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Old Joiner's Shop

Bowland Bridge near Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 916882)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets No

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Ms Bell

    “The Old Joiner's Shop was a very special place, a home for a family of eight for a lovely week in the Lake District.”

    It is a charming farmhouse tucked into green rolling countryside, just a hop and a skip from The Hare and Hounds and The Mason Arms. The bedrooms are expansive with three having en suites. The four living rooms ranged from cozy to light and airy. ...

    It is a charming farmhouse tucked into green rolling countryside, just a hop and a skip from The Hare and Hounds and The Mason Arms. The bedrooms are expansive with three having en suites. The four living rooms ranged from cozy to light and airy. We prepared meals there and the kitchen was well stocked for cooking. I asked my sons and grandchildren what they would change about the place and we couldn't come up with a thing. It was a good location for exploration and we visited Kendal and the stately home of Sizergh, rented bikes in Windermere and blasted all over the fields and roads to Hawkshead, Ambleside,and elsewhere. We hiked from Keswick up the Catbells, swam in Derwentwater,(refreshing!), and loved the Castlerigg Stone Circle nearby. We drove to Carlisle and thought the castle there amazing, and found the Tuilles Museum well done. Hadrian's wall was as we expected, while the Roman fort was maybe a bit under-whelming. We planned to go to the Dock museum in Barrow-in Furness but the kids had never seen a 'show' cave so we drove to The White Scar in Ingleton, and the guided tour was a big success. This was our second week in a Sykes Cottage, the first in York House in Staithes in Yorkshire. Both places exceeded our expectations. You will be delighted with either of these places. Julia Bell

The property

Bowland Bridge 0.6 miles.

The Old Joiner’s Shop is a wonderful detached farmhouse situated in the secluded and unspoilt Lyth Valley, within walking distance of the pretty Lakeland hamlet of Bowland Bridge, just seven miles from Windermere.

Built in 1472 and formally two cottages, this wonderful holiday home has been refurbished to a high specification making it ideal for a large family or group of friends to get away from it all and enjoy this unspoilt part of the Lake District National Park.

Drive over the cattle grid and enter into the grounds of this fabulous Lakeland cottage, where upon opening the front door you will find a quality holiday home that exudes style and character, with a mix of modern and traditional throughout.

With so many features to mention, here are but a few.

There is a bright and spacious summer room with lovely views of the mature gardens and the surrounding countryside, along with an attached room boasting a luxurious sauna, which is an ideal place to relax after a challenging day out on the local fells.

A large farmhouse-style kitchen with feature range and a wall-mounted flat screen TV, provides a great place to sit and talk about your day and to prepare a sumptuous family dinner, plus there is a separate boot/cloakroom and a useful utility room.

A separate dining room leads through to a delightful snug with cosy open fire, a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, whilst the main sitting room provides a bright and cheery space to enjoy a good chat with family and friends.

The master bedroom is on the first floor however can also be accessed externally from the patio area due to the incline in the grounds.

This room boasts an en-suite with modern slipper bath and a separate shower, beautiful views and patio doors leading out to a private garden area.

Upstairs are five further bedrooms, including two with an en-suite, along with three other bedrooms that have flexible sleeping arrangements.

The village of Bowland Bridge boasts two award-winning pubs with the Masons Arms, situated on Strawberry Bank a great place to eat and sample a few beers, whilst admiring the unparalleled views across the valley.

With a variety of walks in every direction, across open fells with limestone outcrops to old ancient woodlands this area has it all.

Alternatively, venture a little further and explore the towns and villages of this fabulous region, including Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead and Grasmere.

This excellent cottage offers a truly memorable holiday for everyone in your party.


  • Six first floor bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV and en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and separate WC, 1 x super king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with basin, 1 x single, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single with basin
  • First floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 6), TV and decorative range cooker
  • Utility
  • Dining room (seats 8)
  • Sauna room (coin-operated)
  • Summer room (seats 6) with TV
  • Snug (seats 4) with TV and open fire
  • Sitting room (seats 6) with gas fire.
  • LPG central heating with gas fire and open fire
  • Two electric double ovens, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, drinks fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for fire on an honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair only available on request
  • Off road parking for 5 cars
  • Lawned gardens with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 8 miles, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Although there's eight seats in the dining room, four more can be brought in from the kitchen
  • Note: The rear garden is not suitable for children, a secure fence separates it from the front garden
  • Note: The mains water is on a private supply from a well
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Note: Access to the master bedroom is from the first floor internally, externally via a ramp and stairs or from a passageway which leads from the rear parking area
  • Note: Guests can order a supermarket delivery to be delivered to the cottage on the day of arrival
  • Note: For Christmas and New Year bookings only, the owner requires a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 7 miles; Kendal 8.5 miles; Cartmel 10.5 miles.

Set in the beautiful Lyth Valley, the tiny hamlet of Bowland Bridge is a hidden gem, with a small scattering of houses and two renowned pubs surrounded by beautiful meadows, woods and Lakeland fells. At the heart of the Lyth Valley are the villages of Bowland Bridge, Crosthwaite and Underbarrow, all of which have roads leading to Kendal, a market town situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Windermere, with its panoramic views over England's longest lake, is within a short drive and boasts a number of shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst its twin town Bowness offers boat trips to Ambleside and Lakeside, where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated. Within easy reach are Langdale, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Sawrey, Grasmere, Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest Park, plus the town of Cartmel is a short drive away and has a Michelin Star awarded L'Enclume restaurant and a shop that sells the famous sticky toffee pudding. Take advantage of excellent walking opportunities amidst beautiful, unspoilt countryside, visit The National Hunt Racecourse, Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition, Lakeland Motor Museum and Holker Hall with its spectacular gardens, all of which are close by. A superb hidden valley away from the hustle and bustle of the Lake District’s most popular attractions, yet all are within reach.

Region Information

Cot and highchair only available on request.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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