East Cleabarrow accommodation summary
Sitting room - 'The Long Room'
Double bedroom with en suite WC
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
The beds will be made up for you, please remember to bring your own towels
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £50. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
*Please note, the cottage is not able to accept children under 5 years old (including infants)*
East Cleabarrow is more than happy to offer a 40% discount on couples using just one bedroom for 7 nights, or a 30% discount on 3/4 night breaks. Please call 017687 80571 for more information, or to book at the reduced rate. (This offer excludes Christmas and New Year, where we are able to offer a 20% discount for couples staying each week).General Description
Cleabarrow was built in 1900 by William Long. The design and finish of the house was strongly influenced by the friendship between William Long and Sir Edward Holt, who built the well known Arts and Crafts house at Blackwell, a short drive away. The house still contains many period details in the Arts and Craft style and some of the furniture has been in the house since it was built. Certainly the 2 beds in 'The Servant's Hall' and the dining table were commissioned by William Long from A W Simpson, a Quaker from Kendal. The house is full of paintings, ornaments and trinkets that the family have collected over the years. There are family portraits hanging above the stairs and a bust of Marian, daughter of William, in a niche on the landing. Cleabarrow has been passed down through the family and has always just been used as a holiday home, apart from a time during the Second World War when the family lived here and had food parcels sent up from the walled garden associated with their main home in Warrington. In 1984 the family sold the main house, retaining East Cleabarrow, which included the old servants quarters, to use for family holidays. It is obvious that this is a much loved family house with each generation adding to it without detracting from what has gone before. It is rare to get an opportunity to stay in a place like this and guests of East Cleabarrow will be privileged to holiday here and continue its history full of happy memories.
From the parking area to the side of the house, two slate steps lead up into the porch where there is a mat for muddy boots and a stand of walking sticks. From here, the front door opens into a large quarry-tiled hall which offers your first impression of the characterful interior of this special house. The hall is traditionally furnished with a coat stand, grandfather clock, carved storage box, telephone table with chair and a gong hung on the wall which could just come in handy for summoning tardy guests at mealtimes! To the right off the hall is a useful utility room with a washing machine, leading through to the downstairs toilet and shower room.
The first room off on the left is the homely kitchen and dining room, with the kitchen area just inside the door to the left. A huge fireplace on the right leads the eye through into the cosy dining/sitting area beyond. The well equipped u-shape kitchen with electric cooker (oven and hob), dishwasher, microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle combines fitted units with an old wooden sideboard. The freezer is in the larder on the other side of the hall. The dining/sitting room is a wonderfully homely spot to relax and enjoy time with friends and family, either eating together at the large dining table or sitting around in the 3 armchairs for a proper catch up. A traditional grandfather clock looks over the room from the corner, the walls are lined with shelves full of books and pretty china and there are even bookshelves inside the large fireplace. There is also a Freeview TV for more modern entertainment. A real family room filled with the echo's of many happy times, this is a room in which to feel instantly at home.
Next along the hall you will find 'The Servants Hall' a high ceilinged, light, large twin bedroom. The chest of drawers, hanging rail and original solid wood beds make sure this is a great bedroom but with a sofa and comfy chair, bookshelves holding a mix of novels, travel and local interest books and a window looking over the front garden, it is also somewhere to spend time during the day. Grab a book and soak up the atmosphere and peace away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your party.
Head on up the beautiful wooden stairs with traditional carpet runner to the galleried landing and the chance to explore the rest of this unique property. To the left at the top of the stairs is another big twin bedroom, with windows overlooking both the woodland area to the side of the house and the beautiful view to the Langdale Pikes over the wooded hills surrounding Windermere. There is plenty of storage for clothes in a chest of drawers and wardrobe; two chairs, bedside tables and a dressing table with mirror and stool complete the furniture and paintings of local scenes adorn the walls.
Go to the right at the top of the stairs, up 3 more steps and turn to the left to find the jewel in East Cleabarrow's crown, 'The Long Room'. Step back in time and enjoy the easy elegance of this wonderful sitting room full of period charm. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views and the special ambience; 2 sofas and 2 armchairs offer the choice of facing the Freeview TV with DVD player or the traditional fireplace with cosy rug in front and a convenient and cosy wood-burner-style electric heater for winter evenings in. During the day prime position would have to be the window seat in the bay window, look out through the traditional timber leaded windows to the hills and woods beyond. A second window seat offers views out of the side window over the yard to the wooded garden beyond. This room is full of lovely character features: a barrel-vaulted ceiling, wood paneling around the windows, picture rail, a long dark wood sideboard, oil paintings on the walls, a small desk and chair plus side tables, lamps and standard lamps scattered around the room for atmospheric evening lighting. Spending time here will make it easy to leave the TV and mobile phones switched off and go back to the time before technology took over: a game of cards, a board game or two, or anyone for charades?!
Straight across from 'The Long Room' is the main double bedroom. This comfortable and spacious room has an original fireplace with tapestry fire-screen in front and mirror above. A chest of drawers, wardrobe, bedside tables with lamps, two chairs and an en-suite toilet fulfil all your practical needs whilst a seat in front of the window enjoys the same beautiful tranquil view to the front as 'The Long Room'. A bookshelf full of novels, tapestries and paintings on the wall and a freestanding full length mirror compliment the fireplace in making this room special. You will want to enjoy a couple of lie in's just to make the most of sleeping in this charming room, full of homely character.
At the end of the galleried landing past an old map of the Cleabarrow estate displayed on an easel is the family bathroom, a large room with beautiful views over to the Langdale Pikes. A bath with folding screen and shower over means you can enjoy either a shower or a long soak depending on your preference. Either way there will be a cosy warm towel from the heated towel rail waiting for you when you get out.
As Cleabarrow has been divided into 2 parts you do not have access to all of the garden. The front lawn is private and part of the neighbouring property but you do have a beautiful woodland garden to the side of the house complete with visiting red squirrel and deer. There is a short winding path leading to a stone cairn which in the winter has views across to the central fells, but even in summer there are glimpses of the eastern fells through the trees. Turn the other way keeping behind the beech hedge bordering the drive and you will discover a delightful little summerhouse overlooking a small orchard. Facing south the summerhouse enjoys the sun; what could be nicer than taking afternoon tea on tables and chairs outside this pretty little building? East Cleabarrow has retained some of the land and a nearby tarn belonging to the original estate. Fishing permits are available for anglers who bring their own equipment.
East Cleabarrow is a unique house and it will be a privilege to spend time here using the house as it was intended - for family holidays, celebrations and the making of special memories.