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Swallow's Nest

Catterlen near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 4231)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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82 Customer Reviews

  • "It is a really lovely property and well laid out the open plan kitchen living area really works well and was spacious for the 4 of us."

    It is very well located for the northern Lake District and has easy access to the M6. We would happily book Swallow's Nest again and have recommended to friends.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the country, with easy access to the Lake District."

    The welcome package of bread, milk, croissants, jams and a selection of drinks was very thoughtful. The cottage was very comfortable, clean, and more than enough room for myself, my husband and teenage daughter and even though we had good weather we did enjoy lighting the log burner.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation, cosy and comfortable and extremely clean."

    Found it really handy for penrith as well as close to the beautiful lakes for some great days out exploring. Had a fantastic week with lots of sunny weather.

    Reviewed by CarlaJun 2021

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped upside down property."

    Woodburning stove upstairs but it wasn't cold enough to light it! Underfloor heating downstairs and two bathrooms. Everything we needed in the kitchen and complimentary items included. Nice countryside views from the upstairs. Short drive to Penrith. Lovely quiet area.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

  • "Chairs at dining table too low."

    Bed uncomfortable & too short. Both sofa's uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by MarcusMay 2021

  • "The pictures of the cottage do not do it justice!"

    The conversion has been carried out to a very high standard with an exceptionally well kitted out kitchen. A real home from home, perfect for going back to after a soggy walk in the beautiful Lake District!

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2020

  • "Though we were not allowed into the property until later because of extra cleaning because of covid we found dirty tableware which we had to wash before using also the chopping board."

    There where lots of cobwebs particularly in the twin bedded room, there was a brochure under the double bed so had not been hoovered properly, also dead insect on skirting board in twin bedroom. Trying to get the DVD to work was a work of art, following the instructions in the folder didn't achieve anything, possibly because of different remote. The views were disappointing as being an upside down house we expected much better. The cottage was certainly not older person friendly, it needed a banister on the other side of the wall at the bottom of the stairs.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2020

  • "Fabulous little cottage."

    The only disappointment was that we were so warm we didn’t need to light the stove - even when temps outside were 7 degrees. Hardly used the CH either. The living area is a delight in the mornings with the high windows letting in all the morning sun. All mod cons but with a lovely traditional feel. And wonderful lights everywhere. We felt we were in a remote part of Cumbria, but the motorway (unheard) is 2 minutes away and Penrith is a great little town just a short drive away. And not far to Borrowdale, Ullswater and the rest of the. Or there Lakes. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RuthSep 2020

  • "Outstanding cottage in good location."

    Extremely well equipped and very little to be able to suggest to improve things. Perhaps a larger outdoor space would be desirable.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped in a lovely area for exploring Northern Lakes"

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2019

  • "Comfortable, clean and well equipped accommodation Good location Welcome gifts Friendly host"

    Reviewed by AllenSep 2019

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expections and was ideally positioned to explore the lake district and surrounding area."

    Reviewed by DarrenAug 2019

  • "The warm welcomewe received - the extras - soap, toilet paper, teas, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, bread,butter and marmalade."

    Reviewed by AnnieAug 2019

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we’ve stayed at, it had everything you’d need and so clean."

    I would definitely recommend this place. Thank you x

    Reviewed by MelanieJun 2019

  • "The location was good, off the motorway at junction 41 and within minutes we were at Swallow's Nest, ideal location for visiting Ullswater ( for walking the Ullswater Way ) and for Keswick, such a lovely relaxing cottage to come back to after our days out."

    So handy having the Booths Supermarket at Penrith, it was good to be able to stock up on supplies en route. Only had a 3 day break and with so much to do around the area, would definitely like to come back for longer.

    Reviewed by GApr 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation ideally situated for exploring the Lake District."

    Lots of good places to eat within a short distance. The Sun Inn just up the road at Newton Reigny serves lovely home cooked food and a delicious Sunday roast. We would highly recommend Swallows Nest as a base. Cosy, warm and spotlessly clean.

    Reviewed by KateMar 2019

  • "We really appreciated our welcome email from Swallows Nest with super useful information."

    The welcome 'basket' was a lovely touch along with the fresh croissants, bottle of wine and fresh flowers. The location was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, many thanks!!

    Reviewed by LucindaFeb 2019

  • "Very good accommodation double bedroom (twin beds) quite cramped but dictated by the size of the overall footprint."

    However great use of the space and all other items excellent

    Reviewed by EdwinJan 2019

  • "My wife and I have used Sykes Cottages for years and Swallows Nest is one of the best cottages that we have stayed in."

    Everything that one would need for a vacation rental is included in the cottage and it is well situated for days in the Lake District and exploring Cumbria. I would recommend this vacation rental to anyone.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2018

  • "We were met by the owner of the property shortly after we arrived and he was very helpful and welcoming."

    We also met up on departure and were thanked for our choice of cottage. Everything about the cottage was excellent and its location perfect for what we wanted to do. All in all, a good holiday in a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by JimAug 2018

  • "Swallows Nest is an excellent base for seeing the lakes and being just off the motorway, it is very easy to get there."

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2018

  • "We have had the 'Best' holiday ever at Swallows Nest in Catterlen the barn conversion is of the very highest order in our opinion ,we have stayed in a variety of cottages through a variety of companies over the last 40 years and this is the first one to not only match the brochure description but exceed it by a long way!"

    !!!...…..Many places of interest were but a short drive away from the property. I wish I could give Sykes the complement for the fantastic weather we had but I think that will be put down to luck.Our fourth visit to the Lakes since 1972 and the first in sunshine...Hot!. Just to repeat 'Swallows Nest' is Fantastic.

    Reviewed by DerekJun 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at swallows Nest."

    Every thing was so easy to use as there was instructions for everything. Even the wood burner lit 1st time. Ideally placed to visit more popular places in the lakes. Was good that they were happy to let the property for 3 nights even over the Easter period. Will definitely return to swallow nest.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful, comfortable home from home."

    . Debbie is extremely kind, friendly and helpful.. Highly recommended❤️

    Reviewed by SharonFeb 2018

  • "A wonderful property with all the facilities you could need."

    Myself and my family had a lovely stay here and would happy go back to this cottage again.

    Reviewed by NealAug 2017

  • ""Swallows Nest" is superb and so too are the owners Debbie and Derek."

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2017

  • "Perfect bolt hole for the Lakes"

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2017

  • "The owners Debbie and Derek have created the most amazing Barn Conversion."

    It was certainly 5 star quality . Everything was just perfect and you felt as if you were the first people to stay there .......

    Reviewed by LorraineJun 2017

  • "The cottage was beautifully kept and a credit to the owners."

    The only thing I didn't like about Sykes was the amount of marketing emails (which I have now opted out of ). If there was just one every 3 weeks I would probably read them but an email every 4 or 5 days is overwhelming and just feels like spam.

    Reviewed by RossOct 2016

  • "Staying at the location for this property was ideal for getting around the area."

    The property was excellent and met our needs perfectly. It is certainly one of the very better ones in which we have stayed (have used self catering accommodation now for over 30 years). The thoughtful development of the barn by the owners is to a very high standard and they who live adjacent to the property are extremely welcoming. We really could find nothing to be critical about.

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2016

  • "Swallows nest Is a cute cottage wich had everything we needed."

    Debbie provided us with a cot, highchair and stair gate for our 7 month old baby. It was clean and comfortable and we had a great time. One downside was that the rooms are very small and we couldn't fit the small travel cot in and close the bedroom door so we had to move our double bed up to the wall so the cot would fit next to our bed. But besides for that, all was perfect! Thank you Debbie and family for the wonderful friendly service. Gerald and Rebecca

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2016

  • "What a fab cottage."

    Excellent location.owners on scene to help with any questions/queries.Plenty of info about local area.Welcome pack of food/drink.Rooms excellent & plenty of tv's. Certainly want to return sometime in near future.have told friends all about it!

    Reviewed by GeoffreyAug 2016

  • "Everything was wonderful."

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2016

  • "Swallows Nest is the perfect holiday cottage."

    An immaculately turned out barn conversion with all the modern conveniences. It is run by a lovely family with a hands on personal touch.

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2016

  • "We liked the warm welcome and helpful, caring attitude of the owners."

    Throughout the week, they were really helpful when needed. The situation of the cottage also provides easy access to the marvellous scenery and places to visit within the Lake District.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2016

  • "The cottage was outstanding with everything you need, we were amazed that the little details had been catered for."

    The owners are lovely and really made us feel welcome.

    Reviewed by SeamusApr 2016

  • "Liked the welcoming host and the boutique hotel feel of the cottage."

    Reviewed by KathrynApr 2016

  • "A superb cottage and we had a wonderful welcome from the owner."

    The cottage was a warm and welcoming "home" to come back to after a long day out.

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2015

  • "We had such a good stay and very much enjoyed the owners warmth and friendliness."

    Reviewed by CarenJul 2015

  • "This was our first visit to both the Lake District and to Swallow's Nest."

    We didn't get the best of weather but despite that we still went out each day to explore the area and admire the stunning scenery. We felt totally at home in the beautiful cottage and nothing was too much trouble for the owners to make our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. We enjoyed the freedom to come and go as we pleased and whilst our accommodation was in a peaceful rural location we were only minutes away from a nearby pub. We look forward to making a return visit in the future.

    Reviewed by MarionMay 2015

  • "It was our first time staying at Swallow's Nest and we will definitely be going back."

    It was so cosy, we had everything we needed and we were well looked after also. A fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2015

  • "The location is excellent, being close to junction 41 on the M6 allows easy access to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall."

    One of the best properties we have stayed over many years.

    Reviewed by BarbaraDec 2014

  • "Absolutely spotlessly clean and very welcoming."

    A great relaxing week. Thanks, we will be back

    Reviewed by AnnaNov 2014

  • "We had a lovely warm welcome and felt like it was a real home from home, we can't wait to come back!"

    The photo's are lovely but really don't show the love the owners have put into the property.

    Reviewed by WilliamNov 2014

  • "Swallows' Nest was excellent."

    It has everything we needed especially that I have young family. The owner was very helpful and sweet. The Lake District was beautiful part of the country. I would definitely recommend it, and I'm sure I will go back again.

    Reviewed by GhassanOct 2014

  • "Swallow's Nest is a superb cottage, spotlessly clean with a very friendly owner."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2014

  • "There is a warm welcome awaiting from the owner to this amazing upside down barn conversion, situated just a minute from the M6 motorway and convenient for jaunts both to the Lakes and the lovely Cumbrian villages further east."

    Clean, comfortable and quiet, with modern décor, plus upgraded WiFi, it was a joy to spend the week here - Our best self catering break in over 40 years. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2014

  • "The owners were very helpful and welcoming."

    Their hospitality was second to none, as they provide you with a 'welcome package' to ensure you don't have to rush out for necessities. The cottage was beautiful, comfortable and spotless. My children were even able to feed their lambs and it just made our stay there that little bit more special.

    Reviewed by NonieMay 2014

  • "A beautiful area and a comfortable cottage with everything we could need."

    Reviewed by CliveMay 2014

  • "The accommodation was very good we would like to return."

    Reviewed by MikeMar 2014

  • "We spent a four night break with friends and found the accommodation perfect, meeting all out needs."

    The barn was beautifully converted to a very high standard, and the décor and comfort of the accommodation was excellent. The owners extremely friendly and helpful in every way. We would most definitely recommend this property

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2013

  • "Inside the property was very clean, relaxing, and well cared for."

    The property is easily accessible. There is good car parking space.

    Reviewed by MilanAug 2013

  • "Very nice cottage, with all comfort and very very clean."

    Good place to visit the Lake District and the North of England. All was perfect.

    Reviewed by ChristopheAug 2013

  • "Overall, the Swallows Nest was a great place to stay."

    A major town was nearby for all requirements, with good access to the lakes and villages of the district.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2013

  • "The house was everything that we hoped for and was immaculately clean."

    The welcome from Debbie was warm and friendly and I would recommend Swallows Nest to anyone, in fact I already have .

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2013

  • "Accommodation excellent in every way."

    It was like walking into a dream home. Nothing out of place and the welcome package had everything you needed and more. Luxury comes to mind, surrounds lovely, places to see just minutes away. Owners really nice and helpful. Truly brilliant place cannot wait to go again.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2013

  • "Great welcome, relaxed approach, every need had been thoughtfully anticipated, with Easter Eggs for the weekend as an extra to the welcome pack."

    The holiday was very relaxing, with this property very well situated for the northern lakes and the Eden Valley. The warmth and quality of the property made for a relaxing, enjoyable evening after a good day enjoying the countryside.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2013

  • "Quiet location, comfortable, very clean and friendly owner."

    Reviewed by HeatherMar 2013

  • "Swallow's Nest was the perfect base to explore the lakes."

    The cottage was cosy especially with the log burner. The welcome pack on arrival was greatly appreciated! We had a fantastic holiday and will definitely be returning to Swallow's nest.

    Reviewed by ClaireFeb 2013

  • "Very stylish, everything that we needed was there and very warm and cosy."

    Excellent position for getting around the Lakes.

    Reviewed by GillianFeb 2013

  • "Made to feel welcome by the owner."

    A fantastic cottage - brilliant New Year getaway!

    Reviewed by JoeDec 2012

  • "Excellent - welcome provisions, owner delightful and great for exploring Northern Lakes."

    Reviewed by AnnieOct 2012

  • "The friendly welcome from the owners, the excellent accommodation and the advice about local attractions and restaurants."

    They went out of their way to make sure we had a pleasant stay at the Swallow's Nest.

    Reviewed by JefferySep 2012

  • "Very helpful owners, a great base for exploring."

    Reviewed by AndyAug 2012

  • "Very friendly welcoming hosts."

    A beautiful cottage.

    Mrs JackJun 2012

  • "The cottage was decorated and maintained to a very high standard."

    The owners provided a very warm welcome and the welcome pack was very thoughtfully put together. The cottage was very conveniently situated approx 5 or so minutes from the M6 but still nestled within lovely countryside. This made it an ideal base for visiting such places as Ullswater and Lake Windermere. We had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by JennyJun 2012

  • "The owners of the cottage were very friendly and helpful and the accommodation was excellent."

    Reviewed by KathrynFeb 2012

  • "Swallow's Nest is a perfectly quaint cottage, decorated beautifully with everything provided."

    Our Christmas break was made perfect by the little extra's provided by the extremely helpful and friendly owners.

    Reviewed by SueDec 2011

  • "A fantastic place with a very warm welcome."

    It was really handy to have a few basics on our arrival and a few treats. Really helpful with providing highchairs and stair gates.

    Reviewed by PaulineDec 2011

  • "The owners of this holiday accommodation were very welcoming and friendly throughout our stay."

    We loved the rural location and the wood burning stove was a definite plus!

    Reviewed by ElisabethDec 2011

  • "The cottage was in a very good position to explore the Lakes and beyond."

    The whole area is stunning and we will definitely be visiting again.

    Reviewed by JudyOct 2011

  • "The Lake District is beautiful and the cottage was everything we expected."

    Beautifully decorated and equipped. It was home from home, very comfortable and in easy reach of all the Lake districts attractions. Only met the owner on arrival and as we departed but she seemed lovely and we would not hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2011

  • "Best ever cottage in over twenty years self catering!"

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2011

  • "This holiday let was the highest standard that we have come across so far and we have stayed in a good number."

    The hospitality of the owners was great. We had a very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by AgnesSep 2011

  • "The entire cottage was of an excellent standard."

    We had a lovely warm welcome. A lot of time and care has been put into making this a lovely holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by HSep 2011

  • "A beautiful barn conversion which was tastefully decorated and furnished."

    We were simply delighted. Our congratulations to the owners and we would strongly recommend the property to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2011

  • "Beautifully presented cottage, great location and a lovely welcome."

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2011

  • "Loved the house, very clean and comfortable."

    Location was great for getting around the Lakes, Penrith and Scotland. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2011

  • "The Swallow's Nest is an absolutely stunning barn conversion; beautifully furnished and finished."

    The property was a delight to go to and the owners are lovely hosts. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2011

  • "Beautiful property."

    Reviewed by ShonaJun 2011

  • "Beautiful, high quality converted barn with an ideal layout, close to Penrith and Keswick."

    Excellent welcome pack. Excellent audio and visual entertainment setup.

    Reviewed by BridetteMay 2011

  • "The best property we have been to."

    Excellent quality of decoration and furnishings with lots of thoughtful little extras.

    Reviewed by PollyMay 2011

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The property

Penrith 4 miles.

A fabulous semi-detached, sandstone barn conversion, situated in the small hamlet of Catterlen, four miles from Penrith.

Offering delightful accommodation, this upside down Penrith cottage has an open plan living area with woodburner, exposed beams and French doors that open onto a wonderful Juliet balcony.

Downstairs, this Penrith cottage features two light and airy bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room and lovely underfloor heating.

Ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and the Eden Valley, the market town of Penrith offers a good selection of restaurants, pubs and shops plus a swimming pool and cinema.

Close to this Penrith cottage lies the C2C Cycle Route, whilst a short drive away are Appleby, Keswick and the magnificent lakes of Ullswater and Haweswater.

A Penrith cottage providing a great base all year round.


  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor, woodburner in sitting area and solar panelled hot water
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player, surround sound cinema system, radio, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent, additional logs for woodburner available to purchase from the owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 night breaks.

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About the location


Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.

The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle (The Windsor of the North), Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

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Note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 night breaks.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

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