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Kentmere Hall Bank Barn

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely weekend at Kentmere Hall Bank Barn."

    The Barn has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The living area and bedrooms are cosy and a perfect space to relax after a day outdoors. There are lovely personal touches with books, games and CDs. The boot room is great and you can walk straight in and out from walking routes. We stayed over a very snowy weekend and Jim was a great host checking in on us.

    Thank you Anna - I am very glad you enjoyed your stay. Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Dec 2023

  • "This is the second time we’ve stayed here and it’s nothing short of sensational."

    The house is stylish, warm and comfortable and we love how remote and peaceful it is with an abundance of walks and trail runs starting right from the front door. Thanks Jim for letting us stay - another week of beautiful family memories in the bag.

    Thank you Anthony. I am glad you had a good stay again. See you soon. Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2023

  • "A beautiful Barn we both loved our stay."

    It was quiet and rural just what we wanted. Immaculately presented, comfortable bed, and lovely crisp white bed linen. Great antiques, colourful, charming, great inside and out. Thoroughly recommend. Great for relaxing, hope to be returning ….. very soon. Mandy

    Thank you for taking the trouble to give this feedback. Very pleased you enjoyed your time there and look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2023

  • "Gorgeous property nestled away in quiet Kentmere with direct access to the Garburn Pass, Kentmere Horseshoe, etc."

    The property was actually bigger than the pictures led us to believe and very tastefully finished. Lovely evenings spent in front of the log burner. Internet worked well throughout for a couple and working remotely (24 mbps). Best to stop for supplies on the way up!

    So pleased you had a good time. See you again soon. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jake5.0May 2023

  • "Great location, just far enough away from the usual lakes bustle."

    Well equipped and comfortable stay, really pleasant and helpful owners

    Very glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet. See you again. Best wishes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2023

  • "Magical. Recently fitted out to a high standard with a stylish blend of modern and period furniture, fittings and tableware."

    All mod cons including washer dryer, dishwasher, underfloor heating, great showers and good cooking pans. Wifi worked fine for browsing and wifi calling but mobile signal was not reliable on its own. There is also a landline for emergencies. Remote location at the head of the Kentmere valley with beautiful scenery. Fells up behind the house, flat fields with sheep down the valley. 30 minute drive to Troutbeck, or 90-120 min hike over the hill. 10 minute drive to Staveley, which has a refurbished brewery venue, a butcher, a pub, and a well provisioned Spar store open late. Accurate directions. Worth adding that when you turn left from Kentmere Church, there is a small sign saying "no parking" on the verge of the turning itself, and that the road turns to gravel road briefly. The key collection process was no bother. Jim Sharp, the owner, rang to check we were all OK. He has provided great local recommendations including hiking routes in the information pack in the cottage. My only flags would be that the sliding doors between the bedrooms and the main living area are quite thin, so the first person up may wake the others. Worked fine for us as siblings and a parent, but might be a consideration for family groups. Also to flag that the Technics stereo has an aux jack but no aux cable, so bring that with you if you want to connect. Overall, a magical stay. We can't wait to return

    Thanks for the feedback. Very glad you had a good stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jasper4.7Nov 2022

  • "Every thing really perfect like new house"

    Thanks very much indeed. Best wishes. Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mo5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great location, warm and well equipped with plenty of hot water."

    Good Wi-Fi connection available. A sign on the gate would be useful for directions. Hope to return.

    Thanks for taking the trouble to provide the feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2022

  • "This property is an amazing jewel, hidden in a beautiful valley."

    Our second stay there and it did not disappoint. Comfortable,vibrant interior, fabulous setting, close to numerous interesting places. We will be back.

    Thank you Clare - and I am sorry I have only just seen I can respond! See you again soon I hope. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic property in a stunning location."

    Five of us had an amazing week; guests could, if they wanted, leave the car for the duration of their entire stay and just enjoy the numerous walks (easy, moderate and challenging) which can be embarked upon from Kentmere without ever driving out of the valley. The stylish accommodation was faultlessly comfortable, can't recommend it highly enough. Shops in Staveley (around 10/15 mins away by car) for any forgotten provisions!

    Thank you John. Hope to welcome you back again. Best wishes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "Set in some beautiful countryside, a lovely property, extremely clean,perfect cooking facilities, very comfortable, quiet and idyllic, in the perfect area for our stay, central to our needs, we had a very enjoyable week."

    We used the fish and chip shop twice, absolutely fabulous.

    Thanks for taking the trouble to review. Best wishes, Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful barn in a fabulous location."

    Thoroughly enjoyed walking directly from the front door. Have already recommended to friends. Only (small) comment…it would have been nice to have a welcome pack of basics (tea/milk/biscuits). We arrived very late, after a long journey and the shops are a long way off!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent stay."

    1 issue with shower which was resolved promptly and didn't hinder the stay. Great for a base to visit the lakes and such a beautiful setting. Highly recommended. Would defo rebook

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in a perfect retreat with a perfect back drop and asides for the reassuring cattle sounds, a perfectly peaceful and relaxing location."

    We walked the entire Kentmere horseshoe, only encountering 3 others! Our only negative was that we were there for too few days.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2022

  • "Thanks Jim."

    We had a lovely stay. Will back again soon.

    Reviewed by Qamer5.0Jun 2022

  • "An absolutely beautiful property nestled in a very quiet valley."

    Just what we were looking for - it was perfect. Jim was very welcoming and helpful The barn was well equipped; and the beds were wonderfully comfortable Thank you! We’ll definitely be back

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very well presented property in a wonderful location!"

    Appreciated the extra touches: lots of interesting reading materials and gifts on arrival. The owners were most welcoming. This was a lovely base for a relaxing holiday .

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2022

  • "A fabulous property in a beautiful, peaceful location."

    This won’t suit everyone as the property is remote and no pub or shops within walking distance, but there is plenty of choice of great independent shops and a fantastic pub and chippy in Staveley! But for us it was bliss just being able to park up for a week and have fabulous walks to suit all abilities from the front door!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2022

  • "We really liked the Barn conversion and the location - both are fabulous and we had a very comfortable stay."

    A few comments that I hope help: 1. the cottage details said all fuel was included, however there is a note suggesting a charge for logs used on burner - some clarification might be helpful 2. We found the communication with Sykes cottages company difficult - lots of instructions via email and text reminding us of the rules - however there are limited options to contact you - might you review your customer service from the customer perspective?

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Feb 2022

  • "Great location, clean with good facilities."

    The owner was very helpful and responsive when we had any queries. Plenty of practical guidance for walks and things to do. The barn was well decorated with a great vibe with lots of CDs and interesting books available in case the weather turned. The log burner is a key star of the show. We went there for an annual family holiday and the barn was a great choice to connect with each other but still be able to have your own quiet space when needed. We’ll be back.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a gorgeous barn - thank you for an amazing stay in such an unspoilt piece of idyllic countryside, we have loved it, WOW."

    The design & quality of accommodation you have created is wonderful. We would very much like to return soon and give our elderly parents a treat!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was our second holiday at Kentmere Hall Bank Barn."

    It's in a fantastic, peaceful location with nothing but the sound of the birds and sheep. Excellent facilities, really spacious and comfortable. We'll be back soon!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a very nice time at Kentmere hall barn."

    Initially were a bit skeptical about the accommodation as it was very isolated (no phone signal) and didn't look as welcoming on the outside. However, upon entering we came to find a cozy, clean and colourful home with all the necessary facilities. Along with beautiful views of the landscape presented to us.

    Reviewed by Joseph4.7Jun 2021

  • "The barn is beautifully designed and very clean."

    Lovely location if you know what to expect. However, I wouldn't recommend for young families as the bedrooms are only separated from the main living area by sliding doors so soundproofing is non existent between bedrooms/kitchen and living area. I'd stay again but not with young children.

    Reviewed by Sophie3.4May 2021

  • "A lovely place to stay in an idyllic lakeland location."

    The accomodation was a pleasure to be in and kitted out very well - good wifi. Loads of nice walks available nearby and for those who like a challenge, it is ideally placed for the Kentmere Horseshoe. This is a remote location (no mobile signal) and 4 miles of narrow roads to the nearest shop etc. So to enjoy, be prepared in advance.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2021

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  • All accommodation on one level
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC, 1 x double (zip/link can be 2 x 2'6" twins on request), 1 x twin
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Open plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Renewable central heating with gas back up and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, CD player, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Outdoor courtyard area with furniture
  • One small dog allowed
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Pub 2.9 miles
  • Shop 4.9 miles

The property

Standing at the head of the Kentmere Valley, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District, Kentmere Hall is built around a defensive pele tower dating back to the early 14th century.

Here you’ll find a superb 21st century RIBA shortlisted barn conversion of the adjacent Bank Barn.

With all the living space across the ground floor, and beautiful open plan living, kitchen and dining space, your group will have lots of space to socialise, be together and make happy memories.

You’ll arrive in Kentmere along the narrow lane that winds its way up to the head of the valley and the village of Kentmere with its historic church and whitewashed cottages scattered across the hillside.

The final approach is down a narrow drive which leads to the house, where you can pull up right outside the front door.

The front door opens to the welcoming open plan kitchen, dining/living room with beams and slate floors.

Comfortable sofas and armchairs are arranged around the cosy log burner and TV.

(No live TV available due to reception.

However, viewing through the internet is fine, iPlayer, ITV player, Channel 4 etc or your own Netflix and Amazon TV).

The family dining table sits at the heart of the room making it the ideal place for relaxing mealtimes, or the place to gather in the morning over breakfast to plan your day.

The contemporary fitted kitchen, with beautiful granite worktops, is well equipped with everything you need.

Three pretty bedrooms lead off the living accommodation, all with sliding doors to maximise the use of space and light and all with views to the surrounding countryside.

A double room with en-suite bathroom; a double or 2’6” twin bedroom (please specify your choice when you make your booking) or a 3’ twin bedded room.

A spacious shower room with a walk-in shower, basin and WC.

The utility/boot room has plenty of space for your outdoor gear, and drying wet clothes, and is also home to the washing machine and tumble dryer.

From here the back door from here opens to the great outdoors and a gravelled area with outdoor dining furniture where you can relax.

Kentmere Hall Bank Barn adjoins Kentmere Hall.

Kentmere Hall won a RIBA North West Award 2021 and a RIBA National Award 2021, see below: The Kentmere Valley is a narrow valley surrounded by a horseshoe of high fells, to the east of Lake Windermere.

The scenery is breath-taking, the atmosphere blissfully tranquil and the location within surprisingly easy reach of Lake Windermere and other highlights of the Lake District.

But when popular Lakes holiday destinations are teeming at bank holidays and school holidays, the Kentmere Valley remains relatively untouched.

The Kentmere Valley is approached via a small country lane from the village of Staveley.

Staveley is a pretty little village between Kendal and Windermere; a popular hub for walkers and cyclists – head to Staveley Mill Yard for lots of great cafes, bakeries, and a brewery and beer hall.

Staveley's Eagle & Child pub is also a superb traditional Lakeland pub.

The Kentmere Valley is a popular location for a Lake District walking holiday, and you'll find many varied routes to enjoy from your doorstep.

Mountain bikers and rock climbers find their high points too!

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

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About the location


The Kentmere Valley is a narrow valley surrounded by a horseshoe of high fells, located to the east of Lake Windermere. The scenery is breath-taking, the atmosphere, blissfully tranquil and the location within surprisingly easy reach of Lake Windermere and other highlights of the Lake District. Kentmere is reached from the village of Staveley along a lane that winds its way up to the head of the valley and to the village of Kentmere with its historic church and whitewashed cottages scattered across the hillside. Staveley is another pretty little village between Kendal and Windermere; a popular hub for walkers and cyclists.

(No live TV available due to reception. However viewing through the internet is fine, iplayer, ITV player, Channel 4 etc or your own Netflix and Amazon TV).

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