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The Hayloft


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Broughton Mills, near Coniston, Cumbria
Grade 3 Star rating
Pets 2
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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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  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2018
    We have just come home after spending a week at the Hayloft and we had a wonderful time. I honestly don’t recognise the cottage from some of the comments already posted. Janine and Martin were wonderful hosts, there if we needed them but in the background otherwise; they even gave us a welcome bottle of wine!!! We knew about the steep steps etc before we went and also realised that a 17th century farm building could be somewhat different but it all added to the overall charm of the Hayloft. We also had 2 dogs with us and they were made most welcome too. They were on the lead because there were sheep and cattle in the fields-I wouldn’t have expected anything other than this. The local people were very friendly and the local pub served up excellent food, as did others in the area. All I can say is that we would go back-the Hayloft was a real find and we really enjoyed our stay there enormously.

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2018
    the location was as expected, lovely views. Access was very tricky with our low wheelbase estate car, parking was a nightmare. Rooms were basic and gloomy, and not very warm, and when the stairs are described as steep, they are not kidding! Waking up to find that mice had eaten our chocolates one night was the worst point.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Glad you enjoyed the Hayloft’s wonderful views and surroundings. Farmhouses built in early 1600 tend to have small windows and we find that the many spotlights and table lamps will brighten even the gloomiest corner. With the low price charged for electricity and heating being under your own control, I’m sorry that you did not manage to keep warm. Although a solution for parking your car was found, living out in the country will at odd times attract an unwelcome visitor. You’ll be glad to know this little field mouse was apprehended, safely relocated outside and we hope you felt adequately compensated for the loss of your chocolate.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    The cottage is as described on the web site. Spacious and comfortable living and dining areas, rustic beams and yes its an old hayloft. Friendly hosts who provided a welcome bottle of wine. Good views down towards Barrow-in-Furness and plenty of birds at the feeding station outside the window. The only negative would be getting into/out of the parking area which could be easier. We would certainly stay there again its a great place for couples.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/02/2018
    Excellent, Jan and Martin are great hosts and couldnt have been more helpful. The accommodation is fab, being part of a centuries old long house with loads of beams and old features. Lovely views from the lounge area window down the valley and good fun watching the birds on the feeders on the one wet day we had. As was flagged up in the description, be aware of the steep steps in the property, but for us it all added to the uniqueness of the Hayloft. Handy for the Blacksmiths Arms down in the village which serves fab food.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2017
    We loved our stay, the cottage was the perfect base for our exploring. The view was beautiful and our neighbours (owners) were very friendly and helpful. The only down side was the slightly uncomfortable bed. If you like a hard bed then you won't have a problem. A very rustic cottage with lots of character. We would be back.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2017
    The location was beautiful and the cottage very charming indeed with a lovely patio. The owners were very helpful and friendly. Sadly I was unable to stay the full time due to the damp smell from the soft furnishings and dampness of our clothes after a day as I have a disability that was affected badly by it. For walkers and those not fussed on such things it would be great but for me it wasn't so I would say highly recommended to those in good health and walkers but if you have a disability the atmosphere could be an issue and the very high steps uncomfortable although the website warns about it so that was my own fault. It would be helpful to highlight that the electricity is an extra cost.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for highly recommending the charming and beautifully located Hayloft, but I am sorry that due to your disability you decided to slightly shorten your stay. After checking I did not find the furnishings to be damp nor, as you may have read from recent comments in the cottage visitors’ book, did anyone else. Weather conditions during your stay may not have helped your condition. With high humidity and sudden heavy downpours, followed by hot sunshine, the atmosphere tends to get clammy, but is easily alleviated indoors by, as suggested on your arrival, leaving some heating on very low. As you say, the website states the Hayloft has steep stairs and a high step and we therefore contact visitors beforehand suggesting they get in touch with any queries they may have. Also on the website it says ‘electricity by meter reading’. Rather than an average yearly sum to be added to the rental, visitors are in charge of the electricity they use during their stay and are offered a two third discount on any money due.

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