Our apartment has three comfortable double bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. It is beautifully located in an end of terrace Victorian house at the foot of the Castle Hill in the market town of Kendal. It is in a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by trees and greenery but only 5 minutes walk along the river bank from the town centre and its traditional pubs, bars and restaurants.
This apartment is also listed as an entire let under Spacious Lake District Apartment in case you would like to have it all to yourself.
You can walk up to the castle ruin, perfect for evening sunsets and enjoy panoramic views of the Lake District hills and the town. Or take a stroll along the river to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life. Kendal Museum is also worth a visit.
The apartment is comfortable and tastefully furnished with a mix of antique and modern furniture. It has two bedrooms and one sitting room/bedroom. There are TVs in the bedrooms and a TV/DVD player in the living room. The kitchen is fitted with everything you need to enjoy a home from home stay such as oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. The bathroom has a bath with shower over.
Kendal is known as the gateway to the Lake District but has lots to offer too, from micro breweries to theatre. The Brewery Arts Centre has a music venue, theatre and cinema screens as well as bars and a restaurant - see what's on there by going to breweryarts website. The pubs in town offer an eclectic mix of local ales and regular live music to suit all tastes.
Kendal is easily accessible from the M6 and has a mainline rail station Oxenholme Lake District with direct trains to London Euston 2.5 hours. There is also a local rail link, 5 mins to Staveley (which has a nice pub the Eagle and Child) and about 15 mins to Windermere. There are also regular buses to take you into the heart of the Lakes.
A small town with a big heart, Kendal hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, with something to suit all tastes. Kendal Mintfest, the last weekend in August is an annual Festival of International Street Arts with a kaleidoscope of the very best performance artists from across the world. The quality is fantastic but the majority of acts at Mintfest are free including a full programme of music throughout the weekend in the Brewery garden. Every member of the family should be entertained.
In November Kendal hosts the annual Mountain Festival. Each year it welcomes thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate mountain culture and adventure in film, lectures, art and literature. ‘Kendal’ is the biggest event of its type in the world and it’s the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK. With hundreds of film screenings including high-profile premières plus plenty of speakers and special guests making this Festival a must-do long weekend in the Lake District. For more info visit the mountainfest website.
Throughout the Summer Lakes Alive put on numerous free events all over Cumbria culminating in Mintfest at the end of the Summer. These events are great family occasions involving drama and spectacle. You can find out about the programme of events from Lakesalive website.
Mintfest is an annual international festival of street arts which draws talented performers from all over the world as well as visitors to watch them. It's a fantastic free event with something for everyone to enjoy. See the Mintfest website to find out about events for 2014.
October 18-20 2013 will see the first International Festival of Comic Arts coming to Kendal. Some of the best known Graphic Novel artists will be giving talks, workshops and demonstrations about their art form. There will be exhibitions, book/comic signing, question and answer sessions as well as films during the weekend. It's hoped that this too will become an annual event see the comicartfestival website for details.
There are also various food and beer festivals which you can find out about on the cumbriacamra website.
We want you to enjoy your stay here and ask that you have consideration for others sharing the apartment and for next door neighbours. For everyone's comfort, please wash up after yourself and keep the shared areas clean and tidy. Please respect the flat and its contents. When you leave please make sure the flat is tidy with dishes washed and put away - we have cleaners who will come in to clean and launder after check out .
Bed linen is provided.
Pleasant two night stay. Delightful town. Spacious room in well equipped basement apartment.
Rachel went out of her way to meet us on our arrival and explain the house,
She also told us how to get into the Village and gave us some local tips.
The accommodation had all the facilities that we needed and was comfortable. Excellent location for exploring the Lakes District.
We booked Rachel's flat for artists travelling to the UK to perform at Mintfest in August 2014. One couple stayed for two weeks and then on the last weekend were joined by some more artists ready for the festival. This was our first year we've used Air BnB for the festival and it was brilliant, worked really well. Our guests loved their stay, the location is fantastic and the flexibility to be in their own space rather than a hotel or guest house really helped whilst they were working in the run up to the festival. A lovely place, a fantastic location and so just a huge thanks to Rachel and team for being so helpful, flexible and welcoming, it was really very much appreciated.
Rachel è stata un'ospite perfetta, gentilissima e disponibie a fornire ogni informazione. L'appartamento è esattamente come nelle foto, molto carino, accogliente, pulitissimo e arredato con grande gusto. Inoltre si trova a due passi dal centro della città e allo stesso tempo in una zona molto verde, all'ingresso di un parco e molto silenziosa.
La cucina è molto ben accessoriata e non manca nulla.
Il rapporto qualità/prezzo è ottimo. Lo consiglio vivamente a chi desiderasse soggiornare a Kendal.
The house is tidy and clean, Rachel has been very nice and helpful. If you wish to walk and discover the beauty of Lake District, it is very easy to commute from Kendal as you have plenty of buses which link to Windermere/Ambleside/Grasmere. I recommend you to get the bus pass to make the most of it.
We had a great stay at Rachel's house.
A very nice and cosy place with everything that you need.
It is in a good location, very close to the castle and only a short walk to the main street and shops.
Rachel was a great help when we had any questions, she went out of her way to get an answer for us.
Would stay here again.
Thanks for your lovely review I'm so glad you were cosy despite some wild weather and that you enjoyed the location. If ever you come back I'll try to find out about a picturesque jetty for Brett to photograph. Best wishes and thanks again for being such lovely guests.
We didn't manage to meet Rachel, but had a brilliant flat mate! The apartment is in a great spot for the town and the castle. It's warm and comfortable and has everything needed. The kitchen is well equipped and there are armchairs in the foyer which are very appealing. We especially loved the Guy Fawkes fireworks at the castle.
Thanks Linden I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in the apartment and the fireworks as you stayed an extra night especially to see them, it really is a great location for them up at the castle and we're lucky to be so near. So sorry I didn't get to meet you, we had to visit Stuart's mum who hasn't been well. I hope my son looked after you during check in and that you found all my notes helpful. I'll pass on your compliments to Iain he too said how lovely it was to meet you all.
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I work with my partner Stuart, we run an upholstery business together in Kendal, Cumbria and host for Airbnb too. We have two teenage children still living at home with us though not for much longer now. We love to travel, see new places and meet new people.