Grand dining area
Enjoy the view
Enjoy the outdoors at night
View through the property
Spacious kitchen
Cook up a storm
Exposed beams
Keep warm by the fire
Space for everyone
Light filled rooms
Lounge area
Fantastic features
Open spaces
Sit and relax in the garden room
Light filled spaces
Beautiful stairs
Have a coffee and a catch up
Catch up on your favourite programmes
Cosy up by the fire
King-size bedroom
Your own en-suite
Get a great night sleep
Well furnished
En-suite bathroom
Enjoy a long soak
Elegant touches
King-size bedroom
Tastefully decorated
Another chance to catch up on some TV
Sleep in style
Bunk bedroom
Vaulted ceilings
Pretty stairwell
King-size bedroom
See what is happening in the rest of the house
Self contained room
Outstanding building
Shower or bath?
Relax and unwind
Head up to the property
A warm welcome awaits
Beautiful gardens
Alfresco dining
Breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed outside
Sit and take in the views
Evenings outside
Stunning surroundings
Meadows, fields and fells
Check out the Shepherd's hut
Shepherd's hut
Nature all around
Pretty ponds
Ideal for a picnic
Let the outdoors in
Cosy up in the hut
Quiet and tranquil
Escape from it all
Great if you like a hike
Picturesque surroundings
Another picnic spot
Alfresco dining
Evening drinks
Well stocked
View towards property
1 / 64  Grand dining area
2 / 64  Enjoy the view
3 / 64  Enjoy the outdoors at night
4 / 64  View through the property
5 / 64  Spacious kitchen
6 / 64  Cook up a storm
7 / 64  Exposed beams
8 / 64  Keep warm by the fire
9 / 64  Space for everyone
10 / 64  Light filled rooms
11 / 64  Lounge area
12 / 64  Fantastic features
13 / 64  Open spaces
14 / 64  Sit and relax in the garden room
15 / 64  Light filled spaces
16 / 64  Beautiful stairs
17 / 64  Have a coffee and a catch up
18 / 64  Catch up on your favourite programmes
19 / 64  Cosy up by the fire
20 / 64  King-size bedroom
21 / 64  Your own en-suite
22 / 64  Get a great night sleep
23 / 64  Well furnished
24 / 64  En-suite bathroom
25 / 64  Enjoy a long soak
26 / 64  Elegant touches
27 / 64  King-size bedroom
28 / 64  Tastefully decorated
29 / 64  Another chance to catch up on some TV
30 / 64  Sleep in style
31 / 64  Bunk bedroom
32 / 64  Vaulted ceilings
33 / 64  Pretty stairwell
34 / 64  King-size bedroom
35 / 64  See what is happening in the rest of the house
36 / 64  Self contained room
37 / 64  Outstanding building
38 / 64  Shower or bath?
39 / 64  Relax and unwind
40 / 64  Head up to the property
41 / 64  A warm welcome awaits
42 / 64  Beautiful gardens
43 / 64  Alfresco dining
44 / 64  Breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed outside
45 / 64  Sit and take in the views
46 / 64  Evenings outside
47 / 64  Stunning surroundings
48 / 64  Meadows, fields and fells
49 / 64  Check out the Shepherd's hut
50 / 64  Shepherd's hut
51 / 64  Nature all around
52 / 64  Pretty ponds
53 / 64  Ideal for a picnic
54 / 64  Let the outdoors in
55 / 64  Cosy up in the hut
56 / 64  Quiet and tranquil
57 / 64  Escape from it all
58 / 64  Great if you like a hike
59 / 64  Picturesque surroundings
60 / 64  Another picnic spot
61 / 64  Alfresco dining
62 / 64  Evening drinks
63 / 64  Well stocked
64 / 64  View towards property

Thorphinsty Barn

Cartmel Fell, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 4 stars
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 4 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC64


In our portfolio, Thorphinsty Barn is one of the most exciting properties we are fortunate and delighted to represent and, is maybe one of the finest holiday homes in the UK. When recently presented for sale by the former owners, it was hailed by the Telegraph as one of the top 30 properties to purchase at that time, praise indeed.

A cruck built barn dating from the medieval period, and possibly as early as Circa 1300, it is a true historical gem it was rescued from near dereliction by its previous owners, David and Sonia Guest who deserve this mention. They were granted permission to restore and convert this Grade 2 listed building into a stunning home where, with much imagination, a flare for design and care for the historic past, they created an awesome building that was nominated for a civic award and, on first sight, simply takes one’s breath away.

The present owners, the utterly charming Sarah and Martin Baerschmidt, are based in Dubai and had been looking for a home in the UK for some time. I think Sarah’s words sum up best the attraction and magnetism of this property -

“We had been house hunting for over 3 years in the Lake District and found that most places fell short of the criteria we were looking for. When we were lucky enough to stumble upon Thorphinsty Barn for sale, we knew as soon as we came in that it was for us. It is an absolute pleasure to be in the beautifully hand crafted barn that has been so thoughtfully designed. The quality of workmanship speaks for itself and the location is simply stunning, and we both hope our guests get to enjoy it as much as we do.”


The barn lies in the hamlet of Thorphinsty. A small huddle of architecturally important buildings, they lie in the lea of Cartmel fell, looking out to the great limestone scar of Whitbarrow. The fell straddles the area that runs east from the foot of Lake Windermere and the northern boundaries of the Cartmel peninsular.

A short private gated driveway takes you to the front of the barn and the great barn doors. Surrounding the barn are beautifully planted formal garden areas which fuse perfectly to wild meadows with their wildlife ponds, and on into the further surrounding fields, fell and woodland.

For us it is the perfect venue. True peace, a house that lends itself for families and gathering together, yet allows for finding quiet places for tranquil moments, both within the house and in the grounds with its perfect little shepherd’s hut and ‘garden rooms’. Though large, it has a welcoming, warm, cosy atmosphere, where it would make for a very, very special romantic retreat.

The Living Spaces

There are two entrances at the front of the barn, the great barn doors and the entrance into the boot room. This latter gives you storage for coats, your dog welcome pack, a few pairs of wellies left for your use, along with access to the downstairs WC and a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

From the boot room you go through into the main living area. The vast vaulted space is divided into three areas. The first is the kitchen area. Screened from the main living space by oak panels, buffed stone surfaces sit on top of hand crafted solid wood units housing a twin Belfast sink and a super Lacanche range cooker. With all mod cons it makes for easy living, perfect to prepare your signature supper dishes, breakfasts and lunches.

From the kitchen you step into the main living space. A polished sandstone flagged floor sits under the canopy of huge ancient oak beams and trusses, where the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the medieval craftsmen cannot fail to hold your attention.

The first area is set out as the dining space with a magnificent but simple oak table set opposite a grand fireplace with stone lintels and flagged hearth fitted with a roaring wood burning stove, giving both warmth and atmosphere.

Moving on through, the central area has a fine Georgian style round table, an easy chair and looks out from the huge glazed barn doors which allow a fabulous light to flood in.

The far end is the sitting room area. A plump leather sofa along with a couple of armchairs and some soft lighting make for a wonderful space in which to relax and still be among your group.

Finally, I should mention the original dovecote. This lies set above the gallery floor behind the tall arched window. Architecturally interesting it is no longer in use and there is no access.

The Garden Room

Opposite the barn doors a door way steps down into the garden room. Furnished with a comfy sofa and armchairs, the long oak window is filled with a view of the garden and meadows beyond and a door to one end leads out into one of the formal garden spaces – perfect.

The Snug

Stone steps by the sitting room area lead down to the lower floor with the master bedroom and the snug. Here plump sofas are set around a log burning stove and the house TV. With a roaring fire set in the grate, it is the perfect place to tuck up with a book or watch a block buster on the wide screen TV or simply gather to chat, play games and enjoy the view.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are four bedrooms to choose from. At the sitting room end of the great hall is an oak gallery off which lies a zip and link king sized double bedroom with views out to the gardens. It can be made up as two singles if requested when you make your reservation. The second bedroom has full size bunk beds, and though best suited to the young, can accommodate adults. Finally, off the gallery, is the house bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.

The master bedroom lies on the lower level opposite the snug. A delightful room with views, you have a plump king sized bed and full en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, basin and WC.

The last bedroom is accessed by a winding stone stairway by the main hall fireplace. Set above the kitchen, it has a tall arched window that looks through the cruck beams and down to the great hall. Furnished with a king size bed, there is also an en-suite shower room with basin and WC.

Grounds & Gardens

The grounds and gardens are the cherry on an already rich cake and make this truly a place to holiday at, some nine acres of land in total. The immediate areas surrounding the barn are formal lawned gardens planted with herbaceous borders and a wide variety of ornamental shrubs and trees. Divided into garden rooms, there are places to dine, wine and simply relax.

The formal planting has been carried out by an experienced eye, where it fuses beautifully with the surrounding meadows, further fields, fells and woodland. Criss-crossed with mown paths, there is a riot of wild flowers and bull rushes, attracting wildlife, butterflies, dragon flies, deer and, soaring high above, you will likely see the resident pair of buzzards.

The shepherd's hut overlooks the two ponds which reflect the sky and are a natural habitat for newts, frogs and toads. For adults it will be a place to relax, for children it can be whatever and wherever their imagination takes them.

A five bar gate leads out onto the grazing fell, with its two huge boulders. The land here is rented to a local farmer for grazing sheep. At the top of the meadow is a picnic table with views across the grounds to Whitbarrow Scar. Explore a little further and you will discover a small beck that gently tumbles down the fell.

The shepherd's hut is a beautiful traditional timber framed cart made to order in Dorset. Furnished with a couple of wicker chairs, it has a bench bed and working log burning stove and is there for both adults and children to enjoy. It is a splendid place to gather for a night time barbecue or a lazy picnic on a sunny day.

The ponds are planted with marginal plants and bulrushes, attracting a host of insects and wild life including the occasional deer that come down to drink, and where children can use the nets left in the hut to hunt for frogs and other pond life.

The little beck out on the fell is best accessed from the wooded area by the picnic table. Although small it can be slippery on the rocks and may swell in heavy rain, also there is a deep drop at one point.

The owners want you to enjoy to the full all the property has to offer, however with all of these amenities care must be taken especially with children. Please see inventory for full details.

In Summation

For us this is the perfect holiday venue. A unique home full of special character and detail, where, with the magnificent gardens, it will be perfect for family holidays, a celebration or reunion, as well as a the most wonderful romantic retreat and where we are sure you will leave with memories of a very special time.

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 2 mile drive or walk from the cottage.

About a 1.5miles, 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 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.

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.

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.

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

Please note there is a refundable £300 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 4 bedrooms – 1 en-suite king-size on the lower floor, 1 bunk bedroom and 1 en-suite zip-and-link king-size (can be made up as two singles by prior request) on the gallery level and 1 en-suite king-size on the upper floor accessed via winding stone steps
  • 1 shower room, 1 bathroom with separate shower and 1 bathroom
  • Lacanche range oven with double oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso machine, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV and DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Bluetooth Bose speaker
  • 2 wood burners - first basket of logs included
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Large garden with furniture, BBQ and shepherd’s hut
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Pub 1.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 11 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Melanie 20th December 2019

It was a great location with beautiful scenery. The bedrooms are very spacious and comfortable. The hall is the best room with a lovely fireplace, its a lovely room to be in at night when you have a fire roaring next to you. Its a beautiful place.

Reviewed by Lyndon Keith 22nd November 2019

We found the property to be perfect for us to celebrate my wifes birthday with friends and family, because of the design and layout of the property there was plenty of space but you could go to an area within the property to have some peace. The roads leading to the property area very narrow and it requires carful driving, the location is perfect lRead moreovely and quiet. Hide

Reviewed by Linda 25th October 2019

Lovely converted barn with pleasant countryside views. Good walks from the doorstep. Mason Arms is within an easy walk through the wood and on quiet roads.

Reviewed by Julie 13th September 2019

Great layout esp the snug tv room. Facilities were more than adequate esp kitchen equipment for self catering. Heating - very good. Didn't feel cold. Plenty of hot water. Lovely location esp peaceful and quiet.

Reviewed by Charlotte 6th September 2019

Stunning barn in a wonderful setting. We had a fabulous time exploring the area and relaxing in such a beautiful and comfortable home.

Reviewed by Campbell 16th August 2019

It was a beautiful house with lots of space to accommodate everyone. Teh garden and views amazing. The area was beautiful and lots to do. We would highly recommend this property.

Reviewed by Adrian 12th July 2019

An amazing escape in a stunning property, surrounded by trees, sheep and quiet (narrow) lanes.

Reviewed by Sam 28th June 2019

Fantastic cottage! In a great location not far from amenities including a couple of good pubs but far enough away to get peace and quiet. Wouldnt hesitate to stay again.

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Grand dining area
Enjoy the view
Enjoy the outdoors at night
View through the property
Spacious kitchen
Cook up a storm
Exposed beams
Keep warm by the fire
Space for everyone
Light filled rooms
Lounge area
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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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