Wood Barn


£310 - £830

Pets Allowed?:
not enclosed
Fire type:
electric fire
Nearest Pub:
10 mins walk

Wood Barn 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. Wood Barn 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.