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Topthorn Barn

Whinfell near Kendal, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1056455)


(16 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 11

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Electric car charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "This was a wonderful property - all the family from 2 yrs up to 82 and 3 dogs had a lovely time with plenty of space inside and out - the child’s play areas and the games rooms perfect for the unpredictable weather ."

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2022

  • "The house was stunning."

    Great location. Very comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by SamMay 2022

  • "What can we say !"

    ! Amazing house with top notch facilities Here for two day stay for sisters 60th birthday, 9 of us had loads of room, enough bathrooms, room to spread ourselves about. A great kitchen table which accommodated the months load of food and drink we arrived with :) And the quality of the bed linen and towels, wonderful Added bonus of a games room and some lovely walks straight from the door Just arranging another birthday vacation here for next year but will be adding a few extra days Thank you for making our sisters birthday one to remember

    Reviewed by SandraApr 2022

  • "We had a fantastic family holiday the house was amazing and met all our needs ."

    Reviewed by StephanieMar 2022

  • "Very well equipped, spacious barn conversion."

    All rooms are a generous size, and a great place to stay for a family group.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "I can't fault this property at all."

    We all had such a lovely time for a reunion after a long few years. Everything had been thought of. The rooms were all outstanding and the beds were remarkably comfortable. I'm often concerned with big properties that they may be cold but this was not the case! Lovely and warm and although big felt really cosy. The Aga was wonderful for warming up after a walk, as was the giant bath! All of our party had a fantastic time and have vowed to come back again. Would absolutely recommend this property to anyone looking for a group break. Thank you to the owners for your brilliant communication as well.

    Reviewed by EmmaJan 2022

  • "We stayed at Topthorn Barn as a surprise weekend away for my mum's 60th and we loved it."

    Everywhere was immaculate with everything available that you could possibly need. The games room and play room was a big hit for the kids (and adults if I'm honest) and everybody had a great time. The only thing that let it down ever so slightly was that the jacuzzi bath couldn't be used as a jacuzzi as I guess it hadn't been chemically cleaned but other than that everything was perfect and we would definitely go back.

    Sorry to hear that you were unable to use the jacuzzi but I assure you that it is chemically cleaned between guests. I appreciate that the numerous controls are confusing but the instructions are in the welcome book. I hope you are able to enjoy this facility on your next stay Kindest regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by KaraJan 2022

  • "The cottage is in a lovely location, quiet and beautiful views."

    We had a lovely time, we enjoyed the game room and overall the cottage was very cosy, perfect for our weekend getaway.

    Reviewed by AndraJan 2022

  • "A fabulous house in a great location - we enjoyed the views the kitchen Aga was ..."

    A fabulous house in a great location - we enjoyed the views the kitchen Aga was amazing we cooked lovely meals every day - the bedrooms were extremely comfy will definitely re book for second visit

    Reviewed by SueDec 2021

  • "Beautiful property, everything you need, really enjoyed our stay."

    Definitely returning all being well! Lovely spacious place, Aga was excellent and games room a plus! Great weekend.

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay at this property."

    The pictures do not do it justice. The attention to detail is superb. We loved this place. It was spotlessly clean so we wish to give a big shout out to whoever does this work. The Aga was incredible ensuring the place was snugly warm. The games room was a delight. The best place we've stayed at since booking our own accommodation over the last few years.

    Reviewed by SharonNov 2021

  • "A lovely family house with plenty of room and catering for all ages."

    Beautiful setting and cozy warm with the AGA. Very happy memories of our stay.

    Reviewed by RosieOct 2021

  • "Topthorn Barn met our expectations."

    It was as described on the website. It made a great meeting place for three generations of our family; members of which are now scattered across the UK. The kitchen table comfortably seats eight adults and three small children. The play room was a great bonus. It was well supplied with quality toys and books for young children. The Wendy House was also greatly appreciated. Although we visited the barn in mid-October we were still able to sit out on the first floor balcony and appreciate the view. The autumnal weather didn't encourage the use the barbecue area but it would be a great asset in warmer weather.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "Generally pleased once settled in but would comment as follows-all comments intended to be constructive 1."

    We understood cottage was rural but was not advised access was down 4 miles of narrow lanes-any clients with large vehicles should be made aware-limited passing places! 2.Our party was 9.The electric cookers only were not big enough to cook a family roast.The option of the Aga was not best described-it is definately required if a large party is expecting to prepare large cooked meals. 3.Owners should have advised Sykes that building works were ongoing next door to the cottage.!!

    As there are many routes to Topthorn Barn, it would appear that you may have followed sat nav rather than the comprehensive directions provided at the time of booking. The three and half miles from Kendal allow for two lane traffic to pass with ease, with only the final half a mile of private lane being single track but has numerous passing places. As highlighted in the property details there was always an option to request use of the Aga. When you phoned and raised the issue, the owner ensured that the matter was immediately resolved. As the property is adjacent to a working farm it is accepted that works may be undertaken by the farm staff for which the owners have no knowledge of or jurisdiction. Although the owners tried to contact you after your stay, we were sorry you were unable to clarify your justification of the low ratings as when we spoke you informed us that you were very happy with the property and enjoying your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "Great house for our 3 generation family holiday."

    The children enjoyed the play room and Wendy house, the adults the games room and the seniors the space which allowed opportunities for a quiet half hour. The owners even purchased a second camp cot for us as we had 2 year old twins in our party.

    Reviewed by DonaldAug 2021

  • "This property was beautiful, so many wonderful feature, with country homely feel, yet a bit of luxury too."

    It was perfect for the whole family (6 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 children and 2 doggies). Central to lots of destinations and comfortable for when we wanted to have a quiet day. The view was stunning, lovely waking up to the sheep roaming around. The kitchen was the perfect social space and there was plenty of room for the different groups within the family, some played in the games room, some watching TV, others reading in quiet areas of the house. Owners were great when we contacted them about the water tempreture not being great and the problem was solved. The only down side was that there were an awful lot of flies in the kitchen, maybe to be expected to some degree being so close to a working farm. However this did not detract from a fantastic break, great accomodation, in a wonderful part of the world. Thank you.

    Reviewed by CrystalJul 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with Smart TV and en-suite bath, hand held shower, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x family room with super-king-size (zip/link can be twin on request) and single, 1 x king-size with Smart TV, 1 x second-floor king-size, 1 x second-floor twin with trundle bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • First-floor sitting room with woodburning stove and balcony
  • Games room
  • Children's play room
  • Oil central heating with ground-floor underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • 2 electric ovens, Aga, (a third of the Aga is electric and Aga will only be available between the months of November and March) range cooker and hob, microwave, American fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available
  • Off-road parking for six cars
  • Garden with lawn
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Please note: No stag/ hen parties or similar
  • Shop 3.9 miles, pub 4.3 miles This property now has a secure bike storage Note - This property has an electric car charging port
  • Note - This property has 2 extra trundle beds available at your request at £20 each, please call to add this to your booking.

The property

Kendal 4.9 miles.

Offering a wonderful family getaway for eleven guests in the midst of rolling Cumbrian countryside, Topthorn Barn is a stunning stone property, boasting traditional character and charm.

Settled in the village of Whinfell not far from Kendal, Topthorn Barn is within easy reach of both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and enjoys a games room, spacious bedrooms and a lovely first-floor balcony.

Step into the entrance hall as you come in from the parking area, where a pretty bench awaits you to take off your shoes and get familiar with this family haven.

Head through to the kitchen/diner to find a huge range cooker amidst a collection of quality appliances in the fitted kitchen, as well as a long dining table for family meals.

The games room is the perfect spot for fun on rainy days, with a children's play room with plenty of toys too, leading out to the Wendy house outside.

Completing the ground-floor is the utility room with laundry facilities and the ground-floor shower room.

Take the stairs to find the first-floor sitting room where you can get settled before the woodburning stove on one of the plush seats, with a huge Smart TV to entertain.

A balcony runs the length of the property from here, with access from the sitting room and the following two bedrooms: a master super-king-size boasting a Smart TV and a fabulous bathroom, along with a king-size also benefitting from a Smart TV.

The first floor has a further bedroom comprising a family room with a super-king-size and a single, with another shower room on this floor, whilst up to the second floor there is a twin bedroom with a trundle bed, and a king-size bedroom, served by the second-floor bathroom, so everyone has a tranquil sleeping spot and somewhere to freshen up.

Relax out in the large garden with spacious lawns for up to three dogs to run around on, and luscious countryside views to admire from here or the balcony.

Topthorn Barn sits in a wonderful location for enjoying both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, with the nearest town being the pretty market town of Kendal, known as the 'southern gateway to the Lakes', you can find a great many restaurants, pubs and shops along its cobbled streets and heritage within the 12th century ruins of Kendal Castle.

The local area around the property is great for walking so you can set off from your doorstep and explore the likes of Whinfell Beacon and Whinfell Tarn, and Grayrigg Forest.

Make a trip to the epic 14th century Sizergh Castle with large grounds to explore, or enjoy family fun at Lakeland Maze Farm Park for animal encounters, go-karts and a maize maze.

Kendal is home to two museums for those intrigued by history, including Lakeland Museum and Kendal Museum, while the imposing Elizabethan Levens Hall has much to offer within its ornate, oak panelled rooms and beautiful gardens.

Enjoy the challenge of the Lake District's many peaks and fells with hikes and rambles throughout the landscape, enjoying spectacular Lake Windermere views from Orrest Head and Gummer's How, far-reaching vistas from Baystones, and amazing landscapes from Helvellyn.

Discover The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness, The Lakes Aquarium in Lakeside, and plenty of outdoor activities in and around Lake Windermere for all the family.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park also has lots to offer and is home to the famous Three Peaks challenge, perfect for active walkers.

Make wonderful memories with your loved ones in Cumbria at Topthorn Barn.

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

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About the location


Windermere 8 miles.

A historic market town with a fine reputation for shopping, Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent and is known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes. 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. Visit The Abbot Hall Art Gallery, its regular collection holding portraits by Kendal born George Romney and works by Turner and Ruskin, with other exhibitions through its links with the Tate. 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. Kendal itself is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Kendal provides a superb base for a relaxing break.

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Region Information

Please Note: Please advise how you would like the z-link bed laid out

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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