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Ghyll Bank Byre

Staveley near Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 11534)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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66 Customer Reviews

  • "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 MarkDec 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 GailAug 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 DianaAug 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 AlexApr 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 RichardOct 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 SharonOct 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 LyndaSep 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 AnkurAug 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 EmmaAug 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 NuzJul 2020

  • "We would definitely book this again."

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

    Reviewed by JimMar 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 LyndseyDec 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 JeffreySep 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 DavidAug 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 HazelAug 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 AmolAug 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 MichaelJun 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 AndyMay 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 IanMay 2019

  • "Comfortable."

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

    Reviewed by CatrionaMar 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 AFeb 2019

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

    Reviewed by RogerJan 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 StephanieDec 2018

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

    Reviewed by LindaNov 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 RosetteOct 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 SteveSep 2018

  • "Very spacious and quiet."

    Good location.

    Reviewed by MariaAug 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 BarbaraMar 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 LynneMar 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 HayleyMar 2017

  • "A lovely location and good facilities."

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

    Reviewed by FionaJan 2017

  • "GReat location and well equipped."

    Nice that the owner came to enquire if all was OK

    Reviewed by EvelynNov 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 SusanNov 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 DavidNov 2016

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

    only wished we had booked for longer

    Reviewed by MarkOct 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 MichaelSep 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 RhysAug 2016

  • "Outstanding property."

    We couldn't fault it.

    Reviewed by RodneyFeb 2016

  • "Liked everything!"

    It was an amazing place in a beautiful location with stunning views. First class accommodation which was spotlessly clean with everything you could need and more! Fabulous.

    Reviewed by AnnFeb 2016

  • "Really loved the quality and location of the accommodation."

    The owners were friendly and caring. Will definitely stay again and hopefully the weather is better next time? If only you could control the weather!

    Reviewed by CliveNov 2015

  • "The barn and its location is truly exceptional with panoramic views and walks all around."

    It was a most comfortable place to spend a weeks holiday with a good village pub serving the most excellent food and a village brewery and bakery. The location of the barn is within easy reach of Windermere, Ambleside and Grassmere so there is everything for sightseeing and walkers alike.

    Reviewed by AnthonyOct 2015

  • "The property was in a great location; very quiet and well maintained."

    There was plenty of room for 6 people, all accommodated in lovely bedrooms with modern, well equipped bathrooms.

    Reviewed by KeithJun 2015

  • "A beautiful cottage in a wonderful location."

    It was our second visit there and will hopefully return again.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2015

  • "Enjoyed everything about our stay."

    The accommodation was really nice, everything you could possibly need was provided within the property, and there were spectacular views and lovely countryside all around! Will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by DeniseJun 2015

  • "Warm and comfortable accommodation in a peaceful location."

    Reviewed by GordonMay 2015

  • "The location is fantastic, the accommodation great and we had the pleasure of listening to young lambs in the otherwise solitude."

    We had a great time.

    Reviewed by RosalineApr 2015

  • "Fantastic location and very high standard of accommodation."

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 2015

  • "It was the best appointed cottage that we have used, tastefully decorated with an en-suite in each bedroom, and wonderfully warm from the under-floor heating."

    Stunning views from the lounge window too.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyMar 2015

  • "A fabulous, well appointed and very comfortable property with lovely far reaching views."

    We met the owners who were most helpful and we won't hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by AnneMar 2015

  • "This was a perfect cottage in a perfect location."

    Reviewed by ElizabethJan 2015

  • "We had a fantastic stay, the barn was kitted out to the highest standard and completely exceeded our expectations, can't wait to return."

    Reviewed by AlexisDec 2014

  • "The location of this property is amazing, views from every angle."

    If you want peace and quiet and to get away from it all, this is the place for you.

    Reviewed by JulianSep 2014

  • "Without doubt this was the best holiday cottage we have stayed in and the standard of finishings was of 5 star quality."

    Reviewed by DerekAug 2014

  • "We really enjoyed staying in such a tastefully renovated property with beautiful views."

    It was a very peaceful and relaxing break. We met the owners a few times and they were very friendly and happy to help.

    Reviewed by PaulaJul 2014

  • "Beautiful and convenient location!"

    Fantastic and friendly owners! Totally recommend!

    Reviewed by KylieMay 2014

  • "Everything about location and the cottage itself was excellent."

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2014

  • "The Byre was warm and cosy and the views are amazing, plenty of handy shops in the nearby village."

    Reviewed by BeverlyMar 2014

  • "The barn was beautiful, cosy and warm."

    We loved it and wished it was our own house. Staveley was small and had everything you needed, including a good butchers with very friendly staff. The holiday was brilliant, would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by RuthJan 2014

  • "A cosy, clean cottage with all en suite bedrooms and good views."

    Recently converted byre so all modern, fresh and with a high speck finish.

    Reviewed by HeatherJan 2014

  • "Our Christmas break at Ghyll Bank Byre was amazing with its breathtaking views."

    An ideal spot for exploring. 100% perfect what more could you ask for! The cottage itself was absolutely stunning, spotlessly clean, so comfortable, warm and very relaxing. Cannot wait to book again (it cannot come quick enough)!

    Reviewed by MichelleDec 2013

  • "Lovely setting, excellent accommodation, all rooms to a high standard, warm and cosy."

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2013

  • "Both the cottage and the setting were beautiful."

    Everyone in our family aged from 5 months to 91 years had a wonderful time and we hope to return one day. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RuthOct 2013

  • "The cottage was furnished to a very high standard with beautiful views."

    Reviewed by MaryOct 2013

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented."

    Reviewed by CarolineOct 2013

  • "The photographs do not do justice to the property."

    Reviewed by BehzadJul 2013

  • "The setting was wonderful, the house was beautifully presented, a real home from home!"

    Close to lakes and everything you need on holiday. I would certainly return!

    Reviewed by MaryJul 2013

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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.

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.


  • 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.

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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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
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