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Rusby Barn

Ousby near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 922015)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "After initial problems with the heating we much enjoyed our stay."

    The location was great, quiet with wonderful views. We were only tempted once to leave the Eden Valley, and then we wished we hadn't, as we got soaked on Ullswater Only problem was the metal farm gate, which was a brute to operate.

    Reviewed by NigelOct 2021

  • "Location of the Barn is amazing."

    Very rural with lovely views. The barn was extremely clean. The two gates into the property are extremely heavy and difficult to open. Although the downstairs is comfortable, the mattress especially in the smaller room is extremely uncomfortable along with the flattest pillows we have ever seen! Other parts of the barn need some TLC. We called Sykes ahead of booking as wanted to ensure the garden was enclosed for our dogs. We were advised it was and was our own space. In fact the garden is the communal drive area shared with the cottage next door.

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2021

  • "Rusby barn was just as descibed situated in an ideal spot for dogs as well as people."

    The barn had all the essentials needed for a dog friendly holiday and bedrooms were cosy and comfortable with excellent en-suite facilities. The car parking was very good and the fenced off front with the area of grass was good for dogs and us to sit and enjoy the evening sunshine. The barn is near Penrith and in easy distance of the lakes. We had a lovely holiday definitely helped by the September good weather and by the accomodation.

    Reviewed by FranSep 2021

  • "Very pleasant property ."

    In quiet location Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "The lounge area was disappointingly lacking in comfort and size."

    It’s not possible to watch tv from the armchair. The farm gate was very heavy and difficult to open and close. Two of us with bad backs and one with breathing problems found it a challenge twice a day. The external door was difficult to open and close. Overall the stunning location and the peace and quiet was appreciated and enjoyed by us all. En suite bathrooms are good and beds very clean and comfortable. Loved the lambs peeking in the lounge window every day.

    Reviewed by JackieJun 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean and welcoming."

    The owners were very kind and had put up a Christmas Tree. The cottage was also nice and warm during a a very cold spell. We found the beds to be very comfortable, great to have en-suite bathrooms to each room! We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KestrelDec 2020

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Lovely barn comfortable and clean. Got everything you need for your stay. Great location too and wonderful views. Plenty parking space. Secure enclosed area for dogs shared with adjacent barn.

    Reviewed by HazelOct 2020

  • "Really lovely place for a much needed break :)"

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2020

  • "The description provided by Sykes was misleading."

    The cottage was located a significant distance from all amenities - the local pub was not a fully operating pub and was not open the whole time we were there and the shop was over 4 miles away. The beds were awful - they must have been over 20 years old and that’s in both bedrooms. I had a bad back after the first night and had to suffer through 6 more nights. The TV equipment was also very old and rarely worked. When it did work the synch between the sound and picture was out. Again in both bedrooms and downstairs. The toaster was rusty and the bathroom radiator did not work so we couldn’t dry towels. The shower was broken in the main bathroom - every time you twisted the knob part of it broke off and your hand was covered in glue as the owner had attempted a botched up quick fix rather than replaced the broken shower knob. I don’t blame the owner but do blame Sykes cottages for misrepresenting the quality of the cottage and the distance from amenities. Very disappointing

    Thank you for providing your feedback following your stay at Rusby Barn. We are sorry that the property didn’t quite meet your expectations in relation to the facilities and amenities. We pride ourselves on our property, and the vast majority of our guests have always rated the comfort and facilities of the property very highly. We feel that our description does give a true representation of what to expect when you arrive, and the true nature of the property’s rural and scenic location. We have TVs in both of the bedrooms, and the TV in the Master bedroom also has a built-in DVD player. The property also has an Amazon Fire Stick, which allows guests to stream films and programmes from a wide variety of services including Netflix, Amazon, BBC iPlayer, Spotify, etc, and the property also has Superfast Fibre Broadband. We check that each TV is working properly during every changeover. If you had made us aware of any issues during your stay, we would have been more than happy to attend the property and assist you. The local Pub, The Fox Inn, was open over the weekend during your stay, and there is another pub, shop, tearoom, and also a bakery which houses a café and a gallery, just over a 2 mile walk away in the nearby village of Melmerby. It may be that some local amenities were not able to open as usual as a result of COVID-19, however, unfortunately this is completely out of our control, and we can only apologise that this had an impact on your stay. Thank you again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in wonderful location."

    Only issue was inaccurate checkout time on the listing (10am not 11am) but in the end that didn’t matter. Lovely views, very clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by NicholasAug 2020

  • "The picturesque cottage in Cumbria is a fabulous place to stay with easy access to surrounding areas."

    The cottage is wonderfully set up with a fitted kitchen and spacious bathrooms. The views around the cottage are spectacular and the local public houses very friendly with delicious food. I am looking forward to returning at some stage and would highly recommend this property to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "Very comfortable, warm and cosy cottage, very dog friendly."

    Great location for walking and also some very nice pubs in the area. Would recommend this cottage. Two areas that suggest require attention:- firstly the door to the property was very swollen with all the wet weather and was difficult to open and close. Secondly the first of the two gates as you approach the property from the road, so the metal one, requires adjustment as quite a struggle to secure it. Further minor thing, would be useful to include a pair of scissors in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by LouiseFeb 2020

  • "There are 2 farm gates to open to enter the grounds and the metal gate is quite ..."

    There are 2 farm gates to open to enter the grounds and the metal gate is quite heavy and not hung very well on the hinges, not a problem to us but for someone not very strong or maybe elderly could be a little awkward

    Reviewed by FayeNov 2019

  • "Lovely, well presented & equipped cottage with good information Pack."

    Ideal position for exploring the area and doing lots of walking. Lovely garden but it's just a shame that there is no fence between the two cottages as although our dogs and next doors dog were well behaved, there is a tendency for them to explore around each others cottage and so had to be watched/on lead at all times. This would be difficult though with the shared entrance. I would definitely return to Rusby Barn and would recommend to anyone thinking of booking.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "We had a wonderful few days in this beautiful cottage, I have already booked again!"

    Reviewed by SheonaAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful and quiet rural location."

    Good for walks in the Pennines Couple of decent pubs within walking distance

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2019

  • "Really relaxed place to stay, with great views."

    Reviewed by Jeroen OscarJul 2019

  • "Rusby barn absolute delight, very comfortable and fantastic views."

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in a quiet location that was perfect for our family (including two young dogs) to relax and yet explore the local area."

    Reviewed by MattApr 2019

  • "Rusby barn was amazing!"

    It was comfortable and clean and very welcoming. There was beautiful natural light throughout the cottage. The location was perfect for exploring the Eden Valley and the Lakes but also tucked away so very restful. It really was an idyllic escape to the country!

    Reviewed by SharonFeb 2019

  • "The barn is a beautiful property and idea for couples, everything we needed was provided in the property, views were outstanding, loved seeing the sheep looking in through the window."

    We would highly recommend this property to all.

    Reviewed by SueOct 2018

  • "Details and pictures were up to date, we would recommend booking through Sykes ..."

    Details and pictures were up to date, we would recommend booking through Sykes cottages and this property, felted at home as soon as we opened the door

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2018

  • "Had a fabulous holiday in Rusby Barn."

    Cottage was lovely, modern and had everything we needed. Quiet location with stunning views. Would certainly recommend and will definitely return in the future .

    Reviewed by SharonAug 2018

  • "Had a great week at Rusby Barn."

    Well worth the long drive up to enjoy this wonderful area of the country. One of the best Sykes bookings we have made.....but they have all been good !! Will certainly keep this property in mind for when we return...and hopefully sight Scafell Pike which played games with us on this visit hiding behind the clouds. Great location and lots of nice walks out of the front door. Good location for days out and a very tranquil place to return to at the end of the day. Dog really enjoyed the safe garden area and seeing a lot of friends pass by the gate each evening.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2018

  • "Comfortable cottage in peaceful surroundings."

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2018

  • "Rusby Barn was a fantastic, clean cottage with fabulous views."

    The garden was enclosed so our dog could run free and she loved it too, sat watching the sheep! The cottage is situated in a nice quiet area but is a nice base for accessibility to lots of different places to visit. We were welcomed with a bottle of wine and chocolates and had the pleasure of meeting the owners just before we left, who where very nice. So all in all a fantastic family break and would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by SueMay 2018

  • "Homely, comfortable and a beautiful location."

    Came home feeling rested and relaxed.

    Reviewed by KatrinaMay 2018

  • "Pure relaxation in a beautiful clean, well equipped home."

    Had many a laugh at the sheep watching us through the window in living room, kitchen & stairwell. Met the owners while we were there, their parents were staying in the barn next door, lovely to have met them

    Reviewed by GwenApr 2018

  • "Excellent facilities."

    Very clean and comfortable would certainly recommend it to friends. Fantastic views. Wine and chocolates much appreciated on arrival. Will rebook soon.

    Reviewed by JamesNov 2017

  • "Rusby barn is a rare find and a gem."

    No wonder it has won awards. It is faultless. Attention to detail, equipment, cleanliness, extra comfy beds it really is gorgeous. Our flat coat retriever had a brilliant garden to run mad in even his own throw for setee. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2017

  • "A lovely barn conversion with beautiful views."

    A great location for walking the local hills and exploring the villages but also for exploring the Lakes. Very welcoming hosts and a welcome gift of wine and chocolates. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Anne-marieOct 2017

  • "Instructions for some of electrical appliances weren't up to date and couldn't ..."

    Instructions for some of electrical appliances weren't up to date and couldn't set clock on oven Helpful to have a few books of local walks/interest and games/puzzles for rainy days

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2017

  • "Fantastic place, great location."

    Can't wait to visit again.

    Reviewed by NatalieAug 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage in a lovely location."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ScottAug 2017

  • "Beautiful barn in lovely surroundings about 30 mins from the lakes."

    2nd visit to Rusby Barn and not disappointed. Very clean and comfortable and well equipped. Credit to the owners. Dog friendly

    Reviewed by SandraJun 2017

  • "Rusby Barn is in a great spot for visiting both the lakes and the Pennines."

    Lots of great walks and a very peaceful location. Great accommodation. Very helpful owners just the other end of the phone.

    Reviewed by DorotheaMar 2017

  • "Fantastic accommodation for families and dogs, plenty of places to visit and all family friendly."

    Reviewed by GillJan 2017

  • "Absolutely unreal, 100% going back next year"

    Reviewed by KyleDec 2016

  • "Fantastic well equipped property in beUtiful location"

    Reviewed by PhilDec 2016

  • "Absolutely beautiful property with everything you could need."

    The owners also left a bottle of wine and chocolates as a lovely welcoming gift. We really enjoyed our stay in this breathtaking part of the world.

    Reviewed by JudithNov 2016

  • "A beautiful property which catered for all our needs."

    Very friendly owners, excellent extra touches: e.g., wine and chocolates on arrival, extensive local information, leaflets with local walks and things to do. This property was perfect for our two dogs as it had an enclosed garden so they could run around freely, we also liked the dog blanket so they could sit on the settee.

    Reviewed by JuliaOct 2016

  • "Great value for money, well equipt and well thought out."

    The location was beautiful with stunning views from all angles, we where sorry to leave!

    Reviewed by TracyOct 2016

  • "This holiday exceeded all our expectations."

    the only criticism we have is that the entrance to the property was the two gates which have to be opened to enter the parking area the 1st gate was a heavy metal gate which had to be lifted to fully open and the spring lock was very strong, presented a problem to open to some one with weak wrists (the elderly ) then the wooden gate to open each time we went out and came back. other than that we would have no worries in booking this again loved it .

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2016

  • "Location of the cottage was very peaceful yet close enough to get to the hurly burly of the Southern Lakes."

    Many good heating places in the area.

    Mrs GrahamSep 2016

  • "Beautiful converted barn, with almost everything you could need."

    We would suggest a chimnea?fire pit to enjoy the evenings outside, whilst gazing at the stars.

    Reviewed by MichaelaAug 2016

  • "The location of Rusby Barn was ideal and the scenery was amazing."

    The accommodation and its facilities fantastic. I would highly recommend Rusby Barn and would definitely re-book if we plan another holiday in that area.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJun 2016

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The property

A delightful barn conversion situated on the outskirts of Ousby, close to the pretty Cumbrian village of Melmerby.

This cottage is perfect for family and friends looking to stay in this stunning area on the edge of the Pennines and close to both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Park.

This quality barn conversion has been refurbished to a superb standard with beams, Kirkstone slate floors, en-suite bathrooms and even has underfloor heating at an ambient temperature powered by an air-source heat pump for your comfort.

Not forgetting there is also a woodburner to enjoy on cool nights after a day spent exploring this fantastic area.

Providing fantastic accommodation, this quality barn conversion has been thoughtfully designed to combine character with modern comforts with TVs in the bedrooms, contemporary lighting and a well-equipped kitchen.

The property takes full advantage of its picturesque location as fantastic countryside and fell views are visible from every window.

On warm days why not step outside on the patio and enjoy an alfresco meal or your favourite drink with the Pennines or sunset as your backdrop.

Ousby itself offers a pub whilst close by Melmerby also has pubs and an award-winning tea room, bakery and a village shop.

This part of Cumbria has some beautiful villages to explore with Langwathby and Lazonby with its summer open air swimming pool close by.

The area is a joy for walkers and cyclists and why not try a different mode of transport and hop on the Carlisle to Settle railway just a few miles away and discover some of Yorkshire.

Pooley Bridge on Ullswater with its historic steamer is just 25 minutes away and Keswick is 35 minutes so plenty of exploring awaits you in this striking region.

This is a superb Ousby barn to return to at the end of your day and is an ideal base to enjoy all year round.

Note: This property can be booked with the cottage next door Ref 935096, together they sleep 6.


  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility with WC
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Air-source heat pump underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player & DVD's
  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Books
  • Games
  • Superfast (Fibre) Broadband
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Deck chairs
  • Outdoor chimeneas
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 7 mins walk
  • Note: Some mobile networks may have limited reception
  • Note: Check-in time 5pm.

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About the location


Penrith 10.3 miles; Pooley Bridge 14.7 miles; Keswick 26.9 miles.

Ousby is a small village surrounded by countryside in the Eden Valley. It has a pub called the Fox Inn, a campsite and a church called St Luke's Church. It is excellent for walking and cycling and is only a mile from the village of Melmerby which offers a wide green with a winding stream, a pub, a shop, a bakery and a church and is situated on C2C Cycle Route. The surrounding countryside is abundant with wildlife and is home to the native red squirrel and hares can be spotted easily, and the varied landscape is also a haven for birdwatchers, where curlews, oystercatchers and lapwings can be seen during the summer months. Within easy reach are many places to visit including the town of Penrith, the village of Pooley Bridge and beautiful Ullswater. A delightful place to stay in order to explore this wonderful area.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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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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