5 (all year)
Potters Barn is in the Cumbrian village of Gosforth. Being neatly tucked away between the Irish Sea and Scafell Pike means that visitors have the opportunity to scale the highest peak in England and paddle in the sea all on the same day. The charming converted stone barn sleeps up to six people in three lovely bedrooms, with a practical layout that works well for families or friends. The village has a good range of amenities with a choice of pubs, good bakery and village shop within an easy walk from the door.
The Lake District National Park is exquisite. The landscape is breathtakingly dramatic, the towns and villages absolutely charming, and the opportunities for relaxation and adventure are endless. As wonderful as they are, Windermere and Kendal can feel busy for much of the year, which is great if you love being around people but not ideal if you yearn for space and solitude. Gosforth is something of a secret. It's on the western edge of the national park, six miles from Wast Water and nine miles from the foot of Scafell Pike. That might be enough for some people, but when you stay at Potters Barn, you have the benefit of being only three miles from the coast and beautiful Seascale beach.
This part of the world is a paradise for anyone, but particularly for those who love spending time outdoors and being active. Walking and cycling are two favourite ways to experience the scenery without distraction. Local trails include those around Blengdale Forest and Wasdale, and there's a cycle path leading directly from the village to the coast. The mountains and valleys around here have seen a lot from Bronze Age settlements to Roman outposts and Viking invasion.
Local attractions include Muncaster Castle, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway and Whitehaven Harbour, but it is the landscape that is the star of the show. Whether you walk, hire a bike or book a guided pony trek, spending time exploring places like Crinkle Crags, Cold Fell and Hardknott Pass will leave you yearning for more.
Richard & Barbara Wright joined Independent Cottages in October 2020
Potters Barn is a first floor flat that sits above the pottery, accessed via outside stone steps. The flat is split over two levels, with an upside-down layout that makes the most of the natural light and views. It dates from the 1700s and has been extended and upgraded over the intervening centuries with the current owners recently refurbishing it from top to bottom.
Outside: Guests have a sheltered sunken patio garden with seating, open to the afternoon sun and ideal for barbecues. Bikes can be left in the patio area (please discuss with the owner). There is off-street parking for two cars.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and one good sized towel per guest provided (more towels can be supplied by arrangement). Short breaks are possible depending on availability. A well behaved dog is welcome with prior agreement from the owner. Smoking is not permitted.