The Hayloft, Cumrew House

Carlisle, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 896115
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Cosy, peaceful retreat not far from Hadrian's wall. A real fire, tennis, BBQ, the Coast to Coast cycle route and hilly treks from the door


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Beneath watercolour-washed Cumrew Fell, in the quietest corner of Cumbria’s Eden Valley, rests the Hayloft – simple on the outside, light-filled and cosy within (a wood-fired biomass boiler keeps you toasty). There’s a skilful mix of space, comfort, originality and tradition here; pull off your walking boots and pad up wooden stairs to the lovely long-beamed living space. Sofas pull up to the wood-burner; a big dining table accompanies a brilliantly kitted kitchen. There’s even a snug lined with books, with its own view. Down the beamed corridor are two en suite bedrooms: both super-kings with silky cushions, crisp ivory linen and shower rooms with chequerboard floors; a third en suite double room is across the courtyard – lovely and light. The Hayloft adjoins the Georgian house where the owners live but you’re pretty private here, and may use the walled garden; fire up the barbecue on a summer’s evening. Black grouse can be spotted on the local RSPB reserve; the Coast to Coast cycle route starts from the door; fell walks abound. Carlisle is ten miles, the Lakes and the Scottish Borders are not much further.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement. 3rd bedroom across courtyard. Reduced rate if only 2 bedrooms taken for 4 guests.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £160
Weekly price
from £590
Short breaks available midweek, from £400.
1 Cottage for 6
From £1604 beds3 bedrooms


Had the most wonderfully relaxing stay at the Hayloft. Our accommodation was excellent and we had all that we required during our stay. The gardens were well maintained and a table and chairs available to sit out during the most amazingly sunny week. Also managed a few games of tennis on the well maintained court which was painted during our stay and looked amazing when finished. We hoped for a relaxing week and we were able to achieve this. I would recommend a stay at the Hayloft - it’s not far from the Lakes but you are able to return to the peace and quiet this area allows.

Ashley, Tain

The Hayloft is located in such a peaceful and beautiful part of the countryside. The facilities are homely and comforting with lots of activities to take part in on site or locally. With a tennis court and walled garden there is plenty to do. There is also an adventure park/tarn nearby if you want to take part in water sport activities or if you want a nice walk. Kirsty and Andrew were lovely hosts, they are so welcoming and friendly. Such a wonderful place to stay and we can't wait to go there again!

Katie, Yorkshire

What a lovely find. We were welcomed by a glowing wood burning stove and very friendly hosts and their dogs and cat! The Hayloft is very cosy and comfortable and well laid out. Beautiful surroundings including a walled garden and a tennis court for the energetic. There are lovely quiet walks right from the doorstep. We certainly hope to return before too long.

Deborah, Tring

We really enjoyed our stay, warm and cosy despite the frosty weather. Kit and Andrew were so helpful and the setting is wonderful. Perfect for visiting Hadrian's wall, castles, priories and the fells. Highly recommended.

Sarah, Hereford

A wonderful week visiting family, walking and we even managed to fit in some tennis! The stove warmed us on the less cheery days and our beds were wonderfully comfortable. Already looking forward to our next visit.

Christa, York

Kit and Andrew are perfect hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They have a wealth of local knowledge and always go the extra mile to make your stay comfortable. The Hayloft has everything you need to enjoy the perfect holiday come rain or shine. Fully equipped, spotlessly clean, soft linen and very cozy, especially with the log burner on. The power shower with lashings of hot water was wondrous after a day out walking. So peaceful sitting in the walled garden and wandering around it. We highly recommend staying at the Hayloft for short or long breaks.

Bernie, Lancashire

We honestly cannot recommend the Hayloft highly enough. Peaceful idyllic surroundings, Kirsty and Andrew are awesome hosts, and the Hayloft is just beautiful with everything you require right down to the smallest detail to make your stay just perfect. It’s warm and cosy in the evenings with the roaring log burner, and bright and airy in the day. With plenty of interesting places to visit surrounding Cumrew the Hayloft makes the perfect holiday or mini break destination. We personally cannot wait to return.

Claire, Southport

We had a wonderful stay at The Hayloft with friends. Kirsty and Andrew were great hosts and talked us through everything we needed to know. We walked around the local area which is beautiful and had lunch at the local pub, The Bluebell, which is charming. The accommodation is very comfortable and has everything you need for a few days. Sadly, we didn’t get to meet Pele the cat but Magnus the dog was the highlight of my stay!

Lauren, Warrington

We had a wonderful stay at The Hayloft. It's quiet rural location gave us a real break from reality. Its a warm and welcoming building which it obviously takes from it's owners who really go the extra mile to make you feel at home. Lots of nice things to visit and see within a short distance ( great sections of Hadrian's Wall in particular) and Carlisle is easily accessible for those who hanker for a bit of city living. Comfortable beds, loads of hot water and a beautiful location. Everything you need really!

Gail, York

If you relish peace, warmth and comfort at the end and beginning of your day then the Hayloft at Cumrew House is definitely for you! Toasty log burner, comfy furniture, and nothing to see through the windows except lawn and trees. Highly recommended - a lovely place to stay - and it’s jolly clean too.

Louise, Windermere

We have just returned from our third visit to The Hayloft within a year ! The Hayloft is a wonderful conversion, so well-appointed, spacious and cosy with the log burner. It is now our preferred Northern getaway - it used to be Perthshire, but we like the change, and the Cumbrian countryside. It is well worth the trip from Bath. We have made use of having Hadrian’s Wall so close for us to explore and also Brampton Golf Course. Great all weather tennis court as well as a beautiful walled garden (with lots of veg !) looking up to the Fell. Kit and Andrew are the most wonderful hosts.

Claire & David, Bath

The Hayloft, Cumrew House has all the modern facilities you require, but retains a wonderful historical ambience, we loved it. It was clean and very comfortable, and wonderfully quiet at night. The owners made us very welcome and and it was for a week, a home from home. It a great base for a walking holiday, in easy reach of Hadrians Wall, with wonderful hostelries not far away.

Lynn, Morecambe

The Hayloft is beautiful! We had a wonderful week away as a family. The Hayloft is perfectly placed to explore so many amazing places from Hadrian’s wall to the lakes, and coming back to a wood burner and such a lovely environment was a real treat. The owners are so friendly and accommodating we will definitely visit again, thank you so much

Mark, London

We stayed at The Hayloft for seven days over the Christmas period with our son and daughter and their partners. We were warmly welcomed by the Hollings to the delightful Hayloft where every comfort had been catered for . In a magical part of Cumbria in the Eden Valley we enjoyed a number of walks in fine weather and even managed a few games of Tennis. We cannot recommend The Hayloft too highly.

David, Marlborough

If you are thinking of booking the Hayloft don't hesitate, it was fabulous. My husband and I stayed in the annex while my son and family stayed in the barn. Great hosts and lots of interesting places to visit. We'll be back.

Shirley, Belfast

Very enjoyable stay in family group to celebrate a family member’s big birthday. Lovely, comfortable accommodation, good self-catering facilities and cosy log-burner for cooler evenings. The tennis court was a great addition to outdoor activities. Our hosts were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. We wished we had been able to stay longer than we did.

Margaret, Newark Nottinghamshire

Great week in lovely Hayloft - mixed weather but gorgeous days at Ullswater and Geltsdale. Thank you! Sandy, Simon and Libby Pollock

sandy, london

We have had a lovely relaxing week here! This was our first visit to the Eden Valley and i am sure will not be our last. The autumn colour has ben spectacular! Thank you.


We have loved our week here. It is a beautiful place to stay and we have made very good use of the tennis court,which is a joy to play on. We have been on some great walks - one day we walked to Birdoswald Fort, then back via Coombe Craggs and swam in the river - the wood was amazing and the swim was lots of fun. Thank you so much - a special week and hopefully one day we'll make it back here. xxx Martin, Frances, Tom (13), Jonty (11), Laura (7), Ollie (5) and Pickle (9months)


The Hayloft has been the perfect location to escape our hectic lives and spend quality time with family. We have enjoyed some fantastic walks with stunning scenery. Alfie (the dog) particularly enjoyed the walk to Lacey's Caves where he could swim in the river. Jay and Adam thoroughly enjoyed tennis with Andrew and George although Geroge appears to be at an advantage with youth on his side! Thank you for your warm and frinedly welcome. We will highly recommend the Haylfot and would love to visit again in the future. Lesley, Tony, charlotte, Adam, Katie and Jay, and Alfie


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Andrew & Kit Hollings

  • Walk from Howtown on Ullswater, round the lake to Glenridding and take the famous Ullswater steamer back. Stunning lakeside walk with cream teas available en route! Or, for those seeking action on the water, Eden Outdoor Adventures are the folk to help.
  • Hadrians Wall is only a short drive away. Relive history with your family at nearby Birdoswald fort - the kids will love the interactive museum. Alternatively, plan to walk the wall with friends using us as a base. Ask for suggested itinerary.
  • Fancy a tour around a working mill, a river walk with a mysterious cave and a prehistoric stone circle thrown in, Little Salkeld Watermill, 20 minutes away, is the place to go. Bread courses available. Their treacle flapjack is a triumph.
  • Take a drive, or a cycle (not for the faint-hearted!) up Hartside to Alston, the highest market town in Britain. Enjoy a feast of quirky shops, nearby Nenthead Mines for fascinating local industrial history, and a trip on a steam train.
  • Ever watched sheep race round a track, driven a mini Land Rover, dared to descend a 24 foot demon drop slide? Walby Farm Park provides bucket loads of outdoor fun ( and also boasts Cumbria's largest indoor play area). It's a mere 15 minutes drive from us.
  • Tennis courts fully refurbished in Spring 2021 for a match worthy of Wimbledon. Rackets and balls provided if required. Ball-hitting practise available with active, well-coached Hollings family members, if they're at home!