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The Old Dairy

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "What a lovely place to stay."

    Really comfortable, clean and well laid out. Everything we needed. Had a really lovely stay and would certainly book again if heading up to the Lake district again. Thank you very much for having us.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2024

  • "Perfect in every way"

    Reviewed by Declan5.0Jan 2024

  • "We were delighted with our stay at The Old Dairy in September 2023 for a birthday celebration."

    The location is perfect and in a beautiful setting. As a family with cats it was extra special to be greeted by two very friendly cats, who even followed us into the woods for a walk. Our two year thought it was magical. The cottage is beautifully presented and interiors are homely and stylish. We will be sure to plan another trip and have recommended to all friends and family what a special place this is.

    Reviewed by Lauren4.7Sep 2023

  • "We loved the Old Dairy, it was well equipped warm and comfortable."

    The location is great, a walk or short drive to so many beautiful walks. The only thing to improve would be the addition of some basic kitchen ingredients such as milk/salt/pepper/oil for simple cooking.

    Reviewed by Hayley4.7Aug 2023

  • "Generally a nice area lots to do but the place wasn't worth the money as very ..."

    Generally a nice area lots to do but the place wasn't worth the money as very over price stayed In a lot nicer for cost and they need to give there cleaner a tool box talk

    We are glad that you enjoyed the area. If you had let us know that there was a problem with cleanliness we would have tried to resolve this during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren1.9Mar 2023

  • "A really lovely property - tastefully furnished, comfortable and clean, with everything we needed for our stay (a special mention for the well-equipped kitchen, as that's not always the case with holiday rentals)."

    Having the log burner was a bonus and made it even cosier in the winter evenings, and although we didn't really see the owners besides receiving a warm welcome, knowing they were on site if we needed anything was nice. The location was great too - very peaceful, and a short drive from lots of interesting places to visit. We really enjoyed our stay here.

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Dec 2022

  • "This is a cottage where cleanliness is sadly of a very poor standard."

    A teapot covered in a layer of dust, a large bedroom mirror covered in dust. The top of a waste bin that needed cleaning before it could be used. Cutlery and crockery with far too many pieces still having remnants of food attached to it; we had to wash it all. A shower with disgustingly dirty grouting and a shower drain that clearly needed to be cleaned out. Add in a air vent in the bathroom that didn’t work and was missing the front. Add in no logs and a very poor welcome; it left a lot to be desired. All of this is said with good intent because the owner seemed to be a friendly chap and the location is fantastic for anyone wanting to do long works without having to go to high to get great views. Across to Langdale, up to Latterbarrow or up to Black Crag are all excellent works. Lift the standard of cleaning considerably, throw in free logs, make an effort to welcome people properly and repeat bookings will increase considerably. Maybe pay for an ETB inspection and aim to achieve 5 star; it will take some work but will reap rewards in the future.

    Reviewed by David2.5Dec 2020

  • "One of the nicest properties we have stayed in when visiting the Lake District."

    Mrs JacksonDec 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, double basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Eco-friendly bio mass boiler with woodburning stove
  • Gas hob, fridge, freezer, TV with Freeview and DVD Player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Designated parking space for one car
  • Use of communal patio with outdoor furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

Tucked away in the incredible woodland of Sunny Brow Farm, The Old Dairy is a characterful cottage offering up a serene setting for your next escape to the Lake District.

A fabulous converted barn set over the ground floor, this inviting abode adds a touch of luxury and sophistication to any self-catering holiday, whether it be a romantic retreat for two or a relaxing getaway for a group of four.

Spend your evenings lounging in front of the attractive woodburning stove that takes centre stage within the tranquil open-plan living space.

Delight in your favourite novel or flick on the television and enjoy an entertaining movie with loved ones, before wandering over to the chic and contemporary kitchen and preparing a fabulous feast for all to indulge in at the dining table, with the help of the many handy appliances and utensils that lie within.

Choose to stay in the gorgeous king-size or homely twin, each of which have been beautifully decorated with characterful beams and an abundance of storage, and are served by a stylish shower room boasting a roomy walk-in shower, double basin, a heated towel rail and a WC.

Embrace your scenic surroundings with breakfast alfresco out on the communal patio, or why not set about on a challenging hike to the peak of The Old Man Coniston with rewarding vistas of the encompassing countryside.

Visit the National Trust owned Hill Top, the former farmhouse of beloved author Beatrix Potter, or venture down to Bowness-on-Windermere for an afternoon at the fun World of Beatrix Potter Attraction with all of your favourite characters!

Take an unforgettable ride on Coniston Water with the National Trust Steam Yatch Gondola, or wander along the Weston Shore of Windermere to the imposing 19th century fortress of Wray Castle.

Be blown away by views of Skelwith and Stock Ghyll Force or explore the enchanting Rydal Cave, before heading across to the bustling town of Ambleside for dinner and drinks in some of the finest restaurants in the area, such as The Old Stamp House and Lake Road Kitchen.

For an unforgettable retreat to the Lake District, be sure to book a stay at The Old Dairy.

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

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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Note: Holistic therapies, yoga sessions and massage treatments can be booked onsite

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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