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Barrow Hollin and its adjoining property, Barrow Wife, lie on the Cartmel Fell, above the small village of High Newton, about three miles from the foot of Lake Windermere.
Barrow Wife was originally built as a Quaker Meeting House in 1677 by Lawrence Newton, with the addition of Barrow Hollin in 1712. In 1964 the house and cottage were purchased by Claude and Audry Harrison. Both recognised artists, Claude exhibited throughout Europe and the USA and was a member of the Royal Society Of Portrait Painters.
Today the properties are in the care of their son Toby, himself an accomplished potter and painter, where both make perfect, tradittional Lake District holiday cottages
The cottage has been recently renovated, but as a listed building, keeps much of the character and features of an 18th century farm house.
From the stone porch you step into the sitting room. Stone floors sit under a timbered ceiling, with sofas and arm chairs set around a roaring fire.
The kitchen - dining room has a small but well equipped set of units, along with your dining area, giving superb views out over the gardens and surrounding fell. To the rear of the kitchen is a scullery, ideal for storing all those bits and bobs as well as drying out coats and boots.
Up the stone stairs to the three bedrooms. There are two twin bedded rooms, one having an en-suite shower room. The double bedroom is rather nice with its four poster bed and light streaming through the windows giving views over the garden. The main bathroom has a large bath with overhead shower.
Outside you have a large garden area with a tiny beck running through. Ideal for children and adults alike, here you will be able to relax in peace.
Whether you come in summer and spread out into the gardens for barbecues, or winter where you can tuck up around a roaring fire, Barrow Hollin will offer a peacful retreat for you to holiday at and truly relax, exploring the national park, its lakes and mountains as and when you fancy.
There are plenty of walks from the doorstep where you can explore the surrounding fells, or strike out for the outlying villages and hamlets such as Strawberry Bank and its famed Masons Arms and closer to home, there is the Crown Inn at High Newton, a 2.5-mile drive or walk from the farmhouse.
About a mile on a fell track lies Simpson Ground Tarn. Managed by the local water authority as a reservoir, it is a beautiful body of water set amongst a small woodland and makes for any easy walk for a waterside picnic.
A short car ride brings you to the foot of Lake Windermere and the River Leven, where you will find the the villages of Newby Bridge, Lakeside, Finsthwaite and Backbarrow, along with The National Trusts Fell Foot Park. Here there are gardens, a cafe and, at the lake shore, fishing, jetties for mooring and hiring rowing and sailing boats, along with a ferry crossing to Lakeside. At Lakeside, steamers and launches leave for trips on the lake and can be used as a sort of water bus to explore other areas. Also at Lakeside is the steam railway terminus and the Lakeland Aquarium. Nearby at Backbarrow is the famous Lakeland Motor Museum with over 30,000 exhibits.
From Finsthwaite a track leads up to Low & High Dam, one of my favourite tarns, easy to get to and perfect for a picnic or paddle in summer.
For dining or a drink there are some good choices. The Lakeside Hotel overlooks the lake and offers a traditional bar serving local ale, a lounge bar and contemporary bistro, along with a more formal restaurant offering fine cuisine, perfect for celebration or just a little indulgence. At Newby Bridge you have the Swan Hotel, with its gardens overlooking the River Leven and offering a decent bar and bistro restaurant.
Head south down onto the Cartmel Peninsular and you have winding country lanes that lead to the Morecambe Bay. The village of Grange over Sands overlooks the bay with a mile long promenade. There are some excellent shops including Higginson's award winning Butchers, two bakers, a grocer and a host of little cafes and tea rooms. Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of Cumbria's prettiest villages. Four pubs, a fab wine bar, the Michelin awarded l'Enclume, a huge Norman priory and a national hunt race course along with narrow streets and a little river make for the perfect village setting. At Cark there is Holker Hall, a fine country house and gardens open to the public also offering a food hall with local produce. If you are still in the mood for more grand houses, then at the other end of the peninsular is Levens Hall a fine house built around 1590 and boasts one of the finest topary gardens in the UK.
A little further afield you have the coast where you can explore the edges of the bay. For me one of the finest walks in the Lake District is to set out along the shore from Arnside, over to the south side of the bay. Ahead of you stretch miles of silver sand, and as the tide comes in the view is spectacular. It must be noted that the sands are hazardous, but providing you keep to the shoreline the walk is fine.
North from the cottage, up the Rusland valley, you come to the Grizedale forest where you can purchase a map of the trails for both walking and mountain bikes. As you explore the forest you will come across fabulous sculptures, which are part of an ongoing art initiative sponsored by The Forestry Commission. North west lies Coniston Water and the Coniston mountain range offing plenty of water activities and mountain trails to suit all abilities.
Finally You are quite close to two of our larger towns. Ullverston is very traditional with cobbled streets, plenty of shops, pubs and cafes and well worth a visit. Kendal is the principle town of South Lakeland. With lots of shops, cafes and pubs the town has plenty to offer, especially on the arts and cultural scene with the Brewery cinema, theatre and arts center and the Abbot Hall Art Gallery with changing exhibitions along with a fine permanent collection.
Local Areas Of InterestCartmel Peninsular - The Morecambe Bay
Barrow Hollin Inventory
High Newton for -
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite for -
Cartmel for -
Pubs and Resturants
Rogans Wine Bar
The Cavendish Arms
The Royal Oak
Pig & Whistle
The Kings Arms
Cartmel Village Shop, home of the sticky toffee pudding
Cartmel Racecourse - See website for race days
Cartmel Village Website For latest events, attractions and venues.
Cartmel Farmers Market
Tel 015395 36366 Doctors Milligan and Lovatt and Primary Healthcare Team on Haggs Lane in Cartmel village
Grange over Sands for -
Grange Prom Art Last Sunday in the month April - September
Cark for -
Kendal for -
Shops, resturants, arts, cinema
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
The Brewery Arts Centre
The Museum Of Lakeland Life
Kendal Farmers Market last Friday in the month
Ulverston 10 miles for -
Booths supermarket , shops, arts and crafts, a market on Thursdays and Saturdays (local farmers).