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Figtree House | Luxury Self-Catering | Lonsdale, Lake District

Figtree House

Farleton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, UK

Green velvet hills threaded through with glittering rivers: the impressive Cumbrian landscape puts Figtree House right on the scenic country map. The owner is an interior designer, so when it came to decorating her luxury farmhouse retreat on the borders of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, she made it just as colourful as the land it sits in. Perfect for nature-lovers and celebratory get-togethers, here families can fully immerse in the area’s verdant beauty before some serious R&R.

Introduction

This stylish 17th century luxury cottage near Kirkby Lonsdale is perfectly private, nestled among 17 acres of Cumbrian countryside where the only neighbours are of the adorable furry and feathered variety. Tucked away down a winding country lane, Figtree House is within walking distance of a great gastro pub for those with a hankering for a gourmet supper and a good burgundy. For the outdoorsy types, the nearby fells offer walking opportunities a-plenty, whilst the romantics will covet the waterfalls and scenic country picnic spots nearby.

Inside

At Figtree House, the traditional façade betrays the beguiling mix of sumptuous fabrics and sophisticated opulence found within. Start the day gathered around plates piled high with buttery toast in the spacious kitchen before heading off to explore. After a day amongst the dramatic Lake District scenery, the Egyptian cotton bath towels, locally-made bathing products and scented candles featured in each of the bathrooms will be a welcome treat. Soak and spruce up before towelling off and hunkering down by the woodburner, film and bottle of red at the ready.

Outside

In summer months it’ll be difficult to leave the chocolate-box cottage gardens awash with colour and alive with flowers. But, if you can tear yourself away, a day trip to the old market town of Kirkby Lonsdale offers the chance to browse its boutiques and cobbled streets with evocative names such as Salt Pie and Jingling Lane. To exercise legs and pump the heart, pick up one of the many trails right from the doorstep and come nose-to-nose with unyielding natural beauty. In the evening, fire up the barbecue for dinner en plein air and watch the sun slip from the sky.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10
    From £1,895 per week, £1,450 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 4 or up to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor are two double bedrooms each with king-size beds and en suite shower rooms, one double bedroom, and two bedrooms with zip-and-link beds which can be arranged as super king-size doubles or twins. The first floor has a family bathroom with roll top bath and hand-held shower attachment, and there is a separate WC on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesLuxurious snug with TV and Blu-ray player
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome on prior request
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome, one cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for up to four cars on the gravelled area to the front of the house. The property is well-equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, large range cooker and microwave.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce and a bottle of Prosecco, TV and Blu-ray DVD player in the snug, Bose sound system, flat-screen TVs and Roberts iPod docks in every room, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue between the Easter and October half term, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Ceremonies

Patchwork Cumbrian countryside stitched together by glittering rivers and dotted with fells and mountains: the impressive is the epitome of a dream country setting. Not to mention the plentiful local produce on offer for the wedding breakfast.

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Kirkby Lonsdale

A picturesque and historic Cumbrian town right on the edge of the iconic Lake District and rugged Yorkshire Dales. Think narrow cobbled lanes, stone-fronted cottages, and acres of green rolling hills just outside the garden gate. 

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Getting there

  • On the Map The quaint hamlet of Lupton is just 10 minutes drive from the beautiful towns of Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal; 25 minutes drive to Windermere and the heart of The Lake District National Park, within easy reach for the Yorkshire Dales.
  • By Car Approximately four and a half hours from London, one and a half hours from Manchester and two and a half hours from Glasgow.
  • By Train Windermere train station is a short drive from the property. London Euston station has regular services to Windermere with a journey time of approximately four hours.
  • By Air Carlisle airport is just over an hour from the property for those with their own aircraft, whilst Manchester airport is one and a half hours away.

From the owner

“I originally bought this beautiful property for my family to come to to relax and rejuvenate. These days we hope all our guests appreciate the luxurious-yet-homely ambience throughout.”

From the owner

The farm and buildings are the sole surviving structures of the ancient Aikbank (Oakbank) hamlet. The hamlet and estate predated the Norman Conquest and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Figtree Farm was formerly two holdings and dwellings. No records have so far been found as to when the houses and buildings were actually erected; however, the original exposed oak beams, worn stone steps and oaken staircase and flooring attest to considerable age.

Local hearsay is that two lime kilns on Farleton Knott (the hill behind Figtree House) went with the farms. Two kilns are still to be seen on the Knott, but whether they are the ones to the hamlet are still to be verified.

Bridleways and public footpaths criss-cross Farleton Knot (rising to over 200 metres above sea level) and the surrounding farmland, affording invigorating hikes and unparalleled 360 degree views. These views take in the Lakeland and Pennine fells, the Kent Estuary and upper-reaches of Morecambe Bay and, inland, the ancient access-way to the beautiful and atmospheric valley of the Lune River.

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Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Kirkby Lonsdale with an insider’s perspective.

Local Attractions
To Do

Local Attractions

Figtree House sits near the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, with Morecambe Bay to the South, making it perfect for lovers of natural beauty. For a bit of boutique shopping, Kirkby Lonsdale is just a 10-minute drive away!

Bird Watching
To See

Bird Watching

Take a trip to Whinlatter Forest Park or the National Trust-owned Sticklebarn pub in Langdale; there will be robins, blue tits and sparrows that will welcome a tasty feast of crumbs should you be taking a picnic with you.

Wray Castle and Gardens
To Do

Wray Castle and Gardens

Take a visit to the mock-Gothic Wray Castle which sits on the shores of Lake Windermere. The grounds are open to the public and are well worth visiting to see the wellingtonia, redwood, gingko weeping, lime and beech trees.

Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery, Grange-Over-Sands
To Eat

Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery, Grange-Over-Sands

The Grade-II listed Hazelmere Café was built in 1897 and overlooks peaceful ornamental gardens, including a pond populated by rare water fowl. The café serves drinks, mains, light bites and sweet treats, with everything homemade.

Guest Testimonials

Such a beautiful home and place to stay, we loved it. We used it as a base for our wedding. It will always hold very special memories.

What an amazing place to stay for my 50th Birthday. The house is lovely and accommodated all the family. A real home from home.

Had a fantastic week, the children loved the garden. The house is beautiful and very relaxing. We loved seeing all the game birds. The location is great for roaming and exercising as the hills are very steep.

A wonderful house and location to celebrate a 60th birthday with three generations of family and also with friends. Thank you very much for sharing your home with us. We have all really enjoyed ourselves and reluctantly have to go home. We would love to stay again sometime. The welcome hamper was very much appreciated.

We´ve had a lovely first week of our Honeymoon in this wonderful house. We´ve enjoyed the garden, dining area and the kitchen with its beautiful furnishings! Thank you

An absolutely beautiful property and location. The house was a lot bigger than expected and in a fantastic private location. We are already looking to go back again. The house had everything we needed from crockery to fluffy towels!

Thank you for all your help in booking the accommodation for us. We had a lovely time at Figtree House, it is a fabulous cottage. Very stylish inside, with only sheep and cows for neighbours, Figtree House is wonderfully relaxing!

We had an excellent weekend with our family at Figtree House. It was really special and made all the more perfect by staying in a high spec accommodation. The décor was dreamy and I could have wandered around all day looking at the interiors. Amazing! Thank you!

What a beautiful house! We have had an amazing time, thank you so much for sharing your home with us, we will be back ...

What a beautiful spiritual house. For me, Figtree House is like a retreat and we´re going home feeling totally uplifted and rested, we will be back! Thank you so much.

Loved all the design details in this dreamy retreat. It was just idyllic, and the climb to the top of The Hill and The Plough - yum!

What a lovely house! Fabulous beds and bedding, and beautifully equipped. We had a wonderful time, thank you so much.

This is a hidden gem which gave us a haven of tranquility, complete peace and wonderful British countryside.

We all had a lovely stay, the house is very impressive and of a high standard. We look forward to coming back.

We have had a wonderfully relaxing and hugely enjoyable time as a family in this wonderful house. Thank you so much.

We have had a wonderful sunny weekend and I feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity to spend my birthday in such beautiful surroundings with those I love. The most perfect way to charge the batteries - tranquil and beautiful inside and out... heaven! We don´t want to leave, we´ve had the most relaxing time - serene, heavenly and ideal! Thank you.

On our arrival we were met by the owner who was delightful and so helpful with local information, making us very welcome.

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