Private walled garden with lawn and seating
Lounge/dining room
Kitchen/dining area
Contemporary feel
Tastefully decorated
Ground floor cloakroom
Make yourself at home
Finishing touches
Master bedroom
Single bedroom
Beautiful features
Double bedroom
Enjoy a meal alfresco
Relax in the tranquil walled garden
View towards the property
Gravelled entrance
1 / 19  Private walled garden with lawn and seating
2 / 19  Lounge/dining room
3 / 19  Kitchen/dining area
4 / 19  Contemporary feel
5 / 19  Lounge
6 / 19  Tastefully decorated
7 / 19  Ground floor cloakroom
8 / 19  Make yourself at home
9 / 19  Finishing touches
10 / 19  Master bedroom
11 / 19  En-suite
12 / 19  Single bedroom
13 / 19  Beautiful features
14 / 19  Double bedroom
15 / 19  Bathroom
16 / 19  Enjoy a meal alfresco
17 / 19  Relax in the tranquil walled garden
18 / 19  View towards the property
19 / 19  Gravelled entrance

Ford Barn

Cartmel, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 5 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC16


Ford Barn lies at the heart of Cartmel Village, just off the main square. Formerly a traditional Lakeland barn dating from 1643, it is now a chic, stylish conversion designed for easy and relaxed living, lending itself to both family holidays and the perfect romantic retreat, affording a quality that has been recognised by the Visit England highest award of a 5 Star Gold.

Cartmel is one of our most popular and sought-after villages and home of the Cartmel Races, the smallest steeplechase racecourse in the country. Located on the peninsula, it lies just six miles south of Lake Windermere, and is a huddle of the most delightful period architecture, including the magnificent Norman priory, an eclectic mix of specialist shops, along with a host of pubs, cafes and restaurants, among which number the UK’s top dining venue, Simon Rogan's two Michelin star L'Enclume.

From the village square, a little alley sits between the two pubs, leading to the gate which opens into the courtyard of Ford Barn giving guests private parking for one car. The owners live next door in Ford Byre and are on hand should you wish, to help you make the most of your stay, whilst being respectful of your privacy.

Living Spaces

The whole house is tastefully furnished with delightful touches along with an impressive collection of original art adorning the walls

You step into a good size hallway, off which lies the sitting room, the downstairs WC, along with opening into the kitchen and utility room. Well-appointed with all mod cons, you will be able to prepare your favourite Jamie dish, and in summer spill out into the garden for alfresco dining.

The sitting room has large glazed windows looking out onto the front courtyard. To one end there are comfy sofas and an armchair, perfect for relaxing or taking in a movie on the wide screen TV, and to the other a fine dining table set for six.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The oak stairway leads up to the three bedrooms and house bathroom. There is a master king-size double with an en-suite shower room with basin and WC, a second double bedroom with pitched ceiling and finally a delightful single bedroom with its raft of beams.

The house bathroom has a bath with overhead shower, basin and WC. Finally, downstairs in the hall a further WC with basin.

Garden Spaces

From the kitchen French doors, you go out into the sunny walled garden, a real bonus for any Cartmel property. Grass and patio areas are bordered by trees and shrubs and the sunny aspect makes it perfect to dine alfresco. As the property is close to the river you may well get a visit from the famous Cartmel ducks

All in all, Ford Barn is a real find. A quality property, set in the heart of the village with all the amenities that it offers, yet with the privacy we all desire, and with the ease to explore both the coast, the peninsula along with the lakes and mountains of the national park – perfect!

The Location

Set on the Cartmel Peninsula and surrounded by rolling hills that tumble down to the coast Cartmel is one of Cumbria's finest and unique villages. Picture perfect with ancient buildings, an impressive medieval priory, a towering arch and a sweet clear river along with the smallest National Hunt race course and a local brewery, this lively village a friendly welcome where you can sample the many cosy inns or fine restaurants, not least Simon Rogan's L'Enclume.

There are good local walks, notable is Hampsfell and Eggerslack Wood, a limestone fell and ancient woodland where the summit gives panoramic views of the Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains, and where in spring the woodland is carpeted in bluebells.

For shopping there is the Cartmel Village Store in the square, and in Unsworth Yard you have Cartmel Cheeses and The Bread Shed along with The Red Pepper & Hot Wines shop and the Cartmel Brewery where you can sample some fine local brewed ale. Once a month the village holds a food market with many local producers setting up their stalls.

To the north of the village, clustered at the foot of Windermere lake, lies Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Fell Foot, the National Trusts parkland. At the Lakeside you can hop on a steamer for a trip on the lake, which winds its way for ten miles into the central fells, passing on the way Bowness, Sawrey and finishing at the Waterhead terminus near Ambleside.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 3 bedrooms - all with TV/DVD. 1 king-size, 1 double, and 1 single
  • Bathroom - shower overbath and WC
  • En-suite shower room with shower and WC to the king-size bedroom
  • Ground-floor WC
  • TV/DVD and hi-fi with iPod dock
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • 1 dog welcome, 2 by arrangement
  • Off-road parking for 1 car, plus 1 additional parking permit for the village car park
  • Shops and pubs within walking distance
  • £150 refundable security deposit payable prior to arrival

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 33 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ed 20th September 2019

A lovely cottage right in the heart of Cartmel. Well appointed and looked after. Plenty of good dog walking in the area and the ones we used were gates rather than stiles, easier for Tilly to get through and meant no climbing for us! A lovely cheese and bread shop and local brewery just down the road. The village store is 50 yards away and does takRead moreeaway soup, very welcome at the end of a wet walk! Good restaurants and pubs. Well be back. Hide

Reviewed by IAN 21st June 2019

Delightful cottage, immaculately appointed in a most attractive and busy village with plenty of amenities. The cottage let us and our two dogs wanting for very little with places to eat, walk and visit all at hand. The only reason not to recommend Ford Barn is we don't want it so busy we cannot get to go back!

Reviewed by Wendy 7th June 2019

Great location, we were able to park the car and not have to use it again until our journey home

Reviewed by Janet 17th May 2019

Lovely cottage. Very private and in a good location for all amenities in village. Garden is fantastic. Perfect for families and dogs. Quality fixtures and fittings.

Reviewed by Andrea 12th April 2019

Fantastic cottage and Charlotte was so accommodating in anything we needed!! Good star well deserved!!

Reviewed by Paul 25th January 2019

This property couldn't be in a better location. Nestled between two pubs and within easy walking distance of a couple of shops. Dog walks from the house were brilliant with off lead options available. The house is clean and very well appointed!

Reviewed by Madalina 21st December 2018

Wonderful place, we had a great time and had everything we needed. Would certainly consider spending Christmas in this location again !!!

Reviewed by The Logan Family - Alloway, Ayr July 2018

Had a lovely week at Ford Barn. Beautiful Cottage in a beautiful village. Especially good for our 4 legged friend, Millie the laboradoodle! We had some delicious food in the Cavendish Ams, The Royal Oak, Cartmel Coffee and especially Rogan & Co. Also enjoyed lovely walks from the racecourse through the countryside. Bakers and Butchers in Grange-oveRead morer-Sands highly recommended. Will definately be back! Hide

Reviewed by Ian, Kay and Nick Spearing, Bucks July 2018

Thank you so much - we have had a fabulous stay in your lovely house. It is not only perfectly situated but full of character and so comfortable. We have had a lovely time travelling around the Lake District. Thank you again for your great hospitality.

Reviewed by Anoy and Sophia (Zoe and Lexi the dogs) July 2018

What a wonderful house! We have been blessed with the weather - the garden is brilliant for late evening sun!! Two weeks of wall to wall sunshine - but the house remained cool for the dogs. A great location to explore the very best of the lakes. Given the weather, we have swam in Coniston water, Grasmere, Windermere and Derwnt Water and have dippeRead mored our toes in the sea!! Loads to choose from in terms of food, our pick was the Cavenish Arms - really good. We have also eaten at Rogans, Kings Arms, Pheasant Inn and Royal Oak. All good nights out. Thank you for the welcome basket and letting us stay in your fab cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Kellie, Ant and Ellen July 2018

Our first visit to the Lake District and we shall be returning. The cottage is just perfect and we loved the welcome hamper, Charlotte you have thought of everything. We have enjoyed fabulous weather, great food and beautiful scenery. It has been lovely to have Ford Barn as our base. Thank you for a wonderful stay. xx

Reviewed by Jessica and David McCraw (and Echo the Cocker Spaniel) June 2018

This was our second visit to Cartmel. Once again staying in this beautiful house. We have had an amazing week of weather and have enjoyed many walks and the local eateries. Thank you, once again for everything.

Reviewed by Liz, Niall, Oscar, Reuben, Sashia and Hetty the Bearded Collie June 2018

What a beautiful house, we had had the most amazing weekend; sunshine, walking, playing in the gardenwhile listening to the music of Cartmel Rocks! Thank you so much, we will definately be back :)

Reviewed by Sue, Dave, Jack, Caroline and Alfie and Dexter (our two cavs) June 2018

We've had a wonderful week in this beautuful cottage. Discovering the wonders of the lakes and the yorkshire dales. Ford Barn is just lovely and we loved sitting in the gardenwatching the dogs get teased by George the cat! Thank you for the lovely gifts!

Reviewed by Brain Camb and Helen Peters May 2018

Thank you for the loan of your lovely house - again. This was our fifth visit over the years - we can't wait to come back.

Reviewed by Anna, Ian and Iris, Hong Kong May 2018

We have never had a full week of continuous sunshine on holiday ever before this week. Wow! What a way to enjoy your wonderful home from home. We just loved it here. We will be back. Thank you!

Reviewed by Simon Prout and family and friends May 2018

A wonderful base from which to enjoy this wonderful village. You even fixed the weather! Thank you.

Reviewed by Stephen and Eileen Gough May 2018

Wonderful, well-equipped barn. Well done to you both for your hospitality.

Reviewed by The Breese Family April 2018

Wonderful holiday, so relaxing and so many happy memories. Thank you Charlotte for making for making Ford Barn the perfect place to stay. x

Reviewed by Mark and Johannah Ashworth January 2018

Lovely Barn, enjoyed the rest and can't fault anything. We will be back. Thank you.

Reviewed by Ernie Stirzaker June 2017

Hi, we had a great time at Ford Barn, very comfortable and homely.We would certainly book cottage again. Charlotte very helpful if needed.

Reviewed by Mrs Woodyer March 2017

We had a fantastic stay at Ford Barn - there was everything that youcould possibly need in a self catering cottage and more and the added bonus of 2 dog friendly pubs on the doorstep! The enclosed garden was great so we were able to sit outside without worrying about our border terrier escaping and walks around the race course were always fun - lotRead mores of other dogs to meet and greet.Squeezing a car through the gates of the barn was a challenge but, with practice, it wasn't a problem!Some lovely walks in the area and a train trip from Kent's Bank to Arnside was a lovely way to cross Morecambe Bay. Hide

Reviewed by Brian Camb, Helen Peters & Bingo

Fantastic!! What a charming house. You have thought of everything. Great holiday place. We will be back. The welcome pack was lovely too. xx

Reviewed by The Poxon family

We've had a fantastic week here exploring the sights of the Lake District. Lovely cottage, had everything we needed. In Cartmel we enjoyed the beer garden next door, sticky toffee pudding and pork pies from the village shop! A boat trip on Windermere, Fell Foot Park and the gardens at Holker Hall were all great with our toddler. It's been a lovely Read morebreak from life in London. We hope to come back! Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Neil & Karen December 2014

What a lovely cottage! Having a great time, we have been to Cartmel many times, this has to be the best place we have stayed.

Reviewed by Dave, Tracey, Brian & Jaqueline November 2014

Fantastic stay, truly magnificent, lovely property, perfect location. Thanks for the extra touches, welcome pack, chocolates, bubbly & Christmas tree all appreciated. As for the parking we got our Range Rover in and out without any fuss at all. Cartmel is the perfect gastronomy experience, highly recommended!

Reviewed by Ben, Rochelle & Archie November 2014

We couldn't have asked for anything else with Ford Barn - exceptionally well thought out and equipped - in fact, with many unexpected luxuries - so, thank you! Home-made fudge and marmalade disappeared very quickly after arrival. Cartmel exceeded our expectations - beautiful village in ideal surroundings. Many varied and interesting walks from the Read morerace course - saw a Barn Owl and a Red Squirrel on our wanderings. Regarding the restaurants and pubs...well it's a gastronomic dream, L'Enclume was excellent, but we also had two wonderful meals at Rogan & Company and in The Pig and Whistle too. A truly wonderful week - many thanks Hide

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Private walled garden with lawn and seating
Lounge/dining room
Kitchen/dining area
Contemporary feel
Tastefully decorated
Ground floor cloakroom
Make yourself at home
Finishing touches
Master bedroom
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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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