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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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kevinwrig...
Gateshead, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great Weekend”
Reviewed 3 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Myself and a group of friends booked Widewarth Barn for two nights last weekend. We couldn't have asked for better accommodation or hosts for our stay. The barn has been renovated to very high spec (underfloor heating a treat) with a warm and comfortable feel to it. We walked into Askham on Friday night for dinner, which took around 35 mins, on a main road which has enough room to safely walk down. On the way back it did take a bit longer as it was pitch black and we did spend a lot of time starring at the night sky.

I highly recommend Widewarth Barn. I know I will be visit again in the near future, I may even treat my girlfriend next time.

Thanks again for a great weekend.

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Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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_nickyjus...
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Beautiful place to stay”
Reviewed 18 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Lovely accommodation full of Character. Helpful and friendly people. Peaceful farm with beautiful views and wonderful walking nearby

Travelling group: Teenagers
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blue h
Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Fabulous authentic, tranquil, self contained accommodation on a seventeenth century farm in the Lake District”
Reviewed 26 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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We (two adults and our 13 year old son) spent a week here. We enjoyed a warm welcome from Alice and George Robinson.

The property is part of the original farm buildings. It is sympathetically restored to retain its original character and so features original stone walls and timbered ceilings. Alongside this, it is very comfortable, featuring comfy beds, under floor heating, a hot shower, rocking chair and comfy settees in lounge and snug. The outside featured several attractive hanging baskets of flowers.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything you should need. We liked the additional personal touches of framed photos on the walls by a local photographer, flowers on the table, OS map of the local area on the wall in the snug, more maps and a file of info on what to do in the surrounding area.

There are fabulous views from the kitchen door - out over the surrounding fields - of sheep - and there is a big wooden picnic table outside to use.

You can also play table tennis in the barn opposite which we enjoyed.

It is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, as there are fabulous walks from the door - out onto the surrounding fells where the sheep live and the fell ponies roam. We also enjoyed dinghy sailing from Glenridding Sailing School on Ullswater one day and a day of art tuition at Greystoke Cycle Cafe, half an hour by car from the farm.

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Liked best: Tranquility and sympathetic restoration.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
28 Aug 2016
Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure having you to stay. You certainly made the most of all the Lake District has to offer! Kind regards, Alice
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RayCatG
2 reviews
“I left a little piece of my heart here!!”
Reviewed 9 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

There is nothing we would change about Widewath Barn. From the warm welcome we received from George and Alice; the wonderful location; convenience to all amenities; to the Barn itself, so beautifully restored with everything one would need.

The village of Askham is very nice not to mention the wonderful drive through the Lowther Estate into Penrith.

We visited Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Keswick, Windermere etc etc and although these places were beautiful in their own right we were glad to return to the peace and quiet of Widewath Farm in the evening.

We truly had a wonderful time. The children loved it, as did my Husband & I.
Our boys (7,6 & 3) already want to return to see Joe & Alec (Owners Sons) to show off their new found football skills; and of course to see Minnie & Izzy the family dogs - our Son Joseph now wants a dog!!

Thank you Alice, George and boys. You made Widewath Farm 'home' for us all.

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abbie-lei...
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful place ”
Reviewed 8 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 2 nights and it was perfect. Very clean tidy beautiful place. Felt at home. Was greated by Alice and her husband. Lovely people made you feel welcome. Will defiantly be returning very soon. Thank you for making our stay amazing x

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Gemma8420...
Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful, relaxing trip to the Lakes. Thoroughly recommended.”
Reviewed 25 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We have just returned from a weekend away at Widewath and have had a fantastic time.
The barn is restored beautifully and to a very high standard- the underfloor heating is a great touch and along with the power shower, give the place a real luxury feel.
We travelled as a family with our seven year old daughter, who absolutely loved being on the farm, playing with the family dogs and roaming the grounds, seeing the horses, sheep and cows. We felt totally at ease for her to wander and explore the farm alone as it was set off the main road.
Alice and George couldn't have been friendlier, and made us feel at home. Their son Joe brought us fresh eggs from their own chickens (which went great with the local bacon we'd bought from the village shop).
We had a few drinks at the local pubs which were great, and ate at the Punch Bowl, who served a great Sunday dinner for my husband and daughter (fish and chips for me - amazing!).
Thanks again to Alice and George, and we hope to return to the barn soon.

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Liked best: The quality of the barn decor, brand new but in keeping with the original building
Liked least: More storage would have been nice (wardrobe and coat hangers) but not essential
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Arry T
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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“Beautiful cottage - a lovely place to stay for a countryside holiday”
Reviewed 22 May 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.

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