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Brackenber House

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Brackenber near Appleby-In-Westmorland, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 13 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Great house to stay!"

    Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to go to the Lake District as a holiday most things are with in an hour from the house which was perfect for us! The house overall was what we wanted and more! Very well equipped for the amount of people(10)

    Thank you very much for your very kind feedback. We are very pleased that you found the house to be a perfect centre for exploring the wonderful surrounding countryside. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Apr 2024

  • "Absolutely stunning house, high specification and attention to detail throughout ."

    Beautiful location with amazing views. The property is immaculate, fantastic showers with quality furniture and bedding. Well stocked kitchen, plenty of utensils, cutlery, glass and tableware. Thanks for the best welcome gift ever, so generous. We were a party of 12 including young disabled adults who loved their stay. We will definitely be returning.

    Thank you very much for your review. We are very pleased that we were able to provide a great holiday location for all your family. We would be pleased to welcome you back on a future date. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debrorah5.0Apr 2024

  • "The property is in a wonderful location with plenty of space for our large party of 13."

    The bedrooms are a good size and nearly all with en-suites.Even though we were at capacity for the numbers we did not feel cramped at all. The kitchen is very well stocked for a large group of people with plenty of plates, cutlery and serving dishes. Having two dishwashers is a genius idea ! The upstairs lounge with its fabulous views is very special and we all enjoyed chilling there. The owner is very attentive and friendly and answered any queries we had very promptly indeed. The whole setting, both inside the house and the location outside, made for a wonderful “special” birthday weekend for my husband surrounded by all his family. We will be back for my “special” birthday in 2 years time I hope !

    We are very pleased you had a wonderful birthday stay at Brackenber and the house provided for all your needs. We are very pleased that you are considering returning to Brackenber for your next special Birthday celebrations. All the best for the next two years to yourself and your family. Many Thanks, John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Feb 2024

  • "Amazing property, tastefully renovated."

    The windows from the first floor lounge gave fantastic views over the moors and the red squirrels that were playing in and around the gardens. The house provided excellent facilities, we couldn't have asked for anything more. The owner was very accommodating when I asked for a slightly later check out time and also gave a little history about the development of the house. A definite recommendation for anyone who wants to get away from it all.

    Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very please that you had an enjoyable stay. The red squirrels never fail to entertain and are fascinating to watch. We aim to be as accommodating as possible with requests and we're pleased that on this occasion we could help out. Again, many thanks for your review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samya5.0Jan 2024

  • "The house is fabulous."

    It is in a beautiful location, with loads of red squirrels running around. It has been renovated to a very high standard, and was lovely and warm over a very wintery weekend. The bedrooms are very generously sized and there is lots of communal space. The only complaint is the quality of the oven. It takes ages to warm up (about 40 minutes) and struggles to then maintain the temperature (particularly high temperatures). This was particularly frustrating as a big group cooking our meals in the house.

    Thank you for your kind comments with regards to the house. The oven is relatively new, but this does not mean that it may not have developed an issue. I will have a look and thank you very much for letting us know. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely spacious house, a 15 minute drive from Appleby, on the edge of Appleby golf course."

    The house was warm and the bedrooms and bathrooms well appointed, along with a great space with a huge table so the whole group could eat together, next to a well equipped kitchen. The view from the upstairs lounge is great, with the red squirrels providing entertainment. The lounge does however need more comfy seating, as there isn't enough for a group of 12.

    We are pleased you had a great holiday. I will have a look at seating, following your comment, and see if there is anything we can do to improve. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alice4.4Nov 2023

  • "Brackenber house has again been the prefect place for our autumn family get together."

    Light, warm and spacious, it is a very comfortable place to relax with one another and "chill". The high standard of finish and furnishings in the bedrooms and bathrooms make for a great nights sleep, and the kitchen is so well equipped, catering for 12 was really stress free. We love the location, having distant views across to Lakeland and into the Pennines but with easy access and walking from the gate. Thank you for your welcome and use of the electric car charger. With so few public points locally, that was particularly appreciated. And a unanimous request for us to return again next year says it all really!

    Hello Bob, Thank you again for returning to Brackenber. We are very pleased that your return was as good as your first visit and really appreciate your wish to return again. Again, many thanks, John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is an absolutely beautiful property and the photos don’t do the surroundings justice."

    It’s gorgeous! So many rooms and bathrooms and a very well stocked kitchen. It’s a beautifully renovated property. Lots of games, books, dvds, & wii. Excellent quality and perfect for a large family gathering. The cooker is an induction hob, the washing machine is a washer-dryer which is quite slow for drying, there was a travel cot and a buildable wooden cot too which was great. You are at the mercy of whatever guest washed the kitchen utensil last so there were quite a few dirty pans etc. Overall it was clean and tidy although there were quite a lot of dead bugs/flies/wasps/cobwebs, especially behind the tv. The linen and towels were good quality but smelled of smoke. We could have done with a few more comfy chairs in the living room to cater for everyone at the same time. It’s very easy to get to and the local town was lovely and the people were friendly. Loved the red squirrels providing entertainment everyone morning. Overall a fantastic property and we were very happy here. Thank you for sharing your family holiday home!

    Hello Gemma, We are very sorry that certain items were not up to our expected standard. I will ensure our cleaning team are made fully aware. Towels smelling if smoke is completely unacceptable and I will be requesting the cleaning process be looked at. Due to the size of the house and the limited time available for change overs we do to a certain extend rely on the integrity of previous guests to make sure crockery etc is clean before being put away.Your comments are welcome to help us improve. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma4.1Oct 2023

  • "From our group point of view, provision of comfortable seating in the dining area could have facilitated quiet activity away from the TV (which was excellent,by the way)."

    A lovely house with excellent facilities generally.

    Dear Peter, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, which helps us to improve to make our guests stays as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, due to the size of the dining area, it was not possible to provide large soft furnishings without creating a cramped and awkward dining area and loosing the existing open and airy space to comfortably accommodate all our guests. We hope that this did not detract too much and you, overall, had an enjoyable holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous property."

    Catered for everything so only went out for short walks from the house. Loved the modern refurb with attention to detail and keeping the Salt Box was fab. Dark skies and peace & quiet. Thank you for the goodies also!

    We are very pleased that Brackenber House gave you an enjoyable location to enjoy the nearby walking and peaceful and quiet surroundings. Thank you for the compliments regards the renovation. We worked hard to develope a modern property which kept as many of the features from the old building as possible. Your complement is gratefully received. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage - was clean and tidy upon arrival."

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We very much hope you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Saqib5.0Aug 2023

  • "We rented the house for a 70th birthday celebration."

    We had family from Scotland, Hastings and Essex. We loved the peaceful location and the house was perfect for all our requirements. We had a wonderful weekend, visiting the Lake District and eating out around the Appleby area. The views from the first floor lounge were stunning and we were lucky enough to be able to watch the red squirrel running along the dry stone wall and the owl hunting each evening. We would not hesitate to recommend this property. The lack of good Wi-Fi connectivity was not an issue for us but we feel that maybe this could be mentioned in the property spec as some future visitors might possibly want to work during their visit.

    Hello Karen. Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the surroundings. Seeing the local owls is a real treat, whilst the red squirrel is regular entertainment. Apologies about the broadband. We are stuck with one supplier and a low bandwidth connection typical of many rural locations. We have used it satisfactorally, but I agree that it may be too slow for home working. We hope this did not cause too much inconvenience. John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Brackenber House is a superb property in a lovely location, all ten of us enjoyed a memorable week with everything of a high standard."

    Very convenient as a walking base with no need to travel far for spectacular countryside and views. Ate at some nice pubs in the evenings, special mention to the food and staff at The Royal Oak, Appleby.

    Thank you for your positive review. It's great that you were able to explore some of the fantastic walking in the area and had pleasant evenings at some of the local pubs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iwan5.0Jun 2023

  • "A beautiful property, above expectations, very well equipped with everything we needed for all 13 of us!"

    We had a fabulous weekend!

    Thank you for your kind review. We are glad the house met your expectations and provided you with an enjoyable stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shellan4.7May 2023

  • "Just arrived back from a fantastic stay at Brackenber house."

    The house was the a perfect place to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday with family. We couldn’t off asked for anything better ! The house is fully equipped with everything and so much more! The cleanliness is a 10/10. The views and quietness of the small village was just perfect! Would 100% recommend!

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We are glad that Brackenber provided the ideal location to celebrate a special birthday and provide great memories for your family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula5.0May 2023

  • "We have just returned from a lovely bank holiday weekend away with friends (8 adults and 5 children) at Brackenber House."

    Directions were spot on and the place was easy to find. The house was exactly as described and the surrounding area is lovely - the views are stunning. The house had everything we needed and the dining/living space was brilliant for us all to eat/sit/socialise together. A superb place for a relaxing weekend away in the countryside.

    Thank you for the positive review. We are pleased you had a superb holiday and Brackenber House provided the ideal base to enjoy the area. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a wonderful weekend at Brackenber with family and friends 17th to 19th March."

    There were 8 adults and 5 children in the group and there was plenty of space for all of us. The house is beautifully decorated. We really enjoyed the games in the property and the facilities were great. We had everything we needed. It was a lovely relaxed getaway to celebrate my 50th where we could catch up, have a laugh and make nice meals together. Just what we all needed. Thank you.

    Hello Joanne, We are very pleased you had a great weekend and birthday. We really aim for families and especially to allow families to meet up and catch up so it's good to hear that Brackenber fulfilled your expectations and allowed you to have a good celebration. Thank you very much for your kind words. Hope the next year is kind to you and your family. Regards, John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a lovely place to stay!"

    John was amazingly helpful and the cottage is superbly well-appointed. Very comfy beds, super views, immaculately clean and it was nice and warm despite the wind and snow outside. We had a great time!

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely spacious cottage."

    It was great with kids and in a lovely location with so many places to visit close by. The host was very helpful and responsive. Highly recommend the Brackenber House.

    Reviewed by Takudzwa5.0Feb 2023

  • "Brackenber house was a perfect place to stay for our extended family holiday."

    The house has excellent facilities, is very clean and really well equipped for catering for a large number of people. The design of the house, the decor and furnishings are all to a very high quality and made our stay really comfortable. We loved having an extensive view across the Eden valley from the lounge and our grandchildren also loved the Wii! We all appreciated the quiet location with immediate access to open land across the golf course for walks and runs.

    Dear Robert, Thank you very much for your review. We are very pleased that the house provided an ideal location for your family to get together and have an enjoyable holiday. Again, thank you very much, John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Oct 2022

  • "House & grounds were stunning!"

    ! John the owner was so nice and helpful. I would definitely return in the future :)

    Dear Laura. Thank you for your kind words. We are very happy that the house met and exceeded your expectations and you and your family had an enjoyable holiday. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2022

  • "We absolutely loved Brackenber House."

    It was perfect for our large family group. Plenty of room, comfortable beds, loads of kitchen and dining essentials, spotlessly clean and a fabulous large corner window overlooking the most beautiful countryside. Such a feeling of calm inside and out. A great base to explore the area. We could easily have stayed longer. Thank you for the excellent communication from the owner too. Can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2022

  • "Loved the cottage and annexe."

    Clean and spacious with great bathrooms Would benefit from tea, coffee, salt, pepper and oil being left. Also no recycling is a major shame

    Thank you for your review. It's great that you enjoyed the house and we hope you had opportunity to enjoy the fabulous Eden Valley countryside. To respond to your concerns. We don't leave any unsealed food items due to contamination concerns leading to allergic reactions. We also feel that small individually sealed food items are not good for the environment. Unfortunately, commercial waste is not sorted in the Eden Valley and we are prohibited from using the household waste system, which is sorted. It is a frustration for ourselves as well as it appears to be illogical. However, sorted waste can be disposed of in Appleby, the proceeds of which benefit the local community. Thank you for highlighting this issue. We will add a note to the visitor information. Thank you for raising these issues. We are always looking for ways to make our guests stay as pleasant as possible. Go to the feedback tab to approve/deny this owner response. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.4Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property very well equipped to house 13 guests without a problem."

    Perfect location peaceful friendly & helpful neighbours my 3 children & 10 family adults loved it plenty to explore in & around the area. Will definitely be visiting again. Owner of property was lovely with helping us find places to explore around the area one of the reasons we will be back again hopefully this time not driving to the MOD shooting range.

    Thank you for your positive review. Unfortunately, the mysteries of SatNav sometimes prefers the public road through the MOD range whilst thinking the public road through the moor is closed. The benefits of modern technology. We were thankful this little detour did not mar your overall enjoyment of the house and the Eden Valley. Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Husnain4.4May 2022

  • "Fantastic stay in a brilliant location, the house was perfect for our needs and would not hesitate to stay again."

    Everything was very clear and explained to us beforehand.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful house - clean , spacious and well equipped"

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Apr 2022

  • "Superb house, stayed here over Christmas for 7 days, 11 adults."

    Great location for exploring the area. The house is very welcoming and cosy, the kitchen, lounge, dining area, bedrooms and bathrooms are perfect for a long stay with so many people. Ample parking. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Dec 2021

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  • Main House & Annex
  • Six bedrooms: 1 ground floor King Size with en-suite, 1 ground floor Double with en-suite, 1 ground floor King Size using communal ground floor bathroom, 1 first floor King Size with en-suite, 1 first floor triple Single with attached own bathroom, 1 Annex Twin with en-suite shower and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • First-floor living/dining room
  • Environmentally friendly ground source heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, kettle, toaster, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x dishwashers
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Garden with lawn, gravelled area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.9 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: Zappi Electric Vehicle charging available, please contact owner for details
  • Please note: any guests staying for more than 10 days will receive a linen change and a mini clean
  • Note: strictly no fireworks due to the close proximity of livestock
  • Note: No Stag/Hen or similar parties, controlled family one night celebration is allowed with prior agreement
  • Note: No visitors, additional guests, or guest swapping without prior written agreement
  • Please see red notes below

The property

Appleby-In-Westmorland 2.9 miles.

Tucked away on the outskirts of the peaceful hamlet of Brackenber, a stone's throw from the historic town of Appleby-In-Westmorland, rests this charming stone-built detached cottage and external annexe pairing, Brackenber House.

Overlooking the well-kept grounds of the Appleby Golf Club and boasting a luxurious interior, Brackenber House makes the idyllic base for a group celebration to the sought-after county of Cumbria.

Follow the quiet country lane through the private gates where a spacious gravelled driveway will greet you at the foot of this lovely holiday home, making loading and unloading an easy task.

Stepping inside, kick off your muddy walking boots and follow the hallway through the property to discover the well-equipped kitchen, home to an array of essential amenities to assist with your self-catering needs, including a handy dishwasher to ensure your space is kept tidy, with a washing machine and tumble dryer resting nearby in the adjoining utility.

Uncork a bottle of wine and gather around the grand table taking centre stage in the dining room, flooded with natural light welcomed in through the towering picture windows, where you can indulge in some tasty treats as you recount the days magnificent adventures.

In the warmer months, make meal times an alfresco affair with a seat on your very own private patio, enveloped in the unspoilt countryside views that surround your home-from-home.

Settle down for the evening with a sumptuous spot on the plush corner sofa uniquely positioned in the first floor sitting room with open views over the golf course, Eden Valley and beyond to the Lake District Fells.

Enjoy a movie marathon with all of your loved ones or keep entertained with a traditional board game at the nearby table.

When sleep calls, you're spoilt for choice between five bedrooms in the main house, comprising of three ground-floor doubles, with two benefiting from access to their own en-suites, along with a first-floor triple (with its own bathroom) resting alongside a further double with en-suite.

For an intimate escape, the external annexe set across the way from the main house provides additional sleeping quarters for two guests, with a Twin/King bedroom and a handy en-suite shower room, ideal for couples!

In the morning, kick-start your day with an indulgent soak amongst the bubbles in either of the two family bathrooms, both stylishly tiled throughout, or make use of the overhead showers for an invigorating rinse before setting off on an adventure.

Being set in the countryside, clear nights will give you some of the best star gazing available.

During spring, summer and autumn expect to see Red Squirrel and Pheasants along with moorland and garden birds.

You may also see hares, owls and red kites.

Walk down to the nearby lake to spot geese and ducks.

Get better acquainted with your surroundings and take the short journey into the heart of the nearby town of Appleby-in-Westmorland where you'll find a fantastic selection of local amenities, including a number of well-stocked convenience stores, perfect for picking up any forgotten essentials, along with a host of delicious eateries, ranging from handy takeaways, traditional country pubs and quaint cafes.

Spend a peaceful moment browsing the fabulous workings on display at The Courtyard Gallery or visit Appleby Castle, tour the newly restored Norman Keep or take a short stroll through the gardens and along the banks of the River Eden.

Be sure to pack your clubs and take advantage of your close proximity to Appleby Golf Club, an 18-hole course idyllically positioned between the Pennines and the Lakeland fells, or if that's not your thing, the golf course is ideal for short walks on the open Brackenber Moor.

Catch the train and venture further afield to the town of Penrith, home to the medieval ruins of Penrith Castle, dating back to the 14th century, here you can immerse yourself in local history with a tour of Penrith and Eden Museum, treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy with a browse of the wonderful old fashioned streets and alleys with local shops for all tastes, or soak in the peaceful setting with a wander through Thacka Beck Nature Reserve.

Alternatively, catch the train to Settle for a spectacular journey across the Pennines and the famous Ribble Head Viaduct to the market town of Settle.

With the North Pennines resting on your doorstep, you're spoilt for choice with a plethora of walking, cycling and hiking routes passing through the rugged moorland scenery and country lanes of this captivating Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Howgill Fells are also nearby for plenty of exploratory day trips making this an ideal holiday location to explore the area.

For a quiet group or family celebration that you'll remember for years to come, choose a stay at Brackenber House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

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About the location


Penrith 14 miles.

The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is nestled between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two National Parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. Appleby has a wonderful selection of quality independent shops, cafes and delicatessens selling locally produced food and crafts. The picturesque street of Boroughgate, with some interesting old buildings, is at the heart of the town and links the well-preserved Norman Castle with the fine medieval Church of St. Lawrence. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. With the delightful Ullswater and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

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Guests are requested to respect the quiet of the village and its residents and to minimise noise after 10pm, please refer to ( for local guidance; failure to follow this guidance could result in guests being requested to leave.
Please Note: Additional guests to this property are not permitted without prior consent from the owner.
Note: strictly no fireworks due to the close proximity of livestock