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Ravenstonedale near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 21309)

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "There was great attention to detail in the cottage, even a box of necessities for the dogs."

    It is a wonderful environment with ducks and hens and ideal for bird watching with feeders filled daily and a gallery to view them from. The owners were knowledgable, kind, helpful but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by RuthOct 2019

  • "Gorgeous cottage, fabulous setting, wonderful owners."

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2019

  • "Lovely clean, homely cottage equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    Many different birds and the occasional red squirrel right outside your window, thanks to the owners Karen and Steve’s feeders. Steve came to our rescue on our last day and changed the wheel of our car after a puncture! Can’t praise them enough. 5 stars!

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2019

  • "Sandbed is an excellent holiday cottage."

    It's the most homely place we've ever stayed in and the owners are really nice people and they're knowledgeable and very helpful. Would definitely go again. Easy 5 stars

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2019

  • "We were very pleased with the property and it was exactly like the photos the ..."

    We were very pleased with the property and it was exactly like the photos the owners were very welcoming also and very helpful even though it was an old property it was very cosy

    Reviewed by AileenMar 2019

  • "Peace and quiet , very cosy cottage , extremely well appointed and clean , ..."

    Peace and quiet , very cosy cottage , extremely well appointed and clean , excellent unspoilt countryside on your doorstep

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2018

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely - the owners had taken great care to understand their visitors requirements for children, dog and ourselves."

    I would highly recommend the cottage we stayed at in Ravenstonedale.

    Reviewed by StewartOct 2018

  • "The cottage was 4*, cleanliness was exceptional , very comfortable and warm."

    The hosts, Steve & Karen were friendly and very helpful without being invasive. The cottage was outstanding and the area was stunning.

    Reviewed by ColetteOct 2018

  • "Lovely people."

    Great location. Doggy heaven.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2018

  • "The pictures do not do this cottage justice,it is wonderfully appointed, warm and cosy."

    The outdoor space is perfect for dogs .Excellent hosts who obviously care deeply about the area and its wildlife.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely, the finish quality was exceptional with no shortcuts that you often see on some holiday cottages."

    The owners were most helpful and perfect in the balance of being on hand for advice and not obtrusive. The location is very rural and quiet, allowing wildlife/birds to be easily observed, squirrels, stoat, siskins, and lots of other visitors, the surroundings are picturesque and give a remote feeling although the village is close and shopping location just a short drive away. Perfect.

    Reviewed by WendyMar 2018

  • "The owners of Sandbed were extremely helpful and approachable."

    The cottage is well equipped and set in some of the most beautiful countryside. It is quiet, good for walks or simply relaxing.

    Reviewed by SueNov 2017

  • "The property owners were very welcoming and helpful during our stay."

    This property is the best we have ever stayed in, clean, comfortable and in a perfect location for walking.

    Reviewed by JoanneMay 2017

  • "Beautiful location and a warm, inviting cottage."

    The owners were excellent, being very friendly and welcoming. The cottage was well maintained and clean and in a good location for exploring the area

    Reviewed by TheresaNov 2016

  • "This was possibly the most peaceful and tranquil holiday we've ever had."

    The location was superb as was the surrounding countryside and the scenery was breathtaking. The property was fabulous and just what we were after. The owners Steve and Karen were lovely people, very friendly and helpful with advice on walks and places to go and see. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and because there are so many walks on the doorstep that we could do with the dogs, we will be going back.

    Reviewed by LesAug 2016

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful on arrival and they offered great advice for the surrounding area and toddler friendly walks."

    It was a very nice cottage for a quiet family break!

    Reviewed by LeeApr 2016

  • "The cottage was excellent, more spacious than we thought it might be."

    The owners have thought of everything to make the stay enjoyable. They have even installed a little sitting gallery upstairs to watch the bird and red squirrel feeders and their own chickens and geese roaming the garden. Although on a main road, it was very little used by traffic and was therefore extremely peaceful. A lovely area also for walking.

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2016

  • "An exceptionally well equipped cottage with every possible need catered for."

    A beautiful cottage in a lovely surroundings, we were very impressed and would definitely go back!

    Reviewed by MaxineNov 2015

  • "A beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    Didn't want to come home. The owners were very helpful when needed and going to go back again.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2015

  • "Lovely hosts and brilliant accommodation, everything had been thought of."

    Reviewed by RenéeJun 2015

  • "A beautiful location which was very peaceful."

    It was a lovely property with very nice owners.

    Reviewed by SandraFeb 2015

  • "This cottage is so beautiful - surrounded by fells on all sides, with walks right from the doorstep."

    Small details are thought of and it was just truly wonderful. The place is warm and cosy to come back to - I don't think there is anything that could be added to make it any better, it's perfect.

    Reviewed by JessicaDec 2014

  • "The peace was bliss - just perfect."

    Reviewed by GillianNov 2014

  • "The cottage was amazing and very dog friendly."

    The owners are very nice and just leave you to do your own thing but are very willing to help you if needed. Would highly recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by KirstyOct 2014

  • "Friendly owners, the property was large, well furnished and very clean."

    Located in a beautiful area with red squirrels in the vicinity!

    Reviewed by MatthewJun 2014

  • "It was in the middle of nowhere, heaven, peace and quiet."

    The scenery was amazing. Everything was great.

    Reviewed by LynetteSep 2013

  • "Good location as a touring and walking base, excellent views of the surrounding area, good rural site, quiet although adjacent to a main road."

    Reviewed by BernardMay 2013

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The property

Ravenstonedale 3 miles.

An outstanding, stone-built, semi-detached barn conversion, beautifully situated in the Rawthey Valley, between Harter and Wild Boar Fell, and just three miles from the village of Ravenstonedale.

This cottage provides an ideal base for those wishing to get away from it all and enjoy the famous Howgill Fells, loved by Wainwright and illustrated in his celebrated books.

Lovingly renovated, this cottage offers first-class self-catering accommodation, full of modern features yet retaining the character and charm of a bygone age.

The open plan living area is spacious and well laid out, with a warm and cosy sitting area with a woodburner, a modern kitchen, a dining area and a beautiful beamed ceiling.

The first floor of your Cumbria cottage is reached by a handmade oak staircase, which leads onto a galleried sitting area from where you will find two good-sized bedrooms and a spacious shower room.

The accommodation seamlessly combines with the exposed stonework and lovely old beams to provide the ideal holiday home to enjoy this wild and rugged corner of Cumbria.

Your cottage offers a garden and patio area, but this whole location is ideal for enjoying the great outdoors; try a strenuous walk up breathtaking Wild Boar Fell, or a gentler meander along a valley bottom where your only companions are likely to be free-roaming fell ponies, sheep and pheasants.

Whichever you choose, the scenery is delightful with buzzards and the call of the curlew the only sounds to be heard.

If you're lucky you may spot one of the area's wild deer or red squirrels.

With access to a hundred square miles of open fell, nearby footpaths will lead you to stunning, hidden waterfalls and tiny becks, while across the fell is an amazing limestone pavement, known locally as Fell End Clouds.

With the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks within easy reach, this cottage is a superb base from which to explore the area.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Sandbed is a Visit England 4 star property for 2018.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent, additional logs available to purchase from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: Owners can offer 2 stables and a tack room for guests' horses by prior arrangement.

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About the location


Kirkby Stephen 5 miles; Sedbergh 10 miles.

The tranquil village of Ravenstonedale lies at the foot of the Howgill Fells, quietly situated within the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park. A delightful rural village with a thriving local community and many traditional old dwellings, Ravenstonedale boasts a charming Parish Church and the remains of the old Gilbertine Priory. Hill farming is the principal means of income in the area and an agricultural show is still held once a year, echoing days gone by when both markets and fairs were held in the village. Once described by the famous author, A Wainwright, as one of Westmorland’s loveliest villages, the area boasts many walking, horse riding and cycling routes, whilst the nearby attractions provide something for everybody. Visit the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line, the magnificent Howgill Fells and the stunning Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. A superb location at any time of the year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
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