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Peace, Quiet and Space for your Get-together in an unspoilt Eden Valley village!



Updated: 16-Nov-2016
Old Rectory, near Appleby, Cumbria. Between the Lake District and the Dales. 20 Minutes from M6 Junction 38 & A66. No booking fees.

Old Rectory, Great Asby, between Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. Planning a family get-together? Friends reunited? Need plenty of space plus lots of peace and quiet? Greatasbyoldrectory could be the ideal venue for a weekend break from life's stresses and strains. It's a detached large family house, sensitively modernised to preserve its original architectural features, and set in an off-the-beaten-track village (with a church and a pub) in the lovely unspoilt Eden Valley. If you fancy a break from self-catering there's a range of restaurants and takeaways in Appleby and some great pub food in nearby villages. Lots of good walks. Appleby & the spectacular Settle-Carlisle railway is just 6 miles away. Penrith 19 miles - from there to Ullswater, Keswick and the beautiful north Lake District. The Yorkshire Dales are equally accessible to the east. Yet Great Asby isn't en route to anywhere, so there's little traffic through the village. You have 6 rooms to spread out in: Drawing room, TV room, Hall, Family kitchen, Family dining room and Snooker room.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

Greatasbyoldrectory. We're Peter and Jackie Lambert, and we bought the Rectory from the Church in 1982, moving from another Cumbrian village. You are very welcome to contact us direct: jackie.lambertathotmail.co.uk 017683 51723.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Absolutely fantastic time. Lovely place. Will be back very soon" [The Barrows, Armstrongs and Hadleys, August 2016].

"Thank you for such a warm welcome & letting us stay in such a beautiful building. The Old Rectory is so much more than we expected. We enjoyed spending time together and exploring the local area. We hope to be back soon. Thank you so much." [Hayley and Gareth D, July 2016]

"We loved the house, very spacious. Had a good time exploring the Lakes & surrounding area. Try New Inn at Hoff - good food and beer!" [Moira, Mike & Friends, July 2016].
Aug 2016
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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

8 of us visited the Rectory for 5 days walking. Its location is perfect for walking in both the Dales and the East Lakes with lots of other walks within a 10 minute drive. Jackie and Peter made us most welcome and could not have been more helpful.The property has numerous reception rooms but is warm and cosy especially after a days walking (generally in the rain) and is very well furnished.

There are lots of places to eat nearby and Tom with his minibus kept us in compliance with the law each evening. We will definitely return and would recommend the Old Rectory to any large group

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Graham for taking the time and trouble to write this and we're so glad that you enjoyed your walking. Despite the occasional drizzle the countryside around the Eden Valley is an antidote to life's pressures and always reminds us that not all of the UK is overcrowded! Further afield, both Windermere and Wensleydale are within equal reach by car, not to mention Britain's highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn! You dined out at Great Asby village pub plus 3 other pubs in the area so hopefully you've found a favourite or two if, as we hope, you return. Best wishes, Jackie and Peter.
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Beautiful House and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay to celebrate son's 30th birthday with family from Scotland and England. Cath was very welcoming, showing us around. We had a meal in the grand dining room on the Friday and thereafter in the kitchen which was spacious and cosy containing everything we needed. Thank you for the wine and biscuits, a very nice touch. The snooker table was a big hit. The bedrooms were first class, with lots of room and immaculately clean. The weather was good and was warm enough to sit outside on the sunday and enjoy lunch. With all the rooms available the family were able to spread out. Jigsaws in the Hall, games and cards in the lounge. Thank you again for making this birthday celebration a very memorable occasion.

Diane and Ian Smith Cheshire

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your family celebration here and thank you for your kind comments about the house. Although Great Asby is firmly in the north west of England it's only 20 minutes from both the M6 and the A66 and so makes North/South and East/West get-togethers fairly easy to get to. Sorry that our own holiday coincided with your visit and therefore we weren't able to greet you or help you during your stay but it sounds as though, thanks to Cath, you managed to survive without us! Kind regards, Jackie and Peter Lambert.
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Fourth Visit as Good as the First

  • 5 of 5

As the title suggests, this was our fourth visit in four years to the Old Rectory in Great Asby. We keep coming back because it is perfect! We come here with 5 other couples for a weekend of playing board games and this property is ideal for our needs. With so many rooms, it is easy for us to spread out and believe me, we do! Our hosts, Peter and Jackie are wonderful and the house is in superb, immaculate condition. We have even seen improvements every year which makes it evident that they care deeply about this property which has been their family home in the past. As another reviewer mentioned, we were greeted with beautiful fresh flowers and a welcome basket which included wine, biscuits, coffee and tea. The local area is beautiful as well and several of our group went for daily walks. Although there is a pub just around the corner, I don't believe any of our group have ever visited it. Instead, we take turns cooking in the huge, fully equipped kitchen. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a property for a large gathering in an idyllic setting.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this, Nick and Sue. You have been very complimentary in your visitors' books remarks, and of course when we meet, and it is especially appreciated that you've gone to to the trouble of telling potential guests that the Old Rectory is a good place for a 3-day (or longer) get-together. We do plough what we can back into preserving and improving (within listed building rules) what was our much-loved family home and it's gratifying that you have noticed the changes! You've found that guests can spread out in the 3 reception rooms downstairs plus the snooker room upstairs. And of course the 14th century dining room seats 12 and we still find that our own family dinners there linger on for the whole evening when chat and company mean that everyone is happy to stay put! The kitchen also seats 12, so breakfasts & lunches can be totally relaxed as well. Great Asby is not bursting with visitors or night life (just a pub with food), and a car is a must, but it seems to suit our guests, thanks to reviews like yours! KInd regards to you and your party, Jackie and Peter.
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here August Bank Holiday weekend with a group of friends aged between 45-60 and I agree with all of the comments left by previous guests. Jackie and Peter couldn't have been more welcoming. We were greeted with fresh flowers, a welcome pack and refreshments to get us started upon arrival. Very nice touch i must say. This accommodation has everything that you needed for a stay that is very much home from home. All the rooms are very spacious Although we didn't use them there is also outdoor furniture and a barbecue for guests to use. Quiet village which was perfect for us. We did a couple of walks direct from the Old Rectory. Day one was to the local water falls, Hoff, Appleby & Ormside. Day two was to Orton over Asby Scar. Both had refreshment stops along the way and were very good! We ate in The Three Greyhounds one evening and the food was amazing. More your Masterchef than your pub grub but reasonably price all the same. Went into Appleby one night also for an Indian takeaway, very nice food but had to wait for forty minutes so best to ring through first!Will definitely look at returning in the future without a doubt :-)

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wendy, thank you for your generous comments and we're so glad you enjoyed your break in Great Asby. As you found out, even though both the Lakes and the Dales are less than an hour away by car there are some good walks from the Old Rectory's front door! Mobile phone reception in the centre of the village isn't good, so we are happy for guests to use our landline to order takeaways - the Ashiana is so good and so popular that pre-ordering is the answer. I hope we can welcome you here again. Jackie and Peter Lambert.
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50th birthday bash

  • 4 of 5

Having a family break away from the normal grind and allowing for family to come from all parts of the country the old rectory fitted the bill to a tee allowing 12 adults space to relax and spread out. Jackie & Peter are the most welcoming of hosts as they are close enough to seek assistance but out of the way to let you get on. Although there was loads of space we seemed to congregate in the kitchen, billiard room or TVs room, chatting and enjoying ourselves. It is also a great base to get about from with different destinations close at hand with the thought of getting back to a lovely location. We had such a good time that other parts of the family and friends are now looking to see if they can book up trying to work out who and when they can go.

We all discussed doing this again and not just for my wife's birthday or special event.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, We are so pleased you all relaxed and enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for tidying up so meticulously before you left - you would certainly be welcome again any time. Since we started a couple of years ago there have been 15 reviews published on the two websites we use and this is the first star we've dropped - so please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to improve things, both for other guests and of course for, we hope, your next visit! Kind regards, Jackie and Peter.
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Dad's 70th Birthday Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to spend quality time with family. We were not disappointed when we arrived here for my dad's 70th birthday bash. The property was extremely welcoming and gave us (the party of 10) the flexibility and space to chill out over the 4 days.

The snooker room enabled the big kids to play, along with the all the books and games which the property had. The kitchen held us all well for cooked breakfasts in the morning, with the dining room being the evening venue.

The village location gave access to local walks and of course the road link to Appleby. I organized an Asda food shop delivery on our arrival so we didn't have to worry about taken food with us. The local pub also accommodated us one evening with nice pub grub. Even the local church welcomed us!

In terms of getting out and about, some of the party (ages 4-40 yrs.) went over Ullswater way and did Gyhll Scrambling with Eden Outdoor Adventures- which was a brilliant and memorable experience.

Jackie was the most perfect host who couldn't do enough for us during our stay. Every single one of us still talks about how amazing it was and that we should do it again. So when it came time to say goodbye we know that it won't be long until we do another trip here. A very big thanks to the amazing hospitality, brilliant location and the perfect retreat. Hope to see you soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Louise for taking the trouble to write this generous review and we are so pleased that the house worked out for all generations. Great Asby is a very peaceful village and it may seem almost too quiet for young people, especially in poor weather. But you found out that there are lots of places to visit and also the house is fortunate enough to have plenty of space to spread out in. It was great fun to meet you all and I hope you will one day find your way back to this hidden corner! Thanks again, Jackie and Peter Lambert.
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From the Owner

Greatasbyoldrectory has been our much-loved family home for many years. We bought it because it offered us the space to bring up our family in the quiet security of a Cumbrian village. Now, after 30 years, rather than move away from the house we love in a brilliant village, we've recently moved into a tiny detached barn conversion behind the Rectory for much of the year. We still "reserve" the Rectory for our own family get-togethers for 6 or 7 weeks each year, so we can spread out and remember what it's like to stay there! We think that guests will enjoy the house and the area as much as we do.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We don't offer online booking through HomeAway's "checkout" because this would cost you an extra 6% "service fee" which HomeAway retain. To check that we're genuine you are welcome to contact us on our BT Phone Book landline: Peter & Jackie Lambert, Coach House, Great Asby, Appleby 017683 51723. You are welcome to email us direct: jackie.lambertathotmail.co.uk

30% non-returnable deposit on booking. Balance 6 weeks before arrival please. A breakage deposit of £200 in cash will be requested on arrival - returnable if no damage or exceptional cleaning required. We hope that you won't ever need to cancel your stay but we advise you to take out your own cancellation insurance because we don't cover cancellation costs.

Changeover Day:
95% of our bookings for Greatasbyoldrectory are for weekends. Because of the time required to prepare this house we are unable to accept midweek bookings between weekends which have already been booked.

Notes on prices:
All prices are based on arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am.

No booking fee.

We don't offer online booking through HomeAway's "checkout" because this would cost you an extra 6% "service fee" which HomeAway retain. To check that we're genuine you are welcome to contact us on our BT Phone Book landline: Peter & Jackie Lambert, Coach House, Great Asby, Appleby 017683 51723. You are welcome to email us direct: jackie.lambertathotmail.co.uk

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Updated: 16-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We've had many an extended family get-together and lots of village parties in the Greatasbyoldrectory - and it's ideal for that. Yet with three good-sized reception rooms (plus family kitchen) on the ground floor, plus the snooker room upstairs, there's space for a house-party to spread out comfortably. Its 650 years of history and its architectural features (some of which we uncovered) make it a unique and fascinating place to stay.

Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En suite with Bedroom 1.
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), En suite with Bedroom 2.
  • Barhroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Family wet room (ground floor).
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Family bathroom.
  • Bedroom 1 (with 4-poster) has en suite shower, wc & handbasin. Bedroom 2 has en suite bath, wc & handbasin. Bedrooms 3, 4 & 5 have handbasin. Family bathroom with shower-over on first floor. Family shower room with wc & handbasin on ground floor.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Washbasin.
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, Washbasin.
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, Washbasin.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, En suite with bath.
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Four poster bed. Ensuite shower. Walk-in wardrobe.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) + cot Notes on bedrooms: 1.=4-poster king size bed, en suite shower room & walk-in wardrobe. 2.=double with en suite ba 3 & 4 = doubles with handbasin. 5.=twin with handbasin. 6.=double.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: This is a no-smoking house. Sorry, but due to the cleaning requirements of this large house we can't accept dogs. For our own insurance purposes we do need to know the names of all guests who will be in the house. Outside: Lawn/play space to front. Parking for several cars in private gated drive. Automatic washing machine in kitchen, drying machine in outhouse. Iron & ironing board in kitchen. Prices include bedlinen, towels, teatowels and a fully-equipped kitchen. A cot, high chair and stairgate can be provided free of charge if booked in advance. Barrel-vaulted 650 year-old dining room with refectory table and seating for 12. On the first floor over the dining room is a full size slate bed snooker table.

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