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Birkerthwaite Barn

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A spacious converted farm building featuring galleried landing and four poster bed. Lovely rural retreat for two with views of tranquil moorland.

Four poster bedSurrounded by dramatic scenery

Featuring beams taken from shipwrecks on the Cumbrian Coast, this small group of holiday cottages at Birkerthwaite, a former 17th century Lakeland farmstead, lie at the end of an unmade track and are surrounded by tranquil moorland scenery and farmland. This is fantastic walking countryside and the elevated position gives views of Scafell and the Eskdale Valley, creating a unique atmosphere of tranquillity. Birkerthwaite Farmhouse (W43001) is a unique holiday property dating back to 1627 and has many original features, beamed ceilings, flagged floors and unusual oak wall cupboards built in the 1700’s. Comfortably furnished and with the benefit of an open fire and an Aga, the farmhouse is cosy and welcoming. Birkerthwaite Stable (W41477) is a single-storey converted stable with rustic charm heated by a log-burning stove. Birkerthwaite Barn (W41478) has a spacious kitchen/dining room, a galleried landing and a four poster bed. Birkerthwaite Cottage (W41479) has an upstairs open plan living area with wooden floors which opens onto a balcony overlooking gardens. Nearby attractions include Muncaster Castle and Hardknott Roman Fort, whilst the Langdale Pikes and Ambleside on the northern shores of Lake Windermere can be reached via a stunning drive over the Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes. A short drive away is Wast Water; to the west are sandy beaches. Alternatively take the steam train from Ravenglass. Shop 3 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Beams throughout.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (timed use October-May). Electric heaters (in summer). Electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2016
    A cosy cottage, in need of some TLC, situated in beautiful, remote area. The cottage is large with open fire and central heating (on timer controlled by owner). The kitchen is not particularly well equipped for self catering. Fridge with ice box, no freezer. Shop at Tesco in Millom as there is only one, reasonable well stocked but expensive, shop in Eskdale. No mobile signal or wifi. No mains water. The cottage utilises water running of the peaty fells. This renders the water brown and has a peaty taste to it. We bought bottled water from Eskdale. Limited walks in the area so we had to use the car. Candles and lighter supplied for power cuts.

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    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your feedback regarding Birkerthwaite Barn. We are very disappointed that your expectations of the property were not met. The Cottage has a well equipped kitchen and receives constant TLC. We are high in the mountains and guests return to this Cottage year after year because of the many walks that you can do directly from the door and most people love it for the remoteness. The property description clearly states that we do not have mains water or WiFi. There is someone on hand to deal with problems with the water if they are notified. We only hope that future guests read carefully before choosing to book because we do not want to disappoint as we obviously did on this occasion

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/09/2016
    This was a lovely relaxing holiday, it is remote, but that is the beauty of it don't go there if your expecting tesco just down the road. The cottage is spacious inside, lovely exposed beams add to the character. The heating made it cosy, the open fire added to the ambience. It had everything you would need after a long day walking/climbing in the beautiful countryside, there are lovely walks to be had from the property, as well as the obvious beauty of the surrounding lakes. Great relaxing holiday was had by all, including the dog....

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2016
    A perfect get away from it all spot, gorgeous country walks starting from the front door And loads of space inside to just relax and do nothing

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2016
    Excellent location and really good size cottage-much more spacious than expected.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2016
    Lovely characterful barn. Cosy fireplace, spacious barn. Remote and quiet. Well equipped. Nice outdoor area. Make sure you bring good walking boots/ Wellies as can be muddy/ boggy ground by gates and in some of surrounding area. Also agree car that can handle the rough track needed.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2016
    A wonderful winter break away at Birkerthwaite Barn. On arrival my partner and I were surprised by the size of the property- it was much larger than we thought from the pictures. We saw reviews about the barn and in particular, the track/potholes leading to the farm, and were a little worried about how our car would cope (we have a Peugeot 307). However, we took it very slowly down the track (allowed an extra 10-15 mins on top of any journey time) and with a bit of careful navigation, the car was fine- as were we! Definitely make sure you stock up on supplies, as although the nearest small shop is about 20-25 mins away, in bad weather, the track and the road over the fell could be difficult to navigate. The Barn is perfect for anyone who wishes to get away from it all and do lots of walking- there's so many places to walk, even as you just step outside the front door! We went to Boot a few times to complete some Geo-caching, checked out the Stanley Ghyll Falls, as well as going on the steam railway - which was lovely! We did another beautiful walk to Devoke Water on New Years Day- unfortunately as there had been lots of rain, the water levels were quite high so we couldn't walk around it, but it was stunning nonetheless. A lovely way to start the New Year- we can't wait to return in the summer!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2015
    Loved it so much didn't want to leave definitely making another visit

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8.7 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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