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 .
We met only once on arrival but Rachel was friendly and gave good advice on where to eat and places of interest. The place is clean and he quiet. Located near a park and a river. The main bus station is 10 min walk along the beautiful Kendal river. Nice kitchen and a good place to relax and have a chat.
The flat is lovely, really close to town and very clean and tastefully decorated. We had no complaints at all about the flat. Our room was good, it was the smallest of the three rooms but it was really lovely. Would recommend this flat hugely! Rachel met us to give us a key and then we were left to our own devices entirely. Easy and just what we wanted!
We had a great time in Kendal staying at Rachel's apartment. Travel was easy, a leisurely 10 minute walk from Kendal train station, and the apartment was located on a quiet side street in a nice area very close to the castle.
Accommodation was clean and welcoming and had a well-stocked kitchen. We found plenty to do in Kendal and had an excellent meal at Jintana Thai restaurant and a great breakfast at Truly Scrumptious, both highly recommended. We also made use of the cinema at the Brewery Arts Centre and took a very easy day trip to Windermere on the train (roughly 15 minutes), which was a nice 1.5 mile stroll from the lake itself. We also had an incredible meal at Hooked Seafood Restraurant in Windermere - if you're a foodie you should definitely check it out.
Overall we would definitely recommend the apartment for a relaxing break, although couples should be aware that there is not much privacy as the communal areas are quite small. All the rooms were booked out when we stayed and as ours was next door to the bathroom we were woken up in the middle of the night and quite early with the noise from the loo and shower - the walls are quite thin.
The only downsides for us were that the TV in our room was broken (not the end of the world as we were trying to get away from technology anyway) and it was incredibly hot in the night, we had to turn the radiator off!
Thanks Rachel and friends for a great stay,
Jamie and Beth
Hi Jamie, thanks for your feedback I'm glad you had such a good time. Thanks also for suggestions of good restaurants and Truly Scrumptious it's great you enjoyed them all, I'll add them to my details. I'm sorry I was unaware TV was not working I went down to have a look and don't know why. I couldn't fix it so have bought another which will benefit the next person using the room. Also it's a shame you were disturbed by noise. I only have a couple of rules I ask people to observe and one is that they are considerate towards others when sharing.
Although we did not meet Rachel, Charlotte communicated with us and met us at the flat.
It is an excellent location, close to the centre of town with facilities as described. We had a comfortable stay at Rachel's place.
Very good position. The room was ok. We didn't get to meet Rachel, but she provided us all the info we needed.
Made to feel really welcome at Rachel's. Everything clean and lovely. Good base to explore Windermere. We had a great break thanks.
Rachel was a great host. The communication was excellent. The flat is located few minutes walking from the town centre. I recommend the flat to everyone.
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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.