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Johnby Hall Studio

Greystoke, Cumbria
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 4
4 star
Complex of properties
Internet access
Working farm
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A delightfully converted historic cottage set on a 14th-century estate
  • Close to Penrith, this is a fantastic base for discovering the north of the Lake District
  • Explore the extensive gardens, grounds, orchards and woodlands on-site to explore
Property code: SZ278

Situated in the grounds of a Tudor manor, this sweet and cosy former studio has been imaginatively renovated as a spacious, fresh and relaxing holiday cottage perfect for a couple or small family.

Relax in this sweet, cosy hideaway just perfect for two or for small families. In the early 20th century it was an Arts and Crafts artist's studio belonging to the owner’s Great Aunt Maud (hence the name). It has now been beautifully renovated to create a fabulous, open-plan, two-storey cottage set within the wonderful gardens of the 14th century Johnby Hall Estate.

By prior arrangement with the owners you can breakfast in the Great Hall at Johnby, a stunning sandstone manor house which has grown around its original pele tower. Clues to its history are peppered around its grounds which you are welcome to explore – there is a lovely walled orchard, and a fantastic woodland area to while away the hours.

If you fancy venturing further afield you can choose between the majestic Lake District fells, or the alluring Eden Valley. Your nearest lake is Ullswater, just a 15-minute drive away – why not try the gentle tree-covered amble to the inspiring Aira Force waterfall? Alternatively hop on the bike to explore the local lanes and the Coast to Coast cycle way also passes by just down the road. The charming town of Penrith is on the doorstep (10 minutes away) and has a wealth of independent shops to explore.

The whole place has been thoughtfully designed for you to make the most of the history and magic of its ancient situation while still benefiting from all the comforts of a warm and welcoming modern home.

The front door takes you straight into the main living area with its antique furniture and sumptuous textiles. A well-tuned grand piano graces the corner which you are welcome to play, with comfortable seating arranged either side. There is a Smart TV. The lounge also has a sofa bed (please request at time of booking).

The kitchen has a table for dining and is fully equipped with dishwasher, fridge, fan oven, halogen hobs, and plenty of storage space. There is also a washing machine (no tumble dryer).

The bathroom is also downstairs and has an electric shower.

The open tread stairs with rope handrail open out to the bedroom with an amazingly comfy king-size bed with memory-foam mattress and antique furniture (some people think the huge wardrobe leads to Narnia). There is an additional single bed, also with memory-foam mattress.

Moving outside it's hard to know where to begin. There are enclosed formal gardens which are a wonderful sun trap when the weather allows, ideal for a morning cuppa or a sunset glass of wine! The rest of the shared grounds are a spellbinding world to explore. There's the walled orchard with apples, damsons, quinces and medlars where pheasants happily roam around, large lawns, a summer house with a magnificent panorama, woodland for your pooches to discover and last but certainly not least some exceedingly handsome pigs as neighbours (Johnby Hall houses a working farm).

Once you've turned up the driveway to this magical world I'm certain it will be a place you'll want to visit time and time Again. This property can be booked with another property on site to accommodate larger groups.

  • 1 family bedroom with king-size and additional single bed which can be made up on request
  • 1 shower room with shower and WC
  • Dishwasher, fridge, fan oven, halogen hob, washing machine
  • Biomass central heating
  • Smart TV, grand piano
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed shared formal gardens, shared grounds with walled orchard and woodland
  • 4 dogs welcome free of charge
  • Ample off road parking
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Guests can breakfast in the Great Hall at Johnby by prior arrangement with the owners
  • If you require use of the single bed in the master bedroom please request this at the time of booking
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 4 dogs allowed

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Gary 8th April 2022

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Reviewed by Paul 18th March 2022

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Fantastic cottage, beautiful location and so welcoming. Dogs loved the woodlands too

Reviewed by David 25th February 2022

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Lovely hosts on site and very friendly, studio was clean warm and had all we needed.Great place to explore from Scotland is just up the road and easy access to the lakes.

Reviewed by Zoe 4th February 2022

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Lovely location very remote car essential, lovely hosts, spacious studio more of a 1 bedroom house, everything you need for self catering, lovely place to stay with lots of character and history. Dog friendly x

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