A stone Penrith holiday home with a 1st floor Juliet Balcony overlook a paved courtyard.

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Swallow's Nest
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Swallow's Nest

Want to get away on holiday and seclude yourself from the rest of the world? Swallow’s Nest fits the bill in the tiny hamlet of Catterlen, Cumbria. From the hustle and bustle of daily life in the remote North West of England, this two-storey oasis has all the amenities your family needs to bunker down in style and comfort.

This fabulous semi-detached, sandstone barn conversion has an upside-down floor plan with two light and airy ground-floor bedrooms– the master includes an en-suite shower room and underfloor heating. The first floor has a fully fitted kitchen, an open-area living area with a wood burner, exposed beams, and French doors that open onto a beautiful Juliet balcony. Settle in as a family and catch up on your favourite movies with the surround sound cinema system, TV with Freeview, iPod dock, and DVD player.

Swallow’s Nest is the perfect home base to launch your adventures if you choose to explore the Cumbrian countryside. Catterlen is ideally situated for exploring Lake District National Park and the Eden Valley. It’s only 3 miles from the market town of Penrith, which offers a wide selection of great restaurants, pubs, and shops, plus a swimming pool. Cycling enthusiasts can ride the C2C Cycle Route, the UK’s most popular cycling route.

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Swallow's Nest is a perfectly quaint cottage, decorated beautifully with everything provided. Our Christmas break was made perfect by the little extra's provided by the extremely helpful and friendly owners.

Mrs Heritage

The owners of the cottage were very friendly and helpful and the accommodation was excellent.

Mrs Chatto

The cottage was decorated and maintained to a very high standard. The owners provided a very warm welcome and the welcome pack was very thoughtfully put together. The cottage was very conveniently situated approx 5 or so minutes from the M6 but still nestled within lovely countryside. This made it an ideal base for visiting such places as Ullswater and Lake Windermere. We had a very enjoyable stay.

Miss Bell

Very friendly welcoming hosts. A beautiful cottage.

Mrs Jack

Very helpful owners, a great base for exploring.

Rev Lindley

The friendly welcome from the owners, the excellent accommodation and the advice about local attractions and restaurants. They went out of their way to make sure we had a pleasant stay at the Swallow's Nest.

Mr Perkins

Excellent - welcome provisions, owner delightful and great for exploring Northern Lakes.

Ms O'Neill

Made to feel welcome by the owner. A fantastic cottage - brilliant New Year getaway!

Mr Shimwell

Very stylish, everything that we needed was there and very warm and cosy. Excellent position for getting around the Lakes.

Mrs Holland

Swallow's Nest was the perfect base to explore the lakes. The cottage was cosy especially with the log burner. The welcome pack on arrival was greatly appreciated! We had a fantastic holiday and will definitely be returning to Swallow's nest.

Miss Sloggett

Great welcome, relaxed approach, every need had been thoughtfully anticipated, with Easter Eggs for the weekend as an extra to the welcome pack. The holiday was very relaxing, with this property very well situated for the northern lakes and the Eden Valley. The warmth and quality of the property made for a relaxing, enjoyable evening after a good day enjoying the countryside.

Mr Jones

Quiet location, comfortable, very clean and friendly owner.

Mrs Martin

Accommodation excellent in every way. It was like walking into a dream home. Nothing out of place and the welcome package had everything you needed and more. Luxury comes to mind, surrounds lovely, places to see just minutes away. Owners really nice and helpful. Truly brilliant place cannot wait to go again.

Mrs Alsop

The house was everything that we hoped for and was immaculately clean. The welcome from Debbie was warm and friendly and I would recommend Swallows Nest to anyone, in fact I already have .

Mr Bamford

Overall, the Swallows Nest was a great place to stay. A major town was nearby for all requirements, with good access to the lakes and villages of the district.


Very nice cottage, with all comfort and very very clean. Good place to visit the Lake District and the North of England. All was perfect.

Mr Nectoux

Inside the property was very clean, relaxing, and well cared for. The property is easily accessible. There is good car parking space.

Mr Das

Mrs Breen

The accommodation was very good we would like to return.


A beautiful area and a comfortable cottage with everything we could need.

Mr Digby

The owners were very helpful and welcoming. Their hospitality was second to none, as they provide you with a 'welcome package' to ensure you don't have to rush out for necessities. The cottage was beautiful, comfortable and spotless. My children were even able to feed their lambs and it just made our stay there that little bit more special.

Ms Cavanagh

It was really like a home from home, with everything you could possibly need. Also, the owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

Ms Cavanagh

Mr Buchan

Swallow's Nest is a superb cottage, spotlessly clean with a very friendly owner.

Mr Valentine

Swallows' Nest was excellent. It has everything we needed especially that I have young family. The owner was very helpful and sweet. The Lake District was beautiful part of the country. I would definitely recommend it, and I'm sure I will go back again.

Mr Abdullatif

We had a lovely warm welcome and felt like it was a real home from home, we can't wait to come back! The photo's are lovely but really don't show the love the owners have put into the property.

Mr Thomas

Absolutely spotlessly clean and very welcoming. A great relaxing week. Thanks, we will be back

Miss Cooper

The location is excellent, being close to junction 41 on the M6 allows easy access to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Hadrian's Wall. One of the best properties we have stayed over many years.

Mrs Farrer

It was our first time staying at Swallow's Nest and we will definitely be going back. It was so cosy, we had everything we needed and we were well looked after also. A fantastic holiday.

Mrs Turner

This was our first visit to both the Lake District and to Swallow's Nest. We didn't get the best of weather but despite that we still went out each day to explore the area and admire the stunning scenery. We felt totally at home in the beautiful cottage and nothing was too much trouble for the owners to make our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. We enjoyed the freedom to come and go as we pleased and whilst our accommodation was in a peaceful rural location we were only minutes away from a nearby pub. We look forward to making a return visit in the future.

Mrs Howard

We had such a good stay and very much enjoyed the owners warmth and friendliness.

Miss Cornelius

A superb cottage and we had a wonderful welcome from the owner. The cottage was a warm and welcoming "home" to come back to after a long day out.

Mr Smith

Liked the welcoming host and the boutique hotel feel of the cottage.

Mrs Dawson

The cottage was outstanding with everything you need, we were amazed that the little details had been catered for. The owners are lovely and really made us feel welcome.

Mr O'donnell

We liked the warm welcome and helpful, caring attitude of the owners. Throughout the week, they were really helpful when needed. The situation of the cottage also provides easy access to the marvellous scenery and places to visit within the Lake District.

Miss Robinson

Swallows Nest is the perfect holiday cottage. An immaculately turned out barn conversion with all the modern conveniences. It is run by a lovely family with a hands on personal touch.

Mr Butler

Everything was wonderful.

Ms Patrick

swallows nest

an excellent and stunning accomaodation- well thought out and stocked. nothing negative to say about this accomodation. the owners are fantastic, friendly but not obtrusive

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Perfect Location

This cottage was very comfortable, we received a lovely welcome from the owners. The cottage was in a delightful village not far from the motorway therefore we spent of our time exploring the area.

The cottage was well equipped with superior bathrooms and kitchen. A real home from home!

Christine Stanford

Beautifully presented cottage

We rented Swallow's Nest with another couple for a week's stay in the Lake District - and all 4 of us were very impressed with the friendly welcome from Debbie. The amenities in the cottage were all of a high standard, the kitchen was fitted to impressive level as well.
The location was fairly well suited for us to explore the area for the first time, we all really enjoyed the whole experience and will be back for another visit very soon. It only took half an hour to get to Kendal and Carlisle so most convenient.
Only slight downside was the twin bedded room was on the cramped side and did not have much storage space.

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Fantastic Rental Cottage

We stayed at Swallow's nest for our anniversary in Sept 11. The interior was finished to a very high standard, it was like staying in a 5 star hotel. The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed buying the amazing produce of the lake district and cooking it up back at the cottage, enjoying the views as we ate. The location is good, close to Penrith town centre, and good transport links into the Lake District. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely come back.

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A delightful cottage

Stayed for a week to visit the Lake District for the first in many years, we looked around a chose this cottage on location, reviews and having parking for two cars.
As others have said this is an upside down barn conversion with a double and "compact" twin, with a good size lounge, dining and kitchen areas upstairs. The conversion had been carried out last year to a very high standard, we loved the bathroom and would have happily taken it home with us, and the furnishings were generally good.
Downsides? The Wifi was not really usable and there is no garden - but neither of these things spoiled our holiday in any way


Beautiful cottage in a great location

We have just returned from a fantastic new year break at this cottage with some friends and would highly recommend it. It is beautifully decorated and has pretty much everything you could need for a short break. Wi-fi, underfloor heating and powerful showers were just a few of the things that we really appreciated. The owners were really friendly and helpful and provided a good deal of written information on the surrounding area.

The cottage is perfectly situated just off the M6 (no traffic noise at all), which meant that we could easily travel to Penrith, Ullswater and beyond. There's plenty to do in the local area and it was lovely to come back to this homely cottage at the end of each day. Would definitely return.


Beautiful cottage with excellent facilities

We stayed in February at Swallow's Nest and could not have been happier with the accommodation. Everything was very stylish, everything had been thought of and we were warm and cosy despite the February chill. The log fire is lovely to snuggle around. The situation is excellent for the northern Lakes with great access to the M6 and a66. Could not have been happier with things.

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A beautiful holiday home.

Sue and I stayed at Swallows Nest last week and I just wanted to recommend it to anyone looking for a holiday home in the lake district. The house was spotlessly clean, the welcome from Debbie was warm and friendly . I would be quite happy to recommend this property to anyone, in fact I have already done so to several friends.



Genuinely warm welcome, superb quality of finish throughout the property, warm quiet and cosy. Good location for north of the park, convenient access to M6 very near. Fabulous service, nothing would have been too much trouble. Thoughtful welcome hamper supplied too! Have already recommended to others.

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excellence and relaxation

3rd time we have been to this amazing barn conversion and it remains excellent- we had yet another amazing week, Debbie is a great hostess and nothing is too much trouble for her. It was like going home! My hubbie becomes caveman here and must make fire! - lovely cosy nights


High quality cottage

As soon as you enter the cottage the quality of material used is fantastic. Every room is finished to a high standard. The master bedroom and its en suite have heated floors, as does the other bedroom and the main bathroom. Upstairs in the kitchen and lounge which is spacious with comfy seats, the kitchen has everything you need. Upstairs has radiators, the water pressure is fantastic with hot water straight away.
The wifi is a little slow to what I'm used to but nothing to get upset about.
The owners are very nice, not in your face all the time but there if you need them.
The cottage is in a quiet village but close enough to main roads.

Overall a great place to go to for a week or a few days.

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our 4th stop, will not be our last. Debbie does an amazing job with this property, nothing to fault, Wish we could keep it secret so when we want to go we always will be able to, but it deserves to be experienced by many lucky people,


We spent Christmas at Swallow's Nest. Everything was impeccably presented, including a beautifully d

I would recommend this rental, especially at Xmas because of the lovely log burner - very cosy and comfortable place near to Penrith with a range of shops and resteraunts.

Carol B

Fabulous, Welcoming, cosy, in easy reach of all the lakes have to offer.

We stayed here for a week in March and were made ever so welcome by our hosts. A lovely guide around the property and a welcoming drink was a very nice touch. The property has been very well and thoughtfully constructed from and old stable area and everything you need is provided, beds extremely comfortable, even WIFI. It's an upside down design which worked very well for us. Warm throughout with underfloor heating downstairs was always nice to enter after a cold long walking day.
Our hosts were always happy to have a chat and see if anything else was needed or chat about the area and events.
Very close to the M6 junction 41 exit so no long drive down country lanes to search in the dark. This gives easy access to all parts.
We will certainly come back for future stays.

Rory P

Simply the Best, better than all the rest...

This was our first visit to both the Lake District and to Swallow's Nest. We didn't get the best of weather but despite that we still went out each day to explore the area and admire the stunning scenery. We felt totally at home in the beautiful cottage and nothing was too much trouble for the owners to make our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. We enjoyed the freedom to come and go as we pleased and, whilst our accommodation was in a peaceful rural location, we were only minutes away from nearby pubs and Penrith was just a short drive away. We look forward to making a return visit in the future.

The property is upside down insomuch that the two bedrooms (one with en suite) and bathroom are on the ground floor with stairs leading up to the living room, kitchen and dining area.


Great location for access to M..... but sooo quiet

If you are wanting a location that can access the Lake District and beyond, this is your place. It may have tight bedrooms but the view from the upstairs and space to spread out is great after a day of running around. The kitchen was better than my own at home.



We have stayed several times at Swallows Nest and each time it has been perfect! The cottage is contemporary and stylish yet feels very homely and cosy! The cottage has everything you could want and two bathrooms make it ideal for a family. The hosts are so friendly and accommodating and nothing is too much trouble. Penrith with Booths supermarket is less than 10 mins away as is Ullswater. Fabulous and we cannot wait to stay again!


Beautiful, high quality converted barn with an ideal layout, close to Penrith and Keswick. Excellent welcome pack. Excellent audio and visual entertainment setup.

Mrs Spear

The best property we have been to. Excellent quality of decoration and furnishings with lots of thoughtful little extras.

Miss Downton

Beautiful property.

Mrs Hainey

The Swallow's Nest is an absolutely stunning barn conversion; beautifully furnished and finished. The property was a delight to go to and the owners are lovely hosts. We will definitely return.

Mrs French

Beautifully presented cottage, great location and a lovely welcome.

Mrs Stanford

Loved the house, very clean and comfortable. Location was great for getting around the Lakes, Penrith and Scotland. Would highly recommend.

Mr Weller

A beautiful barn conversion which was
tastefully decorated and furnished. We
were simply delighted. Our congratulations to the owners and we would strongly recommend the property to our friends and family.

Mr Wilson

The entire cottage was of an excellent standard. We had a lovely warm welcome. A lot of time and care has been put into making this a lovely holiday cottage.

Miss Drew

This holiday let was the highest standard that we have come across so far and we have stayed in a good number.
The hospitality of the owners was great. We had a very enjoyable week.

Mrs Burns

Best ever cottage in over twenty years self catering!

Mr Abbott

The Lake District is beautiful and the cottage was everything we expected. Beautifully decorated and equipped. It was home from home, very comfortable and in easy reach of all the Lake districts attractions. Only met the owner on arrival and as we departed but she seemed lovely and we would not hesitate to return.

Mr Cornwell

The cottage was in a very good position to explore the Lakes and beyond. The whole area is stunning and we will definitely be visiting again.

Mrs Patrick

The owners of this holiday accommodation were very welcoming and friendly throughout our stay. We loved the rural location and the wood burning stove was a definite plus!

Mrs Walters

A fantastic place with a very warm welcome. It was really handy to have a few basics on our arrival and a few treats. Really helpful with providing highchairs and stair gates.

Mrs Nixon