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1 The Barns

Threlkeld, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Set at the foot of Blencathra, enjoy mountain views even before heading off for a spectacular hike
  • Cosy up by the wood burner and enjoy the sociable living space with up to two dogs
  • Set in a peaceful location, just 6 miles from Keswick, the Adventure Capital of England
Property code: SZ004

A wonderfully characterful home perfect for families or groups of friends, find yourselves with plenty to do and explore come rain or shine.

This converted 19th-century semi-detached barn has been refurbished to offer a high standard of self-catering holiday accommodation for up to six guests. Easily mixing characterful features - such as exposed stone walls and a wood burner - with modern furnishings and fittings, this pet friendly property is a wonderful place to start your adventures into the Lake District.

Picturesque Guardhouse offers a peaceful rural setting close to Threlkeld and Keswick.The River Glenderamackin passes through the hamlet and there is a pleasant footpath along its banks, perfect for a gentle stroll before dinner! The cottage itself is overlooked by the impressive craggy ridges of Blencathra, with Clough Head and Great Dodd to the south. Guardhouse is also conveniently located half a mile from the A66, making it the perfect location for accessing the wider Lake District while still being far enough away from the main roads to enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings.

A brisk 15-minute walk along a signed footpath brings you to The White Horse pub at Scales while the nearby village of Threlkeld offers two pubs to choose from. Keswick is a 10-minute drive away: this bustling market town has plenty of offering including places to eat, pubs, shops, and attractions.

This is the perfect holiday cottage if you're looking for a tranquil setting close to the best attractions of the Lake District!

Inside, the accommodation has been refurbished and modernised whilst retaining some lovely original features. The entrance porch has a slate floor and a heated drying cabinet for outdoor clothes along with a torch, umbrella, wood basket and ample storage for footwear and coats.

This leads through to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The fully fitted kitchen has a slate floor and walk-in pantry and all modern appliances including a cooker, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

The sitting room benefits from a solid wood floor and a traditional multi fuel burner whilst the leather sofas offer comfortable seating around the wall-mounted TV. The property is stocked with various maps, books and guides to the local area for walking, cycling and general sight-seeing. Modern storage heaters compliment the multi fuel stove.

Upstairs are two bedrooms: a king-size and a twin. The king-size bedroom has a pine wardrobe and views across open fields towards Blencathra. The twin room also offers generous storage space, a TV and DVD player and games for all the family.

The family bathroom has a bath with an electric shower overhead, WC, wash basin and a heated towel rail.

Outside the garage contains a tumble dryer as well as storage space for bikes and other outdoor equipment. The garden patio at the front of the property has a sunny aspect, offers glorious views towards Blencathra, and comes complete with a BBQ, fire pit and garden furniture!

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom
  • Cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and walk-in pantry
  • Wood burner - initial supply of logs and smokeless fuel provided. Fireguard available
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Please note towels are not provided
  • Partially enclosed garden area with patio, BBQ and firepit
  • Parking for one car in front of garage, additional parking nearby
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Bike storage available
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs within 2 miles


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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

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