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Willow Tree Barn

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Brigsteer, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely relaxing stay with a great host and a very well-equipped and warm barn."

    Many thanks for everything Brian. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and we are looking forward to coming back.

    Nov 2023

  • "Wonderful stay and thanks for the wine etc."

    Donkeys were great and lots of walks nearby.

    Oct 2023

  • "Lovely property to stay in a lovely location."

    Well equipped but would suggest a few more mugs and plates to make more efficient use of the dishwasher. Would definitely stay again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Willow Tree Barn. We are pleased to confirm that the owner has replaced the crockery. We hope to welcome you back again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Sep 2023

  • "On a positive note the barn conversion is in a fabulous quiet peaceful location only a few miles from Kendal and it has been done beautifully converted ,bathrooms etc,then stuffed with what I imagine is dozens of unwanted ornaments and glassware ."

    The bedlinen pillows and duvet & cover were appalling, old and worn out ,again old stuff no longer needed by the owner and ‘ these will do for the barn .’ Manmade flat as a pancake pound shop pillows , brushed cotton bedlinen old and bobbled so awful that we went out and purchased cotton sheets and pillowcases .Certainly not what we would expect for the price of the rental, I have got better dust sheets . The towels were old & grey , tiny bath towels , my husband and I are slim ,heaven knows how a large overweight person would manage Communication with lake lovers was appalling .The fortnight before our stay I telephoned and e mailed Lakelovers many times requesting information that had been posted previously on revues regarding shortage of mugs plates etc asking if we needed to take extra ,I wanted to know if there was a coffee machine so that I could take the appropriate pads . No one bothered to find out and reply . I requested the contact details if the owner to ask fir the information directly , ‘ oh no that’s not allowed .’ There are indeed only 4 of everything .How does that work ? Use the dishwasher after every meal wasting water electricity etc ??? I purchased Nespresso pods with my Tesco delivery & they were incompatible. No coffee for us then. Other than basic china the kitchen is fantastically well stocked with all manner of utensils pans casserole dishes etc . Regarding views as stated on your website , I don’t know who thinks one small kitchen window with overgrown shrubs and roses and a brick shed blocking the window constitutes a view . All the other windows were either slits or roof velux . There are no views from the barn . The lounge and dining area is SO DARK that lights needed to be left on all day . So to be clear the fault is not with the owner the fault lies with Lakelovers misrepresentation in the barn description. Come on Lakelovers pull your socks up . We will avoid booking with you again . Re publishing ,you decide

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. The owner has taken your comments on board and we are pleased to advise that the owner has replaced the bed linen at the property. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley3.1Sep 2023

  • "Amazing place."

    Thanks so much.

    Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week stay at Willow Tree Barn."

    It was exceptionally clean, loads of lovely little extras we didn't expect like a bottle of wine and some treats, as well as practical items like hand wash, washing liquid and shower gels. The barn is stunning, modern, warm and had amazing views. The on site donkeys and apple orchard were lovely, and the seating areas for Al fresco dining were gorgeous and surrounded by the owners stunning flowers. The owner, who lives next door, was so friendly and welcoming. Our dog loved the barn too and enjoyed the many, many walks from the doorstep. Brigsteer itself is a quaint village with a fab pub in walking distance, and others just a short drive away as well as National Trust's Sizergh Castle and an amazing farm shop and cafe next door called Low Sizergh Barn! If you're not accustomed to country living, be prepared to face some tricky roads though and poor phone signal. For us it was heaven! My only flag to other visitors with dogs is that the grounds aren't 100% secure, fine if yours is calm, but ours is still a puppy who was overjoyed to see farm animals and got so excited he chased a pheasant into a hidden muddy bog haha. We will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Aug 2023

  • "Perfect Holiday."

    We had the best time at Willow Tree Barn. Very well equipped. Thoughtful welcome touches and our daughter loved the donkeys. So much to see and do, we are already planning our next trip!

    Aug 2023

  • "Thanks for such a warm welcome."

    We really enjoyed exploring this stunning location. The donkeys are seriously cute - shame we have to leave.

    Aug 2023

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful stay."

    The Barn is wonderful, and we loved the beautiful scenery. The highlight for the children was seeing the donkeys every day. Thanks for the lovely welcome gifts too.

    Aug 2023

  • "A lovely, clean & comfortable property, in a lovely location with good off-road parking."

    We enjoyed our stay. The only small criticism I would make, is that there are only four mugs, four dinner plates, four tea plates and four bowls. Whilst I fully understand that the property is for four people, perhaps a couple extra of each would be welcome. Especially the mugs! Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2023

  • "2nd year visiting Willow Tree Barn which we love."

    The house is very comfortable, has everything you need and the location is perfect, so peaceful. Brian the owner is very welcoming and friendly. Hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Julieanne5.0Jul 2023

  • "Been visiting the Lakes for years but first time at Brigsteer."

    Enjoyed our stay in Willow Tree Barn. A lovely and comfortable accommodation. The welcome treats were much appreciated.

    Jul 2023

  • "A lovely property that is well placed in Brigsteer We enjoyed are week enormously."

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jun 2023

  • "Second year here and as always, it's a wonderful stay at Willow Tree Barn."

    Brian is warm and welcoming, just love the quietness and lovely walks around Brigsteer. As ever our dog loved his holiday. Looking forward to coming back in 2024.

    Jun 2023

  • "A lovely Barn we thoroughly enjoyed our week with long sunny days and beautiful walks in the valley."

    The Wheatsheaf pub remains very good for food and drinks. Thanks to our host Brian for the warm welcome.

    Jun 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting."

    Welcome pack was a great touch. Accommodation very comfortable, clean and good range of appliances etc.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Super accommodation and welcome pack much appreciated."

    Beautiful surroundings. Had a lovely lunch in Hare and Hounds, Levens. Would love to have stayed longer.

    Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonerful week at Willow Tree Barn."

    The barn is clean, comfortable and really well equipped with everything you need for a relaxing home away from home break. The barn is finished to a high standard and the furniture is comfortable and practical. Winston, Twinkle & Mary the donkeys are a lovely addition and we enjoyed feeding them. Willow Tree barn is in a fantastic quiet location, the views are stunning and the proximity to civilsation is great. A fantastic spot to enjoy the lakes from. Huge thanks to Brian for his warm and friendly hospitality.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay and Willowtree Barn is perfectly equipped clean and comfortable."

    Loved chatting to Brian who is so friendly and feeding the donkeys Winston, Mary, and Twinkle. Thank you so much for the kind and generous gifts.

    Mar 2023

  • "Willow tree barn is a superb holoday cottage in a great location Nothing is ..."

    Willow tree barn is a superb holoday cottage in a great location Nothing is too much trouble for the owner Brian amd he makes you feel at home Thankyou for the welcome pack and Christmas drinks Brian

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful property."

    Lovely location and views. Brian the owner who lives next door was very friendly. The three donkeys on the property were lovely. Good dog walks from the door. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Willow Tree Barn, it was very clean and comfortable and really warm."

    Lovely location and great for our dog. Loved the owners donkeys and the owner Brian was very friendly. The local pub the wheatsheaf very friendly and the food excellent. Had many great walks especially the Kenmore Horseshoe. A bonus was we had really good weather. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful location."

    House just needed a better clean. Cobwebs everywhere. Also someone with a did must of stayed jut before us . Dog hair all over sofa and on floor in one of rooms . It’s a lovely place, but could be amazing Would stay again

    Reviewed by Joanne3.1Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic peaceful place."

    Had good weather last September. Owner helpful. Good off road parking. WiFi good. All necessary facilities at cottage and nice outdoor area. Nice to see the donkeys and horses.

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting and ideal for touring the Lake District and beyond."

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed a great weeks holiday in The Lakes, staying at Willow Tree Barn."

    The property was well set out and very comfortable. The beds were comfortable and access was easy. Only issue we faced was the lack of WiFi. Owner informed us of the lack of WiFi on arrival. There is also very little data coverage at the location. The owner was happy to offer us an agreed discount (cash back). The owner was quick to offer this, for which we were grateful. The owner was helpful. Willow Tree Barn is an excellent, peaceful retreat and good base to explore The Lakes.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are glad to hear you had a wonderful stay. I can confirm that the WIFI issue has since been resolved and new WIFI was installed at the end of August 2021. We hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.1Jul 2022

  • "Willow Tree Barn is the perfect holiday home."

    It has everything you need, location is great for walking, or a stroll to the pub for a nice meal, if you want to slow down, relax and do very little this is the house for you. Other towns are not far away to visit by car or to pick up food and essentials. The only thing I would mention is the wi-fi isn’t that good, but it didn’t really bother us. If we went for lunch or dinner we managed to read emails then. Our puppy will miss the owner’s Donkeys he loved seeing them everyday, especially 2 month old Twinkle! We look forward to more holidays at the Barn

    Thank you for your email. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay and found the property perfect for your visit to the Lakes. We have since had new WIFI installed at the end of August so we hope if you do return you can see the difference in the speed and service. We hope we can welcome you back again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julieanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a really lovely week at Willow Tree Barn."

    The location is great for the south Lakes' area and the peace and quiet is delightful. The barn is comfortable and, overall, well equipped. The views from the patio (which unfortunately cannot be directly accessed from the cottage) are lovely - especially on sunny days. There were are of cobwebs all over the cottage and lots (I really do mean lots) of big spiders! I'm guessing it's down to the time of year as spiders seem to be everywhere. At the time of writing (8th July) there is still no working internet service at the property, due to severe delays with it being provided to the property by BT. This is something that has been ongoing for several months with no end date in sight. So if internet connectivity is important to you then bring your own 4G router or Mobile WiFi/MiFi device and stick it high up on the lounge window – which worked fine for us! Mobile phone signal is very poor/intermittent within the house due to the thick walls but worked fine outside.

    Thank you for ypur feedback and we are pleased you had a lovely week at Willow Tree Barn. I can confirm that the WIFI has since been fixed and new WIFI has been installed as of the end of August at long last! We hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Jul 2022

  • "Willow Tree Barn is lovely, great space, comfortable beds all the things you need for a comfortable stay, except for the lack of WiFi."

    This review would have achieved a 5 star rating and lots of happy faces. Unfortunately, WiFi is key for me when travelling and especially when you could get no 3G, 4G or 5G in the area. Some people may enjoy having no access to internet, however I had booked Willow Tree Barn on the basis that it had WiFi. The lack of WiFi did impact our holiday which was frustrating. The owner of the Willow Tree Barn should have made us aware of the lack of WiFi, it is NOW clear to me that previous visitors in May had also suffered from this and I think it is unethical to list that you have WiFi when clearly you don’t. I have not requested any refund because the property and other facilities were of a high standard. All I ask in return is that the property owner warns guests that there is no WiFi prior to their stay so they could be more prepared.

    Reviewed by Harry3.1Jun 2022

  • "The property was lovely and comfortable."

    It provided rest after a day exploring and walking. The recliners were needed after a day on the hills. There was plenty in the kitchen to allow us to cook from base. The little treats on arrival were most welcome. The bathrooms were of a high standard. The local wildlife and donkeys' were entertaining. We did struggle a without the internet access (which was something we put in the search criteria) as my son came along as we said we could access internet for his A level revision. We left on the Thursday as he was getting quite anxious that there were things he still needed to access. With the limited access and phone signal it meant a lot of walks outside for myself to check on mum who is undergoing cancer treatment. I believe there are plans to put better access in. It may be prudent to make other guests aware in case this is something they need to check on for family /work. The only other improvement is that some new pillows in the double bedroom as the ones in there are a little flat. It could be just my personal preference. thanks for a relaxing time

    Reviewed by Joanna3.8May 2022

  • "Cottage okay."

    There was no WiFi for the week. Owner said he would fix it but didn’t. WiFi is an essential part of the rental. I’m fuming that the rental was miss sold!

    Reviewed by Clive2.8May 2022

  • "We loved your beautiful property, everything was perfect ."

    .Thank you Brian it was lovely to meet you ... we hope to be able to book to come back next year

    Reviewed by C5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property, really warm with the underfloor heating, and well equipped In a great location at the edge of Brigsteer village, which is very peaceful with a nice pub within walking distance."

    Great walks from the property, without having to use the car.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous barn in a wonderful location."

    The Lyth Valley is the hidden gem of the Lakes and Willow Tree Barn is a great base to explore the area with a number of great walks on the doorstep. The barn provides excellent accommodation and is very cosy and comfortable. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2021

  • "Delightful cottage."

    Great location, stunning interior and very warm and cosy. Only comment would be that aside from being very clean everywhere, there were quite a few cobwebs around. Additionally, the pillows on the bed were very low quality. Everything else was fantastic! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Amy4.4Nov 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week at Willow Tree Barn in Brigsteer."

    The barn was so lovely and a cosy retreat for us to relax in after a day out walking. Brian was a wonderful host and we very much enjoyed our chats with him. It was great to have the Wheatsheaf on the doorstep too. We will be back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week in the Lakes."

    Willow Tree Barn was lovely to come back to after a day out and about...... it had everything you would need for your stay. The Barn is so cosy and warm that we didn't get a chance to light the wood burner!! The shower was extremely good and loved the Velux windows that we could open to listen to all the country sounds at night....but closed themselves if it started to rain! Oh! and not forgetting the daily ritual of feeding the donkeys a carrot....or two!. We soon learnt to ignore the SatNav which wanted to take us down every small windy lane around and found the quickest route to the main road that took you quickly and easily up to all the main attractions of Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, and Keswick which although the main route was very scenic. All in all, we had a lovely week and would not hesitate to return!

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Oct 2021

  • "Very nice, comfortable place."

    Friendly host, helpful but not intrusive. Great base for lots of locations around the lakes. Would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2021

  • "Although superficially clean -the cobwebs and dust under the sofa and coffee ..."

    Although superficially clean -the cobwebs and dust under the sofa and coffee table were impressive as usual in most holiday homes a lack of crockery and equipment was noticeable -4 mugs for 4 people but 6-8 would have been more sensible-nowhere to dry clothes -a clothes rack would be helpful barn israthler dark needs lights on all day hair dryer has melted plastic /burn marks allows dogs but not dog friendly or anywhere comfortable to sit outside

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Sep 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay so much we didn’t want to leave!"

    !!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2021

  • "Comfortable l, clean and great location."

    Everything we needed and more. Perfect place if you need to get away and relax for a bit.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jul 2021

  • "The accommodation at Willow Tree Barn is lovely, it's contemporary but really comfortable."

    The local pub is great and the location is wonderful for exploring all the Lake District has to offer.

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Jun 2021

  • "Everything about the accommodation was perfect."

    We enjoyed having little chats with Brian, the owner and our dog loved his donkeys!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2021

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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.

Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be a twin on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed Linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Private patio with outdoor furniture
  • One medium-size dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles, pub 0.4 miles

The property

Levens 2.2 miles.

Tucked away in the sleepy hamlet of Brigsteer, within the vast green landscapes of the Lake District National Park, is this striking converted barn.

Renovated to a high standard with stylish and contemporary interiors throughout, Willow Tree Barn offers a luxurious base from which one or two couples can enjoy a romantic retreat to this magnificent part of the country.

Feel the welcoming ambiance of this charming abode as you step inside the light open-plan living space, a wonderful setting to entertain your nearest and dearest.

Warm your toes by the characterful woodburning stove as you cosy up in the inviting grey armchair, or lounge with friends on the pretty cream sofa as you watch an entertaining movie on the large flat-screen TV.

Move your way across to the kitchen and rustle up a tasty treat for all to enjoy with the help of the handy electrical appliances that lie within, before serving up at the country-style dining table and discussing your most memorable moments from the holiday so far.

Climb the stunning oak staircase to the first floor and admire the attractive glass balustrade landing that looks over the open-plan living space, as you retreat to one of the two well-presented bedrooms comprised of a king-size with tranquil en-suite bathroom, and a double with a sophisticated en-suite shower.

Each of the bedrooms can be found hosting ample storage space for all of your belongings, as well as exuding light from the impressive Velux windows that decorate the high sloping ceilings.

Take in the spectacular views of the South Lakeland District Fells as you indulge in a crisp glass of wine out on the patio and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet with a chapter of your favourite book.

Set in the Lyth Valley, just a stone's throw away from the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windermere, you can enjoy many scenic walking routes right from your doorstep.

Hike through the breath-taking terrains of the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve, or challenge yourself as you scale the heights of Gummer's How and be rewarded with unrivalled views over Windermere.

Explore the 14th century fortress of Sizergh Castle or wander the well-kept landscapes of Levens Hall, an imposing Elizabethan Manor House with grand décor and beautiful orchard.

Stop by the town of Kendal and discover the ruins of Kendal Castle and attractions such as the Quaker Tapestry Museum and the Kendal and Lakeland Museums, as well as an abundance of pubs, bars and restaurants to wine and dine in.

Take a tour of the World of Beatrix Potter, or head out onto the calming waters of Windermere with Blue Island Cruise.

Cross on over to the West Shore to see Claife Heights Viewing Station and the National Trust owned Wray Castle, or spend the day the Lakeland Maze Farm Park.

With so much adventure right on your doorstep, be sure to book a stay at Willow Tree Barn.

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About the location

BRIGSTEER

Helsington 1.5 miles; Levens 2.1 miles; Kendal 5 miles.

Brigsteer is a hamlet between the towns of Helsington and Levens and about five miles from Kendal in Cumbria. Brigsteer is located on the edge of the Lyth valley with Scout Scar overlooking the village itself. Village amenities include a village hall and a local pub called The Wheatsheaf Inn. There are still three working farms in the village of Brigsteer with many more developments having been built since. Nearby Levens has more amenities including a general store/newsagent and a pub. Levens consists of a huddle of fine, stone-built traditional houses, cottages and barn conversions surrounded by unspoilt countryside, with varied flora and fauna and a nature reserve providing beautiful walking country. Kendal is further away being known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes, being ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.