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Ghyll Bank Barn

(Ref. 11535)

Staveley near Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "We enjoyed our stay here."

    Just one minor problem a very drippy kitchen tap, this has been mentioned by another guest and really needs sorting.

    Reviewed by Anita3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely 4 night stay at Ghyll bank barn."

    The property was beautiful and was well equipped, but could do with a few bits to make your stay more easier, like hand wash in the downstairs toilet and a small supply of basic kitchen essentials like oil, salt and tin foil. Everything else was great, the view from the front door was amazing. Will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is a fantastic property which has been converted to a very high standard."

    It is very spacious and very comfortable. The views from the patio area are breath taking. The beds are very cleanand comfortable and the bathroom has everything you need which is also high end spec. This is the perfect place to enjoy the splendours of the lake district. The property is approx 1.5 miles from satverley village and the lane is tight but a perfect retreat. If there is a negative is that the WIFI can be hit and miss but we were not there for technology we were there to be away from normal life. All in all a fantastic place and I would book again in a heart beat.

    Reviewed by Martyn4.1Jul 2023

  • "The listing said a 4 tick rating and although the location and cottage themselves are amazing there are few small niggling issues."

    the tap that dripped relentlessly which had been noticed over 9 months ago. The lack of good quality cooking utensils and some cleaning issues. The glasses in the cupboards were stuck to the surface!! there were some basic cleaning products but a few more and better quality of clothes and tea towels would have been appreciated. the sofas have seen better days. On the beds were old fashioned sheets, not the standard fitted sheets which would have been more appropriate . previously we have stayed in Sykes cottage similar grade and it had all the bells and whistles and we were amazed - this felt a little lacklustre.

    Thank you for your feedback, we do appreciate any feedback from our guests and will look to rectify these issues where possible. We are glad you enjoyed the cottage and location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris2.5Jun 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful area."

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Mar 2023

  • "Spacious accommodation, comfortable clean and warm."

    Access to the patio area with gorgeous views much appreciated. The only negative point is that the kitchen was not well equipped- e.g. just one small pan and few of everything (4 plates, 4 mugs, 4 bowls etc)

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Mar 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful property So bright and clean with everything we needed also a very comfortable and relaxing place to stay."

    Views are stunning and some lovely walks around the property. Highly recommended. We shall be retuning.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Oct 2022

  • "Gyll bank - The Barn, 9 - 16 Sep 2022 We have had a good stay here."

    We know that most people dont bother to tell you what needs attention, but we think it is important. Overall the accommodation is adequate but needs some help. The kitchen tap is dripping relentlessly and it is really annoying. The kitchen is poorly equipped. I know it is the end of the season but surely the cleaning staff run an inventory? All the four saucepans are the same size!! 8 inches ish. Do the other apartments have all the big pans??? There is a knife block, all the knives are blunt. Two other knives in the drawer are blunt, including 3 inch knife that is not useful other than to deal with an apple. Luckily I read a comment from a previous holiday maker that there were no sharp knives, so I brought three of my own. I also bought a wok which we used instead of their small frying pans. The baking trays in the oven were burnt and unusable, which we saw immediately and the owners sorted that out as they were here for a short period. There are no black bags and very little cleaning materials. The top of the cooker is severely stained. There is no hob cleaner which would help the burnt on stains. And the washing up liquid is provided in tiny plastic containers. Would a whole bottle of washing up liquid break the bank? The settees don’t appear to have been hoovered recently. There were wrappers etc under the three piece and we were looking for something down the back of the sofa and it is full of crumbs etc. The downstair toilet door needs oiling. Because the floor is tiled downstairs with hard kitchen surfaces and there is very little soft furnishings, the whole place is very echoey. So dripping taps, creaky doors, they really have an effect. The cupboard doors in the cupboard need soft closing stops as again they bang away. The ad says that there is super broadband here. Thats as may be but it suggests that signal and connection would be good, but we have had long periods of no connectivity. It seems to be connected to how many people are using it during the day . I know you can’t do anything about that but do say that signal is still patchy despite super broadband. These comments are offered in the spirit of helping people that come here to enjoy this property after us. Lesley Dike

    Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Customer feedback is very important to help us continually improve our standards. We plan to do an inventory for all the kitchen utensils so we will definitely look into the issues you have regarding this. We will also mention the maintenance issues to the maintenance team. Although it is a self-catering property, we will ensure to provide sufficient basic necessities in the future. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley2.8Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful place to stay with amazing views from the patio."

    We stayed in the Barn (sleeps 4) with Cow Shed and Byre either side (sleeping 6/7), then the big house (16) and bungalow (3) across the driveway, so obviously be aware that you will probably have neighbors. Plenty of parking for everyone and had no issues with noise at all. The patio has dividers between the barns that you can pull across for privacy or leave open if you'd prefer, a really nice idea we thought! Plenty of chairs, tables and even sun umbrellas on the patio so you can sit in the garden and enjoy the beautiful view. Key collected from lock box, code given to us by owners prior to our arrival. The owner came to see us on our first night which was nice and he was a lovely man. Barn has everything you'd need to get by, including a welcome pack with washing up liquid, dish washer tablets and tea towel etc. Would say might be worth bringing a sharp knife for cooking though as I had trouble chopping veg! We will be recommending Ghyll Bank to our friends and hope we can return too. Great base for visiting Windermere etc.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Aug 2022

  • "Such a beautiful property in a stunning location."

    Fully equipped and very comfortable after a hard days hiking.

    Reviewed by Jade5.0Aug 2022

  • "Overall we really liked the property."

    But what would have made it even better would be improving the kitchen equipment. Specifically: Not enough cereal bowls and mugs Not enough medium size glasses (approx half pint size) Kitchen knives were blunt No hand soap next to sink (or in the bathrooms) Also - Maybe some bigger sofas in the lounge area would have made it more comfortable.

    Reviewed by Greg4.4Jul 2022

  • "After chatting to adjacent visitors we agreed lack of basic kitchen items like cooking oil, washing up liquid and cloths, dishwasher products etc was a let down and not consistent with overall quality of accommodation which is very high."

    Really loved the setting and facilities eg bbq, 2nd wc etc.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2022

  • "Only thing to be improved upon, is upon a arrival to be greeted by the owner, all other places that we have stayed at we have been greeted."

    Also a better quality toilet roll. !!!

    Reviewed by Nick5.0May 2022

  • "Really nice location, house is equipped with most things and is clean and tidy with modern facilities, we would definitely stay again, my only negative would be that the picture for the accommodation needs to be clearer in description as i wasn’t aware that there are 5 holiday let’s on site… location is great for getting around as you are near the lakes and some big towns…."

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Apr 2022

  • "The only surprise is that the cottage was one-of-three but other than that it was perfect"

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Apr 2022

  • "Amazing views."

    Lovely comfortable, quiet and cosy cottage. Set high and apart, yet close to Windermere, and a short drive to pubs and other eateries and facilities. Just needed foot-stools or a slightly larger couch to completely chill after a long day out.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.4Apr 2022

  • "Had previously tried to stay here on 2 other occasions that got canceled because of the pandemic but 3rd time lucky."

    We had a great week. The barn is lovely, the views spectacular and the fantastic walks directly from the door were just what we needed. The barn was very comfortable and very well fitted out. The only issue we had, that has been mentioned before, is the lack of any hand soap or cleaning products. It is also the only Sykes cottage that I have stayed in that didn’t supply some sort of welcome tray. It was slightly disappointing to have driven all that way to then have to get back in the car and drive a further 4 miles to get stuff before being able to wash your hands or have a cup of tea. Other than that, no complaints from me and I would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jan 2022

  • "On arrival at the property we were thoroughly impressed with the entrance area, so warm and inviting, and lovely and roomy for putting on boots, coats etc and for unloading and loading the car of luggage."

    The kitchen was super and had everything you needed for a comfortable stay, including a nice oak dining table which could be extended. Then down four stairs was a super sized lounge with views of open countryside. A TV on the wall with Freeview giving us lots of choice and a DVD player should we have needed it. The owner had put in a decorated Christmas tree and had written us a card, which was a nice touch. A downstairs loo was a great addition. Upstairs was a grand bathroom which was super warm and cosy, (no shivering after a shower). A double bedroom and another good sized bedroom with twin beds. Having the dogs with us (property states one dog but we sought permission to take our daughters wee sausage dog too) the fact that there were plenty of walks straight from the house was a great bonus. My husband and I and our daughter and partner had the most enjoyable week here at Ghyll Bank, and will always remember our Christmas at Stavely.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage to escape from it all."

    Fantastic views and everything we needed for a lovely break in the lakes, with picturesque walks right on your doorstep and only a short drive to Windermere. Only suggestion would be some hand soap in the bathrooms/kitchen but otherwise very well equipped. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Oct 2021

  • "Only problem we had the track or road well its not a road at all to Ghyll Bank ..."

    Only problem we had the track or road well its not a road at all to Ghyll Bank is a single track lane if you meet another car you have had it as there are not many passing points on that track it needs to be updated for the track to have more passing places we met a van on the way down and had to reverse a long way back as the van would not give way

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Would be great if gardens were a little more private."

    Reviewed by Joanna4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is wonderful."

    The location is beautiful, the view is great.

    Reviewed by Lorenz5.0Apr 2021

  • "We enjoyed a lovely week at Ghyll Barn."

    It was very clean and comfortable. The views were stunning and it was very peaceful and quiet. We loved seeing the sheep with their lambs, who were our only neighbours. One minor fault was there was only one toilet roll to last a week and nothing to clean the bathroom with but apart from that it was perfect.

    Reviewed by David4.7Apr 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay and were very happy with the cottage on the whole."

    just a couple of niggles - the wifi/ internet is very slow and sometimes none existent and a few more utensils and new ones would be good. eg rusty peeler, frying pan warped and sharp knives

    Reviewed by Hilary3.8Sep 2020

  • "Everything was great except for the Wifi."

    Reviewed by Sharon4.1Aug 2020

  • "This was an excellent base to walk some of the lower fells with our 9 month old son."

    The highchair has seen better days and is not hygienic or safe to put children into anymore. Our son needed propping up in it with towels as the straps were broken. A new one could be purchased for as little as £12 from Ikea and would have made the place perfect for him.

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Jul 2020

  • "One of best holiday homes we have stayed in , Sykes is always of a high standard and this home was no exception."

    Wifi was a problem , but we managed. Views were wonderful ,owners very friendly. My husband 'enjoyed' the pull up to the barn on his bike every morning , but it all contributed to a lovely Christmas in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Dec 2019

  • "Had an enjoyable stay at Ghyll Bank Barn."

    Cottage had everything needed and is in a beautiful spot. Access to it however, is along a single track road with few passing places. Luckily we didn’t meet any larger farm vehicles but it could potentially be quite dodgy. We did report a cracked mirror in the bathroom and the owner arrived the same evening to take a look. It wasn’t replaced during our stay but I’m sure it was dealt with soon after.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Nov 2019

  • "My goodness the photos are just a taster of this wonderful holiday stay."

    beautiful rural location We normally stay closer to main roads when visiting but here we really felt we were staying in the lakes.

    Reviewed by Kira5.0Oct 2019

  • "A very enjoyable week weather could have better but all together great"

    Reviewed by Shaun4.4Jun 2019

  • "The barn is absolutely beautiful both inside and out."

    Only possible improvement would be mor crockery -only four dinner plates and three bowls

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Apr 2019

  • "The only issue was regarding cleanliness as the oven was not clean, many cobwebs in the lounge, and the lounge carpet did not appear vacuumed prior to our arrival."

    The cottage was lovely and these issues did not spoil our holiday.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Mar 2019

  • "Wow what an amazing cottage."

    So well equipped with all you need to make your stay comfortable. I loved cooking on the ‘Range’’ cooker. The layout of the cotttage is perfect with lots of space. The bedrooms are of a good size. The scenery is magnificent especially watching the sun going down. The owners are very attentive and cannot do enough to help. I full hearted recommend this cottage and hope to bring the rest of my family. Thanks for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2019

  • "We really enjoyed staying in this cottage- it’s very comfortable, warm and well laid out."

    The photos don’t do it justice. The kitchen has everything we needed for cooking Christmas dinner! The location is great- really good views when the weather cleared and so close to Windermere and Ambleside without the busyness of staying there. Wouldn’t hesitate staying again, but will bring our mountain bikes next time!

    Reviewed by Ginny4.4Dec 2018

  • "Cottage was first class with good views Access was difficult due to narrow country lane with limited passing places"

    Reviewed by E5.0Oct 2018

  • "An absolutely stunning location and a very peaceful trip."

    The booking process was quick, easy and seamless. The cottage owner was friendly and keen to ensure that we had a good stay.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth4.7Jun 2018

  • "Booking process quick and easy with no problems before or during our stay."

    Ghyll Bank Barn was a beautiful place, the interior has been finished to a really high spec with underfloor heating and a hot, powerful shower. The location is beautiful with fab views - a good 30-40 mins walk to the local village and the barn is up a hill. Garden is shared with the local sheep

    Reviewed by Polly5.0Jun 2018

  • "Loved the location."

    Cottage was very clean and facilities were really good would definitely book Ghyll barn again.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Apr 2018

  • "Gorgeous cottage but bit too far away from Staveley to make a walk to the pub at night enjoyable otherwise great."

    Reviewed by Ryan4.7Mar 2018

  • "An excellent base for a wide range of activities within the Lakes."

    The Barn had everything we required for our 3 nights. A first class holiday cottage that was very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2018

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    Loved the decor, open plan.Generally great. Perfect location, stunning views and some great walks. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Valda4.7Mar 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Martin4.2Aug 2017

  • "Excellent location, very well equipped, modern & spacious for a couple & a medium sized dog."

    WI-FI & mobile phone reception wasn't great- probably due to poor weather but not a problem for us, however if you need them all of the time it would be a problem. Great cottage to come home to after a day exploring.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2016

  • "The barn conversion was done to a very high standard, with a beautiful kitchen and bathroom, great under floor heating."

    A couple of minor points, although the the kitchen was great to look at, it was minimally equipped with only 4 of everything, which meant that the full size dishwasher had to go on everyday. More crockery would've been a huge help. A 13.5 tog rated duvet is great for the middle of winter, but not ideal in the middle of summer; it meant that we removed the duvet from its cover and spent the week underneath just the covers it was far too warm.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor
  • Range cooker with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • High speed, super-fast broadband
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Front terrace with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: No fireworks due to the proximity of animals
  • Note: Three steps from kitchen to sitting room, and one step into kitchen
  • Note: The property is one of several holiday homes on the grounds

The property

Staveley 1.5 miles.

An elegant holiday cottage, set in the centre of a barn conversion at Ghyll Bank within the Lake District National Park, close to Staveley village.

The cottage is presented to an excellent standard with two bedrooms, a luxury family bathroom and a spacious, farmhouse-style kitchen.

Both bedrooms are beautifully furnished, whilst the bathroom has a touch of luxury and a feature beam across the back wall.

The kitchen and dining area lead to a bright, charming sitting room, which enjoys beautiful views out across the fells and an exterior door leading to the patio.

You can sit outside and enjoy the views in the sunshine over lunch, or relax with a drink in the evening.

This wonderful cottage is a mile and a half from Staveley, and an excellent holiday base for exploring The Lake District throughout the year.

Note: The property is attached to Refs. 11534 and 11536, together they sleep 17.

Ghyll Bank Barn Conversions

Staveley 1.5 miles. Situated in gorgeous countryside and less than five miles from wonderful Lake Windermere is Ghyll Bank, which was originally a traditional Lakeland farm. Boasting stunning views across the Lake District Fells, these three barn conversions provide ideal accommodation for a family or group of friends. These three barn conversions provide different types of accommodation, including one with en-suite bedrooms and all have flexible sleeping arrangements, either with a mix of zip/link beds, double and twin beds, making them ideal for a number of different groups. Also all three are pet-friendly, and have WiFi, ample off road parking and a front terrace with furniture and barbecue. There are excellent walks from the doorstep of these charming barn conversions, which will take you over ancient bridleways to Brunt Knott, Craggy Wood, Reston Scarr and Kentmere Horseshoe. There are also a number of other activities that can be enjoyed in the area, including cycling and fishing, as well as sailing on Lake Windermere. These three properties are the perfect base for exploring all that this part of the Lake District has to offer.

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About the location


Windermere 5 miles; Kendal 5 miles.

The thriving Lakeland village of Staveley is situated on the eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park and offers superb access to the whole region. The beautiful Kentmere Valley is just a short walk away and with the River Kent tumbling its way through the valley to Staveley, it is very popular with mountain bikers and walkers alike. Staveley Mill Yard is a former wood turning mill at the heart of the village, which is now a thriving tourist attraction with cycle hire and outdoor shops, artisan bakery, brewery and the renowned Wilf's Cafe. This complements the excellent range of amenities in the village, which include a variety of shops, two village pubs, craft shops, a children's playground, a regular bus service and a railway station. Close by, the bustling towns of Kendal, Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including a ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The 'Windermere Steamboat Museum' displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Staveley is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.

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