The Hayloft, Cumrew House

Carlisle, Cumbria

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


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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub 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.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £56
Weekly price
from £390
Short breaks available midweek, from £400.
1 Cottage for 6
From £564 beds3 bedrooms


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


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)


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.


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

Sandy, London

We enjoyed ourselves very much at the Hayloft, thank you. We shall certainly return to make it our base should we decide to revisit the Lake District. It's a very long drive, but worthwhile! We were blessed with some wonderful weather also.


There erally is nothing finer than waking up beneath a puzzle of open beams, piping hot water, cosy living spaces, quality time with WONDERFUL friends, TENNIS competitions, open (ish) fires, toasting marshmallows, fire pits, afternoon tea, cows, torrential rain, sunsets shining across the fields, misty mornings, lots of space....everything! We have had an utterly BRILLIANT time at the Hayloft. THAN YOU to all the Hollings. Nicola, Edward, William and Simon Hopwell, and the Doyles too, Bibi, Justin, Nati and Eli

Nicola, Skipton

We had a great time at Cumrew again. Lovely comfortable stay and nice to see everyone again (including Magnus!) and meeting Juno! Like last time we enjoyed using the tennis court and really enjoyed the apples from the garden. we had a gret meal at the Fetherstone Arms on Pie Night (Thursdays!) and also enjoyed a visit to Hadrian's Wall. THANK YOU! The Millband Family, N Wales


A magical week spent with the family at the Hayloft, in stunning surroundings and superb accommodation. Perfect in every way, from fresh eggs in the morning, the most lovable cat Pele, tot he fun and laughter of playing tennis with the family. Fabulous and never to be forgotten.


Well equipped, immaculately clean and comfortable accommodation. Hosts very welcoming and full of detailed local information on the area. Lots of beautiful walks along riverside or fell top, plenty of history, excellent local pubs and wildlife. A truly special place to stay.


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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 Winter 2016, 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!