Spacious lounge with exposed stone wall and woodburner
Patio area
Snuggle up in front of the woodburner
Bright and open spaces
Finishing touches
Time to relax
Dining area
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Modern kitchen/diner
Sit back and enjoy the views
King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
Exposed stone wall in the bedroom
King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
En-suite shower room
Super king-size bedroom
Time to snooze
Super king-size bedroom
Twin bedroom
Explore the local area
Magnificent views
Towards the property
1 / 24  Spacious lounge with exposed stone wall and woodburner
2 / 24  Patio area
3 / 24  Snuggle up in front of the woodburner
4 / 24  Bright and open spaces
5 / 24  Finishing touches
6 / 24  Time to relax
7 / 24  Dining area
8 / 24  Kitchen
9 / 24  Open-plan kitchen/diner
10 / 24  Modern kitchen/diner
11 / 24  Sit back and enjoy the views
12 / 24  Welcome
13 / 24  King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
14 / 24  Exposed stone wall in the bedroom
15 / 24  King-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
16 / 24  En-suite shower room
17 / 24  Super king-size bedroom
18 / 24  Time to snooze
19 / 24  Super king-size bedroom
20 / 24  Bathroom
21 / 24  Twin bedroom
22 / 24  Explore the local area
23 / 24  Magnificent views
24 / 24  Towards the property


Keswick, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Sympathetically converted barn in a peaceful hamlet location
  • Original features combine with contemporary comforts throughout
  • Large wood burner for cosy nights in
  • Outside terrace overlooking a charming garden for al fresco dining
  • Set in the Glenderaterra valley beside the river Glenderamackin
  • Plenty of walks and cycle routes from the doorstep
Property code: LCC77

This beautifully converted barn offers a stunning blend of old and new in a peaceful hamlet location.

Oozing character and old-world charm, this converted barn enjoys a peaceful location in the tiny rural hamlet of Guardhouse. It sits in the Glenderaterra Valley with dramatic scenery on both sides, making it the perfect rural retreat for groups of up to six friends and family, as well as two canines. There are a number of fantastic walks and cycle routes on the doorstep, while the local pub is conveniently just 1 mile away.

This three-bedroom home cleverly combines original features with all the contemporary comforts you would expect. From the small entrance hall, stairs lead up to the impressive open-plan living space. With huge exposed beams, a pitched roof and stone walls, this welcoming space is great for both entertaining and relaxing. Let the chefs of the group cook up a storm in the sleek kitchen, with everyone gathering around the large dining table to enjoy a leisurely meal together. Leather armchairs surround a warming wood burner, which creates a cosy ambience on chillier evenings when guests are unwinding. Downstairs you’ll find the three beautifully designed bedrooms, which are restful and inviting, with exposed brickwork and beams adding to their unique style. Patio doors lead from the lounge onto the sunny decked terrace, which overlooks the pretty lawn and is a great spot to enjoy some al fresco drinks, while taking in the view.

Meander around the shops, museums and restaurants in bustling Keswick (6.5 miles). While there, hike up to the popular Castlerigg Stone Circle, which rewards you with panoramic views over to peaks such as Helvellyn and High Seat. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike to the summit of Skiddaw, 10.5 miles away, while Bassenthwaite Lake (12.5 miles) is the most northerly of the region’s lakes and popular with boating enthusiasts.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms -1 en-suite king-size bedroom, 1 super-king-size (can be made up as 2 singles by prior request at point of booking) and 1 twin
  • 1 en-suite shower room and 1 bathroom with shower overhead
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, slow cooker, dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Smart TV/DVD player
  • Bluetooth sound bar
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs included from September to April
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Garden with table and chairs
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Pub approximately 1 mile

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 24 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Anne 6th March 2020

location is great , only issue I would have if been picky would be no secure garden for dogs .

Reviewed by Joanne 27th December 2019

Fantastic location with breathtaking views. Very warm and cosy cottage. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery after a days walking.

Reviewed by Andrew 22nd November 2019

Absolutely fantastic place. Spotless and very well equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. We had a spaniel with us and he loved it very dog friendly.Slept very well the beds are so comfy. Would highly recommend we would definitely go back

Reviewed by Catherine 18th October 2019

Lovely position if you dont mind driving through a farm or rural/small lanes to get to the property. Perfect for Keswick or Penrith shopping and recycling sources. Great pubs and walks all around with Whinlatter or Grizedale Forests for mountain biking. There is so much on the northern side of the Lakes, it is well worth a visit. Best feature of thRead moree property is its cosy and welcome feel when out in the rain all day being active! Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 11th October 2019

The cottage is very comfortable to live in especially after a good day out. The property is quite remote so if you want to walk to a pub then this is not the one for you. However, the property more than makes up for that.

Reviewed by Andy 13th September 2019

virtually Faultless

Reviewed by Anne 30th August 2019

Brilliant property to stay in especially with dogs very dog friendly in a lovely location . Easy to keep clean and all the equipment you could possibly need . Ideal location visiting again in March 2020 . Thank you to Laura who looks after the barn .

Reviewed by John 9th August 2019

Fantastic property in a rural location. Ideal for access to walks and the lakes.

Reviewed by Samantha 21st June 2019

Beautiful, clean, high spec barn conversion with gorgeous views. Everything you need provided. Would have loved a walled garden with a view so we could sit and relax and not worry about the dogs wandering off. There is a balcony with a view and fantastic window seats with views but no real outside space to lounge. It was a great location to walk thRead moree dogs and drive to Ambleside, Grassmere and Windermere. Try the Dove Bistro in Grassmere. Dog friendly and great food and service.0 Hide

Reviewed by Samantha 17th May 2019

We visited Wrens in Keswick and I couldnt fault it one bit.. had a fab holiday.. kitchen was so well equipped, comfy beds, clean , perfect location would defiantly recommend to others and will be returning in the future.

Reviewed by Janette 3rd May 2019

A trip to The Lakes to see family is always good fun, but this cottage made it a joy this time. We cooked meals for family members who live in the area with ease. This cottage is in a fabulous location and with the sitting room upstairs with a wonderful view suited our family very well. We would all like to know what the beds were as we all found tRead morehem particularly comfortable? probably the best beds we've ever encountered in a holiday cottage. Thank you, we'll be back! Hide

Reviewed by Jing 19th April 2019

Wrens is a lovely cottage ideally situated near Keswick and great for hiking up Blencathra. Everything in the cottage was clean and new-looking which made our stay very comfortable. Would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Kim 8th March 2019

The Wrens is a fabulous property. It's spacious, clean, well equipped and has wonderful views from the upstairs living room. We stayed with our 2 grown up children and their partners and we all had plenty of space. We also brought our dog who thoroughly enjoyed her stay too. The location is extremely good, only 10 minutes from Keswick and 20 minuteRead mores from Penrith. There are so many walks right from the front door that we barely needed to get our car out. We will definitely be back! Hide

Reviewed by Colleen 4th March 2019

A beautifully clean and well equipped cottage, perfect for both a long or short stay. Extremely comfortable with a beautiful interior and fantastic views. We especially appreciated the heated floors after a very wet hill walk in March! Our dogs loved their mini holiday at the cottage too, thank you!

Reviewed by Stephen W 28th December 2018

Would highly recommend a stay at Wrens Cottage. Lovely location, excellent accommodation and facilities. Fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities with a welcome hamper on arrival. An added delight was lovely peaceful view from living area to watch birds and squirrel whilst having breakfast. Would certainly return in the future .

Reviewed by M 12th October 2018

Wonderful cottage...Quality furnishings and fully equipped. Really warm and cosy with fabulous views. Sitting in the small window balcony allowed us to watch the Woodpeckers and nuthatch to name but a few.

Reviewed by Peter 28th September 2018

The lay out and space in this cottage were ideal for a large party, giving plenty of space for all. The location was ideal with the cottage being in a wonderful rural setting but only a very short drive from Keswick. Additionally with the three pubs (within a mile or so) all being very pleasant.

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Spacious lounge with exposed stone wall and woodburner
Patio area
Snuggle up in front of the woodburner
Bright and open spaces
Finishing touches
Time to relax
Dining area
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Modern kitchen/diner
Sit back and enjoy the views
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is a superb choice for a holiday. If you love nature and the great outdoors, the Lake District is one of the UK’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Taking up the lion’s share of the north-western county of Cumbria, the region has been popular with visitors since Victorian times, and it’s the only place to find mountains in England. Peace and tranquillity characterise the wonderful Lake District, with 16 lakes, including England’s longest and deepest, there is much to see and do. Visit Coniston Water, Ullswater, Wast Water and Windermere for just a taste of what you can see in the Lake District National Park.

Small towns like Ambleside, Windermere, Hawkshead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Glenridding all make for great bases from which to relax and unwind between sojourns into the fantastic natural landscapes of the Lake District National Park. Wildlife and bird lovers can spot all kinds of lesser spotted species in situ, and walking trails reveal some of the very best vistas within English borders. To embellish the experience, you can enjoy some of the country’s cosiest pubs and restaurants, many found in picture-perfect locations.

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