Upside down in style, this barn conversion has a wealth of beams and lies within half a mile of Coniston Water.
8 steps to entrance. Beamed throughout.
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Galleried open plan living space.
Kitchen area: With breakfast bar, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
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Living area: With a selection of books.
Living room: With wood burner, 43" Freesat TV, slate floor and door leading to step to garden.
Lower Ground Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack.
Two small enclosed garden areas with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
Water Yeat is a peaceful hamlet at the southern tip of Coniston Water. Jackson’s Barn was converted from a barn at Water Yeat Farm, which is believed to date back to the 17th century, and still retains its large, characterful barn doors. It was a mixed working farm, and the Jacksons who ran it also took in paying guests. The Lake District National Park attracted more tourists after the railways were developed and there was a station at Coniston. Holidaymakers then travelled by horse and cart, or by boat south to the nearby Lake Bank Jetty. Guests have been welcomed at the farm for more than one hundred years. During World War II, the Jacksons cared for two young evacuees from London who were very happy here and only left when the war ended. They returned many times and have written interesting short accounts of their years at the farm and installed a stone memorial to the Jacksons at Water Yeat.
The landscape has changed little over time, with sheep farming on the fells and forestry still much in evidence. In springtime the woods are carpeted with fragrant bluebells and wild garlic, and away from the noise of traffic, the wildlife and birdsong can be appreciated. Black Herdwick lambs and sheep roam free on the unfenced land. The old forestry skills of coppicing, charcoal burning, and the making of bobbins, pillboxes, hurdles and besom brooms have largely died out, though nearby Nibthwaite can boast the only swill maker in England. Swills are beautiful handmade baskets for both display and practical use, and they make a rare and special souvenir from this part of the Lake District.
The area is associated with a number of famous people, and the Ruskin Museum in Coniston village is an interesting place which features information about Donald Campbell, who lost his life on Coniston Water in the 1960s attempting the world water speed record, as well as Arthur Ransome who wrote the ’Swallows and Amazons’ books, and John Ruskin. Ruskin’s house, Brantwood, is situated on the north east side of Coniston Water and is open to the public. The view from Brantwood over Coniston Water is spectacular. Beach 10 miles. Shop 5½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
Jackson’s Barn can be booked together with Swingletree Cottage (UK1258) to accommodate up to 8 guests.