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Skyline | Luxury Self-Catering Home | Staveley, Lake District


Kendal, Staveley, The Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Like a bird soaring the skies, this luxury self-catering home sits high above the Cumbrian village of Staveley behind a gated entrance, flaunting peaceful seclusion and 180 degree views across the valley to the fells. With a traditional Lakeland stone façade, sleek contemporary interiors and tennis court along with 11 private acres of fields and secret woodland to explore (and its own helipad); this is the ultimate secret escape for lovers of the Lake District.


Feel the tingle of anticipation build as you near your luxury Cumbrian retreat, here in the breathtaking Lake District National Park. Skyline strikes an impressive figure set high up on the crag, making the most of the paradisaical vistas with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. The sophisticated interior styling and perfectionist attention to detail ensures that this luxury self-catering home will inspire even the most discerning guest. A five-minute stroll from Skyline, the vibrant village of Staveley and Staveley Mill Yard is bustling with a bevy of artisan producers for a true taste of The Lake District.


The open-plan living area creates an atmospheric space for pianists to 'tinkle the ivories' on the Steinway grand, a moving soundtrack to accompany the dramatic views outside. In summer the views are best enjoyed with the patio doors wide open, whilst in winter the marshmallow-like sofas offer a comfortable embrace in front of the woodburner’s radiant glow. When tiredness reigns, the marble staircase leads to each of the five luxury bedrooms. Especially notable is the vaulted super king-size master suite, resplendent in its majesty with a gorgeous en suite and three glass walls offering views over the fells.


Approached via a long sweeping driveway, Skyline sits within 11 secluded acres of woodland and gardens, with a gated entrance ensuring privacy. Enjoy a mini-tournament with your fellow guests on the full-size tennis court - followed by a well-earned gin and tonic on the sunny terrace. Guests with a penchant for exploration will be spoiled for choice with the walking opportunities on offer within the Lake District National Park and Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy a stomp across the valleys and fields before returning rosy-cheeked to enjoy a family supper as the sun sets on a Lake District holiday to remember.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £3,695 per week, £2,795 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are five bedrooms; three first floor double bedrooms, one with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom with separate walk-in double shower, and two with king-size beds with en suite shower rooms. There also is one first floor zip-and-link bedroom that can be made up as a twin or a king-size bed to suit, one second floor double bedroom with king-size bed and one first floor family bathroom with overhead shower.
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  • FeaturesTennis court, Steinway grand piano, hot tub hire is available (by prior arrangement)
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £110 per stay
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. The house has a snug with beanbags and TV. One travel cot and two highchairs are available. Please note, parents with young children and those who are less able should take care on the staircases.
  • PracticalitiesSkyline has parking for several cars. The house has two dishwashers, two log-effect gas fires and a utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer. Due to the composition and wide base of the marble staircase, unfortunately, a stairgate cannot be affixed. Please note, due to the unique hillside location of Skyline, there is a steep, rocky drop from the patio. The owner kindly requests that dogs be kept in the gated hallway overnight. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds with prior arrangement.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Nespresso coffee machine, snug with beanbags, separate TV, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen and towels...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Cool and contemporary, the living space at Skyline is light, bright and airy
A refined, yet muted and powdery interior in this luxury, open-plan lounge
The kitchen-diner flaunts floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking 180° views

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A picturesque South Lakeland village nestled at the foot of the scenic Kentmere Valley, Staveley is sandwiched between the rivers of Kent and Gowan in the Lake District and offers outdoor pursuits aplenty.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Staveley is blissfully private but just a five minute walk from Staveley village between Kendal and Windermere within the Lake District National Park, North West England.
  • By Train There is a rail connection to Windermere and Oxenholme mainline, from where London is in reach in just over 2 hours 30 minutes. Direct one hour trains also travel regularly between Manchester and Staveley.  
  • By Car Staveley is approximately 4.5 hours from London, 1.5 hours from Manchester and 2 hours from Newcastle.
  • By Air Carlisle airport is just over an hour from the property, Manchester airport is one and a half hours away. Helicopters are welcome to land on the drive of Skyline with prior arrangement.

From the owner

“We hope Skyline offers an unforgettable retreat for families and friends alike. If you like the outdoors, the secret woods behind the house are amazing for exploring and wildlife spotting, before returning to relax on the terrace!”

From the owner

Skyline was originally built in 1920 by the previous owners' grandfather who owned the woodturning mill in the village. 

The grandfather’s old mill was turned into a thriving business (Staveley Mill Yard) which is just a short walk from the house and attracts visitors from all over the UK and beyond. The Mill Yard has the largest mountain bike shop in the UK, a fabulous artisan bakery, the Hawkshead micro-brewery that makes its own beer (which you can enjoy in the bar!), a yoga and pilates studio and much more - well worth a visit whilst staying at Skyline.

The peace and quiet and overwhelming presence of nature will make you feel completely away from everything, yet it’s just a five-minute stroll into the village down a woodland path. Skyline was completely modernised and renovated to take advantage of the stunning views.

Christiaan & Dee

Owner recommendations

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

Staveley Mill Yard
To Do

Staveley Mill Yard

Guests will find an array of shops, eateries and local producers here, including the UK´s largest bike shop. Once a former bobbin mill, Staveley Mill Yard is a collection of industrial and retail businesses which together have created a vibrant working community.

On the Literary Trail 
To Do

On the Literary Trail 

No visit to the Lake District is complete without a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, home to Peter Rabbit and all the gang. Fans of the Swallows and Amazons stories will enjoy retracing the footsteps of Arthur Ransome.

Wray Castle
To See

Wray Castle

Visit the mock-Gothic Wray Castle which sits on the shores of Lake Windermere. The grounds are open to the public and are worth visiting to see the specimen trees: wellingtonia, redwood, gingkoa, weeping lime and varieties of beech.

Wilfs Cafe, Staveley
To Eat

Wilfs Cafe, Staveley

More than just a café, Wilfs serves great home-cooked food in a tranquil, riverside setting with decking overlooking the River Kent. There is plenty of room inside for when the weather is less kind, and the cafe is open seven days a week.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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