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!
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.
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!
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)
Shower room with wash hand basin and WC
Two bedrooms: One double / one twin
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
Fridge and freezer
Local spring water
Digital Freeview colour TV and DVD
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.
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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.