Johnby Hall – the Garden Barn

Johnby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0UU, England
Country House, In the Country, Manor House / Self Catering
5 Guests
2 Bedrooms

A stylishly converted Lake District home

Johnby Hall is an Elizabethan manor house that started around 1350 as a fortified pele tower and has belonged to the Howard family since 1783. It is now home to Henry and Anna Howard who welcome B&B guests looking for a comfortable base from which to enjoy the Lake District, Eden Valley and beyond.

They also offer self-catering accommodation in their extensive grounds. The Garden Barn is the newest addition to this fabulous Wolsey Lodge and was converted to a very high standard in 2016. The barn’s original beams are on display in the soaring ceiling of the lovely sitting/dining room and it also has two bedrooms and a shower room. The Garden Barn is also very cosy, with heating from the main house’s biomass boiler. It’s ideal for couples as the main bedroom has a king-sized bed with a memory foam mattress; the second bedroom has an L-shaped bunk bed and is better for children. It even has a range of toys and books to keep them entertained. There’s lots of space for an air mattress, cot or toddler bed.

The Garden Barn is also pretty accessible. Access is level, the modern shower room has a level access shower and there are only two interior steps. Dogs are welcomed: with considerable courage Henry and Anna allow up to four dogs to stay at The Garden Barn, and don’t even charge for them.

Also see Johnby Hall’s other self-catering property, The Studio, or it’s B&B accommodation in Kelly’s Cottage.

The extensive gardens and woodlands are full of wildlife including red squirrels and deer. The family also keep free range chickens and rare breed pigs as well as being child and dog friendly.

Johnby Hall suggests

Guests in the Garden Barn are welcome to buy Johnby Hall produce. We have sausages and bacon from our pigs, jams and marmalades from our orchard, vegetables from our walled garden and eggs from our free-range chickens. This is one place where it’s easy to eat local.


Lodge Facilities

  • Building of Historical Interest
  • Children by Arrangement
  • Dinner by Arrangement
  • Dogs by Arrangement
  • Free off-street parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden

Local Amenities

  • Cycling
  • Festivals
  • National Park
  • Places of Historical Interest
  • Walking


  • Opening Times: open all year
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1768 483 257
  • Payment Options: American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Maestro
  • Price Range: from £445/week


Prices are per person, per night

The Garden Barn - 1 King Size & 1 Bunk
£150.00 -
per night (double or twin occupancy)
Three-night minimum stay. 

Small children free.
Over 5s - £15 per child
Per extra adult - £20
Single supplement - £25


Johnby Hall is located near Penrith in Cumbria with the Lake District National Park’s fells, dales, and lakes on the doorstep. Wolsey Lodge guests will enjoy the many tourist attractions such as lake steamers, historic houses, gardens, castles and the many events, craft fairs and festivals take place locally throughout the year in this part of Cumbria.

Henry & Anna Howard

Henry & Anna Howard

  • Bio : Your hosts Henry and Anna Howard are both part-time professional musicians – Henry is a tenor and Anna is a harpist and soprano. (Musical guests feel especially at home here, and can enjoy playing the pianos in the Studio and great hall.) Henry, Anna, and their young family are dedicated to ensuring a warm and friendly welcome for their B&B guests and helping them to appreciate all that the Lake District, Cumbria and Yorkshire has to offer.

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