Levens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8PH
Situated in quiet rural surroundings, overlooking the open pastures of Lords Plain, 'Underhill' is a traditional Westmorland 'longhouse', dating back to the 17th century and is believed to be the oldest house in the village. The well insulated, completely self-contained cottage has been sympathetically converted from an attached barn and the building's character has been carefully preserved.
The Cottage (on Google Earth, go south by 8/9 streetview cameras from LA8 8PH postcode location).
Primarily intended for two persons, the cottage will actually sleep four but the accommodation should be considered unsuitable for two couples who ‘wish to remain friends'. It features a spacious living room, of full height to the exposed roof beams and a small kitchen and bathroom, created within the old adjoining pigsties. The bedroom (double) is on a gallery, overlooking the main room and enjoys extensive views across the Lyth Valley to the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and other distant peaks. The two additional sleeping places are provided by a convertible sofa, situated in the living room, directly below the gallery.
The cottage achieves a four star ‘Visit Britain’ grading and the equipment includes a 34’’ flat screen colour TV, DVD player, and a mini CD system. The kitchen is well equipped and has a fan oven, ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Free wi-fi is available. All linen and towels are provided. The decorations draw their character from the building itself and the limestone fireplace with wood burning stove, variable lighting, framed pictures and homely accessories contribute to the welcoming atmosphere. Outside there is ample parking space and the garden, which faces south and west has quality hardwood garden furniture, barbecue and clothes drying area. With its limestone walls, heavy timbers and flagged floors, this Grade II listed building, set in three quarters of an acre, is the ideal base for a holiday exploring the finest scenery in England.