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Swallow Barn, Guardhouse


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Barn | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car advised

Swallow Barn affords the most stunning views in Guardhouse hamlet of Blencathra mountain and the River Glenderamackin, via beautiful picture-French windows which lead onto a balcony where guests can sit out and relax. Situated in the heart of the Lakeland National Park it is equally suited to groups of 6/7 in 3 bedrooms, or of 9 in four bedrooms (the 4th is available with its own en suite and double bed - not a 'sofabed add on') offering a top class stay to suit differing budgets.

It has a spacious living room with wood-burner, under-floor heating and ample comfortable seating for maximum group size. The west facing garden blends in with the rural landscape of fields, mountains and river beyond; there are picnic tables for 'al fresco' dining and plenty of parking outside and in the driveway. Decorated throughout to a very high standard, the kitchen is well-equipped with all that you could need including dishwasher, toaster, microwave; the bedrooms offer flexibility for differing size of group and all have ample storage, wardrobes, bedside tables & reading lamps; there is a useful utility; most importantly there are plenty of bathrooms to go round!.

The immediate locality and countryside around the barn are excellent for observing nature, local walks or cycling - a treasure to explore for children and adults alike. There is a pretty stream which can be navigated as well as walks along the river Glenderamackin to Keswick Golf club and along the old railway track to Keswick itself. Blencathra mountain is on the doorstep for mountain walks with exhilarating scrambling possibilities on 'Sharp Edge' for the more adventurous.

Keswick town is only a short drive away with many shops and amenities to hand, and of course the beautiful Derwentwater Lake.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 185 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 16 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Cumbria/Lake District

The Lake District is an area of natural beauty and is arguably the most attractive of the UK's National Parks with its splendid mountains, lakes, waterfalls and streams. It is also rich in heritage, boasting interesting country residences, gardens & historic farm dwellings to visit. Over its long history its beauty has inspired many noteworthy artists, writers and mountaineers - from poets Wordsworth & Ruskin to author Beatrix Potter. What it has to offer in mountaineering terms has attracted experts such as Sir Chris Bonnington to take up local residency! For those wishing to explore a bit further afield Hadrian's Wall and Roman museum can be found to the north near Carlisle, and to the west the coastal towns add attractions such as an aquarium, wind surfing and other beach activities


Threlkeld village is under a mile away and has a number of pubs offering good food as well as a café located at the village hall. Keswick town is 5 miles from Guardhouse where there many shops and amenities to hand, including cinema, theatre by the lake, art galleries, pencil museum and local history museum. It nestles next to the beautiful Derwentwater Lake with many facilities on offer such as sailing, boating, canoes and a public steamer boat. Keswick holds an outdoor market each Saturday and Thursday as well as a number of annual events such as the Keswick Show which takes place at the end of August.

The versatility of what is on offer in the North Lakes area means that it suits many kinds of holiday-makers and there is always something interesting to do whatever the weather. Attractions and activities to entertain all age groups: water-based activities, high wire, climbing wall, museums, farm visits, horse riding, mountain biking, country houses & gardens, abseiling, ghyll scrambing, Osprey viewing - with the natural Lakeland landscape catering for all levels of walkers and mountaineers.

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