Barn Close

Milnthorpe, Cumbria
Bed & Breakfast

Traditional and welcoming with 2 acres of year round interest for garden fans - a super spot for walkers, bird watchers and nature lovers


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


There’s a lovely atmosphere here and Anne gives you plenty of personal attention. Her 1920s house in the village has lots of windows, high chimneys and well-proportioned rooms. Bedrooms are traditional and comfortable, breakfast is generous. There is too, a delightful two-acre garden with wonderful displays of snowdrops, aconites and bluebells in spring, a swathe of autumn colour from the surrounding mature trees, and a large herbaceous border that’s stunning in June and July. The pond has been supplemented with water irises, candelabra primulas and water lilies; wildlife flourishes, particularly dragonflies, and a good number of resident butterflies. Anne has planted teasels, acanthus, grasses and anything with seedheads to attract the birds but, needless to say, they are equally keen on her productive vegetable garden and fruit trees. Nearly eighty different species of birds have been seen here in the last ten years so you don’t need to go far to get your binoculars out. If you’re a keen birdwatcher, Mike is knowledgeable and you can book a trip – RSPB Reserve Leighton Moss is two miles away and Morecambe Bay with its wading birds is close. Excellent value in a beautiful unspoilt part of Cumbria.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
Supper £25. Light bites £12. Pub 300 yards.


Nightly price
from £70
Singles £40.
1 Twin
From £70
1 Twin
From £80


Lovely setting, easy to find and the perfect cooked breakfast Good access to the motorway.

Julie, Inverness

Barn Close is a lovely place to stay. It has a tranquil feel to it and the house provides an environment where you can completely relax. Anne gets the balance exactly right, between being helpful with suggestions of where to visit, walks to do, places to eat and also respecting her guests' privacy. Highly recommended.

Karin, Sandy

We stayed at Barn Close en route from our cottage in Scotland to our home in Wiltshire. It was the perfect location and good access to the M6. Anne made us feel very welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was a lovely walk from The Barn to the Pub in the village, where we had a delicious dinner. We had a very comfortable beds and an excellent breakfast. We would definitely visit again.

Diana, Warminster

We had a wonderful welcome from Anne who makes the best English breakfast, eaten whilst overlooking her beautiful garden. She gave us some great tips on places to visit. We would definitely recommend Barn Close - very clean, comfortable and tranquil.


We stayed at Barn Close for the bank holiday weekend in the spacious twin bedroom with en-suite, it was spotlessly clean with lovely bed linen. Anne was very welcoming and made us feel comfortable. The view from our bedroom was overlooking the beautiful well kept gardens. The tasty breakfasts set us up for the day . We can recommend this B&B & will be back when we're next in the area


A very warm welcome, very comfortable and delicious breakfast. What more could one want?


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anne Robinson

  • Stroll ( or hike) through this delightful AONB. Spot the Lady Slipper Orchid and the glittering sands of Morecambe Bay from one of the many paths on the Beetham Heritage Trail. Stop for a delicious tea at the Old Post Office and Tearoom in the village.
  • Beetham Garden Centre is a family run business with all you could need for the garden and sophisticated outdoor living. Many hundreds of plants displayed in the attractive growing areas. Restaurant and shop selling local produce. (15 minutes walk)
  • Visit the Heron Theatre to see a play, film or concert by professional artists from September to May. This small 80 seater theatre has a full programme with a bar available before curtain up. Pre theatre dinners at Wheatsheaf Pub ( 5 mins walk)
  • The Heron Corn Mill on the river Bela is an 18th century Grade 11 listed water mill. See the salmon ladder, spot a kingfisher, do a bread making course. Artist in residence with tales of mill life in the past ( 5 mins walk)
  • Levens Hall is the finest example of topiary in the country. Some pieces unchanged since 1690. Magnificent seasonal underplanting contrasts with the dark yew topiary. Panelled restaurant in the house with seating outside among clipped box. (4 miles)
  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. Fascinating collection of contemporary and historic art housed in an eighteenth century villa. Permanent collection of works by George Romney and antique furniture. Lakeland Life Museum and river walks nearby. (9 miles)