About this listing
Two minutes by car from Kendal and 10-15 minutes by car to Windermere. Situated on the edge of the Lyth Valley near Underbarrow village, with doorstep access to Cunswick Fell and Scout Scar. Plenty of off road parking.
Sunny garden. Lovely views. Bike storage area. Dogs welcome. Cosy logburners.
A quiet location where you will be woken by birdsong, our house is a haven of tranquility yet only a 2 minute drive from the bustle of Kendal town.
The fells (hills) and roads are quiet in the Lythe Valley yet the area is very beautiful. Our house is light and tranquil and we have a wildlife pond, large garden with private seating areas. You are welcome to feed our hens and collect the eggs. There are friendly ponies in the fields next to the house.
Badgers, foxes and rabbits can be spotted beyond our gate along Gamblesmire Lane, a footpath leading to Cunswick Fell above the house. In 15 minutes on foot you can see a wide panorama of Lakeland Fells around you.
... I also have a beauty and massage business at home so can provide a spa experience as well, to ease your walker's legs or just to de-stress and revive. An hour's session tailored to your needs costs £40. This can incorporate aromatherapy, Swedish, Indian Head and Sports Massage techniques.
Please note: we have cats and occasionally a resident, friendly and gentle dog.
Use of the spacious lounge, use of the kitchen to make snacks/drinks, use of the garden which has several private seating areas. Please note: guests are not allowed to cook elaborate meals but are welcome to bring take-aways or heat ready made meals in the Aga/ microwave.
I sometimes provide a hot evening meal for a small donation. Prior notice is generally needed.
Breakfast is a relaxed, homely affair and is set out in the kitchen so that guests can rise when they choose and help themselves.
I provide a breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, fruit, artesan bread and preserves and a selection of teas. We can also serve espresso or filter coffee.
When the hens are laying, guests can enjoy organic, freshly laid eggs for breakfast.
Interaction with Guests
I am often home but may be in another part of the house. I love meeting people and I'm happy to chat and answer questions about the area. I provide maps, books, walking guides and visitor guides for the numerous activities and sight seeing opportunities in the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales National parks. I am willing to provide an itinerary for guests so that they may make best use of their time and see what interests them personally.
The house is in an elevated position with Fell access at the back and a patchwork of small fields bordered by drystone walls at the front with lovely views of the National Park. Nearby, Kendal town offers many cultural amenities such as theatre, cinema, street festivals, Kendal Mountain Festival, country fairs and plenty of restaurants and bars. Kendal, Ambleside, Ulverston, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale all have interesting small shops.
There are scenic, quaint villages to explore, such as Hawkshead, Grasmere and Cartmel.
Kendal has a vibrant Arts Centre where guests can enjoy live music, theatre, dance and comedy. There is also a cinema which has mainstream and Arts films, a bustling bar, cafe and restaurant.
Kendal also has the largest Climbing Wall in Britain and the area is a Mecca for mountain biking.
We are not on a bus route so it is essential that guests have a car. The public transport in The Lake District is slow and a car is necessary to get to and from Kendal and necessary if you want to visit the quieter, more remote and less touristy areas.
There is a small train line from Kendal station to Windermere. The Mountain Goat bus company based in Windermere is also a good service.
Mountain Bikes can be hired in Stavely and Windermere.
The Punch Bowl Inn at Underbarrow provides a free taxi service back to our house for guests who pre book a meal. I can taxi you there ( 5 minutes).
Other Things to Note
We have two friendly cats and a rescue kitten who live in the house. Sometimes we may be looking after a friendly dog.
We also have a few friendly and inquisitive hens that free range around the drive and garden. Fresh eggs for breakfast!
We are sure that our guests will respect our home by ensuring that they behave considerately.
Our guests are aware that they are sharing a family home in a unique setting and enjoying an authentic experience, seeing what life is like for country folk in the Beautiful Lake District. We are not a hotel and whilst we ensure our guests are comfortable, we expect them to bear in mind that this is a home that we share with our guests.
If you bring your dog, please note that we don't allow wet dogs in the house. They can be dried off and made warm and comfy in the laundry before coming into the main house. There are dog towels available, a hose pipe for boots/dog washing and a butler's sink.
We have a septic tank, so please ensure that only toilet paper goes in the toilet, no sanitary products, please!