Crookwath Barn Self Catering Holiday Cottage

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Crookwath Barn is a beautiful stone barn, full of character and old world charm with original details such as the open range, salt cupboard, beams and stunning views from all windows, in the tiny hamlet of Dockray, in the heart of the English Lake District.

The house has 2 bedrooms, one on the ground floor, and one upstairs,  sleeping 4 in total, plus a cot, two bathrooms, large open plan ground floor sitting room extending to a  mezzanine kitchen and dining area, and opening out into a sun room with head of valley.


Bookings/enquiries can be made by telephone, and e-mail.

An access statement is available and can be downloaded from the website or e-mailed on request.
A scale plan of the barn showing room layouts and sizes is shown on our web site, location of any steps and door widths is available. Any other specific questions about dimensions or location of facilities, please contact us.
Public transport: Penrith 9 miles away. There are buses between Penrith and Troutbeck every hour and the bus stop is approximately 3 miles from the barn. We can collect guests from Troutbeck by arrangement and provide timetables and information on taxi services on request.

Nearest Shop, Post-office are in Glenridding, 4 miles away. Glenridding, has a wide range of local shops, a couple of hotels open to non-residents, several cafes, the pier for the 'Ullswater Steamers' ,an excellent Tourist Information Bureau and the local doctor's surgery. Nearest pub is in Dockray village 15 mins walk or 5 mins in car.
Keswick and Penrith are equidistant and Penrith is the nearest town with a shop-mobility scheme at Sandgate adjacent to the bus station ( Tel: 01768 845438

We can help organize fishing trips, horse riding, climbing tuition, restaurant bookings and even a dinner-party service with cordon bleu chef during their stay with us.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

Access to the house from the A5091 is from a tarmac road and Crookwath Barn is the first turning on the right as you approach the bottom of the hill which ends in a cul de sac.

There are two car parking spaces on a level area outside the barn on gravel, an additional car can be parked on the road on gravel edge.

Cars parked in the drive will need to exit by reversing out of the property.
The barn has an outside light by the front door which is on a timer and comes on automatically.
From the gravel parking area at the side of the barn, the front door is down 3 sandstone steps. There is a wooden handrail to assist to a push down handle on the front door.

Winter health warning at Crookwath

Over the winter months you need to be aware that Crookwath can experience snow at any time from December to March and the barn is at 1200 feet – so we can experience mountain weather. Depending on the amount of snow, we either have to park cars at the top of the hill which means a 5 minute walk back to the barn or if there is a lot of snow forecast, then we park in the hotel car park which is 15 – 20 minutes walk away. Starting a walk back from the hotel bar with its roaring fire is no real hardship for the fit and able! However if you have very young, old or infirm people in your party, then maybe Crookwath is not for you at this time of year.  Having said all this, we are here to help you and can provide sleds to help take your luggage down to Crookwath and advise about the weather and what to do about car parking. If you would like to chat about this, then do speak to Richard or Gina.  On a positive note – we live here and manage to exist happily throughout the winter months!

Main Entrance & Reception

The main entrance door (77cm wide) leads into the porch area with wall to wall tiled floor and houses the boiler and hanging hooks for coats.

The inner door (76cm wide) from the porch area has a lever handle door knob and opens into a hallway. Stairs lead up to the open plan kitchen and sitting room with beams and Aga and views of Birkett Fell and the Dodds.
All the walls on the ground floor are painted in traditional paints, the kitchen in pale ochres  with wooden skirting boards and the sitting room in plum Farrer and Ball paint finish

Public Areas - General (Internal)

The kitchen floor is pine boards and the sitting room has an oak floor. There are 4 steps between the kitchen upper level and the sitting area. The house is heated via oil fired central heating to radiators. The hot water comes from solar panels and an oil fired boiler. There is a large 12 v wood burner in the sitting room. The house has wifi broadband and a reasonable vodofone signal. All rooms are well lit with a choice of lighting sources in most rooms.

All rooms have a good supply of electrical sockets at an approximate height of 250mm from the floor. All internal doors in the barn are single leaf, with traditional barn latches at a height of 1200mm. The staircase rises from the back of the kitchen and consist of a straight flight of 11 shallow risers (step height 160mm and depth 250mm) before reaching a landing and a handrail on both sides. All windows have curtains and are double glazed throughout and in some cases quad glazed.

Public Areas - WC

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Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Lounges, Take Away & Cafe

Dining room is part of the kitchen area. It’s a large room and there is also a sofa area to watch the cook in operation without getting the way. There is a solid pine refectory table with 6 chairs. There are 3 sets of crockery to ring in the changes. Lighting is via a table light or standard lamp as well as overhead spot lights. The living room is beyond the kitchen and has a two-seater and a 3-seater sofa. There are a  couple of single soft seats. There is freeview TV. Ipod player, and radio. There are three table lights, 2 central 60W ceiling lights, 2 over head spot lights and 3 floor lamps.


There is a washer in the kitchen and a traditional drying clothes horse over the Aga.


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Leisure Facilities

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Outdoor Facilities

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Conference & Meeting Rooms, Banqueting, Clubs, Entertainment

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All walls on the first floor are painted in traditional paints in pale pastel colours of creams, ochres or white.
The master bedroom has a king size double bed. This room has a full-length mirror two double windows with views up the valley to the Dodds and it has it's own bathroom, basin and toilet next door on the same level, with a stone floor. There are built in cupboards and cot.

The second double has a queen size double bed. It has it's own shower and toilet facility. Both bedrooms have top quality duck down pillows and duvets with 100% cotton/linen covers and there are also man- made fiber pillows available for people with allergies.

No smoking is allowed anywhere within the property.

Family Bathroom

There is a heated rail beside the basin, hooks on the back of the door. There is a stone tiled floor. The bath has individual single twist cross heads for hot and cold. Lighting is via 7 recessed downlighters. There is also an extractor fan on a timer.

Self-Catering Kitchen

The kitchen is accessed either from the porch entrance downstairs or from the living room up 4 steps.
The floor is pine wood flooring.

All work surfaces are 91 cm high with solid oak tops. There is an original Belstaff ceramic sink: with swan neck spout and single twist cross-head taps. The electric cooker has a single fan oven and a warming oven. There is a 2 ring gas burner,with an extractor above it with lighting.

Overhead and base unit cupboards are all made of oak with hand- made brass openers. The overhead cupboards house the crockery and glassware. All cookware and pans are in base-unit cupboards. The kitchen has  eight downlighter spotlight pods; under cupboard lights for the work surfaces. The height of the bottom and top shelves of the fridge from the floor are 83cm and 160cm.

There is a fire blanket and fire extinguisher by the Aga and another fire-extinguisher stands on the work surface next to the sink near the door leading into the sitting room. The Aga is electric. It has two hobs hot and warm on the top and two ovens, hot and warm. The Aga is always on and ready to use for cooking. There is a three-seater white sofa and a library at the end of the kitchen.

Grounds and Gardens

There is a circular picnic table and folding chairs are available. The rear woodland garden is accessed up two stone steps from the gravelled drive, there is a small stream running down one side and on past the barn. Garden to be enjoyed in front of the Barn with a summer house with deck chairs.

Local Information

The Ullswater Steamers pier at Glenridding is totally accessible for wheelchair users and has an accessible toilet. Contact Ullswater Steamers if you have any special requirements - Tel: 017684 82229

Contact Inforation:

Crookwath Barn,
High Row,
CA11 0LG.

+44 [0] 1768 482 378
+44 [0] 7826 822 914

Useful Emergency Phone Numbers:

Try us first for emergencies. Tel: +44 (0)1768 482378
Doctor Golding. Tel: +44 (0)1768 245226
Dentist. Tel: +44 (0)1768 899633
Electrician Brian Armstrong. Tel: +44 (0)1768 863719
Builder Nigel Strong. Tel: +44 (0)176886034 Mobile +44 (0)7720 814400
Richard and Gina Farncombe. Tel: +44 (0)1768 482 378

Address: Crookwath Barn, Dockray, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LG
Telephone: 017684 82378 or M. 0782 6822 914
Hours of operation: 8am - 10pm
Emergency number: As above
Grid reference: 381215

Local Carers:

Eden Carers in Penrith Tel: 01768 890280

Local equipment hire companies: Scooters and wheelchairs - Eden Shopmobility Tel: 01768 845438

Local public transport numbers: Stagecoach 01228-819090 (Bus service X05 runs from Penrith to Keswick stopping at Troutbeck)

Local accessible taxi numbers: Ann at M & J in Glenridding has an estate car able to take a folded wheelchair Tel: 017684 82372




Crookwath Cottage
 Crookwath Cottage
Crookwath Cottage

Crookwath Barn,
High Row,
CA11 0LG.

+44 [0] 1768 482 378
+44 [0] 7826 822 914

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Gina Farncombe


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