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Esther's Barn

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Southwaite Green in its setting
Southwaite Green and the fells, Esther's Barn on left
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2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
5 guests
3 nights minimum
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Southwaite Green is in an area of peace and tranquility in the Lorton Vale, almost mid-way between Cockermouth and Lorton both 2 miles away, Keswick is 9 miles to the east. Within a short drive are the less crowded western lakes Crummock, Loweswater, Buttermere and Ennerdale, winner of Britain's Best View. There are ample walking and cycling opportunities from the door and a wealth of shops and restaurants can be found in both Cockermouth and Keswick. The properties sit on Paddle Beck giving a peaceful ambience together with 10 acres of grounds including newly planted woodland, wildlife meadow, pond and arboretum. Consequently there is an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, barn owls, red squirrels, badgers and the occasional kingfisher that visits the beck. Southwaite Green con...Southwaite Green is in an area of peace and tranquility in the Lorton Vale, almost mid-way between Cockermouth and Lorton both 2 miles away, Keswick is 9 miles to the east. Within a short drive are the less crowded western lakes Crummock, Loweswater, Buttermere and Ennerdale, winner of Britain's Best View. There are ample walking and cycling opportunities from the door and a wealth of shops and restaurants can be found in both Cockermouth and Keswick. The properties sit on Paddle Beck giving a peaceful ambience together with 10 acres of grounds including newly planted woodland, wildlife meadow, pond and arboretum. Consequently there is an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, barn owls, red squirrels, badgers and the occasional kingfisher that visits the beck. Southwaite Green consists of four cottages that were developed in 2007 by the owner, who lives on site, to an extremely high standard. The cottages have an abundance of local timber used by local craftsmen to retain the traditional character and wherever possible used the original timbers from the barn. They have been painstakingly converted using “green design and technologies” with ground and air source heat pumps to power the under floor heating beneath the slate and oak floors. A design feature has been the use of solar panels and the positioning of the windows to generate maximum solar heating to produce the heating and hot water. Great attention to detail has been paid to ensure that these are eco-friendly properties, including organic bedding and towels, handmade furniture from sustainable sources and even to the extent of using eco-friendly paints. The owners have gone to great trouble to ensure the properties have a low ‘carbon foot-print’ and to ensure your holiday is an enjoyable experience. The development briefly comprises two, two bedroom/two shower ensuite cottages, Skiddaw and Esther’s Barn, both with twin beds that can be put together to make a super king size. Buttermere is a ground floor two bedroom cottage which is specially adapted for disabled use with mobility one and two rating and Beckside is a three bedroom, three bathroom house. The properties have been given the much acclaimed Gold Award from the Green Tourism Scheme. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
No hen or stag parties please.
Bathrooms
3 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Marna M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:85%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2009
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Reviewed 22 May 2019 via mobile

Lovely accommodation in a beautiful peaceful environment. Very well equipped and comfortable. Enjoyed watching the wildlife and seeing the nesting birds. Marna kept in touch after our booking to ensure we had everything we needed. Thank you

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank DayTrip799829
Reviewed 4 November 2014

We had a week in Esther's Barn during half term. The cottage was well equipped, really comfortable beds and clean and well cared for. Plenty of hot water and great bathrooms! The grounds were interesting to stroll around and the whole environment was very eco-friendly....More

Date of stay: October 2014
Thank Debra W
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Clean, modern, well laid out cottage with excellent facilities. Great location with very accommodating (but not over bearing) owners. The quality of the accommodation ensured our new years break was excellent.

Date of stay: December 2013
Thank davidjohnscott
Reviewed 8 November 2013

An eco-friendly holiday lets development provides not only an ideal location for exploring the northern lakes but is itself a treasure from which to view and appreciate the surrounding countryside. We have returned here on six occasions, not only because of the convenience but because...More

Date of stay: October 2013
Thank sapphire6
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Southwaite Green is an ideal location from which to explore this part of the country. Esthers Barn is lovely and a really comfortable place to relax after a day of walking the fells or visiting the many nearby attractions. The property is very nicely furnished...More

Date of stay: August 2013
1  Thank PaulTK
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Books
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
The lakes Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater are very close, Loweswater a nice walk, with Keswick and Borrowdale a short drive away over the Whinlatter pass. Hiking, climbing and other outdoor pursuits are very popular, with many walks made famous by the Wainwright series of guidebooks. The C2C bike route passes close to the cottage, so bring your bikes or hire them in Cockermouth, but be prepared for hills. Cockermouth is one of the few towns in the Lakes that retain its traditional look and feel, with individual independent shops on the tree-lined main street giving the town great character. There is also a farmers' market in the market square the first Saturday of each month. Wordsworth was born here and his house is a National Trust property, with staff dressed for the 18th cen...
Getting around
You really are better off with a car here. We are in the country, quiet and peaceful and a bit off the beaten track, but only 10 minutes from Cockermouth and 20 minutes from Keswick over Whinlatter Pass.
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