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August 29, 2016 by Wayne

Guest book reviews and testimonials for Cottages Made For Two-

15.10.18 to 19.10.18. Second year at Ellen Hall, loved it so much last year, we decided to make it a longer stay this year. We have to say, the stay here surpassed itself form last year(which we didn’t think was possible). So relaxing and inviting, a home away from home. Would recommend the Masons Arms, friendly owners and fantastic food! Thank you Jo and Wayne. xx

Kaylee and Jaymie and Bing. Cheshire.

12th Oct’ 18 – 15th Oct 18. Fantastic relaxing weekend. Hot spa to die for! I think we only left the cottage 3 times, because it had everything we needed. Perfect way to spend our 26th Anniversary- we’ll be back! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. x

Rachel & Sean, Hebdon Bridge.

4 Oct – 7 Oct 2018. Beautiful stay, very cosy, loved the fire. Thank you Jo for all your help. Will definately come back in the future. xx

Siraj & Mehjabin, Blackburn.

05/10/18 – 07/10/18. Came for a relaxing and peaceful weekend and we got it! The cottage was so cosy and warm, a great location and lots of attractions nearby. We went to Buttermere for the day which we recommend. Thanks for the lovely weekend. Will highly recommend to friends.

Mike & Hannah, Flintshire.

2-7 October 2018. Lovely peaceful stay with gorgeous surrondings. The Masons Arms and hot tub made the whole experience perfect. As well, of course, the beautiful lakes & friendly people. Thank you Wayne & Jo.

Kathy & Greg, York.

29th Sept – 5 Oct’ 2018. Had a lovely peaceful week. Excellent location and beautiful cottage. Hot tub was very welcome after a day out walking! Would highly recommend a visit to the Castle Bar in Cockermouth. Excellent food, good beer and friendly staff. We will be back…..

Shaun & Michelle (Keo & Barney 🐾). Newcastle.

3rd-5th October 2018 We came as a stopover on our way to visit friends in Glasgow. The cottage was very warm, the sauna was amazing, so was the jacuzzi. We would highly recommend this place to friends for a romantic getaway ……..Thank you so much x

Kerry and Dale, West Midlands

29th Sept’ to 4th Oct’ 2018. All the comforts of home plus much more, well thought out accommodation. Enjoyed having a hot tub. Will definately be back in the future. Many thanks from both of us. xx

Jan & Di, Boston.

27/09/18 – 30/09/18. We had such a lovely time up here in the Lakes. We were not sure what to expect but the cottage and management were outstanding! Gilcrux village was fantastic and the pubs superb. Will definately recommend to others and will stop over again. Thank you for making our mini break away possible.

Laura & Dan, Stoke-on-Trent

10th – 14 September 2018. We stayed in Dykes cottage in December but I think Parlour is now our new favorite- lovely views of the trees from lounge balcony. Visited Kendal, Carlisle & Keswick this time and went up Catbells and used the hot tub (brilliant)! Hoping to return and bring a dog of our own now that we have seen so many about today. Thank you for a lovely stay xxx

Hayley and Matt, Shropshire.

10th-13th September 2018 Great place, we will be back. The cottage has everything you need. We would recommend the Mason’s Arms for food.

David, Suzanne and Louis. Glasgow

3rd-7th Sept 2018. fantastic place! Lovely cosy cottage and a very warm welcome from the hosts. Very relaxing few days, just what we needed. We will return, soon we hope. Many thanks Anne, John, Lucy and Buster.

John and Anne. Horwich.

01-09-2018 3 nights. Thank you for a very comfortable few days. Great to have somewhere to stay where the dog is welcome. Jo was very helpful and the cottage cosy and clean. Thanks again.

Rebecca, James and Cookie. Ayrshire.

28-31st August 2018. We needed a quiet place to get away from our jobs, so this place fitted the bill nicely. We celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary here, had a lovely meal at the Barn Bistro and enjoyed the hot tub. Going back home nice and refreshed. Thank you Wayne and Jo for having us.

Gary and Sharon, Liverpool.

24th-27th August Wayne and Jo, Thank you sooo much for a fabulous stay. Our first time in this area and we’ll certainly be back. cosy, peaceful, perfect for a weekend break. Once again, thank you.

Ruth and Robbie, Liverpool.

18th-25th August 2018 Lovely cottage for a quiet, relaxing holiday. Made to feel very welcome by Jo and Wayne. Had some great days out in one of our favourite places ‘The lakes’. Buttermere was well worth the visit and we were even joined by tits for lunch on our table at the tearooms. The fairy-dust Emporium in Silloth is a very friendly tearoom which welcomes dogs and is well worth a visit although we would recommend to ring ahead a booking as it is very popular.

Sandra, Peter and Molly. Leeds.

13th August, 11 nights. we came here for our honeymoon and even though we stayed for 11 nights it still wasn’t long enough! Amazing cottage, amazing location and amazing hosts. We have had such a fantastic time and will definitely be back. Thank you xxx

Tony, Vicky and the dogs, Hartlepool.

17th-19th August 2018. Another wonderful weekend here. We will return again.

Christian and Julie, Sandbach.

16th August 2018 3 nights. Such a great little spot! The cottages are cosy and perfect for two. The bed was so comfortable, we slept great. Managed to use the hot tub, which was great, so relaxing! We ate at the Bar’n’Bistro up the road which was amazing. Great weekend overall, we will be back. thanks Wayne and Jo

Ceara and Chris, Newcastle upon Tyne.

11th-18th August 2018. So great to be back at Ellen Hall- Relaxation at it’s best. Love the cottage, the gardens and of course the hot tub. So many places to visit, love Grasmere and Keswick. We can recommend steak night (Wed) at the Barn Bistro. This is a special place, Jo and Wayne have got it just right. Many thanks Debbie and Graeme xx

Debbie and Graeme, Old Kilpatrick

5th Aug’ 2018. 7 nights. Another fantastic holiday. Plenty of walks, would recommend Allonby beach, ideal for dogs and you can walk for miles. See you soon. Debs, Kev and Peanut x

Debbie, Kevin and Peanut. York

12th-16th August 2018 lovely little break in this beautiful place. lots to explore, food in the barn bistro was delicious. Jo and Wayne were friendly and helpful. we will definitely come back. Thank you.

Amia, John and Mia. St Neots.

9th-15th August 2018. Visited here since 2016, stayed in Dykes once, Parlour twice and now in Stables 4 as Parlour was already booked up. Great place, plenty of places to visit, Jo and Wayne are great people and very helpful and accommodating. We actually booked an extra couple of nights this year whilst here as we only originally booked four nights. Very dog friendly and peaceful place to stay, well worth the money. The hot tub is fab after a day of long walks. Thank you Jo and Wayne for a beautiful holiday x

Robert, Helen and Missi, The Wirral.

6th August 2018 3 nights. Nice and quiet 3 days away. Visits to Cockermouth, Maryport and Silloth. Drinks in the Masons arms, very cosy and friendly. Hope to visit again sometime. Hot tub is a must, warm and soothing. Thank you David and Marilyn.

David and Marilyn, Burnley

6th – 13th August 2018. Such a peaceful relaxing place, just what we needed from such a busy life. Dogs very much enjoyed themselves also. Many Thanks. x

Clare and Luke, Somerset.

10th -12th August 2018. We came as a birthday present for my 22nd. Jo and Wayne were so welcoming and the cottage was clean and lovely. We would recommend as we had a perfect weekend away. Thank you love Sophie and Jamie. xx

Jamie and Sophie, Burnley.

7th-10th August 2018. Returning for our second year as it’s lovely place to explore the lakes. Jo and Wayne were away and the couple standing in for them, Les and Sue, were lovely and very helpful. Hot tub was great as expected. Hopefully see you again next year. much love Diane, Michael 7 Alfie xx

Diane, Michael & Alfie. Staffordshire.

23rd July 2018 for 6 nights. Lovely last minute break. great local walks and handy for both coast and lakes. Loved it!!! Willow (the spaniel) too

Ian and Karen, North wales

27th-29th July 2018 Relaxing and quiet weekend away. The stables cottages are cosy and warm as the weather took a turn for the worst. Hired bikes in Keswick and cycled around Derwent water, highly recommended. A relaxing session in the hot tub after was much needed. Thank you Wayne and Jo x

Cassie & Laura, Wolverhampton.

23rd-26th July 2018 Our first visit ti the Lake District and enjoyed it very much. Buttermere lake was fabulous. Two lovely pubs we would recommend a visit. The cottage is very nice in lovely grounds. Visited Keswick and Penrith which were very nice towns.

Mark and Lynda. Shropshire

Fri 20th July – Mon 23rd July 2018. Lovely quiet cottage which is just what we wanted for our break. Didn’t get to use the hot tub but maybe next time. Lovely day out at St Bees and Whitehaven. Food great at both Bar’n’Bistro and Masons Arms. Thank you 🙂

Andy & Dawn, Manchester.

Been a pleasure to stay in such a nice little cottage, it had everything that we needed. The facilities are excellent and the hot tub is a must. We would definitely recommend and will be sure to return ourselves.

Nathan and Amy, Lancashire.

13th-15th July 2018 ”This could cost us a small fortune as we now NEED a hot tub, with a beck and birds and……..” Ideal place for exploring, Jo and Wayne have been fabulous hosts with perfect touches like letting us park in the barn to keep the car cool for the dogs. Simply can’t fault this place. We will be back.

Debbie and Susan, Durham.

9th – 12th July 2018. First time here and loved every minute. We have 2 boys (Chih’s) and they loved their walks. Everything was perfect for a few days away. Will definitely return and recommend. Thank you Wayne and Jo. xxx

Dana & Antony + Joey & Jax, Stranraer.

Had a wonderful time. Went to Allonby beach, just 10 min’s away, great walks with Oreo and lovely Fish + Chips. Went to Buttermere, wonderful walks and then to Cockermouth- lovely town. Keswick is lovely too and had fab walks around Derwent water- shopping great for us Ladies. Lovely meal at Mason’s arms, Nadine and Mike are lovely hosts. Thank you Wayne & Jo…….Will be back.

Denise, Dave + Oreo. Sandbach.

6th-8th July 2018 Came here for my 30th and it’s been lovely, so peaceful and relaxing! Went to the Bar’n’bistro for food that was very nice and we would recommend. This was our first visit to Ellen Hall and we have loved every minute of it. Now time to get back to all the hustle and bustle at home. Thank you for having us. Kayleigh and Joe

Kayleigh and Joe, Skipton

29 June – 6 July 2018. Fantastic weather every single day. Cottage lovely as always, feels like coming home. Enjoyed the gardens……bird heaven! Even saw a Heron. Ellen Hall is my little heaven- so peaceful and relaxing. Until next time…….x

Muriel & Benni, Washington.

29th June – 6th July 2018. Must be our 8th year at Ellen Hall, always a joy. Love the grounds, as you know we make good use time of our time here. We brought along our new addition to the family- our echo, only 11 month old Roti. She has had a wonderful time too! Hope to see you in 2019.

Pam & Doug, Newcastle

30th March-6th April (7 nights) A delightful stay in this lovely cottage. The location is perfect fro exploring both the lakes and the coast. Would highly recommend a trip to the lakes distillery and a meal at the barn bistro down the road- great value! The hot tub was a wonderful addition, very relaxing. Wayne and Jo were great hosts and incredibly helpful before and during our stay and we can’t thank them enough for making this trip truly memorable. We would definitely love to come back.

Ashley and Sophia, Leeds.

02/04/18-06/04/18 What a lovely place. Perfect in every way, will definitely come back gain. Great walks for us and the dog. Hot tub was brilliant after long walks. Thank you Jo and Wayne for a lovely time.

Stephen and Tess, bran (the dog) Sunderland.

Great few days in Parlour cottage. It has everything that you need and a lovely log burner for cosy nights. Great walk to the masons Arms and Barn Bistro for amazing food. Days out a plenty with Aira force a favourite and the Jennings Brewery tour. Thank you for an amazing time, we will definitely be back. x

Ian and Julie, Nottingham

30th March- 2nd April 2018 We had a very relaxing weekend, just what the doctor ordered. Hayloft cottage was warm, cosy and just the right size. Both pubs in the village are welcoming. Wayne and Jo gave us a warm welcome and the chocolate bunnies were a lovely touch. Thanks you.

Diane and Graham, Durham

26th – 30th March 2018 We drove four hours to get here and it was worth every mile. the cottage was brilliant, nice and clean and comfortable. Jo and Wayne were very nice and helpful and told us places that we could visit. The hot tub was awesome and area very chilling and pleasant. it was drakes first holiday and he enjoyed every minute. We are already planning our next trip.

Adrian, Jenny and Drake, Northhamptonshire.

26th-30th March 2018 We’ve had a lovely time in such a lovely place; a great way to spend our Easter. The cottage was perfect and we’ll definitely be telling everyone to visit. Thank you so much Wayne and Jo

Callum and Benj, Darlington and Newcastle.

26th-29th March 2018  A lovely short spring break at Stables. The hot tub was very enjoyable. Both pubs in the village are very welcoming and the food is good too. The Stables cottages are very, clean and warm. Does what it says on the tin ‘Cottages made for two’. Would recommend to friends.

Jan and John, West Midlands

19/3/18. 3 nights. Beautiful cottage, lovely hosts and peaceful location. Didn’t get to see everyting we wanted, so I guess we will just have to come back!! 🙂

Glenda & Joseph, Newcastle upon Tyne.

16th March 2018- 2 nights. Enjoyed a relaxing weekend break in stunning surroundings. Stables 4 is clean, cosy and comfortable with everything you need for a short break. Thanks to Wayne and Jo for making us so welcome and recommending a visit to Buttermere. To top it all off we had excellent food at the Barn Bistro. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Alexa and Tim. Fife.

15th-17th March 2018

We had a lovely time, the cottage is beautiful and the hot tub was great. We had a lovely meal at Barn Bistro, which we would really recommend. Keswick is easily reachable too.

Will and Katie, Lincoln.

What a fabulous time we’ve had! Beautiful, peaceful cottage (fire and hot tub made it extra special) Loved walking and exploring all the beauty of the lakes. Only wish that we could stay longer.

Alix and Sam, Norwich.

6th-9th March 2018 Beautiful relaxing 4 day break. The hot tub was great and the cottage was really nice. We went to Buttermere and Keswick, lovely walk around the lakes. Had a good time all round. We will be back, thank you Jo and Wayne.

Bryan, Jan and Tilly the Border Terrier



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    15.10.18 to 19.10.18. Second year at Ellen Hall, loved it so much last year, we decided to make it a longer stay this year. We have to say, the stay here surpassed itself form last year(which we didn’t think was possible). So relaxing and inviting, a home away from home. Would recommend the Masons Arms, friendly owners and fantastic food! Thank you Jo and Wayne. xx
    Kaylee and Jaymie and Bing. Cheshire.
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