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Swallows Barn

Ullswater, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972531)

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    • “Wonderful Stay”
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    • “Myself, a friend and her mother stayed for 3 days in May 2017. Fantastic views in every direction. The 3 bedrooms are downstairs, beds very comfortable and good sized rooms. The kitchen/diner is on a half level and the lounge/living room up another half level. All the amenities you could want, large, comfortable rooms. We have already recommended this property to several people as a wonderful place to stay. We had a couple of minor problems during our stay, which were attended to very quickly. All in all a really nice stay.”

    AnnieM1963, Greater Perth, Australia, June 2017

    • “fantastic !! awesome!! amazing cottage!!”
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    • “wow what can I say just spent a week at swallows barn and it was mind blowing. beautiful cottage which could sleep a family of 6 with ease. it was great having all that space for just the 2 of us and we could have roller skated around the front room as it was soo big lol. the views to the fells are breath taking and change every day. lots of walking in area we tried Helvellyn but the snow on the tops stoped us from reaching the top but we will be back. aria force is another great walk and ullswater is stunning and only a 10 min stroll from the cottage. will defo be back to stay here again and again and if my numbers come up I would buy it!! love it !!”

    Custardcat21, Nottingham, United Kingdom, March 2017

    • “Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful location”
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    • “Fantastic cottage. Well laid out, with plenty of room. The views are amazing and breathtaking. The owners have put a lot of thought into the accommodation, which is very comfortable and thoughtfully decorated. If you want a peaceful stay with lakeside views then this cottage is a must. It is reasonably priced for the size and location. Out in the country, but close to Pooley Bridge and a short drive to Keswick.”

    Halesbells, England, November 2016

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    • “Whilst we generally had a very good experience of Swallow'sBarn, there were one or two minor things. There was no small paring knife in the kitchen drawer, only large knives not suitable for peeling etc. The shower in the separate bathroom would suddenly run very hot and then very cold, which might be a problem for a child. Some information leaflets about what there was to see and do in the local area would have been useful. Otherwise it was fine. The beds were comfortable, which is always a bonus when sleeping away from home.”

    Mrs Jeynes, Dereham, September 2018

    • “Amazing cottage , friendly neighbours, good location . I would book there again”

    Mrs Denton, Peterborough, August 2018

    • “Fabulous place, superb views, we loved our stay here, the location was perfect for what we wanted.The neighbours were lovely & helpful. Slightly lower on cleanliness due to some cobwebs, otherwise great.”

    Miss Jones, Thetford, June 2018

    • “Cottage on the whole is well presented and the barn conversion is very well done. One niggle is that the patio is accessed through the second bedroom. The cottage was like an oven when we arrived, turning down the underfloor heating takes a long time to have any effect, so the first night was very uncomfortable in the en-suite bedroom. Was annoyed on check-in (at the holiday camp a mile away from the cottage) to be expected to sign away £50 against damages, to find damaged furniture and window blinds when we got to the cottage. When I booked this deposit wasn't shown on the website, though I see it is now. Never been asked to do this at any other cottage. More than a week after leaving and I'm still waiting for the credit refund. Finally, the stair carpet is worn and can be slippery in the wrong shoes, as I found out to my cost.”

    Mr Cox, Huntingdon, June 2018

    • “Wow, this was a lovely cottage to stay in. Spacious and furnished to a high standard. Wonderful views. Patio is a lovely sun trap, with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Would love to stay here again. The upside down nature of the accommodation added a level of novelty too. One niggle was that the bedroom with en-suite was a little too hot and didn't seem to respond to the heating control - to be fair, we didn't raise it with the staff at the time.”

    Mr Monkman, Havant, April 2018

    • “Swallow Bank was great, and Darren couldn't have been more helpful when the snow hit. Two small points, the towels went from being included at booking to having to be hired, this issue was however sorted with Sykes cottages, and, the fact that a credit card is required for damage security should have been stated on the website.”

    Mr Cosby, Macclesfield, February 2018

    • “Listing said that towels were included. On arrival we found that there were no towels provided. When we went back to Park Foot Holiday Park reception, we were told that there was a £10 charge for two bundles of towels, which we had to pay and would be obliged if you could refund this a.s.a.p. The listing also stated that a pub and shop were within a 5 minute walk. These were on the holiday park and as it was out of season, they were both closed. The nearest were nearly 2 miles away down a road which was not safe to walk, especially at night. You need to state this on your website that these facilities are unavailable out of season. Apart from this, the property is beautiful and comfortable. In a beautiful part of the country with views of Ullswater.”

    Mr Macaskill, WARRINGTON, February 2018

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
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The Property

Being only 400 yards from Lake Ullswater, midway between Howtown and Pooley Bridge this barn conversion has been furnished and equipped to a high standard retaining a number of original features including magnificent cruick beams, exposed stonework and wood doors.
Located midway between Howtown and Pooley Bridge, Swallows Barn is 400 yards from Ullswater lake shore, in a quieter area away from the tourist hot spots of the northern Lakes. Being at the foot of Barton Fell and High Street and surrounded by lakeland fells and views over the lake to Helvellyn and Martindale Fells it is ideal for exploring. The Ullswater Steamer will collect you from Howtown and ferry you across the lake to Glenridding where you can explore the western shores, meander back to Howtown following the shoreline and stop off at one of the many traditional pubs serving local food and ale providing welcome refreshment on route. The renowned Sharrow Bay Hotel is a five minute walk and provides the perfect setting for any special occasion.
Swallows Barn is a lovingly converted barn with an abundance of original features including exposed timber beams including magnificent cruick beams, solid wood doors and stonework. The barn is in a courtyard at Seat Farm which is 400 yards from the lake shore and opposite the Ullswater Yacht Club. With two bedrooms and bathrooms the cottage is ideal for two couples holidaying together and is furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard.Bar and restaurant is open weekends from Easter to Whit then fully open every day until September. Weekends only during October. During the summer season entertainment is laid on with children's discos, live entertainment, licensed bar and beer garden, during the summer school holidays a children's club is operated and there is a restaurant with take away service available
The property is 'upside down style', has under floor heating and radiators and comprises:

Master double bedroom with en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC.
Double bedroom.
Second sitting room with patio doors to the enclosed patio.
Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

Steps up to the dining/kitchen with beams, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave.

First floor: Lounge with TV, DVD player, CD radio, exposed cruick beams, electric stove and views to the lake.

All electric, bed linen included.
Travel cot (bedding not supplied) and highchair available.
Towels can be hired at reception upon arrival.
Private parking for 1 car.
Enclosed patio with garden furniture.
Guests are welcome to use the facilities at Pooley Bridge Holiday Park with a shop, bar and restaurant
Wi-Fi available.

Please note: A pre-authorised £50 refundable good housekeeping bond is payable on arrival at Pooley Bridge Holiday Park.


Upside down barn conversion. Ground floor 2 bedrooms: 1 x master double bedroom with en-suite shower room with hand basin and WC; 1 x double bedroom with access to 1 x bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, hand basin and WC. Small seating area. Upstairs: Dining kitchen, large open plan living room.


  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, TV, DVD player, CD radio, WiFi
  • Electricity included
  • Bed linen included
  • Travel cot (bedding not supplied) and highchair available
  • Towels can be hired at reception upon arrival
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private patio with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Lake 5 mins walk. Please note: A pre-authorised £50 refundable good housekeeping bond is payable on arrival at Pooley Bridge Holiday Park.

Regional Information

POOLEY BRIDGE Penrith 6 miles. The picturesque village of Pooley Bridge sits on the northerly edge of Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The name Pooley came to be due to the forming of a large pool, which was left by the fast flowing River Eamont, and the word Bridge was later added when a bridge, which is now 250 years old, was built over the river. Pooley Bridge has many traditional inns and tempting tea rooms, plus the Ullswater Steamers depart from the village, from where a tranquil cruise down the lake to the villages of Glenridding and Howtown can be enjoyed. There are numerous walks with breathtaking views nearby, plus a short walk up to Dunmallard Hill reveals fascinating Iron-Age remains, whilst the towns of Penrith and Keswick are within driving distance. Pooley Bridge is an ideal base for a cottage holiday stay in the stunning Lake District.