We stayed in Elder Howe with a group of friends from our walking & social group. We were blessed with excellent weather for the most part (in spite of a slightly dodgy forecast for the week).
The area met all our needs, with easy access to some excellent walking routes, plenty things to do and interesting places to visit for days out.
Pooley Bridge itself, whilst small, has a variety of options for eating out if you don't want to self-cater every night. And Penrith, only a few minutes' pleasant drive, has everything from quaint cafes and small local shops (including an excellent deli), through to a large, modern Sainsbury's supermarket. The town itself is well worth spending at least half a day to explore.
The house has everything you could need for a group or family stay... Tv, DVD, adequate space indoors and in the garden. There is also the table-tennis in the "garage", which is good fun, even if the elbow room is a little restricted. The kitchen is well equipped and the bedrooms are of a decent size.
The only slight criticisms would be that (in my room at least) the mattress was a little thin and uncomfortable, and that whilst the two double rooms had en-suite bathrooms with excellent showers, there was only one bathroom for the occupants of the other three bedrooms to share. This isn't such a problem with family groups as with groups of adult friends, and we opted to make the en-suite bathrooms available to the others for showering after walks.
The staff at the holiday park (who look after the house) were very polite and professional, and they were extremely helpful at all times. They were more than happy to oblige when we asked if we could have an expensive croquet set delivered to the holiday park reception.
Thank you to all concerned for helping us to enjoy a very pleasant, stress free and relaxing break.