The Hayloft, Bowness
Arrival day: Friday | Sleeps: 4
Soak up the sublime setting of this 17th century Lakeland barn. Keeping Bowness village and Lake Windermere close by, you'll escape towards the peace and tranquility of the rural lakes. The Hayloft is full of the character of the original building, but a thorough and stylish refurbishment has created a very sophisticated retreat. The quirky layout includes a truly cosy living room with luxury leather sofas and woodburning stove. A fabulous vaulted dining kitchen (with a few eclectic design features) creates an exceptional space for special meals. Located at the path of the Dalesway, many walks can be started from your doorstep, and several highly acclaimed gastropubs are found close by. This is a fabulous family bolt hole, or alternatively a worthwhile indulgence for a couple to enjoy alone.
Accommodation in detail:
Private parking for 2 cars in the courtyard. Patio entrance through the original barn door into a spacious entrance hall. Welcoming lounge with woodburning stove, adorning beams and contemporary cream leather furnishings. Up a few steps to the superb vaulted kitchen/dining area, with traditional wooden dining furniture and space to entertain. From the entrance hall to the king size master bedroom and a galleried office with Wi-Fi. Downstairs from the kitchen area to the twin bedroom and the bathroom. Outside is a private patio area with furniture and barbeque.
The Hayloft stands in a pleasantly peaceful spot in the Lyth Valley, a short drive east of Bowness and Lake Windermere in the village of Brigsteer. Walks abound in the surrounding area... wander quiet country lanes, admire the damson blossom in springtime, or seek out challenging long routes in the wider Lake District. The popular walk along Scout Scar is within easy reach and offers scenery over the valley and as far as Morecambe Bay on a clear day!
Windermere Golf course is within easy reach, as well as an intriguing 9 holes at Beckside Farm, Crook (en-route to Bowness from Brigsteer). There are plenty of excellent Lake District country pubs to choose from in the surrounding area - as well as your local we recommend the Punchbowl at Crosthwaite for a special meal close to home.
For shopping, family attractions and lake shore activities, head to Bowness and Lake Windermere. The lake shore village is packed with sophisticated shops and handy supermarkets, as well as plenty of entertainment for the evening. By day, take a cruise on the lake from Bowness Pier. Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly to Ambleside and Lakeside - what a way to explore without driving the busier tourist routes!