Rennaldburn self-catering farmhouse
Rennaldburn is a seventeenth-century farmhouse, the self-catering half of which sleeps seven to eight. If there are only one or two of you, though, individual rooms can also be rented - see tarriff below - and I can provide a veggie breakfast and supper if required.
Sitting surrounded by pastureland a couple of miles south of Samye Ling, Rennaldburn is reputedly the first house built by Thomas Telford under the apprenticeship of a master stonemason in his early teens. It's secluded in three and a half acres, part of which is a wooded ravine with a beautiful waterfall running through it. The farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished in a rustic, earth-friendly way, with many unique features inside - from organic woodwork to original art, antique shrines and hand-printed prayer flags. I hope each time you visit Rennaldburn youâ€™ll see something new to inspire you; I see it as an ever-evolving artwork!
There are two large bedrooms upstairs, each with a double and single bed in them, both facing West towards the river Esk which winds through the valley, with a view of the nearby ancient Loupin Stanes, one with an antique French woodburner and supply of mini-logs to stoke it with. Also upstairs is the sunny bathroom, with curved bath, stained-glass and mosaics.
Half-way down the stairs, thereâ€™s also a cosy single painted with rich blue earth pigment, with a skylight to the stars and sunrise and and its own â€˜secret roomâ€™ entered through a giant mousehole!
The sitting room is home to an extensive and varied library, including many books of a spiritual and esoteric nature ~ and also has an open fireplace, with a supply of wood and coal. There is also a music system, DVD player and wide selection of DVDs, broadband access and pedal organ... but no TV reception.
The kitchen has a table which (just!) seats seven, as well as a washer-dryer and all cooking facilities - including basics such as oil, tea, spices and eco-washing liquid. It has a door leading to the front garden and meadow.
My son, Sati, and I live in the back of the house, but there are no 'shared areas'; the front door, and all the living areas mentioned, are exclusively for your use.
Rennaldburn is child-friendly with cot, high chair and child safety gates available if required, crafts and games, a big trampoline, homemade table-tennis table (with strictly improper proportions!) and bikes to borrow.
Weâ€™re also pet friendly, as long as any canine visitors donâ€™t chase our cat, Tashi, or surrounding sheep!
Thereâ€™s plenty of room for parking, and barns for keeping bikes undercover.
All-inclusive 2014 prices:
There are no hidden costs: prices include all bedlinen, towels, energy usage, and a welcome tea.
For the whole holiday let side:
Off-season: Â£375 weekly
Half-terms: Â£400 weekly
Summer holidays: Â£430 weekly
Christmas and New Year on request
Weekly prices also include a welcome hamper, basket of wood and scuttle of coal, and a Â£12 donation to Rokpa.
Nightly: Â£85/Â£95/Â£105 depending on season.
Three-night stay or over - 15% off.
For one room: One person: Â£28/Â£31/Â£34
Two sharing: Â£46/Â£49/Â£52
Babies free, kids half price.
Vegan/veggie breakfast Â£4.00 extra per person.
Nightly prices for the room or the house include a Â£1 - Â£4 donation to Rokpa.
Bookings for one night not taken more than a week in advance over summer and easter.
To make a booking call Shen on 01387 373277 or email email@example.com Our address is:
Rennaldburn Self Catering Farmhouse,
(Donâ€™t use satnav; itâ€™ll take you up the road!)
More details can be found on our websiteÂ www.gonebeyond.co.uk