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C17 farmhouse with spectacular views over Martindale and towards Ullswater.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Martindale, Nr. Ullswater, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Secluded, tranquil location in 11 acres of private land, 15 minutes walk to Lake Ullswater.

Hallin Bank is a traditional 17th century Lakeland farmhouse set in eleven acres of its own land at the end of a private drive, overlooking the lovely valley of Martindale. The location, on the south slopes of Hallin Fell, is stunning. The same family has occupied Hallin Bank since 1905 and it is a treasured possession.The owner lives in Hallin Bank farmhouse.

'The Fold' is a tasteful barn conversion, available to rent all year round. It is attached to the farmhouse but separated from it by a large barn (used to house our archives) and it has its own independent access. A public footpath runs past the back of the buildings, as commonly with Cumbrian farmhouses, but it is not intrusive since the footfall is light and the house 'faces' the other way, looking south down the valley.

The Fold is furnished to a high standard and is full of character and charm. The bathroom, with large shower and washing machine, and the kitchen-diner are newly refurbished. The accommodation is suitable for two people, as a couple or otherwise. The loft bedroom contains a king size double bed and a single bed. Downstairs the living room, on two levels, features a wood-burning stove and television/DVD player. Its garden door opens directly on to a terrace where you can sit outside, observe the local wildlife and enjoy wonderful views down the valley. From the terrace there is access straight into the apple orchard, filled with snowdrops and daffodils in springtime. It slopes steeply down towards the field. Towards the lower end you will find a further sitting area at a levelled, paved spot chosen for maximum sun in summer. A gate at the bottom of the orchard leads to the field and stream below. The main Hallin Bank garden is private.

You may wander anywhere in our fields and woodland, and there are splendid walks in every direction with wildlife close at hand, including red squirrels, badgers, red deer and many types of bird. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Lake Ullswater is 15 minutes’ walk away and you can take the ferry from nearby Howtown to the villages of Glenridding at the head of the lake or Pooleybridge at its foot. The local town, Penrith, is 10 miles away. You can eat well at a number of pub or hotel restaurants in the area, the nearest being the Howtown Hotel, famous for its old-world charm and excellent cooking.

This is a perfect place for rest and relaxation, a base for walking in the north-eastern fells, or a romantic retreat. The location is remote and rural, and you should be aware that it is not like being in a town with easy access to all the facilities you may be used to. Local people have a tradition of self-sufficiency and we aim at a way of life friendly to the environment. For example, we ask you to co-operate with our composting and recycling systems and you may see us working in the kitchen garden or splitting logs for the wood-burning stoves. You will not get super-fast broadband and there are limitations on downloading. Nevertheless, you will be very comfortable in The Fold and we think you will be enchanted by this half-wild and exceptionally beautiful spot. For further details and more photographs please check the owner's individual website for 'Hallin Bank'.

More Details

Jane Penman
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Jane Penman

I have lived in various places including London and Oxford but I have known the Lake District well throughout my life and always seen it as home. After a career in school teaching I am now retired and lucky enough to live at Hallin Bank, where my grandparents used to live. Our family connection with the valley actually goes back a further generation, since my great-grandfather was Vicar of Martindale in the 1890s.

My main interest nowadays is researching and writing the history of Martindale. It is a long term project, since the maintenance of the Hallin Bank estate takes much of my time. Other members of my family have a shared concern for the conservation of the local flora and fauna. Currently, our main project is the creation of native deciduous woodland, in the hope not only of providing wildlife habitat but also of securing a sustainable log supply through coppicing. In other areas of the land we encourage traditional species-rich pasture, following methods advised by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. All proceeds from letting 'The Fold' go to the maintenance of this special and beautiful corner of the Cumbrian landscape.

Jane Penman purchased this barn in 1905

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved it here and hope to make Martindale part of our family’s growing up. Aga is brilliant. Enjoyed wildlife visits at kitchen window. Thank you. We have had a truly wonderful week. Is this the loveliest cottage in England? We think so. Very, very happy.

We always have a brilliant time when we stay at The Fold. We have loved this place for more than 30 years. First with children, now with grown-up grandchildren. So many memories.

Wild weather, fallen trees, red deer and rainbows – a beautiful location and a cottage like a fairy-tale! Magical place!
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Penrith in Martindale

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Tenants are asked to strip the beds and to leave all rooms clean and tidy on departure. Vacuum cleaner and cleaning materials are provided.
  • There is no council rubbish collection from here. Please co-operate with our own recycling & disposal system. No rubbish may be left in the cottage.
  • We ask you to use the internet just for browsing and email and avoid any kind of downloading, since our monthly allowance of Gb is strictly limited.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower, basin, wc, Miele washing machine. Newly re-furbished.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: Loft bedroom has a 5' double bed and a single bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
Historic Building 'The Fold' is part of a very ancient building and it derives part of its charm from its irregularities. There are steps between most of the rooms, the staircase leading to the loft bedroom is steep, and some doorways are low. Several windows are at floor level because they were once doorways for sheep - hence its name 'The Fold'! Sitting Out There is direct access from the living room to a terrace and from there to the steeply sloping apple orchard, where there is a further sitting area at a levelled spot, chosen for maximum sun. Towels / Linen / Cleaning Towels and bed-linen are included. Visitors are asked to leave The Fold clean and tidy, with all rubbish removed. Pets Pets are welcome. Please tell us if you wish to bring a dog or other animal. Dogs should follow the house rules and the country code.


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C17 farmhouse with spectacular views over Martindale and towards Ullswater.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Lovely house in the lake district.

  • 5 of 5

The property was very cosy and we had a great weekend hiking in the lake district.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a good time, even though the weather wasn't at its best! Jane
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Stunning remote bolt hole getaway

  • 5 of 5

A most welcome change from life in London, the drive was well worth it although getting to the farmhouse takes some skill and nerve if driving at night or in the cold - be warned, it’s a secluded farmhouse / cottage so if your arriving in the dark there’s no street lights or sympathetic locals to tell you where to go so you need your wits about you and to follow the directions - they mirrored my sat nav so spot on Jane.......Stunning location, stunning scenery, exciting climb up, up, up, up and over a “small mountain” on a winding road to arrive at a beautiful valley with a stream cascading through, the drive to the cottage boarders the valley at one side, the drive is cut out of the mountainside with rising walls one side and a sheer drop the other - breathtaking stuff and it certainly sets you up for the stay ahead. I arrived at around 4am, when I woke to see where I had driven to I was breathless - this is the best feeling so if your brave enough, travel at night and awake to the surprise !

The cottage is well acquainted, the welcome warm and the location “absolutely and without doubt second to none” in my humble and unbiased opinion.

Lots to do if you plan ahead and lots to stay by the log burner for if your less energetic, sitting in front of the burner with a glass of mulled wine looking out over the valley is a fond memory.

Well recommended and a thank you to Jane and her son for making my faithful friend Paddy and I feel very much at home - he’s shattered !

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and Paddy enjoyed your short stay with us, and had some of the best of the winter weather. It was good to meet you, and we hope you'll come again!
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Beautiful setting & away from it all. Lovely walks & great for dogs.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice & comfortable cottage. Has everything you would need. Cosy feel with a log burning fire. Easy access to great scenic walks. Nearest shopping in Penrith 6 miles away. Would definitely recommend staying here for a relaxing & quiet cottage holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have Debra and Neal stay here (and Millie the dog!) and to chat briefly. So nice, too, when guests leave the cottage this clean and tidy. Many thanks!
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cottage in the lake

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on Monday tea time, to find such a homely cottage, loads of character, equipped with all you need.

Views where amazing.

Just what we needed, quiet, peaceful and so relaxing.

Would we visit again most definitely.

one thing we forgot to do was write in the visitors Book, So sorry Jane, we will next time.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Caroline and Mark I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was very nice to have you at Hallin Bank and I hope we see you here again sometime - and your dog who so appreciates visits to the Lake District! Jane
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Idyllic cottage on Ullswater

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about Hallinbank, from the location to the cottage, to the gardens. Jane was very friendly and helpful in responding to my questions regarding our stay. We took our two labradors with us, they had a great time, with such amazing countryside on the doorstep.

I would definitely recommend this cottage to those who appreciate the Lakes and what they have to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house in beautiful surroundings. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday with walks straight from the door.

The property was very clean and well looked after and the owner, Jane, was very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


The nearest airport is Manchester. There is a railway station at Penrith, 10 miles away, but there is no public transport to Martindale and the use of a car is essential.


4 miles to Pooleybridge, a small village at the foot of Lake Ullswater, 10 miles to Penrith for main shopping. From Pooleybridge all other parts of the Lake District are easily accessible, also the Eden Valley, Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall.

Further Details:

There are no shops or pubs in Martindale itself. The Howtown Hotel, a 10 minute drive, serves as a delightful traditional restaurant and pub. Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, a 20 minute drive, occupies a superb position on the lake and offers haute cuisine. Good food is to be found in the many hotels and pubs at Pooleybridge and on the western side of the lake.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Telephone or email to make a booking. A deposit of half the rental secures the booking, the balance is due 2 weeks before your visit.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the usual changeover day, but there is some flexibility. Arrival is after 3 pm. Departure is by 12.00 noon.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.