4.9★ Sykes rating 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Pets Yes Features Off road parking Open fire Garden / Patio Cot available Highchair available Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities and Maintenance Search All reviews cottage (25) fiona (19) location (18) lovely (17) john (16) all (16) 46 Customer Reviews "Wonderful cottage, Fiona and John were very hospitable and the venues were stunning." Very well catered cottage, warm and comfy, we will be back. Thank you for your feedback! We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. (Despite the weather you certainly made the most of your stay!!). We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hayloft in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Kirsty5.0★Nov 2023 "Didn’t think it could be possibly as good as all the reviews- how wrong was I!" It’s stunning. The location, how well equipped it is, how lovely the hosts are. We’ve stayed in a lot of places this is by far at the top of that list. So much so we booked for next year before we even left. Thanks for having a wonderful place and sharing it with us all! See you 2024! Thank you so much for your kind words! We’re pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. We hope you had a safe journey home and look forward to seeing you again in 2024. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Orla5.0★Aug 2023 "The Hayloft is in a special place to holiday Paths from the door lead past crystal clear streams and waterfalls, and the fields and hillsides are full of a variety of wildflowers." It's location, a down narrow road and long drive means there is no road noise at all. If the Lakeland weather allows you to sit on the suntrap patio, all you can hear is nature and the occasional voices of walkers on the footpath behind. The cottage itself is equipped with everything you could need, along with thoughtful extras. It's the perfect balance of being attractive, warm, clean, comfortable and welcoming, yet practical. For example, there is a porch area so you can deal with wet dogs and muddy boots without damaging the inside. There is plenty of space in the living area for four adults not to feel cramped on a rainy day. This is our third visit and each year work has been done to maintain and keep the property at it's high standard. Having really looked forward to arriving all the way up the M6, when we get there it is always better than anticipated. All you want to do is drink in the views and relax. John and Fiona are good people and kind and welcoming hosts. Another reviewer said it's a privilege to be able to stay here and we 100% agree. What can I say?! Thank you so much for your kind words. We do our best to provide our guests with an enjoyable experience when they stay with us, and it makes our efforts worthwhile when we receive feedback like yours. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Jane5.0★May 2023 "Great property in a lovely position on a family run farm." The farmer and his family are very helpful and friendly and made us feel welcome. The location is quite remote in the beautiful Newlands valley so does involve driving down some narrow lanes like many other places in the Lakes! I hope we can go back again sometime. Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Gareth5.0★May 2023 "If you’re looking to stay somewhere remote and peaceful Hayloft is the perfect place." We absolutely loved our time here, so much so, we have booked to come back again next year. We visited in May when John and Fiona were busy with new lambs, it was great to feel part of the farm and to gain a little knowledge on the local sheep. Our Cocker was intrigued with the chickens that visited our door daily and also the variety of birds that were on the feeder from Woodpeckers to finches. Outstanding views all around. There are low level or challenging walks right from the doorstep. The cottage itself was extremely comfortable and well equipped. We are looking forward to our return visit. Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back next year. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Cheryl5.0★May 2023 "We enjoyed our week in this property which is located on an isolated farm in the Newlands Valley." We received a warm welcome, and the farmer and his wife were happy to chat about the farm and their work. The accommodation was well equipped, warm and cosy, with amazing views in all directions. There are so many high and low level walks directly from the property that you hardly need to explore further afield. Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Bryan5.0★Mar 2023 "The accommodation was perfect and the hosts extremely warm, friendly and helpful." The location is simply extraordinary. It was a privilege to be able to spend time in the peace and solitude of the Newlands valley. There are incredible walks literally on the doorstep. The true spirit of Cumbria resides in this place. We have been visiting the Lake District for over 30 years and have never stayed in a more peaceful, beautiful place. There are not enough superlatives to describe the Hayloft. It is Heaven on Earth, What can I say?! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Comments like yours make all the hard work worthwhile! We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the valley in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Robert5.0★Feb 2023 "Where can I start - what an absolute gem of a cottage nestled in the Newlands Valley, a late decision to book and a great find, Fiona and her Husband are great hosts, a lovely relaxed New Year in the place we love." Situated on a working farm in a beautiful peaceful valley and away from the crowds the cottage offers everything you need for a relaxing stay, the facilities are excellent and the bedrooms both with ensuite showers are perfect if you are staying with children as we had - a bathroom each :) A well equipped kitchen and a lovely log burner to keep you warm on the harshest of winter nights. We want to thank Fiona for a warm welcome and the Mulled wine and posh biscuits were well received - thank you! Would recommend The Hayloft to anyone wanting an authentic lakeland stay and I have been told Lambing on the farm in the spring is a great thing to see. Thanks again for a great 4 days. Thank you so much for your kind words. I just wish we could have organised some better weather for you!! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us nonetheless. I was sorry not to see you before you left, but the sheep were calling and I had to go!! Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to The Hayloft in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Beverley5.0★Dec 2022 "Beautiful accommodation in Beautiful surroundings." Well equipped for our dog with towels and enclosed perimeter. Walks direct from the door and very peaceful on an evening. Well equipped with games, books etc on those rainy days. Only suggestion I would have is to maybe put reflectors on the narrow bridge/wall as you turn into the farm as I did manage to scrape the car down it. Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Hayloft. Sorry to hear about your car, we will see what we can do about the wall!! Regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Julie4.7★Oct 2022 "An absolute gem of a cottage." We loved the location, on a farm in a lovely quiet valley, away from the crowds. Its a sign of a wonderful holiday, when your sad to leave. Will definitely be back. Thank you so much for your kind words Lisa. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Hayloft in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Lisa5.0★Aug 2022 "Very welcoming host with great spacious accommodation, hot showers, comfortable beds, well equipped self catering facilities, even everything you need for the dog!" Stunning location away from all the tourists, making a peaceful and relaxing environment to unwind. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and enjoyed the peace and tranquillity. We hope to welcome you back again one day! Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Tracey5.0★Aug 2022 "This is a remote property in the middle of a working sheep farm." The scenery is second to none, it’s truly breath taking. The property itself was spotless, really comfortable, HUGE beds (fab!!), every convenience of home with dramatic views from every window. Fiona and John absolutely amazing hosts, made us feel really welcome, lovely, lovely people. We had a fantastic week, walking, dipping in waterfalls, chilling, a very memorable holiday, thank you so much! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again some day!! Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Daniel5.0★Jul 2022 "A truly amazing location; it simply doesn't get any better." Multiple walks from the door and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The owners are super helpful and it was one of the best stays we have ever had in the lakes. Highly recommended. Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The scenery certainly speaks for itself! We hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Jon5.0★Jul 2022 "Fiona, John and Taymar made our holiday complete." A great experience we will never forget. An unspoilt area of the Lakes that we prefer. Jack our collie had a great time to. We will return. Thank you for your lovely comments. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Hayloft in the future. Property Owner Reviewed by Thomas5.0★Feb 2022 "Amazing little cottage in the middle of nowhere." A brilliant place to escape away with plenty of local walks but equally it was very easy to go out in the car and explore. The owners were lovely and extremely helpful. It had everything you would need whilst away including extra blankets. I can’t wait to go back! Thank you for your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back to The Hayloft in the future. Property Owner Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0★Feb 2022 "The accommodation was clean & very comfortable." Couldn't fault anything at all. Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner Reviewed by Andrew4.7★Feb 2022 "We really enjoyed our stay at the Hayloft and would love to return." The cottage is cozy and warm with beautiful views. The WiFi is good and reliable. The beds are huge and so comfortable. We loved watching all the different birds on the feeders. Newlands Valley is one of the most beautiful in the Lake District. We particularly liked leaving our car behind and walking directly from the door. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Thank you for the lovely feedback on your stay at The Hayloft. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you again. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Barbara5.0★Nov 2021 "Fantastic setting." Warm. Comfy. Fast Internet. Brilliant base. Very accommodating hosts, John and Fiona. Been before and will return. It was lovely to see you all again. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by John5.0★Oct 2021 "The Hayloft was more spacious than expected." The owners were lovely. It would have been helpful if a large torch/lantern had been available to provide light during a power cut. It would have been helpful to know in the that the cottage is 15/20 minutes from main road in the information, having said that, the setting is absolutely stunning. We hope to stay there again. Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and plan to return! You certainly experienced some awful weather!! Lanterns are now supplied! Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Claire4.7★Oct 2021 "Cottage perfect clean and very comfortable fantastic location lovely walks straight from the door." Owners very kind and friendly we would definitely return Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Derek4.7★Oct 2021 "Lovely cosy cottage - Our third stay at The Hayloft and everything was perfect." The location is tranquil and quiet. Fiona and John are great hosts. Thank you for the feedback Andrew. It was lovely to see you all again, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards FionO Property Owner Reviewed by Andrew5.0★Sep 2021 "We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful area of the Lake District and enjoyed every minute." The Hayloft is nestled in the stunning Newlands Valley and was perfect for our week long family holiday, where we were blessed with stunning weather for the duration. Fiona and John were very friendly and helpful, allowing our inquisitive 5 year old to get involved in a little sheep herding and calf feeding, which she loved! Everything we needed was available in the cottage, which we used as a bolthole for our adventures around the local area. A wealth of wonderful walks and some of the most stunning scenery are all walkable from the door, definitely go exploring! We would highly recommend The Hayloft and will certainly return. Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner Reviewed by Zoe5.0★Aug 2021 "We had a brilliant time at the Hayloft." Fantastic views, amazing walks straight from the cottage, Fiona was really helpful and full of advice. Really felt away from it all despite it being August in the lakes - highly recommended Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us in the beautiful Newlands Valley. Property Owner Reviewed by Gareth5.0★Aug 2021 "We had a week of perfect tranquility and comfort in the beautiful Newlands valley, on a working farm where our hosts, the farmers, patiently answered all our questions while clearly busy with their farm work going on all around us." They were the most accommodating and delightful hosts and the cottage was furnished and equipped very thoughtfully. We could not have asked for more. The Hayloft is a wonderful place to stay in every way. Thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us in the beautiful Newlands Valley. Property Owner Reviewed by Gillian5.0★Jul 2021 "We chose this wonderful place for our honeymoon last July - (I thought I’d left a review so apologies!" ). If you love nature, breathtaking scenery, walking, comfortable, well equipped accommodation with spectacular views and friendly, helpful and welcoming hosts - this is the place for you! It was perfect as a romantic, never to be forgotten getaway. If you’d prefer not to go too far you could sit in the beautiful, private garden and just listen to the bees!We will never forget the fabulous treatment we received from the lovely hosts who, by the way, are busy, hard working farmers. We will take the memories we made here to our grave so thank you so much John and Fiona and we really hope that we’ll be able to return one day. Oh thank you for the lovely comments! We are so pleased we were able to help to make your honeymoon a memorable experience. We very much look forward to seeing you both again. Property Owner Reviewed by Janine5.0★Jul 2021 "Being set on a well managed and environmentally accredited working farm was a real plus for us; we felt better connected to the Lake District local economy and very happy to be supporting the income of working farmers, maintaining the landscape and producing good quality food." The location at the head of the valley and by two public footpaths made for a super quiet and very special walking holiday. Reviewed by Nigel4.7★Oct 2020 "The Hayloft is a really comfortable cozy cottage in beautiful remote surroundings with stunning views of the fells." Can’t fault it in any way, just perfect for our holiday. Would definitely recommend staying here. Reviewed by Catherine5.0★Sep 2020 "It's popularity is fully justified!" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reviewed by Ian5.0★Aug 2020 "Superb cottage in a perfect tranquil location." Stayed here last year and it was just as good as before and continues to exceed expectations. Very comfortable and absolutely spotless - extremely well equipped. Fiona and John are great hosts too. Reviewed by Andrew5.0★Feb 2020 "The Hayloft exceeded my expectations from the moment we arrived." Fiona was so lovely and helpful and the accommodation makes great use of the space and scenery. The beds were comfortable and the whole cottage was well equipped and clean. Fiona had a fire going for when we arrived which was very welcoming. After our car broke down and we needed to get to Penrith station Fiona and her husband were very kind to us and even drove us the 20 + miles to the station- so kind. Will definitely be back and recommend to anyone looking for a quiet relaxing stay in the Lake District. Reviewed by Lesley5.0★Oct 2019 "Holiday was wonderful." The Hayloft was a really fantastic place to stay within a great location. Fiona and John were a lovely couple, very friendly and accomodating. Only downside is the pub that was supposed to be 1 mile away was nearer 2.5 miles ,making it difficult to walk there of an evening. Reviewed by Elaine5.0★Oct 2019 "Just had the most amazing week at the Hayloft." The scenery was stunning and the cottage was so beautiful. Just outside the front door was a lovely garden area with a picnic table, the perfect place for breakfast. The cottage itself was gorgeous. On the outside a lovely old building with all the original charm, that fits perfectly in the farm valley setting, on the inside completely modern and comfortable, with features I wish I had in my own home! Lovely decor as well, and spotlessly clean throughout. The owner Fiona was so kind and helpful and gave great advice on local hiking places. It really is a hiking mecca and I loved being able to go on so many excellent hikes straight from the front door without having to drive anywhere. I did also drive around to see the sights of the Lake District, a gorgeous area, but found nothing half so beautiful as the Hayloft site itself and the surrounding hills. Really liked that each bedroom had its own private bath with shower and that the kitchen was so well supplied, with the nicest little built-in fridge and even a dishwasher. I even found olive oil in the cabinet, a real treat since I had forgotten to buy any for cooking. And so nice to have laundry facilities, the washer and dryer were modern and easy to figure out how to use. The place is very secluded and private yet is actually quite close to Keswick, where I went for grocery shopping and for a bus tour. I also really enjoyed that the Hayloft is on a working farm, so fun to see lambs and calves out the window in the morning, and to see the dogs at work. Reviewed by Amy5.0★Sep 2019 "Excellent location and cottage with great host's." Reviewed by Viv5.0★Aug 2019 "We arrived after a lovely week in Northumberland to a stunning location in which the cottage stood." After a long drive we needed a cup of tea & the toilet. We were very disappointed to find there was no soap anywhere in the house to be able to wash our hands. No milk, no tbags, nothing at all. The house was full of flies-to the extent that we had to go buy fly spray and swats and leave the cottage whilst we sprayed it as we have children. Our 1st night didn’t get off to a good start. We then found 3 glasses (there are 4 of us). Chipped plates, dirty cutlery. The cottage was dirty in general. The washing machine was in a outbuilding not a utility room as described. The beds were like a brick. We left a day early to come home as we wanted some comfort back. Definitely not 5 star as described and I think Sykes really need to revisit. Stunning area, beautiful location but the cottage definitely needs some TLC. Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your stay at The Hayloft. We try to ensure that our guests have everything they need for a comfortable, enjoyable holiday. If you had felt able to raise your concerns whilst you were staying with us we would have done our utmost to address them. Our feedback is usually very favourable, so it is with some dismay to hear that you found the property so disappointing. Kind regards Fiona Property Owner Reviewed by Helen1.3★Aug 2019 "A beautifully set, quiet retreat away from the everyday hustle and bustle with great hosts in Fiona and John who were friendly and attentive." Thank you. Reviewed by Lawrence5.0★Jun 2019 "Perfect cottage in a lovely remote location." The Hayloft is fantastic, total peace and quiet with wildlife to watch and walks from the doorstep. Great layout with everything you need for a comfortable stay and the cottage was spotless. The owners are great hosts and provided good advice on walks particularly those from the doorstep. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Andrew5.0★Feb 2019 "The cottage was very comfortable and warm but we felt that some of the ..." The cottage was very comfortable and warm but we felt that some of the photographs showing the views were not altogether accurate as I have mobility problem and without walking some distance weren’t able to enjoy them all from the cottage but this did not detract from us enjoying our holiday I wouzld like to return to the cottage in the future Reviewed by Jane4.7★Jan 2019 "This an exceptional holiday home in a idilic remote location." Would recommend to family and friends. Owners Fiona and John very friendly and helpful. Reviewed by Simon5.0★Jan 2019 "We very much enjoyed talking to the owners who were hospitable and friendly" Reviewed by Valerie5.0★Jul 2018 "What an amazing place to stay, comfortable cottage, lovely farm and owners." To top it all we had a week of wall to wall sunshine and views that make you speechless. Reviewed by Christine5.0★May 2018 "We've stayed in numerous places in the Lake District, but this place is easily the best so far." No wonder we had to reserve a couple of weeks two years ago because it is so popular, and reasonably priced, that it was fully booked for the first year! The cottage truly is in the middle of the hills with both major and minor walks available right from the door. It is warm inside, although we didn't have any freezing temperatures to test just how good the insulation and heating is. The owners live in the attached farmhouse, which is the base for a working sheep farm, but you are in no way aware of their existence. John and Fiona are very helpful and friendly and, even though busy with lambing whilst we were there, were always willing to break off to have a chat. Wildlife visible to us without leaving the cottage included a woodpecker, yellowhammers, and a stoat. Reviewed by Lawrence3.8★Apr 2018 "A wonderful time of the year to go what with the lambs and spring flowers in a beautiful location." You also realize just how hard our sheep farmers work. Smashing people. Our hosts were lovely. Reviewed by Antony4.7★Apr 2018 "Excellent hosts, a perfect cottage in a stunning location." Reviewed by Trevor5.0★Mar 2018 "The Hayloft is the perfect holiday spot." It's got it all in spades, comfort, great position, fantastic views, like I said, perfect. Unfortunately we were there the same time as 'the Beast from the East', where we found ourselves well and truly caught in the middle of the fiercest weather the area has seen for years. Without John and his neighbour, we wouldn't have made it home. They literally towed us up a couple of places impassable without a 4x4, drove around the valley to help another poor soul who'd got stuck halfway up a hill and stayed with us until we were back on cleared and gritted road. Absolute heroes - thank you very much! Reviewed by Lainey5.0★Feb 2018 "No, this is a first class holiday cottage maintained to the highest standard in arguably one of the most picturesque areas of the lake district." If it's serenity your after this is the place to be. All in all a favourable experience. Regards Peter Reviewed by Peter5.0★Jan 2018 "Perfect, secluded base for walkers, excellent high level and valley walking straight from the door, and good showers and large very comfortable beds - everything a walker needs!" Comfortable, cosy and compact sitting room/ diner/ kitchen area with good quality appliances and equipment. Maps, guides and videos of the Lakes provided. A great deal of thought has gone into this conversion by the friendly and helpful owners. Had it not been November we would have enjoyed sitting out on the paved patio area, as it was we loved watching the birds on the feeders. The Wifi wasn't the speediest, but this is just a minor drawback which is more than outweighed by the opportunity to stay on a real, traditional, working Lakeland farm. Many thanks, Fiona and John, we hope to return. Reviewed by Peter5.0★Nov 2016 There are no reviews featuring this term Show all reviews Show more Hide all Summary All first floor Two bedrooms: 2 x super king-size double (zip and link), both with en-suite shower, basin, WC and heated towel rails Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove Separate utility, bike storage and kennelling area on ground floor of barn. Oil central heating with woodburning stove in sitting area Electric oven and hob, microwave, slow cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, CD, radio, selection of books, games and DVDs, Superfast WiFi Fuel and power inc. in rent, fuel for woodburning stove provided on honesty box basis Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Cot and highchair Off road parking for 2 cars Small rear garden and patio with garden furniture One well-behaved pet welcome Sorry, no smoking Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile Note: The cottage is accessed via rear steps leading to a level entrance by the garden A ramp also runs to the entrance Note: The owners provide a steel kennel/cage in the utility room for pets if required. The property An outstanding first floor barn conversion, situated on a working farm in the Newlands Valley, five miles from Keswick. The Hayloft is one of our premier Keswick cottages and is situated in some of the finest countryside in the whole of Lakeland; from its position on the fell it commands the most awe-inspiring views of the valley and the surrounding fells, making it an ideal base for couples looking to enjoy this beautiful area. This quality Lakeland cottage has been fully renovated to provide first class, contemporary holiday accommodation with much character and style, still retaining many of the barn's original features such as old beams and the original window reveals. This Lake District cottage boasts a beautiful open plan living area with a warm and cosy woodburning stove, a modern well-equipped kitchen and lovely feature windows to take advantage of the spectacular views of the fells. The bedrooms in this Lake District cottage are located at either end of the living area and contain splendid super king-size, zip and link beds, along with superb en-suite facilities. Outside, a lovely Lakeland cottage garden adds the final piece to this delightful Lake District cottage. With great walks from the doorstep, including the Newlands Horseshoe, a five-hour walk with breathtaking views of Skiddaw and Blencathra, this is a perfect destination for those who love the great outdoors. Just a couple of miles from your Lake District cottage the village of Braithwaite offers traditional old pubs and well-stocked village shops and the lovely old Lakeland town of Keswick, with its many attractions, is just a short drive away. A wonderfully romantic Lakeland cottage retreat, in a fabulous location, whatever the time of year. View on map About the location NEWLANDS Keswick 5 miles. Newlands is a classic unspoilt hamlet in the farming Newlands Valley, and an historic route over the pass (hause) into Buttermere. Farms are scattered throughout the valley with Stair and Little Town being the main settlements. The Newlands Valley is an excellent base for a walking holiday, with a huge variety of walking routes, including low level valley walks, ridge walks and fell walks. The area is also well known for its links with Beatrix Potter; “The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle'' uses the Newlands Valley as its backdrop and Catbells, Skelgill and Little Town can all be recognised from her sketches. Nearby, the small village of Braithwaite retains much of its traditional appeal, with the Coledale Beck running through the village with its whitewashed cottages, two shops and two real ale inns. Nearby, Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the most picturesque places in England. Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the lake with an open-air theatre is well worth a visit, along with Trotters Farm and Dodd Wood. Derwentwater, and Keswick with its wide range of attractions, are also within easy reach.