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Hart Head Barn

Rydal, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041027)

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “Great base for the week, ideally located.”

    Nice cottage, we loved the upside-down layout and view from the front window. Plenty of activities to door from premises! ...

    Nice cottage, we loved the upside-down layout and view from the front window. Plenty of activities to door from premises! That said there were quite a few minor issues with the cottage which on their own would be quite tolerable but when added together took the gloss off what should have been a memorable stay… 1. The driveway! I dread to think how many miles of tread we shredded off-of our tyres going up and down, especially on arrival with a fully laden front wheel drive automatic car, no word of warning about that. It was a bit slippery when damp due to rain/drizzle too. You need to mention this in the listing. Anyone with mobility issues needs to bare this in mind. 2. The cottage, whilst tidy wasn’t exactly clean, we found wrappers and crisps in the lounge and slices of raw meat around the bench at the front along with rusty bottle tops. Given COVID cleaning should be over and above! 3. The rubbish bin was overflowing, which meant we had to bag things up until after the rubbish collection, incidentally we put the bin out for 2 Hart Head Barn (which was unoccupied) as that was also overflowing. 4. Skirting boards, all generally paint chipped. 5. Upstairs Shower room, loose towel rail. 6. Twin Bedroom. Slats kept falling from the beds which meant the two in that room didn’t have a comfortable week. The door handle kept coming off. There’s also a mark on the wall. 7. Master bedroom. The wardrobe is a bit lop sided meaning the doors wouldn’t shut properly. Also, the shower was a bit ropey to be honest, believe it was billed as a luxury suite… 8. Kitchen, once we found the correct instructions things were a lot easier, we found these in the crockery cupboard, the information pack had the details for the old oven. Needless to say, we’ve put these into the pack for the next occupants. A lot of the cups/mugs are chipped. A 2-slot toaster for a 6-occupancy cottage seemed at odds, as did the single cafetiere! Fortunately, we brought our own… 9. Courtyard was a bit scruffy, not be swept in a long time, bits of the damaged ratan furniture all over. Evidence of confetti and cigarette ends in various places. There were also wine glasses down the side of the hot tub, which we couldn't reach. Incidentally the hot tub was lovely after a walk or a bike ride. Could be a really excellent place with a little extra effort. Too many minor issues. Real shame!

    - Mrs Butt, August 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay. We are glad that you love the upside down layout of Hart Head Barn and the beautiful views. It is always helpful if clients contact us immediately upon arrival if the property is not cleaned to our very high standards. There is no record of any contact from you during your stay. We would have happily rectified any of the minor issues to which you refer. It is noted also that the review you have posted omits an important part of your email to Lake Lovers namely … “like I said, a lovely cottage but too many minor issues hence this email and request of a partial good faith refund. I think £400 isn’t an unreasonable ask given that this is what you charge guests in the event that they leave the place in poor repair etc.” It is also noted that prior to receipt of your “review” the housekeeper for Hart Head Barn had contacted the owner in dismay at the damage caused by your guests to the bedding and towels. Photographs were taken and a replacement king-size duvet cover, king-size fitted sheet and one pillowcase has had to be replaced after strenuous efforts to clean bedding following your departure. Property Owner


The property

Magical Lakeland converted barns don't come better than this, occupying a sublime setting with simply breathtaking views in every direction towards Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Words can't truly describe the magic of this setting high above the tiny hamlet of Rydal with panoramic views in all directions - here the mountains appear so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Step inside and see for yourself how the charm of a traditional Lakeland slate barn can blend so effortlessly with 21st century luxury accommodation. This is a place to relax, rejuvenate and spend precious time together. A short drive or beautiful walk will lead you into either the village of Ambleside or a little further passing Rydal Water into Grasmere. Grasmere itself is stocked with great eateries, tea rooms and shops and if you like picturesque high and low level walks, this is a walker's paradise. Enchanting 'Hart Head Barn' has all the ingredients to provide the perfect Lake District holiday, one you will only want to repeat and with a view you will never forget. == Accommodation in detail Park right outside this magnificent barn and enter round the back where there is a beautiful patio garden (non-lawned) complete with a luxury hot tub and contemporary rattan furniture. Adjacent to the door is a useful boot room with washer/dryer and heater, perfect for drying wet coats and boots. Enter on the first floor with hallway and access into the superb living room, gaze at the wonderful view and relax in sumptuous furnishings by the warming open fire. The stunning kitchen / dining area has all you would wish for and two sets of patio doors, one leading onto a viewing balcony to gaze towards the lake. On this level is a luxurious shower room and then downstairs to the three gorgeous bedrooms, one king size, with luxurious Villeroy & Boch en-suite together with french windows to a private couple's patio. There is a luxury Superking size bed in the second bedroom, which is a zip and link offering the option of twin beds. There is a twin bedroom and the third bathroom facility is also located on this floor. Location This secluded retreat is located in an enviable position next door to Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth until his death in 1850. The poet's favourite viewpoint can be reached on the western end of nearby Rydal Water, and the tranquil surroundings are truly inspirational - not just to writers! This is a superb property for walking from the door step and forgetting the car. The property is situated on the picturesque Rydal/Grasmere circuit walk and at the foot of the well known Fairfield Horseshoe. Mountain bikers and cyclists will envy this superb location as there are some of the best challenges in the British Isles on your doorstep. The location is also only a short distance from the vibrant village of Ambleside. Here you'll find an interesting range of local shops, tempting delicatessens, traditional Lakeland pubs and top-class restaurants - even a cinema and live music bar. Lake Windermere can also be enjoyed from Waterhead Pier, where ferries depart regularly to Bowness and Lakeside.


  • Living accommodation to the first floor, bedrooms located on the ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link can be split into 2 x twin request on booking), 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower room, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • First floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area, Juliette balcony and French doors leading to the patio area
  • Sitting room.
  • Luxury Outdoor Hot Tub to seat 6 people ,Gas Central Heating with open fire (free coal supplied)
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD player, Docking station, CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • Patio garden with furniture, heater, BBQ and 6-seater hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Pub 3 mins walk
  • Shop 2 miles.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Ambleside 1.6 miles; Grasmere 2.7 miles.

Lying to the north of Ambleside and Windermere, Rydal is a charming unspoilt village full of history and which has changed little in the last two hundred years. Rydal Water with its shoreline walks adds an extra tranquillity to the location, which is one of the central most points of the Lake District. Home to William Wordsworth for some years there are many walks spreading out from Rydal with spectacular views. Wander along hillside paths to Grasmere, or up the impressive Rydal Fell and Nab Scar with fantastic scenery spanning as far as the hills on the west coast on a clear day. Or stroll through Rydal Park with its ancient and magnificent trees, past the thunderous waterfalls, revered by Wordsworth, and on to Ambleside with its numerous shops, restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes. Only a short drive away is Windermere with its water sports and boat cruises on Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.

Please be aware that the hot tub can not be used with fake tan or sadly the £400 security deposit will be debited

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas