Even in the context of the Lake District, Longsleddale, a mere twelve minutes from Kendal and twenty-five from Windermere, is recognized as outstandingly peaceful and stunningly beautiful.
As you travel up the valley, in parallel with the River Sprint, you step back in time, passing traditional farmhouses, a much-loved church an idyllically situated swimming hole and majestic fells. You will get a real sense of the valley's traditional community consisting of some eighty people and several thousand sheep. Perhaps it is not surprising that Longsleddale should have been the inspiration for the Postman Pat books!
Todd Fell Barn at Low House Farm is a high quality and homely barn conversion that has been created by the owners to enable guests to share the experience of living in one of the most tranquil places in Britain. Presented as an “upside down house” with the bedrooms on the ground living accommodation on the first floor, the cosy lounge, open plan kitchen/dinner and two bedrooms have all been carefully planned to offer the very best views of the surrounding countryside.
There is plenty of wildlife - roe deer, red deer, badgers, rabbits, hares and even the occasional red squirrel. Ravens nest on the crags, wrens in the stone walls, while woodpeckers, jays nuthatches tits and finches thrive in the woods. Buzzards, kestrels and owls hunt here and herons fish the river where kingfishers, dippers, wagtails or goosanders can also be seen. Several miles of the Sprint are designated SSSI and contain white-clawed crayfish. Todd Fell Barn itself lies at the heart of a working farm that supports a flock of rough fell sheep – an ancient Lakeland breed. The walking is magnificent – straight out of the barn back door, up Todd Fell and on to all the fells beyond.
Accommodation in Detail
The front door opens to spacious hallway with plenty of space for boots, coats and outdoor gear. The hallway then links the two ground floor bedrooms and from there climbs to the first floor living accommodation. Once upstairs there is a spacious dining kitchen, the heart of the home, with high vaulted ceiling and windows that frame the beautiful countryside beyond. The large antique oak dining table has played host to many a family gathering and will continue to do so for many more years to come. The high quality fitted kitchen includes everything you could need during your stay with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer and the large island unit include a Belfast sink from which you can watch over the rest of the room. From the kitchen a patio door opens to a lawned garden area ideal for smaller children to play or to sit and relax on a summer's afternoon and enjoy the sounds of the countryside.
The cosy lounge again features picture windows that extenuate the views and the large sofa and armchairs are the ideal place to relax in front of the log burning stove and TV. The family library offers a book for every occasion and at this level the views are even more captivating and continue to draw the eye to the ever changing colours and light.
Back downstairs, the master bedroom with king size bed features a panoramic floor to ceiling window that allow the light to flood in and the carefully positioned king size bed makes the most of the view. The second bedroom, again with views to the hills, is available either as a king size bed or twin beds (please specify when booking). Both bedrooms each offer their own luxury ensuite shower room each with basin, wc and shower.
Returning to the hallway there is a utility area with washer and drier and a convenient additional WC.
To the front there is parking for two cars. Access to Todd Fell is via a private track from the road which is suitable for all but the lowest sports cars however additional care should be taken particularly the winter months as this track is not gritted or salted.
Longsleddale lies in the south east of the Lake District a few miles north of Kendal off the A6. The M6 is conveniently close. Coming from the south Todd Fell Barn is twenty minutes from junction 36 and from the north ten miles south of junction 39 at Shap. Oxenholme-Lake District mainline railway station is also twenty minutes away. From Oxenholme there is a branch line to Kendal, a journey of about five minutes.
Kendal is an old market town of great charm with a fine art gallery, a cinema and many restaurants and shops including Marks and Spencer and Booths. Morrison's, on the A6 just north of Kendal, is the closest supermarket about ten minutes away.
The adjacent valley of Kentmere is well worth exploring, as is the ravishing Lythe Valley with its many delightful pubs. On wet days nearby places of interest to visit are Blackwell, an Arts and Crafts house on the shores of Windermere, and the Dove Cottage at Grasmere where the poet Wordsworth lived with his family. Apart from the Lake District itself, Longsleddale is an excellent location from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall.
Lakeland barn conversion
Superb countryside views
1 King size bedroom
1 King size or twin bedroom
2 Luxury ensuite shower rooms
Log burning stove
Open plan kitchen / dinner
Fitted kitchen with island unit
Fridge / Freezer
Washer / Drier
Private parking for 2 cars