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11 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 24
Cockermouth, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Very good - based on 66 reviews
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Sukie D
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“What an amazing place to stay!!!”
Reviewed June 6, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We were a party of 24 aged from 1-76yrs. The house was perfect for our family, we were surprised that the property actually caters for so many people... having two dishwashers, two kettles and two toasters was a great help. The kitchen was definately well equipped.
We were unable to locate the BBQ however one call to the maintenance number soon solved that!!
Bedrooms are a decent size, the beds and bed linen are clean fresh and comfortable. The location is pretty remote however that shouldnt be a problem if you have a car.
I can not fault this property in any way, I would certainly recommend it for a large group.

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Liked best: The size of the property and the well equipped kitchen.
Liked least: not applicable - I loved everything about this place
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jasidot
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent choice for a large group”
Reviewed May 14, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Fantastic large house near to the lovely village of Cockermouth. Excellet for large groups with plenty of outdoor space for kids to play and ample parking. The rooms were all very clean and very well appointed. The beds were excellent. The diningroom was amazing with ample room and hot plates at the side if you are cooking for a large group. The TV room was very well set up with points available to plug in Games/Karaoke Machine. Would highly recommend this house we all had a lovely time and would love to go back sometime in the near future

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Liked best: The size of the propery
Liked least: No blackout curtains in the bedrooms - very light in the morning
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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Fiona473
Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
1 review
“If looking for a house for large family this would be excellent choice”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

Great location for large group or family. Facilities inside and out just what we needed for group of 24 inc 4 small children. Clean and comfortable bedrooms. We wondered if the kitchen would have sufficient pots,utensils serving dishes, plates, etc for cooking proper meals. We were not disappointed. Plenty of space with three sitting areas for smaller groups wanting to watch TV, chat or play games. Pool table a must for the men. Local ale delivered and set up by brewery in summer house was excellent (I am told). Dining room was great for whole group to enjoy meals together. Some of the group went cycling, plenty of circular routes to choose from. Not far to Maryport, Keswick, etc so whole Lake District within easy reach. Plenty of tourist attractions to visit. One thing worth mentioning, IF YOU DONT HAVE SATNAV make sure you print off a detailed map of how to get to Big White House. Definitely not easy to find using standard road atlas. Satnav now on Christmas wish list. Would definitely recommend Big White House.

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Liked best: Dining room
Liked least: Dishwashers
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Denise M
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Special birthdays (60ths) celebrated in a lovely setting”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

We travelled to Cockermoth for a family celebration (2 family members were 60 over the last couple of months). The majority of the party stayed for a week but my husband and I just stayed for the weekend. It was lovely. The house is very spacious with a very large kitchen (2 sinks etc, dishwashes etc) and it has 11 bedrooms altogether. There were 18 adults and 3 children in our party (one a baby) and a dog, and we had a lovely time. The house has 3 lounges in it and a games room with a pool table in so there was plenty of room for us to spread out and get away from everyone if we wanted. The dining room is enormous with a wonderfully long table in it where we all sat at mealtimes and had a really good laugh.

Altogether a good time was had by all!

ps The beds are really comfortable!!!

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DAVID_B50...
Northallerton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“GOOD ACCOMODATION AND FACILITIES”
Reviewed February 14, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

We as a group of 20 people have been having a reunion weekend dating back to the late 70's. Having spent the last 12 years in Derbyshire we decided on a change and found the Big White House.
The entire house is well presented with good clean decor. The bedrooms are quite modern and the ensuite wc's and basins make the three bathrooms more than adequote.
We found the kitchen to be well equiped. The small area in the large dining area with wine cooler and stacks of glasses was particularly useful.
We used the pool room extensively and the cinema room was a great retreat for the tele with wine brigade.
To undertake a decent hill walk was not an option from the house, cars were needed but the village pub with food was only a 10-15 minute stroll.

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Liked best: the amount of space
Liked least: not having a television in the snug area off the dining room
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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dap73
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“excellent place to stay for large groups.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

All thirteen of our group had a great long weekend in the big white house. Didn't have any problems but if we did we had a point of contact. Plenty to do in the house which included a pool room and cinema room. We will probably return in the future.

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Liked best: pool room, cinema room and dining room.
Liked least: a bit cold upstairs on arrival.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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ProfBobUK
Bedford
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Good value large & quirky holiday house on north edge of Lake District”
Reviewed January 10, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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We stayed in the Big White House for a New Year gathering with friends. There 17 of us in total (10 adults & 7 'children' aged 18 to 13). The property owners (Stay Lakeland) were helpful and welcoming, returning our deposit in good time with no unexpected charges. The Big White House is in an isolated rural location 5 miles north of Cockermouth. Although not in the centre of the most popular Lake District areas it's only a short drive to some well known attractions, such as Buttermere. There's also good walking from the property itself - with views to the sea and Scotland on a clear day. The Big White House suited us perfectly - more than enough bedrooms (we didn't even use a couple of them) - a spacious feeling and good basic rather than ornate fittings. The kids camped out in the two sitting rooms upstairs whilst the adults used the snug next to the enormous dining room that could seat 20+. The kitchen was adequately sized but got a bit crowded with more than 2 people in it. There were lots of large post and pans and a couple of ovens, a hob and a microwave. We filled the large fridge in the kitchen quickly but then found a reserve fridge in the drying room on the other side of the house. The drying room was big and great to house all our boots & coats at the end of each day. The carpets, bedding and furnishings are of a reasonable standard - it's probably a property that suits 'down to earth' people rather someone looking for a refined experience. Most of the rooms have an ensuite toilet & hand basin (not ensuite showers). There are 3 separate shower rooms - which we found adequate for 17 people. Plenty of parking space. Couple of nearby pubs within walking distance (1 mile & 2 miles). The nearest town Cockermouth has an appealing centre with coffee shops galore and the local brewery runs an interesting tour with tasting. Overall we felt the property was well managed and good value for money.

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Liked best: Big dining room with comfy snug next to it.
Liked least: No ensuite showers
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
People with pets
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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