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Wood Barn

Eskdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Light, airy and modern barn conversion with exposed beams and plenty of natural light
  • Decked patio and garden beyond with spectacular fell views
  • Set in an idyllic location with wonderful walks and bike rides through the Eskdale Valley from the doorstep
Property code: SZ568

Far away from the stresses of modern-day life, this stone-built cottage makes a peaceful hideaway for families or couples looking to explore the fells, valleys, villages and lakes of western reaches of the Lake District National Park.

This beautiful holiday home is a charming semi-detached cottage for four set in an utterly idyllic location in the Eskdale Valley. Nestled at the foot of a hillside and boasting glorious views across the valley, this stone-built gem makes a wonderfully peaceful bolthole away from the stresses of 21st-century life. With just a couple of other dwellings sharing its access lane the feeling of peace and seclusion is just gorgeous. The cottage has been lovingly restored to provide comfortable and stylish accommodation while retaining plenty of character and architectural interest from its former incarnation.

This upper part of the Eskdale Valley beyond Boot has a very special charm all of its own. There are cascading waterfalls, crystal clear wild-swimming pools, quiet walking and cycling trails, a much-loved pub and a patchwork of fields mostly inhabited by hardy Herdwick sheep. The hardiest among you can walk up the Lakeland giants of Scafell and Scafell Pike via upper Eskdale right from the door but there are plenty of gentler walks to be had too. Cyclists are exceptionally well catered for with a great choice of off-road trails for those keen to get muddy and one of the most iconic mountain passes just a stone's throw away for the roadies among you. The property also has bags of storage space for bikes inside.

Boot village is just a 15-minute walk away, with another two excellent pubs and the terminus of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway at Dalegarth Station. A trip to the coast at Ravenglass on this narrow-gauge heritage line is an absolute must for railway children of all ages. While down at the coast why not explore the history of the area at the Railway Museum or at the nearby Roman Bathhouse? For a great family day out Muncaster Castle is hard to beat with its colourful history, gorgeous grounds, birds of prey and year-round events.

On arrival at the house guests enter via the ground floor door immediately into a large porch and drying area. There's a handy washing line in here for drying outdoor gear should the need arise. There's also plenty of space in here for storage should you wish to bring bikes along to explore the area. Moving further through there is a further boot room with bench and plenty more space for muddy boots and wellies. It also makes an ideal bedroom for pooches should you be bringing your four-legged friends along. The boot room also doubles as a drying room; it is heated, has hanging rails and an extractor fan.

From here you enter the main house and first come to the ground floor master bedroom. It's a lovely room with a wooden bedstead and dresser as well as a built-in cupboard with hanging space ,which also contains the washing machine. The view from the window looks over to fells and waterfalls on the other side of the valley. There is also an en-suite shower room too with a mixer shower in a square enclosure. Moving upstairs via the corner staircase which opens up into the main living area and upstairs accommodation.

The stunning double-height open-plan living space is an absolute delight. Exposed beams frame the room while huge windows and a door open out onto the raised decking and the view of the fell side. The living space has two deep comfy sofas arranged around an electric effect stove and a television with Freeview and DVD player. There's also a stereo for atmosphere and the owners have thoughtfully left a selection of books and games to keep you entertained.

The kitchen is very well equipped with built-in fan oven, ceramic hobs, dishwasher, microwave and built-in fridge/freezer as well as all the crockery and cookware you'll need for your stay. Tea towels and hand towels are also provided in the kitchen. In the centre of the room there is a dining table for four and due to the poor nature of mobile signal in the area there is also a handy payphone in the living space.

The twin bedroom lies just off this main room. It has a chest of drawers and hooks for hanging clothes as well as a dreamy recessed window in which you can sit and take in the gorgeous view over the valley. Ideal for inspiring you to get out on the fells. The family bathroom on this floor has a modern white suite and an over bath mixer shower.

The raised decking outside the main door is ideal for a morning cuppa, an evening glass of wine or dining alfresco. There's also a small raised lawn at the bottom of the stairs from the deck with further dining space to let you follow the sunshine. In all, it's a comfortable haven of a cottage in gloriously unspoiled countryside. The property has its own private water supply which is UV filtered and tested annually.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double and 1 twin
  • 1 en-suite shower room and 1 bathroom with shower over the bath
  • Fan oven, ceramic hobs, dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Freeview TV and DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Electric wood burner
  • Garden with seating
  • Towels not provided
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.


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Reviewed by Jane 21st March 2022

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This was a super cottage in an idyllic part of the Lake District. The gorgeous weather obviously helped but we would happily return to beautiful Eskdale.

Reviewed by Anita 20th November 2021

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The cottage was in an ideal spot with wonderful views, within easy reach of three excellent pubs and with lots of easy and hard walks on the doorstep.

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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.

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