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Esthers Barn

Cockermouth, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972321)

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The Property

Eco friendly accommodation with a private terrace overlooking the fruit garden. Esthers Barn has two bedrooms and comfortably sleeps four people. An ideal base from which to explore the northern Lake District.
Southwaite Green is in an area of peace and tranquillity in the Lorton Vale, almost mid-way between Cockermouth and Lorton both 3 miles away, Keswick is 9 miles to the east. Within a short drive are the less frequented western lakes Crummock Water, Loweswater, Buttermere and Ennerdale, winner of Britains Best View. There is ample walking and cycling opportunities from the door and a wealth of shops and restaurants can be found in both Cockermouth and Keswick.
The properties sit on Paddle Beck giving a peaceful ambience together with 10 acres of grounds including newly planted woodland, wildlife meadow, pond and arboretum. Consequently there is an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, red squirrels, badgers and the occasional heron that visits the beck, not forgetting the resident barn owl.
Southwaite Green is a development of four properties that have been constructed in 2007 by the owner, who lives on site, to an extremely high standard. The cottages have an abundance of local timber used by local craftsmen to retain the traditional character and wherever possible used the original timbers from the barn. They have been painstakingly converted using “green design and technologies” with ground and air source heat pumps to power the under floor heating beneath the slate and oak floors. A design feature has been the use of solar panels and the positioning of the windows to generate maximum solar heating to produce the heating and hot water. Great attention to detail has been paid to ensure that these are Eco-friendly properties, including organic bedding and towels, hand made furniture from sustainable sources and they have even gone to the extent of using Eco-friendly paints. The owners have gone to great trouble to ensure the properties have a low carbon foot-print and to ensure your holiday is an enjoyable experience.
The development briefly comprises two, 2 bedroom cottages, Skiddaw and Esthers Barn. Buttermere is a ground floor two bedroom cottage which is specially adapted for disabled use with mobility one and two rating and Beckside a three bedroom, three bathroom house. The properties have been given the much acclaimed Gold Award from the Green Tourism Scheme.
The cottage is upside down style has under floor heating throughout and comprises:

Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC.
Twin bedroom with zip and link beds to make a super kingsize with en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC.
Drying cupboard.
Private terrace with furniture overlooking the fruit garden.

First floor: Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area with, wood burning stove, TV and DVD player.
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.

All electric with rated energy efficient appliances, bed linen and towels included.
Cot and high chair available.
Private parking for 1 car with further parking available over the stream.
A warm welcome awaits you from the owner including a welcome pack with fair trade and local produce together with a wide range of local books, maps, guides and places to visit.
Shared use of the laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer and badminton / short tennis grass court.


Over two floors with 'upside-down' design (bedrooms on ground floor). Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC; 1 x twin with zip and link beds to make a super king-size and en-suite shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area. Private furnished terrace. Shared use of laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer and badminton/short tennis grass court.


  • Air source underfloor heating/solar panel heating and hot water/wood burning stove
  • ‘A’ rated energy efficient appliances: electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave
  • Shared use of laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer, drying cupboard, TV, DVD and CD player
  • Organic bedding and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Private parking for 1 car with further parking available over the stream
  • Furnished terrace
  • Well-behaved dogs are allowed, smoking is not allowed.

Regional Information

COCKERMOUTH Bassenthwaite Lake 7 miles; Keswick 13 miles. The small country market town of Cockermouth is situated in the quiet north-western part of the Lake District, a largely undiscovered and unspoilt area, yet only 13 miles from Keswick. The town is famous as the birthplace of both William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) and Wordsworth’s Georgian family home, on the main street, is now a popular visitor attraction, owned by the National Trust. Cockermouth offers a good variety of shops, pubs and places to eat, but (of course) the main attraction of the area is the beautiful scenery and excellent walking in the northern lakes – Bassenthwaite Lake, Ennerdale Water and Derwent Water.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas