Checking into the cottage was very straightforward, I was emailed a code and given instructions on where to find the keypad safe containing the keys to the property. I did get a little confused/didn't read the instructions properly and entered the number into the keypad of the adjoining cottage, the number opened their safe and I went into their cottage. Thankfully, I realised that I was in the wrong cottage after about five minutes which was before they arrived and before Spencer had even parked the car up. I was quite shocked that both keypads had the same number code and I think this is something that really does need to be looked into.
The cottage itself is very homely, warm and welcoming. Little touches really do make it feel like a home from home. I could happily spend many an evening tucked up under the throws provided while watching the coal fire burn away.
The cottage was light and airy and contained all of the facilities that you could ask for, including a dishwasher and a washing machine.
The living room was lovely, the windows were huge. Aria and I spent most mornings sitting in the window seat staring out at the impressive views, or just fog a lot of the time!
Even though the cottage gets really warm with the central heating we couldn't resist lighting the fire with the coal provided one evening. It looked lovely and Aria was mesmerised by it.
The property has a large kitchen with absolutely everything that you need, they even provide the essentials such as washing up liquid and a few dishwasher tablets. It is spacious and has a large dining area with patio doors leading to the book yard which would be perfect for al fresco dining during the summer months.
If you're lucky the friendly neighbours may even join you for your meal!
Hart Head Barn is a three bedroom property. There is one king size room, one super king (zip link beds) and one twin room.
Spencer and I nabbed the master bedroom, obviously. This is the only bedroom with an ensuite and also has a patio area.
The en suite bathroom was clean and contemporary and housed a shower.
We opted to have the beds zip linked to a super king, you have the option of either two beds or the zip link which is great.
Again, the twin bedroom was spacious, there was a lot of room in front of the two beds which I didn't capture in this photo, so much room that Aria's travel cot fitted in there nicely, there was also a chair at the top which was perfect for the bedtime bottle.
As well as the en suite bathroom there was a bathroom at the end of the corridor next to the two other bedrooms, this one had a bath and over bath shower and a bathroom with a bath and over bath shower upstairs near the living room and kitchen.
Overall we had a fantastic time at Hart Head Barn, and let's face it, when staring at this view while toasting your crumpets why wouldn't you? The accommodation was clean, they provided pretty much everything that you could need during your stay, even a first aid kit which came in handy when I needed a plaster.
Things to bear in mind if you are planning on staying here are that the cottage is at the top of a very steep incline, as a result I would personally avoid staying here during the colder parts of Winter when it may be icy. Also, as a result of the cottage being out of the way we couldn't find any takeaways that were willing to deliver to us, be prepared to either cook your own food, go out for meals or go and collect takeaways.
If you are planning a visit to the Lake District I highly recommend Hart Head Barn, but, if you aren't really fancying this cottage there are various other cottages available, all of which can be booked through Lakelovers.