Peace & quiet and plenty of space for your get-together in an unspoilt Eden Valley village between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Yet just 20 minutes from M6 Junction 38. Sleeps 12 (6 bedrooms) + cot.
Great Asby Old Rectory
Planning a family get-together? Friends reunited? Need plenty of space plus lots of peace and quiet?
Great Asby Old Rectory could be the ideal venue for your weekend break from life’s stresses and strains. It's a detached large family house set in a tranquil village in the lovely unspoilt Eden Valley.
A Grade 2* listed building, the Old Rectory is built round a 14th century Pele Tower, designed to withstand the Border Raiders. Whilst still retaining its original architectural features it has been sensitively modernised to provide 6 bedrooms, large kitchen, tv lounge, elegant drawing room and a sensational 650 year-old barrel-vaulted dining room. Above this is a snooker room with a Tudor fireplace and a full size snooker table. The tv lounge has Sky Sports and 500 books, and can access the internet via wifi.
There’s a lawn/play space to the front, plus off-road parking in a gated drive.
Great Asby is a peaceful village in England's unspoilt Eden Valley midway between the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
The village has a church, two chapels, a small primary school, a playground, Asby Beck, St Helen’s Well, Asby Hall, the Alms Houses, and a picturesque sprawl of cottages and farms. If you fancy a break from self-catering we can recommend the village pub, The Three Greyhounds, which has a new chef who cooks top quality dishes. There's also a range of restaurants and takeaways in Appleby, the historic county town of Westmorland, just 6 miles away. Another couple of villages also have good restaurants.
Walks from the village take you to the renowned Great Asby Scar limestone pavements (a must for geologists and botanists), Rutter Falls, Gaythorne Hall and Goodlie Hill. Priests Lane, starting at the Old Rectory, takes you over peaceful
picturesque fields to Sunbiggin Tarn and Little Asby via a network of recognised footpaths.
By road, Kendal & the South Lakes, Kirkby Stephen & the Dales, Appleby & the spectacular Settle-Carlisle railway, and Penrith & the North Lakes are all within easy reach. Yet Great Asby isn’t en route to anywhere, so there’s little traffic through the village.
We "reserve" the house for 6 or 7 weeks a year for our own family get-togethers because we know it's a great venue, and
we think you’ll like the house and the village as much as we do!
You have 6 rooms to spread out in:
Hall with open fire,
Drawing room with piano and open (website hidden) lounge/library with open fire.
Family dining room, seating 12.
Family kitchen, seating 12.
You can choose whether or not to light the open fires - those rooms are also centrally heated.
The fully-equipped kitchen has an oil-fired Rayburn, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge, separate large freezer, washing machine. And all the pots & pans you might need for party cooking.
Also downstairs is a Shower room and WC with washbasin.
2 double bedrooms with en suite.
2 double bedrooms with washbasin.
Twin bedroom with washbasin.
A cot, high chair and stairgate can be provided by prior arrangement.
"This was a wonderful house for our family reunion - perfect size, comfortable and beautiful. Thanks for everything!" (The K. Family, New York, August 2014.)
"Lovely large, comfortable house, perfect for large groups or families. Snooker room was a great bonus! Kitchen & dining room were great, everybody could fit in comfortably. Great location, easy to get to various areas in the Lakes. We all had a lovely time. Thank you very much." (The D family birthday get-together, April 2014])
Other Things to Note
Sorry, we can't take pets.
Although this is a large detached house we do have neighbours and we want to remain neighbourly. So we do ask that there should be no outside partying (or noise outside the house) after 10pm. Thanks.
Jackie and Peter were perfect hosts nearby if we needed them, they provided everything we needed including keeping a check on coal supplies. The Rectory at Great Asby is a wonderful house with every modern convenience but provided interesting setting for our party of 12 friends to getogether and spread out. We held a murder mystery party in the 14th century dining hall it certainly added to the drama. Thank you Jackie we all had a wonderful time and will certainly consider coming again and we are telling all our friends .
Many thanks for this Sue and we're so glad you and your party enjoyed your weekend. We held our own murder mystery party a couple of years ago and we agree with you that the barrel-vaulted stone dining room certainly added to the atmosphere! I gather that your Sunday lunch at the village pub went well. A very good idea - good value, no driving, no cooking! Our thanks to you for leaving the house so neat and tidy and we hope we might see you again some time. Kind regards, Jackie and Peter Lambert
Beautifully presented property exactly as described. Not only was the house itself fantastic, the hosts Jackie & Peter were exceptionally diligent about ensuring we had the perfect stay.
We felt very comfortable in this lovely clean, well-maintained and welcoming home. There was not a single complaint raised by any of the 12 guests who stayed with us. Highly recommended.
Tom and Katherine, Thank you so much for this and especially for choosing the Old Rectory for your honeymoon weekend before travelling to Australia! Had only we known this then a bottle or two of champagne would certainly have been awaiting your arrival! The weather during your weekend was awful but we hope it didn't detract too much from your visit to the Eden Valley. We would be delighted to meet or hear from you when you're next in he UK. Very best wishes, Jackie and Peter Lambert.
This is a beautiful house, spacious and superbly appointed with everything you could need for a large group, including a hairdryer and torch in every room, as well as plenty of pots and pans for lovely celebration meals. The beds are wonderfully comfortable, and the linen, towels and robes are hotel-quality. Jackie was extremely welcoming and helpful, and we had a fantastic stay. The village is green and peaceful and the location is perfect for local exploration or as a base for going further afield.
Jane, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay despite the poor weather. We 're lucky that the house has 5 downstairs rooms to spread out in plus the snooker room upstairs. You seemed to get out and about a lot and we're delighted that you saw so much of the area. Very many thanks for leaving the house in such an immaculate state. You and any of your party are welcome back any time. Best wishes, Jackie and Peter
We had a fantastic short break and the whole family (aged 1 to 89) loved the house, village and environ. Perfect setting for a family get together. WE woudl very much like to go back another year and can throughly recommend this perfect setting a lovely welcome
Thank you for this Annie and we're glad you had a good time in Great Asby. When we started 2 years ago we hoped that being different from many other holiday cottages (3 day get-togethers at the same price throughout the year until Christmas) would not be too much of a gamble. Your comments help reassure us that we've got it right!! Thanks again and we would be delighted to welcome you again. Best wishes, Jackie and Peter.
The Rectory at Great Asby was everything that we has hoped for for our Family Christmas from Australia. Jackie and Peter were fantastic hosts, nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was immaculate with ample room for our family of 8 (with baby) each of us able to have our own room! Jackie went the extra mile and set up beautiful Christmas decorations including a tree and lights. Plus provided a high chair and cot for the baby. The weather was a little iffy during out stay but The Rectory was so comfortable and equipped with board games that our family enjoyed relaxing. My favourite part of our stay was the amazing Christmas dinner that we enjoyed in the formal dining area, which Jackie helped us plan with her recommendations on traditional English Christmas foods and local suppliers who delivered before or arrival. Basically I want to move into The Rectory. An unforgettable stay. Thank you!
What an incredible experience! We enjoyed every moment of our amazing stay at the Rectory. Our group of 8 adults, 4 teenagers, and 2 infants stayed for a week. From start to finish, Jackie and Peter were gracious, helpful hosts, going above and beyond our expectations.
The kitchen is stocked with more than enough dishes, cutlery, glasses, mugs, pots and pans, and cooking utensils. The dishwasher and washing machine were especially helpful when cooking for so many people. We made many wonderful family memories cooking in that kitchen and then devouring our fare in the amazing barrel-vaulted dining room. We also dined outside on the patio where there is a barbecue, picnic table, and chairs. The kitchen table was perfect for breakfast and meal prep.
My father-in-law suggested a few changes to his bathroom that might make it more accommodating for an older person. Jackie and Peter made the changes that day! Also, the downstairs bathroom includes a wet room (shower), so between that and the upstairs family shared bathroom with shower/tub and the 2 upstairs ensuite bathrooms, there was plenty of space for all of us to get ready in the mornings.
It was unseasonably warm while we were in Cumbria. Jackie brought us a fan for our 3-month-old son who was struggling to nap in the heat since he is still being swaddled. Jackie and Peter are truly kind hosts who truly care about their guests.
This was truly our best AirBnB experiences ever. So charming and accommodating, we can't recommend it enough! We look forward to returning soon.
Thanks for such a generous review. I have to say it's very easy to look after such friendly people. We enjoyed meeting you all, sharing the delicious cake the girls made, the pesto and elderflower syrup made by Rebekah, and especially meeting baby Quinn. It will be a pleasure to see you again. Best wishes,
Jackie and Peter
The home & hosts were both incredible - we stayed there en-route to a wedding and it was the highlight of our trip.
Jackie gave us a tour of the building's history and ensured we had everything we needed.
The dining room and billiards room are both amazing (we took full advantage of both) and the master bedroom is luxurious. Cell phone reception is non-existant, but there is wireless in the drawing room and a tiny bit of phone connection up the far end of the garden if you're in a pinch.
Overall, our time here was an amazing retreat from the business of London. I hope I have a chance to visit again sometime.
We're Jackie and Peter Lambert. We bought the Rectory from the Church in 1982 because it offered us the space to bring up our children in the quiet security of a Cumbrian village. Thirty years later, rather than leave our much loved family home and a brilliant village, we've recently moved into a tiny detached barn conversion behind the Rectory. We "reserve" it for 6 or 7 weeks a year for our own family get-togethers, so we can spread out and remember what it's like to stay there!
We've had many an extended family get-together and lots of village parties in the Rectory - and it's ideal for that. Yet with three good-sized reception rooms (plus family kitchen) on the ground floor, plus the snooker room upstairs, there's space for a house-party to spread out comfortably. Its 650 years of history and its architectural features (some of which we uncovered) make it a unique and fascinating place to stay.
We think you'll enjoy the house and the village as much as we do!