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Low Brow Barn

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972468)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Great Barn conversion could get a little cold and no way of turning up the ..."

    Great Barn conversion could get a little cold and no way of turning up the heating or electric radiators That I could find anyway Could of always used the log burner but would then need to find somewhere to buy extra logs Having said that it was a lovely week away and would return again

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2022

  • "The cottage was totally wonderful and we will definitely return."

    I did leave £10 as I ran out of my own towels dry dogs after going out last night so used one of the cottages. Hope thats ok. It was a perfect place to base ourselves and every part of the cottage is wonderful and great value.

    Reviewed by BrendanDec 2021

  • "This property is fabulous."

    We all loved everything about it. The location is excellent for exploring the Lakes and everything you need is within walking distance. In fact we had such a good time we have re booked for next year enough said. Thank you.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, we are delighted you have had a lovely stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2021

  • "Hi the house was lovely."

    The only issue was the damp smell. Had we been two couples the front bedroom was a bit much. Also if its at all possible could the owner let us know the nice smell in the bathroom? we have been looking but cant work out what its called

    Thank you for your feedback, the issue has been rectified now. We are happy you had a lovely stay and we can tell you the smell in the bathroom was verbena although it does change frequently. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday in the Lake District."

    The barn is ideally located for Waterhead, Ambleside, Lake Windermere and the beautiful surrounding area. The space inside the barn is well laid out. Sadly the property is in desperate need of some TLC. A bit of attention and it could be stunning. Too many niggles to list but for starters: the duvets need to be replaced (ridiculously thin, old and horrible!), it needs a deep clean from top to bottom, and several things just need replacing/updating/fixing. A bit of ongoing care and attention needs to given to making it a pleasant place to stay.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we are glad you had a lovely stay. The current duvets are 4 Tog summer quilts, however we do have spare winter quilts stored at the property. We have taken your comments on board and will contact you seperately for more information on what specifically needs replacing. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AilsaAug 2021

  • "Arrived Friday evening and the property was not cleaned to an acceptable standard."

    I rang Sykes cottages straight away and they organised the property to be deep cleaned so was not an issue and was resolved quickly. We took a small dog with us and the garden was fenced to allow him to roam but there was a small section at the back of the property that wasn't fenced which meant our dog had to be supervised in the garden. The property is in a great location and although it is next to a main road, road noise was not a problem. We slept with all the windows open. Very comfortable beds. The front bedroom has a smell in the wardrobe which has been reported for investigation. Overall a lovely property with everything in the kitchen you would need and amazing garden for outside. Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by ErikaJul 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, superbly located would definitely return ..."

    The cottage was lovely, superbly located would definitely return My only critic would be to have some outdoor seating in the lower part of the garden, access to the higher part is not that great and chairs falling apart so don’t feel safe to sit on

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted you had a lovely stay, we have also added a sturdy bench to the lower garden and hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KateJun 2021

  • "Excellent location and comfortable accommodation as described."

    Large living space. Well equipped kitchen. Only minor issues were that we found the bed uncomfortable, floor needed a Hoover and the property smelt of dogs. Slept in the back bedroom & couldn't hear road noise. Overall we had a really enjoyable week and would recommend the property.

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your comments and have taken them on board. We are very happy you had a lovely stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "A very nice holiday cottage."

    Although it is on the main road traffic noise is limited. The garden provides an attractive place to sit in the evenings and is probably adequately secure for most dogs but if yours is an escapee like ours it isn’t. The open plan area works well for dining and relaxing. We did note that the standard of cleanliness, noted in other reviews, isn’t great in terms of cobwebs and some dirty fixtures.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you have had a lovely stay, yes it's probably best to supervise our fur baby's in a new enviroment ... I know we have to as well! As noted in a previous review the attention to cleanliness has been dealt with and we appreciate your comments and hope to see you again in the new year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by VincentJun 2021

  • "The location of the cottage is fantastic, the noise from the road was minimal and we had seen complaints about this."

    For us we expected the house to be clean and unfortunately we did find it to be dusty and the front bedroom smelled very musty. The underfloor heating would be fantastic in the winter months but we were told not to turn it off and had to have the windows open all the time due to being ridiculously hot with the floor set to 22.5 - just a shame this couldn’t be altered for May, especially when there was the option to use a fire. The use of the garage was brilliant and the house was a great size- just a good clean would be beneficial :)

    Reviewed by StefMay 2021

  • "The barn was lovely!"

    We went away for my partners birthday and the barn was perfect! It was clean, spacious, comfortable and a great location. The garden was lovely and was secure so letting our dogs off was stress free. It's only a 5 minute walk into Ambleside too! The only thing I'd change was the pillows, they were a little hard as they were feather pillows but if that's my only change I'd say this place is pretty perfect!

    Reviewed by AlexandraApr 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a brilliant location, near to all amenities and fabulous walks."

    The underfloor heating (throughout) is fabulous and if you want a drop of extra cozy just add some logs to the real fire. Comfortable beds, sofas, dining chairs - everything! The only minor issues we experienced were: - a slightly dirty cooker/oven - the dishwasher didn't release the tablet Otherwise, fabulous all round and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KarlOct 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage, finished to a high spec, excellent location, Waterhead 5 mins, a walk into Ambleside 15 mins, fab!"

    ! Sainsbury’s even deliver to the. Cottage, very impressed with everything... wish the check out time was 12 o’clock, instead of 10, but that’s splitting hairs, !!!

    Reviewed by MelanieSep 2020

  • "Cottage has been kitted out to a very high standard."

    Everything we needed for our holiday. Location is excellent too. I didn’t expect to be actually in the town. Highly recommend cottage for a family holiday. Plenty to do in Ambleside if you don’t intend on venturing further

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2020

  • "We stayed for a week in early March 2020 for our honeymoon with our Vizsla Hugo."

    I had contacted Sykes upon booking and asked if they could organise a few treats for us on arrival, which they happily did for a small fee. The cottage was warm and cozy, and a perfect location for the lake and a short walk into Ambleside, which has lots of fog friendly bars, cafe’s and restaurants. The facilities in the cottage were lovely, with comfy beds, sofas and home from home comforts. We did some beautiful walks all from the doorstep of the cottage, our car didn’t move all week. As others have mentioned, it is close to the road, but we didn’t find this a problem at all. We will definitely be returning, we loved our week away here. Thank you to all at Sykes too for going above and beyond to organise our welcome treats.

    Reviewed by JoMar 2020

  • "The cabin was amazing."

    Not to far walk from local town and shops, amazing views and the cabin was very warm and cosy feeling.

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2020

  • "I have already left feedback and nothing was done."

    The property was not ready when we arrived. We had to get someone to make the beds as there was no bed linen. The property was filthy dirty with dog/cat hairs from the previous occupants. We sat on the furniture and had pet hairs all over our clothing. It was all around the kitchen and on the kitchen worktops! We were extremely disappointed and found it easier just not to be there. We stayed out as much as we could. We therefore wasted our money. Very disappointing

    Reviewed by DeniseFeb 2020

  • "Absolutely loved this place, perfect for a couples getaway!"

    Reviewed by jamieJan 2020

  • "The fact that the property is on a busy main road should be mentioned somewhere as it's not the impression that is given from the photo/description."

    It's a great property and location generally is really good but the road is noisy and if customer is looking for real peace and quiet I think they'd be disappointed.

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2019

  • "I think that the location adjacent to the main road should be more prominent and not put at the end in red font."

    The picture is misleading as far as the business of the road is concerned.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2019

  • "The booking process was extremely straightforward and we were supplied with clear, detailed information all the way through, including arrangements for our arrival/departure."

    The cottage itself was very impressive, with a good-sized kitchen, living area and bedrooms, and its location was perfect for walking into Waterhead and the centre of Ambleside. The furniture, bedding and kitchenware were of a very high quality and the décor very tasteful. While there are several eating places nearby, we chose to eat in the cottage many evenings to take advantage of our lovely surroundings. We wouldn't hesitate to rebook Low Brow Barn in the future.

    Reviewed by HeatherJul 2019

  • "Location perfect, property really nice, good information for walks, except could be cleaner, fridge needed a clean before I put my food in."

    Also somebody's discard contact lens on the bedside table in the spare room!

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2019

  • "We very much enjoyed our holiday in the Lake District, staying at Low Brow Barn."

    The cottage is very well appointed and the owner has really thought about everything you might need. Furnishing and beds are comfortable, the lounge is spacious and the TV reception excellent. The underfloor heating is effective in the bathroom and bedrooms, less so in the lounge with its high ceiling. The kitchen lacks cupboards for groceries but has everything you need for cooking etc. We parked in the adjacent lay-by on the main road, the traffic noise wasn't a problem but you have to be careful crossing the road. There is not much of a view from the cottage windows, however, it is very well placed for the major sights and the towns and villages to visit in the area. Highlights of the week included exploring Ambleside and Keswick, visiting the Puzzle Museum and Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, a combined boat trip from Bowness to Lakeside and then to the Lakeland Motor Museum (great cafe!) and a ride on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway ( a bit of a trek but worth it) and nearby Muncaster Castle with its magnificent gardens. Blessed with mainly fine weather we absolutely loved the Lake District and Low Brow Barn.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "We have booked with you several times now and when you open the door to a cottage which is absolutely wonderful, is a lovely feeling to the start of the holiday."

    This is what we felt when we stayed at Low Brow Barn in Ambleside. The property is gorgeous and in an excellent location. It is going to be very difficult to find a cottage to equal or better this one.

    Reviewed by DorothyMay 2019

  • "Fantastic location easy to walk into Ambleside or to pier for boats."

    Lovely park on edge of lake which links to Roman fort for dog walking just 100yds away. The driveway issue people mention was only a problem for my Vauxhall insignia if you turn in as if coming from Windermere side. It would scrape the valance on the tarmac when pulling in. Its not a problem if you are turning in if coming from Ambleside. We saw other people bottom out when using the driveway to turn around. The only slight issue we had was that the perimiter fence and low front wall was not 100% dog friendly. We had to keep him on a lead in the garden or he would have been through or over to freedom and "sheep" if he could. That said its a lovely place and we are planning to return next year..

    Reviewed by SteveMay 2019

  • "Low Brow Barn was a delightful place to stay."

    Well designed and with full amenities it exceeded our expectations. The kitchen was fully equiped and the linen was all good quality. Clearly the owner cares about this property. A short walk leads to the waterside village of Waterhead with a range of amenities and good walks nearby. We had a wonderful week and look forward to returning sometime soon.

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2019

  • "Great house in a great location."

    Walking distance into Ambleside or in other direction, just a stroll to Waterside. Walks from the doorstep or a short drive to explore all of the Lake District. The only flaw for me as I have a very adventurous dog and a blind dog is the garden, as I felt I had to be out watching them at all times. Also the barn is on a main road.

    Reviewed by ClaireMar 2019

  • "The dishwasher hasn’t been well maintained and left a messy residue over everything so we had to wash a lot of stuff by hand."

    Only other issue was that it wasn’t very clear on the listing/photos that it was right on the edge of a busy road. Otherwise excellent and we would definitely go back another time. Beds were the most comfortable we have ever experienced in holiday accommodation.

    Reviewed by ThomasFeb 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage ,ideal for easy walks , brilliant for dogs, only drawback was ..."

    Fantastic cottage ,ideal for easy walks , brilliant for dogs, only drawback was the cleanliness, cooker had not been touched, crockery and glasses all needed washing,

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2019

  • "Low Brow Barn is both very well situated for Ambleside amenities and thoughtfully furnished."

    We enjoyed a really lovely Christmas break there, so much so we have booked again in March and December.

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2018

  • "Very comfortable and pleasant cottage in an ideal location."

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2018

  • "This was a 50th Birthday gift for my brother."

    He and his wife had the time of their lives and even had deer come to meet them in their back garden. They were blown away with how beautiful the cottage was, so thank you very much.

    Reviewed by PaulaNov 2018

  • "Great property in a great location."

    The cottage was very well decorated and all fixtures and fittings were of a very high standard. Would recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by JulianSep 2018

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Glorious weather which always makes a difference. The cottage was perfect for our needs. Ideally located and we would certainly return.

    Reviewed by SimoneJun 2018

  • "This barn is perfectly placed to explore Ambleside, which is about a 3 minute walk in."

    There are plenty of walks and cycling you can do from here very easily, there is a Water sports place fairly nearby and they were excellent. Windermere is 3 miles away. This barn is on a busy road, the main one into Ambleside, which I concerned about when I arrived but actually it didn't bother us at all. The accomodation itself was excellent although we could have done with thinner quilts as we found it quite warm. The parking place is on a steep incline and with a loaded boot my car did groan at me! If you have a low slung sports car you may have to be careful when turning onto the driveway as it is steep. We want to stay here again and will be booking shortly for next year. Plenty of restaurants in Ambleside as well.

    Reviewed by CraigMay 2018

  • "An amazing converted barn to stay in, close to the lake and town with plenty to do."

    Have booked again for the winter.

    Reviewed by MitheshMar 2018

  • "Lovely property, very comfortable, clean and well equipped."

    Great location.

    Reviewed by TimFeb 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x king size doubles, bathroom with bath tub, overhead shower, vanity unit and WC
  • Open plan living area opening onto dining kitchen
  • Utility room.
  • Underfloor heating plus wood burning stove
  • Electric Rangemaster oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, Smart TV with Amazon and Netflix, DVD player, selection of DVDs, WiFi
  • Electricity and a supply of logs included
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 1 car with further parking available nearby
  • (Please ensure your vehicle is not blocking the road.) Private garden with two patios, furniture and BBQ
  • Two dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • All amenities at Ambleside, 5 -10 mins
  • Lake Windermere Waterhead Pier 150m.

The property

A stunning 17th-century barn, converted to the highest standards, Low Brow Barn near Ambleside is situated at the foot of Wansfell and surrounded by the gorgeous countryside of the heart of the Lake District. With accommodation all on one level, the barn has been furnished in a comfortable and contemporary style with spacious and open plan accommodation for a small family or four adults who want to explore Lakeland at any time of year. As you step in through the large barn door, you'll find yourself in the most fabulous open plan room with the original exposed beams and huge picture windows to take in the tranquil and beautiful surroundings and flood the space with natural light.

It really is a breathtaking space, with comfortable seating around the wood burning stove and a really fabulous dining kitchen area with a slate floor, Rangemaster cooker and marble worktops.

This beautiful conversion offers period character, a modern high-end finish and contemporary style, which continues through to the two king size bedrooms and the fantastic modern bathroom with a bathtub, overhead shower, vanity unit and WC. Step outside and there are so many tranquil places to sit and enjoy the day and take in the views.

There's the private lawned garden and then the choice of two raised patios with garden furniture and a BBQ.

The garden really is the ideal place for dining al fresco or simply relaxing after the hustle and bustle of a day in the Lakes.

There's private parking for one car at the property, plus more free parking nearby. Waterhead perches on the northern tip of Lake Windermere and rides on the famous steamers are easily accessible from the nearby pier.

You're just a short stroll from Ambleside with its fabulous choice of restaurants, cafes and pubs and three cinemas including Zefirellis where you can enjoy an authentic pizza.

Some of the best walking country in the UK is easily accessible from Low Brow Barn including Skiddaw, Wansfell and Coniston Old Man and a short drive away is Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Thanks to its central location, Ambleside is the ideal location for exploring everything the Lake District has to offer.

From Wordsworth Country around Keswick, Rydal and Grasmere, to Beatrix Potter World at Ambleside and bustling Kendal with its high-quality retail parks, there's something for everyone to do and enjoy.

Explore romantic Ullswater and celebrate a special moment at the world-renowned Sharrow Bay Hotel or treat yourself to an incredible dining experience at the Drunken Duck in Hawkshead. However you choose to experience this wonderful part of the world, Low Brow Barn is a luxuriously appointed home away from home and the ideal base for a wonderfully relaxing break in the Lake District at any time of year.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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