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The Old Barn

Nether Wasdale near Gosforth, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 973071)



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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Sally and David were extremely welcoming hosts and on hand whenever required."

    The welcome pack was a lovely surprise and the cottage clean, warm, well equipped and inviting. We had a very peaceful and relaxing week in this beautiful part of Cumbria, despite the wet weather, and look forward to returning soon. Sadly, the drying room was required daily, but was a real bonus! Thanks again for sharing your lovely cottage with us. David and Susie

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "Excellently stocked for self catering."

    Very warm and comfortable cottage. Enjoyed the woodburner. Sally-Anne and David were welcoming, kind and informative. Wasdale is beautiful. Would definitely recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2021

  • "The cottage is comfortable and well equipped."

    There was a dishwasher, separate freezer and drying room that weren't listed. we were given a welcome pack which was much appreciated. The cottage is in a great location for walking and Scaefel Pike is minutes away.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "David and Sally-Anne were epic hosts!"

    thank you for every thing!

    Reviewed by KubairJul 2021

  • "Sally Anne and David were wonderful hosts."

    Gave us plenty of information on the local area.Think my wife is an expert on Berwick sheep!!Would highly recommend and hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2021

  • "My husband and I had a wonderful stay in this cottage for our wedding anniversary."

    The cottage had everything we needed, including some delicious eggs from the farm itself. We loved being surrounded by lambs, chickens and cows, and the farm attracted plenty of birdlife too. The location was excellent - close to Wastwater but very quiet. Our hosts were very friendly and close by if we needed anything. We went on some excellent walks and my husband managed to scale both peaks at the top of the Screes while I read books in the sunshine by the lake and outside our cottage. It was a beautiful, peaceful break that wasn't spoiled by the two days of rain that we had - you have to expect some ups and downs in the weather when you're in the Lakes! The Screes pub in Nether Wasdale, a mile away, offered some excellent ale and food, albeit outside due to COVID rules. We also had some lovely ice cream from the Sawmill cafe, which is also a farm shop. There wasn't much else open/to do in the immediate vicinity other than walking, due to a combination of the remote location and COVID, but we didn't care - it was exactly what we needed after spending the pandemic stuck at home. We'll definitely return to Wastwater and this cottage in the near future, if only so my husband can knock a few more of the big fells by Wastwater off his list!

    Reviewed by DipikaApr 2021

  • "Sally-Anne and David were marvellous hosts, very busy during lambing, but always happy to chat when we wanted."

    The Old Barn is a really lovely place to stay for a real lakeland farming experience. Everything is excellent quality and with lots of thoughtful touches, such as flowers and wine. Very comfortable beds and large shower with plenty of hot water. This is a quiet location (as we wanted) with fantastic access to the hills for walking and some great cycling too. Nice pub in Nether Wasdale serving meals outside. Even the weather was perfect all week - sunny and dry. We didn't want to leave, but will surely be back again to this fabulous cottage and part of the Lake District. Thanks again Sally-Anne and David.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2021

  • "The Old Barn is a lovely cottage with all you need."

    A perfect location with walks from the door into the hills and valleys with the beautiful Wastwater lake minutes away. A few lovely cafes and pubs close by. Sally and David were great hosts.

    Reviewed by MelissaSep 2020

  • "Warm,cosy cottage well equiped, very friendly and helpful owners."

    Lovely location great walks from the cottage, one of the nicest places we have stayed, definitely recommend and go back again.

    Reviewed by HilarySep 2020

  • "Beautiful well equipped cottage with everything you need and perfect location"

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2020

  • "My second visit to The Old Barn - I rarely go back to the same cottage twice, tho I come up to the Lakes 2 or 3 times a year."

    But this is my all time favourite! I love everything about this cottage - the farm setting, the lovely hosts, the fells right in the doorstop, the unspoilt area, the cosy homely feel once inside regardless of the weather outside!

    Reviewed by JillSep 2020

  • "Great location on a working farm ."

    Very genuine greeting from the hosts . Around 20 minutes walk to the pub , take a torch to let the very occasional passing car know that you are there . Very comfortable beds . All facilities well laid out and thought through . Great walking straight from the door .

    Reviewed by BrianNov 2019

  • "A compact and cosy cottage, centre terrace next to owners home."

    Sally-Anne and David, (owners), were very welcoming, never intrusive and on hand should help be needed. It was the attention to detail that impressed us. The little things that often go unnoticed - plenty of drinks coasters including in the bedrooms, two sets of table mats, several full sets of 4 glasses, extra cups and spare loo rolls! It was a late booking for us and the weather was good and we so pleased that The Old Barn was available for our short stay.

    Reviewed by TonyOct 2019

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    Managed to do some mountain walks and cottage very comfortable and a pleasure to return to each day. Loved the peaceful location and the farm animals.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2019

  • "The most wonderful location in the wildest and most beautiful part of England."

    Our hosts were very friendly and pleasant . The cottage was ideal for our needs. We intend to return soon

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "Lovely rural location with two good pubs in the village."

    Great location for easy access to western mountains. Pretty front yard that we found perfect for BBQs. Owners very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by JonathanJul 2019

  • "A very well kept cottage in a fantastic location."

    We didn't have any problems or issues and were very happy with the owners of Woodhow farm.

    Reviewed by BryanJul 2019

  • "The location was absolutely brilliant, for us the Wast Water is the best part of the Lakes district, the unspoiled beauty of the lake surrounded by the magnificent Scafell Pikes all without the hubbub of Windermere or Coniston Water."

    The cottage itself is lovely,very comfortable with modern conveniences and appointments, the welcome pack with fresh milk, eggs and treats was appreciated too. By far the best thing was the hosts Sally Ann and David a more friendly and welcoming couple would be hard to imagine, they went above and beyond to help us plan our stay with many hints and advice on local attractions and to top it off helped us organise the route for our next leg on our journey.

    Reviewed by TomJun 2019

  • "Great location and comfortable cottage, lots to see and do great walking area."

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "Really nice accommodation in a great area."

    Sally-Anne & David were excellent hosts. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2019

  • "This cottage was an absolute delight everything you needed was supplied and set in a beautiful location Our hosts Sally-Anne and David were fantastic and were very helpful in providing information for places to visit."

    We left a week later feeling like we were leaving old friends.

    Reviewed by ElaineMay 2019

  • "The area surrounding the cottage is beautiful with some lovely walks nearby which the owner Sally Anne helpfully pointed out to us."

    The cottage was cosy, comfortable, and well-equipped. There were some nice touches like milk in the fridge, eggs and a little welcome basket with biscuits and sweets. The farmers showed us their animals and even let us feed one of the baby lambs which our three-year old daughter was delighted by. The welcome was very friendly and Sally Anne gave us some good tips on child-friendly places to visit. There are nice pubs in the nearby hamlet Nether Wasdale and the village of Gosforth. The pizza place in Gosforth The Wild Olive was especially tasty and even did takeways which were very popular! There was a lovely playground there. We found many child-friendly places within an hour's drive such as Muncaster castle with stunning views (the meadow vole maze went down especially well), the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick, the Maryport Aquarium and the Lake District Wildlife park. Altogether it was a great holiday, went too quickly and can't wait to go back. And it didn't even matter it was raining half the time it was still gorgeous!

    Reviewed by OwenMay 2019

  • "The location is superb for walkers who are looking to explore that part of the Lakes, with a classic circular Lakes walk right from the door."

    I don’t think the website makes enough of this. My only criticism, which is v small, is that it would be a good idea for a sign to be put on the kitchen cupboard door which is above what I assume to be the boiler (that door was locked) warning people not to put their chocolate in there!

    Reviewed by JillApr 2019

  • "A fantastic location, and the welcome pack added that little extra touch."

    Would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2019

  • "Sally-Ann and David were very friendly and busy owners running their own farm, was lovely to see the animals especially the newborn lambs."

    Cottage was cosy, comfortable, warm and very well equipped. Beds were the best we've ever slept in on holiday! With the lake just up the road this cottage couldn't be better placed for visiting the beautiful Wastwater. Will certainly recommend and will hope to return ourselves another year.

    Reviewed by PaulineApr 2019

  • "This cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    It was everything you need and so much more! The hosts, David and Sally are very helpful with needs you might have and they both are so kind. Sally is like helpful with ideas to make your holiday perfect. We wish we could have stayed 2 weeks!!

    Reviewed by AnyhonyMar 2019

  • "Lovely well equipped, warm and cozy cottage which is well."

    Placed to enjoy the beauty of the area. Charming hosts. We will definately return.

    Reviewed by JackieMar 2019

  • "The Old Barn was lovely, clean, comfortable and cosy."

    Fresh garden flowers on the table were a lovely touch as were fresh eggs, milk and a variety of chocolate biscuits. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the stunning scenery and hope to return one day. Sally Ann and David were very welcoming hosts and we even saw some newborn lambs!

    Reviewed by AlisonFeb 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely,, well furbished and had everything that we needed."

    We really enjoyed the log burning fire. Sally Anne and David were very welcoming and helpful and had left some biscuits, milk and local juice for us. Set on a working farm and a short stroll to Wastwater, it is a perfect place for nature lovers and walkers.

    Reviewed by GillianFeb 2019

  • "The hosts are very helpful and a pleasure to meet."

    The cottage is in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2019

  • "This cottage is a hidden gem in some of the most scenic areas of the Lake District."

    Both Sally-Ann and David made arriving a pleasure and the cottage itself is fantastic. Nestled in a working farm this cottage is ideal for those who enjoy leaving the hustle and bustle of urban life for somewhere much quieter and relaxing. For the outdoors person, you can walk straight from the cottage up on to the hills and for those seeking a drink and good food there are two fantastic pubs within 5 minutes of the cottage. This is by far the best cottage I have stayed in to date and will be making a return in the near future.

    Reviewed by RobJan 2019

  • "The location of the cottage is perfect."

    We could walk to the village pub or Wastwater with ease The accommodation was cosy and warm with everything we needed and more. Our hosts were lovely and very helpful. We plan to return same time next year

    Reviewed by SallyDec 2018

  • "Sally-Anne and David made us feel very welcome."

    We had a chat about what we could do in the area and their local knowledge was invaluable. The Old Barn is a cozy two bedroomed accommodation, warm and well appointed. It is centrally heated but we also had a log fire which added to it's ambience. A great place to stay and walk right from the door or just enjoy the peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by JOct 2018

  • "Not only was the cottage well appointed, with thoughtful and helpful details, but the owners were kind, considerate, helpful and even allowed us to be a part of caring for the local animals."

    The location is perfect and you don't need to go far once you're there. We re-booked before we even left!

    Reviewed by EstherOct 2018

  • "Our hosts were extremely helpful and friendly to the extent giving us a lift into the village to catch last food orders on our first night."

    Lovely people.

    Reviewed by NickOct 2018

  • "The house was lovely with a great welcome."

    It's on a working farm that is still very quiet. The owners could not do enough for us and I would recommend it to anyone. Many thoughtful touches such as a welcome pack, free eggs and cut flowers that lasted almost the week!

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage with everything supplied for a great holiday."

    Sally-Anne and David are excellent hosts. We hope to return and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "The cottage is home from home."

    Spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The owners are very friendly and nothing is too much. A very family friendly place to stay and I highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2018

  • "Comfortable accommodation with everything you need and a lovely warm welcome from the hosts."

    We enjoyed the peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and walks surrounding the area.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2018

  • "The Old Barn was a wonderful place today."

    We were made to feel very welcome. The accommodation was spotless, well appointed and cozy. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by JeffJul 2018

  • "Fantastic accommodation and the setting is wonderful."

    We had a really good week and we managed to climb Scafell Pike not bad for two 65 year olds it was very exhilarating. Great area so much to see and do will def. return Dave & Barbara (Hull)

    Reviewed by DaveJun 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely but what really made the stay were the owners, Dave & Sally, who lived next door."

    They made us feel really welcome and showed our 6 year daughter the farm animals: bullocks, new born chicks and lambs. Even letting her feed the lambs their bottles which she was very excited about. The cottage is in a quiet location and extremely handy for Wass Water, Scafell Pike & Great Gable. Dave recommended local pubs to eat in and even phoned one to book us a table. We’d strongly recommend this quaint little cottage.

    Reviewed by JanieJun 2018

  • "Very well equipped cottages, with warm and welcoming hosts"

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2018

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful."

    Nothing was a problem and highly recommended hosts.

    Reviewed by KelvinMay 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a fabulous location."

    The owners couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by CeriMay 2018

  • "The accommodation was well located for walks in and around Wasdale."

    The cottage was warm, very comfortable and well equipped. The hosts very friendly and welcoming. It is on a working farm which comes with added interests. At the time of our stay a cow calved and many lambs were born. Would thoroughly recommend a stay here. Marianne and Terry

    Reviewed by MarianneMar 2018

  • "Beautiful little cottage, in stunning surroundings."

    Good facilities within the cottage and very warm. Friendly and helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by AdamFeb 2018

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The property

The Old Barn forms part of a converted barn, set on the working Woodhow Farm in the Cumbrian village of Nether Wasdale.

Set in the picturesque Lake District National Park and bearing charming traditional features, this cosy countryside cottage is the ideal place for a well-deserved break with your loved ones.

The open-plan living area in the property incorporates charming, rustic features into a stunning and modern style, an attractive fireplace housing a woodburning stove makes it a wonderful spot to kick back and relax after an adventure-filled day in the Lake District.

The kitchen area comes with all of the necessary appliances whilst a lovely dining table set for four awaits for you to sit together and enjoy those hearty home-cooked meals.

The two bedrooms at The Old Barn are decorated immaculately, with delightful bed linen and plenty of storage, they ensure a peaceful spot to get your well-earned rest.

Get ready for each day in style in the pristine, white family shower room.

The property also benefits from a splendid patio area to the front, here you can enjoy a morning coffee or a refreshing glass of wine to finish off the day.

Nether Wasdale is a wonderfully peaceful village to spend a holiday in the Lake District, it provides two well-respected village pubs and is also home to the astounding Wast Water where you can try a number of outdoor pursuits, or simply admire the view.

If a day by the sea is what you desire, Seascape is easily accessible and boasts a wonderful beach to make the most of.

A heart-warming cottage in an excellent location.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 931410, together they can sleep up to 10 people.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with basic Sky, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent with additional logs available to purchase
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Front courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 minute walk. Please note: booking must start or end on a Friday or a Monday. Note: The check in time for this property is 5.30pm.

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About the location


Gosforth 3.9 miles; Santon Bridge 2.3 miles

Nether Wasdale is a small village situated to the west of Wastwater, the deepest lake in Great Britain. The village is well-served with two pubs, one with its own brewery, a farm shop and café selling local produce and ice cream. This area is the birthplace of climbing and is a superb base for climbing, hiking and all outdoor pursuits. Unlike many lakes, motorised boats are forbidden on Wastwater though canoeing and kayaking are perfect for these unspoilt and tranquil waters which add to the peace and serenity of this stunning part of the Lake District National Park. Wastwater is sided by The Screes and at the head of the lake the fells of Great Gable and Scafell Pike can be reached, popular with hikers and climbers alike. The view from the summit of Great Gable is said to be the finest view in Britain. At Wasdale Head is the church of St. Olaf, one of the smallest churches in England, dating back to 1550 and its beams are said to have come from Viking long boats. Close by are the villages of Santon Bridge and Gosforth.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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