About this listing
Large private suite on top floor of Georgian Grade II listed house in Kendal town centre quietly tucked away at the head of an historic cobbled yard. 1 double bedroom plus huge living room (with kitchenette and double sofa bed) and modern bathroom. Use of pretty walled garden. Free parking.
Although the suite is part of our house, it is private and self contained with its own access so you can come and go as you please.
The suite can comfortably accommodate 4 people with 1 double bedroom, large private living room (28ft x 21ft - 8.5m x 6.5m) with basic kitchenette and double sofa bed and a modern private bathroom.
All rooms have double height ceilings with exposed beams, great views across Kendal's rooftops to the hills beyond and plenty of character.
The living room has 2 large lounging sofas (one of which opens to a comfortable double bed) a 48" Smart HD TV and DVD player and kitchenette with fridge, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine and Aeroccino milk frother, toaster, crockery and cutlery. The bedroom has a double bed, flat screen TV and digital radio. The bathroom has a large free-standing bath with hand held shower, twin sinks, underfloor heating and glass towel warmer.
Towels, bed linen, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, universal travel adaptor and hot water bottles are provided. Wi-fi throughout.
You'll find a large selection of DVDs under the coffee table and an array of local interest books, leaflets and maps which you are welcome to use during your stay.
Help-yourself-breakfast is provided for each day of your stay at no extra cost (bread, butter and preserves, fresh fruit, cereal, milk, local yoghurts, fruit juices, black and herbal teas and a selection of Nespresso coffees). There are ice cubes in the freezer compartment of the fridge.
Please note: there are no cooking or washing up facilities in the suite. Crockery and cutlery is provided for breakfast and/or takeaway food and we do the washing up for you!
Please take a look at our guidebook for details of local restaurants and eateries we recommend.
You are welcome to share our pretty walled garden with decked seating area, table and chairs under a big umbrella for when it's raining, patio heater and fire pit/barbecue.
Interaction with Guests
I run my graphic design business, Dada Design, from home so I'm around if you need anything. When my work load allows, I love to spend time with guests and get to know them better, but I'm also sensitive if guests prefer their privacy. We've found texting is the perfect way to communicate with guests during their stay so a verified mobile number is very useful.
There is a superb supermarket 2 minutes walk away that stocks a wide variety of local and specialist produce and has an excellent cheese counter, deli section and off licence. Kendal's bustling high street is one minute's walk away where you'll find plenty of shops, a library, the post office and several banks. There's a Costa on the main high street and Caffe Nero is in the marketplace. It's worth exploring Kendal's historic yards where you'll find many of our more individual retailers and businesses.
The market town of Kendal lies just outside the spectacular Lake District National Park, has plenty of pubs, cafés, takeaways and restaurants, 2 museums, a leisure centre with swimming pool, golf course, the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Brewery Arts Centre with a theatre, cinemas, art galleries, bars and a regular live music programme (visit the breweryarts website). There are plenty of places to explore with lovely parks (Kendal Castle, Serpentine Woods and Noble's Rest) and pleasant walks along the river Kent right on our doorstep. There is a street market every Wednesday and Saturday and a farmer's market once a month.
EATERIES WE RECOMMEND:
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The Castle Dairy Restaurant and Art Gallery offers a unique dining experience in Kendal's oldest inhabited building. Staffed by Kendal College apprentices and watched over by chef Robert Stacey, the restaurant provides exceptional food, surrounded by local art work, in a truly unusual setting.
Currently closed due to the floods in December 2015. Keep checking their website as they do plan to reopen.
Food Shop & Canteen
Daytime eatery with a no booking policy and a no frills no fuss approach!
THE NEW MOON
Best of British using local produce.
3 courses from £17.95.
BREWERY ARTS CENTRE
Superb pizzas and Brewery Tapas menu every evening. The informal family friendly surroundings make this one of Kendal's most popular places to meet. During the day the Warehouse Café is the Brewery's unique arts café bar and cinema.
BARS & BREWHOUSES WE RECOMMEND:
A minute's walk away in Yard 2 off the high street. Run by our mate Shaun.
THE FACTORY TAP
The tap house of Bowness Bay Brewing. Genuine hospitality and very, very real beer plus a selection of quality wines, care of the legendary Frank Stainton.
THE BREWERY ARTS CENTRE
Cask ales from around the UK and a selection of interesting bottled beers along with a variety of wines, spirits and soft drinks.
EVENT/FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2016:
FREERANGE COMEDY FESTIVAL
Monday 16 - Sunday 22 May
Brewery Arts Centre
5 minutes' walk from our place. (URL HIDDEN)
Monday 30 May & Wednesday 1 June
HOLKER GARDEN FESTIVAL
Friday 3 - Sunday 5 June
24th Holker Garden Festival presenting the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts. Magnificent show gardens, glorious horticulture, artisan produce and fine craftsmanship.
GREAT NORTH SWIM
Friday 10 - Sunday 12 June
Lake Windermere. Over three days, participants of all abilities take the plunge in stunning Windermere over a range of distances. The event also features thrilling elite races with some of the world's best swimmers. Get your family and friends along to make a weekend of it in the picturesque surroundings of the Lake District National Park.
The Lake District has a lot to offer any time of year - beautiful walks, adventure activities, water sports, grand houses and historic sites.
Kendal is on the West Coast mainline (Oxenholme, the Lake District: London Euston 2.5hrs), easily accessed from the M6 motorway (J.36) and has regular trains and buses to Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick with links to many more pretty Lakeland towns and villages.
Other Things to Note
We are close to the border with Scotland - Edinburgh and Glasgow are approx 2 hours away by train or car.
Make yourselves at home.
Please leave the suite clean and tidy.
We live on the floor below so no loud parties please!
With consideration for our non-smoking guests we don't allow smoking in the suite so please smoke outside.
Please respect our neighbours by keeping noise to a minimum if you are returning to the suite late at night.
We recycle as much as we can so please put any cardboard, paper, glass bottles/jars, cans, plastic and plastic bags in the separate bin provided. Don't worry about rinsing anything, we'll do all that.
I've been a freelance graphic designer for the past 30 years and began my career in the music industry freelancing for Virgin, EMI and Rough Trade Records, designing record sleeves for bands including The Smiths and Everything but the Girl.
Originally from London, I've been living in the Lake District for 20 years now and run my business, Dada Design, from home in Kendal working for a number of clients large and small in and around Cumbria. I live with my husband, Merv, who is a gardener.
We are very flattered by the wonderful reviews we've been getting from our airbnb guests and really enjoy opening our house to people from around the world.
LOVES: Great design, architecture, gardens. PLACES: Barcelona, Ragusa, Rome.