bath after a day out on the fells!
Upstairs galleried bedroom
Reflections of the scree slopes on Waswater, England's deepest lake, a pleasant walk away
Brand new kitchen installed earlier this year!
View of the Upper Esk from Hardknott Roman Fort - you can see all the way to the sea!
Wastwater, a pleasant walk away, England's deepest lake
Eskdale and Ravenglass Narrow Gauge Steam Railway - 5 minutes walk from the cottages
Hardknott Roman Fort, overlooking the Upper Esk
Exploring the Roman ruins!
Walkers in the Upper Esk
Boot Village beneath the majestic mountains
Walking boots airing on our pink granite dry stone walls
Lingcove Bridge in the Upper Esk
Downstairs luxury bathroom
Fabulous views from our riverside paddock and picnic areas
Hardknott Cottage bathed in sunlight
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Boot, Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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keithnb20...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Location and area unbeatable, but cottage disappointing.”
Reviewed 20 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Reading the reviews for Hardknott and the other cottages at Bridge End Farm, much is said about the tranquillity, fabulous scenery, wonderful walks, lovely pubs, and all quite rightly so, the Boot and Eskdale area cannot be praised highly enough.

However, I am reviewing the cottage itself, and whilst looking idyllic from outside, on entering we were sadly disappointed. If this was a property for sale, estate-agent-speak would euphemistically describe it as ‘in need of modernisation’.

The carefully staged marketing photos oversell it, and it was easy to see why there were no photos of the bathroom. It is particularly tired and in need of a makeover. The shower was only a bath mixer with hose, no thermostat control, so very easy to scald when the temperature fluctuated, and the bottom of the bath flexed easily when standing in it (I am far from overweight) so easy to be off-balance, which was a bit disturbing.

It took a while to find which cottage in the row was Hardknott, we tried our keys in various doors before getting there. I appreciate it was our own fault that our printed directions seemed to be missing a vital page, but discreet name plates on each cottage would be a big help – after all, the sign proclaiming the award-winning status of the development was visible enough.

We didn’t see anyone representing the management the entire time we were there, but we didn’t need them for anything, so only an observation, not a criticism.

The whole feel was very much that this was a commercial rental business rather than someone’s pride and joy; I’m guessing from the general fit-out that it was converted about 30 years ago, with the least being spent on upgrading whilst rental rates have been pushed to the most that the local market will stand. Having stayed in other 4-star accommodation, I am surprised that this cottage can still retain this status.

Having said this, we had a fabulous stay in Boot, we had such good weather that we were out walking over the hills every day and enjoying the fantastic food in one or other of the friendly pubs each evening, so the cottage not living up to its marketing did not in the end diminish our holiday.

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Liked best: The area
Liked least: The bathroom
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Management Response
1 Jan 2016
I am sorry you found the cottage disappointing. Bridge End Farm Cottages are very much my pride and joy. It is absolutely not the case that the minimum has been spent on upgrading. We are constantly reinvesting thousands of Pounds each year and in the last two years Hardknott Cottage has had a new heating system, new super comfy king size bed with matching luxury linen, new Laura Ashley curtains, new lighting and a stunning brand new bathroom which was part of our annual replacement schedule and was installed soon after your visit. In terms of the old bathroom, we found that one of the supports had dislodged allowing the bath to flex. Our guests usually love the powerful water pressure that we have in the shower in Hardknott Cottage. Please see the photos of the stunning new bathroom on my 'selectcottages' website. It does of course have thermostatic controls as well as the same powerful water pressure. The cottages are 500 years old and Grade 2 Listed of historic importance. Our photos are not carefully staged, they are exactly as the cottage is and when we change something we endeavour to show this with new photos so that the cottage is portrayed accurately. We are most definitely 4 star standard and are graded each year with the cottage sitting well in the middle of the 4 star bracket. Thank you for referring to the award winning status of our development, yes we received many accolades from the Lake District National Park for the quality our our barn conversions and how sympathetically they were converted without losing all the wonderful centuries old features. We have deliberated for many years about cottage names outside and the last thing we want to do is detract from the stunning 500 year old Grade 2 Listed buildings and barn conversions or fall foul of the Listed Buildings Authority so we have very specific cottage instructions for locating each cottage. However we have taken your comments on board and have sourced some discreet slate signs that are the same Westmorland Green slates as our roof tiles so they blend in with the lovely Eskdale Pink granite walls. In terms of our pricing, we are very price sensitive and for much of the year we offer rates that give extremely marginal profitability. Please remember these are historic buildings in the heart of the National Park, they are expensive to buy, renovate and maintain. They are however fabulous character holiday cottages full of charm in the most wonderful location. We supply all the home from home comforts you would expect in a 4 or 5 star cottage such as free wi fi and a full Sky TV package. Our gardens and grounds are beautiful and we have many happy customers who return year after year. I'm surprised you didn't see my housekeeper Amy or maintenance caretaker Bob during your visit, they were there at the cottages, but I am guessing you were out enjoying the wonderful scenery and walks at the times they visited. We are a highly customer orientated business and available for our customers 7 days a week at any reasonable time of day. To put this review in context look at all the lovely reviews from other guests who have thoroughly enjoyed their stays in this romantic cottage and see the new photos on my 'selectcottages' website. Thank you, Greg Poole.
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Lucinda M
Mickleton, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
“Perfect mini-break”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We went for a last-minute short break at Hardknott Cottage, which was the only one-bedroom cottage we hadn't stayed in at Bridge End. We weren't disappointed - like the other cottages, it's clean, comfortable, well-equipped and stunningly located by Whillan Beck at the foot of the Boot fells. There's a gorgeous large, shared, back garden, complete with furniture, bbq equipment and access to the beck. We were joined in the garden by a few sheep to ensure we had the full rural experience!

The cottage is brilliantly located for walks right from the door, be they gentle strolls along the nearby river Esk, or more challenging hikes up Scafell, or something in between. The west Cumbrian coast is within easy reach by car, and there are two pubs within a few hundred yards.

As with the other one-bed cottages at Bridge End, this probably isn't ideal for very tall people, and the parking area can be a bit tight, but nonetheless i wouldn't hesitate to recommend all the one-bed cottages - I've been back several times now, and am likely to continue doing so, unless I get a dog! (The cottages aren't pet-friendly!)

Thanks once again to Greg and team for a marvellous mini-break.

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Liked best: The mezzanine bedroom complete with velux, providing a great view of the fells
Liked least: The front door lintel is a little low, so if you're tall, you need to watch out you don't concuss yourself on the way in/out!
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RichardPa...
London, United Kingdom
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“Nice”
Reviewed 23 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Great, remote location, hidden away within the Lake District. Ideal for a quiet getaway from the city. A beautiful spot with an amazing waterfall nearby. The cottage itself was expensive, but cute, well looked after, and a nice base to have as you plot your adventures.

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Management Response
21 Feb 2015
I'm sorry you found our cottage expensive. It is a Grade 2 Listed historic cottage so the purchase and maintenance are expensive, plus your visit over Easter is when prices rise across the holiday sector. It is also best to book for a whole week rather than a short break over the Easter weekend.
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Newcastle
Reviewed 4 August 2011 for a stay in March 2011
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 July 2011 for a stay in June 2011
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