Sycamore House sleeps up to eight guests in four bedrooms and is a listed Westmorland longhouse located at Midtown Farm, which provides the perfect place for a relaxing holiday for friends or family. It is located next to three other holiday homes which can be rented together to accommodate large parties of up to thirty guests, although each property is quite separate with its own space and ideal for smaller groups. Ideally located, nestling in picturesque countryside, Midtown Farm is only a short drive from the M6 (and also the A1 via the A66) and provides an ideal central base for friends, families and groups to meet up and enjoy some time away together.
The house is very spacious with plenty of character and the majority of the house has recently been renovated, including the large farmhouse kitchen with log burning stove at one end and range cooker at the other - there is room for twenty guests to sit and dine together.
Sycamore House sits in the picturesque tranquil village of Dufton at the bottom of the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cumbria. Dufton is a pretty conservation area with a pub and traditional village green. It is ideal for those who want to explore this beautiful area by bike or foot with good walks (both easy and challenging) and cycle routes taking you into the Pennines from the front door. Sycamore House welcomes dogs (by prior arrangement).
Just a short drive from the Lake District, Yorkshire, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders, this is a perfect base from which to explore the northwest of England. Alternatively simply relax in this peaceful setting or take a short stroll to the village pub which serves good food and beer.
There are plenty of things to do and attractions within an hour's drive including: paint balling; pony trekking; "Via Ferratta" - an exciting new way to get up a mountain; "Go Ape" - an aerial playground with zip wires; quad biking; bread making courses at an organic village bakery; animal parks; steam trains; an ice cream farm; canoeing and sailing.
Appleby-in-Westmorland is the nearest market town, where you can find and excellent butchers and bakers. Appleby also has a golf course and swimming pool. Penrith is the nearest larger town which is just twelve miles away offering a wide range of amenities including supermarkets, plenty of other shops and a cinema.
Sue & Liam O’Halloran joined Independent Cottages in January 2009
Outside: Guests have the use of an undercover BBQ area with gas BBQ and plenty of seating and tables.
Group bookings: Sycamore House can be rented with the other properties for larger group bookings of up to thirty guests, although each property is quite separate with its own space. Formal dining for twenty is available in Sycamore House and outside catering can be provided - buffets can also be arranged, catering for over thirty guests. Midtown Barn sleeps four guests, Midtown Farmhouse sleeps eight and The Dairy sleeps ten.
Additional information: Short breaks are available any time outside peak periods and possibly during peak periods - please enquire with the owner. Discounts may be offered for bookings longer than one week, short notice bookings (within two weeks of the intended stay) or for couples - these discounts are only available by contacting the owner directly by phone or email. Freeview available. Towels and bed linen provided and fuel and power included in the price. Pets welcome by prior arrangement. No smoking.
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Check out our dome, a unique and magical place for special celebrations. Or relax by the fire in the evening after visiting the ice cream farm or doing one of the many varied walks from the doorstep.