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Blencathra Barn

Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 29323)

4.2

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  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay & would love to return."

    Good base for the area & the hot tub was a bonus.

    Reviewed by PaulineApr 2022

  • "3rd time using the barns everything great as usual , hope to be back in the future ."

    Reviewed by DonnaApr 2022

  • "The dials on the oven are broken."

    It was not possible to gauge the temperature for the bottom oven and the induction hobs took 10 mins to heat up when oven is in use. The bath on the top floor master leaks down through the door lintel of the twin room. The kitchen and reception areas had horrible damp, musty smell on arrival so had to go out and buy a load of air fresheners and scented candles. Providing one kitchen bin bag for a weekend stay in a house that sleeps 7, is unrealistic. Would have been nice if small basics like that , which are inexpensive, were provided. Ditto for the 4 dishwasher tablets- seems stingy, and just a few more wouldn’t cost the supplier much but would make the customer experience more comfortable. Whilst the above should be noted, it is a great sociable space so we had a great time and the hot tub is a wonderful addition to the property, which is lovely after a long day’s hike!

    Reviewed by NathalieApr 2022

  • "Blancathra Barn is a lovely place to stay it's got everything you need facilitie wise and the hot tub is a lovely place to to relax after a long day walking."

    Stayed there at the end of March 2022 for a week and had great holiday and would definitely recommend. The only negative is the time's you can enter the property 4.30 pm and leave 9.30am you loose a day's holiday?. But would definitely return to this property again Ian

    Reviewed by IanMar 2022

  • "A lovely very clean barn."

    I would not hesitate to stay here again. Lots of things to do close by or just relax in the hot tub! Will be back.

    Reviewed by LauraFeb 2022

  • "Really nice well kept property welcoming of dogs."

    Nice big garden good location. Lovely hot tub (only downfall is you have to be out of the tub by 10pm, and the hot tub maintenance men let themselves in and out as they please, regularly)

    Reviewed by EmmaFeb 2022

  • "This was my second visit and I will definitely be back!"

    Such a spacious house with everything you need and plenty more! The hot tub is an added bonus. Not far to explore the Lakes either. Would love check out time to be slightly later but I know covid plays a role in this, it just feels like you lose a day effectively. Great stay!

    Reviewed by SophieDec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful weekend at the cottage."

    It was a cosy place to stay during the storm. Everything we needed was there. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by DionneNov 2021

  • "Great cottage with everything you might need for your stay, very comfortable, warm and spacious."

    The Sun Inn just down the road was very welcoming and does brilliant food.

    Reviewed by LesterOct 2021

  • "Excellent, well presented property, comfortably housing 7 people and 2 dogs in a great location."

    Very well equipped with large comfy sofas (recliners being an unexpected bonus) and brilliant hot tub. A pre arrival note to inform that pool guy arrives early on Friday morning to change the water in the hot tub to enable it to be usable after 19:00 by next guests on arrival day would help to set expectations.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "Beautiful place to stay but tv and WiFi signal very hit and miss much to annoyance of kids."

    That apart really enjoyable holiday home ,will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2021

  • "This was our second time staying here and we were very happy with everything at the barn and would stay again"

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "We couldn’t get into hot tub till 7 as the water had just been changed, that should have been sorted for our arrival, then when we got in the neighbour decided to cut his hedge with electric hedge cutters, we are key workers and when we do get away we like to chilax, not possible with that racket going on, also the hot tub was never hot, it said 38 degrees but no way was it that, and also there were no fizz flutes , plenty of other glasses but no flutes, I also thought it was overpriced 15,00."

    00 for a weekend can’t get in till 4.30 and out by 9.30

    Reviewed by IreneAug 2021

  • "Everything was spot on but the mattress in the main bedroom needs replacing as we hardly slept all week."

    Reviewed by EricJul 2021

  • "Twice I rang Sykes Cottages with questions for the owner."

    You never did get back to me The window sills were covered with dead insects. Very disappointed that the owner would not consider refunding us fully or for the one night we missed due to my sister dying.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "Kitchen was very dirty,we had to clean the oven before we used it."

    ..The flies in the whole cottage were horrendous we had to go out and buy lots of things to try and get rid of them

    Thank you for your recent feedback from your stay in July. It is a shame that you did not contact the owner during your stay as they pride themselves on giving every guest a great stay. They have only had positive cleanliness feedback this season. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristianJul 2021

  • "Simple booking and plenty of information emails."

    Love the app so it’s easy to log in and check details

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "Lovely spacious barn conversion, 4 bedrooms sleeping 7 people."

    Very well stocked with crockery, pots, pans, dog essentials etc. Very comfortable, warm and cosy. Hot tub brilliant. Couldn’t really fault the Barn apart from maybe a larger tv. (Comment from my boys and husband!!) Great garden at the rear too. Sun Inn pub (1 minute’s walk) were very accommodating also - plus great food. Lovely trip to Pooley Bridge and Ullswater for two country walks. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MandyDec 2020

  • "The cottage was really comfortable."

    We had terrible weather but were able to enjoy the cottage and spend family time together. We had a couple of good days out and the cottage is central for travel onwards. Well equipped. We had no problems at all. The hot tub was really nice. In terms of improvements just a chair in the dressing area would have been really useful. I used that room as a study area and this was really helpful. We improvised with a dining chair so this was not a problem. It was a lovely quiet place to read. The cottage is really quirky and has real character and is really worth a visit. I loved the ensuite bedroom and appreciated the unusual layout. We really had a lovely time and the cottage was better than expected. We were all comfortable and refreshed after our stay. We hope to book again.

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2020

  • "Very central"

    Reviewed by CatherineFeb 2020

  • "Very pretty well-furnished dog friendly place."

    ideal location for exploring the lakes. hottub was great. would stay again

    Reviewed by ClaireFeb 2020

  • "The property was grubby."

    The foolrs had not be cleaned and felt sticky and were filthy. The kitchen was dirty, even after the re-clean it was still grubby. The units felt dirty and sticky. The chopping boards were dirty. The tiles were full of food splats. The curtains are hanging off in the lounge. It appears the bear minimum of cleaning is taking place. I scrubbed a white wooden coffee table in the lounge with a white cloth, soap and water; the cloth was black afterwards. Same with the dining table. For what we paid for our 4 nights, the place was dirty, unkempt and tired looking downstairs. This is the 2nd cottage I have had from Sykes and it will be my last. Regards

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2019

  • "Such a lovely cottage."

    With everything you could need. Hot tub was the perfect touch & was ready for us as soon as we got there! Only downside was how hard it was to find initially as it's out of the way. Would definately stay here again & would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ChloeNov 2019

  • "Lovely property but would benefit from some improvements."

    Washing machine not working and bed in twin room wooden slats broken. No communication relating to when hot tub was being cleaned, a maintenance man showed up at 7.30 on two different days. Poor communication from property manager, issue with burglar alarm spontaneously setting off. Property manager took 2 hours to respond to text/calls.

    We are sorry that you had found so many issues with the property. We are now working alongside the property owner to help ensure these issues do not last at the property and affect no other guests. If you would like to discuss your case further, please contact our customer relations department - 01244 345 700 (option 1, option 3) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Miss LauraSep 2019

  • "The barn could be a great place to stay but needs a little love downstairs !"

    It looked like it has been decorated with white paint, with no dust sheets down. The floors downstairs were covered in paint, so made it feel grubby. Sofas, rug & coffee table all need renewing. It really let it down. The first morning I got the Hoover out as one rug appeared unohoovered, but the Hoover was full & smelt terrible, the tumble dryer was was thick with lint & water dispenser not emptied. Mirror on the wall at bottom of top staircase had to be cleaned as was filthy. Just no attention to detail. On a positive note the kitchen was well equipped, great quality cooker etc Plenty of hot water Upstairs was good the bedrooms & bathrooms & plenty of space. Top bathroom needs a smal storage unit as no where to put toilet/ makeup bag so these had to go on the floor Garden well fenced in & good jsize. Needs attention to detail wouldn't take much to smarten up.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage which was perfect for a gathering of friends."

    Beds very comfortable and hot tub was brilliant. Only slight annoyance was the early check out time of 10am, which there is no flexibility on. 11am would be a kinder time to choose, like most hotels do.

    Reviewed by StephanieMay 2019

  • "Please refer to my trip advisor review to see how many issues we encountered."

    What really disappoints me is that all our issues are all touched upon in previous reviews yet neither Sykes or the owner obviously cannot be bothered to rectify/act upon the obvious issues with this place. Obviously as long as both parties are getting their monies everyone is happy except the customer. In summary, I find it deplorable that Sykes refused to bring any pressure to bear onto the owner despite me supplying photos of all the various issues, people vote with their feet, you will never have another penny from me again.

    Thank you for completing our feedback survey. We are sorry that you have not been happy with our service. Following this review, we have investigated this and can see that we tried to arrange for the housekeeper to attend the property to rectify the issues that you reported to us. The housekeeper needed access to the property from either the key being left in the key safe or your presence at the property. We called, emailed and texted you to ask you to confirm that access would be granted as the housekeeper would have to make the journey, however you did not respond to our contact. We have still raised the issues with the property owner, and will ensure they are addressed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2019

  • "Really lovely barn!"

    Would definitely use again. Great range of facilities, I was even more impressed with how kitted out the kitchen was. Normally when we’re hire a home/caravan the kitchen has such a limited amount of pots, trays and utensils! The only thing that was a small downfall is that the hot tub took a while to heat up, by the Sunday it was up to temp and we enjoyed a dip! The garden is fenced in very well, so good for the pooches. My partner and I stayed in the top mezzanine bedroom and it was a dream! All in all enjoyed very much.

    Reviewed by MorganFeb 2019

  • "House wasn't very well cleaned downstairs we found peanuts and sweet wrappers in the main seating area."

    Internet needs sorting out. we couldn't get signal most of the time we stayed there.

    Reviewed by EmmaJan 2019

  • "Barn was as described."

    Warm and welcoming. Well stocked kitchen. Was away for my 50th birthday with 6 ladies from work there was plenty of room for all of us. The top floor was a hitt with everyone. Only a few downsides hot tub too cold to use on the first night also could do with some kind of shelter all the top of it. Down stairs toilet had no bulb in also toilet with keep filling so was unable to use toilet or shower on ground floor. Wi-Fi works fine. Could do with better description on where to park cars, you could not park to estate cars by the side of the barn as there is slate up against the wall. Great weekend away lovely warm barn, definitely will be back already looking to book up with the kids and grandkids. It was also nice to hear and Skyes cottages give NHS discount. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by ANov 2018

  • "The barn is in a lovely location for getting about."

    Hot tub is fab as is the garden for the dog to run about safely, upstairs us lovely and clean but I think the downstairs could do with an update as settees were not very comfortable and it wasn't the cleanest as there was lots of dust and cobwebs especially behind the furniture but a suppose that's down to the cleaner's,the biggest downside was that the dog wasn't allowed upstairs at any time and wouldn't settle on a night time being in a strange house so I had to sleep downstairs with him apart from that I would go back especially in the summer.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2018

  • "Cottage was comfortable and spacious, kitchen was very well stocked, beds comfy, ..."

    Cottage was comfortable and spacious, kitchen was very well stocked, beds comfy, mezzanine bedroom amazing, plenty around to do and in a good location, the hot tub was fantastic although on a change over day ie Fri mon you carnt use as too cold, Wi-Fi is none existing so needs sorting as Wi-Fi is advertised, apart from this we really enjoyed my 50th birthday week

    Reviewed by NickOct 2018

  • "Blencathra Barn was a lovely place to stay with its private garden and the hot tub was a great place to relax after a days walking or seeing the sites."

    The Wi-Fi was either very intermittent or non-existent but you would expect this in places like the Lake District. The only real problem we found in the Lake District was that there are very few bins to clean up after your dog which is very surprising as it is in general a dog friendly place with many places welcoming them

    Reviewed by AnitaAug 2018

  • "Everything was great about the accommodation."

    The description is accurate but requires greater explanation about the mezzanine to really understand what you are getting. The fourth bedroom, off the first floor landing opens up into an area that we used as a dressing area, complete with table and built-in storage. From this level you go up to a floor built within the rafters of the house. On this level there is a king size bed and a door to a bathroom containing toilet, bath and sink. At first, being over 6ft i was concerned about the height but actually it is no problem and the chances of bashing your head are very low. What this bedroom does provide is privacy from the rest of the house. The mezzanine over looks the dressing room area of the bedroom. Windows and Velux windows make the area very light. I would avoid using this room for anyone with mobility problems.

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2018

  • "Stayed with 4 girlfriends for a 50th birthday."

    Not far from Penrith, Lovely picturesque village. Great views. There's a well stocked kitchen, Large dining area, the bedrooms were clean & beds comfortable. Lovely big garden, great place for kids to run around in. Hot tub is fabulous, clean & well maintained. However there were some issues that spoilt our holiday. No external aerial for TV. an inadequate indoor one that we couldn't get a signal on all weekend!! Despite a phone call to owners a difficult conversation due to very bad phone signal! Asked if someone could come out & sort this. No one arrived at all. So a basic TV was not available. The WIFI was non existent! The Hub stated could not be found! & I tried every room! There's a blue ray player but the remote left would not work in the TV to get to correct channel. changed batteries (our own) still didn't work. Unable to use that also. Bulbs were missing from 2 lamps looked for spares as stated in welcome folder none were found! We swapped one from lounge area. The small toilet on ground floor had a sink on top of cistern this was full of water on arrival so unable to wash your hands in this bathroom. Old bar of soap, a soggy tissue & 2 disposable razers found on shelf in large shower on the first floor. Upon arrival we checked out the Hot Tub thankfully this worked great. Sadly we had to clean up the patio area. The previous occupants had left a few items of wet clothes, cans, & rubbish littered around! (Unbelievable how people leave property) however this should have been picked up by the cleaners. They must not have gone outside at all! Chairs all array table not cleaned. Extremely disappointed with this & find that totally unacceptable. Such a shame as the location is perfect, barn a great size. reported to sykes when I returned . Owners need to visit this property for themselves as I do blame the quality of the cleaners! for most of it. My advice to owners ... invest in a good broadband & get an outdoor aerial fitted.... Our saving grace... The local pub The Sun inn a few minutes walk away! Fabulous. Worth a visit & a great restaurant. Lowther Castle 15 minute drive away also worth a visit. There's a Morrisons & shopping area 10 min drive away too. These complaints were made in May by other people. But nothing has changed.

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2018

  • "Came here with my partner and three young children, they all loved it from arrival, such a lovely cottage and immaculate, all facilities needed for a week away, it was a home from home."

    Internet a bit slow and phone didn’t work but us adults felt this was a bonus and enhanced the holiday. The hot tub was amazing as was the whole cottage. Any questions we had the owners were contactable immediatey to respond to queries. I would recommend this cottage and would love to stay again in the future

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2018

  • "Had a lovely stay at Blencathra Barn."

    However there are a couple of bits that we thought could be improved to make future guests’ stays even more enjoyable. The decor in the lounge was dated. A sign about how to use the hob (the fact that it may have been pushed too close to the wall) would’ve useful to save us faffing and wasting your time asking you. The sign on the hot tub needs changing as it’s falling apart and not legible. Maybe a nice framed sign attached to the fence rather than taped to the top would’ve been neater. Could do with some small bins in the bedrooms. There was no washing line, which would’ve been useful when washing our clothes as the weather was good that week. The bbq was small, considering the cottage was for 7 guests. We tried to bbq but it was a nightmare, and so ended up using the oven. The WiFi was awful, we didn’t have any. And when asked we were told it would sort itself out which it didn’t. No parasol outside and it was really hot that week. Being 30 weeks pregnant I was struggling to find shade in the garden where I could be with the rest of the family. Please take this as constructive criticism to help improve your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by RhianJul 2018

  • "There was a sunny south facing garden but no parasol for the tables and chairs outside."

    The dishwasher did not work properly. The internet did not work at all although the property is advertised as having wi-fi. Modem could not be located throughout our stay which leads me to believe that it was located in the cottage next door and was supposed to somehow be shared. There was a washing machine but no washing line to dry it. In the welcome guide we were told that there was a bike shed - when we contacted the owner because we couldn't find the keys she said "oh, the people before you must have taken them". Although we did have a lovely holiday these things have spoilt it slightly. Additionally when we tried to contact the owner regarding a problem with the toilet and that we couldn't find the BBQ, she seemed completely uninterested and did not go out of her way to help us. The cottage is lovely in a lovely area but needs some more TLC and attention to detail.

    Reviewed by JamieJul 2018

  • "We loved the cottage, garden and hot tub but were disappointed that not one of us could get the hob to work even after following the instructions in the manual and using initiative."

    The oven still worked however so this was not too much of an issue, more of an annoyance. Secondly the shower on the first floor had such poor pressure and the water temperature was always changing from boiling to freezing. The hot tub was a great addition and we thoroughly enjoyed using it as well as the garden, which the dog loved! We would stay again if the facilities listed above were fixed :)

    Reviewed by BeckiJun 2018

  • "The key safe was very difficult to open."

    We eventually walked in to be greeted by several houseflies, which continued to be a nuisance throughout our stay - where are they breeding? I soon found that the hob was filthy and no hob cleaner was supplied - I had to buy some & clean it before using it. The windows were dirty, both kitchen and back room, as was the tiled splashback behind the cooker. The kitchen bin lid was dirty - good job it's foot-operated. I had to clean out the fabric softener compartment before I could use the washing machine - it was completely clogged with gunk and washing powder - and empty the fluff filter in the tumble dryer. The cutlery drawer had crumbs in and some of the cutlery was dirty, as were some of the place mats. The dining room floor had breakfast cereal on it and a load of dust from where the stone wall is crumbling! The downstairs loo was badly stained - I left it cleaner than it was, but it clearly hasn't been properly clean for many weeks. The bathroom sanitary bin was left half full - yuck! There were light bulbs missing in the kitchen (1) and the single bedroom bedside light, and the light in the extractor over the hob wasn't working either. The microwave was too small for most of the dinner plates supplied - they couldn't turn. TV reception was poor, as were the wi-fi and phone. The low ceiling and huge beam over the bed in the mezzanine rendered it unusable, even for little me! Lucky only five of us were able to come on the holiday as it turned out. We were surprised to find no welcome pack - not so much as a pint of milk - no leaflets about local attractions, no information about the local recycling scheme (i.e. take it all to Morrisons car park), and no notes on how to operate the central heating system. On the plus side, the hot tub was ace - the best we've found anywhere - and the towels supplied were very good quality. The location was very convenient - just a few minutes' drive from Morrisons and handy for Ullswater, Derwentwater and plenty of other lovely places. We enjoyed a good meal with our grandchildren at Gianni's Italian restaurant in Penrith. We had lovely weather all week, so we didn't have to spend much time in the Barn, and actually had a really good holiday.

    Reviewed by JOHNMay 2018

  • "Quiet location , close to pub"

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2018

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x mezzanine king-size with en-suite roll-top bath, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Sitting room
  • Open-plan sitting and dining area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and hot tub
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: There's a sloping ceiling in the mezzanine king-size double bedroom, along with a step up into the en-suite
  • Note: Four steps up to the garden from the patio
  • Note: Hot tub must NOT be used after 10pm

The property

Penrith 2.6 miles.

A homely semi-detached cottage in the village of Newton Reigny, filled with warmth and charm to provide guests with a memorable holiday experience whatever the season.

Ideal for families or friends, there is plenty of space for everyone to gather together and enjoy the heart-warming interior that is perfect for relaxing.

Enter into the lovely kitchen which houses a breakfast bar for those morning cups of tea, and a feature sandstone wall that wraps the room in character.

Continue through to the lounge which has a cosy seating area at one side and a dining table to the other.

Here you can enjoy those evening meals before relaxing on the sofas with your loved ones.

For more of this, a second sitting room matches the quality of the previous, and makes a lovely place to unwind, with views of the garden and hot tub to keep you company.

Follow the stairs to the collection of bedrooms which come in various styles; a double, twin, and a single, each neutrally decorated for a fresh and clean feel.

The next floor boasts a wonderful mezzanine area with a king-size bed tucked into the layout, and a beautiful en-suite housing a roll-top bath.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to relaxing after the sun sets.

Much of your free time can be spent simply resting in the hot tub outdoors, or you may want to adventure into Penrith renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, sandstone buildings, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops.

The historic city of Carlisle is a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

A memorable retreat not to be missed.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

PENRITH

Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.

The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle (The Windsor of the North), Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Region Information

Please be advised the Hot tub must NOT be used after 10pm due to location

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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