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August 29, 2016 by Wayne

Guest book reviews and testimonials for Cottages Made For Two-

9th August 2022 5 nights

From the moment we arrived we instantly feel in love with the place. Jo made us feel warmly welcome. Amazing views, walks and places to visit. I will be coming back, hubby booked this place and I am delighted with his choice. Thank you, simply amazing x

Hannah and Cameron, Edinburgh.

6th August 2022 to 14th August 2022

Our first visit to the lake district, amazing week of sunshine. So many lakes to visit and enjoy. Jo was a fantastic host, full of information on places to go and always had time to chat about our day. The barn Inn does amazing fresh cooked food and the owners and locals are very friendly. Once again thanks to Jo for filming my wedding proposal. Andy and Karen x

Andrew and Karen, Bromley Kent

6th-13th August 2022

Jo greeted us on arrival, very friendly and helpful told us places to visit. Beautiful cottage with everything inside that you would need. We have had an amazing time, looking to come back in September. Look at the Barn Inn, beautiful food, less than 10 minutes walk, couple of minutes in the car. Thank you so much Jo and Wayne love Sharon and Paul x

Sharon and Paul, Leicester

20th July 2022 4 days

Very comfortable cottage, a lovely retreat from the stresses of life. I will return. Thank you for your hospitality.

Carole, Fareham. Hants


We have spent a lovely relaxing week at Hayloft cottage. Location is very tranquil and owners very friendly and helpful. Loads of places to visit from lakes to walking in woods to harbours and beaches. Thanks Jo and Wayne, I’m sure we’ll be back.

Jenny and Michael, Whitley Bay

Beautiful cottage, very welcoming hosts. Lovely and peaceful around here. Plenty of dog walking areas. Highly recommend the Barn Inn for a good pint and good food. Will definitely recommend to family and friends and hopefully be back ourselves in the future.

Maria, Chris, Winston 🐾 and Willow 🐾

8th-10th July 2022 Lovely bolthole for the weekend spent in glorious weather! The coast is so near, definitely worth a visit and definitely recommend the Mason’s Arms in Gilcrux, very friendly and lovely food. The hot tub was a treat as well. Thanks for a lovely stay.

Matt and Vicky, Knaresborough

18th-22nd July 2022. Beautiful as always, this is our second time back. Highly recommend the Mason’s Arms in Gilcrux for some delicious food and nice atmosphere. Wayne and Jo were welcoming as always and the cottage as cosy as ever. Thank you.

Sophie and Liam, Newcastle.

1st – 4th July 2022, Lovely time in a cosy cottage, just what we needed. Recommend the Mason’s Arms in Gilcrux. Beach north of Allonby at low tide great for a dog walk. Great hosts lots of ideas for dog walks etc, Thank you!

Catherine. Marc and Nessa. Hexham

6th July 2022 2 nights. We had a great time, very relaxed which is what we wanted. We also recommend the Mason’s arms pub. The hot tub was very relaxing and the owners are lovely. We hope to be back soon. Thank you x

Gemma and Stan, Lytham St Annes

4th July 7 nights. Very nice place, beautiful cottage. We spent our 25th wedding anniversary here. Loved the hot tub. Until next time, thank you.

Kinga and Wojciech, Southport

22nd July – 26th July 2022. Booked cabin for our mini-moon, had everything we need and in a central location. Recommend booking local pub as both were fully booked when we walked up. Hot tub was a lovely end to our stay. Places to visit- Wordsworth House (Cockermouth), Waterfall Trails (Ingleton), Lakes Aquarium & Golf (Maryport), Wildlife Oasis (Kendall), Brougham Castle (Penrith).

Emma & Rikki, Kirkaldy.

9th – 22nd July 2022. We’ve had a lovely 2 weeks here. The accommodation has been great, comfortable and homely. Had a great time exploring the countryside. Thank you!

Debbie & Mark + Bramble, Walsall

10th to 17th July 2022. We feel like we’ve had a very active and busy little break, but we’ve not even scratched the surface! Fantastic scenery, fantastic hosts and fantastic roasts at the Barn Inn. Never seen the dogs so happy.

Gary & Caroline, Molly & Willow. Norfolk.

Gorgeous accommodation!! Very tastefully renovated. Very comfortable, smells lush 🙂 and has everything we needed. Thank you.

Jayne & Jonathan, Bingley.

27th June – 1st July 2022. Lovely, peaceful, perfect stay at cottage. 2nd visit, will be back next year. Fantastic base for the lakes…….

Steve & Linda, Durham.

25th – 27th June 2022. Lovely weekend away, Jo very welcoming and helpful. Beautiful scenery too! We will most definitely be back 🙂

Megan & Paddy, Liverpool.

24/6/2022 – 27/6/2022. What an amazing little cottage! Had everything we needed and such amazing hosts, in a beautiful setting.  Brilliant! Your doing an amazing job! Can’t wait to come back.

Julie & Nigel, Preston.

18th-25th June 2022. Wonderful week in Parlour cottage, the good weather was a bonus also. Enjoyed visiting Keswick, Maryport, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere. Wayne and Jo are very welcoming and helpful as usual. Hope to see you again.

John, Sue and Merlin 🐾

15th June – 19th June 2022. Excellent place to stay…… the summer weather perfect with outdoor seating & local area. Everything you could possibly need in a cosy & tranquil cottage. Definitely recommend & love to come back. PS. Would get 100% on TV’s Four In A Bed 🙂

Jack & Isaac, Liverpool.

13th-18th June 2022. We’ve been coming here for over 20 years and it has never lost it’s charm. Great wee place. Thanks x

Don and Louise, Kirkintilloch.

11th-18th June 2022. Another wonderful relaxing time. Had some lovely walks & days out. Visited Grasmere, Dodd wood + Mirehouse, and Cockermouth river walk is beautiful. Hope to see you soon, Kev, Deb and Peanut  🐾

Kevin, Debbie and Peanut 🐾

11/06/22-16/06/22, Wonderful stay in this lovely cottage, everything that we needed. Jo was very helpful with places of interest. Loved the hot tub. Thank you x

Graham and Lisa, Rutland

5-11th June 2022 Another relaxing and lovely visit. Will return for the same x

Ian and Lynne. Runcorn.

Thursday 2nd June 8 nights. Just perfect- what a lovely cottage. Peaceful, cosy and very comfortable, just what we needed. Thank you so very much Jo and Wayne with warmest wishes from Lizzie and Peter.

Lizzie and Peter, East Riding.

3rd-5th June 2022 A lovely weekend, loved Dykes cottage. very cosy and looking forward to exploring more next time. Thank you, Joy, Mark and Sadie the Boxer  🐾

Joy and Mark, Redcar

2nd June 2022, 2 nights Lovely place to stay, very clean and peaceful.The owners are very polite and welcoming. We enjoyed the surroundings, hot tub was amazing and the village up the road was fun, visiting the pubs etc. Great location, lots of nice walks around us.

Megan, Zoe, Lenny 🐾 and Luna 🐾

28th May 2022, 7 Nights. We booked to stay here for a week and god do we wish it was longer! We don’t want to leave! Lovely little cottage in the perfect location to visit the majority of the lake district. Jo and Wayne couldn’t be more helpful right from the point of booking, giving advice on places to go and generally checking in. We will highly recommend to friends and family and hope to return in the not too distant future. Thank you x

Ash and Zoe, Basingstoke

14th May 2022, 7 Nights. We are returning guests to these  holiday cottages and had the privilege to be the first visitors to stay in the newly refurbished cottage Hayloft.  Wayne & Jo have done an amazing job with the refurbishment and the extra luxury made our stay the best to date.  The cottage had all the amenities you could want and is very comfortable.   The hot tub is a must especially after a long day walking.  We would like to thank Wayne & Jo for a very enjoyable stay and we will definitely book Hayloft again next year.

Judith & Shaun, Newcastle upon Tyne

26th-29th May 2022

We have had such an amazing time. Lovely place and we can’t wait to come back, we could stay forever. The sights are just something else but we still have so much more to see. Thank you and we will see you again soon.

James amd Jodie, W.Yorks

20th – 22nd May 2022. We had a lovely relaxing stay for our wedding anniversary. Loved exploring the Lakes. Thank you!

Dan & Kim, Skipton.

14/5/22 – 21/5/22. Fantastic place to stay. Clean & tidy. It was away from all the stress of life……. Jo & Wayne were great, left you to do the things you wanted, but was on hand if needed. Would recommend for a quiet week away.

Paul, Liverpool.

20th – 22nd May 2022. Lovely couple of days away, the cottage and surroundings perfect.  Hot tub just what we needed after a days walking.

Donna & Jack, Widnes.

14th – 20th May ’22. Jo was so friendly on our arrival & welcomed our 22 week old puppy with open arms…. The cottage is so quaint & cosy & a very good start to many journeys around the Lakes. Thank you so much for your kindness & the lovely cottage.

Kay & Mark + Alfie, Rugby.

6th May 2 nights. We had a very relaxing stay at Parlour. Lots of walking and treats on the way. Relaxed in the lovely hot tub. The weather was so very kind to us. Wonderful hosts as always. So accommadating and friendly. We will definately return again xx

John and Susan, Bradford

29th April 2022, 2 nights

Friendly hosts and fantastic location. Explored the Cumbria coastline from Maryport to St Bees. Also visited Scotland. Brilliant stay and best location for a hot tub ever!!!!

Frankie and Charlotte, Blackpool

18th – 25th April 2022. We needed a break! Crikey! This was just what we needed. The quiet was fantastic- time stood still, what an amazing place. The cottage was lovely…….. Dee loved the spa, dogs loved the walks- bringing them all back soon.

Simon & Dee. West Byfleet.

22nd – 24th April 2022. Came here for my 60th after all of the celebrations at home. Very quiet setting, love the stream and all the birdsong.

Andrea & Paddy, Jarrow.

16th April 2022 – 2 nights.

Lovely, peaceful break. Cottage and location perfect. Thank you.

Graham, Kathy and Eric 🐾. Preston

9th April 2022. 7 nights.

Lovely, relaxing accommodation with all we needed. friendly hosts, great position to visit lakes and coastline. great fish and chip shop in Allonby. The dog loved the walks in the woos and along the coast. Will hopefully return later in the year.

Ian, Lynne and Polly 🐾, Runcorn

23rd to 26th March 2022. Loved our stay at Dykes Cottage. It is a very compfortable & homely cottage. The spa was fabulous after a day at Buttermere, walking in the sunshine. Heavenly to sit outside & only hear the birds & the stream.

Lisa & Terry, Doncaster.

31 March – 2nd April 2022. Lovely, clean and peaceful- had a relaxing break, thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub!

Abraham & Sarah, Gateshead.

18th March, 2 nights.

Very cosy cottage that is perfectly situated. Would highly recommend the Hydro-therapy spa and getting firewood. Would definitely come back for another anniversary weekend. Thank you.

Sid and Stacey, Wigan

18th March 2 Nights

Lovely getaway for the weekend,. Area has the friendliest people. Perfect for our dog everywhere. Really enjoyed being here.

Liam, Naomi and Gannious 🐾

3 nights. 11th – 14th March 2022. Our third stay at Ellen Hall, this time taking three cottages, bringing daughters, their spouses and dogs! Had a lovely time as ever……. still have friends and family we want to bring, so hope to return before long. Thank you!

Helen & Garry, Pocklington.

25th February 2022, 2 nights

Lovely, cosy apartment for our first visit to the Lake District for my wife’s birthday. Hot tub was fantastic and we used the cottage as a base to explore Keswick and Cockermouth. Highly recommend Keswick market on a Saturday.

Chris and Joanne, Pebbles

18th February 2022 3 nights

Enjoyed this stay as much as the first. Can’t predict the weather but rain doesn’t take away the fantastic views. Will definitely be back again.

Thank you Wayne and Jo From Tony, Elaine and Little Star 🐾

Tony and Elaine, Ashington.

12th February 2022, 3 nights

Only disappointment was the weather. Location excellent, Accommodation superb. Host Jo was lovely and very helpful. Hot tub was the icing on the cake.

Steve and Tracy, Lanark

18th February 2022, 2 Nights

we had a lovely stay for our anniversary. Highly recommend Buttermere for the most beautiful scenic walk. We ended our day in the hot tub and a meal at the Mason’s Arms.

Thank you Jo and Wayne

David and Rebecca, Manchester

14th February 2022, 4 nights.

We’ve been several times and always had a very relaxing time. Cottage great, has everything that you need. the dogs enjoyed every minute.

Will always recommend this to others and hope to be back soon.

Thank you for all your hard work.

John and Suzanne, Glasgow.



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