A comfortable barn conversion with accommodation for ten people spread over three floors, Mill Barn nestles in the peaceful Eden Valley near Penrith and Carlisle.
In a wonderful village location with a pub within walking distance, Mill Barn at Gamblesby is ideally situated for family and friends who want to explore the Lake District and the Scottish Borders at any time of year.
As you enter Mill Barn you'll realise that the accommodation is upside down to make the most of the lovely views, so on the ground floor are two twin bedrooms and a double bedroom, all of which share the use of a spacious walk-in wet room with shower, washbasin and WC.
Upstairs there's the main living area which is a large and lovely L-shaped room with a vaulted ceiling and original exposed beams.
The space is flooded with light, and the wood burning stove in the feature stone fireplace and comfortable sofas make this the ideal place to relax on a chilly evening.
Stairs lead up from the sitting area to the gallery, the perfect place to curl up with a good book.
The modern kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to make the most of the superb local produce.
Finally, there's another double bedroom and twin bedroom on this floor and a family bathroom with bathtub, overhead shower, wash basin and WC.
You can access the pretty lawned garden from the living area.
With its garden furniture and views over the village to the lovely open countryside, it's the ideal spot to enjoy a warm summer's evening.
To the front of Mill Barn there's a stream and off road parking for several cars.
Gamblesby is set between the breathtaking Lakeland Fells and the majestic Pennines and there are walking and cycling trails literally from the front door.
There's a set of stocks on the village green and a network of paths connecting Gamblesby to nearby villages while Alston, the highest market town in England, is a short drive away.
Gamblesby is just 20 minutes by car from Penrith, the gateway to the North Lakes, with its cinema and swimming pool.
From there you have access to lively Pooley Bridge, romantic Ullswater and spectacular Hellvelyn.
Take a day trip to the South Lakes over the majestic Kirkstone Pass to the magical Beatrix Potter World or a cruise on Lake Windermere, or head north towards historic Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall.
For a group of friends seeking peace and tranquillity or an extended family looking to explore the Lake District and Roman Britain at any time of year, Mill Barn is an ideal home away from home.
Three floors. Five bedrooms: 2 x double (one ground floor, one first floor), 3 x twin bedrooms (two ground floor, one first floor), Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with dining area and kitchen area. Gallery with seating.
About the location
Penrith 11 miles; Appleby-in-Westmorland 18 miles; Carlisle 22 miles.
The attractive and unspoilt, rural village of Gamblesby is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District, North Pennines, Hadrian’s Wall the beautiful Eden Valley. Situated near the C2C Cycle Route, the village is characterised by a tiny green, surrounded by 18th century red sandstone buildings. This small farming community, sitting under the Hartside escarpment, once played host to John Wesley, founder of Methodism, who arrived here from Newcastle in 1772. Wainright also stayed in the village just after the war and it features in his book 'A Pennine Journey'. A set of stocks on the village green can be viewed, made at the end of the 18th Century and were last used to punish someone who had stolen a turnip. Gamblesby is one of the few areas in the country which is still home to the native red squirrel and deer and hares can be spotted regularly. The varied birdlife around surrounding countryside make Gamblesby a haven for bird watchers, with curlews, oystercatchers and lapwings seen and heard regularly over the summer months and the frequent visit of fieldfares in the winter. The River Eden runs nearby and the area is renowned for its excellent trout and salmon fishing. With walking, cycling, canoeing and climbing opportunities in abundance, the Eden Gorge, between Lazonby and Armathwaite, is one of Cumbria's best-kept secrets and well worth exploring. The local railway station is a stop on the Settle-to-Carlisle Railway, one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, where steam trains still wind their way through some of the finest countryside in Britain. Within easy reach of the village 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 third largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall are all a short drive away, as is Dalemain Estate, featured in a television production of Jane Eyre. A great base to explore the many wonders of the Lake District!