Vacation in a 650 year-old house!

House - Entire home/apt · Old Rectory, Cumbria, England CA16, United Kingdom
Your host, Jackie
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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 fire.
TV lounge/library with open fire.
Family dining room, seating 12.
Family kitchen, seating 12.
Snooker room

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.

First floor
2 double bedrooms with en suite.
2 double bedrooms with washbasin.
Twin bedroom with washbasin.
Double bedroom.
Family bathroom.
Snooker room.

A cot, high chair and stairgate can be provided by prior arrangement.

"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." [Family birthday get-together, April 2014]

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 12
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 3.5
Beds: 7
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • 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

    June 2014
    Response from Jackie:

    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.

    June 2014
  • 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!

    December 2013
    Response from Jackie:

    Our thanks to you Katherine for this and for leaving the house so neat and tidy. We just hope that the weather picked up for the rest of your holiday. It was a pleasure to meet you and you are welcome here any time. Best wishes, Jackie and Peter.

    December 2013
  • 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.

    July 2013
    Response from Jackie:

    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

    July 2013
  • 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.

    September 2012
  • AMAZING! What else can I say about this place???? Jackie and Peter were the most welcoming hosts I have ever come across. From bath robes for all, toys for the kids, to a fully stocked kitchen - nothing was ever too much.

    We spent 4 wonderful days in the house with a total of 14 guests to celebrate our engagement and it couldn't have gone better. All the rooms are immaculate, spacious and comfortable. The snooker room provided hours of entertainment for all and the local area was simply breathtaking.

    The house is in a quiet village with a nice local pub and friendly people. It's just a short drive to the lakes and is in a prefect spot to get around.

    When I read about the house, I thought it was too good to be true. It was better than that.

    Thanks for a great time. We will be (website hidden). Thanks for the card jackie ;)

    Andrew, Fiona and all the family

    September 2012
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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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