Helen's Home - Gateway to the Lakes

House - Private room · Rinkfield, Kendal, LA9 7LN, United Kingdom

The Space

Enjoy Kendal and the Lakes!

Double room available for female travellers, couples, parent and child over 7 years.

My home
Come and stay in my modern and recently refurbished 3 bedroom Kendal home on a small estate which has a play field and children's playground. The river is lovely to sit by and is 5 minutes away. There is also a Leisure Centre with a swimming pool 3 minutes away.
I love having family and friends to stay and have now opened up my home to travellers of all ages and types who seem to be enjoying it - see the reviews.
I can offer you a clean and comfortable double room with lots of storage space and TV with DVDs. The bed is 4' x 6'6''. I charge £26 for single occupancy and £35 for two people which I think is great value, especially with a toast and cereal type breakfast in this price.
There is a clean and modern shared shower room next door to your bedroom.

I provide towels, hairdryer, hot water bottles and a spare duvet, though the house is lovely and warm.

I provide 'a help yourself breakfast' of tea/coffee/hot chocolate/ fruit teas and herbal teas and toast with jam/marmalade. I can recomment the Union Jack cafe only 10 minutes walk away for a good value full English breakfast. Kendal has several restaurants and cafes I like to visit and can recommend. There is also a good chip shop only 5 minutes walk away.
Please feel welcome to make yourself drinks from the kitchen during your stay.

Transport links
I am 15 minutes walk from the mainline station at Oxenholme or the branchline in Kendal, though I will pick you up from Oxenholme if I can. If you are driving I can provide off road parking and there is space at the back of my house for a couple of bikes. ( It's a great area for road or cross country cycling).
By train you can be in London in under 3 hours, Glasgow or Edinburgh in 2 hours or Manchester in a bit over an hour.

Kendal town
The lively market town of Kendal is only 15 minutes walk from my house. As well as the historical yards, an interesting parish church and a lovely river there are shops, restaurants, pubs, the nationally acclaimed Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the fantastic Brewery Arts Centre with its theatre, cinema, dance and music events as well as the unusual VAT bar, the Warehouse and a restaurant. You'll understand why I spend much of my spare time at the Brewery!
Kendal also hosts several excellent festivals during the year, from Mountain films to Mime when local accommodation gets booked up - so book in advance.
A walk up the hill to Kendal Castle gives you great views of the area.
There is an excellent indoor climbing wall if you come to climb and get rained off.

The local area
Of course you will want to explore the beauty of the local area with Lake Windermere only 8 miles away and Keswick 30 miles, both accessible by bus from the town. The Furness Peninsula and the Yorkshire Dales are close by for a day trip.
There are endless low level or fell walks and outdoor activities to enjoy.
Having lived here for nearly 40 years I can give you local information and practical ideas for your stay but I also provide maps, books and leaflets for your reference.

I have two cats, not allowed upstairs. They will however enjoy an evening snooze on your knee, if you invite them, whilst you watch TV or sit and chat by the woodburner in my relaxing sitting room. There is a piano you are very welcome to play if you are at all musical.
On a warm evening why not sit out in the garden.

I am looking forward to meeting you and do hope you'll make a visit soon.


Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $16 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $294 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I had great two nights in this beautiful comfy house - with these cute cats. Helen is such a thoughtful woman and gave loads of considetation to me. You can play the piano in the lounge if you are musical! The station is in walkable distance and so does the town. You will never regret!

    April 2014
    Response from Helen:

    Enjoy the land of kilts and haggis!

  • Our stay with Helen was more hospitable than we could have asked for. My colleague and I were often up and out early, and back late in the evenings, and this was no issue for Helen. Free access to the house and utilities as and when we pleased, which was outstandingly generous of Helen.

    A wonderful host, and very helpful with recommendations/info about the local area. We were even greeted at the Oxenholme train station with a ride back to Kendal, which was a fantastic welcome to a great weekend stay.

    Thoroughly recommended! 5* Shall be returning no doubt soon.

    April 2014
    Response from Helen:

    Thanks so much Charlie ... some again and bring the cameras ... you will be very welcome.

  • It was our first experience with airbnb and I am glad to say that Helen was an excellent host. She was very friendly and she made us feel comfortable during the whole weekend.

    The house was very clean and well maintained. It seems that it has been recently refurbished and all the common areas (bathroom, kitchen and living room) were in very good shape.

    Finally, I really appreciate the small details offered by Helen in our stay, like having a small bottle of water and kendal sweets in the bedside or having access to lots of books about the Lake district in the room which helped us a lot to decide our walking routes.

    I totally recommend her as a host and if I go back to the Lake District again it will be my first option.

    Hector & Evy

    March 2014
  • We stayed at Helen's place over the weekend of the Kendal mountain film festival and Helen was extremely welcoming, and we felt we were staying with a friend!! The accommodation is very comfortable, with access to kitchen and other living areas. It's in a great position close to town, just a short walk. We will definitely return, as we felt so at home here. Thanks Helen for a lovely stay.

    November 2013
  • This was a lovely place, about a 15 minutes walk from the center of Kendal–the walk was very straightforward & took you over some bridges. Helen, herself was very welcoming and kind–she even offered to drive me up to meet my friends one night when it was raining. Also, she had a very diverse selection of jams for toast–which is one of my favourite things for brekky.

    October 2013
  • Helen is a wonderful host. She offered to pick us up at Oxenholme train station. Both Kendal and Oxenholme are quiet & peaceful towns. Helen's home is very beautiful, lovely & comfortable. She is so kind to show us around Kendal and even hosted us on a tour of the lake district. We couldn't have experienced more on our own.

    September 2013
  • My husband and I stayed at Helen's for 3 nights and found the accommodation fine and Helen absolutely wonderful. She's a warm, intelligent woman who goes out of her way to help you. She even drove us to a Thai restaurant in town when we told her we liked Thai food. You couldn't do better for a Lakes District home base. Quiet, clean, and comfy. The rooom is a bit small for 2, but we only were in it to sleep. A wonderful value! And Helen does make you feel as if it is your home.
    If you book with Helen, be sure you get explicit directions to the house, as the numbering system on her street is a bit confusing and makes it harder to find the house.

    September 2013
  • Great place to stay, lots of travel tips from Helen and good coffee! Kitties were sleek and sweet, too. Off street parking and food within walking distance, and Helen is an excellent host.

    June 2013
  • We had a great time in Kendal with Helen and her cats. The location is great for both walking and as a base for exploring the Lakes. We walked from Helen's home all through the town, up to Kendal Castle, and through the Serpentine Woods all in one day. Grasmere, Rydal Water and Ullswater were all less than an hour away by car. Parking our car at the house was very convenient.

    Having breakfast provided was great--getting cereal, tea and crumpets every morning before heading out makes such a difference. The large living room downstairs is a great place to relax, talk and read, and the bedroom upstairs was very quiet and comfortable. Helen's extensive collection of books and maps for the Lakes District were so helpful! We used them and her suggestions to plan our daily outings Thank you for a great stay!

    June 2013
    Response from Helen:

    Thanks Matt. Hope you found the spot on Loch Lomond! Always welcome here when you return to the UK.

  • I had really great time!!
    Helen is very kind and nice person.
    On a rainy day she drove me to Hiltop which was really good!!( if she didn't, I might be staying my room all-day)
    I knew little about Beatrix Potter but Helen told me a lot of stories so I could enjoy the Hiltop. and on our way back to home she showed me little town, and old pub. :-)
    she has two lovely cats, they are so nice! you'll love them!
    and room is also good. there are many nice dvds. (Miss. Potter was my favorite) ;-)
    Kendal is very lovely place, and you should see the Lake district!!
    highly recommend Helen's house :-)

    May 2013
    Response from Helen:

    I really liked having you to stay. I particularly liked the way you asked to try some ' strong brown beer' when we went to the climbers' bar in the Old Dungeon Ghyll in the Langdale Valley! You were great fun.
    I hope all is well back home

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Hi there I really enjoy Air B and B hosting. My daughter does it and she has met some great people so she got me started. I think that's what it's all about for me .... meeting new people and helping them feel welcome and interested in this town and area. I'm easy going and get along fine with people of all ages. I like music, film, theatre, the outdoors and my family and friends. I'm learning French again after many years. I have two adult children who still seem to enjoy coming home for creature comforts and it's always nice when they bring friends. I'm recently early semi-retired, though working again part time for this year, and now seems like a great time to give this a go. I will do all I can to help you feel welcome in my home. Looking forward to hearing from you Helen
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