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Kingfisher Barn

(Ref. 924509)

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely last minute family stay in Kingfisher Barn."

    The property had everything we needed, was cosy and warm and was in a great location in Stavely.

    Reviewed by Vikki5.0Oct 2023

  • "A well-equipped accommodation for our short stay."

    Nice and spacious living space. Slightly inconvenient having the bedrooms on the ground floor and bathroom first floor, but this can't really be helped given the design layout of the property, just something to bear in mind if guests would find this a problem. The only other issue is the lack of a designated parking space for the property. We followed the guidance in the guest info booklet and parked along what was the side of both ours and the adjoining property, which was on a minor road. However, on our return to the property one day, there were 2 other cars parked there already and I ended up parking quite a distance away from the property as there aren't really any alternatives to parking near the property itself.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Aug 2023

  • "Such a beautiful cottage very comfortable and clean."

    Good facilities. Loved our stay but went too quick sadly. Would love to return

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great location and very helpful that there are buses and trains to Windermere and beyond."

    Staveley is a lovely place. Properly itself was spacious and comfortable if a little dated as has been previously mentioned. The plastic flowers are unnecessary and are filthy. An extra bedside light in each bedroom would have been nice too, seems a bit strange to only give one person the option to read in bed. And yes there were no wine glasses! Otherwise the kitchen was very well equipped. Overall cleanliness was fine although there were a lot of dead insects on window frames and it did smell incredibly “doggy’ when we arrived. I know from experience that’s dog hair in the hoover. It’s also a shame that the smelly bins are directly by the entrance as you come in but I know that can’t be helped. These are just small moans though as overall we had a great time.

    Reviewed by Judith4.1May 2023

  • "Loved it,in a beautiful quiet part of Staveley,walks straight from the door."

    Quite spacious,very clean and the beds were super comfortable.I would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jan 2023

  • "Comfortable cottage, warm and welcoming."

    We travelled by train so not having to go out to the Spar for milk just after we arrived would have been welcome.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.1Oct 2022

  • "A lovely spacious and comfortable cottage, though if 4 people staying, kitchen can only seat 2!"

    Kitchen really nice space and well equipped though limited under unit lighting or bulbs need replacing? Dishwasher would be good addition. Toilet in upstairs bathroom badly located as kept bumping our heads on beams immediately above it! Generally, we felt it needs updating as a bit dull, a feature wall in the lounge would help lift the room; not a lover of vertical blinds or ornaments. Curtains or shutters would provide character and more in keeping with age of property. It was well placed for visiting Windermere and Kendal.

    Reviewed by Catriona4.4Oct 2022

  • "Excellent situation on the edge of the village of Stavely- the shops, pub, brewery, cafés and some outstandingly beautiful walks are a few minutes’ walk away."

    The steps leading to the front door are a bit tricky. The cottage is very well equipped, it’s a shame that all the baby equipment, airer and vacuum cleaner are just left in a corner of the lounge in full view but maybe I’m picky. There were also a few insect carcasses lying around but otherwise the cottage had obviously been well cleaned ready for our arrival. Finally it would be silly not to comment on the very noisy fire and the towels (rather small) that had already been mentioned in the guest book. I don’t want to put people off - the cottage is warm and comfortable and the view from bedroom 2 is delightful, I could literally count sheep on the hillside from the comfort of a very cosy bed!

    Reviewed by David4.1Sep 2022

  • "A nice clean freshly decorated and equipped cottage with what looks new quality carpets through out."

    A good modern kitchen with ample equipment, the only thing missing was wine glasses. Nicely situated in a the village of Staveley the cottage was welcoming on arrival with a complimentary kitchen essentials in gene one of the better cottages we have stayed at.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Sep 2022

  • "The property was cleanish (quite a few cobwebs) the external steps and the cupboard door in the porch were dirty/hanging very askew did not give a good first impression, the bedroom blind chain broke when pulling blind up or down."

    Enjoyed our stay but think the property is in need of some upgrade.

    Reviewed by Tom3.1Aug 2022

  • "We had a very comfortable stay once again."

    The cottage was clean, warm. Stavely itself is a lovely village and we enjoyed the gelato icecream, the Eagle and Child pub, not to mention the brewery. It would have been nice to have a recycling box, although I do realise there are bins in the village. Thank you once again. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Rebecca M5.0May 2022

  • "This cottage is a gem."

    it’s in a really great location for lovely walks. It is well equipped with everything you will need for a comfy stay. I can understand why others complained re head height but I’m short and had no problems. My only grumble was when we arrived some of the cutlery and crockery was dirty but had been put away in the cupboard and not checked before we arrived. I look forward to coming back again.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely place to spend our week."

    Comfortable living space and bedrooms. We found the bathroom tricky to keep dry. Our teenaged boys are nearly 6ft and the shower screen was not quite big enough! But this is only a minor point. Our dog loved the loop walk over the river and around the village, too.

    Reviewed by Vanessa3.8Oct 2021

  • "Our booked property was cancelled so had to accept this properly which we would of never of chosen because of area , one bathroom and on road parking."

    On arrival the porch smelt awful so had to Leave the window open the whole time . The bathroom was low ceiling height which made showers and using the toilet uncomfortable. The shower screen was too small which soaked the floor . When having a shower the water fluctuated hot and cold and when washing up . There was cobwebs everywhere and the diy boxing in the downstairs toilet wasn’t pleasant to look at , neither was it being in the kitchen . There is no soundproofing between our cottage and the one bellow , you can hear everything. Most of these comments have been brought up in the visitors book but nothing has been done . We can’t quite understand how this was more expensive then our chosen cottage (which was cancelled on the day and left little choice) possibly the over inflated COVID prices ? But thanks to Daniel at Sykes we still had a holiday and he honoured the cottage at our original booking price .

    Reviewed by John4.1Oct 2021

  • "I understand that you can’t help having spiders but your cleaner needs to look up, some of the cobwebs where really bad."

    Reviewed by Christine3.4Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely and exactly like the photos."

    However there a couple of points that I would like to make. The bathroom is well equipped but it is up some fairly steep stairs and, being in the eaves, the head height isn’t very good. My husband is “only” 6 foot fortunately but he struggled. If you had any mobility problems you could have trouble. The second thing is that there is no mirror whatsoever in the main bedroom. I took the dressing table mirror from the second bedroom into the main one but, if there had been 4 of us, that would have left that room with no mirror! A full length mirror would be good too. Having said all that we enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Melinda5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was clean, generally nice, kitchen was well equipped."

    The lounge is big, and we spent some very nice evenings there. Stavely is a nice village as well, with a great bakery and brewery only 5 min walk away! However, there was NO wifi, which was advertised. When we called the managing company, they had no idea about it, didn't get sorted. Also, every morning we woke up to around 10 wasps hanging around in the lounge - either dead or dying. They would be on some windows, or fall dead on the floor/sofa/in my coffee. We couldn't figure out where they came from, but it needs to be sorted out - can be dangerous for children/pets/allergies.

    Reviewed by Kristel4.7Aug 2021

  • "Kingfisher Barn was very clean and comfortable for our recent stay."

    The kitchen was very well equipped and the bed was extremely comfortable. Fixtures and fittings in the kitchen and bathroom were modern and there was plenty of space in the cottage for us both and our dog. I would definitely recommend it. There is a small flight of stairs up to the front door to bear in mind if you have mobility limitations and there isn't a garden area attached to the cottage, however, plenty of lovely local walks just on the doorstep and a very short walk to the village of Staveley. Fantastic bakery, with a range of croissant's to die for! Hawkshead brewery next door where they serve local IPA's and a range of burgers/snacks. The Eagle and Child Pub was great too, serving a really wide selection of foods on the menu. Staveley was a lovely village and the locals were also so friendly.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely quiet position easy walk along the river to the shops"

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in great location that enabled us to travel."

    Only downside was that property was not completely clean, dishes a bit greasy, bulbs did not work . When we contacted Sykes, the owner got in touch straight away and was very helpful yet his property management company still did not address issues with lights and dishes and when we saw a cleaner when leaving on check out and said hello, she was very rude. I would definitely book again , the only recommendation to the owner is to ensure they employ good management company who looks after their property well.

    Reviewed by Sarka4.1Jul 2021

  • "Unfortunately we left an item at the property and after a lot of phone calls customer services have utterly failed on every occasion to resolve our issue."

    All it takes is for someone to do what is asked. Not hard really. They like taking your money but don't ask them to solve a problem, too hard. Very disappointed.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2020

  • "Loved the Kingfisher Barn cannot wait to book again."

    My only negative is I didn’t want to come home

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2020

  • "We really didn't like the toilet in a cupboard in the kitchen."

    The upstairs toilet was not comfortable for a man to use - very short on head space due to the extreme sloping roof. The shower side panel over the bath is too short and consequently, the floor could get very wet!! When we arrived, the first thing we noticed was a cupboard door missing in the kitchen, together with one of the drawer fronts. These were found in the entrance porch on top of a cupboard! There were also two light bulbs not working. All this was reported to your office a couple of days after we arrived and we were told that something would be done, but nobody arrived in the next three days. The downstairs was spacious and well equipped, but the toilet and bathroom facilities were not sufficient for four adults. We had a good holiday and the weather was really good.

    Reviewed by Ann3.1Sep 2020

  • "In light of the coronovirus pandemic you should have cancelled our booking and either refunded our money or held our booking over to another date."

    As it was we left a day early. This spoilt our visit.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2020

  • "We found upon arrival that we needed a code to obtain the keys from a secure holder next to the door."

    The booking.com call centre was eventually helpful but it involved a long waiting period where we weren't confident that anyone would eventually answer. This system assumes that you have mobile internet access, good English and plenty of phone time. The apartment itself was lovely and spacious. The bathroom upstairs was good but tall or heavily built visitors may find the space somewhat limited.

    Reviewed by Kerstin4.7Sep 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in Kingfisher Barn, however our feedback echoes that in the visitor book within the cottage - the king size mattress urgently needs replacing as it’s terribly saggy and gave us both a stiff back, and the hot water on the shower has only one temperature, scorching."

    Also, it would be helpful if your instructions mentioned where to park.

    Thank you for your feedback.I can confirm that brand new mattresses are in place along with an updated shower unit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Jul 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Great village with excellent pub, The Eagle & Child. I found everyone that I spoke to in the village exceedingly friendly I thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Rebecca M5.0Jun 2019

  • "Not having a designated parking space was the only issue, parking on the road was not ideal due to tractors and their trailers passing at speed a couple of times per day."

    Location and accommodation very good.

    Reviewed by Angela3.8Apr 2019

  • "2nd time at Kingfisher Barn, so we knew what to expect - all excellent again."

    Reviewed by Gavin4.7Apr 2019

  • "There was just something about King Fisher Barn that has made it my favourite."

    I felt really comfortable living there, a home from home with added quirkiness. Some lovely peaceful walks on the doorstep added to the experience.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely location, however parking was not well-explained in the online information."

    Very comfortable, well-equipped, although wi-fi and TV a little variable. Plentiful local information leaflets (some prices a little out of date) and helpful apartment information. Piano was a bonus!

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Aug 2018

  • "Lovely lounge and kitchen."

    Good place to be based for exploring the Lakes. However the bathroom needed some attention - mould around bath where sealed to wall, shower screen too short for position of shower head so water on the floor, toilet seat loose, no toilet roll holder. Bedroom smelt of damp, WiFi not working for half of our stay. I would not stay at this property again.

    Reviewed by Jane3.4Aug 2018

  • "We had a fabulous time in Kingfisher barn Staveley Cumbria."

    It was everything we hope for and more, tastefully furnished and like home from home. Great location for walking in the fells and only 10 minutes drive from Lake Windermere with it's bustling atmosphere and a wide variety of restaurants. An amazing place for star gazing as it has very low light pollution. The staff at the Cumbria office were extremely helpful and friendly, offering advice on places to dine that were nearest to the cottage which really helped. We would definitely recommend it, and would happily stay here again. regards the courtney family.

    Reviewed by Grant5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had a great week walking and eating in the local pub."

    The apartment was very comfortable and dog friendly. Had an extremely enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Rebecca M5.0Jun 2018

  • "Had a brilliant week in a fantastic location made even better by the weather."

    Would like to have been better informed about lack of parking as we had two cars. No complaints otherwise

    Reviewed by Mary-ann4.7May 2018

  • "We had a great relaxing holiday."

    Cottage was well equipped, cosy and comfy and very well situated in a quiet area in the village. We particularly like the way the owners have utilised the space. Brewery, bakery and butcher close by and recommended. Been to Staveley several times and just love the area. Thanks again

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Mar 2018

  • "The accommodation was of the high standard we've come to expect with Sykes Cottages."

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Mar 2017

  • "Cleaners turned up and knocked the door at 9:40 - made up feel pressured to leaving."

    Cobwebs on ceiling in each room, had to hoover ourselves.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Mar 2017

  • "Excellent cottage, extremely well equipped and perfect location ."

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2016

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  • Over first and second floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor king-size double, 1 x first floor double
  • Second floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen
  • First floor sitting room with dining area and electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, DAB radio/CD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking directly outside cottage
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There is a slight incline to reach the 10 steps leading to the front door.

The property

A delightful first and second floor apartment in an enviable position on the outskirts of the popular and picturesque village of Staveley in the beautiful Lake District National Park.

Well-furnished throughout, the apartment is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding towns and villages with an abundance of low level walks directly from the door.

There are two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a modern kitchen with a Juliet balcony that looks out over the mill race and beyond to the Kentmere valley and fells.

The cosy sitting area has a high ceiling with exposed beams and an electric fire.

Staveley village boasts a well-stocked shop, a newsagent and Post Office, local butcher, chemist and a pub serving excellent food.

Explore the local town of Kendal with its independent retailers, restaurants and bars as well as a selection of museums and Kendal Arts Centre which offers a cinema and various live performances.

The popular towns of Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick are all easily accessible by car or bus, or you can enjoy a gentle stroll along the River Kent to the Mill Yard, whilst the more energetic can pack a picnic and head for the Kentmere Horseshoe circular walk.

There really is something for everyone to enjoy at this beautiful Lake District holiday home.

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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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