Raspberry and Almond Cake

Raspberry Bakewell Cake

13th March 2023

This is proving to be a firm favourite with our holiday cottage guests and it is easy to make too. Also lovely with blueberries and a great way of using up slightly squishy fruit. Ingredients (for 1x 20cm or a slightly deeper 18cm cake) : 140g softened butter140g caster sugar2 large eggs140g self raising flour - read more

Anyone for Tennis ?

6th January 2022

Anyone for Tennis? Holiday Cottage guests can now benefit from two brand new tennis courts located in Patterdale on St Georges Field between St Patricks Church and the Sports Pavillion. The courts are in a uniquely beautiful location overlooked by Arnison Crag and Helvellyn with views of Ullswater….which provides a good excuse for missing the - read more

Hares Garth is a detached barn conversion near Patterdale

A sneak preview of Hares Garth

17th February 2020

Bought by us in 2019 and completely refurbished in 2020, our latest “baby” has proved immensely popular with new and returning guests. Here are some of the reasons why: The location at the foot of the Deepdale Valley is idyllic: south-easterly views over fields of grazing Herdwick sheep towards Angle Tarn Pikes and Grey Crag. - read more

Hart Barn wins a VisitEngland Rose award

28th October 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have won a Rose award – only 100 are awarded to accomodation providers each year and we are the only self-catering property in Cumbria to receive one in 2019. We would just like to thank all of our lovely guests who have provided such positive feedback and also - read more

If you like birds then a trip to Leighton Moss should not be missed.

3rd September 2019

Less than an hour’s drive south to Silverdale, on Morecambe Bay is one of the RSPB’s best reserves which boasts a rich diversity of wildlife and has the largest reed bed in north-west England. Home to otters, bearded tits, marsh harriers, egrets and red deer. There are many hides in the reed beds and you - read more

Beautiful Blackwell – The Arts and Crafts House

16th July 2019

Blackwell – The Arts & Crafts House, nr. Windermere The inspiration behind our interior design is the Arts & Crafts movement, where the mass-produced was eschewed in favour of individual design and craftsmanship. There are many Arts and Crafts houses in the Lakes but most are privately owned, therefore it is a real treat to - read more

Banana and Cardamon Cake

16th July 2019

An aromatic twist on the favourite banana cake – the cardamom seems to enhance the banana flavour and it makes a great energy booster when out all day on the fells. Ingredients (for 2 x 1lb small loaves or one whopping big 2lb loaf): 120g softened butter 225g caster sugar 2 large eggs 300g Plain - read more

Our Favourite Local Viewpoint

20th May 2019

There is a lovely 45 minute circuit from Hart Barn and Willow Cottage which gains a little height to reach our favourite bench overlooking Brotherswater. Leave the cottages and head out towards the A592, turning right before the big white house. This roads leads past some farm buildings and eventually becomes a stone track which - read more

Catch the roar of the red deer

29th October 2018

October is the perfect time to walk to Martindale to witness the incredible gathering of red deer. It is one of the best places in Cumbria to see red deer and we are fortunate to have it on our doorstep. A herd has been present here for over 300 years. An ancient deer forest is - read more

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