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Linden Lea

(Ref. 1033651)

Brough, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "This is third year staying here and it really is a lovely little cottage in a fab village, so I don’t want my review to put anyone off but I would like the owner to see the comments to be able to rectify issues."

    The cottage has everything you could possibly need for your stay and is so cosy, location is great too with a shop just across the road and walks from the doorstep. The neighbours on the end are very friendly too. However, as this is the third year going I think we have noticed a few things this time round. There were two glasses which were cracked across the handle and bottom, should really have been picked up by cleaners. The tv has marks within the screen which looks like hand prints but does affect the picture, the Wii doesn’t work after a few minutes of playing. The mold in the bathroom around the sealant and bottom of the shower screen really does need replacing and the shower head itself needs to be replaced as it slides down when in use. The mold around the window in the little bedroom needs to be looked at. Overall just a little tired and could be 10 times better with a freshen up. The biggest issue we had was the log burner, having one ourselves we know how to use it. But this one appears to not have any air flow which I think is caused by needing to be swept through. The smoke would fill the room on opening the door which is not safe at all. As I have mentioned I really don’t want my review to deter anyone from going as we had a great Christmas away and it’s a fab cottage but the owner really needs to be made aware of these issues.

    Reviewed by Rachel2.5Dec 2023

  • "The property was excellent, no complaints."

    It's a shame that the 'pub within walking distance' as described on Sykes website, has shut down. This was a strong reason for us choosing this property.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Nov 2023

  • "Amazing cottage, loved our stay the wii was a nice touch!"

    Couldn’t fault it one bit beautiful walks round the corner

    Reviewed by Wesley4.7Oct 2023

  • "The cottage had absolutely everything you needed, it felt like home from home and would definitely recommend it"

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage lovely area but would like to say COVID now in the past a 0930 leave and 1700 in is a bit much please return to 1000 and 1500 because it don't take 7."

    5 hour to clean the cottage it also means you have nearly lost one day

    Reviewed by Mick4.4Sep 2023

  • "Had a fantastic long weekend, cottage was cosy, really pretty had every amenity - the bed was amazing best night sleep we have had in years."

    The cottage is situated yards from a pub, shop and with 5 minutes you can be walking around a castle ruin. Definitely would recommend staying at the cottage to others and look forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Sep 2023

  • "We’ve had a fabulous few days, the cottage was immaculate and had everything we needed."

    The garden was secure snd great for the dog, only disappointment was the garden was neglected and not as on description. All shrubs were neglected and plants in pots were dead, weeds all around and lawn not mowed. It didn’t spoil our holiday but would have been nice if garden was a bit more pleasant. The village amenities were good and very handy. Lovely walks and accessible to get around, it’s a beautiful area with beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Sep 2023

  • "A fairly comfortable cottage."

    Well equipped. Having to leave by 9 am on the Friday meant getting up very early so we left Thursday night. The garden is enclosed and safe for dogs.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need."

    Good garden form our dogs and ideally situated for both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Very quiet and close to a shop and pub too. I would definitely recommend to other travellers.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2023

  • "The owner was very helpful and provided us with lots of information beforehand about the cottage and surrounding area and things to do, etc."

    . Plus there are leaflets at the property to help you plan walks, days out. We found the local newsletter very good for info on numerous walks, we also used some of the other leaflet info in the cottage. It is very well equipped in the kitchen, and living spaces and bedrooms are very pretty and homely and in theme with the cottage, lots of storage too. We were two adults with 2 collie dogs and the garden space was pretty and adequate for our two doggies as we were out on walks most of the day. It would have been a bit nicer if the grass had been cut and the flowers in the garden tended to (as we had been asked to pick the dog poop up from the garden which was no problem, we would always do this anyway, just makes it a bit harder when the grass is long !) Patio area from the living room is lovely though, very cute porch area, loved all the nik naks dotted around.. Just outside on the main road are two pubs and a chip shop, unfortunately these were all closed on our arrival due to holidays being taken, apart from one pub which was open just at the weekend. This didn't deter us though as we were out doing long walks, visited High Force, Low Force, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen (doing numerous walks around here) Pooley Bridge at Ullswater was stunning and fab for our doggies, just a few of the numerous walks we did, Brough Castle worth visiting too. All in all a lovely cottage (which we had no problem finding) in a great area for access to Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and also County Durham, super clean and thank you for the lovely welcome treats and bottle of wine and 2 doggy bowls !

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great little cottage in a quiet peaceful setting- very well equipped- very ..."

    Great little cottage in a quiet peaceful setting- very well equipped- very peaceful at night - slept well - our 2 dogs loved the walks nearby- would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was beautiful and the pictures did not do the garden justice, the dogs loved the room to run around."

    Loved that there was dog bowls on arrival. Location was great for visiting family in Penrith and we enjoyed the recommendation of the viaduct railway walk. We will definitely book again soon

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2023

  • "A comfortable stay in a well equipped cottage in a quiet setting."

    The only downside for us is how dark the cottage is which for us affects the experience and therefore the score. This may not be an issue for someone else. If it wasn’t for the lack of light we would have scored the stay differently.

    Reviewed by Havva5.0Apr 2023

  • "Outstanding Cottage!"

    The owner is so helpful and provided us with helpful information to ensure we have a fantastic stay. gave info on the local area and things to do. Plus there is numerous leaflets at the property to help you plan your next adventure. It is fully equipped in the Kitchen including a slow cooker! Loads of storage space, beautiful bedrooms and living room. I really cannot fault this cottage. It is warm and homely. The garden is lovely with French doors leading onto a small patio and decking area. As for clean, it is immaculate! There are loads of little trinkets and everything had a place. You had a good selection of DVD's, books and there is even a Wi games console with everything that you needs to keep you entertained. We did not use this or the DVD's we were out a lot exploring the area! Just outside on the main road are two pubs and a local shop (very reasonably priced), everyone is friendly, oh and the local Chippy just around the corner is excellent. There are plenty of walks from the cottage. We will be visiting this property again, its the best for location and exploring the Lake District, the Cumbrian Fells and the Yorkshire Dales. This is a 5 Star property!

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Apr 2023

  • "Arrived to find only able to park across the road so quite a trek to carry cases ..."

    Arrived to find only able to park across the road so quite a trek to carry cases etc to the cottage, the passage is full of wood and other stuff so need a torch in the evening, however biggest problem is the dog to the right as you enter flys at it’s gate and the fence is so low when the dog that lives down the bottom is out it snaps over the fence at you, so the cottage is great accommodation clean and has everything you need for a break but not suitable for medium/large dogs

    Reviewed by Karl4.1Mar 2023

  • "A lovely, comfortable cottage, superbly equipped, clean and well presented."

    Your advance information was helpful and thoughtful and directions to the place clear. We enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by William4.7Feb 2023

  • "Linden Lea was a lovely, quaint cottage in a great location to explore the local area."

    The cottage was immaculately cleaned and had everything I needed to create the home from home feeling. The decor is modern but in keeping with the country cottage style. The owners sent lots of useful information beforehand which was a great way to help us plan what we should see and do. The only thing I would say needs to be changed is the departure time on the website. On arrival I found out that it is actually 9am. This did not impact my holiday but would have been good to know in advance.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Dec 2022

  • "Excellent property."

    Cosy and family friendly.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Dec 2022

  • "Thank you Kevin and Helen."

    Your cottage was beautiful and very well equipped and we had a lovely stay. The communication was excellent leading up to our arrival with a very well detailed email about places to visit-very handy. Linden Lea was the perfect location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria in Autumn. The cottage had lots of lovely walks straight from the garden. We can also recommend Lowther Castle and Raby Castle and deer park for visiting and enjoying the countryside as well as the viaduct walk in Kirby Stephen. The Outfitters cafe served fantastic food and the coffee was exceptional. We didn’t eat at the Inn hotel but had a drink on the first night. The barman at the Fleece couldn’t be more accommodating of us with our dog and baby. The dog even got a complimentary sausage! (Note no real ales in either pub if you are a fan like my husband) The cottage is so well equipped that given the time of year it was lovely to get back, light the wood burner and cook a meal. The White Hare cafe in Kirby Stephen sells very reasonably priced food and the owners are lovely. They couldn’t do enough for us, our baby and dog. Farfield Mill in Sedbergh is well worth a visit and the shop has lots of lovely hand made gifts. We unfortunately didn’t meet Bonnie the Labrador next door (time of year, you see limited people) but we did meet Toby the Labradors dad. The neighbours are so friendly. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Mel5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely fabulous!"


    Hi Karen, Thank you for the fedback about Linden Lea. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with great enclosed garden for the dog."

    Really enjoyed our stay

    Thank you LIsa for your comments. We are so glad you enjoyed the cottage and the surrounding area. Kevin and Helen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved our time at Linden Lea."

    It was well equipped, clean with a great traditional decor. Also had a nice secure garden for our dogs. Brough is a lovely friendly town with many wonderful walks on the doorstep and a short drive away.

    Hi Nigel, thank you for your lovely comments. Brough is a nice place to stay and a great base for walking with the dogs as you found out! Cheers, Kevin and Helen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Sep 2022

  • "It's a pretty cottage ."

    The main feature is the beautiful view of the garden from the sitting room . The garden is delightful but sadly really not private . Although it has an enclosed garden it is only enclosed to hip height . If you have a large breed dog and it likes to jump it's really not enclosed at all . Basically whenever you want chill space outside people can see you . From the photos you would assume that wouldn't be the case . The neighbors are nice but again as they live their lives they are very much part of yours . The bed was amazing . House beautifully clean . It is however very very dark in all rooms except the sitting room which has the patio doors . Market Brough is pretty and there are lots of walks from the doorstep. I would suggest a bigger saucepan and a wooden spoon added to the kitchen . Thank you

    Reviewed by Heather3.8Aug 2022

  • "The cottage is beautiful and met the needs of my wife and I as well as my 15 year old son, 11 year old daughter and black Labrador."

    Cottage was immaculately cleaned upon checking in with a selection of treats for us all waiting. Local shop is literally under five minutes away as is motorway access to everything within the Lake District. Having the peace of mind of having a contained area at the back of the property to allow our dog to explore and for us to sit outside and watch him was ideal. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely look at this property again when we come back to the area. Thanks again for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely fortnight’s stay at Linden Lea."

    The cottage was really easy to find and we felt at home straight away. We loved the spacious living room and kitchen and the enclosed garden (although the lawn hadn’t been mowed unfortunately). The cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay with a young child and a dog. It is worth noting that although Brough is a friendly village we didn’t feel it was a holiday destination in itself. It is a good location to access the Dales and the Lakes, however this is something to consider when booking the cottage.

    Reviewed by Heledd4.4Jul 2022

  • "A great stay in brough."

    The cottage was really well equipped and the enclosed garden great for our dog. The bed was very comfortable. Minor niggle some more info on what goes into recycling would have been useful.

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.8Jun 2022

  • "Cottage was excellent , directions clear , great location and perfect for our needs ."

    Only issue was note from owner saying we needed to be out by 9am which consider we weren't allowed into cottage till 5pm was a little harsh .. cottages used to be 11 am check out and 3pm arrival. Based on this we decided to leave Thursday night as would have made it a very early wake up to get everyone and cottage ready for us to leave. This was a minor blip on a perfect rental and one we would be interesting in using again ..

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely quirky cottage and an excellent place to chill for a week."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2022

  • "It was a lovely comfortable and warm cottage, we enjoyed staying there, it is in an ideal location so close to the open countryside, the dogs loved the garden, there were a couple of things that we thought needs attention, the patio doors were very hard to open and lock,maybe a little oil is needed, there was no peddle bin bags for the kitchen, there was no manual for the TV or DVD and we had a few problems."

    Most other cottages we have stayed at have a page or two of local walks from the front door, there were none, and finally before we left to go home we wanted to use the vacuum but it had never been emptied and was full of dog hairs, but those things wouldn't stop me from recommending to friends.

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0May 2022

  • "Many thanks for a wonderful stay in your lovely cottage."

    You have thought of everything that is needed for a self catering holiday. We hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage with all you need and spotless, friendly village."

    Nice walks and good location to visit the Lake District. Will definitely be back!!

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely clean cosy cottage in the centre of Brough where there are a few pubs and a shop."

    Parking on the street isn’t a problem. Within a few minutes walk from the cottage there are some nice dog walking areas. If you are over 6ft tall beware of the low metal lamp shades especially in the hallway as you walk in and the sharp corner of the shed roof as you walk down the path! The central heating control was easy and worked well. Overall an enjoyable relaxing week and hopefully will return.

    Reviewed by Graham1.3Mar 2022

  • "A lovely break at Linden Lea."

    Great walks on the doorstep including the castle being very close and lots more walks within a short drive. Cosy house with great central heating, a well equipped kitchen and an overall cosy feeling to it. Missed the cushions on the sofas (removed due to Covid, which is a Sykes instruction, not sure how this stops the spread) good sized Co-op a short drive away and 1/2 hour drive from Penrith which has many generic supermarkets and some lovely independent shops.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Dec 2021

  • "Wonderful stay over Christmas."

    Such a lovely cosy quiet cottage in a fantastic village, it has all you need and everyone is very friendly. Would love to come back in the summertime.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.4Dec 2021

  • "WiFi cable gets trapped in living room door when you shut it which stops it working."

    This was a really small thing and we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7Nov 2021

  • "Have Emailed the owner."

    This a beautiful Cottage has everything you want. Comfy bed . Lovely furniture everywhere. Good base if you like travelling around.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Nov 2021

  • "What a lovely cosy, well equipped cottage."

    Brough is a very friendly little place, from the lady in the chippy to the locals in the pubs. We were only there for 3 nights so didn't venture very far but we didn't have to, we had all we needed for a relaxing few days either in the cottage or on the doorstep. Thank you

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at linden Lea very cosy comfortable cottage."

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Aug 2021

  • "Unfortunately arrived at cottage at scheduled time (1630) and unpacked only to find the property had not been cleaned at all ."

    After a call to owner cleaners arrived at 1700 but as we were already there failed to clean cottage to the very high standards we had been assured of . As a result I have now been handed a cleaning bill by the owner for a stain on a bed, he says my party made even though the beds in one room were neither checked or changed, so not too happy I’m afraid.

    I am sorry to read your review from your stay as it provides different feedback from the positive feedback we normally receive but we always take all comments on board. In this case you did arrive well before the check in time, we both discussed this at the time, and the cleaners were late due to being short staffed on the day due to COVID self isolation which you later appreciated. Your comments contradict your satisfaction in the cleaning provided when I checked up with you the day after arrival. Unfortunately incidents and accidents can occur when guests stay and it is only right that costs due to any damage are borne by the guests. It is disappointing in the rare instances when these issues cannot easily be resolved Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel3.1Jul 2021

  • "Other cottages we have stayed in have a small folder with facts about the surrounding area this had nothing"

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great place to stay lovely area and good food in the local pubs it is also ..."

    Great place to stay lovely area and good food in the local pubs it is also pretty central to most places of interest I would stay there again

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage which was exactly as described on the website and the perfect location for trips to lakes."

    Would certainly book again

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful hosts, very clean cottage and lovely gift left for us on arrival."

    Very friendly residents in area Brough is a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Glynis4.4May 2021

  • "Wow. It was so cosy and comfortable."

    Especially the living room. The attention to detail was fantastic from the welcome pack to the torches in the bedroom as the bedrooms are dark during the night. Peaceful to sit in the garden with a gin and chill at the end of the day. Ideally located to visit the local areas such as Penrith and Ullswaater. Also some lovely local walks. Definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2021

  • "Linden Lea is the best cottage we've visited with Sykes."

    Absolutely everything you could need is there. The kitchen is equipped to a very high spec. The cottage was immaculately clean on our arrival and the welcome tray was most appreciated. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Linden Lea, it was very cosy with the log fire which was good since we had snow!"

    Super comfy bed in the main bedroom. The kitchen was well equipped and the whole cottage had been cleaned to a very high standard. Lovely little garden which is alongside the neighbours path. Parking is on the street, and a short walk to the cottage - not a problem but good to be aware. Hosts very helpful and communicative. Overall it was a great time away!

    Reviewed by Kate4.4Dec 2020

  • "Lovely cottage , it had everything we needed."

    Comfortable bed. Very clean and well presented .

    Reviewed by Helene4.7Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was real home from home very comfortable really enjoyed location and very friendly little village easy get so many places ."

    .would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "Absolutely fantastic accommodation."

    Everything you can think of was provided. Very clean and friendly

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautifully presented cottage in a great location with lots of extra touches - biscuits, popcorn and a bottle of wine!"

    Very comfortable beds and sofas as well as large soft towels.A very welcoming, cosy escape.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2020

  • "Clean comfortable base to explore wider beautiful Yorkshire countryside."

    Decor is modern and the cottage is equipped with everything you would need to. Make your stay comfortable. Villages and shopping a few miles away to explore and many historic venues to visit. Small garden enclosed for a dog. Small. Local shops.. Friendly locals. Great place to chill out.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2020

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  • This property cannot accept check ins on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Calor gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, WiFi, TV with Freeview, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair provided
  • Enclosed patio garden with seating
  • Lockable shed
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • On road parking
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Please note: Changeovers/bookings cannot start on a Saturday or Sunday.

The property

This traditional cottage is set in the quaint town of Brough in Cumbria, near to the market town of Kirkby Stephen.

This cosy dwelling offers a charming retreat for couples, families and friends throughout the year.

The sitting room is home to two sofas and a woodburning stove, ideal for a snug night in.

Rustle up a feast in the country-style kitchen, kitted out with all the appliances you could need for a week long break, as well as a dining table where all can gather during mealtimes and talk about the day’s events.

Upstairs are two bedrooms, including a double and twin, served by a bathroom with bath and shower over, so you can choose how to best prepare for the day.

Spend some time in the lovely patio garden, perhaps the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cup of tea or an alfresco meal in the evening.

Within a short stroll is a pub, hotel with bar and restaurants, shop, chip shop and a tea room, offering plenty of eating choices.

Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, you won’t be short of outdoor activity, with plenty of walking and cycling routes, as well as a number of watersports on the lakes.

Discover the picturesque Settle-Carlisle railway which stops in the town of Kirkby Lonsdale and offers an idyllic way to enjoy the magnificent scenery that is all around.

Linden Lea has everything you could need for a traditional Cumbrian getaway.

Please note: Changeovers/bookings cannot start on a Saturday or Sunday.

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About the location


Kirkby Stephen 4 miles; Appleby-in-Westmorland 8 miles.

Brough is a small town located in the Eden Valley, at the foot of the North Pennines, just four miles north of Kirkby Stephen and eight miles east of Appleby-in-Westmorland. It is a twin village, the southern part, Church Brough, lies on a former Roman road and was the setting for the Norman Brough Castle (once the site of a Roman camp), while the northern area, Market Brough, is sited on a medieval road. The difference in the two villages relates to the functions they once served; Church Brough’s houses stand around a market square decorated with a maypole, while Market Brough boasts a wide and long main street. The village’s claim to fame lies in its 18th-19th century importance as a coaching town for the England-Scotland run, where more than 10 inns catered to the stagecoach trade. A beautiful sleepy backwater, it is surrounded by traditional farm meadows and picturesque pastures and fells. Nearby, the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen, once home to cotton mills and a large manufacturer of shoes and woollen hats, today hosts a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs for every taste and budget. Enjoy many excellent walks and cycle routes nearby; explore Penrith, Appleby and the magnificent Howgill Fells, enjoy a drink in Tan Hill, England's highest pub, or take a ride on the Settle-Carlisle railway. A superb location, with the whole of the mystical Lake District National Park and the stunning Yorkshire Dales at your fingertips.

Please note: Changeovers/bookings cannot start on a Saturday or Sunday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas