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Kirkby Stephen (6 mls W), Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Towels included
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At a glance

  • The perfect abode for two friends in the heart of the countryside
  • Bring your four-legged friend to enjoy the area and the large, sheltered garden
  • Nestled on a non-working farm in Eden Valley at the foot of the Howgill Fells
Property code: SZ355

With plenty of places to explore on foot, leave the car behind and adventure the days away before returning to this characterful home from home.

This property is a peaceful, relaxing, friendly little retreat on a non-working farm at the foot of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria’s beautiful Eden Valley. Set within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there are lots of little footpaths to discover as well as steep climbs, rolling fells and valley floors to choose from. The large, sheltered garden is the perfect place to return to for a cup of tea or cheeky G&T after a day out exploring. The cottage is warm and comfortable and ideally suited for two friends sharing as it has one bedroom with two single beds.

The pretty village of Ravenstonedale is a mile down the road and has the rare distinction of still having two very good pubs! A few miles beyond is the small town of Kirkby Stephen with its pleasant shops and cafes. It prides itself on being a ‘walkers are welcome’ town and has lots of vibrant, small independent businesses.

A favourite place to visit is Stenkrith Park, a native woodland that borders the River Eden with a variety of pathways including a beautiful viaduct walk and a great wild swimming spot at the far end of the park.

Your nearest lake is Haweswater, around 30 minutes away, with Ullswater just beyond, or Windermere a 45-minute drive away.

This really is a lovely little cottage - it's one of those places that has a lovely 'feel' to it. It's an upside-down place with the bedroom and bathroom downstairs and the living area upstairs. The bedroom has two single beds with a chest of drawers and hanging space. The shower room is also downstairs.

Upstairs is the open-plan lounge with kitchen and dining area. The lounge has lovely views over the garden and the sofa and armchair are convivially arranged around the electric stove. There is a TV with DVD player, and a selection of DVDs to borrow. Dining for two takes advantage of the views and the kitchen area is equipped with microwave, electric oven, hob, fridge, freezer and plenty of storage space.

Outside the garden is an oasis of nooks and crannies and places to sit. There is a summerhouse, a fire pit and you are totally surrounded by nature.

There is plenty of parking by the cottage. Please note that access to the cottage is via an unfenced farm track surrounded by fields. Cows live in the fields in July and August, sheep at other times of the year.

  • 1 twin bedroom
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge and freezer
  • Smart TV and DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden (shared with neighbouring properties) with summerhouse, seating and firepit
  • Ample parking by the cottage
  • 1 dog welcome -Farm animals and livestock nearby, keep dogs on leads
  • Pub 1.5 mile, supermarkets 6 miles
  • Please note that access to the cottage is via an unfenced farm track surrounded by fields
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Holly Popham

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Beverley 20th June 2022

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the cottage was very cosy and ideal for two and our dog and ideal getaway if you want a quiet and relaxing break, host were very helpful and very friendly,

Reviewed by Alan 20th May 2022

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Lovely Cottage in nice Quiet location fantastic gardens ideal if you have pets, local towns within 30 mins easy reach Kendal , Keswick Penrith , plus the National Parks / Lakes the owners are very helpful and can offer really good advice.

Reviewed by Sophie 6th May 2022

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I really enjoyed staying here at Nisthouse. It had everything I needed for me and my dog. The owners were particularly helpful and kind, especially when my car broke down and they helped me find a garage and transport. I cant thank them enough! Lovely garden, lovely attitude, lovely location although you do need a car. The Yorkshire Dales are trulyRead more magnificent and this is a great base to discover them. Hide

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

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It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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