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Durham Bridge Barn

Crosthwaite, Bowness/Windermere

Ref: 5068

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Changeover: Saturday


Quintessential Lakeland on the outside, chic and luxurious within, this converted barn in the Lyth Valley has been refurbished with undeniable contemporary flair. You'll never forget the character of the place, with its old oak beams, vaulted ceilings and traditional gas fire log effect stove to complete the cosy country lifestyle.

But the owners have ensured you'll feel a little special too; sumptuous furnishings, style fit for a glossy magazine. Even two couples will relish their breathing space; the two king-sized bedrooms are on separate floors with luxurious en-suite bathrooms.

Nestled alongside a whitewashed farmhouse in the Lyth Valley, which has recently been included in the Lonely Planet Beautiful World List of the most beautiful places on earth, Durham Bridge Barn is approached via a private lane yet, remains only 20 minutes away from Lake Windermere and Bowness. Within equally easy reach is the renowned foodie destination of Cartmel, home to the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding and the acclaimed, and Michelin award winning, L'Enclume which, in 2016, was named as Britain's Best Restaurant for the fourth year in a row.

The great news is that Durham Bridge Barn only a 5 minute walk from the newly refurbished Lyth Valley pub and excellent restaurant.

Accommodation in detail

A private drive leads past the adjacent farmhouse to the barn, then an oak door opens into the slated entrance hall with cloakroom and 3rd WC. The lounge is arranged perfectly for sociable times, with windows making the most of the scenery and sink-in sofas nestled around the stone-set log effect stove. Two comfy armchairs offer a lovely spot to sit, read and enjoy the views. An opening leads to the sky-lit dining area and glossy well-appointed kitchen with plenty of space for entertaining in style. Find one of the king-size bedrooms on the ground floor, with luxury en-suite bathroom. From the inner hallway the stairs lead to the first floor and the 2nd king-size bedroom, with stunning vaulted beams, dressing room and luxury en-suite bathroom.

Outside there is ample parking for two cars, a lovely patio making the ideal spot for a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.


This fabulous self-catering property in the Lyth Valley takes you away from busier Lake District holiday locations, and into a divine, rural landscape all of your own.

The Lyth Valley lies behind Cartmel Fell to the east of Lake Windermere. The valley is known for its serene agricultural landscapes, its vibrant damson blossom (and harvest - look out for locally made damson jam and damson gin from the valley in the local artisan food and farm shops) in spring, and its widely-acclaimed Lake District gastropubs including The Punchbowl at Crosthwaite, The Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank and Hare & Hounds at Bowland Bridge. 

The unspoilt medieval village of Cartmel is situated in a quiet valley in one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty on the fringe of the Lake District National Park and is only a fifteen minute drive from Durham Bridge Barn.

Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel has grown up around its famous 12th Century medieval Priory Church. It is a special place where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day.

Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today's visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, a wide variety of traditional Lakeland inns and cutting edge gourmet restaurants including the internationally acclaimed Michelin Star restaurant, L'Enclume. Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings.

All this and the famous Cartmel racecourse providing national hunt racing in its most original format is just off the centre of the village square. With its party crowds and funfair, Cartmel rekindles the social gathering tradition of the original steeple to steeple chases.

A picture postcard sleepy village so close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere with everything you could wish for.


  • Grnd Flr/One Lvl
  • Shortbreaks
  • Travel cot available to order
  • High chair available to order
  • Gas hob
  • Sorry no pets
  • AGA
  • Outside Space
  • Romantic Cottage
  • Parking
  • Walks from the door
  • 2 Bedroom
  • Rural
  • Quiet location
  • Patio or Balcony
  • Wi-Fi
  • Walk to pub
  • Towels Inc
  • Visit England Graded
  • Non Smoking
  • Duvets/beds made up for arrival
  • Utilities included
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Electric fan oven
  • Oil central heating
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Shower
  • Garden furniture

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Property Reviews

A very enjoyable and relaxing week, a lovely cottage, very comfortable in beautiful peaceful surroundings. Thank you for the fresh eggs!John & Ian
What a wonderful relaxing week. Our first time in the Lake District but not our last! The eggs were very much appreciated and turned into a lovely omelette. A great base for exploring the area and plenty to do locally too. The barn is tip top - a real gem of a find. Thank you so much!Helen & Darren
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a lovely warm and fantastic accommodation, we couldn't have wished for better. We are already planning our next visit! Thank you so much for the eggs and the perfect holiday.Clarke Family
Had a lovely week at the cottage, beautiful surroundings and very peaceful. Enjoyed the fresh eggs. We will definitely be back in the near future! Thank you!Boham Family
We've had a lovely week in this beautiful and very comfortable cottage. Perfectly situated and very peaceful. We highly recommend the 'Hare and Hounds' great food and had a fun night at the Thursday pub quiz, the quiz master is quite the character. Thank you, Sarah for your hospitality.Jane & Jayne