Built of the local red sandstone, Byre Cottage is part of a barn conversion completed in late 1994. Set in the beautiful and peaceful Eden Valley but within easy reach of Penrith and the M6, (4 miles), it is the ideal base for exploring the Lake District (Ullswater 8 miles, and the Northern fells 20 minutes drive). The Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders are also very accessible. But 'on the doorstep' is the charm and tranquillity of the Vale of Eden - known as England's 'Best Kept Secret'.
Langwathby literally means 'river crossing' and there was once a ford across the River Eden at this point. It is on the A686 which has been recognised as one of the twelve best drives in the world, travelling up and over the northern Pennines with magnificent views. The stone bridge which replaced the ford was swept away during a storm in 1968. The bailey bridge built as a 'temporary' replacement is still in use and is now recorded in the Guinness Book of Records!
The cottage is set in a courtyard and is close to the village centre. It derives it's name from the fact that it was at one time a cow byre. But we can assure prospective guests that there is no longer any evidence of the previous four footed inhabitants and we are confident the cottage will provide all the comforts of home.
This single storey cottage is ideal for two people. The charming and comfortable sitting room has a French window leading out into the small enclosed garden. A multi fuel stove provides extra heating in winter months although there are storage heaters throughout to provide adequate warmth. A colour T.V / video recorder and radio-cassette are provided and there are ample books, maps etc. on the immediate area and the Lake District in general.
The dining kitchen leads from the sitting room and is fully equipped with ample crockery and cooking utensils, oven and hob, microwave/grill, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher. An ironing board and iron is also provided. (There is a tumble dryer in the garage). A door leads into an inner hallway off which is the bathroom (bath with shower over, wash hand basin and toilet). A further door opens into a very pleasant bedroom which has ample storage facilities. All linen is provided, including towels and the bed is made up prior to your arrival.
There is a garage adjacent to the cottage with additional parking alongside. Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement but we do ask for payment of fifty pence per paw per week. We also ask that you do not leave your dog in the cottage unattended.
The village has a pub and an excellent shop/off licence/post office. There are many other good pubs and restaurants in the area. Langwathby is on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway and the station is just a few minutes walk away.
Facilities: Double bedroom - full linen including towels provided: Efficient night storage heaters and Multi-fuel stove Electricity/fuel inclusive : Quality furnishings: Fully equipped kitchen with oven & hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine: Colour TV/ video recorder, radio-cassette, books, maps, guides etc.: Garden Furniture: Tumble Dryer: Garage & extra parking: Good pub and shop.