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Kirkoswald, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Spacious and open-plan barn conversion with wood burner
  • In a secluded location with extensive picturesque gardens and rural views
  • Nestled in the Eden Valley with excellent walks from the doorstep
Property code: SZ400

Located between the North Pennines and the Lake District, this rural bolthole is an ideal base from which to explore this scenic part of the country with friends, family and canine companions.

Escape to this delightful barn conversion located in the picturesque Eden Valley. The property has been tastefully and sympathetically converted whilst retaining many original features. The accommodation comfortably sleeps six people in two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom (super-king option available, please request at time of booking) all having painted pine furniture and comfortable beds. Soft towels are provided. The ground floor has open views across the courtyard and rear garden.

The peaceful countryside location is in the heart of the Eden Valley yet only a short distance from Penrith, Ullswater and the Lake District. The well equipped cottage is surrounded by gardens and is set around a cobbled courtyard shared with other holiday cottages. From this elevated position between Kirkoswald and Renwick you can enjoy uninterrupted views across tranquil pastures and woodlands towards the hills of the Lake District and Pennines.

Howscales was originally built as a working farm during the middle of the 17th century. All the buildings here at Howscales are constructed using the local red Lazonby sandstone, both for the walls and the traditional sandstone tiled roofs. This cottage is an ideal base for walking and cycling (only a mile from the C2C route) or for exploring the Eden Valley, Lakes, Pennines and Hadrian’s Wall.

This property can be let alongside three other cottages: one sleeping four guests, one sleeping three, and one sleeping two, should you require more space for a larger group!

The cottage has reverse accommodation to make the most of the views and original features.

The bedrooms, bathroom and shower room are situated on the ground floor and the open-plan kitchen/dining and living area are on the first floor.

The main bathroom has a bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin. The shower room has a corner shower, WC and wash basin. To reduce single-use plastic usage, we no longer provide complimentary toiletries. Instead, we provide The Bath House hand wash and hand cream that we can refill.

This cottage was part of the main barn and retains the distinctive arched facade, low arched windows and oak beams. The first floor is open-plan with a cosy snug, dining table, kitchen and sitting room.

The kitchen is well equipped and boasts an integrated fridge and dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven and extractor. A microwave is available and a small freezer is located downstairs beneath the stairs. A washing machine and tumble dryer are located in a shared utility/laundry room.

The lounge is a light and airy room that has windows to two sides and double doors that give access to an external staircase that leads directly down into the garden. There is a wood burner (initial supply of fuel provided) to hunker down in front of after a day of activity. There is also a flat-screen Smart TV, DVD player and Bluetooth radio.

The lovely gardens are shared with the other cottages on-site but there are plentiful quiet corners with seating for a morning coffee or evening glass of wine or just to enjoy the views and the birdsong.

Parking is just a few yards from the cottage.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 doubles and 1 twin (can be made up as king-size on request)
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with separate shower, 1 shower room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, fridge, microwave, freezer and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room
  • Smart TV, DVD player and Bluetooth radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner with initial supply of logs included
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Bike storage for up to 6 bikes
  • Parking beside the property
  • Complex of properties
  • Garden shared with other properties on site
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Arrival: 18:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 3 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


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Reviewed by Andrea 18th February 2022

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Absolutely beautiful, immaculately clean, amazing setting, would definitely recommend with wonderful hosts . Thanks for a lovely holiday xx

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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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