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The Curlew Retreat

Kirby Stephen (6 mls W), Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
10 more

At a glance

  • Delightful stone cottage with picturesque views of the Howgill Fells
  • Convenient ground floor property with plenty of country-cottage charm
  • Perfectly situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales
Property code: SZ478

Set in the tranquil Eden Valley on a non-working farm, this characterful property has no shortage of both relaxing and more challenging walks for families and their dog.

This attractive single-level holiday home is a lovely spot, with two bedrooms and a warm and comfy open plan lounge with kitchen and dining area. It's 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 and lanes to explore by bike. The large, sheltered garden is the perfect place to relax and take in the views.

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 in town and it has lots of vibrant, small independent shops.

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.

This attractive holiday home is a great cottage for couples and small families. It's all on the ground floor and has an open plan lounge with kitchen and dining area. The comfortable sofa and armchairs are arranged around the electric stove and there is TV with DVD player (as well as a selection of DVDs to watch). There is dining for four and a small kitchen with electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and storage space. There are two bedrooms - a double and a twin, and the wet room has shower toilet and sink.

Although the house isn't specifically adapted for wheelchair users, it is suitable if you have limited mobility.

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.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom – 1 shower/wet room with shower and a WC
  • Electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer
  • Smart TV, DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Shared garden with summerhouse, fire pit
  • Parking outside cottage
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Pub 1.5 miles, shops 6 miles
  • 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.
  • Arrival: 17:00 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

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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.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

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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