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The Hayloft

(Ref. 941220)

Milton near Brampton, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Me and my family had a lovey time at this cottage."

    It was so quiet and cosy. We can’t wait to come back in the summer. Highlight was getting to see the farm animals up close, and sitting in front of the cosy fire in the evenings watching tv. For a small place there was plenty of storage for belongings, and it was conveniently equipped with dishwasher/ washing machine/firestick. Thank you so much to mabel and family x

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was very clean and was well equipped."

    The owners were very friendly and informative. Very good location to visit other places such as Talkin Tarn, Hexham, Alston and Whitley Bay. The only discrepancy we had is that we thought that the cottage had an enclosed garden as we had 2 dogs staying with us and it would have been ideal to have an enclosed garden for them.

    Reviewed by Rosie3.8Aug 2023

  • "The Hayloft is a lovely cottage - we have given it 4 stars, but with a few tweaks it would be 5*."

    Furnishings are of a good quality, beds comfortable. Although the kitchen had plenty of pans, it was short of glasses - only had a few tumblers (plenty of wine glasses!!). Cups were also in short supply. Towels were too small and should have been tumble dried to make them soft. All in all, a lovely cottage and we had a great time.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.1Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful location, beautiful cottage and everything needed to make it home from home."

    Very clean, tidy, and very friendly people. Only drawback was when the spa became very frothy and scum built up on sides. However, told the owner and it was sorted immediately. Will definitely go back to this place. ❤️ Had a wonderful time thank you xx

    Reviewed by Kimberley5.0May 2023

  • "It was our first holiday as a young family and we cannot recommend enough."

    The property is beautiful and the location was ideal for us to be able to explore Hadrian's wall and Talkin Tarn.

    Reviewed by Isobel5.0May 2023

  • "Shower floor could do with a small rubber mat to be safe against potential to slip & position of shower head a little too high."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, warm, great furnishings, great situation."

    Only problem was the WIFI not working although the owner did her best.

    Reviewed by Bernice4.7Apr 2023

  • "So many things to see around the area so the Hayloft was the perfect base."

    No internet unfortunately but kept busy with lovely places to visit.

    Reviewed by Brigid3.8Mar 2023

  • "Ideal for exploring the area."

    Comfortable, clean and well appointed. Owners a pleasure and to hand and this is a Working farm. Proper people.

    Reviewed by Des5.0Aug 2022

  • "Owners were really friendly and lovely, they showed our daughter all the farm animals and let her feed a lamb which was wonderful."

    Cottage is nice but fairly small and furniture is a little dated. I’m glad we didn’t bring our large dog as there would not have been enough space and no enclosed garden.

    Reviewed by Nichola3.8Apr 2022

  • "Stayed in the Hayloft."

    Loved the location, loved the property. Only things that needed improving were the very bad draughts coming through the front door and the patio doors, these are an easy fix with some draught excluder strip. But there are plenty of electric storage heaters so did not feel cold at any point. The heated towel rails didn't seem to work. Apart from these small issues, I would definitely stay here again. Did not make use of the hot tub facility as the weather was awful and I didn't fancy the walk into the farm to reach it.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2022

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay."

    The cottage was perfect for us - in both location and size/ facilities.

    Reviewed by Suzanna4.1Oct 2021

  • "The Hayloft was very well appointed, cosy and comfortable."

    It is also in a good location for exploring Hadrians wall, the Lake District and North Pennines.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Aug 2021

  • "Property well placed and hosts very friendly."

    The only downside was the en-suite in the twin bedroom. Access to the washbasin very tight.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Aug 2021

  • "Perfect cottage for four people and dog."

    Lots of interesting places to visit in area and lots of local walks to do with dog. Everything in cottage was lovely and clean Beds very comfy.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Hayloft was very comfortable and cosy, lots of places were very accessible from this location, we had an enjoyable stay."

    Reviewed by Olwen5.0Apr 2021

  • "A fantastic cottage located ideally for good days out with beautiful scenery."

    Will book again. Sad to leave the property as our stay was very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2020

  • "Mabel and her husband were really welcoming and friendly."

    The cottage itself was ideally located for either a quiet retreat or access to the wider Cumbria region and beyond. A lovely, clean and cosy little place to stay.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2020

  • "Stopped with the owners about 6 years ago and when I realised they had built the new cottages I was looking forward to stopping."

    Great place, surrounded by walks, an hour from scotland, hour from the lakes. Just a great location and the owners are great as usual.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2020

  • "This cottage is a little gem we booked it last minute we were met by Mabel when we arrived who was warm and welcoming everything was very clean and you had everything you needed within the cottage."

    You do need a car to visit places as the nearest shop was a couple of miles away there is 7 cottages in total some of the others have gardens which would of made our stay perfect but we did know when we booked there was no enclosed garden but this was the only available cottage for rental. It was nice and clean our dog settled straight away. Highly recommend this cottage for a break away.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Jul 2020

  • "We where very welcomed when we arrived by Mabel she show us the cottage and ..."

    We where very welcomed when we arrived by Mabel she show us the cottage and from there we just enjoyed our break,very peaceful place highly recommend to any one and pet friendly our dog

    Reviewed by Manuel5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was positioned for all the places we wanted to visit"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great location and perfect if you have a pet."

    Hot tub is to share with others and although not working fully - we still used it. Only downside was we could not find any places in the evening to eat to take the dog. But we would stay again.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4May 2019

  • "This is a warm and welcoming cottage, it provided all the mod cons but cleverly retained many of the original features which made it very easy to live in, and catered for everything."

    The owners have thought of everything and provide good quality accommodation, they are very informative about the area and made us very welcome. They even let us help with the lambing which was a pleasure. I would return to the cottage as it is perfectly located for a number of destinations all within an hour which gave us a great flavour of the area. We were able to take our dogs and this made it a great holiday Thank you

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Mar 2019

  • "The owner was pleasant and informative on things to do in area."

    The property was very clean and tidy and we'll stocked. Would happily return to this cottage and happily use Sykes cottage again.

    Reviewed by J5.0Sep 2018

  • "I would recommend anyone to stay here, had everything we needed, very friendly owner and perfect for exploring the area."

    The discription of the place on says no parking- there is a parking space smack right in front of it ! It was lovely and perfect for us and I would happily stay there again!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Jun 2018

  • "Spotlessly clean warm and well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely homely cottages on a traditional farm , the owner even let us feed the ..."

    Lovely homely cottages on a traditional farm , the owner even let us feed the baby lambs which just made our holiday , will most certainly go back

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2018

  • "Beautiful, well equipped cottage, helpful owners."

    Reviewed by Alan4.8Sep 2017

  • "Another lovely stay at this wonderful cottage."

    Everything exactly as advertised and so much more! The owners are great and very helpful and the hot tub is a lovely extra! We will definately be re-booking.

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Jan 2017

  • "The cottage was exactly as described with many little extras."

    The owners were very helpful and pleasant and the cottage extremely clean and very comfortable. The hot tub was a very welcome addition. Will definitely be re booking this cottage in the near future

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Nov 2016

  • "We had a super holiday at Milton mains farm ,the Hayloft is a lovely cottage, John and Mabel made us very welcome, a lovely, very hardworking couple, we wish them every success with there cottages."

    Hopefully we will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2016

  • "The owners where some of the best we have met."

    We wish them every success.

    Reviewed by George4.8Sep 2016

  • "Was a one-off holiday when I visited the uk from Australia so prob wouldn't rebook but not due to anything lacking!"

    The property was perfect. Was very convenient to taking off on day drives which is what we wanted to do but prob not if you wanted to walk from the property anywhere. This didn't worry us as we were happy to take off each day. The property was above & beyond our expectations with a full kitchen with everything you could possibly need. Beautiful leather lounge suite and a massage chair ... Everything vey thoughtfully considered. Downstairs toilet a very handy extra as both upstairs bedrooms were en suite.

    Reviewed by Anne4.8Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Electric storage heaters with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared use (with six other cottages on-site) of summerhouse and hot tub all year round at £40 per week or £20 per short break, payable direct to owner on arrival (use is by direct arrangement with owner)
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles

The property

This charming, stone-built, semi-detached barn conversion is one of seven on the owner’s working farm, in the rural hamlet of Milton, just two miles from the bustling market town of Brampton.

The Hayloft is bright and cheerful with a thoughtfully-designed interior, ideal for a small family or a group of friends in need of a break away to a rural retreat, excellently situated for exploring the Scottish Borders, Northern Lakes and the Pennines.

Inside this lovely property, both bedrooms boast en-suite shower facilities, with one being a luxurious king-size double, perfect for the adults, and the other a twin, ideal for the children.

Downstairs you’ll find a cosy sitting room, complete with a three piece suite, an electric fire and French doors opening onto a patio area, a great spot to sit and enjoy a good book and a glass of something cool.

The modern fitted kitchen with dining area comes equipped with all you need to prepare a celebratory family dinner, whilst a cloakroom completes the downstairs of the splendid cottage.

With plenty to see and do from the doorstep, why not experience some local history and discover the Roman ruins at Birdoswald, Vindolanda and Housesteads?

Alternatively, visit Thirlwall Castle and beautiful Talkin Tarn, for watersports and wonderful walks.

A little further afield are the stunning Northern Lakes, Eden Valley and the rugged Scottish Borders, all just waiting to be explored.

No matter what time of year you decide to holiday, The Hayloft is perfectly positioned for those wishing to explore the Cumbrian countryside and beyond.

Note: This cottage is next to Refs. 3738, 3739, 4585, 917515, 922499 and 931769, 949797, together they sleep 30.

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About the location


Carlisle 10 miles.

The market town of Brampton is the ideal base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall. The town boasts a rich and colourful history going back to the Roman occupation, Border reivers from Scotland and the Jacobite uprisings, plus bonnie Prince Charlie established his headquarters in one of the old buildings in Brampton. In the centre of the town is Moot Hall, which was built in 1817, and now houses the Tourist Information Centre, and there is a large motte to the east of the town, which is 135 feet high and has the statue of the 7th Earl of Carlisle on it. A few miles outside Brampton is Talkin Tarn Country Park. It covers 120 acres of farmland and woodland, 65 of which make up the Tarn, a 10,000 year old glacial lake, fed by underwater springs. Two miles away is Gelt Woods, which is an ancient woodland and RSPB nature reserve and has the River Gelt running through it. Brampton is a wonderful base for exploring this historic and scenic area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas