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Durham Bridge Barn

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "First of all its very well situated, not far from Kendal and on the old road to Windermere."

    Its close to (driving) a number of pubs that serve excellent food. Its very private and quiet with outstanding views. Its cosy and warm, well maintained and very clean. Very comfortable with luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen is a dream to cook in the owners have provided everything you could want for a peaceful holiday. For a summer holiday there is a very nice private seating area. All in all 5 start accommodation.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jan 2024

  • "The most fantastic property with an everything top quality."

    I felt it wrapped me in a warm hug and I was so reluctant to leave. I slept the best I had in years. Storm Debi was raging while we were there but it didn’t spoil our stay at all.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Nov 2023

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay at Bridge Barn - we didn’t want to leave!"

    Beautiful, comfortable property and spotlessly clean.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "A charming cottage which is very clean and luxurious!"

    Plenty to do nearby and walks from the cottage . The owners were very welcoming and friendly - highly recommended

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage ,beautifully furnished,modern kitchen and bathrooms."

    Very well equipped, and spacious. The owners David and Sarah were very friendly, also Charlie and Olly the dog.Peaceful location in beatiful countryside not far from Lake Windermere.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at Durham Bridge Barn."

    The cottage was a home from home. The bedrooms were light and airy and the beds were amazing to sleep in. The cottage as a whole was beautifully presented and impeccably clean. The location was perfect, just outside the main lakes in a quiet wooded area for a little walk. We highly recommend this cottage for your stay in the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a really lovely holiday made all the better by a beautiful barn, with everything you could wish for in order to have a lovely stress free time."

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Aug 2023

  • "A fantastic place to stay."

    Really clean. Everything catered for. Such a quiet and secluded spot as well. Very, very relaxing. The only thing I would change, and it is really nitpicking, would be to move the upstairs shower door opening to the other side as you have to slide past the hose and other features in order to get in the shower. Not a problem for us, but others could struggle. We hope to book to come back again next year, which is highly unusual for us.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jul 2023

  • "Hello, Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday."

    The barn was all that we wanted and needed. Providing the gift box and eggs was very thoughtful.The location is delightful, so quiet and peaceful but in easy distance to many interesting places and locations, including great pubs and restaurants. Being able to begin lovely walks from the property was really good, especially being able to chat with the chickens on route. We loved the wildlife. The bird song was extraordinary, which made having a cup of tea in the garden very special. Seeing deer wandering amongst the trees was a bonus. We were lucky with the weather, which enabled us to have extremely good views of the night sky. I have been visiting The Lakes for many years and Durham Bridge Barn is the best holiday home I have stayed in. Thank you again and love to Ollie. Pam and Bob Lambourne

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the wildlife. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a great week staying in the barn."

    It's a beautiful property and in a great location for visiting lots of attractions in and around Lake Windermere. The property was very clean and the welcome hamper was lovely. Unfortunately we found the beds very hard and uncomfortable and none of us really got any sleep. They are not suitable if you have arthritis/any kind of muscle problems or injury. Having no control over the underfloor heating also meant we were also very hot in the evenings/at night. I can't imagine staying there if the weather is warmer! The sofas could also do with an update. We ended up out and about more because we didn't find the barn comfortable. The garden is beautiful, though. We loved being able to walk up in the woods behind the barn.

    Reviewed by Ellie4.4Mar 2023

  • "Lovely well maintained and looked after property."

    Quality kitchen well furnished.nice and comfortable beds. Really pleased with this rental.

    Thank you for your kind feedback, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely holiday cottage, thank you for a great stay."

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "Could not have asked for more!"

    A home from home!

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Home from home with everything you need for a self catering holiday.David and Sarah were so helpful when we had a problem with the hob!The cottage was immaculate and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it !

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, with quality furnishings and fittings."

    Everything we could possibly need, both practically and for our comfort, was available. The cottage was in a peaceful and lovely setting. On arrival, we received a warm, friendly greeting. There was a welcome pack of goodies, which we very much enjoyed and appreciated. We will certainly be returning to this charming cottage.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very clean (important), stylish, all appliances good quality and fixtures and fittings, towels, bedding etc etc the same."

    Set in the Lyth valley was just what we wanted as it was only a15 min drive to Windermere/Kendal on quiet country roads. Coming back "home" to this super accommodation. No hesitation in re-booking in the future. ✳️✳️✳️✳️✳️

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2022

  • "The pictures don’t do this beautiful property full justice!"

    All decoration and appliances were of a high standard and contributed to the cosy barn feel, we all found the beds really comfy and had better sleep than we do at home. The location was great, secluded and quiet in the area itself with lovely views, whilst only a short drive to Bowness and Kendal. My sister particularly liked saying hello to the chickens in their coop :) The whole family commented when we arrived that the barn is outstanding and we had a fabulous week staying there, thank you!

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0May 2022

  • "We have stayed at Durham Bridge Barn before and was so impressed with everything, down to the eggs left for us, that we wanted to stay again."

    The cottage is so beautiful, clean and top quality, with every thought put in to it for your comfort. David and Sarah, the owners are exceptional. So friendly! Nothing is too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent hosts and property was amazing"

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Cosy cottage in a wonderful setting."

    Thank you so much for your positive and very much appreciated feedback. We really hope you will return to Durham Bridge Barn in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented, and ideally situated close to many of the local attractions."

    We had a meal at The Punch Bowl, which was only a few minutes drive away, and it has one of the best meals we’ve ever had. We will certainly be back to stay here again in the future. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2022

  • "A very nice cottage, some lovely luxury touches and generally a lovely stay."

    It is absolutely ideally located! Easy to find. A perfect base for our expeditions.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "Had a lovely relaxing week at Durham bridge barn."

    This was our 2nd stay here and the cottage is beautiful, very clean and lovely and warm. Our last night was the night of the storm and the power went off but the owner very quickly bought some candles round thankfully. Would highly recommend the cottage

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2021

  • "The only thing we would mention was the fact that the property was one of the best we have ever stayed in in the lakes for over 30 years."

    Can we buy it as a permanent home !!

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "Durham Bridge Barn is an exceptional property."

    The quality and style are perfection. The owners should be very proud of their property. We will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2021


    Reviewed by Terrance4.7Aug 2021

  • "Really enjoyed it."

    House was very very hot so would suggest underfloor heating is an option to turn on rather than turn off, but that's being very nitpicky. It was a wonderful stay and the kids loved it

    Reviewed by Kieran5.0Jun 2021

  • "A beautiful, well equipped, comfortable, spacious and immaculately clean cottage in a stunning location."

    Everything you would need as a base for a fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful area , well appointed with quality appliances and kitchen ware."

    Actually nice / reassuring that the owner lives on site.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage in the middle of the Lyth valley."

    As we were in the middle of the pandemic, eating out was limited but, everything you needed was there at the cottage. Handy for Windermere, Bowness, Kendall all 15 mins away by car.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0May 2021

  • "Had a wonderful three night stay and was warmly welcomed by the owner who made sure we had everything we needed."

    The cottage was spotless and had everything we could want to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Loved the decor and superb style of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was everything we wished for and more."

    Very clean everything we needed. The gardens the surroundings and the chickens were fantastic !! The weather was amazing not a drop of rain all week. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Apr 2021

  • "Thank you, excellent cottage!"

    Reviewed by Sumit1.3Apr 2021

  • "What a wonderful relaxing week."

    Our first time to the Lake District but not our last! the eggs were very much appreciated and turned into a lovely omelette. A great base for exploring the area, and plenty to do locally too. The barn is tip-top - a real gem of a find. Thank you so much!

    Mrs SSep 2019

  • "Very enjoyable relaxing week, lovely cottage very comfortable in beautiful peaceful surroundings."

    Thanks for the fresh eggs!

    John & JanSep 2019

  • "What a wonderful relaxing week."

    Our first time in the lake district but not our last! The eggs were very much appreciated and turned into a lovely omelette. A great base for exploring the area and plenty to do locally too. The barn is tip top – a real gem of a find. Thank you so much!

    Helen & DarrenSep 2019

  • "Wow! Wow!"

    Wow! What a lovely warm and fantastic accommodation, we couldn’t have wished for better. We are already planning our next visit! Thank you so much for the eggs and the perfect holiday

    Clarke FamilySep 2019

  • "Had a lovely week at the cottage beautiful surroundings and very peaceful."

    Enjoyed the fresh eggs will deffo be back in the near future! Thank you!

    Bonham FamilySep 2019

  • "We’ve had a lovely week in this beautiful and very comfortable cottage."

    Perfectly situated and very peaceful. We highly recommend the ‘Hare and hounds’ great food and had a fun night at the Thursday pub quiz, the quiz master is quite a character. Thank you, Sarah, for your hospitality.

    Jane & JayneAug 2019

  • "Hidden gem away from the busier spots in the Lakes."

    Peaceful location. Excellent standard of property and very clean. Friendly owners. Look out for the "rock star" chicken!

    Mr EvansMay 2019

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  • Over 2 floors
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x king size with ensuite bathrooms, lounge and dining area, kitchen, cloakroom and 3rd WC, patio and parking
  • No Friday changeover sorry.
  • Oil central heating, gas-fired log effect stove, large screen TV, wonderful far reaching views, electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge & freezer, washer / dryer, superb patio with furniture, two private parking spaces, walks from the door, walking distance to country pub, wi-fi, no pets, bed linen and towels provided
  • No Friday changeover sorry.

The property

From the outside, Durham Bridge Barn looks like a classic Lakeland property, but inside you’ll find pure luxury.

The property is a converted barn situated in the Lyth Valley, fully refurbished, contemporary and chic.

Features include vaulted ceilings, old oak beams and a gas fired, log effect stove completes this cosy country cottage. The sumptuous furnishings are like something pulled straight from the pages of a glossy magazine and in terms of space the cottage has plenty of room for two couples.

Two king-size bedrooms are found on separate floors and both bedrooms have boutique style en-suite bathrooms. Sitting beside a whitewash farmhouse in the Lyth Valley, which appears on Lonely Planet’s list of most beautiful places on earth, the approach to Durham Bridge Barn is via a private lane.

The property is just 20 minutes away from Windermere, from Bowness and from Cartmel, the home of sticky toffee pudding and L’Enclume the Michelin award winning restaurant.

Closer to the property is the Lyth Valley pub that serves excellent food and drinks. No Friday changeover sorry.

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

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About the location


Bowness-on-Windermere 5 miles; Kendal 6 miles.

Crosthwaite is a small village set in the picturesque Lyth Valley, famous for its damson trees, and boasts a lovely pub known nationally for its excellent food. The lakeside towns of Windermere and Bowness are nearby, with plenty of activities, interest and entertainment for all ages. Also within easy reach is the popular market town of Kendal, an historic Lakeland town with a fine reputation for shopping. Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden, are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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