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Luxury Stone-built Cottage with Character, Games Room & Pets Welcome

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 7 - 2 lounges & bathrooms; Cartmel & Grange-Over-Sands 5 minutes

The Hayloft has been beautifully converted from a centuries-old limestone threshing barn, a few minutes from picturesque Cartmel and the stunning Edwardian resort of Grange-over-Sands in the South Lakes

Great attention to detail has been given to blending original oak beams and modern facilities with contemporary use of oak, slate and granite, all draped in Sanderson and Laura Ashley fabrics. It sleeps 6 plus a sofa bed, 2 pets are welcome & also at the popular local The Pheasant Inn less than a minute's walk!

The Hayloft is great for family gatherings or as a romantic retreat. The living areas are open plan with an upstairs galleried lounge, SMART TV, gas fire and window seats with views towards Humphrey Head & Morecambe Bay. The handcrafted oak staircase leads down to the bespoke oak kitchen and dining room with large oak table and chairs, adjacent to a hardwood heated Conservatory - the second lounge - with french doors onto the lawn. The Hayloft is warm and cosy thanks to gas heating and thick walls and is decorated to feel like a 'home from home'.

There are 3 cosy bedrooms featuring large duvets and Egyptian cotton linen: a lovely ground floor antique Victorian double, a pretty upstairs double and cosy twin room, plus a lounge-based small sofa bed for 1 adult or 2 children. There is a ground-floor shower room with wide pentangle enclosure & power shower plus an upstairs bathroom with corner bath. Both have heated towel rails, lots of hot water and fluffy towels included.

The separate converted stable has a popular Games Room with table tennis table, table football and darts, a drinks fridge and freezer and the adjacent Laundry Room, there is a washing machine, tumble drier, stone trough for cleaning pets & boots plus lots of storage for bikes & kit.

The pretty enclosed garden has parking for 2 cars, lawn, borders pergola and fountain. There is a BBQ & teak table with 6 chairs.

More Details

Property Manager
Carrie Tomlinson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Carrie Tomlinson

My name is Carrie Tomlinson. I was born in Allithwaite, and spent my early years on Yew Tree Farm, when The Hayloft was used for storing hay, straw and mangols.

Carrie Tomlinson purchased this barn in 1860

Why Carrie Tomlinson chose Allithwaite

This 20-acre small-holding was farmed by my father and has been in my family for over 100 years! In 1999, having accepted that the barn was falling apart, my sister and I decided to convert it into cottages. As a retired Engineer, my Father became a very hands-on Project Manager, bringing in local skills when needed. When I describe that The Hayloft is a 'home from home', it is!

What makes this barn unique

The Hayloft is packed full of features as well as having all creature comforts. We used local tradesmen - some family friends - and local skills and materials giving The Hayloft some special features. The oak beams removed from the roof, were painstakingly adzed into life and put back into the ceilings. More beams were used over the windows and window seats added, stonework was rebuilt and 'owl' holes glazed in Victorian-style glass.Cumbrian greenslate was added to the ground floor public areas and the oak and iron staircase was made in the village to our own design. The windows and conservatory are all hardwood, manufactured by Knipes of Allithwaite.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Had a wonderful New Year. We will be back with our dogs. Lovely property with loads of room, very warm and cosy with fantastic views. Enjoyed The Pheasant Inn - recommend the Game Stew. Many thanks Carrie for letting us enjoy your lovely house.
Jan 2017
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Allithwaite Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • The ground floor bathroom has a pentangle base with power shower, toilet and basin and heated towel rail. The upstairs family bathroom has a corner bath with toilet, basin, heated towel rail and handcrafted cupboard.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 Adults in 3 Bedrooms plus a small sofa bed in lounge for 1 adult or 2 children Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is located on the ground floor and has a 4ft 6" Victorian double with king size duvet. Bedroom 2 with 4ft 6" double Bedroom 3 with twin beds, all with feather duvets, quality pillows and protectors with Egyptian Cotton Linen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Hayloft has been awarded 4 stars by VisitEngland. It has received a Gold Award for the 7th year, and all furnishings and equipment are kept up-to-date and clean. Repeat bookings are high as visitors say that it offers luxury yet value for money, as it is on the periphery of the Lake District National Park. Yet Lake Windermere is less than 10 minutes by car! Guests say the Cartmel Peninsula is a fantastic location as it is quieter, scenically beautiful with great restaurants and shops. Look at our visitor comments on The Hayloft website. The Owner welcomes 2 pets, which are currently included in the price, and is has been commented on that you rarely see pets welcomed to such a beautiful house! Outside: The Hayloft has a good sized, fully-enclosed garden. There are lots of paved areas, which can also accommodate 2 cars. One of the paved areas has teak furniture and cushions, and two luxury padded recliners for sunny weather. There are two stone seats in the garden, one under a pergola with Wisteria and the other between borders. There is a lawn and a lion's head fountain, completely safe as the water goes into a pebble pool. The Games and Laundry Rooms are in a converted limestone stable in the garden, next to the cottage. Utility Room: The Laundry Room has a washing machine, tumble dryer and a large trough for dog and boot washing and lots of space. Next door in the Games Room there is a drinks fridge and a freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included. The cottage has received a VisitEngland 4 star grading plus a Gold Award for 2016 for high standards of accommodation facilities and presentation. Complimentary linen change for 2-week lets. Other: The centrally-heated Oak Conservatory has a cane sofa and John Lewis Snuggle seat, rocking chair, TV with Freeview, DVD and well-stocked bookcase. A Games Room features full-sized table tennis table, table football , darts.


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Absolutely fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Hayloft for a long weekend away walking with our Springer Spaniel and my sister and brother in law joined us with their Border Collie. After a long drive from East Anglia we were pleased to find the property was every bit as special as the pictures show. The cottage is beautifully built and the furniture and fittings are all high quality. We found the layout of having the Kitchen/Dining area/Conservatory downstairs really helped the property be dog friendly. After a long days walking we were able to clean and dry the muddy dogs in the stone trough in the laundry room, and then leave them to snooze whilst we got ready and walked the 40 yards for dinner at the very handy Pheasant Inn. By the time we returned for a night cap in the upstairs living area, they were ready to join us, sitting in front of the gas fire before they went to their beds, and we collapsed into the comfortable beds for a well earned rest.

Everything we needed was supplied as per the comprehensive welcome pack, and the Village Store is close for anything you might have forgotten.

We will definitely be back to see more of the area later in the year.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for looking after our lovely cottage and so glad that you had a great stay. You are all very welcome in the future! x
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Amazing refreshing weekend break!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great extended weekend break at the Hayloft.

Amenities were amazing, location was good, and Carrie was very accommodating with arrival timing.

If you're looking for a comfortable clean place with a bit extra, 2 sitting rooms (apart from an eating area and a spacious kitchen) and a separate games room, along with games for all ages, jigsaw and books aplenty, this is certainly the place to go to!

Will be coming back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Had a 3 night stay at the Hayloft for a family wedding. The place is beautiful, so cozy and welcoming. All the bedrooms were extremely comfortable, and there's plenty of space to relax in the upstairs lounge and conservatory. There's also more than enough crockery and cutlery, a bugbear of mine is when you are supplied with just enough, or not enough, but that wasn't the case here, and you really don't need to take any utensils (by which I mean corkscrew)! The parking is snug, but enough for two cars. It's very handy, 30 seconds walk away, for the Pheasant Inn, we recommend the Loweswater Gold there, and the meals are decent. Public transport around the area is notoriously rubbish (speaking as an ex-local), but if you don't want to drive, with a little research you can find some really pleasant walks from Allithwaite, I'd recommend a walk up to Hampsfell for some great views with minimum effort. From the Hayloft you can walk to Grange in about 40 mins, or Cartmel in half an hour. On your return you'll have a wonderful place to put your feet up. I didn't have too much contact with Carrie, the owner, but she was very attentive and accommodating at all times. Our only gripe about our stay was it was too short. Hope to return very soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property, very well equipped.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage, nicely located for the Lakes. Cottage was well equipped with lovely garden and games room. Only slight negative was the tightness of the drive. Would recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jody. I was happy to help co-ordinate your specific arrival time needs and glad you liked the cottage. The Hayloft has parking for 2 cars, but I can accommodate more on the farm if you let me know in advance.
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Fantastic property in a picturesque location

  • 5 of 5

The property was attractive, homely, well decorated and largely in an excellent condition. The rooms were spacious and the kitchen in particular was extremely well equipped with everything that we needed for a very comfortable 3 night stay. The games room was a great addition to keep the adults as well as the child with us entertained! The additional fridge in the games room was also very useful. The property was conveniently located and we enjoyed a walk from the door to Cartmel, as well as visiting Grange-over-Sands and the beautiful Holker Hall. A real gem of a property in a stunning location. Thank you for a wonderful stay and a memorable 40th birthday!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property, well maintained with everything you need. A real home from home.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed four nights. Because we were all adults we didn't make use of the games room which would be great if you had kids. Very thoughtfully knitted out property including spare accessories for the dogs and tea coffee and biscuits for the people. We visited family and spent time in Grange and Cartmel. Exactly what we wanted to do - chilled out and would visit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
40 Metres
The Pheasantt
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Kents Bank
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
L'Enclume, Cartmel
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Humphrey Head
Car: recommended

Allithwaite is a limestone-built village, founded in Norse times. It faces south & overlooks Morecambe Bay with views of the Lake District fells to the north. It is a working village with very friendly people, as you will find in The Pheasant Inn round the corner! The village has a Post Office, Church, Charity Shop & Play Park. The village is surrounded by walks through fields & woods & the Cumbria Coastal Way footpath is an easy walk to Humphrey Head National Nature Reserve & Morecambe Bay. The other direction leads to Grange-over-Sands, an Edwardian seaside resort with mile-long promenade, cafes, good shops and ornamental gardens. Cartmel (20 mins on foot) was voted the most picturesque village in Cumbria and is famous for its Priory, Racecourse and now Sticky Toffee Pudding. The foot of Lake Windermere is within 15 minutes and the heart of the Lake District too. Renowned Holker Hall & Gardens is 2 miles away. There is Swimming at local hotels and endless sporting facilities and opportunities.There are large supermarkets in Kendal, Ulverston and Barrow that all deliver to the house.

Lake Windermere is found within 15 minutes along with the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Lakes Aquarium, & steamer rides to Bowness-on-Windermere & Ambleside. The Lake District's many attractions are easily access & guests love that they come back to a comfortable cottage at the end of the day.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

Where advertised only " 4th Night Free", simply book and pay for 3 nights and you won't be charged for the 4th night! Bookings are Friday to Friday for weeks or Short Breaks are Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.