About This Listing
Two minutes by car from Kendal and 10-15 minutes by car to Windermere. Situated on the edge of the Lythe Valley near Underbarrow village, with doorstep access to Cunswick Fell and Scout Scar.
Susan can offer guided walks and plan your itinerary! She has extensive knowledge of the area.
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, Maud and Henrietta 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.
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.
I provide a breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, fruit, artesan bread/ croissants, preserves and a selection of teas. Also coffee and fruit juice.
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 expensive 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.
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.
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.
Susan is a fine host. The experience was clean, quiet and hospitable from every angle. Would recommend to anyone wanting to spend a few nights in the English countryside. Bed and bathroom are clean and comfortable.
Our home in Lake District! Susan gave us a very warm welcome, she personally designed the travel routes for us, and wrote down in notes! We enjoyed every single moment in here, the reading next to the wood fire, the play with the kitten, the rabbit and the dog, my boy enjoyed feeding the hens and picking up eggs, the delicious breakfast with free range eggs, all the laughter, the little concert in sitting room and the generous compliment! There's a also must to mention the Porsche oven ---Aga, it is amazingly multifunctional! At the end we really didn't want to leave , so we extended our stay for one more night! Thank you Susan and your family, everything is so perfectly organized, you made us felt like at home! I wish you and your family continue doing well!
Susan made me feel extremely welcome in her wonderfully
comfortable family home which had expansive views across
the Fells. She is a great host with plenty of advice and tips on
how to make the best of a stay in the Lakes.
I was greeted with a welcoming friendly smile and a cuppa and cake on arrival, and scrumptious breakfast the next morning after a soak in her luxurious bath.
The house has a very peaceful feel to it and it was easy to relax in Susan's mirthful company! I recommend her very highly.
Overall my stay was a joy - Do stay!
Susan's property is literally step away from fantastic walks and what is more you don't even have to leave the house to enjoy beatiful views over Cumbria. Susan is great host with huge knowledge about Lake District and welcoming attitude. Location is great for exploring Lake District. Highly recommended.
See earlier review! It was so pleasant and nice I extended my stay by two days, hence the simultaneous double booking!
It was a wonderful pleasant experience! Susan and her family (including the two cats!) were incredibly welcoming, the room was warm and cosy, the toilet was well equipped and breakfast every morning was lovely. Susan also provided brilliant itineraries for me each day, which were always just right in length and very interesting, even accounting for time I took to wander and get lost, and still get back in time for dinner and before it got dark. The location was good, with a car it was very easy to get anywhere in the Lake District. If i had the opportunity to visit in future, I wld definitely choose to stay here again.
We arrived at Susan's home very late in a cold rainy night, Susan kept waiting us and welcomed us with hot tea and a warm house with fire place. Her home is really great, nice, cozy, super clean, the bed is uper comfortable, bath room with strong hot shower. Everything is just too perfect!
Susan is so friendly, living there with her family and two little twin cats. She prepared nice breakfast for us, share with us her home made cake, also provided us a lot of tour advices.
This is the best airbnb expereince i have ever had! i difinitely strongly recommend people to come and stay with Susan.
About the Host, Susan
I enjoy travelling and meeting new people from all over the world. Having travelled extensively I would like to reciprocate the warm hospitality I have received and share my extensive knowledge of the beautiful Lake District.
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