The field - you can see this from your lounge window. This was taken in July just after our traditional hay meadow was cutLadthwaite beck in very early spring
Remote cottage barn conversion, Cumbria
Remote cottage barn conversion, Cumbria
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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Welcome to our cosy isolated barn in rural Cumbria! Why not come and see what it's like to live in your own valley? We look forward to seeing you soon!


The space

Welcome to our converted barn, four miles from the market town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria.

We are situtated in a lovely remote valley with our own bubbling brook (or "beck" as we say here in Cumbria!), woodland and gardens.

Our smallholding is set on its own, at 1000 ft, within the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kirkby Stephen is a busy historic Market Town with plenty of pubs, cafes and shops.

Not far from the bustle of the Lake District, the Barn provides total peace and tranquillity with excellent walking / wildlife and wildflowers for the holidaymaker to enjoy right from the doorstep. You can watch red squirrels in the yard, and be up enjoying the views from the Nine Standards within an hour on Wainwright's famous Coast-to-Coast walk which passes close by. Or why not make the most of our fantastic dark skies for a spot of star gazing? We've even been lucky enough to see the northern lights (rare but possible!).

There are numerous other local walking routes available, as well as nature reserves including Smardale with the famous viaduct and rare butterflies.

There is easy car access to the Lake District, North Yorkshire Dales and Upper Teesdale for day outings.

Kirkby Stephen can be accessed by public transport but a car is crucial for access to the farm - unless you are happy to walk the last 4 miles!

DIRECTIONS are provided once you are a confirmed booking but here they are, just in case!
Map Reference: NY 797 068

Approach Kirkby Stephen either from A1 Scotch Corner, then A66, or from M6 Junction 38, then A685, which goes from Tebay to Brough.

At the north end of Kirkby Stephen take the turning to Hartley. At the T-junction in Hartley turn right and follow the road through the village, then up past the quarry entrance. Follow the narrow winding road all the way round the quarry and pass Fell House on the left. Cross a second cattle grid and at the top of the hill bear right and cross a third cattle grid. There is then a half-mile, mostly tarred track down to the farm. Total distance from Kirkby Stephen is 3 miles.

Nearest pub, shop and restaurant 3 miles. There is a well stocked supermarket in Kirkby Stephen, as well as many other small shops you would expect of a small bustling market town.

For access reasons (due to the chance of being snowed in!) the barn is not available for bookings from November through till the beginning of April.

We've had over 25 years of renting the holiday cottage here at Ladthwaite and Airbnb is our new way of reaching new guests!

The barn sleeps four, there are two bedrooms - one double and one twin, plus two bathrooms.

We welcome two well-behaved dogs only, because we are in sheep country - please accept that your dogs do need to be on a lead.

Our fields are traditional upland hay meadow with lots of beautiful wild flowers in May and June.

Please note we do provide bed linen, but NOT provide towels! Please bring your own :)

While we do have wifi, just a word of warning that the connection can be a bit unstable, with us being so remote. There is generally also no mobile coverage but if you walk up onto one of the nearby hills or drive 2 minutes up the road coverage is good.

Guest access

Guests have access to the cottage itself, the balcony, gardens complete with chairs and table (and bbq if you so desire) plus our fields and woodland to wander around in. There is a shed next to the barn with drying space for wet clothes, washing machine and dryer and dog shower!

Interaction with guests

We live next door, and either my mum Anette or I will be around to welcome you and show you round. We're about if you have any questions or want some tips on local things to do, but otherwise you can enjoy the peace and quiet!

Other things to note

Please remember we are quite isolated, so the wifi is sometimes a bit temperamental. Our water also comes from a spring, so tastes fantastic, and is UV treated but it does mean that if it has rained the colour may be affected slightly!


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

No smoking - remember we are 4 miles from the nearest town

Barn is stocked with toilet paper, soap, tissues and cleaning materials, rubbbish bags, cling film and tin foil.

Please bring your own towels unless you are travelling from abroad (this reduces the amount of washing we have to do, so is better for our septic tank!!)

Please don't leave your dog unattended in the Barn or unattended outside at any time (sheep/wildlife)


Ground floor:

Entrance hall

Shower room with wash hand basin and WC

Two bedrooms: One double / one twin

First floor:

Bathroom with wash hand basin, WC and bath

Spacious open plan sitting/dining/well equipped kitchen with door to south facing balcony

Open stonework with efficient coal effect gas stove

Attractive stripped pine floors and ceilings throughout

Laundry facilities (shared with owner)

Gardens shared with owner

Electric cooker


Fridge and freezer

Local spring water

Digital Freeview colour TV and DVD

CD player

Free Wi-Fi

Full gas central heating and electricity included in the rent

Open stonework with cosy coal effect gas stove

Bed linen, bath mats and tea towels included. (no towels - except for overseas visitors)

Cot and high chair available on request

Garden seats available

Private parking (up to two cars)

Recommended holiday insurance on request

For your convenience, the Barn is stocked with toilet paper, soap, tissues and cleaning materials, rubbish bags, cling film and tin foil.

Please note there is no telephone in the Barn and your mobile phone may not work here.

No smoking

You must also acknowledge
Some pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

3 nights minimum stay

48 Reviews

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Alex User Profile
September 2017
Peaceful & remote at the very end of a private road with easy access to stunning countryside. Check in was smooth, and Alison & her mother were very friendly & warm. The barn has everything you need and is very comfortable. The surrounding garden is full of wonderful wildlife including lovely red squirrels! We would definitely stay again.

Abigail User Profile
September 2017
would 100% recommend this accomadation. Perfect for a secluded break and brilliant for anyone who enjoys walking! You can enjoy the location even if the weather isnt great! The people are lovely and welcoming and the pictures really don't do the place justice.

Vidmante User Profile
July 2017
Alison's house is in one of the most awe inspiring settings, quite some way from civilisation nestled in the lush countryside. A truly idyllic escape from the ordinary. Our 3 night stay was faultless, directions to the house were clear and easy to follow, although without directions I feel it would be impossible to find, hidden away as it is. The place was very comfortable, spacious, clean and well equipped. We were looking for a quiet base from which to explore the area and Alisons home turned out to be perfect. I honestly cant rate this property highly enough (6* easily) and recommend it completely.

Jake User Profile
July 2017
A very nice stay at a lovely remote barn and whose hosts are lovely. If you like a quiet off the beaten track stay (nearest village 3 miles) surrounded by wildlife and peace then this is the place for you. The Kitchen has all you need and the wifi worked perfectly for us.

Stephen User Profile
May 2017
If you are looking for a lovely, spacious barn conversion in a very rural setting then this will be perfect for you. Ideal for 4 people, very clean with a modern kitchen and two bathrooms. 100% recommended.

Bekki User Profile
May 2017
What a lovely little secluded cottage up in the hills away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. We absolutely loved our stay at Alison's place, it was just what we were hoping for. Everything we needed was there, and it was a great central location for getting out to both the lakes and the dales. Only downside was having to leave! Thank you Alison and Anette for having us :)

Amaia User Profile
April 2017
Just perfect. If you are looking for a place away from the city this is the right one. Alison and her family were very sweet to us and facilitate our arrival very well. The house is beautiful, tidy and warm with incredible views if you like nature. We had a very quiet and peaceful Easter.

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Alison User ProfileAlison is a superhost.

Hi! I have recently returned to my home turf of beautiful Cumbria, UK. I love to travel and discover new places and countries. I hope by welcoming you to the Barn you can do the same :)

I'm a translator/interpreter and my mum Anette is retired. We live next door in the original farmhouse, so if you are missing anything or need some local tips we're not far away.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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