Find My Favourite Holiday Cottages in Kirkby Stephen

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 see the peat bogs, courtesy of the tranquil River Eden that flows near this market town. Go for a relaxing stroll through town and visit the independent antique shops, including old book shops, pausing to recuperate at a nearby café. Kirkby Stephen is very rooted in 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. Pack a picnic from your holiday home for good exercise and a romantic day out with your loved one and then follow the River Eden to Stenkrith Park. Here, the river runs into a gorge and erodes the rocks into interesting shapes, known locally as the ‘Devil’s Hole’. Stand over it and watch it all from the Millennium Bridge.

A 2-storey, stone-built holiday cottage in Cumbria overlooking a sunny courtyard
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

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.

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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3

Rainbow Cottage is a sought-after rural holiday cottage in Cumbria boasting authentic details and contemporary style. Located near Kirkby Stephen between The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, the pet-friendly property offers expansive gardens, a games room, beautiful views, seclusion and wheelchair access.

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A stone-built Cumbrian farmhouse and attached barns in a remote moorland location
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3

Step back in time at the authentic stone remote cottage of Wray Green, which sits atop Wild Boar Fell in Cumbria. Sink into the comfort of the lovingly restored and furnished three-bedroom cottage. Pets are welcome. There is ample parking, plus a storage area for hiking and cycling gear. Sleeps 7.

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Entrance to a stone-built Cumbrian coottage with a porch and small lawn.
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Bedrooms
1

Enjoy a romantic holiday amidst the splendour of Northern England with a stay at Cow Byre, a stone-built small holiday cottage in the Cumbrian hamlet of Barras. It is situated within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, featuring a split-level open-plan living area, a feature wall, and a loft bedroom with a four-poster bed.

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The ruins of Croglam Castle, an old fort – and some Iron Age earthwork – show that Kirkby Stephen’s history and settlement are ancient. To explore the town’s past and surrounding areas, 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, go to the lovely Jubilee Park, where they can learn 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 various vintage locomotives you can ride at certain times of the year. Follow the River Eden and keep an eye out for gorgeous sculptures, all part of the ‘Eden Benchmarks’. 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.

A relaxing town with lots of natural beauty, holiday cottages in Kirkby Stephen is ideally located for a romantic getaway or family in Cumbria’s Pennine Hills.