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17th Century Luxury Barn Conversion, 2 Bedrooms Peaceful Location, Pets Welcome

Bedrooms 2
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn Conversion near Historic Hawkshead, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Luxuriously Appointed in the Heart of the Lakes. Wonderful Walks and Traditional Pubs

Oak Apple Barn is a picturesque and cosy 2 bedroom holiday retreat. It is part of a former traditional Lakeland farm, and is situated along a very quiet country lane between the pretty village of Hawkshead and Tarn Hows. It is within easy walking distance of the village, only about half a mile away. The 17 century barn has been renovated to a very high standard, retaining traditional features particularly the mellow pine and oak beams. The comfortable lounge has an old stone fireplace with wood burning stove, comfortable furniture to relax in after a long walk, TV, DVD, CD, wifi internet (free). The lounge area and bedrooms have beautiful southerly views over open countryside towards Hawkshead village and Claife Heights. The adjacent fields are filled with ever so friendly sheep; and deer and rabbits are often spotted in the gardens. There is ample parking in the courtyard.

Christine Thornton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2017

About Christine Thornton

Christine and Mike Thornton are semi-retired; we rent out holiday cottages in the most beautiful parts of the UK - Scotland, The Lake District and Cornwall. We always try to do our very best to make sure that our guests have a memorable, wonderful holiday and always hope that they will visit again! Christine enjoys (not-so) gentle tennis, Mike drives rally cars badly! We have been renting holiday cottages for many years and from feedback from our guests, we have the experience to make sure that your holiday is trouble free and relaxing. So much so that over 30% of our bookings are from previous guests.

Christine Thornton purchased this in 2009


Ambleside Accommodation and Amenities

House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom is large and comfortable with a double bed and deep mattress, wardrobe and wonderful views over the fields. The 2nd bedroom offers 2 single beds, both with deep mattresses, a wardrobe and seating, with the same fantastic views!
  • Television
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation at Oak Apple barn is perfect for a family of 4, or friends sharing a holiday. It is in an extremely beautiful part of the Lake District in total peace and quiet, yet very close to the village. We gladly accept pets are are a non-smoking establishment. Outside: The gardens at the farm are available for guests to use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is professionally cleaned once a week, which is included in the price. We provide high quality linen, duvets and blankets. We do not provide personal towels. Other: The dining area is part of the open plan living area, with traditional pine furniture and place settings for 6.


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17th Century Luxury Barn Conversion, 2 Bedrooms Peaceful Location, Pets Welcome
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Beautiful, comfortable, cozy and convenient

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property in a brilliant location as mentioned by other reviewers. It has many lovely touches, including cleverly coordinated Victorian/vintage fittings and furniture, lots of pictures by a local artist, and a very high quality wood burning stove, with, at the time we were there, a generous supply of wood in the yard. The kitchen is equipped as a home, with everything you could think of including a slow cooker and sharp knives. As of Feb 2017 the carpets are a bit tired in one or two places but this shouldn't affect your enjoyment of a really outstanding property.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hawkshead idyll

  • 5 of 5

Oak Apple Barn is a superb property, spotless, comfortable, warm, very spacious. The kitchen was so well equipped I felt I should have made a greater effort to cook! We like authenticity and felt we were part of

the Cumbrian countryside living here.

Loved the short extremely scenic walk into Hawkshead, it was also ideally situated as a starting point for many walks. Christine Thornton, the owner, was a pleasure to deal with and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this property to friends or relatives.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments. I have very much enjoyed speaking with you and it has been a pleasure having you stay at the barn.
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Oakapple Barn

  • 4 of 5

The weather was wonderful and we were the only people staying in the farmyard, which made things even more peaceful. This is a place for those who like peace and quiet and don't mind being woken by a curlew in the hay field nextdoor. Set in the rolling hills away from the traffic it is pleasantly remote yet accessible to shops and pubs (if you don't mind walking) if necessary. The converted barn was clean, functional and just as described on the website. We would stay there again as it provided an excellent base for other activities or relaxing in the cottage or garden.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb stay in the Lakes

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week in the delightful Oak Apple Barn. The property is warm, spacious, well-furnished and clean with no signs of previous doggy presence! This17th century converted barn is spectacularly located just a short walk from Hawkshead centre. It is a joy to wake in comfortable beds to the sounds of birdsong and the sun rising over the stunning scenery. The Barn is such a pleasant place to spend time in simp!y socialising or just sitting in the window watching the fledglings making their first flight. A file containing lots of useful information and suggestions has been thoughtfully compiled and was used by us throughout our stay.At the end of the week we were sorry to leave this comfortable property and intend to return. I have no hesitation in unreservedly recommending Oak Apple Barn for families of all ages, friends, couples and dogs. The owners were very good to deal with and couldn't have been nicer!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply Stunning!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late after a long drive from Kent to this beautiful, tranquil 17th century converted barn with its old oak beams and comforting wood burning stove... instantly we all relaxed including our border collies! It's location couldn't have been better, set in the very heart of the Lake District with amazing views over the surrounding countryside and just a short walk from the village of Hawkshead. The barn was beautifully presented and equipped to a very high standard with all sorts of little welcoming extras. We could not recommend this more strongly for anyone wanting a relaxing break in the stunning lake district.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Oak Apple Barn

  • 5 of 5

Oak Apple Barn was a really great place to spend quality time in The Lake District. We are a family of four (two teenagers) and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage had everything we needed and the log fire was a plus. We did a few walks from the cottage, so a nice break from the car. It was cosy and warm, and very clean. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Hawkshead 0.5 miles. Ambleside 4 miles. Windermere 4 miles (by ferry). Grasmere 8 miles.

Further Details:

There are 3 really nice traditional pubs within walking distance; also several pub restaurants which really do serve good food. There is a small supermarket in the village.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19.78
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
Booking is made direct with us with a 30% deposit payable at the time of booking and the balance 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday. We accept credit or debit card payment and Paypal.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are generally on a Sunday, except at Easter and Christmas/New Year. Arrival time is after 3.00 pm and departure before 10.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Prices include cleaning before and after your stay; all linen (no towels), heating, logs for the wood burning stove; free internet access. There is a small charge of £10 per pet per week, to cover extra cleaning costs
We accept payments in by Debit card, cheque or Paypal

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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