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The Old Apple Barn

Lindale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1004440)


(22 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "The property has potential and is in a good location."

    However there are a lot of things broken, not working and there is a lot of things left around the property. I feel the property is not up to the standard of places I have previously stayed at with Sykes cottages.

    We are unaware of anything broken, or anything not working- if you had mentioned this during your stay we could have sorted this for you immediately rather than you suffering in silence until you had left. The property reflects country living rather than a clinical hotel; apologies if the boardgames, books and homely decoration caused issue for you when ‘left around the property’. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarieMay 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing bank holiday weekend spent here with my family everything ..."

    Absolutely amazing bank holiday weekend spent here with my family everything advertised is exactly as it says would recommend to anyone looking for a nice quiet homely holiday in the lakes which we also took our dog 10/10

    Glad you and your family enjoyed and found all the beautiful walks. Hope you visit again soon. Laura and Mark. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeeApr 2022

  • "Unfortunately our stay turned out was as follows."

    On arriving mid evening in a very cold property we realised after a short time that the property had not been cleaned since last use and the bed was unchanged. We were grateful to the cleaning firm that on ringing them they came out and put things right - although not a restful way to start a weekend break. We were doubly unlucky to lose all power on our second night on account of Storm Arwen and it was not restored before we left – therefore no heat or any opportunity to use virtually any facility in the property. Before submitting this review we asked the owners via Sykes for an explanation of the uncleaned state of the property but none was received. This was really not adequate and displayed no sense of responsibility for such a disappointing experience. Therefore we have decided to record our experience for the benefit of others.

    Reviewed by LucyNov 2021

  • "A couple of things with the cottage , it did have a slight damp smell, but after having windows open it got better."

    Some anti slip strips on the stairs would not go a miss . And a couple more baking tins as only one . But overall a lovely place for a Lake District exploring holiday.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "Nice little barn conversion, just poorly finished and a bit shabby round the edges."

    Cleaning was acceptable although still smelt of dogs, and everything had this kind of sticky feeling. Location was a good base to visit the south lakes.

    Reviewed by TomAug 2021

  • "Comfortable, cozy cottage."

    Kids loved mezzanine level and giant beanbag. Reasonably well equipped, could just do with a few more teaspoons (2 didn't last long between 4) and a better hoover as it didn't pick up much. Lovely Greek restaurant in Grange-over-sands, and lots to do not too far away.

    Reviewed by BrittAug 2021

  • "Lovely home had a fantastic time"

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage in a good location for exploring the Lake District."

    Only down side was the stairs as they are steep and they would benefit from a stair gate especially with dogs as this would help to keep them upstairs. Not really subtitle for anyone with young children due to no stair gate. But overall a lovely place to stay .

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2021

  • "It is a really nice place to stay."

    I was very pleased with the facilities available and the beds were very comfortable. I was very pleased with the cottage as a whole, it was a great place to stay. The garden is a sun trap, so it was really nice to sit in the garden and watch the birds. A couple of things to mention for anyone staying here in the future. 1) The enclosed garden is not accessible directly from the house, you have go through the courtyard (car park) round to the side of the house. 2) The local shop is the post office but it closes at 1pm everyday and is obviously closed on a Sunday. It also does not really have a huge selection. 3) The stairs to the first floor are treated wood, with a bend in them. My dog struggled with them to the point where we had to carry him down the first day and he refused to go up them again. I assume it was because of the grip as they are also not good if you are just wearing socks either. So probably not great for people unstable on their feet either as the hand rail is on the narrowest part if the bend and not the wall. I would highly recommend the accommodation as a whole and is in a really central location. Around 30mins Morecambe and Windermere.

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2021

  • "It was all good."

    Great cottage, really useful directions and very handy to have the key safe to just let ourselves in. Enjoyed the Royal Oak pub up the road - booking essential even for drinks - and the area and location were brilliant for accessing the incredible Lakes. Nice walks round Lindale too.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2021

  • "Village very quite !"

    and pub not as close as expected. Very Creaky building but OK

    Reviewed by AdrianJun 2021

  • "Every thing was very good"

    Reviewed by AllanMay 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation, clean and everything you need, just 2 adults stopped in the barn and was very happy with it, close to towns and plenty to do, we would deffinantly stop again."

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2021

  • "We were happy with the cottage, which was very well equipped and comfortable."

    Just a few minor comments….. It would be helpful if the description mentioned the steep, uncarpeted, slippy stairs as an older couple may struggle with these. (Also, our dog found them very tricky). It should also be pointed out that the living area and kitchen are upstairs. Probably due to Covid, we ate mainly at home. We were only cooking basic meals for 2 people and we needed at least an extra oven baking sheet and an additional, much larger saucepan. It is advertised as a 4 bed property so the current equipment is insufficient.

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2020

  • "The pre-holiday communications were all very helpful (at Lindale, change “garage” to large “car-showroom”."

    The cottage itself was very clean and well-appointed. The Black Ring-binder contained useful information. The beds were very comfortable !! The shower head has a life of its own and cannot be kept at an appropriate angle - problem was solved by simply hand-holding it !! The location was splendid as it was close to Grange-over-Sands with its many shops, restaurants and take-aways of various types, and, of course, its Promenade, with toilets, cafes, and crazy golf, pitch and putt, and tennis court, and great views over Morecambe Bay Short drives took you to Bowness for sails on Lake Windermere and lots of shops and restaurants, to Ambleside, and to Hawkshead.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "COMPLAINTS: - A few problems on arrival which the owner responded to swiftly ."

    ... 1) Twin beds not made into double as requested - this was rectified promptly. 2) Issue with the lack of hot water - fixed on day 4. NEGATIVES: - Overall appearance of cottage quite grubby. In need of a deep clean, skirting boards dirty, drip stains down back of sofa and kitchen wall, bathroom not adequately cleaned (sink overflow filthy). - Crockery and utensils, especially glasses, needed washing before use, not just for personal satisfaction, just not clean! - Twin beds are short in length and springs can be felt - not really suitable for adults. - Ice box in fridge blocked with ice and frost, well overdue a defrost. POSITIVES: - Well laid out living space - Shower pressure great once working - Lovely fluffy towels, good size - Nice garden area and good garage space.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2020

  • "The old apple barn was lovely & cosy just right for a week to explore the area."

    The beautiful Lake District didn’t disappoint & met all our expectations. Will visit again.

    Reviewed by SueOct 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely just as expected, great location, plenty of room to relax in making it a great place to go and explore from."

    You are never more than hour away from any where you may wish to visit. There are great walks locally if you don't wish to travel to far and nice local amenities.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2019

  • "We had great time, the WIFI was not working when we arrived, that was let down for my teenage kids but it worked 5 days out of the 7 we stayed."

    Reviewed by Cynthia ThandekaAug 2019

  • "Cottage info at property promised access to WiFi and Netflix however neither worked!"

    this caused stress for my teenage daughter

    Reviewed by CheryllJul 2019

  • "I would have liked a sheet under the duvet but thats a personal choice."

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2019

  • "Nice clean, quiet, comfortable, warm and very well presented property in an area with good access to other areas of the lakes."

    All ammenties were well thought out and well presented. The kitchen had all you needed to prepare a meal and the welcome basket was a nice touch to get us started after a long drive. The local pub was friendly but the food was no better (or worse) than any other pub, though slightly more expensive as we had expected being the only pub in the village. We ate there a couple of times, as it is the only pub in Lindale itself and, the only other place to aquire provisions in the village walking in distance is the small post office store but, at just under 5 miles away, Grange Over Sands has two other pubs and a bigger selection of shops. They also have a few great take aways ("Fish Over Chips" was great). The stairs in the property were a little worrying with an OAP with us but, weren't a problem as we were aware of this, although the property wouldn't be suitable for someone with very limited mobility. Off road parking is provided (and appreciated in the Lakes) but was a minor issue due to the turning area. Nice small enclosed garden area with chairs and table. Although we were aware the cottage allowed dogs and understood the need for the covers on the sofas, continually having to adjust them was a bit of a pain. However, even the able bodied should be careful on the entrance step. Due to the placing of the door frame on the top step its very narrow and easy to miss your footing.These are picky and minor things and all in all its hard to find criticism for the property, we would highly recommend this property as a great base for visiting all the Lake District has to offer.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2019

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Second floor snug.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge
  • Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage in garage
  • Enclosed side lawned garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 7 mins walk, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Internal stairs may make this property unsuitable for guests with small children or limited mobility

The property

Tucked away in a secluded corner of the small village of Lindale, on an award-winning courtyard development, this barn conversion is close to the elegant Edwardian town of Grange-over-Sands and the ancient priory village of Cartmel.

This cottage offers superb accommodation and makes an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Lake District, with Lake Windermere less than 5 miles away.

This lovely cottage offers two delightful bedrooms, along with a modern bathroom on the ground floor.

Upstairs, you can really appreciate the original features in the sitting room with its high vaulted ceiling and feature beams, together with a dining area where you can enjoy delicious, home-cooked meals.

There is also a separate Mezzanine area with seating, where you can escape for some peace and quiet with a good book.

Outside is a lovely enclosed garden with patio furniture, perfect for sunny days where you can enjoy the surroundings and relax.

The village of Lindale has a shop, pub and a Post Office, so you could amble up for your morning paper, whilst in the evening sample some of the hospitality in the pub.

Just a few minutes' drive from the cottage is Grange-over-Sands, a charming town noted for its gentle climate.

From here you can embark on a train ride over Morecambe Bay to Arnside, on the Lancashire coast, and enjoy all that this quiet, yet exquisite town has to offer.

The railway station in Grange is situated close to some lovely tea rooms and specialist shops including a bakery and chocolatiers.

Grange also boasts a Michelin Star restaurant, L'Enclume, as well as nearby Cartmel offering a further delectable Michelin dining experience, Rogan and Co, both serving food sure to tantalise your taste buds.

For a superb day out in Cartmel, amble through this pretty village with its host of superb restaurants, individual shops and priory, with a river flowing through the centre with resident ducks.

The surrounding area is rich in flora and fauna with the Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve close by and whether you wish to explore the high fells or the charming low level walks, there is something for everyone in this charming corner of Cumbria, at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Grange-over-Sands 2 miles; Cartmel 3.6 miles; Windermere 12 miles.

Lindale, a small village situated in the south of The Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and just a few miles from Lake Windermere, makes the area a perfect holiday destination. Set amidst the charm of The Southern Lakes, this attractive village, with handy gastropub, The Royal Oak, makes an inspiring choice from which to enjoy the whole of this magical area. Just a few minutes drive brings you to Cartmel, a delightful village to wander around, famed for its delicious sticky toffee pudding, 12th century priory, National Hunt race meetings and gourmet restaurants. You could also visit Grange-over-Sands, a charming seaside Edwardian town. Take a stroll on the promenade and return through the quaint narrow streets with some lovely tea rooms and specialist shops including a bakery, chocolatiers, and award winning butchers. The Lake District has so much to offer, there is sailing on Windermere, cycling in The Grizedale Forest, Go Ape Treetop adventures, Birdwatching at Leighton Moss and The Foulshaw Osprey Experience. There are also stately homes at Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle and a heritage steam railway which runs from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. The Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Beauty is also a short journey away. But leaving the best till last, walking or touring in the fabulous Lake District, with its fells, lakes and tarns is an absolute must, most of which is just a short drive or walk away.

Region Information

Internal stairs may make this property unsuitable for guests with small children or limited mobility

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas
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