Two minutes by car from the historic market town of Kendal and 10-15 minutes by car to Windermere. Situated on the edge of the Lythe Valley near Underbarrow village, guests can enjoy doorstep access to Cunswick Fell and Scout Scar.
Kendal has lots to offer to visitors.
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 who live in the house. Sometimes we may be looking after a friendly dog.
We also have a couple of hens.
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.
I had an excellent stay with Susan. I could not wish for a better host. I slept really well in the comfy bed and the breakfast was great, especially looking over the hills in the sunshine. Susan is fun to chat to and a fantastic host. Many thanks.
She was awesome host!!!
I did not have my own car so she came to pick me up to station.
Then she guided to look around Kendal !!!
Every morning breakfast was so fresh and to make feel at home really!
I want to visit her house again and Lake District!!!!
We were made very welcome on arrival, offered refreshments after our long drive. The room was very comfortable with plenty of space for suitcase, bags etc. shower hot and powerful. We were given a key to come and go as we please, altogether an enjoyable stay. We would certainly go back again.
We had a wonderful stay at Susan's! Susan is a great host. She was so helpful even prior to our visit, sharing good advices to book dinners out, and incredibly welcoming once we got to her house. She welcomed us with a warm cup of tea which we got to enjoy next to the log burner in the living room, what else can you ask for when you arrive somewhere? The house is in a very quiet location, ideal if you want to switch off entirely from the city's craziness. Yet it is very convenient to get anywhere in the Lake District (provided you have a car). We would definitely go back to Susan's if planning another trip to the Lake District!
We have spent 3 nights with Susan, and it exceeded all our expectation. The room was spacious and clean, beautifully decorated with a wide window facing a natural scene that makes you feel you stay in the nature.
Susan is a great woman who did everything to help us; she helped us plan our trip in the lakes, supplied us with maps, made us wonderful breakfasts, and accompanied us to the town for various arraignments. Me and my wife are heart idly recommend Susan place for those who wish to explore the lakes with a car
I thought that the welcome received from Susan was the best thing about the stay. She was lovely, we arrived late at night to tea and toast. yummy. Lovely place, bed fantastic, and breakfast so yummy. I'm going to have the same at home now.
The actual area where Susan's house is was just gorgeous. Our room was delightful, so convenient and the bed was just great. Lovely bedding and towels left for us. Nothing was too much trouble, we were just delighted with the whole thing.
We had wonderful stay in Susan's house! Susan is a wonderful host, she made tea for us when we just arrived, and gave us very useful information about the lakes. Beside those, she was really kind and friendly, when our car was locked in the car park, she came to pick up us, and sent us to the car park next morning! She even brought us to a local pub and had some drink with us, it was lovely. The house itself was so beautiful and cozy, with two cats and fireplaces, it was like a heaven to us. And the location was great, just few minutes drive to Kendal, and behind the house is a small hill, you can have a walk and view all the town from the there. By the way, we love those two cats so much, they were so cute and so close to people, we couldn't help but kept lying on the living room floor and playing with them, they made our nights there more wonderful.
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.