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Lakeland Barn With Mountain Views



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Ambleside, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, UK - Central But Quiet Location With Little Passing Traffic, Only 5 Minutes Walk Above Town Centre

Stone built, 300 year old Grade 2 listed Lakeland barn offering ground floor Self Catering accommodation for two people with separate Bed & Breakfast accommodation for two people on the first floor of the barn. Private off street parking at the door, secure cycle storage, external lighting, free Wi-fi. The B&B accommodation has recently been enlarged and is now en-suite. The self catering 'cave' has just been remodelled with a new kitchen, wet room/wc, partial underfloor heating, wood burning stove and full central heating. There is a TV, DVD player, Bose 'Wave' radio, microwave, fridge freezer, free wood for the wood burning stove, a small library of guidebooks/maps/DVD's and free Wi-fi. There is a leather sofa bed in the lounge/dining area for an occasional extra guest and a separate walk in clothes hanging space/wardrobe accessed from the bedroom. Furnishings for both the Bed & Breakfast and the Self Catering Flat are primarily antique and reflect the period nature of the barn and it's surroundings. Both are supplied with Egyption cotton bed linen. There are no adjacent houses less than 150 years old. The barn is located in an elevated position on a spur of granite overlooking Ambleside with only the sound of the the nearby Stock Ghyll Beck to disturb the peace at night. It is situated in the Ambleside Conservation Area and is on the Ambleside Heritage Trail. Virtually no passing traffic and only a few minutes walk down ancient lanes to the centre of town. Ambleside is in the centre of The Lake District National Park and surrounded by mountains on three sides, with the head of England's longest lake on the fourth. It is the hub for all adventure sports in the Park - fell walking, cycling, climbing, fell running, sailing, wild swimming and mountain biking. The town has c.20 outdoor equipment/clothing retailers and many bookshops, restaurants, galleries and coffee/tea shops.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having spent the last 30 years living and working in London, I recently moved up to The Lake District National Park. This will be my first full season offering accommodation in this very special ancient property.

I love the great outdoors, fell walking, camping, wildlife and music festivals. I am passionate about protecting wild places and consider 'The Lakes' to be one of the very best places to live in the whole of the UK.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful place to stay with great views. A five minute walk to Ambleside, and only fifteen, twenty minutes to Windermere or Rydal Water and Grasmere. The rooms are warm and inviting, and the hospitality outstanding. Robin, the owner, is a kind, generous host and excellent cook -- the breakfast was one of the best we had on our two week trip to the UK. Highly recommended, both by me and my eight year old -- he loved it.

Deirdre Foley, Washington, DC
Jul 2014
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Comfortable, well equipped great for peaceful break

  • 4 of 5

Great location for first visit to Lake District, quiet and peaceful but close enough to town which had lovely restaurants. Host Robin able to give plenty information/advice and accommodation had abundance of local leaflets and literature. Very comfortable, quaint, clean and well cared for plus a cosy log burner. Just a pity only away for three nights.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review - I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay! I hope you'll come again in a different season so you can enjoy the underfloor heating in the wet room and kitchen and reacquaint yourselves with the wood burning stove!
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A great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in the Lake District. Especially because of the hospitality of our host. And thanks to the very comfortable and clean apartment, with its king size bed with excellent mattress, the stove in the living room, the properly equipped kitchen. The apartment has its own parking place. We recommend the How Head Barn to every one!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm so pleased you liked How Head Barn on your first visit to The Lakes. I really enjoyed chatting with you sitting outside in the late afternoon sunshine after a day out on the bikes. It was a real pleasure to have you stay here and I hope you'll book another visit soon. All the best!
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Simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect week in such a beautiful, cosy and well equipped 'cottage'. Robin was a fantastic host and was so helpful, warm and friendly. The new bathroom and kitchen were lovely and had everything we could possibly need. Typical Lakes weather resulted in snuggled evenings in front of a roaring wood burner. On sunnier days we sat reading on a bench at the front and enjoyed the sound of silence. I can't recommend this place highly enough. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I really do appreciate receiving such glowing reports from guests. I am so pleased you had a good time here - you certainly looked as though you were enjoying yourselves! I hope you'll visit again sometime soon.
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Fantastic location, wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at How Head Barn and missing the Lake District already! We stayed in the How Head self catering flat which was wonderful. The flat is newly refurbished to a high standard, all the amenities you could want, lovely sitting area in evening with big arm chairs, wood burner (imagine this will be fantastic in the winter) and a brand new power shower/wet room (important after a day in the mountains!).

We found Ambleside the perfect base for our hiking holiday, only a short drive to all the big mountains (e.g. Helvelyn 15 min drive, Scarfell 45 mins (to Seathwaite), Langdale Pikes and Old Man Consiton 20 mins drive and there are of course many more), you can even do the Fairfield horseshoe hike from the door of the flat (we will have to do this next time!).

The flat itself is a great location as it is tucked away on a quiet hill in Ambleside but only a couple of minutes walk to the nearest supermarket, shops and pub. We were very well looked after - Robin was a brilliant host and gave us lots of tips for walks in the area. Would highly recommend How Head and we will definitely be back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review. It's really good to know that you loved the quirky building and it's location. The stove is now coming into it's own with subsequent guests raving about the heat it produces despite it's small size. I look forward to seeing you both up here again soon!
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From the Owner

300 yrs old stone built, Grade 2 listed Lakeland barn overlooking Ambleside, located in the oldest part of town. There are two Bed & Breakfast rooms (kingsize & single) with a shared bathroom and shower. On the ground floor there is a Self Catering holiday flat with kingsize bed & occasional sofa bed, wood burning stove, partial underfloor heating, wet room/wc, kitchen, lounge & full central heating. Off street private parking at the door and mountain views. Ambleside is located at the heart of The Lake District National Park and is the main hub for everything to do with 'the great outdoors' - fell walking, cycling, running, mountain biking, wild swimming, sailing & rock climbing. There is every grade of walking available, from low level paths and tracks to classic mountain walks.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Manchester at 98 Miles


Nearest international airport is Manchester 1.5 hours drive (98 miles).

Nearest railway station is Windermere, which is 5 miles to the south of Ambleside. Pick ups and returns by arrangement. Trains from London Euston take approx 3 hours 10 minutes.

Nearest motorway is Junction 36 on the M6, approx 20 miles (30 minutes) to the south east of Ambleside.

A car would be useful but not essential. There are good bus and boat services throughout The Lake District National Park.


The villages of Rydal and Grasmere, with their William Wordsworth connections, lie 1 mile and 4 miles to the north, whilst the market town of Keswick lies 20 miles to the north.

Windermere is 4 miles to the south and the town of Kendal 13 miles to the south east.

Hawkshead, again with Wordsworth connections, is 14 miles away.

Near Sawrey, matrimonial home to Beatrix Potter, is 16 miles away.

Further Details:

You will find most of the essential retail outlets in the centre of Ambleside including food shops, banks, post office, chemists, doctor and dentist. Lots of ancient and characterful pubs, including the famous Golden Rule and The Unicorn - both with open fires. There is the hugely popular Zeffirellis/Fellinis, which combine two restaurants with five cinema screens showing art house and mainstream films. Fuller details are contained in the folder of information available to guests.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid 2016
2 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low 2016
31 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Low 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid 2017
10 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low 2017
5 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low 2018
3 Jan 2018 - 1 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Payment of 100% of the total holiday cost is payable at the time of booking. This must be paid by bank transfer, quoting your surname as a reference. Our bank details will be provided at the time. No booking will be reserved until receipt of cleared funds, at which point an email will be issued confirming the booking.

Changeover Day:
Self Catering Flat - Changeover day is Saturday with vacation by 10.00hrs and arrival after 15.00hrs (but before 20.00hrs) or by arrangement.
Bed & Breakfast - Change over is flexible by arrangement, but please arrive before 20.00hrs. Vacation by 10.00hrs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

It is quiet up here due to hardly any through traffic, yet the centre of Ambleside is only a 5 minute walk down ancient lanes. We have our own private off street car parking at the door with secure cycle storage, washing machine, dryer and drying facilities for wet weather gear. The barn is one of the oldest residential buildings in Ambleside and is situated on a spur of granite occupied by the first settlers here over 1,000 years ago. We have detailed knowledge of fell walking in the area, and love suggesting places to walk, camp, run, cycle, or simply to go for an evening stroll - including coffee shops, bookshops, restaurants and the c.20 outdoor equipment and clothing retailers here in Ambleside. We can also advise on where to see the best wildlife and how to prepare for the Lake District weather! Accompanied walking is available at additional cost, as well as guided driving tours.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • mountain
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Self catering flat has a new wet room with shower, wc, underfloor heating and central heating towel rail, back lit mirror and electric shaver point. Bed & Breakfast has a shared bathroom with bath and shower over, wash hand basin, wc.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Self Catering on the ground floor has a bedroom with kingsize bed. Occasional 4ft wide sofa bed in lounge/dining area. Bed & Breakfast on the first floor has one bedroom with kingsize bed and adjacent bedroom with a single bed.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Self Catering - Timber bench and small folding table situated just outside the front door, with fire pit. Shingle car parking area extends to the front door. Park in front of the chimney pots/dragon. Bed & Breakfast - There is no access to any outside areas, other than the front forecourt/parking area. Utility Room: Washing machine available in house porch if required. Bed & Breakfast guests also have the use of drying facilities and boot storage. Separate secure cycle storage in stone built outhouse. Free firewood for wood burning stove in Self Catering Flat lounge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Self Catering Flat - Towels are not included. Cleaning on change over. Resident owner on call in barn above.

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