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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
Lakeland Extras - You Time
Holidays are are all about relaxing and reviving along with having fun. It should also be about your time, time for yourself, a little self indulgence. Adding some of these extras will enhance your holiday experience and give you that much deserved You Time.
My Personal Sanctuary
MPS is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Your treatments are carried out by carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay and even better, when you book one of our lake district cottages you will recieve a 5% reduction from MPS on your chosen treatment.
Home Cooked Meals
A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found a few companies that offer a tasty selection. Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.