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 has a 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, Krups Mini Nespresso machine, a starter supply of wood for the wood burning stove, and a small library of guidebooks/maps of The Lake District & DVD's. There is a leather sofa bed in the lounge/dining area for an occasional extra overnight 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. Bed linen is Egyption cotton. There are no adjacent houses less than 150 years old. The barn is situated 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 located in the Ambleside Conservation Area and is on the Ambleside Heritage Trail. There is virtually no passing traffic and it is only a few minutes walk down ancient lanes to the centre of town. Ambleside is at 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 - 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 shops.
Ambleside, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, UK - Central But Quiet Location With Little Passing Traffic, Only 5 Minutes Walk Above Town Centre
About Robin Brackenbury
Having spent the last 30 years living and working in London, I moved up to The Lake District National Park in 2014. 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 Ambleside
300 yrs old stone built, Grade 2 listed Lakeland barn overlooking Ambleside, located in the oldest part of town. The ground floor Self Catering apartment has a kingsize bed & an 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 and access to a washing machine (£10 per load). 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.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We spent four nights at Robin's cottage and found it to be the perfect getaway. The cottage is to an excellent standard with heated flooring in the kitchen and shower room coming in extremely handy after a day of walking in the area. The living / dining space is really cosy with the log burner being a great spot to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine. The cottage is right on the doorstep of Ambleside with its lovely restaurants, pubs and cinema and proved to be a superb base for walking. Robin was the kind of host we like, being really friendly and informative without us being obtrusive. We wouldn't hesitate in booking the cottage.
Thank you for the fabulous review Mark! I'm so pleased you both enjoyed How Head Barn and had such a great time here with the wood burner and the underfloor heating. I'm really very grateful for such generous reviews and knowing that people liked the place. I'll look forward to maybe hosting you again sometime soon!? All the best,
A wonderful place to stay
We had a long weekend at Robin's cottage and can't praise the cottage enough. It's packed with character and is high spec with heated flooring and the best shower we've had at a property - a must after a long day out on the hills. The space is much bigger and better than the photos, with a roomy entrance, cosy sitting and dining area (we loved the log burner), large fully equipped kitchen and a good size bedroom with cupboard space. The cottage is only five minutes walk from Ambleside and all it has to offer and a great base for walking. Robin was the perfect host and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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!
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.