What our guests had to say …

Gorgeous countryside and a perfect house to come home to to relax. Many thanks!

October 2023  A, D, N & S


Another great week – with beautiful weather! Lovely walks and excellent food at the Butchers as always 🙂

October 2023  A, S, N & F


Really enjoyed our stay in this lovely house and area.

September/October 2023  H family


What a beautiful house and fantastic location! The two weeks we spent walking & working here were absolute bliss.

September 2023  K, C & W


Another happy stay waking up to the sound of the beck.

August 2023  The T family


The house is lovly [sic] and I had a lovly paddle. My room was amazing.

July 2023  M


Beautiful house and surroundings. Had a wonderful, relaxing time here. Thank you.

July 2023  J, W & L


Lovely place. Quiet, nice walks, would stay again. Thank you for the cake.

July 2023  C & P, D & P


We’ve had a wonderful week here with excellent weather. Enjoyed looking up old haunts and meeting locals in the pub and down the street! Hope to return! Many thanks.

May 2023  Mr & Mrs A


Excellent cottage. Had a very comfortable [stay] and enjoyed walking around.

April/May 2023  Dr & Mrs R


It was an amazing, relaxing holiday in such a beautiful house, incredible location next to the river. Delicious food in the Butchers Arms. Lovely walks seeing heron, deer and lots of lovely lambs in beautiful countryside. Certainly a holiday to remember.

April 2023  J, D & S


A wonderful and relaxing week at Monks Bridge – such a welcoming cottage and fantastic location. Great weather with the steamer on Ullswater and a visit to Sizergh as particular highlights.

April 2023  D & J


We had a great week in this lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Plenty of good walks despite the weather. Good boat ride at Ullswater as recommended. Butchers Arms was very good and the New Inn at Hoff was also very welcoming.

April 2023  Ds & As


We very much enjoyed our stay at Monks Bridge. A lovely cottage. Even the weather was better than predicted so we were able to enjoy some great local walks and others further afield. Butchers Arms is highly recommended.

March/April 2023  Mr & Mrs B & family


What a beautiful cottage. Beyond our expectations! Fabulous food & welcome at The Butchers Arms. Wonderful trip!

March 2023  M, J & S


Beautiful house, lovely location & wonderful hospitality in the local pub! Thanks for having us!

March 2023  ES & family


Wonderful, relaxing Christmas break in this fascinating historical building. We have enjoyed every moment!!!

December 2022  A & M


We had a wonderful stay at Monks Bridge.
Monks Bridge is so spacious with a lovely garden & views of the river. The house is fully equipped with everything you need & more. We had some lovely walks right from the front door, lots of trips out, where nowhere is too far to travel to & the village pub is very lovely & definitely worth a visit for a meal. Thank you again Julia, we will certainly be returning to your lovely property.

October 2022  Mr & Mrs H


What an absolute delight and such a trip down memory lane. I used to visit my grandparents as a child and this holiday has brought back such happy memories. My mum would have come to this school and I still have the old school bell! We’ve so enjoyed walking the local fells and into Maulds Meaburn. The highlight must have been the strenuous hike up High Cup Nick especially as we were blessed with sunshine.  Many thanks for all the creature comforts of your lovely house, especially the log burner!

October 2022  Mr & Mrs F


The tranquility and peace of the surrounding countryside is reflected in the peace of Monks Bridge. The occasional car and sound of the farm enhance this and there is time “to stand beneath the boughs and stare as long as sheep and cows”. Thank you for a lovely holiday and a sense of home.

September 2022  Dr & Mrs D


Great to be back! Fond memories of CR dating back 60 years!

September 2022   G & E A


Wonderful to be back after a long five years.  Such a delightful if bittersweet visit – so wish we could have visited with S but so happy to be here with S and see all the sights they’ve talked about.

September 2022   S, R & M


We love the house, the garden, the beck and the village. Will be back next year if allowed!

August 2022   The T family


Had a wonderful time, lovely location and cottage.

August 2022   D, P & L


Lovely to see green fields again! Have done the fell and riverside walks and met Rupert the Collie along the way. Appleby is a very nice market town with an interesting castle. Enjoyed the spa and dinner at Appleby Manor. Have had to get the car out a couple of times to politely ask some sheep to let us use the road! Went on the Settle-Carlisle train to see the Ribblehead Viaduct, ended up doing Whernside. Will have to come back to do the other two peaks now!

August 2022   Another W family!


Enjoyed our stay. Cottage was perfect.

July 2022   The O family


Really enjoyed our stay at Monks Bridge. The Lakes and Yorkshire Dales were spectacular. So much to see and enjoy.

July 2022   The W family


Loved the cottage and the area. Butchers Arms is a great pubwith excellent meals and friendly locals!

June 2022   N & S C


So lovely to be back in the tranquility of this place, enjoying the beck and the hills. The children were once little here but this time revising…

June 2022   The S family


Lovely place to stay. Would definitely recommend to others. Here for daughter’s wedding and had amazing weather. Lovely villages around and lots of nice walks.

May 2022   O & W families

Amazing stay at Monks Bridge incl. walk around Derwentwater, Windermere & Lowther Castle. Lovely roast at the Queen’s Head, Askham. Second trip in 2 years, we’ll be coming back!

April 2022   N,O, C & H

Thank you so much for such a lovely stay. The rooms were gorgeous and so comfortable, the fire was super cosy and I’ll miss waking up to the sound of the babbling brook! Also, dad says thanks for his birthday cake, it was so thoughtful & delicious!

April 2022   The B family


We thoroughly enjoyed our week’s stay at Monks Bridge.  The accommodation is full of character and one could sense the history of the school throughout.  Towns such as Kendal, Appleby and Keswick are well worth a visit and easily accessible.  An evening meal at the Butchers Arms completed our stay.

April 2022   Mr & Mrs P and Mr & Mrs S


My sister and I stayed at Monks Bridge for some family catch up time. It is a beautiful cottage in a lovely little village, Crosby Ravensworth. The cottage had everything you could need and we appreciated the touches of luxury such as the beautiful soft towels. The fire was laid when we arrived which was very welcome. We also enjoyed the walks straight from the door. We recommend the Butchers Arms, the local pub which was very friendly and served excellent food.  Thanks for a really enjoyable stay. 

April 2022   Mrs P


We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay in this beautiful place.  We had everything that we could possibly need.  It was so comfy & cosy that we did not want to leave!  What a magical home this is.  Thank you!

March 2022   L’E Family


Thank you so much for such a fab stay!!!  We enjoyed every minute of it.  We will definitely be back.

March 2022   Team B


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Monks Bridge. A lovely house in an idyllic setting with everything you could need. We didn’t want to leave.

March 2022   Mr S


Thanks for a lovely break.  It’s a great house in a fabulous area. We’ve loved it!

February 2022   P & L


We have had a lovely stay –thank you!

August 2021   NW & family


Lovely, clean & spacious cottage with lovely views and brilliant spot next to the river. Had a great week, weather a bit hit and miss but still relaxing and chilled. Would recommend.

August 2021   Mrs G


Very lovely cottage, we enjoyed our stay so much. The cows, ducks and sheep are lovely. The cottage is in a very good location for many walks. The garden is lovely and the river is superb.

July 2021   Mrs D


Thanks so much for a lovely stay. We’ve enjoyed our time here a lot and hope to return sometime!

July 2021   Mr S


It’s been just wonderful. We loved the house – so beautiful and comfortable. The garden is just heavenly. It’s a great location – so many places to visit within easy reach.

June 2021   Mr & Mrs C


Very pleased with Monks Bridge. Spotlessly clean. Beds comfortable.
We have had a lovely time here and would recommend it to visitors. Thank you for all your care.

June 2021   Mr R & family


Amazing stay. We felt so welcome coming here. Everyone is so friendly in the village and there are some lovely walks straight from the door. Had the fire on both nights and it was very cosy. Thank you for having us!

May 2021 K family


We had an absolutely brilliant stay in Monks Bridge. The house is great – we especially loved the beautiful garden and the stream We appreciated the recommendations and had great food from the Butcher’s Arms and a fun visit to Lowther Castle. We enjoyed the cupcakes (thank you!) and purchased a few of Kitty’s items while we were there, too.
The house had all we needed – we enjoyed using the fire and found the beds very comfy. All in all, a lovely, relaxing stay and we would love to come back.

May 2021   Mr C


WOW! What a fabulous cottage. Both bathrooms presented beautifully with lots and lots of hot water and fluffy towels. Beds very comfy and the quality of the bedding was first class. We have had a very relaxing week in a very charming cottage. I can’t get over how friendly the locals are and very welcoming. Thanks for a lovely week in your cottage.

April 2021   Mr & Mrs C


We loved Monks Bridge. It is a delightful house and we were all so very impressed about how spotlessly clean it was and the linen and towels a delight.
We would love to visit again.

April 2021   Mrs B


A wonderful break in a beautiful house. What could be better, in such a year of change, than to spend a week surrounded by beautiful countryside and lulled by the sound of the nearby river and the crackle of a log fire. Thanks as always for providing such a great place to stay!

October 2020   D & S


Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home.  The whole family has enjoyed every relaxing minute of it!  We have felt so safe here, especially in these troubled times of Covid.  We can’t wait to plan our next trip back here.  Really out of this world, wonderful.  We are all home safe now and dreaming of returning to your beautiful home again. It really was a fantastic holiday for us all. (We range from the ages of 80 to 8)  Thank you.

October 2020   Ms H


I just wanted to say a big thank you for our stay at Monks Bridge, we had a lovely week and were very comfortable in the cottage. The village is lovely and we had a meal in the pub which was very good. We were also very lucky with the weather and so had some lovely walks.

October 2020   Ms P


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful cottage.  Spotlessly clean which made us feel very safe.  Monks Bridge is very cosy and comfortable.  The surrounding countryside is stunning.  We will certainly be returning at a later date.  Thank you.

October 2020   Mr & Mrs L


We had an excellent stay at Monks Bridge. Crosby Ravensworth was an ideal base to explore the surrounding area and we managed to walk and cycle as well as visiting Pooley Bridge,  Penrith and the White Scar Caves.

The accommodation at Monks Bridge is first class and the amenities provided much appreciated. A special thanks for the welcome pack and tasty berry jam.  Many thanks

September 2020   Mr & Mrs B


We had such a fabulous week staying at Monks Bridge. This is one of the best properties we have stayed in. Absolutely brimming with character and lovely and spacious for our family of 4.  It was sparkling clean on arrival – clearly the housekeeper has the highest standards which gave us peace of mind in the current situation. The milk, cakes and homemade jam were a really lovely welcome treat.

The situation of the house next to the river and that view when having an evening drink was so beautiful ! Great for wildlife spotting too. Our kids (12 and 9) were able to have a paddle in the river which they absolutely loved.  A wonderful house in picturesque surroundings. We hope to come back one day!

August 2020   Family G


Julia, its been heavenly!  We leave with very heavy hearts but so fulfilled after a stunning trip down memory lane!

August 2020   Mrs L


We had a really lovely New Year’s break – the house is so cosy and well equipped. The Butchers Arms is great for food and very welcoming. Lovely walks from the house – we’ll be back!

January 2020   Family S


Beautifully restored house, lovely modern touches without losing the original features. Really well equipped! Great walks straight from the front door – a lovely week.

December 2019   Family H


This is our third visit and each time it gets better! Beautiful house and location. We’ll be back!

December 2019   Mr & Mrs W


Wonderful break. Perfect house & setting. Will definitely recommend & hope to be back again.

November 2019   Family C


Great time had by all. Something for everyone. Plenty of space and freedom for 3 kids to run off their excess energy as well as pop into the farm to feed the animals and watch the milking. Spent the evenings with a log fire. Plenty of walking done. Thank you.

October 2019   Family G & L



October 2019   Family A


Wonderful break!

October 2019   Mr R


Very enjoyable few days in this quirky, well-appointed, lovely house in a super location. A very warm welcome at The Butchers – great food.

September 2019   Families B


We enjoyed our three weeks in this comfortable cottage and the beautiful and interesting surroundings.

September 2019   Mr & Mrs T


We have had a wonderful week here. The cottage is so comfortable & homely – perfect after some long walks! Great location betwixt Dales and Lakes. Explored Lowther Castle, Ullswater, Hawkshead, Alston. The Butchers Arms lived up to its (very good) reputation, as did Shap Chippy. 14/10 – would revisit!

August 2019   A, L, H & T


Pretty place and amazing views all round. Liked Aysgarth Falls & Bolton Castle. Lowther Castle adventure playground great for children. Our little boy loved the Sun Room for spotting birds. Butchers Arms is excellent but booking is essential. Also recommend the Shap Chippy, best to book!

August 2019   Family A


We loved your beautiful house, a great mix of old & new. The garden is a lovely place to relax in the sunshine. Thank you.

July 2019   Family S


Great to be back in CR and to be able to catch up on old times and people. Also to see how the old school has changed over the years.

July 2019   Mr & Mrs A


Excellent stay

July 2019   Mr & Mrs B


Super location

July 2019   Ms S


We enjoyed our stay in the old school building and loved the stunning beauty of the Lake District.

July 2019   P, J & J


What an interesting building. From classrooms to a really comfortable home. We loved it.

June 2019   Mr & Mrs K & R


What a fantastic week! We don’t want to go home. Wonderful cottage and garden. We loved sitting in the sun lounge. Butchers Arms was great too.

June 2019   G & P


We had a really nice stay in your lovely cottage. The Butchers Arms pub had food to die for. We would come back here in a heartbeat. Loved sitting in the garden and the cosy fire! Thank you x

June 2019   E, P, B & M family


Really nice house, good walks nearby.

May 2019   Family C


Stunning accomodation in a beautiful area.  Had a great week, fortunately with good weather.  Thanks and hope to come back.

May 2019   Family W


Lovely peaceful long weekend, excellent cottage.  Such comfortable beds.  And really appreciated bottomless wood!

April 2019   H, L & M


We have had an idyllic week here helped by the amazing weather which allowed us to have breakfast in the garden every day.  Loved The Butchers Arms, so friendly & fabulous food.  Have thoroughly enjoyed exploring Cumbria & will be returning very soon!  Beautiful house, love all the quirks and thoughts.

April 2019   S, K & H


Had the most wonderful week here, even stayed an extra 2 nights!  Butchers Arms is great, lovely welcome.  Managed to get up Cat Bells, Old Man of Coniston & Skiddaw – all really worth the climb!  Castlerigg Stone Circle worth a visit for the wonderful views.

March 2019   L & G


Beautiful school house.  Everything perfect.  Had a wonderful week.  Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful home.  Butchers Arms excellent.  Many thanks.

March 2019   R & G


Lovely few days, love the school house.  Love furnishings and surroundings.  Weather has been fabulous for Feb!  Great days out!  Thank you!

February 2019   T & G R


A lovely relaxing week in this warm and comfy cottage.  Had a great Sunday roast at the Butchers Arms after a walk in the hills and also a lovely walk through Maulds Meaburn.  A great introduction for us to the Lake District!

January 2019   M & S


Excellent stay with old friends & relatives made all the better by the standard of accommodation.  Always felt more of a home than a holiday let, very well thought out, everything worked and good mix of the old and the new.  Great walking in the area and up to 30 minutes drive away on the quieter side of the Lakes.  Thank you very much to the owners.

October 2018   H, C & S


Sensational stay with fabulous friends – a real treasure of a home stay – well done.  Loved it all!

October 2018   A W


A wonderful break in a peaceful and beautiful place – can’t wait to return!

October 2018   DR & SF


What a beautiful property in a stunning location.  The cottage was perfect, comfy, warm & cosy – thank you for sharing your lovely home.  Great food at The Butchers Arms and very welcoming staff.  Hope to return for another visit maybe next year to chill and relax some more.

September 2018   Family S


Loved this place so much, don’t want to leave.  Had a wonderful time.  So peaceful here.  Thank you for letting us use your beautiful home.  Long way to travel (from Australia) but will return if time allows.  Pub v. good.

September 2018  Mr & Mrs S


Had a lovely week.  Great walks from Monks Bridge.  Food good at Butchers Arms.

September 2018   D, J, K & P


We have had a lovely time, cottage very spacious, lovely surrounding areas to explore, walk up Cat Bells is excellent, Butchers Arms good food.

August 2018   N, H, T & B


We have had a lovely time in this beautiful house in such a peaceful and welcoming setting.  Thanks for everything and we hope to visit again.

August 2018   D & R


We had a great time in and around the house.

August 2018   Family H


Congratulations to the owners!  This is a very lovely place to stay in a beautiful area.  Thank you very much, it is unforgettable!

July 2018   Family V


As written above the entrance “Ingredere ut proficias” – so we did!  It was a great place to stay and we really enjoyed it.  Wish you all the best for the future!

July 2018   Family Z


Perfect central location between the Lakes and the Dales.  A lovely “home” (not house) to come back to after a busy day of sight seeing.  Locals very friendly – just like back home.  Very quaint setting.  Relaxing.  Must come back again.

June 2018   Families M & B


We have had the most heavenly week here, hardly ever wanted to go anywhere else.  We would love to come back.  Such luxury!

June 2018  Mr & Mrs E