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The Old Farm

Skelwith Fold, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042573)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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4 Customer Review(s)

  • “The heating was pre-set and we were unable to control the temperature in the house.”

    it was 19 degrees outside and the heating was on with no way of turning down or off. We contacted Heart of the Lakes and we were told somebody would look into this for us. Nobody came back to us. we had to put up with it and on an evening it was horrendous. ...

    it was 19 degrees outside and the heating was on with no way of turning down or off. We contacted Heart of the Lakes and we were told somebody would look into this for us. Nobody came back to us. we had to put up with it and on an evening it was horrendous. The whole time we had builders working next door and each day they would start chasing the walls from 8am. You have the videos so you know what I am talking about. At one point the builder actually came through the adjoining wall. The kids were not able to sleep past 8am and the dog was terrified. We had no privacy as builders were wondering into our garden, we have teenage girls so this was completely unacceptable. At one point when we were sitting out in the front one of the builders went behind rather than into the portaloo to urinate right in front of us. I reported some of this to your company and sent pictures and videos. Again somebody was supposed to do something about this but nothing was done and nobody got back to us. Our holiday was completely compromised by the intrusive building work. We could tell by the comments left in the visitor book that we were not the only customers that were very dissatisfied and upset that they were not made aware of building works. This email is a formal complaint. I would like somebody to come back to me to let me know if my complaint has been received and is being reviewed / processed. I appreciate you can’t be responsible for the actions of the builders but I do believe we should have been made aware that there was building work taking place over the duration of our stay and this was you companies responsibility to do so. Please note other than the heating issue (that must be resolved) there is no blame on the owner of this property. My issue is with the company that manage the property. Heating issue aside the property was good.

    - Mrs Sinclair, July 2021

The property

If you are looking for a place for quiet enjoyment then this truly delightful old farm cottage nestling in the heart of the tiny hamlet of Skelwith Fold just two miles from Ambleside will surely fit the bill. The cottage sits prettily in one of the most peaceful and unspoiled settings in the heart of the lakes. We are sure our guests will love this cottage which is reputed to date back to the 15thC. It retains some wonderful character features blended with modern day comforts - cosy and welcoming and ideal for a holiday at any time of the year. There are wonderful walks and rambles from the door - start your walk with a half mile stroll down the hill to the famous Chesters by the River and then onto the Cumbria Way to follow the River Brathay all the way to Elterwater and beyond. Explore up the hill from the village and you come easily to the ever popular Drunken Duck - a perfect spot for a lazy lunch. Just a couple of hundred yards from the cottage you will find an engraved viewing point - a great way to learn the names of all the surrounding mountains and a much loved spot for photographers and sunset watchers. Accommodation: Enter down a couple of steps into the small porch then into the lounge/diner with TV with freeview and wood burning fire. A varied amount of books on display and cd player, original oak beams line the ceilings. Through into the kitchen with stone flooring and stainless steel and pine units and electric hob and oven. A single bedroom on the ground floor and a shower room with wc and basin opposite the single bedroom. The utility room is home to a washing machine a heated airer and has access to the rear garden and the garage. Ten stone steps - dating from pre 1660 - take you to first floor where you will see the original wood flooring in each of the bedrooms. A twin bedroom immediately in front of you and further down the corridor a king bedroom and an adjoining single bedroom. The bathroom is at the end of the landing with bath, wc and basin. The flooring here is also pre 1660 so is uneven throughout the property.Furnishings are warm and traditional mirroring the owners' extensive lifetime of travel. Outside: The Old farm has two beautiful garden areas. To the rear of the cottage you will find a terraced garden with steps and paths, mature shrubs, trees and beautiful views towards the Fairfield Horseshoe. To the front of the cottage - just across the narrow lane - a picturesque rose covered archway leads you into the extensive lawned garden where you can sit outside on sunny days and enjoy the beautiful surroundings - wide lawn, colourful flower borders and a charming cottage garden feel. There is parking either in the garage for two small or medium cars or just in front of the garage doors immediately outside the property.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x single, 1 x ground-floor single
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining seating
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, heated airer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, CD player, WiFi and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Garage parking for two small or medium cars and off-road parking in front of the garage doors
  • Front lawn and rear terrace garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

Note: Due to the age of the property the flooring in uneven in places, please take care:

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas