The Garden Barn at Johnby Hall

Penrith, Cumbria
+44 (0)17684 83257

Your own wing of this fine old Hall with lovely gardens which you are free to roam, and with views over the Pennines on fine days


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Bird watchers will spend hours on the sofa watching the feeders outside – you may spot a red squirrel too. Your big open-plan space has a high, beamed ceiling, a dresser full of antique china, a squashy sofa and books, games and puzzles for rainy days. Otherwise you’ll be out wandering the estate, or joining walking and cycling paths galore. In the kitchen Anna leaves you a loaf of bread, cake, eggs and apples when they have them.

All is flexible: go up to the house for a big B&B cooked breakfast if you prefer, order a cold platter of meats, cheeses, bread and fruit if you know you’re going to arrive late. Down a corridor are two fresh, pretty bedrooms with excellent mattresses and chunky beams, plus a separate shower room. A courtyard is shared with B&B guests or wander the garden – there’s masses of space.

There are ten acres of woodland to explore, full of nuthatches, woodpeckers and many other birds. The pub is a one mile walk.

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We think you'll love

  • Having a hearty farmhouse breakfast in the B&B
  • Watching the birds and the wildlife from the comfort of the sofa
  • Cycling, walking, boat trips and exploring little villages
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You should know

  • You need to keep your dog on a lead until you get into the woodland - chickens!
  • No open fire


  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. The Garden Barn is available Fri-Fri, Fri-Mon, Mon-Fri or Mon-Mon. Can be rented with the Studio to sleep total of 7.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast, £10 pp. Cold platter available for dinner, £15 pp. Both booked 1+ day in advance. Pub 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £455
1 Space for 4
From £653 beds2 bedrooms


A lovely, dog-friendly place to stay - very restful and quiet. You're surrounded by woodlands and fields in the middle of a traditional upland farming estate. Birdlife is prolific and you may spot a red squirrel.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The nearest village is Greystoke (where Tarzan came from), just a mile away and walkable, with a good pub, a post office and an outdoor swimming pool. Skelton is 3.5 miles for the Dove and Gun pub where you'll find Johnby Hall pork on the menu. Penrith is 5 miles, you can joing the C2C cycle route, also walk the Lakes, visit castles and waterfalls, climb fells, take boat trips and wild swim.

Local points of interest from Henry & Anna Howard

  • Would you like to stay somewhere where young children and dogs aren't just allowed but are welcomed? Our own young children Nicholas and Lucy love making friends with visitors, both two and four-footed!
  • Would you like to stay somewhere where you can buy bacon and sausages from the free range rare breed pigs in the paddock, and eggs from the chickens roaming the garden, as well as jams and marmalades made from our own produce? Look no further!
  • Would you like to stay somewhere with a house and garden whose history goes back centuries, with a walled orchard, an utterly tranquil location and views over to the Pennines and Lakeland fells? Our garden is a haven for birdlife and red squirrels too!
  • We're handy for the increasingly popular local events such as the world-famous Dalemain Marmalade Festival; PotFest in the Pens and the Park; Hutton-in-the-Forest Horse Trials, and the Lakes Chilli Fest - all within 5 or 6 miles.
  • If you can tear yourself away, the local village, Greystoke, has a great pub; the Lake District and Eden Valley are just down the road, and there are easy day trips to the Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian's Wall, the North Pennines AONB and into Scotland.


Henry & Anna Howard

Henry's family have lived at Johnby Hall and nearby Greystoke Castle for centuries, and he will happily give you the full history if you wish it! He and Anna are both passionate about history and about continuing to keep Johnby as a living family home. They and their young family are dedicated to making both B&B and self-catering guests feel at home here too. They are entirely warm and welcoming.