Kirkby Stephen is a traditional market town of cobbled courtyards, interesting shops, and nooks and crannies to explore. Set in the beautiful Eden Valley, it is well-positioned close to the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This enviable location makes it the ideal spot for exploring this incredible part of the country.
Read on for a selection of our cottages close to Kirkby Stephen. For even more self-catering properties, take a look at our cottage search.
This characterful cottage lies beneath Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell in the Eden Valley. The cottage brings together traditional features such as exposed stone walls and modern facilities such as the lovely, well equipped kitchen. There are also lovely views to admire, including over Mallerstang, which is considered one of England's last wildernesses. Kirkby Stephen is just a short drive away, or why not take a walk to the town instead and then treat yourself to something delicious in one of the cafés?
The Old Stables (Outhgill) sleeps 8 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
Sleeping up to ten adults and two children, Beechcroft is a glorious Grade II Listed building in the market town of Appleby. Retaining its 19th century character with modern comforts to ensure your full enjoyment, it also sits in an acre of wild gardens that includes a pond and woodland. This is the perfect location for a gathering of friends or extended family, with plenty of space in the high-ceilinged rooms for everyone.
Beechcroft sleeps 10/12 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
Cooper's Cottage nestles in the peaceful village of Ravenstonedale in the Yorkshire Dales, just a short distance from Kirkby Stephen. It is a cosy and modern holiday home with a crackling wood burner, pretty country-style kitchen, and a modern shower room. Sheep peacefully graze in the surrounding fields and you can relax with a cuppa whilst taking in these tranquil scenes from the windows. The village itself offers plenty to do, with cycling, golf, horse riding, a children's play park and tennis courts all available. If you want to stretch your legs, take your pick of places to go from The Howgills, Orton Scar and Smardale Nature Reserve.
Cooper's Cottage sleeps 4 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
Set in an elevated position above the small village of Orton, Scar View Cottage is a warm and welcoming place with views across meadows in one direction and over the characterful village church in the other. The welcoming living room is the ideal place to put up your feet after a day exploring, with a wonderful open fire that will delight you in the evenings. Orton is a traditional village boasting a pub (serving food), village shop, post office, and even Kennedy's Fine Chocolates factory! The monthly farmer's market is not to be missed with local farmers, producers and craftsmen offering a wide selection of delicious produce and carefully-made crafts.
Scar View Cottage sleeps 5 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
Ideal for a solo traveller, a couple, or a family with young children, 7 Colby Lane is a wonderfully quirky house just a 5-minute walk from the centre of historic Appleby. The characterful front of the building was built in the 18the century, with the extension - including a lovely sun room - and garden were added more recently to extend the space. There are plenty of walks from the front door if you want to make the most of the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, the town itself is bound to delight thanks to its Norman castle, wide main street, and the river running through.
7 Colby Lane sleeps 2/4 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
Swindale Cottage is a charming Victorian end-of-terrace cottage in the village of Warcop, just 10 minutes from Kirkby Stephen. It is a sleep village that reminds you of a bygone era and the slow pace of life is something that is hard to find in this modern age! The property sits opposite a little stream and boasts a roaring open fire, a generously sized kitchen, and an attractive garden with patio area. Heritage rail enthusiasts will love the proximity of both the Eden Valley and Carlisle to Settle railways, whilst walkers can enjoy a gentle stroll along the river or take on parts of one of Wainwright's long-distance walks, A Pennine Journey, which passes through the village.
Swindale Cottage sleeps 3/4 guests and is pet-free.
Found in Newbiggin-on-Lune in the Yorkshire Dales, The Curlew Retreat is well-named thanks to its tranquil and idyllic surroundings. All on the ground floor, it sits in the grounds of a non-working farm at the foot of the Howgill Fells. With lovely features including exposed stone walls, a pretty cottage kitchen, and wooden beams, it really is a wonderful cosy place for a relaxing stay. And it's only a 10-minute drive to Kirkby Stephen!
The Curlew Retreat sleeps 4 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
This sweet little cottage in the vibrant village of Shap is within a half-hour drive of Kirkby Stephen. Perfect for couples and small families, it has a wonderful feel to it and enjoys views over the open countryside to the rear. Just a short, 5-minute walk will bring you to Shap's heart, where you will find pubs, tea rooms, a village shop and even a heated open air swimming pool! There are plenty of walks from the front door, too, with walks that will take you along Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast and to Sleddale Hall (from the cult movie, Withnail and I) and Shap Abbey.
1 Wreay Cottage sleeps 4 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.