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Dufton near Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Difficult to see how this is a 'five tick' listing when it is essentially an old farmhouse on a working farm!"

    The kitchen facilities are woefully inadequate for twelve people regarding food storage, preparation surface area and size of the cooker - the fridge/freezer is two rooms away from the kitchen! No back garden that we could see (only a dark enclosure) and the front 'garden' is only a small grassy part of the yard with an adjoining very slippery patio (where the farm dogs enjoyed defecating). The adjoining 'quiet' country lane is actually very narrow with fast local traffic and HGVs travelling to and from the large hen sheds next to the property. Overall far from impressed and would be very wary of Sykes classification in the unlikely event of ever booking with them in the future.

    Reviewed by William3.1Mar 2024

  • "Nice homely property all the requirements catered for ."

    Would definitely recomend thanks

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a lovely weekend & the cottage was very spacious."

    Despite the dreadful weather we were warm & cosy with the wood burner. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jan 2024

  • "Second trip to Dudmire and sure we'll be back again."

    Perfect cottage for a weekend away for the family (7 adults, 5 children). Dudmire is so warm and comfortable and had everything we needed. There are some lovely local walks so once we'd arrived on Friday, we didn't get back into the cars until we left on Monday.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely, cosy house which was perfect for our family of 8 adults, 4 children and 2 infants!"

    The property was warm and welcoming on our arrival and the added festive touches were lovely. The surrounding area is beautiful and would recommend the local pub! Bobbi was very helpful and was easily contactable. The only thing I would suggest is for such a large party a larger oven would be useful but otherwise everything was great! Thank you for a lovely stay Bobbi.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had an amazing weekend."

    Cottage was cosy and had a lively snowy walk into Appleby. We will be back :)

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Dec 2023

  • "Ideal position ."

    Quiet Plenty of room 20 minutes walk to the village pub .an hour to the lake district . Just 3 miles to the town of appleby in westmorland. Would rent cottage again

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a wonderful weekend."

    The house was so warm and cosy when we arrived. Thank you for all the little touches that made it extra special, the muffins were delicious.For a large party we had plenty towels, glasses etc. You had thought of everything we could possibly need to make our stay enjoyable. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a wonderful family stay at Dudmire."

    The cottage was lovely and had everything we could have needed. There is plenty of space for a large group, especially as we were 6 adults, 6 kids and 2 dogs! The cottage was clean and tidy and all of our family have commented on wanting to come back one day.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage in great location with everything you could possibly need for a big group of 12, two families and grandma."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Dudmire to celebrate 70th Birthdays."

    The cottage was very well equipped with some lovely period features and undisturbed views of countryside. We had planned on utilising the log burner but the cottage was so cosy we had no need! Having one bedroom and bathroom downstairs was very handy for my Son’s broken leg! Thank you to the cottage owner Bobbi-Jo who was extremely helpful, having organised celebration balloons for us. There was also cake and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, fantastic welcome treats. My only regret is not getting a chance to use the fabulous roll top bath !

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2023

  • "Dudmire was a lovely large cottage ideal for our family celebration."

    We'll equipped, spacious yet cosy. Lovely touch from the owner of cake and fizz on our arrival. Also very helpful and accommodating. Would definitely recommend Dudmire . Thank you bobbi great place.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Sep 2023

  • "Everything you could possibly need, great location to go exploring and great recommendations!"

    Communication from the host was excellent throughout!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed a fantastic stay at Dudmire Cottage, it is in a great location - felt very rural but only 40mins from nearest town Penrith."

    The cottage was spacious enough for our group of 9 Adults and 2 Children, the bedrooms were all a great size, comfy beds with plenty of towels and extra bedding and the roll top bath was a big hit. The facilities were all good, the only limitation we found was the oven felt small for the amount of people staying - wasn't a massive issue and we worked around it. After a 6 hour journey it was lovely to arrive to a supply of tea, coffee and muffins

    Reviewed by Lindsey4.7Jul 2023

  • "Excellent cottage for us to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday party, everything we needed was there."

    The outside BBQ was great.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely family holiday."

    The house had everything we needed and the scones were delicious!

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time at the Dudmire cottage, Bobbi was very helpful and ..."

    We had a fantastic time at the Dudmire cottage, Bobbi was very helpful and couldn't do enough for us even to the point she got her dad to tow one of the cars that had broken down at the bottom of the lane , cottage was big enough for 5 couples and a dog and the area it is situated is good for walking and getting around

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Dudmire, the house is beautiful and we had everything we could have needed."

    The host was lovely, and thank you for the cakes - much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely time and really enjoyed our stay."

    The house is spacious, warm and comfortable and there are fabulous walks in all directions. Bobbi was accomodating, helpful and quick to respond to messages. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was great and as described when booking."

    On arrival we were met by one of the owners who was very friendly and helpful. She explained everything and told us if we needed anything not to hesitate to call her. I had just mentioned whilst calling to arrange the key pick up that it was a family weekend get together to celebrate a number of family members' birthdays. She had set out on the kitchen table two cakes, a bottle of prosecco in an ice bucket and several balloons. A very nice welcome. The accommodation was very comfortable and despite the snowy weekend was very warm. We all had a great time. We all would consider returning sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a brilliant holiday, the cottage was fantastic and the facilities first class."

    Stayed for my daughters 40th birthday and wine, prosseco, cakes and birthday balloons were there waiting for our arrival, which made my daughters birthday so special. We all had a fantastic time, can't thank you enough and definitely recommend it for families

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

  • "Really great stay at Dudmire."

    Fantastic location and every facility you can think of

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Feb 2023

  • "Perfect location for a chilled weekend!"

    We had the best time and will definitely be visiting each year. Lovely little touches of fizz and grazing board when we arrived, eggs delivered for the morning and even an emergency cork screw!

    Reviewed by Jordan5.0Jan 2023

  • "Arrived at Dudmire to find it warm and cosy and a plate of enormous home made scones with jam and cream!"

    What a welcome indeed. Thank you Bobbi-Jo. We were 3 families with our 6 kids (adults in their twenties). Purpose… to eat, drink and play silly games all weekend. And that’s exactly what we did. The house feels very homely with 6 comfortable bedrooms and three shower rooms. Most of our time was spent in the lounge/dining room where there was a log fire. The dining table was big enough for everyone to gather round and although we were all in one room we never felt cramped up, The house has a large fridge freezer which of course you need for a large group. Apart from breakfast we didn’t cook. On the Saturday we went into Appleby for our meals which is a short drive away. All the shops you might need are to be found there. On the Sunday the weather was fine so we walked into the stunning village of Dufton which has a lovely pub. Sadly the chef was on holiday so we weren’t able to sample the food (which we heard was very good and bookings need to be made early). There are plenty of walks to be enjoyed near to the house and hills to climb in beautiful countryside. We would happily recommend Dudmire for a break.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jan 2023

  • "We booked Dudmire for a family long weekend for my 40th and had a wonderful time."

    When we entered the kitchen there were fresh flowers and some delicious tasty treats waiting for us. It is such a warm, inviting, cosy cottage and it was perfect for us (7 adults, 5 children and 2 dogs). Loved the décor and the beds were very comfy. The standing bath was fabulous and the showers were hot and powerful. The kitchen was very well stocked with crockery, pans and utensils so there was everything we needed. We'll definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fabulous farm house for our family Christmas everything you could want and need great hosts who left us a bottle of cava on ice and some cakes and also some little treats for the kids ."

    Lovely little stroll down the road to the local pub but spent most of it at the house which was so cozy with the log burner . We made a Christmas dinner and after worrying and taking some of my own kitchen equipment there was everything you could need and more We will be back !

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great place for family reunion."

    .....loads of space for extra lunch guests. A comfortable warm converted farmhouse, very well equipped with a very helpful and welcoming hostess in Bobbi. Fresh scones with clotted cream and jam much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Owen5.0Dec 2022

  • "Dudmire is a beautiful home from home."

    All the rooms are a great size and comfortably furnished and the entire place is immaculately clean. It’s the best equipped place I have stayed - everything you could need. Great communication from the friendly owner and the welcoming touches left for us were lovely! This is a lovely place to stay in a picturesque setting.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Dudmire. Thank you for your kind review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a lovely weekend break."

    Nice surprise of scones, cream & jam (yummy), some milk, and fresh flowers in the lounge. All lovely and clean. The Farmhouse is in a great spot with fabulous walks from the door. Beautiful peaceful setting.

    So pleased that you enjoyed your time at Dudmire. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay for my mum’s 80th birthday."

    The whole family stayed for the weekend and just my parents and us for the rest of the week. Beautiful property and so peaceful. Local pub is a miles walk into Dufton village where the food was amazing. Short drive to many many beautiful places so was a good base for us. We went to Appleby, Richmond, Keswick, Pooley Bridge and Settle on the train over the viaduct. So much to do. Bobbi the owner was so thoughtful. She left a cake and some balloons and confetti for my mums birthday which was a lovely surprise. The farmhouse had plenty of basics already there for example coffee, tea, sugar, washing liquid, dishwasher tabs, hand soaps so many towels that we didn’t need to bring any (which we did) so know for next time. Definitely recommend anyone wanting a fabulous holiday in a peaceful setting yet within easy reach of so many beautiful places to visit.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property"

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely farmhouse in the countryside but only 7 minutes from Appleby."

    We had cheese and biscuits left us on our arrival along with milk, coffee, tea etc. which was really thoughtful. There was every facility we needed and also enjoyed a bbq. We had a lovely week, many thanks to Bobbi who contacted us on the day to say when the house was ready and to give us any other help.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here, the house was lovely and all the rooms were big."

    We stayed for my mums 60th birthday and she has 5 grown up kids with partners and 2 grandchildren so this house was the perfect size for us all! We had so much fun and made some really lovely memories and my sister got engaged at the house too. Thank you so much for the fizz and chocolates it was such a lovely gesture!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent property for a large group of people or family ."

    Facilities within the property were spotless i.e. bedrooms , bathrooms , lounge , kitchen which was down to Bobbie Jo’s involvement in wanting the best for her clients .

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2022

  • "Just returned from a short stay in this lovely farmhouse."

    The photos don't do it Justice it has had a makeover since the photos were first taken. There was milk tea coffee and cake left for us on arrival which was great. The Host was very helpful with anything we wanted, but also just left us to it. To sum up, loved it.

    Thank you very much for your review; we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Dudmire. We have indeed upgraded the property since the photographs were taken and are saddened that you appear to have "marked us down" for that . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4May 2022

  • "We booked a family holiday to Dudmire and when we all arrived we were so happy that we choose this property."

    Bobbi had been fantastic with getting in contact with us and had left a lovely welcome package with hot cross buns and daffodils, as it was over easter, which was so lovely. The cottage itself is so spacious and we all had room to relax after lots of walking and the children had room to play inside and outside too. Brilliant location as we were able to explore different locations in the Lake District and also the area around the property too including walking up Dufton Pike! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sammy5.0Apr 2022

  • "We've just returned from a week in Cumbria staying at Dudmire."

    We were greeted with hot cross buns and cinnamon swirls on the table, milk in the fridge and tea, coffe and sugar ready to go and the log burner had been set up for us to light at our leisure. The property is simply fabulous. Bobbi was a great host, from the moment we made contact to arrange key collection, answering any questions we had, and available if we needed anything during our stay. There were 9 of us in the house, plenty of space for us all without being on top of each other. Will happily book again!

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely place to spend some quality time with family!"

    Not too far from the local town/ village but nice and peaceful! The hosts couldn’t do enough to help us with check in/ out which was very useful as we were all travelling from different places! Also very dog friendly! Would definitely stay again! ⭐️

    Reviewed by Cloe5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely spacious property with fabulous views over the Lake District."

    Bobbi was a great host with nothing being too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2022

  • "We decided to take the whole family away for Feb half term, and were looking for a large house that would be ideal for those of us that wanted to get out and about and those older family members that wanted to take it easy."

    We were so luck to find this gem! The property itself is so beautiful and spacious. The location is ideal for getting out and about and seeing the area. The hosts were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, including them coming round with a basket of goodies to make sure that we were all looked after during storm Dudley!! We would definitely book to return with the family again :)

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Feb 2022

  • "This is a lovely place."

    It was warm and comfortable and there were a few extras we didn’t expect, e.g. tea and coffee, condiments, and milk in the fridge and a delicious lemon cake to welcome us. A great house for extended family to stay in. There are good walks nearby. We would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Fran5.0Jan 2022

  • "We spent Christmas 2021 at this cottage with family, it was amazing, everything you needed is provided and there were a few extra touches that made it so special."

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great place for a family get together and holiday."

    Could not recommend anymore. :)

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Dec 2021

  • "My friends and I loved the property."

    Very comfortable and cosy. Set in a beautiful area and very peaceful. The owners really have thought of everything when it comes to facilities, and they were super helpful and friendly. I only wish I could have stayed longer. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Dudmire is a lovely house in a beautiful location and we really enjoyed our stay."

    There was a warm welcome, and the house was lovely and cosy with great bedding and towels. The one thing I would say is that one of the reasons we selected this house was because it had a downstairs double bedroom and bathroom. With the bed up against the wall it wasn't a very accessible bedroom. Whilst we could pull the bed out, there was a fixed chest of drawers which meant that wasn't really practical. I think others, like us, may assume it is accessible so it would be good to make that clear in the details. Thanks. Ruth

    Reviewed by Ruth3.8Nov 2021

  • "A most enjoyable holiday at Dudmire, despite the weather."

    Although as I kept saying during the week, "It has to rain a lot to make it so green." It's truly beautiful, and you as owners are so privileged to live in such a wonderful part of the country. Thank you for sharing it with us! We had a tremendous week and it was only enhanced by your lovely cottage. A tremendous building with original stone flagged floors, white washed original stone walls and beamed interior. It is well equipped and able to take disabled or elderly (struggling with mobility persons). Although it will help if there are strong people within your party. I suffer with mobility problems and was grateful of the downstairs bedroom, but it was a bit of a trek to the downstairs bathroom (although the physiotherapist would say that's good). It's not so good when you need the toilet during the night! We were grateful to come back to a wonderful, warm home. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our stay at Dudmire which was a family holiday was lovely and the farmhouse was ..."

    Our stay at Dudmire which was a family holiday was lovely and the farmhouse was a home from home which we all enjoyed bobbi jo was a great host and only lived next door so if any thing arose which needed sorted we knew it would be quick will return that's for sure

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2021

  • "Clean, comfortable, well-equipped cottage with helpful owners next door."

    A good centre for exploring, with wonderful walks from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Sep 2021

  • "In general we had a lovely week staying at Dudmire."

    The house was comfortable and in a great location for day trips. A few points need addressing to make the cottage perfect though. Firstly, on arrival we were greeted by two sheets of fly paper in the kitchen, each with around 30 flies on. Throughout the week we replaced these and used fly spray to try and contain the problem, but to no avail. There were 50+ buzzing around the kitchen all week. We didn't notice many flies when we ate outside, which suggests the infestation could be more than just the proximity to the farmland. The second issue is that the downstairs bedroom has a damp problem. On the first night when the guest staying in there turned off the dehumidifier to reduce the noise, and closed the window, it made for a very damp and unpleasant smelling room in the morning. The various dehumidifiers were fairly ineffective to resolve this. Finally, although less of a concern, the lighting was poor in the downstairs rooms. The location of downlights in the kitchen cast shadows over the hob and sink when in use, making them dysfunctional. In the lounge, some better lamps would be useful to avoid having to use the harsh and flickering downlights, especially in the dining area.

    Reviewed by Andy3.4Sep 2021

  • "Cottage served 4 generations perfectly."

    The owner was incredibly helpful and always on hand if needed. I haven’t stayed in a cottage so well equipped before. A perfect base for exploring the lakes. Cottage is a 5 min drive to Appleby and there are plenty of walks on your doorstep. Fabulous holiday in a fabulous cottage. Thank you, Dudmire, for a great week.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

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  • Six bedrooms: 3 x king-size 1 with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x double, (one being in a downstairs bedroom) 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, and WiFi
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Ample fuel provided for woodburning stove, additional fuel can be purchased from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two travel cots and two highchairs available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Garden to front and back with front patio and seating
  • Two well-behaved dogs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.7 miles and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on leads when outside
  • Please Note: Friday arrivals only please

The property

Please call Sykes Cottages to book this property as we will need to check availability with the owner.

Appleby-in-Westmorland 2.7 miles.

Coming down a quiet country lane in the village of Dufton, you'll be taken aback by this beautiful sandstone farmhouse cottage, Dudmire is a picturesque property made for hosting the perfect family holiday, with six bedrooms, and a large garden it is sure to impress.

Heading in through the old wooden door, you come into the farmhouse-style kitchen, where you can sit at the breakfast table and watch breakfast being cooked up for you, with classic tiling on the walls and large stone slab flooring adding more character to this already charming property.

Attached is a utility room which has the washer/dryer and fridge, and further along is the ground-floor shower room.

On the other side of the property is the open-plan living/dining room, where the whole party can gather together, whether for a sit-down meal, or a takeaway on the sofa, you will delight in nestling into the leather sofa arrangement, and lighting the woodburning stove on a chilly evening.

This room still features its original brick fireplace, and the owners have done well to maintain the property's authenticity by furnishing it with beautiful antique furniture.

When it's time to head to bed after a long day of exploring the Pennines, you can choose from six rooms, the first being a ground-floor double which would be ideal for the older members of the party or less able with a shower room being found on the ground floor too.

Upstairs you will find a twin, three doubles and the master bedroom which has a king-size bed and an en-suite shower room, so you might have to draw straws for that one!

Serving the bedrooms is the spacious family bathroom featuring a beautiful roll-top bath and separate walk-in shower, so you can choose to have an indulgent soak in the tub, as the natural light pours in from the windows.

On a summer's day, eat lunch outside on the patio at the front of the property, and let the children run around on the grass with so much space to play.

When you don't feel like cooking, walk one mile over to the village pub and enjoy some lovely classic dishes with a cold drink, or for more choice journey over to nearby Appleby-in-Westmorland for a wider range of eateries and amenities.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on your doorstep, so get your walking boots out and enjoy a day of exploring on foot where you can enjoy heather-clad moors, tumbling waterfalls, peatlands, and outstanding views all the way to the Lake District Fells.

Dudmire will be everything you could want for your family gathering, exploring this amazing area of Cumbria.

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About the location


Penrith 14 miles.

The historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the River Eden and is overlooked by the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon. Set at the heart of the lush Eden Valley and steeped in history, this is one of the loveliest towns in the north of England and was originally the county town of Westmorland. Appleby is nestled between the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so guests can enjoy the contrasting scenery of these two National Parks, plus numerous walking and cycling opportunities as well as the fantastic leisure centre in the town. Appleby has a wonderful selection of quality independent shops, cafes and delicatessens selling locally produced food and crafts. The picturesque street of Boroughgate, with some interesting old buildings, is at the heart of the town and links the well-preserved Norman Castle with the fine medieval Church of St. Lawrence. Appleby is a major stop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, and still today many of the old steam trains wend their way along this line and over the historic and awe-inspiring Ribblehead viaduct. With the delightful Ullswater and the magnificent Lake District within easy reach, this is an ideal holiday location.

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Note. Please be advised that this property can only accept bookings with a Friday arrival.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas