14 (all year)
Goodies is a gorgeous five star luxury farmhouse, sleeping up to six guests, overlooking the Howgill Fells in Cumbria. The property is equal distance from Kendal, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale and is surrounded by spectacular countryside.
One of the greatest pleasures of staying at Goodies is being able to set off by foot from the front door and explore the area. There are wonderful walks to enjoy, with something to suit all energy levels, from a gentle stroll along the river to a more challenging hike up into the high fells.
The surrounding mountain scenery is beautiful, with meadows, woods, fells and a rushing river. Wild flowers flourish and the area is rich in wildlife with deer, otters, peregrines, badgers and many rare birds.
The attractive market town of Sedbergh, in the Yorkshire Dales is nearby and is full of character with its historic houses and quaint narrow streets. Recently becoming one of England's ʻbook towns', Sedbergh offers interesting places to browse including several antique shops. The pretty Cumbrian village of Dent is also nearby, with cobbled streets, traditional pubs and interesting art galleries. A visit to Kirkby Lonsdale is a must! Touristy but unspoilt, this beautiful, little market town has excellent places to eat, fascinating shops, an ancient church and lovely river-side walks.
For those who want to use Goodies Farmhouse as a base from which to explore the area and its varied attractions, you will not be disappointed. The many activities of the Lake District are within easy reach including: visiting Wordsworth’s Grasmere or Beatrice Potter’s House near Hawkshead; lake sailing on Ullswater; family adventures in Grisedale Forest, or climbing up Cat Bells by beautiful Derwentwater, to name just a few!
If you are looking for an idyllic, peaceful retreat with glorious views, away from the bustling crowds, then Goodies Farmhouse, with its wonderful tranquillity, is sure to delight.
Alexandra Stephenson joined Independent Cottages in November 2011
Goodies Farmhouse is simply gorgeous and full of character and warmth. It is a delightful 17th century farmhouse that sits in an enviable position in a beautiful wooded valley with views over the Howgill Fells.
Recently restored to a luxurious and very high standard, and achieving a 5 star grading from Visit Britain, Goodies has a magical atmosphere and, sitting in almost an acre of garden and private woodland, is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace and tranquillity. The most discerning of guests will be impressed with the beautiful interior, high quality fixtures and fittings and attention to detail, all ensuring modern conveniences are perfectly combined with the relaxed and cosy atmosphere of this character farmhouse.
Additional information: Central heating, electricity, gas, coal, logs and kindling are all provided, along with luxurious bed linen and towels. There are no extra charges. No smoking in the farmhouse. A pretty cottage, which sleeps two, is adjacent to Goodies Farmhouse, each property having its own private garden (which is not overlooked by the other) and with no shared parking, access or garden areas. See below: Bluebell Cottage for more details.
Star Rating: 5 Star
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Due to a last minute cancellation of a two-week booking, Goodies Farmhouse is available from the 17th July for 2 weeks at £3945.