Towards the back of the cottage
Relax on the patio overlooking the garden
Large conservatory, great for enjoying breakfast or a light lunch
Plenty of seating in the conservatory
Enjoy the views from the conservatory
The perfect setting to spend time with family and old friends
Boasting lots of character
Fantastic features
A bright and airy kitchen/dining area
A unique design
Enjoy breakfast together
Snuggle up with loved ones in lounge
Downstairs double bedroom
En-suite shower room
Light and airy bedroom
Traditional taps in the bathroom
Pretty gardens
Peaceful location
Surrounded by greenery
1 / 20  Towards the back of the cottage
2 / 20  Relax on the patio overlooking the garden
3 / 20  Large conservatory, great for enjoying breakfast or a light lunch
4 / 20  Plenty of seating in the conservatory
5 / 20  Enjoy the views from the conservatory
6 / 20  The perfect setting to spend time with family and old friends
7 / 20  Boasting lots of character
8 / 20  Fantastic features
9 / 20  A bright and airy kitchen/dining area
10 / 20  A unique design
11 / 20  Enjoy breakfast together
12 / 20  Snuggle up with loved ones in lounge
13 / 20  Downstairs double bedroom
14 / 20  En-suite shower room
15 / 20  Light and airy bedroom
16 / 20  Traditional taps in the bathroom
17 / 20  Bathroom
18 / 20  Pretty gardens
19 / 20  Peaceful location
20 / 20  Surrounded by greenery

Tom Crag Barn

Finsthwaite, Lake District
Visit England Gold Award
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
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Property code: LCC69


Occasionally a property comes along that ticks all of my personal boxes for the perfect cottage retreat. This is not necessarily one that offers all mod cons, has super slick modern décor and sports a host of brand new furnishings, fixtures and fittings, but one that has a special character, atmosphere and individuality along with a lot of cosy comfort. For me Tom Crag has heaps of the latter, as I trust the pictures show.

Located in the village of Finsthwaite, one of a handful of small villages clustered close by and around the southwestern reach of Lake Windermere, Tom Crag Barn offers true peace and a place to relax and holiday at.

Owners Stuart and Jenny converted this ancient barn back in the 80s as their UK base. Until recently both have spent much of their time at sea, Stuart a captain of large, private sailing yachts, Jenny his No1. On dry land Stuart's passion is for woodwork and design, where along with building this very personal cottage for themselves, many of the fittings have been created in the workshop, much from salvaged masts and other ship timbers. It could therefore be said the kitchen units have seen more of the world than many of us.

The barn, along with a couple of other cottages, lies down a short track where you have parking to the front of the property.

The Living Spaces

From a covered porch you step into the open plan living space. The main living area has a high, pitched ceiling running down the centre, with a large window allowing light to flood in. Off each side of this central isle, tucked under lowered and beamed ceilings are the sitting room area to the right, and the dining area to the left.

A big plump sofa and comfy armchairs sit drawn around a roaring open fire. An eclectic mix of ornament, pictures, furniture and occasional lighting combine to give a rich warm ambience, and a space where you can really tuck up and relax in comfort.

The dining area, again under a lowered ceiling, has a fine table at its centre, perfect for grand dinners laid out in style. There is a spiral staircase to one corner but only leads to a private area used for the owners'; storage.

From the central isle, steps lead down into a bright a sunny kitchen, where double doors open into the conservatory. To the rear of the kitchen a door opens into a scullery and boot room where you have full laundry facilities.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The first double bedroom is on the ground floor, just off the kitchen area. With views to the garden, it is small but comfortable and has an adjoining en-suite shower room.

Stairs lead up above the sitting room to a hall, off which is the master bedroom with adjacent bathroom. The bedroom is bright and airy with a pitched ceiling under which sits a large king sized bed.

Garden Spaces

The conservatory looks out to the large garden. With a backdrop of woodland and meadow, this is a fabulous space with a large grassed areas bordered with trees and shrubs, where through the middle runs a small beck that courses down over little waterfalls. South facing the sun shines down for most of the day and makes the garden the perfect extension to the house.

To summarise, this is for me a very special holiday home where it would equally make the perfect romantic retreat for just a couple or suit a family or friends looking for somewhere to gather and relax in peace and comfort – perfect!

The Location

Finsthwaite is a collection of farms and houses strung along a backwater country lane, with a splendid church along with National Trust Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

One of the best walks path is up to High and Low Dam, two of my favourite little 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 lies about a mile and a half around the lane at Lakeside. Overlooking the lake, this fine hotel has 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.

Locally there is quite a lot to do. As mentioned, the walk up to and around High Dam is a must. This can be extended by crossing over to the Rusland Valley. At Lakeside, steamers and launches leave for trips on the lake and can be used as a sort of waterbus to explore other areas. Also at Lakeside you have the Haverthwaite & Lakeside Steam Railway, where you can take a short 'there and back' ride on a restored steam engine. The Aquarium of the Lakes is well worth a visit where you get to see close up the habitat and residents of our lakes and rivers, the high point being the glass tunnel which gives you a fish eye view of things.

Around the foot of the lake, on the eastern tip, lies Fell Foot Park. Supervised by The National Trust, there are gardens, a cafe, and at the lake shore jetties for mooring and hiring rowing and sailing boats, along with a ferry crossing to Lakeside.

Nearby at Backbarrow is the famous Lakeland Motor Museum with over 30,000 exhibits.

North, up the Rusland valley, you have 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. A great attraction of the forest is Go Ape, offering wild fun in a tree top adventure with breath-taking scenery; treetop wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires.

South lies the Cartmel Peninsular with its winding lanes and rolling hills that tumble down to the coast. There are two villages well worth visiting:

Cartmel with its ancient buildings, an impressive medieval priory, a towering arch and a sweet clear river along with the smallest National Hunt racecourse, is a lively, picture perfect village with a great choice of pubs and fine restaurants. Come bank holidays the village buzzes with arrival of race day.

Grange over Sands lies about a mile over the fell from Cartmel. This pretty Edwardian village overlooks the bay and you will find an excellent grocer, Higginson's famous butchers, two bakers and local stores. On the prom there are nice gardens to stroll and in summer the prom hosts an outdoor art market. Finally Grange offers two golf clubs, both set in quite delightful countryside.

A little further afield you have the coast where you can explore the edges of the bay.

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

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  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 downstairs double
  • 1 shower room and 1 bathroom
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV and DVD
  • Telephone
  • Open fire – logs available to purchase locally
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Garden with furniture
  • Regret no pets
  • Regret no children under 18
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Pub aproximately 1 mile

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Ashwin 7th June 2019

Nice holiday, great location. We had one day of rainy and get a little cold in the evening was not able to get the heating system to function. The cottage is well decorated and comfy.

Reviewed by Keith 3rd May 2019

Very nice place and very quiet.Good location,nice neighbors.

Reviewed by M 26th April 2019

A very roomy and quirky barn conversion. More than enough space for four and the conservatory only added to this. A delightful garden to sit out in and enjoy when the weather permits. Not the place to choose if you like to stroll to the pub in the evening, we never found the owners recommendations. This apart it is in an idyllic location in a quietRead more part of the Lake District and we would highly recommend it. Hide

Reviewed by Vyrna 18th March 2019

Lovely cottage very private beautiful garden with stream flowing though. Take basics with you no welcome basket .

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Towards the back of the cottage
Relax on the patio overlooking the garden
Large conservatory, great for enjoying breakfast or a light lunch
Plenty of seating in the conservatory
Enjoy the views from the conservatory
The perfect setting to spend time with family and old friends
Boasting lots of character
Fantastic features
A bright and airy kitchen/dining area
A unique design
Enjoy breakfast together
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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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