The Old Barn, Newlands

Six of the best self-catering cottages in the Lake District

The Old Barn, Newlands


Sleeps 2 – 6 people


Situated in the heart of Newlands Valley opposite Catbells, Rowling End Farm commands outstanding views of the entire valley from every window.

The Old Barn is one half of a single property at Rowling End, the other half is The Farm House. The Farm House and The Old Barn can be booked out together if you are looking for somewhere suitable for a large family holiday.

Accommodating up to six guests, the cottage has been awarded a Quality Cumbria inspection and provides comfortable surroundings in a wonderful setting. The location provides the perfect holiday base for many Lakeland walks without the need for a car. Whether you are looking to explore the high fells, lakes, valleys or wish to just enjoy the stunning views, Rowling End is ideally situated.

Lake Derwentwater is a pleasant fifteen minute walk across the fields where you can catch the regular Keswick Launch to Keswick. Braithwaite Village is three miles away with three pubs and a general store and just one mile across the field or down the lane is the Swinside Inn serving good food.

Wainwright spoke of Newlands’s greatest blessing as the undisturbed peace and freedom from mass tourism and commercialisation and today the valley retains that relaxed way of life.

Rowling End was a working farm until the 1950s and the surrounding land still provides sheltered pasture for sheep and cattle from nearby farms. Located in this delightful secluded setting, Rowling End Farm it is at the heart of the Northern Lakes and within easy distance of Borrowdale, Keswick and Buttermere by foot, car or bicycle.

Guests are able to enjoy the lovely peaceful grounds and the tumbling Newlands Beck which are home to a multitude of birds, red squirrels and deer. There is a picnic bench for guests on the terrace.

Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome.

Warning: Please be aware that wooden footbridge that crosses Newlands Beck and links the lower field at Rowling End to Skelgill, is currently down due to flooding. This means that anyone wishing to walk to the lake or climb Catbells via the usual route will not be able to do so at the moment and an alternative route should be sought. The nearest crossings are the bridge at Stair and Chapel Bridge which is just beyond Littletown. The National Trust are planning a replacement bridge in due course and an announcement about that will be made here when further information is available.

This information was last updated: 12.07.2016


The property can sleep 6 people in 3 bedrooms:

Large family bathroom with bath and over head shower, and a shower room both with WC and wash basins.

One Super King bedroom

One King size bedroom

Twin bedroom

Large lounge with fantastic views over looking Catbells and Newlands Valley, and wood burner, television (freesat), DVD. Free WiFi is provided.

Farmhouse kitchen fully equipped with everything you need, large dining table, large fridge freezer, microwave, oven and hob.

Utility/drying room with washer and dryer

Central heating (included in the price)

All bed linen and towels included

Welcome pack on arrival

Travel cot available

Friday to Friday bookings

Dogs welcome free of charge

Prices range from £425 through to £850

Guest Comments

“Just wanted to say what a brilliant place The Old Barn is. We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage. Fantastic we would love to return”

“Here the same week in 2014, similar weather, fantastic views from every window in the cottage, especially the lounge window, see you in 2016”

“A wonderful week in a beautiful cottage, fantastic views from the lounge window, my wife was amazed when we walked in for the first time, you could sit there all day and just admire the view, thank you”

“Will be back next year, what a great refurb you did, totally different place”

“Amazing views, of the fells and Newlands Valley, weather was good for December, it was a perfect Christmas away from home, we loved every minute here”