Hart Barn

Penrith, Cumbria

This artistic barn conversion oozes style: sleek kitchen, spiral staircase, local art and Starck fittings. Near 2 Michelin eateries


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Meander through glorious mountains, becks and tarns to a conservation village and an artistic barn conversion. Set in a courtyard, attached to the architect owner’s house, your section of this former threshing barn has been brilliantly transformed. Enter the sleek kitchen and a curved red wall guides you to the principle feature: a spiral staircase of polished oak railway sleepers and stainless steel. Up to the first floor, past the bathroom with its freestanding bath, to the living room and a window seat for mountain and lake views. A hand-blown glass chandelier cascades from the raftered ceiling, fresh lilies pose in a vase and a cylindrical wood-burner flickers by a glass table balanced on a sculpted oak root. The galleried bedroom is above, under a vaulted green oak roof. Step out to the courtyard for breakfast or scale the terraced garden to soak up the afternoon’s rays. Nuggets of history remain – exposed stones, old oak lintels polished to a rich hue – but the finishes ooze style, from the Starck fittings to the home cinema. If you like the art on the walls, chances are it is local – the owners are happy to introduce.


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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available 1 month in advance.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £595
Damage deposit
Short breaks from £395.
1 Barn for 2
From £901 bed1 bedroom


Apart from the setting and immediate surrounding area which are stunning, the most memorable part of Hart Barn is the application of style throughout to create quality, comfort and ease of use without any sense that an "in your face" fashion statement is being attempted.

Colin, Sawday's inspector

Beautiful cottage, location and experience! The visit exceeded our expectations. We will there again next year! Both Helen and Richard have an eye for detail.

Liz & mike, Upton. oxfordshire

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Helen Griffiths

  • In the heart of the Lake District National Park, the walking from Hart Barn is sublime - within minutes you are off the beaten track and overwhelmed by the choice of walks with Helvellyn, High Street, Fairfield all on the doorstep
  • The barn showcases local contemporary arts and crafts from original paintings, ceramics, furniture and handmade glass. Fancy making something to take home? We can help find courses from creative cookery to willow weaving to accompany your stay
  • Honeymoon heaven - extras such as champagne, hampers and handmade chocolates can be included, as well as advice on where to go for a special meal and or organise a spa day - we know a great place which offers an exclusive couples retreat - just ask.
  • You can order in meals from Low Sizergh Barn's farm shop for your arrival. Prefer to eat out? We can provide suggestions. Just a 15- min drive to Ambleside which has a wealth of excellent eateries. Two Michelin star restaurants within 25-min drive.
  • Why use the car? A myriad of walks on the doorstep with loads of walking guides provided - plus we can help with arrangements and offer an exclusive to Sawdays, £25 discount if choosing to stay and be car free.
  • Real 5 star extras: Piles of fluffy White Company towels, L'Occitane toiletries, Proscecco on ice, superfast fibre broadband, Sky Q HD TV package with home cinema surround sound plus the movies package included and much more! Staying is a treat!