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 was the perfect host we arrived to a tray made up for us to have a most welcome cuppa. Our room was lovely,clean and warm,the bed was comfortable and Susan had taken real care to make sure we had everything we could need. There was fresh water next to the bed a basket of toiletries if you have forgotten anything. Local newspaper and magazines as well as plenty of guide books detailing all of the attractions in the local area. There were plenty of real big soft towels to use after you have finished using the shower which had plenty of hot water at all times. Susan provided plenty of choice at breakfast with some lovely freshly cut bread all served on a beautifully laid up breakfast table. Susan was happy to share her lounge with us if we wanted to watch TV and for us to use the kitchen to make up our sandwiches before we went walking for the day. Susans lovely house is just on the outskirts of Kendal and as she described you will need a car to get you about from there. the description and pictures of Susans house do not do it enough justice it is a lovely place set in lovely surroundings and Susan was the perfect host she was happy to sit and chat or to leave you to get on with things in your own way. We would defiantly recommend a stay with Susan it's just a shame we couldn't stay longer.
Susan is an amazing host, very welcoming and kind with a lovely home. The home is very conveniently located close to Kendal, so you can get to town very easily and fast. At the same time it is in a quite place next to a farm. Giving you the best of both worlds.
The room we had was very spacious and clean, set out with all the things we would need for the stay.
We couldn't have asked for anything better. A perfect host and a perfect home.
Susan was just the best host, she made us feel so welcome her children are equally lovely. Our room was great Susan had thought of everything. Her house is very inviting and we had a beautiful breakfast including fresh eggs from Susan's hens, delicious, also yummy bread. We had great advice on where to eat and things to see, her knowledge "both local and other parts of England" was invaluable, we didn't want to leave. We would recommend Susan's home to anyone visit the Lakes District Mary and Paul Australia
Susan is a very nice and communicative person. We enjoyed our stay very much. The house and the room were very clean and comfortable. It is a quiet and peaceful place and great for trips in the lake district and for relaxing.
Susan is a lovely friendly & helpful host & made me feel very welcome & at ease.
The room is calm cosy & comfy with a relaxing view of the garden & quiet.
The bathroom is immaculate & everything is of good quality.
Breakfast was fresh & local produce & nice bread & cereals.
Hens & kittens greeted me at the door, & the whole stay was just what I needed, thanks!
Perfect experience with Susan. She was very sweet，sent me fresh flowers，helped me figure out how to take the bus and so on……The house is extremely clean and tidy，hope everyone can keep it. Beautiful window view in my room，love my room so much！even better than the picture.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
Susan is a great host and made us feel very welcome in her lovely home.
The room was very comfortable and breakfast 5 star.
Susan and family are generous, kind and extremely welcoming and even offered to look after our dog when we visited a family wedding during our stay.
We could not recommend this place more!
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.