Goosegreen Barn is a fully refurbished 17th century sandstone byre and hayloft; the byre was once home to livestock but has now been converted into two bedrooms, whilst the hayloft is now the open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. The cottage sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms. Clever use has been made of original features, such as the slit windows that used to ventilate the hayloft. Natural daylight floods the space by means of skylights, windows and the glazed venitlation slits. Dogs are welcome and the owners (who are dog owners themselves) offer the use of their 4.5 acres of fully-enclosed meadow for dog walking.
The barn is surrounded by picturesque views: Criffel on the Galloway Coast in Scotland can be seen on a clear day from the window and the Isle of Man can be seen from the garden. The sunsets over the Solway Coast are priceless and offer a colourful and changing view at the end of each day. The village of Low Moresby was a mining community and a mine shaft (known as the 'old coal pit') was accidentally discovered on the land by the owners. The whole village is riddled with mine shafts that have now been filled in; curiously, the only property without a mine shaft underneath it was the house belonging to the manager of the mine... None of this is obvious from the beauty of the surrounding landscape, but such local knowledge serves as a reminder of the area's industrial past.
Cumbria's west coast is one of Britain's best kept secrets, with plenty to do and see off the beaten tourist track. Whitehaven is the nearest town and offers gems such as the Beacon centre and the Rum Story, which recounts Whitehaven's position as an important industrial port at the peak of the slave trade. Eating fish 'n' chips on the prom by Whitehaven Marina is a must. The recently regenerated Rosehill Theatre draws high-quality productions from around the nation, as well as boasting a historically important interior designed by Oliver Messel. Lesser visited but stunningly beautiful areas of the Lake District National Park are easily reached from the barn, including Ennerdale (20 minutes' drive), Wasdale Head and Eskdale (both 40 minutes). Routes to England's tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, can be reached from Wasdale Head, which also happens to boast England's deepest lake, Wastwater. Close to the coast, moutains, lakes and towns, you'll never be short of things to do at Goosegreen Barn.