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Joanne MacMahon

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Historical Country House With Terrace, Extensive Gardens and Woodland Walks

1 Review
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Kendal & South Lakes House Rental Photos and Description

House in Witherslack Nr. Newby Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Rural Location In Pretty Witherslack Village, Ideally Situated For The Lake District

Imagine yourself eating breakfast on the terrace while the children and dogs play happily on the lawn. Or chasing rare butterflies through secret, wild and sculpted gardens. Or putting on your boots and stomping off for a Sunday morning walk up Whitbarrow Scar. Then relaxing with family songs around the piano, with a book in front of a real fire, or with some family games in the drawing room of this characterful house. And then finally coming together for dinner like so many generations have before. Our rural family home is a well loved and comfortable escape. It is close to The Lakes, with stunning views over Arnside and Morecambe Bay and enjoying the amenities of nearby Witherslack village. Accommodation is in 3 vast bedrooms and one large single. There is ample on site parking.

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Joanne MacMahon (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Joanne MacMahon

My partner and I live in North West England and have an extended family of 4 sons and 2 daughters between us, ranging from twelve, to mid twenties. Cathy is a graphic designer, and most of my career has been in theatre, film and social enterprise. We both lead very busy lives dividing our time between the estate in the Lake District and Liverpool as well as travelling to London and beyond to visit our grown up children.

Joanne MacMahon purchased this house in 1949

Why Joanne MacMahon chose Kendal & South Lakes

Halecat House is the house I grew up in, part of my family's Witherslack Estate in Cumbria - built in the early 19th Century, though we've been here since 1485.

Halecat was the home of Frederick Stanley, Governor General of Canada and 17th Earl of Derby - though much more cosy and friendly than one might expect from such a grandee.

We are situated in a very quiet, gentle corner of the Lake District - England's first National Park, an area of outstanding beauty.

There are beautiful walks right from the door in our spectacular countryside with its amazing views and 2000 acres of wonderful ancient woodland.

We are only 10 minutes from the M6 and 15 from the West Coast Main Line, but quietly tucked away from the more touristy parts of the Lakes.

What makes this house unique

Witherslack's pub and shop belong to the community - the shop is run by volunteers, the Derby Arms pub next door by Ainscoughs, a highly professional team, serving good beer and food - a 15 minute walk.

Cartmel is a must for foodies with the famous L'Enclume and Rogans, not to mention the cheese shop - a 15 minute drive.

Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop is 10 minutes drive the other way. They regularly win prizes, and sell our firewood.

All of the attractions of the South Lakes are within 30 minutes drive - Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Blackwells, Brantwood, Grasmere.

You are welcome to take part in the daily life of the estate with its artisan workshops, wood yard and nursery garden -either by regular courses or just good conversation. We're also famous for our butterflies.


1 traveler review

Historical Country House With Terrace, Extensive Gardens and Woodland Walks
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We booked Halecat House as the venue for a surprise birthday celebration for my Mum's 50th, and it couldn't have been a more perfect setting. Despite the size and grandness of the house, it felt warm and cosy (helped by the lovely open fires) and we felt right at home. All of the rooms are spacious and well proportioned meaning we could all sit in the same room comfortably, which as a family of 11 was really appreciated.

The bedrooms are all huge and beautifully decorated, and there were plenty of bathrooms for us all. There was always hot water and heating available. The kitchen was well stocked with pans/utensils/cutlery etc.; the only minor issue was a bit of confusion using the oven, but we cracked it by the final day!

The location was great, within a 20 minute drive to Lake Windermere and easily accessible from the M6. We had a meal at the local pub, the Derby Arms, which did excellent food - a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive away.

Steph was fantastic in helping us organise the weekend - always quick to reply to emails with lots of useful information.

The garden is big and great for playing in, even for the children in our 20s and 30s... A great game of Night Frisbee was had! The views over the garden to the fells and estuary are also fantastic, and we were treated to a fireworks display in the distance one night from the comfort of the living room.

It was brilliant to be surrounded by all the history and grandeur of the house, but at the same time to feel so relaxed and at home. We're already talking about booking again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Halecat Witherslack Woodlands Courses running throughout 2015 from Coppicing to Coracle making - contact us for more details or go to

Halecat Garden Nursery runs gardening courses


Car transport recommended although there is an hourly bus service one mile away.

Nearest railway station - Grange over Sands 5 miles

Nearest main line railway station - Oxenholme The Lakes (Kendal) 12 miles

Nearest airport - Manchester (83 miles), Liverpool (90 miles) or Newcastle (118 miles)

Nearest channel port - Hull (Rotterdam) 163 miles or Dover (Calais) 350 miles


Grange over Sands, 5 miles, Edwardian town, shopping, sea promenade, railway station.

Kendal, 10 miles, large Lakeland market town, shopping, main line railway.

Bowness (central Lakes) 13 miles, Windermere boat ferries, shopping.

Newby Bridge, 7 miles, steam railway, motor museum, Windermere boat ferries.

Further Details:

If you enjoy low fell walking you are spoilt for choice, you will be able to walk out of the front door straight onto woodland paths. The paths lead to higher ground with spectacular views over Morecambe bay and up to the high fells of central Lakeland which are only a short car or bus ride away.


Rates & Availability

Newby Bridge House Rental Rates

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Oct 28 2016 - Dec 21 2016
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner. Deposit of 50% on booking to secure by bank transfer and balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Our bookings are all confirmed by letter.
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £150 will be required before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Friday to Friday for 7 night bookings.
Weekend short breaks Friday to Monday
Mid week short breaks Monday to Friday
Arrival 5pm (earlier by arrangement only)
Departure 10am

Notes on prices:
LAST MINUTE OFFER ... Mid week shortbreak 4-8th May 4 nights was £845 now reduced to £750 call Jo on 0151 708 7441 or 07968 872521

2015 Weekly rates
- low season £695
- mid to peak season £985-£1825
WEEKEND AND MID WEEK Short breaks IF available
- low and mid season from £495 to £685 (3 or 4 nights).
- high and peak £845 to £915 (3/4 nights)
CHRISTMAS 2016 £1985
NEW YEAR 2016 £1985
The house and grounds are available for WEDDINGS, EVENTS, CONFERENCES

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Kendal & South Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - WC and Bath Ensuite to bedroom 2 Bathroom 2 - WC and Bath Ensuite to bedroom 3 Bathroom 3 - WC and Bath with over shower Downstairs - Cloakroom WC
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7/8, with 3 extra beds 10/11 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - King size bed Bedroom 2 - King size bed Bedroom 3 - Twin beds Bedroom 4 - Small double (7' x 4')
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Notes on accommodation: This is a traditional Georgian home with all original historical features including the original period bathrooms. There is one over bath shower in the house bathroom. All the rooms have their original furniture, fittings and fixtures which give it a comfortable and relaxing feel adding to the charm of this special place. Outside: Halecat House is beautifully placed at the head of an ancient wooded valley with wonderful views over Arnside and Morecambe Bay. As part of the Witherslack Estate at the southern end of the Lake District it's a very popular area for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts with glorious natural mixed woodlands and many Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Will appeal to family gatherings, dog owners, walking groups and cyclists. The beech lined driveway leads to the front of the grand house with its limestone porch facade where you will find ample private parking and the entrance to the gardens. The drawing room and dining room all overlook the beautiful formal gardens which were meticulously designed by the late Fortune Stanley, who was heavily influenced by the garden of her girlhood at Ardtornish in Argyll. The gazebo, a listed building, is especially peaceful; croquet and football are often played on the main lawn - a fascinating and safe place for children to explore. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Hand and bath towels and all bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available on request. We will change linen on request after 7 days or if more regularly at an extra charge. Cleaning/cooking arranged for during your stay at an extra charge. Other: Large hallway with wooden floor ideal for dancing or yoga.

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