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Vacation in a 650 year-old house!
Vacation in a 650 year-old house!
12 guests
6 bedrooms
7 beds
3.5 baths
12 guests
6 bedrooms
7 beds
3.5 baths
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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.

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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 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 pub 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
1 double bedroom with 4-poster and ensuite shower.
1 double bedroom with ensuite bath.
2 double bedrooms with washbasin.
1 twin bedroom with washbasin.
1 double bedroom.
Family bathroom.
Snooker room.

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.)

"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.])

Visit our website Greatasbyoldrectory and check out our special rates.

Guest access

You have the whole house to yourselves.

Other things to note

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.

Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

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.


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Steve User Profile
April 2016
Stayed at The Old Rectory for my mum's 80th. Can't recommend it highly enough. What a property, and what superb hosts in Jackie & Peter. We had such a special time in this special house. If it was a hotel, this would be a five star experience. Memorable. Thank you!
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
Very many thanks for this - we are so pleased your special family celebration went well - and thank you for including us in the 'surprise' part. You, Lisa and any or all of your family will be most welcome if ever you'd like to visit us again. All the very best for now, Jackie and Peter.
April 2016

David User Profile
August 2015
The house is fantastic and the hosts, Jackie & Peter, were exceptionally welcoming and made every effort to ensure we had the wonderful stay. The weather even cooperated which was a bonus! The house is exactly as described and extremely clean, well-maintained and with everything needed to make a stay away feel like home from home. Highly recommended.
Jackie User Profile
Response from Jackie:
We are so pleased that you and Lyn and your family enjoyed your stay in Great Asby. You seem to have had a fair amount of travelling during your trip back to the UK and so hopefully you found your 4 nights here an oasis of peace and quiet!! We very much hope our paths will cross again. All the best, Jackie and Peter
August 2015

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.
Jackie User Profile
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

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

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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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