About this listing
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 pub, 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 there's a range of restaurants and takeaways in Appleby, the historic county town of Westmorland, just 6 miles away. Some neighbouring villages 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.
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.
About the Host, Jackie
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!