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Ambleside, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, UK - Central But Quiet Location With Little Passing Traffic, Only 5 Minutes Walk Above Town Centre
Stone built, 300 year old Grade 2 listed Lakeland barn offering ground floor Self Catering accommodation for two people with separate Bed & Breakfast accommodation for two people on the first floor of the barn. Private off street parking at the door, secure cycle storage, external lighting, free Wi-fi. The B&B accommodation is en-suite. The self catering 'cave' has just been remodelled with a new kitchen, wet room/wc, partial electric underfloor heating, wood burning stove and full central heating. There is a TV, DVD player, Sonos Play 1 wireless music system, microwave, fridge freezer, free wood for the wood burning stove, a small library of guidebooks/maps of The Lake District, DVD's and free Wi-fi access. There is a leather sofa bed in the lounge/dining area for an occasional extra guest and a separate clothes hanging space accessed from the bedroom. Furnishings for both the Bed & Breakfast and the Self Catering Flat are primarily antique and reflect the period nature of the barn and it's surroundings. Both are supplied with Egyption cotton bed linen. There are no adjacent houses less than 150 years old. The barn is located in an elevated position on a spur of granite overlooking Ambleside with only the sound of the the nearby Stock Ghyll Beck to disturb the peace at night. It is situated in the Ambleside Conservation Area and is on the Ambleside Heritage Trail. Virtually no passing traffic and only a few minutes walk down ancient lanes to the centre of town. Ambleside is in the centre of The Lake District National Park and surrounded by mountains on three sides, with the head of England's longest lake on the fourth. It is the hub for all adventure sports here - fell walking, road cycling, mountain biking, climbing, fell running, sailing and wild swimming. The town has c.20 outdoor equipment/clothing retailers and many bookshops, restaurants, galleries, gift shops and coffee/tea houses.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 17, 2018
About Robin Brackenbury
Having spent the last 30 years living and working in London, I recently moved up to The Lake District National Park. I love the great outdoors, fell walking, camping, wildlife and music festivals. I am passionate about protecting wild places and consider 'The Lakes' to be one of the very best places to live in the whole of the UK.
Robin Brackenbury purchased this Barn in 2014
Why Robin Brackenbury chose South Lakeland District
300 yrs old stone built, Grade 2 listed Lakeland barn overlooking Ambleside, located in the oldest part of town. There are two Bed & Breakfast rooms (kingsize & single) with a shared bathroom and shower. On the ground floor there is a Self Catering holiday flat with kingsize bed & occasional sofa bed, wood burning stove, partial underfloor heating, wet room/wc, kitchen, lounge & full central heating. Off street private parking at the door and mountain views. Ambleside is located at the heart of The Lake District National Park and is the main hub for everything to do with 'the great outdoors' - fell walking, cycling, running, mountain biking, wild swimming, sailing & rock climbing. There is every grade of walking available, from low level paths and tracks to classic mountain walks.
What makes this Barn unique
It is quiet up here due to hardly any through traffic, yet the centre of Ambleside is only a 2 minute walk down ancient lanes. We have our own private off street car parking at the door with secure cycle storage, washing machine and drying facilities for wet weather gear. The barn is one of the oldest residential buildings in Ambleside and is situated on a spur of granite occupied by the first settlers here over 1,000 years ago. We have detailed knowledge of fell walking in the area, and love suggesting places to walk, camp, run, cycle, or simply to go for an evening stroll - including coffee shops, bookshops, restaurants and the c.20 outdoor equipment and clothing retailers here in Ambleside. We can also advise on where to see the best wildlife and how to prepare for the Lake District weather! Accompanied walking is available at additional cost, as well as guided driving tours.
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Perfect for a couple staying in Ambleside
This is a perfect flat for a couple staying in Ambleside. The property is a very short walk from the centre of Ambleside and all the wonderful amenities the town has to offer. The flat benefits from off-road parking and has all the facilities one could want - TV, DVD player, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, and a very comfortable armchair.
Robin is a very friendly host and went out of his way to make sure we were settled and enjoying our stay.
I can't recommend this flat (and Robin) highly enough. If the flat is available, we'll be back next time we come to Ambleside.
Thank you so much for this lovely review! It was great having you stay here and I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. It was a bit warm for the wood burning stove and the underfloor heating in the wet room !
If you have the opportunity to copy and paste your review into TripAdvisor, that would also be awesome. Hope to see you again soon and thanks again!
Excellent location, clean and quiet accommodation.
We had a very enjoyable stay, helped by wonderful weather. The location of the property means that you do not need the car to access walks nor to look round and eat out in Ambleside. We have stayed in self-catering properties for over forty years in the Lake District. My only criticisms are: I was disappointed that use of a washing machine was not included in the cost of staying here and we are used to having towels provided.
Some establishments do provide towels to their self catering guests, but they are establishments who only offer stays in whole week blocks. I offer short stays, commencing on any day of the week, so putting a couple of towels in the car shouldn't really be an issue. If guests are arriving by public transport or they're travelling from another country, I do provide them free of charge because I know how much room they take up in luggage.
The £5 per load charge for the use of my house washing machine includes tumble drying. Only people in the middle of a long trip tend to make use of it, not folk on a x4 night visit like yourselves.
It's worth saying that I found your partner Steve extremely uncommunicative whenever I passed him in the yard and said hello, to the point of rudeness.
Nice stay in Ambleside
We had a lovely few days. The accommodation was very comfortable, in a very convenient location, and our host Robin was friendly and helpful.
Comfortable, well equipped great for peaceful break
Great location for first visit to Lake District, quiet and peaceful but close enough to town which had lovely restaurants. Host Robin able to give plenty information/advice and accommodation had abundance of local leaflets and literature. Very comfortable, quaint, clean and well cared for plus a cosy log burner. Just a pity only away for three nights.
Thank you so much for the lovely review - I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay! I hope you'll come again in a different season so you can enjoy the underfloor heating in the wet room and kitchen and reacquaint yourselves with the wood burning stove!
A great place to stay!
We had a wonderful time in the Lake District. Especially because of the hospitality of our host. And thanks to the very comfortable and clean apartment, with its king size bed with excellent mattress, the stove in the living room, the properly equipped kitchen. The apartment has its own parking place. We recommend the How Head Barn to every one!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm so pleased you liked How Head Barn on your first visit to The Lakes. I really enjoyed chatting with you sitting outside in the late afternoon sunshine after a day out on the bikes. It was a real pleasure to have you stay here and I hope you'll book another visit soon. All the best!
We had a perfect week in such a beautiful, cosy and well equipped 'cottage'. Robin was a fantastic host and was so helpful, warm and friendly. The new bathroom and kitchen were lovely and had everything we could possibly need. Typical Lakes weather resulted in snuggled evenings in front of a roaring wood burner. On sunnier days we sat reading on a bench at the front and enjoyed the sound of silence. I can't recommend this place highly enough. We will be back.
Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I really do appreciate receiving such glowing reports from guests. I am so pleased you had a good time here - you certainly looked as though you were enjoying yourselves! I hope you'll visit again sometime soon.
Nearest international airport is Manchester 1.5 hours drive (98 miles).
Nearest railway station is Windermere, which is 5 miles to the south of Ambleside. Pick ups and returns by arrangement. Trains from London Euston take approx 3 hours 10 minutes.
Nearest motorway is Junction 36 on the M6, approx 20 miles (30 minutes) to the south east of Ambleside.
A car would be useful but not essential. There are good bus and boat services throughout The Lake District National Park.
The villages of Rydal and Grasmere, with their William Wordsworth connections, lie 1 mile and 4 miles to the north, whilst the market town of Keswick lies 20 miles to the north.
Windermere is 4 miles to the south and the town of Kendal 13 miles to the south east.
Hawkshead, again with Wordsworth connections, is 14 miles away.
Near Sawrey, matrimonial home to Beatrix Potter, is 16 miles away.
You will find most of the essential retail outlets in the centre of Ambleside including food shops, banks, post office, chemists, doctor and dentist. Lots of ancient and characterful pubs, including the famous Golden Rule and The Unicorn - both with open fires. There is the hugely popular Zeffirellis/Fellinis, which combine two restaurants with five cinema screens showing art house and mainstream films. Fuller details are contained in the folder of information available to guests.
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: Payment of 100% of the total holiday cost is payable at the time of booking. This must be paid by bank transfer, quoting your surname as a reference. Our bank details will be provided at the time. No booking will be reserved until receipt of cleared funds, at which point an email will be issued confirming the booking. Changeover Day: Self Catering Flat - Changeover day is Saturday with vacation by 10.00hrs and arrival after 15.00hrs (but before 20.00hrs) or by arrangement. Bed & Breakfast - Change over is flexible by arrangement, but please arrive before 20.00hrs. Vacation by 10.00hrs.