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Goosegreen Barn

Low Moresby, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
3 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
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At a glance

  • Delightful, converted sandstone byre and hayloft barn with 4.5 acres of undisturbed meadow land for walking dogs
  • Enjoy remote village life on the brink of the Lake District National Park
  • Boasting the perfect location on Cumbria’s coastline, a hidden beauty often overlooked
Property code: SZ216

With far-reaching views of the sea and Scottish mountains, this property promises the perfect base for any family or group of friends eager to explore the lesser travelled side of the Lake District.

Discover this fully refurbished 17th-century sandstone byre and hayloft; the byre was once home to livestock but has now been converted into two bedrooms, whilst the hayloft is now the open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. The cottage sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms. Clever use has been made of original features, such as the slit windows that used to ventilate the hayloft. Natural daylight floods the space by means of skylights, windows and the glazed venitlation slits. Dogs are welcome and the owners (who are dog owners themselves) offer the use of their 4.5 acres of fully-enclosed meadow for dog walking.

The barn is surrounded by picturesque views: Criffel on the Galloway Coast in Scotland can be seen on a clear day from the window and the Isle of Man can be seen from the garden. The sunsets over the Solway Coast are priceless and offer a colourful and changing view at the end of each day. The village of Low Moresby was a mining community and a mine shaft (known as the 'old coal pit') was accidentally discovered on the land by the owners. The whole village is riddled with mine shafts that have now been filled in; curiously, the only property without a mine shaft underneath it was the house belonging to the manager of the mine... None of this is obvious from the beauty of the surrounding landscape, but such local knowledge serves as a reminder of the area's industrial past.

Cumbria's west coast is one of Britain's best kept secrets, with plenty to do and see off the beaten tourist track. Whitehaven is the nearest town and offers gems such as the Beacon centre and the Rum Story, which recounts Whitehaven's position as an important industrial port at the peak of the slave trade. Eating fish 'n' chips on the prom by Whitehaven Marina is a must. The recently regenerated Rosehill Theatre draws high-quality productions from around the nation, as well as boasting a historically important interior designed by Oliver Messel. Lesser visited but stunningly beautiful areas of the Lake District National Park are easily reached from the barn, including Ennerdale (20 minutes' drive), Wasdale Head and Eskdale (both 40 minutes). Routes to England's tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, can be reached from Wasdale Head, which also happens to boast England's deepest lake, Wastwater.

The entrance opens into the utilty or boot room, in which bikes and muddy shoes and clothes can be stored. A useful washing machine is located in the same room, as are drying facilities. A sink and freezer are also located here.

At the top of a locally crafted ash staircase, the barn opens out into a studio-style kitchen, dining and living room. The kitchen features an electric oven, four-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge and toaster. Meals can be enjoyed either at the dining table or at the modern breakfast bar. The living room area contains a three-seater settee and two matching armchairs grouped around a TV and DVD. The high-vaulted space is heated by a wood burner and is lit by four skylights, two windows (previously the entry points into what was the hayloft) and a series of window slits, which used to be used as ventilation. Views from the kitchen are of Goosegreen Meadow and, from the living room window, the garden, meadows at Lowca and wind turbines, with views of Criffel on the Scottish coast on a clear day. The wooden floor has been reclaimed from the old Cleator Moor Working Men's Club.

Downstairs from the utility room are the bedrooms and bathroom. The double bedroom contains a large wardrobe and drawers, as well as French doors leading out to the patio area, with views of the garden and meadows beyond. The second bedroom contains two single beds, a chest of drawers and has a view to what was the farmhouse opposite. The bathroom has an shower over the bath and WC.

Outside, there is space for at least two cars to park. The patio contains a table and chairs, perfectly situated to soak up the evening sun whilst immersing yourself in the peace and calm of the surrounding nature. There is another picturesque seating option further up the hill in the private and enclosed meadow. The owners of the cottage (who live opposite) allow guests to walk their dogs in their 4.5 acres of full-enclosed meadows, which do not have any livestock grazing. The owners ask guests to keep to the path whilst the orchids are in bloom, which is usually May and June (the owners will advise when this is).

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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin with zip-and-link beds which can be made as a king-size on request
  • 1 bathroom – shower over the bath
  • Fridge, oven, hob, microwave
  • Utility room with washing machine, sink and freezer
  • Wood burner
  • TV/DVD, TV in double bedroom
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Private garden and 4.5 acre enclosed meadow
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Bikes can be securely stored in the utility room
  • Pub 1 mile, Shop 1.5 miles, Beach 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.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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