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August 29, 2016 by Wayne

Guest book reviews and testimonials for Cottages Made For Two-

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.

1st April 2019 3 nights. We have had an amazing time at the cottage. Dykes cottage is perfect, so cosy and warm with beautiful surroundings we would recommend The Mason Arms for food and drinks. Walks around Windermere and Buttermere were beautiful and Luna had great fun, very dog friendly. The hot tub was wonderful to relax in next to the stream. We don’t want to leave. Thank you xx

Zoe, Sonny and Luna. The Wirral

27th March 2019 2 days. We had an amazing visit and stay in Salkeld cottage even though it was too short a stay. We will come back next time for longer. Beautiful cottage and area. Hot tub and steam cubicle are both fab. Thanks Jo and Wayne xx p.s Buttermere was amazing and well worth the visit, thanks again for recommending us to go.

Billy and Claire, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

22nd March 2019 2 nights. We don’t want to go home! Cottage is amazing, perfect stay, can’t wait to come back. Thank you xx

Gemma, Paul and Pugs, Chesterfield.

22nd March 2019, 3 nights. We had the most relaxing long weekend here. the cottage is stunning-if we could move in we would! Amazing how dog friendly everyone is here especially Keswick. Facilities in the cottage were perfect for what we wanted and the hot tub adds that extra level. Thanks for having us, we will definitely be back x

Cat and Mark, Nottingham

8th march 2019, 2 nights. we both came away for a few days to relax after some stressful weeks. As soon as we arrived we felt instantly better. The cottage is homely, warm and extremely comfortable. We absolutely loved the hot tub and log fire. The masons arms was great, food was amazing. We will definitely be back. Thank you Jo and Wayne xxx

Sam and Jye, Johnstone.

4th March, 3 days. Lovely space, great location to out and explore. Will definitely be back, maybe in warmer months. Would recommend Keswick and the Lakes distillery tour for any rainy days. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Amy and Patrick, Whitley Bay.

1st March, 2 nights. Just perfect. Hot tub Fab. Wish we could stay longer. Thank you!!

Mary and Dave Saunders, Lancashire.

22nd Feb 2019 2 nights. had an absolutely lovely getaway. This was our first trip woth our pup and it was a great experience. We climbed catbells and relaxed in our cottage. well worth the drive and we will be recommending to our friends.

Elizabeth, Ryan and Harlow. Bury St Edmonds

20th Feb ’19. 2 days. Lovely, relaxing break from the daily hustle and bustle. Helpful and friendly owners make the experience all the better. We will be back for sure.

Kevin, Emma and Betty.

15th February 2019, 2 nights. Really lovely weekend away. The cottage is very cosy and included everything we needed. Location was very peaceful and relaxing which is just what we wanted. Couldn’t fault our stay here and would definitely recommend to family and friends. Thank you x

Kailey and Callum, Carnforth.

15th February 2019. 2 nights. We have had a lovely cosy stay at Salkeld cottage. Day out in Keswick to walk along Derment water followed by a relaxing evening in the hot tub- a must! Whiskey distillery is just a short drive also. We would love to return.

Jay and Megan, York

13th February 2019 3 nights. We came here for a valentines/birthday break. Lovely cottage, perfect location, attentive hosts, nothing was too much trouble. The hot tub is lovely, especially next to the picturesque stream. We would definitely come back. Thank you Jo and Wayne xx

Josh, Heather and Mutley. Lincolnshire.

12th Feb 2019 3 nights An excellent location, amazing views  and was always made to feel welcome by Wayne, a very helpful person. The log fire was a must have, very warm and cosy nights in after the pub. The hot tub was AMAZING. Stunning views from this and very relaxing. Cottage is very homely and full equipped. Thank you xx

Steve and Emma. Vale of Glamorgan.

10th Feb 2019 2 nights. Had a lovely stay in Salkeld Cottage. So cosy we didn’t want to leave. Having the log burner is amazing. The dogs have loved their stay here too. Hopefully we will be back soon.

Vanessa and Mark with ozzie and Molly. Newcastle

8th February 2019. 2 nights. Running water, birds cheeping, hot tub, beautiful cottage. What more do you want. We had a lovely stay and will hopefully be returning soon.

Nick and Viki, Mossley

1st February. 3 nights. Had a lovely relaxing long weekend despite the weather. It was cosy and comfortable, we just wanted to stay in. we had Sunday lunch at the Bistro and just chilled. we will definitely be back and also book a few days stay for my daughter, her partner and dog as they will love it. thank you.

David and Carol Brown, Liverpool.

1st February 2019 2 nights. After a very stressful month Gary surprised me with a weekend away. As soon as we arrived I fell in love with the place. Everything was perfectly kept and in place for our arrival. the hot tub was amazing and very soothing. Such a beautiful and gorgeous scenery. We will be back.

Vicky and Gary. Liverpool

31st January 2019 2 nights. Beautiful location and relaxing time. The cottage was homely and comfortable. Harry enjoyed the walks and it was a great get away.

Steve, Tiff and Harry the German Shepherd.

28th – 29th January 2019. Dykes cottage was perfect for what we needed. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and wanted a small break to end our celebration. The hot tub was amazing, location very peaceful. Definitely would recommend and come back again. Thank you Joe and Wayne.

Diana & Malcolm, South Shields

25th January 2 nights. We found this treasure on Google! We wanted a place to have a relaxing break for our 1st wedding anniversary and we found the perfect idyllic place. Jo and Wayne are the perfect hosts and advised on a great day out to Buttermere and Keswick. The cottage is perfect and breathtaking, we couldn’t have been more happy. Hot tub….amazing, so relaxed!!! Our first year here and certainly won’t be our last. We loved every second. Thank you for making our 1st anniversary so relaxing and memorable. Kim and Hels xx

Kimberley and Helen Astwood-Wainwright, Astley.

18th January 2 nights. We had a lovely relaxing weekend in a gorgeous cottage. We would recommend the hot tub after a refreshing long walk. Had an amazing time in a lovely village. Took Toby to the mason’s Arms where he was welcomed with a treat, thanks to Jo for the recommendation. We would definitely be coming again. Thank you xx

Josh, Katie and Toby the dog.

18th Jan 2 nights. We loved all the little touches here at Ellen hall. 2 nights was short lived and really didn’t want to leave. we met some lovely people and the sites are breathtaking. Would highly recommend Maryport Tandori Indian, the staff and food are fantastic.

Jo was so kind and considerate, can’t wait to come again……and see what else Cumbria has to offer . Thank you

Aaron and Amelia, Manny

11th Jan 2 nights. Lovely relaxing place, home from home comfort. We really enjoyed the log burner and views. Thank you.

Wayne and Di, Shrewsbury

11th Jan 2 nights We had a lovely stay here in Salkeld cottage, cosy, and comfortable. The hot tub is a must. We were made to feel very welcome, only wish that we could stay longer. Thank you from Karen, Steve and Ruby x

Steve, Karen and Ruby the Sprocker. Manchester

Mon 7th Jan – Wed 9th Jan 2019. Absolutely fantastic holiday. We don’t want to leave, it’s been brilliant. Hot tub was great and the log burner superb also. We will definately stay again and recommend to all our friends. Thank you.

Sarah & Tom & Archie the Dog 🐾

4th Jan – 7th Jan 2019. Stayed a night in Stables 2, was lovely. Then stayed in Dykes cottage- even better! The hot tub was bliss & the fireplace- WOW!. Log fire every night & loved the 4-poster bed, lovely. Fell very relaxed after a busy Christmas at home. Would recommend highly. Thank you, we will be back & telling friends. x

Lorraine & Mark, Bury.



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    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.
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