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Tarn House

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041867)

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The property

Part of a magnificent period property, Tarn House sits above the picturesque Skelwith Village in the Langdale Valley. This is a genuine walkers' paradise; commanding ever-changing views from the garden over the spectacular valley and circumscribed by the Lake District's most famous fells. Chester's Cafe and the Skelwith Bridge Hotel's Talbot Bar are only a short stroll away. Inside you'll find a true taste of traditional Lakeland grandeur; high ceilings, polished floorboards, Victorian tiling and Inglenook fireplace blend beautifully with rich fabrics and lavish furnishings. This is a place to spend quality time with family or friends, at any time of year, whether relaxing or exploring. Visitors have described the interior design as thoughtful and creative, the setting as magical and the location as "amazing". == Accommodation in detail A shared private driveway leads to private parking for 3 cars. Victorian tiled entrance hall to the elegant living / dining room with large picture window, lavish leather furnishings and woodburning stove. Local slate kitchen with access to the exterior and separate laundry room. Upstairs to double and twin bedrooms, Victorian bathroom and reading room / 2nd reception room. Upstairs again to two more fabulous double bedrooms, plus a second bathroom. Outside, an outcrop of rock forms an interesting feature and stone steps lead to an upper garden with far reaching views. Location A Skelwith Bridge holiday home takes you away from the hustle and bustle of tourist traps, but places you in an ideal location for exploring the highlights. Skelwith Bridge is a small hamlet in the heart of the Langdale Valley, within easy reach of shops, Windermere Lake Cruises and restaurants in Ambleside, but surrounded by sublime countryside scenes. Many famous Lake District walks begin in and around Skelwith Bridge; choose from challenging routes on the Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg and the tarn, or peaceful strolls on the shores of Elterwater to name but a few. Nearby Ambleside is a great place to stop off for hiking advice, with a tourist information centre and many expert outdoor stores. Your location just off the A593 makes exploring the wider reaches of the National Park a breeze. For example; follow the road back to Ambleside and the shores of Lake Windermere, then north to Rydal Water and Grasmere, or follow the A593 south to picturesque Coniston. A summary of recent guest comments include: "A fantastic house, warm and welcoming and an amazing location. We would love to come back next year!" "Very well equipped, very clean and well presented. Location spot on - you can walk to places without the car" "So much thoughfulness and creativity added to make this such a lovely home to stay. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended" Short breaks of 3, 4 or 5 nights are accepted at Tarn House - please book online or call us for prices and availability on 015394 88855.


  • Over 2 floors
  • 4 x bedrooms; 3 x double rooms and 1 twin / super king (zip link - please specify, Bathroom with cast iron bath and separate shower cubicle, 2nd luxury Bathroom with bath & separate shower cubicle, elegant lounge/dining room, a well appointed kitchen, separate WC and private parking.
  • Oil fired central heating, wood Burning stove, double electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine & tumble dryer, dishwasher, Wi-Fi, fellside garden with furniture, private parking for 3 cars, bed linen and towels provided.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas