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Swallow Barn

(Ref. 1121077)

Cockermouth, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "This property is a beautiful place to stay!"

    We absolutely loved our time in the lakes made all the more special by coming back to such a lovely welcoming place to stay. Everything you could need and we loved the layout, huge hit with the kids

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Apr 2024

  • "Swallow Barn was amazing."

    Beautiful, clean and comfortable home. In the perfect position for exploring the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2024

  • "Immaculately clean and incredibly comfortable."

    One of my dogs particularly enjoyed the low window in the living room where she could spy on the streets comings and going. The tractor carrying sheep was very popular. The kitchen is thoughtfully stocked and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Anne-marie5.0Mar 2024

  • "We absolutely loved staying at Swallow Barn…we would definitely return and recommend to friends."

    We stayed as it’s only a ten minute drive from my parents, so it provided us with the space and freedom we otherwise wouldn’t have had. The only thing I would have liked was some kitchen essentials/basics; salt, pepper, olive oil, and maybe another couple of rolls of loo paper left in the bathrooms. Just to make it’s so we didn’t actually have to bring everything but the kitchen sink :) The garden was great for the dogs, but the upside down layout might not be ideal for some, for us it was fine as our dogs are only small. A note for the owner: I think the sink plumbing/pipes in the kitchen underneath the island has some sort of leak - we tried not to use the sink often but when we did we noticed water coming out from under the island cupboard to the right of the dishwasher. I just wouldn’t want water to seep through to the bedroom/bathroom below. Thank you so much for the best and most comfortable stay! X Kate and Andy x

    Hi Kate and Andy, Thanks for the feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for letting us know about the dishwasher, I’ve replaced the inlet pipe so it’s all good now. We hope to welcome you back soon. Thanks James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Feb 2024

  • "What a spacious and quality fitted barn conversion."

    Very comfortable beds and seating areas. The dogs loved the spacious first floor, but I feel other dog owners should be aware that to access the garden area , you have to use the only exit via the front door which is adjacent to the main country road and having a 22 month old basset , he had to have his lead on all the time. Our friends had the amazing bedroom 1 and loved the en-suite, but would like to make the owners aware the toilet seat is very loose and needed careful sitting on. Having been in property myself and rented many holiday homes I feel a folder explaining the usage of the appliances, where various items were placed and what is required when leaving the end of the holiday rental would be a great asset , also a owners contact number should an emergency occur. Thank you for a great holiday experience and the wine, ginger bread biscuits and milk.

    Hi Susan, We are glad you enjoyed your stay and loved the great space and comfy beds. Thanks for the feedback regarding garden access - this is one of the quirks of reverse-level-living but as dogs owners ourselves we never found it to be an issue. The garden is secure and the dogs can be free to explore and have fun. There are some great walks around the village and along the quiet roads and lanes. Plus the village green and the area along the stream is ideal for a game of fetch too. Thanks for letting us know about the toilet seat - it's now fixed, apologies we would have popped round and fixed if known, any issues or emergencies can be reported via Sykes - I believe they provide telephone numbers with your booking but I'll double check this is clear. We now provide an online user guide with the check-in details that Sykes issue - hopefully this helps. I'm glad you had a great holiday experience and we hope to welcome you all back in the future! Thanks James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Oct 2023

  • "Swallow Barn was an amazing place to stay, it was very clean, welcoming & had everything you could possibly need."

    Thank you to James & Melinda for their kind gift on arrival. Would highly recommend. Just a minor point to mention the slate door step was broken/cracked on arrival which would be sharp if you caught your foot or paw on it. It certainly didn’t take anything away from this amazing property. Would hope to return in the future. Thank you again.

    Hi Julie, We glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for letting us know about the step (we will get it repaired asap). We hope to welcome you back in the future! Thanks James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "An absolutely fabulous place to stay."

    Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2023

  • "What an amazing cottage!"

    Plenty of space, fully equipped and an excellent location for a Lakes adventure. On arrival we found the cottage to be exceptionally clean and tidy and were blown awy by the amount of space. The upside down layout made unpacking very easy as no need to carry heavy suitcases up stairs. The down stairs has three bedrooms of which the master bedroom has an ensuite wetroom. There is also a large cloakroom with a washing machine. The upstairs open plan layout offers lots of space and is very light and airy, although dont forget to close the skylights if rain is pedicted! The addition of an xbox meant the kids were entertained after their adrenline fuelled days. Located 10 min from Cockermouth, in which there is plenty of choice for supermarkets and food options, it made it very convenient for stocking up on supplies. As well as this, the cottage was no more then 40 mins away from all the adventures the Lakes has to offer. We would highly recommend Swallow Barn to all.

    Hi Darius, Thanks for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thanks Mel & James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darius5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a beautiful, spacious and spotlessly clean property."

    The upside down layout is quirky and unusual. The upstairs area was very large and open and we found ourselves enjoying family time together after long walks in the Lakes, snuggled up on the large comfy sofas watching movies on the huge TV. The kitchen was also spacious and well equipped but disappointingly lacking a microwave (when on holiday I prefer quick convenience not hours cooking over the hob!) But luckily the Old Posting House pub down the road served good food and drink and highly recommend! Downstairs the bedrooms and bathrooms were very clean and the beds were very comfortable. However there was no dressing table/mirror in the huge master bedroom to sit and dry/style hair and do make up. The mirror was above the toilet in the ensuite which was unsuitable for this purpose. Overall we had a wonderful stay here and would love to return again as it is a great base for discovering the Western Lakes however we wish we could book Saturday to Saturday to avoid additional days leave from work needing to be taken.

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.7Jul 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation all finished to a high specification."

    Beds and sofas very comfortable, kitchen/dining facilities all good quality. Location excellent for walking. One of our party needed a desk to do some work and the hosts provided one within hours of our request - they were keen to help in any way to make our stay enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.1Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic property in a lovely location."

    It was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Great that we could take our dog and the upside down layout was perfect. Will try and find time to return soon

    Hi Jonathan, We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks James and Melinda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation stayed with family and 2 dogs."

    Ideal place to explore North lakes and even fitted in a trip to St Bees. Only one comment as sleeps 6 but only 2 garden chairs.

    Hi Rosalind, We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Swallow Barn. We have actually just installed garden furniture for 6 people to dine-out fresh for summer (apologies you missed this). We hope to welcome you back in the future! Thanks Mel & James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosalind4.7May 2023

  • "Swallow Barn exceeded my expectations and added to a relaxing and enjoyable holiday."

    It is an excellent base to explore the stunning Lakes.

    Hi Clare, I'm glad that you enjoyed Swallow Barn and had a great time exploring the Lakes! Thanks for the positive feedback, we hope to welcome you back in the future! Thanks James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0May 2023

  • "Swallow Barn is a lovely accommodation perfectly situated for your Lakes adventures."

    The barn is super clean and comfortable with plenty of space. Within walking distance to a pub and 5 min drive to another. Would thoroughly recommend Swallow Barn.

    Hello Stephen, Thank you very much for the great feedback. We are pleased to hear that you’ve enjoyed your stay with us. We are looking forward to accommodating you on your next trip to the Lakes. Best wishes, James and Melinda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "This is a beautiful home, very comfortable and clean could not fault at all."

    My family and I really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to others. The owners also left us a welcome gift which was a lovely gesture and very thoughtful, so must say thank you to them.

    Hi Kim, We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for recommending Swallow Barn to others too. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Thanks Mel and James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Apr 2023

  • "Unfortunately there was no details for the property which is unusual for a Sykes property so we had no idea with heating etc or appliances."

    Neither was there a comments book which is useful for details of local pubs etc. We struggled to find the property with the directions provided and I think they could be improved. The property was stunning and exceeded our expectations however the lock on the front door needs fixing as we spent many minutes in the rain trying to open it.

    Hi Stella, Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you thought the property was stunning and hope you had a great time. We have been in contact with Sykes and improved the directions and information provided. Swallow Barn is also located on Google Maps and this offers great directions that'll take you right to the door. We have commissioned a locksmith to take a look at the door and rectify any issues. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Thanks James and Melinda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Mar 2023

  • "Swallow Barn is a modern and contemporary conversion full of light and very spacious."

    There was a welcome gift of local produce which we really appreciated. The appliances and equipment are all to a very high standard. The underfloor heating and radiators kept the whole barn comfortable and warm and with the log burner lit very cosy. The entertainment system and provided WiFi worked well. The location is in a quiet village with the normal rural noises and smells but very little traffic passing through makes it a peaceful stay. A short walk takes you to The Posting House pub, with a welcoming landlord and delicious food. Deanscales is ideally located to visit the Lakes and coastline of this part of Cumbria. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay as a family group and would recommend without hesitation.

    Hello Ray, We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the great feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thanks Melinda and James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Feb 2023

  • "What a beautiful place!"

    It was a lovely stay and everything was to a high quality. I would like to thank the owners, Mel and James for this lovely stay. Thank you so much!

    Hello Massimiliano, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are very glad to hear that you had a nice stay with us. We are looking forward to accommodating you in the future. James and Mel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Massimiliano5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation, really well maintained and a great location."

    Hi Sion, We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back soon. Thanks Mel and James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sion5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fantastic family stay for six adults over the New Year."

    Everything catered for and much better than the photograph’s show. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a brilliant week at Swallow Barn over Christmas time."

    A beautiful, spacious barn conversion with a relaxing feel and in an ideal location. Lovely local walks through the village and we explored nearby Keswick, Buttermere and Loweswater, as well as walking the coastal path at St. Bees. The owners gave us some good recommendations and the welcome pack on arrival was much appreciated. We’d definitely recommend staying here!

    Hi Grace and Joe, We are really pleased you had a great Christmas at Swallow Barn and enjoyed exploring the local area too. Thanks for the great feedback, we hope you have a great New Year! All the best Mel and James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Grace Sanderson &5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent place and looking forward to staying again!"

    Hello Paul, We are pleased you had a great stay and thanks for the great feedback, we really appreciate it. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks Mel and James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2022

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  • Reverse-level
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x ground-floor twin (zip/link, can be double on request)
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower basin and WC
  • First-floor, open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with partial underfloor heating
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, hairdryer
  • Smart TV, Xbox and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Rear enclosed garden with gravelled area, lawn, bike storage, log shed, decking and outdoor table and chairs for 6 guests
  • Starter pack, with a small amount of wood and kindling
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.1 miles and pub 0.3 miles
  • Garden dining table with 6 chairs

The property

Cockermouth 3.6 miles.

Nestled in the quaint village of Deanscales near Cockermouth in Cumbria is Swallow Barn.

This beautiful, dog-friendly, stone-fronted holiday home benefits from a fantastic location on the edge of the breath-taking Lake District National Park, charming character features like exposed beams and a-frame, a spacious enclosed garden with lawn, decking and bike storage and three well-appointed bedrooms perfect for families or friends looking to explore the wonders of Cumbria.

Cross the threshold and head up the stairs where a welcoming open-plan living space greets you; get acquainted with the fully-equipped kitchen where you can whip up delicious meals for the whole group.

Dine together around the large dining table before pouring yourself a glass of wine and snuggling up in front of the gentle warmth of the woodburning stove and flick on the Smart TV for a much-needed movie night.

When sleep calls, head downstairs to wash off the day in the sleek family bathroom ahead of catching your rest in the super-king-size with en-suite shower room, the king-size or the twin with zip/link, can be a double on request.

For the evenings when you don’t fancy cooking, why not stroll over to the popular village pub, The Old Posting Station, where you can treat your loved ones to a delicious meal?

If you can tear yourself away from the tranquillity, venture into the nearby market town of Cockermouth where you can stock up on essentials at a variety of stores or simply enjoy a well-earned break from the kitchen with a meal at pubs including Castle Bar or The Bitter End.

While in the town be sure to immerse yourself in the past while admiring Cockermouth Castle, Cockermouth History Wall and the National Trust Site of Wordsworth House and Garden, which was once the home of the famed poet and now runs tours and educational displays.

For a taste of the great outdoors, meander through the nearby Lake District National Park where you can explore famous lake towns including Keswick which boasts a museum, pencil museum and the theatre by the lake.

There is also a plethora of walking, cycling, and hiking opportunities woven throughout the park offering guests spectacular views across the English countryside.

Make memories at Swallow Barn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas