“A lovely property in a beautiful area.”
Sykes were very helpful when contacted both before and after the booking. No issues with the booking and really enjoyed the week.
“Perfect and very clean cottage.”
Great location. Our favourite places were Buttermere and ullswater, both wonderful walks. Will definitely return.
“Apart from a fast dripping in kitchen which had been previously reported in maintenance book all was good we will definitely book through Sykes again.”
A lovely property in a great setting
“We have stayed in this cottage before, it offers a calm, tranquil location and is a comfortable property.”
On this occasion we had a week of very high temperatures: 31 degrees in the shade. In such weather I would advise anyone who likes a cool bedroom to bring an electric fan (we did).
The barn is a lovely old building on the outside and benefits from a modern interior. Very clean and cozy. We found some great walks from the doorstep and did some cycling further afield into Caldbeck and Ulldale. Dash Falls and Dodd Wood were not our usual treks but were great little walks. Had a lovely meal at the Phesent in Bassenthwaite and they also do a fantastic afternoon tea. Found a great little tapas bar in Keswick well worth a visit. One of the discoveries was star gazing from the main bedroom skylight , thousands of stars, beautiful evening also very quiet.
When we opened the door we were blown away by a charmingly cosy cottage. It beat all expectations. It had all the essentials plus extras that you wouldnt expect to find. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at swallow barn.
This was the first time that we had ever booked a cottage in the lake district. The web site was easy to use and had plenty of choice but we kept coming back to Swallows Barn, and wow we were not dissapointed. we opened the door and all of us just stood and looked around absolutely amazed at the quality of the barn. Everything that you needed was there, a very high standard of cottage beautifly decorated. All of us commented how comfortable the beds were, it really was a wonderful cottage and would definately like to stay there again. We cannot praise this property enough we loved it.
The accommodation was very good, looked like we could have been early visors, being described as near Keswick we found to be misleading it is some 12+ miles out of Keswick, so this adds at least 20 minutes each way to every day trips. Whilst the standard of the accommodation was very good a few interesting points, none of the bathrooms or toilets had locks on the doors, so singing was required whilst in use! could do with more crockery etc, as there is a dishwasher, but with 4 people you would pretty quickly run out.
“Comfortable,cosy and trouble free”
Everything in the cottage was high quality and worked well.It was comfortable and cosy and conveniently situated near Keswick. A good base for day trips.
clean tidy wish i could live there permanently totally relaxing modern accommodation a good base from which to explore the lakes but could do with some wardrobes will definitely use again
“Good sized property, well fitted out, with the nearest pub abou”
The barn was more than adequately fitted out for two couples.It was very plesantly decorated and seemed very new. One bedroom had an en-suite and the other had a bathroom next dooor. Beds were comfortable. The barn is located just off the main street of Torpenhow which unfortunately does not have a shop. There nearest pub was just over a mile away. However it was an easy drive to Keswick ( about 8 miles )and we were able to visit all of the lakes in a week
The photos of this cottage Dont do it justice, it was perfect, everything you needed was in, the bedrooms were beautiful and very comfy, the open log fire was amazing and hot, the back garden beautiful we also got a sunny day to use the Bbq. We will Deffo be returning and would recomend to friends and family. The only downside was a bit far out from a shop
“A good weekend break”
The cottage was very comfortable & everything we needed was provided. I would suggest putting a mirror in the bedroom & the only problem we had was that we couldn't open the back door to get out into the garden.It was a pity there weren't any nice views from the cottage, & I presume there will be more work going on next to it. We did, however, thoroughly enjoy our weekend (weather was exceptional) & would go back again/reccommend it to friends/family.
- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
Swallows Barn is a lovely two-bedroom barn conversion in the picture-postcard village of Torpenhow in the peaceful West Lake District. Built from the local stone and with lovely views over open countryside, Swallows Barn sits at one end of a row of cottages right in the centre of the village.
Combining character charm with contemporary style, it's the perfect home from home for a family or friends who want to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Lake District at any time of year. The warm and welcoming living room has exposed beams, a feature fireplace and a wood burning stove, with comfortable sofas for curling up and relaxing on a chilly autumnal or winter's evening.
The dining kitchen is a fabulous room, spacious and light filled, fully equipped with everything you'll need to enjoy your stay.
Up the lovely feature timber staircase are two bedrooms, both with TV and DVD and exposed character beams.
The master double bedroom has an en-suite contemporary shower room with wash basin and WC and there's a dressing room with a cot.
The twin bedroom has use of the family bathroom with an overhead shower and heated towel rail. Outside Swallows Barn there's off road parking for two cars and a lovely patio garden with seating that's the ideal place to soak up the peace and quiet on a tranquil summer's day.
Nestled in the Caldbeck Fells and with country walks and biking trails on the doorstep, Swallows Barn is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous countryside. Torpenhow sits on the slopes of Binsey Fell and has a beautiful Norman church with wood carvings that include a hippopotamus!
The lovely fellside village of Ireby is nearby and worth a visit for its welcoming inn, while the more tranquil western lakes like Bassenthwaite and Buttermere, off the tourist track, are within easy reach.
A visit to the Lake District Wildlife Park, with wildlife from anacondas to zebras, is a must and the adventurous will want to summit Skiddaw and enjoy the magnificent panoramas across the lakes and fells. Swallows Barn is in an ideal position to explore the delights of the Northern Lake District and beyond with Ullswater, Keswick and Penrith all within easy reach.
The Solway Coast designated area of natural beauty is perfect for a picnic on the beach, while history lovers will enjoy a day trip to Carlisle with its majestic castle and proximity to Hadrian's Wall. With so much to see and do on the doorstep, and with its mix of stylish modern interior and character charm, Swallows Barn is the ideal home away from home for a family holiday in the Lake District at any time of the year.
Two bedrooms: 1 x double bedroom with en-suite shower room, wash basin and WC, 1 x twin bedroom. 1 x dressing room with cot. Family bathroom with bathtub and overhead shower. Living room. Dining kitchen. Cloakroom with wash basin and WC.
- Oil central heating with wood burning stove
- Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, washer/dryer, TV and DVD in living room and bedrooms
- Oil and electricity included
- Bed linen provided
- Cot available
- Off road parking for 2 cars
- Enclosed patio garden with furniture
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Walking and cycling on the doorstep
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.
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About the location
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.
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