Smardale Hall

Smardale near Kirkby Stephen, The Lake District and Cumbria (Ref. 23932)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Kirkby Stephen 3 miles.

Dating back to the 14th century, this enchanting Grade II listed semi-detached cottage is attached to the owner's home and sits on a working livestock farm with sheep and cows in a delightful rural location between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks.

Complete with unique towers and turrets, this striking cottage near Kirkby Stephen provides spacious accommodation for any group hunting for a holiday with a difference.

The large sitting room features a cosy woodburner and a hideaway space set into each adjoining tower, providing a cosy spot to retreat with a book.

There are three comfortable bedrooms, including one with en-suite facilities, and a family bathroom, located in the first floor turret; another unusual feature of this delightful Kirkby Stephen cottage.

Outside, there is a sunny walled garden, and guests are welcome to use the shared lawns that overlook the farmyard.

If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the native red squirrels and deer that dwell in the Smardale Gill nature reserve on the doorstep of your Kirkby Stephen cottage.

The traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen is just three miles away and offers a good variety of amenities, and the option to enjoy a breathtaking journey by steam over the Ribblehead viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

The quaint village of Ravenstondale is a short drive away and has excellent pubs and tearooms, plus the 9 hole golf course allows visitors to leave their green fees in an honesty box, and enjoy a relaxed game in pretty surroundings.

This charming Kirkby Stephen cottage will be loved by guests of all ages.


Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x family room with 2 singles and 1 adult bunks. Bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Utility. Sitting room with woodburner.


Oil central heating with woodburner. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and fuel for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 4 cars. Bike storage. Front patio garden and shared use of lawned garden. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 3 miles. Note: Property is on a working farm and children should be supervised at all times. Note: Property is located near the Settle-Carlisle Railway and some noise may be heard. There are no more than 6 trains a day, no later than 8pm and with little noise. Note: WiFi is only available in specific areas of the cottage.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Fabulous place and perfect for families. We had a brilliant weekend, the house is lovely with plenty of space for the kids to explore and nice outdoor space. There's a lovely walk along the old train track nearby. We will definitely be returning!”

    Miss Holden, Liverpool, October 2015

    • “The situation of Smardale Hall is beautiful, and the property itself is full of character. The family running the property are very friendly and helpful. Smardale Hall is very well located for day trips and there is at least one lovely walk to do from the house.”

    Ms Lawlor, Durham, August 2015

    • “This was a great property and the hosts made us feel very welcome. I would really recommend this property.”

    Mr Robb, London, April 2015

    • “Great character-filled hall, very spacious and great for a large group. Once warmed up it was very cosy, and loved the real fire in the lounge. Really big kitchen table was really good to gather round for meals. Good location if you like the outdoors, on a working farm with friendly owners.”

    Mr Bird, Huntingdon, December 2014

    • “A really different place to stay - in a very good way and the main town is also very good. We also loved the national park walking track at the entry to the property”

    Mr Moore, Mildura, September 2014

    • “Our hosts made us feel special and extremely welcome. The farm buildings and surrounding area were idyllic and so peaceful. Being on a working farm made this an ideal relaxing family holiday. Probably the best holiday break we have had.”

    Mr Vaughan, Salford, September 2014

    • “Beautiful house in a wonderful setting. Very friendly owners. Made for a very relaxed holiday.”

    Mrs Judd, Ware, July 2014

    • “Smardale Hall and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. As is the grandeur of the Hall itself. The helpfulness and friendliness of the owners went beyond our expectations of being made to feel welcome on their working farm. Our children experienced one of their most memorable holidays so far, getting to know the farmyard animals, feeding newborn lambs and collecting the daily eggs. They were actively encouraged by the owners to participate in 'farming life', which they LOVED every minute of. Will definitely be returning!”

    Mrs Higgins, Warwick, May 2014

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About the location


Sedbergh 13 miles; Penrith 22 miles; Reeth 22 miles; Kendal 23 miles.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen lies at the foot of the Howgill Fells in the upper Eden Valley, between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The traditional market town hosts a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs for every taste and budget. A delightful rural town with a thriving local community and many traditional old dwellings, Kirkby Stephen boasts cobbled old yards, quaint corners and a pretty picnic area where “Frank’s Bridge” crosses the River Eden, while just a mile from the town, the old railway station connects to the magnificent Settle-Carlisle Railway line, a must-do travel experience for everyone. Enjoy many excellent walks and cycle routes nearby, explore the magnificent Howgill Fells or visit the majestic Pendragon Castle. A superb location with the whole of the mystical Lake District National Park and the stunning Yorkshire Dales at your fingertips.

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