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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
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.

Located in the tiny rural hamlet of Guardhouse, the property sits in the Glenderaterra valley with dramatic scenery to both sides. Set out on foot to follow the number of easy and challenging walking routes that dissect this stunning area. The village of Threlkeld is within easy reach and is home to two popular pubs serving local dishes and ales. A short drive will bring you to Keswick, a bustling market town with excellent shops, museums, a theatre, cinema and host of restaurants and cafes.

From the small entrance hall, stairs lead up to the open-plan living area. With huge exposed beams, a pitched roof, stone walls and magnificent views, this is a beautifully designed space. At one end, a contemporary kitchen area features oak floorboards, modern units, ample work space and a large dining table. Two leather armchairs sit in a tall oriel window, which offers spectacular views of Blencathra’s peak. The sitting room area beyond is cosy and inviting with comfortable sofas, a large wood burner and glass picture windows opening onto a raised deck overlooking the valley. Downstairs are three stylish bedrooms with slate floors, stone walls, exposed ceiling beams and tasteful furniture and soft furnishings. The king-size master benefits from an en-suite shower room, while the twin bedroom and super-king-size share the main bathroom with shower over bath.

Outside, a sunny decked terrace with table and chairs overlooks a pretty garden of lawn, trees and shrubs below.

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 23 guest ratings

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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 Wrens Guest January 2018

Lovely week away for New Year. The cottage has everything we needed and lots of walks on the doorstep for Max the dog. We had two babies with us who loved all the space to play! Absolutely spotless and very comfy. Thank you for a fab week.

Reviewed by Wrens Guest December 2017

Wonderful barn in a wonderful location. Fantastic views hours spent watching the birds and wildlife. Lovely pubs and close to Keswick. Ideal location for the dogs!

Reviewed by Julie, Stewart, lucy, Vince & Ruby

Our week at Wrens passed all to quick! After a rainy Saturday morning, the weather got better! Wrens cottage is just lovely, in a very peaceful location. Everyone enjoyed their week, including Ruby the black lab! (Who enjoyed mooching in the garden and the many wonderful walks we have had during the week!) Can reccommend the Horse & Farrier Fish & Read moreChips.. Epic! Thanks for a great stay. Hide

Reviewed by Graves family

Thank you, we have had a lovely holiday, we loved the cottage and were amazed by the chickens that were always waiting for us! We enjoyed watching the birds feeding in the garden and saw a red squirrel. Whilst on our holiday we climbed Catbells witch was beautiful.

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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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