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Hart Head Barn

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "This is around our 6th stay at Hart Head Barn and we were delighted with the refresh, which makes it feel even more cosy and sofas very comfortable."

    Not only do you have all the home comforts, good showers and a hot tub to soak in but there are multiple walks from the door without having to get into the car. This is definitely a house for all seasons with it's relaxing coal fire in the winter and patio/area tables in the summer. In terms of access to shops it is very close to both Grasmere and Ambleside and there are easy walks around Rydal and Grasmere as well the Coffin Trail on your doorstep and higher climbs if you want it. Totally recommend this holiday home, it never lets you down.

    Dear Jane . Delighted that you enjoyed another stay at HHB and really pleased that you like the refresh we’ve given it . Thank you for taking the time to post such a generous review and really hope you’ll be back again in 2024 . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Nov 2023

  • "We’ve stayed in this house a few times and absolutely love it and the location."

    Perfect for walks from the door and it’s a well-equipped, cosy house. Only minor issue was the security light at the front of the house didn’t appear to be working so we had a rather dark arrival.

    Thank you Lisa for letting me know about this . It is very dark without the lights so I will ensure they are sorted as soon as possible . Delighted that you keep choosing HHB when you come to the lakes . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just back from the most lovely week in the Lake District."

    First time staying in Hart Head Barn. We spent ages researching properties in the area. Our efforts paid off. Stunning barn. Interesting "upside down house" with gorgeous cozy lounge with stunning views. Well equipped kitchen with everything you could wish for. Beds comfy and snugly bed linen. Hot tub was a marvelous treat after long days walking in the fells. Highly recommend.

    LynnOct 2023

  • "A lovely property, really well appointed."

    Plenty of beautiful walks available from the doorstep. We loved the hot tub, and the back yard was great with the little shelter for if it was drizzling, and a heater and light for the evenings. The driveway up to the house was very steep and could be a problem for some cars, and also we felt the house could use a thorough clean between lettings. We had a really nice holiday at Hart Head barn and would love to come back.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide a review . I am so sorry that you did not feel that the house was sufficiently clean . It is something that I take very seriously and do take a lot of care to try to ensure that it is always spotlessly clean upon arrival . I have passed this on to my housekeeper. Th. I am glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennie4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Hart Head Barn."

    We found the accommodation very comfortable, well-equipped and extremely spacious. The views from the sitting room are stunning: even on a rainy day you can enjoy watching the trees and hills and the changing patterns of light above distant Windermere. It's great to be so near such a variety of good walks. We loved the Coffin route above Rydal Water, which is scenic but not too challenging. We also climbed Nab Scar, and from Ambleside up to Sweden Crag past the tumbling waterfalls. You could easily spend a week at Hart Head Barn without getting into the car! Having said that, it's only a short drive to Ambleside (we visited the jazz club and cinema, and sat out in the sun at the Giggling Goose tea-room), and not too far to Keswick (the Pencil Museum and Puzzling Place are great - plus the peaceful and incredibly beautiful walks beside Derwent Water). The Lakeland Wildlife Park is also well worth a visit. The hot tub was an incredible luxury: an invigorating and relaxing way to start the day or wind down in the evening. Wonderful to have the outdoor lights and heater too. A real bonus at the end of our stay was seeing a badger outside the Badger Bar, which was delightful. They put food out for them every evening. Thank you - it was such a refreshing end-of-summer break, and we hope to be back soon.

    Delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much . Thank you for taking the time to post such a helpful review for future guests to consider . We look forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jess5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great holiday house - very comfortable and smart."

    Everything you need. Lovely lounge, very comfortable beds, great location not far from Ambleside. Badger Inn is walkable and serves good food.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great stay in a well appointed and equipped cottage, everything we needed was at hand."

    The hot tub was also great after our long walks. We had the weather which also helped and enjoyed walking in to Ambleside for our evening meals. The suggestion list in the Cottage helped us find a few places to eat that we really enjoyed. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a Fabulous stay in a lovely property which is beautifully furnished, clean and well equipped."

    This was our third visit and it gets better every year. Thank you

    Delighted that you chose Hart head barn for a third time . Really hope to welcome you back again in the future . Thank you for taking the time to post a review . It is really appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable, good facilities, in a lovely setting."

    Mentioning the steep hill to the cottage (especially the final concrete dramp up to the cottage) would have been good. The only thing we didn't like was the rather punitive tone of the instructions about how to use the hot tub. It was all so negative ("do this wrong and we'll charge you £100", "make sure you have a shower first" etc) that we decided not to bother using the tub, which we had been looking forward to. Rewriting the instructions in a more positive and friendly way would be sensible.

    Really sorry that the tone of the hot tub instructions put you off going in … it’s such a lovely experience after a long walk . I will amend them so as not to put anyone else off ! Really hope it did not affect your stay too much and glad you liked the rest of the cottage . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Duncan4.7May 2023

  • "Superb cottage , furnished to a very high standard with the added luxury of the hot tub - which after a hard days walk was very welcome!"

    Thank you for your lovely review . It’s very much appreciated when guests take time to post a review . So glad you enjoyed the hot tub after your walks . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2023

  • "We love our stay at Hart Head Barn."

    It’s truly a home away from home. I cannnot fault the property - it is perfect in every way. There’s everything you need for a wonderful, enjoyable and comfortable holiday. Kitchen is complete with everything you need to make a meal and more. The bedrooms are all very cosy and the bathrooms clean and warm. The cottage central heating is set so it’s warm every time we come home from our walks. The hot tub is a great bonus after a long day. I can only imagine how perfect it would be to stay in the summer with the outdoor bbq and lunch / picnic area, the hot tub and the kitchen that opens up to the outdoor area. The lounge has everything you need to spend quality time with the family. The owner has really thought about everything you would want / need for a lovely holiday. Complete witn fairy lights in the outdoor area for a star gazing night in the hot tub. The boot room with heating is so handy to dry our boots and coats after a wet day walking. And location wise this is perfect to walk everywhere around Rydal water, Loughrigg Fell, the Coffin Trail, and Grasmere and Ambleside. We did all the walks straight from the cottage and climbed the two fells nearby. We almost didn’t use our car throughout our stay - except for the day we went to Derwent water. It is ideally located next door but one to Rydal Hall and Rydal Mount which is loads to do there in itself . And you can walk to Grasmere for a days outt, and take the bus home- so handy and no need to fight for parking. We just had a Perfect holiday in the Lakes, and thank you very much to Jenny for being the kindest host.

    What a lovely review ! I’m delighted that you loved your stay at Hart head barn . I really hope I can welcome you back for another stay in the future . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yanti5.0Mar 2023

  • "ThIs was our third visit to Hart Head Barn and we will rebook."

    Where to start, the location in the middle of Ambleside and Grassmere is perfect, and yet the property is privately located away from the hustle and bustle of town life. The views are amazing, and it's literally a few minutes walk part way through the coffin walk or down to Rydal water. The property is extremely well laid out , clean, comfortable, with all the extra thought put in to make it feel special. The beds are super comfy with quality bedding, the showers are hot and powerful, just what you need and the hot tub is private and wonderful after walking. The kitchen is equipped with all that you need if you want to eat at home and the lounge is also super comfy. If you are looking for a comfortable , well located, gold standard rent , then this is it. I almost don't want to share this secret haven but that would not be fair. The property is located up a hill with ample parking which is great for views but a consideration of you have a disability .

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2022

  • "Marvellous yet again – lost count of our visits!"

    Thank you to the owner for their attention to detail!

    Sep 2022

  • "Enjoyed every minute of the stay at this lovely cottage - the facilities are fantastic and it is in an ideal location to access all parts of the lakes - a couple of small quibbles/suggestions - instructions on how to use the electric oven and dishwasher would be welcome as we don't have those at home so struggled to work out how they worked."

    Our car did slip a little, burning rubber in the process, on the two steep inclines leading up to the cottage when it was raining and the little lane that you turn left into needs some attention as there is a large pothole on the left hand edge. The hot tub was great and we used it every day but it seemed to murmur away quite often and start up at times when it was all covered over so we were not sure if we needed to twiddle some knobs or do something to shush it up. Spotted the all weather table tennis table in the next door garden and whished we had one to play with too. Wish I could repeat the holiday all over again and would happily return and may well do that next year.

    Really pleased that you loved your stay here at hart head barn . Yes the lane and the drive way up are very steep . We have had the drive resurfaced to try to help but it's still steep we know . The benefit from the same are the gorgeous views from the barn ! Yes potholes . These are difficult too as we don't own this piece of land but efforts are in hand to try and keep on top of these repairs . All the instructions for appliances are in a plastic wallet - this does rely on the previous guest leaving it back in the correct place and sorry if you couldn't find this ! The hot tub is gorgeous isn't it . It is on constantly but doesn't require any attention . Just get in and enjoy ! Oh we'd love an outside tennis table too . There's just not enough level patio space to accommodate it or we'd provide one for sure . Hope to welcome you back , maybe in a different season as it's lovely all year round . Thank you for taking time to post a review . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely, we had everything we needed to make our stay extremely comfortable."

    We were blessed with good weather and we're able to get out and enjoy the beautiful Lake District every day, but found plenty of board games available for rainy days, a lovely touch. This cottage is more suited to the fit and more able bodied, due to different levels within the house, steps down into the kitchen and the same in one of the bedrooms, as well as the steep access but otherwise I'd really recommend a stay here

    Reviewed by Jean4.4May 2022

  • "Jenny was an amazing host and the property was beautiful."

    the surrounding area was amazing and it was a perfect setting for our first family holiday in 3 years. we will definitely come back

    Reviewed by Yohan5.0May 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay, especially the hot tub during a very windy and wet week."

    The cottage is up a very steep road and drive which didn't worry us as we knew the terrain but may be a worry to others. It is warm, comfortable, well equipped and set in a lovely spot in Rydal with Rydal Hall and its waterfalls, and lovely walks straight from your doorstep, we also saw a red squirrel. Only issue was that we couldn't open and shut some doors and windows very easily but would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by James3.8Feb 2022

  • "Coffee machine is needed"

    Thank you for your feedback and hope you had a great stay at Hart Head Barn. This is something the owner has thought about numerous times however unfortunately there is insufficient worktop space in the kitchen to make it viable. Kind Regards, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Dec 2021

  • "Our second visit to this wonderful barn and still as wonderful."

    Perfect location , clean, comfortable and a wonderful hot tub too finish off the days walking. Every little detail accounted for to make our stay one that wants us to come back again and again. Already booked for next year can't wait.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Dec 2021

  • "Fantastic property with everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    It looked better in real life than in the pictures. The hot tub had many hours of use, and the window over looking Wordsworth’s house and Windermere in the distance was a great bonus. Location for walks was amazing. We have always overlooked Rydal in favour of Grasmere and Ambleside but found Rydal a great place to stay with easy access to both!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great base for the week, ideally located."

    Nice cottage, we loved the upside-down layout and view from the front window. Plenty of activities to door from premises! That said there were quite a few minor issues with the cottage which on their own would be quite tolerable but when added together took the gloss off what should have been a memorable stay… 1. The driveway! I dread to think how many miles of tread we shredded off-of our tyres going up and down, especially on arrival with a fully laden front wheel drive automatic car, no word of warning about that. It was a bit slippery when damp due to rain/drizzle too. You need to mention this in the listing. Anyone with mobility issues needs to bare this in mind. 2. The cottage, whilst tidy wasn’t exactly clean, we found wrappers and crisps in the lounge and slices of raw meat around the bench at the front along with rusty bottle tops. Given COVID cleaning should be over and above! 3. The rubbish bin was overflowing, which meant we had to bag things up until after the rubbish collection, incidentally we put the bin out for 2 Hart Head Barn (which was unoccupied) as that was also overflowing. 4. Skirting boards, all generally paint chipped. 5. Upstairs Shower room, loose towel rail. 6. Twin Bedroom. Slats kept falling from the beds which meant the two in that room didn’t have a comfortable week. The door handle kept coming off. There’s also a mark on the wall. 7. Master bedroom. The wardrobe is a bit lop sided meaning the doors wouldn’t shut properly. Also, the shower was a bit ropey to be honest, believe it was billed as a luxury suite… 8. Kitchen, once we found the correct instructions things were a lot easier, we found these in the crockery cupboard, the information pack had the details for the old oven. Needless to say, we’ve put these into the pack for the next occupants. A lot of the cups/mugs are chipped. A 2-slot toaster for a 6-occupancy cottage seemed at odds, as did the single cafetiere! Fortunately, we brought our own… 9. Courtyard was a bit scruffy, not be swept in a long time, bits of the damaged ratan furniture all over. Evidence of confetti and cigarette ends in various places. There were also wine glasses down the side of the hot tub, which we couldn't reach. Incidentally the hot tub was lovely after a walk or a bike ride. Could be a really excellent place with a little extra effort. Too many minor issues. Real shame!

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay. We are glad that you love the upside down layout of Hart Head Barn and the beautiful views. It is always helpful if clients contact us immediately upon arrival if the property is not cleaned to our very high standards. There is no record of any contact from you during your stay. We would have happily rectified any of the minor issues to which you refer. It is noted also that the review you have posted omits an important part of your email to Lake Lovers namely … “like I said, a lovely cottage but too many minor issues hence this email and request of a partial good faith refund. I think £400 isn’t an unreasonable ask given that this is what you charge guests in the event that they leave the place in poor repair etc.” It is also noted that prior to receipt of your “review” the housekeeper for Hart Head Barn had contacted the owner in dismay at the damage caused by your guests to the bedding and towels. Photographs were taken and a replacement king-size duvet cover, king-size fitted sheet and one pillowcase has had to be replaced after strenuous efforts to clean bedding following your departure. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise2.8Aug 2021

  • "The barn was perfect for our needs with everything there to make our stay comfortable."

    The hot tub was a delight after days out walking. The barn has such wonderful views that you could sit and stare at them all day. But there is so much to do and explore just on the door step that you don't need a car. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed a fabulous holiday

    Reviewed by D E5.0Jun 2021

  • "A fantastic, well equipped house perfect for the use of our group."

    Perfectly situated for walks and visits to local towns. We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the added benefit of the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Dermot5.0Jun 2021

  • "Quaint upside down cottage with amazing views which was VERY comfortable and felt like home from home - Everything that is needed, has been provided and all really good quality."

    Nothing has been scrimped on. The beds are so comfy it was difficult to leave them in the mornings !!! The owner was lovely and when we emailed a small query, she responded quickly. Would probably mention that there are steps and slopes up to cottage so less able people are aware. It was an absolutely lovely place to stay - steeped in surrounding history - next door but one to Wordsworths cottage and Rydal hall - Lovely local walks (Coffin walk from Grassmere to Rydal Church) Amazing views over Rydal water and lovely local gardens in Rydal Hall (all walkable from the cottage) Pub within walking distance (when Covid allows opening) An amazing base for the Southern Lakes. Would love to return - Thank you

    Reviewed by Penny5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful place for a relaxing holiday."

    Tastefully decorated & extremely cosy. Amazing views and wonderful walks. Especially enjoyed the hot tub after a long day outside in the cold. Then in to relax by a real fire - perfect!! Can't wait to return!

    Miss DonochieNov 2019

  • "We loved the attention to detail at the barn, nicely decorated and loved the hot tub."

    Loved the location and being able to leave the car and go for walks straight from the property.

    Mrs BourdonAug 2019

  • "The cottage is well placed - lovely walk to Grasmere or Ambleside and Rydal water at end of drive."

    The views from the cottage are lovely and the hot tub is wonderful. Couldn’t fault it.

    Mrs WeatherheadJun 2019

  • "Our 4th stay, we love the location, especially the views and walks straight out onto the fells."

    Love the hot tub and used it most days! Weather good so walked round Rydal/Grasmere, Loughrigg Fell and took the steamer at Ullswater to Howtown and walked back! We'll be back!

    Cordery FamilyMar 2019

  • "Our 4th stay."

    .. feels like home from home now. Just love it, cosy, comfortable and so peaceful. Thanks for sharing Hart Head we'll be back very soon :) x

    Helen & FamilyMar 2019

  • "Beautiful, no expense spared, cottage fully equipped."

    Amazing location with great views, Had a fantastic week celebrating a 50th birthday.

    Kirsty, Michael, Andrew, Amanda & JacobDec 2018

  • "Fantastic accommodation set in a beautiful and peaceful area."

    Great hot tub, great walking, already planning our return. thank you.

    Kevin & FranNov 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Fabulous for mountain walking & wildlife. Watch out for the red squirrel that run along the patio!! lovely robin... who adores biscuits!

    Jane & JulesSep 2018

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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.


  • Highly Commended 4 Star property
  • Living accommodation to the first floor, bedrooms located on the ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link can be split into 2 x twin request on booking), 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower room, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • First floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower over bath, basin, WC and heated towel rail
  • Kitchen with dining area, Juliette balcony and French doors leading to the patio area
  • Sitting room with open fire (free coal supplied)
  • Luxury Outdoor Hot Tub to seat 6 people - professionally maintained and constantly heated at 38.5 degrees
  • Gas Central Heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine
  • Sky TV with free Netflix
  • DVD player
  • Wi-Fi ( super fast broadband )
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Secure bike storage for 6 bikes
  • Patio garden with furniture, heater, gas barbecue, charcoal barbecue and outside stove
  • Boot room with heater
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Pub 3 mins walk
  • Shop 2 miles
  • Please note that Hart Head Barn is in an elevated position (hence the beautiful views) so access to the property is via two short but steep drives
  • The steep drive (and configuration of the property) may mean it is not ideally suited to guests with mobility issues
  • Please note this property is not suitable for EV charging and the nearest EV charging points are in public carparks.

The property

This truly magical converted Lakeland barn is set in a sublime setting above the hamlet of Rydal with stunning views in every direction towards Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells.

Relax with family and friends in this traditional slate barn mixed with 21st century luxury.

This is a place to rejuvenate and spend quality time together in the Lake District.

Enter through the rear of the property on the first floor where you will find the living accommodation including a modern well-equipped kitchen with seating area and Juliette balcony offering beautiful views while you dine.

From here there is access to the patio area and hot tub through the French doors.

Unwind in the spacious living room with open fire and large bay windows.

Downstairs you will find 3 generously sized bedrooms, one king-size double with en-suite shower room, and a separate family bathroom with shower over bath.

The garden is really something special here.

The patio boasts a 6-seater hot tub, heater, furniture and BBQ – perfect for enjoying the outdoors any time of year.

Within a 5-minute drive, or wonderful walk, you can explore the villages of Ambleside or Grasmere.

Grasmere itself has plenty of eateries and tea rooms including the famous Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread shop.

There are plenty of walks from the door too – take a circular stroll around Rydal water, explore Rydal cave and if you’re after a more strenuous walk take a hike up nearby Loughrigg Fell.

Perfectly located for discovering the central Lake District, Hart Head Barn a luxury base for a break at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Ambleside 1.6 miles; Grasmere 2.7 miles.

Lying to the north of Ambleside and Windermere, Rydal is a charming unspoilt village full of history and which has changed little in the last two hundred years. Rydal Water with its shoreline walks adds an extra tranquillity to the location, which is one of the central most points of the Lake District. Home to William Wordsworth for some years there are many walks spreading out from Rydal with spectacular views. Wander along hillside paths to Grasmere, or up the impressive Rydal Fell and Nab Scar with fantastic scenery spanning as far as the hills on the west coast on a clear day. Or stroll through Rydal Park with its ancient and magnificent trees, past the thunderous waterfalls, revered by Wordsworth, and on to Ambleside with its numerous shops, restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes. Only a short drive away is Windermere with its water sports and boat cruises on Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.

Please note that misuse of the hot tub, including using the hot tub with fake tan or body lotion on can damage the product and as such will lead to a surcharge of £100.00, debited from the Good Housekeeping Bond for additional cleaning.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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