The Swallows is a spacious and beautifully finished 3 bedroom mid-terrace barn conversion in a quiet rural location just outside the village of Blencow. The upstairs living room is a stunning vaulted space with exposed roof timbers and a large wood burner for cosy evenings lounging on the sofa round the fire. Traditionally furnished and perfectly finished with paintings and ornaments befitting the room, it has an effortlessly timeless style, inviting you to sit down and make yourself at home. The dining kitchen downstairs has been similarly well designed and impeccably finished with everything you could possibly need, perfect for sociable meals around the table. There should be no arguments in choosing bedrooms either: the two main bedrooms are both exceptionally light and spacious with a sofa or comfy chairs for daytime relaxing as well as a king size bed in one room and 2 doubles in the twin room. A third cosy double offers plenty of flexibility in a property for 4 people. The upstairs bathroom could be taken from a boutique hotel and there is also a shower room downstairs. Outside an enclosed garden offers sunny al fresco dining with views across the fields. This is a dog friendly property offering everything you need to spoil your 4-legged friends but it is not suitable for children (the cottage is unable to accept children aged between 2-17 years).
The Swallows is located between Blencow and Greystoke. Blencow is an attractive and peaceful village that is home to Grade I Listed Blencowe Hall. Just over a mile down the road, Greystoke has a village shop, a café, a pub and a heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September). The market town of Penrith is just a 10-minute drive away and offers a range of independent shops as well as supermarkets and places to eat. There are a variety of walks you can do from The Swallows without using the car; take in country lanes and rural footpaths and explore this lesser-known corner of Cumbria. The nearest pub is the 6th century Boot and Shoe at Greystoke, which is within easy walking distance. There are also others to choose from in the surrounding villages. Hutton-in-the-Forest is just a few miles away; both the house and gardens are well worth a visit and there is a café to sample too. Or, for something a little different, take in a puppet show at the Upfront Gallery. There is a café here, too, plus local art exhibitions.
The wider area offers something for everyone. For an active holiday there are walks and cycle routes a plenty for all abilities. The High Street mountain rage can be seen from The Swallows, as can Cross Fell in the Pennines, and both offer challenging walks. Beautiful Ullswater is just 6 miles away and best for quiet lakeshore ambles. Lowther and Brougham Castles are obvious choices for some architectural history, or go further back in time and seek out the stone circles of Long Meg and Castlerigg, both enigmatic and beautiful. Head for the shops in Keswick or Carlisle; either can be reached in around half an hour by car.
The Swallows is an amazing property, managing to be both spacious and cosy at the same time, a real home from home.