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Barn Roost

(Ref. 972275)

Ireby, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Fire place needs a bit of TLC as controlling the output was difficult due to faulty control mechanism."

    Everything else was really good. So nice to be in a small hamlet and finding local walks. Everything that we needed was in this lovely cosy cottage.

    Thanks for the feedback, we are so glad you liked the cottage and location. We have had the fire mechanism adjusted and is now working correctly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allison4.7Nov 2023

  • "Brilliant cottage but nothing near by had to travel half an hour by car for ..."

    Brilliant cottage but nothing near by had to travel half an hour by car for shop, no where to let dogs off leads and roads not a good place to walk them had to travel to find parks

    Reviewed by Leslie4.4Sep 2023

  • "A stunning little cottage."

    Great place to base ourselves for exploring the stunning Lake District with our 3 spaniels. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Only downfall to us was the lack of phone signal on 02 but not the owner’s fault at all. Many thanks Richard

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Sep 2023

  • "Yes really enjoyed are stay had a issue with hot water wen we got there and was ..."

    Yes really enjoyed are stay had a issue with hot water wen we got there and was quickly resolved I just think if the cleaners checked the heating system before they leave then they would be no further problems but not put off would return had a great time lovely quaint hamlet loved going to Allonby beach every one in the area very polite

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely time at the cottage Barn roost cottage everything you could possibly need was there, only down fall was that hubby likes a morning paper to read with his breakfast, 20mins away but other than that perfect."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Barn Roost."

    It's in a peaceful location and approx. 8 miles from Keswick, where you'll find the nearest shops. The property is well kept and has everything you'll need for your stay. A small word of advice is that only a small amount of Tea/Coffee is left to use on arrival so make sure you take enough for your stay. Barn Roost made a perfect base to explore this area of the Lakes. Dodd Wood is near Keswick, it was lovely to walk the dogs there and there are multiple trails of varying difficulty, these all have wonderful views of Bassenthwaite. The Solway coast is easily accessible and beaches between Allonby and Mawbray are great for dog walking. I can highly recommend Twentymans ice-cream Parlour in Allonby.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed everything that the property and area have to offer. Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Expert Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "Very happy with everything."

    Lovely little cottage, very clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Returned for a short break before hospital stay."

    Felt almost like being at home. Cottage was warm, comfortable and beautifully presented. V”Had nice walks in Keswick, Windermere, and on the breath-taking Allonby beach. A lovely lunch at Lowther Arms in Mawbray - very dog-friendly, and they couldn’t have been more welcoming. Looking forward to returning soon.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Mar 2023

  • "Cottage cosy, spotless and beautifully presented."

    Lovely and warm - we came prepared to use the woodburner, but hardly used it at all. Bed was comfortable, lots of hot water, and kitchen had everything we needed. Lovely village and very peaceful. The Black Lion and The Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite were friendly, dog-friendly and served good food. And the beach at Allerby was a dream for both us and the dogs. Thank you for accepting our cat. We all had an amazing time, and can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Feb 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay."

    Bedding was very comfortable. Nice little cottage.

    Reviewed by Vicky4.1Dec 2022

  • "Another wonderful stay at Barn Roost."

    Lovely comfortable cottage, great for our three Border Terriers. We will definitely return next year.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2022

  • "Delightful little cottage in a lovely location."

    Clean and comfortable ,with everything to hand .

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2022

  • "Barn Roost is a lovely cottage."

    We found it to be very clean and tidy with all the kitchen equipment that you would need although we did find the cooker to be rather temperamental. The room at the back of the house was great for feeding the dogs and drying them off after a walk. I think the only thing we found a struggle were the sofas as they were pretty uncomfortable and the bed could do with a new mattrass as there were a few springs pressing through. I think that if these two things were addressed it would be a smashing holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Dorraine4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, a home from home."

    Had everything we needed there. Lovely quiet location. Would return as had a brilliant holiday!

    Reviewed by Danielle4.4Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was as described and facilities were good."

    Reviewed by Deborah3.8Aug 2022

  • "Great cottage."

    More spacious than we imagined and in a quiet location. The only downsides are the bed is really uncomfortable and the shower isn’t up to much.

    Reviewed by James3.4Aug 2022

  • "Cottage was clean tidy and well equipped Could possibly do with some hints as to ..."

    Cottage was clean tidy and well equipped Could possibly do with some hints as to nearby walks such as Binsey and Dobb Fell and amenities such as location of pubs etc but we found everything fairly easily

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Jun 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time in barn roost."

    The property is a great central base to visit Keswick and other areas.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Barn Roost."

    The cottage was well appointed with everything we needed for our stay, clean and in a great location. The only very minor point was that the vacuum cleaner hardly worked at all! As we brought our 3 dogs I would have liked access to a better hoover. We’d definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2022

  • "We looked for a place which would house our three dogs with us and struck lucky."

    Barn Roost is a very cosy home: well appointed throughout (especially in the kitchen and bathroom which are the most important rooms), very clean throughout and retaining some nice rustic character. We wanted somewhere as a base to explore rural Cumbria and this was ideal. Ruthwaite is a small, super-quiet hamlet which suited us on this occasion and we managed to find a lovely walk from Barn Roost for both afternoons to keep the pups happy. The small courtyard garden is paved and enclosed but getting the dogs out for a pad round the paths first and last thing was easy. We wanted to relax in the evening with a glass of wine and a bit of tv which had all the necessary apps to allow us to indulge. Barn Roost was everything we wanted and would thoroughly recommend it for a quiet, relaxed stay. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Feb 2022

  • "We had a fabulous 5 nights at the Barn Roost."

    Since my illness I havent been away. The only problem I had was with the stairs but that cant be helped. My husband and I had a lovely relaxing time. Everything you could ever need is there. Once I have had my knee replacement and able to get about again we would love to book another visit. Thank you

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Feb 2022

  • "Cosy and comfortable little cottage in a quiet hamlet."

    Very Clean when we arrived and well kitted-out kitchen. Conservatory at the rear very useful for drying wet kit. Would recommend, could well go back, (not something we say often).

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2021

  • "Very nice cottage, comfortable, quiet, warm everything you need."

    Didn't see any other people so very quiet. A very nice area but the sat nav can take you down some interesting roads!! Keswick nearby and the coast is very close so everyone is happy. A very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2021

  • "Didn’t realise how remote the property was when booking."

    The cottage was clean, all the pots and utensils you needed where there. Could have been a little welcome pack, milk, juice, tea,coffee etc.. as your not close to a shop, maybe a few recommendations of nice places to eat and go, this would help. The conservatory roof needed a good clean and there was a funny smell in there. the garden said enclosed but there were large gaps in fencing dogs could easily get out off. Overall a pleasant stay, but I wouldn’t go back to that particular cottage. Thanks

    Reviewed by Joanne2.5Sep 2021

  • ""Barn Roost" is set in the tiny hamlet of Ruthwaite, situated on the northern edge of the Lake District, and about ten miles from Keswick."

    If you're looking for a place to relax and chill out, this is it. During our week's stay the only sounds we heard (apart from a spot of DIY!) were the birds, which included some chickens roaming freely around the half dozen properties in Ruthwaite. The cottage is perfect for a couple, or a family with two children. Fixtures and appliances are of a high standard and the cottage is simply but tastefully decorated. All necessary instructions are clear and easy to follow, including the current Covid 19 regulations. You are within easy driving distance of many of the famous walks of the Northern Lakes, and some of the routes are surprising quiet for such a popular destination. The closest lake is Bassenthwaite which we regret not exploring more fully as it is less "touristy" than the more famous Derwentwater. There are a couple of pubs nearby for an evening drink/meal, including one at the neighbouring village of Uldale. The map suggests that this is a straightforward one mile walk from Ruthwaite, but we found the path to be poorly signed and ambiguous in places, so watch out for that. All in all a strong recommendation for a base from which to explore the stunning scenery of the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely property and lovely area to stay."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Would deffo recommend

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Jun 2021

  • "Neighbours using the cottage bin."

    However, we were unsure if it is communal. Remote control filthy in between buttons. Crockery and cutlery was also filthy. Handy having an extra fridge with freezer for our freeze blocks. Conservatory was a good space for drying clothing. We felt we couldn’t sit outside due to neighbours carrying out works to their property as we felt there was no privacy.

    Reviewed by Kay4.7May 2021

  • "This is our second visit to Barn Roost and we enjoyed our stay as much as our first visit."

    Lovely cottage in a beautiful and quiet hamlet. Great place for our three dogs. Cottage was very clean and well equipped. Will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Apr 2021

  • "I, my Wife and Sadie (the beagle) spent the 1st week in nov 2020 in Barn Roost."

    The weather saturday up to and incl tuesday was pretty bad, storm Aiden I believe was the culprit. We had a lovely bright dry day on the wednesday . . . and then we had to come home, 2 days early due to the start of Englands 2nd lockdown ! However, Barn Roost was completely innocent in all this and we bear it no malice. It is a delightful, characterful cottage with links to the 18th centuries John Peel, he of the 'D'ye ken John Peel' fame. Set in the isolated hamlet of Ruthwaite a few miles from Bassenthwaite, the nearest shop(s) are in Wigton, 7 miles away. Barn Roost is lovely if you want a quiet, peaceful break. There is a conservatory at the rear, ideal for drying wet clothes and cleaning muddy boots in the large old fashioned stone sink. The heating is more than adequate and we never needed the log fire lit. The bathroom was small and 'functional' with just a heated towel rail and it could get a little damp and cold. All in all, we would happily return with the caveat that no storms are due !

    Reviewed by Roy4.1Oct 2020

  • "The front door can not be locked should be fixed before further rentals"

    Reviewed by Amir5.0Oct 2020

  • "Just an explanation of our rating."

    We thought that the photos gave a somewhat false impression of the size of the rooms. The lighting in the whole cottage, except the bathroom, was very poor. We arrived after a long, very wet journey to find a cold cottage. There was no initial supply of logs or coal that we have found in other cottages. Having to read tiny heating instructions in poor lighting was not a good start to our holiday. The leather sofas are ideal for a cottage allowing pets but we found them very uncomfortable. The situation of Barn Roost was perfect for exploring the western edge of the Lake District and we found it well supplied with cooking and cleaning utensils. The actual barn conversion has been achieved to a high standard but the heating, lighting and comfort need to be addressed.

    Reviewed by Sue3.4Oct 2020

  • "We wanted an interesting cottage in a remote location and that is what we ..."

    We wanted an interesting cottage in a remote location and that is what we got First rate facilities very clean Mobile phone and wifi both worked

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Extremely quiet and tranquil setting."

    Barn Roost was clean and cosy, the perfect place to relax and unwind. The facilities were excellent, with even a fridge/freezer in the conservatory which was extremely useful. Barn Roost is situated in an area of the Lake District we hadn’t previously explored. We enjoyed experiencing new areas to explore such as picturesque Caldbeck and Newmarket Hesket. We will definitely return to Barn Roost sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very lovely cosy cottage great conservatory for storing And drying kit very handy!"

    Lovely feel to the place and quiet peaceful location. Kitchen very well equipped and a nice layout for family use:) Just one minor point the sofas are quite uncomfortable feel like we were more comfortable on the dining table rather than sitting on the sofas I think it would be a good addition to possibly get some new. We would definitely stay here again if visiting the north lakes:)

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Aug 2020

  • "A great cottage from which to explore the magnificent Lake District."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a perfect location."

    Close to Bassenthwaite Lake and the Solway Firth but also some lovely walks in the immediate area (Binsey Hill, for great views). Perfect for our dogs as there is an enclosed garden. The cottage is very well equipped and has everything you need for a self catering holiday. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2019

  • "The quietness,the wonderful views in autumnal colours."

    The driving on smooth country roads no traffic lights.a place within easy reach of keswick and cockermouth and workington etc.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage itself was very nice and clean but what let it down was there was no welcome pack i."

    E. No milk, bread or even any logs for the fire for the first night, although we understand it costs a lot to leave these types of things for visitors each time they let out the property they must realise we paid money to the to be there. There was also no guide to any near amenities like a local shop to get any provisions. It was a good holiday but the lack of information of the area and no "first night" provisions very much let the place down

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.8Sep 2019

  • "We had somehow set off without our booking details."

    Sykes were fabulous in helping resolve the situation for us

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2019

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in a rural location, within easy reach of mountainous walks, Keswick or even a day trip across the Scottish border."

    Reviewed by Emily5.0May 2019

  • "Fabulous service"

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0May 2019

  • "Cosy, well equipped cottage in a very quiet location."

    The cottage is situated in a small hamlet of just a few beautiful cottages, some dating from the 17th century. We were blessed with good weather for most of the week and it was lovely to hear a cuckoo calling for long periods everyday. This cottage adjoins John Peels cottage and a photograph c1955 in Barn Roost shows it to be a barn/outbuilding then, so it is a very effective conversion. There are low roof beams and windows in the upstairs rooms and the small cottage garden at the rear is secure for dogs and children. For provisions we shopped at a small COOP in Keswick and Sainsbury’s in Cockermouth, both only approximately 10 miles away. ( If you don’t have cash for the car parks then the machines accept card payments).

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jun 2018

  • "It's the first time we have booked a holiday in this way."

    We are so impressed with Sykes. The booking process was easy, clear with perfectly timed informative emails regarding finding and accessing the property. The property itself was just as described and we had a Brilliant holiday thst included a heatwave that week ! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7May 2018

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Over two floors
  • There are two first floor bedrooms: 1 x double bedroom with double bed and 1 x bunk room with bunk beds suitable only for children. There is a family bathroom with a shower over the bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor: Kitchen with dining area following onto a lounge with woodburning stove and conservatory.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Love Films, i-Player, DVD and CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Secure garden with patio
  • Parking for 1 car, also parking on available
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • No smoking
  • Pub 1 mile away, shops and restaurants 15 min drive
  • Logs not provided.

The property

Barn Roost is a traditional charming 2 bedroom Lakeland cottage with a direct link to the Cumbrian huntsman John Peel.

Sleeping 4 people and located in the small hamlet of Ruthwaite making Barn Roost a fantastic base for a quiet holiday with the fells on your doorstep.

On the first floor you will find two bedrooms 1 x double bedroom with feature beamed ceiling and 1 x bunk bedroom with beds suitable for children only.

There is a shared bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.

Downstairs on the ground floor there is a lovely kitchen/diner which leads into the characterful lounge with a multi fuelstove and conservatory, leading out to a secure garden with patio area.

Ruthwaite is set in a tranquil location with easy access to the market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth where you can find everything you may need to complete your holiday, also within walking distance there is a village pub a mile away where you can enjoy a bar meal and a quiet drink by the fire.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 5 miles; Keswick 12 miles.

Ireby nestles in the peaceful fells of the northern Lake District, in the beautiful area to the north of Keswick known as 'Back of Skiddaw'. Once a thriving market town, with the market cross believed to date back to 1200, Ireby is now a truly unspoilt, peaceful fell village. The peaks of Great Calva and Knott look down on the village and the nearby Aughertree Fell was the site of a Bronze Age farm and the remains of a pre-Roman road are still in evidence, a unique and most complete settlement from the Iron Age period. Nearby Bassenthwaite Lake itself, while boasting gentler scenery than others in the region, is still one of the most picturesque places in England. Places of interest nearby include Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Lake with small open-air theatre (reputedly frequented by poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth), Trotters Farm, and Dodd Wood. Most of the attractions of the Lake District are within easy reach and the quieter Northern Fells are almost on the doorstep. The nearby towns of Cockermouth and Keswick, both have weekly markets and offer a good range of amenities. The scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is within touring distance, as is the city of Carlisle and Hadrians Wall.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas