The Barn (Borrowdale) accommodation summary
Lobby with storage for boots and coats
There are two private parking bays in front of the property. To park, it is easier to drive past the property up the hill and the use the turning circle by the bridge and then reverse park into the drive. For groups with more than two cars, there is a National Trust carpark just 2 minutes from the property. There is a charging point for charging electric cars by the entrance to The Barn.Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
Please note, The Barn is not able to accept children under 8 years old (including infants).General Description
This beautifully furnished cottage is nestled in the little village of Seatoller, which sits right at the bottom of Honister Pass and is only 20 minutes drive from Keswick. Shortly after passing Glaramara Outdoor Centre and the National Trust Carpark, you will see a red phone box to the left of the road and The Barn is directly opposite this. There are two private parking spaces right outside the front door, so it's easy to unload your luggage. To park, it is easier to drive past the property up the hill and the use the turning circle by the bridge and then reverse park into the drive. The large wooden barn doors open up to reveal a glass front, with sliding door. As you walk in, you step into a carpeted cloak room area, which is slightly elevated above the kitchen, with the two areas being separated by a banister. This space is great for storing outdoor kit and there is ample space to hang coats, rucksacks, walking poles and boots. There is a little bench, so people can sit down to take off their walking boots. A step leads down into a sleek modern kitchen, which is spacious and beautifully decorated. Extensive cupboards run the full length of the kitchen which is fully equipped with everything you might nee for dining in with plenty of surface space for preparing food. There is an integrated fridge/freezer, integrated double oven, split with microwave/combi-oven at the top, fan oven at the bottom, electric induction hob, a dishwasher and a kettle and toaster. There is a wall-mounted TV, for those who like to catch up on the news at breakfast time, hung above the dining area. The dining table is plenty big enough for 6 but can be extended out if needed and there are 6 six chairs. The controls for the 2-zone heating are next to the stairs, allowing you to regulate the temperature downstairs.
A corridor leads from the kitchen to a bathroom and bedroom. The bathroom is stylishly decorated and has a bath, a shower (over the bath) with waterfall effect shower-head, a basin with lit mirror (de-misting), a shaver charging socket, heated towel rail and toilet. This bathroom has been very cleverly designed so that it can be either a shared bathroom or en-suite because there are two doors that lead into it and both lock; the door that leads into the bathroom from the corridor can be locked from the inside, which then means that the bathroom can only be accessed from the bedroom. The bedroom is reasonably spacious and has a king-sized bed with storage drawers, wall-mounted reading lights, a single wardrobe, two chairs, one in a recessed sitting area, a bench-table for those needing office space and a wall-mounted 32" smart TV. The main lights can be switched off from the bed side and there are reading lights mounted on the wall, on each side of the bed. A door leads from the bedroom into a utility area, which has a washing machine, tumble dryer, Belfast sink, clothes hanging rail, an iron and an ironing board (there are also hairdryers in both of the king-size bedrooms).
From the kitchen, wooden stairs (with hand-rail) lead up into a spacious living room. This room has a country-cottage feel to it, with its high gable ceiling, large wooden beams, wrought iron lights and large persian rug. There two comfortable double sofas and two chairs, cupboards full of books, games, OS maps and local guide books, a 42" smart TV with blue-tooth soundbar and WiFi. The main living room window offers fantastic views across to Bessy Boot and Thorneythwaite Fells. This is a lovely place to come and unwind at the end of each day and there are dimmer lights to create a low glow in the evenings. The controls for the 2-zone heating are next to the door to the hall, allowing you to regulate the temperature upstairs.
A corridor leads from the living room through to a bathroom, twin room and a further king room. The sleek modern bathroom is spacious and has a large shower with two shower heads (standard and waterfall effect), a basin with storage drawer, heated towel rail and toilet. There is a very large lit mirror and lots of shelf space for storing wash-bags. Further along the corridor is the twin room, which is small but the high beamed ceiling creates a feeling of space and a window lets plenty of light into the room. There are two single beds, with wall-mounted reading lights, a double wardrobe, draws and chair. At the end of the corridor is the master bedroom. This has a king-sized bed, drawers , large wardrobe, bedside table and wall-mounted reading lights on each side of the bed. The room is nicely decorated and a window looks out onto some quaint little National Trust barns. Seatoller Farm next door id a National Trust farm and has a craft shop specialising in locally made products and the owners are always happy to show people around the farm, if asked.
Seatoller has very little light pollution, so make sure to look up at the stars at night! There are barn owls which often nest in the adjoining barn wall and red squirrels love living in Seatoller and the surrounding woods.