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The Hayloft

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Broughton Mills, nr. Coniston
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps2
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1
Pets 2
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Description

Visit Coniston Lake, Eskdale and Ambleside, from this 17th century farm, with pet sheep, set within the Lake District National Park.

Perfect base for hill walking

This small 17th century hill farm, with pet sheep, lies in a beautiful and tranquil valley within the Lake District National Park. Elevated and surrounded by craggy hills, this simple cosy holiday cottage is a perfect base for hill walking and exploring. It is full of character and charm with magnificent cruck beams and exposed stonework. Coniston Lake 4 miles, Eskdale 10 miles, Ambleside 14 miles. Wonderful views down the valley and to the sea in the distance. The area has much more on offer than excellent walks and scenery, with its rich history and culture there are museums, galleries, heritage centres, garden, 15th century buildings and NT properties to visit, not to mention the variety of shopping and traditional tea rooms available. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep stone stairs to first floor: Steep step from kitchen/dining room to living room. Beams throughout.

Electricity panel heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring.

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Features

  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 18/06/2016
    This is a very beautiful location in the Duddon Valley with the most amazing of scenery. The cottage is very old fashioned and very small downstairs, something to consider if you are taking dogs. Upstairs has a lovely, cosy, warm feel with amazing views. It is very simple and not for those seeking luxury. I do not think however well trained your dogs are that this is a suitable location for them. The advertising is misleading about the courtyard which is not attached to the property, you have to go out the door and up a few short steps to reach it and it is tiny. The location is approx. 5 miles from the nearest shop (Broughton) which is not open Sundays and 7 -8 miles from nearest town (Millom). I would recommend that the owners provide a pint of milk, tea and coffee as a welcome gesture rather than a bottle of wine as some people may have travelled very far and not realise that the nearest shop is so far. If you do your research beforehand and if you are looking for somewhere in the middle of nowhere I am sure this will satisfy all your needs and more yet I suggest you come prepared with supplies and don't forget towels. Overall, there are good links to Coniston, and all other areas of interest but you just have to drive awhile on country roads before you reach them. I would suggest further that this property is not suitable for dogs.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I try hard to make our visitors’ holiday in the Hay Loft as enjoyable as possible and take negative comments very seriously. We do indeed recommend that guests do ‘research beforehand’ as suggested as they will see within the description that we do advertise the property as a “simple cosy holiday cottage”. Also it answers many questions such as its grading, its ‘remote’ rural location and road links with local towns etc. I routinely send out a letter to visitors in advance of their arrival, providing details of how to reach the Hay Loft, suggesting they come prepared for the weekend and that I’m happy to answer any queries they may have. We do not advertise a courtyard but the Hayloft has an adjacent small private patio, the many public footpaths and the stunning countryside surrounding it, continue to be enjoyed by many dog-owning holiday makers as years of repeat bookings testify. Also positive comments in our visitors’ book show that the welcoming gesture of wine and fresh flowers is much appreciated and that the upstairs, open-plan and spacious living area more than makes up for the small bedroom downstairs and we are pleased that the dogs as well as their owners seem to have enjoyed their stay.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 26/03/2016
    We really enjoyed our stay at the Hayloft, and the only negatives we could really point to are that, firstly, the cottage is not ideal for dogs. With nearby sheep and the owners dog often outside, taking our dogs for a toilet break was difficult. We had to put them on a lead and take them round the back to the small fenced off garden area. It wasn't clear from the description that we would need to do this, and in fact it was pictured to appear as though a door would open from the cottage into the garden area. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. The thing that probably took away from our stay the most though was the temperature. It was absolutely freezing no matter the time of the day, and unless you had every radiator and electric heater blasting constantly, you could not maintain a nice temperature. Immersion heater, even if left on for an hour or more, only provides about 5 minutes of hot water for a shower at most. Those points aside, the Hayloft really is a lovely, quaint place to stay. The area and the views from our front windows were stunning and the owners very hospitable. The kitchen was very well equipped and it was very thoughtful of the owners to have left a bottle of wine for us upon arrival. All in all, we would probably stay here again, but without the dogs, and certainly during the summer!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We appreciate your comments on your enjoyable stay at the lovely and quaint Hayloft, its stunning surroundings and our hospitality - reflected in the visitor’s book by most of our guests and their dogs. We’re really sorry you felt your dogs had a rough deal. Although we do not insist on leads and trust owners to have both proper control of their dogs around the property and minimise toilet breaks in the garden areas, the Agency’s booking conditions do state … “you must keep dogs on a lead within the boundaries of a property (including the garden)”. With sheep in all the fields and hills around us, we support the advice from the Lake District National Park and the police that “unless you can rely on your dog’s obedience, it’s probably best to keep it on a lead. It is an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock and it could be shot by the farmer”. The property is also advertised as being on a farm with pet sheep. Not being on a ’mains’ water supply and the minor irritation of low water pressure from our private supply into the hot water tank, is outlined in the cottage information folder, it would explain on this occasion your experience of the hot water running out temporarily after a long shower. Also in the folder, guests are encouraged to be in charge of their own electricity use so the means are there for guests to stay warm and comfortable as they see fit.

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