Surrounded by peaceful villages in the hills is the small town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria with a fine choice of self catering accommodation for visitors. Walk along the edge of town and you will see the peat bogs, courtesy of the tranquil River Eden that flows near this market town. Kirkby Stephen is very rooted to its surrounding nature, with many of the homes in the area made of stunning brockram – a mix of limestone and red sandstone from the river. For some good exercise and a romantic day out with your loved one, pack a picnic from your holiday home and then follow the River Eden along to Stenkrith Park. Here, the river runs into a gorge, and has also eroded the rocks into interesting shapes, known locally as the ‘Devil’s Hole’. Stand over it and watch it all from the Millennium Bridge. Go for a relaxing stroll through town and visit the independent antique shops, including old book shops, pausing to recuperate at a nearby café.

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Old Cottage lies in the quaint rural village of Nateby near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria between The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The two bedrooms sit downstairs, while the kitchen and sitting room enjoy rural views from the first floor of this dog-friendly cottage.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

The ruins of Croglam Castle, an old fort – and also some Iron Age earthwork – show that Kirkby Stephen’s history and settlement is ancient. To explore more of the town’s past, and that of the surrounding areas, be sure to walk or ride (a bike or a horse!) along the Pennine Bridleway National Trail, which takes you through ancient roads and canals. If you’re visiting Kirkby Stephen with the kids, be sure to go to the lovely Jubilee Park, where they can learn all about rare types of trees and plants and play in the gardens, while the grown-ups take in the gorgeous views. On the other hand, the Stainmore Railway Company will prove a fantastic day out for all the family, with a variety of vintage locomotives that you can ride at certain times of the year. For more arts and culture, visit the aforementioned Devil’s Hole, and you’ll see the ‘Poetry Path’, showing carved stones with the poetry of Meg Peacock, created by artist Pip Hall. Follow the River Eden and keep an eye out for gorgeous sculptures, all part of the ‘Eden Benchmarks’. A relaxing town with lots of natural beauty, Kirkby Stephen is the ideal spot for a romantic get-away or family outing, especially when the comfort of your own holiday cottage is brought into the mix.