About this listing
Stay local in a friendly relaxing home with host on the premises and get the most from your travel.
Benefit from easy access to town and to railway and bus station for travel further afield.
Enjoy easy access to the Lake District lakes and fells.
Enjoy Kendal and the Lakes!
Double room available for female travellers, couples, parent and child over 7 years.
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.
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.
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.
It goes without saying we'll show each other mutual respect and I'm sure you'll care for my house and possessions
This a no smoking house
This listing is available to couples, female travellers ans parent and child over 7
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
I instantly felt welcome in Helen's home. Helen was kind enough to pick me up and drop me off at the train station and invited me to dinners and events she was attending. She was also full of advice and knowledge about where to go and what to see. Her house is clean, cosy, great location and the bed is amazing! I had a great time staying with you, Helen. Thank you!
Helen was very welcoming. She was very kind to pick us up from the station and even drop off while leaving. She even guided us places to visit and how to reach there. Overall a good experience. Thank You!!
Helen gave us a warm welcome and being offered a space in her drive was an extra bonus. Her house, although small, was cosy, clean and well equipped. We had everything we needed. It was good to have someone who was helpful in sharing her knowledge (and newspaper) of the surrounding area. Loved the shower and the size of the towels. Thank you for a nice stay.
I felt like at home. Helen was absolutely lovely and made my visit to the Lake District the most wonderful experience. She has a collection of books and guides that were very useful for my dayly trips to the Lakes and she was always willing to give advice and guidance. Totally recommend it.
It was very nice experience staying at Helen's home. She is friendly and knows much about Lake district area. The room is also comfortable and has everything for staying. I really would like to stat again if I come to Lake district one day.
Had a great time at Helen's. The house is only 15mins walk from the town center and the central bus station, which we take the bus to explore the lake district is 20mins away. Her house is lovely and the kitties are sweet and cute!!! The breakfast is decent, the jam she provided is locally sourced, really like that part. The dvd she had in he bedroom kept us entertained, especially on a rainy day. Anyways, Definitely the best place to stay!!
Helen was a great host, whose home makes a great base for exploring the Lakes from. She was very knowledgeable about the area: walks, sights, food and so on, and provided plenty of leaflets, guides and maps to help manage our stay. We felt very welcome, both by her and by her two very affectionate cats. She went the extra mile in her hosting, picking us up from the station when we arrived and dropping us off when we left. Thanks for having us, highly recommended!
About the Host, Helen
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