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Barrow Hollin

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star Gold Award


Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Pool Table
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Barrow Hollin


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 wide screen 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 cutouts 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 superking 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 1.5 mile 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 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 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. 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.

For more info on local areas of interest visit our Lake District Guides

Full Lake District Guide



Newby Bridge To Bouth 

Grange Over Sands 

Cartmel Peninsular - The Lythe and Winster Valleys - Arnside and the Morecambe Bay 

The Grizedale Forest 


Your Say

Booked last minute as David in 'Grizedale Grizzly" cycling event – and so pleased we did!  A great cottage in a great location. So many walks on the doorstep  - quiet for the Lakes in the summer!  
Dogs are well catered for!  Big garden, utility room with dog beds etc! 
Thank you for such a lovely cottage. Trisha, David, (Jack & Gwen – Collies) 
What an amazing place! It certainly is 5 Star rating!  One of our personal favourites was the unreal garden seat – a lovely place to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. We did the Gummers How walk – would recommend for great views of Lake Windermere. We also had a ramer over competitive game of mini golf… The kitchen is fantastic and well equipped and we made full use of it cooking lots of yummy food! We went for dinner at the Hare & Hound which we would highly recommend. We also enjoyed more competitive rounds of darts and pool in the Games Room – a fab edition to the house.
Log burner, blanket and Netflix are perfect ingredients for a cosy night in.  
Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. Kate & Declan 

Had a lovely stay in a lovely house that's well equipped and well thought out. Views are fantastic and so is the sound of silence. The rooms and décor were perfect in a house of this style, the real fire was cosy. We visited Roa Island, the top of Hard Knott and Wrynose Pass, sailed across Windermere & loved watching all the different birds at the bird table while having breakfast. Its been the perfect break & in the perfect retreat!
Thanks Neil, Joanne & Kids & Pepper (the Pointer) 

Barrow Hollin
The Details

Barrow Hollin Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday Cottage - Semi Detached - Rural Location
  • 1 King bedroom 
  • 1 King bedroom with en-suite shower room - bed may be made up as 2 singles on request at booking
  • 1 Twin bedroom 
  • Duvet - Full linen & towels
  • 1 Bathroom - Rolltop bath with overhead shower, handbasin  & wc
  • Downstairs WC & handbasin
  • Oil central heating
  • Log burning stove
  • Complimentary basket of logs, kindling & firelighters
  • Logs purchase locally
  • Electric oven & hob
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator 
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Nespresso coffee machine, small supply of complimentory coffee capsules
  • Electric slow cooker
  • Welcome wine & hamper of local preserves
  • Bath House comlementary toiletries
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Smart TV and Netflix
  • DVD
  • Wifi Broadband
  • Telephone - honesty box
  • Electricity & oil inclusive
  • Garden Furniture
  • Barbecue - please bring charcoal
  • Games room with Snooker table
  • 2 Well behaved dogs - £30 per dog. Welcome dog pack provided
  • Please note guests are to be fully responsible for their pets where they must respect the property and grounds, follow specific instructions left at the property, also be aware of any farm stock nearby - see terms and conditions. On departure and to avoid a GHD charge, guests must clean up after their pet both inside the property and the grounds.
  • No smokers
  • Parking 3 cars
  • Bike storage available
  • Nearest Pubs -The Crown Inn High Newton - 1.5 Miles & The Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank - 2.5 Miles
  • For Cartmel Racecourse fixture dates visit their website cartmel-racecourse.co.uk
Nearest Amenities
High Newton
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Grange over Sands
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


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