Swallow Barn sleeps up to nine guests in four bedrooms and is situated in the peaceful, secluded hamlet of Guardhouse, in the very heart of the Lake District National Park. Sitting just five miles from Keswick, this delightful Cumbrian stone ‘banked’ barn has recently been converted and tastefully decorated to the highest of standards. The spacious living room on the upper floor occupies what would have been the crop store and threshing area and offers fantastic views from the French windows and balcony over the beautiful Lakeland scenery with the River Glenderamackin and Blencathra mountain adding to the beauty. Outside is a large west facing garden, which blends in with the rural landscape of fields and river beyond and picnic tables where you can sit out and enjoy the view.
The immediate locality of the barn provides some of the most stunning views in the Lake District and the countryside is excellent for local walks or cycling - a treasure to explore for children and adults alike. There is a pretty stream which can be navigated as well as walks along the river Glenderamackin to Keswick Golf club and along the old railway track to Keswick itself. There is also direct access at the top of the lane onto ‘Clough Head’ which is at the end of the Helvellyn range ridge and Blencathra is under a mile away so access to some of the most popular mountains for walkers couldn’t be easier!
The local nature is a delight to observe with red squirrels that inhabit the hamlet along with plenty of wild birds, birds of prey and even freshwater otters have been spotted alongside the river. The nearest pub is just under a mile away at Scales and there are two pubs in Threlkeld Village (just over a mile) - all three serving food. Keswick Golf Club also serves meals and refreshments to non-members and is a short stroll along the riverside.
Swallow Barn is within the north Lakeland National Park which offers a wealth of activities and places of interest, catering for holiday makers with differing tastes, all ‘on the doorstep’. Outdoor activities available locally include mountain walking, mountain biking, horse riding, ghyll scrambling, high wire (Go Ape at Whinlatter) via ferrata, rock climbing (Keswick climbing wall is three miles away at Castelrigg) and water sports on Derwentwater (lake sailing, steamer trips, row boats, canoe hire etc). For stocking up on provisions, Keswick town has all you would need with supermarkets, a local street market each Thursday and Saturday, shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. It also has a local history museum, the Alhambra cinema, the ‘Theatre by the Lake’, boating marinas along the lakeside, a leisure centre and a good tourist information centre.
In the wider locality places to visit include ‘Trotters World of Animals’; Whinlatter forest centre; Castelrigg Stone Circle; Newlands outdoor activity centre and the Osprey viewing platform at Bassenthwaite. A little further afield is Cockermouth, a pretty market town with a plethora of art galleries, close to the coast at Maryport where there is both ‘The Lake District Coast Aquarium’ and a Roman fort and museum on the edge of Hadrian’s Wall; along with a number of sandy beaches along the coast. South of Keswick are Grasmere, Ambleside, Ullswater which are all short drives away with Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Museum, Ruskin’s house ‘Brantwood’, Beatrix Potter’s house ‘Hill Top’ and a number of other stately homes and gardens available for cultural visits. For those seeking the bright lights of the city, Carlisle is a forty five minute drive and Penrith is only twenty minutes away.
Tessa & Colin Ely joined Independent Cottages in January 2014
Outside: There is a balcony with steps taking you down to the garden where you will find a covered wood store, picnic tables, sheltered area under the balcony where bicycles can be stored, driveway with parking area and patio (charcoal BBQ provided in the summer).
Additional information: Price includes linen, hand towels and floor mats in each bathroom/en-suite, tea towels, heating and electricity. Individual bath towels are not provided so please bring your own. The house is heated via air source pump/electricity. There is underfloor heating upstairs and radiators downstairs.
Shortbreaks: 3 nights Fri-Sun; 4 nights Mon-Thur (non peak) 75% of full week. Christmas/New Year dates/costs vary; enquire with owner.