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Birkett Barn

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1073438)



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  • Icon/Feature/EVChargePoint Electric car charging
  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Review(s)

  • “Absolutely fantastic stay, brilliant facilities, we loved it.”

    Already rebooked for next year. Thank you for a great holiday

    Already rebooked for next year. Thank you for a great holiday

    - Kieran, October 2021

The property

Kirkby Stephen 3 miles.

Birkett Barn is a delightfully modern barn conversion set in the rolling countryside of Wharton, near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

Set over two floors and sleeping up to eight guests, Birkett Barn is a homely yet contemporary setting for a family or group of friends to explore the glorious countryside and surrounding towns.

Arriving at the property via a single track road, you will find convenient off-parking for three cars as you unload your bags and step into the lobby area, where you can remove your shoes and start to relax.

The designated chef of the group will be enamoured with the well-equipped modern kitchen; there are sure to be some excellent home-cooked meals enjoyed in this room, where you can opt to dine at the breakfast bar or dining table to toast to the wonderful adventures you are going to have.

Travel up to the first floor where a spacious sitting room awaits; here you can curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and enjoy flicking through your favourite channels in the glow of the electric coal-effect fireplace.

When sleep is calling, discover four bedrooms, comprising two ground-floor doubles with en-suite shower rooms, perfect for freshening up before the day ahead in privacy, plus an additional two double bedrooms upstairs, one with en-suite shower room and the other with an en-suite bathroom, ideal for a long, hot soak whilst reading your favourite book.

Spend time in the patio garden, relaxing with a glass of wine, before ending the evening under the stars in the hot tub, indulging in the bliss of your getaway.

Birkett Barn sits in the famously picturesque Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park in North England which spreads over Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

Renowned for its lakes, mountains, forests, river valleys, cave systems, heather moorlands and vast farming landscape.

Birkett Barn is part of a working farm that the Metcalfe family have successfully owned for over a century.

Formally a milking parlour and hayloft, Birkett Barn has been recently renovated to a high specification, whilst retaining character and original features.

The location of the property is perfectly situated, overlooking the Mallerstang Valley and River Eden, offering peace and tranquillity, yet within an hour’s drive to popular tourist attractions.

The small market town of Kirkby Stephen is only 10 minutes drive away, and the railway station, which is part of the famous Settle-Carlisle route.

Apart from its sublime beauty and panoramic views, this picturesque paradise abounds in numerous nature trails ideal for walking and activities such as horse riding and cycling.

Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Eden Valley, at the foot of Howgill Fells, is the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen, ideally located between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Venture into the heart of the town and pop into the local shops where you can pick up a souvenir, or treat the family to fresh, local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and pubs.

Grab your walking boots and visit the Kirkby Stephen Poetry Path, a celebration of Eden Valley’s landscape and the links between farming, landscape and the wildlife.

For any walkers or cyclists, Eden Valley is the perfect setting for some fantastic walks with incomparable countryside views, including the famous Coast-to-Coast walk which passes through the town.

Unleash your inner historian and take a trip to the 12th century ruins of Pendragon Castle, situated alongside the River Eden, it is bathed in history and beautiful scenery.

If you can tear yourself away, the small town of Sedbergh is just a short drive away and offers its visitors a complete escape from everyday life.

Explore the many historical buildings dotted around the town including the oldest building in Sedbergh, St Andrew’s Church or visit the Grade I listed building of Brigflatts Quaker Meeting House.

Visit Sedbergh and Howgill fells in the evening to enjoy the beautiful clear night sky and stars as there is little light pollution in the town, just don’t forget to bring your star map to make a note of which ones you manage to spot!

For your next adventure to Cumbria, choose Birkett Barn for a truly unforgettable experience.


  • Four bedrooms: 2 x ground-floor double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Ground-floor underfloor heating
  • Gas range cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, Sky TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Electric vehicle charging point
  • Garden with two patio areas and hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.7 miles, pub 2.8 miles
  • Please note: No stag/hen or similar.

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About the location


Appleby-in-Westmorland 12 miles; Sedbergh 13 miles; Barnard Castle 21 miles; Penrith 22 miles; Reeth 22 miles; Kendal 23 miles; Middleton-in-Teesdale 27 miles; Ullswater Lake 35 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, particularly the route of the old Darlington to Tebay train line over two magnificent viaducts, and visit the gothic gorge where the River Eden flows through wooded Stenkrith park. Explore the wonderful Howgill Fells or visit the majestic Pendragon Castle and Brough Castle. A superb location with the whole of the mystical Lake District National Park and the stunning Yorkshire Dales at your fingertips.

Region Information

Please note: No stag/hen or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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