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.
Rachel's apartment is absolutely charming: cosy room, welcoming kitchen, and big bathroom.
The concept of sharing the entire apartment with other guests is perfect: we met wonderful people, learnt many things about Scotland, Zimbabwe, Taïwan and, most of all : upholstery!
Thanks again Rachel for letting us stay at your's!
Hi Francois, thank you for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and the rest of your holiday. It's nice to know that the students on our traditional upholstery course have been spreading the word... Thanks for being such a great guest, I hope we may meet again if you're ever in this area.
Great location, close to the town centre with the convenience of a shared kitchen and a private bedroom. Rachel was warm, welcoming and helpful. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and I was able to park freely in the adjacent street.
Really good location a few minutes from the city center.
The room was really nice and the bed was incredibly comfortable. Lovely big bath and powerful shower (although getting the shower to work was a bit like a 3d puzzle!)
It was great to be able to prepare our own food in the kitchen, though the cleaners are perhaps a little over zealous and have cleaned off all the oven settings making it a bit hard to use.
Rachel was nice and lent us her os map of the area, very helpful!
Overall a brilliant place to stay!
Thanks for your feedback Julia it's useful to know, you were my fourth airbnb guest since I started in August so I'm still learning. I have written some instructions on how to use the shower and oven to help future guests.
I'm really glad you enjoyed staying in the apartment and the location.