The Hayloft, Cumrew House

Carlisle, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 896115
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£120 - £160
per night
£590 - £990
per week

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


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£120 - £160 per night

£590 - £990 per week

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 cling to the wood-burner; a big dining table accompanies a brilliantly kitted kitchen.

Settle into the snug lined with books and with its own view. Down the beamed corridor are two bedrooms: a super king and a twin with en suite shower rooms. 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.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace and quiet, heavenly views and grand walks
  • Taking the thrilling, view-filled drive to Alston and visiting the thriving weekly market
  • Settling by the fire after a day of walking, with something tasty cooking in the kitchen
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You should know

  • This is a working farm so dogs need to be stock-friendly or kept on a lead
  • It's a 7-mile drive to shops so you need to be fairly organised


  • 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


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £590
Short breaks available midweek, from £400.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1204 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Something freshly baked eg scones, cake, fresh bread and homemade marmalade.


Absolutely amazing from the minute we arrived. Hayloft was clean, spacious , well equipped and had the most amazing log burner. Beautiful walks close by. Our car had a few issues on arrival after a 7 hour drive but Kit and Andrew were there to offer advice and lifts. Will definitely be returning.

Nicola, Newport

We so enjoyed our Hayloft stay - super spacious, well equipped, stunning setting - a delight. Thank you Kirsty for the chard (for supper), carrots (for picnic lunches) and the welcome chocolate brownies - delicious! On our fell walks we had good butterfly sightings especially the Wall Brown. Visiting Vindolanda was awe inspiring - to find such a large excavation site and award winning museum gave us so much to see. A lovely first visit to this underpopulated part of Cumbria. Hope to be back!

Mary, Sherborne

We had a wonderful time at Cumrew House. The house and grounds are beautiful, Kirsty & Andrew very welcoming hosts, and a wonderful area to explore. The cream tea on arrival was thoughtful & delicious. The tennis court was a treat, allowing happy abysmal tennis in complete privacy! The friendly cat and dog, Pele and Juno, were a hit with our young son. A special, relaxing place to stay.

Suzy, manchester

We had such a lovely holiday in this beautiful cottage in wonderful landscape. We had not been to this area before and less touristy than the Lakes and Dales. If you like peace, walking and relaxation this is the place to go. Very friendly owners and their lovely cats and dog made it very homely. Plenty of nice places to eat as well nearby.

Jenny, Great Budworth, Cheshire

We enjoyed a lovely stay in this wonderful corner of the Lake District. Kirsty was very welcoming, and made us feel very at home. The Hayloft is spacious and comfortable, with everything needed for a relaxing holiday. The tennis court and walled garden were an added bonus. The whole family, including small children and dog, benefitted from the space. We very much hope to return.

Deborah, Naphill

The Hayloft was really very special: interesting, comfortable, well-equipped and peaceful. Juno was a top highlight - always delighted to see us. Other highlights included being able to pick fresh vegetables every day, the lovely gardens, tennis court, great hosts and wonderful walks all around. Hadrian's Wall and Long Meg and her Daughters would be my 'must-do' recommendations.

Joy, London

We had a wonderful stay in Cumrew House. Everything was to our liking. The house is spacious and beautiful, the grounds were wonderful. I enjoyed the beautiful walled garden and fresh grown greens for salad. The boys loved the tennis court. Kirsty and Andrew are lovely hosts and so was Juno. We highly recommend. Thank you wonderful family for a lovely stay.

Hadas, Israel

We had a wonderful stay in Cumrew cottage. The loft is beautiful, comfortable and clean. The grounds are gorgeous, a real treasure! The tennis court was great for the kids. I adored the beautiful walled garden and the fresh vegetables were a treat! Kirsty, Andrew, George, Juno and Pele are wonderful hosts, so friendly and inviting. We would love to come again. We highly recommend. Sagiv Family

Hadas, Tel Aviv

The Hayloft is a fantastic place to stay. Perfectly position to explore the Eden Valley, the Lake District and Northumberland Hadrian’s Wall. It is very well appointed accommodation with plenty of space. Warm welcome with home made bread. Fantastic garden and tennis court which guests can use. The hosts are delightful - lovely people and nothing is too much trouble. We will be back. Thoroughly recommend.

Oliver and Nicola, Poole

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

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The neighbourhood

The glorious Eden Valley is just as beautiful as the Lake District but with no crowds. You can walk through the fields to the Duke of Cumberland pub for good food, or over the fells to Newbiggin. There are endless walks along the river Eden through farmland with good swimming spots. The owners' son is sous chef at the Michelin-starred Dog and Gun in Skelton, 30 minutes for a celebration meal.

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.
  • 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!


Andrew & Kit Hollings

Kirsty (an ex-teacher) and Andrew (retired GP) fell in love with the valley and its fells, from which you can see all the way to the Solway Firth. Kirsty now works in a local museum and organises workshops for school visits locally. They are involved in the Rural Highlights Touring Scheme for live local events and they know their patch well.