Holiday home Roa Island House is a wonderful large detached property set on Roa Island, eight miles from Ulverston in the Lake District. This cottage sleeps up to sixteen people and has seven bedrooms consisting of one ground floor family room with super king-size double (can be made into a twin) and a single sofabed, one ground floor double, one king-size double with en-suite bath and small office, three doubles with en-suite showers and one twin (can be made into a super king-size double) with fold out bed, as well as a ground floor family shower room. This cottage also has a kitchen with dining area (seats 8) and conservatory (seats 4), dining room (seats 16), sitting room with open fire (seats 14), second floor observation tower with telescope and a large conservatory (seats 22). The hallway also has table football. Outside, this cottage has off road parking for eight cars and lawned grounds with hot tub, furniture and BBQ. Roa Island House is perfect for a special occasion with family and friends at any time of year.
Area Situated on the north west shore of Morecambe Bay is Roa Island, often known as the centre of sailing in Furness. With two yacht clubs and many pubs, this charming spot is a wonderful place for sailing and maritime enthusiasts. The historic market town of Ulverston is nearby and boasts a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants and as the birthplace of Stan Laurel, this lovely town is home to the only Laurel and Hardy museum in the world. The Furness coast offers many glorious sandy beaches and good birdwatching opportunities, whilst the Lake District National Park and its many attractions are also within easy reach. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, the South Lakes Wild Animal Park and Muncaster Castle also provide great days out, allowing for an activity to suit every taste and budget.
Region Impressive mountains, open fells and clear-water lakes, the Lake District has it all. From walking in the mountains to exhilarating watersports or just a gentle cruise on a steam-powered yacht, Cumbria is the perfect holiday destination.
Amenities Gas central heating with open fire in sitting room and wood burner in bedroom. Electric double oven, gas hob, additional electric oven, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 7 x TVs, 1 with Freeview/DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games/DVDs. Fuel, power and starter packs for open fire and wood burner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchairs available. Lawned grounds with roof covered hot tub, furniture and BBQ. Wood fired sauna that can sit 6 people. Off road parking for 8 cars. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile. Note: Hot tub unavailable from 4pm on Thursdays for weekly cleaning/maintenance. Note: No stag or hen parties at this property. Note: Roa Island is reached via a tarmac causeway. From 27/1/2022 some of the utility needs of the property are met by a provider who sources their energies from renewable sources and is carbon neutral, this process will be completed by around the middle of 2022. All waste is already collected, then checked and separated by our waste disposal provider and the highest degree of recycling is thus assured
As a large multi-family group we found the very large house somewhat dated and requiring a more usable kitchen space for large groups. Double beds really have been squeezed into some of the rooms. Great location but cleanliness and broken and poorly maintained features let it down. Sykes cottages resolved drain eventually but the mice are probably a longer term problem related to the size/age or property, and the apparent inability of cleaning team to get to grips with the property between rentals. Lost possessions of previous renters were found under beds, etc, in the dust... A rather scathing review was (understandably) provided to Sykes but over 2 weeks later that commentary does not appear to have made it to their website. Cannot fault the location for interest, visit to the pub on Piel Island is a must. However, our view is that for the money being asked, you may wish to find somewhere else to stay. We will not be returning to Roa Island House under the current terms.
Fantastic location ,comfortable rooms and lovely hot tub
Would have liked to have soap/shower gel in the bathrooms and better pans for our large party.. Generally very pleased with our stay and appreciated the owners flexibility regarding our requirements.
This is a fabulous place if you want a tranquil quiet place to stay.. Sitting out the back watching the sun glistening on the sea is just beautiful. The locals are fantastic, we had a great tour around the RNLI which was on our doorstep (literally) and a great meal at the local boat club which we were able to use as we were staying at Roa House. We had an issue with the mini bus we hired and another local and his dad came to our rescue even without being asked just nice lovely people.
The house was lovely seven decent sized bedrooms five with en-suite just what five couples needed and one of our party was especially please with a downstairs bedroom with a wet room as they had mobility issues so a godsend for them. Beautiful dining room if you want a formal night or a large kitchen area if you want a nice cosy get together. We would all definitely recommend this house as a base for a stay lots of space and if the weather is kind then you wouldn’t need to venture out. Didn’t use the steam lodge although it looked great but did have a session in the hot tub which again was fabulous especially sitting watching the scenery very therapeutic.
Having had an issue at the start, the support was fantastic from both Sykes and the property owner.. We had an amazing time in a beautifil house. Great location and I will definitely be booking through Sykes again....
Roa House is highly recommended too!
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at Roa Island; the place was beautiful and perfect for a family get together.. It was spotlessly clean with nice white bedding and towels and fulfilled all our needs. The views were incredible and we can’t wait to return.
We booked the house at Roa Island as a surprise weekend for our Mum for her 80th birthday, what an amazing weekend it turned out to be.. The house exceeded our expectations, the photos don’t do justice to the space available. A well maintained house with fully equipped kitchen, plenty of room, beautiful views, everything you need for a relaxing weekend with a hot tub and sauna. Sykes Cottages we’re great to deal with and very helpful. We would highly recommend staying here and look forward to visiting again
If being over critical of which I am , probably needs a couple of smaller pans , .... If being over critical of which I am , probably needs a couple of smaller pans , but that is all , everything else was superb
We had a lovely relaxing weekend with loads of fantastic memories made .. Thank you to the owners for providing a fabulous place for our ladies to be all together. Only down side the information folder was missing
We were a family group of 10 enjoying a holiday exploring the Lakes, it is a great house and perfect for large groups.
The whole family loved it.. Plenty of space for the children to run about
When we arrived the single beds had been made up as doubles, but after one phone call, Sykes sent someone out to rectify the problem.. Great service!!! The house is great for adults and children alike.
Great location .. The Concle pub and the cafe great food .
We visited Roa Island House as a family group, we picked the location to explore the Lakes and the area in general, the house was fantastic and with large downstairs rooms and lovely conservatory where we could all sit together in the sun and out of the wind.. It was the perfect place to get together and enjoy a break away.
Great family get together.. To celebrate my 70th Birthday.
We had a great week celebrating a 70th birthday, with all the children and grandchildren.. A terrific house with plenty of room for different activities, large garden, wonderful views and convenient for walks and nearby shopping in Barrow or Ulverston. We've now left a cheese-grater so the kitchen is fully stocked!
First of all we would like to say that we had a most wonderful holiday at Roa Island House and everyone had a memorable experience.. If you would like us to make any comments or suggestions we would say:
1) Slight disappointment that we had to wait outside until almost 4pm before we could access the house.
2) Being honest it looked like the main carpets hadn't been hovered.
3) On the one hand the lawn hadn't been cut (which meant that it looked a bit weedy) but on the other we experienced the company of many rabbits who had a most enjoyable feed.
4) Towels were not the best and an upgrade might be better enjoyed by future guests.
Not sure if you are allowed to advertise / inform via the web site but we would mention that:
a) The Bosun's Locker Cafe, effectively attached to Roa Island House provides an excellent range of food and drinks albeit limited hours of opening.
b) The Roa Island Boat House (200 yards away) provides cheap and cheerful food and with a lovely atmosphere. Sadly also subject to limited opening hours.
c) The short boat trip over to Piel Island; a walk around the Castle and a beer at the pub is a most relaxing experience.
Roa Island house is fabulous.. We thoroughly enjoyed it, no criticisms but a couple of things at the house that could be considered:
An outside line for drying clothes.
The mirrors in the bedroom/bathroom at the far end of the corridor (room 7 I think) are too high up so us shorter people can't make use of them so we were having to go into others bedrooms to use them.
A cheese grater would be useful.
We also thought we had access to a table tennis table which was locked in the garage but when we asked the managing company they wouldn't get it out for us.
Road Island house was beautiful.. It was perfect for 12 us celebrating a year of 30ths. I would say the kitchen needs a bit of tlc and we moved the sofa and found a lot of food/stuff there which had not been cleaned previously.
Something which wasn’t on the listing was the table tennis we found in the garage and that is probably where we were if we weren’t in the hot tub!!
We are already looking at dates for a Roa reunion.
We had a wonderful stay at Roa Island House.. I think the house could benefit from a little "TLC" in areas, a lick of paint here and there but this did not detract from our enjoyment. Its a shame that the kitchen area is relatively small compared to other rooms in the house, it got a little congested with more that 2 people in it at a time. We were extremely lucky that we had lovely weather and were able to enjoy the garden and its outdoor facilities to the max. There were a couple of window blinds that need some attention, broken and stained vertical blinds in the lounge and especially in bedroom 7 on the ground floor as they do not close properly and the curtains are see through. Also the fire alarm went off on the first night - no apparent reason for this happening and the noise was deafening. There were no clear instructions of how to turn it off/re-set and when we phoned the number on the box for assistance they said that they would get someone to call us back with instructions on how to turn it off - they finally called back after ONE HOUR!!!! By that time, by some fluke of luck we had already managed to reset it, but obviously as we were not sure how we had done it we were nervous in case it happened again. When they did finally call back my friend said that we had fixed it and when the caller asked how, my friend jokingly said "Oh we axed it off the wall" and the caller said "oh thats great then" - was he not listening to us or had this happened before? not really an acceptable service, especially as we had my young grandchildren with us who were notably frightened by the noise. Clear instructions in the house manual are essential.
However, even with the above we all said that we would definitely go back, house felt very homely and relaxing!!!.
We were a group of 16 ladies enjoying a relaxing weekend away.. The house was brilliant, very spacious and comfortable with a well stocked kitchen. The hot tub and sauna were great and used by all.
There are a couple of things that would have improved our stay - the heating was not on when we arrived so the house was cold and there was no wood for the fire or if there was we didn’t find it. It would have helpful if there was some information in the book about how to get the sauna heated. Also we couldn’t get the music system working, so again some instructions would have helped for all appliances.
Apart from the above we had a fabulous weekend and some of the group are considering a return with family and friends.
We had a wonderful family holiday in lovely Roa Island House which had everything necessary for a group of 13 people with ages ranging from 20months to 73years..
Room 2 toilet cistern ran 24/7 & radiator cold.. Downstairs shower room didn't appear to drain away veey well.
General house decor needs a refresh.
There were dirty tissues and other rubbish under one of the setters.
Most disappointing of all, on arrival the hot tub was only luke warm. We were also unable to use it after Sunday morning as the water was cool, a dirty grey colour and smelled unpleasant. We were all sad about that and wondered why it was daily maintained.
That apart it was a great location and ideal for our size group. If these issues are attended to we'd be happy to use the house again.
Allison Hardy and 13 others.
We were a group of 15 aged 3-40 everyone had amazing time, we stayed at the Roa island house for Christmas. The location is amazing, the views are breathtaking. The cottage has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. There is a hot tub, steam room, Foosball table, mini library and a good collection of DVD's. The kitchen was very well equipped to cook for all of us. I highly highly recommend this rental to anyone who is looking for a wonderful holiday.
Fabulous house with everything we needed.. Plenty of space and great facilities for all ages. Loved our stay here
We rented this house for a family get together- it was perfect, spacious, clean and very well equipped.. Everyone had an amazing time!
On Roa Island overlooking lifeboat station. Large very well renovated house taking up to 16 though more comfortable for 14. Excellent amenities; apart from needing to take your own logs if you like open fires, everything we needed seemed to be there.
Considering it was almost zero outside in late No ember the house was pleasantly warm. Good to see LEDlamps fitted throughout though those in zrooms like the kitchen and for bedside reading lights could be a bit brighter - a minor detail. The Dock Museum close by in Barrow is a must; lots to see and charming staff.
Had an amazing weekend celebrating 50th birthday with friends, great house and facilities, minor hot tub issue quickly resolved
We stayed here for our anniversary and it was wonderful. So much space, clean and well thought out. Hot tub and sauna were great. We'll definitely be back!
I can't recommend this place highly enough. It's fabulous and we didn't want to leave. None of us did! We spent hours in the garden looking out to sea, or soaking in the hot tub. New visitors please make sure you visit Piel Island, and have mussels at the pub, and take a wander round Ulverston.
There's pretty much everything you could need. We fed 15 each night without a problem.
Whoever books next... I'm jealous. Enjoy!
A group of us, 14 friends stayed at this amazing house for 3 nights, tastefully decorated, comfortable furniture and everything provided that you could want, very well equipped kitchen, the view from the tower is lovely but it did rain for the whole three days so imagine it would be better in better weather. There is a pub just over a half a mile away so a brisk 15 minute walk then a nice pint went down well. We all made use of the hot tub and the small but very comfortable sauna dashing from one to the other in the rain! We wouldn't hesitate to pay another visit here.
A huge house with plenty of bedrooms and living space. We were quite a bit family that stayed 11 in all and had plenty of room to move around.
It's located literally on the island with a couple of pubs nearby and a take-away style place almost attached to the house. It also has a restaurant. You need a car staying here in reality as it is a little remote but some of the views along the walk way joining the island to the main land are fantastic.
The rooms are a little dated but clean - one was a little cool due to the vents in the bathroom but close the door and it is fine. Each room is ensuite with a tv. Downstairs has a well appointed kitchen and living room with a nice conservatory overlooking the sea.
It served well as a base for use to travel to the lakes as Barrow itself wasn't the most interesting place (sorry!) The lakes are accessible within 30 mins drive and definitely worth a visit with some lovely towns on the way.
A large group of us stayed in this property for our friends 30th Birthday. The house was absolutely perfect, great garden and the jacuzzi was brilliant! We were surprised to find the 'observatory' room up on the 3rd floor which offered amazing views of the sea and the sunset. Everyone slept well in comfy beds and their was plenty of space for us all in the communal areas. There was an endless amount of plates, cutlery and fridge/freezer space. I would definitely recommend.
The only negative comments I have is that it would be nice if there was basic things like tea/coffee/sugar and dishwasher tablets, these are basic amenities that you are usually provided with. It would also have been nice to have been provided with more logs for the fire, we had been given enough to light a fire, but couldn't find anymore.. which seems a little pointless!
A beautiful setting in a lovely part of the country. The house was excellent, plenty of space so no one getting on top of each other.
Roa Island House is a beautiful place to stay and enjoy time with a large family group of friends, it is large enough not to get under each others feet. It was extremely well equipped in all aspects and there was plenty to keep all ages occupied even in terrible weather. The kitchen was especially good, you can easily cater for a large group with fantastic ovens and two large fridges, amazing.
It is hard to find somewhere that sleeps that many people but this house was excellent. If you needed to you could get away from the crowd, also the place itself is in a great setting.
Fantastic holiday for 14 people aged from 6 - 70, nobody wanted to come home. The children could have stayed for much longer. It was my husband's 70th birthday present he will never forget it.
Roa Island House was perfect for our family holiday as it contained everything that we needed and was situated in an ideal area. We had a great time.
Main house and bedrooms were very good. The conservatory needs to be updated furniture not adequate too many tables and chairs not enough comfy chairs.
Great views from the rear of the property. This is a fantastic house, the bedrooms are of a good size and bathrooms of a very high standard. All round a lovely property.
Clean, very spacious accommodation with outstanding bathrooms and great views. It was very well equipped with day to day implements. The kitchen, although compact had sufficient space for all our food and we liked the assurance of washing facilities - washer, drier etc - even though we didn't use them. The viewing tower was a fantastic asset too and there was plenty of space and opportunity to find a quiet corner, even though we had 16 people (4 children) in the group. Modern TVs in every room, a large lawn and good parking made the stay very successful. Overall - superb!
What an amazing house and location. Would highly recommend the cottage to all and we have already looked at booking again for next year. The facilities are great and the hot tub just finishes it off! Thanks for a wonderful weekend.
Stayed here for 3 nights with 9 friends. The house is exceptional, it definitely catered well for all of us with plenty of kitchen equipment. The seating areas, hot tub etc were very well planned out and the rooms were lovely too. All the bathrooms appeared brand new and we really couldn't have asked for more.
The oven is in need of an update as it was very slow and unpredictable but otherwise we had everything we needed to cook breakfast/ dinner (albeit a simple one given oven situ)
The location of the house is very remote, but there is a brilliant cafe next door and to be honest, other than a trip to Ulverston and to the Wax Lyrical Outlet (highly recommended) staying in at the house was perfect.
It's likely we would go and stay here again.
The spaciousness of the house was appreciated - as was the hot tub! Nice warm house with lots of room - Recommended!
We had a fantastic weekend with friends in the house, it was exactly what we were looking for. We would love to go back again!
Property is very spacious! Great for large groups. The hot tub is also very good and so was the log fire! Excellent property in general really!
Chance to holiday with the whole family in a very spacious accommodation. The hot tub was a nice feature. There was a well sized dining area and the kitchen contains all cooking facilities required, including pots pans/crockery/cutlery etc. There were 2 large integral fridges and dishwasher.
The pictures on the internet do not do this holiday cottage justice. It had everything you could possibly need; you name it, it had it! The bathrooms are all fantastic and so clean. The beds were comfy and the linen and towels were all crisp and fresh. We absolutely enjoyed our weekend and would definitely go back. All in all - we loved it!
The house was fantastic, perfect for a large group with so many rooms we could spread around. The views were beautiful and all the local people were so helpful and friendly.
The House was large enough for 14 people to find their own space. The sun lounge was a great place to sit. the hot tub was well used, and the garden big enough for a kick about. Overall we all enjoyed the holiday.
The setting of the house was perfect and the location was great. We were celebrating my husband's 40th and it really was the perfect place for what we wanted. A huge dining room for family meals, pool table for evening entertainment and a great garden for relaxing and enjoying the weather. Easy to access other tourist attractions in the lakes too. A truly fantastic week. Highly recommend this property.
The space was fantastic. The six children in the group had a great time and their parents were able to relax. The garden and conservatory being safe place for them to play. We older members of the group enjoyed the views and the area around.
Perfect size property for a large number of adults.
The service was 1st class in every area, a minor complaint with the hot tub was dealt with instantly.
We rented the accommodation to hold our golden wedding in, it turned out to be perfect, it was spotlessly clean, and everything of good quality, but not of a quality that worried you,( bear in mind we had 15 guests all partying for a week ) that should you have a accident it could not easily be put right, all the bedrooms where of a very high standard and very comfortable, all our guests are still talking in glowing terms about our weeks celebration.
The location was fine, and local amenities acceptable, but once again we transported everything we where likely to need, and used very little of the local amenities.
I cannot praise too highly the property for what we hired it for, my only grumble was the quality of the pool table, we had arranged entertainment for every evening, one night being a pool competition, sadly the whole equipment was below a standard suitable for that use, so we had to make alternative arrangements for that evening. M ( not easy )
Staying at the house feels like you are completely secluded, the large walled garden has beautiful views and unless you go outside the gate you can believe you are in your own bubble! It was truly magical, we loved the layout of the house and the hot tub! It was an amazing weekend.
Great holiday, the property was amazing. We'll be coming back again!
We went for a 40th birthday and took 16 friends along with us. The house was just great in every way. We enjoyed the space, the kitchen and its cupboards full of stuff, the jacuzzi and the massive lounge with roaring fire. I would recommend this for a great weekend getaway with friends or family. It's in a fabulous location right by the sea and very private. My only bug was it was cold but we did go in November! Would definitely go again.
The house is presented in a way in the pictures which doesn't actually reflect what you see when you get there. The property is very old and like a previous reviewer said, it needs some money spending on it. The wrap around conservatory is no more than an old lean-to which had a rotting back door which you struggle to open or close. The hot tub was however a nice touch and got plenty of use in the cold month of January! The bedrooms were very disappointing and a few of the radiators did not work in the bedrroms and bathrooms which posed a problem and we had to call the hotel to get heaters brought down. The oven was tempremental. Our guests couldnt get the tv's to all work in the bedrooms so it took the shine off the weekend somewhat. Had it not been for our friends being such great company this could have proved a very dissapointing weekend. On a positive the walk to the pub was good and the food and prices were good when we got there. The lifeboat station kindly did us a guided tour which was brillaint so thank you to John for this.
We very much enjoyed the opportunity to rest and relax with our family and friends. The size was perfect, surrounding quiet and location ideal.
Stayed with Family in October, what a wonderful, house, full of character and history. It's sadly lacking in TLC though. The conservatory which wraps it's self around the house could be magnificent, if the owners removed all the tables and chairs (from days when B&B), it needs heating and lots of lovely comfy sofas. The televisions in all the rooms have been added as an extra, but no thought has gone into them, they are ALL far too small, it would have been better to leave them out and have a 50" in the sitting room. We stayed in bedroom 2, it's small which wasn't a problem, but having no drawers to speak of meant we had to live out of a suitcase for a week. The photograph on the web site is misleading, this is the back of the property and the wing to the right, has now been fenced off. The front of the house needs to be more appealing, if it wasn't for the cars on the drive, I wouldn't have known this was Roa island House. The name is misleading, this little island is so built up, you are led to believe that you are on your own. Had a private viewing of the launch of the lifeboat, so big thank you to Shaun and all the guys who work tremendously hard. Bosuns locker, is attached to the house and is a little cafe, we had breakfast there on our last day, thank you for making us feel welcome and telling up the histroy of your cafe - was the lifeboat station in a former life. Would we stay there again, not sure to be honest. I think Eden House Hotel are missing a trick here, they need to get the architects in, spend a little money, this house has the makings of something magnificent. I would suggest to friends, but with the proviso that it's lacking a little love.
Stayed with Family in October, what a wonderful, house, full of character and history. It's sadly lacking in TLC though. The conservatory which wraps it's self around the house could be magnificent, if the owners removed all the tables and chairs (from days when B&B;), it needs heating and lots of lovely comfy sofas. The televisions in all the rooms have been added as an extra, but no thought has gone into them, they are all far too small, it would have been better to leave them out and have a 50" in the sitting room. We stayed in bedroom 2, it's small which wasn't a problem, but having no drawers to speak of meant we had to live out of a suitcase for a week. The photograph on the web site is misleading, this is the back of the property and the wing to the right, has now been fenced off. The front of the house needs to be more appealing, if it wasn't for the cars on the drive, I wouldn't have known this was Roa island House. The name is misleading, this little island is so built up, you are led to believe that you are on your own. Had a private viewing of the launch of the lifeboat, so big thank you to Shaun and all the guys who work tremendously hard. Bosuns locker, is attached to the house and is a little cafe, we had breakfast there on our last day, thank you for making us feel welcome and telling up the histroy of your cafe - was the lifeboat station in a former life. Would we stay there again, not sure to be honest. I think Eden House Hotel are missing a trick here, they need to get the architects in, spend a little money, this house has the makings of something magnificent. I would suggest to friends, but with the proviso that it's lacking a little love.
A quiet location, very spacious and the ferry to Piel Island was a great experience. The hot tub was excellent with views of the sea.
Stayed here with 14 family members inc older people and young children. I did worry we might have been in each others space but that was certainly not the case....if anything it was hard to keep up with where everyone was!
Stayed here with 14 family members inc older people and young children. I did worry we might have been in each others space but that was certainly not the case...if anything it was hard to keep up with where everyone was!
Our stay here was brilliant,the house was huge and perfect for us. The views were nice and the location was great if you want a real get away from everything. The house was spotless and the house keeper was very welcoming and dealt with anything we wanted. All in all a brilliant property, highly recommended.
The location is very secluded and beautiful, perfect if you want to get away from it all. The house is so beautifully decorated, the rooms are luxurious, large and very clean.
The hot tub was great. The kitchen enormous and well stocked with crockery etc (although missing a corkscrew so we borrowed one from a neighbour, not a very big problem overall).
I'd definitely go back if I ever get the chance.
The house and the island are absolutely stunning. It was a real luxury break for a very reasonable price.
Huge property with plenty of room for 8 adults and 6 children - even space to escape on your own for a quiet read if necessary. Within easy driving distance of many interesting places/attractions. The observatory with its own telescope together with the pool table and hot tub, was an added bonus. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, most voting this property joint top, when compared with the other 4 properties we have used in the past.
Great house perfectly suited for the needs of a large group. Rehearsing our performance or playing word games in the living room with the open fire was especially pleasant. The sea views from the observation room were nice in the morning and at dusk.
The space in the property for 16 was perfect and I'm sure if the weather had been kinder we would have spent a lot of time in the garden.
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