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The Old Stables - Outhgill

Mallerstang, Cumbria
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance


  • Bask in the sunroom with your morning cup of coffee
  • Dine alfresco in the charming garden and look out for red squirrels
  • Lots of characterful features, including exposed stone walls, wooden beams and a spiral staircase


Property code: SZ507

Great for family get-togethers or getaways with friends, this charming stone cottage sleeps eight guests and has lots of tranquil spaces inside and out in which to enjoy the peaceful countryside surroundings, with stunning views to Mallerstang Edge.

This charming holiday property is a character cottage in a superb position beneath Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell in the Eden Valley. It is located in a small hamlet called Outhgill on the quiet valley road that runs parallel to the River Eden and the Settle to Carlisle railway on the opposite side of the valley. Mallerstang is considered to be one of England’s last wildernesses and offers a tranquil, relaxing location for a holiday.

The property sleeps eight people in four bedrooms. The attic double bedroom benefits from an en-suite shower room and Velux windows. The cottage retains much of the original character including exposed beams and stone walls. The sitting room features a cosy wood burner and original stone walls. This room is open to a sunroom that benefits from several large windows looking over the garden and towards the spectacular fells.

Outhgill is a delightful hamlet set in the area where Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales overlap, putting you in an ideal location to explore the Lakes and the Dales. The hamlet has a green and a sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy. Red squirrels are indigenous to the area and are often seen in the garden. Walking from the door of The Old Stables is outstanding; the narrow valley takes its name from Mallerstang Edge, a stunning craggy escarpment above the valley. The peaceful environs of Mallerstang and the upper Eden Valley offer varied walking in a beautiful location. The scenic Carlisle to Settle railway line runs parallel with Mallerstang Edge on the opposite side of the valley. There are regular steam services and guests at the property can join the service at Kirkby Stephen further up the valley.

This character cottage has a large entrance hall and accommodation over three floors. Off the entrance hall is a recently fitted kitchen with granite work surfaces, a separate utility and downstairs cloakroom.

The dining room opens to the sitting room. It retains character features including an exposed stonewall and has a dining table for eight people. The sitting room has a multi-fuel stove and exposed stone work. The cottage has been sympathetically extended to provide a garden room linking the living room with the kitchen.

Upstairs are two double bedrooms and one twin room, all with pleasant views and a large family bathroom with a roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

A spiral staircase leads to the master bedroom in the converted attic. The loft has been converted into a Master bedroom suite with a large double bedroom, full of character with exposed beams and trusses, a walk in wardrobe and en-suite shower room.

Outside there is a garden to the rear with a large lawn and mature borders and a small cottage garden at the front of the property. There is a gravel parking area for one car and further parking in front of the cottage. There are lovely views and walks to Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell.

  • 4 bedrooms: 3 doubles, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 bathroom, 1 en-suite shower room, 1 WC
  • Wood burner- initial supply of logs provided
  • TV
  • Superfast Broadband included
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Enclosed rear lawn with patio and furniture. Enclosed, small front garden. Kettle BBQ
  • Parking for one small/medium car in front of house, further parking at rear through the garden gate for one car. Additional parking on the common land at rear of house (though please park with care and don't restrict access on small track)
  • BBQ available
  • Shops and pub 4 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Allison 8th April 2022

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This is a lovely house in a fantastic location., generously equipped and furnished. We loved being able to plan walks from the house without having to take the car. There's plenty of room for a house full, and on warm days the garden is a suntrap. We saw hares, a red squirrel, deer, a kingfisher and 100s of lambs. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Doreen 28th December 2021

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Highly recommend this beautiful property, very roomy,comfortable, well equipped, everything you would need for a relaxing holiday. Sit in garden room and watch the many types of birds feed from the bird table. Sit in lounge watching a blazing log fire. Ideal location for walks beautiful surroundings.

Reviewed by Anna 21st December 2021

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A very comfortable and lovely stay in a beautiful location.

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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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