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Ford Barn


Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star Gold Award


Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Easy Access For Cartmel Races
Wi-Fi Broadband

To See More Cottages In And Around Cartmel See Our Cartmel Collection

Ford Barn



Ford Barn lies at the heart of Cartmel Village, just off the main square. 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 and Ford Byre giving guests private parking for one car. The owners live 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 lie the sitting room, the downstairs WC, along with opening into the kitchen and utility room. Well appointed with all mod cons, you will be able to prepare your favourite Jamie dish, and in summer spill out into the garden for alfresco dining.

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 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. 

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide



Newby Bridge To Bouth 

Grange Over Sands 

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

Coniston Water & Mountain 


The Grizedale Forest 



Your Say

Thank you for a fantastic stay in Cartmel. What a treat!  The cottage and village were a delight. We had everything we could have needed in the cottage which is gorgeously decorated. The kids loved feeding the birds and the ducks - a lovely touch providing bird feed. The garden just added a special something for the kids. 

We are now living in the Middle East and the cottage is the perfect retreat in the most perfect English village. We come to the lakes every year but our stay in Cartmel has been the best by far. This is due to the lovely cottage but also discovering Cartmel which is a real find. 
The food has been superb - The Pig & Whistle, Rogans and the fantastic service at The Kings Arms has made our stay fantastic- a foodie's delight.  Thank you for the lovely welcome pack - also a special touch.
We will remember our trip as being the best in the lakes - superb accommodation and food.  You will be remembered!
The Judge Family
We are very honoured to be your first guests. We enjoyed the cottage very much. Specials were: the delicious fudge (where can I order it?), suberb marmalade, the tranquility of the garden and ambience of the village, the birds in the garden especially the Robins. Very special was rescuing 5 ducklings from the garden, they all survived. Top marks for the cottage. Recommendations: Rogan & Company should deserve a Michelin star! Beauty Salon excellent massage. Thank You - Gerritsen -The Netherlands

Ford Barn
The Details

Ford Barn Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday Cottage - Detached - Village location 
  • 1 King bedroom with en-suite shower room and flat screen TV with DVD
  • 1 Double bedroom with flat screen TV with DVD
  • 1 Single bedroom with flat screen TV with DVD
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Bathrobes
  • 1 Bathroom with bath and overhead shower, hand basin and WC
  • 1 Travel Cot
  • 1 High chair
  • Gas central heating
  • Oven & hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge - freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Tassimo coffee machine, small supply of complimentary coffee pods
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Flat screen TV - DVD
  • CD Hi-Fi with Bluetooth, also connection for iPhone, iPod and iPad - Please note guests must bring their own USB cable.
  • Broadband WiFi
  • Gas & Electricity inclusive
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue - Please provide your own charcoal
  • 1 Well behaved dog £30. 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 charge, guests must clean up after their pet both inside the property and the grounds.
  • No smokers
  • Parking 1 car at the property, also 1 free pass for the village car park
  • Nearest Pub - KIngsHead/Royal Oak - 1 Minute Walk
  • For Cartmel Racecourse fixture dates visit their website cartmel-racecourse.co.uk
Access Statement
Nearest Amenities
Cark in Cartmel
Levens & Sizergh
Morecambe Bay & Arnside
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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If you have yet to visit the Lake District, then why not start by watching our little film. An 11 minute movie, it gets to essence of this beautiful landscape. Shot by Jack Serginson and Ollie Gough, the movie shows why our stunning area is the No1 holiday destination.


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Lake District Personal Sanctuary


We want you to truly have a relaxing time and unwind during your stay. We have teamed up with My Personal Sanctuary who offer 5 star quality organic massage and treatments, carried out in the comfort of your holiday home.


To add to the relaxed mood why not order a delicious meal from Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Debby Bainbridge in the North Lakes or Lucy’s of Ambleside in South Lakes.
See our Lakeland Extras Page for more details