The Wash House ref: UK11008

Barbon, near Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Lonsdale and South East Cumbria

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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Working Farm 
  • Parking - On Site 


The Wash House is a welcoming self-contained wing at the back of a Georgian house. It is approached up stone steps from a picturesque yard, sheltered from the farm on the west by a large stone built 18th-century barn. The main house was occupied in the Victorian period by the curate of Barbon, until a separate parish was established and the old vicarage built in 1870. The Wash House wing is thought to date from the early 17th-century when there is known to have been a house on the site belonging to the Garnett family, one of a group of Yeomen recorded as living in Barbon at that time. It served in the 19th-century as the wash house and dairy, the old wash boiler still survives today and is adjoining an old stone fireplace.

The property has been restored in 2019 to form a charming residence showcasing the old beams and features of the original wash house. In the 17th and 18th centuries the Royal Navy had a monopoly of new timber for warships and the building trade was dependent on recycled older timbers. Another original feature is a Georgian window sash with lambs tongue section glazing bars, which was removed from the main house by the Victorians who used it then to repair a window in the back wing. It has been carefully conserved as part of the recent restoration.

Barbon is bordering Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, the property offers easy access to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, it is ideally located in the village of Barbon and is minutes walking distance to the cosy local pub. There is also a famous village shop and café offering an array of local produce and is often a great stop-off for local walkers and cyclists. Barbon is bordering the quaint town of Kirkby Lonsdale which itself has a lot to offer and boasts an abundance of traditional pubs, fine dining restaurants, charming tea rooms and boutique shops. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

5 steps to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With Freeview TV and sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

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Full central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.


Courtyard with sitting-out area. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Shops
    0.11 miles
  • Distance
    4.6 miles
  • Restaurant
    0.09 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    0.09 miles
  • Railway station distance
    10 miles
  • Lake
    24 miles

About the local area

Kirkby Lonsdale is in Cumbria's south east in between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales; an historic market town in an area of great natural beauty with riverside and country walks.

There are many riverside and country walks in the area, and historic buildings to see in the town itself, including the 11th century Norman parish church. While some market towns have become spoilt over the years, Kirkby Lonsdale and its surrounding area of outstanding landscape still retain the same beauty appreciated by Constable, Turner, and Ruskin.

Further north lays Kirkby Stephen at the head of the Eden Valley, a popular centre for walkers and situated on the Cumbria Cycle Way - a great route for all keen cyclists.

Half an hour's drive from Kirkby Stephen is the beautiful area of Silverdale - an Area of Outstanding Beauty, offering a truly inspiring escape from the pace and pressures of everyday life. Don't miss the headland of Jack Scout leading to Jenny Brown's Point. From here, look out across the bay to see Humphrey Head where, so legend has it, the last wolf in England was slain.

Things to do nearby

Docker Park Farm

Docker Park farm offers a fabulous day out for all the family with lots to see and do. Pigs, piglets, rabbits, cows and goats create an exciting atmosphere for children with an opportunity to feed the lambs in spring and summer. The tea room on site provides delicious homemade goodies with a shop selling locally produced food.

Carus Green Golf Club

Situated a mile from Kendal is Carus Green Golf Club, a fantastic place to visit for a round of golf.

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club
Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club

Located in the idyllic village of Barbon close to Kirkby Lonsdale this 18 hole golf course offers spectacular views of the Cumbrian countryside. Designed by Bill Squires it offers a challenging game and is a genuine test of stamina and patience. Tel: 01524 276365

The Chocolate Mine!

Located below the chocolate shop in Kirkby Lonsdale this `mine' has an interesting history. J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, was a regular visitor to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Capernwray Diving Centre

Capernwray Diving Centre offers the best place to dive in Lancashire.

David Barrett Photography
David Barrett Photography

David Barrett offers five types of workshops suitable for new and existing digital SLR owners from beginners right up to the experienced photographer.

Sillfield Farm Shop

Sillfield Farm's Peter Gott took part in Jamie Olivers TV programme to train young chefs and now runs a unique farm shop selling rare breed sheep, pigs and chickens full of flavour.

Lakeland Photo Workshops

Take inspiration from this and other stunning locations to capture great photographs. Take your photography to the next level with Lakeland Photo Workshops

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