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Widewath Barn adjoins the Grade II listed farmhouse at the heart of the steading.
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Widewath Barn adjoins the Grade II listed farmhouse at the heart of the steading.
Restored stable stall provides privacy in the bedroom. Bedroom with a double and 2 sets of bunks.  Underfloor heating.
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Widewath Barn adjoins the Grade II listed farmhouse at the heart of the steading.
Restored stable stall provides privacy in the bedroom.
Bedroom with a double and 2 sets of bunks.  Underfloor heating.
Living/dining area with large farmhouse table.  Kept toasty warm with underfloor heating.  TV.
Fully equipped kitchen.
If you fancy eating it there's everything you need.
Spacious, powerful shower.
Recycled Armitage Shanks sink.
An ancient packhorse track leads from Bampton Fell up towards the farmhouse.
Panoramic views across the Eden Valley.  A very rural setting.
Mixed woodland on the Farm - alive with wildlife. Look out for red squirrels.
Lowther Castle and Gardens - hundreds of acres of romantic gardens.
Just a 10 minute ride across Helton Fell.  Ullswater Lake.  Ride the roman road, High Street!
Feeling leisurely?  Take a steamer journey across to Howtown, Glenridding or Aira Force.
Take a dip in Askham outdoor heated swimming pools surrounded by grassland.  Great for a picnic.
The Lake District is amazing in all seasons!!
Plenty of vantage points across Ullswater whether you are cycling, walking or horse riding.
The lane up to Widewath.  Can you spot the Farm?
The tough Swaledale ewe who spends much of her time on the fell.
Sun shines at haymaking time.
Gathering the sheep from the fell for clipping.
Two medieval packhorse bridges exist on the Farm.  They are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
Miles of open countryside to explore.
Rhubarb!  And loads of it!!  Grown in the garden in the well stocked veg plot.
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Askham, Eden District, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Arry T
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful cottage - a lovely place to stay for a countryside holiday”
Reviewed May 22, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

My girlfriend and I decided to go on a holiday to (somewhere near) Penrith, for a "Withnail and I" pilgrimage. The cottage is located near all of the spots, us nerds, were keen to look at. On that front, the cottage successfully delivered a lovely resting place after hard days walking and searching for Monty's Cottage :-)

Furthermore, the cottage is amazingly lovely. A converted cow barn (what a lucky cow!), very warm, cosy and comfortable. Its location between Shap and Penrith is perfect for walking (plenty of cute sheep about). There are numerous excellent country pubs within 10 mins drive. And there's a beautiful (and long, for unseasoned hikers such as us) walk starting just behind the farm, heading to Ullswater. We had a happy (and tiring) walk - complete with a steamer boat ride - which we rewarded with a trip to the pub the next day.

Our hosts, Alice and George, are two of the loveliest people you'll ever meet. Widewath Barn is somewhere I would definitely return to in the future. My girlfriend and I are already thinking of going back there sometime in the future.

Date of stay: April 2016
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Rebecca E
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Lovely cottage, friendly hosts & an abundance of wildlife”
Reviewed May 17, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Cows, ducks, dogs, sheep and cockerels a plenty. This cottage is beautiful, perfect spot for a Lake District adventure. Close to Penrith and Askham, good pubs, nice country roads and fells for walking and running and a very friendly host family to boot.
Highly recommend

Date of stay: May 2016
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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Joshua G
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Family Getaway”
Reviewed March 21, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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Just got home after a lovely weekend staying at Widewath Barn. Amazing setting with lovely surroundings. Alice and George couldn't have been more welcoming. Our 8month old daughter even got to go and see the lambs that had been born just an hour before our arrival. The barn conversion is outstanding and has really left us wishing we had booked longer.

Date of stay: March 2016
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Miranda V
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Comfort and serenity, a picturesque barn and location”
Reviewed January 13, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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person found this review helpful

We came here to get some headspace away from work and London and to see the local area. The barn is stunning, it's really impressive with the feel of a rustic building but all the mod cons.
The perfect place to rest and relax in between walks and adventures and to curl up and watch films in the snug when it's raining.
The shower room is brilliant after cold snowy walks and the whole barn is impressively warm with underfloor heating.
The hosts welcome is equally warm and there's lots of local maps and recommendations of what to do inside.
It's been a heavenly stay and lovely to meet the two friendly dogs too! Would love to visit again.

Date of stay: January 2016
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Marie W
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A snug barn in the perfect location”
Reviewed October 21, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We had a lovely few days staying at the barn. Alice & her family were very welcoming, a joy to meet such a nice family. The barn was perfect for us as couple but it would certainly suit a young family or a group of friends. Everyting you would need and so cozy.....great to go back to after a day's exploring the fells. The farm is perfectly situated to go straight out for a walk or bike ride across the fells..no car needed once there!! We have friends wanting details already.

Date of stay: October 2015
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minnie328...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful barn, picturesque surroundings and a really comfortable stay!”
Reviewed October 15, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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person found this review helpful

My partner and I, along with our friend, needed somewhere to stay for 2 nights to attend a wedding at the nearby Askham Hall. I had no idea what kind of accommodation had been booked, so when we arrived at Widewath Barn I was pleasantly surprised to say the least!

The barn is lovely and spacious but retains a cosy, comfortable vibe. Everything was spotlessly clean and tidy, and waking up to see the chickens, cows and sheep roaming around was just delightful. The views were stunning!

We were sad to leave, and wish we'd had more time at our accommodation and time to explore the local area. We hope to return one day!

Thanks for having us! Paul, Victoria & Joe.
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Date of stay: October 2015
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Shanken
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous tranquil retreat”
Reviewed October 10, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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person found this review helpful

My husband and I wanted to get away for a short break for some RnR, we were unaware of what was in store for us. Our host Alice greeted us and was very friendly, she gave us a guided tour of our accommodation and she was almost invisible throughout the rest of our stay, not intrusive at all, it was hard to believe this was a working farm as it was so peaceful. The farm is set within some magnificent natural scenery and It was wonderful waking up to the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. The accommodation is a converted barn and the bedroom is a converted cow pen. The conversion is sympathetic and in keeping with existing features, it's also wonderfully aesthetic as well as comfortable, a very good place to rest and wake up. We used this as a base for the lakes and we found it was a good base for access to the lakes. We will definitely be back next year for more tranquility.

Date of stay: September 2015
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Liked best: Tranquility
Liked least: Intermitant WiFi
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Your age range 50-64
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