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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 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 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
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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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.

Guest Testimonials

We were all very happy with the property. We had adults in their twenties, fifties and seventies and all were blown away by the property. The short walk down to the village was also a great draw. It was also perfectly situated for us and when we saw the pictures and the views we would enjoy it was the ideal place for a family get-together.

Everything about Skyline was fabulous. Just loved looking out the expansive windows and soaking in the views. It was very comfortable and perfect for our Christmas gathering.

Skyline has given us the most enchanting and beautiful spot to enjoy a special family reunion holiday. We all love the design of the house with its neutral schemes and beautiful light. We have been fortunate enough to have wall-to-wall sunshine! Boat rides, pony trekking, barbecues, paddling in the river, daily walks and fun games of tennis; it´s all been enjoyed immensely. We will never forget the 180-degree beautiful views and enormous terrace. Thank you, we will be back.

Having just returned home after spending the weekend in Skyline, I wanted to thank you for making our stay very special. The hamper was a great surprise with its many treasures and delicacies. Skyline is indeed a luxurious property which retains a homely feel. The views are truly magnificent and all the information provided is ao helpful. It was a perfect location for our family get-together; the grandeur of the property and the idyllic surrounding made it the perfect venue for our special occasion.

Skyline is in such a great location; so close to amenities yet you feel miles away from everywhere. It´s extremely peaceful here, we loved the deer that were on the property of a morning. The house is very clean and great local information and recommendations provided to ensure you make the most of your stay. Thank you for sharing the house with us.

Such a beautiful house! We had a fantastic time celebrating with family. We didn´t mind the wet weather, it meant we didn´t feel guilty staying in with the lovely fire burning and relaxing on the super comfy sofas!

This place is everything we could have imagined and more; the perfect place for a family get-together. It truly is a stunning house in a picturesque setting, we didn´t want to leave!

Skyline is a beautiful home with stunning views; the house is well equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. A lovely hamper waited for us on arrival. We enjoyed the piano, using the tennis court and sampling excellent local restaurants. We took scenic walks into Staveley and Skyline is a great base to explore the local area. All in all, we had a fantastic time!

Great times, great house, great memories, great weather and great scenery! We especially enjoyed the garden and tennis courts. Staveley is a delight and we made use of all the local activities during our stay.

This is a lovely home with beautiful views and we very much enjoyed the tennis courts. Skyline is a fantastic base to explore from and we will definitely be back again soon!

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at this beautiful property, we had a wonderful time. The house and surroundings are superb and we could not have chosen a better place for our family get-together!

Skyline is in a marvellous location with superb views. We´re sorry to be leaving as everything about the place is very special. Kentmere Valley is so idyllic and the local eating venues are excellent! Thank you for sharing your home with others.

Firstly, the beautiful hamper was a real surprise. This is by far the best property we have ever stayed in and the views from every window are mesmerising. We felt very spoilt having a tennis court, plus the house is immaculate and very well equipped. We´ve had an amazing time and cannot thank you enough for allowing us the opportunity to experience this beautiful house!

The six of us have had the most amazing holiday at Skyline. The house is so beautiful and the views are to die for. Some great walks which always ended in the pub. Barbecues with friends as the sun went down out on the patio were just idyllic. Thank you for helping create some amazing memories!

Wow, what a lovely place. Skyline is stunning, as are the views. It´s perfect for relaxing, entertaining and having fun. We had a lovely weekend with some great friends and would love to return again in the near future. Thank you!

We have had a wonderful stay in this beautiful home; the views are just stunning. We loved playing tennis and walking into Stavely. Thank you for having us, we´ve had a memorable stay and I am sure we will be back!

We had a wonderful weekend with the family, all different ages, enjoying everything. This special house has offered a memorable weekend where everyday stress is somewhere else. We will always remember this holiday. Thank You!

We´ve had a super weekend at this fantastic house with stunning views. We went for some lovely walks with our spaniels Jasper and Ozzy. We really like the huge open-plan living space and the luxurious bath and shower. The local restaurants are excellent!

What a fabulous house to spend the most amazing weekend with family. Everything we needed was available, making Skyline a true home-away-from-home. The youngsters enjoyed the tennis court and the views are stunning. Overall, a most splendid location for this beautiful house. We couldn´t have asked for a better place to spend the weekend with our nearest and dearest. We will be back soon!

This was our first-time self-catering and we weren´t quite sure what to expect but wow, such a beautiful house and so well equipped. Well done Skyline, a hard act to follow!

What a fantastic place for a 50th birthday celebration. We were very lucky with the weather which made the views even more perfect. Such a great house to chill out with friends. Thank you!

An altogether "out of this world" house. Oh to live here! The bedding especially is very luxurious matching the overall feel of the standard of the property. Views are to die for, totally amazing!

This was a surprise family get-together for my wife´s 60th birthday, and boy did this place not disappoint! We had the most perfect time together. A huge thank you to Unique Homestays and the owners for helping organise this unforgettable experience. We hope to return.

What an amazing place to stay. We´ve had a great time here and would love to stay longer. The views are out of this world! It´s such a beautiful house - wish it was mine! Thank you very much for such a lovely, relaxing holiday. Hopefully will be back soon!

This property certainly has the wow factor, and the tennis court were an amazing bonus that kept the family entertained (even though we are no budding Andy Murrays). My sincere congratulations to the team who made this such a memorable experience for us. An experience we hope to repeat.

We always look to book high-quality houses with the same degree of comfort as our own home and Skyline did not disappoint. Living in London means we seek peace, quiet and privacy in the countryside and Skyline delivered in all aspects. Thank you.

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From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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