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August 29, 2016 by Wayne

Guest book reviews and testimonials for Cottages Made For Two-

15th – 19th August. Most lovely place we have ever visited. Such a relaxing break, a bithday present from my partner. Made the most of our time & visited lots of lovely places……thank you Wayne & Jo for the hospitality. We will be back!

Nikki and Mike, Shropshire

16th – 19th August 2019. Had an amazing time in the cottage, lovely and peaceful and very well equipped. Visited Buttermere and Keswick, both fantastic places. Thanks Jo and Wayne for a lovely stay, we will definately be back. 🙂 Arrived as a couple, leaving as future husband and wife!

Murray & Joanna, Glasgow.

13th August 5 nights. Very comfortable cottage in great location. despite indifferent weather we managed to get out and about and explore West Cumbria. Thanks for a memorable stay.

Andy and Christine, Kent

11th August 2019 4 nights. Lovely stay, even the weather way better than we hoped. Thanks loads. Hope to see you again.

Richard, Maureen, Kitsy and Ruby 🐾, Aycliffe

10th August 3 nights. We had a very cosy stay here and it worked brilliantly with the weather. Thank you x

Mary and Chris, Wirral

3rd August 7 nights. Thank you for another lovely stay, we had some lovely walks, even managed to stay dry on some very wet days. Going back home completely relaxed again. See you again soon hopefully xx

Kevin, Debbie and Peanut 🐾

5th August 2019 1 week. A really warm welcome at the start of our stay at Salkeld Cottage. Great location to visit the lakes and surrounding coastal areas. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything that you could possibly need for a weeks stay. Thank you so much for such a great stay. James and Lesley x

James and Lesley, Newcastle upon Tyne.

29th July 5 nights. Lovely time staying in the Stables cottage, beautiful surrounding area. Hot tub was perfect. We will be coming back, thanks Jo and Wayne for an amazing time.

Jamie and Hollie, Gloucestershire.

26th July, 2 nights. This is a special place for us, where we had our honeymoon in 2015. The location in Gilcrux is lovely and peaceful and only a short distance from our favourite lakes like Loweswater and Buttermere. Wayne and Jo are very friendly and hospitable. We will definitely by returning.

Matthew and Christine, Liverpool.

27th July, 7 nights. Thank you for a lovely stay. Lovely little cottage-just what we needed. Even the weather was much better than anticipated.

Frank and Jenny, Rochester.

19th – 26th of July 2019. We had a wonderful and relaxed time here in the cottage and the Lake District in general. We were able to see some of the lakes, the seaside, Hadrian’s Wall and we enjoyed the pubs. Thanks to Jo and Wayne for everything! You have a really nice and cosy place here, which is to be recommended!

Conny and Ralf. Halle, Germany.

25th July, 3 nights. Great price, great location and the owners are very helpful and very nice. The hot tub spa was great and very enjoyable after a walk. Plenty to do in the area and had a very lovely stay.

Charlotte and Jamie, Northumberland

5 days, 22/7/2019. Lovely relaxing stay in a beautiful cottage. Great location, cottage was everthing we were looking for, hot tub great, lovely hosts. Buttermere lake is a must, absolutley stunning. Thank you, we will definately be returning.

Gary & Shelley, Gateshead.

8th July 2019 4 nights. We decided to take Amber on her first walking holiday and we are so glad that we chose the lake district and of course staying in this wonderful cottage, Jo and Wayne are lovely and very helpful. the weather was changeable but we still enjoyed our walks. Buttermere was amazing and the highlight of our walks. Will definitely be back again, best wishes Terry, Carlene and Amber xx

Terry, Carlene and Amber the Labrador 🐾 Ipswich.

8th July 2019. Lovely few nights away very relaxing. Will recommend. Very peaceful. Thank you.

Granville and Liz, Ripon

8th July 2019 4 nights Had a lovely 5 days. Great cottage with everything we needed and a fantastic base to explore the surrounding areas. Will visit again xx

Sally, Lee and Benson 🐾 Barnsley.

6th July 3 nights. We had a lovely weekend exploring the lake district with some amazing recommendations from Jo. We had a bbq at Allonby and a picnic in Cockermouth by the river. The cottage was very cosy and we will definitely return.

Faye and Ben, Newcastle upon Tyne

5th July 2 nights. Lovely weekend here, so quiet and peaceful. The cottage is lovely and the hot tub was amazing. Jo was very welcoming and friendly. Would stay again. Thank you 😀

Emma and Craig, Southport

5th July 2 nights. A lovely little escape from the world. Peaceful and beautiful surroundings with lovely scenary with towns and beaches not too far away. Couldn’t have asked for better hosts/owners, they made us feel very welcome, even Lexie made friends. Would definitely visit again and recommend to friends and family. Thanks for a lovely experience Hannah, Jon and Lexie 🐾 xx

Hannah, Jon and Lexie 🐾. Chester

29th June 7 nights. Our first visit was just perfect, Nigel, Louie (dog) and myself loved our little find and will be back for sure. Great place as a base, for walking, eating, shopping and of course a drink. Stables 4 cottage is so cite and comfortable, perfect to return to and chill out after a day out or just stay in, read a book or watch the tennis. Ellen hall is perfect and we will recommend to friends and family, may even bring some friends next time love Nigel, Phyl and Louie (the Jack Russell) xx

Phyl, Nigel and Louie, Cambridgeshire

2nd July – 5th July 2019. Lovely quiet area, dog walks on the doorstep. The dog loved the stream running through the gardens. Best one in the Lake District we’ve been to. Thanks.

Tom, Maggie & Molly the dog. Lancashire.

Friday 28 June – Tuesday 2 July ’19. Lovely cottage & surroundings. Very peaceful and relaxing, just what we both needed. Guiness enjoyed the beach at St Bees. We will return for some more peace & quiet. Masons Arms in the village is a beautiful, friendly pub and made the dog very welcome, lovely food!

Maria, Steve & Guiness the dog. Cheshire.

23rd June, 7 nights. Thank you for a wonderful stay at Dykes cottage. The weather was just perfect too, cheers Glyn, Gillian and Hugo the 11 month Cocker Spaniel.

Glyn and Gillian, Doncaster.

22nd June 2019, 7 nights  Thank you Jo and Wayne for a lovely warm welcome. We have really enjoyed our stay here. The weather has been absolutely brilliant and the lake District has so much to offer. With best wishes Lizzie and Peter x

Peter and Lizzie, East Yorkshire

21 – 28 June 2019. Amazing break away, much needed. The Stables is so cute, we loved every second, balcony is great for relaxing with a good book!. A good central location, nothing is too far away…….. Thank you Jo & Wayne, will love to come again!!

Siân & Rhys, London.

24th June – 27th June ’19. Lovely relaxing short break, really enjoyed our time here again. Hope to come back soon.

Jacqui & Paul, Cheshire.

21st June – 23rd. Oh my goodness what a wonderful stay!!. Fell in love with this cottage the moment we saw it. Came to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, it has been so lovelyjust to relax in the hot tub and by the log fire of an evening……..will certainly be returning and telling all our friends.

Pam and Darrin, Preston.

Sunday 16th June – Thursday 20th June 2019. Our first visit and will definately not be our last. Nice relaxing location, hot tub is a must, so relaxing after a long day. Lots of great locations close by: Buttermere and Windermere were amazing. Bar’n’Bistro has an extensive Gin list and the food in the Masons Arms was exceptional. Thaks Jo and Wayne for being so accommodating and making us feel so welcome.

Danny & Donna, Kent.

14 June – 19 June 2019. Have lost count of the number of times we have stayed at Ellen Hall! Each visit has been wonderful, no matter what the weather has been like. We will no doubt be back before long!! Thanks again Wayne & Jo.

Don & Louise, Kirkintilloch.

14 -18 June 2019. Enjoyed our stay in this lovely and cosy cottage. Well located & quiet, between the hustle & bustle of the Lakes & the coast. The weather was better than expected, given the forecast & the cottage had everything we needed. Thank you.

David and Geraldine, Blackburn.

14th June 2 nights. We had a great time. The place is lovely as is the surrounding area. We will definitely be back. Thank you we will recommend to friends xx

Ash and Lottie, High Wycombe.

10th June. 4 nights First time staying here and we don’t really want to leave. Beautiful cottage, fantastic location. Massively recommend the hot tub after a long walk in the national park. Wayne and Jo have made us feel very welcome, we will certainly be returning in the future.

Sophie and Liam, Sunderland

03/06/19 – 06/06/19. had a lovely time. The cottage is lovely and cosy. The views in the surrounding areas are amazing and it’s so peaceful. Exactly what we wanted for our Minimoon……We will be recommending to our dog owning friends too. Jo is very helpful and friendly, we couldn’t have had a better time. The hot tub was lovely, romantic and relaxing. Thank you for an awesome stay.

Laura and Josh, Bradford.

25th May. 4 nights. Lovely little break, with lovely owners who helped with the experience. A cosy and cute cottage with peaceful walks and is a short drive away from the coast and lakes. The hot tub was a lovely bonus. Would definitely return and recommend to family and friends. Many thanks.

Bethan and Warren, Liverpool.

3 nights. 24 -27th May ’19. A lovely break away from the stress of home and work life. This is our second visit, first time 11yrs ago. Lovely cottage in a beautiful little village. Despite the rain we visited Keswick and St Bees. Teddie loves the beach 🐾

Gordon and Anne and Teddie 🐾. Northumberland.

24th May – 27th May 2019. We really enjoyed our time here for our first Wedding Anniversary. The cottage is brilliant, so nice and cosy and the bed is so comfy! We enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub, the area is really quiet and peaceful, just perfect for a quiet get-away. We had a drive out to Keswick….lots of dog friendly places! Jo & Wayne are lovely and very helpful if you need anything. Thanks for a great weekend! 🙂

Chloe & Elliot + 🐾Max & Oscar🐾, Rossendale.

16th May 2019, 4 nights. Our first time staying here and we have had a wonderful time. Lovely cottage in a great location. Lovely peaceful place and we loved the hot tub!! The cottage has everything you needed. Jo and Wayne were lovely and made sure we had everything for our stay. Thank you so much, we will definitely be back to stay again as we didn’t want to leave!!!!

Larnie and Robbie, Newcastle upon Tyne.

10th May 2019 7 nights. This was our first break away with the two dogs we have and we have had a lovely time, the weather could not have been better. Near to beach walks, hill walks, forest walks and whinlatter forest had plenty to explore. It’s a short walk to the Mason’s Arms, dog friendly pub and nice pub food. One evening in the hot tub, nice and relaxing. Thank you Jo and Wayne.

Andy and Aimee, Castleford.

12th May 2019 5 nights. Hi Wayne and Jo, Thank you for an amazing week in your cottage. It was perfect. Thank you for all your help as well, Daisy loved meeting Binsey. We hope to see you soon. Thanks again x

Ryan, Emily and Daisy. Sheffield.

11th – 13th May 2019. Beautiful surroundings, loved every single bit of our stay. Went into Keswick to hire a canoe, would recommend to anyone to anyone. We will be coming back for sure. Thank you Wayne & Jo!!

Shelby & Coral, Milton Keynes.

5-10th May 2019. We came for a relaxing break to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It’s been perfect and a great base from which to explore. We visited Buttermere and Ennerdale lakes and walked to the top of Dodd Wood- all of which we would recommend. The Masons Arms was very welcoming and a nice short walk! Thank you Jo and Wayne.

Rachel & Matt, Dorset.

25th – 28th April 2019. 3rd time here for us! We just love it here, so peaceful & perfect for the dogs too. We will most certainly be back again soon. Thank you Jo & Wayne.

Debbie, Jason + Betty & Stan. Wigan.

19th April 3 nights. Had an amazing time here. So peaceful and tranquil. Next time we need to stay longer. The cottage is perfect for two people, so cozy. Wayne and Jo are the perfect hosts.

Jo and Lucy, Derbyshire.

18th April 4 nights. We have had a great stay at Ellen Hall. The cottage is perfect and peaceful. The grounds are stunning and we have been so lucky with the weather. We would recommend walking from the bridal paths from the cottages as they have beautiful views and great for dogs. Would recommend the barn Bistro for Sunday lunch, it was fantastic. Also the Masons Arms was very welcoming and dog friendly. Thank you to Jo and Wayne for making us so welcome at their beautiful cottages.

Beth, Dan and Sox, Cheshire.

15th April 5 nights. Well what can I say, what a lovely place. The hot tub was lush. We will definitely be coming back to see you again. Many thanks Ange and Carl xx

Carl and Ange, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

13th April 2019, 7 nights. 1st time in the lake district and it did not disappoint. Jo and Wayne were great hosts, friendly and had lots of recommendations on places to visit. The Masons Arms do great food, also The Castle in at Cockermouth. Recommend visiting Allonby, there is a great coastal path to Maryport. We shall be back.

Kat and Simon, Birmingham.

11/4/19 – 14/4/19. WOW!! What a find! Here primarily for work, so didn’t get to use all the facilities; but the welcome, the beauty and the peacefulness is fabulous. Thank you. We will be back.

Karen & James. Merseyside.

6th April 2019, 4 nights. Only wish it could have been longer. It’s our 2nd visit and we hope to put many more entries into this book. Great time, thank you x

John and Suzanne, Glasgow.

Perfect location and so quiet! Great hot tub and local pub. We will be back.

Ashley and Laura, Leicestershire.

5th April. 2 nights. Wonderful welcome from Jo. Lovely part of the world, very peaceful and lovely scenery. Enjoyed our evening visits to the Masons Arms and the Barn Bistro. Cosy, welcoming accommodation, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area.

Graham and Mary, Tadcaster.



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    15th – 19th August. Most lovely place we have ever visited. Such a relaxing break, a bithday present from my partner. Made the most of our time & visited lots of lovely places……thank you Wayne & Jo for the hospitality. We will be back!
    Nikki and Mike, Shropshire
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