Towards the property
A warm welcome awaits
View towards the property
Curl up on the sofa with family and friends
Enjoy the warmth of the woodburner
Oak panelled walls create a majestic feel
Cosy up in front of the woodburner on cooler evenings
Plenty of charisma and charm
Perfect spot for a good book
Finishing touches
Unique features throughout
A little stained glass window adds to the splendour of the bedroom
A grand entrance
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Create your family's favourites
Plenty of worktop space to create your culinary masterpiece
Enjoy the views whilst dining at the table
Dining area with adjoining kitchen
A very sociable space
Plenty of space for your belongings in the boot room
Utility room which also doubles as a useful boot room
Games room with snooker table and puzzles and board games
Period features in the bedroom
Time to snooze
King-size bedroom with view across the garden and moorland
Bathroom with a spot of luxury with a roll top bath
Inset sink in the bathroom
Super-king-size bedroom
This bedroom can be made into twins upon request
A welcome addition to the property
En-suite shower room
Basin in en-suite shower room
Cosy twin bedroom
Rich colours in the twin bedroom
Plenty of character
Rustic charm
Enjoy the large open garden spaces
Peaceful and remote
Pretty shrubs
The perfect location for keen ramblers
A unique feature in the garden
The old beehive barn
Plenty of walks from the doorstep of the property
1 / 45  Towards the property
2 / 45  A warm welcome awaits
3 / 45  View towards the property
4 / 45  Curl up on the sofa with family and friends
5 / 45  Enjoy the warmth of the woodburner
6 / 45  Oak panelled walls create a majestic feel
7 / 45  Cosy up in front of the woodburner on cooler evenings
8 / 45  Plenty of charisma and charm
9 / 45  Perfect spot for a good book
10 / 45  Finishing touches
11 / 45  Unique features throughout
12 / 45  A little stained glass window adds to the splendour of the bedroom
13 / 45  A grand entrance
14 / 45  Open-plan kitchen/diner
15 / 45  Create your family's favourites
16 / 45  Plenty of worktop space to create your culinary masterpiece
17 / 45  Enjoy the views whilst dining at the table
18 / 45  Dining area with adjoining kitchen
19 / 45  Kitchen
20 / 45  A very sociable space
21 / 45  Plenty of space for your belongings in the boot room
22 / 45  Utility room which also doubles as a useful boot room
23 / 45  Games room with snooker table and puzzles and board games
24 / 45  Period features in the bedroom
25 / 45  Time to snooze
26 / 45  King-size bedroom with view across the garden and moorland
27 / 45  Bathroom with a spot of luxury with a roll top bath
28 / 45  Inset sink in the bathroom
29 / 45  Bathroom
30 / 45  Super-king-size bedroom
31 / 45  This bedroom can be made into twins upon request
32 / 45  A welcome addition to the property
33 / 45  En-suite shower room
34 / 45  Basin in en-suite shower room
35 / 45  Cosy twin bedroom
36 / 45  Rich colours in the twin bedroom
37 / 45  Plenty of character
38 / 45  Rustic charm
39 / 45  Enjoy the large open garden spaces
40 / 45  Peaceful and remote
41 / 45  Pretty shrubs
42 / 45  The perfect location for keen ramblers
43 / 45  A unique feature in the garden
44 / 45  The old beehive barn
45 / 45  Plenty of walks from the doorstep of the property

Barrow Hollin

Cartmel Fell, Cumbria
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 5 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Towels included
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Property code: LCC07


Barrow Hollin has been part of our collection for many years, enjoyed by guests for its historic atmosphere and beautiful location. When it came up for sale past guests, Sara and Simon had enjoyed it so much they bought it for themselves. Throughout 2014 they have put their individual mark on the property, completely renovating and restoring the wonderful features, along with a new décor and upgrading the services and facilities.

When I first visited to see their work, I was completely taken aback by the effort, imagination, along with the style and quality that they had achieved in turning this delightful cottage into a super comfortable rural retreat, and where their efforts have been recognized by Visit England awarding the prestigious 5 Star Gold Award rating.

Barrow Hollin adjoins Barrow Wife where both have a long and interesting history. Barrow Wife was originally built as a Quaker Meeting House in 1677 by Lawrence Newton, with the addition of Barrow Hollin in 1712. Later the house and cottage became the home of recognised British portrait artists Claude and Audrey Harrison. Today each cottage is a private residence enjoying a splendid location high on Cartmel Fell above the small village of High Newton, about three miles from the foot of Lake Windermere.

As you drive to the cottage the landscape opens to high moorland and rolling fells, with the peaks of the Coniston Mountain range in the far distance.

The Living Spaces

You are best to park by the entrance gate for unloading before putting the car in the designated off-road parking area. The stone gateway leads you up a little path to the front door and porch. Step into the sitting room and you are drenched in atmosphere and comfort. Oak panelled walls reflect the glow from the log burning fire and two plump sofas are set either side under the timbered ceiling. By day the sunbeams stream through the bay window, by night, with the lamps turned low, the fire roaring, it is the perfect place to curl up with friends or family and maybe watch a Netflix blockbuster included on the smart widescreen TV.

Across from the sitting room is the kitchen dining room. Flush with all mod cons, you will find it a joy to prepare meals and to dine at the oak table with its views down the valley. A welcome pack of local relishes are there for your arrival and for coffee lovers, there is a small supply of capsules for the Nespresso coffee machine. To the rear of the kitchen is a spacious utility and boot/dog room with laundry equipment, extra storage and hooks for wet clothes. Finally, downstairs a door from the utility room takes you into the bike store, then into the Games Room with its snooker table and assorted puzzles and board games.

Back to the sitting room and you will find the original stone stairs leading to the upper floor. The banister is a great example of Quaker simplicity with charming little flat cut-outs of a more elaborate spindle design.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are three bedrooms to choose from. The first double has a king-sized bed where the two large windows have interesting detail and look out across the garden and moorland. There is also a little stained-glass window we think was designed by Claude Harrison.

The second double with en-suite shower room sits to the front of the house and also has a super king size bed, which can be made up as 2 singles on request at booking. The little twin is one of my favourite rooms. Small and cosy, it has rich wallpaper inset between the wattle and beamed walls and is furnished with well chosen pieces.

The house bathroom is spacious with a fine claw foot roll top bath with overhead shower along with basin and WC. I should mention that there is a further WC downstairs off the sitting room.

Grounds & Gardens

Outside the grounds are perfect to relax in. Landscaped by Sara and Simon, paths take you through the various areas and levels. Grass, gravel, shrubs and trees along with a little tumbling beck and small natural unfenced pond, the old beehive barn and the most beautiful views all combine to make a most peaceful and relaxing space to enjoy.

All in all this is a very desirable venue for a Lake District holiday, and we are all delighted to welcome Barrow Hollin back into our collection where we are sure both those that have been before and those that are coming for their first visit, will be as delighted as we are by the owner's efforts to ensure their guests comfort and enjoyment of their holiday home.

Out & About

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 1.5mile 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 an 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 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. Also, 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.

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. Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of Cumbria's prettiest villages. Four pubs, Rogan & Company bistro, the two Michelin star 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.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 twin and 1 king-size (can be made into a twin by prior request)
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs provided
  • Games room with snooker table
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • 1 en-suite shower room
  • Ground-floor WC
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ - please bring charcoal
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and oil central heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Telephone with honesty box
  • Bike storage available
  • Smart TV with DVD and Netflix
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub 1.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Holly.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Jane Moore February 2018

Morning our stay was wonderful. The quality & cleanliness exceptional and the thought and attention to detail in respect of appliances crockery bed linen and all the additional extras makes for a 5 star holiday cottage. We do hope to return in warmer weather as the garden must be fantastic with the view stream and planting

Reviewed by Clarke family February 2018

Just spent a wonderful weekend at Barrow Hollins to celebrate a special birthday.It was everything we hoped for and more, warm and toasty log fire, lovely furnishings, fantastic views, a thoughtful welcome gift of hawshead relishs and bottle of bubbly, a real home from home. Our party consisted of 6 adults and a small grandson and everything we neeRead moreded was available. We were all sad to leave but will return. Hide

Reviewed by Richard, Tiffany and Tabby January 2018

A huge thank you for a wonderful few days. Cottage is perfect , incredibly well organised and equipped by a very friendly team. Stunning area , visited cartmel , Grange over sands . Lots of walks and running so dogs and 5 year old daughter loved it

Reviewed by The Rigby family December 2017

We have had the most magical Christmas spent in this idyllic sottage. We have had cosy evenings around the fire and our children have loved it (my 5 year old wants to stay here forever). Thank you to Kathryn for all the helpful information - we managed to find the local butcher on Christmas eve and wheeled the turnkey back in the pushchair! We woulRead mored love to reurn again soon Hide

Reviewed by Tracey, John and Hope September 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Barrow Hollin, lovely cottage but we loved the peace and quiet of the garden, we did not have many nice days to fully appreciate it but made the most of sitting out when we could. Loved all the different birds and mr and mrs pheasant (i will miss) came every morning to visit. The holiday was special for my 50th birthday and wRead moreedding anniversary. Hope, our springer aged 6 , enjoyed the walks and the garden .Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Sam, Tania and Monty August 2017

Barrow Hollin , what a wonderful gem of a house you are. Youre views are stunning , youre delightfully comfortable and you have possibly everything one needs for a relaxing stay. Youre pubs are brilliant and the surrounding villages and towns are lovely - we visited them all. Conistion lake was probaly the highlight of the trip, Monty our 4 year olRead mored taking charge of the boat we hired. thank you so much for such an amazing house . We would love to come back in winter and enjoy a roaring fire with a scotch. We dont have a dog but there is one on the way..... Hide

Reviewed by The Gray family August 2017

A wonderful cottage in a beautriful landscape. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the lakes and hope to come back soon

Reviewed by Nonthakon August 2017

Thank you for making our holiday amazing. This is the best holiday that I have ever had in my life !! this cottage is just amazing and it is so peaceful. My favourite room has to be the games room. i absolutely love the snooker room that I have used every day. The living room is really good too and thank you for making this possible.

Reviewed by Nid August 2017

I would like to say thank you very much for the wonderful cottage , we had a lovely time. The cottage is perfect, amazing , stunning ...we love it . My wish is that we will come back again. Thank you so much

Reviewed by Anthony, lyn, Ted and Molly August 2017

So good to come back again (9.9.16) to celebrate our first anniversary, but for a total chill out for two weeks this time! Ted and Molly, the Patterdales loved the garden again. Molly loved it so much she went walk about on the first night but was found a couple of hours later under the snooker room. The walks and pubs are a se remembered , the MasRead moreons being the best especially after the walk to get there. Hope to be back again one day. ps if you ride you must do the cumbrian heavy horses beach ride - awesome. Hide

Reviewed by Keith & Viv Jefferson June 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Barrow Hollin.When we arrived, the cottage looked and smelt lovely and clean.The cottage is full of character, with wooden beams and flagstone floor, and the views are fantastic. This is a perfect base for exploring the Southern Lakes. We had a wonderful stay here, and our 2 1/2 year old grandson keeps asking to goRead more back! Hide

Reviewed by Dav, Marlene plus Ruby June 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cottage with us.We had an amazing week. It is our first time in the Lake District and it wont be our last. Our frenchie , Ruby also had a good time.She absolutely loved the garden and explored every nook and cranny. For inexperienced walkers like us, just a note. The walk to the Mason's arms takes longerRead more then one and a half hours. It took us 4 hours!! admittedly with some detours! Hide

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Towards the property
A warm welcome awaits
View towards the property
Curl up on the sofa with family and friends
Enjoy the warmth of the woodburner
Oak panelled walls create a majestic feel
Cosy up in front of the woodburner on cooler evenings
Plenty of charisma and charm
Perfect spot for a good book
Finishing touches
Unique features throughout
Show 33 moreA little stained glass window adds to the splendour of the bedroom


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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