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August 29, 2016 by Wayne

Guest book reviews and testimonials for Cottages Made For Two-

20th Jan 2020. We visited here previously in 2016 & adored the peaceful setting. We love how cosy the cottages are too – & of course the hot tub! Thank you.

Adele & Simon, Chorley.

15th – 17th January 2020. What a fantastic place. Comfy and cosy, an amazing break. Hot tub was tops. We’ll be back Thanks Jo and Wayne

Hyman and Sue, Gateshead

8th-11th January 2020. Very warm and cosy stay at Dykes cottage. It was perfectly equipt for our needs and we felt very at home here. Thank you Wayne for the recommendation of Buttermere lake- our dog loved it! Such a beautiful part of the world and we hope to be back in the future! Thank you x

Nathan, Hatti and Jax the spaniel 🐾, Kinver.

9th-11th January 2020 booked the cottage for a break after Christmas and New Year and what a welcome break it was. Lovely cottage in peaceful surroundings, loved coming back after walks to the hot tub and a lovely log fire for cosy nights in. thanks Jo and Wayne, loved it !! x

Ady, Janice and Ruby 🐾

10th=12th January 2020 Lovely and peaceful stay, lovely location. We will definitely recommend and will hopefully return soon. Thank you x

Kerry and Junior, Stretford.

22 Dec ’19 – 5 Jan ’20. What more can we say that hasn’t already been said. Really peaceful break, just what we both needed. Superb hosts, nothing too much trouble. I don’t think Bruno wanted to leave. Lots of walks and places to visit. 10/10……..Just a great place to chill down. We will be back sometime soon!

Brenda, Martin and Bruno

29th Dec – 5th Jan 2020. Really enjoyed the week away for New Year. First time here and the cottage is cute and warm. 10% off at the Masons Arms every time you visit and the food is outstanding. We have had a wonderful stay. Jo and Wayne were so lovely, welcoming and helpful. Will definatley be back 🙂

Sarah & Keith, Ashington

27th December – 3rd January 2020. Very nice stay, quiet and peaceful. We were greeted as soon as we arrived and was given a lot of useful information. The recommended pubs were amazing!…..More than we expected, it was perfect!

Matt & Beth, Blackburn.

1st – 3rd January 2020 We have had a great stay here and we were made to feel so welcome by Jo. We will definitely be back. Thanks you.

Christian and Claire, Cambridge.

30th December 2019 – 2nd January 2020 Had a lovely time in the cottage. So relaxing and peaceful, just what we were both looking for. We will definitely return. Everyone in the area is so friendly.

Amanda and Brendon, Hull.

28th Dec- 1st Jan 2020. A stay at Ellen hall is hard to beat. It really is an exceptional retreat. Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life- you can feel the pressures and stresses of life…..just floating away, via the hot tub or a jaunt to the Barn Bistro or Mason’s Arms pub. there, enjoy great food and cheerful banter, it’s true (and a bonus is that their dog friendly too). Then return to Ellen Hall (a true gem it has to be said. To put feet up and chill out sharing a bottle of red. So thank you to the flowers, for their kind welcome and cheer. and we wish you all the best for a happy new year x

Dianne, Chris, Ozzie🐾 & Murphy🐾 Darlington.

20th – 30th December 2019. Our second visit, love it. Wayne & Jo are wonderful, cannot do enough for you. Cottage is perfect. Walks and scenery amazing, will definitely be back for another visit.

John & Sue, Henlow.

20 Dec – 27 Dec 2019. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. From the day we got here till we left, you have been so kind and accommodating. Absolutely love the area and the people. Will be back soon 🙂 Have a great New Year.

Lynnette & Rebecca, Portsmouth.

12th-15th December 2019. We came for the peace and quiet prior to the Christmas rush and enjoyed it here. The Solway firth/estuary and bird watching then the wind seas of Allonby added to the fun (we had never been there before) Many thanks from us both and Dave

Kay, Tony and Dave, the collie

13th=15th December 2019. Fab weekend, we’ve had a relaxing well needed break. Enjoyed the hot tub as well as a fabulous meal at the Mason’s Arms. Will definitely be back. Thank you.

Emma and James, Durham

29th – 30th November 2019. Had such a nice weekend for our birthdays. Beautiful place to stay and really cosy. We will be back in the summer. Thanks so much, just what we needed.

Oliver, Jessica and Edward the dog 🐾 Bradford.

Thurs 14th – Sun 18th November 2019. We had a fantastic time, nothing was too much trouble. The peaceful setting was just what we needed. You really are wonderful hosts, even down to the lift you gave us. Thank you, please enjoy the wine we have left. We will certainly be back.

Amanda & Andrew, Oxford.

9th – 13th November 2019. We have had the most lovely holiday, it was so relaxing and peaceful. So nice to have a lovely cottage like this to unwind in by the fire and the hot tub was just lovely. Went to the Masons Arms on our first night and had a great meal…… We will be recommending to family and friends. Thank you 🙂

Ryan & Steph, Sandbach.

An amazing place to stay, well equipped cosy cottage. Thorn and Kayden, our 2 dogs enjoyed all the walks in and around the area. Loved the beach, endless hours collecting sea glass. Joe and Wayne both very friendly and helpful. Fantastic time. Great adventures. Be back again soon.

Sue & Tony, Derbyshire.

2nd – 4th November 2019. A beautiful cottage in an amazing area! We have had a lovely time, thank you.

Jen & Chris + Holly.

28th to 30th Oct 2019. Thank you Jo & Wayne – we had a fabulous stay. Couldn’t have wished for a better place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Loved the hot tub! Beautiful & very relaxing cottage. We will be back!

Craig & Karen, Hull.

25th > 28th Oct’ 2019. Thank you Jo for a fab stay. Fell in love with the cottage as soon as we walked through the door. Came away wanting total relaxation, went home 100% relaxed.Will definitely be recommending this treasure to our friends.

Karen & Russell, Nottingham.

25th October 2019 2 nights. A very friendly welcome by Jo, we settled nicely into a warm and cosy cottage. The local area is nice for running/cycling but just 20 minutes will get you to the lakes. We had 2 lovely walks in Bassenthwaite and Keswick. Highly recommend the Mason’s Arms pub where we had a nice few beers and wandered back. thank you for letting us stay. 🙂

Tom, Gioia and Parsnip 🐾, Selston.

25th October 2019 2 nights. Second time we have visited the cottages and yet again were really impressed. Lovely little getaway. Hospitality and welcome was excellent. Banna loved it too. Looking forward to booking again in the new year. See you again soon, Darryl and Lauren xx

Darryl, Lauren and Banna 🐾, Wigan.

20th October 2019, 5 nights. A lovely, cosy cottage ideal for exploring the coast and the lakes. We were lucky with the weather, but still made the most of the log burner. A much needed peaceful break in a beautiful part of the world.

Sam and Kyn, Kent.

October 18th 2019, 1 week. Enjoyed a perfect week once again, 5th time I think. Had some super walks and car rides, had to do the hard knot pass again, we loved it and got some great photos. We love the area and the cottage. Many thanks for everything. H & R

Howard, Rosalie and Buddy 🐾, York

15th – 17th October ’19. Fantastic 2 day stay, really enjoyed the peace & quiet, just what we needed. Hot tub is amazing, cottage equipped with everything we needed, warm and cosy. Thank you Jo & Wayne.

Bridget & Steve, Birmingham.

11th October 2019 2 nights. Another wonderful relaxing visit. Thank you so much and we will return again x

Christian and Julie, Sandbach.

27th September 2019 2 nights. We were welcomed warmly by Jo on arrival who offered any help needed. We enjoyed our stay at the cottage and the use of the hot tub was a welcome addition after a day in the fells. Many thanks to Jo and Wayne for a lovely stay.

Natalie and Steve, Newcastle.

27th September 2019 2 nights. Lovely cosy cottages, homely and very peaceful. Lovely feel to the place. The location is stunning, places not too far either. tranquil place to stay and Jo was so welcoming and friendly, nothing was too much trouble or a problem, lovely lady. The hot tub was also amazing, Thank you for such a lovely stay xx

David and Sarah, Derby.

7th – 9th October 2019. Very peaceful and such a great place to unwind. Would highly recommend and the hot tub was so warm and relaxing, even in the cold weather! Recommend the Masons Arms  very much, which is a short walk away- food was fab and we received a 10% discount for staying at Ellen Hall! Maryport is a beautiful seaside town and has a lot of history- great place to visit, & enjoy a day out 🙂

Caitlin & Jordan, Nantwich.

30th September 2019, 5 nights. Lovely place, the cottage was perfect as well as the hot tub. Such a beautiful area. Wayne and Jo are very nice people. Thank you.

Aaron and Zara, Stockport

Sept 22nd 2019 6 nights. We came here on our honeymoon and have loved it! We enjoyed driving, hiking, the hot tub, self=catering, the beautiful location, everything has been so lovely. Thank you.

Lauren and Isaac, Eaglescliffe

16th September 5 nights. we’ve had such a great stay here. o, Wayne and Liltywere all so lovely and helpful. Our dog Nellie loved it despite being unwell. the hot tub was fantastic, sent lots of pictures to friends of us enjoying a fabulous anniversary. The recommendations of the Mason’s Arms and Barn Bistro were great. Thanks again, we’re already planning our next visit. the cottage was fab, cosy and felt like home. xx

Sam, Mark and Nellie 🐾 Chester.

13th September 2 nights. Jo and Wayne are very nice people, go out of their way to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. The cottage is lovely, the area is very peaceful. The hot tub is a very nice touch to a wonderful weekend. Thank you xx

Michaela, Barry and Daisy 🐾, West Yorkshire.

9th – 12th September. Lovely relaxing couple of days. The cottage is nice, well equiped and has fantastic scenery, especially when sitting in the hot tub. Great recommendations for places to eat, food was lovely and very reasonable at pub. Great visit!

Sash, Jen & Sky. Consett.

Sept 5 – 12 2019. Thank you for your advice on where to visit on our stay- had a wonderful Anniversary. Climb up Cat Bells- had great views. Weather was very kind- action packed every day! Cottages are perfect for two……plus pooch 🙂 Fantastic relaxing time, just perfect all round. Will see you again soon I hope.

Peter & Shirley + Missy 🐾, Stokesley.

6th September, 2 nights. Had a lovely relaxing weekend. So peaceful sitting by the babbling brook and loved the hot tub. Well equipped, spacious cottage. Perfect location for visiting the surrounding area.

Derek and Kim, Ramsbottom.

2nd September 2019 3 nights. In spite of a short stay we’ve had all kinds of weather permitting us to experience the beauty of the mountains as well as respect for natures wind and rain. Coming back to a warm, dry and very cosy cottage lets you sleep like a log, and having our lovely friends in the next door cottage showing us the area made this stay perfect. Good food at the Barn Bistro and Masons Arms as well as cooking in the cottage gives you all the possibilities you can wish for. Stays like this put everyday troubles in proportion, allow you to recharge and feel gratitude.

Åsa and Klas. Lund, Sweden.

September 2 – 5, 2019. Lovely time at Ellen Hall- our 4th visit. weather was very Lake District, but Dykes Cottage was lovely and warm and welcoming. We’ll be back again before too long.

Matthew & Rose, Cambridge.

26th – 31st August ’19. Thank you Jo and Wayne. Came on our honeymoon and we have had an amazing time. Salkeld cottage is perfect, area is beautiful and peaceful. The hot tub was very relaxing. Planning on coming back next year.

Roger & Kirsty, Nottingham.

29th August, 3 nights. We have had a fantastic time, thank you for your hospitality. We would love to come back again.

Katie and Eddie, Cleckheaton.

23rd August, 3 nights. Thank you Jo and Wayne for a peaceful stay. We loved sitting by the beck watching the birds. The cottage had everything we needed. A great place to holiday with our pooch.

Andy, Mandy and Dexter 🐾 Manchester

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.



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    20th Jan 2020. We visited here previously in 2016 & adored the peaceful setting. We love how cosy the cottages are too – & of course the hot tub! Thank you.
    Adele & Simon, Chorley.
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