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The Old Barn

(Ref. 1041833)

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a really lovely house; Superb location, very “safe” environment, large rooms, close to bus stop and Brockhole for strolls and Lake cruises."

    Would recommend it and we would happily book again. Points for improvement: the downstairs toilet sink had a disconnected plug mechanism making it unusable, there were many pan lids of all sizes but only three oversized pans. Bring your own DVDs/CDs.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.4Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    It's a beautiful peaceful location and a really spacious house. We had a great week. It does, however, need some TLC to bring it up to the highest standard. There are a lot of things either missing, broken or just not working very well, which is a shame because it could be really fantastic. I'd be happy to provide a list should the owner be interested.

    Thank you for your feedback. We take all comments on board. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Sep 2023

  • "We were very pleased with the property."

    It was spacious, clean and comfortable. Luckily the weather was good so we could make full use of the lovely garden and outdoor space. It was so pretty, pleasant and peaceful. We had no negative issues and hope to return one day. Thank you

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay, with very clear directions to locate the barn and a simple check-in system."

    I approached the team with a query before our stay, which was dealt with promptly. The property is as advertised- clean, spacious and generous proportions for a family of four. The location is excellent, a 10 minute drive from Ambleside and we had two parking spaces. A peaceful, calm location which I would highly recommend if you want a communal feel, with a small group of neighbours. My only points for improvement- a simple welcome basket would have been appreciated, as the nearest Tesco is 15 mins away with limited parking, the front door doesn’t have a blind or cover which was slightly unnerving as it is clear glass, and the beds whilst comfortable- are very firm- so perhaps the option for a mattress topper would have been a nice touch.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Welcome baskets are not always provided. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nikita5.0May 2023

  • "Such a beautiful cottage and great location."

    We all had a fabulous time. The layout was spacious all rooms finished to a high spec and it was very clean. If we were to grumble about anything it would be the beds. We all struggled getting a good nights sleep.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We do find that beds and mattresses are down to personal preference. We take all comments on board. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andreas4.1Apr 2023

  • "The houses was spacious."

    Could do with a lot more in tensels in the Kitchen,Small saucepans,kitchen clock etc.The house was nice and warm.Could do with new comfortable beds.We had nice weather and the Old Barn was in easy reach to go every were.

    Reviewed by Meryl4.1Oct 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay in the Old Barn, a spacious home for one week, equipped with everything you need."

    From here you have a perfect start to visit many places in the Lake District. Thank you, we really liked it.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2022

  • "The cottage itself is clean, comfortable and was more spacious than expected."

    The kitchen could do with a few extra utensils and a decent set of saucepans. And 6 table mats. Ideally located for Windermere and access to the lakes. We had a lovely stay. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Amanda3.4Jul 2022

  • "Location of the property is superb."

    Having Brockhole within a 5 minute walk allows you so many opportunities of exploring the lakes and entertaining the family. Lovely peaceful stay with a very spacious accommodation. Mattresses could all do with being replaced. Mattress springs were found to be noisy. Staining from water penetration on living room ceiling and peeling paint within en suite would be rectified. Would return as property has a lovely seating area and access to a decent sleep sized communal garden which is ideal for children.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Jul 2022

  • "Very clean comfortable property in great location with ample parking and ..."

    Very clean comfortable property in great location with ample parking and spacious interior Kitchen utensils urgently need updating as some pans not fit for purpose especially at the price we paid

    Reviewed by Robert4.1May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Old Barn."

    It is ideally situated on Windermere with easy access to the lake and nearby attractions. The house is set among a small group of other holiday lets making it feel secure, with plenty of parking and is afforded lovely views of the surrounding area. Well appointed facilities inside with huge sofas in the living room and well stocked kitchen. The bedrooms are comfy and the whole house has a light, airy feel to it. It's a real home from home. I can't really think of any negatives except a note that the mattress for the travel cot is very old, stained and torn so unsafe to use, but luckily we had brought our own anyway. I would most definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had previously stayed at The Old Barn and were disappointed with the overall cleanliness and facilities although the amount of space was great there were a lot of things that needed repainting, cleaning & replacing, this aside we decided to rebook."

    On arrival we were greeted with a warm and welcoming accommodation that had been updated, cleaned with new sofas and curtains. We were blown away and the experience was amazing and worth every penny. It was great to see the updated Barn and we would 100% book again. The only issue was the freezer needs defrosting which was passed onto the agent so I am sure that will be sorted and the cooker had been turned off. If you don't reset the clock the oven doesn't work, thanks for the challenge and we had a great week.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Feb 2022

  • "A clean, spacious accommodation in a fabulous location."

    This property could be truly fabulous if the owners took care of the small details. However, the previous critics were rather harsh (in my view) although somewhat understandable as if you pay premium prices, you expect the details to be premium standard too. But they did not spoil or detract from the fabulousness in any way. Recommend.

    Reviewed by Petty3.8Oct 2021

  • "The property is situated in a fantastic location, with easy access to beautiful walks to Ambleside and trout beck."

    To property also benefits from easy access to brockhole which contains amazing activities for kids and the pier for ferry rides to Ambleside,Wray castle and Windermere. The property is generously proportioned and the kitchen was sufficiently equipped to accommodate home cooking. The disappointing attributes were the state Of condition of the facilities inside the property which were as follows ; freezer was heavily iced up rendering it unusable - it needs a good defrost, the ensuite shower was blocked up meaning all the shower water collected in the shower tray, the sofas in the living room need replacing (as other reviewers have mentioned) and the kitchen is short of glasses. Despite these minor agrievences we had a fabulous stay and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by James3.4Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was so spacious and well appointed."

    We lacked for nothing. Being able to access the outdoor centre and the lake without having to drive was perfect. We’d love to return soon.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Aug 2021

  • "Sadly our stay at the Barn was very disappointing as the facility did not reflect what was advertised."

    The external setting and appearance of the property is exceptional, with the grounds well kept. The disappointment was internally as the décor was very tied and in desperate need of renovation, the curtains on the ground floor were hanging off the curtain poles and draped across the floor as they were 200mm to long. The two settees in the lounge were so old and dirty that we had to drape over a cover before sitting on them. The stair carpet was covered in stains and appeared not to have been cleaned since originally being layed. The disappointment continued upstairs as the beds and linen were of a low quality and very uncomfortable, certainly not what you would expect in a quality holiday let! I note that a number of these points were previously made by other guests with no action being taken! To say that our holiday was tarnished would be an understatement as having nice accommodation with comfort is an important part of any holiday. We have been using Lake Lovers for the last fifteen years plus, and have always been extremely satisfied with both the service and accommodations, but on this occasion the Barn was unacceptable! I would highly recommend that you have one of your senior customer service representatives carry out a full facility audit of this property, so that you fully appreciate the extent of this complaint as we do not feel in its current state that it should be marketed to future guests. I look forward to your response in due course. Sincerely, Mark Bates. P.S. With regards to publishing our feedback, we leave that entirely up to you as you are the agents!

    Reviewed by Mark1.9Aug 2021

  • "This is a nice cottage in a lovely location but it is s in need of some attention."

    The sofas and curtains need to be replaced in the living room. The kitchen needs to be supplied with crockery, glasses, chopping boards and other essential items. The carpets need to be cleaned and/ or replaced. We stayed for two weeks and found the mattresses uncomfortable. Some attention and it will be a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Murray2.5Jun 2021

  • "The booking and communication process with yourselves has been very good."

    It was however hard to contact you when leaving the property and our out of hours emergency wasn't answered until the next day. The property itself has an amazing location and beautiful grounds, but could do with some modernisation and a deep clean. I pushed the sofas back to find something and it was clear that hadn't been done in a while!

    Reviewed by Anna4.1Jun 2021

  • "Initial Location reference is misleading, felt somewhat conned on arrival."

    property showing signs of use and requires a clean up. curtains in lounge hanging of hooks and require attention both sofas in the lounge are well past their sell by date and require replacement chipped glasses found on arrival, cups required cleaning. overall we enjoyed our stay at this property and if the above was addressed would consider staying again

    Reviewed by Kenneth3.1May 2021

  • "The Old Barn was a brilliant place to stay and we shall consider staying again in the future."

    The cottage was well equipped and very spacious.

    Miss TaibotJun 2019

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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 2 floors
  • 3 bedrooms; 1 x king size with ensuite shower room, 2 x double bedrooms, bathroom
  • Spacious lounge
  • Kitchen/ diner
  • Cloakroom with 3rd WC and wash basin
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Walking distance of National Park visitors centre and Lake Windermere
  • Private parking for two plus visitor's space
  • Wi-Fi
  • Double electric oven, gas hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Microwave
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Gas central heating
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Travel cot & Highchair provided

The property

A fantastic barn conversion which is part of a converted coach house and stables, around two miles from Ambleside and just a two minute stroll from Brockhole - the National Park Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere.

The property is set in beautiful landscaped gardens, it has a tranquil and secluded feel, but without compromising on convenience and nestled amongst a group of traditional Lakeland buildings that once belonged to the first Earl of Lonsdale during the late 18th Century.

The Old Barn’s interior is light and airy, with a living and dining space that looks out onto the gardens and the lake.

Three spacious bedrooms make every guest feel special.

Plus, there is a beautiful patio, the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy al fresco living in harmony with the visiting wild deer.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 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
  • Last minute
  • Christmas