Welcome to our cosy isolated barn in rural Cumbria! We look forward to seeing you soon!
The field - you can see this from your lounge window. This was taken in July just after our traditional hay meadow was cut
Welcome to our converted barn, near 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 in an isolated valley 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.
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!
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!
You need a car for access, parking is available
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, 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.
My goodness this place was wonderful, through and through. The barn conversion was big, clean, comfortable, everything we needed was right there. Annette and Alison and Phil were very friendly and gracious hosts who welcomed us warmly and made sure we had everything that we needed - there was even a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived, with two glasses and a lovely card saying hello. The barn itself is in a gorgeous setting, so much wildlife to see (the pheasants eating breakfast outside every morning were the highlight), such clear skies at night for star gazing and so very very quiet (the ideal reading environment). There are walks right from the barn, we even spent a couple of days just sitting around outside enjoying the immediate surroundings. Kirkby Stephen, just 4 miles down the road, is a lovely place with everything you'll need. The Dales are a 30 minute drive away and the amazing Lake District is pretty much on the doorstep (think under an hour to get to Ambleside).
This was the best holiday we've ever had and we'll go back again as soon as we can.
The barn is very secluded. But well worth it. Made to feel very welcome (the bottle of wine was a nice touch, and went down a treat!) Finished to a very high standard. Very clean. Well equipped kitchen, and very comfortable beds! A good nights sleep is assured. Lots of info in the barn for things to see and do. Or do nothing but chill and relax.
Came and stayed for 3 nights with my 2 girls aged 5 and 7. Beautiful weather and a gorgeous farm to stay on. Accommodation was very clean and had everything we needed. The girls loved the freedom and the animals. Would definately come back!! The hosts were lovely, friendly and helpful.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our short time at Ladthwaite. The wonderful barn was complimented nicely by the warm hospitality of our hosts. My two boys were loved being outside on the property watching the sheep and exploring the nearby walking paths. The barn was cosy and comfortable with plenty of room to relax. We very much enjoyed the drives to and from the barn, counting rabbits and waiting for the sheep to clear the road. It was a great base for us to explore Cumbria.
Alison was easy to communicate with and provided excellent directions to find the cottage. We loved the peaceful setting on the edge of hills with walks from the door. The gardens were more colourful than we expected - someone is a keen gardener - and there were lots of birds around and red squirrels around. The cottage itself is very well equipped and spacious. We would love to visit again.
We had a lovely time during our visit to the Barn. Though located in a rather secluded area, this place was definitely worth the long drive in. You need not worry about being bored on the drive in, as you will definitely be entertained by the sight of the sheep in the fields and little rabbits scurrying across the road.
The most exciting part of our stay would be being able to spot wild animals from the barn. Each morning, we were able to see three beautiful pheasants strut right in front of the house or in the field next to the house. Small birds such as sparrows would also fly to the bird feeder for a morning snack. There were also squirrels and rabbits which would pop into the little back garden then scurry off. Being city dwellers, my family was most excited and entertained by all the visiting animals.
As the barn was located within a sheep farm, we were also able to come into close interaction with the sheep. There was also a lovely little brook next to the barn, where the sheep would sometimes trot over for a sip of water.
While the lovely woodland animals and beautiful scenery was enough to endear us to the place, the well furnished house also helped to make our visit enjoyable. As the Cumbria had rather wet and cold weather during our stay, we were very grateful for the efficient radiator system installed in the barn, and also the quaint little fireplace which could be lighted up to provide additional heat in the living room. The kitchen too was well equipped, something which we were very grateful for, as we enjoyed preparing home-cooked meals even when on vacation.
Had a wonderful stay. The barn itself is very cosy and the setting is unique. Went running every morning from the doorstep. Lovely hosts, left clear instructions (and croissants) and very helpful with everything. Recommend the written instructions rather than relying on maps to get there! Thank you the Watts!
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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 :)
We live next door in the original farmhouse, so if you are missing anything or need some local tips we're not far away.