The Gatehouse, Kelleth Old Hall

Kelleth, Cumbria
+44 (0)1539 623344

An art-filled, open-plan retreat with beautiful views, for walkers, cyclists or lovers - deep in the Westmorland Dales National Park


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Your small converted barn – one large room with a kitchen to one end – is next door to owner Charlotte’s 17th-century manor house, part of a small hamlet settled into the largely undiscovered Howgills. Large, light and filled with colour, the barn also has loads of books, a Scandinavian wood stove and a grand piano – a Bechstein no less – so you may not mind if the weather is foul. The kitchen has all you need for holiday cooking with just a few basics in the cupboards.

Admire the views from an extra long bath facing the window in the gloriously green bathroom, climb wooden stairs to a big bed on a mezzanine floor and lord it over the eclectic hotchpotch of interesting things, sleep peacefully in the quiet with no traffic noise to disturb.

Walking among these hills, which rise to 2,000 feet, is bracing – as is cycling – but you’ll discover old lime-kilns, a stone circle and soul-stirring views.

The Gatehouse, Kelleth Old Hall - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • All the many colourful, mood-enhancing things inside the barn. Much thought has been given to your surroundings
  • Discovering the countryside around you without meeting another soul
  • Sitting outdoors on balmy evenings - there's a little space across the road and down some steps out of the wind
The Gatehouse, Kelleth Old Hall - Gallery

You should know

  • No children but babes in arms okay - Charlotte can provide a cot
  • No welcome hamper so remember to bring everything essential to you
  • There's a deep, free-standing bath but no shower


  • 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 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 5 miles.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £390
Damage deposit
Extra 2 bunk beds available.
1 Barn for 2
From £1001 bed1 bedroom


We had a lovely, relaxing long weekend at the Gatehouse. It's really quite unique, with an eclectic mix of artwork and furnishings and there's always something you hadn't spotted before - loved it! We didn't get to meet Charlotte, as she was away, but she provided everything we needed for our stay and we felt very welcome. The only thing I slightly missed was a shower, but the freestanding bath was absolutely wonderful to soak in after a very long day walking in the Lake District. The local area was beautiful for walking too.

Catherine, Stockport

The Gatehouse is totally surprising, original and fun. It is an exciting and eclectic place to stay - very quirky and wild - that will leave you revived and refreshed.

Jill, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's beautiful here, and quiet - Kelleth means head of spring and the landscape is lush. Ravenstonedale is a short drive and has a good pub, Tebay Services has an excellent farmshop for stocking up and Orton has a market on the first Saturday of the month with delicious local produce. The ruined Lowther Castle and its 17th-century gardens are a 25-minute drive and the Lake District is near enough for a day out.

Local points of interest from Charlotte Fairbairn

  • Epic views, unspoilt and barely peopled - the Howgills are the Gatehouse's ace in the hole. Climb The Calf. Visit Cautley Spout waterfall. Follow some of Alfred Wainwright's trails. Otherwise these stunning fells are there to be gazed upon..
  • The Eden Valley - and the Gatehouse is in its upper reaches - is as beautiful as any part of Cumbria, just not so overrun. Now part of the National Park, it is a haven for cyclists, walkers and landscape-lovers who wish to leave the beaten track.
  • Dogs are always welcome at Kelleth. Bear - resident hound - is particularly keen on making new friends. The garden is enclosed for some free ranging and the lanes are quiet for those morning constitutionals.
  • The Gatehouse has been open since 2013 and in that time, has witnessed several marriage proposals and hosted a number of honeymoons. Lovebirds, take note.
  • The Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the Trough of Bowland, Hadrian's Wall, Lowther Castle, Bewcastle Cross, Appleby - and the annual horse fair; Abbot Hall in Kendal.. these are all within reach and offer some delightful pleasures.
  • For foodies, Cumbria is a rich source. The George & Dragon, Clifton; Miller Howe, Windermere; the Black Swan, Ravenstonedale; The Samling, Windermere; L'Enclume, Cartmel - from excellent pubs to Michelin starred restaurants, all within 45 minute drive


Charlotte Fairbairn

Charlotte, artistic and with impeccable taste, has converted the Gatehouse herself. She is sometimes in London but otherwise is next door if you need her and is always reachable.