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Old Kings Head Barn

Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 917335)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "I made a complaint to Sykes about this property."

    The washing machine was broken on arrival, we had not been informed and spent the week chasing the owner who on the final day of our holiday sent her husband to have a look and said she needed to get a plumber out. There were no instructions for the appliances.The Visitor's book had long lists of minor repairs not attended to, and which we encountered. No welcome pack, fireplace full of ash on arrival, no starter pack for fire. No sense of accountability to guests.

    Reviewed by CarolMay 2022

  • "We stayed in this property a few years ago, however it has deteriorated since then."

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2021

  • "Needs a little attention in places, namely, basin taps in bathroom need tightening, washing machine door sticking, leaking shower cubicle, flat batteries in TV remote, bedside lamps not working and lights in second bedroom not working either."

    Badly scratched frying pan and no scissors. Most of the above are mentioned in the property comments book but the owners don't seem to be aware. Otherwise a great stay !

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2021

  • "When we got there the door had been left open the key was in the box the one ..."

    When we got there the door had been left open the key was in the box the one for the tea towels was dirty the bathroom taps need look at the renovated to a done to a high standard but it been neglected customers have put things down nothing been done

    Reviewed by SylviaSep 2021

  • "We loved the village and location and had a lovely holiday."

    The cottage has been renovated to a high standard but is looking neglected. The fridge was dirty, cobwebs on the ceiling, stair carpet looking grubby, second bedroom starting to smell damp and no broom or hoover to clean with- just a brush and dustpan which I did my best with. The washing machine was not working properly either. Disappointing, as it has a lot of potential. Despite these issues, we enjoyed this beautiful part of the world and hope to return to the area again.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "Beautifully modernised cottage in the peaceful Duddon Valley."

    Very comfortable. Appreciated supply of luxury towels ,lovely bed linen. Met our needs. Just wanted to add,we arrived late and although I could identify the cottage from photoes on line,it would have been comforting to have had the name of the cottage outside. No garden ,no clothes horse to dry washing or swimwear or wet weather gear ? Cutlery drawer concealed right at the back of another drawer. Bedrooms got very hot as they are subterranean .

    Reviewed by OliveJul 2021

  • "The barn itself is a great property and I would recommend it it, however, there are certain faults that seem to have been pointed out by other guests that still have not been rectified."

    The shower leaks, the light switch in the bedroom has a fault that means it sparks and the window latch is still broken. The fridge had not been cleaned when we arrived and the dishwasher had dirty plates in which isn't great when cleanliness is paramount at the moment. It made me think how detailed the overall clean had been. As I said the property itself is comfortable, well equipped and in a great location and well worth a stay.

    Reviewed by AnnieJun 2021

  • "I was a bit concerned that the light fitting / switch in the second bedroom was a bit erratic when used, like an electrical fault."

    I notified the owner via text.

    Reviewed by GlenApr 2021

  • "There were some really nice touches to make this more homey that I don’t remember being listed when we booked like Netflix, fireplace etc."

    The guestbook was also a nice touch. Rooms and facilities were in excellent condition and the properly felt like it had been newly decorated. Check in was also really easy due to the key box outside and had no issues working any of the appliances. Given the need to book restaurants etc with COVID at the moment, it would be good if something could be done to help guests book tables in places to eat in the village, as the pub opposite literally ignored all my emails requesting to book for dinner. It’s hard to know when you haven’t been somewhere whether you can just turn up and expect to be seated!

    Reviewed by CarlyApr 2021

  • "The old barn had been converted to a very high standard and was well equipped."

    Broughton is a very nice village with 3 pubs the Old Kings Head is 20 yards across the road. There is a bakery and a butchers just round the corner. The heating upstairs in the lounge diner was very good. There was no instructions on how to operate the under floor heating in the bath room and bedrooms which would have been a problem if it had been winter. We visited Ulverston, Grange over Sands, Coniston for a cruise on the lake and Ravenglass for a trip on the steam train. Went on a couple of walks from the village, we were very lucky to have good weather all week. Negatives the tin opener does not work even though it has been put in the comments book, first fill of logs was one small log?. Most cottages leave you a welcome pack not the Old Kings Barn.

    Reviewed by Paul AnthonySep 2020

  • "I was extremely disappointed and annoyed that I arrived to a property which had not been cleaned."

    This is bad enough normally but under the current situation, disgraceful. At most, an hour and a half was spent on the property after I arrived and contacted the owners. No apology and no cleaning equipment left, not even a cloth or antibacterial cleaner. I have had this situation before when I was about the third visitor when the property was first available, and put it down to 'teething troubles' and made no complaint. A window latch which was broken last time I visited (and left a note to bring to the owners attention) had still not been mended. I currently run a holiday cottage in Somerset and and to a very much higher standard; it feels as though it is all take at the barn and very little give. I have used your company many times and have no complaints - booking has been easy and efficient. I have not have cause to try and change a booking or deal with a COVID cancellation so I cannot comment how well such things are handled.

    Reviewed by PrudenceAug 2020

  • "I realise this is a difficult time for you but when we tried to contact you by phone to amend our booking we waited over 2 hours before we had our call answered."

    Our host told us that she had waited 4 hours on a recent occasion to get through. Totally unacceptable, particularly as we went to Keswick and your office was closed and no one in attendance.

    Reviewed by TomJul 2020

  • "No garden or area to sit or take your dog would be helpful to mention for ..."

    No garden or area to sit or take your dog would be helpful to mention for future bookings ,coffee machine ,toiletries is a nice touch too would be appreciated

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2020

  • "The cottage was ideal, in a great location, very homely, would definitely recommend it to our friends and family."

    Reviewed by TJan 2020

  • "Whilst the area was lovely and overall the place looked nice, it failed to meet a basic requirement when we arrived."

    The heating was not on, taking many hours to heat up and not working in the second room. As we had our one year old with us, my husband went out to buy a radiator from Barrow-in-Furness as the bedrooms were 10 degrees. When contacting the owners they were not able to help and didn't appear to care. We were very disappointed with this.

    Reviewed by SamanthaNov 2019

  • "I don’t think feedback is looked at."

    In the visitors book everyone had written that the can opener was broken (for over a year). Still not replaced. There were no instructions regarding heating in the bedrooms (no radiators but some sort of thermostat on the walls). To cold to shower. Petty little thinks that make me think owners and renting company don’t care.

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage which is much better inside than it appears from the outside."

    Furnished to a very high standard, light and airy. Upstairs anyway, the downstairs ( which is where the bedrooms are) is a little on the dark side. This is due to the cottage being on a slope. Just a couple of small niggles, there wasn't a spatula, the tin opener didn't work, both essential for a self catering cottage. Broughton in Furness is a lovely place to visit, with three pubs, a good butcher, baker and grocery. The pubs are all excellent for food and beer.

    Reviewed by MarilynSep 2019

  • "Really nice place !"

    Excellent condition ! Really clean and comfortable ! I really love it ! One of the best places , also nice village with lovely people ! About parking is not to bad , always find parking spaces in front of cottage as people comes and go to the pub I'am looking forward to come back for my next holiday at Lake District ! Just lovely place !! Thank you !! 10 starts

    Reviewed by ElenaAug 2019

  • "House has been designed stunning"

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "The barn is absolutely beautiful."

    Open plan living. Kitchen was lovely we cooked every night. Area is breath taking and we had lots of long lovely walks with our dog. People should be aware there is no garden and it is situated at the back of a car park . However did not effect on our stay.hoover and mop would be nice felt guilty there was dog hair and mud everywhere.would of liked to clean floors before we left.

    Reviewed by KarenannJun 2019

  • "Ideally positioned with two pubs, butcher, grocer and Baker within 20yards each way out of the cottage front door!"

    (I kid you not!) the only thing lacking is some personal outdoor space. Very comfortable beds and a fabulous bathroom/shower with soft fluffy towels it has an amazing kitchen and living space. Some nice dog walks along a disused rail line and around the village. 20 minutes from the bottom end of Windermere this cottage is a great base to explore the Western Lakes area and Grange over Sands.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2019

  • "What an amazing location and superbly equipped!"

    The standard of decor and furnishings was first class. I would most definitely recommend to anyone wishing to stay in that area. Great access to Coniston with some beautiful walks near by. The local pubs are very welcoming and friendly, with excellent choices of food for both day time and evening meals out. Thank you for a fabulous 3 night stay

    Reviewed by SteveApr 2019

  • "The village is a hidden gem with easy access to the Western Lakes and stunning coastline."

    The cottage looks plain outside but is fabulous inside..never judge a book by its cover! Despite being situated on a busy junction the bedrooms, situated downstairs, were peaceful and we slept well. We enjoyed watching the outdoor cattle markets, a real flavour of country life. There are plenty of places to eat and drink as well as a good range of small independently run shops.

    Reviewed by RobinApr 2019

  • "Lovely home very comfortable overall and great pubs,butchers,cafe and bakers on doorstop +good shop would recommend."

    Reviewed by JaniceMar 2019

  • "The cottage was very well presented and extremely comfortable with everything to hand that we needed."

    We enjoyed our two night stay very much.

    Reviewed by ZoeFeb 2019

  • "The inside of the cottage is good and comfortable, but the location is terrible."

    - We came for a relaxing quiet 5 days, but it was everything but that due to the location of the cottage. - It is next to a garage which is noisy in the morning. - Cars are always parked directly infront of the door & windows allowing no privacy and noise when parking and leaving. - Parking of own vehicle difficult due to cars parked infront and near to cottage all of the time. - Had to have curtains closed at all times for any sort of privacy (felt like you were enclosed all the time). - Door had glazed panel that anyone could look in. - Central heating/radiators played up and did not work any of the four days we were there. - Had to use log burner everynight to keep warm and supplied ourselves apart from a few logs supplied when we requested them at the start of our stay. - Received no signals for any mobile phones in cottage. - View from bedroom always had a van/car outside.

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 2019

  • "A really beautiful cottage in the perfect location."

    All contacts including Sykes and the cottage owners were easy to contact and quick to respond. Cottage was so clean and beautifully decorated inside. Definitely a home from home- very Comfy and also really warm!! As a family of 4 with a dog, we really enjoyed our stay here. Would definitely recommend this as a place to stay!

    Reviewed by RuthFeb 2019

  • "Lovely place to visit, excellent cottage,plenty to do,would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by johanneJan 2019

  • "The holiday home is beutiful and really top notch, this is the second time ..."

    The holiday home is beutiful and really top notch, this is the second time we have been and can't wait to go again

    Reviewed by GarryDec 2018

  • "Another great stay at kings head barn."

    Only one thing check out time is 10 am, yet the cleaner turned up at 9-30 am, we could of been in the shower etc

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2018

  • "Village street much busier than anticipated."

    Large building opposite was a book company with as many as five vans parked in the area in front of the cottage. The building next to the book company was being redeveloped with the consequent noise and vans of the workmen. Also the number of delivery vans and lorries serving several of the local businesses using the same area for parking seemed never-ending during the day. Evening and night-time was fine. The large picture window would have been great if the cottage had been in the country, but when the view is a street scene full of workmen and traders it felt like we were as goldfish in a bowl. The bathroom was quite pokey and the bedrooms would probably have pleased Bilbo Baggins as they were basically underground. We left after 4 nights and although we will return to Broughton and the surrounding area it will not be to this property.

    Reviewed by KimAug 2018

  • "Very happy I chose the Old Kings Head Barn."

    Excellent location for many activities in the Lakes and the cottage was modern and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2018

  • "The only minor issue was the dog disliked the hard surfaces on upper floor ."

    Everything else was fine.

    Reviewed by BernardJul 2018

  • "This accommodation is very comfortable and ideally situated for visiting the western areas of Cumbria."

    Everything you need is on your doorstep. Pubs, butchers, bakery and groceries.

    Reviewed by JosephineJul 2018

  • "We had a fabulous time."

    The cottage was so comfortable and done to a high standard. The kitchen was a joy to cook in with everything you could need.Having a washing machine was so useful. The roll top bath was great. All in all a wonderful home from home.

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2018

  • "Old Kings Head Barn was a very nice comfortable place to stay and had everything you need with a luxury bathroom and lovely bedrooms."

    The addition of an ironing board and dustpan and brush would be a good addition but thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2018

  • "The Kings Head Barn is really lovely it's beautifully finished and the little details like the Egyptian Cotton towels really reinforce the excellent quality of this accommodation."

    Both bedrooms are excellent though one (purple) does have better storage as there is a beautiful double wardrobe my husband commented that it makes a real difference when little details like a plentiful supply of wooden hangers are in the wardrobe so you can hang all your clothes individually. Broughton in Furness is a very pretty town there is a great butchers around the corner from the barn which not only supplies great meat they also have lovely fish. There is only one thing that I would raise as a point the utensils in the kitchen where not great quality at all the knives in the knife block seemed cheap and they were blunt which ment I had to resort to sharpening them on the stone step as we couldn't find a knife sharpener anywhere. I love to cook and the quality of the pans knives kitchen utensils and crockery matters when trying to prepare meals. I do intend on returning with friends and it would really enhance the experience if this area was improved. Finally the facilities in Broughton are excellent the Kings Head pup in my opinion is the best pub in the area and if you go the I highly recommend the veg stir fry with king prawns it was delicious. They also have a great Gin collection which include a great local gin called Shed. Chloe and Scott cannot do enough for you and it also benefits from a great garden area which Chloe and Scott enthusiastically told me and my husband of there great plans for many future events. All in all Broughton in Furness is a brilliant gateway to the Lake District though it gives you the homely charm you cannot get in the popular resorts I highly recommend the Kings Head Barn in Broughton in Furness

    Reviewed by NadineMar 2018

  • "This cottage is absolutely beautiful."

    Would and have done already recommend to family and friends, great location with superb pubs and shops very close. Can't wait to go back

    Reviewed by GarryJan 2018

  • "What a perfect little cottage."

    Had a lovely romantic break with the other half. The location was spot on to get to things, lovely dog walks on the doorstep, nice village pubs on your doorstep too. The cottage is done out really nicely and has a great feel to it.

    Reviewed by GemmaJan 2018

  • "An extremely well designed, comfortable, spacious, well equipped and warm base from which to explore the Lakes and coastline."

    The beds deserve a special mention; they were amazing! Thank you Jayne!

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2017

  • "Yet another brilliant stay at kings head barn, just to say the property needs a ..."

    Yet another brilliant stay at kings head barn, just to say the property needs a bigger bin outside as it was overflowing with the previous occupants rubbish, when we arrived Friday, and the bins aren’t emptyed till Wednesday

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2017

  • "The cottage was lovely and near some lovely pubs."

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2017

  • "Peaceful location nice pubs ideal base for exploring the lakes."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2017

  • "Excellent cottage, beautiful village, great pubs butchers, shop."

    Just needs an ironing board. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by DawnMay 2017

  • "The accommodation was excellent, a beautifully kept cosy place to stay."

    Plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2017

  • "Beautiful modern property in the friendliest village."

    Very relaxing.

    Reviewed by DianeFeb 2017

  • "No phone signal in the area"

    Reviewed by NeilJan 2017

  • "We have stayed in Broughton in Furness many times and I found this property which was new this year."

    We were very impressed with this cottage as it was so spacious and warm and of such a high standard in terms of finishes and furniture. We often find beds in rentals are disappointing but the owners had ensured this was not the case here. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and the bedding very high quality giving it a sense of luxury. We will definitely book this again as we visit Broughton at least once a year. I hope the availability will be there as I am sure it will be popular! Broughton is a lovely Lakeland village with three really good pubs all serving local ales. a great place to have a holiday in the Lake District.

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2016

  • "The Barn was superbly furnished."

    Felt like home from home. Location ideal as it was situated in a small village. Two restaurant/pubs within a very short walking distance which served fantastic value for money food. Local shop was also a very short distance. Plenty of walks near by. Plus the Lakes Coniston and Windermere were only a short drive away.

    Reviewed by LouiseOct 2016

  • "Really nice contemporary accommodation-kids really liked wi-fi and you should promote the modern internet enabled TVs."

    ..home form home for the teenagers netflix habits! Parents enjoyed fabulous walks-real ale pubs-brilliant butcher/local stores- a real gem how to make it better? tea/milk welcome pack-and a hair dryer apparently....my packing shortfalls.....and local shop supplied teabags even when shut!...must swop city life for local community idyll

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2016

  • "First time we have holidayed in the Lake District and had a great time, quite a lot to do or to relax by the beautiful lakes, will definitely be returning and would be happy to book with Skye again!"

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2016

  • "A lot of thought went into renovating the Barn."

    The photos do not do it justice. Would definitely think of booking again if coming to the Lakes. If a family were to book. Windermere ferry and cruises would amuse kids. Broughton-In-Furness is not central to the lakes, but the barn is nice to come back to.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2016

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  • Two lower ground floor super king-size double bedrooms (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating and woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, 3 x TVs (one Smart) with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking on a first come, first served basis
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk.

The property

This stunning quirky cottage is located in the small attractive market town of Broughton-in-Furness located on the southern western tip of the Lake District National Park, close to the striking coast.

Stylishly furnished throughout with oak doors and floors, this attractive cottage is a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the country.

Head into the beautiful open plan living area which has a quality well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and leather chairs, together with a dining area.

This superb area has a vaulted ceiling with beams and a woodburner in the living area to relax in front of on cooler evenings.

Downstairs are two delightful bedrooms, both with TVs, and a super bathroom with underfloor heating and roll-top bath, perfect for a soak after your days exertions.

The attractive bustling market town of Broughton-in-Furness has Georgian buildings surrounding the pretty square which has historic stocks and also four pubs, a restaurant, shops, Post Office and a bakery, selling speciality breads and cakes.

You are also on the edge of the wonderful Duddon Valley, which is one of the most picturesque in the Lake District and perfect for walking.

Discover the old monk’s trails and bridle paths used to transport wool in by-gone times with the stunning back drop of lakeland fells.

Just six miles away is Coniston with lake and water activities, such as the cruises on the lake and sailing while those wanting a good hike can try the challenging the classic Coniston Fells walk to the Old Man of Coniston with its superb vistas across the lakes.

Locally, you can also hike up Stickle Pike fell or a little further north west you can also discover Wast Water Lake, often described as one the favourite and most beautiful views in the UK.

Towards the coast, just a short drive away, is the festival and town of Ulverston with its museum of Laurel and Hardy for a different day out.

Return at the end of your day’s activities to this wonderful cottage which can be enjoyed throughout the year.

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About the location


Millom 7.5 miles; Coniston 9 miles; Ulverston 9.5 miles.

Dating back to the 11th century, Broughton-in-Furness is situated in the south western corner of the Lake District and is just six miles from Coniston Water. There is much to please the visitor such as a pretty, cobbled square complete with a splendid horse chestnut tree, enclosed by shops, pubs and homes, many of them Georgian in origin. The village provides an ideal base for a walking or climbing holiday, with ample opportunity to explore the rugged beauty of the Duddon Valley and the quieter Lake District fells. Norman Nicholson, one of Britain's finest 20th century poets and William Wordsworth, both immortalised this area in their writing and poetry. The village was home to Branwell Bronte, brother of the Bronte sisters, for a short time. The Furness railway line runs from nearby Foxfield and makes for an ideal day out, travelling the west coast of Cumbria. Set amidst the charm of the Lake District and close to the sea, this attractive town makes an inspiring choice from which to further explore a magical heartland of silver lakes, lofty towering peaks and lonely, heather-clad moors.

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