Birkdale Home is a big Victorian home set on the 470-acre Matson Floor Property near Bowness-on-Windermere within the southern a part of the Lake District Nationwide Park. Dwelling to numerous vacation cottages, that is very a lot the property’s ‘flagship’ luxurious property – as you’ll quickly see – which opened in 2020 and is arguably some of the prestigious vacation leases in the entire of the Lake District.

The welcome

Like many self-catering properties within the UK these days (or ‘trip leases’ as they’re referred to in different elements of the world), Birkdale Home operates on a self check-in foundation which makes for a quite simple arrival course of.

Communication prematurely of our keep was made by textual content message, and included instructions and a code for entry, in addition to a hyperlink to the Contact Keep app, full with digital welcome e book, which you’ll be able to obtain to your telephone for straightforward entry earlier than and through your keep. The instructions have been simple to observe, taking us up the driveway the place we acquired our first glimpse of the property.

Along with this, I additionally obtained a beautiful private textual content from Rachael, the Managing Director of the Matson Floor Property Firm Ltd. – who can also be a visitor blogger right here on A Luxurious Journey Weblog – on the day of our arrival, advising us that the property was prepared and wishing us a beautiful keep.

There may be ample parking on the entrance to the property in addition to an electrical charging level.

The property

On getting into the property, there’s a tiled hallway instantly forward, resulting in a small cloakroom.

To the suitable is the primary hallway, with wood floorboards softened by a collection of lengthy rugs and a sublime grandfather clock. The décor, furnishings and art work are all so befitting for such a standard Lakeland property, however with some modern touches too, and the whole lot has clearly been given a number of thought on this regard.

At most important the hub of the hallway is a grand staircase with a piano beneath it, and from right here there’s quick access to the primary rooms of the bottom flooring.

The drawing room is the primary space during which to loosen up. It enjoys an open plan with numerous areas to take a seat, whether or not or not it’s the 2 giant sofas by the fireplace, or the 2 cozy chairs within the bay window with views of the lawned backyard on the entrance.

Close by is the eating room which may accommodate as much as twelves visitors comfortably round an attractive mahogany eating desk. It is a nice room for households to get collectively and have a celebratory dinner and it’s doable to have a neighborhood non-public chef are available specifically, so that you don’t have to fret in regards to the catering. Just like the drawing room, this room enjoys loads of pure mild due to its giant bay window.

Subsequent door to the eating room is a comfortable – a comfortable, extra intimate room than the bigger drawing room – once more with a log burner, in addition to a wide selection of books and board video games to select from.

For individuals who do love to do a few of their very own catering, the kitchen has been completed to a really excessive commonplace with granite worktops, a Rangemaster Skilled Plus 100 Induction cooker with left and proper fanned ovens and a 5-zone induction hob on prime, Samsung American-style fridge freezer, Sage Barista Specific™ all-in-one espresso machine, De’Longhi kettle and toaster, Bosch dishwasher and a central island offering further worktop area, the place you can even sit and unwind with a cup of espresso, and skim the newspaper or plan your day.

A pleasant contact is an electrical bell system – now not in use however presumably an authentic characteristic from the home – that’s mounted above the kitchen doorway. These shows have been launched into homes within the latter half of the nineteenth century and would sign to servants as to the place their assist was required.

Past the kitchen is a utility room which homes a second Bosch dishwasher (useful for a property that may sleep 10 individuals) in addition to a washer/dryer. Canines are additionally well-catered for at Birkdale Home and beds for as much as two canine might be supplied, in addition to canine towels and treats.

Usually it’s these finer particulars that outline true luxurious and our Springer spaniel George definitely liked it and was in doggy heaven throughout our keep!

There may be entry from the utility room to a basement under however I’ll come again to that later.

The utility room leads out to the rear of the property the place there’s an outhouse with the whole lot from recycling bins and firewood to excessive chairs and an ironing board. There’s additionally loads of backyard video games – a soccer, tumble tower, quoits, bowls and a croquet set.

Alongside, an expansive terrace with a barbecue and pizza oven is the right spot for some al fresco eating within the Summer time, or a spot to loosen up and snuggle up subsequent to the massive outside hearth pit brazier within the cooler months.

This a part of the property enjoys many of the solar and two loungers supply the last word alternative to loosen up within the peace and quiet of the grounds, with solely the occasional birdsong to interrupt you as you snooze and benefit from the contemporary air.

Returning to the hallway, a grand staircase leads up previous some lovely stain-glassed home windows to the primary flooring the place all of the bedrooms might be discovered. Birkdale Home sleeps 10 individuals throughout 5 well-appointed rooms, every individually named after fields which fashioned a part of the unique Matson Floor property, depicted on previous maps of the realm.

Navigating from the touchdown in an anti-clockwise course, the primary of the bedrooms is Goosemire, a beautiful double room with an attractive, eye-catching red-topped dressing desk and with essentially the most fabulous dual-aspect views over the property, the gardens and in direction of Windermere and the Langdales past.

The mattress is ready towards a characteristic wall with splendidly daring, printed peonia zinc wallpaper to match the curtains.

Subsequent up is Peasdale – one other pretty mild room with its personal en suite bathe room and views over the terrace and out over the property past. With a pure wool, British-made 4000 pocket-sprung mattress, it’s arduous to withstand a lie-in!

Subsequent is a rest room, only a brief stroll throughout from Goosemire. All of the bogs had essentially the most superb scents coming from them, due to fragrant scented diffusers, in addition to candy basil and orange toiletries and grapefruit and lemongrass hand sanitiser, all from a neighborhood firm, Pure Lakes Skincare Ltd.

Persevering with with our anti-clockwise tour of the primary flooring, subsequent is Longmire – one other mild room with a marbled hearth and think about over to one of many ponds within the Matson Floor Property.

Subsequent door is Undermillbeck, the one twin-bedded room within the property. Nonetheless, it ought to be famous that different rooms have ziplink beds so extra twin-bedded rooms are an possibility.

Then comes one other rest room, which is only a stone’s throw from each Longmire and Undermillbeck and comes with a shower and separate bathe.

Lastly, finishing the circuit of the touchdown, is Summergrove – with the identical improbable view as Goosemire – and with its personal en suite.

As you may see, all bedrooms are superbly furnished and appointed, and every comes with an Alexa Echo Dot – useful if you wish to set an alarm or just take heed to the radio.

The WiFi sign is sweet all through the property.


Birkdale Home is surprisingly secluded given its proximity to Bowness-on-Windermere which is simply a five-minute stroll away. There you will discover the whole lot from outlets, cafés and eating places to points of interest reminiscent of The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction or the Windermere Jetty Museum. From Bowness, you can even board one of many Windermere Lakes Cruises historic steamers to discover England‘s longest lake.

While you’re well-positioned for exploring the entire of the Lakes, numerous brief walks are doable with out even having to drive wherever. Put up Knott, Brantfell and the Biskey Howe viewpoint are a simple stroll and can reward you with some pretty views of the lake.

Throughout our keep, the snowdrops have been out in full pressure inside the grounds of the property, however Cumbria is a really year-round vacation spot so, everytime you go to, there’ll at all times be one thing particular to take pleasure in, whether or not or not it’s snowdrops, blubells or daffodils, new-born lambs leaping about, beautiful temperature inversions over the lake, dramatic skies, lovely sunrises and sunsets, or the beautiful snow-capped peaks of the Lakeland fells.

Different good touches

A thoughtfully-prepared welcome hamper is included as commonplace, offering you with snacks on your arrival and the whole lot you want on your first morning at Birkdale. It contains native produce reminiscent of Waberthwaite nation remedy again bacon, South Lakeland free vary eggs, Farrer’s Lakeland particular tea, a big nation grain farmhouse cob and Cumbrian-marinated candy basil olives. This may be upgraded to a luxurious hamper with particular extras reminiscent of a cooked ham, cured and filled with flavour from Style of the Lakes in Maryport; a luxurious, creamy Eden Valley Brie from the Appleby Creamery; and the best Cartmel Valley Sport smoked salmon, smoked in their very own Cumbrian smokehouse.

We have been celebrating a particular household birthday and have been very kindly equipped with some complimentary bottles of fizz additionally to get our celebrations off to a improbable begin on this unimaginable dwelling.


Minimal stays of three nights begin from round £four,000.

The most effective bit

There are such a lot of fantastic issues about Birkdale Home that it’s tough to choose only one. But when I had to decide on, pretty although the primary home is, I’d go for the property’s basement. As talked about earlier, a door within the utility room leads down a slender staircase to some additional rooms under.

Right here visitors will discover a treasure trove of enjoyable – a devoted space for desk soccer, a cellar alcove for the storage of wine and different drinks, a room with a pool desk, and – the largest spotlight of all – a devoted dwelling cinema with a 75-inch TV display screen and encompass sound speaker system.

Though rather more modern than the remainder of the property, it definitely has the ‘wow’ issue and is a superb facility for multi-generational household stays, that may be certain that the children (each large and small!) are entertained. It’s additionally what units it other than different related properties within the area.

You would possibly really feel it’s a travesty to be inside watching a movie when you’ve one of many world’s most beautiful pure panoramas proper exterior (the Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Website as lately as 2017), but it surely’s excellent for these occasional moist days (these lakes are there for good motive!) or cosy evenings in after a protracted day’s stroll.

The ultimate verdict

Birkdale Home is a really particular property, perect for household celebrations. Whether or not it’s a particular birthday, anniversary, wedding ceremony or just an excuse to get away and deal with yourselves, you’ll not be upset by this distinctive Lakeland dwelling.

Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Birkdale Home.

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