Swallows House

Skelwith Bridge, Central Lakes

  • 5 Star Gold
  • Enjoy pure luxury at Skelwith Fold, with tranquil setting and breathtaking views you won't want to leave Swallows House!

You can book this property from:

  • £1,091 per week
  • £156 per night
  • 5 Star Gold


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king size beds
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds


  • 4 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower


  • Oven
  • Cooking hob
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views
  • No mobile signal


  • Family friendly


  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

Nearby activities

  • Walking

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 5:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.

  • Children under the age of 5 are not permitted to stay at Swallows House.


Swallows House is a spacious, luxury house situated in the tiny hamlet of Skelwith Fold which enjoys stunning views over the River Brathay towards Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Set in a large well maintained garden, it is a haven for a great variety of birds and wildlife.

Swallows offers peace and tranquillity; a gathering place for the whole family and since it is situated in the heart of the Lakes, it provides an excellent base for walking or touring the surrounding fells and lakes. Wordsworth's, Beatrix Potter's and Ruskin's homes are located nearby.

Parts of the house date back to the 17th century. The current owners have lovingly restored the house which provides generous accommodation for up to eight people in wonderful surroundings. Every room is beautifully appointed, with high quality furnishings providing relaxing comfort. The ground floor plan shows the large lounge, with open log-burning fireplace and bay window with wide views of the surrounding fells.  There is an elegant dining room with a large oak table - for that family celebration; a comfortable sitting room, with French doors opening onto the garden patio - for that BBQ or glass of wine; a high spec. kitchen, with range cooker and circular granite breakfast table; games room; study, with broadband connection; boot and shower rooms and a further wc/ cloakroom.

Upstairs there are four tastefully furnished, spacious double bedrooms (2 king-sized, 1 double & 1 twin), all with breath-taking views. The ensuite and family bathrooms are fitted with Villeroy Boch. The house is centrally heated throughout.

Unfortunately Swallows House does not accept children under the age of 5.

What's included?

We want our holiday cottages to be a 'home for home'. All the beds are made up ready for you, towels are included so no need to bring those, and shower mats are also provided. Two tea towels and a set of oven gloves will be in the kitchen along with a starter pack that includes: washing up liquid, kitchen roll, toilet rolls, basic cleaning products, a bin bag in each bin and dishwasher tabs.

There are many circular walks from the house; the renowned Chester's and Drunken Duck Inn are less than a mile away. There is private parking for 4 cars and a garage.

Recent guest comments "eating, sleeping and relaxing in luxurious surroundings"; "wonderful to return to this lovely house"; "our 3rd stay we'll be back next year"; "amazed by the birds in the garden."

Fire Pack / Logs available. 

Local Information
Local Shop - There are a variety of shops in Ambleside including Co-op & Spar, or Langdale Coop in Chapel Stile.
Nearest Supermarkets - Booths, Windermere. Asda, Morrisons & Aldi, Kendal
Food Deliveries - Asda and Tesco deliver

Local Pub - Talbot Bar at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel - 1 mile or Drunken Duck, Outgate 1.5 miles

Travel info

Nearest Motorway - M6, J36 - 23.5 miles
Nearest train station - Windermere - 6.4 miles
Nearest Airport - Manchester - 96 miles

A few attractions in the area
Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere - 5.8 mile
The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere - 7.3 miles
Brockhole, Windermere - 4.2 miles
Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, Near Sawrey - 5.5 miles
Waterhead - 2.6 miles
Coniston Gondola - 5.8 miles
Yew Tree Farm, Coniston - 3.4 miles
Roman Fort, Ambleside - 1.5 miles
Lakes Aquarium, Newby Bridge - 11 miles
Art galleries & Museums in Kendal - 14.8 miles
Lakeland Maize Maze, Sedgewick, Kendal - 15 miles
Grizedale Forest & Visitors Centre, Hawkshead - 6.5 miles
Sizergh Castle & Gardens, Sizergh, Kendal - 19 miles

Horse Riding -
Lakeland Ponytrekking, Windermere - 4 miles
Grizedale Riding Centre, Satterthwaite - 8.4 miles

Putting green and crazy golf, Ambleside - 1.5 miles
18 Hole golf course, Windermere golf club - 9.3 miles

Hawkshead Trout Farm, Hawkshead - 5 miles

Please note: Hen/Stag parties are not permitted at this property


Excellent, beautifully maintained property. We highly recommend Good Life Lake District Cottages for the superior quality & comfort of the properties & for the courtesy & professionalism of the staff.

Mrs Mary D,

This is an outstanding place in every area. This location is one of the most beautiful in the whole of England. The location of Swallows House is perfect for walks and trips to Ambleside, the Drunken Duck and Chester’s.

Previous Customer,