Vacation in a 650 year-old house!

Entire home/apt

12 guests

6 bedrooms

7 beds
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Peace & quiet and plenty of space for your get-together in an unspoilt Eden Valley village between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Just 20 minutes from M6 Junction 38. Sleeps 12 (6 bedrooms) + cot. Spacious downstairs - entrance hall with armchairs, settee & coal fire; elegant Georgian drawing room with piano & coal fire; tv room/library with coal fire; living kitchen seats 12; and stunning C14th dining room. Snooker room upstairs. Visit our website Greatasbyoldrectory for special rates.

The space
Bathrooms: 3.5
Bedrooms: 6
Beds: 7
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


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House Rules

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.
Sorry, we can't take dogs, however well behaved. This is because many of our guests rely on there not having been dogs in the house and we never break that pledge.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

27 Reviews

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Naomi User Profile
August 2017
Jackie was the most amazing host, offering local suggestions, information and guidance both before and during our stay. nothing was too much and we appreciated the cots and high chairs that were provided! Thank you again for all your help to make the weekend so special! (which included a handwritten engagement card!) Would definitely recommend and we'd love to come back! Thank you Jackie!
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
Thank you for this Naomi and also for leaving the house so neat and tidy. Although there's not too much going on in the village itself (which is part of its charm!) you visited the celebrated Dufton Show and also enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the Appleby to Settle railway, both of which are within easy reach. We'd be delighted for you to come back! Jackie and Peter
August 2017

Sandeep User Profile
August 2017
We booked the Old Rectory for our father's 70th birthday celebrations. We were all absolutely delighted as it was warm, welcoming and well-equipped. It was ideal for a large family (ours ranged from 3 months to 70 years old). Jackie and Peter were wonderful hosts, very approachable and kind. We would highly recommend this for a family break.
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
Sandeep, thank you for your generous comments and also for leaving the house so neat and tidy. We're especially pleased that you were able to enjoy a meal at our newly reopened, refurbished village pub - it is nice to have the option of having a break from self-catering! We hope we might see you again. Kind regards, Jackie and Peter
August 2017

Ian User Profile
July 2017
A great house with great hosts in a great location. Everything you could want for a celebration weekend. Every one our our family of twelve across three generations just loved our get together in Great Asby. Definitely a five star rating.
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
We are so pleased you enjoyed your family celebration in the Old Rectory, and we much appreciate your kind comments. We're so lucky that peaceful villages like Great Asby are still unspoilt and here to be enjoyed by guests wanting to get away from life's rush! Hope to see you both again. All the best, Jackie and Peter.
July 2017

Mark User Profile
April 2017
Fantastic! We had an amazing weekend and look forward to coming back. The only thing we had to bring was food. Everything you could possibly need was provided. There were even lovely gold charger plates perfect for our celebration. The bedrooms easily accommodated 12 with 2 ensuites. The situation of Great Asby is idyllic and a short drive away from 100's of interesting things to do. I could go on but this place is well worth a visit for a large group wanting to spend some quality time together. Thank you.
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
Thank you so much for this Mark and we're so pleased your special family get-together was successful. We sometimes take the peace and quiet of Great Asby and the Eden Valley a bit for granted - until we go away to enjoy the buzz of other places (the club scene within 10 miles of the Rectory isn't too hot) and then come back home again! Thanks for leaving the house so extremely tidy. We hope to see you again. All the best, Jackie and Peter.
April 2017

Caroline User Profile
March 2017
We stayed at The Old Rectory in celebration of my Mother-In-Law's 70th birthday. The house really is fantastic;a secluded delight that the pictures really don't do justice of. Jackie & Peter were fabulous hosts;so warm and welcoming and always on hand for extra help. The homely feel of the place really is a rarity with a thoughtful welcome package and the fluffiest, whitest towels we've ever encountered The dining room was the perfect setting to host a dinner party (the kitchen is fabuloudly appointed with everything we needed for food preperations) and the open fires kept us cosy into the early hours. The children had a great time playing hide and seek in the spacious interior and we all enjoyed exploring the surroundings on a big family walk (suitable for all abilities). We are now looking for an excuse to return!
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
Caroline, we're delighted you enjoyed your special family get-together, and thank you for telling others about it! We think the Old Rectory is very special, not just for its family atmosphere but also because having as many 'living' rooms as bedrooms (6 of each) gives everyone space to spread out; your reference to hide and seek takes us back to our own children's parties 30 years ago. We hope you'll be back and see some more of the lovely unspoilt Eden Valley! Kind regards, Jackie and Peter.
March 2017

Ben User Profile
November 2016
Fantastic place, fantastic hosts. If anything the pictures don't do it justice. The bedrooms were large and very comfortable, the living areas with the open fires were ideal for relaxing, chatting and playing board games, and we spent every evening enjoying ourselves in the incredible dining room. For a reunion with a group of friends it was simply perfect. Jackie and Peter were incredibly welcoming and made sure we wanted for nothing. Thank you very much for allowing us to stay, we would love to return!

Rae User Profile
November 2016
We had a lovely stay in Great Asby, the house was perfect for our whole family. We loved all the space this house provided, the open fires, and the snooker table. Communication before our stay was also excellent. We hope to return!

Great Asby, United KingdomJoined in May 2012
Jackie User Profile

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!

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