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Low Dykes Barn

Clifton Dykes, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A beautifully presented Grade II-listed barn conversion that promises character, comfort and plenty of space
  • Idyllic rural location, yet just 3 miles away from the bustling town of Penrith in the Eden Valley
  • With a pizza oven on the terrace and a pub only 1.5 miles away, you can make the most of eating in or out
Property code: SZ325

This immaculate cottage offers friends/families a convenient location close to the Lake District National Park, where you can enjoy relaxing walks through the stunning countryside or other more adrenaline-filled outdoor activities.

Escape to this Grade II-listed barn conversion set in a rural farmstead location just 3 miles South of Penrith. It sleeps up to six guests across three bedrooms and backs onto open fields with a southerly aspect. The barn has been renovated with sensitivity and style; we think you'll agree that this is a welcoming, comfortable and cosy cottage. The star of the show is the landscaped garden at the back, which features a lovely part-covered terrace across the rear of the barn, a stone pizza oven and steps up to a large lawn, which leads down to Light Water Beck at the bottom of the garden.

History buffs will be delighted by the surrounding area as there's so much to explore here on foot. There are claims that the hamlet of Clifton Dykes was the home of the Carvetti tribe that led a resistance to the Romans in 69AD and, as such, there are plenty of historic sites nearby, including the ancient earthworks known as King Arthurs Round Table, Mayburgh Henge and the picturesque remains of 13th century Brougham Castle which is a gentle walk along the river. While Brougham Hall, a marvellous 14th century building rescued from dereliction and now home to a lovely cafe and regular craft workshops, is 2 miles away. The Grade II-listed Eamont Bridge, once the ancient boundary of Cumberland and Westmorland, also lies 2 miles away.

Not forgetting the cottage's proximity to the magnificent fells of the Lake District. 13 miles away lies the head of the wonderfully picturesque Ullswater around which you can take one of the stately steamers winding their way around this lovely lake. The fell walkers among you can head up Helvellyn from Glenridding along its shores. Remote and mysterious Haweswater is 12 miles away. A truly tranquil and unspoiled area for fell walking, Eamont Bridge is just on the outskirts of Penrith; the hub of the Eden Valley. It's a bustling little town with a great choice of shops, restaurants and pubs, it also has a large leisure centre with a swimming pool and soft play for rainy day entertainment. In all, this cottage is a wonderfully accessible gateway to any number of Cumbrian delights.

The entrance hall is well lit by the large windows, which flood the barn in sunlight, both upstairs and down. The kitchen is of a good size and contains a large electric oven, five-ring gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge, large freezer and an oak dining table to seat six guests. The living room is of a similar size with a four-seater sofa and two matching arm chairs, a gas-effect wood burner seated on a large slab of local sandstone, as well as a Smart TV (so don't forget to bring your Netflix or Prime logins!). A stylish utility room houses a washing machine and tumble dryer and is perfect for storing muddy boots, wet coats and even bikes. There is a ground floor WC on this floor too.

Upstairs, on the first floor are the three bedrooms. The master bedroom features a king-size bed, huge wardrobe and en-suite bathroom containing a walk-in shower, WC and hand basin. There are two double bedrooms with ample storage. The family bathroom has an over-bath drench shower with a second handheld shower head, a WC and hand basin. All upstairs rooms have a view over the garden towards the fields beyond and a fabulous Cumbrian skyscape.

The garden can be accessed from both the living room and the kitchen, with the latter leading onto a partially-covered terrace. The large garden has been cleverly landscaped, with the main features being a large stone pizza oven and the tranquil Light Water Beck running along the bottom of the garden. This is a beautiful feature but young children should not be left unattended in the garden. While the garden is fully enclosed, a determined dog would have no problem in squeezing through holes in the fences, so please also bear this in mind. This garden is well-set up for social gatherings, but guests can get away from it all with just a few steps down to the stream at the bottom of the garden.

There's certainly plenty to do in the area, but the question is whether you really want to leave the comfort and tranquillity of Low Dykes Barn...?

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

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 2 doubles
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 family bathroom and 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven, five-ring gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge, large freezer
  • Utility room - washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Gas-effect wood burner
  • Smart TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden – enclosed, but not secure and there is often livestock in neighbouring fields, so dogs must be supervised; stream at the bottom of garden, so please supervise children; pizza oven; partially covered terrace
  • Ample parking
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Pub 1.5 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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