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Ghyll Bank Byre

(Ref. 11534)

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


  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at Ghyll Bank Byre."

    Great location, beautiful scenery and wonderful house. Only things that were a slight shame were that the floors hadn’t been hoovered properly when we arrive and the dishwasher didn’t drain properly so we had to wash up a bit. A little more direction would also have been useful in regards to recycling rubbish and the bins. Also the shower in the downstairs bedroom en-suite didn’t drain properly and water gathered around the drain. Genuinely though, great holiday, and none of the above would stop us coming again in a heartbeat! Thanks for having us!

    Reviewed by Alexandra3.8Aug 2023

  • "It seemed a bit mean to provide only one toilet roll per toilet."

    You will know that a guest always appreciates hand soap, and a decent amount of washing-up liquid.

    Reviewed by Kieran4.7Mar 2023

  • "Great location, stunning views."

    Cottage lovely with great bathrooms, warm and cosy but…… marred by being so dirty. Flies on blinds, thick dust on furniture upstairs, lounge door windows filthy, cutlery tray greasy, floors in bathrooms dirty, cobwebs galore and so it went on. Kitchen could have been enhanced by more utensils, a potato peeler for example and better casserole dishes. More coffee mugs needed too - one cracked and one chipped. Such a shame to find these things letting down the whole stay experience.

    Reviewed by Philippa3.1Oct 2022

  • "What a lovely relaxing week we had!"

    The weather was perfect, absolutely beautiful surroundings, the accommodation was lovely, had everything we needed. Will definitely look to book again

    Reviewed by Georgie4.4Aug 2022

  • "The area was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring."

    The property was basically good in terms of facilities although dishwasher and fridge didn't work properly. I was surprised at the lack of recycling and it pained me to put all waste in one bin although we did take our bottles to a bank - there's not one in Staveley as the info would suggest btw. Some updating of furniture and beds would make a big difference.

    Thank you for your feedback. We can confirm that fridge freezer is now working fine and it was defrosted on changeover. Recycling isn't possible due to it being a business but we are hopeful of local recycling returning but it is only cardboard at the moment Thank you again for your comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob2.8Jul 2022

  • "A bit disappointed as it’s not as brilliant as it was made out."

    The inside of the kettle was black so had to use a pan to boil water for coffee, tea etc.

    Thank you for feedback. I can confirm that the kettle has now been replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maggie2.8May 2022

  • "We absolutely loved the cottage!"

    It was bright, clean, apart from the cobwebs in the twin room but that wasn’t a major issue. It is in a wonderful location in such a beautiful place with the most spectacular view. We would 100% book to go back. I loved watching the lambs playing, listening to them calling and spent hours sat outside just enjoying the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of a normally crazy life. The cottage is extremely warm and cosy and had just about everything you needed. As a country bumpkin my whole life this was a peace of heaven for me.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Apr 2022

  • "A much more spacious alternative to the smaller properties you might find for the same price in the neighbouring tourist hotspots."

    Plenty of parking space, excellent views, ample heating and hot water for all any time of day... and even a reliable internet connection, showing the owners have acted on previous feedback. As long as you are fine with pet friendly accommodation (as clearly stated in the property info) and, in all likelihood, needing a designated driver/taxi service to get to and from evenings out at pubs/restaurants, this property provides comfortable and good value accommodation. Cleaner than I expected for a property welcoming pets. Could improve to top comfort ratings with slightly wider beds in the twin bedroom, as 6 foot+ adults have very little margin for error if they roll over in the night like me. May also benefit from some extra baking trays/roasting tins and a pizza tray or two in the kitchen, if guests are intending to prepare self catering meals for 6-7 people in the large oven.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Apr 2022

  • "The property is very comfortable and we'll equipped."

    Sitting out on the patio of an evening chatting with views of the hills and a sunset was a real pleasure. The en suite showers are excellent - important when you've been out hill walking. It would have helped to have instructions for the dishwasher and heating. Despite multiple attempts we didn't manage to turn the heating down enough. The Sykes instructions for the cottage says depart time is 9:00 but the instructions in the cottage say 10:00??? Altogether a great stay and will consider coming again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable stay."

    The property was clean and had everything we needed for a long weekend. It’s well located and has amazing views.

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Dec 2021

  • "I feel that there was a need to replace both of the thin Sets of blinds in the downstairs bedroom and also the kitchen and back door."

    The only thing that was missing out of the kitchen was a good pair of scissors but other than that we had an absolutely amazing week there.

    Reviewed by Gail3.8Aug 2021

  • "The house had not been cleaned properly as rubbish was found under the coffee table, cigarettes ends on the shelf of the BBQ and the BBQ had been left dirty."

    Left over food was found in many of the cupboards so it was apparent that nothing was throughly checked. We were a party of 7, and clearly the dinning table was not designed to adequately fit all of us despite 7 chairs and the dinning area being very tight. The kitchen barely had enough equipment to cook and even basic items like a tin opener and potato peeler were not supplied. Blinds all need replacing as falling off the walls and one was stuck up with plasters! Overall the property just felt tired. The views were amazingly but slightly let down by the tired washing line in front of our living room patio door. Lovely to have sheep nearby too.

    Reviewed by Diana2.2Aug 2021

  • "Excellent property, very remote feeling."

    Lot's of sheep on the hills, very relaxing. Despite the owner advertising fiber broadband, we were not able to connect the entire weekend. Owner made an attempt to fix, but was very spotty and we eventually gave up.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Apr 2021

  • "Lovely barn conversion in a beautiful elevated spot."

    Very comfortable, modern finish, and well equipped with everything in good working order. WiFi and phone signal was intermittent, but this was made clear on the advertisement prior to booking so no complaints. Brilliant week away - would recommend!

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was a bit rough around the edges but in general had a great time in Staveley."

    Lovely pub in village Eagle & Child. Would definitely recommend it. Lovely walks around the cottage and beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by Sharon3.4Oct 2020

  • "Ghyll Bank Byre is one of 5 holiday lets on the site, 3 of which are part of an old barn."

    Ghyll Bank Byre is the largest of the 3, having 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The property is accessed via an uphill single track road with passing places and has a very sharp hairpin bend, so not suitable for very large vehicles like motor homes. The view from the property is brilliant in every direction and cannot be faulted. We were very lucky with the weather in September. The property itself is very good but let down by a few things which is a pity, but in my view if these things were rectified it would be superb. The main issue is that it needs a deep clean and re-painting in places, which is surprising given that it would not have been used for most of this season due to Covid-19. Things like the table mats, plates and cushions need replacing as they look like they are cast offs from several years ago. The outside furniture is good and the quality of the furniture inside is good. In spite of our grumbles above we had a lovely holiday. There are lots of walks from the property and a great bakery and cafe on a small business park in Staveley. Booths supermarket is very good and easy to get to in Windermere with free parking for 2 hours. One other thing to bear in mind is that the WiFi was very patchy.

    Reviewed by Lynda3.4Sep 2020

  • "It was a very good and comfortable stay."

    Really enjoyed our time. The only thing to improve is te wifi connection in the house, it was shaky and didn't work most of the time. Apart from this everything was fabulous.

    Reviewed by Ankur4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had such an amazing time, despite the weather."

    The cottage is very warm, even with no heating on. Lovely views and evening walks were filled with wildlife. Windermere is a small drive away and lots to do. We would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Terrie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Not all the dishes had been cleaned properly so had to wash them all on arrival."

    But location and facilities were great. WiFi struggled at times due to all 5 properties being booked out

    Reviewed by Nuz4.4Jul 2020

  • "We would definitely book this again."

    House was above expectations and we really wished we could have stayed for longer.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Mar 2020

  • "Had a lovely relaxing time at ghyll bank byre absolutely lovely cottage in a lovely setting."

    Would definitely recommend if your after a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Lyndsey4.4Dec 2019

  • "The description failed to mention that the road leading to the cottage was not really suitable for larger vehicles ( our motorhome)."

    The toaster did not work properly and a handle could have been fitted over the step down into the kitchen from the hallway to aid disabled visitors. In general the cottage was very comfortable and the views were spectacular

    Reviewed by Jeffrey3.1Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation was in a beautiful setting, spacious with clean comfy beds, nice towels and plenty of hot water."

    We were disappointed to find the lounge furniture shabby and tired. The general cleanliness was below our standard, we found a dirty tissue on the bedroom floor and under the beds hadn't been hoovered, Window sills and furniture were covered in dust, a disappointing start. We were surprised to find sheep wandering around the patio area in a dog friendly accommodation, we had to keep the dog on the lead at all times. The patio is made from large grey slate which made for unsteady walking and for placing the patio furniture, so we never sat out. We wouldn't use this place again, although fine maybe for younger people and families.

    Reviewed by David3.1Aug 2019

  • "Very pleasant stay despite the weather."

    Beautiful surroundings and safe for the children to run around. Nice owners who stopped by to ask how we were getting on. Slightly cramped dining area and bedrooms, but furnished nicely overall and felt very cosy. Very well equipped throughout. The Wi-fi included is intermittent and the phone reception is poor. Would definitely recommend staying here though.

    Reviewed by Hazel3.8Aug 2019

  • "Nice cottage - tucked away but with good access to south lakes."

    We went as a family of 7 with our dog. No problem at all - the owner came and checked that everything was ok ! We will come again !

    Reviewed by Amol4.7Aug 2019

  • "Lovely stay."

    Facilities excellent. Beds uncomfortable. Bit of a climb if you walk from the village to the cottage (we didn't) but perfect for a nice relaxing holiday. Oh, and the weather was great. Not too far from local towns, Kendall, Windemere and Ulverston (a must if you're a Laurel and Hardy fan). Overall I would highly recommend this holiday

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Jun 2019

  • "This cottage had the potential to be wonderful, and certainly it’s location was heavenly but it was let down by a lack of attention to cleanliness."

    I took photos if you are interested in seeing them but dirty kitchen drawers and kitchen appliances - particular the cooker made it difficult to settle in until it had been cleaned. The bedroom side cabinets were dusty and one had sticky cup marks. The mirrors were also dusty. The sofas were stained and grimy (and were actually quite uncomfortable). The sofa cushions too looked as grubby. Although your photos showed that the cottage had recently been updated, so many things were broken or had missing parts. It was such a shame because we wanted a holiday let which we would return to year after year, but sadly despite the wonderful views I really don’t think we will return to this particular cottage.

    Reviewed by Andy2.5May 2019

  • "The cottage was superb, brand new carpets had been laid that day."

    The kitchen facilities were superb. The views from the patio were outstanding with views across Langdale pikes and at some point you can see the Irish Sea! A beautiful stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2019

  • "Comfortable."

    Not sure the oven was working properly but did not interfere as fan oven was fine. Would go back!!!

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage itself was in a really good location but it is definitely functional."

    The lounge was in need of a deep clean, it was not very "comfy" to use as the main seating area. The floors were dirty and the sofas old and looked filthy. The sofas/furniture had also not been moved and hoovered under for a very long time. The kitchen was functional, utensils were old and tired, the pots and pans didn't work on the ceramic hob as they were not flat anymore. There were no basic provisions in the cottage, no pepper or salt, no tea bags, nothing that says welcome. Certainly not enough loo roll to cover 7!! Probably won't come back here again.

    Reviewed by A3.1Feb 2019

  • "Well equipped property in a great location for walks into the Kentmere valley."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jan 2019

  • "The cottage is beautiful with amazing views!"

    The couple in charge of the cottage where so friendly and kind. The pictures are spot on and provide a good insight into what it looks like inside the cottage. The house was clean and they had provided most of the basics that we needed. The location is brilliant - right next to Stavely, which has a wonderful bakery, bike shop, brewery and shop for basics. Then just down the road is windermere- such a beautiful lake. Great location and a lovely place to stay- would definitely stay again. Just something to note; The black barn in the directions is no longer black- it has been redone and is wooden. Perhaps some soap in all the bathrooms or let us know if we need to bring our own. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Dec 2018

  • "Great base for exploring the Lakes, and very peaceful."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2018

  • "A very quiet , cosy and confortable place to gather with a wonderful view in the middle of fields and sheep."

    We just loved it !

    Reviewed by Rosette4.7Oct 2018

  • "The property was as described."

    little disappointed that a property in this price range did not have complimentary toiletries and a welcome pack. the beds were comfy and the three en suites were of a good quality although the en suite on the ground floor was a bit tight. this property is not for the disabled or anyone with mobility problems. we enjoyed our short stay and would highly recommend the property for a family or couples who like to be 'away from it all' we would book this property again when we are in the area which of course is stunning.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Sep 2018

  • "Very spacious and quiet."

    Good location.

    Reviewed by Maria3.8Aug 2018

  • "One of the upstairs ensuite's smelt very badly of damp."

    The beds were very uncomfortable in both the upstairs bedrooms. The kitchen sink was leaking. It was stated that it was within walking distance of Staveley, however this would have been impossible to walk at night back to the house as there were no streetlights, which could have been mentioned in the description. The house was not clean, with cobwebs on the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom and in the living room. The carpet clearly hadn't been hoovered properly as there were dog hairs everywhere. The windows were dirty. It would have been nice if there was a little bar of soap in each bathroom to wash our hands. The downstairs shower tray was cracked.

    Reviewed by Barbara2.8Mar 2018

  • "A very warm and comfortable cottage surrounded by beautiful scenery."

    Plenty of interesting walks from the doorstep and all the facilities needed in Staveley.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Mar 2018

  • "Amazing cottage with beautiful views."

    The children loved the field to play in. The accommodation was much better than we expected and everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by Hayley4.8Mar 2017

  • "A lovely location and good facilities."

    Dusty, the dog, particularly appreciated the under-floor heating and didn't want to leave.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.8Jan 2017

  • "GReat location and well equipped."

    Nice that the owner came to enquire if all was OK

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Nov 2016

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, very comfortable and everything we needed was to hand."

    Only draw back was we where too far from the village to stroll in along the dark lanes. Would highly recommend this property and maybe towels be included.

    Reviewed by Susan4.8Nov 2016

  • "We've just returned from a weekend at Ghyll Bank Byre and it was so good, we've already booked again."

    The accommodation was clean and with all the amenities you could want. It was quite remote but we knew this when we booked and the walk to and from Staveley is not as daunting as we thought....particularly when we had sampled the wares of the Hawkshead Brewery! Overall a fabulous weekend and we cannot recommend this place highly enough.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2016

  • "The cottage was of a higher standard than expected."

    only wished we had booked for longer

    Reviewed by Mark4.8Oct 2016

  • "The property is fine, views great."

    The down side bit way out from the village .Virtually no internet connection no mobile phone coverage. Would suggest a Pay Phone available one phone to cover all the properties. More info on the village please . Very helpful owners Just minor gripes

    Reviewed by Michael4.2Sep 2016

  • "Excellent location, good facilities especially parking and number of bathrooms."

    Needs safety gate to be available for a toddler as lots of steps from room to room

    Reviewed by Rhys4.4Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating (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: Step down to kitchen, three steps down to sitting room.

The property

A beautiful barn conversion at Ghyll Bank, with en-suite bathrooms, flexible sleeping accommodation and breathtaking views across the Lake District Fells.

The bedrooms in this Staveley cottage are spacious, and the bright and airy farmhouse-style kitchen has a feature window, and exudes quality and style.

The roomy sitting room has a door leading to a sunny terrace with magnificent views to enjoy at any time of the day.

This super Staveley cottage is a superb holiday base throughout the year.

Note: The property is attached to Refs. 11535 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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