“Lovely as ever. Shame about the rain. Enjoyed the week.” (November 2023)

“We have had a really lovely week despite the rain! The warm welcome as we arrived from a long drive from Stephen & Janine was lovely and as soon as we stepped into this beautiful cottage we relaxed! Everything is exceptional in the house with such lovely thoughtful touches and attention to detail. We enjoyed watching the video of the renovation on the house and looking at the books. The games pavilion was a huge hit with all of us. This is simply the best place that we have ever stayed in and we will return!” (August 2023)

“Thank you for a wonderful stay, we enjoyed it so much. An exceptional house with everything we needed and more. Breathtaking views, happy memories!” (July 2023)

“Another wonderful week - Thank you, Janine and Stephen. Perfect therapy!” (June 2023)

“We’ve had a fantastic week here and are sad to leave. The views and peaceful ambience are stunning! We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thank you for your suggestion of the steamer at Ullswater - it was brilliant! Beautiful house! Thank you.” (June 2023)

“Our 10th visit to this fabulous house and, as always, the week has flown by! The weather today has been wonderful, and sitting here looking at the view I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be. Thank you, Stephen &  Janine for making such a special place … see you next year. x” (May 2023)

“Thank you Stephen and Janine for yet another wonderful, restful holiday. Perfect cottage, perfect hosts and perfect location. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the new books you have put together on the local history of the area - a true delight to read. Thank you also for the unexpected Easter treats - they were enjoyed during many of our wonderful walks.” (April 2023)

“Our second visit to Hill Top which is superb in every way. Everything we required was available & the cottage is spotless and warm. This is truly a home from home for us & we look forward to our next visit … there is still so much to explore. Only regret has been not spending more time with our hosts Stephen & Janine who are fonts of knowledge. xxxx” (March 2023)

“Another enjoyable week in spite of all that the weather has thrown at us! Hill Top is a special place, made even more special by our wonderful hosts Janine & Stephen. Looking forward to our next Pilgrimage in June.” (March 2023)

“Our 2nd visit to this superb cottage. We had a wonderful time walking the hills & fells during the days & relaxing in the evenings. The snooker & table tennis have been enjoyed by us all. Thank you Stephen & Janine - this cottage is hard to beat!” (February 2023)

“Thank you Janine & Stephen. We have had another wonderful week at Hill Top.” (October 2022)

“Superb cottage - facilities and location. We enjoyed our guided walk through your woodland. The drive you mapped out for us was full of amazing views. Thank you for our warm welcome.” (September 2022)

“Perfect cottage - wonderful hosts. Great views and a great area. Games room great for bad weather days. A very relaxing holiday. Thank you.” (August 2022)

“Beautiful cottage, stunning views. Games room was brilliant, especially the days the weather was not too kind. Excellent hosts. Perfect.” (August 2022)

“It was wonderful to come back again to Hill Top and see Stephen & Janine. We had a lovely holiday, and everything was so comfortable and spot on. We do love that games pavilion! Thank you so much for having us, and we would love to come back and stay again soon. x” (July 2022)

“Another return visit to Paradise! This time with perfect weather. Stephen and Janine as ever wonderful hosts - thank you. Reluctant to leave!” (June 2022)

“Everything is just PERFECT! Don’t change a thing. Thank you so much … Rusland Pool and Bouth walk very good. All the books written by Stephen & Janine are excellent and well worth reading, all with lovely photos.” (May 2022)

“Amazing house, fantastic hosts! Our 9th consecutive year and about to book No. 10. Love it more every time. xxx” (May 2022)

“Finally got here after 2 aborted attempts for our 3rd visit. Thank you Stephen for the personal guided walk through your beautiful ancient woodland - we thoroughly enjoyed it. Also enjoyed your video on the transformation of Hill Top - fascinating. We have loved seeing The Lakes in spring and enjoyed the local walks and hostelries. Hill top is just as charming and well equipped as it was in 2014. Truly 5* accommodation. Thank you Stephen & Janine for the warm welcome and little touches that make this place special.” (May 2022)

“Thank you for a wonderful fortnight. The Cottage is as delightful as ever, and we have watched some especially good sunsets from the window. And the bluebells are the best either of us can recall. (Via card)(May 2022)

“Our first return visit after 2 years, due to Covid. Our 5th time here. A wonderful week and made to feel extremely welcome once again. We have found many local walks, straight from the house, and enjoyed exploring the woods. We’ve already booked again!” (April 2022)

“Thank you for making another superb week for us in this lovely property so well cared for in such a lovely part of the world.” (April 2022)

“Everything was just as promised. Couldn’t fault it. Weather perfect for daily walks. Just lovely.” (March 2022)

“Perfect, as always! Looking forward now to our June visit.” (March 2022)

“We loved our stay here - the accommodation is beautiful and all the little touches & attention to detail make it all the more special. Thank you Stephen & Janine. xx” (February 2022)

“A perfect escape from the hustle & bustle. Thank you Stephen & Janine for being great hosts. xx (January 2022)

“Loved our stay in this beautiful place. Fantastic views, woodland and gardens. The little extras and attention to detail are a real treat. Thank you Stephen & Janine.” (January 2022)

“A lovely cottage in a stunning setting. Very cosy.” (November 2021)

“This was a much looked-forward to return visit and it didn’t disappoint. The cottage is as wonderful as ever and Janine and Stephen as welcoming as ever. If you haven’t watched the video about the transformation of this property, then do. It is simply amazing.” (October 2021)

“Thank you Janine and Stephen. We have had a wonderful week staying at Hill Top. Everything has been perfect and we look forward to staying with you again.” (October 2021)

“Thank you Stephen & Janine for the warm welcome and sharing the history of your wonderful cottage which has been restored with such attention to detail. A perfect stay!” (October 2021)

“3rd visit for some of us. Home away from home. Wonderful facilities and charm. 5 star! *****. Thanks!” (September 2021)

“Wonderful cottage & location for a very enjoyable week in the Lakes. Hill Top is a special place to spend a holiday - thank you Stephen & Janine.” (September 2021)

“Had a lovely sunny week walking (thank you for the local walk info and would recommend the Greenwood Trails too). Great place. X” (August 2021)

“Our 2nd visit to this wonderful cottage and it didn’t disappoint! We’ve had the most fabulous week here again. Thank you so much for all the extras that you provide as it really makes it ‘extra’ special. We have loved exploring your recommended walks from the doorstep as well as making full use of your games room too! We cannot recommend this place highly enough - it really is 5 star! We’re already looking forward to returning next Easter! Thank you once again. xx.” (August 2021)

“We’ve had a wonderful week in a truly magical setting. Thank you Stephen and Janine for all the little touches that make the cottage so perfect! Also a big thank you for your hospitality and all the excellent information provided!” (August 2021)

“We have had the most fabulous holiday staying in the wonderful cottage. Thank you so much for the warm welcome. The accommodation is perfect and Stephen and Janine have thought of everything. Thank you for the fruit, tea, coffee etc. The games room was a big hit with the family and we had a lovely time exploring your woodland! I enjoyed looking at the photo books too! We shall definitely recommend the place.” (August 2021)

“The new 3Rs - rest, relaxation and recuperation. Thank you, Hill Top. x” (July 2021)

“We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. What an incredible place! Accommodation was spot on and views indescribable. Thank you so much - we felt privileged to stay here. Games room perfect!” (July 2021)

“Perfect place, perfect setting and perfect weather! Loved our stay … Very well appointed property and fab views and location. Great break away from NHS work.” (July 2021)

“Delighted to return to Hill Top after a year’s enforced delay! A wonderful week including climbing Helvellyn via Striding Edge.” (June 2021)

“Another wonderful week at this perfect cottage & location and perfect hosts. Just looking forward to our return!” (June 2021)

“We have had a really lovely week here at Hill Top and we managed plenty of wonderful walks mainly following your recommendations. We both looked through the renovation photos showing how you transformed Hill Top and you must be very pleased with how it turned out and it certainly took some amazing vision to create what you have and we are very lucky to have been able to stay here with you this week - really fabulous cottage with everything we could want and a really warm welcome from you both despite our very late arrival!! Take care and stay safe and we’ll see you next June. X” (Via email) (June 2021)

“A wonderfully restorative stay in a fantastic home with a spectacular view - especially the sunsets. Many thanks for your welcome!” (June 2021)

“So overwhelmed by this wonderful cottage. How good for the soul!! Fab views & location. Immaculate facilities. Thanks Stephen & Janine for your care & attention to detail. We’ve loved every minute. The Pavilion games room was the icing on the cake! Great BBQ too. x” (May 2021)

“What a wonderful week! Sad to be leaving; we will be back. Thanks to Janine and Stephen for being perfect hosts.” (May 2021)

“Absolutely fabulous week at Hill Top. The Cottage is everything you would want and more! The glorious weather added to our enjoyment. Thank you Stephen and Janine for your warmth and wonderful hospitality. We will be back! xx” (April 2021)

“Such a beautiful relaxing space, the house is a credit to you both. Thank you for the gifts and for supporting us in having a much needed break from our work. We loved the days walking and equally the days relaxing and watching the scenery change. We were both very sad to leave. Many thanks again for sharing and for your help and support.” (December 2020)

“Our first visit to this wonderful cottage. Thank you Stephen and Janine for making our stay so relaxing, everything has been perfect. We particularly enjoyed the walk to High Dam via Finsthwaite, simply stunning views from Rusland Heights. We went for dinner at the Old Stamp House in Ambleside (fantastic!) and to The Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank for lunch but we have loved our evenings in reading and making use of the Games Pavilion. Thank you both for a truly memorable holiday in this gorgeous part of England.” (November 2020)

“We’ve run out of superlatives! What a haven in these troubled times. Can’t wait for our return visit in June. And we’ve been blessed with the weather.” (October 2020)

“Another magical, peaceful and relaxing stay. Delightful views, luxury cottage, stunning landscape. Wow … and yes please to next year! Thank you as always.” (October 2020)

“A more perfect cottage it would be difficult to find. Everything of a very high standard with wonderful views, sunrises & sunsets. A most enjoyable week.” (October 2020)

“Beautifully decorated, comfortable cottage with stunning views. Ideally suited for long walks straight from the door.” (September 2020)

“We agree with everything that has been said so far and more. A lovely place in a lovely place. Thank you so much.” (September 2020)

“A wonderful stay in The Lakes. Your cottage is perfect; wonderful views and everything you could want has been provided. The games pavilion was a god-send for our boys. Thank you.” (August 2020)

“Fabulous Cottage with fabulous views. We all enjoyed the games pavilion. We will definitely come back!” (August 2020)

“Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. We loved the cottage and the Lake District - we will definitely be back! (Via email)(August 2020)

“Wow… what a beautiful place you have. The views are beautiful. Everything you need is supplied. Thank you.” (August 2020)

“An unexpected holiday in the Lakes but one we have all really enjoyed. Lovely cottage with amazing views and we really enjoyed making good use of the Pavilion each evening. Great base for taking advantage of what the Lakes has to offer - thanks Stephen & Janine.” (August 2020)

“Another wonderful stay at this beautiful cottage. Again we only wished it were for longer! We’ve been very lucky with weather and loved going on local and further afield walks. As always the facilities are amazing. The pavilion was lots of fun. Thank you for taking every precaution during this pandemic, making it possible to stay here. You’ve thought of everything and we’re so glad we could have a break. Good luck with the rabbits and we all look forward to coming again next year for longer!” (July 2020)

“A very pleasant break in an exceptionally beautiful spot. We shall return before long.” (July 2020)

“Released from lockdown! Second stay here. Absolutely wonderful cottage, pavilion and garden. So relaxing.” (July 2020)

“Our second visit to this wonderful cottage and again we were very fortunate with the weather. We did many walks from the door and found plenty to do. Janine & Stephen go the extra mile to make your stay the most delightful with the excellent games room, selection of interesting books & dvds, together with signed film posters. Their garden is immaculate. Thank you for a lovely stay. Wish we didn’t have to return to Mansfield!” (March 2020)

“Wow! What a week! Where do we start? We knew we were going to have a wonderful week before we arrived as online info had already set up our expectations. We were and have not been disappointed. On arrival meeting Stephen and Janine we couldn’t have had a more reassuring welcome. This beautiful cottage and pavilion along with beautiful stunning views and wonderful walks have made it such a pleasure to stay … We will return to enjoy your beautiful home and hospitality. Again, thank you.” (March 2020)

“Firstly happy New Year everyone - 2020! Wow how the time flies, and it certainly has flown by staying here! What a beautiful cottage and location. The place is spotless and has everything you need for a relaxing walking holiday. Thank you! x.” (January 2020)

“Thank you so much for a wonderful week in an idyllic setting. Had such a restful time in the perfect cottage and great fun exploring the local lakes, fells, barrows and valleys. We loved this place!” (December 2019)

“Everything you could wish for. A perfect relaxing week with views, all home comforts, quiet, cosy. Thank you for thinking of everything. We will be back!” (November 2019)

“Another wonderful visit to such a charming house. Our next visit is already planned. Thank you Stephen & Janine.” (November 2019)

“Already our fourth visit and hopefully many more to come! This cottage ticks all the boxes. Thank you again for a lovely stay. See you soon again!” (October 2019)

“Another perfect 10 from us. What more can we say, but looking forward already to our return visit next year!” (October 2019)

“Wonderful week. Every attention to detail to make our stay comfortable has been taken into consideration. Some lovely walks. The scenery is beautiful. The White Hart pub in Bouth is well worth a visit and definitely worth the lovely walk through the valley. Thank you.” (October 2019)

“Simply splendid. Everything you could want and more. Loved the Arthur Ransome theme. An exceptional place. As many people have said, we’ll be back. Superb hosts, every need anticipated. Fruit coffee, milk and tea very much appreciated.” (September 2019)

“Our 5th visit and WOW, WOW, WOW! A space to breathe from the busy reality of life. So calm, quiet, stunning landscape, luxurious and comfortable cottage. A games room just for your own exclusive use. Stephen & Janine are just so hospitable. We love coming to Hill Top. A real home from home. We are fully recharged! Thank you!” (September 2019)

“Fantastic location - views to die for. Superb accommodation. Manor House at Oxen Park - good food, nice pub.” (September 2019)

“Enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage - beautifully equipped & furnished & enjoyed the fruit & thoughtful extras! Shame it rained every day! Hope to come again & weather better then!” (September 2019)

“We are all feeling sad that we have to leave this beautiful place. Absolutely loved our stay in this amazing cottage - the views, the garden, the games room and attention to detail. Thank you. Our first visit to this part of the world - it will not be our last.” (August 2019)

“What a lovely place to stay! We’ve had a fabulous week here walking, paddle-boarding and exploring. So great to head back to the wonderful Hill Top at the end of each day. The cottage is immaculate and very comfortable … loved the Pavilion! Thank you so much - we will be back.” (August 2019)

“We have loved our week at this beautiful cottage - the views are breathtaking and we’ve had good use of the pavilion. Thank you for the great welcome and all the luxury touches. Fell Foot Park was a great nearby find. We stayed for pizza from the Landrover, delicious (Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends). We also loved the walk from Hill Top to Bouth, looking back at the cottage en route. Hope the rain eases next week!” (August 2019)

“Thank you so much for a wonderful week. The cottage is absolutely beautiful and the views - wow! Watching the sunset out through the French doors was really special - as was seeing the mist roll down the valley. Hope to be back some time soon.” (August 2019)

“Wow! What a find! Beautiful scenery, fantastic cottage, super games room & beautiful gardens. Great hospitality from Stephen &  Janine. Never been to a cottage before that had so many extra touches - there was a reminder in every room that everything had been thought of. We were fascinated to hear about the incredible renovation & about Arthur Ransome. The week went too quick!” (July 2019)

“Having read a number of reviews before we came we arrived with high expectations … we were not disappointed!! This really is a delightful cottage in a spectacular location. Thank you for your warm welcome. We have had a lovely week visiting a number of local attractions. I think Holker Hall was the favourite. We would love to come again - there is lots more to explore.” (July 2019)

“As I write this I am feeling sad that we have to leave this beautiful place. The cottage is immaculate and no detail is spared. We have had a really relaxing and peaceful time. Thank you for the comfort of this home - hope maybe to be able to come back at some time in the future.” (July 2019)

“Fabulous introduction to the Lake District staying at Hill Top. Loved the amazing views, peacefulness, beautiful gardens and the fantastic games room. Love all the info. in the games room and the art in the house.” (July 2019)

“Fabulous view and garden. Enjoyed every day as we had wall to wall sunshine. Really comfortable cottage with every amenity. We’d love to return.” (June 2019)

“A beautiful location and a wonderful property! Great hosts too! Hope to return!” (June 2019)

“We did come back and everything is as perfect as before. We had a wonderful welcome and continued care. It’s difficult to put into words how you feel inside but all I can say is - Janine and Stephen - thank you so much, we will be back. xxx” (June 2019)

“Back for our fourth visit to this wonderful cottage. It’s still as special as the first time we came. Even the weather didn’t spoil our stay. Can’t wait for the next time. Lots of love from us all. xxxx.” (June 2019)

“What a find! Best self-catering we’ve ever stayed at. Thank you Stephen & Janine for making us very welcome. The fabulous weather helped too!” (May 2019)

“We had a fabulous time in such a wonderful cottage. Very comfortable and we all loved the games room. Thank you so much.” (April 2019)

“Amazing stay at this beautiful cottage. Wish we could stay for longer! We adore the views and the high quality facilities. The Pavilion is incredible! Thank you!.” (April 2019)

“Welcoming and friendly hosts. 5* accommodation with spectacular panoramic views. Games pavilion a definite added bonus!! Thank you and we’ll be back!!” (April 2019)

“Lovely cottage, very comfortable and clean. Great games room. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.” (March 2019)

“This is our sixth stay and we’re still as impressed as our first. Janine and Stephen’s attention to detail is second to none and it makes for a true “home from home” visit. Looking forward to next time already!” (February 2019)

“Fabulous second stay at The Cottage at Hill Top. Definitely worth the wait and visit. The views are incredible and the cottage 5 star. Thank you!” (January 2019)

We had a really great time at Hill Top which is such an amazing high quality property. The views, the house, furniture/décor are all perfect and it is so clear that you have both put so much thought into every single thing in the house. (Via email) (November 2018)

“The first cottage (and there have been many) we have ever visited a 2nd time and we have not been disappointed. It is still 5* in every way and the attention to detail impressive. Thank you, Janine & Stephen.” (November 2018)

“We had a truly wonderful stay at The Cottage - it was perfect in every way. We are already planning our return trip … (Via email) (November 2018)

“It’s a perfect ten from us! We anticipated a premier experience and we haven’t been disappointed - the cottage, pavilion, views - all amazing! Can’t wait for our return visit next year.” (October 2018)

“Beautiful cottage with so much to do, both at the cottage and surrounding area.” (October 2018)

“We enjoyed very much your cottage, garden, views etc. Thank you.” (September 2018)

“We loved our stay at Hill Top. It's great to enjoy a little luxury when away from home, and Hill Top didn't disappoint. We had a fabulous week, and hope to be back when we'll be able to make use of the garden and bbq. (Via email) (September 2018)

“We all had a truly relaxing holiday. Stunning views and lovely cottage. It’s a pity the weather wasn’t better, but we took full advantage of the fabulous games room. Stephen & Janine were the perfect hosts. Thank you ever so much.” (August 2018)

“A wonderful cottage in a beautiful location. Will definitely come again!” (August 2018)

“Fabulous cottage, fantastic views. Thank you for the thoughtful touches.” (August 2018)

“Every so often you come across something really special, this was it - a real gem. We’ve loved every moment here at Hill Top. Perfect cottage, beautiful weather, wonderful views and the warmest of welcomes. Thanks, Stephen and Janine for sharing this with us. We will be back soon.” (July 2018)

“A truly delightful cottage - we had a fantastic week here and we are sure to be back. Thank you.” (July 2018)

“A lovely warm welcome from Janine and Stephen. The little extras like toiletries and fruit etc. were much appreciated too. The cottage is immaculate and the garden beautiful. The Pavilion was a great bonus and we all had great fun with the various activities. Last, but not least, the view was something to die for - what more can we say!!” (July 2018)

“A fantastic week in a five star cottage! We feel very fortunate to have enjoyed the brilliant sunshine in such a special place. We especially loved the views over Rusland Valley and evenings spent playing games in the pavilion. Thank you! Can’t wait to come back.” (July 2018)

“Scorching all week. 27-30 deg. C. Something around every corner inside and out to fascinate and intrigue. A sensory overload of the very best kind. Well done, Janine & Stephen.” (June 2018)

“Wonderful week, lovely cottage. Thank you for the thoughtful touches of fruit, bath essence etc.” (June 2018)

“Thank you for sharing with us your little bit of heaven, from the moment we stepped out of the car to the peace and tranquillity and wonderful views, to the cottatage where every comfort has been thought of. The picturesque garden was just delightful to sit in. We were also fortunate the weather was gorgeous. What else can we say ... In the words of Arnold Scwarzenegger: WE’LL BE BACK.” (June 2018)

“Another wonderful holiday at Hill Top. Janine and Stephen are so welcoming and full of useful information to pass on. We are always reluctant to leave here, but excited to return!! Looking forward to next time. x Thank you x” (June 2018)

“Our 4th stay and it remains a stunning cottage with brilliant hosts Stephen & Janine. Quality, relaxing, quiet and calm. A real home from home. We love coming and will be back next year.” (May 2018)

“Thank you for another perfect week’s stay. Everything at Hill Top was just right, and we’ve had a wonderful time exploring some of the outlying fells, Brantwood, Holehird - which is indeed delightful, Coniston Water on the Gondola etc.” (May 2018)

“Very enjoyable holiday in a superb cottage where every need has been considered and provided for. Thank you.” (April 2018)

“We had a fab stay, loved the games room. Lots of walks and pub visits! Our highlights were The Eagles Head, Satterthwaite, The Black Labrador, Underbarrow and The White Hart, Bouth. We were lucky enough to have snow and had an amazing mellow day. We have made it home & sad to be going.” (January 2018)

“A warm & comfortable cottage in a very wet week! We enjoyed a relaxing stay. Thank you.” (November 2017)

“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 ever-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