Holiday home Swallow's Nest is situated in the lovely hamlet of Catterlen, five miles from Penrith and is a wonderful semi-detached, sandstone barn conversion, that offers quality accommodation. This 'upside down' cottage features an open plan living area with sitting area, dining area and well-equipped fitted kitchen on the 1st floor and the bedrooms, bathrooms and underfloor heating are on the ground floor. The living area has a cosy woodburner, exposed beams and French doors that open out onto a Juliet balcony. This cottage sleeps four and has two bedrooms - one double with en-suite shower room and one twin. The bustling town of Penrith is only five miles away, and offers a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants. The breathtaking Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks are close by as are the lakes of Ullswater and Haweswater. Low Dyke is a perfect base for exploring the area.
Area The popular town of Penrith lies in a central position between the Lake District and North Pennines and is famous for its many specialist shops, sandstone buildings, and lovely cottages. The town also offers many pubs, restaurants, and a museum, meaning there is something for everyone in the town. Nearby is Rheged, a visitor centre, which offers shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a cinema screen that shows educational and informative films. All within a short drive are Brougham Castle, Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the city of Carlisle. The stunning Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park are also nearby and are essential to visit. Penrith is an ideal base, at any time of the year.
Region Impressive mountains, open fells and clear-water lakes, the Lake District has it all. From walking in the mountains to exhilarating watersports or just a gentle cruise on a steam-powered yacht, Cumbria is the perfect holiday destination.
Amenities Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor, woodburner in sitting area and solar panelled hot water. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player, surround sound cinema system, radio, iPod dock, WiFi. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent, additional logs for woodburner available to purchase from the owner. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles. Note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 night breaks.
Extremely well appointed fitted kitchen, plenty of cupboard space and lovely big table which accommodated our 1000 piece jigsaw and still had plenty of room for us to eat at !
Nice touch of basic provisions being provided for our arrival - bread/croissants/milk/orange juice/wine, all much appreciated
Quality of cottage was evident everywhere from lovely bed linen to nice touches such as provision of small torches at bedside as very dark going to the en-suite during the night
Plenty of info in cottage(laminated for easy cleaning)
Would highly recommend
Though we were not allowed into the property until later because of extra cleaning because of covid we found dirty tableware which we had to wash before using also the chopping board.. There where lots of cobwebs particularly in the twin bedded room, there was a brochure under the double bed so had not been hoovered properly, also dead insect on skirting board in twin bedroom. Trying to get the DVD to work was a work of art, following the instructions in the folder didn't achieve anything, possibly because of different remote. The views were disappointing as being an upside down house we expected much better. The cottage was certainly not older person friendly, it needed a banister on the other side of the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
Ms Wright, September 2020
Fabulous little cottage.. The only disappointment was that we were so warm we didn’t need to light the stove - even when temps outside were 7 degrees. Hardly used the CH either. The living area is a delight in the mornings with the high windows letting in all the morning sun. All mod cons but with a lovely traditional feel. And wonderful lights everywhere. We felt we were in a remote part of Cumbria, but the motorway (unheard) is 2 minutes away and Penrith is a great little town just a short drive away. And not far to Borrowdale, Ullswater and the rest of the. Or there Lakes. Highly recommended.
Mr Ashton, September 2020
Outstanding cottage in good location.. Extremely well equipped and very little to be able to suggest to improve things. Perhaps a larger outdoor space would be desirable.
Mr Flint, August 2020
Lovely cottage, well equipped in a lovely area for exploring Northern Lakes
One of the best holiday cottages we’ve stayed at, it had everything you’d need and so clean.. I would definitely recommend this place. Thank you x
The location was good, off the motorway at junction 41 and within minutes we were at Swallow's Nest, ideal location for visiting Ullswater ( for walking the Ullswater Way ) and for Keswick, such a lovely relaxing cottage to come back to after our days out.. So handy having the Booths Supermarket at Penrith, it was good to be able to stock up on supplies en route.
Only had a 3 day break and with so much to do around the area, would definitely like to come back for longer.
Excellent accommodation ideally situated for exploring the Lake District.. Lots of good places to eat within a short distance. The Sun Inn just up the road at Newton Reigny serves lovely home cooked food and a delicious Sunday roast. We would highly recommend Swallows Nest as a base. Cosy, warm and spotlessly clean.
We really appreciated our welcome email from Swallows Nest with super useful information.. The welcome 'basket' was a lovely touch along with the fresh croissants, bottle of wine and fresh flowers. The location was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, many thanks!!
Very good accommodation double bedroom (twin beds) quite cramped but dictated by the size of the overall footprint.. However great use of the space and all other items excellent
My wife and I have used Sykes Cottages for years and Swallows Nest is one of the best cottages that we have stayed in.. Everything that one would need for a vacation rental is included in the cottage and it is well situated for days in the Lake District and exploring Cumbria. I would recommend this vacation rental to anyone.
We were met by the owner of the property shortly after we arrived and he was very helpful and welcoming.. We also met up on departure and were thanked for our choice of cottage.
Everything about the cottage was excellent and its location perfect for what we wanted to do. All in all, a good holiday in a lovely cottage.
Swallows Nest is an excellent base for seeing the lakes and being just off the motorway, it is very easy to get there..
We have had the 'Best' holiday ever at Swallows Nest in Catterlen the barn conversion is of the very highest order in our opinion ,we have stayed in a variety of cottages through a variety of companies over the last 40 years and this is the first one to not only match the brochure description but exceed it by a long way! !!!...…..Many places of interest were but a short drive away from the property. I wish I could give Sykes the complement for the fantastic weather we had but I think that will be put down to luck.Our fourth visit to the Lakes since 1972 and the first in sunshine...Hot!. Just to repeat 'Swallows Nest' is Fantastic.
Really enjoyed our stay at swallows Nest.. Every thing was so easy to use as there was instructions for everything. Even the wood burner lit 1st time. Ideally placed to visit more popular places in the lakes. Was good that they were happy to let the property for 3 nights even over the Easter period.
Will definitely return to swallow nest.
Absolutely beautiful, comfortable home from home.. . Debbie is extremely kind, friendly and helpful.. Highly recommended❤️
A wonderful property with all the facilities you could need.. Myself and my family had a lovely stay here and would happy go back to this cottage again.
"Swallows Nest" is superb and so too are the owners Debbie and Derek..
Mrs Hallett, October 2019
Perfect bolt hole for the Lakes
The owners Debbie and Derek have created the most amazing Barn Conversion.. It was certainly 5 star quality . Everything was just perfect and you felt as if you were the first people to stay there .......
We trawled the internet for hours trying to find the perfect Lakeland cottage and we were truly delighted.
Swallows Nest is the perfect place to look forward to coming home to after a hard days walking.
Debbie and Derek have made the perfect holiday destination for us
and thankyou for going out of your way making us feel very welcome.
We have had a wonderful week visiting Kendal, Windermere, Keswick, Carlisle and Penrith not to mention miles of walking
around Buttermere, Scale Force, Derwent water and up to Aira Force at Ullswater and Pooley Bridge.
We were blessed with good weather and stunning views but the crowning glory goes to Debbie and Derek for providing Swallows Nest.
We have booked again for 2017.
Back from another February stay to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our family chose to return because your holiday starts as you step through the door. Everything is maintained to a meticulous standard by Debbie who welcomes you just like family.
We love the area with Penrith being only 5 mins away and it's full of shops, restaurants, take-sways etc, as well as several supermarkets from Booths to Aldi. The stunning lake Ullswater is your closest lake around 15 minutes drive away. I love everything about Swallow's Nest and will certainly be returning soon.
Swallows Nest is the perfect holiday cottage. An immaculately turned out barn conversion with all the modern conveniences. It is run by a lovely family with a hands on personal touch.
Everything was wonderful.
The cottage was outstanding with everything you need, we were amazed that the little details had been catered for. The owners are lovely and really made us feel welcome.
We liked the warm welcome and helpful, caring attitude of the owners. Throughout the week, they were really helpful when needed. The situation of the cottage also provides easy access to the marvellous scenery and places to visit within the Lake District.
Liked the welcoming host and the boutique hotel feel of the cottage.
We have stayed several times at Swallows Nest and each time it has been perfect! The cottage is contemporary and stylish yet feels very homely and cosy! The cottage has everything you could want and two bathrooms make it ideal for a family. The hosts are so friendly and accommodating and nothing is too much trouble. Penrith with Booths supermarket is less than 10 mins away as is Ullswater. Fabulous and we cannot wait to stay again!
A superb cottage and we had a wonderful welcome from the owner. The cottage was a warm and welcoming home to come back to after a long day out.
If you are wanting a location that can access the Lake District and beyond, this is your place. It may have tight bedrooms but the view from the upstairs and space to spread out is great after a day of running around. The kitchen was better than my own at home.
We had such a good stay and very much enjoyed the owners warmth and friendliness.
This was our first visit to both the Lake District and to Swallow's Nest. We didn't get the best of weather but despite that we still went out each day to explore the area and admire the stunning scenery. We felt totally at home in the beautiful cottage and nothing was too much trouble for the owners to make our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. We enjoyed the freedom to come and go as we pleased and whilst our accommodation was in a peaceful rural location we were only minutes away from a nearby pub. We look forward to making a return visit in the future.
This was our first visit to both the Lake District and to Swallow's Nest. We didn't get the best of weather but despite that we still went out each day to explore the area and admire the stunning scenery. We felt totally at home in the beautiful cottage and nothing was too much trouble for the owners to make our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. We enjoyed the freedom to come and go as we pleased and, whilst our accommodation was in a peaceful rural location, we were only minutes away from nearby pubs and Penrith was just a short drive away. We look forward to making a return visit in the future.
The property is upside down insomuch that the two bedrooms (one with en suite) and bathroom are on the ground floor with stairs leading up to the living room, kitchen and dining area.
It was our first time staying at Swallow's Nest and we will definitely be going back. It was so cosy, we had everything we needed and we were well looked after also. A fantastic holiday.
I would recommend this rental, especially at Xmas because of the lovely log burner - very cosy and comfortable place near to Penrith with a range of shops and resteraunts.
We stayed here for a week in March and were made ever so welcome by our hosts. A lovely guide around the property and a welcoming drink was a very nice touch. The property has been very well and thoughtfully constructed from and old stable area and everything you need is provided, beds extremely comfortable, even WIFI. It's an upside down design which worked very well for us. Warm throughout with underfloor heating downstairs was always nice to enter after a cold long walking day.
Our hosts were always happy to have a chat and see if anything else was needed or chat about the area and events.
Very close to the M6 junction 41 exit so no long drive down country lanes to search in the dark. This gives easy access to all parts.
We will certainly come back for future stays.
The location is excellent, being close to junction 41 on the M6 allows easy access to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall. One of the best properties we have stayed over many years.
our 4th stop, will not be our last. Debbie does an amazing job with this property, nothing to fault, Wish we could keep it secret so when we want to go we always will be able to, but it deserves to be experienced by many lucky people,
Absolutely spotlessly clean and very welcoming. A great relaxing week. Thanks, we will be back
We had a lovely warm welcome and felt like it was a real home from home, we can't wait to come back! The photo's are lovely but really don't show the love the owners have put into the property.
Swallows' Nest was excellent. It has everything we needed especially that I have young family. The owner was very helpful and sweet. The Lake District was beautiful part of the country. I would definitely recommend it, and I'm sure I will go back again.
Swallow's Nest is a superb cottage, spotlessly clean with a very friendly owner.
As soon as you enter the cottage the quality of material used is fantastic. Every room is finished to a high standard. The master bedroom and its en suite have heated floors, as does the other bedroom and the main bathroom. Upstairs in the kitchen and lounge which is spacious with comfy seats, the kitchen has everything you need. Upstairs has radiators, the water pressure is fantastic with hot water straight away.
The wifi is a little slow to what I'm used to but nothing to get upset about.
The owners are very nice, not in your face all the time but there if you need them.
The cottage is in a quiet village but close enough to main roads.
Overall a great place to go to for a week or a few days.
It was really like a home from home, with everything you could possibly need. Also, the owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
The owners were very helpful and welcoming. Their hospitality was second to none, as they provide you with a 'welcome package' to ensure you don't have to rush out for necessities. The cottage was beautiful, comfortable and spotless. My children were even able to feed their lambs and it just made our stay there that little bit more special.
A beautiful area and a comfortable cottage with everything we could need.
The accommodation was very good we would like to return.
3rd time we have been to this amazing barn conversion and it remains excellent- we had yet another amazing week, Debbie is a great hostess and nothing is too much trouble for her. It was like going home! My hubbie becomes caveman here and must make fire! - lovely cosy nights
Inside the property was very clean, relaxing, and well cared for. The property is easily accessible. There is good car parking space.
Very nice cottage, with all comfort and very very clean. Good place to visit the Lake District and the North of England. All was perfect.
Overall, the Swallows Nest was a great place to stay. A major town was nearby for all requirements, with good access to the lakes and villages of the district.
The house was everything that we hoped for and was immaculately clean. The welcome from Debbie was warm and friendly and I would recommend Swallows Nest to anyone, in fact I already have .
Accommodation excellent in every way. It was like walking into a dream home. Nothing out of place and the welcome package had everything you needed and more. Luxury comes to mind, surrounds lovely, places to see just minutes away. Owners really nice and helpful. Truly brilliant place cannot wait to go again.
Sue and I stayed at Swallows Nest last week and I just wanted to recommend it to anyone looking for a holiday home in the lake district. The house was spotlessly clean, the welcome from Debbie was warm and friendly . I would be quite happy to recommend this property to anyone, in fact I have already done so to several friends.
Genuinely warm welcome, superb quality of finish throughout the property, warm quiet and cosy. Good location for north of the park, convenient access to M6 very near. Fabulous service, nothing would have been too much trouble. Thoughtful welcome hamper supplied too! Have already recommended to others.
Quiet location, comfortable, very clean and friendly owner.
Great welcome, relaxed approach, every need had been thoughtfully anticipated, with Easter Eggs for the weekend as an extra to the welcome pack. The holiday was very relaxing, with this property very well situated for the northern lakes and the Eden Valley. The warmth and quality of the property made for a relaxing, enjoyable evening after a good day enjoying the countryside.
We stayed in February at Swallow's Nest and could not have been happier with the accommodation. Everything was very stylish, everything had been thought of and we were warm and cosy despite the February chill. The log fire is lovely to snuggle around. The situation is excellent for the northern Lakes with great access to the M6 and a66. Could not have been happier with things.
Swallow's Nest was the perfect base to explore the lakes. The cottage was cosy especially with the log burner. The welcome pack on arrival was greatly appreciated! We had a fantastic holiday and will definitely be returning to Swallow's nest.
Very stylish, everything that we needed was there and very warm and cosy. Excellent position for getting around the Lakes.
Made to feel welcome by the owner. A fantastic cottage - brilliant New Year getaway!
We have just returned from a fantastic new year break at this cottage with some friends and would highly recommend it. It is beautifully decorated and has pretty much everything you could need for a short break. Wi-fi, underfloor heating and powerful showers were just a few of the things that we really appreciated. The owners were really friendly and helpful and provided a good deal of written information on the surrounding area.
The cottage is perfectly situated just off the M6 (no traffic noise at all), which meant that we could easily travel to Penrith, Ullswater and beyond. There's plenty to do in the local area and it was lovely to come back to this homely cottage at the end of each day. Would definitely return.
Excellent - welcome provisions, owner delightful and great for exploring Northern Lakes.
The friendly welcome from the owners, the excellent accommodation and the advice about local attractions and restaurants. They went out of their way to make sure we had a pleasant stay at the Swallow's Nest.
Very friendly welcoming hosts. A beautiful cottage.
Very helpful owners, a great base for exploring.
The cottage was decorated and maintained to a very high standard. The owners provided a very warm welcome and the welcome pack was very thoughtfully put together. The cottage was very conveniently situated approx 5 or so minutes from the M6 but still nestled within lovely countryside. This made it an ideal base for visiting such places as Ullswater and Lake Windermere. We had a very enjoyable stay.
Stayed for a week to visit the Lake District for the first in many years, we looked around a chose this cottage on location, reviews and having parking for two cars.
As others have said this is an upside down barn conversion with a double and "compact" twin, with a good size lounge, dining and kitchen areas upstairs. The conversion had been carried out last year to a very high standard, we loved the bathroom and would have happily taken it home with us, and the furnishings were generally good.
Downsides? The Wifi was not really usable and there is no garden - but neither of these things spoiled our holiday in any way
The owners of the cottage were very friendly and helpful and the accommodation was excellent.
Swallow's Nest is a perfectly quaint cottage, decorated beautifully with everything provided. Our Christmas break was made perfect by the little extra's provided by the extremely helpful and friendly owners.
The owners of this holiday accommodation were very welcoming and friendly throughout our stay. We loved the rural location and the wood burning stove was a definite plus!
A fantastic place with a very warm welcome. It was really handy to have a few basics on our arrival and a few treats. Really helpful with providing highchairs and stair gates.
We stayed at Swallow's nest for our anniversary in Sept 11. The interior was finished to a very high standard, it was like staying in a 5 star hotel. The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed buying the amazing produce of the lake district and cooking it up back at the cottage, enjoying the views as we ate. The location is good, close to Penrith town centre, and good transport links into the Lake District. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely come back.
We rented Swallow's Nest with another couple for a week's stay in the Lake District - and all 4 of us were very impressed with the friendly welcome from Debbie. The amenities in the cottage were all of a high standard, the kitchen was fitted to impressive level as well.
The location was fairly well suited for us to explore the area for the first time, we all really enjoyed the whole experience and will be back for another visit very soon. It only took half an hour to get to Kendal and Carlisle so most convenient.
Only slight downside was the twin bedded room was on the cramped side and did not have much storage space.
The cottage was in a very good position to explore the Lakes and beyond. The whole area is stunning and we will definitely be visiting again.
The Lake District is beautiful and the cottage was everything we expected. Beautifully decorated and equipped. It was home from home, very comfortable and in easy reach of all the Lake districts attractions. Only met the owner on arrival and as we departed but she seemed lovely and we would not hesitate to return.
Best ever cottage in over twenty years self catering!
This cottage was very comfortable, we received a lovely welcome from the owners. The cottage was in a delightful village not far from the motorway therefore we spent of our time exploring the area.
The cottage was well equipped with superior bathrooms and kitchen. A real home from home!
This holiday let was the highest standard that we have come across so far and we have stayed in a good number.
The hospitality of the owners was great. We had a very enjoyable week.
The entire cottage was of an excellent standard. We had a lovely warm welcome. A lot of time and care has been put into making this a lovely holiday cottage.
A beautiful barn conversion which was
tastefully decorated and furnished. We
were simply delighted. Our congratulations to the owners and we would strongly recommend the property to our friends and family.
an excellent and stunning accomaodation- well thought out and stocked. nothing negative to say about this accomodation. the owners are fantastic, friendly but not obtrusive
Loved the house, very clean and comfortable. Location was great for getting around the Lakes, Penrith and Scotland. Would highly recommend.
Beautifully presented cottage, great location and a lovely welcome.
The best property we have been to. Excellent quality of decoration and furnishings with lots of thoughtful little extras.
The Swallow's Nest is an absolutely stunning barn conversion; beautifully furnished and finished. The property was a delight to go to and the owners are lovely hosts. We will definitely return.
Beautiful, high quality converted barn with an ideal layout, close to Penrith and Keswick. Excellent welcome pack. Excellent audio and visual entertainment setup.
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