The Old Dairy

Ambleside, Cumbria
+44 (0)1539 436288
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Restored 18th-century farm building surrounded by countryside, with a good pub a short walk away and Lake Windermere a ten-minute drive


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome

The Experience

This former dairy and cattle shed is one of four self-catering properties in an L-shaped setting. Philip and Suzy run a small organic farm and you have 33 acres of beautiful bird-filled woodland to roam.

The open-plan living area and the bedrooms are all on one level and face a partly-paved gravel area with an outdoor table and chairs. Suzy is an accomplished cook and yoga teacher – ask about yoga holidays with meals provided. Choose vegetarian breakfasts and dinners from a menu or walk to the superb Drunken Duck.

You’re in the Lake District National Park so there are plenty of fells to walk, views to admire and cold wild swimming to enjoy. The medieval market town of Hawkshead and the Beatrix Potter Gallery are a five-minute drive; Ambleside’s tea rooms and shops and Lake Windermere cruises are nearby.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying on an organic farm in a peaceful, rural environment
  • Taking all four properties and staying as a group
  • Ordering delicious vegetarian food from Suzy
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You should know

  • The entrance is easy to miss if you’re not careful
  • There are other self-catering properties on site


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Breakfast £6. Dinner £19.50. Pub 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £70
Weekly price
from £490
1 House for 4
From £703 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Sunny Brow Farm has an elevated position on 33 acres of land in the Lake District National Park and is surrounded by fields, hills and mature woodland, with the nearest neighbour a mile away – all you’ll hear is birdsong, the sound of sheep and the gentle stream nearby.

Local points of interest from Philip Saunders

  • In the heart of the South Lakes, Sunny Brow Farm is surrounded by beautiful English countryside in the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore and relax into our 33 acres of woodland pasture with many varieties of native trees
  • We are only three quarters of a mile from the famous Drunken Duck Inn, a five-minute drive to Ambleside with its cafes and shopping. You can also drive/walk to Historic Hawkshead, and on to Near Sawrey, the home of Beatrix Potter.
  • Walk up Limestone beck to enjoy views of lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water. Spot birds, badgers and deer, maybe even build a den. At lake Windermere, find cruises, fishing and all manner of watersports.
  • Fell walking up Black Crag and over to Tarn Hows, or a little further on towards the famous Langdale Valleys and Pikes, is accessible straight from your front door.
  • Sunny Brow Farm offers a selection of treatments, yoga, experiences and cuisine that you can choose from to personalize your holiday.


Philip Saunders

Philip was an interior designer and is also a furniture designer and maker – he restored much of the farm buildings himself. Suzy is an accomplished chef who has written a cookery book and is also a yoga teacher and a Reiki Master.