Sleeps 6: 3 beds 2 baths, 4-poster, log burner, garden with views, M6 15 mins.
Claire and Chris Robinson
About Claire and Chris Robinson
After visiting the Lake District with family and friends all our lives, for outdoor adventures and special celebrations, we finally realised our dream of being able to live here in 2015. We have worked hard on Lowside Barn to enhance its original character to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere next to our house, in an idyllic setting, surrounded by beautiful scenery......just what we have always looked for in a holiday cottage! We pride ourselves in our attention to detail and have equipped it to a high standard with every home comfort to make it feel like home from home for you. We have a passion for the outdoors and between us have walked, kayaked and rock-climbed most of what is on our doorstep. Chris also has a special interest in geology and the landscape, he loves to share his knowledge and experience with our visitors. We have maps and guide books for almost everything....you'll find us knowledgeable and helpful if you need advice! We absolutely love this special corner of the Lakes and keep pinching ourselves that we've achieved our dream of actually living here! It's wonderful that now we have the opportunity to share it with others. Our aim is to do all we can to enable you to have a really memorable experience of Lakeland and for this to become a special place for you, your family and friends too!
Claire and Chris Robinson purchased this Barn in 2015
Why Claire and Chris Robinson chose Penrith
We love the peace, natural beauty and sense of history in this unspoiled and friendly village that has been designated a conservation area. It's in an amazing location, close enough to the rest of the Lake District, but tucked away in an easily accessible quiet corner, away from the crowds. It has 2 excellent pubs nearby in Askham, along with a well stocked village shop and award winning cafe and restaurant Allium at Askham Hall just over a mile away. We hope that you will also find it a special place to escape life's stresses to relax, rebalance and recharge your batteries.
What makes this Barn unique
A particular feature of Lowside Barn is our elevated location giving us open panoramic views across the beautiful and unspoiled Lowther Valley. Its distinctive limestone scenery ranges from pastoral farmland dotted with pretty villages like ours, to further up the valley, the rugged fells around Haweswater that give access to the High Street range of mountains. Walkers and cyclists can explore the many footpaths and quiet country lanes from our door, without having to use the car. Our limestone scenery is crisscrossed with ancient drystone walls, bridleways and paths or 'lonnings', leading either down to the River Lowther, or up onto Askham Fell above the village. In 45 mins walk from the house up onto the fell, you can overlook spectacular views of Ullswater (only 3miles over the fell) and it's backdrop of mountains, looking towards Blencathra in the north and Helvellyn to the south. Up on our fell it's also fun to explore the many groups of prehistoric cairns, standing stones and the Cockpit stone circle left by Helton's stone age settlers. If you have children to entertain, it's only a pretty 45min walk from the cottage across the valley and the deer park of Lowther Castle, to the amazing new Lost Castle adventure playground and cafe in the woods behind. In summer you'll love relaxing with a barbecue and glass of wine in our garden, enjoying the expansive view across the valley. In winter, what better way to end your day than to snuggle up in front of the glowing log burner for a cosy candlelit night in, after a day out exploring all that the Lake District has to offer? Or treat yourselves to dinner out in one of our local award-winning pubs or restaurants?
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Quiet location near Ullswater
Had a lovely long weekend mixing walks in the hills with fun on the lake and family nights in. Well equipped cottage, welcoming host, with plenty of info available about walks and things to do in this beautiful part of the northern Lakes.
(We even managed to adapt the baby boomers trivial pursuit to suit us and our sons- 12 and 13- by downloading a 6 category quiz question app on the phone and using those questions with the physical board)
Thank you Alison, so glad that you loved your first visit to the peace and quiet of the North Lakes...... and that you enjoyed walking across the fells locally around Ullswater. Great ingenuity with the Trivial Pursuit board!
Lovely and very comfortable property
Everything we needed for our stay and great location in one of our favourite parts of the country. Hope to be back soon!
We would recommend this accommodation to everyone. Everything you need is available. It was clean, homely and situated in a beautiful location.
Lovely cottage, good location
We booked for just three nights, but wished we could have stayed longer. The barn conversion is very comfortable and it’s well equipped with many well thought out touches. The delicious chocolate cake and tea tray awaiting us was much appreciated. Claire welcomed us with many helpful suggestions for exploring the area. We enjoyed a stroll up the fell behind the house and walked down to the pretty village of Askham. Askham Hall gardens are lovely, and the Punchbowl Inn is a must. We also did some walks around Ullswater - a ferry trip is a great way to experience the lake. Altogether highly recommended.
cosy little cottage.
lovely place to stay in and chill with family and friends.
We spent 3 nights at Lowside Barn as a party of 5 (4 adults and a child). The property was exactly as described in the photographs and well located for woodland walks and a visit to Lowther Castle. We had a lovely break. Thanks.
Our nearest visitor attraction is a short walk from the house through a medieval deer park: the dramatic Lowther Castle and its fabulous Capability Brown grounds and garden which are being restored to former glory. With its cafe and amazing new adventure playground in the woods, it's a must if you have children to entertain, only an easy 1.5 mile walk from the house along a beautiful stretch of the River Lowther. On the walk back you can stop at the nearby Punchbowl Inn in the picture postcard next-door village of Askham.
Our nearest lake is the Ullswater, you can walk or cycle from the door up onto the fells behind our village for a breathtaking view of it, lying only 3 miles below you. Here you can walk to join the 20mile Ullswater Way around the lake, or just walk some sections of it combined with rides on the original Ullswater Steamers that link Pooley Bridge, Howtown, Glenridding and the Aira Force waterfall.
The fells around us between Ullswater and Haweswater give you access to the bigger mountains in Patterdale, High Street, the Helvellyn range and to the north, the majestic Blencathra.
We are only about 45 minutes drive from Keswick, Borrowdale and Derwentwater and about an hours drive via the Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside, Windermere and the central Lakes. Our favourite most peaceful lake, Buttermere, is also about an hour by car via the impressive Honister Pass.
Penrith (5 miles) has a mainline rail station, only 3 hours direct from London Euston. It is a historic market town with plenty of character and individual shops, boutiques and galleries as well as supermarkets. For convenience there is a well-stocked village store and off-license in Askham, 1 mile.
Lowside Barn is easily accessible from the M6 about 15 minutes drive away. Helton is therefore an ideal base for exploring the Lake District and its many attractions that are too numerous to list!
For fell walkers we have a file of both short and long routes for most of the Lake District mountains, which you are welcome to borrow. Chris has rock-climbed in the Lakes all his life and has most of the rock guide books too.
For cyclists, this is a top destination with a wide range of road and mountain-bike routes in the area, ranging from easy to strenuous, both off-road and on quiet country lanes. We have a list of routes we are happy to share. We also have secure bike storage, wash-down facilities and a range of tools for most repairs, though there is an excellent specialist cycle shop in Penrith.
For kayakers, we also have ample storage space for boats. We have paddled all the Lakes and can recommend good parking and put-in points for you. There is a very good sailing club on Ullswater that runs courses at all levels of ability. For swimmers, if the lakes are too daunting, Askham has its own heated outdoor swimming pool and picnic area open during the summer months!
Fly-fishing is available on the stretch of river below our house, Chris is a member of Penrith Angling Club, who sell week guest tickets. Horse riding is available locally too.
RECOMMENDED FOR EATING OUT
Askham: The Punchbowl Inn and The Queens Arms, 1m easy walk.
Clifton: The George & Dragon, our favourite gastro-pub (15mins drive)
Askham Hall garden, cafe and restaurant (1.5m)
The Gate Inn, Yanwath (3m)
The world famous Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater, to really push the boat out! It's the original country house hotel, for a special and historic afternoon tea overlooking the lake.