Grayrigg, near Kendal. The Hyning Estate. Self-catering

’Deserves all the praise it gets,’ said one visitor to the Hyning Estate where top notch accommodation, a great location - close to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks - and inspiring green credentials make this a pretty special place to stay.

The eight properties here accommodate from two to 12 people although a couple of them can be put together to create a much bigger space. On the other hand, Exclusively Hyning allows for just that, taking over nine properties - all with five star gold status from VisitEngland - for exclusive use.

When Jan and Richard Hinchliffe bought the former 17th century former farmstead in 2009 their aim was to redevelop and renovate it to as high a standard as possible, with a strong green and sustainable ethic as well.

They have certainly succeeded. In terms of comfort, expect lots of it: a mix of lovely stonework, hefty old beams, wood burning stoves, solid oak furniture, granite worktops and either Neff or Bosch induction hobs in the kitchens, limestone floors and rooftop patios.

The Byre (opened 2021, pictured) is a case in point, with its three bedrooms, large kitchen (two induction hobs, two fan ovens, four sinks), large Inglenook fireplace, limestone flags, solid oak mezzanine, HD projector and sound system.

As for the sustainability, there’s nearly 1.5 miles (2.2km) of underground pipework outside that forms a collector for the ground source heat pump, there are 20 solar panels, heat recovery systems, underfloor heating and triple glazing, which ‘together assure you of a draught-free, warm and cosy welcome’. Three Type 2 EV charging points for cars were installed in 2022.

Super-fast broadband came to this beautiful and peaceful hideaway in 2022, a destination that was Self-catering Holiday of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2015, and finalist for the Sustainable Tourism Award at the same time.

The Hyning Estate, Grayrigg, Kendal LA8 9BX: 01539 824900, The estate is just off the A685 Tebay to Kendal road, about six miles (9.6km) north east of Kendal. 

Three Type 2 EV charge points here, each of the ‘charging robots’ automatically adapting to the power of the grid, the electric car and the installation to provide a total of up to 22kw. 

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