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August 29, 2016 by Wayne

Guest book reviews and testimonials for Cottages Made For Two-

Aug 20th – Aug 27th 2023. Our sixth year coming to Ellen Hall and it just gets better! When visiting Cumbria we simply would not think of staying anywhere else. Thank you for providing such a wonderful place.

Christian & Julie, Sandbach.

9th September, 7 nights

Had a lovely relaxing week in the peaceful surroundings of the cottage. Jo was very helpful if you needed to ask anything. The hot tub was well worth the money. Location was perfect to explore the surrounding area and The Masons Arms is definitely worth a visit.

Tracy and Andy, West Yorkshire.

Bank Holiday Weekend- August 2023. Lovely peaceful spot. Cottage is great and owner very friendly. Even our dog Dillon is sooo chilled out! Spotted a young otter in the stream, just a few yards away- will miss sitting on that bench and relaxing.

Greg, Paula & Dillon. Stoke-on-Trent.

19th – 26th August 2023. Loved every minute. Cosy cottage, very comfortable. The hot tub was an added bonus and very relaxing 🙂 A great location to get out and about. Spent an afternoon in Buttermere, walking around the lake. Conquered Cat Bells and Maiden Moor. Lots more to do though and hopefully be returning soon…….

Sarah & Nick, Stoke-on-Trent

29th – 31st July 2023. This is our first time staying at Hayloft Cottage following a friends recommendation. We loved the tranquil, secluded location away from the hustle & bustle of modern living. We’ve enjoyed our own living space, which is nicely decorated and smell gorgeous! 🙂

Leah & Charlie, Derbyshire.

23rd – 29th July 2023. What a wonderful time we have had, beautiful scenery, peace and quiet, very welcoming hosts- Jo and Wayne. Thank you.

Gary & Claire, Tisbury.

20th July 2023 8 Nights

We have had a fantastic time in your gorgeous cottage. We couldn’t have asked for more. Your property had everything we needed and was perfect. We enjoyed exploring the area and getting much needed fresh air and exercise. We will tell everyone to come and visit. See you again soon xx

Rachal & Stephen, County Durham.

15th – 20th July 2023. Please copy this email to your testimonials as we forgot to use the guest book. We had an absolutely amazing time at Stables cottage, perfect for visiting the coast and the Lakes. We will be back and hope to use the hot tub. Thank you!

John & Debbie, Manchester

10th – 17th July 2023. Had such a nice relaxing week at Ellen Hall.The cottage was beautiful as so were the fields and the little brook.The owners were so nice .We forgot to write in the guest book when we left on Monday 17th of July.I so miss how quiet it was though and how dog friendly the Lake District was. I’m positive that we will be back as we had such a lovely stay.

Helen and Nichola, Lancs.

2nd – 6th July. Homely, cosy accommodation. Recommend Aspava Turkish Restaurant, Full House Chinese Take Away, in Cockermouth. Great hosts, thank you.

Wendy, Stu & Chester. Grantham.

30th June – 2nd July 2023. Such a lovely cottage to stay in. My husband surprised me for my birthday! Very peaceful and lovely to wake up to the birds singing. We will definitely return, maybe then I can go in the hot tub- having two casts on my legs doesn’t help! Many thanks again for a lovely stay.

Alice and Stephen, Nottingham.

24th June – 1st July 2023. Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. A perfect way to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We have travelled far & wide, returning each day to settle down in comfort. Wonderful scenery, walking & meals in local pubs & cafes. Topped off, weather permitting, by sitting on the bench on the bridge.

Sue & Pete, Sheffield.

29.05.2023 – 02.06.2023. We have had a great stay!! Totally enjoyed the surrounding areas & Lakes. Explored a lot of the tows & villages. Jo & Wayne- thank you 🙂 We were blessed with glorious weather as well. What more could we ask for? (what’s that you say the hot tub). Best wishes.

Louisa & Stuart, Norfolk.

28.05.2023 – 04.06.2023. We had a great stay week here at Hayloft cottage. celebrating our anniversary & Iain’s birthday. The perfect getaway. We’ve enjoyed a great mix chilling in the cottage & going out & about- great recommendations of place to visit. Loved the weather this week too, it’s like being abroad sitting on the balcony! Hopefully see you again soon 🙂

Jennifer & Iain, Wirral.

25th May 2023 3 nights

What can I say, first time here for us, absolutely fantastic, what a gorgeous cottage. Nothing was too much trouble for Wayne and Jo. Wonderful cottage, a retreat in the countryside. Hot tub on the last night listening to the trickle of the stream. Finally the Mason Arms pub up the road is a massive recommendation. See you soon guys, thank you so much, we will be back xx

Andy and Julie, Leeds

26th May 2023 2 nights

We have had an amazing stay at the cottages. Everyone is so lovely around here and very helpful. The cottage is beautiful and the location is amazing. This cottage is the perfect place to stay if you want a break from the real world and connect with nature. Our doggie loved his first holiday. We will return. Thank you very much love Nikol, John and Freddie  🐾

Nikol, John and Freddie 🐾 Liverpool

20th May 2023 7 nights.

Fabulous stay in Parlour cottage. Had everything we needed.Beautifully located for a peaceful relaxing stay within easy access to the unspoilt Cumbrian coast and the Lake District. Thanks Jo and Wayne for your hospitality and ordering the fabulous weather. We will definitely return

Ruth and Gary, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire

28th April 2023 3 nights

Our first visit here, lovely cosy cottage, relaxing, just what we needed. Steam shower and hot tub added bonus. Would definitely recommend and would visit again, Found Jo and Wayne perfect hosts.

Anne and Michael, Northamptonshire

28th April 2023 3 nights

Lovely cottage in tranquil setting. Ideal location for trips to the lakes. Definitely be back again. Thank you

John and Marion. Glasgow

28th April 2023; 3 nights.

Another fab stay for birthday celebrations and much needed R&R. Hope to be back soon with our new canine edition! 🐾

Dianne, Chris and Murphy 🐾. Darlington

April 21st – 24th 2023. Our fourth visit to Ellen Hall, the second as a whole family. As peaceful & relaxing as always. Lovely long walks at Allonby with the dogs, excellent food at the Masons Arms. Thank you Jo & Wayne for another great stay.

Helen & Gary, Beth & Maggie, Natalie & Chris. York.

13th – 18th April 2023, 5 nights. We have spent another great few days here. The Hayloft is a lovely place to stay, the refurbishment is fantastic. We will definitely be returning for another stay, hopefully later in the year.

Glynis & John, Newcastle.

9th April 2023. 4 days of bliss, quiet & beautiful scenery. We would definitely recommend to all our friends. Thank you Wayne & Jo for the tips for day trips, we have seen some amazing sites. However, did chicken out on the infinity bridge at Honister 🙂

Kim and Carl, Catterick.

27th – 30th March 2023. We had a lovely, peaceful, relaxing stay. Molly enjoyed her walks on the beach and at Derwent water. Hope to see you again.

Margaret, Tom & Molly 🐾 Bacup.

3.3.23 – 6.3.23. Fantastic few days here. Explored Keswick market and took the boat around Derwent Water….. Hayloft was perfect for relaxation- the shower is addictive!! Need one at home. Hope to be back again.

Dave + Nicola, Rotherham.

24/02/2023, 2 night stay. Our 4th visit and can safely say that Hayloft is our favourite, in this our favourite mini-break destination Skye loves the local pub and our beach runs at Allonby: always be sure to have a Drowsy Goose coffee – 10/10. Thanks again for a lovely stay- see you soon! 🙂

Laura, Michael & Skye - Newcastle.

17th February 2023 . 2 nights. Visiting for the second time. Very cosy and romantic. Lots of space for dog to move around so was perfect for him. A great place to stay and Jo was so welcoming. Can’t wait until we’re back again. Thank you for having us 🐾 💕 🐾

Steph, Nathan and Cooper 🐾 Sunderland.

17th February 2023 . 2 nights. Nice & relaxing time. Beautiful place. Will stay again in the summer. Thank you.

Tony and Janine, Manchester.

11 – 16 Feb ’23. Another relaxing visit. Superb Sunday roast at the Masons Arms. We will return. Many thanks.

Ian & Lynne, Runcorn.

10th Feb – 15th Feb 2023. What an amazing cottage, full of character and so cosy. Thank you for a friendly welcome. Loved the log burner, it kept us very warm. We will definitely be making a return visit.

Debbie & David, Sheffield.

3rd – 6th February 2023. We loved our little cottage stay, place was perfect & setting so beautiful & peaceful. Host made us feel so welcome & we look forward to coming back in the future. Lovely time!

Susan, Karl & Barney. Dumfries.

29th January 2023. The Hayloft is lovely, we had such a comfy nights sleep. Stunning location, Jess (the dog) loved her beach runs. We will be back.

Joanne & Dan, Manchester.

19th – 20th Jan ’23. Super homey & relaxing! Such a nice location, seeing the stars every night from the balcony. Nice & peaceful! Thanks 🙂

Emma & Barrie. Aberdeen.

16 – 19th January 2023. Lovely peaceful & tranquil stay in Parlour cottage. We visit at least once a year for a break that always ensure peace & quiet, just a great place to relax.

Gary, Angie & Angel. Motherwell.

15 – 18 – Jan 2023. Lovely stay. Cozy nights to watch the log fire burning. Couple of great days out to Cockermouth and Whitehaven, had fab fish & chips on the prom. Lovely comfy bed. Thanks.

Craig & Lei, Liverpool.

29th Dec 2022 – 2nd Jan 2023.  Absolutely fabulous stay! Loved every minute, even had a trip over to Scotland! Very peaceful, relaxing stay- thank you so much. We WILL be back! Gill, Colin and Zola (woof).

Gill, Colin and Zola Boxer Dog :) Manchester.

27th Dec – 3rd Jan 2023.  Fabulous week in the Parlour Cottage. Really liked the accommodation and the hosts were friendly. Drove up to Edinburgh, went on may hikes in the Lakes. The hot tub was very relaxing. Thank you, we’ll see you again.

Kelly & Holly, West Midlands.

Dec 30th 2022 – Jan 3rd 2023. A brilliant stay in Salkeld. Very comfortable and warm with the fire going. Typical Lake District weather but sunshine on day 3 allowed for a lovely walk in the hills. We’ll be back before too long.

Matt & Rose, Cambridge.

01/12/2022 – 3 nights. The Hayloft was a perfect retreat after a long year. Tucked away in a quiet relaxing spot, but within easy reach of local amenities. The Hydrotherapy shower was an absolute godsend……… The cottage was beautifully laid out and with all you could need. Hot tub on site was a bonus too. Thank you.

Angie & Stuart, Kilmarnock.

5th – 12th November 2022. Back for our third visit (2 x Salkeld, 1 x Dykes) and, once again, we don’t want to go home! Everything was just perfect, apart from the weather. But even the rain and wind helped us to have a perfect stay; all the more reason to light the fire, close the curtains and relax. We’ll be back again next year!

Suzanne & Gavin, Oldham.

2 nights 29th – 1st Nov 2022. Wow, what an amazing relaxing place! As 999 workers we wanted to chill & relax & this is the perfect place. Now recharged, ready for Xmas rush, then we will be back to recharge again. Thank you! Bruno- “woof”! Had the best time, hosts were so helpful.

Julie & Alistair, Hartlepool.

24/10/22 – 29/10/22. Fell in love with this cottage, very enjoyable stay, lots of relaxation. Would definitely come again.

Tony & Tracy, Durham.

28th – 30 October 2022. Lovely cosy 2 night stay for our first wedding anniversary. Hayloft is lovely & very comfortable. Had a relaxing stay- hot tub was a nice touch.

Tracey & Chris, Manchester.

30th Aug – 3rd September 2022. Had a lovely relaxing break- Oskar’s (the dog) first holiday. Very peaceful- will come back again 🙂

Susan & Louie, Glasgow.

25/9/2022 – 1/10/2022. Another enjoyable visit here. Weather has been very kind to us- had loads of walks. We so enjoyed a change of scenery & being away from it all……. Thank you, see you soon.

Allan & Linda + Angel, Stalybridge

20th – 27th September 2022.  The cottage was lovely and very comfortable- excellent 🙂 Will be back.

Rachael & Clint, Huntingdon.

Sept 12th – 19th, 2022. We have been to the old Hayloft 4 times, what a change, we love it, it is just beautiful. The weather has made it for us too, sun and no rain for 1 week!…… I’m sure we hope to be back again.

Howard & Rosalie, York.

8th September 2022. We really enjoyed our time here, the Hayloft Cottage is beautiful, a perfect location for us to get to surrounding walks/hikes, but nicely tucked away….. The hot tub was lovely after a day of walking. Very comfortable bed & shower was also great. Would definitely stay again!

Beth & Jake, Birmingham.

29th Aug – 2nd Sept 2022. We have been regular guests at Ellen Hall over the past few years. We have had a lovely relaxing time here…….. look forward to coming back again next year 🙂 Jo recommended visiting Loweswater and we weren’t disappointed- the views were spectacular!

Ann, Gordon and Teddie, Northumberland.

7/8/22-14/8/22 1 week

We have had a lovely relaxing mini-moon in the Hayloft cottage with our two dogs Honey and Toby. The accommodation is amazingly modern and felt like a home from home. Jo has been a fountain of knowledge we needed to find the best walks, from lakes to the beach. Thank you Jo and Wayne x

Emily and Callum, Skelton in Cleeveland



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    Aug 20th – Aug 27th 2023. Our sixth year coming to Ellen Hall and it just gets better! When visiting Cumbria we simply would not think of staying anywhere else. Thank you for providing such a wonderful place.
    Christian & Julie, Sandbach.
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