Tyta Alba accommodation summary
Large living dining room
Super-king-size bedroom (accessed via steps)
Bathroom with W.C
Large garden with lawns, wooded area and views
The garden is not fully enclosed so dogs need to be supervised
Patio with outside firepit and seating
There is ample parking for several cars.Other Info
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
Starter logs provided but you will be asked to replace them if you use them - these can be purchased at the local Spar.
Please bring towels for swimming in the local river and for the sauna - these are not provided.General Description
Tyta Alba is a detached 17th century farmhouse with whitewashed walls and nestled comfortably in a large garden. The layout inside incorporates the original farmhouse and converted barn and is quite quirky with multiple levels and some steep steps in places. It's packed with history and each room has its own character and charm with some unexpected surprises along the way!
Entering the cottage from the gravel driveway, you pass into a large practical porch with slate floor and a bench all the way round beneath plenty of coat hooks, so there is lots of room for everyone to get coats and boots on and off. From here a door to the right leads through into the converted barn section of the property.
This large living-dining room has double height vaulted ceilings with exposed roof timbers. The big windows in this room let in loads of light and offer beautiful views south over the Kentmere Valley, while rough-plastered walls and exposed stone reflect the building's history. A two-seater sofa and two armchairs gather around the wood burner, creating an atmospheric and comfortable place for you to sit back and relax.
At the far end of the room - conveniently close to the kitchen door - is a dining table for eight.
The kitchen looks over the garden and is large and bright with a slate flooring and exposed ceiling beams. Built-in units surround an AGA, fridge-freezer and a lovely double Belfast sink. There's plenty of worktop space, too, as well as a dishwasher and a microwave. The piece de resistance is a big island unit with beautiful slate top. This divides the kitchen area from a second dining space with a table for six and doors that lead out onto the patio.
A narrow, windy corridor leads out of the kitchen down two steps and into the snug, which can also be reached via a stable door and two steps down from the living-dining area. The snug is a traditional room with low beamed ceiling, thick walls, and a lovely stone fireplace with wood burner. This is a really cosy spot during the evenings and during the day you will appreciate the dual aspect windows that offer stunning rural views. Two two-seater sofas and an armchair face the fireplace and there are occasional tables, a desk, and a selection of books and DVDs. The TV has a DVD player and there are lots of bits and bobs on show around the room, to give it a really homey feel.
From the corner of the snug you'll head on a voyage of discovery as you go up four rough stone steps and then back down the other side to reach a large and light king-size bedroom. Dual aspect windows look out on the gardens, fields and fells, and in the morning you'll wake to the sound of birdsong (and perhaps the odd sheep!). There are bedside tables, a full length mirror, three chairs and the beautifully tactile bed. The rough plaster painted walls and beam connect this bright room with its history.
From the corridor, there are a further six narrow stone steps leading up to a small landing area. To the left is a twin bedroom with antique brass beds. Peaceful and quiet, this dual aspect room really shows it's age with the sloping floor.
The second bedroom here is a cosy room with super-king-size bed, bedside tables, two chairs, chest of drawers, and built-in wardrobe. This room also features a sloping, floor so watch your step as you head over to the window to make the most of the beautiful views down the Kentmere Valley - so relaxing!
The final room up here is a bright shower room with stripped floorboards and tiled walls. The large walk-in shower enjoys a view over the garden and there is a heated towel radiator, sink and W.C.
Through the living-dining room, you can access a flight of stairs that runs up to a galleried landing in the second part of the first floor. The landing is a stunning spot from which to admire the roof timbers of the converted barn. A door leads to a twin bedroom with vaulted ceiling that comes down low on one side of the room. This bright, cosy room has bedside tables and a chest of drawers and enjoys views south over the valley.
Back downstairs, there is a utility room with sink, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a second, beautifully tiled bathroom with bath, built-in sink and W.C.
Last but definitely not least is the sauna: this is a luxurious suite with shower, sink and seating in a stunning tiled spa. The sauna is a good size with a small window giving natural light through a very thick wall. What a place to turn to for relaxation at the end of a busy day!
Outside at the front of the cottage is parking for several vehicles on the driveway. Beyond this, the garden wraps right around the cottage with different lawned areas divided by shrubs and trees. Wild in places, all you can hear is birdsong, streams flowing down the fells, and the wind in the trees - true tranquility! At the back of the cottage a patio offers the perfect opportunity for al fresco evenings with an outdoor fireplace, barbecue and seating. At the front of the cottage a well positioned bench on an area of grass offers a perfect view south down the Kentmere Valley, the ideal spot for some quiet contemplation.