About this listing
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.
We were met by Alison on arrival, made to feel very welcome and given a guided tour of the Barn, together with much useful information about our surroundings. The accommodation was exactly as described, and there were two folders crammed with details of local walks, the equipment within the Barn and historical data.
The scenery is superb, and there are walks adjacent to the property, including the Coast to Coast Path. Fortunately the weather was excellent, and we saw red squirrels scampering around the property and upsetting the bird population by acrobatically robbing their feeders.
Flash, our hosts' collie, kept us amused by letting us throw a tennis ball for retrieval.
Fantastic cottage in a breathtaking location. Our children loved getting close up to red squirrels and the cottage was cosy and comfortable.
This is the most beautiful location! Read Alison's description to find the house carefully, they're perfectly written but you will need them. The house is in excellent condition and absolutely spotless. Alison and her family provide all the details you need plus loads of tourist information. You will need to do all shopping in Kirkby Stephen but it's a lovely town and so easy to get to. The one problem is the WiFi. Technically it exists but I couldn't connect for more than 30 seconds at a time and there's no phone reception. If you're there to relax and enjoy the sites it's not an issue but I intended to work in the evenings so the WiFi felt like false advertising. My advice, don't work, just enjoy yourself.
Hi Carleen! Oh no, so sorry to hear this - wish you had said something, we could have restarted the router or looked into it for you. Strange that it was this bad, as I also rely on the WiFi to work from home full time - so sorry about this again. We do mention that the connection can be a bit dodgy with us being remote, but it's not normally *that* intermittent :-/
Hope it didn't impact too much on your stay.
This is a remarkable place to stay. The winding single lane that leaves town rolls up and down, bending left and right across the gorgeous fells. You share the road with grazing sheep and cross three cattle grids before entering one of the most scenic properties I have ever stayed in. The barn is a piece of paradise, every window has an amazing view of the Cumbrian countryside, there are beautiful walks that run right through the property. Alison and Anette made us feel very welcome shared the history and recommended excellent walks around the property.
We had a wonderful stay at this very well appointed barn conversion. We were warmly welcomed and shown where everything is.
The barn has everything one would need to self cater, and is immaculately clean and tidy, with uninterrupted rural views.
It is beautifully warm, and in an idyllic spot in the Yorkshire Dales, 4 miles from the lovely village of Kirkby Stephen.
This is a perfect spot for unwinding, relaxing, and walking in the surrounding gardens or hills. It is also a great place to stay while you explore the surrounding villages of the Yorkshire Dales, and the Lakes District. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday cottage.
Lovely stay in the barn. Lakes and dales easily accessible. Nothing else we could've wished for. Everything provided to allow for self-catering. Couldn't recommend more, thank you
My family had a fantastic time at the Cottage Barn. We met Alison and Anette when we checked and showed us however thing worked. The Cottage was beautiful. It was fully equipped with everything needed for a great stay. The location is perfect and surrounded by beautiful country scenery. We enjoyed some lovely country walks and Anette was on hand to answer any questions we had. I would highly recommend the Cottage Barn and hope to return one day when visiting the UK.
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About the Host, Alison
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.