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The Wash House

Barbon, Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Beautiful 17th-century cottage with character features and modern styling
  • Well-placed to explore the varied landscapes of two National Parks and two AONBs
  • In an idyllic village location with the bustling town of Kirkby Lonsdale only 3 miles away
Property code: SZ527

This charming cottage is an ideal rural retreat for couples who want to relax in tranquil surroundings and explore the best that Cumbria and the South Lakes have to offer, with easy access to other gorgeous areas of English countryside.

This characterful holiday home for two people and three dogs to enjoy a wonderful break away in the peaceful Dales village of Barbon. With parts dating from the early 17th century, the property is full of character, from original exposed beams to feature vaulted ceilings. Light, bright and spacious, the dining kitchen is well equipped with all the modern conveniences you could need whilst still retaining a delightful country feel. The lovely living room is the perfect place to relax after a day out exploring. You'll feel instantly relaxed in the cosy king-size bedroom and the modern bathroom comes complete with a shower over the bath so all tastes are catered for. Outdoor furniture means you can make the most of those sunny days by enjoying drinks and nibbles al fresco in the courtyard garden.

Barbon is a charming Dales village. Peaceful yet with its own famous village store, and cosy local pub, you've got the best of both worlds here. Stock up on supplies from the village store and head off on foot to find a picturesque spot for a picnic - there are plenty of footpaths and country roads to explore. Around 3 miles away is the beautiful market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Here you'll find a great choice of independent shops, cafes and restaurants making it the perfect destination for a day out. Head to nearby Ingleton where you can enjoy the popular Waterfalls Trail or visit the stunning White Scar Caves .

If you fancy heading further afield, there's so much to see and do. Why not spend the day exploring Bowness and Windermere? A walk up to Orrest Head and onwards to Brant Fell will reward you with some of the most stunning panoramic views; enjoy a cruise around Windermere to enjoy the water from a different perspective and be sure to finish the day off with fish and chips by the lake. Bookworms will rejoice at a trip to Sedbergh, England's Book Town, whilst fans of real ale will love a visit to Dent Brewery, one of the most remote in Britain.

Accessed via five stone steps, the accommodation is then all laid out on the ground floor making it a wonderfully easy cottage to live in. The country-style kitchen is light, bright and spacious. Well equipped with everything you'd need for a self catering stay - there's an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, handy microwave and useful dishwasher - it's sure to delight the chef du jour. The dining table and chairs can also be found in the kitchen, making it a great sociable space. Down two steps from the kitchen and it's into the spacious living room. With its vaulted ceiling and original beams, you really get a sense of the cottage's history. A wonderfully calm-feeling room, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Onwards to the bedroom. Containing a chest of drawers, two bedside tables and a wooden king-size bed why not indulge in a lie in or simply curl up with a good book? The modern bathroom has a shower over the bath (as well as the requisite sink and WC) so all tastes are catered for here.

As well as private parking for two cars, outside you'll find a delightful courtyard garden area. With outdoor seating, it's the perfect spot for that evening G&T.

  • 1 king-size bedroom (sofa bed available in the lounge for parties who require separate sleeping arrangements - please request at time of booking)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Courtyard garden with seating
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Bike storage available
  • Pub, Shop – 0.5 miles
  • Though the accommodation is laid out on the ground floor, The Wash House is accessed via 5 stone steps and there are 2 internal steps between the kitchen and living room
  • Arrival: 16:00 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


Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Morag 28th December 2021

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Fabulous tucked away little character cottage. Cosy and warm. Plenty of books and information provided including maps and walking ideas. Excellent base for walking straight from the doorstep. Didn't use the car all week. John is the most friendly owner who couldn't have been more helpful as was Sam the housekeeper. Barbon is delightful with a very Read moredog friendly Barbon Inn. I highly recommend this beautiful little gem of a place. Hide

Reviewed by Lynne 21st December 2021

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A superb location and perfectly appointed cottage, it was a complete escape and we didn't want to leave. Lots of fabulous walks from the door and friendly local pub. We truly felt lucky to have found the Wash House for our Christmas break away from the hustle and bustle.

Reviewed by Sue 12th November 2021

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Really nice cottage the wash house nicely done out , bigger inside , quiet location ,Evan with a farm close by ,dogs loved watching the pheasants in the grounds opposite , friendly locals,nice pub, nice walk by the river by 'devils bridge' well equipped cottage just a few things needed, Ideal for dogs our Springer spaniels were happy settled in welRead morel we're a bit sad to go home weather not too bad for November .an enjoyable weeks stay at the wash house Hide

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