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; having the benefit of rare off street parking and fully  enclosed and private gardens. 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 two cars, further paid parking in the nearby village car park. 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 equipped for all your cooking and entertaining needs with double doors opening into the delightful enclosed rear gardens.

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  fully enclosed 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.

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  • Christmas 2020 booking period Monday 21st - Monday 28th December
  • Rare off road parking for two cars and fully enclosed private gardens
  • 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
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • 1 dog welcome, 2 by arrangement
  • Shops and pubs within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 26 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jessica 21st February 2020

This cottage is centrally located in the village. Yes - the parking is awkward to get to but is a huge plus for the location. The village itself has everything you need but yet still keeps the quaint feeling. The cottage is perfect for small families with a dog. Once the gates are shut it is fully enclosed. 2 and a 1/2 bathrooms with one en-suite aRead morere a real bonus. Charlotte and Les are great hosts and we definitely be back. Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 31st January 2020

A fabulous property right in the heart of a wonderful village. The owners have created a home from experience and the photographs on the website just dont do it justice.

Reviewed by Sharron 20th December 2019

An absolutely gorgeous cottage in a beautiful location. Les and Charlotte lovely and made sure we had all we needed for our Christmas celebrations. Cartmel was stupendous and a hidden gem in the lakes. Would spend every Xmas there in a heartbeat. Thank you

Reviewed by Sarah 11th October 2019

Really lovely cottage in great location, very comfortable and well equipped, lovely and warm, with good quality everything. Very dog friendly, safe and enclosed garden, fantastic walks straight from Cartmel. Charlotte the host is really friendly and very helpful, and just next door.

Reviewed by Adam 4th October 2019

Great place in the heart of Cartmel. Pubs, shops and restaurants literally on your doorstep. With none of the unwanted noise at night. Tricky parking initially but that can't take away from Ford Barn's allure. Dog had a great time too. Love to go back!

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 Elaine 28th September 2018

Excellent location in the heart of Cartmel, lovely private enclosed back garden

Reviewed by Alison 24th September 2018

We had a great time. Property was in an excellent position for the village and exploring further afield

Reviewed by Laura 10th August 2018

We had a lovely stay at the cottage! The village is cute and has everything you need in short walking distances. The cottage is homely and peaceful right in the middle of the village, but feeling very removed and tranquil. The owners were also super helpful and friendly, wonderful hosts. Only small downside was that when we arrived nothing was set Read moreup for our toddler, but this was quickly rectified. Also, the carpets had lots of dog hair which the cleaners hadn't properly cleaned before our stay. Hide

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.

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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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